Ocala Breeders' Sales Company

OBS June Sale Starts Wednesday

The three-day Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds, one of the last stops on a juvenile sales season which has recorded strong demand for horses from its start in Ocala in March, on to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, back to Ocala in April, and most recently in Timonium, Maryland, begins Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. "We certainly hope that the type of trends we saw in April and in this whole 2-year-old season translate over to June," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. This year's OBS April...

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Bullet Work for Quality Road Colt at OBS Sunday

A colt by Quality Road (hip 856) turned in the fastest furlong work of Sunday's final session of the under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds when he became the third juvenile of the show to work in :9 4/5. The bay is consigned by McKathan Bros. Sales, agent, on behalf of breeders Fred Hertrich, III and John Fielding. "He's been fast all year and I thought he'd go fast today. He held up his end of the bargain," said consignor Kevin McKathan. The...

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Shackleford Filly Swiftest at OBS Saturday

A filly by Shackleford (hip 573) worked the fastest quarter-mile of the week when covering the distance in :20 3/5 during Saturday's fourth session of the under-tack show ahead of next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds. Consigned by Jonathan Navas's Navas Equine, the bay filly is out of Moondancer (Cuvee) and from the family of Grade I winner Kitten's Dumplings. "She was always training well and has a good mentality," Navas said. "But last week when she prepped at OBS, she went :21 1/5. I usually...

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Top Line Juveniles Shine at OBS

Jimbo and Torie Gladwell's Top Line Sales claimed the fastest furlong and quarter-mile breezes of Friday's third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's under-tack show ahead of the June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, with a filly by Frosted working the second :9 4/5 furlong of the week and a colt by Arrogate setting the new quarter-mile mark of :20 4/5. When hip 447, a daughter of Frosted out of graded stakes winner Jody Slew (Slew City Slew), turned in her :9 4/5 breeze Friday, it was actually the...

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Practical Joke Filly Fastest at OBS Thursday

A filly by Practical Joke (hip 258) turned in the fastest quarter-mile work of Thursday's second session of the under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds, stopping the clock in :21 1/5. The time matched the mark set by two juveniles during Wednesday's first day of the six-session breeze show. Consigned by Top Line Sales, the filly is out of stakes-placed Devious d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro), a half-sister to graded stakes winner Devious Intent (Dixie Union) and multiple stakes winner and graded placed Pioneer Spirit...

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Midnight Storm Filly Zips Bullet at OBS

A filly by Midnight Storm turned in the fastest furlong work of the day and a pair of juveniles shared the day's fastest-quarter mile breeze during Wednesday's first session of the under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds. Consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales on behalf of breeder Alex Venneri, the Midnight Storm filly (hip 107) zipped her furlong in :9 4/5 shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. "She's a pretty nice filly, but you never know until they actually get out there," Venneri said....

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OBS Under-Tack Show Begins Wednesday

The five-session under-tack show ahead of next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds gets underway Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. Hip numbers 1-185 will breeze Wednesday. Hips 186-370 will go to the track Thursday; hips 371-554 breeze Friday; hips 555-738 work Saturday and hips 739-927 will go to the track Sunday. The under-tack show will be streamed live on TheTDN.com. The June sale will be held next Wednesday through Friday with bidding beginning each day at 10:30 a.m.

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OBS June Supplemental Catalog Now Online

The supplemental catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2021 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age is now available via the OBS website at www.obssales.com and available in printed form at the OBS sales grounds beginning on or about Monday, May 31. Forty-eight 2-year-olds and five horses of racing age have been supplemented to the three-day sale, and will sell as Hips 875-927. All sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. Hips 1-316 will sell Tuesday, June 9; Hips 317-632 will be offered Wednesday, June 10 and Hips 633-874...

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The Week in Review: How to Buy a Derby Winner for $1,000

As consignor Christy Whitman remembers, it was deathly quiet when Medina Spirit (Protonico) entered the ring as a yearling at the 2019 OBS Winter Mixed sale. She seemed to be the only one paying any attention to him "I knew he wasn't going to bring much because no one was looking at him," she said. A few minutes later, Medina Spirit would be hers, forever remembered as the GI Kentucky Derby winner who sold for $1,000 as a yearling. It's the umpteenth reminder about how beautifully unpredictable this sport can...

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Record-Setting OBS Spring Sale Concludes

Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training concluded its record-setting renewal with a frenetic day of bidding in Central Florida Friday. The four-day auction produced its highest-ever gross when 723 horses sold for $73,907,900. The average was $102,224 and the median was $50,000--both figures just off the records set in 2019 of $108,903 and $60,000. "We went into the sale with high hopes and certainly the sale didn't let us down," OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said. "The buyers showed...

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Arrogate Filly to Yoshida

A filly from the first crop of champion Arrogate sold for $1-million to the internet bid of Katsumi Yoshida midway through Wednesday's second session of the OBS Spring Sale. The gray is out of multiple graded stakes winner Amen Hallelujah (Montbrook). She was consigned by Mayberry Farm on behalf of Steve Spielman's Nice Guys Stable, which purchased her for $150,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale.

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OBS Fireworks for Gun Runner Colt

The big sales results from the first crop of juveniles by champion Gun Runner (hip 118) continued Tuesday at OBS when a son of the Three Chimneys stallion sold for $850,000 to the bid of bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, acting on behalf of Michael Lund Petersen. The gray juvenile will join the $1.7-million son of Gun Runner purchased by Amr Zedan at last month's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale in the Southern California barn of trainer Bob Baffert. "He's a beautiful horse," Lanni said. "Just a cool horse. He did everything he...

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