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Live Racing Returns To Ocala On Tuesday, Highlighted By Pair Of OBS Sprint Stakes

Live racing returns to Ocala on Tuesday, November 26th 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 first eight races. The entire card will be streamed live on the OBS website at obssales.com. Admission […]

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Nominations To OBS Sprint Stakes Close On Nov. 12

Horsemen are reminded that Free Nominations for the 2019 OBS Sprint Stakes close on Tuesday, November 12th. There are two six furlong $125,000 OBS Sprint Stakes, one for colts and geldings and a second for fillies and mares. Both races are for three year olds and upward that went through an OBS sales ring. The […]

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Got Stormy Withdrawn From Fasig-Tipton Sale, To Remain In Training

Grade 1 winner Got Stormy’s impressive runner-up performance in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Mile inspired owner Gary Barber to scratch the filly from the Fasig-Tipton November sale, reports bloodhorse.com. The 4-year-old daughter of Get Stormy could also race again in 2019. “She’s flying to Ocala Tuesday and possibly could come back in the Matriarch,” said trainer Mark […]

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Garter And Tie Runs Away With Ocala Stakes

Garter and Tie made it back to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle in smart fashion Saturday, stepping away to victory in the $75,000 Ocala Stakes by 10 ½ lengths. Jacks or Better Farm’s homebred colt rallied well off the pace before drawing off to a convincing victory in the 6 ½-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds that […]

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Gunnevera Goes ‘Very Easy’ In First Breeze Since Dubai World Cup

Salomon Del Valle’s multiple-stakes winner Gunnevera registered his first work Saturday morning since finishing third March 30 in the Dubai World Cup (G1), going a leisurely half mile at Gulfstream Park West in :51. Second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and Woodward (G1), Gunnevera returned from Dubai and was given time off in […]

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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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