McKinzie Filly Fastest at OBS Finale

Hip 1143 | Judit Seipert

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A filly from the first crop of multiple Grade I winner McKinzie (hip 1143) equaled the fastest quarter-mile work of the seven-session under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training when covering the distance in :20 1/5 Sunday in Central Florida. The juvenile is consigned by Eddie Woods on behalf of breeders Brent and Beth Harris.

“We expected her to work well,” Woods said. “I'm not going to say I thought she would go in :20 1/5. That would be ridiculous. But she really stepped on it. She's a very honest filly.”

The bay filly is out of D'Fashion (D'Wildcat) and is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded-placed Strategic Dreams (Archarcharch). She RNA'd for $65,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale.

“She's done really well since we got her,” Woods said. “She was a inexpensive RNA for the most part in September, but she's changed significantly since then, from a physical point of view. It's like night and day. She belongs to the Harris brothers up in Kentucky and I got her through Padraig Campion of Blandford Stud.”

McKinzie's first crop of 2-year-olds have been working well at OBS this spring and, led by a $750,000 colt, were well-received at the March sale.

“They act like they are nice horses,” Woods said of the Gainesway stallion's first crop. “They are very professional. They all try really hard like he did. He ran for a long time himself and they look like they are going to do the same thing.”

A filly by Practical Joke (hip 1187) became the fourth juvenile of the week to work a furlong in :9 3/5 during Sunday's final session of the under-tack show. Out of Emerald Gal (Gilded Time), the bay is a half-sister to multiple graded-stakes winner Sarah Sis (Sharp Humor). She was purchased by Carlo Vaccarezza for $25,000 at Keeneland last September and is consigned by Top Line Sales.

While the under-tack show was interrupted by an unexpected off day due to severe weather Thursday, buyers and sellers were back on schedule Sunday.

“We usually have two show days between the breeze show and the sale, but it used to be one,” Woods said Sunday afternoon. “And the extra day was purposefully put in there for that reason. If we come up on a bad day, we have a swing day in there, so it worked well. A lot of people got a lot of horses looked at that morning before the rain got too bad. And there are people who are only starting to come in here anyway, so it didn't effect them at all. We were pretty steady showing today and hopefully we will be very busy tomorrow.”

The OBS Spring sale will be held Tuesday through Friday with bidding beginning each day at 10:30 a.m.

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