Diverse catalog has something for every buyer at OBS

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. Winter Mixed Sale kicks off the season in Florida January 25-26 with a diverse catalog of 570 horses on offer, including additional entries.

The first day of sale includes the sender’s preferred session, Hips 1-206, starting at 11 a.m. ET, followed immediately by the horses of the race-age portion (Hips 251-365). The last day of sale will close on Wednesday with the open session of hips 401-649. That session also starts at 11 o’clock

The catalog includes 255 short yearlings, 103 race prospects, 20 broodmare prospects and 135 broodmares. On January 24, 71 horses had been withdrawn from sale.

“We have a nice cross section of Florida, New York and Kentucky bred short yearlings here,” said OBSC director of sales Tod Wojciechowski. “People have done well with their purchase from this sale, and I think that’s what keeps them coming back.”

During the under-tack show on Monday, January 24, the start time was pushed back an hour to warm up the cool temperatures a bit for buyers and horses.

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“The start time of the under-tack show was shifted from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to warm it up a bit more (for all of us wimps again),” Wojciechowski said. “Overall, we have a good catalog of short yearlings and race-age horses, with some of the supplements featuring some attractive live horses that people could definitely be interested in.”

The two fastest times from three furlongs at the under tack show on January 24 came from Hip 253, a 3-year-old American freedom mare called freedom speaks, who went for Best A Luck Farm in 31 2/5. The second fastest time of the day at 31 4/5 came from Hip 268, Sonic Thrust, a 4-year-old colt by Spinning Candy commissioned by Grassroots Training & Sales.

Photo: Judit Seipert

Freedom Speaks shipped as Hip 253 during the under-tack show at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale

In a move commonly seen in 2021, as well as this year’s first sale on Keeneland, OBS chose to accept late entries in its catalog.

“Most of the supplements are Horses of Racing Age, but we also added some horses to the preferred and open sections. I think along with online bidding, allowing additional entries has become part of the auction process,” Wojciechowski noted. on.

Scene, 2022 OBS Winter Mixed Sale
Photo: Judit Seipert

Jacks or Better Farm Breeding stock distribution at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale

Bobby Jones Equine will conduct a one-off breeding stock distribution for Jacks or Better Farm, the business of noted Florida breeder Fred Brei. Jacks or Better Farm has produced horses for the past 23 years, saw success on the track with 26 wins in stallion betting and was awarded the 2001 and 2004 Needles Award as the best small breeder in Florida. mr. Brei’s breeding program saw great feather win the 2010 Gray Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and become champion of 2 year old fillies.

“Mr. Brei is 79; he recently sold his farm and felt it was the time to move on to the next chapter,” Jones said. “He kept all 2020 stock (now 2 year olds), which are now in training. He kept all 2021 horses, all young stock, and sells 28 mares here at OBS.”

Of the 28 broodmares on offer, all but one mares offered are homebred by Jacks or Better Farm, 17 in foal and 11 are open for the 2022 season. The distribution includes: suspender belt , Hip 162. A bet winner himself; she has six winners from as many starters, including three winners on the stake and two runners on the stake. Her bet-winning 2017 Great of course foal Shivaree finished second in the 2020 Curlin Florida Derby (G1).

“Fred is an old friend of mine; I sit with him on the board of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association,” Jones said. “Mr. Brei was a former president of FTBOA and has been around for 23 years.”

Of the short yearlings offered, popular Florida bulls Goodbye Charlie , Bucchero , girvin , chozan , and St Patrick’s Day are represented. Fathers with first yearlings of 2022 are ao Audible , To be lucky , blazing , Maximus Mischief , Mitole , and solo mini .

Beth Bayer is bringing a draft of 38 for sale in January, noting, “I have some lovely freshman sires of short yearlings that I really like. Hip 2, on Saint Patrick’s Day, is a beautiful horse that I’m happy to represent. The Audible Colt, Hip 122, is also a very nice person. And the last freshman bull I’ve offered is Hip 103, from Maximus Mischief, I’m excited about them all.”

“All of our short yearlings are good physical, correct and have nice bodies,” said Christy Whitman of Whitman Sales. “The United , Hip 626, is a nice big sturdy colt. Hip 496 is from new father Free licorice Billy , and he’s got a lot of body on him. U.S Upstart filly, Hip 464, is typical of her sire, taller and taller. Bucchero has been well received here as a Florida sire. I hope the foal I have, Hip 532, will do quite well. They’re all decent babies with a good size and physicality.”

Leading sender Summerfield brings a wide range of 78 broodmares and yearlings for the two days of sale.

“It’s a typical draft for the OBS January Sale. We have bred some beautiful yearlings and mares into some beautiful stallions,” said Francis Vanlangendonck of Summerfield. “It seems like everyone in Kentucky wants to come down when it gets too cold there, so people are coming in from out of town.”

“The St. Patrick’s Day yearlings look really good; he is a beautiful horse and stands out from all the others,” commented Vanlangendonck. “You never know where a good stallion comes from, as we’ve seen over the years. … Bucchero throws some athletic looking individuals too.”

All senders agree that the market is strong at all purchasing levels. Interest initially started in 2021 with the sale of yearlings and continued through the sale of breeding stock. The momentum is expected to continue into 2022.

“I have a feeling that the top horses will be well represented. We may struggle a bit with the mid-to-lower horses, but I’m hopeful it will continue,” said Bayer. “Last year was very strong; everything has been sold, we have found a buyer at every level and I think that will continue this year.”

“I feel like with the trend we’re in right now, demand for horses is increasing across the board in all price ranges, which is great when you’re trying to get something sold,” Whitman said. “In the past few years it was polarized towards the top where the excellent horses were making a ridiculous amount of money, but it was harder to sell the mid to lower level horses. This year, starting with the yearlings sales, there is was in demand all the time, in all price ranges, which is encouraging.

“As we’ve seen repeatedly, there are good horses in all price ranges; a lot of horses have come from the lower price ranges. I’m glad people are starting to look harder for the horses that are believed to have a little less pedigree or mature later; demand is greater across the board.”

Traffic in the barns started on January 23 when the horses came in, and the under-tack show on January 24 was seamless, albeit with the cold weather.

At last year’s Winter Mixed Sale, 406 horses were sold out of 519 offered for gross revenue of $5,686,600, at an average price of $14,006 and a median of $6,000. The sale saw an RNA rate of 21.7% as 113 horses failed to meet their reserve.

Kaizen Sales ended up as gross consignor with 45 horses sold for receipts of $949,200. Kerri Raven finished as the top buyer, securing three horses for a total of $300,000. Raven bought the second most expensive horse of the sale, Hip 368, on behalf of Summerfield, agent for Stonestreet Stables. The stallion or race prospect bear brian , by means of Tiznow , sold for $150,000 on its first day.

The top seller of 2021 was sent as Hip 805 by McMahon by Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Agent, a yearling filly by Laoban out of the Big Reward big Best Reward which was sold to Sand Hill Stables for $175,000.


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