Florida Thoroughbred History Moments: Ocala Stud Shaped Local, National Auction Markets

Few Thoroughbred operations can lay claim to truly changing the bloodstock landscape, but Ocala Stud did just that as a pioneer of the 2-year-olds in training sale concept, now a staple of the auction calendar in Florida and beyond

Ocala Stud sold its first crop of juveniles in 1958, and it has maintained the tradition of selling its homebreds at age two in the years that followed. The Central Florida operation has developed into a prominent breeder, seller, and stallion station, with 15 stallions set to stand at Ocala Stud in 2021.

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association has launched a digital campaign promoting the successful history of Florida-breds born and raised in the Sunshine State.

The series titled “Florida Thoroughbred History Moment” features an opening and closing image of an old-timey newsreel much like those featured in movie theaters in the 1940s. Along with the sound of the whirr of the newsreel, each video is narrated by the distinctive voice of Hugh Kelly giving an even more nostalgic feel. Based in Florida, Kelly lends his voice perfectly to the series.

Each ‘Florida Thoroughbred History Moment’ vignette highlights a significant achievement in Florida-bred history focusing on the people, the horses and the farms that have contributed to its success since the industry kicked off in earnest after Needles’ 1956 Kentucky Derby win.

Check out the previous installments of Florida History Moments here:

Affirmed Enthralled Nation With Triple Crown Triumph

Derby Winner Unbridled’s Presence Felt Today In North American Bloodlines

Silver Charm Flies The Florida Flag Around The World

Needles’ Derby Triumph Sparks Florida’s Thoroughbred Industry

Dr. Fager Goes So Fast He Gets A Speeding Ticket

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