Twirling Candy Full-Sister to Rombauer Earns OBS Bullet Thursday

Hip 509 | Judit Seipert

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A filly by Twirling Candy (hip 509), a full-sister to GI Preakness S. winner Rombauer, equaled the fastest quarter-mile work of the week when covering the distance in :20 2/5 during the third session of the under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Thursday in Central Florida. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, who also consigns the Tiz the Law filly who set the :20 2/5 mark Wednesday, the bay was purchased by Mustang Farm for $140,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October sale. She RNA'd for $285,000 at the OBS Spring sale in April.

A pair of fillies shared the fastest furlong work of the day–and the week so far–when working in :9 4/5 Thursday. A daughter of Win Win Win (hip 467) was first to hit that mark. Consigned by Santa Fe Thoroughbreds, the dark bay is out of Biloxi Princess (Animal Kingdom) and from the family of Grade I winner Honey Ryder. Purchased for $14,000 at last year's OBS October sale, the filly RNA'd for $23,000 at the OBS March sale.

Late in Thursday's session, a filly by Vino Rosso (hip 452) became the fourth juvenile of the under-tack show to work in :9 4/5. Consigned by Golden Noguez, the chestnut is out of Beach Time (Bernardini) and from the family of Emcee and Constitution. Aureliano Noguez purchased the filly for $12,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale.

The under-tack show continues through Sunday with sessions beginning daily at 7:30 a.m. The June sale will be held next Wednesday through Friday. Bidding commences each day at 10 a.m.

Seltzer Begins Dispersing Stock at OBS

Edward Seltzer, who has been breeding racehorses for over six decades, will be offering some 20 juveniles and horses of racing age through the Boutte Sales consignment at next week's OBS June sale. The offerings are the first to go through the ring in the dissolution of a partnership which will continue at upcoming auctions throughout the rest of the year and will include horses of racing age, yearlings and broodmares.

“I am putting all of my horses up for sale this year,” Seltzer said. “Not only here [at OBS], but in the yearling sales and at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland. I will disperse all of my horses.”

The juveniles on offer in Ocala will all be galloping at this week's under-tack show. The horses will stand out on their own measure, according to consignor Lynne Boutte.

“These are all homebred horses of Mr. Seltzer's that have been raised the old way and brought forward as racehorses in a slower, more old-school style,” Boutte said. “Mr. Seltzer's success proceeds, he is a genius with pedigrees and has developed his own line. The horses speak for themselves. I have been able to go to the farm for a few weeks and [farm manager] Curtis [Garrison] has been wonderful about letting us get to know the horses. We are very happy to be a part of Mr. Seltzer's team in helping with this dissolution of the partnership.”

Four of the juveniles in the group are by English Channel, reflecting one of Seltzer's dreams in the sport.

“I loved him as a horse,” Seltzer said of the late champion. “I loved him as a sire. In my lifetime, I have never been opposed to grass horses. I enjoy the grass. I enjoy Europe. And one day, I promised my daughter that I would try to win the Arc.”

While the horses are selling without reserve, Seltzer is hopeful they will find homes with friends and family.

“If there are people in my life that are interested in owning these horses, like my daughter Krista, is one of them, my farm manager Curtis is one of them, and I have another friend who has been involved in this,” Seltzer said. “They are all for sale. People that I care about may buy some of them. I am not opposed to that. And if there are people that want to buy them and they want to call me and they want me to own an interest, I am here.”

Reflecting on his time in the sport, Seltzer said, “It's my dream. I have been blessed. I grew up poor. I knew nothing about horses when I grew up and I never saw a horse run until I was out of college. I bought an eighth of a horse. I love the business. I never want to be out of it. It's the most beautiful thing I've ever known.”

No matter who ends up owning the horses he has bred, Seltzer said, “In my mind, I own them anyway. Whoever buys them, in my mind I am part of that.”

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