OBS August Yearling Sale Begins Aug. 20

There are 841 youngsters cataloged for the three-day auction running through Aug. 22.

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2013 August Yearling Sale, with 841 youngsters cataloged for the three-day auction, begins Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The sale begins at 1 p.m. EDT with 178 horses to be offered in the selected session. It continues with two open sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 21-22,. Hip No.’s 179-510 will be sold on day 2; Hip No.’s 511-841 sell on the final day. Both open sessions will start at 10:30 a.m.

Conformation photographs of most of the selected yearlings may be viewed via a sortable master index on the OBS website at obssales.com. The master index also includes links to pedigree updates via equineline.com. The sale will be streamed live via the OBS website, as well as at www.bloodhorse.com/obs.

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 http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/.

The OBS August Sale has produced 21 millionaires and five Eclipse Award winners. Since the beginning of 2012, 120 August alumni have won or placed in 206 stakes races.

Last year’s August Sale graduates are already making in impact at the races. At least 24 have already won, including nine stakes horses. The biggest moment to date was a 1-2-3 finish by August grads in the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar, as Jaam Racing's Alberts Hope beat Celtic Moon by half a length, with Guns Loaded completing the trifecta. Unbeaten Alberts Hope, a gelding by Run Away and Hide , was consigned to last year’s sale by Pelican State Thoroughbreds. He’s earned $121,200 to date.

Other August grads in the headlines recently include B.J. Wright’s millionaire Jeranimo  and Team Valor International's Infinite Magic. Jeranimo, the 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Congaree , picked up his second grade I victory in July at Del Mar in the Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT). Sold for $50,000 by On Course Sales, agent, at the 2007 OBS August Sale, he’s earned better than $1.4 million.

Infinite Magic, who raced in England before returning home this spring, won Arlington’s American Derby (gr. IIIT) in July for his first stakes score. The well-traveled 3-year-old colt by More Than Ready  was consigned by Vinery Sales, agent, to the 2011 OBS August Sale.

Leroidesanimaux and Malibu Moon , one-two on the general sire list, head a strong OBS August sire roster. Flatter  and Giant's Causeway  are represented, as well as City Zip, Kitten's Joy , Harlan's Holiday, Unbridled's Song, Ghostzapper , and Tale of the Cat .

Pioneerof the Nile  and Colonel John, who have four winners each to date, have yearlings in the sale, as do successful young sires Discreet Cat, Hard Spun , Majestic Warrior, Midnight Lute , and Scat Daddy.  

The sale will also showcase the offspring of freshman sires, featuring yearlings by Desert Party , Discreetly Mine, Eskendereya, Lookin at Lucky , Majesticperfection , Munnings , Quality Road , and Super Saver .

Wildcat Heir, High Cotton, and Put It Back head the list of Florida-based stallions with offspring in the sale, along with With Distinction, Graeme Hall, and promising newcomers Kantharos  and Two Step Salsa .

Current information about OBS sales, consignors, and graduates is available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the OBS homepage directs users to either site.