A total of 1,231 2-year-olds in training have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's Spring Sale, to be held Tuesday through Friday, Apr. 19-22 at the auction house's Central Florida complex.
Gracing the cover of the 2022 catalog is 'TDN Rising Star' Corniche (Quality Road), who topped last year's renewal on a bid of $1.5 million from Marette Farrell, agent for Speedway Stables, and who went on to cap an undefeated championship season with a victory in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar.
OBS April graduates Emblem Road (Quality Road) and Country Grammer (Tonalist) provided the exacta in the $20-million G1 Saudi Cup in Riyadh last month and are featured on the back cover of the catalog. The former was an $80,000 by agent Bruno de Berdt out of this event two years ago, while Country Grammer fetched $450,000 from Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, in 2019. Winner of the GIII Peter Pan S. as a 3-year-old while under the care of Chad Brown, he added last year's GI Hollywood Gold Cup and was first off a nine-month layoff in the Saudi Cup. Country Grammer goes in Saturday's G1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan.
Other high-profile grads of the April sale include the G1 Dubai Turf-bound MGISW Colonel Liam (Liam's Map, $1.2m–2019), the undefeated 3-year-old fillies Kathleen O. (Upstart, $275,000–2021) and 'TDN Rising Star' Shahama (Munnings, $425,000–2021) and recent G1 Coolmore Classic victress Lighthouse (Mizzen Mast, $375,000–2019).
Under-tack previews will be held over the course of six days from Sunday, Apr. 10 through Saturday, Apr. 16, beginning each morning at 8 a.m., with approximately 175 horses breezing each day.