08/19/2002 11:00PM

Northern Afleet colt nets $90k


LEXINGTON, Ky. - As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, a $90,000 Northern Afleet colt bought by Hoby Kight was the session-leader at Day 2 of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale in Ocala, Fla. Tuesday's session was the first of three open days, following Monday's select session and reduction of Franks Farms stock.

Gold Crest Farm, agent, consigned the session-leader, a half-brother to stakes-placed McAlpin Road and Blushing Ballerina.

At the four-day sale's first session on Monday, a $200,000 Halo's Image colt bought by James McIngvale brought the afternoon's highest price. Celebrity Farm, agent, consigned the colt. The bay colt is out of the stakes-winning Tri Jet mare Proud Clarioness, who also produced graded stakes-winners Hesabull and Big E E.

Monday's opening session, the only select day at the auction, sold 135 yearlings for $5,247,700. Average price dipped from a year ago, falling 12 percent to $38,872. Median slipped nine percent to $32,000. But the buyback rate also fell, from 34 percent last year to 30 percent in 2002.