02/12/2003 12:00AM

Gill returns three horses


Gulfstream Park's leading owner, Mike Gill, has returned three horses purchased at the Feb. 4 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select juvenile auction at Miami's Calder Race Course.

The Thoroughbred Times website reported Wednesday that Gill returned the three horses, including a $360,000 Silver Charm colt who was among the auction's fastest workers, after veterinary examinations revealed what Gill believed to be flaws that could affect the horses' future racing soundness. In addition to the $360,000 Silver Charm-Secret Harbor colt sold by Hartley/ DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, agent, Gill also returned a $50,000 West Acre-Taunting colt sold by Gold Crest Farm, agent, and a third unidentified horse.

Gill was the auction's leading buyer by gross. He spent $2,904,000 to acquire 32 juveniles.

The OBS bone warranty policy allows buyers to have horses examined after purchasing them and to return horses who show sign of bone injury or disease that was not previously announced and which an examining veterinarian believes is likely to materially affect their racing soundness.