05/11/2006 11:00PM

Statebred average dips at Ocala sale


The average price for a New York-bred declined at the recent Ocala Breeders' Sales Company 2-year-olds in training sale, as 75 lots sold for a gross return of $2,049,600.

The average price of $27,328 for New York-breds at the sale was below the average of $36,152 at the corresponding sale in 2005, although the median price increased and the percentage of those not sold decreased.

This year's New York-bred median of $22,000 was a bit higher than the $21,500 figure for 2005, and considerably higher than the sale's overall median of $17,000.

As for the percentage of horses offered but failing to get their reserve prices, or not sold, 17 New York-breds, or 18.5 percent, were in that category. In 2005, 33 of 115 New York-breds offered, or 28.7 percent, were not sold.

The highest priced New York-bred at the 2006 OBS juvenile sale was $145,000, for Hip No. 541. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, and purchased by trainer Tom Proctor as agent for Craig Bernick, the filly is a daughter of Mr. Greeley named You Go West Girl.

She is out of Careless Heiress, a daughter of Runaway Groom who won the Beaugay and Boiling Springs handicaps, both Grade 3 events.

You Go West Girl is a half-sister to stakes-placed Schatzeli as well as to the winning New York-bred 4-year-old Tiffany Touch.

Several New York sires were represented by juveniles that drew good prices.

A statebred filly by Millions, named Trinity Millions, was purchased by Buzz Chace for $70,000 on behalf of West Point Stable. Selling as Hip No. 946 and consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent, she is out of Lass Away, by Way West, from a family that includes champion grass mare Perfect Sting.

Wheelaway, whose first crop of 2-year-olds hit the tracks in 2006, was represented by a filly at $55,000 and a colt at $33,000.

The filly, named Who's at the Wheel, is out of Ave's Finale, a daughter of Personal Flag who is a full sister to Ave's Flag (winner of the Grade 3 Gallant Fox Handicap) and a half-sister to Herr Von Kaninchen, winner of the Sporting Plate Handicap.

Who's at the Wheel was consigned as Hip No. 453 by New Episode Training Center, agent, and purchased by Omega Farm, agent.

The Wheelaway colt is named Squeaky Wheel. His dam, Birdie Babe, is a full sister to Trinity Millions's dam, Lass Away. Consigned as Hip No. 490 by Shadybrook Farm, agent, he was purchased by Ruben Valdes.

Millions and Wheelaway stand at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm.

Thunderello, who stands at Sugar Maple Farm, was represented by a colt at $85,000 named Monterey Jazz. The colt is out of Dynaformer's daughter Reefside, whose dam, Puddie Q., is a half-sister to Dwyer Handicap winner Judgable. Monterey Jazz was consigned as Hip No. 15 by Classic Bloodstock, agent, and purchased by Jeff Metz as agent for Class Racing Stable.

Rizzi, who stands at Sez Who Thoroughbreds North, was represented by colts at $40,000 and $47,000.

Agent Joe Brocklebank bought the first as Hip No. 310 from the consignment of Peacock Ridge, agent. He is out of Vegas Bride, a daughter of Time for a Change from a Greentree Stable family that includes graded-stakes winners Knightly Sport and Open Call.

The $47,000 Rizzi colt was sold as Hip No. 788 from the consignment of Hoppel's Horse and Cattle Co., agent, and bought by Michael Lerman, agent. He is a full brother to stakes winner Rich in Glory out of the Air Forbes Won mare Glory Won.

Behaving Badly hits half-million-dollar mark

The New York-bred mare Behaving Badly ran second in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby Day, raising her earnings to $520,804 and her record to 7-2-0 from 10 starts.

Behaving Badly, owned by Patti and Hal J. Earnhardt III, was bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin and foaled at their Lakland North Farm in Hudson, N.Y.

She is out of the Sir Raleigh mare Timeleighness, who is also the dam of Lavish Numbers, winner of the Maid of the Mist Stakes, and of stakes-placed Light Up the Town.

Behaving Badly has won three graded races in her career, including the Grade 1 Santa Monica at Santa Anita this year.