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OBS Spring Catalogue Online

The catalogue for the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds In Training, postponed from next month to June 9-12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is now online at the company website at www.obssales.com. A total of 1,231 juveniles have been catalogued for the four-day sale, with lots 1-308 going under the hammer Tuesday, June 9; lots 309-616 Wednesday, June 10; lots 617-924 Thursday, June 11; and lots 925-1231 Friday, June 12. Bidding begins each day at 10 a.m. Seven under-tack previews are scheduled to begin Sunday, May 31 and continue through...

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OBS Reschedules Juvenile Sales

The Ocala Breeders' Sale Company has rescheduled its 2020 Spring and June Sales of 2-Year-Olds in Training in response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The Spring Sale, originally scheduled for Apr. 21-24, will now be held June 9-12. The June Sale, which was slated for June 10-12 will now be held July 14-17. The Spring Sale under tack show will be May 31-June 6 and the June under tack show will be July 6-11. The Spring Sale catalog will stay as is and entries will be accepted from the June...

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Daredevil Colt Works Fastest Quarter at OBS Saturday

A Daredevil colt (Hip 640) breezed the fastest quarter at the third and final day of the OBS March Breeze show Saturday, covering the distance in :20 3/5. Two others tied for the fastest furlong at :9 4/5. Hip 640 is consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables, which also sent out Friday's fastest quarter-mile worker in Hip 237, a daughter of American Pharoah, who went in :20 2/5. Dunne purchased the Daredevil colt for $30,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale. The fastest furlong workers were Hip 477 (video) and...

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Mason Springs Ventures to Ocala

Marcus and Crystal Ryan's Mason Springs will consign two juveniles at next week's OBS March Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. It'll be the Aiken-based couple's first time selling horses at an auction other than the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale--they'll offer an Exaggerator colt (hip 162) on Tuesday and a filly by Not This Time (hip 486) on Wednesday. "We love the Midlantic sale, but it's nice to branch out finally," Crystal Ryan said of the decision to head to OBS. "We both love traveling so much. We hope to be able to...

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Racehorse Owner-Trainer Prep Mar. 19-22

The Racehorse Owner-Trainer Prep class will be offered by The Elite Program Inc. and Dr. C. Reid "Mac" McLellan on the Ocala Breeders' Sales grounds Mar. 19-22. The four-day class provides instruction to pass a trainer exam including medication and other rule updates. Expanded by one day from last year, the updated version of the program's Trainers' Exam Prep Class also includes methods and philosophy of training racehorses. The class is open to anyone interested in learning about horses and horseracing. Owners, jockeys, grooms and handicappers participate alongside participants desiring...

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Feb. 8 & 9, 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 Kyoto and Tokyo Racecourses: Saturday, February 8, 2020 2nd-KYO, ¥9,680,000 ($88k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m QUALITY TIME (JPN) (f, 3, Quality Road--Gypsy {GB}, by Distorted Humor) is out of a winning daughter of Glia (A.P. Indy), a stakes winner and GSP...

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Summer Front Colt Tops OBS Open Session

A $92,000 Summer Front short yearling colt topped the open and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale Wednesday. Consigned as hip 633 by Select Sales, Agent II, the Apr. 12 foal was purchased by Dailey Bloodstock's Renee Dailey. The bay was bred in Florida by Machmer Hall and Marco Medina. His now 2-year-old half-brother by Into Mischief was a $350,000 Fasig-Tipton November weanling in 2018. Unplaced dam Diva Star (Cherokee Run) is a half to MSW and GSP Captain Serious (Successful Appeal) and hails from...

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Mixed Sales Season Shifts to Ocala

A total of 646 horses of all ages have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale, which kicks off a two-day run in Central Florida Tuesday morning. The sale begins at 11 a.m. ET with a consignor preferred session (hip 1-186) to be immediately followed by the horses of racing age section (hip 201-351). The balance of the horses (hip 401-710) will be offered during the sale's open session Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. "We've had a chance to go around and look at the horses...

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Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and OBS Announce Major Reforms to Medication and Riding Crop Policies for 2-Year-Old Sales

Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Inc. have jointly announced significant changes to policies regarding medication, including restriction of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and a ban on bronchodilators at all 2-year-old sales, and limited use of riding crops at under-tack shows. The revised Conditions of Sale for each sales company take effect March 2020. These proactive measures demonstrate continued uniformity among the United States' three largest Thoroughbred auction houses and are the latest round of leadership reforms undertaken in recent years, following action in...

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OBS Winter Mixed Supplemental Catalogue Now Online

The supplemental catalog to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2020 Winter Mixed Sale is now available on the company's website at obssales.com. Nineteen horses have been supplemented to the Preferred Session, for a total of 186 horses cataloged as Hips 1-186. The Session will begin Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 11:00 a.m. The addition of 29 supplements swells the Horses of Racing Age Session to a total of 151, cataloged as Hips 201-351, beginning immediately following the Preferred Session. Twelve horses have been added to the Open Session, which gets underway...

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Monday’s Racing Insights: Baffert Unveils Pricey Pair of OBS Purchases

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 1st-SA, $55K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f, 3:30 p.m. ET Trainer Bob Baffert unveils two more members of his extremely well-stocked stable in the form of a pair of pricey OBS acquisitions. Merneith (American Pharoah) was a $350,000 Fasig-Tipton November weanling turned $600,000 OBSMAR graduate after a :20 4/5 breeze in Ocala. Her dam Flattermewithroses (Flatter) became a stakes winner when breaking her maiden at 53-1 in the 2012 Voodoo Dancer S. over seven yielding turf furlongs at Belmont. Reem (Danza), a $74,000 Fasig-Tipton October...

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