The under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2019 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training begins Thursday, March 7.
There are three sessions, with Hips 1 – 192 breezing on the first day. Hips 193 – 384 will go Friday, March 8 and Hips 385 – 577 will go Saturday, March 9. All three sessions will begin at 8 a.m.
A total of 577 juveniles are cataloged for the two-day sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, 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 Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes 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.
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 G2 Norfolk Stakes. 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.
William H. Lawrence's Analyze It, featured on the catalog's back cover, has two graded stakes wins to his credit, winning the G3 Cecil B. DeMille at Del Mar at two and Keeneland's G3 Transylvania Stakes last April. The colt by Point of Entry ended his sophomore campaign with a third place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile. 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.
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 G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. It was the second graded stakes win for the colt by Mucho Macho Man, winner of Del Mar's G3 Bob Hope Stakes 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.
The newest member of the long line of March Sale graded stakes winners is Tom R. Durant's Silver Dust, who scored in the G3 Mineshaft Handicap 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.
The latest star to emerge from the 2018 March Sale is Leonard C. Green's A Thread of Blue, who took the G3 Palm Beach Stakes 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.
The entire March Sale catalog can be viewed via the OBS website at http://obssales.com. 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.
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