This filly is a Florida horse through and through—flat out fast and a stunning individual from the esteemed Ocala Stud operation, all of which made her a hot commodity and yielded the highest price for a filly in the two-day sale.
A superb breeze was the eye-catcher: she went a quarter mile in 20 2/5 and with a stride length that was nearly two feet above average. Seeing her in the flesh back at the barn sealed the impression.
To put in perspective how much she caught the attention of OBS shoppers, consider that she cost $200,000 more than the next highest filly, who was a half sister to champion sprinter Drefong and represented an established leading sire in Candy Ride.
Our new filly is a daughter of The Big Beast, whose first runners will reach the races this year. He stands at Ocala Stud, which has been an institution in Florida breeding and sales dating back to the 1950s and '60s when the farm helped pioneer the two-year-olds in training marketplace and establish OBS.
The farm's owner, Michael O'Farrell, said this filly's female family has been a proven source of nice horses for just about that long.
"Ocala Stud raises and sells runners," Terry Finley said. "It's no secret, and certainly not at OBS. It's the only place they sell horses at. We have done well buying from them for years and have a lot of faith in their operation, from [owner] Mike O'Farrell to his family who is now more involved. They do a great job year after year. This filly is something, just an incredible specimen."
West Point's bloodstock adviser, David Ingordo, suspects The Big Beast may not stay in Florida long, much like his sire Yes It's True, who was a rabidly popular source of speed in Florida before he moved on to Kentucky. The Big Beast graduated from the OBS April sale and was a brilliant sprinter, winning the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.
"I really like what I have seen from The Big Beast," Ingordo said. "He is aptly named. Our very own Mike Shannon helped buy him. His two-year-olds have been impressive both physically and on the track. This is a very nice filly. I was petting and playing with her. She has a great attitude. I just really like this filly."
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2020.
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