Keeneland officials announced September 14, 2018, that the 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held Tuesday, April 9. The Preview Day, which will offer breezes over both the main dirt track and turf course, will be held Monday, April 8.
“Keeneland looks forward to the return of the April Sale, and we anticipate we will see several 2018 September Yearling Sale graduates participating,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said.
“The April Sale affords horsemen several unique advantages,” Elliston said. “One is the opportunity to present a consignment before a number of prominent owners and trainers at Keeneland for opening weekend of the Spring Meet, which begins April 5, and includes the Toyota Blue Grass. Another is the chance to breeze your juvenile over Keeneland’s dirt track and turf course, two of the best racing surfaces in the country.”
Keeneland conducted its April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale from 1993-2014. The sale has been on hiatus since 2015.
The April Sale has a proven record of success, having produced 2017 champions Lady Eli and Roy H in its final edition in 2014. The auction counts six classic winners among its graduates: Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice; Preakness (G1) winner and champion Lookin At Lucky; Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness winner and champion Big Brown; Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner and champion Thunder Gulch; and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winners Keeper Hill and Gal in a Ruckus. Champion Beautiful Pleasure also is an April sale graduate.
Four of six accredited Louisiana Bred two-year-olds offered sold for a total of $207,000 at the recently concluded OBS June Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale in Ocala, Florida. The average for the Louisiana breds was $51,750 well above the sale average of $32,934.
The top priced Louisiana Bred was an Into Mischief filly out of Pioneer Gal. The half sister to stakes placed winner Pioneer’s Era tied for fastest under tack time of 10.0 flat. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, the filly named Ben’s Miss Chief, was purchased by Carlo Vaccarezza for $130,000. She was bred by Oak Tree Stables LLC.
A chestnut colt by Maclean’s Music out of multiple stakes producing Cinnamon Kisses sold for $62,000. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, agent, he was purchased by Maxis Stable. He was bred by Gulf Haven Farms, LLC.
Sale now scheduled for June 13-15.
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales June Sale of 2-year-olds & Horses of Racing Age is now scheduled for three days beginning Wednesday, June 13, and ending on Friday, June 15. There will be four under tack sessions, beginning Thursday, June 7, and running through Sunday, June 10.
The change to the Wednesday start date from the original June 12 start and June 14 final session permits horsemen additional travel time after the Belmont Stakes weekend. Supplemental nominations will be accepted through May 23.
Hips 1-300 will sell on Wednesday, June 13th; Hips 300-601 will be offered on Thursday, June 14th and Hips 602-852 plus supplements will sell on Friday, June 15. All three sessions will begin at 10 a.m. At the under tack show, Hips 1-225 will go to the track on Thursday, June 7, Hips 226-450 will breeze on Friday, June 8, Hips 451-675 work on Saturday, June 9, and 676-852 plus supplements will go on Sunday, June 10. All under tack sessions begin at 7:30 a.m.
The June sale catalog will be available online via the OBS website at obssales.com on or about Tuesday, May 8 and in the mail on May 22.
Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.
Sales results will be available on the OBS website, updated hourly during each session of the June sale. In addition, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers is also available. Email should be addressed to email@example.com.
Supplements are still being accepted for the sale and the catalog is being updated daily.
Sale Date: Monday, May 7, 2018
Breeze Show: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Hip 94, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Bind named Charlotte G, was the first to work :10.2. The April 30 foal from the consignment of Twin Oaks Training Center, agent, is the first foal out of an unraced Summer Bird mare from the family of Texas-bred graded stakes winner Promise Me Silver.