The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company celebrated its 28th annual Day of Champions with an eleven race card highlighted by a track record performance in the OBS Sprint Stakes and a sensational victory by Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm LLC and China Horse Club’s Master Plan in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for colts and geldings. The 3-year-old son of Twirling Candy had one horse beaten going into the far turn, but found room under John Velazquez between horses in the stretch and sailed past the leaders in the final sixteenth and won going away by 2-1/2 lengths over Ashbrook Farm’s Convict Pike, running the mile and one sixteenth in 1:44 flat. Conrad Farms’ Sailing Home was half a length back in third. Master Plan, trained by Todd Pletcher, was purchased by his owners for $850,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2016 March Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. He’s now 4-2-1-0 and has earned $97,490. watch his under tack video
In the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Ballybritt Stable LLC’s Dynatail battled most of the way with Alexander Levengood and Greg Kadel’s On Her Honor, took control in the final furlong and beat her to the wire by a length and three quarters. Gary Barber and Quintessential Racing Florida LLC’s My Arch Enemy settled for third, half a length away. Saddled by Michael Dini and ridden by Orlando Bocachica, the winner ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46 1/5. A daughter of Hightail, Dynatail was consigned to the 2016 June Sale by Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co., Agent, and purchased by Ballybritt for $5,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. The victory leaves her with a 6-3-1-1 record and $89,740 in earnings. watch her under tack video
Hernandez Racing Club’s Yes I’ll Go went to the front in the early going of the eighth race, the $50,000 OBS Sprint Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. She reclaimed the lead on the inside in the stretch after yielding it briefly on the turn and went on to beat Newtown Anner Stud’s Lady Racer by 2-1/2 lengths, with Breeze Easy LLC’s Heart Astray another length back in third. The time for six furlongs was 1:10 4/5. The daughter of Yes It’s True, ridden by Luis Saez for trainer Armando de la Cerda, picked up her first stakes win, leaving her with a 3-2-0-0 record and earnings of $49,942. The two time OBS graduate was purchased for $40,000 by Salvador Hernandez out of the Kaizen Sales (Richard Kent) consignment at the 2015 Winter Mixed Sale before she was consigned by Blue River Bloodstock to the 2016 April Sale where she breezed an eighth in :10 2/5. Yes I’ll Go returned $6.20, $9.00, $4.40; Lady Racer paid $10.80, $6.60; Heart Astray paid $34.20 to show. The 5-4 Exacta was worth $68.60 and the 7-5 Daily Double returned $5.00. watch her under tack video
In the $50,000 OBS Sprint for colts and geldings, Lucio Tucci and Martha K. Gonzalez’ Uncle B dueled with Donald H. Mensh and Mel Paikoff’s Storming My Way through a torrid half mile in :44 2/5, opened up in the stretch and scored by three lengths over Debra Posgai’s My Friend in a track record 1:08 3/5 for six furlongs. The time bettered Lady Shipman’s 2015 mark by a fifth of a second. Storming My Way was another 1-1/2 lengths back in third. Rider Luis Saez picked up his second win of the day for trainer Nick Gonzalez. Uncle B is now 4-2-1-0 and has earned $78,188. The 3-year-old colt by Zensational was purchased for $25,000 by Hidden Brook, Agent from S G A Sales, Agent, at the 2016 June Sale after he breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video
The afternoon’s first seven races were for Quarter Horses. Anthony Stewart’s Doyles Fast Cash, trained by Braulio Lopez, Jr., won the first race by a neck under Ubaldo Luna, running 440 yards in :22.09.
Bucket List, owned and trained by Salvador Lopez and ridden by Yordanis Amaro took the second race by two lengths, stopping the timer in :22.22 for the 440 yards.
The third race went to Myron McKinnon’s Jewels Gal, ridden by Ubaldo Luna and saddled by Erin Thompson, establishing a track record :17.23 for 330 yards.
In the fourth race, Miguel Martinez rode Jose Vasquez’ Of Royal Decent to victory by three quarters of a length in a track record :17.03 for the 330 yards.
Salvador Lopez and Yordanis Amaro combined again to take the fifth race with Get Carter, who won a blanket finish by a neck and lowered the track record to :16.88.
The trio of Myron McKinnon, Erin Thompson and Ubaldo Luna clicked again in the sixth with Dash of Pride scoring by a neck in :12.38 for the 220 yard distance,
Salvador Lopez and Yordanis Amaro combined for a third time in the seventh and final Quarter Horse race, when heavily favored Silver Wings posted a 1-1/4 length victory in a track record :11.84 for the 220 yards.
For more information regarding the OBS Championship Stakes, please call (352) 237-2154 or visit the OBS website at obssales.com