The Money Monster takes Churchill’s William Walker Stakes

R.A. Hill Stable and BlackRidge Stables LLC’s The Money Monster won his first race for his new connections in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday, taking the lead in the stretch and easing away to a 1-1/2 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Majestic Warrior, trained by Bill Mott, now 4-3-0-0 with $108,760 in earnings. Acquired privately after his victory in Tampa’s Pasco Stakes in January, he had been purchased for $6,500 out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment at the 2016 OBS April Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video

Crush Racing and D.J. Stable LLC’s Cali Thirty Seven captured Gulfstream’s $100,000 Powder Break Stakes for the second straight year, taking the lead at the start and staying there to the wire, holding off a late challenge and winning by a head.  The 5-year-old daughter of Eskendereya was purchased for $52,000 out of the Scanlon Training Center consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Joe Orseno, the win gives her a 19-5-1-2 record and earnings of $250,560.  watch her under tack video

Driver, Ywachetta and Travis’ Rivers Run Deep is closing in on a million in career earnings after overpowering his opponents in Saturday’s $75,000 Edward Babst/Albert Palacios Memorial Handicap at Belterra Park, taking charge a quarter mile from home and waltzing to a six length victory. It’s his third straight win in the Palacios Memorial and thirteenth stakes victory for the 6-year old horse by Ready’s Image, trained by Chris Hartman, now 33-17-8-4 with $959,940 in earnings. He was sold for $77,000 to Garry Simms, Agent for James Driver, by Rod McVey, Agent, at the 2013 OBS June Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Newtown Anner Stud’s Royal Squeeze tracked the pace set by fellow OBS graduate Tiger Blood (August ’14) in Sunday’s $75,000 Jeblar Stakes at Gulfstream, took over after turning for home and beat him to the wire by a length and three quarters. It’s the second stakes score for the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $310,000 out of the Pleasant Acres Farm consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale. Trained by Ralph Nicks, he’s now 15-4-2-1 and has earned $251,113 to date.  watch his under tack video