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Fast Horses of Marion County

Timeline 1980 to 1989

1980

  • Codex of Ocala wins Preakness Stakes.
  • Joe O'Farrell, owner of Ocala Stud, and breeder/trainer of My Dear Girl, Roman Brother, Office Queen and breeder of famous sire Rough 'n Tumble dies.

1982

  • Florida-bred Aloma's Ruler wins the Preakness Stakes.
  • Florida-bred Conquistador Cielo wins the Belmont Stakes.

1984

  • Ocala Breeders' Sales Company buys Florida Breeders' Sales Company.
  • Eventually becomes the biggest seller in the U.S.
  • Florida-bred Gate Dancer wins the Preakness Stakes

1986

  • Repeal of federal laws that provided tax shelters to racehorse investors who were writing off their horse losses against their non-horse businesses. Thousands of wealthy professionals bailed out on racehorses as investments.

1987

  • Real estate values of Marion County farm property plummet.
  • Registered thoroughbred foals drops from 5,000 to less than 2,500.
  • Ocala's thoroughbred industry slumps.

Ocala Thorougbred History
Ocala horse farm
1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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