08/20/2006 11:00PM

OBS sale off to fast start


The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale got off to a promising start Monday with an early session-leader of $300,000 amid a rash of six-figure horses.

The five-day auction in Ocala, Fla., opened with a single select session. By 5:30, that session's top lot was Hip No. 220, a $300,000 Smart Strike colt out of Cent Nouvelles. Ken McPeek signed the ticket as agent.

Martin Stables South consigned the Florida-bred colt. His dam is a Storm Bid mare who is a full sister to stakes-placed Red Soul and a half-sister to Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Special Happening. She has produced three winners to date.

The session-leader was one of 24 yearlings to sell for $100,000 or more by that time.

The sale was to continue Tuesday at the OBS pavilion in Ocala, beginning at 11 a.m.