03/18/2008 11:00PM

More Than Ready colt sells for $650,000


The second and final day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select 2-year-old sale showed buyers in a bullish mood.

At 3:30 p.m Eastern, the leader was Hip No. 373, a $650,000 son of More Than Ready and Jouled Rhythms. Iron Horse Racing, a partnership managed by David Clark, bought the chestnut colt from Nick De Meric, agent. Hip No. 373, who worked an eighth-mile in 10 seconds at the March 10 under-tack show, led the sale by price at that hour, beating Tuesday's session-topper, a $625,000 Broken Vow colt bought by Ahmed Zayat. De Meric purchased the sale-leader for $110,000 at last year's Keeneland September yearling auction. The colt initially had been cataloged to the OBS February select sale in Ocala on Feb. 12 but was scratched there.

Wednesday's session started at 11 a.m., and within an hour, it already had racked up half a dozen purchases for $300,000 or more. That included a $550,000 Trippi filly out of the Silver Hawk mare Chi. Sold as Hip No. 242, the filly went to John Ferguson, the representative for Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley Stable.

Currently named White Lamb, the filly was part of Woodside Ranch's consignment on behalf of New Bridge Bloodstock. She previously sold for $60,000 in 2007 at the OBS August yearling auction.

Like the sale-leading More Than Ready colt, White Lamb also breezed an eighth of a mile in 10 seconds at the under-tack show.

Other high-priced juveniles included Hip No. 258, a $375,000 Posse-Corporate Spirit colt that George Bolton bought from Murray Smith, agent; Hip No. 232, a $320,000 Citizen-Carson City Red filly that Puglisi Stables (Steve Klesaris, agent) bought from Halcyon Hammock, agent; Hip No. 295, a $310,000 Lion Heart-Eggs Binnedict colt that Earle Mack (Tim Kegel, agent) bought from Scanlon Training Center, agent; Hip No. 257, a $300,000 Maria's Mon-Cool Jazzed filly that Lewis Lakin and West Point Thoroughbreds (Buzz Chace, agent) purchased from Old South Farm; and Hip No. 272, a $300,000 Yes It's True-Delta Sensation colt that John E. Clay III purchased from Eisaman Equine, agent.