Lady Shipman takes OBS Sprint in track record time at 26th Day of Champions

The large crowd that turned out in sunny weather was treated to a track record performance as the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company held it’s 26th annual Day of Champions.

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Ranlo Investments LLC’s Lady Shipman took charge of the $50,000 OBS Sprint Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turn, opened a big lead in the lane and scored by eighth lengths in a track record 1:08 4/5 for the six furlongs. The time surpassed the previous mark of 1:09 3/5 by Megalith in 2011 and equaled by Cor Cor in 2013. Raul Bahena’s Happy to Go came running late to be second, a nose in front of Ten Broeck Farm’s Cool Comfort. The 3-year-old daughter of Midshipman, consigned by Pleasant Acres Farm, Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale where she sped an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. She’s now 4-3-0-1 and has earned $80,400 to date. Lady Shipman returned $2.80, 2.40 and 2.10. Happy to Go paid 2.40 and 2.10 with Cool Comfort returning 2.20 to show. The 8-2 exacta was good for 6.60 and completed a 6-8 Daily Double worth 20.80. watch her under tack video

In the first half of the Double, Jody Mihalic’s Sweet Gatorgirl edged Donald L. Ming’s I See Visions by a neck in a 440 yard Quarter Horse Allowance purse.  S and L Racing’s Vision Quest Corona was another half a length back in third. Trained by Grover Cleveland Wheeler and ridden by Luis Castillo, the winner ran the distance in :21.86. The winner returned $12.00, 4.20 and 2.40. I See Visions returned 3.40 and 2.20. Vision Quest Corona paid 2.40 to show. The 6 -5 exacta returned $18.20

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In the third race, White Wabbit Wacing LLC and Marco Thoroughbred Corp.’s It’s Not Me went to the lead early in the $50,000 OBS Sprint for 3-year-old colts and geldings and gave nothing else a chance, cruising to the wire an 8-3/4 length winner over Stanley S. Moles and Starr Stables’ Charlie’s Brother. Rontos Racing Stable’s Social Request was a head back in third. Trained by Jorge Navarro and ridden by Edgard Zayas, he ran the six furlongs in 1:09 3/5. Claimed by his current connections at Gulfstream West in October, the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat is two time OBS graduate, sold by Hickory Meadow Farm (Clare Silva), Agent, at the 2014 August Sale and then resold for $50,000 by Casse Sales LLC (Justin Casse), Agent, at the 2014 June Sale after working an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. His first stakes win leaves him 8-4-0-1 with $123,335 in earnings. watch his under tack video

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John L. Moirano, Nehoc Stable and Alan Sokol’s Arctic Ocean scored her first stakes win in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, rallying on the outside down the stretch and scoring by a neck over Leonard C. Green and Crush Racing Stable’s Save Rock and Roll. Bortolazzo Stable’s Back Flip was third and the time for the mile and a sixteenth was 1:46 4/5. Ridden by Rafael Hernandez and trained by Gary Contessa, the 3-year-old Concord Point filly is now 7-2-3-0 and has earned $125,340. After an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5, she was sold for $33,000 by Winners Circle Thoroughbreds LLC at the 2014 OBS June Sale. watch her under tack video

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Skychai Racing, Charles Kevin Warner and Sand Dollar Stable’s Firespike was last in the early going of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for colts and geldings, but circled horses on the turn, ran by the leaders in deep stretch and drew off to a 2-1/4 length victory. Murray Stroud’s Big Yum put in a good late run to be second, a neck in front of DiBello Racing’s Prince Vincenzo. Trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Joel Rosario, the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Flower Alley ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46 2/5. It’s the second stakes win for Firespike and leaves him with a 7-3-1-1 record and earnings of $183,259.  He’s a two time OBS graduate, consigned by Beth Bayer to the 2013 August Sale prior to being plucked by Maker out of the Blue River Bloodstock consignment for $70,000 after working quarter in :21 flat at the 2014 April Sale Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

The total pari-mutuel handle on the first two races was $21,212.

OBS Day of Champions set for Tuesday, January 27

A strong lineup of stakes winners and well known trainers and riders is on tap as the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company holds its 26th annual Day of Champions race card on Tuesday, January 27th .

Held in conjunction with the OBS Winter Mixed Sale for the second straight year, the five-race card again offers pari-mutuel wagering on the first two races. The day gets underway with a $10,000 allowance 440 yard dash for quarter horses followed by the six furlong $50,000 OBS Sprint Stakes for 3-year-old fillies who have gone through the ring at an OBS Sale.

The entire card will be streamed live via the OBS website at obssales.com as well as the DRF and Blood-Horse websites. Post time for the first race is 1:00 p.m.

Averill Racing LLC, Silver Oak Stable and Gregory Kaufman’s R Sassy Lass is the morning line favorite in a field of seven in the OBS Sprint for fillies. The original field of nine was reduced with the scratches of Vandelita and Perpetual Novena. Second to fellow OBS graduate Ekati’s Phaeton in Gulfstream’s Old Hat Stakes (G3) in her last start, R Sassy Lass took Tampa Bay Downs’s Sandpiper Stakes in December. Trained by Kirk Ziadie, the daughter of Exclusive Quality will be ridden by Jose Lezcano.

Second choice in the Filly Sprint is Ranlo Investments’ Lady Shipman, impressive winner of her last two outings. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, she’ll be ridden by Eduardo Nunez. Raul Bahena’s Happy to Go is returning from a layoff after her victory in the Paxson Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle in September. Joel Rosario has the riding assignment for trainer Armando de la Cerda.

Here are the horses and riders in post position order: Happy to Go, Hallmarc Racing’s Gold Value, Corey Lanerie; Golden Legacy Stable’s Polly My Love, Luis Contreras; R Sassy Lass; John Eaton, Steve Laymon and Mark Sayeg’s Hangover Saturday, Abdiel Jaen; Lady Shipman; Ten Broeck Farm’s Cool Comfort, Rafael Hernandez. All carry 120 pounds. 

White Wabbit Wacing and Marco Thoroughbreds’ It’s Not Me and Stanley S. Moles and Starr Stables’ Charlie’s Brother headline a field of nine set to go in the third race, the six furlong $50,000 OBS Sprint for colts and geldings.

Supplemented to the race by trainer Jorge Navarro, It’s Not Me was claimed by his current connections in October and two starts later took the Buffalo Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park West. Third last time out in the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream, the son of D’wildcat will be ridden by Edgard Zayas.

Charlie’s Brother was third behind fellow OBS graduate Catalina Red in his track record performance in Tampa Bay Down’s Pasco Stakes after chasing him home in the Inaugural Stakes over the Oldsmar oval a race earlier. The colt by With Distinction, trained by Lynn Scace, will be ridden by regular rider Harry Vega. 

Here are the horses and riders in post position order: Brent Fernung, Eugene P. Cahalan and Michael B. Sebastian’s Never Give In, Gary Boulanger; It’s Not Me; John G. Allen’s Go Pita Go, Keiber Coa; Northwind Thoroughbreds’ Copper Hill, Jesus Rios; J. Armando Rodriguez Racing Stable’s Tiger of Wales, Joel Rosario; Charlie’s Brother; Rontos Racing Stable’s Social Request, Luis Contreras; Arturo Rodriguez’ Vakeesh, Luis Garcia; Buddy Jones’ Really Blue Moon, Alexis Batista. Less Than Perfect has been scratched. All will carry 122 pounds.

A field of eleven will go in fourth race, the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for fillies, after Quality Rocks was scratched. Her connections opted to run in Gulfstream’s Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3) on Saturday where she finished a strong second in her 2015 debut.

Leonard C. Green and Crush Racing Stable’s Save Rock and Roll rates top billing in the mile and a sixteenth test based on her third place finish in Aqueduct’s Tempted Stakes (G3) in November. Fourth in the Matron (G2) at Belmont in October, she’ll be ridden by Joe Bravo for trainer Joe Orseno.

Two fillies have been supplemented to the race. Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out Bortolazzo Stable’s Back Flip and Gary Contessa has entered CJP Thoroughbreds, Winning Move Stable, McConnell Racing Stable and Green’s More Than Rainbows. Back Flip will be ridden by Javier Castellano; Paco Lopez will be aboard More Than Rainbows.

 Here are the horses and riders in post position order: Back Flip; More Than Rainbows, Kenwood Racing’s Titanium Joe, Edgar Prado; Book Buddy LLC’s Our Sister Ania, David Carstens; Ruben A. De Jesus’ Danube River; Edgard Zayas; Save Rock and Roll; Michael Laurato’s Rue Royale, Ronnie Allen; G. Watts Humphrey’s B Rockett, Corey Lanerie; Kenwood Racing’s Jersey Jules, Antonio Gallardo; Jeff Drown’s Magnificent Margo, Joel Rosario; John L. Moirano, Nehoc Stables and Alan Sokol’s Arctic Ocean, Rafael Hernandez. All will carry 120 pounds.

Skychai Racing, Charles Kevin Warner and Sand Dollar Stable’s Firespike headlines a field of seven in the finale, the mile and a sixteenth $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for colts and geldings. The son of Flower Alley captured the Juvenile Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park West in November for trainer Mike Maker and will be ridden by Joel Rosario. He’ll be tested by James Covello, Thomas Coleman and Sand Dollar Stable LLC’ Royal Squeeze and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Toasting Master. Royal Squeeze was second in the In Reality division of the Florida Sire Stakes for trainer Chad Brown, and Toasting Master scored in two straight races at Churchill Downs for trainer Dale Romans.

The field in post position order. Murray Stroud’s Big Yum, Paco Lopez; Firespike; Royal Squeeze, Jose Lezcano; DiBello Racing’s Prince Vincenzo, Antonio Gallardo; Chris B. Seaman’s Andy Po Po, Luis Contreras; Toasting Master, Corey Lanerie; Silver Leaf Stable’s Bordini, Rafael Hernandez. All will carry 122 pounds.

Donald L. Ming’s five time winner I See Visions is the 2-1 morning line favorite in a nine horse field for the first race, a 440 yard quarter horse allowance event. The 5-year-old horse, trained by Cleveland Wheeler, will be ridden by Juan Ramos and carry 124 pounds. Co-second choices at 5-1 are S and L Racing’s four time winner Vision Quest Corona, ridden by Miguel Martinez and Steven P. Miller’s James Mt Man, with Sue Martin aboard, a five length winner of his last start at Delta Downs. Both carry 124 pounds.

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Cinco Charlie romps in Sunland’s Riley Allison Stakes

William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie took control of Saturday’s $100,000 Riley Allison Stakes at Sunland Park at the start and ran away from  five outclassed rivals, cantering home an 8-1/2 length winner. It’s the third straight stakes win for the graded stakes winning 3-year-old colt by Indian Charlie, and his fifth stakes score overall. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he’s compiled a 9-6-0-2 record and has earned $335,802 to date. He was purchased for $190,000 out of the Cary Frommer consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Peter Redekop’s Go West Marie relaxed near the rear in the early going of the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes at Santa Anita, but came running in the stretch, found room on the rail to take the the lead in the final yards and scored by three quarters of a length. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old filly by Western Fame, who was sold for $52,000 by Mayberry Farm, Agent, at the 2012 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Eddie Truman, she’s now 17-5-1-5 and has earned $402,520. watch her under tack video

 Adolfo J. Exposito’s Double Secret tried stakes company for the first time in the five furlong $96,250 Lightning City Stakes on the Tampa Bay Downs turf course. Ignored at 30-1, the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Double Honor went to the lead and never looked back, reporting home first by 3-3/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate You Bought Her (April ’12), who rallied for second at odds of 37-1, producing a $1,150.40 exacta. Double Secret is trained by her owner, who purchased her for $5,000 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2012 OBS August Sale. She’s now 14-4-3-2 and has earned $141,598. 

Sr. Quisqueyano takes Gulfstream’s Florida Sunshine Millions Classic

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Loooch Racing Stables’ Sr. Quisqueyano took command of Gulfstream’s $250,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic going to the far turn then held off a strong stretch run by fellow OBS graduate East Hall (April ’13, August ’12) and scored by half a length. It’s the fifth stakes win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Exclusive Quality, claimed by trainer Peter Walder on behalf of Looch Racing on December 21. Now 29-8-6-3 with $713,560 in earnings, he was sold for $5,500 by Thoroughstock, Agent, at the 2011 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

 

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Lilli Kurtinecz’s Manchurian High picked up his second stakes win in Gulfstream’s $100,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes on Saturday, circling horses on the turn, hitting the front a furlong from home and drawing away to a 3-1/4 length victory. The 7-year-old Florida-bred son of The Daddy, trained by his owner, is a two time OBS graduate, going through the ring at the 2008 Fall Mixed Sale before being sold for $1,000 by Hoofprints Bloodstock, Agent, at the 2009 August Sale. The win gives him a 31-8-3-8 record and earnings of $322,990. 

Repole Stable’s Overprepared went to the front at the start of Friday’s $100,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct, turned back a challenge in the lane and eased away to a 1-1/4 length victory for trainer Todd Pletcher. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road, purchased for $310,000 out of the Niall Brennan consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. With two wins and a third place finish after three starts, she’s earned $115,000 to date. watch her under tack video

J-LU LLC’s Hip Four Sixtynine took his time in the early going of the $70,000 Fremont Stakes at Delta Downs on Saturday, but swung out for the drive and closed with a rush to win going away by 3-1/2 lengths. It’s the second stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Southern Image, sold for $4,500 by Andy Cant, Agent, at the 2011 OBS August Sale. Trained by James Hodges, he’s now 21-5-3-3 and has earned $196,827.  

 

 

Parranda romps in Gulfstream’s Marshua’s River Stakes

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China Horse Club’s Parranda is back in Florida and up to her old tricks in the care of trainer Christophe Clement, powering to the lead in the final sixteenth of Gulfstream Park’s $150,000 Marshua’s River Stakes (G3) and cruising to a three length victory. It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred daughter of English Channel, who worked an Under Tack eighth in :11 flat before she was sold for $13,000 by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2011 OBS April Sale. Closing in on a million with seven stakes wins on her resume, she’s now 29-11-4-4 and has earned $893,005. watch her under tack video 

Andrew Sulley’s Bold Thunder led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $80,000 Turf Dash Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, going to the front at the start and never looking back en route to a 3-1/4 length victory over Green Mask (April ’13), with Stormofthecentury (August ’09) checking in third. It’s the second stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Bold n’ Flashy, now 18-6-2-3 with $251,980 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, he was consigned by Gayle Woods, Agent, to the 2012 June Sale where he worked an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show, and then he was consigned by Ms. Woods to the Horses of Racing Age section of the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale. watch his under tack video

Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence’s Control Stake led from gate to wire in the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes at Delta Downs on Saturday, coasting to his first stakes win by three lengths. Trained by Tom Amoss, the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Discreetly Mine is now 6-3-2-1 and has earned $139,600. He was sold by Beth Bayer, Agent, for $85,000 at the 2013 OBS August Sale. Selected Sale photo

Calculator takes Santa Anita’s Sham Stakes

Richard C. Pell’s Calculator broke his maiden in style on Saturday at Santa Anita, charging to the lead on the turn and drawing away in the stretch, taking the $100,750 Sham Stakes (G3) by 4-1/4 lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Pioneerof the West (August ’13) settled for third. Sent off as the odds on choice in the Sham after strong efforts against Eclipse Award finalists American Pharoah and Texas Red in his final starts at two, the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by In Summation is now 5-1-2-1 and has earned $193,500. He was purchased for $132,000 by trainer Peter Miller from breeder Ocala Stud at the 2014 OBS April Sale after turning in a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Night Prowler scores in Gulfstream’s Dania Beach

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Paul P. Pompa’s Night Prowler was way back in the early going of the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream, but the 3-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway came running in the lane and closed with a rush to win her first stakes race by half a length. Trained by Chad Brown, he’s now 4-2-0-2 and has earned $118,375. Consigned by Eddie Woods,Agent, to the 2014 OBS March Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Ekati’s Phaeton takes Gulfstream’s Old Hat Stakes

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Phaedrus Flights LLC’s Ekati’s Phaeton pressed the pace in Saturday’s $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, took charge on the turn for home and then turned back a late run by fellow OBS graduate R Sassy Lass (April ’14) en route to a half length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Tale of Ekati, sold to Phaedrus Flights for $50,000 by Select Sales, Agent, at the 2013 August Yearling Sale. Consigned by Gayle Woods, Agent, to the 2014 March Sale, she worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Bill Kaplan, she’s now 5-3-1-0 and has earned $118,360 to date. Selected Sale photo        watch her under tack video

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Stronach Stables’ Devine Aida stepped into stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream, took command after turning for home and then drew away to a 3-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Nicky’s Brown Miss (March ’14) . Trained by Ramon Morales, the 3-year-old filly by Unbridled’s Song is now 4-3-1-0 and has earned $109,320. She was purchased by Adena Springs for $120,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 OBS June Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

El Kabeir romps in Aqueduct’s Jerome Stakes

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Zayat Stables LLC’s El Kabeir left no doubt he was best in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on Saturday, taking over after turning for home and drawing away in the stretch to a four length victory despite losing ground on both turns. It’s the second straight graded stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Scat Daddy, trained by John Terranova, now 6-3-1-1 with $388,892 in earnings. He was purchased for a co-sale topping $250,000 by EQB, Inc. on behalf of Zayat Stables from Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent for Rustlewood Farm, at the 2013 OBS August Yearling Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

Distinctiv Passion heads OBS sweep of Santa Anita’s Midnight Lute Stakes

Edward J.  Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phillip Lebherz’s Distinctiv Passion led an OBS sweep of the first running of the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, leading all the way and scoring by a length and a quarter over Heir of Storm (August ’11), with Appealing Tale (March ’12) a nose back in third. Favored Secret Circle (March ’11) settled for fourth.  It’s the first graded stakes win for the two time OBS graduate trained by Jeff Bonde, now 13-6-1-4 with earnings of $336,180. The 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by With Distinction was sold first by Kaizen Sales, Agent for Plumley Farms, at the 2011 OBS January Sale before bringing $65,000 when purchased out of the Kim Harrison consignment at the 2011 OBS August Sale. He’s now 13-6-1-4 and has earned $336,180. The race was name for OBS March graduate Midnight Lute, back to back winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and 2007′s Eclipse Award winning sprinter. Selected Sale conformation photo

Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Gary Aisquith’s The Lewis Dinner battled head to head for the lead in Sunday’s $150,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct, took over a half mile out and cruised from there to a 4-3/4 length victory. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 2-year-old daughter of Posse, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, and leaves her with a 6-2-2-1 record and $229,500 in earnings. She was purchased for $50,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale by Gary C. Young, Agent for Michael Dubb, after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Thomas Halasz, Ryan Johnson, Paul L. Newhart and Martha Miller et al’s Harlington’s Rose rallied from off the pace in the $95,850 Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, hit the front inside the final sixteenth and won by a length and a quarter. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old filly by Harlington, trained by Steve Knapp. Sold to B V D M for $7,500 by Y-Lo Racing Stables LLC at the 2012 OBS August Yearling Sale, she’s now 18-3-5-0 and has earned $277,680 to date.

Catalina Red takes Tampa’s Pasco Stakes in track record time

Anthony A. Lenci’s Catalina Red chased fellow OBS graduate X Y Jet (August ’13, January ’13) the length of the Tampa Bay Downs stretch before catching him in the shadow of the wire, taking the $100,000 Pasco Stakes by a neck in a track record 1:21 2/5 for the seven furlongs.  Charlie’s Brother (June ’14, August ’13) completed an OBS trifecta. The two-time OBS graduate is a  2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Munnings, sold to Nick de Meric, Agent, at the 2013 August Selected Yearling Sale prior to his purchase by Mr. Lenci for $71,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 April Sale after an Under Tack Quarter in :231 1/5. Trained by Chad Stewart, he’s now 5-2-1-2 and has earned $74,680. watch his under tack video   Selected Sale conformation photo

Cinco Charlie leads 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Fair Grounds’ Sugar Bowl Stakes

William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie pressed the pace in the $50,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, took command after straightening away in the stretch and turned back a late run by fellow OBS graduate Bourbon Cowboy (April ’14, August ’13) to win by half a length. Control Stake (August ’13) completed the OBS trifecta. It’s the second straight stakes win for the Steve Asmussen trainee, whose 8-5-0-2 record includes a victory in Churchill’s Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) in June. Purchased for $190,000 out of the Cary Frommer consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 Under Tack Show, the 2-year-old Indian Charlie colt has earned $272,922 to date  watch his under tack video

OBS grads take two at Tampa

Averill Racing LLC, Silver Oak Stable and Gregory Kaufman’s R Sassy Lass sat just off the pace in Saturday’s $92,500 Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, wore down the leaders in the stretch and scored by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Exclusive Quality, consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock Services Inc. (Brent & Crystal Fernung) Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale and sold to Richard Averill for $40,000 after she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Kirk Ziadie, she’s now 4-2-0-1 and has earned $86,455. watch her under tack video

Anthony A. Lenci’s Catalina Red broke his maiden in style, saving  ground in the early going of Tampa Bay’s $60,000 Inaugural Stakes, sweeping to the front on the outside turning for home  and drawing off to a  7-1/4 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Charlie’s Brother (June ’14, August ’13). Trained by Chad Stewart, the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Munnings is now 4-1-1-2 with $44,860 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, he was sold to Nick de Meric, Agent, at the 2013 August Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased by Mr. Lenci for $71,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 April Sale after an Under Tack Quarter in :231 1/5.  watch his under tack video   Selected Sale conformation photo

Goldmart Farms’ Kingsport gave nothing a chance in Saturday’s $125,400 Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine, going to the lead at the break and easing away from the field in the drive, reporting home first by 3-1/2 lengths.  It’s the first stakes win for the Sid Attard trainee, now 4-2-0-1 with earnings of $99,605. Consigned by RiceHorse Stables, Agent, the 2-year-old colt by Milwaukee Brew was sold for $45,000 at the 2014 OBS June Sale after working an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

El Kabeir scores in Churchill’s Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Zayat Stables LLC’s El Kabeir opened a daylight lead under Calvin Borel in the early going of Saturday’s $233,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, and the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Scat Daddy led wire to wire, hanging on for a head decision over Imperia. It’s the first stakes win the John Terranova trainee, second last time out in Aqueduct’s Nashua Stakes (G2) on November 2, and leaves him with a 5-2-1-1 record and earnings of $268,892. Consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, to the 2013 OBS August Sale, was purchased for $250,000 by EQB, Inc. on behalf of Zayat Stables. Selected Sale conformation photo

Donver Stable’s Decision Day tried stakes company for the first time in the $250,400 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine, set a pressured pace under Jesse Campbell throughout and refused to yield in the drive, prevailing by a head, with fellow OBS graduate Shez a Masterpiece (April ’14) checking in third. Trained by Josie Carroll, the 2-year-old colt by Macho Uno is now 3-2-1-0 and has earned $179,435. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale, he was sold for $40,000 after working a quarter in :22 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Lawrence P. Roman and David Jacobson’s Stormin Monarcho rallied from off the pace, hit the front in the final furlong and scored by a length in Saturday’s $100,000 Swatara Stakes at Penn National.  It’s the second straight stakes win for the 4-year-old gelding by Monarchos, trained by David Jacobsen, and leaves him with a 28-9-7-3 with earnings of $412,281. He was sold for $85,000 by Imagine . . . at the 2012 OBS March Sale after working an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Michael R. Cox’s Rockin Jojo picked up her first stakes victory in Saturday’s $76,500 Blue Mountain Juvenile Stakes, rolling past the leaders on the outside in the stretch and drawing away late to win by a length and a half. The 2-year-old daughter of Street Magician was consigned  by Best a Luck Farm LLC, Agent,  to the 2014 OBS April Sale, where she worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by T. Bernard Houghton, she’s now 5-2-1-1 and has earned $101,050. watch her under tack video

Leave the Light On wins Aqueduct’s Remsen Stakes

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Klaravich Stables, LLC and William H. Lawrence’s Leave the Light On took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $400,000 Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct and gamely stayed in front to the wire, holding off a late run by 9-5 favorite Frosted by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the the 2-year-old colt by Horse Greeley, trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Jose Ortiz. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale, he was purchased by Klaravich for $210,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. With two wins from three starts, he has earned $285,375 to date.  watch his under tack video

Undefeated Mr. Jordan takes Gulfstream West’s Smooth Air Stakes

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David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s unbeaten Mr. Jordan is three for three by a combined 13-3/4 lengths after a frontrunning 4-1/2 length victory in the $94,250 Smooth Air Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park West. The two-turn mile was the second stakes win for the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, trained by Eddie Plesa and ridden by Gabriel Saez. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2013 August Sale and then purchased by trainer Eddie Plesa for $155,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 April Sale after working a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. He has earned $139,215 to date. watch his under tack video

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Leslie Martin photo

White Wabbit Wacing LLC’s It’s Not Me scored his first stakes win in Saturday’s $97,250 Buffalo Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park West, going to the lead at the start and staying there all the way, scoring by a neck over fellow OBS graduate Brother Bobo (April ’14, October ’12). It’s the third straight win for the 2-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat, trained by Jorge Navarro, now 6-3-0-0 with $83,835 in earnings. The two time OBS graduate, claimed by his current connections on October 20, was sold first by Hickory Meadow Farm (Clare Silva), Agent, at the 2013 OBS August Sale and then sold for $50,000 by Casse Sales LLC (Justin Casse), Agent, at the 2014 OBS June Sale after an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Unbeaten Ocho Ocho Ocho takes the Delta Jackpot Stakes

DP Racing, LLC’s unbeaten Ocho Ocho Ocho hooked up Mr. Z on the turn in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3) and was best by a nose at the wire after a stretch-long battle. It’s the second stakes score and first graded win for the 2-year-old colt by Street Sense, named for his hip number (888) in the 2014 OBS April Sale. Consigned to the sale by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, he was selected by Gary Young and purchased by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing for $200,000 after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by James M. Cassidy, he’s now three for three and has earned $693,600 to date. The fifth OBS graduate to win the Delta Jackpot, he joins previous winners Goldencents (2012), Gourmet Dinner (2010), Birdbirdistheword (2006) and Mr. Jester (2003).  watch his under tack video

Whispering Oaks Farm LLC’s D’cajun Cat took the lead at the break under Gerard Melancon in Saturday’s $75,000 Sam’s Town Stakes on the Delta Jackpot undercard, surrendered it briefly on the backstretch, opened up daylight on the turn and then cruised from there to a 2-1/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat, trained by Steven B. Flint. Purchased by Whispering Oaks for $300,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2013 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat, he’s now 13-3-2-3 and has earned $117,445. watch his under tack video

OBS grads hit the mark in Japan

Look for Japanese owner Yukio Baba to anxiously await the arrival of the catalog for the 2015 OBS March Sale. The sale has richly rewarded his racing operation, as evidenced by the success of two March graduates at Tokyo Racecourse this past Saturday. Okhotsk, a colt by Half Ours, broke his maiden by seven lengths in his third try after two runner-up finishes and then Asian Taste, a son of Into Mischief, opened up in the stretch and won his first start by three lengths.

Both colts, trained by Takahisa Tezuka and ridden by globetrotting superstar Ryan Moore, were selected and purchased on Mr. Baba’s behalf by Emmanuel de Seroux’s Narvick International and Dr. Riki Takahashi at the 2014 March Sale. It was the third trip thourgh an OBS sales ring for Okhotsk, sold as a weanling to I.C. Stables by Pelican State Thoroughbreds at the 2012 October Sale and then purchased by de Meric Sales at the 2013 August Yearling Sale. After he sped a quarter in :20 4/5 at the March Sale Under Tack Show, he was purchased out of the de Meric consignment by Narvick for $190,000. watch his under tack video

 Narvick went to $390,000 for Asian Taste, consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, after he breezed an Under Tack eighth in 10: flat. watch his under tack video

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Asia Express in the Asahi Hai Futurity winners circle

It’s the second straight year that Mr. Baba has enjoyed success with an OBS March graduate. In 2013, represented by Narvick, he paid $230,000 for Ocala Stud’s Asia Express, a colt by Henny Hughes who had worked a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show.  At the races, the team of trainer Tezuka and rider Moore guided Asia Express to a 1-1/4 length victory in the $1.3-million Asahi Hai Futurity (G1) at Nakayama Racecourse, and he was voted Japan’s champion two year old colt. This year, his 3-1/2 length victory in the $750,000 Leopard Stakes (G3) at Niigata Racecourse boosted his earnings over the million dollar (U.S.) mark.  watch his under tack video 

Mr. Baba is not the only Japanese owner enjoying the benefit of buying at OBS, with Silk Racing Company campaigning two winning 2014 OBS March Sale graduates.  Wonderful Luster has already racked up earnings of over 20-million yen ($170,000 U.S.), winning two of three starts in the care of trainer Hidetaka Otonashi. The colt by Tiz Wonderful was purchased for $140,000 by Narvick out of the King’s Equine consignment after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

Landing Birth, trained for Silk Racing by Yukihiro Kato, was a winner at first asking by five lengths. The two year old colt by Honest Man breezed an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show before being plucked for $95,000 by Narvick out of the Inside Move consignment.  watch his under tack video

Japan’s Green Fields Company has to be delighted with Dashing Blaze, a $400,000 purchase by Narvick from Cary Frommer, Agent, at the 2014 OBS April Sale. Trained by Keiji Yoshimura, the son of Kitten’s Joy, who won at first asking on November 8, turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 prior to his purchase. watch his under tack video

Polo Green Stable, Agent, went to $340,000 for Henny Swift in March on behalf of Yasushi Kubota and the colt by Henny Hughes won his first start under the care of trainer Yoshitaka Ninomiya.  Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, he worked an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show before the sale.  watch his under tack video

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Best Warrior

Japanese interests have enjoyed considerable success with OBS exports. Since 2012, the 44 horses sent to Japan have already amassed more than $5.9 million (U.S. dollars) in earnings at the races, and include top class horses like graded stakes winner Best Warrior (April ’12) and stakes horses A Shin Bullseye (April ’13)  and  A Shin Ranger (March ’12).

 

 

 

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