The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale got a new sale-topper early on its final day when a colt by City Zip brought $800,000 from Frank Fletcher Racing, a record price for the sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
The third day of six under tack show workout sessions leading up to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April spring sale of 2-year-olds in training resulted in horses equaling the fastest times set the previous two days.
A 2-year-old Crown of Thorns filly and a 4-year-old Malibu Moon gelding zipped three-eighths of a mile in :32 4/5 to top the under tack show for the horses of racing age section of the OBS fall mixed sale.
The first open session at the Ocala yearling sale saw the average rise 14.6% and the median go up 13.9%. The buy-back ride slid to 20.8%.
The action proved fast and furious early in the fourth session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing under tack preview June 11 at Ocala Training Center.
Six juveniles worked a furlong in under 10 seconds, each going :9 4/5. The final under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales March sale begins 8 a.m. March 13.
The sale company will follow the uniform medication model rules adopted for racing by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Medication rule changes will begin in March.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance noted Aug. 1 that it is receiving significant and growing support from the sales sector, with participation from buyers, consignors, and sale companies.
American sale companies say they have been at the forefront of banning steroid use. Testing of U.S. sale yearlings and 2-year-olds in training began in 2008.
A decision regarding the start of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March Sale Under Tack Show will be announced at 6:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will hold a two-day Thoroughbred Pedigree and Conformation Clinic March 7-8 at Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. in Ocala.
The three-day OBS August yearling sale got off to a strong start with double-digit increases in average and median.
Stonestreet Stables' $1.8 million sale topper at the OBS 2-year-old sale traces in female family to Irish champion Minstrella.
The 2013 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s juvenile sale season gets under way Tuesday, March 12, with the first session of the March selected sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The catalog is available on online. The sale, to be held March 12-13, will be streamed live on BloodHorse.com.
A filly by Flatter and colt by Midnight Lute worked quarter miles in :21 flat, the fastest works at the distance at the third and final session of the Under Tack Show for the OBS sale.
Tod Wojciechowski will begin his duties after the first of the year. Tom Ventura will become president of OBS on June 30.
Director of sales and general manager Tom Ventura will take over as president after Chiota's retirement.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s open session of the fall mixed sale concluded on a positive note with the average up 27.8%, the median up 37%, and the gross up 30%
The consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale Tuesday, Oct. 18, was unable to keep pace statistically with last year's figures.
Auction company executives had planned to meet Sept. 16 in Lexington to discuss an animal-rights group's call for changes at 2-year-olds in training sales.
The first conformation photos of the 172 horses cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2011 August selected yearling sale can now be viewed in the OBS website.
A colt by Stormello consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, agent, went to Bob Baffert, agent, for $300,000 to top the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale.
A Bernstein colt sold for $300,000 to top the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.
The final of four under tack shows for the OBS spring 2-year-olds in training sale was held April 15. The sale will run April 18 through April 21.
Hook and Ladder filly has the fastest quarter-mile in :20 3/5. Seven juveniles work a quarter in :21 flat. The second of the two under tack shows begins April 13 at 8 a.m. in Ocala.
South Korean buyers were particularly active in 2010, spending $2.6 million at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.
Hilmer C. Schmidt, a leading figure in the Florida racing and breeding industry for years, died May 26 at his Brenham, Texas, home following a lengthy illness.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, under a new state law, could use the permit to run a not-for-profit Thoroughbred meet at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. track.
Three weanlings by Yes It's True each received top bids of $85,000 Tuesday, helping boost a resurgent Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Fall Mixed Sale.
Big House Red, a colt by Stormy Atlantic consigned by Tony Bowling and Bobby Dodd, zipped a quarter-mile in :21 flat as the fastest work at the distance at Sundays second and final session of the "Under Tack Show" for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2004 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has filed a lawsuit complaining that a 2003 tax assessment of its facilities and property by officials in Florida's Marion County was too high.
A weanling filly by Trippi, went to Dry Creek Stables for $31,000 to top the first of two open sessions of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2003 Fall Mixed Sale.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will be trying to buck the downward trend seen at recent regional auctions when its yearling sale kicks off on Monday. The first session is for select horses, and it will be followed by three open sessions.
Frank Stronach, chairman of Magna Entertainment, is proceeding with plans to build a racetrack complex near Ocala, Fla., despite facing several governmental and legislative hurdles.
The same Wild Zone colt that zipped the fastest eighth-mile at the Ocala Breeders' Sales video preview on Sunday took top honors again on Saturday for his :21 3/5 quarter-mile at the first session of the Under Tack Show of the company's March sale of selected 2-year-olds.
Clyde Rice will disperse his bloodstock over the next several months, beginning Nov. 5 at the Fasig-Tipton selected mixed sale in Lexington.
Consignors of 2-year-olds in training banded together in Florida Aug. 24 and formed an organization designed to improve the image of juvenile auctions. In addition, they discussed various issues such as drug testing, the use of whips, and pre-sale workout formats.
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