I have a young mare selling opening day at the OBS sale, which begins Monday Oct. 12. Click here to view the pedigree page. She sells as Hip No. 109 in the select session with Kelli Mitchell, who does a heck of a job as a consignor. But in these shaky times, who knows how broodmares will sell at this level of the game. I’d planned on selling her at Keeneland next month, but called an audible and Kelli got her into the OBS sale in the nick of time. I figured she’d stand out in Ocala as a young, good-looking mare selling in foal on an early cover to Majestic Warrior, a gorgeous first-crop son of A.P. Indy at Ashford, instead of at Keeneland, where there are bound to be many mares in foal to MW. Plus, the latter has George Steinbrenner’s Florida connections, and he was the only A.P. Indy Grade 1-winning colt at 2 at under a mile.
I’ll be in Florida from Thursday to Tuesday, but I’m not going to be at the sale, because I don’t think I’m gonna get any satisfaction there in this economy — although I hope I’m wrong. Instead, I’ll be at Mr. Steinbrenner’s arch rival’s player development complex, the Boston Red Sox 5-plex in Ft. Myers, for the World Wood Bat Association’s Underclass World Championship. The tournament features the best 80 17U travel teams from across the country, and I’ll have a rooting interest in a team of majestic warriors from West Long Branch, NJ. Click here to view the roster. In this climate, it wasn’t a hard decision to pick a baseball game over a horse sale.