The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 March Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com. A sortable master index provides searchable pedigree and consignor information as well as access to pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed. The main page also contains links to complete information regarding the state of the art Repository and the Conditions of Sale.
The iPad version of the catalog can be accessed via the equineline Sales Catalog App. The App allows users to download and view the catalog, receive updates and results, record notes and also provides innovative search, sort and rating capability. For more information and downloads go to: http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/
A total of 674 juveniles have been cataloged for the two-day sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14th and 15th, with both sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Under Tack Show will span three days, beginning Thursday, March 9th with Hips 1 – 225. Hips 226 – 450 will breeze Friday, March 10th and Hips 451 – 677 will go Saturday, March 11th. All three sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Under Tack Show and Sale will be streamed live via the OBS website as well as the DRF and Blood-Horse websites.
Long a source of top class racehorses, the OBS March Sale has produced six champions, 24 millionaires and six winners of seven Breeders’ Cup races. Since the beginning of 2016, OBS March graduates have won or placed in 202 stakes races, including 71 graded events.
Highlights in the past year include grade one wins by March graduates at home and overseas. In Japan, Yukio Baba’s Moanin won six times since he was purchased at the 2014 OBS March Sale out of the Eddie Woods consignment for $335,000 on behalf of Mr. Baba by Emmanuel de Seroux’s Narvick International after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. The biggest win for the now 5-year-old son of Henny Hughes was his victory in the $1,683,438 February Stakes (G1-Jpn) at Tokyo Race Course in a track record 1:34 for the 1600 meters. (video) Trained by Sei Ishizaka, he has earned over $1.7-million to date. watch his under tack video
In April Ashbrook Farm’s Weep No More achieved grade one status by getting up in the final yards and winning the $300,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland. The daughter of Mineshaft, trained by Rusty Arnold, has compiled a 7-3-0-0 record and earned $407,269. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased for $120,000 by Bo Bromagen out of the Mayberry Farm consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale. watch her under tack video
Racing for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Illuminant celebrated Memorial Day by taking the $301,035 Gamely Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. The now 5-year-old mare by Quality Road, trained by Mike McCarthy, ended 2016 with a 11-4-2-1 record and $367,650 in earnings. She was purchased on the recommendation of Gary Young by Eclipse for $180,000 out of the Don R. Graham consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Resold in November to SF Bloodstock for $900,000, she is currently in training at Santa Anita. watch her under tack video
The class of 2016 moved into the spotlight in the summer and Kaleem Shah’s Klimt joined the grade one club with a victory in the $300,345 Del Mar Futurity (G1) in September. It was the second straight graded stakes win for the colt by Quality Road who ended his juvenile campaign 6-3-1-0 with $416,960 in earnings and a top ten ranking on the Experimental Handicap. He sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 prior to his purchase for $435,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video
Last year’s sale also produced a pair of grade one winning fillies ranked on the Experimental Handicap’s top ten. Speedway Stable LLC’s Noted and Quoted made five starts at two for trainer Bob Baffert, with her biggest moment coming when she captured Santa Anita’s Chandelier Stakes (G1) on October 1st. The Florida-bred daughter of The Factor is now 5-2-0-0 and has earned $259,580. She’s a two time OBS graduate, sold by Summerfield, Agent at the 2015 August Sale and then resold by Eddie Woods, Agent, to Speedway for $375,000 at the 2016 March Sale after working an Under Tack quarter in :20 2/5. watch her under tack video Selected Sale conformation photo
A week later, Chadds Ford Stable’s Dancing Rags became the eleventh OBS graduate to win Keeneland’s Alcibiades Stakes (G1). The filly by Union Rags was consigned by Casse Sales LLC (Justin Casse), Agent for Kinsman Farm, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, where she breezed an eighth in :10 flat before she was sold to Chadds Ford Stable for $210,000. Trained by Graham Motion, she ended the year 4-2-0-1 with $296,360 in earnings. watch her under tack video
No other juvenile sale venue but OBS was represented in the top ten of either division of the Experimental, a group including OBS graduates Syndergaard and champion Champagne Room.
As the year came to a close, LNJ Foxwoods’ Constellation served notice she’d be a force in the handicap division in 2017 with a victory in the $301,035 La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. It was the fourth stakes win for the daughter of Bellamy Road, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, leaving her 8-5-1-1 with earnings of $479,464. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before she was purchased for $800,000 out of the Northwest Stud consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale. watch her under tack video
Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.
Sales results will be available on the OBS website, updated hourly during each session of the March Sale. In addition, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers is also available. E-mail should be addressed to email@example.com.
For more information regarding the March Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.