The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2014 August yearling sale begins Tuesday, Aug. 26 with 1,037 yearlings cataloged. The three-day sale gets under way at 10:30 a.m. EDT with 258 horses offered in the selected session.
The sale continues with open sessions Aug. 27-28. Hip No.'s 259-648 will be sold Wednesday; Hip No.'s 649-1037 sell on Thursday. Both open sessions also start at 10:30 a.m.
Conformation photographs of selected yearlings may be viewed through the sortable master index on the OBS website at www.obssales.com. The master index also includes links to pedigree updates via equineline.com. The sale will be streamed live on the OBS and Blood-Horse websites.
The catalog can also be downloaded for use with the Equineline Sales Catalog iPad App. For more information and to obtain the application go to www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp.
The OBS August sale has produced 22 millionaires, a roster that includes Eclipse Award winners Groovy, Kodiak Kowboy, Not Surprising, Silver Charm, and Xtra Heat. Since the beginning of 2013, 108 August alumni have won or placed in 193 stakes races, with Rustlewood Farm's Prudhoe Bay and Ike and Dawn Thrash and Janet and Sam Alley's Istanford the most recent headline makers.
OBS Sprint Stakes winner Prudhoe Bay, consigned by Summerfield (Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck), agent, to the 2012 OBS August sale, captured Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Aug. 16 for his first graded stakes win. A 3-year-old Florida-bred son of Songandaprayer , his half brother by Broken Vow (Hip No. 41) sells in the 2014 OBS Selected Yearling Sale Aug. 26.
At Del Mar, Istanford won the Sandy Blue Handicap Aug. 15 on turf in the same front-running fashion she used to win the San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) in July and to beat males in the Arlington Classic (gr. IIIT) in May. The 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Istan , also sold by Summerfield at the 2012 August sale, has earned $332,205 to date.
The August class of 2013 has begun to make its mark. More than two dozen precocious 2-year-olds are already winners and Cecil N. Peacock's Story to Tell is the first stakes victor, taking the W.L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course after running second in the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes.
Top 10 sires Speightstown , Kitten's Joy , Giant's Causeway , Curlin , and Lemon Drop Kid have OBS August offspring, as well as proven stallions Bellamy Road , City Zip , Ghostzapper , Freud , Harlan's Holiday, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ), Mineshaft , Scat Daddy, Stormy Atlantic , Street Sense , and Unbridled's Song.
The 2014 sale also features offspring of first crop sires Archarcharch , Cape Blanco, Drosselmeyer, Dublin , Gio Ponti , Haynesfield , Paddy O'Prado , Sidney's Candy, Tizway , Trappe Shot , Twirling Candy , Uncle Mo , and Wilburn .
In addition, up and comers Blame , Cowboy Cal, Lookin At Lucky , Majesticperfection , Majestic Warrior, Midnight Lute , Pioneerof the Nile , Super Saver , Tale of Ekati , and Warrior's Reward are all well-represented.
Wildcat Heir and Two Step Salsa head the list of Florida-based stallions with offspring in the sale, along with Big Drama, Cool Coal Man, First Dude , Gone Astray , High Cotton , Kantharos , and Put It Back.