Maryland-breds did brisk business at the Ocala Breeders’ Spring Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, held April 16-19 in Ocala, Fla. Eleven Maryland-breds went through the ring, with eight selling, four for six figures.

The Maryland-bred sales topper was a Nyquist colt out of How My Heart Works consigned by Thorostock LLC, agent. He sold for $550,000 to Spendthrift Farm/MKW Racing and Breeding LLC. Bred by Bowman and Higgins Stable, this is the second time the dark bay has been a Maryland-bred sales-topper; he previously sold for $205,000 at last fall’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling Sale when part of the Becky Davis consignment. He breezed an eighth of a mile in 10 seconds.

Tom and Chris Bowman and the late Milton P. Higgins’ homebred mare How My Heart Works (Not For Love) is also the dam of 2020 Maryland Million Classic champion Monday Morning Qb and Group 3-placed Asawer, a $200,000 sales yearling in 2021 and $450,000 May sale 2-year-old, her first two foals of racing age. The 12-year-old mare is a half-sister to Maryland-bred champion Awesome Flower, the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner and multimillionaire Cyberknife. Her most recent foal is a City of Light filly born last May 6.

A half-sister to 2024 multiple graded stakes winner Post Time named Field Song, from the first crop of McKinzie, sold for $140,000 to Baccari Bloodstock LLC and Dream Walkin Farms from the de Meric Sales consignment. She also breezed an eighth of a mile in 10 seconds, and was bred by the Bowmans, their son Brooke, and Higgins. She’s out of Brooke Bowman’s stakes-winning mare Vielsalm (Fairbanks), who, in addition to Post Time, has produced winners What Does It Take (Munnings) and Battle of Bostogne (Street Magician) from three foals of racing age.

A colt by Jimmy Creed out of Moon Vision, bred by Country Life Farm and Moon Vision Broodmare LLC, sold for $115,000 to West Point Thoroughbreds Inc., L.E.B. Agent, from the Grassroots Training & Sales LLC consignment, having also breezed an eighth of a mile in 10 seconds. This is the third time he’s sold at auction, having previously gone for $38,000 at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale and $65,000 at last September’s Keeneland Yearling Sale. His second dam, Fifteen Moons (Malibu Moon), is the dam of stakes winner Mayla (Sharp Humor) and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and producer Hookedonthefeelin as well as the dam of Acorn Stakes-G1 winner Midnight Lucky. 

D.J. Stable paid $110,000 for a gray Liam’s Map colt out of the Royal Bloodstock Sales LLC consignment. Bred by David Wade, Paul O’Loughlin and Jeff Matty Jr., the colt went an eighth of a mile in 9.4. He previously sold for $28,000 at last fall’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling Sale, and $17,000 at the 2022 Midlantic December Mixed Sale. His stakes-placed dam Miss Avalon (by Jump Start) earned $383,364 and is a half-sister to two stakes horses. He’s from the family of Canadian champion 2-year-old Cash Deposit.

In total, the eight Maryland-breds sold for $1,019,000, good for an average of $127,375 and a median of $82,500. Last year, six Maryland-breds sold for an average of $156,750.

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