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Top offer at launch of OBS Minor Sales in 2023


The first sale starting for this year’s puppy season will be on March 20 at the Ocala Breeder Sales Company’s March Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The three-day sale will see 833 precocious pups being cataloged for review.

“The first sale of the season is always exciting, and this year in particular, our catalog is a bit larger; we have 833 horses,” said Tod Wojciechowski, sales manager for OBS. “There was a lot of activity in the warehouse, excitement on the field and juice in the air.”

Scenics, 2023 OBS 2 years old training Sell
Photo: Z’s photo

During the four days of horse races, March 14-17, two horses covered the fastest eight-mile run in: 9 3/5: Hip 546, a pony of good magic consignment of Top Line Sales, agents; and Hip 64, a pony of Not this time deposited by GOP Racing Stable. Thirty-seven individuals overtook the second fastest time by distance: 9 4/5.

“We had four days of technical demonstrations and the horses performed very well on the track. On the second day, the track in the first set was a bit slower than the other days and on the last day, the the horse fought a strong headwind in the second and third set,” Wojciechowski said. “Fortunately, our buyers are quite responsive and can skim through all the information they have and find good horses on the premises.”

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Two juveniles crossed the fastest quarter mile on: 20 3/5: Hip 406, a flat pony hero , consigned by Tom McCrocklin, agent; and Hip 631, attractive dirty deposit by Omar Ramirez Bloodstock, agent. Six horses crossed a quarter mile in :20 4/5, the second fastest time at that distance.

“I’m very impressed with the minors being Enticed. I don’t think they’ll be coming anytime soon, but there’s an aspirant from last year that I like here,” said special agent Mike McMahon. “Flameaway has three or four individuals here that I like. I’m thinking about value males, obvious males like Omaha Beach, Audible and Mitole, but when you look at the others and the low-end stuff. rather, those two males (Enticed and Flameaway) stick with me.”

Hip 489, an Arrogate pony at Tom McCrocklin's shipment at the OBS March Sale in Ocala, FL on March 19, 2023.
Photo: Corrie McCroskey

The consignment Arrogate pony is Hip 489 by Tom McCrocklin

The catalog offers twelve siblings for tier 1 winners, including the siblings of 2022 Del Mar Futurity (G1) and American Pharoah Stakes (G1) winners stone cave .

“He was a classy horse, coming from a Bellamy Road mare,” McCrocklin said of consignment foal Hip 489. “We felt he was a classy and very personal individual. happy with him here. He crossed a quarter of a mile in : 21 1/5 and galloped three-eighth in :32 4/5.”

Freshman stud products make up 263 horses in this year’s category, giving buyers a taste of what’s to come from these rising young.

Those boars include: listen (21), Cruiser Catalina (20), catholic boy (14), Coal Front (first), copper bullet (4), Demarchelier (4), Dragging (13), fire (19), Great success (first), iron and Steel (5), Lost treasure (first), Naughty Maximus (24), Mitole (23) Omaha Beach (twelfth), Pavel (2), maintenance staff (7), Qurbaan (first), lumpen (2), recital (5), St. Patrick’s Day (9), Vino Rosso (19), Troubled World (13) and yoshida (7).

Top shipper Eddie Woods commented: “We have a lot of nice horses here; I appreciate the new stallion, Audible and Omaha Beach are two. “In this group we have beautiful Twirling Candy (Hip 433) and Medaglia d’Oro (Hip 536). Just a good group overall, our chubby Justify (Hip 295) and our pony Munnings (Hip 598) was very nice and did a great job at the performance going on. There was a lot of traffic and it looked pretty good.”

During last year’s two-day sale, 375 horses changed hands out of 431 offered for sale, representing a total sale of $49,656,000. The median price was $132,416 and the median was $75,000. Fifty-six horses failed to reach the starting price to represent an RNA ratio of 13.0%.

Four horses sold for seven figures, with a More Than Ready (Hip 318) foal in the Broad spectrum topped the sale for $1.2 million, selling to KS I. Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables consigned the pony that fired a long shot during the show.

A staple in major US sales, Japanese trainer Hideyuki Mori bought six individuals for $3,550,000 and an average price of $507,143 to be the top buyer of the year. last.

Stalwart’s top shipper, Eddie Woods, sold 24 from his draft of 25 horses for $6,393,000, an average of $266,375 each, to be the top shipper when close the two-day sale.

Wojciechowski said: “This year’s catalog is bigger and done that way naturally; it wasn’t intentional. In particular, the feedback I’ve received from our international buyers is that they satisfied with the selection and quality of horses”. “I think we’ve seen that in-store sales don’t work because there’s not enough critical mass in front of the buyer. It doesn’t give the buyer enough space to spread out or enough choice. I’m very excited to see how the next few days go; I’m pleased with that. there.”

Scenics, 2023 OBS 2 years old training Sell
Photo: Z’s photo

With the way the minors calendar falls into Japan at various JRA racecourses, the Early March Sale is for foreign buyers to purchase, export and conduct training in time to conditions for autumn.

The first session of the horses that cross the ring on Monday includes Hips 1-278, which starts at 11 a.m., followed by Hips 279-556 on Tuesday, and the final day Wednesday includes Hips 557- 833. As of Sunday evening, 147 horses had been withdrawn from the sale.

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