Tom Ventura

Record Renewal Of OBS Spring Sale Topped By $1.3-Million Into Mischief Colt

The reputation of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training has grown exponentially over the past decade, consistently setting new record returns over the course of those years. After setting records in gross, average and median figures in 2018, this year’s renewal raised that bar once again, with all-time highs in […]

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Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, And OBS Revise Anabolic Steroid Policy

Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc. and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company (OBS) jointly announced today that they have amended the anabolic androgenic steroid policy to delete the “45-day” rule regarding the use of steroids in weanlings, yearlings and 2-year-olds at any time prior to sale. The revised Conditions of Sale become effective July 1, […]

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Concern Runs Deep Over Florida’s ‘David Vs Goliath’ Decoupling Battle

The Florida Thoroughbred industry is on a roll. Breeding activity, severely impacted by the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, has stabilized and there are new investors in bloodstock and farms. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company hit a highwater mark in 2015, exceeding $150 million in gross receipts from six auctions of breeding stock, yearlings […]

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‘Strongest Sale In Years’: Expansion Works For OBS March

Several factors contributed to the strength of the 2-year-old market at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s expanded March auction in Ocala, Fla., last week. First and foremost, there was a deep pool of horse owners willing to spend significant sums of money for racing prospects that to date have not been asked to run at […]

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Florida Sham: ‘Racetrack’ a Mockery of the State and Sport

A day of racing at Oxford Downs near The Villages retirement community in South Marion County in Florida would be funny if it weren’t so sad. But sad, indeed, is the state of pari-mutuel regulations in Florida under Gov. Rick Scott and his director of the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Leon Biegalski. Slick lawyers and […]

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OBS on the Rise: Record-Breaking Sales Season ‘Very Satisfying’

It was a very successful 2-year-old selling season in 2013 for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company. Records were set across the board at the Florida auction company’s March, April and June sales of 2-year-olds in training. Gross sales hit $92.3 million, an increase of 34 percent from the previous year, and the average price of […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Buyers ‘Follow Good Horses’

Tom Ventura joined the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company in 1994 as assistant director of sales, was later promoted to general manager, and on July 1, 2012, succeeded Tom Chiota as the organization’s president. Like all North American Thoroughbred sales companies, OBS took a hit when the global economic meltdown occurred in 2008 and 2009. Gross […]

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OBS names Wojciechowski director of sales

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company announced that Tod Wojciechowski has been named Director of Sales, succeeding Tom Ventura who will assume the OBS presidency upon the retirement of Tom Chiota on June 30, 2012. Wojciechowski, who will begin his duties shortly after the first of the year, is a Cornell University graduate with extensive experience […]

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Ventura to take over for Chiota at OBS next year

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company today announced that director of sales and general manager Tom Ventura will be promoted to president of OBS upon the retirement of long time president Tom Chiota on June 30, 2012. Mr. Ventura joined the company in 1994 as assistant director of sales and has served as general manager and […]

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OBS March: Is one sale better than two?

Consolidating its February and March sales into one has many anticipating the outcome of this week’s two-day sale on March 15 and 16 in Central Florida. So far, so good as the 490 horses cataloged for this week is nearly equal to the combined 500 horses last year between the two sales. “We’ve got very […]

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