Quality Road filly sets the bar at $800,000
Filly's third dam is Cee's Song, the dam of Tiznow
Owner-breeder Frank Fletcher went to $800,000 to secure a filly by Quality Road - the session-topper during the opening day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales April Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale.
The dark bay/brown filly, consigned by Eddie Woods as agent, was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther, Eurowest Bloodstock and Celebre Investments. She is out of the Medaglia D'Oro daughter Betty Brite, whose dam is Balboa Betty, a sister to Tiznow, Budroyale, Tizdubai and Tizbud.
Fletcher, who lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas, said he regularly buys horses at the OBS Spring Sale but this was the first time he'd attended the Ocala sale in several years.
"I have been buying colts down here for years and decided this year I needed to buy some ladies," Fletcher said.
The filly came highly recommended by Woods, who is breaking and training some other horses Fletcher acquired as yearlings. Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni and trainer Al Stall jnr, who were attending the sale with Fletcher, also gave their support.
"I was hoping for $400,000-$500,000 but, and I don't know who was sitting behind us, they were bidding pretty hard," Fletcher said. "We are excited. It is always a gamble, but it is a fun business. I travel all over the country going to races. This is what I do for fun."
Top-priced colt goes to Alex Lieblong for $550,000
Son of Strong Mandate impressed by working :10 into a headwind
A colt by Strong Mandate became the top-selling colt midway through the opening session of the sale when owner Alex Lieblong went to $550,000.
Consigned by Randy Miles as agent, the dark bay/brown colt is the first foal out of the winning Majestic Warrior daughter Callous Effect, who is a half sister to listed stakes winner Miss Frost, a daughter of Curlin, and stakes-placed winner Prizefighting, by Smart Strike.
"Any horses that can work :10 flat in a wind that was at least 10mph, and they were telling me was higher, is taking a big step up," Lieblong said.
"All the Strong Mandates I've seen have been gorgeous, and you just don't expect that big of a robust horse to be that athletic that early. He certainly has been."
Young goes to $475,000 for Arch filly from Off The Hook
Filly is a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Zivo
A dark bay filly from the final crop of top sire Arch got the sale off to a fast start, selling for $475,000 to bloodstock agent Steve Young on behalf of an undisclosed client.
Joe Appelbaum's Off The Hook consignment sold the filly that is out of the winning Quiet American mare American Skipper. The Arch filly (Hip 23) is a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Zivo
"She is a beautiful-moving filly that breezed great on the day that had inclement weather, on an inclement track," Young said of the filly's work in :10 2/5. "She is a two-turn filly that worked with a lot of quality. There are no more Arch mares, and he's a sire everyone knows how much I like. I think she can be anything."
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