Maryland-breds enjoyed success at the Ocala Breeders’ March Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, held March 12-14 in Ocala, Fla.

Nine Maryland-breds went through the ring, with eight selling for an average of $109,625 and a median of $57,500. Those figures represent an increase from last year, when six Maryland-breds sold for an average of $67,333 and a median of $56,000.

A dark bay or brown colt from the first crop of Honor A. P. led the way among both Maryland-breds and Mid-Atlantic breds, fetching $300,000. Consigned by Cary Frommer LLC, Agent I, and bred by Dark Hollow Farm, he sold to Amerman Racing LLC. He breezed an eighth of a mile in 10.1 at the under-tack show the week prior. 

A headliner when named Grand Champion of the MHBA Yearling Show last year, the son of the Not For Love mare Flit went through the ring at last fall’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale and listed as sold to Hillwood Stables for $87,000. He’s a half-brother to $222,427-earner Betcha by Golly; his dam is a half-sister to stakes winners O Dionysus (Bodemeister) and Joy (Pure Prize) and stakes-placed Combat Diver. The colt’s third dam, Safe At the Plate (by Double Zeus), is a half-sister to Maryland-bred legend and Racing Hall of Famer Safely Kept and graded stakes winner and sire Partner’s Hero.

Two other Maryland-breds, also by first-year sires, commanded six figures. A colt named Hot Promise, by Promises Fulfilled, sold for $230,000 to West Point Thoroughbreds and C J Stable LLC, LEB Agent. Bred by Randy Ridgely and Gary Ridgely and consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent VIII, he’s out of the stakes-placed Latent Heat mare Hot Fun, whose first five foals are all winners. The chestnut colt breezed an eighth mile in 9.4, a tick off the fastest time posted of the nearly 500 works at the distance. This was the third time he’s sold, after bringing $30,000 as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December sale, and $110,000 at Keeneland September last year. 

Hubert Guy Bloodstock paid $160,000 for a Gift Box colt bred by 2500 Determined Stud and consigned by Little Farm Equine LLC, Agent III. The colt breezed an eighth of a mile under tack in 10 seconds flat. His dam, multiple stakes winner Involuntary (by City Zip), has produced two stakes horses from her first three foals: 2022 Canadian champion 2-year-old Philip My Dear, and stakes-placed Determined Sail. Her Gift Box son initially sold as a summer yearling at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky for $20,000.

Five Maryland-breds sold in the ring, with three more selling post-sale, for a total of $877,000.

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