OBS Reschedules Two-Year-Old Sales

The Ocala Breeders’ Sale Company has rescheduled its 2020 Spring and June Sales of Two Year Olds in Training in response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

“As we all continue to deal with the current circumstances,” said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. “We need to balance a sense of social responsibility with providing our consignors the best opportunity to market their horses and give buyers the best place to obtain them.”

The Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training has been moved to Tuesday through Friday, June 9th – 12th, with the Under Tack Show set for Sunday through Saturday, May 31st – June 6th. Each Under Tack session will begin at 7:30 a.m. The catalog will stay intact with the original horses hip numbered for the sale.

The June Two-Year-Olds & Horses of Racing Age Sale is now scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, July 14th – 17th with entries closing May 4th. The Under Tack Show will be held Monday, July 6th through Saturday, July 11th.  The Under Tack sessions will all begin at 7:30 a.m.

In an effort to provide another opportunity to buy and sell Two-Year-Olds, OBS is considering adding a Two-Year-Old in Training session to the October Yearling Sale, presently scheduled for October 6th through 9th.

The adjusted 2020 sale schedule may be found in the OBS website at https://www.obssales.com/OBSPAGES/SALESCAL2020.pdf

In addition to catalogs for upcoming sales, the OBS website includes sales results, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers. E-Mail should be addressed to obs@obssales.com. For catalogs or more information regarding the OBS Sale Calendar or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.

Wells Bayou wins Louisiana Derby

Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Clint Gasaway, Lance Gasaway, Madaket Stables LLC and Wonder Stables’ Wells Bayou joined the leaders of the 3-year-old division on Saturday, taking the lead shortly after the start of the $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds and never looking back en route to victory by a length and a half. It’s the first stakes win for the son of Lookin At Lucky, now 5-3-1-0 with $845,293 in earnings for trainer Brad Cox. Consigned by Whitman Sales, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, he was purchased by Lance Gasaway for $105,000 after turning in an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

OBS graduates won four other stakes races on the Louisiana Derby undercard.

Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

The 2019 Louisiana Derby (G2) winner, Allied Racing Stable, LLC’s By My Standards, returned for the $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (G2) and sat just off the pace, took over after turning for home and eased away to a three length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year old colt by OBS graduate Goldencents, trained by Bret Calhoun, now 8-4-2-1 and closing in on a million with $921,910 in earnings. Consigned to the 2018 OBS April Sale by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent, he was sold to J. Stevens Bloodstock, Agent, for $150,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch his under tack video

Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This went right to the front in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic and stayed there to the wire, drawing away in the stretch to a three length victory. It’s the second straight graded stakes score and third stakes win for the 5-year-old horse by The Factor, purchased for $11,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Also trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 28-9-3-4 and has earned $725,030 to date. watch his under tack video

William and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Vacherie Girl was much the best in the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks, coming from off the pace, taking command in the final furlong and drawing off to win by 3-1/2 lengths. That’s two stakes wins for the 3-year-old daughter of Tapiture, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 5-3-0-1 with earnings of $143,307. A two time OBS graduate, she was sold first by Pelican State Thoroughbreds as a yearling at the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $87,000 out of the Paul Sharp consignment at the 2019 June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

Ivery Sisters Racing’s Monte Man stalked the pace in the $75,000 Costa Rising Stakes, battled for the lead in the stretch and proved best by a length at the finish. It’s the seventh stakes win for the 7-year-old gelding by Custom for Carlos, winner of the 2018 renewal of the Costa Rising and second in the race last year. Sold for $125,000 by Royal Thoroughbred International at the 2015 OBS March Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, he’s now 39-14-7-5 for trainer Ron Faucheux, and has earned $582,441 to date. watch his under tack video 

Lauren King photo

Cara Oliver’s Hear My Prayer led from gate to wire in Saturday’s $75,000 Melody of Colors Stakes at Gulfstream, drawing clear in the stretch and winning by a length and three quarters. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by The Big Beast, trained by David Fisher, now 5-3-0-0 with earnings of $90,310. Consigned by Camelot Acres Racing and Sales, Agent, she went through the ring at the 2018 OBS October Yearling Sale.

B.C.W.T. Ltd.’s Long Weekend scored a wire to wire victory in the $90,000 Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, opening up in the stretch and cruising to a 4-3/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old son of Majesticperfection, purchased for $225,000 by Lauren Carlisle, Agent, out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 3/5. Now 4-3-0-0 for trainer Tom Amoss, he has earned $133,928 to date. watch his under tack video