Keyword: Tom Ventura

  • Southeast Regional 2-18-17

    Southeast Regional: Major Makeover in Ocala

    Michael O'Farrell's Professional Life has been inextricably tied to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., the Central Florida sales entity he chairs and which his late father Joe co-founded in the mid-1970s.

  • OBS Sales Grounds

    OBS Proceeding With Pavilion Makeover

    Although details have yet to be worked out, by this time next year the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. will be well on its way to having a newly refurbished sale pavilion that is about 30% larger and will have about 25% fewer seats.

  • OBS March Sale

    Signs Point Toward Positive OBS Sale

    There are so many factors that can affect the outcome of a horse sale it is often difficult to predict a probable outcome. But all signs are pointing toward a positive Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds.

  • Industry Makes Its Case Against Decoupling

    Florida horse racing and breeding interests made their case against decoupling Feb. 9 during a House Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting, but lawmakers voted to move the legislation forward.

  • OBS August Sale

    Mood Positive Ahead of OBS Yearling Sale

    On the heels of another record-setting 2-year-olds in training sale season, Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. will seek to keep the momentum rolling as the focus shifts to the next generation at its August yearling sale Aug. 25-27.

  • OBS June Sale

    'Great Buyer's Market' Expected for OBS Sale

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age June 16-19 in Ocala, Fla., will bring the curtain down on what has been yet another strong season of 2-year-olds in training sales.

  • Mata Recovering After OBS Spill

    Jockey Federico Mata emerged relatively unscathed from a spill he took during the first under tack preview for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training at the Ocala Training Center on March 11.

  • OBS Adopting Model Medication Rules

    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.

  • Hip 405, Euro Exchange, an unraced 3-year-old colt by Exchange Rate out of the Rahy mare Merciful, brought $90,000 to top the second and final day of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale Jan. 29.

    Euro Exchange Tops Finale at OBS Winter Sale

    Euro Exchange, an unraced 3-year-old colt by Exchange Rate, fetched $90,000 from Justin Casse, agent for Jim Stackpoole, to top the second and final day of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale Jan. 29 in Ocala, Fla.

  • OBS Expects Solid Start for Auction Season

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. predicts a solid start to its 2015 auction season during the Jan. 28-29 winter mixed sale, which will offer a consignor preferred session, open session, and horses of racing age section.

  • Tom Durkin

    Durkin, Others Receive Honors at Symposium

    Tom Durkin accepted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award Tuesday, Dec. 9, one of several presented at a lunch during the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming sponsored by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.

  • Hip 149 sold for $120,000 at the OBSC fall mixed sale.

    Hard Spun Mare Tops OBS Preferred Session

    Alexandra's Grace, a 5-year-old mare in foal to Bodemeister, sold for $120,000 to Ken and Sarah Ramsey to top the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale in Ocala, Fla. Oct. 14.

  • Emphasis on Quality in Larger OBS Catalog

    Staging a successful auction or two is one thing. Sustaining long-term success is something else entirely, and that is exactly what Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. is doing these days in both the juvenile and yearling markets.

  • OBS June Sale

    OBS in New Territory With Record Catalog

    On the eve of the largest Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale in history, OBS president Tom Ventura is subscribing to the notion that the record number is a sign of strength.

  • Four-Day OBS Spring Sale Kicks Off April 21

    Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s four-day spring sale, the largest offering of 2-year-olds in training at public auction each season, is expected to once again produce a number of stakes winners from a catalog of more than 1,200.

  • OBS Fall Mixed Sale

    Expectations High for OBS Fall Mixed Sale

    Results from the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale and high expectations for this week's OBS fall mixed sale indicated growing confidence in additional segments of the Florida marketplac

  • Hip No. 492 topped the sale at $525,000.

    Records Fall at OBS June Sale of 2-Year-Olds

    Given the results of its two previous auctions this year and the booming market, it's no surprise that OBS closed out the lucrative juvenile sale season with a June record top-priced horse and across-the-board benchmarks.

  • Optimism Going into OBS June Sale

    Sales officials and consignors are understandably optimistic heading into the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age June 18-19 in Ocala.

  • OBS Makes Aftercare Contribution

    The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has received $39,000 from the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training, representing combined contributions from buyers and consignors and OBS.

  • Hip No. 1002, a gray/roan colt by Street Sense topped the final session, bringing $425,000.

    OBS Spring Sale Wraps Up Record Four-Day Run

    Officials of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. understandably exhausted a thesaurus full of superlatives in describing this week's OBS Spring Sale in Ocala, Fla. which concluded its four-day run on April 25.

  • Hip 607, a son of Birdstone, sold for $375,000 at the the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.

    Record March Continues at OBS Spring Sale

    Climbing like the temperature, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training continued its record march April 24, posting another day of positive returns.

  • The top-priced filly of the day, Hip No. 336, a daughter of Kitten's Joy, who brought $240,000.

    OBS Juvenile Sale Continues to Show Strength

    Considering the record results posted during the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, an encore on day two of the four-day auction might have seemed like a lot to ask.

  • A filly by Limehouse, Hip No. 292, brought $320,000 from Alex and JoAnn Lieblong to top the opening session.

    Numbers Soar at OBS Spring Juvenile Sale

    Ocala Breeders' Sales Company officials could not have scripted a better start to the OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Ocala, Fla., on Monday, April 22. Bidding proved fast and furious, fueling large gains.

  • OBS Spring Sale Has Something for Everyone

    With a total of 1,195 head cataloged, this week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training, which kicks off Monday, April 22, should go a long way in meeting customer demand for quality juveniles.