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Florida 2YOs Day-2: US$1.8m Belong To Me Colt
In the US, New Jersey-based bloodstock agent Buzz Chace (buying on behalf of Al Gold, "a new client who is a real estate developer in New Jersey" whose trainer is Steve Asmussen) out-bid Jimmy Gladwell (acting for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation) & paid US$1.8 million (a new all-time record at an OBSC auction) for a colt by Widden Stud shuttler Belong To Me (the 1st foal out of Royal Academy mare Vassar) during the 2nd session at the 2-day Ocala Breeders' Sales Co March Sale of Selected 2YOs-In-Training in Florida, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. (The previous US$1.725 million record was set at the 1982 OBSC October mixed sale, when British Bloodstock Agency bought K D Princess, dam of 1982 Horse-Of-The-Year Conquistador Cielo.) The Belong To Me colt (bred in Kentucky by Mike Akers, Jeff Bowen & Randy Zeller) was consigned by Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree Stables as agent; he had previously been consigned to the 2005 Keeneland September sale by Viking Stud as agent & "bought back on a bid of US$105,000" noted bloodhorse.com. This time the colt worked 2 furlongs "in a bullet 21sec" during the pre-sale breeze-up session & Chace commented: "I thought he'd bring a lot of money. Horses that work like that, they usually go on. He was the fastest work in the sale & he just has a great demeanor. It's a lot of money, but I think he's a lot of horse." Consignor Dunne added: "If this is what US$1.8 million feels like, I'd hate to feel US$16 million (referring to last month's world record US$16 million Forestry colt). We felt like he was the best horse in the sale & we figured $500,000 or $600,000 or maybe $700,000. He's a grand horse, he's got leg & he's a beautifully balanced horse."