V. E. Day scores in the Travers at Saratoga


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Magalen O. Bryant’s V. E. Day came into Saratoga’s $1, 250, 000 Travers Stakes (G1) riding a three race win streak and the 3-year-old colt by English Channel, overlooked at 19-1, made it four in a row, putting in a sustained run down the stretch that ended in victory by a nose in the last jump. It’s his second stakes win and gives him a 6-4-1-0 record and $829,010 in earnings. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2013 OBS March Sale, he was sold for $135,000 to Chester Stables LLC, Agent, after working a quarter in :21 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Michael House’s Big John B tried stakes company for the first time Saturday in the $201,250 Del Mar Handicap (G2), rallied on the turn to take command in the stretch then drew off to 5-1/4 length victory. It’s the sixth win in nine starts this year for the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Hard Spun, now 28-11-5-3 with earnings of $458,805. After working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 he was sold for $30,000 by Flying Fish, Agent, at the 2011 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Robert K. Johnson, Frank Coniglio, Richard Rendina and Frank Ferrigine’s lightly raced Speed Seeker scored her first stakes win in Saturday’s $154,417 Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) on the turf at Woodbine, rallying from off the pace, finding room between horses a furlong from home and charging to a 4-3/4 length victory. Purchased for $10,000 out of the Classic Quarter Farm consignment at the 2012 OBS August Sale, the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Heatseeker (IRE) is now 3-2-0-0 and has earned $118,915 to date.