Ocala Breeders' Sales Company

Frankel Colt Gets Rising Star Tag In Chantilly Debut

Hot on the heels of Gran Sabana (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) earning a 'TDN Rising Star' rosette in Friday's opening contest at Chantilly, the Fabrice Chappet-trained $535,000 Ocala April breeze-up graduate Onesto (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) earned one of his own with a dominant performance in the one-mile Prix de Villebon for unraced 2-year-old colts and geldings. The 15-2 chance was keen under attempted restraint during the opening exchanges and raced in rear for the most part. Making smooth headway once angled to the outside in the straight, he quickened in impressive...

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OBS October Catalogue Online

The catalogue for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October Yearling Sale is now available online at www.obssales.com. The two-day auction is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 12th and 13th. Supplemental entries will be accepted until Sept. 24th. The Selected Yearling Sale begins Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. with hip numbers 1 through 135, plus supplements. The Open Yearling Sale, with 364 horses cataloged as hip numbers 201 through 564, plus supplements, is set for Oct. 13 and will begin at 11  a.m. OBS will again offer online bidding during...

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Juvenile Market Completes $200-Million Bounceback

It may still turn out that we're living under a volcano. For now, however, the first major bloodstock cycle after the trauma of 2020 represents an almost symmetrical, V-shaped recovery--right back to the $200-million breakthrough made by the American 2-year-old market in 2019. Despite restocking with a diminished pool of horses, compared with then, this sector has resembled a giant stress ball in retrieving all its former buoyancy the moment the squeeze was released. It was the juvenile consignors, of course, that were first broadsided by the pandemic last year....

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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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