04/22/2002 12:00AM

Filly leads Ocala spring sale


LEXINGTON, Ky. - As of 5 p.m. Monday, a $110,000 Fortunate Prospect filly was the session-leader on the opening day of Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's four-day spring 2-year-olds in training auction in Ocala, Fla.

Brian Morgan signed for the filly, who sold as Hip No. 79 and is a daughter of the Valid Appeal winner Amavalidhope. Farnsworth Farms was the consignor. The filly, currently named Hope for Love, is a half-sister to the winners Honor Lass and Vesta.

At the time, only one other lot had sold for six figures. That was a $105,000 Salt Lake-Cercida filly, a half-sister to stakes-placed Skipping Stone, that Ashby Thoroughbreds bought from Solitary Oak, agent.

Top-priced colt at the time was Hip No. 92, an $82,000 Kissin Kris colt that Anthony Dutrow signed for. M & H Training and Sales, agent, sold the colt, out of the Copelan mare Another Copelan.