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OBSC Fall Sale Ends With Mixed Results

A sale-topping price of $72,000 for the Kayrawan-sired broodmare prospect River Thames was the highlight of the closing session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Fall Mixed Sale, an auction that yielded up and down sales totals.

Salt Lake Tops Final Session of OBS Sale

An outstanding son of Salt Lake topped the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March selected 2-year-olds in training sale when David Clark's Iron Horse Racing purchased him for $320,000 from the consignment of Barry Eisaman's Eisaman Equine.

OBS Kicks Off Juvenile Selling Season Tuesday at Calder

After a record-setting year in 2004, where is the juvenile marketplace headed in 2005? We'll have a better idea following Tuesday's select sale of 2-year-old in training at Calder Race Course. Conducted by the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co., the South Florida auction is the first major event on the juvenile selling calendar.

Records Across the Board at OBS August Select Sale

The opening session of the 2004 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale was as hot as the weather in Central Florida when the sales company established new records for gross revenue, average, and median price. The average of $52,271 was the highest ever for the sale, breaking the record of $44,945 that was established in 1999.

Outlook Looks Sunny for OBS Sale

The outlook looks sunny for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale, which begins with a select session on Monday, Aug. 23, at the OBS sale grounds. The sale continues through Aug. 26. with all sessions beginning at 11 a.m.

Sword Dance Mare Tops OBSC First Session

Topped by the $105,000 paid by Gainesway Farm for Sabre Dance, a 6-year-old Sword Dance mare who is in foal to Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook, Monday's opening preferred consignor session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Fall Mixed Sale realized increases in gross, median and average for the second straight year.

OBS Construction Project Under Way

A construction project for a covered walking ring is underway at the Ocala Breeders Sales Company in central Florida. A planned timetable for the new addition would have the basic structure in place, and roofed, for the June 2-year-old sale with the project being completed prior to their yearling sale in mid-August.

Holy Bull's Half-Sister Tops OBSC First Session

Gross receipts, average and median prices increased, as did the buyback rate, during Monday's consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2003 Winter Mixed Sale in Ocala, Florida.

OBS Fall Sale: Comin' On Strong

Showing continued strength in the middle market seen at Keeneland September and the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale opened Monday with solid gains in both average and median. Monday's session, the first of two consignor preferred sessions, realized an average of $13,643 -- a 23.8% increase over last year's comparable figure of $11,019. The median, $9,500, posted a healthy 35.7% gain over last year's median of $7,000.

OBS Calder Auction Ends With Record Average

A sale record was established for average price at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select juvenile auction at Calder Race Course Tuesday. In addition, the median price increased dramatically from a year ago, rising to the second-highest level in the South Florida sale's history.

Medication Policies for Juvenile Sales Tightened

Last year, for the first time, all sale companies that conduct major juvenile auctions in Florida, Kentucky, and California tested horses for drugs following pre-sale under tack shows. This year, two companies, Ocala Breeders' Sales (OBS) and Fasig-Tipton, are tightening their medication policies.

Unreported Medications Found in Sale Horses

Tests conducted on juveniles that participated in under-tack shows prior to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March select auction did not detect any performance enhancing-drugs, but therapeutic medications were found in blood samples from three horses whose consignors had not reported the treatments, said Tom Ventura, general manager and director of sales for OBS.

No Positives in 2-Year-Old Sale Drug Tests

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company reported there were no positive results of random drug tests taken on horses that worked out Jan. 29 in preparation for Tuesday's 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course. OBSC took blood samples from 21 horses that took part in the first Under Tack Show. An additional 22 horses were tested randomly during Sunday's second Under Tack Show. "Everything went well," OBSC general manager and sales director Tom Ventura said of the testing.

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