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Kitten’s Joy colt tops August Sale’s first Open Session

Hip No. 284, a colt by Kitten’s Joy consigned by Dapple Stud, Agent, was sold to Al Pike, Agent, for $110,000 to top the first Open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2012 August Yearling Sale. The bay colt, a half brother to stakes winner and graded stakes placed Cannonball, is out of No Deadline, by Skywalker.

John Stephens went to $70,000 for Hip No. 466, a colt by Songandaprayer consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent. The chestnut colt is out of Viola Blew By, a daughter of stake winning stakes producer Mighty Rose.

Hip No. 259, Spring Action, a colt by Spring At Last consigned by I. C. Stables, Agent, went to Mark Casse, Agent, for $60,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Miss Icicle, by Charlie Barley, and is a half brother to stakes placed Mankato Strike.

Hip No. 311 also brought $60,000, with the Offlee Wild colt going to W.D. North Thoroughbreds. Consigned by Dapple Stud, Agent, the dark bay or brown colt is out of Perpetual Motion, by Kingmambo, and is a half brother to graded stakes placed Royal F J.

Hip No. 274, a colt by Keyed Entry consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, was sold to W.D. North, Agent for Bruno DeBerdt, for $55,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of My Favorite Rose, by Favorite Trick, a half sister to Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Ruler On Ice.

Wesley Ward also went to $55,000 for Hip No. 389, Acoma’s Sky City, a Tueflesburg filly consigned by Pelican State Thoroughbreds, Agent for Keith Dickey. The chestnut filly is out of Sky’s Honor, by Double Honor, a half sister to stakes winner Cigar Charlie.

Hip No. 367, Abide in Me, a Tiz Wonderful filly consigned by Bobby Jones Equine LLC, Agent, went to The Big Stable Inc, for $50,000. The bay filly is out of Scoot On By, by Catienus, and is a half sister to stakes placed Triple Cross.

Hip No. 408, a colt by Offlee Wild consigned by Perrone Sales. Ltd., Agent, was purchased by Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock for $50,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Sparkling Blue, by Smoke Glacken, a full sister to stakes winner Smoke Mountain.

For the session, 206 horses sold for a total of $2,890,100, compared with 213 horses bringing a total of $2,636,400 at last year’s first Open session. The average price was $14,030, up 13.3% from $12,377 in 2011, while the median price rose 11.1% from $9,000 a year ago to $10,000. The buyback percentage was 21.4%; it was 23.4% last year. Eight horses sold for $50,000 or more compared with four a year ago.

The Open Yearling Sale’s final session begins Thursday at 10:30 a.m.