06/17/2008 11:00PM

Ocala Day 1 shows gains


Seven horses sold for $100,000 or more Monday, opening day at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June auction of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age in Ocala, Fla.

The Monday session, the first of two days for the sale, saw gains in gross and average.

A $210,000 colt by Yonaguska was the session-topper on a final bid from agent Joseph Brocklebank, who represented Repole Stable. Paul Sharp, agent, sold the dark bay or brown colt, a son of the stakes-placed Dehere mare Cold Awakening. Sold as hip No. 263, the colt is a three-quarters-brother to 2008 Illinois Derby winner Recapturetheglory.

Repole Stable also purchased a $120,000 Freud-Solar Song colt from Tradewinds Farm, agent.

Also sold was a Deputy Commander half-brother to 2008 Belmont Stakes winner Da' Tara. State Line Farm purchased the coly, a son of Torchera, for $120,000 from Mike Akoury, agent.

The other six-figure horses in the session, all 2-year-old colts, were Hip No. 170, a $145,000 More Than Ready-Access colt that agent Debbie Easter purchased for Minor Stables from consignor Randy Miles, agent; Hip No. 265, a $130,000 Maria's Mon-Colonial Cat colt that Murray Smith Training Stables, agent, signed for from Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables, agent; Hip No. 154, a $125,000 Strong Hope-Wage a Penny colt that agent Kim Valerio bought from Wavertree's agency; and Hip No. 176, a City Place-A Gold Moment colt that E. M. Stable purchased from W. D. North Thoroughbreds, agent.

The session sold 192 horses for $4,003,200, up 28 percent from last year's total for 155 horses. The average gained slightly, climbing from $20,228 last year to $20,850 this season. The median also rose, from $12,000 to $13,000, and buy-backs dropped from 36 percent to 16 percent.