The OBSC sale is the traditional regional opener for the breeding stock sales season and, on the face of it, overall numbers for the two sessions indicated a moderate decline by average (13 per cent) and median (seven per cent).
The recent history of the dwindling OBSC fall mixed sale reflects this.
THE downward money trajectory of the preferred sessions at the OBSC fall mixed sale over the last two years indicates that stabilisation is far from near.
Overall for both sessions at OBSC this year, 509 horses were catalogued (29 per cent fewer than in 2008) and 301 lots sold (21 per cent less than in 2008), for an aggregate of $2,356,200, an average of $7,828 and a median of $4,200.
Realistically, the quality of stock offered at OBSC, including the preferred session, is generally equivalent to mid-to-back-of-the-catalogue lots at Keeneland November.
(25) Much ink was spilled on the abuses of the OBSC, the evils of alien immersion, and the dangers of open communion.
(27) Formed in protest of alleged OBSC and ABMHS abuses of New Testament faith and practice, the EOBC drew the ire of the OBSC.
OBSC protests and warnings that the BCNPC was a divisive group undoubtedly solidified the committee's recommendation.
The collapse of the BCNPC brought about a temporary reconciliation of most Oregon Baptists, as the MOA, Grande Ronde, and even the previously independent Eastern Baptist Association of California and Oregon (EBA) cooperated with the OBSC. The reunion proved short-lived as the MOA and EBA withdrew by 1907, succumbing to the influences of Gospel Missions.
OFFICIALS at the Ocala Breeders' Sale Company were optimistic about the strength of the catalogue assembled for their two-day March selected two-year-olds in training sale, and they were rewarded in record-breaking style in Florida on Wednesday, when a colt by Belong To Me sold for the OBSC record price of $1.8m.
The sales-topping bid, made by agent Buzz Chace on behalf of New Jersey businessman Al Gold, is the highest price paid for a horse of any age at an OBSC sale.
"That's one we hope we don't have to live through again," said OBSC
general manager Tom Ventura.