Ocala Breeders Sales brings a lot of horse people with deep pockets from across the nation to Marion County for its 2-year-olds-in-training sales.
Those in the horse game know these sales present opportunities to purchase a horse in the sale and take them straight to the track because they are ready to run.
This past weekend was a good example of that.
Diamondsandpearls topped the OBS March Sale by demanding a bid of $1.7 million.
She was consigned by Reddick’s McKathan Brothers and purchased by agent Kerri Radcliffe for Phoenix Thoroughbreds.
She was sent to the west coast stable of top trainer Bob Baffert where she made her racing debut Sunday.
She easily won a maiden/special-weight test by seven lengths at Santa Anita Park.
The daughter of Congrats out of the Dixie Union mare Westerly Breeze had been the co-fastest runner in the March 10 under-tack show. She zipped an eighth-of-a-mile in 9.45.
The McKathan brothers prepared American Pharoah for racing before he went to Baffert’s barn and won the Triple Crown.
She wasn’t the only recent OBS grad to shine.
Tabulator, also a grad of the March Sale, won a maiden/special-weight race by nine lengths at Arlington Park for trainer Larry Rivelli.
She sold in the March Sale for $460,000.
Also on Sunday, Belle’s Orb, who sold for $120,000, won her debut at Ellis Park.
Rose to Fame is now 2-for-2 and became the March Sale’s first stakes winner when she won the $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
She sold for $65,000 in the recent sale.
This past weekend shows why visiting OBS for its 2-year-olds-in-training sales is a must for serious horse owners.