2-Year-Old Sales

Record Median As Steady OBS June Sale Concludes Sales Season

OCALA, FL - With a significantly larger catalogue this year, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds always figured to eclipse the record gross it set last year, but the three-day auction ended Thursday with, not just that new highwater mark, but also with a sale record median figure. "A lot of horses got sold at a lot of different levels," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said. "That's always a good thing, particularly for the last sale of the year." A total of 653 juveniles sold...

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Uncle Mo Filly Leads the Way As Action Picks Up at OBS

OCALA, FL - After a slow and steady opening session, the action picked up throughout the day at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-Year-Old Sale Wednesday, with the auction's second session concluding with a continuing strong median and an average just off last year's record-setting pace. Wednesday's session produced the sale's top three prices so far, with a filly by Uncle Mo leading the way when selling for $725,000. In all, 216 horses sold Wednesday for a total of $9,314,000. The session average was $43,120 and the median was...

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Uncle Mo Colt Tops OBS April Opener

by Christie DeBernardis & Jessica Martini OCALA, FL--A son of Coolmore's super-sire Uncle Mo (Hip 206) topped the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale Tuesday, summoning $2.3 million from Gary Young, who was acting on behalf of Amr Zedan's Zedan Racing Stables. It was the first $2-million sale since 2017 when a colt by Tiznow brought a record-breaking $2.45 million. Purchased by Scott and Evan Dilworth for $250,000 at KEESEP, Hip 206 was consigned by the Jimbo and Torie Gladwell's Top Line Sales. "April is a...

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Shah Fires Early with $1.2M Buy at OBSMAR

Fresh off a $600,000 purchase for a Bolt d'Oro colt on Day 1 at the OBS March sale Tuesday, Kaleem Shah came out firing Wednesday, securing Hip 318 for a cool $1.2 million moments after the start of the second day of the sale. Consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables, the son of More Than Ready worked an eighth in :9 4/5 during Sunday's final breeze session. Out of the Indian Charlie mare Broad Spectrum, the bay is a half-brother to SW Broad Approval (Carpe Diem).

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Weather Forces OBSMAR Scheduling Changes

Extreme weather conditions have prompted OBS officials to delay Sunday's OBS March breeze show, which will now begin at 10:00a.m. The third breeze session was originally slated for Saturday, however, forecasts of heavy precipitation prevailing in the area prompted the late change in plans. A tornado also reportedly tore through the Ocala area Saturday, although sales' officials confirmed that the OBS grounds were largely not impacted. Temperatures, expected to plummet Saturday evening giving rise to a chilly Sunday morning, in the vicinity of 30s. Additionally, Daylight Savings Time begins overnight...

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Britton Peak a Family Affair at OBS March

Horses run deep in the blood of the Martin family. Anyone following the sport at any point during the past 50 years would in all likelihood be familiar with the lineage, which in some ways has developed its own brand name in racing. Beginning with the legendary Hall of Famer Frank 'Pancho' Martin, famously known for training Sham to runner-up finishes to Secretariat in the 1973 Kentucky Derby and Preakness S., and followed by his son Jose Martin, who commandeered the career of a trio of champions, including top sprinter...

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Acclaimed Florida Horseman Luke McKathan Passes Away

James Bryan "Luke" McKathan, Sr., the patriarch of one of Florida's most successful racing families and an accomplished horseman and pinhooker, died Feb. 14 at the age of 89. According to a lengthy profile on the McKathan family in a 2004 edition of the Florida Horse magazine, Luke McKathan was born and raised on a family farm in Alabama, where he picked cotton, and left home at 13 in search of a better life. He began his career in racing with Standardbreds and found a job with legendary harness racing...

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What a Winter Filly Leads BSA November

A juvenile filly by What a Winter (SAf) brought R800,000 (£37,797/€45,051/$50,687) to top the Bloodstock South Africa November 2-Year-Old Sale at the TBA complex in Germiston on Saturday. Purchased by Hollywood Syndicate, the full-sister to G2 Camellia S. and G3 Man O'War Sprint winner Celestial Love (SAf) (What a Winter SAf) was consigned by Hemel 'N Aarde Stud as lot 29. The sale's priciest colt was lot 49, a son of Querari (Ger), who went to Greg Bortz for R750,000. A half-brother to the stakes-placed duo of Twinkle Toes (SAf)...

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OBS June Catalog Now Online

In the wake of 2020 June graduate Medina Spirit (Protonico)'s victory in the GI Kentucky Derby, the catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2021 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age was released Monday and is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com. The iPad version of the catalog is available via the equineline Sales Catalog app. Supplemental entries are being accepted until May 19. There are 858 2-year-olds and 15 older horses cataloged for the three-day sale, with all sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST....

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Keeneland Catalogs 66 Entries for April Sale

Keeneland has cataloged 66 horses for its April Horses of Racing Age Sale, to be held Monday, Apr. 26. The sale, which will begin at 1 p.m. ET and be livestreamed on Keeneland.com, will be conducted as an integrated event, with live auctioneers at Keeneland and with horses presented for sale both physically at Keeneland and at off-site locations. Keeneland also will provide online bidding for buyers who wish to participate remotely. Keeneland will continue to accept supplemental entries to the April Sale until Thursday, Apr. 22. Click here for...

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Catalogue Now Online

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 570 entries for its 2021 Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held Monday and Tuesday, May 17-18, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. "Led by Eclipse Champion and Breeders' Cup Champion Gamine, Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training is once again among the nation's leading two-year-old sales by Grade I wins," said Midlantic Sales Director Paget Bennett. "This year's cover features graded stakes winners from North America to Dubai, on dirt and turf, in a variety of divisions. This sale produces graded stakes success--and lots of...

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Things Looking Up As OBS March Kicks Off New Sales Season

OCALA, FL- Hardy attempts at optimism were made at last year's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale, but an unmistakably ominous atmosphere hung over the grounds. Before the first hip had even reached the walking ring in Ocala, both Keeneland's April Sale and Fasig-Tipton's Gulfstream Sale had been canceled as the tentacles of the Coronavirus pandemic tightened their grip around the nation. There was an unforgettable discord between the then-normalcy of crowded local restaurants and stores while sporting event and festival cancellations seemed to happen between the start of each...

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