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Former OBS president Tom Chiota passes away at 70

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Tom Chiota, long time past president of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, passed away Sunday at the age of 70. He guided the company from its infancy in the late 1970’s as an outlet for local breeders to a thriving sales company with an international presence. Under his leadership, OBS expanded from its original six barns to its present 29 with two racetracks.  The company added a feed division, OBS Feed & Supply, an Inter Track Wagering facility on the sale grounds, conducted an annual day of live racing and acquired Ocala Jai Alai.  After his retirement in 2012, he remained active in OBS operations as a consultant.

“Tom Chiota’s steady hand in a turbulent business was vital for the growth and success of OBS,” said OBS president Tom Ventura. “It was an honor to work side by side with Tom for more than twenty years. His OBS family will miss his wit and wisdom. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his cherished family.”

His family will receive friends from 4-6pm, Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in Ocala, with the memorial service beginning at 6pm. Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470 (352)-629-7171. Online Condolences may be expressed at