The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 March Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com.
A total of 577 juveniles have been cataloged for the two-day sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12th and 13th, with both sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Under Tack Show will span three days, beginning Thursday, March 7th with Hips 1 – 192. Hips 193 – 384 will breeze Friday, March 8th and Hips 385 – 577 will go Saturday, March 9th. 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 TDN, DRF and Blood-Horse websites.
March graduates have provided value at all price levels. Graded stakes winner Take Charge Paula, a $50,000 purchase in 2017, earned over $450,000. Multiple graded stakes winner Blended Citizen, sold for $85,000, provided a return of over $400,000. Multiple graded winner Collected brought $170,000 in 2015 and earned nearly $3-million. Graded stakes winner Analyze It went for $190,000 in 2017 and earned over $750,000. Horses are cataloged from all over the country, and buyers will find 92 Florida-breds and 79 New York-breds in the 2019 sale.
“Since we expanded the sale format in 2015, March has really become a much broader marketplace,” said OBS director of sales Tod Wojciechowski. “We were able to add a group of precocious horses in addition to the select type horses they already expect in March. All you have to do is look at the list of runners that have come out of this sale over the past few years to see that quality horses come in all different types and price ranges.”
The OBS March Sale has produced six champions, 29 millionaires and seven Breeders’ Cup victories. Since the beginning of 2018, 105 OBS March graduates have won or placed 207 times in stakes races including 82 graded events.
The 2018 March Sale produced a trio of high class runners including Breeze Easy LLC’s unbeaten globetrotter Shang Shang Shang who won at first asking at Keeneland for trainer Wesley Ward then flew to Royal Ascot and led all the way to win the Norfolk Stakes (G2) against the boys. The 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Shanghai Bobby is a two time OBS graduate, purchased out of the SBM Training & Sales consignment by Breeze Easy for $200,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. She had been sold previously as a short yearling by Summerfield at the 2017 Winter Mixed Sale. watch her under tack video
OBS March made its presence felt at the prestigious Saratoga meeting when Lee Pokoik’s Sippican Harbor scored a 17-length maiden victory and followed it ten days later by charging from far off the pace to take the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) by two lengths. Gary Contessa trains the now 3-year-old daughter of Orb. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video
Hollendorfer LLC, Pearl Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Gunmetal Gray was unveiled at Del Mar where he broke his maiden in his second start. He followed it with a second to champion Game Winner in Santa Anita’s American Pharoah Stakes (G1) in September. Starting down the Derby Trail on January 5th in Santa Anita’s Sham Stakes (G3), he blew past the field in the final furlong to score by a length. The 3-year-old colt by Exchange Rate, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, makes his next start in Saturday’s $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. He was purchased for $225,000 out of the Brick City Thoroughbreds consignment after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video
A powerhouse lineup of proven top echelon stallions is represented in the March Sale: Awesome Again, Bernardini, Bodemeister, Candy Ride (ARG), City Zip, Curlin, Distorted Humor, Empire Maker, First Dude, Ghostzapper, Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Lookin At Lucky, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Pioneerof the Nile, Quality Road, Speightstown, Tapit, Tiznow, Uncle Mo, Union Rags and War Front.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is among the up and coming sires with March Sale offspring, a group that includes Bayern, Cairo Prince, Carpe Diem, Central Banker, Chitu, Cross Traffic, Fed Biz, Goldencents, Honor Code, Khozan, Liam’s Map, No Nay Never, Uncaptured, Violence, and Will Take Charge.
The online catalog’s main page contains a link to a sortable master index providing searchable pedigree and consignor information as well as access to pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed. Advanced search and filter capability has been added to allow shortlist creation. A link to instructions for using the new features can be found in the index header and a step by step tutorial is available in the index as well.
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding the March Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.