As the first live auction on the North American calendar following the wide-scale shutdown over the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be plenty of eyes on the rescheduled Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.
Thoroughbred Daily News reports that OBS plans to take several steps to keep risk of exposure to a minimum throughout the course of the sale. The under-tack show is set to take place May 31-June 6 and the auction itself will be held June 9-12.
Following are some of the plans OBS has lined up to keep buyers, sellers, and sales crews safe during the upcoming sale, per OBS director of sales Tod Wojciechowski:
– Minimizing contact with surfaces using doormen, frequently wiping down surfaces, and offering hand sanitizing stations.
– All OBS staff will wear masks while inside the building, and others will be encouraged to do the same.
– Social distancing measures will include limiting rows of seating inside the pavilion, cutting back the cafeteria to grab-and-go options with reduced seating, and employees in high-traffic areas will be placed behind plexiglass barriers.
– No communal water areas during the under-tack sessions, such as ice chests. Bottled water will distributed by employees.
– Those who are unable to attend the sale are encouraged to use OBS' phone and online bidding options.
TDN also queried several prominent buyers and sellers on how they plan to handle the situation, both from a safety standpoint and how they'll do business, eliciting varying levels of concern over the degree of risk tied to the auction process.
Read more at Thoroughbred Daily News.
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