Quijote leads 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Gulfstream’s Big Drama Stakes

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Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Quijote led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $100,000 Big Drama Stakes at Gulfstream Park, pressing the pace with fellow OBS graduates Mo Cash (June ’16) and French Quarter (January ’12) into the stretch. The 4-year-old Florida-bred son of Pomeroy took charge a furlong from home and drew off to beat Mo Cash by two lengths with French Quarter settling for third. His first stakes victory leaves him 13-5-4-0 with $230,200 in earnings to date for trainer Armando de la Cerda. Consigned by Kelli Mitchell, Agent, to the 2014 OBS August Yearling Sale, he was purchased by Midwest for $25,000. Selected Sale conformation photo

Pappas Racing’s Moonless Sky was awarded victory via disqualification in Sunday’s $125,690 Fran’s Valentine Stakes at Santa Anita, rallying to finish second despite traffic problems caused by the first place finisher.  She’s now 7-3-2-2 with earnings of $147,010. It was the stakes debut for the 4-year-old daughter of Bold Chieftain, and her third straight victory for trainer Eddie Truman. She was purchased for $4,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2015 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video

American Anthem leads big weekend for OBS at Santa Anita

OBS graduates enjoyed a good weekend at Santa Anita, taking three stakes races.

China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, SF Racing LLC et al’s American Anthem picked up his first stakes win on Saturday in Santa Anita’s $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3), coming  from off the pace, taking command turning for home and easing away to a 1-3/4 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Aristocratic (March ’16) checked in third. The 3-year-old colt by Bodemeister, trained by Bob Baffert, is now 5-2-1-0 and has earned $114,545. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $435,000 out of the Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co. consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale.   watch his under tack video

Baoma Corporation’s Faypien jumped straight from an April maiden win to Santa Anita’s $78,345 Angels Flight Stakes and was unfazed by the raise In class, rallying to take the lead after turning for home and  holding off fellow a late charge by fellow OBS graduate Noted and Quoted (March ’16, August ’15) to win by half a length. With two wins and a third place finish for trainer Bob Baffert, she has earned $85,680 to date. The 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Ghostzapper sped a quarter in :20 2/5 prior to her purchase for $720,000 out of the Off the Hook LLC consignment at the 2016 OBS April Sale.  watch her under tack video

Rockingham Ranch’s Arms Runner is two for two and a stakes winner after closing in the stretch and getting up late to win Saturday’s $79,190 Desert Code Stakes at Santa Anita by a length and a half, with fellow OBS graduate What’sontheagenda (April ’16) settling for third. The 3-year-old Florida-bred son of Overdriven, a half brother to OBS graduate Calculator (April ’14), was sold for $525,000 by breeder Ocala Stud at the 2016 OBS April Sale after breezing a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. The victory leaves him with earnings of $79,500.  watch his under tack video

Mark DeDomenico LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc.’s Dear Lilly scored her second straight stakes victory at Hasting Park on Saturday, taking over on the turn in the $50,000 Vancouver Sun Stakes and going on from there to score by a length and a quarter. The 7-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Graeme Hall was consigned by TDM Sales, Agent to the 2011 OBS August Sale. Trained by Sandi Gann, she’s now 25-14-2-3 and has earned $188,761 to date.

In addition to their big weekend at Santa Anita, OBS graduates turned in big performances overseas.

Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Acapulco captured the Sole Power Sprint Stakes at The Curragh on Sunday, taking command a furlong from home and scoring by half a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, currently in foal to Galileo (IRE), who took Ascot’s Queen Mary Stakes (G2) at two for trainer Wesley Ward. Now trained by Aidan O’Brien, her career record stands at 7-4-1-1 and she has earned $282,328 to date. Consigned by McKathan Bros., Agent, to the 2015 OBS March Sale, she went to M. V. Magnier for $750,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :9 3/5, the sale’s co-fastest at the distance. watch her under tack video

On Sunday at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore, Wong Chi Tat’s Forever Young was a 13-1 upset winner of the $354,309 Singapore Guineas, taking the lead at the start and leading all the way to a three quarter length victory. It’s the first stakes score for the 3-year-old gelding by Run Away and Hide, consigned by Whitman Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale where he turned in a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Cheng Tee Kuah, he’s now 6-3-0-1 and has earned $392,398 to date. watch his under tack video

Big World, La Coronel post graded wins on Oaks Day at Churchill

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Maggi Moss’ Big World went right to the front in Churchill’s $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1), turned back a pack of challengers in the stretch and cruised home a winner by a length and a quarter. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Custom for Carlos, winner of Aqueduct’s Tempted Stakes (G3) at two. Three for three this year for trainer Tom Amoss, she’s now 11-7-4 and has earned $608,820 to date. Consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, to the 2014 OBS August Sale, she was purchased for $98,000 by Patrice Miller, EQB, Inc., Agent.  Selected Sale conformation photo

John C. Oxley’s La Coronel, far back in the early going of Churchill’s $150,000 Edgewood Stakes (G3), circled horses on the turn to reach contention in the stretch then closed relentlessly to overhaul entrymate Dream Dancing in the final yards and win by half a length. That’s three graded stakes wins for the 3-year-old daughter of Colonel John, now 8-4-1-0 with $345,175 in earnings for trainer Mark Casse. She was purchased out of the Winners Circle Thoroughbreds consignment for $375,000 at the 2016 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. watch her under tack video

Abdullah Saeed Almaddah’s Green Mask circled wide into the stretch of Churchill’s $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Stakes (G3), ran past the leaders in the final furlong and scored a two length victory. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 6-year-old gelding by Mizzen Mast, purchased for $150,000 out of the Casse Sales LLC (Justin Casse) consignment at the 2013 OBS April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Brad Cox, his third stakes victory leaves him with a 24-6-7-3 record and earnings of $739,066.  watch his under tack video

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bonus Points picked up his first stakes win on Saturday in the $100,500 Parx Derby, rallying from last to first a furlong from home and posting a 1-3/4 length victory.  The graded stakes placed 3-year-old colt by Majestic Warrior, trained by Todd Pletcher, is now 9-2-2-2 and has earned $219,150 to date.  Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales llc, Agent, to the 2016 OBS April Sale, he breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Hugh H. Robertson and Barry Butzow’s Thoughtless tracked the early pace in Saturday’s $50,000 L’Etoile du Nord Stakes at Canterbury Park, charged past the leaders on the outside in the lane and drew off to win by 3-1/4-lengths over fellow OBS graduate Teelfa (March ’13). It’s the first stake win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by Rockport Harbor, purchased for $15,000 from Peggy S. Dellheim LLC, Agent , at the 2013 OBS August Sale. Trained by McLean Robertson, she’s now 16-4-6-3 and has earned $187,080.

 

Four OBS graduates enter Kentucky Derby

Four OBS graduates are entered for Saturday’s $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs, seeking to become the fourth horse sold by OBS draped with the garland of roses at the end of America’s most famous horse race. Lil E. Tee was the first, taking the 1992 renewal, followed by Silver Charm in 1997 and I’ll Have Another in 2012.

Kendall E. Hansen’s Fast and Accurate has drawn post three in the 20-horse field, looking to duplicate the feat of 2011 Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who won Turfway Park’s Spiral Stakes (G3) in his final start before the Run for the Roses. Fast and Accurate took command of the 2017 Spiral Stakes (G3) at the top of the stretch and held on gamely to win by three quarters of a length.  It was the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Hansen, who brings a 6-3-1-0 record $340,362 in earnings in to the Derby. Trained by Mike Maker, he’ll be ridden by Channing Hill. He breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $85,000 from Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2016 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video

Michael Langford’s Untrapped will break from post four. The 3-year-old colt by Trappe Shot has been on the board in three graded stakes this spring, finishing third in Fair Grounds’ Le Comte (G3) and Risen Star (G2) and second in Oaklawn’s Rebel Stakes (G2). To date, he has compiled a 6-1-3-1 record and has earned $259,658.  Ricardo Santana, Jr. has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen. Untrapped breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 prior to his purchase by Mr. Langford for $125,000 out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment at the 2016 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video

Reddam Racing LLC’s Irap will break from post nine under Mario Gutierrez for trainer Doug O’Neill, the same connections that won the 2012 Derby with I’ll Have Another, purchased at the 2011 OBS April Sale by Dennis O’Neill.  Dennis found Irap at the 2016 OBS March Sale , and purchased him for $300,000 from Bobby Dodd, Agent, after the colt by Tiznow turned in an Under Tack eighth in:10 1/5. Irap comes into the Derby after breaking his maiden in Keeneland’s $1,000,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G2), leaving him 8-1-3-1 record with $772,600 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm LLC and China Horse Club’s world traveler Master Plan in on the also-eligible list for the Derby, entered by trainer Todd Pletcher. The 3-year-old son of Twirling Candy was a 2-1/2 length winner of the OBS Championship Stakes in January and then finished a good third in the UAE Derby (G2) on the Dubai World Cup undercard in March. Master plan 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 5-2-1-1 and has earned $297,490.  watch his under tack video

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

Spring Sale graduate Multiplier takes the Illinois Derby

American Equistock’s Multiplier jumped straight from a maiden victory into Hawthorne’s $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) on Saturday and took the rise in class in stride, rallying from off the pace and getting up in the final yards to win by a head.  Now 4-2-1-1 for trainer Brendan Walsh, the 3-year-old colt by The Factor has earned $187,310 to date. Consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent to the 2016 OBS April Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Speedway Stable LLC’s Collected tracked the early pace in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) on Saturday, took charge a half mile from home and cruised from there to a 3-3/4 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Follow Me Crev (June’ 14). It’s the second straight win and third graded stakes score for the 4-year-old son of City Zip, trained by Bob Baffert, leaving him with a 9-6-1-0 record and $600,500 in earnings. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5,  he was sold for $170,000 to Speedway Stable at the 2015 OBS March Sale by SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent. watch his under tack video

April grad La Coronel captures Keeneland’s Appalachian Stakes

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John C. Oxley’s La Coronel moved to the leaders in the $125,000 Appalachian Stakes (G3) at Keeneland after straightening away in the stretch, split horses a furlong from home and drew away from there to a 3-1/4 length victory. It’s the second graded stakes win over the Keeneland turf course for the 3-year-old daughter of Colonel John, winner of the Jessamine Stakes (G3) in October, leaving her with a 7-3-1-0 record and earnings of $259,615 for trainer Mark Casse. She was purchased out of the Winners Circle Thoroughbreds consignment for $375,000 at the 2016 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. watch her under tack video

Irap captures Keeneland’s Blue Grass Stakes

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Reddam Racing LLC’s Irap found a good place to break his maiden on Saturday at Keeneland, taking the lead after turning for home in the $1,000,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and hanging on gamely in the stretch for a three quarter length victory. Although the 3-year-old colt by Tiznow had been second in the Cash Call Futurity (G1) and Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), he was ignored at odds of 31-1and became the fifth OBS graduate to take the Keeneland fixture. Skip Away (1996) was the first, followed by Peace Rules (2003), Dance With Fate (2014) and Carpe Diem (2015). Consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, Irap turned in an Under Tack eighth in:10 1/5 before he was purchased by Dennis O’Neill for $300,000. Trained by Doug O’Neill, he’s on his way to the Kentucky Derby (G1) with an 8-1-3-1 record and $772,600 in earnings. watch his under tack video

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Golden Eagle Farm’s Hillhouse High tracked the leader in Santa Anita’s $200,690 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2) into the lane, took over in the stretch and scored by half a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 6-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate, trained by Richard Baltas, now 23-4-6-6 with earnings of $441,113 to date. She was sold by Eisaman Equine, Agent, for $195,000 at the 2013 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Celestine a millionaire after taking Gulfstream’s Honey Fox

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Moyglare Stud Farm, Ltd.’s Celestine became the newest OBS millionaire with a victory in the $300,000 Honey Fox Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, setting the pace from the start and cruising home first by a length and a quarter. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, now in the care of trainer Christophe Clement, leaving her now 16-8-2-2 with $1,069,655 in earnings. Purchased by her current connections for $2,550,000 last November, she was consigned at two by Gayle Woods on behalf of James Bryan’s Phaedrus Flights to the 2014 OBS June Sale, where she breezed three eighths in :32 2/5 at the Under Tack Show, the sale’s fastest work at the distance. watch her under tack video

April grad Fast and Accurate takes Turfway’s Spiral Stakes

Kendall E. Hansen’s Fast and Accurate sat just off the pace in the early going of Saturday’s $500,000 Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park, took the lead at the top of the stretch and held on gamely to win by three quarters of a length.  Fellow OBS graduate Convict Pike (April ’16) settled for third. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Hansen, trained by Mike Maker, now 6-3-1-0 with $340,362 in earnings. He breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $85,000 from Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2016 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video

Mind Your Biscuits romps in Dubai Golden Shaheen

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J Stables, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Summer, Summers, Kisber and Summers’ Mind Your Biscuits had a lot of work to do turning for home in the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) at Meydan Race Course, but he swept by the field on the outside under Joel Rosario, took the lead in the final furlong and rolled to a four length victory. It was the first win for trainer Chad Summers and the second grade one victory for the 4-year-old colt by Posse, now 15-5-6-2 and the latest OBS millionaire with earnings over $2-million. Consigned by SBM Training and Sales, Agent, to the 2015 OBS April Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

It’s the sixth victory in the Golden Shaheen (G1) by an OBS graduate, and the first by an April graduate. March Sale graduate Caller One took back to back renewals in 2001 and 2002 followed by February Sale graduate Saratoga County in 2005. In 2009 it was Big City Man, who went through the ring in August and January, and in 2015 it was two time Breeders’ Cup winner Secret Circle, a March Sale graduate.

Mind Your Biscuits favored in Dubai Golden Shaheen

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J Stables, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Summer, Summers, Kisber and Summers’ Mind Your Biscuits, the 5/2 favorite in the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), heads a five horse contingent of OBS graduates participating in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup card at Meydan Race Course. Breaking from post 14, he comes into the race off a sharp second in the Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) after earning his grade one stripes with a half length victory over Sharp Azteca in Santa Anita’s Malibu Stakes (G1) in December. It was the second graded stakes victory for the now 4-year-old colt by Posse, winner of Saratoga’s Amsterdam Stakes (G2) in July. Trained by Chad Summers, he’s now 14-4-6-2 and has earned $815,166 to date. Consigned by SBM Training and Sales, Agent, to the 2015 OBS April Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

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He’ll be joined in the gate by Yu Long & Team Cheval’s Wild Dude, acquired privately from Jerry Hollendorfer and Green Smith after going over the million dollar mark in earnings winning Santa Anita’s Kona Gold Stakes (G2) last May, breaking from post three in the field of 14. A five time graded stakes winner, the 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir is now 27-8-5-6 with $1,138,732 in earnings. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold first by Perrone Sales, Agent, at the 2010 Fall Mixed Sale and before he was resold for $42,000 by Costanzo Sales at the 2012 April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

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Altamira Racing Stable and David A. Bernsen’s St. Joe Bay, who has drawn post 11 in the Golden Shaheen, comes into the race off has second straight stakes win, a 2-1/4 victory in the Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. It was the third straight win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Saint Anddan, trained by Peter Miller, now 21-5-5-3 with $377,175 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, he was consigned by Bobby Jones Equine LLC, Agent to the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $60,000 out of the Bobby Dodd consignment at the 2014 June Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

The Golden Shaheen (G1) has been captured five times by OBS alumni. March Sale graduate Caller One took back to back renewals in 2001 and 2002 followed by February Sale graduate Saratoga County in 2005. In 2009 it was Big City Man, who went through the ring in August and January, and in 2015 it was two time Breeders’ Cup winner Secret Circle, a March Sale graduate.

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Gelfenstein Farm’s Sharp Azteca is the 9/5 favorite in the first race on the World Cup card, the $1-million Godolphin Mile (G2). He comes into the race off a runaway victory in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) in February under Edgard Zayas, again given the riding assignment by trainer Jorge Navarro. The 4-year-old colt by Freud, now 10-5-3-0 with $576,740 in earnings, is a two time OBS graduate, sold first by Select Sales at the 2014 August Sale. He was then purchased for $220,000 at the 2015 April Sale by Gelfenstein Farm from de Meric Sales, Agent for Golden Legacy Stables, after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch his under tack video 

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Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm LLC and China Horse Club’s Master Plan comes into the $2-million UAE Derby (G2) off his 2-1/2 length victory in the OBS Championship Stakes in January. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he’ll break from post two in a field 16 under John Velazquez, who was aboard in Ocala. The 3-year-old colt by Twirling Candy 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

He’ll be joined in the gate by Sh. Mohammed bin Kalifa Al Maktoum’s Fawree, breaking from post six. The Candy Ride (ARG) colt has won of three starts for trainer Michael de Kock. He was purchased for $240,000 out of the Thoroughbred Champions Training Center LLC consignment at the 2016 April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 15. watch his under tack video

Racing fans can watch and wager on the Dubai World Cup card at OBS-ITW, beginning with the Dubai Gold Cup, set for 8:50 a.m. EST on Saturday. The gates will open at 8:30 a.m.

Unbeaten Malagacy takes Oaklawn’s Rebel Stakes

Sumaya U.S. Stable’s Malagacy is three for three and a graded stakes winner after taking charge of Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park in the stretch and drawing away late to win by two lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Untrapped (March ’16) rallied to finish third. It was the stakes debut for the 3-year-old colt by Shackleford, trained by Todd Pletcher, who shipped in for the Rebel after winning his first two starts at Gulfstream by a combined 22 lengths. Consigned to the 2015 OBS August Selected by Stuart Morris, Agent, he was sold for $130,000. He has earned $586,800 to date. selected sale conformation photo

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Veb Racing Stable Corp.’s Distinta circled horses on the turn to reach contention in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream, then wore down the leaders on the outside down the stretch and was up late to win by half a length. Fellow OBS graduate Dearest (March ’15) settled for third. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old mare by Summer Bird, now 22-4-7-3 with $299,715 in earnings. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by Dapple Stud, Agent, for $30,000 at the 2013 August Selected Yearling Sale, then resold by Doble Jak LLC for $80,000 at the 2014 March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. selected sale conformation photo  watch her under tack video

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Cheyenne Stables LLC’s Clothes Fall Off successfully defended her title in Aqueduct’s $125,000 Correction Stakes on Saturday, relaxing off the pace in the early going before circling horses, running past the leaders a sixteenth from home and drawing off to win by 4-1/4 lengths. It’s the second stakes win for the 5-year-old graded stakes placed filly by Daaher, consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds LLC to the 2014 OBS March Sale and sold to Cheyenne Stables for $150,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, she’s now 15-5-6-1 and has earned $474,160. watch her under tack video

Lady Sheila Stable’s Matt King Coal is two for two this year after taking the lead at the start of Saturday’s $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel, surrendering it briefly to fellow OBS graduate Afleet Willy (June ’15) in mid-stretch then coming again to beat him by a head on the wire. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Cool Coal Man, a two time OBS graduate. He was sold by Abbie Road Farm (Lisa Mc Greevy), Agent, at the 2014 August Selected Yearling Sale before being purchased for $250,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2015 April Sale after working an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Linda Rice, he’s now 8-4-2-1 and has earned $234,950 to date. selected sale conformation photo  watch his under tack video

Celestine scores in Gulfstream’s Sand Springs Stakes

Celestine the Sand Springs

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Moyglare Stud Farm, Ltd.’s Celestine, making her first start for her new connections in Saturday’s $100,000 Sand Springs Stakes at Gulfstream, took the lead at the start and never looked back en route to a two length victory over grade one stakes winner Catch a Glimpse. The 5-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, now in the care of trainer Christophe Clement, was purchased for $2,550,000 last November. She’s now 15-7-2-2 and has earned $885,515 to date. At two, consigned by Gayle Woods on behalf of James Bryan’s Phaedrus Flights to the 2014 OBS June Sale, she breezed three eighths in :32 2/5 at the Under Tack Show, the sale’s fastest work at the distance. watch her under tack video

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Rockshaw pressed the early pace in Saturday’s $125,000 Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn Park, took the lead at the top of the stretch and drew away to a four length victory, with fellow OBS graduate Balandeen (April ’16) checking in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Maclean’s Music, who was sold for $210,000 by Eddie Woods, Agent, after speeding a quarter in :20 3/5 at the Under Tack Show prior to the 2016 OBS April Sale. Now 5-3-0-0 for trainer Ron Moquett, he has earned $165,550. watch his under tack video

Rockingham Ranch’s Stormy Liberal took command of Santa Anita’s $80,305 Joe Hernandez Stakes turning for home then held off a late charge and won by a nose. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 5-year-old graded stakes placed son of Stormy Atlantic, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $100,00 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS June Sale. Trained by Peter Miller, he’s now 18-5-6-1 with $294,970 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Yorkiepoo Princess wins Aqueduct’s Busher Stakes

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Danny J. Chen’s Yorkiepoo Princess continued her dominance of the 3-year-old filly division at Aqueduct this winter by coming from off the pace, taking command a furlong from home and winning the $150,000 Busher Stakes by a length and three quarters. Fellow OBS graduate Tiz Rae Anna (April ’16) checked in third. It’s the third straight stakes win at the meeting for the Florida-bred daughter of Kantharos, trained by Edward Barker, now 7-4-0-0 with earnings of $244,811. A two time OBS graduate, she was sold by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2015 August Sale before her purchase by Mr. Chen for $8,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2016 April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch her under tack video 

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Partly Mocha is better than ever at the age of eight, rallying down the stretch of the $50,000 Bucharest Turf Sprint Stakes at Sam Houston Downs and catching front running fellow OBS graduate American Sailor (April ’14) in the final strides and scoring by a neck. It’s the second straight stakes win for the gelded son of Half Ours, purchased for $47,000 from Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, at the 2011 OBS March Sale. Trained by Mike Maker, he’s now 36-9-8-7 and has earned $445,392 to date. watch his under tack video 

High Ridge Road wins Laurel’s Barbara Fritchie Stakes

Martin S. Schwartz’s High Ridge Road scored her first graded stakes win on Saturday at Laurel, circling horses on the turn to reach contention and then getting up late on the outside to win the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G2) by a neck, with fellow OBS graduate Clothes Fall Off (March ’14) checking in third. It’s the second straight stakes victory for the 5-year-old mare by Quality Road, who sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before she was purchased for $350,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale. Trained by Linda Rice, she’s now 11-5-2-3 and has earned $413,990 to date. watch her under tack video

Romona S. Bass LLC’s Wild At Heart took charge of Santa Anita’s $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (G3) turning for home and went on from there to post a 3-1/2 length victory, with fellow OBS grad Hillhouse High (March ’13) settling for third. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, trained by Richard Mandella, now 11-3-4-2 and $331,305 in earnings. She was purchased by Steve Young for $450,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch her under tack video

Pinnacle Racing Stable and Norman Stables’ Moment of Delight led from gate to wire and took Gulfstream’s $60,000 White Pearl Stakes by a neck over fellow OBS graduate Distina (March ’14, August ’13). That’s four stakes wins for the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by A. P. Warrior, sold for $58,000 to Pinnacle Racing by Southern Cypress Stable, Agent, at the 2014 OBS April Sale after she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by David Fawkes, the win leaves her with a 20-6-5-2 record and $474,402 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Miguel Barraza’s Tiger Blood picked up his first stakes win on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, pressing the pace from the start and easing away late to score by a length in the $96,800 Pelican Stakes, with fellow OBS graduate Sonoma Crush (June ’15) finishing third. The 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Cowtown Cat, trained by Darien Rodriguez, is now 9-4-1-0 and has earned $$115,302 to date. He was purchased for $4,500 out of the Journeyman Bloodstock (Brent & Crystal Fernung) consignment at the 2014 OBS August Sale.

Iliad scores in Santa Anita’s San Vicente Stakes

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Kaleem Shah’s Iliad jumped from a December maiden victory at Los Alamitos into Sunday’s $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita and the 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper handled the class raise with ease, taking command at the head of the stretch and cruising to a 3-1/2 length victory in 1:21 3/5 for the seven furlongs. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the win leaves him with a 3-2-0-0 record and earnings of $147,345. Consigned to the 2016 OBS March Sale by Eddie Woods, Agent, he was sold for $285,000 after turning in a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video 

 

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Gelfenstein Farm’s Sharp Azteca took charge of Saturday’s $350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) three furlongs out, opened a big lead in the stretch and won eased up by 4-1/2 lengths. It’s the second graded stakes win for the two time OBS graduate, sold first by Select Sales at the 2014 August Sale. He was then purchased for $220,000 at the 2015 April Sale by Gelfenstein Farm from de Meric Sales, Agent for Golden Legacy Stables, after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. The 4-year-old colt by Freud, trained by Jorge Navarro, is now 10-5-3-0 with $576,740 in earnings. watch his under tack video 

Third Day takes Gulfstream’s Just One More Stakes

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Spendthrift Farm LLC & Town and Country Racing’s Third Day is two for two and a stakes winner after scoring by a neck and leading a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Wednesday’s $60,000 Just One More Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Barry Karafin Bets (April ’16) was second with Basha (March ’16) checking in third. The 3-year-old colt by Bernardini sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before he was purchased for $575,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he has earned $62,850 to date. watch his under tack video

March grads El Areeb, Favorable Outcome score graded wins

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Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence’s Favorable Outcome moved up on the outside on the turn in Saturday’s $200,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream, closed relentlessly down the lane and wore down odds-on favorite Three Rules and scored by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Flatter, third in the Champagne Stakes (G1) last fall. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, he was sold to Klaravich for $300,000 after breezing a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. Now 4-2-0-1 for trainer Chad Brown, he has earned $222,560 to date. watch his under tack video

 

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MMG Stables LLC’s El Areeb scored his second straight graded stakes win in Aqueduct’s $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3), taking command after turning for home and cruising to a 4-1/4 length victory. That’s four in a row for the 3-year-old colt by Exchange Rate, trained by Cathal Lynch, now 6-4-1-0 with $334,200 in earnings to date. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased by MMG for $340,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

 

St. Joe Bay and jockey Kent Desormeaux win the Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes, Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO

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Altamira Racing Stable and David A. Bernsen’s St. Joe Bay led from gate to wire and scored his second straight graded stakes victory with a 2-1/4 decision in Saturday’s $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. That’s three straight wins for the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Saint Anddan, trained by Peter Miller, now 21-5-5-3 with $377,175 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, he was consigned by Bobby Jones Equine LLC, Agent to the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $60,000 out of the Bobby Dodd consignment at the 2014 June Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video