06/30/2005 11:00PM

More statebreds sell, but average down, at OBS


The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company auction on June 21-22 produced mixed results for New York-bred 2-year-olds.

With 40 selling for $668,100 this year, the average price of $16,703 represents a decline of slightly more than 16 percent compared to 2004.

But with nine more statebreds selling this year, the gross increased and pushed total receipts for New York-bred juveniles at major Eastern sales to $12,487,600 for 243 sold. For the same auctions in 2004, New York-breds grossed $11,487,200 for 234 sold.

The figures for both years represent the OBS February and March sales, the Fasig-Tipton Calder sale on March 1, the Keeneland April sale, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May, and the OBS June.

The overall OBS June figures for 2-year-olds this year were also down compared to 2004, declining nearly 21 percent in average.

Two colts shared the top price for New York-breds at OBS June, both at $70,000. The first was by young sire Golden Missile out of Ricadonna, by New York stallion Regal Classic.

Ricadonna, a multiple stakes winner in Canada, is out of a half-sister to graded stakes winner Freefourracing from a family that includes Five Star Flight, winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who stand leading young sire Catienus at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., signed the ticket on the Golden Missile colt.

The other $70,000 statebred was purchased by trainer Gary Contessa as agent for Darlene Bilinski. Named Dr. Murabito, he is a son of Lion Hearted out of Nobody's Angel, by Miswaki.

The colt's second dam is Stolen Beauty, winner of the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct and the dam of New York-bred stakes winner Moonlightandbeauty.

Another prominent New York-bred in this family is Finality, winner of the Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont and placed in two other graded races.

The top-priced New York-bred juvenile filly came in at $60,000 and was purchased by Linda Rice as agent for Solaris Racing Stable. The filly is by New York sire Prime Timber, whose first foals are 2-year-olds in 2005.

The filly's dam, Honor N' Charm, by Honor Grades, is out stakes winner Truffles, who placed in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap.

"Being a New York-based partnership, we are always looking for an opportunity to deepen our reach into the New York-bred program," said John D. Ball, the manager of Solaris Racing Stable. "We also look for value and we believe early sires sometimes generate top value."

Ball and his Solaris partners campaigned Lucifer's Stone, who won the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup on the turf at Belmont Park last year. She is a member of the first crop of young sire Horse Chestnut.

A filly by New York sire Rizzi, who stands at Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, was purchased by John Donato for $55,000.

Her dam, the Bold Ruckus mare What'salltheruckus, is out of multiple stakes winner Muskrat Love, who also produced Muskrat Sammy, winner of the Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine.

A. P Jet's offspring a hit

Progeny by New York sire A. P Jet, who stands at Sugar Maple Farm, hit the board at several tracks last weekend.

His first-time starter M Lee won a five-furlong maiden special weight race at Arlington Park on June 26.

On the same day, A. P Jet's son Blue Sunday finished third in the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park, the opening leg of the OTBs' Big Apple Triple for New York-bred 3-year-olds.

On June 25, A. P Jet's daughter Travelator won the West Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park. And A. P Jet's son Jet Prospector finished third in the Grade 3 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 25.