Ocala Breeders' Sales Company

OBS Spring Breeze Show Starts Sunday

The under-tack show for the upcoming Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale begins Sunday morning and continues through next Saturday with breezes beginning each day at 8 a.m. Hips 1-174 are scheduled to work Sunday and the schedule for the remainder of the show will be: Monday: hips 175-348; Tuesday: hips 349-522; Wednesday: hips 523-696; Thursday: hips 697-870; Friday: hips 871-1044; and Saturday: hips 1045-1217. The Spring sale will be held Apr. 20-23, with each session commencing at 10:30 a.m.

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Layden, Knuckley Look to Keep the Mojo Going at Gulfstream Sale

James Layden and Kevin Knuckley, who enjoyed a pinhooking home run with their JK Bloodstock partnership at the OBS March sale, will look to keep the momentum going at next week's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training. Layden takes a three-horse consignment into the South Florida auction, two of whom--a colt by Ghostzapper and a colt by Speightstown--he owns in partnership with Knuckley. Layden and Knuckley, who are partners on 12 juveniles to pinhook this spring, got off to a quick start in Ocala when an Uncle Lino...

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Practical Joke Filly Brings $750k at OBS

A filly from the first crop of multiple Grade I winner Practical Joke (hip 311) shot to the leader board at OBS when selling for $750,000 to Hideyuki Mori Wednesday in Ocala. Consigned by Top Line Sales, the bay filly is out of Peruvian champion Valiant Emilia (Per) (Pegasus Wind) and is from the family of recent GII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Helium (Ironicus). The bay filly, who RNA'd for $65,000 as a Keeneland November weanling, sold for $120,000 to Down the Stretch at the 2020 Keeneland September...

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Market Opens Strong at OBS

by Brian DiDonato and Steve Sherack With the end of the coronavirus pandemic seemingly in sight, and both buyers and sellers eager to return to some semblance of normalcy, the opener of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training featured borderline euphoric trade from start to finish. A total of 160 head changed hands Tuesday for gross receipts of $18,482,500 at an average of $115,516 and a median of $62,500. The RNA rate as of Tuesday evening stood at 20%. While exact year-to-year comparisons are somewhat...

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Things Looking Up As OBS March Kicks Off New Sales Season

OCALA, FL- Hardy attempts at optimism were made at last year's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale, but an unmistakably ominous atmosphere hung over the grounds. Before the first hip had even reached the walking ring in Ocala, both Keeneland's April Sale and Fasig-Tipton's Gulfstream Sale had been canceled as the tentacles of the Coronavirus pandemic tightened their grip around the nation. There was an unforgettable discord between the then-normalcy of crowded local restaurants and stores while sporting event and festival cancellations seemed to happen between the start of each...

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Six K's Standing Strong Heading into Second Sales Season

Scott Kintz's Six K's Training and Sales has a strong foundation to build on after surviving its first 2-year-old sales season, of all years, in 2020. The veteran horseman has enjoyed some strong advertisements on the track in the interim as he and his crew being their first group of 2021 juvenile offerings to market at this week's OBS March sale. "Obviously, it has not been fun or easy," Kintz said earlier this week of the added difficulties of building a new business in the middle of the covid pandemic....

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Seven More Go :9.4, Two More :20.2 During Second OBS Under-Tack Session

Seven more juveniles matched Thursday's fastest furlong of :9 4/5 during Friday's second of three under-tack previews for the OBS March sale, while another two tied the top quarter-mile time of :20 2/5. Hip 220, the morning's first breezer, kicked off a strong day for last year's leading first-crop sire Nyquist. Consigned by Top Line Sales, Agent XVII, she was one of two Nyquist fillies to go in :9 4/5. The $67,000 KEESEP RNA, a June 3 foal, is out of a half to speedy GSW This Ones for Phil...

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Consignors Talk First-Crop Sires Ahead of 2-Year-Old Sales (Part 2)

With the 2-year-old sales right around the corner, the TDN reached out to consignors with juveniles heading to the sales rings at the Mar. 16 and 17 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and the Mar. 31 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale to discuss which of their offerings by first-crop sires have impressed them. This is the second installment of the series (click here to view the first section which was published in Tuesday's TDN). CIARAN DUNNE (Wavertree Stables) Among the 26 juveniles Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables has...

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Consignors Talk First-Crop Sires Ahead of 2-Year-Old Sales

As the calendar inches inexorably towards March and a spring-long series of 2-year-olds in training sales, consignors are putting the finishing touches on juveniles heading to auction, paying particular attention to youngsters representing their stallions first crop to hit the track. The TDN is reaching out to consignors with 2-year-olds heading to the sales rings at OBS and Gulfstream Park next month to find out which freshman sires have impressed them. EDDIE WOODS Prolific consignor Eddie Woods has 24 juveniles catalogued for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March 2-Year-Olds in...

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Raven Unexpectedly Busy at OBS

Owner/trainer Kerri Raven, based at Tampa Bay Downs this winter with a string of 10 horses, went to the OBS Winter Mixed Sale Tuesday with the expectation of possibly buying a horse out of the auction's racing age section. The Ontario native returned to Tampa Wednesday with three horses, including the $150,000 session topper Bear Brian (Tiznow) (hip 368). "I just came up to see the horses of racing age, but I didn't really have a plan," Raven said on the road back to Tampa Wednesday afternoon. "We brought the...

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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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