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March Sale Under Tack Show begins Thursday

The Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 March Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training begins Thursday, March 7th.

There are three sessions, with Hips 1 – 192 breezing on the first day. Hips 193 – 384 will go 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 DRF, TDN and Blood-Horse websites.

A total of 577 juveniles are cataloged for the two-day sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12th and 13th, with both sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. Hip 1 – 288 will sell on Tuesday; Hips 289 – 577 will sell on Wednesday.

The past year has seen a continuation of the high level of performance horsemen expect from OBS March Sale graduates. Since the beginning of 2018, 110 March graduates were on the board 224 times in stakes races, with 58 horses accounting for 80 stakes victories. At the game’s highest level, 51 March grads won or placed 89 times in graded stakes with 23 scoring in 26 graded events.

The summer’s biggest headline went to Lee Pokoik’s catalog cover girl Sippican Harbor, who charged to the lead a sixteenth from home and won Saratoga’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) by two lengths. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, the now 3-year-old filly by Orb went through the ring at last year’s March sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Gary Contessa, she ended her juvenile campaign with a 4-2-0-0 record and $262,650 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Breeze Easy LLC’s Shang Shang Shang, who shares the catalog cover, came out of last year’s March Sale, broke her maiden at Keeneland at first asking and then traveled to Royal Ascot to take on the boys in the Norfolk Stakes (G2).  The Florida-bred daughter of Shanghai Bobby led all the way, holding off a late charge to win by a nose.  A two time OBS graduate, she was purchased out of the SBM Training & Sales consignment by Breeze Easy for $200,000 at the 2018 OBS March Sale 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. Trained by Wesely Ward, she has earned $101,524 to date. watch her under tack video

William H. Lawrence’s Analyze It, featured on the catalog’s back cover, has two graded stakes wins to his credit, winning the Cecil B. DeMille (G3) at Del Mar at two and Keeneland’s Transylvania Stakes (G3) last April. The colt by Point of Entry ended his sophomore campaign with a third place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). Trained by Chad Brown, he’s now 8-3-3-1 with $759,400 in earnings. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $190,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, out of the Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co. consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

The 2018 March Sale also produced a pair of talented colts in Michael Lund Petersen’s Mucho Gusto and Hollendorfer LLC, Pearl Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Gunmetal Gray, one-two in the recent Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. It was the second graded stakes win for the colt by Mucho Macho Man, winner of Del Mar’s Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at two. Consigned to the 2018 OBS March Sale by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 4-3-1-0 for trainer Bob Baffert, he has earned $234,000 to date. watch his under tack video

One of the newest members in the long line of March Sale graded stakes winners is Tom R. Durant’s Silver Dust, who scored in the Mineshaft Handicap (G3) at Fair Grounds in February. It was the first stakes win for the 5-year-old gelding by Tapit, now 19-4-4-2 with $354,607 in earnings for trainer Bret Calhoun. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 before he was purchased for $510,000. watch his under tack video

The latest star to emerge from the 2018 March Sale is Leonard C. Green’s A Thread of Blue, who took the Palm Beach Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park last Saturday. It was third straight win for the 3-year-old colt by Hard Spun, who took Gulfstream’s Dania Beach Stakes in his previous start. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, he’s now 7-4-1-1 with earnings of $241,590. He was purchased for $430,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

The entire March Sale catalog can be viewed via the OBS website at The website’s searchable and sortable master index provides links to under tack videos, pedigree and consignor information as well as pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed. It has also been updated 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 entire catalog is available via the equineline Sales Catalog app. The app allows users to download and view the catalog, record notes and also provides innovative search, sort and rating capability. For information and downloads visit:

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.

Under Tack results will be available on the OBS website, updated throughout each session. 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

For more information regarding the March Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.