Keyword: Tom Ventura

  • Hip No. 333, a Smart Strike colt, sold for $1.8 million.

    Record Smart Strike Colt Brings $1.8M at OBS

    A hush fell over the jam-packed pavilion at Ocala Breeders' Sales Company March 13 when Hip No. 333 entered the auction ring late in the OBS March select 2-year-old sale.

  • OBS Sale

    OBS, Consignors Ready for 2-Year-Old Sale

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s juvenile sale season kicks off on Tuesday, March 12 with the first of two sessions of the March selected sale of 2-year-olds in training in Ocala, Fla.

  • OBS August Yearling Sale Finishes Positively

    A colt by Old Fashioned consigned by Bobby Jones Equine topped the final open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August Yearling Sale in Central Florida on Aug. 23, selling to trainer Greg Gilchrist for $55,000.

  • Hip 114, colt, Colonel John - Bon Caro by Bon Point, sold for $220,000 to top the select session.

    Prices Surge During OBS Select Session

    A strong storm system that swept across Central Florida Aug. 21 failed to dampen the enthusiasm of buyers attending the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling auction in Central Florida.

  • Good 2YO Market Could Help OBS Yearling Sale

    Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. officials are cautiously optimistic that the August yearling sale can pick up right where the sales company's juvenile sale season ended: on a high note.

  • First Samuari, sire of the OBS April sale-topper.

    Big Finale Helps Ocala Spring Sale Set Marks

    The Ocala Breeders Sales Co. concluded a record run through its Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training on April 26 with a fourth consecutive session of spirited bidding and a $650,000 sales topper.

  • Orientate Colt Leads OBS Spring Sale Session

    Buoyed by a new sale topper and momentum from a robust juvenile market, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s Spring Sale continued its record pace on April 25 in Ocala, Fla.

  • OBS Spring Sale Kicks Off April 23

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co's spring sale feature nearly 1,200 2-year-olds over its four sessions in Central Florida.

  • OBS Sale Ends With Gains in Average, Median

    The final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August sale of yearlings ended with another day of across-the-board increases despite a smaller amount of horses offered for sale.

  • OBS Sale Ends With 27.8% Increase in Average

    Boosted by quality offerings in the dispersal of Al and Nora Figliolia's Westbury Stables, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale enjoyed major upswings in gross of 48.3% and average price of 27.8% from a year ago.

  • Expectations Modest for OBS Yearling Sale

    With the weak economy continuing to have a negative impact on all sorts of businesses, Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. executive Tom Ventura has modest expectations for the auction firm's August yearling sale in Central Florida.

  • The sale topper, an A.P. Indy colt, was a big boost to the bottom line at the OBS 2-year-old in training sale.

    Downturns at OBS Spring Sale Are Moderate

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, which ended its four-day run April 23 in Central Florida, turned in one of the best performances for a Thoroughbred auction this year even though it suffered setbacks in several of its key business figures. Compared to 2008, the number of horses sold rose 4.7% while the gross revenue fell 10.7%. The average price declined 14.7%, and the median price dropped 16.7%.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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%.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Hip 361, Miss Listo (Southern Halo - Regal Princess by Royal and Regal), in foal to Roar of the Tiger, brought the session's top-selling price of $32,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale.

    Downward Trend Continues at OBS Sale

    Double-digit percentage drops hit the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale Oct. 7, continuing a trend from the previous day's consignor-preferred session.

  • OBS Fall Sale

    Declines Steep at OBS Fall Sale Opener

    It took roughly six hours to get there, but a horse selling in the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale finally brought six figures Oct. 6, a day marked by severe across-the-board declines for the Central Florida auction.

  • Inspecting horses at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale.

    Will Trends Continue at OBS Mixed Sale?

    With a yearling auction season all but over, and one that delivered a sharp dose of economic reality, industry eyes will be fixed on the upcoming Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale, the unofficial annual kick-off to the campaign of selling of broodmares and weanlings.

  • OBS Sale

    Prices Still Falling at OBS Auction

    The market continued to lag behind last year's pace on the third day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale. The gross revenue for the second of three open sessions fell 18.5%, and the average price dropped 30.4%. Meanwhile, the median price declined 26.7%.

  • Hurricane Threat Could Affect OBS Sale

    On top of America's economic woes, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) might have to deal with a tropical storm or hurricane during its yearling sale, which is scheduled for Aug. 18-21 in Central Florida.

  • Yearlings at the OBS August Yearling Sale.

    OBS Sale to Test Market With Quantity

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) will test the yearling market with quantity at a time when some buyers might be cutting back on their purchases because of America's struggling economy. There are 1,342 horses cataloged for the auction, which begins with a select session of 230 yearlings Aug. 18. Three open sessions will follow.

  • OBS Spring Sale Holds Steady

    The Ocala Breeders Sales Co. (OBS) April sale of 2-year-olds training finished its four-day run in Central Florida Thursday with figures close to last year's results.

  • Owner-breeder Earle I. Mack.

    Hearing: Divide on Florida Sales Rules

    It is clear following an April 7 public forum in Florida that published rules concerning horse sales in the state did little to quiet those on opposite sides of the arguments over disclosure and transparency.

  • Full Mandate Filly Sizzles at OBS

    A Full Mandate filly turned in the fastest quarter mile work Saturday during the last under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.