Ocala Breeders' Sales Company

OBS Winter Mixed Sale Supplemental Catalog Available Online

The supplemental catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2021 Winter Mixed Sale is now available online. Six horses have been supplemented to the Preferred Session, for a total of 183 horses cataloged as Hips 1-183. The session will begin Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. The addition of 26 supplements swells the Horses of Racing Age Session to a total of 121, cataloged as Hips 251-371, beginning immediately following the Preferred Session. Thirteen horses have been added to the Open Session, which gets underway Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 10:30...

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OBS Continues Health and Safety Protocols

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will continue the health and safety protocols instituted at its 2020 sales this year when it opens its 2021 calendar with the Winter Mixed Sale Jan. 26 and 27. Face coverings are now mandatory in the sale pavilion, under the covered walking ring and in the back walking ring. Attendance at sales and breeze shows will be restricted to sale participants only, with social distancing encouraged in all areas. Employees will wear masks when interacting with the public. The food court will offer limited service,...

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OBS Winter Mixed Catalogue Online

The catalogue for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale is now online at www.obssales.com. The two-day auction will be held Jan. 26 and 27 and supplemental entries will be taken until Jan. 13. Tuesday's Consignor Preferred Session of the sale begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include hips one through 177. The Horses of Racing Session, catalogued as hips 251 through 345, begins immediately following the conclusion of the Preferred Session. The Open Session, with hip numbers 451 through 789, is set for Wednesday, Jan. 27 and will...

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For Just $5,000, Owner May Have Bought His Ticket to Kentucky Derby

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-old sales attract all the heavyweights in the business, people who are ready to spend millions and have proven records of picking out future stars. Then there is Mark Schwartz. Schwartz arrived at this year's OBS Spring sale with a modest budget and ready to buy a horse at a sale for the first time. A Brooklyn-born retiree living in Florida, he knew the odds were not in his favor. "I did my research, but this was kind of like playing the lottery," he said....

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Danzing Candy Colt on Top at OBS

A colt from the first crop of California-based stallion Danzing Candy topped the open yearling session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October sale on a $115,000 bid from agent Donato Lanni. Overall numbers held up reasonably well compared to last year, especially considering the current economic pressures brought about by COVID-19. After 2-year-olds, horses of racing age and selected yearlings sold Tuesday, Wednesday's open session saw 256 yearlings bring a combined $2,859,400 at an average of $11,170 (down 11.1% year over year) and median of $8,000 (unchanged). The RNA...

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Not This Time Filly Tops OBS Opener

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October Sale opened its two-day run Tuesday with an offering of 2-year-olds and selected yearlings and the polarized demand that has come to define the market in recent years accentuated by all the uncertainties of the global pandemic. A filly by Not This Time brought the session's highest price when selling for $225,000 to Tonja Terranova from the consignment of Lisa McGreevy's Abbie Road Farm. The yearling was one of two to sell for $200,000 or over. Eight yearlings sold for six figures during the...

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Speightster Filly Fastest at OBS Under-Tack Show

A filly by Speightster turned in the fastest furlong work of Sunday's under-tack show ahead of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October Sale. The juvenile (hip 50), consigned by Julie Davies, covered the distance in :10 1/5. She is out of Bern Legacy (Bernstein), a half-sister to graded placed Centrique (Malibu Moon). A $55,000 Keeneland November purchase, the bay filly RNA'd for $70,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October sale. Three 2-year-olds shared the day's fastest quarter-mile work: a filly by Candy Ride (Arg) (hip 2, :21 1/5) consigned by Top...

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OBS Supplemental Catalogue Online

The supplemental catalogue for the Oct. 13-14 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2020 October Sale is now available online. It will also be available in printed form at OBS on or about Wednesday, Oct. 7. Three 2-year-olds and two horses of racing age have been added to the two-day sale and will sell as Hip No.'s 55-59. Twenty-seven yearlings have been supplemented to the Selected Yearling portion and will sell as Hip No.'s 243-269. In addition, 28 horses have been added to the Open Yearling Sale, selling as Hip No.'s 694-721....

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Xcira Provides Online Bidding Options at Keeneland and OBS

With pandemic-induced travel restrictions and crowd-size limitations nipping at its heels, the Thoroughbred auction scene finally made its debut on the internet this year, first with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale in June and most recently with the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The company tasked with helping both OBS and Keeneland offer their buyers the opportunity to bid online was Xcira Global Technologies. Founded by Gary and Nancy Rabenold, the Florida-based company helps facilitate online auctions across the globe in industries as diverse as art, livestock and automobiles....

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Sandin Out to a Flyer With Pico d'Oro

Gerry Sandin, who grew up near Bay Meadows Racetrack and played Little League with future trainer Bill Morey, always knew he wanted to own racehorses one day. The California native finally made the dream a reality when he purchased a son of Curlin at the OBS March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale this year and he was cheering the colt on from his Bay Area home when Pico d'Oro became his first winner while breaking his maiden in stakes company in the Runhappy Juvenile S. at Ellis Park Sunday. "That was...

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Distorted Humor Colt on Top as OBS July Sale Concludes

A reshuffled and rearranged juvenile sales season like no other came to a conclusion with the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's July 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale Thursday and, with a market left shaken by the fallout of the ongoing global pandemic, numbers were predictably down at the three-day auction. "Certainly the numbers were off comparatively, but it's hard to compare this to other years with so much that has gone on," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said. "There were some bright spots...

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Distorted Humor Colt Brings $700k at OBS

A colt by Distorted Humor, supplemented to the OBS July sale, sold for $700,000 to bloodstock agent Jacob West late in Thursday's final session of the three-day auction. Out of Tizacity (Tizway), the juvenile was consigned by McKathan Bros. and was purchased by Kevin McKathan for $165,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October sale. Co-breeder Matt Lyons purchased Tizacity for $5,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton February sale.

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