Articles posted August 24, 2001

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Gross And Median Down Significantly At OBS; Average Changes Little

The average price didn't change much from a year ago, but the gross revenue and the median price were down significantly during the open portion of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale, which ended Friday in Central Florida after a four-day run. For all the open sessions combined, 686 horses were sold for a gross of $6,447,400, an average of $9,399, and a median of $5,000. The gross, average, and median were down by 13.2%, 2.5%, and 16.7% from a year ago when 771 yearlings were sold. The buy-back rate was 29.2%, up slightly from last year's rate of 28.1%.

Country Life Farm Expands

The Pons' family's Country Life Farm of Bel Air, Md. announced Friday the acquistion of Merryland Farm, a 159-acre horse farm located in the Long Green Valley of Maryland.

Seabiscuit Author's TV Appearance Bumped

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Network television coverage of the Gary Condit-Chandra Levy case resulted in postponement of Friday's profile of Laura Hillenbrand and her book "Seabiscuit" on ABC's Good Morning America program.

End Sweep Colt Brings $95,000 At OBS

A colt by End Sweep sold for $95,000 on Thursday to top the third open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. Marion G. Montanari bought the bay colt out of the 8-year-old winning Smile mare Susie Smile, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Lady Summerhill (by Bold Ruckus). The colt was consigned by Cloverleaf Farms II, as agent.

Follow That Star: All Point Given All the Time

We don't need studies. We don't need committees. We don't need advisory boards. We don't need commercials. We don't need round tables. We don't need junior committees. We need stars. Simple as that. Point Given is here and the world has followed.

'Beautiful' Relationship Between Mare and Trainer Nears End

With Beautiful Pleasure due to make her final start at Saratoga in the Personal Ensign, the relationship between the champion mare and trainer Donna Ward is about to end. The mare will be retired to the breeding shed at season's end.

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