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OBS President Tom Ventura Joins TDN Writers’ Room

As president of the sale company that conducted the final auction before the coronavirus pandemic shut down society as well as the first one after restrictions were lifted, OBS's Tom Ventura has had to learn on the fly. Wednesday, he joined the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland to offer his advice for the rest of the industry on keeping business going amidst COVID-19 and his impressions of the rebounding sale market. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Ventura said of the lessons...

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TDN Writers’ Room with Tom Ventura

OBS President Tom Ventura joins this week's TDN Writers' Room to discuss the results of the OBS sales that occurred in the midst of the Coronavirus, and what OBS learned as an organization while operating under the unprecedented conditions.

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OBS July Catalogue Online

The catalogue for the OBS July Sale of 2-Year-Olds In Training and Horses of Racing Age is now online at www.obssales.com. Supplemental entries will be accepted through this Friday, June 19. An even 1000 horses have currently been catalogued for the three-day auction, comprised of 988 juveniles in training and 12 older horses. Hips 1-360 are set to go under the hammer Tuesday, July 14, hips 361-720 Wednesday, July 15 and the balance of horses, including any supplements, Thursday, July 16. There are six scheduled under tack previews for the...

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Not This Time Filly First to Hit Million-Dollar Mark at OBS

by Jessica Martini, Christie DeBernardis and Steve Sherack A daughter of freshman sire Not This Time (Hip 1254) was the first juvenile to reach the million-dollar mark during the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's Spring Sale towards the end of the second session Wednesday. The fleet-footed bay, who worked the fastest quarter-mile of the sale in :20 1/5, was also the first ever seven-figure sale for her consignor Top Line Sales. She was purchased by Gary Young. Both Hip 1254 and Tuesday's topper, a $750,000 colt by Ghostzapper (Hip 1250), were...

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Not This Time Filly First To Seven Figures at OBS

A filly from the first crop of Not This Time (Hip 1254) was the first juvenile to hit the seven-figure mark at OBS late in Wednesday's session, hammering for $1.35-million to agent Gary Young, who was acting on behalf of an undisclosed client. It was the first million-dollar sale for the Gladwells' Top Line Sales. They purchased the filly, who breezed in an uktra-sharp :20 1/5, for $135,000 at KEESEP for a partnership that included their good friend Mark Marino.

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Bullet-Breezing Ghostzapper Colt Provides Late-Session Fireworks at OBS

A co-quickest (:9 4/5) colt by Ghostzapper provided an exclamation point at the end of the opening session of the OBS Spring Sale Tuesday when bringing a winning bid of $750,000 from Ben McElroy, agent for Arman Shah, son of prominent owner Kaleem Shah. Consigned by Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock, Agent VII as hip 1250, he was originally entered in the cancelled Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. A $250,000 KEESEP yearling purchase by Wyoming native and oil and gas industry executive Joey Platts, the Mar. 30 foal is out of a Smart...

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No Nay Never Fillies On Offer At OBS

The American breeze-up sector squeezed in its OBS March sale before much of the world came to a standstill due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the 2-year-old sales are back in business in the U.S. this week with the rescheduled OBS Spring Sale in Ocala, Florida. The sale boasts an international flair with two daughters of No Nay Never set to go under the hammer, both consigned by Jimbo and Torie Gladwell's Top Line Sales. Set to sell on day two as lot 421 is a filly born on Apr. 2...

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Reyes Sends Out Pair of Bullet Workers at Final OBS Breeze Show

Raul Reyes of King's Equine sent out two of the four bullet furlong workers at the final day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale breeze show Saturday. "They both breezed well, no surprises," Reyes said. "They have both been training well all around." One of Reyes's bullet workers was Hip 1179, a NY-bred son of Honor Code (video). Consigned on behalf of breeder Pine Ridge Stables, the colt is out of the stakes-placed Indian Charlie mare Indian Rush, who is also responsible for stakes winner's March X Press...

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Wavertree On Fire at Friday’s Breeze Show

Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables was on fire Friday at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training breeze show. The Irishman sent out one of two :20 2/5 bullet breezers, as well as four juveniles who worked in :20 3/5. "It was a great day," Dunne said. "I don't want to say it was unexpected because it wasn't, but it is very rare that everything goes exactly as you hoped. We felt we were loaded coming into today. We had some nice horses throughout the week, but...

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Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: June 6 & 7, 2020

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Hanshin and Tokyo Racecourses, the latter of which hosts the best race on the planet this weekend, Sunday's G1 Yasuda Kinen, featuring 2018 Horse of the Year Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) as well as US-bred G1SW Mr Melody...

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OBS Under Tack Show Begins Sunday

The under tack show for the rescheduled OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training begins Sunday and runs through Saturday, June 6. Hip No.'s 1-176 plus supplements 1233-1244 will breeze on Sunday. Hip No.'s 177-352 and supplements 1245-1256 go to the track Monday; Hip No's 353-528 plus supplements 1257-1267 breeze Tuesday; Hip No's 529-704 and supplements 1268-1278 work Wednesday, Hip No.'s 705-880 plus supplements 1279-1289 breeze Thursday, Hip No's 881-1056 and supplements 1290-1300 work on Friday and Hip No's 1057-1231 plus supplements 1301-1315 will go to the track Saturday. Each...

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F-T Midlantic Yearlings Sale and OBS October to Switch Dates

Fasig-Tipton and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company have come to an agreement to switch dates for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale and OBS October Yearlings Sale. Fasig-Tipton's sale will now be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5-6, in Timonium, Maryland to coincide with the rescheduled GI Preakness S. in nearby Baltimore. The sale had previously been scheduled for Oct. 12-13. OBS will now conduct its Selected Yearlings Sale Oct. 13 and its Open Yearlings Sale Oct. 14-15 at its Ocala, Florida facility. OBS's two yearlings sales were originally slated for...

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