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Video: Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training

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Sale Schedule

  • Monday, April 17, 8:00 am Under Tack Show, Hips 1-200
  • Tuesday, April 18, 8:00 am Under Tack Show, Hips 201-400
  • Wednesday, April 19, 8:00 am Under Tack Show, Hips 401-600
  • Thursday, April 20, 8:00 am Under Tack Show, Hips 601-800
  • Friday, April 21, 8:00 am Under Tack Show, Hips 801-1000
  • Saturday, April 22, 8:00 am Under Tack Show, Hips 1001-1208
  • Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am Hips 1-302
  • Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Hips 303–604
  • Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Hips 605–906
  • Wednesday, April 28, 10:30 am Hips 907–1208

  • Snow Ridge Filly Tops OBS Second Session

    Sheikh Mohammed, represented by John Ferguson Bloodstock, bought the session-topping horse for the second day in a row at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. Dubai's ruler picked up a Snow Ridge filly for $180,000 April 21 after acquiring a $675,000 A.P. Indy colt during the auction's opening session.

  • Hip 38, an A.P. Indy colt, brings $675,000 during day one of the OBS Sale.

    A.P. Indy Colt Brings $675,000 at OBS

    A strapping A.P. Indy colt became one of the most expensive horses ever sold at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training when he brought $675,000 April 20. Jimmy Bell, the president of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley America operation, signed the sale ticket in the name of John Ferguson Bloodstock as the auction began its four-day run in Central Florida with increases in the number of horses sold, gross revenue, and average price.

  • OBS Spring Sale Opens April 20

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, which is the largest auction of the juvenile selling season, opens April 20 in Central Florida. There are 1,389 horses cataloged for the sale's four-day run.

  • Pure Precision Filly Among Standouts

    A Pure Precision -- B. J. Telicus filly and a Dixie Union -- Duet gelding named General Staff were the fastest workers at a quarter mile April 18 during the fourth and final session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. They each covered the distance in :20 3/5.

  • Bull Market (shown here) is the sire of Morning Price, who worked the fastest quarter mile during the third session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

    Morning Price Turns in Bullish OBS Work

    Morning Price, who is a member of the Holy Bull stallion Bull Market's first crop, worked a quarter mile in :20 2/5 April 17 during the third session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. It was the day's fastest time for the distance.

  • Garden Cider Sizzles in OBS Show

    Garden Cider, a daughter of Forbidden Apple, zipped an eighth of a mile in :9 3/5 April 16 in Central Florida. The bay filly posted the fastest time for the distance during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Omega Code Colt Fastest at OBS

    A son of Omega Code breezed an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5 April 15 during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. It was the fastest work for the distance.

  • OBS Postpones Under Tack Show

    Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has postponed the Under Tack Show for the 2009 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training until Wednesday, April 15 at 8 a.m.

  • OBS Spring Sale Has 1,389 Juveniles

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 1,389 horses for the spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, which will be held April 20-23 in Central Florida. Each session will start at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

  • Juvenile Sale Review: Down 30% or More

    When sale company officials, consignors, and buyers analyzed the Thoroughbred marketplace in the past, they often mentioned how well demand for the most expensive horses was holding up. But during the latest economic downturn, which has sparked financial crises around the world, even the top of the market is taking a pounding based on the combined results for the first four major select sales of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Weicholz No Newcomer to 2yo Sales

    Steve Weicholz isn't a newcomer to shopping at the top end of juvenile auctions. The Boca Raton, Fla., resident is the new owner of El Kingdom, whose $450,000 price topped the recent Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of in training. Three years ago, through Bill Badgett, Weicholz purchased Justin Rules, a son of Mr. Greeley, for $525,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile auction in Maryland.

  • Looking Back: Reflections on OBS Market

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training suffered downturns of 30% or more in its gross revenue, average price, and median price after posting all-time highs for those figures in 2008. Here's what people had to say about the market at the auction, which was held March 17 and 18 in Central Florida.

  • El Kingdom; Hip #383; colt; El Prado - Rabiadella by Dynaformer was the top-seller, bringing $450,000.

    OBS March Sale Gross Declines 38%

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. closed out the two-day run of its March select juvenile auction with a bang as an El Prado colt named El Kingdom brought the sale's most expensive price of $450,000 March 18.

  • El Kingdom; Hip #383; colt; El Prado - Rabiadella by Dynaformer sold for $450,000 during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    El Prado Colt Sells for $450,000 at OBS

    Saying he had found the equine equivalent of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James, trainer Eddie Plesa paid $450,000 for an El Prado colt March 18 during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. As of early afternoon, the price was the highest of the auction, topping the $425,000 Indian Charlieâ€"Hollywood and Wine filly that sold March 17

  • Mulligan Conscious; Talks to Wife

    Leprechaun Racing's Mike Mulligan, who suffered a fractured skull in a fall following the March 3 Fasig-Tipton Florida March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, is fully conscious and spoke to his wife on the phone March 18 during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Mike Mulligan

    Consignors Pitch In to Help Mulligans

    As Leprechaun Racing's Mike Mulligan recuperated from a fractured skull in a South Florida hospital, his friends and associates in the Thoroughbred business reached out to offer support. Participants in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training wore green rubber bracelets decorated with shamrocks and pitched in to help Mulligan's wife, Britt, at the Leprechaun consignment. They also held a prayer service prior to the March 17 opening session of the auction.

  • The session topper, hip #212; filly; Indian Charlie - Hollywood and Wine by Tactical Cat, brought a final bid of $425,000.

    Average Falls 32.6% at OBS

    Still reeling from the effects of the worldwide financial crisis, buyers approached the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training cautiously, and their reluctance to spend the really big bucks was a major factor in the opening session's setbacks. Compared to a year ago, when the auction enjoyed a record-setting run, the gross revenue dropped 29.6% while the average price fell 32.6%,and the median price declined 22.2% March 17 in Central Florida.

  • This son of Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash was the sale topper at Adena Spring South sale of 2-year-olds.

    Adena Springs Sale Median Rises 28.6%

    The Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training bucked the downward trend in the Thoroughbred marketplace in one important statistical category. The median price rose 28.6% from a year ago during the eighth edition of the auction, which was held March 16 at Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.

  • More Than Ready Colt Sets Pace at OBS

    A More Than Ready colt was the fastest worker at an eighth of a mile March 13 during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. He covered the distance in :9 3/5.

  • Four OBS March Horses Work in :20 2/5

    Four horses tied for the fastest work at a quarter mile during the March 12 first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

  • Whip Policy Changes F-T Riders' Actions

    Uniform policies that restrict use of a riding crop in under tack shows for 2-year-olds in training had a significant effect on riders' actions at the preview for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select juvenile auction, according to Fasig-Tipton director of marketing Terence Collier.

  • OBS Changes Under Tack Show Time

    The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select sale of 2-year-olds in training will begin at 9 a.m. (EDT) instead of 8 a.m., as previously scheduled, because of the recent switch to Daylight Savings Time. The first session of the show is set for March 12 (Hip Nos. 1-260), and the second session will be held March 13 (Hip Nos. 261-523) in Central Florida.

  • Times Are Tough for Pinhookers

    If the recent Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) February select sale of 2-year-olds in training was any indication, it's going to be a tough year for yearling-to-juvenile pinhookers. The rate of return (ROR) on their investment, 30.7%, ranked among their worst ever based on figures that date back to 1990. It was the weakest since the ROR dropped to its lowest point during the 20-year period of 17.1% in 1993.

  • OBS Reports Five Riding Crop Violations

    The set of uniform policies developed by four major auction firms Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. took effect beginning with the OBS February select sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 17 in Central Florida. The policies address medication, prohibited practices, riding crops, and horseshoes. "As the first sale under these new guidelines, I thought it went tremendously well," said Tom Ventura, the OBS general manager and director of sales.

  • The sale-topper, a filly by Graeme Hall - Vines of Justice, by Judge T C.

    OBS February Sale Gross Falls 29.3%

    The selling season for select 2-year-olds in training staggered out of the starting gate in Central Florida Feb. 17. The year's first major juvenile auction, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February sale, suffered sobering setbacks of 29.3% in gross revenue, 33.7% in average price, and 28% in median price from a year ago. Another discouraging result was the buy-back rate, which soared from 28.2% in 2008 to 38.3%.

  • Ford and Westrock Rocking 2yo Market

    Westrock Stables' Scott Ford, a former president and chief executive officer of Alltel, hasn't been in the Thoroughbred business for long, but he was a major player at the Ocala Breeders'Sales Co. select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Chace at OBS: It's Time to Buy

    Prices were down significantly at the first major auction of the selling season for 2-year-olds in training Feb. 17 in Central Florida. Read what one buyer and several consignors had to say about the market at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February auction.

  • OBS 2YO Sellers Hoping for Better Market

    After generating a grim series of results for breeding stock and weanlings, the Thoroughbred marketplace switches its focus to racing prospects beginning with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. Auction firm officials and consignors are hoping buyers will be more enthusiastic about acquiring young horses nearly ready for competition even though the global economy continues to struggle.

  • Horses to Watch at OBS February Sale

    The selling season for select 2-year-olds in training kicks off Feb. 17 in Central Florida. Following are lists of some of the more interesting horses in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February auction based on yearling purchase prices, pedigrees, and workout times.

  • The animal-rights group PETA is pushing for reform at 2-year-olds in training sales.

    Do Juvenile Sale Work Surfaces Matter?

    DataTrack International, a company that that quantifies speed, stride length, and motion analysis at juvenile auctions, recently announced the results of a study of sale 2-year-olds that looked at the types of surfaces over which the horses were breezed during under tack shows and then followed how they performed in races over synthetic and dirt tracks.

  • OBS March Sale Has 523 Horses

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) has cataloged 523 horses for its March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The number is up 13.7% from last year's total of 460.

  • A sale prospect works during the Keeneland April 2-year-old Sale undertack show.

    Mulligan: Uniform Policies Help Everyone

    Leprechaun Racing's Mike Mulligan, chairman of the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors, discusses the uniform sale policies for medication, prohibited practices, riding crops and horseshoes.

  • OBS February Sale Has 200 Juveniles

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has more horses for its February select sale of 2-year-olds in training than it did in 2008, according to Tom Ventura, the auction firm's general manager and director of sales. OBS will catalog 200 juveniles, up 16.3% from last year's total of 172.

  • The top seller, hip 155, in the OBS sales ring

    OBS Mixed Sale Ends With Big Downturns

    Even though it's a new year, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale was the victim of the same worldwide economic crisis that caused prices at many Thoroughbred auctions to plummet late in 2008. The gross revenue plunged 57.7% from a year ago while the average price and median price dropped 39.6% and 45.5%, respectively.

  • Hip 155, Noble Exchange, brought the opening session's top price of $87,000.

    Average Drops 63% at OBS Mixed Sale

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) winter mixed sale suffered downturns of 63% in its average price and 74.4% in its median price from a year ago as it opened with a consignor preferred session Jan. 6 in Central Florida. The gross revenue dropped 43% even though the number of horses sold was up 54.1% from 2008's first day total.

  • OBS Winter Mixed Sale Begins Jan. 6

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2009 Winter Mixed Sale begins Jan. 6 and a total of 613 horses are cataloged for the two-day sale, which begins with 264 horses in a Consignor Preferred Session. The single Open session is Jan. 7, with 349 horses cataloged. Both sessions begin at 11:00 a.m.

  • OBS Hires Horsemen Relations Reps

    Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has hired Jim Ventura and Tod Wojciechowski as horsemen relations representatives. They will be visiting racetracks and training centers throughout the country in preparation for the 2-year-old sales season.

  • OBS Winter Mixed Sale Has 613 Horses

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 613 horses for its 2009 winter mixed sale. The auction will be held Jan. 6 and 7 in Central Florida.

  • OBS Updates August Sale Results

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) recently revised the results for the 2008 August yearling sale on its Web site (www.obssales.com) because of new rules governing horse auctions in Florida that took effect in July. Sale companies now are required to disclose any horses that did not change ownership after being reported as sold.

  • Trinity Magic

    Trinity Magic a Blessing for Church

    Jim and Treasa Donnan and Terry Bailey's unbeaten Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) auction graduate Trinity Magic has been a blessing for Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, Fla., since the 2-year-old colt was pinhooked out of a yearling sale in 2007, and the stakes are going up if he gets to the starting gate in the $1-million Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Dec.7.

  • Inside Track: Capturing the Spirit

    What started as a simple conversation 13 years ago with the then chairman of Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. has turned into an extended labor of love for artist Catherine Goldman-Bloomfield - nearly 2,500 square feet of painstaking Thoroughbred painting excellence.

  • Adena Springs Brings Back 2yo Sale

    Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm will conduct a sale of 2-year-olds in training in March of 2009. Adena Springs' representatives had previously announced a decision to discontinue the auction earlier this year.

  • OBS Changes February Sale Date

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2009 February select sale of 2-year-olds in training has been rescheduled for Feb. 17 in Central Florida, and the Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training has been added to the 2009 lineup and is scheduled for March 16.

  • Hip 328; weanling filly, Exchange Rate - Passionate Bird, by Birdonthewire, was highest-priced horse of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed auction, selling for $105,000 on the opening day.

    OBS Mixed Sale Suffers Major Losses

    The results were grim for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed auction, which ended its three-day run in Central Florida Oct. 8. The buy-back/no bid rate rose significantly while the other key business figures suffered huge setbacks during a week when the American stock market is plunging and economic turmoil is increasing worldwide.