$1.5-Million Not This Time Colt on Top as Action Ticks up at OBS March

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis OCALA, FL - With a pair of colts topping the seven-figure mark, the tempo picked up during the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Wednesday. With 144 horses sold Wednesday for $25,488,000, the session average was $177,000--up 6.2% from last year's corresponding session--and the median of $87,500 declined 2.8% from a year ago. The buy-back rate was 31.8%. "I thought it was a very good session," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "It felt like...

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$1.3-Million Flatter Colt Lights up OBS

Ramiro Restrepo saw off a host of challengers to secure a colt by Flatter for $1.3 million during Wednesday's second session of the OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. Restrepo signed for the juvenile in the name of his Marquee Bloodstock and he was purchased on behalf of a group of international partners, including Gustavo Delgado, who will train the dark bay. The colt was consigned to the sale by Sequel Bloodstock, on behalf of his breeder, Gentry Stable. He is out of Napier (Midnight Lute), a half-sister to...

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Another 'Wyn' for Baffert in Los Alamitos Futurity

Wynstock (Solomini), campaigned in partnership by Los Alamitos track owner Ed Allred and one-time Hollywood Park president and current Los Al vice president Jack Liebau, provided his New York-based stallion with his second stakes winner of the afternoon and first at the graded level when narrowly outlasting Stronghold (Ghostzapper) in Saturday's GII Los Alamitos Futurity. It was the eighth victory in the 10 runnings of the Futurity since relocating to Orange County for trainer Bob Baffert and first since 2020. Ironically, Solomini crossed the wire best in the 2017 renewal,...

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After The Breeders' Cup, Search Results Bound for Fasig-Tipton

Ever-consistent Grade I-winning millionaire Search Results (Flatter - Co Cola, by Candy Ride {Arg}) figures to be one of the top choices in the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. A presence in the Chad Brown barn for three years, the 5-year-old's Distaff bid will be her final race sporting the Klaravich Stables silks as she will head to the Fasig-Tipton November Sale following Saturday's championship meet. "Search Results has been such a wonderful horse not only for us to work with, but for Seth and Beth Klarman," said Chad Brown. "In...

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OBS October Yearling Supplemental Catalog Available

The Supplemental Catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2023 October Yearling Sale is now available via the OBS website and in printed form at the OBS sales grounds. Thirty-seven horses have been supplemented; in all 713 horses will be sold. There are two sessions, set for Tuesday, Oct. 10 and Wednesday, Oct. 11. Hip No.'s 1-338 plus supplements 339-359 will be offered Tuesday and Hip No's 401-739 plus supplements 740-755 will be sold Wednesday. Both sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. The supplemental catalog adds substantial sire power to...

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'Very Positive' Fasig-Tipton California Sale Topped by $250K Vronsky Colt

by Dan Ross & Jill Williams A $250,000 colt by late California sire Vronsky led Tuesday's one-session Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age Sale, topping a dozen lots to sell for six figures. While the $5,751,500 gross for 185 head and $15,000 median (-11.76%) declined somewhat from the 2022 edition, average was up slightly from $30,522 in 2022 to $31,089 (+1.86%) this year. The buy-back rate, 25.7% in 2022, rose to 34%. "Buy-backs may be up a little bit," said Fasig-Tipton's California representative Mike Machowsky. "But the...

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City Of Light Colt Coasts To Maiden Win At Del Mar

5th-Del Mar, $84,500, Msw, 9-10, 2yo, 1mT, 1:36.03, fm, 1/2 length. FORMIDABLE MAN (c, 2, City of Light--Fanticola {GSW & GISP, $561,986}, by Silent Name {Jpn}) was a 9-2 shot here at first asking and the bay colt wrangled the lead past the grandstand, settling on the front end into the first turn. The hooded Mike McCarthy trainee continued to set the fractions and arriving at the top of the lane, he fended off a challenge from fellow firster and favorite Ngannou (Mendelssohn) to win by half a length. The...

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Flatter Filly Ratchets Up With First Stakes Win At Del Mar

Flattery (Flatter) battled seven others to win the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Saturday. After she broke her maiden at first asking at Del Mar over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course Aug. 19, the chestnut filly returned here as the 3-1 third choice. From the first jumps she was taken back along the rail towards the rear of the field as a longshot set a brisk pace. The Peter Eurton trainee continued to wait her turn until the far turn when she tipped to the outside and under a drive,...

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Flatter Filly an Easy Debut Winner at Ellis

5th-Ellis, $67,900, Msw, 8-1, 2yo, f, 5 1/2fT, 1:03.77, fm, 4 1/4 lengths. SONG OF NORWAY (f, 2, Flatter--Cougarstown {SW, $101,723}, by Speightstown) was installed the 2-1 favorite, her position only strengthened by the late scratch of the well-meant Pinotslilgirl (Jimmy Creed). Jumping to the front in a blink of an eye from her high draw, the Wesley Ward trainee led 3-1 chance Saltwater Taffy (Twirling Candy) and Midnight Angel (West Coast) through an initial quarter in :22.12. Rolling through the a half in :45.79, the blinkered filly opened up...

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Seven Horses Supplemented To Keeneland April Sale

A total of 121 horses, including seven horses in the latest round of supplements, have been cataloged to Keeneland's April Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. "We've been able to recruit some recent winners to the April Sale, and several horses have won during the Keeneland Spring Meet," Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. "There's a lot of quality through the catalog, so it's a very dynamic sale that has evolved nicely over the last couple of years." The latest group of seven supplements to the April Sale...

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Cha-Ching As Sound Money Makes Bank In The Mahab Al Shimaal

RRR Racing's Sound Money (Flatter--Vegas Trip, by Aldebaran) was making his Meydan debut for these connections and didn't disappoint, running out a 2 3/4-length victor of the $250,000 G3 Mahab Al Shimaal Sponsored By Emirates SkyCargo at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday. The 1200-metre dirt race was the ninth and final on the Super Saturday card, a warm up for Dubai World Cup night in three weeks' time. One of three in the race for Bhupat Seemar besides G3 Al Shindagha Sprint victor Tuz (Oxbow) and Western Symphony (Ire) (Shamardal), the...

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Flatter's Stonewall Star Wires The Key Cents S.

A 4 1/2-length winner against state-bred fillies at second asking Sept. 22, Stonewall Star returned to take on the boys last time out, coming in a game third beaten only a length behind Acoustic Ave (Maclean's Music) and GSP Andiamo a Firenze (Speightstown) in the New York Breeders' Futurity at the Finger Lakes Oct. 17. Back against her own gender Saturday as the heavy 2-5 choice, Stonewall Star wasted no time getting to the front, establishing the early lead from the first strides.  With over a length in hand through...

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