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Heart Shaped , Maram and Laragh battle for the Juvenile Fillies Turf in the 2008 Breeders' Cup. Pic Harry How/ Getty

Paul Pompa purchased a three-parts brother to Heart Shaped (nearside) by Giant's Causeway for $425,000 through Hidden Brook

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Buoyant finale to
OBS March Sale

Day 2 OBS March 2yo Sale comparative figures ($)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  170  115  84  73  9,685,000  115,298  80,000
 2009  263  166  93  56  9,151,000  98,398  65,000

Overall OBS March 2yo Sale comparative figures ($)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  340  237  171  72  19,971,000  107,257  80,000
 2009  523  358  206  57.5  18,341,000  96,947  68,500

MARKET recovery in the US appears to be a step closer to being realised after the two-day OBS March Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Florida concluded in strongfashion on Wednesday.

The second session's trade surpassed the bullish level set during the previous day by producing the $525,000 sale-topper as well as healthy increases in average, median and clearance rate. Although OBS presented 121 fewer horses than a year ago due to a significantly smaller catalogue, the aggregate fell by only eight per cent to $18,341,000.

The two days saw 171 two-year-olds sell for an average of $107,257, an increase of 11 per cent from last year, and median of $80,000, an increase of 17 per cent. The clearance rate leapt from 57.5 per cent to 72 per cent.

Eight juveniles were purchased for $300,000 or more.

The sale was topped by a daughter of More Than Ready, who sold to agent Steven Young on behalf of an undisclosed client for $525,000. Consigned by Jerry Bailey on behalf of her breeder Gulf Coast Farm, the filly zipped a furlong in :10.1 seconds during Friday's breeze on Ocala's Safetrack surface.

She also owns a family out of the top drawer as a half-sister to the Grade 2-winning miler Star Dabbler, whose first foals hit the track this year, and relation to Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Speightstown.

Hidden Brook purchased the session's dearest colt, a three-parts brother to last season's 1,000 Guineas fourth Heart Shaped for $425,000, on behalf of prominent owner Paul Pompa.

The son of Giant's Causeway, who is also a half-brother to Grade 1 Champagne Stakes winner A P Valentine, had cost Tony Bowling's All In Sales $220,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

The figures for the second session rose across-the-board with 84 horses selling fora total of $9,685,000. The average and median increased 17 and 23 per cent to $115,298 and $80,000.







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Midnight Legend £358,793
Stowaway £354,737