Ocala

OBS June Continues With Solid Results

OCALA, FL - Steady trade continued through the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company June Sale of 2-Year-Olds Thursday in Central Florida, with a filly by Nyquist bringing the day's top bid when selling for $420,000 to Gary Hartunian's Rockingham Ranch. The session-topping juvenile was consigned by Eddie Woods. "It was another good day," OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said at the close of business Thursday. "We carried a lot of the momentum that we had yesterday into today and I think it will carry on through...

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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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The TDN Writers' Room Hits the Road in Ocala

This week the TDN Writers' Room hits the road for Ocala to talk with Terry Finley, Barry Eisaman, Nick de Meric and Randy Miles at the OBS April Sale.

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John Fernung Passes Away

Longtime Thoroughbred horseman John Fernung, 79, passed away Mar. 5, 2020, in Ocala, Florida. In the early 1970s, Fernung was the racing manager for the powerful Dan Lasater Racing Stable. Lasater Stable was the leading money winning stable in the country five years in a row and won three Eclipse Awards during that time. During Fernung's tenure as Lasater's racing manager, the stable raced Grade I winners, Hot N Nasty, Honky Star and Royal Glint among others. In the late 1970s, Fernung relocated from the racetrack to become Lasater's Farm...

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TRF Launches Partnership with Dept. of Juvenile Justice in Ocala

Building on more than 35 years of experience "Saving Horses and Saving Lives" in partnership with Correctional Facilities across the United States, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has established its first-ever partnership with a Department of Juvenile Justice program. Presented as a live-streaming launch event, the TRF and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will introduce the new equine program, TRF Second Chances Juvenile Program at CSI-Ocala, to a national audience Feb. 23. The event will feature remarks from the Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and include...

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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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A Wonderful Ride: A Tribute to Kenny LeJeune

Kenny LeJeune, a highly respected horseman who operated a training center in Ocala for many years, succumbed to cancer last week at age 60. Donations in his honor can be made to the PDJF or any horse aftercare organization. His wife Carey LeJeune wrote the following tribute. The racing world just lost a fan. Ken LeJeune died at home Friday, Dec. 4 after a brief illness. In his 40-plus year career, he was a jockey, trainer, bloodstock agent and all things in between; but always A FAN. He quietly went...

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OBS October Opens Tuesday

Delayed a week after switching dates with the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling Sale, the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's October Sale begins its two-day run Tuesday. The sale kicks off at noon Tuesday with a mix of 59 2-year-olds and horses of racing age, followed by 169 selected yearlings. Wednesday's session begins at 10:30 a.m. with an open session of 420 yearlings. Supplements will immediately follow the regular catalogue each day. The 2-year-olds and horses of racing age are a new addition to the OBS October Sale, which previously only offered yearlings....

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Judge Allows Navarro to Move to Ocala, Forbids Contact with Racehorses

The banned trainer Jorge Navarro, one of the most prominent targets among 27 individuals facing federal charges in an alleged "widespread, corrupt scheme" to dope racehorses, has been granted court permission to leave the Southern District of New York jurisdiction and move his family to Ocala, Florida. But the endorsement signed Thursday by United States Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil that modified Navarro's bail conditions made it clear that the alleged doper "shall have no contact whatsoever with racehorses." Ocala, the heart of Florida's horse country, is part of the Middle...

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Gulfstream To Add 3-Year-Old Stakes

Recognizing that stakes horses have limited options as to where to run due to shutdown of several tracks, Gulfstream has begun the process of adding new races to its schedule, including an Apr. 25 stakes for 3-year-olds. The race has been named the Unbridled S. and will be contested at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the dirt with a purse of $75,000. The story was first reported by horseracingnation.com. Though a $75,000 purse would not normally be big enough to attract top-echelon horses, the Unbridled could prove to be an attractive option...

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OBS Reschedules Juvenile Sales

The Ocala Breeders' Sale Company has rescheduled its 2020 Spring and June Sales of 2-Year-Olds in Training in response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The Spring Sale, originally scheduled for Apr. 21-24, will now be held June 9-12. The June Sale, which was slated for June 10-12 will now be held July 14-17. The Spring Sale under tack show will be May 31-June 6 and the June under tack show will be July 6-11. The Spring Sale catalog will stay as is and entries will be accepted from the June...

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OBS Marches On as Pandemic Panic Reaches Fever Pitch

by Brian DiDonato & Steve Sherack The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will hold its two-day March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale Tuesday and Wednesday amid unprecedented circumstances as the nation and world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused most major events to be canceled or postponed and racing conducted without spectators, if at all. Add to that a plummeting stock market--circuit breakers were again triggered as trade opened Monday despite the Federal Reserve announcing Sunday evening that it would slash interest rates to 0% and launch a $700-billion quantitative...

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