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Flatter colt tops Spring Sale’s opening session

Hip No. 161, a bay colt by Flatter consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 on Monday, was sold to Whispering Oaks Farm for $280,000 to top the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. He’s out of stakes placed Mrs. Debbie M, by War Chant, a half  sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Omniscient. 

John C. Kimmel, Agent, went to $270,000 on behalf of Tobey L. Morton for Hip No. 273, a son of Pioneerof the Nile out of graded stakes placed stakes winner Princess Belle. The dark bay or brown colt, consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, turned in an eighth in :10 2/5 at last Tuesday’s Under Tack session.

Hip No. 137, a bay colt by Archarcharch out of K. O. Kitty, by Tale of the Cat, was sold to Arnold Zetcher LLC for $250,000.  Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, the half brother to stakes placed Syriana’s Song, breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at Monday’s Under Tack session.

Jacob L. West, Agent, paid $250,000 for Hip No.  157,  a daughter of More Than Ready out of Morekissesforpatti, by Unbridled’s Song, from the family of champion Hansel. Consigned by Mayberry Farm, Agent, the dark bay or brown filly turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 last Monday. 

Hip No. 277, Ancient Secret, a chestnut filly by Kantharos consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to Steven W. Young, Agent, for $225,000. Out of Privacy, by Notebook, a half sister to stakes winner Admonition, she sped a quarter in :21 1/5 last Tuesday.

Steven W. Young went to $220,000 for Hip No. 58, Brugge, a daughter of Smoke Glacken also consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent. The dark bay or brown filly, who worked a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, is out of Lilies So Fair, by Giant’s Causeway, a half sister to graded stakes winner My Miss Sophia and undefeated classic contender Materiality, winner of the recent Florida Derby (G1).

Hip No. 256, a daughter of Yes It’s True consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, was sold for $200,000 to Barry Berkelhammer, Agent. The chestnut filly, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 last Tuesday, is out of Pleasant Ring, by Pleasant Tap, and is a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Bad Debt.

For the day, 163 horses sold for a total of $9,642,700, compared with 186 horses bringing $11,952,500 at last year’s opening session. The average price was $59,158 compared with $64,261 in 2014, while the median price rose 5% from $40,000 a year ago to $42,000 in 2015. The buyback percentage was 28.2%; it was 17.7% last year.  

The Spring Sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.