03/10/2006 12:00AM

Two $100,000 stakes highlight OBS races


Six stakes, highlighted by a pair of $100,000 races, one for 3-year-old males and one for 3-year-old fillies, will be run on March 20 during the first day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sales and racing festival in Ocala, Fla.

The $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for 3-year-old males and the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for 3-year-old fillies will be contested at 1 1/16 miles. Both are restricted to horses that went through an OBS sale.

The OBS also offers a pair of restricted $50,000, six-furlong races, one for 3-year-old males and the other for 3-year-old fillies.

Also on the card are the $40,000 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes, a restricted race for 3-year-olds and up at five furlongs, and the $40,000 Florida Breeders Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

Entries for all six races close on Monday. OBS racing coordinator Jay Friedman will man the entry box from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and can be reached either at the racing office, (352) 237-7119, or at the main OBS office, (352) 237-2154. The Florida Charities Stakes closed with 17 nominations and the Florida Distaff Stakes closed with 18 nominations.

The Adena Springs annual sale of 2-year-olds in training will take place after the OBS races. This sale will be conducted by the OBS but on the grounds of Adena Springs South. There are 113 2-year-olds cataloged for the Adena Springs auction. The OBS two-day auction of 2-year-olds in training, with a catalog of 535 horses, begins at 11 a.m. Eastern on March 21.

DeMeric looks for return to normalcy

Nick deMeric and his wife, Jacqui, have had their share of ups and downs as consignors to 2-year-olds in training sales. One of their all- time ups was the sale of a pin-hooked $180,000 Keeneland September yearling who subsequently sold for $2 million at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old auction on Feb. 28. The colt by Mr. Greeley-Peaks Mill, by Stalwart, was the third highest priced 2-year-old sold at that sale. Team deMeric sold 9 of 11 from its consignment to that Fasig-Tipton auction.

According to deMeric, the results of the OBS 2-year-old sale at Calder on Feb. 7 "measured up to what most consignors predicted they would be. The Fasig-Tipton sale was something else."

DeMeric used words like "fickle" and "polarized" to describe the highs and lows of the Fasig-Tipton auction.

"I did very well indeed at that sale, but for other consignors it was not a very pleasant experience," he said.

DeMeric has 34 in his consignment for next week's sale. He said he thinks that prices for this third of five scheduled Florida 2-year-old auctions "will get back to normal."

Charity auction at Live Oak Stud

The Florida Thoroughbred Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, will hold its annual auction gala on March 19 at Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud in Ocala.

Tickets are priced at $40 per person if purchased in advance from the FTBOA; tickets are $50 each at the door. There will be an open cash bar and what are described as "heavy" hors d'oeuvres and "decadent" desserts.

Activities begin at 7 p.m. with a silent auction offering a variety of goods and services. Among the scores of items to be auctioned is a package for four to the Indy 500 including bed, board, Indy-related activities, and seats in the private box of Indy owner Mari George.

For additional information, go to the website www.floridathoroughbredcharities.org.