The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2014 March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com. The website features a sortable master index for the catalog and pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed.
The iPad version of the catalog is now available via the Equineline Sales Catalog App. The App allows users to download and view the catalog, receive updates and results, record notes, and also provides innovative search, sort and rating capability. For more information and downloads go to: http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/
A total of 411 juveniles have been cataloged for the two-day OBS sale, set for March 10-11, with both sessions beginning at 11 a.m. The under tack show is set for March 6 at 8 a.m. (Hips 1-206), and March 7 (Hips 207-411). The under tack show and sale will be streamed live via the OBS website, as well as at: BloodHorse.com/OBS.
The March sale has long been a source of top class racehorses, as OBS selected 2-year-old sales have produced the winners of 17 Eclipse Awards, 13 Breeders' Cup races, and 38 millionaire graduates, according to sale company statistics.
Since the beginning of 2013, OBS March graduates have won or placed in 166 stakes races, winning 66 of them including 25 graded stakes.
Six March graduates scored grade one wins, highlighted by a victory in the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint by Michael E. Pegram , Karl Watson, Paul Weitman's Secret Circle. It was the third graded stakes win for the horse by Eddington , winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint at 2, and the Southwest (gr. III) and Rebel (gr. II) stakes at 3. Sold for $165,000 by Flying Fish, agent, at the 2011 OBS March sale, he now holds a record of 7-3-0 from 10 starts and has earned $1,918,790 to date.
Gaining greater international importance, last year's March sale produced Yukio Baba's unbeaten Asia Express, Japan's 2013 champion 2-year-old colt. Winner of the Asahi Hai Futurity (Jpn-I) at Nakayama Racecourse in December, He has earned 88,131,000 yen (about $850,000 in U.S. funds) to date.
The Florida-bred colt by Henny Hughes was purchased by Narvick International for $230,000 from breeder Ocala Stud at the 2013 OBS March sale.
Last year's sale also produced three other grade I winners.
Reddam Racing's Bond Holder came into the FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) a maiden, but rallied from off the pace to run past fellow OBS graduate Dance With Fate (April '13) in deep stretch and score by 2 1/4 lengths. The colt by Mineshaft was sold by Crupi's New Castle Farm, agent, for $125,000. His record stands at 1-1-2 from seven starts, for earnings of $366,000.
Westrock Stables's ill-fated Secret Compass came running late in the Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) and was up late to win by a head. The daughter of Discreet Cat was sold for $425,000 by Eddie Woods, agent.
Conquest Stables' My Conquestadory started just three times, but won two graded stakes including the prestigious Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. Breaking her maiden in TVG Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) on the turf at Woodbine over males in her debut, the daughter of Artie Schiller was sold for $240,000 by Eisaman Equine, agent, and has earned $415,908.
Eclipse Thoroughbreds Partners' 2012 March graduate Capo Bastone turned in one of the summer's most exciting moments, coming from far off the pace to win Saratoga Race Course's Foxwoods King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) by two lengths. The son of Street Boss was sold for $175,000 by de Meric Sales, agent. Now holding a record of 3-1-2 from 11 starts, he has earned $662,608 to date.
The upper reaches of the general sire list are well represented in the March Sale sire roster. Leading sire Malibu Moon has offspring in the sale, as do Tapit , Giant's Causeway , Candy Ride , Unbridled's Song, Distorted Humor , Tiznow , Macho Uno , Bernardini , Harlan's Holiday, and City Zip .
Other prominent sires represented include Awesome Again , Ghostzapper , Hard Spun , Henny Hughes, Indian Charlie, Kitten's Joy , Majestic Warrior , Medaglia d'Oro , Midnight Lute , More Than Ready , Pioneerof the Nile , Smart Strike , Speightstown , Stormy Atlantic , and War Front .
Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.
Sales results will be available on the OBS website, updated hourly during each session of the March sale.