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Online bidding has played a crucial role in increasing OBS sales

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM EDT
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - As Florida reopens from the pandemic June’s OBS sales, in-person and online are expected to possibly break records.

June’s three-day sale is the last sale for two-year-olds until October.

Many have compared this to the NFL combine.

David O’Farrell who grew up selling horses said this has always been his passion.

“This is the best sport in the world it’s so fun there are so many businesses within the business and it’s a game and I love the horses. I love the competition, the people are fascinating. It’s just a great industry and it’s great to be a part of it.”

Stronger sales started in the Spring with two horses selling for $1.5 million and $1 million.

The director of sales said this is due to more people coming out as well as the start of online bidding.

“The online bidding will remain a part of what we do become part of our business practice. We were very encouraged and very happy with the success it had during the pandemic and even after the pandemic,” said Tod Wojciechowski.

O’Farrell agrees that online bidding has helped through the tough times.

“Online sales have helped a lot I think buyers are gaining confidence in bidding online. There’s no lag so they’re bidding live and they’re comfortable and confident and we’re seeing more and more buyers utilizing the online platform.”

A filly sired by Uncle Mo had the highest bid of the day costing $375,000.

There are still two more days of the sale.

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