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From The Brink Of Death, Needles Became Florida’s Racing Hero, Inspiration For Breeding Industry

Stallion farms around the world have graveyards to honor the horses that built and sustained their operations. The heart and hooves of Needles rest on the property of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., instead of his home farm, because he belonged to the entire state of Florida. Needles set plenty of the milestones that future Florida-breds […]

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Funeral Services Scheduled For Equine Insurance Executive Jerry Parks; Celebration Of His Life At OBS

Funeral services for Ocala Equine Insurance executive Jerry Parks will be held Sunday, February, 17th at Grace Episcopal Church, 502 S.E. Broadway Street, Ocala, Florida, at 2:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the services from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, 1701 S.W. 60th Avenue, Ocala Florida. For more […]

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‘Great And Talented’ Ocala Horseman J.B. McKathan Dies

Longtime Ocala horseman J.B. McKathan has died at the age of 53, reports ocala.com. McKathan and brother Kevin were responsible for breaking and starting 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, as well as Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm and Real Quiet since the beginning of the McKathan Brothers Training Center in 1988. “We are shocked devastated to […]

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Barber Purchases Jerome Runner-Up Our Braintrust; Colt Transferred To Casse

Gary Barber purchased sophomore colt Our Braintrust from Maryland’s Cal Lynch, reports drf.com, and the stakes-winning Kentucky Derby prospect is now based in Ocala with trainer Mark Casse. Casse breezed the son of Freud a half-mile in :49 on Tuesday, and discussed options like the G2 Withers or G3 Holy Bull as potential targets for Our Braintrust. […]

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74-Year-Old Trainer Bennett Still Has ‘That Desire To Win’

Less than two weeks into the 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, trainer Gerald Bennett has thrown down the challenge. If any of his rivals have designs on unseating him from the top spot in the standings, they had better get busy. The 74-year-old Bennett, who often hauls his own horses from track to track, has […]

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Rich Mommy, Conquest Panthera Get Top Billing On OBS Day Of Racing

Live racing returns to Ocala on Tuesday, November 20th with a ten-race card highlighted by a pair of six furlong $125,000 OBS Sprint Stakes. First post is at 12:00 noon, and there will be pari-mutuel wagering on the card’s first eight races. The races will be streamed live on the OBS website at obssales.com. Admission […]

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FTBOA, Ocala Jockey Club Announce $1,000 Award For Eventing OTTBs

The Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event organizers and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association (FTBOA) have teamed up to announce a new award created to highlight the success of retired racehorses in second careers. The $1,000 award will go to the top-placed Florida-connected horse and rider competing in the Three-Day Event at Ocala […]

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OBS October Yearling Sale Kicks Off Tuesday, Oct. 9

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2018 October Yearling Sale begins Tuesday, October 9th. There are 702 yearlings cataloged for the three-day sale, which gets underway at 12:00 noon with 213 horses offered in the Selected session. The sale continues with Open sessions on Wednesday, October 10th and Thursday, October 11th, beginning at 12:00 noon on […]

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University Of Florida Veterinary School To Open Equine Acupuncture Clinic

On Sept. 4, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine will open an equine acupuncture clinic. Called the UF Equine Acupuncture Center, the building will consist of 12 stalls, a treatment area and an arena. The clinic will offer acupuncture therapy to horses under the care of Huisheng Xie, B.Sc.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical professor […]

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Long-Time Owner Takes ‘Hands-On’ Approach, Saddles First Winner At Gulfstream

Winning horse races and court cases is nothing new for Michael Laurato, a practicing civil law attorney who has won 40 races as an owner of Thoroughbreds since 2007. The Winter Park, FL native, who maintains law offices in Tampa and Ocala, experienced something new at Gulfstream Park Sunday when he saddled his first winner […]

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