Ocala Breeders' Sales Company

OBS January Sale Concludes on Par with 2023

A short yearling by Omaha Beach (hip 409) topped the two-day Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale when selling for $100,000 to Discovery Bay Bloodstock during the auction's open session Wednesday. Bred by Dominque Damico and consigned by her Fly By Thoroughbreds, the Florida-bred filly is out of Gardenista (Curlin), who is a daughter of multiple graded-stakes winner Valbenny (Ire) (Val Royal {Fr}). During Wednesday's open session, 163 horses grossed $2,009,900 for an average of $12,331 and a median of $5,200. The buy-back rate was 21.3%. Through two days,...

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Mitole Colt Tops OBS January Sale Tuesday

A short yearling by Mitole (hip 87) brought top price of $95,000 from Calumet Farm during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's January Winter Mixed Sale Tuesday. Bred by Kathie Maybee, the colt was consigned by Danielle Loya's Silver Oaks Farm. He is out of Wild Hickory (Terrell), a half-sister to multiple graded winner Alert Bay (City Zip). The colt RNA'd for $45,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton November sale. During Tuesday's consignor preferred section, 75 horses grossed $1,738,400 for an average of $23,179 and a median of...

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OBS Winter Mixed Sale Begins Tuesday

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company opens its 2024 calendar with the two-day Winter Mixed Sale which begins Tuesday at noon. The auction opens with a preferred session of 137 catalogued short yearlings, broodmares and broodmare prospects. Following the preferred session, OBS will present an offering of 76 catalogued horses of racing age. The auction concludes Wednesday with 263 catalogued offerings in the company's open session, which also begins at noon. The horses of racing age took to the OBS track Monday, with the unraced 3-year-old Saint George (St Patrick's Day)...

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Summerfield to Offer Spanish Translations of Vet Reports at OBS

When bidding opens Tuesday at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale, buyers shopping in the back walking ring will have another tool available to them with Summerfield Sales offering Spanish translations of its vets reports. Summerfield's Andrew Vanlangendonck saw the need for the translations and hopes providing them will support the consignment's lower-market horses. "Summerfield sells anywhere between 250-350 horses a year and our largest sales are typically in January and October at OBS," Vanlangendonck said. "A large number of those buyers are Hispanic and a lot of...

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OBS Under-Tack Show Monday

The under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale's Horses of Racing Age section begins Monday morning at 9 a.m. There are 75 horses cataloged in the racing age section, with hip numbers 201 through 265 in the original printed Winter Mixed Sale catalog, as well as on www.obssales.com. The supplemental catalogue, including racing age supplemental hip numbers 266 through 276, is also available on the website, as well as in print at the sales grounds. The sale begins Tuesday at noon with hip numbers one through...

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OBS Winter Supplements Online

The supplemental catalogue--featuring 46 horses--for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale is now online for the two-day sale, which will be held Jan. 23 and 24. Fifteen horses have been supplemented to the Preferred Session, which begins Tuesday at 12 p.m. EST. In addition, 11 supplements have been added to the Horses of Racing Age Session, which begins immediately following the Preferred Session. Twenty horses have also been added to the following day's Open Session. The Racing Age section's optional Under Tack Show is scheduled for Monday, Jan....

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OBS Winter Mixed Sale Catalogue Online

The catalogue for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale is now online at www.obssales.com. The two-day sale is set for Jan. 23 and 24. There are 248 yearlings cataloged by a diverse group of proven and promising sires, as well as mares in foal to an outstanding roster of up-and-coming sires. Supplemental entries are being accepted until Jan. 12. For supplement information and entries, visit JanuaryEntryForms. The sale's first session begins at Jan. 23 at noon with hips numbers one through 122, plus supplements, catalogued in the Consignor...

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The X-Ray Files: Bill Heiligbrodt

The TDN sat down with longtime owner/breeder Bill Heiligbrodt for the next installment in this ongoing series presented in cooperation with the Consignors and Breeders Association (CBA). Through conversations with buyers and sellers, the series looks to contribute to the discussion on radiograph findings and their impact on racetrack success. Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt have been in the racing game some 30 years and have enjoyed top-level success with Yaupon (Uncle Mo), winner of the 2021 GI Forego S., as well as Eclipse champion sprinter Mitole (Eskendereya). Both Grade I...

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Into Mischief Colt Punctuates Frenetic Finish to OBS June Sale

OCALA, FL - A flurry of late activity carried the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training to its conclusion Thursday in Ocala, with final numbers slightly off the auction's robust 2022 renewal. "Coming off of a record gross of last year, I think we kind of held our own," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "It seemed like the market held up through the entire season. There were no big surprises--the market is what the market is. There is money for the perceived higher quality...

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The X-Ray Files: Tom McCrocklin

The TDN sat down with 2-year-old consignor Tom McCrocklin for this first offering in a new series presented in cooperation with the Consignors and Breeders Association (CBA). Through conversations with buyers and sellers, the series looks to contribute to the discussion on radiograph findings and their impact on racetrack success. Tom McCrocklin, who was represented this spring by graduates in both the GI Kentucky Derby and the GI Kentucky Oaks, as well as by a pair of million-dollar juveniles in the sales ring, admitted his approach to vet work varies...

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'All Grown Up' OBS June Sale Starts Tuesday

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training--once an afterthought, but now a destination in its own right--begins its three-day run Tuesday in Ocala with bidding slated to get underway at 10 a.m. The June sale brings the curtain down on the OBS juvenile sales season, which featured a co-record sale topper in March and records for gross and average in April. "The sales calendar has migrated later [in the year], so I think there is still a demand for 2-year-olds out there for sure," OBS Director...

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Bucchero Filly, Vino Rosso Colt Earn Bullets at OBS Saturday

A filly by Bucchero (hip 999) became the first of the week to work a furlong in :9 3/5, while a colt by Vino Rosso (hip 1072) turned in the day's fastest quarter-mile breeze of :20 4/5 during the final session of the under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Saturday in Ocala. Consigned by Britton Peak, hip 999 is out of stakes-placed Imperial Strike (Imperialism). The filly was bred in Florida by Wendy Lee Christ. Hip 1072, a supplement to the original...

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