Bill Childs purchased a filly by first crop sire Tiz the Law for $400,000 Wednesday to top the first day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales June Sale of Two Year Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age. The auction will continue with two more sessions through Friday.

The Wednesday session sold 173 head for gross sales of $6,825,500 for an average of $39,454 and a median of $21,000. That compares to last year’s first day of the June Sale when 225 head that sold for $8,047,900. The average increased 10.3% from $35,768 last year and the median jumped 5% from $20,000 on the first day last year.

Selling as Hip 187, the top-selling filly is out of Dixie Union mare Southern Silence. The filly is a half-sister to stakes-winners Liberate, Esplandande and stakes-placed runners Condemnation and Stealth Mode. She worked a bullet quarter mile in :20.40 at the second under tack show held last Wednesday.

Hip 25 sold for $250,000 to Legion Bloodstock as agent. Consigned by Pick View LLC as agent, the bay filly is by first crop sire Authentic out of the stakes-placed mare Party Starter, by Medaglia d’Oro. Party Starter is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-producer Pyxis and stakes-producer Filledurio. She worked a furlong in :10.40 during the first breeze show held last Tuesday.

Hip 34 also sold for $250,000. Holly and David Brown purchased the filly out of the Britton Peak as agent consignment after she worked an eighth mile in :9.80 at the under tack program. The gray or roan filly is by Munnings out of Piccadilly Line, by Air Force Blue, and her third dam is Grade 1-winner and multiple stakes-producer Marylebone.

Hip 334 garnered a final bid of $210,000 from Joseph W. Sutton. Scanlon Training & Sales as agent consigned by colt by Practical Joke out of the stakes-placed mare Wahgah, by Distorted Humor. Wahgah is half-sister to Grade 3-placed Bashaar. The colt worked an eighth-mile in :10 flat during the under tack show.

Hip 241 was purchased by North Hills Co. Ltd., for $200,000. Consigned by Richardson Bloodstock as agent, the colt is by Liam’s Map out of Surf Siren, by Bernardini, a half-sister to multiple Group 2-winner Taareef and stakes-producer Sacred Luna. The bay colt worked two furlongs in :21 flat at the under tack show.

Castleton Lyons went to $200,000 to buy Hip 271 out of Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables Inc., as agent consignment. The gray or roan colt is by Tapit out of The Blonde Peque, by Giant’s Causeway and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Father Glado. He worked an eighth mile in :10.20 at the under tack session.

Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree led all consignors in gross sales Wednesday, selling head for $480,000. Tom McCrocklin was the second leading consignor with five head bringing $451,500.

CHPR was the leading buyer, signing the ticket on 35 head for $440,000. Bill Childs was the second leading buyer with his lone purchase of the sale topper for $400,000.

The June Sale resumes Thursday at 10 a.m.

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