OCALA, FL—The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2023 October Yearling Sale begins Tuesday with 713 yearlings cataloged for the two-day sale that continues Wednesday. Both sessions begin at 10 a.m. EDT.

Hips 1 – 338 plus supplements 339 – 359 will be offered Tuesday and Hips 401 – 739 plus supplements 740 – 755 will be sold on Wednesday.

A total of 37 yearlings were supplemented to the sale after the catalog was printed. Their catalog pages are available via the OBS website and in printed form at the sales grounds.

A complete list of Florida-breds cataloged in the OBS October Sale can be seen in Wire to Wire as well as detailed information on those paid up and others eligible for future payments in the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes.

The OBS October Yearling Sale has long been a source for top class racehorses with alumni perennially performing at the sport’s highest levels. Over the past year, October grads have won major races across the country and overseas.

From Crimson Advocate capturing the Group 2 Queen Mary at Ascot through Elm Drive’s Grade 3 Monrovia victory at at Santa Anita, October grads also won major graded stakes at Del Mar (Florida-bred Havnameltdown, Florida-bred Speed Boat Beach and Speaking Scout), Keeneland (Florida-bred Delight, Key of Life) and Churchill Downs (Foreign Relations).

The latest stakes winning OBS October graduate is Laurie Plesa and Glassman Racing LLC’s Florida-bred Time Passage, who captured Gulfstream’s $100,000 Miss Gracie on Saturday. The 3-year-old filly was consigned to the 2021 October Yearling Sale by Stuart Morris, as agent, and sold for $85,000.

Time Passage is by Bridlewood Farm stallion Tunwoo out of the Kantharos mare Savingtime and has now won five of 12 career starts, including her last three, with two seconds while banking $263,045.

There are several other notable updates since the catalog was printed.

Hip 76, a Florida-bred colt by Higher Power, is a half-brother to OBS graduate Smart Striker, third in the recent $75,000 Bear’s Den at Gulfstream. The colt was bred in Florida by Castle Gate Farm LLC and is consigned by Lisa McGreevy’s Abbie Road Farm as agent in Barn 1.

Hip 164, a filly by Palace Malice, is a half-sister to newly minted stakes-winner Brocknardini, winner of Laurel’s $150,000 Selima on Sept. 30. She can be found in Barn 15 at the Royal Bloodstock Sales LLC consignment.

Hip 178 , a colt by Florida-bred stallion Thousand Words, is a half-brother to newly stakes placed Cel’s Star, third in the recent $107,500 Iowa Sorority Stakes at Prairie Meadows. The colt is consigned by Skies Thoroughbreds in Barn 12. View Walking Video.

Hip 279, a colt by Gormley, is a half-brother to Flashy Gem, who added a third in the $757,714 Dueling Grounds Oaks to her resume on Sept. 3. Look for this colt at Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment in Barn 9. View Waling Video.

Hip 353, a filly by Bolt d’Oro, is a half-sister to newly stakes-placed Yatta, third in the aforementioned Selima at Laurel on Sept. 30. She is consigned by Richard Kent’s Kaizen Sales in Barn 7. View Walking Video.

Hip 436, a colt by Solomini, is a half-brother to newly stakes-placed OBS graduate My Shea D Lady, third in the $200,000 Seeking the Ante on Aug. 27 at Saratoga. This colt is consigned by Daylight Thoroughbreds in Barn 6. View Walking Video.

Hip 490, a Florida-bred colt by Curlin’s Honor, is a half-brother to newly stakes-placed OBS graduate Dickens, second in the $100,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes on Sept. 9.

The first yearling payment for the lucrative FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes has been made on Hip 490 with the 2-year-old payment of $250 due by Jan. 15 or a $500 payment due by Feb. 28. There is also a $10,000 payment that can be made by May 1 if the colt has not started. This colt was bred in Florida by John B. Penn.

Hip 507, a Florida-bred colt by champion OBS graduate Mitole, is a half-brother to graded stakes-winning Florida-bred and OBS graduate Midnight Stroll, who added a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters to her resume on Sept. 18. Sue Vacek as agent consigns this colt, who was bred by Carolin Von Rosenberg DVM, and can be found in Barn 7.

Hip 687, a filly by Vekoma, is a half-sister to newly minted stakes-winner Caldwell Luvs Gold, winner of the $200,000 Seeking the Ante at Saratoga on Aug. 27 and second in the $121,250 Joseph A. Gimma at Belmont at the Big A on Sept. 24. Afleet Equine Services as agent consigns this filly, who is stabled in Barn 9. View photo.

OBS will again offer Online Bidding during the October Sale. Buyers will be able to go to the OBS website and register to gain bidding approval, then access the OBS Bidding Screen with their credentials. For complete information on registration and online bidding please go to the OBS website: obs-online-bidding

The sale will be streamed live via the OBS website. The website now includes a Spanish language section which can be accessed from the home page. The section’s index links to information for consignors and buyers, as well as press releases and important general information.

Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the OBS homepage directs users to either site.

Return to the Oct. 9 issue of Wire to Wire.