The Hot List:
Archwarrior – Alto Racing LLC’s Archwarrior had little trouble living up to his advance billing, pulling away in the stretch of Saratoga’s third race on August 30 and winning his debut by 3-1/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Malachite (April ’12). After tracking the early leaders down the backstretch, the 2-year-old son of Arch moved up on the turn, hit the front after turning for home and finished six furlongs under a hand ride in 1:10 flat. He was sold for $375,000 by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video
Executiveprivilege – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman’s Executiveprivilege was wide throughout the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (G1), but the unbeaten 2-year-old daughter of First Samurai kept coming down the middle of the track and caught stubborn pacesetter Beholder in the last jump to win by a nose. Fellow OBS graduate Mechaya (March ’12) settled for third. The 2012 OBS April Sale topper, sold by Eddie Woods, Agent for $650,000, is now four for four with two graded stakes wins and earnings of $390,000. watch her under tack video
Kinz Funky Monkey – Always Believe Inc.’s Kinz Funky Monkey pressed the pace in a $71,400 Del Mar special weight test on September 1, took the lead in the final sixteenth and won by a neck. It was the second start for the 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of The Green Monkey, who brought $82,000 when sold by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds at the 2012 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video
Summer of Fun – Bona Venture Stables’ 2012 OBS March graduate Summer of Fun is enjoying the season at Saratoga, scoring by a neck in her second start in a 1-1/16 mile maiden special weight race on the grass on August 25. A 2-year-old daughter of Include, she brought $95,000 when purchased out of the Wavertree Stables consignment. watch her under tack video
Graded Stakes Winners:
Spurious Precision – As impressive as Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence’s Spurious Precision was in his July 21 debut at Saratoga, it was merely a warmup for his performance in the $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) on August 12. Taking the lead at the start and setting the pace with a half in :44 flat, the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by High Cotton drew away in the stretch and coasted to a five length victory. Two for two and a graded stakes winner of $168,000, he’s following in the footsteps of his older stablemate, OBS graduate Currency Swap (March ’11, October ’09). Currency Swap, also by High Cotton, broke his maiden at Saratoga before winning the Hopeful Stakes (G1) in his second start. Both horses were consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, with Spurious Precision bringing $105,000 at the 2012 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video
Amarish – Jerry Durant’s Amarish was two for two and a stakes winner after opening up in the stretch and drawing off to 4-1/2 length win in the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 16. Sold for $200,000 by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale, the 2-year-old gelding by Scat Daddy has earned $91,200 to date. watch his under tack video
Brown Almighty – Tri-Star Racing LLC and Joe B. Denson’s Brown Almighty is two for two and a stakes winner after his 2-3/4 length win in the $50,000 Sunny’s Halo Stakes at Louisiana Downs on August 4. The 2-year-old colt by Big Brown, the first stakes winner for his sire, has earned $54,000 to date. He was sold for $22,000 by Tradewinds Farm, Agent, at the 2012 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video
Candy Coded Kisses – Easton and Elsaida DeSouza’s Candy Coded Kisses was overlooked at 24-1 in the $75,000 Florida Stallion Desert Vixen Stakes at Calder on July 29, but the 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Omega Code took command with a quarter mile to go and drew off to her first stakes win by four lengths. Fellow OBS graduates Putyourdreamsaway (April ’12) and So Blessed (January ’11) were second and third. Consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, to the 2011 OBS August Sale, she’s now 3-2-20-1 and has earned $60,370.
D’nied Permission – F. Muro, W. Cheekes, L. Ferrentino and Calascibetta Racing Stable’s D’nied Permission rallied to gain the lead late in the $125,000 Florida Stallion Affirmed Stakes on August 25, then held off a late charge to win by a neck at odds of 21-1. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat, now 4-2-2-0 with $96,190 in earnings. He was sold for $18,000 by Sharon Biamonte, Agent, at the 2011 OBS August Sale.
Effie Trinket – Patsy C. Symons’ Effie Trinket is two for two and a stakes winner after gamely winning Saratoga’s $100,000 Aristie Stakes by a head on August 27. The 2-year-old filly by Freud was sold for $105,000 by Everett Livestock at the 2012 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video
Itsmyluckyday – Trilogy Stables and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday picked up his first stakes win on August 25 with a four length score in Calder’s $61,800 Fasig Tipton Turf Dash Stakes, taken off the turf and run over a sloppy main track. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old colt by Lawyer Ron, sold by Eisaman Equine, Agent, for $110,000 at the 2012 OBS March Sale. Now 4-2-1-1, he has earned $71,600 to date. watch his under tack video
Miss Empire – Gary & Cecil Barber and Kevin Tsujihara’s Miss Empire settled for fourth in her debut, but made the most of the education, rallying from off the pace and rolling to a 4-3/4 length victory in the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes last Saturday at Betfair Hollywood on June 16. One for two with earnings of $63,120, the 2-year-old Empire Maker filly was sold for $165,000 by Eddie Woods, Agent, at the same OBS March Sale. watch her under tack video
Putyourdreamsaway – Herb & Ione Elkins’ Putyourdreamsaway is two for three and a stakes winner after leading a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Calder’s $125, 000 Florida Stallion Susan’s Girl Stakes on August 25. August Sale graduates Candy Coded Kisses and Capriccio Blue were second and third. The winner, a 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Put It Back, sold for $20,000 by Southern Chase Farm (Greg and Karen Dodd), Agent, at the 2012 OBS April Sale, is now 3-2-1-0 and has earned $115,975. watch her under tack video
Rose to Gold – Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofani’s Rose to Gold made her first start in Calder’s $61,800 Lindsay Frolic Stakes on August 25 and was much the best, rolling to a 13 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Bama Rose (April ’12, August ’11). The 2-year-old daughter of Friends Lake, who earned $33,000, was consigned by Karrington Stables, Agent, to the 2011 OBS August Sale.
Sr. Quisqueyano – OBS graduates were 1-2-3 in Calder’s $73,800 Seacliff Stakes on August 25 as Rosa Stephany Taveras’ unbeaten Sr. Quisqueyano romped to a 13 ¾ length win over C D Gold (June ’12) with Uptown Anthem (June ’12, April ’12, August ’11, Ocotber ’10) a half-length back in third. Now three for three, the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Exclusive Quality has earned $84,600 to date. He was sold for $5,500 by Thoroughstock, Agent, at the 2011 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.
Sweet Redemption – Southern Chase Farm’s Sweet Redemption made her debut in the $151,350 Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine on August 11 and despite no previous experience, tracked the leaders into the stretch and then ran them down in the final strides to win her first start by a neck. Fellow OBS graduate Lady Bear (April ’12, January ’11) checked in third. Earning $90,810 for her effort, Sweet Redemption, a 2-year-old daughter of D’wildcat, was consigned by Southern Chase (Greg & Karen Dodd) to the 2012 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video
Up and Coming:
Capo Bastone – Eclipse Thoroughbreds Partners’ Capo Bastone had one horse beaten after a quarter, but came outside after turning for home and ran by the rest of the field of nine and was up to win his debut in an August 4 maiden special weight test at Del Mar by a neck. The 2-year-old colt by Street Boss was sold for $175,000 by de Meric Sales, Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video
Fly Bye Pomeroy – At Saratoga on July 30, Blue Devil Racing Stable’s Fly Bye Pomeroy came from off the pace to win a maiden special by a length in his first try. The Florida-bred colt by Pomeroy was consigned to OBS March by Scanlon Training Center, Agent. watch his under tack video
Indiano Jones– John C. Oxley’s Indiano Jones put the lessons learned in a troubled debut to good use in an August 19 maiden special test at Woodbine, staying close to the lead before taking charge a furlong from home and reporting home a handy winner by a length and a quarter. The A.P. Indy colt was sold for $425,000 by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent at the 2012 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video
Jocosity – The dictionary defines jocosity as “joking or jesting” and his backers laughed all the way down the stretch as Let’s Go Stable’s Jocosity rolled to an eight length victory in a maiden special at Saratoga on August 3. After pressing a wicked pace in :21 3/5 and :44 4/5, the bay colt by Sharp Humor took over and extended his lead with every stride, stopping the timer in a quick 1:02 4/5 for the 5-1/2 furlong maiden special weight test for two-year-olds. Sold for $210,000 by W.D. North Thoroughbreds, Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale, the stakes placed son of Sharp Humor is now 3-1-2-0 and has earned $90,576. watch his under tack video
Mechaya – Doubledown Stables, Inc.’s Mechaya zipped 5-1/2 furlongs in 1:03 flat to win her debut by two lengths in a Del Mar maiden special on August 10. The 2-year-old daughter of City Zip was sold for $240,000 by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale. She picked up a check for $42,000 for her effort. watch her under tack video
Notacatbutallama – Repole Stable’s Notacatbutallama balked going into the gate in an August 19 maiden special test on the Saratoga turf course, but came out just fine, taking command on the turn for home and cruising to a 6-1/2 length victory. It was the second start for the 2-year-old Harlan’s Holiday colt, sold by de Meric Sales, Agent, for $105,000 at the 2012 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video
Read the Proposal – Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence’s Read the Proposal took the lead at the break of a mile and a sixteenth maiden special weight test on the turf at Saratoga on August 11 and improved his position from there, rolling to an 8-1/2 length victory. It was the first start for the 2-year-old colt by Read the Footnotes, sold for $135,000 by Sequel Bloodstock (Becky Thomas), Agent, at the 2012 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video
Rolling Fog – Arnold Zetcher’s Rolling Fog was head and head for the early lead in a maiden race at Del Mar on August 4 before pulling away in the final furlong and scoring by 2-1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Posse is a three-time OBS graduate, going through the ring at the 2010 October and 2011 January Sales before being purchased out of the Classic Bloodstock (Danzel Brendemuehl) consignment at the 2012 April Sale. watch his under tack video
Spring in the Air – At Woodbine, John Oxley’s Spring in the Air, who had broken poorly as the 7-5 favorite in her debut in the Shady Well Stakes in July, made no mistakes in a $63,273 maiden special weight race on August 4, powering to the lead on the turn and cruising under wraps to a 10-1/4 length victory. The 2-year-old daughter of Spring at Last was sold by Eddie Woods, Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale for $130,000. watch her under tack video
Spring Venture – Stoneway Farm LLC and Gary Barber’s Spring Venture unleashed a four-wide rush to get the lead in midstretch of a maiden special test at Woodbine on August 18, then drew off from there to win her first start by 4-1/4 lengths. The 2-year-old Spring At Last filly brought $320,000 when purchased out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2012 OBS June Sale. watch her under tack video
Top Tier Lass – Let’s Go Stable’s Top Tier Lass ran off and hid in a 5-1/2 furlong turf test at Saratoga on July 30, winning by seven lengths in a quick 1:03 1/5. The daughter of Street Boss was sold at the 2012 OBS March Sale for $60,000 by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent. watch her under tack video
Tree of Life – West Point Thoroughbreds’ Tree of Life came from well of the pace in her debut in a Del Mar maiden special on August 18, taking the lead in deep stretch and drawing off to a 1-1/2 length victory. The 2-year-old Lion Heart filly was sold by Hunter Valley Farm for $60,000 at the 2011 OBS August Sale.
Truly Marie – Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Truly Marie, a solid fourth in her July debut, went to the lead in Del Mar’s seventh race on August 19 and never looked back, opening a big lead before cruising home to a one length victory. The 2-year-old filly by Hard Spun ran 5-1/2 furlongs in 1:03 flat in the maiden special weight test. She was sold for $50,000 by Four Star Sales, Agent for Glencrest Farm LLC, at the 2011 OBS August Sale.