Louisiana Bred yearlings earned top money in the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s winter mixed sale Jan. 28.
An accredited Louisiana bred yearling filly from the first crop of multiple grade I winner The Factor topped the opening session with a final bid of $190,000 from George Bolton and Peter Leidel. The gray or roan filly bred by Summerhill Farms LLC and Terry Gabriel, is a half sister to accredited Louisiana bred graded placed stakes winner Southern Dude out of the winning Cobra King mare Viva Vega, a full sister to stakes winner Follow Me Home.
Kim Harrison of Top Speed Farm, agent, consigned the session topper, who sold as hip No. 105. “She’s a beautiful filly,” said John Moynihan, who signed the ticket on the Louisiana-bred filly. “We thought as nice as she is it would be too expensive to buy her later on. George and Peter are very excited to have her.”
Bolton campaigned The Factor in partnership with Fog City Stable. The fast son of War Front won the 2011 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) and the 2012 Pat O’Brien Stakes (gr. I), as well as the 2011 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) for trainer Bob Baffert en route to career earnings of $922,180.
Bidding for another accredited Louisiana bred yearling filly went to $90,000 for the second-highest price horse of the session. EQB Inc., agent for Zayat Stables, signed the ticket for the filly by WinStar stallion Pioneerof the Nile out of the Doneraile Court mare Cinnamon Kisses. Consigned by Summerfield (Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck), the Louisiana-bred filly hails from the female family of grade I winners and millionaires Stellar Jayne and Starrer. She was bred by Gulf Haven Farms, LLC.
“I thought she was lovely,” said EQB’s Patrice Miller, who signed the ticket. “She has page, she’s big, and she jumped through all of our hoops. I think she was one of the best in the sale.”