An Ontario-bred colt by Tiznow from I’m Breathtaking was one of four purchases by Malta Manors at the March OBS Two-Year-Old Sale – photo courtesy Shirley Camilleri

By: Jennifer Morrison | March 18, 2021

Hip No. 311, a daughter of first crop sire Practical Joke consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, went to Hideyuki Mori for $750,000 to top the second and final session, as well as the overall Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2021 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. The bay filly, whose eighth in :9 4/5 was co-fastest at Friday’s Under Tack session, is out of champion Valiant Emilia (PER), by Pegasus Wind, from the family of recent Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Helium.

For the entire sale, 326 horses sold for $38,265,000 compared with 295 bringing $27,349,500 a year ago. The average price was $117,377 compared with $92,710 in 2020 while the median price was $62,500 compared with $50,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 16.2%; it was 38.8% in 2020.

From Ontario, one of the more prominent buyers at the Ocala sale was SHIRLEY and ANTHONY CAMILLERI who picked up four 2-year-olds for their growing Malta Manors Stables. The Camilleri’s recently opened their lavish new Camhaven Training Centre in Caledon, ON, a wellness and conditioning facility that offers Aqua treadmills and Cold Saltwater Spas to Laser or Ultrasound therapy.

The Camilleri’s also hired trainer Angus Buntain to oversee their Woodbine stable which added recent 2-time winner, Canadian-bred 3-year-old BREAKING ALONE (Lea) through a claim at Gulfstream.

During the the Ocala sale’s two sessions, the team added two Ontario-bred juveniles and two Kentucky-bred juveniles.

For $90,000 they purchased a Tiznow colt from I’m Breathless, bred by the late Bill Graham, and a flashy Honor Code colt from Flawless Diamond, bred by Anderson Farms Ontario.

They also bought a Frosted colt out of Unbridled Betty for $42,000 and a MacLean’s Music – Ever Adored colt for $35,000.

Buntain told Peter Gross on the Mar. 1 Down the Stretch podcast, “They are developing a state of the art facility in Caledon. Their vision of what they are trying to achieve in racing and training is wonderful. It is nice to see people investing in the industry with a vision to grow and it is exciting to be part of that vision.”

An Ontario bred Honor Code colt bred by Anderson Farms was bought by Anthony and Shirley Camilleri for $90,000 – photo courtesy Shirley Camilleri.


Other Canadians who bought 2-year-olds at the Ocala were:

John Kertesz who paid $46,000 for a handsome Tourist colt who worked three furlongs in 33 4/5 at the gallop show. The colt will be sent to trainer David Bell.

Jamie Begg for Windways Farm signed the ticket for a $130,000 Jimmy Creed filly, hip 15. Begg recently stepped out on his own to train horses after being an assistant to Mark Casse.

York Tech Racing Stable bought a colt by Bayern for $26,000. The Ontario-bred will be trained by Santino DiPaola.

Sylvain Pion, who runs the Beat the Feet owner’s syndicate, bought an English Channel filly out of Warm Front for $22,000

Al and Bill Ulwelling bought an Ontario-bred Daredevil filly out of Heavenly Summer for $100,000.


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