04/20/2010 11:00PM

Whywhywhy filly sells for $150,000


The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring 2-year-old sale in Ocala, Fla., reeled off more six-figure horses Wednesday at its third session, where sellers hoped the auction could continue gains from Tuesday's second session.

Wednesday's session-leader at 3:30 p.m. Eastern was Hip No. 632, a $150,000 Whywhywhy-Vermilion Sea filly that Silverton Hill purchased. Michael Yates's Shadybrook agency sold the chestnut filly, a half-sister to stakes-placed Big Lou.

The filly had breezed three-eighths in 32.80 seconds at the under-tack show in the fastest work at the distance on April 15.

Tuesday's second session rang up impressive gains in gross, average, and median as 29 horses sold for $50,000 or more.

The most expensive juvenile of the day was Hip No. 508, a Pico Central-Strawberrydaiquiri filly that Harvey Clarke bought for $200,000. Steve Shaninian, agent, signed the ticket on Clarke's behalf. The chestnut filly is out of a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Wimbledon. Eddie Woods, agent, was the consignor.

Tuesday's session, the second of four, ended with 209 horses totaling $6,441,000, up 28 percent from last year's gross of $5,025,300 for 211 juveniles. The average price rose 29 percent, from $23,817 last season to $30,818, and median climbed 33 percent, from $15,000 in 2009 to $20,000 this year. Buybacks also dropped, falling from 2009's figure of 20 percent to 17 percent this year.