Carpe Diem wins at first asking at the Spa

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WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s  Carpe Diem, the $1.6-million co-sale topper at the 2014 OBS March Sale, came out running in his debut in an $83,000 maiden special at Saratoga on Labor Day, popping to the lead at the break, setting fast fractions on the lead and then responding when challenged in the stretch, pulling away to a 2-1/2 length victory. The 2-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, who covered 5-1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:03 4/5, was purchased by Stonestreet out of the Northwest Stud consignment after workiing an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Itsmyluckyday takes Saratoga’s Woodward Stakes

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Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday turned the tables on Whitney Stakes (G1) winner Moreno, dogging him from the start, battling him head to head down the stretch and proving best by a neck at the wire in Saratoga’s $600,000 Woodward Stakes (G1). It’s the first grade  one victory for the 4-year-old colt by Lawyer Ron, who worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 before he was purchased for $110,000 by trainer Eddie Plesa out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2012 OBS March Sale. The win gives him a 19-9-4-1 record and $1,662,600 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Palace romps in the Forego Stakes at the Spa

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Antonino Miuccio’s Palace cut the corner along the rail turning for home in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, bounded to the lead and cruised from there to a 3-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Big Business (March ’10), running the seven furlongs in a slick 1:21 4/5. It’s the second straight grade one win at the Spa for the 5-year-old son of City Zip, now 21-11-5-2 with $1,309,550 in earnings. He was sold for $160,000 by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, at the 2011 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

Big Drama colt tops Open Yearling Sale’s final session

Hip No. 658, Dangerous Bend, a colt by Big Drama consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent went to Hal Queen for $185,000 to top the second and final Open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2014 August Yearling Sale. The dark bay or brown colt is out of stakes winner Kickapoo Princess, by Unreal Zeal.

Summerfield also consigned Hip No. 650, a daughter of Telling sold to Alex & JoAnn Lieblong for $180,000. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Kahlua Bay, by Catrail, a half sister to grade one winner and leading sire Medaglia d’Oro.

Landmark Racing paid $77,000 for Hip No. 696, a daughter of f Ghostzapper consigned by Kaizen Sales (Richard Kent), Agent. The bay filly is out of Little Swoon, by You and I.

Hip No. 657, Buffett, a First Dude colt also consigned by Summerfield, went to Grassroots Training & Sales LLC for $60,000. A half brother to stakes winner Westmoreland Girl, he’s out of Key West Appeal, by Valid Appeal.

Robert K. Johnson paid $55,000 for Hip No. 924, Southern General, a son of General Quarters consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent. The gray or roan colt, a half brother to graded stakes winner Speed Seeker, winner of the recent Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, is out of Seraphic Too, by Southern Halo.

Hip No. 750, Rebel Base, a colt by Wildcat Heir consigned by Oakleaf Farm (Liz & Norman Wilson), Agent, was sold to Justin Casse / JSM Equine LLC for $50,000. The bay colt is out of Mo’s Prize, by Eltish, a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Flamenco.

For the session, 225 yearlings sold for a total of $2,820,600, compared with 238 horses bringing $3,802,600 at the corresponding session in 2013. The average price was $12,536 compared with $15,997 a year ago while the median price was $8,000 compared to $11,250 in 2013. The buyback percentage was 33.2%; it was 17.1% last year.

For the two Open sessions, 491 horses sold for a total of $6,322,600, compared with 507 grossing $8,441,200 a year ago. The average price was $12,877, compared with last year’s Open sale record $16,649 while the median price was $8,000 compared with 2013’s Open sale record $13,000. The buyback percentage was 29.6%; it was 13.9% a year ago.

At Tuesday’s Selected session, 171 horses sold for a total of $7,860,700 compared with 143 grossing $7,705,000 at the 2013 Selected Yearling Sale. The average price was $45,969 compared with $53,881 last year, while the median was $35,000 compared with $42,000 in 2013.  The buyback percentage was 26.6%; it was 13.3% in 2013. Seventeen horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with twelve at last year’s session. Topping the session was Hip No. 75, a colt by Big Drama out of stakes winner Doc’s Doll, by Out of Place, sold to George Bolton for $230,000. The chestnut colt, consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, is a half brother to stakes winner Gator Brew.

For the entire August Yearling Sale, twenty horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with twelve in 2013.

Next on the OBS agenda is the Fall Mixed Sale, including a new Horses of Racing Age section, scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th through Thursday, October 16th

Trappe Shot colt tops Open Yearling Sale’s first session

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Hip No. 593, a son of Trappe Shot consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, went to Ciaran Dunne, Agent, for $140,000 to top the first Open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2014 August Yearling Sale. The bay colt is out of Good Witch Glinda, by Unbridled’s Song, from the family of graded stakes winner Broom Dance.

Hip No. 478, a filly by Haynesfield consigned by Sue Vacek, Agent, was sold to Arboritanza Racing LLC for $80,000. The bay filly is out of Darjeeling, by Cat Thief, a half sister to stakes placed Swing Boldly.

Danzel Brendemuehl, Agent for Zweifach Clocker Z went to $70,000 for Hip No. 501, a Gone Astray colt consigned by Northwest Stud. The dark bay or brown colt is a half brother to stakes placed Major Hope. He’s out of stakes placed Double Major, by Bertrando, a half sister to champion Shared Belief, winner of the recent Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar.

Hip No. 300, a son of Flashstorm consigned by Northwest Stud, went to Doble Jak Investments LLC & Gelfenstein Farm for $55,000. The bay colt is out of You Know It’s True, by Yes It’s True, a half sister to stakes placed This Side Up.

Patrice Miller, EQB Inc, Agent for Zayat Stables, paid $55,000 for Hip No. 482, a daughter of Posse consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent. The chestnut filly is out of stakes placed D’ Country, by D’wildcat.

Hip No. 517, a chestnut daughter of Big Drama consigned by Silver Oaks Farm, Agent, was purchased for $50,000 by Matt Schera. She’s out of Emotional Roar, by Roar of the Tiger, a half sister to graded stakes winner Mayakovsky.

Hip No. 504, a High Cotton colt consigned by Camelot Acres Racing and Sales, was sold to Dr. Robert McMartin, Agent, for $45,000.  A half brother to graded stakes placed Stormin’ Julia, the chestnut colt is out of Dream Storm, by Storm Bird.

For the session, 258 horses brought a total of $3,411,000, compared with 269 yearlings grossing $4,638,600 at last year’s first Open session. The average price was $13,221, compared with $17,244 in 2013, while the median price was $8,750 compared with $15,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 28.3%; it was 10.9%% last year.

The Open Yearling Sale’s final session begins Thursday at 10:30 a.m. It will again be streamed live via the OBS, Blood-Horse and Daily Racing Form websites.

Big Drama colt tops Selected Yearling Sale

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Hip No. 75, a colt by Big Drama out of stakes winner Doc’s Doll, by Out of Place, was sold to George Bolton for $230,000  to top the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2014 Selected Yearling Sale. The chestnut colt, consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, is a half brother to stakes winner Gator Brew.

Hip No. 21, a colt by Curlin consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, went to John Patitucci, Juan Vazquez, Agent, for $185,000. The bay colt is out of Awesome Fleet, by Awesome Again, a half sister to champion Afleet Alex.

Hip No. 41 also brought $185,000, with the son of Broken Vow going from Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, to Nick de Meric, Agent. The chestnut colt, out of graded stakes placed Cameron Crazies, by Lion Heart, is a half brother to graded stakes winning OBS graduate Prudhoe Bay.

Hip No. 24, a daughter of Yes It’s True consigned by BryLynn Farm, Inc., was sold for $150,000 to Live Oak Plantation. The bay filly, a half sister to graded stakes winner Circle Unbroken, is out of stakes winner and graded stakes placed Baldomera, by Doneraile Ciourt.

Live Oak also went to $150,000 for Hip No.  29, a bay colt by Yes It’s True out of stakes winner Big Miss, by Chief Honcho, consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent.

Hip No. 132, a Warrior’s Reward filly also brought $150,000, purchased by Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment. The dark bay or brown filly, a half sister to graded stakes winner The Niagara Queen, is out of Inspirational, by Lord At War (ARG).

Hip No. 45, a son of Tale of Ekati consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, was sold for $140,000 to Preston Stables LLC. The dark bay or brown colt is out of stakes winner Charlie Papa, by Indian Charlie.

Ike and Dawn Thrash paid $130,000 for Hip No. 196, a daughter of Include consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Rocket’s Lady, by Whywhywhy, a daughter of graded stakes winner Bella Bella Bella.

For the day, 161 horses sold for a total of $7,597,200 compared with 143 grossing $7,705,000 at the 2013 Selected Yearling Sale. The average price was $47,188 compared with $53,881 last year, while the median was $35,000 compared with $42,000 in 2013.  The buyback percentage was 30.9%; it was 13.3%  in 2013. Seventeen horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with twelve at last year’s sale.

The sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with the first of two Open sessions. It will again be streamed live via the OBS, Blood-Horse and Daily Racing Form websites.

Goldencents, Tom’s Tribute score graded stakes wins at Del Mar

W.C. Racing’s Goldencents took no prisoners in Sunday’s $250,500 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, going right to the early lead, opening up in the stretch and coasting to a 4-1/4 length victory. It’s the fifth graded stakes win for the 4-year-old son of Into Mischief, trained by Doug O’Neill and purchased by his brother Dennis, who bought him out of the Southern Chase Farm (Greg and Karen Dodd) consignment at the 2012 OBS June Sale for $62,000 after he sped a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. The win gives him a 16-6-6-0 record and $2,434,000 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Braly Family Trust’s Tom’s Tribute scored his second straight graded stakes win in the $250,500 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2) on Sunday, surging to the lead past the eighth pole and winning by a length. Purchased by Marilyn Braly for $310,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2012 OBS March Sale on the recommendation of Gary Young after he worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5, the 4-year-old colt by Lion Heart is now 13-6-3-1 and has earned $592,880. watch his under tack video

Clear Stars Stable’s Myfourchix was a maiden going into Sunday’s $196,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes at Saratoga, but the 2-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes circled horses on the turn, took command in the lane and drew off to a three length victory. Now 2-1-1-0 $134,000 in earnings, she was sold at the 2014 OBS April Sale to Clear Stars for $90,000 by King’s Equine, Agent, after working an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

V. E. Day scores in the Travers at Saratoga

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Magalen O. Bryant’s V. E. Day came into Saratoga’s $1,250,000 Travers Stakes (G1) riding a three race win streak and the 3-year-old colt by English Channel, overlooked at 19-1, made it four in a row, putting in a sustained run down the stretch that ended in victory by a nose in the last jump. It’s his second stakes win and gives him a 6-4-1-0 record and $829,010 in earnings. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2013 OBS March Sale, he was sold for $135,000 to Chester Stables LLC, Agent, after working a quarter in :21 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Michael House’s Big John B tried stakes company for the first time Saturday in the $201,250 Del Mar Handicap (G2), rallied on the turn to take command in the stretch then drew off to 5-1/4 length victory. It’s the sixth win in nine starts this year for the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Hard Spun, now 28-11-5-3 with earnings of $458,805. After working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 he was sold for $30,000 by Flying Fish, Agent, at the 2011 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Robert K. Johnson, Frank Coniglio, Richard Rendina and Frank Ferrigine’s lightly raced Speed Seeker scored her first stakes win in Saturday’s $154,417 Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) on the turf at Woodbine, rallying from off the pace, finding room between horses a furlong from home and charging to a 4-3/4 length victory. Purchased for $10,000 out of the Classic Quarter Farm consignment at the 2012 OBS August Sale, the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Heatseeker (IRE) is now 3-2-0-0 and has earned $118,915 to date.

The Big Beast takes Saratoga’s King’s Bishop Stakes

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Alex & JoAnn Lieblong’s The Big Beast jumped into stakes company for the first time in the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, and although a bit further from the lead turning for home than expected, put in a determined run down the stretch and got up to win by a neck in the final strides. Consigned by Ends Well, Agent, to the 2013 OBS April Sale, the 3-year-old colt by Yes It’s True was purchased by the Lieblongs for $150,000 after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. His third straight victory leaves him 5-3-1-1 with earnings of  $415,500. watch his under tack video

August Yearling Sale begins Tuesday

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2014 August Yearling Sale begins Tuesday, August 26th. There are 1,037 yearlings cataloged for the three-day sale, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m. with 258 horses offered in the Selected session. The Sale continues with two Open sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, August 27th and 28th.  Hip No.’s 259-648 will be sold Wednesday; Hip No.’s 649-1037 sell on Thursday. Both Open sessions also start at 10:30 a.m.

Conformation photographs of  Selected yearlings may be viewed through the Sortable Master Index on the OBS website at obssales.com.  The Master Index also includes links to pedigree updates via equineline.com. The sale will be streamed live on the OBS, Blood-Horse and DRF websites.

The catalog can also be downloaded for use with the Equineline Sales Catalog  iPad App. For more information and to obtain the application go to http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/.

An important source of quality horses throughout its history, the OBS August Sale has produced twenty-two millionaires, a roster that includes Eclipse Award winners Groovy, Kodiak Kowboy, Not Surprising, Silver Charm and Xtra Heat.  Since the beginning of 2013, 108 August alumni have won or placed in 193 stakes races, with Rustlewood Farm’s Prudhoe Bay and Ike & Dawn Thrash, Janet Alley and Sam Alley’s Istanford the most recent headline makers.

OBS Sprint Stakes winner Prudhoe Bay, consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, to the 2012 OBS August Sale, captured Monmouth’s Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) on August 16th for his first graded stakes win, giving him earnings of $191,535. A 3-year-old Florida-bred son of Songandaprayer, his half brother by Broken Vow (Hip No. 41) sells in the 2014 OBS Selected Yearling Sale on August 26th

A day earlier at Del Mar, Ike & Dawn Thrash, Janet Alley and Sam Alley’s Istanford won the Sandy Blue Handicap in the same front-running fashion she used to win Del Mar’s San Clemente Handicap (G2) in July and beat the boys in the Arlington Classic (G3) in May. The 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Istan, also sold by Summerfield at the 2012 August Sale, has earned $332,205 to date. 

The August class of 2013 has begun to make its mark.  More than two dozen precocious 2-year-olds are already winners and Cecil N. Peacock’s Story to Tell is the first stakes winner, taking the W.L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Los Alamitos after running second in the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes.

The sale features a strong sire roster, with yearlings by stallions residing on the upper reaches of the general sire list. Top ten sires Speightstown, Kitten’s Joy, Giant’s Causeway, Curlin and Lemon Drop Kid have OBS August offspring, as well as proven stallions Bellamy Road, City Zip, Ghostzapper, Freud, Harlan’s Holiday, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ), Mineshaft, Scat Daddy, Stormy Atlantic, Street Sense and Unbridled’s Song.

OBS August is always a showcase for newcomers to the stallion ranks, and the 2014 sale features the offspring of first crop sires Archarcharch, Cape Blanco (IRE), Drosselmeyer, Dublin, Gio Ponti, Haynesfield, Paddy O’Prado, Sidney’s Candy, Tizway, Trappe Shot, Twirling Candy, Uncle Mo and Wilburn. In addition, up and comers Blame, Cowboy Cal, Lookin At Lucky, Majesticperfection, Majestic Warrior, Midnight Lute, Pioneerof the Nile, Super Saver, Tale of Ekati and Warrior’s Reward are all well represented.

Wildcat Heir and Two Step Salsa head the list of Florida-based stallions with offspring in the sale, along with Big Drama, Cool Coal Man, First Dude, Gone Astray, High Cotton, Kantharos and Put It Back.

Stopchargingmaria scores in Saratoga’s Alabama Stakes

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Repole Stable’s Stopchargingmaria added Saturday’s $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga to an already glittering resume that includes the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Black Eyed Susan Stakes (G2). After taking the lead in the lane, the 3-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat was tested, but turned back a late challenge and scored her second grade one victory by three quarters of a length. Now 10-6-1-1 with earnings of $1,414,000, she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show prior to the 2013 OBS March Sale, then was sold for $220,000 by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent. watch her under tack video

Rustlewood Farm’s Prudhoe Bay forged to the front in the stretch of Monmouth’s $101,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) and stayed there the rest of the way to earn a three quarter length victory. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Songandaprayer, winner of the OBS Sprint Stakes this past January. Consigned by Summerfield, Agent, to the 2012 OBS August Sale, he has three stakes wins to his credit, a 9-4-1-1 record and $191,535 in earnings. His half brother by Broken Vow (Hip No. 41) sells in the 2014 OBS Selected Yearling Sale on August 26. 

Tucci Stables’ Imperial Dream is two for two and a stakes winner after battling for the early lead in Saturday’s $137,626 Vandal Stake at Woodbine, putting away the speed at the top of the stretch and hitting the wire first by a length and three quarters. The 2-year-old colt by Stormy Atlantic, with earnings of $120,077 to date, worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $70,000 out of the SAB Sales (Scott A. Bergsrud) consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

Ike & Dawn Thrash, Janet Alley and Sam Alley’s Istanford captured Del Mar’s $96,350 Sandy Blue Handicap on Friday the same way she posted two recent graded stakes wins, going to the front and never looking back, coasting home first a 3-1/4 length winner over fellow OBS graduate Miss Machiavelli (April ’13). It’s the third win in eight starts this year for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Istan, sold for $25,000 by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2012 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Now 11-5-2-0, she has earned $332,205 to date. Selected Yearling Sale photo

James L. Driver and H. Ywachetta’s Rivers Run Deep took charge of Sunday’s $50,000 Honey Jay Stakes at Thistledown a quarter mile from home and she drew clear to score by two lengths, with fellow OBS graduate Candy Bites (April ’12) checking in third. That’s three stakes wins this year for the 3-year-old colt by Ready’s Image, leaving him 11-4-3-2 with $189,300 in earnings. He was sold by Rod McVey, Agent, for $77,000 to Garry Simms, Agent for James Driver, at the 2013 OBS June Sale after he worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

Merit Man scores in Del Mar’s Green Flash Handicap

Bruce Chandler, Double Kee LLC and Purple Shamrock Racing’s Merit Man got back on track in his second start off a long layoff on Wednesday at Del Mar, rallying down the stretch and getting up in the final yards to win the $94,540 Green Flash Handicap by half a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 4-year-old graded stakes placed colt by With Distinction, now 9-4-1-1 with earnings of $462,030. He’s a two-time OBS graduate, consigned to the 2010 Fall Mixed Sale by Hartley DeRenzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent before they sold him to XIB, Agent for Hess Racing for $75,000 at the 2012 April Sale after an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

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The Hot List: 

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Clothes Fall Off – Cheyenne Stables LLC’s Clothes Fall Off lagged behind in the sloppy early going in a $99,600 Saratoga maiden special in her debut on August 21, but swung out for the drive after saving ground on the turn, ran past the leaders and scored by three lengths. The 2-year-old daughter of Daaher was sold to Cheyenne for $150,000 by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, at the 2014 OBS March Sale after she worked an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video

Imperial Dream – Tucci Stables’ Imperial Dream is two for two and a stakes winner after battling for the early lead in Saturday’s $137,626 Vandal Stakes at Woodbine, putting away the speed at the top of the stretch and hitting the wire first by a length and three quarters. The 2-year-old colt by Stormy Atlantic, with earnings of $120,077 to date, worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $70,000 out of the SAB Sales (Scott A. Bergsrud) consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

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Tammy the Torpedo – Long Lake Stable LLC’s Tammy the Torpedo saved ground in the early going in her debut in an $83,000 maiden special on the Saratoga turf course on August 17, but rallied on the second turn, hit the front after straightening away in the stretch and rolled to a 3-1/4 length victory. The 2-year-old More Than Ready filly, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, was sold for $225,000 by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2014 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

Conquest Misbehave – Conquest Stables LLC’s Conquest Misbehave was allowed to drop well off the pace in her debut in the early going of a $76,250 maiden special at Del Mar on August 17, but the 2-year-old daughter moved toward the front on the turn, blew past the leaders in the lane and was going away under a hold at the wire, winning by 2-1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old daughter of Into Mischief worked an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show prior to the 2014 OBS April Sale, and was sold to Conquest for $250,000 by King’s Equine, Agent for Spendthrift Farm. watch her under tack video

American Sailor – Steve Landers’ American Sailor put the lessons learned in his July debut to good use in a $75,750 Del Mar maiden special on August 16, going to the lead and refusing to yield, reporting home first a half length winner. The 2-year-old City Zip colt worked an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 at the 2014 OBS April Sale before he was purchased for $100,000 by Garry Simms on behalf of Landers out of the Silver Star consignment. watch his under tack video

Harlan’s Honor - Margaret & David Wimer’s Harlan’s Honor led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $61,200 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park on August 10, taking the lead at the start and never looking back en route to a four length victory. Perpetual Novena (March ’14, August ’13) was second, half a length ahead of late running Nicky’s Brown Miss (March ’14). That’s two wins in three trips to the post for the 2-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, who has earned $63,250 to date. After an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, she was purchased for $165,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

Manahatta – Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. & Peachtree Stable’s Manahatta went right to the front in her August 10 debut in a $76,000 Del Mar maiden special and refused to yield the lead, edging clear down the stretch and scoring by a length. Peachtree’s John Fort signed the ticket for the 2-year-old filly by Old Fashioned, buying her from King’s Equine, Agent, for $90,000 at the 2014 OBS March Sale after she worked an eighth in :10 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

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Skinner Box – Patsy C. Symons’ Skinner Box went head and head with Loon River in her debut in a $73,000 maiden special on the Saratoga turf course on August 11, surrendered the lead in mid-stretch then battled back in the final yards and prevailed by half a length. The 2-year-old filly by Freud worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show prior to the 2014 OBS April Sale before Symons purchased her out of the Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co. consignment for $190,000. watch her under tack video

Conquest So True- Conquest Stables LLC’s Conquest So True wasted no time getting her diploma, taking the early lead in her debut in a Woodbine maiden special on July 27, shaking off a challenge on the turn for home and then drawing away to a 2-3/4 length victory. The 2-year-old daughter of Yes It’s True worked a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show before the 2014 OBS April Sale, and was sold for $200,000 to Conquest by Southern Chase Farm, Inc. (Greg & Karen Dodd), Agent. watch her under tack video

High Dollar Woman – Alex & JoAnn Lieblong’s High Dollar Woman put the lessons learned in her June debut to good use on July 27 at Saratoga, taking charge of an $83,000 maiden special after turning for home and cruising from there to victory by a length and a half. After working an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat at the 2014 OBS March Sale, the 2-year-old Super Saver filly was purchased for $675,000 by the Lieblongs out of the Eddie Woods consignment.  watch her under tack video

Strong Coffee – Albert Frassetto’s Strong Coffee made his debut in a $98,000 maiden special on the Saratoga turf course on August 2 and ran like a horse with a future, tracking the leaders before coming out for the drive, striking the front a furlong from home and cruising under the wire a three length winner. After working a quarter in :22 1/5, the 2-year-old son of Warrior’s Reward was sold to Frassetto for $120,00 by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, at the 2014 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

Graded Stakes Winners: 

Cinco Charlie - William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie,  the first OBS graduate of the class of 2014 to break his maiden, is now it’s first graded stakes winner, going to the lead in the $108,100 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs and staying there all the way, easing away late to score by a length and three quarters. For his third start, he was sent to Saratoga and finished a sharp third in the Sanford Stakes (G3). Now 3-2-0-1, the 2-year-old Indian Charlie has earned $108,422. After working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the March Sale Under Tack Show, he was purchased for $190,000 out of the Cary Frommer consignment.  watch his under tack video

Stakes Winners:

Enchanting Lady - Kaleem Shah’s Enchanting Lady avenged a loss to Seduire in her May 22 debut in the $126,000 Landaluce Stakes at Santa Anita on June 22, chasing that rival to the top of the stretch before putting her away and drawing off to a 6-1/4 length victory. It’s the first win for the 2-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat, purchased on the recommendation of Bob Baffert and Donato Lanni for $650,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. With a 2-1-1-0 record, she has earned $86,200 to date.  watch her under tack video

Hashtag Bourbon- Bourbon Lane Stable’s Hashtag Bourbon was a maiden going into the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes on August 2 but came back a stakes winner, charging from behind on the turn, taking command in the lane and pulling away to a 4-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Gotta Get Paid (August ’13). After a first and a third from two starts, the 2-year-old colt by Super Saver has earned $66,000 to date. He was sold by Secure Investments, Agent for $130,000 to McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, Agent, at the 2014 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 Story to Tell- Cecil N. Peacock’s Story to Tell took charge of the $98,000 W. L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 13 after turning for home and eased away to a 1-1/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old colt by Bluegrass Cat; he was second in last month’s Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes. Now 3-2-1-0 with $118,600 in earnings, he was sold for $82,000 by Thoroughstock, Agent, at the 2013 OBS August Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

Up and Coming: 

Boast – Margaret V. Bloss’ Boast wasted no time winning his first race, going wire to wire en route to a 2-3/4 length victory in his debut in a maiden special at Arapahoe Park on June 29. A 2-year-old gelding by Ready’s Image, he was consigned to the 2013 OBS August Sale by Moreau Bloodstock International, Agent.

Danzatrice – Gainesway Stable’s (Antony Beck) Danzatrice made short work of her opposition in a maiden special at Parx Racing on July 4, leading by daylight all the way and winning her debut by a length and three quarters. The 2-year-old daughter of Dunkirk was sold for $105,000 at the 2014 OBS April Sale by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC to John Fort on behalf of Gainesway Farm after she worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Guderian  - Germania Farms’ Guderian settled for second in his debut at Pimlico in May, but made no mistakes second time out in a $38,625 maiden special at Delaware on June 19, bolting quickly to a big lead and staying there all the way en route to a three length victory.The 2-year-old son of Stroll, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show for the 2014 OBS March Sale, was purchased for $185,000 out of the Casse Sales LLC (Justin Casse) consignment. watch his under tack video

Harlan’s Honor – David and Margaret Wimer’s Harlan’s Honor led a 1-2-3-4 OBS parade in her debut in a $38,200 maiden special at Monmouth Park on June 27. The 2-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday beat fellow 2014 OBS April Sale graduate Anna May Our Queen by 2-1/2 lengths, with March Sale graduates Fancy Malka and Cali Thirty Seven finishing third and fourth. The winner was sold for $165,000 by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, after she breezed an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Heat Transfer – Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Heat Transfer took the lessons learned in her debut to good use in her second start, going right to the front in a $34,000 maiden special at Arlington Park on June 19 and staying there all the way, reporting home a 2-1/2 length winner. The 2-year-old daughter of Latent Heat was sold for $190,000 by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2014 OBS March Sale after she breezed an eight in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Hey Bartender – Robert O. Johnson’s Hey Bartender had no trouble winning at first asking in a maiden special at Louisiana Downs on July 6, taking charge early, turning away a challenge in the stretch and drawing off to a 4-3/4 length victory. The 2-year-old son of Behindatthebar is a two time OBS graduate, sold by Dapple Stud, Agent, at the 2013 August Sale before working a quarter in :21 2/5 at the 2014 April Sale and being purchased for $25,000 by Johnson out of the de Meric Sales consignment. watch his under tack video

Holiday Camp – Michael Lund Peterson’s Holiday Camp got his career off on the right foot on June 7 with an authoritative 2-1/2 length victory in a $56,000 maiden special at Santa Anita. The 2-year-old colt by Street Boss was one of the stars of the 2014 OBS March Sale, working a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show before being purchased for $700,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment. watch his under tack video

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Naval Command – Pinnacle Racing Stables, H. Jack Hendricks and Roger L. Justice’s Naval Command won at first asking in a $41,600 Gulfstream maiden special  on June 21 then returned to work with a second place finish in the Cassidy Stakes on July 12. The 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Midshipman is a two time OBS graduate, sold first by breeder Woodford Thoroughbreds at the 2013 August Yearling Sale. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2014 April Sale, she brought $60,000 after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch her under tack video

Platinum Patty – Charles A. Castille Jr.’s Platinum Patty showed her heels to her rivals in her debut in an Evangeline Downs maiden special on June 27, going right to the front at the break and romping to a four length victory. The 2-year-old daughter of Pomeroy is a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Select Sales, Agent, at the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale before she was purchased for $47,000 out of the BryLynn Farm consignment at the 2013 August Yearling Sale.

Sky Preacher- Success Racing’s Sky Preacher stretched out to a mile on the turf course at Santa Anita on June 27, took over on the second turn and and then ran off to a 7-1/2 length victory in a $73,550 maiden special.  The 2-year-old colt by Sky Mesa worked and Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before being purchased for $80,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment by Russell Smith at the 2014 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

Starless Night- Tucci Stables’ Starless Night jumped from a front-running maiden win on June 28 into Woodbine’s $150,000 Shady Well Stakes on July 13 and the result was a carbon copy gate to wire 2-1/2 length victory. Now two for two with earnings of $121,583, the 2-year-old daughter of Grand Slam was purchased by Carlos Tucci for $40,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale after she breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Two Six Wins- Ciardella, Fedkin, Fazio, Joslin and Pender Racing LLC’s Two Six Wins put his experience to good use in his second start, going to the early lead, surrendering it briefly in the lane, then battling back and drawing away to win a July 6 maiden special at Los Alamitos by a length and a quarter. A two time OBS graduate, the 2-year-old colt by Midshipman was sold at the 2013 August Sale by Summerfield, Agent, prior to being consigned by Sugar Hill LLC, Agent to the 2014 March Sale and breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch his under tack video

Unbridled Reward – John C. Oxley’s Unbridled Reward looks like a she has a big future after  her 7-3/4 length front-running score at first asking in a $44,000 maiden special at Churchill Downs on May 30 followed by a sharp second in the Debutante Stakes three weeks later. The 2-year-old filly by Warrior’s Reward was purchased for $330,000 by Mark Casse on Oxley’s behalf at the 2014 OBS March Sale after she breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

Wonder Gal – Treadway Racing Stable’s Wonder Gal was last of five for a quarter mile in her debut in the $122,500 Lynbrook Stakes at Belmont Park on July 6, but moved up quickly on the outside on the turn, took command a quarter mile from home and galloped to a 14-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Accelebrate (April ’14, January ’13). Purchased by Jeffrey Treadway for $210,000 out of the Old South Farm consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, the 2-year-old daughter of Tiz Wonderful earned $75,000 for her effort.  watch her under tack video

Zip’s Moondance – Nicholas Cammarano, Jr.’s Zip’s Moondance took the shortest way home in his debut in an $83,000 maiden special on July 24 at Saratoga, surging to the lead on the inside in the lane and drawing away to a 3-1/4 length victory, running five furlongs in a sprightly :57 4/5. Trainer Guadalupe Preciado signed the ticket for the 2-year-old colt by City Zip, sold for $55,000 by Crystal Eclipse Stable at the 2014 OBS April Sale after he worked an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video 

 

 

Champion Asia Express wins Leopard Stakes at Niigata

Yukio Baba’s champion Asia Express sat just off the pace in Sunday’s $750,000 Leopard Stakes (G3) at Niigata Racecourse, took over a furlong from the wire and drew off to a 3-1/2 length victory.  It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Henny Hughes, voted Japan’s champion two-year-old colt in 2013. The latest OBS graduate to top the million dollar mark in earnings, he’s now 7-4-1-0 with estimated U.S. earnings of over $1.4-million. He was purchased by Narvick International for $230,000 from breeder Ocala Stud at the 2013 OBS March Sale after working a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video  

watch Asia Express (13) win the Leopard Stakes (G3)

Margaret & David Wimer’s Harlan’s Honor led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Sunday’s $61,200 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park, taking the lead at the start and never looking back en route to a four length victory. Perpetual Novena (March ’14, August ’13) was second, half a length ahead of late running Nicky’s Brown Miss (March ’14). That’s two wins in three trips to the post for the 2-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, who has earned $63,250 to date. After an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, she was purchased for $165,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

Gulliver Racing LLC, J.K. Houssels, Jr. and Schroeder Farms LLC’s Master the Blues tried stakes company for the first time in Friday’s $96,560 Daisycutter Stakes at Del Mar and was up in the final yards to beat fellow OBS graduate Kinz Funky Monkey (April ’12) by a neck. It’s the sixth win in nine starts this year for the 5-year-old mare by Mater Command, sold for $27,000 by Andy Cant, Agent at the 2011 OBS April Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. The first stakes victory gives her a 19-7-2-3 record and $181,320 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Clyde Rice’s Champagne Ruby had to wait for running room in Saturday’s $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes, but shook loose in mid-stretch and then drew away late to win by 2-3/4 lengths. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Utopia (JPN), now 11-3-2-1 with earnings of $142,335. She was sold for $5,000 by Carapan Farm LLC (Ed & Diane Gregory) at the 2012 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

Loooch Racing Stable, Inc.’s Caviar N Champagne had to battle for the lead in Sunday’s $50,000 Vicacious Handicap at Belterra Park, but once she got it, the 5-year-old Formal Dinner mare opened up five lengths and then coasted home a 2-3/4 length winner. It’s her fifth stakes score, and leaves her with a 29-9-6-4 record and $295,404 in earnings. She was sold for $13,000 by Lynne Boutte, Agent, at the 2010 OBS August Sale.

Selected Yearling photos now online

Conformation photos of the yearlings in the 2014 OBS August Selected Sale may now be viewed via the OBS website and accessed through the Sale’s Sortable Master & Photo Index. The remaining pictures will be posted as they become available, so please revisit the index often for new photos as well as pedigree updates.

The Selected Yearlings (Hip No.’s 1 – 258) will be sold on Tuesday, August 26th beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Open Sale (Hip No.’s 259 – 1037) will follow on Wednesday and Thursday, August 27th and 28th.  Both Open sessions also begin at 10:30 a.m.

Palace takes Saratoga’s Alfred G. Vanderbilt

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Adam Coglianese photo

Antonino Miuccio’s Palace was off half a beat slowly in Saratoga’s $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) on Saturday, but chased favored frontrunning Happy My Way the whole way before running past him in the final strides and scoring by a length. Fellow OBS graduate Falling Sky (January ’13) checked in third. The latest OBS millionaire, the 5-year-old son of City Zip is now 20-10-5-2 and has earned $1,009,550. He was sold for $160,000 by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, at the 2011 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

Bourbon Lane Stable’s Hashtag Bourbon was a maiden going into Saturday’s $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes but came back a stakes winner, charging from behind on the turn, taking command in the lane and pulling away to a 4-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Gotta Get Paid (August ’13). After a first and a third from two starts, the 2-year-old colt by Super Saver has earned $66,000 to date. He was sold by Secure Investments, Agent for $130,000 to McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, Agent, at the 2014 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Go West Marie takes Del Mar’s Fleet Treat Stakes

Peter Redekop’s Go West Marie is enjoying life on the west coast after moving to California in June, taking command of the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday on the turn and outfighting fellow OBS graduate Wonderful Lie (April ’12) down the stretch, proving best by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old filly by Western Fame, now 11-3-1-2 with earnings of $228,280. After an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat she was purchased for $52,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment by Funky Munky Stable LLC. watch her under tack video

Magalen O. Bryant’s V.E. Day tried stakes company for the first time in Friday’s $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Last of nine in the early going, he saved ground on the turn before swinging out for the drive, closing on the outside and battling his way to winning a three-horse photo by a head. With a 5-3-1-0 record after his first stakes victory, the 3-year-old colt by English Channel has earned $159,010 to date. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2013 OBS March Sale, he was sold for $135,000 to Chester Stables LLC, Agent, after working a quarter in :21 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Mike Maker’s Burn the Mortgage picked up his first stakes win in Saturday’s $75,000 Eight Miles East Stakes at Gulfstream, charging between horses to take command after turning for home and drawing away to a 4-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Decisive Moment (April ’10). The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 before he was purchased for $18,000 by Tim Kegel, Agent, out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2011 OBS April Sale. He’s now 29-8-4-4 and has earned $328,244. watch his under tack video

Mr. Amore Stable’s Miss d’Oro picked up her second stakes win on Saturday after battling to a neck decision in the $75,000 Power by Far Handicap at Parx Racing. A 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she was sold for $50,000 by Bo Hunt, Agent, to Ron Lombardi’s Mr. Amore Stables LLC at the 2011 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. The victory gives her a 12-5-1-3 record and $270,752 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Heat Transfer is two for three and a stakes winner after prompting the pace in Saturday’s $50,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at Thistledown and proving best by half a length at the wire. A 2-year-old daughter of Latent Heat, she was sold to Vince J. Foglia for $190,000 by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2014 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. With two wins and a third from three starts, she’s earned $54,000. watch her under tack video

New March format kicks off 2015 OBS Juvenile Sale Schedule

The March Sale of Two Year Olds in Training will kick off the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 two-year-old sale schedule on March 17 with a new open-style format designed to provide buyers with an expanded selection of horses and adding another session to the sale.

Three sessions, set for Tuesday – Thursday, March 17 – 19, 2015, will be preceded by the Under Tack Show on Wednesday through Friday, March 11 – 13. While no longer carrying the Selected moniker, the March Sale will continue to offer a high quality group of horses with top physicals and solid pedigrees that buyers have become accustomed to in previous years, as well as the addition of the next tier of horses that have advanced through their early training and prepared to showcase their talents in March.

Performance on the track at the highest levels of the sport continues to highlight the OBS Two Year Old Sales as a prime source of quality racehorses, on display this past weekend with victories by March graduates Tom’s Tribute in Del Mar’s Eddie Read Stakes (G1) and millionaire Stopchargingmaria in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga.  

“The evolution of the juvenile market is telling us that buyers prefer a larger and more varied sample than they have in the past,” said OBS sales director Tod Wojciechowski. “We plan to monitor our entries so as to blend our usual March sale offerings with an additional group of precocious, athletic horses.  The result of the past few sales seasons proves that buyers are responding to the quality as well as quantity of the offerings, not the date and title on the catalog cover.”

Initial response to the new format by consignors has been enthusiastic.  “I think this is going to be great.” stated Nick de Meric,  “The new format will certainly allow us to increase the variety of horses we offer and will be attractive not only to buyers accustomed to the March sale, but also new buyers who may not have considered coming to this sale in the past.”

Trainer Bret Calhoun also applauded the change.  “There have been times that I or my owners bypassed the March sale because we didn’t feel there would be enough horses within our budget.  This new format definitely changes that and makes coming to the March sale a must, regardless of how much we have to spend.”

The four-day Spring Sale is set for Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24. There will be six Under Tack sessions, beginning Monday, April 13 and continuing through Saturday, April 18.

“Both consignors and buyers were pleased with the extended Under Tack Shows we began in June,’ said OBS board Chairman Mike O’Farrell. “Shorter sessions allow for flexibility to react to inclement weather, and level the playing field for consignors.”

The June Sale of Two Year Olds and Horses of Racing Age is planned for four sessions, beginning Tuesday, June 16 and ending Friday, June 19. The six-session June Under Tack Show gets underway on Monday, June 8 and runs through Saturday, June 13.