06/19/2007 11:00PM

Ocala opener average down


A colt by Distorted Humor had brought the highest price of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June sale of 2-year-olds in training by late on Wednesday afternoon, the second and final day of the Florida sale.

The colt, out of the Salt Lake mare Sweet Serendipity, was purchased for $260,000 by Zayat Stables, the nom de course of Ahmed Zayat, an Egyptian businessman. The colt was consigned by Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock, a leading Florida pinhooker.

On the first day of the sale, a filly by Jump Start who worked the fastest quarter-mile of the sale's under-tack previews, in 21 seconds, brought $190,000 to top the session. The filly, named Browning, was bought by R. E. Wilson as agent for Thomasina Caporella and was consigned by Shadybrook Farm Inc.

Overall on the opening day, 155 horses sold for $3,135,300, compared with 117 horses sold for $2,710,400 during the opening session of last year's sale. The average price was $20,228, down 12.7 percent from last year's first-session average of $23,166. The median was $12,000, down 14.3 percent from last year's $14,000.

The opening session was stronger at the top than last year's opening session, with 14 horses selling for $50,000 or more, compared with eight at the same session last year.