Tod Wojciechowski

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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Businesslike Opener to OBS July Sale

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis With attendance at the sales grounds down dramatically, but internet bidding brisk, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's July 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale opened with a workmanlike session Tuesday in Central Florida. "It was a solid start," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "Obviously we had some nice horses go through the ring and sell well. It was a little slow early on in the day, but I thought it leveled out. We are dealing with strange times, that's for sure,...

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OBS July Sale Starts Tuesday

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's July 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age sale, the last of the company's traditional three juvenile auctions which this year have all been billowed and buffeted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, gets underway Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. OBS staged its March sale  just as the pandemic was causing mass shutdowns and economic upheaval across the globe and, at the close of business, the two-day auction had suffered across-the-board declines and a buy-back rate of 40%. The OBS Spring Sale, pushed from its normal April...

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Bidding Returns to OBS Tuesday

The juvenile sales season, which has suffered cancellations, delays and reshuffling due to the coronavirus pandemic, will look to get back on track with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training which begins its four-day run in Central Florida Tuesday morning. "I would say we are cautiously optimistic about the sale in light of what we've all had to deal with in the last few months," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "I think the most important thing is that people are happy just to...

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OBS Makes Plans for Safety Protocols at Spring Sale

The juvenile sales calendar, interrupted by the coronavirus epidemic, is scheduled to resume in three weeks with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-year-Olds in Training and the OBS board met Monday to discuss the implementation of safety protocols ahead of the four-day auction. OBS held the only 2-year-olds in training sale of the year so far in March, just as the pandemic was starting to cause mass cancellations. Precautions for the Spring Sale will continue on from protocols put in place prior to the March sale, according...

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OBS to Press On With March Sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company reiterated its decision to continue on with its March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, amid COVID-19 concerns which have prompted Keeneland to cancel its April 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale scheduled for Apr. 7 and Fasig-Tipton to cancel its Apr. 1 Gulfstream Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training. "We are moving forward with the sale," confirmed OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski Friday evening shortly after a meeting of shareholders. "We have been listening to...

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OBS March Still a Go Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training will continue as scheduled, OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski told the TDN Tuesday. The decision comes as organizers and administrators for institutions and events around the world grapple with just how seriously to take the Coronavirus outbreak. "We're monitoring the situation, but we are moving forward with the sale," Wojciechowski said. "There have been no restrictions placed on us by a government agency--it's a fluid situation, but right now with the investment that's at stake for our consignors...

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Mixed Sales Season Shifts to Ocala

A total of 646 horses of all ages have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale, which kicks off a two-day run in Central Florida Tuesday morning. The sale begins at 11 a.m. ET with a consignor preferred session (hip 1-186) to be immediately followed by the horses of racing age section (hip 201-351). The balance of the horses (hip 401-710) will be offered during the sale's open session Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. "We've had a chance to go around and look at the horses...

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