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Circular Quay colt tops June Sale’s opening session

Hip No. 266, Cheers of Thunder, a son of Circular Quay whose three eighths in :33 1/5 at Saturday’s Under Tack session was the day’s fastest at the distance, was sold to Paul Pompa, Jr. for $275,000 to top the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2013 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. Consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, Agent, the bay colt is out of Trail of Cheers, by Indian Charlie.

Hip No. 180, a colt by Smart Strike consigned by All in Line Stables, Agent, went to Steven W. Young, Agent for Dogwood Stable, Inc., for $200,000. The bay colt, who worked an eighth in :10 3/5 at Friday’s Under Tack session, is out of Silk Road, by Giant’s Causeway, a half sister to graded stakes winner Summer Colony.

Hip No. 176, a First Samurai colt whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest on Friday, was purchased for $155,000 by EQB, Inc., Agent for Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, the bay colt is out of Shoo In, by Dynaformer, a half sister to stakes winner Promise of War.

Gary Young, Agent, went to $150,000 for Hip No. 336, a filly by Dixie Union consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent. The dark bay or brown filly, who breezed a quarter in :21 2/5 on Saturday, is out of African Sunrise, by Tale of the Cat, a half sister to graded stakes winner Tough Speed.

Hip No 337, a colt by Dunkirk consigned by Azpurua Stables, Agent, was sold to Joseph Brocklebank, Agent, for $130,000. The bay colt, who breezed a quarter in :21 2/5 on Saturday, is out of A Gal Named Slew, by Johannesburg, a daughter of stakes winner Missy Slew.

Hip No. 11, Secret Song, a filly by Dunkirk consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, went to Mike Keathley for $120,000. The gray or roan filly, who breezed a quarter in :22 flat on Friday, is out of Marialua, by Maria’s Mon, a half sister to stakes winner Honolua Storm.

 Hip No. 79, a Colonel John filly out of Pam’ssumerwind, by Rodeo, was sold to Blinkers On Racing Stable for $110,000. The dark bay or brown filly, consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 on Friday.

Hip No. 82, a filly by Even the Score whose quarter in :21 flat was co-fastest at the distance on Friday, went to Donato Lanni, Agent, for $110,000. Consigned by Southern Chase Farm, Inc. (Greg & Karen Dodd), Agent, the dark bay or brown filly is out of Pata Fresca, by Indian Charlie, a half sister to the dam of stakes winner Calleybluebayou.

For the session, 220 horses grossed $6,695,500 compared with 221 horses bringing a total of $5,087,800 at last year’s first session. The average was $30,434, up 32.2% from $23,022 a year ago, while the median price was $20,000, a gain of 33.3% compared with $15,000 last year. The buyback percentage was 25.4%; it was 17.5% in 2012. Forty three horses sold for $50,000 or more, compared with 24 at the corresponding session in 2012.

The June Sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Hip No.’s 371-748 will be offered.