Next Year's OBS March to be Open Format

Sales company believes change will allow buyers an expanded selection of horses.

The March sale of 2-year-olds in training will kick off the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2015 juvenile schedule with a new open-style format designed to provide buyers with an expanded selection of horses and adding another session to the sale.

Three sessions, set for March 17-19, 2015, will be preceded by the under-tack show Wednesday-Friday, March 11-13. While no longer carrying the "selected" moniker, the March sale will continue to offer a high-quality group of horses with top physicals and solid pedigrees that buyers have become accustomed to in previous years. It will also add the next tier of horses that have advanced through their early training and are prepared to showcase their talents in March, according to a release from the sales company.

"The evolution of the juvenile market is telling us that buyers prefer a larger and more varied sample than they have in the past," said OBS sales director Tod Wojciechowski in a release. "We plan to monitor our entries so as to blend our usual March sale offerings with an additional group of precocious, athletic horses. The result of the past few sales seasons proves that buyers are responding to the quality as well as quantity of the offerings, not the date and title on the catalog cover."

The four-day spring sale is set for April 21-24. There will be six under-tack sessions, beginning April 13 and continuing through April 18.

"Both consignors and buyers were pleased with the extended under tack shows we began in June," said OBS board chairman Mike O'Farrell. "Shorter sessions allow for flexibility to react to inclement weather, and level the playing field for consignors."

The June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age is planned for four sessions, beginning June 16-19. The six-session June under-tack show gets started June 8 and runs through June 13.

OBSC noted that March sale graduates continue to excel on the track as evidenced last weekend with victories by Tom's Tribute  in the Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) at Del Mar and millionaire Stopchargingmaria in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.