Ocala Breeders' Sales Company

Global Campaign Colt Tops OBS Winter Mixed Open Session

A short yearling from the first crop of GI Woodward S. winner Global Campaign (Curlin) (hip 485) topped the open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale Wednesday when selling to Machmer Hall for $80,000. Bred in Florida by Dominque Damico and consigned by Fly By, the dark bay colt is out of Im a Dixie Diva (Henny Hughes), a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner Mor Spirit (Eskendereya). During Wednesday's open session of the two-day auction, 182 horses sold for $2,064,200. The average was $11,342 and...

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Tapit Colt on Top at OBS Winter Mixed Sale

A colt by Tapit (hip 42) attracted the highest bid of $225,000 during Tuesday's open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed and Horses of Racing Age Sale when New York conditioner Dave Cannizzo outlasted trainer Mark Casse for the short yearling, who was consigned by Stuart Morris. "He's the only horse I bid on today," Cannizzo said Tuesday afternoon. "He was a standout. It's what we came here to do and we did it. We got in a little dogfight with Mark Casse, but we won the...

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OBS 2023 Calendar Opens with Winter Mixed Sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will open its 2023 schedule with the Winter Mixed Sale and Horses of Racing Age which begins its two-day run Tuesday morning in Central Florida. The auction begins at noon with a consignor preferred mixed session of 143 catalogued head, followed immediately by an offering of 148 horses of racing age. Wednesday's open mixed session, which also begins at noon, includes 253 catalogued offerings. "We are excited to be kicking off the year with a good sale," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "I...

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OBS Expands March 2-Year-Old Sale

An increase in entries has precipitated The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company to expand the 2023 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. The Under Tack Show will expand to four sessions, beginning Tuesday, Mar. 14 and continuing through Friday, Mar. 17. All sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. There will now be three sale sessions, beginning Monday, Mar. 20 and continuing through Wednesday, Mar. 22. All sessions get underway at 11:00 a.m. The sale and Under Tack Show will be streamed live via the OBS website at obssales.com. The catalog will be...

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Open Letter to the Industry: Entering the Final Turn

by Tom Rooney The Thoroughbred breeding and racing world is descending on central Kentucky this week. The excitement is palpable, Lexington is abuzz, and anticipation is building each day as we get closer to this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland. And while this event will begin the wind down to the 2022 racing calendar, I am reflecting on my first year as President and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). While I've been a Thoroughbred enthusiast my entire life, this is the first year where I've...

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Taking Stock: Donato Lanni's (Almost) Perfect Weekend

I called the elite bloodstock agent Donato Lanni last Wednesday only to tell him I'd call him again Sunday and to expect my call. I was fortunate he picked up, because he was on a golf course enjoying a rare day off following a busy Keeneland September sale where he'd purchased a number of million-dollar yearlings among many others. When we made plans to speak again, neither of us mentioned why I'd be calling. I didn't want to jinx him, with Cave Rock (Arrogate), War Like Goddess (English Channel), and...

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OBS October Supplements Online

The supplemental catalogue for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October Yearling Sale is now available at www.obssales.com. Print editions of the supplement are available on the OBS sales grounds. Twenty-two selected yearlings have been supplemented and will sell as hip numbers 186-207. Twenty-three horses have been added to the Open Yearling Sale, selling as hip numbes 661-684. The Selected Yearling Sale begins Oct. 11 at noon with hips 1-207 offered for sale. The Open Yearling Sale, now cataloged as hip numbers 251-684, is set for Oct. 12 and will begin...

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Northview Stallion Station Expansion Leads to Saratoga

After pinhooking success near its home base in Maryland last fall, Northview Stallion Station and the Golden family's Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds will look to keep the momentum going with a debut consignment of three horses at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale Monday. "It's been a goal of ours for several years to start consigning up here [in Saratoga]," explained Northview's David Wade. "We've had homebreds that have fit the Keeneland market and we've had homebreds that fit the Timonium market, but we were looking specifically for something to pinhook...

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'All Grown Up' June Sale Brings Curtain Down on Juvenile Sales Season

A juvenile sales season which set records at each stop along the way, comes to a close with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age, which begins its three-day run Tuesday morning in Ocala. OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski expects demand for 2-year-olds to remain high at the June sale. "I think there is still demand for horses," Wojciechowski said. "I think we saw that certainly in April [at the OBS Spring sale]. We heard from a lot of people who still...

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Miami IP Stable Ready for Round 2

A group of Italians who call South Florida home banded together last year to form Miami IP Stable, a racing stable of American-bought horses to race in Italy. The partners' initial investment worked out so well, they plan on restocking at the upcoming yearlings sale and this time they hope to make use of evolving technology to increase their buying power. Paolo Romanelli, whose roots in Italian racing run deep, spearheaded the partnership. "I have this passion for horse racing because of my family tradition," Romanelli said of the origins...

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Dozen Share Furlong Bullet at OBS

The under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-Year-Olds Sale entered its second half Thursday with 12 juveniles sharing the fastest furlong time of :10 flat, while three horses shared the day's fastest quarter-mile time of :21 2/5. Ocala Stud sent out a homebred filly by Uncaptured to work the quarter-mile in :21 2/5 during the first set Thursday. The bay is out of Brown Glaze (War Front) and is a full-sister to graded placed Bet On Mookie. A colt by Blame (hip 687) consigned by Britton...

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Army Mule Filly Swiftest at OBS: 'She's Always Flying'

A filly from the first crop of Grade I winner Army Mule (hip 437) zipped a quarter-mile in :20 2/5--fastest of the week so far--during the third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-Year-Olds Sale under-tack show Wednesday in Central Florida. Consigned by Larry Mejias's appropriately named Fast Horses, the gray filly is out of the unraced Super Holiday (Super Saver) and from the family of graded winner Double Honor. "I am really happy with that work," Mejias said. "That filly had been working really fast at the...

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