Catalogs now available for OBS 2-year-olds in training sale

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Catalogs for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2012 March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training are now available via the OBS website at obssales.com. The website has been redesigned and features a sortable master index for the catalog, daily pedigree updates as well as under tack show videos and results.

A total of 362 juveniles have been cataloged for the two-day OBS sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13th and 14th, with both sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Under Tack Show is set for 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8th (Hips 1-180), and Friday, March 9th (Hips 181-362). Both the Under Tack Show and Sale will be streamed live via the OBS website. The 23rd annual OBS Championship Stakes races will be run on Monday, March 12th, with first post time at 1:00 p.m.


The March Sale has long been a source of top class racehorses, as OBS Selected Two-Year-Old Sales have produced 35 millionaires, winners of 17 Eclipse Awards and 11 Breeders’ Cup victories.

In 2011, more than a dozen OBS March graduates were graded stakes winners, with Farnsworth Stables LLC’s Ask the Moon scoring a pair of grade one victories, capturing both the Ruffian Invitational and Personal Ensign Stakes at the prestigious Saratoga meeting. The daughter of Malibu Moon was sold for $125,000 by Nick de Meric, Agent, at the 2007 OBS March Sale.

Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty posted two graded wins, highlighted by her victory in the $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1) in May. Kirkwood Stables, Agent, sold the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro for $130,000 at the 2010 OBS March Sale. It’s the second straight Kentucky Oaks score by an OBS two year old sale graduate, as Blind Luck was the 2010 winner.

Shivananda Parbhoo’s Giant Ryan enjoyed a six race win streak in 2011 that culminated with a half length victory in the $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont in October. The son of Freud, a three time OBS graduate, was consigned by M & H Training and Sales, Agent, to the 2008 March Sale.

Graduates of last year’s sale have already had a major impact, with Klaravich Stables Inc. & William H. Lawrence’s Currency Swap breaking his maiden at first asking and then winning Saratoga’s $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (G1) in his second trip to the post. The High Cotton colt was consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent.

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Secret Circle’s first three starts all ended in victory, the third a win in the $454,500 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. The colt by Eddington was sold for $165,000 by Flying Fish, Agent.

Jeffrey Bloom’s precocious Majestic City was the first graded winner from last year’s March Sale, scoring a 2-1/4 length victory in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (G3) in July. The City Zip colt brought $180,000 when purchased out of the Bo Hunt consignment.  In addition, John C. Oxley’s Northern Passion, sold for $220,000 by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, won Woodbine’s $240,345 Natalma Stakes (G3) and Frank Fletcher’s Rocket Twentyone, sold for $300,000 by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, took the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (G3). In all, 34 graduates of the 2011 March Sale graduates have won or placed in stakes to date.

The 2012 March Sale features a strong stallion lineup reading like a who’s who from the upper reaches of the sire leader boards. Last year’s top five, Distorted Humor, Smart Strike, Tapit, Giant’s Causeway and and Malibu Moon are represented, as are A.P. Indy, Empire Maker, More Than Ready, Speightstown, Medaglia d’Oro, Indian Charlie, Bernardini, Arch, Candy Ride (ARG), War Front and Leroidesanimaux (BRZ). Last year’s leading freshman sires Hard Spun and Scat Daddy and first crop sires Curlin and Big Brown also have offspring in the sale.

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 March Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.

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  • RayPaulick

    Watcher…did you notice that the winners of the Strub Stakes AND Robert B. Lewis Stakes both were graduates of OBS 2-year-olds in training sales? It takes a special horse to win the Strub, as I’m sure you know. And the Lewis winner was a good 2-year-old who looks pretty good now at 3. Two-turn Graded stakes winners that were sold as 2-year-olds in training.

  • Watcher

    Those OBS and NATC advertising dollars are sure paying dividends. 

    Perhaps you should study the FACTS about these sales before you mouth off in their defense. 

    The 10-year study of Barretts’ fastest previewers will be distributed in the next few weeks. Instead of weaseling out of printing it here (“not enough time to study it,” you wrote last year) maybe you should put the FACTS out for all your readers (as well as OBS, NATC and pinhooker advertisers) to digest.

    Or, you could just follow the lead of your advertising bosses and continue the same mindless endorsement of their greedy marketing ways

  • pinkpanther

    ray, please do not give this guy your time. he has some vendetta against 2 yr old sales and never makes sense. buying horses at any sale is not economically smart. however, if you are going to dive in, it is by far your best chance of getting a runner.

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