10/08/2007 11:00PM

Ocala auction solid at top end

EmailThe top of the market was on the upswing Tuesday as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed sale entered its second and final consignor-preferred session in Ocala, Fla. The Tuesday session-leader at 5:15 p.m. was a $185,000 Closing Argument weanling colt out of Autumn Music that agent Buzz Chace bought for L & F Stables, the pinhooking partnership started by Lewis Lakin and Terry Finley.

Beth Bayer, agent, sold the dark bay or brown colt. His dam is a daughter of Unbridled's Song who also produced Puerto Rican champion Vivaldi Girl.

The session-leader was one of three horses to bring $100,000 or more by that point. Another was Hip No. 484, the $175,000 broodmare Maid Guinevere, sold in foal to Empire Maker and bought by Kinsman Stud Farm. Journeyman Bloodstock, agent, sold the filly to dissolve a partnership.

The third was Hip No. 387, the stakes-winning filly A Sea Trippi that Arthur Appleton bought for $125,000. A 4-year-old daughter of Trippi, she has earned $296,534 and was offered as a broodmare prospect. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm agency consigned A Sea Trippi, who raced for Buckingham Stables.

Monday's session grossed $3,578,500 for 127 horses, down 27 percent from last year's $4,870,000 for 216 horses. The average and median prices both made substantial gains, with the average jumping by 25 percent to $28,177 and the median soaring even more, by 73 percent to $22,000.

But the buy-back percentage was 51 percent, up from 30 percent last year.

Monday's session-topper was Hip No. 285, a $120,000 Wildcat Heir colt out of the Unbridled's Song mare Unbridled Treasure. Ben Perkins bought him from Joanne Crowe's Crowe's Nest Farm agency.