Crafty Unicorn wins OBS Championship Stakes

Louise Reinagel photo

Dennis J. Manning’s first time starter Crafty Unicorn stayed close to the early pace of the twenty third running  of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes, fought to the lead along the inside in the stretch and beat Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Burn the Mortgage by a length and three quarters, with John C. Oxley’s Moon Traveler checking in third. Trained by his owner and ridden by Angel Serpa, Crafty Unicorn ran the mile and a sixteenth in1:454/5, earning $60,000 for his effort.  Bred by Sabrina Plumley and Harold J. Plumley, the three time OBS graduate was sold first at the 2010 August Yearling Sale before failing to meet his reserve at the 2011 April. He was then sold for $20,000 by Nickajack / Rey de Oros, Agent, at the 2011 June Sale.

Marc Haisfield’s Andrew’s Girl stepped into the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for 3-year-old fillies off a maiden victory on the Tampa turf course in her debut last month and kept her record unblemished, circling the field from far back and drawing off to a length and a half victory over Jonathan Rey, Javier Sarmiento and Dante Zanelli Jr.’s Oaks Lily, with Terra Di Sienna Stables’ Ten K Cat finishing third. Trained by Edgar A. Estevez and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, the filly by Lawyer Ron ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1:47 3/5. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent to the 2011 OBS March Sale,  she has earned $70,200 to date.

In the afternoon’s first race, Ron Hendrickson’s Who Is Camille tracked the early pace set by West Point Thoroughbreds’ Quality Lass, dueled with her in the upper stretch then drew clear in the final yards to win the $50,000 OBS Sprint for 3-year-old fillies by a length. Raroma Stable’s Runfor Ro closed on the inside to be second while Quality Lass settled for third, another length back . The time for six furlongs was1:11. Supplemented to the race by trainer Marcial Navarro, the daughter of Dixie Union was ridden by John Velazquez. Now 7-2-3-0 with earnings of $74,430, she was sold for $15,000 by Kings Equine at the 2011 OBS April Sale.

Donald R. Dizney’s Devoted Wildcat took command of the $50,000 OBS Sprint for colts and geldings at the top of the stretch, drew clear at the eighth pole then held off a late run by Quintessential Racing Florida LLC et al’s Making Amends and won by length, running six furlongs in 1:10 4/5. Tom Gregerson’s It Takes Heart was third. Trained by Robert B. Hess, Jr., she was ridden by Kent Desormeaux. It was the first stakes appearance for the gelded son of Forest Wildcat, consigned by Summerfield, Agent, to the 2010 OBS August Sale.  Now 6-3-1-0, he has earned $63,370 to date.