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Buzz and Featured Stories about OJC-Connected Horses, the upcoming International 3-Day Event and Other News



Nygaards on Right Path with Ocean Knight

February 3, 2016 | Evan Hammonds | Bloodhorse

When Erik and Pavla Nygaard got serious about entering the Thoroughbred business, one of the first horses they bought was a Florida-bred Stormy Atlantic filly at the 2007 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s select 2-year old sale. While the filly, named Ocean Goddess, earned $111,144 on the track after a purchase price of $270,000 and didn't exactly set the world afire, her first foal has certainly turned some heads.  Read More...

Irish Surf Runs Away in Cougar II Marathon

July 24, 2014 | Jack Shinar | Bloodhorse

The $100,000 Cougar II Stakes (gr. III) may have been a marathon, but it was over in a hurry after Irish Surf took command and never received a challenge the evening of July 25 at Del Mar.  Read More...

Rigoletta Provides Oak Leaf Surprise Ending

October 10, 2010 | Jack Shinar | Bloodhorse

Rigoletta outfought 1-2 choice Tell A Kelly to the wire to score an exciting 32-1 upset by a half-length in Oak Tree's $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Hollywood Park.  Read More...

Klimt Powers Home a Best Pal Winner

August 13, 2016 | Claire Novak | Bloodhorse

When we sold a homebred colt yearling by Quality Road out of Inventive at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale, we knew that buyers Eddie Woods and Pete Bradley would do a great job preparing the colt for the 2 year old sale. And they did, reselling him for $435,000 to Bob Baffert who bought him for Kaleem Shah. Those connections watched as the colt became a TDN Rising Star after his second start and a G2SW next.  Read More...

A New Pioneer for Stonestreet, Coolmore

August 8, 2016 | TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News

Ocean Knight ran second in a return allowance race at Saratoga on August 8th. A few hours later, his little brother, our homebred colt by Pioneerofthe Nile and out of Ocean Goddess, was selling a few blocks away and lit up the board at $950,000 when he sold to a partnership between Stonestreet Stables and Coolmore. The colt proved to be a popular yearling at the sale with his looks and athleticisim.  Read More...

Ocala Jockey Club Announces $100,000 Purse for Thanksgiving Event

March 15, 2016 | Jenni Autry | Eventing Nation

The Ocala Jockey Club announced last night that its inaugural international event held over Thanksgiving weekend on Nov 24-27, 2016, will offer $100,000 in prize money across the CIC3*, CCI2* and CCI* divisions, making it the richest purse awarded at a recognized horse trials below the four-star level in North America.  Read More...


New Ocala CIC Awarding $100,000 In Prize Money and Eyeing Future Four-Star

March 17, 2016 | Lindsay Berreth | Chronicle of the Horse

Equiventures CEO Richard Trayford, who runs four horse trials at the Ocala Horse Park each year, helped bring the new FEI-level competition to fruition, along with event director Alec Lochore, course designer Mike Etherington-Smith, and Ocala Jockey Club owners Erik and Pavla Nygaard.    Read More...

New 3* Florida Three-Day-Event Puts Up $100K in Prize Money

March 17, 2016 | Horsetalk.co.nz

A record prize pool of $100,000 is on offer at the inaugural Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event, with the venue aiming for four-star status in 2018. If approved, the CCI4* would be the second event at that level in North America and the seventh in the world, joining Rolex Kentucky, Badminton, Luhmuhlen, Burghley, Pau and Adelaide.  Read More...

Group Will Bid For Four-Star Eventing Competition

March 14, 2016 | Carlos Medina | Star Banner

On Monday, during a first look at the new international-level eventing course at the Ocala Jockey Club, the group behind the effort announced it would bid for a four-star competition for 2018, which could put Ocala on eventing's highest level.  Read More...

Ocala Jockey Club Selected by Rolex Kentucky Organizer to Expand to Florida

August 31, 2016 | Equestrian Events, Inc.

Each April, thousands of equestrians flock to Kentucky to attend the famous Rolex Kentucky CCI4* 3-day event. Equestrian Events, Inc., the organizers of this event are set to add another annual competition, to take place right at our farm!  Read More...

Rolex Kentucky Organizer Not To Expand To OJC for 2017

October 10, 2016 | Ocala Jockey Club

Talks regarding the change in ownership and management of the November 3-day event were concluded without coming to mutually workable terms. As a result, the 2016 November event continues to be owned and managed by Equiventures Inc., with OJC continuing as the host venue and the title sponsor of this inaugural event.  

Cross Country Course On Track for Event

October 13, 2016 | Ocala Jockey Club

Mike Etherington-Smith, the 3* cross-country course designer at the Ocala Jockey Club, was onsite in September from England to inspect the course, joined by Clayton Fredericks, the 1* and 2* course designer and Tyson Rementer and his build team. They were happy with the progress, and Mike said: "It was really good to see how superb the venue is looking, and I am especially pleased to see the footing so good." Read More...

Ocean Knight 3rd in the G2 Kelso at Belmont

October 6, 2016 | Paulick Report Staff

Ocean Knight came back off a couple of close 2nds in allowance company to get a 3rd in his graded stake comeback.  Read More...

Klimt Delivers Masterpiece in Del Mar Futurity

August 31, 2016 | Jay Privman | DRF, on ESPN

Kaleem Shah named Klimt for the late Austrian painter, and now he'll get his silks painted on one of the lawn jockeys in the paddock at Del Mar after Klimt captured the Grade 1, $300,345 Del Mar Futurity on Monday's closing-day card at Del Mar. Read More...

Klimt Flies Home After Tough Start to 2nd in the G1 FrontRunner

October 1, 2016 | Frank Angst | Bloodhorse

Kaleem Shah's Klimt, bred by us, was bet down to 1-5 to start in the FrontRunner, but didn't break great out of the gate and was left at the back of the back. He still fired to pass most of his foes to catch 2nd place but ran out of room to catch the winner that was the best that day.  Read More...

Two Yearlings Sold for over $400,000 each at Saratoga

August 8, 2015 | Ocala Jockey Club

Two of our homebreds sold well at the premiere yearling sale in Saratoga. A filly, by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Singita (in photo, by Barbara Livingston), brought $450,000. A colt, by Smart Strike, out of Rigoletta, brought $410,000.

Olympian Off-Track Thoroughbred to Start at OJC 3-Day Event

November 2, 2016 | Ocala Jockey Club

It has been a priority for the Ocala Jockey Club to incentivize the careers of Off-Track Thoroughbreds. We are excited to announce that 4* rider Lynn Symansky has entered Donner, the Donner Syndicate's Off-Track Thoroughbred, who was the traveling reserve for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, in the CIC 3* Thanksgiving weekend 3-Day Eventing competition hosted at the Ocala Jockey Club grounds. Read More...

Battle Of Midway Earns TDN Rising Star in First Start

January 21, 2017 | TDN

Fox Hill Farms' 3yo colt (Rigoletta - Smart Strike), trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, bred by us, earned his TDN Rising Star as he broke his maiden effortlessly in his first start.  Read More...

November 2016 Event Photos and Posts

November 2016 and ongoing | Ocala Jockey Club

The November 2016 Event was met with rave reviews from riders, spectators and sponsors. Multiple photos and posts can be found on the Ocala Jockey Club Facebook page:  Read More...