Lady Shipman returns and wins Pimlico’s Stormy Blues Stakes

Ranlo Investments LLC’s Lady Shipman, idle since her track record performance in the OBS Sprint Stakes in January, took to the turf in her return to the races in Saturday’s five furlong $100,000 Stormy Blues Stakes at Pimlico. Taking over after a brief duel for the early lead, she opened up daylight on the turn then ran away in the stretch to a five length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Harlan’s Honor (April ’14), checked in third. It’s the fourth win in five starts for 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. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, she’s now 5-4-0-1 and has earned $140,400. watch her under tack video

Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence’s Control Stake made it two stakes wins in a row in Saturday’s $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes at Charles Town, taking the lead a quarter mile from home and drawing off to a 4-1/2 length victory. Trained by Tom Amoss, the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Discreetly Mine is now 7-4-2-1 and has earned $198,400. He was sold by Beth Bayer, Agent, for $85,000 at the 2013 OBS August Sale. Selected Sale photo

OBS grads Alsvid, Jack Milton post graded stakes wins

Gary Barber’s Jack Milton won Friday’s $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1) on the Keeneland turf course in his customary fashion, trailing early, circling the field on the turn and blowing past them in the lane. He hit the front a furlong from home and drew off to a 2-1/4 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Aripeka (April ’12). It’s the third graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of War Front, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 15-5-1-5 with $751,161 in earnings. Consigned by Eddie Woods to the 2012 OBS March Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

Black Hawk Stable’s Alsvid overcame a stumble leaving the gate in Oaklawn’s $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) on Thursday, then came from just off the pace to run past the leaders in the stretch and win by three quarters of a length. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Officer, trained by Chris Hartman. With eight stakes wins to his credit, he’s now 29-12-7-3 and has earned $933,465. He was sold for $55,000 by Stephens Thoroughbreds, Agent, at the 2011 OBS April Sale after turning in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc.’s Wolf Man Rocket had yet to win prior to the $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn on Saturday, but  the 3-year-old son of Mineshaft came from last to first, hit the front in the final furlong and broke his maiden in style by a length and three quarters. Second in two previous efforts at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert, he’s now 3-1-2-0 and has earned $82,400.  Consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale, he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $550,000. watch his under tack video

Ike and Dawn Thrash & Sam and Janet Alley’s Katie’s Eyes sat just off the pace in Saturday’s $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland, came after the leaders in the stretch and drew away in the final sixteenth to win by 2-1/2 lengths. It’s the third straight win and first stakes victory for the 4-year-old filly by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ), sold for $75,000 by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2012 OBS August Sale. Trained by Michael Stidham, she’s now 9-4-0-3 with earnings of $168,161. 

Hronis Racing LLC’s Yiannis is two for two and a stakes winner after leading from gate to wire in Santa Anita’s $81,800 San Pedro Stakes on Sunday. Trained by John Sadler, he assumed command after battling for the early lead, took charge going to the turn then refused to yield to fellow OBS graduate Serbian Syclone (April ’14), beating him to the wire by a length and a quarter. He’s earned $81,000 to date. The 3-year-old son of Midshipman worked an eighth in :9 4/5 at the 2014 OBS March Sale’s Under Tack Show before he was purchased for $560,000 out of the Halcyon Hammock Farm consignment. watch his under tack video

Jack Milton captures Keeneland’s Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes

Gary Barber’s Jack Milton won Friday’s $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1) on the Keeneland turf course in his customary fashion, trailing early, circling the field on the turn and blowing past them in the lane. He hit the front a furlong from home and drew off to a 2-1/4 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Aripeka (April ’12). It’s the third graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of War Front, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 15-5-1-5 with $751,161 in earnings. Consigned by Eddie Woods to the 2012 OBS March Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc.’s Wolf Man Rocket had yet to win prior to the $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn on Saturday, but  the 3-year-old son of Mineshaft came from last to first, hit the front in the final furlong and broke his maiden in style by a length and three quarters. Second in two previous efforts at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert, he’s now 3-1-2-0 and has earned $82,400.  Consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale, he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $550,000. watch his under tack video

Ike and Dawn Thrash & Sam and Janet Alley’s Katie’s Eyes sat just off the pace in Saturday’s $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland, came after the leaders in the stretch and drew away in the final sixteenth to win by 2-1/2 lengths. It’s the third straight win and first stakes victory for the 4-year-old filly by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ), sold for $75,000 by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2012 OBS August Sale. Trained by Michael Stidham, she’s now 9-4-0-3 with earnings of $168,161. 

Hronis Racing LLC’s Yiannis is two for two and a stakes winner after leading from gate to wire in Santa Anita’s $81,800 San Pedro Stakes on Sunday. Trained by John Sadler, he assumed command after battling for the early lead, took charge going to the turn then refused to yield to fellow OBS graduate Serbian Syclone (April ’14), beating him to the wire by a length and a quarter. He’s earned $81,000 to date. The 3-year-old son of Midshipman worked an eighth in :9 4/5 at the 2014 OBS March Sale’s Under Tack Show before he was purchased for $560,000 out of the Halcyon Hammock Farm consignment. watch his under tack video

Alsvid scores in Oaklawn’s Count Fleet Sprint Handicap

Black Hawk Stable’s Alsvid overcame a stumble leaving the gate in Oaklawn’s $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) on Thursday, then came from just off the pace to run past the leaders in the stretch and win by three quarters of a length. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Officer, trained by Chris Hartman. With eight stakes wins to his credit, he’s now 29-12-7-3 and has earned $933,465. He was sold for $55,000 by Stephens Thoroughbreds, Agent, at the 2011 OBS April Sale after turning in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Carpe Diem romps in Keeneland’s Blue Grass Stakes

WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Carpe Diem will go to the Kentucky Derby (G1) as one of the favorites after chasing fellow OBS graduate Ocho Ocho Ocho (April ’14) into the stretch of Keeneland’s $1,000,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G1), taking command a furlong from home and drawing off to three length victory. Ocho Ocho Ocho settled for third. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Giant’s Causeway, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 5-4-1-0 and the newest millionaire OBS graduate with earnings of $1,519,800. After working an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show prior to the 2014 OBS March Sale, he was purchased out of the Northwest Stud consignment for a co-sale topping $1.6-million. watch his under tack video

C R K  Stable’s Kobe’s Back won his second graded stakes race the same way he won his first, coming from last with a powerful late run and roaring past the leaders in the final yards to score by three quarters of a length in the $300,000 Commonwealth Stakes(G3) at Keeneland. Trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old colt by Flatter is now 11-3-2-1 and has earned $506,250. He was sold for $480,000 by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2013 OBS March Sale after an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Averill Racing LLC, Silver Oak Stable and Gregory Kaufman’s graded stakes placed R Sassy Lass added the $75,000 Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs to her resume on Saturday, charging toward the leaders on the turn, taking charge a furlong from the wire and scoring by a length and three quarters. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Exclusive Quality, trained by Kirk Ziadie, leaving her with a  6-3-1-1 record and $151,055 in earnings. Consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock Services Inc. (Brent & Crystal Fernung) Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale, she breezed an Under Tack  eighth in :10 1/5 and then  was purchased by Richard Averill for $40,000 watch her under tack video

Stanley S. Moles & Starr Stables LLC’s Charlie’s Brother took the lead going to the turn in Saturday’s $75,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, surrendered it briefly to fellow OBS graduate  Fast Flying Rumor (June ’14) turning for home, then came again, retook control and drew off to a 3-3/4 length victory.  Fancy Man (August ’13) completed an OBS trifecta. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by With Distinction, trained by Lynn Scace, now 10-3-2-1 with earnings of $126,990. A two time OBS graduate, he was sold first by Janie Roper, Agent, at the 2013 OBS August Sale. Consigned by Hendry Training Stables LLC, Agent, to the 2014 June Sale, he turned in a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Kaleem Shah’s Enchanting Lady battled for the lead from the start of Sunday’s $77,050 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita, took over at the head of the stretch and pulled away to a 2-1/4 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Ben’s Duchess (March ’14, August ’13) checked in third. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat, trained by Bob Baffert, now 4-2-1-0 with earnings of $134,280. After breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the 2014 OBS March Sale’s Under Tack Show, she was purchased on the recommendation of Bob Baffert and Donato Lanni for $650,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment. watch her under tack video

OBS April: The Springboard to Success

For decades, the OBS Spring sale has been the springboard for horses that have gone on to compete at thoroughbred racing’s highest levels. From coast to coast in North America and from Dubai to Seoul overseas, Spring sale grads have won graded stakes and earned championship honors.

Kitten’s Joy, now among North America’s leading sires, came out of the 2003 Spring Sale and took home seven graded stakes and earned more than two million dollars. His 3-year-old campaign in 2004, highlighted by wins in the Secretariat (G1) and Joe Hirsch Invitational (G1) earned the Eclipse Award  as champion grass horse.

Three classic winners have been sold at the OBS Spring Sale. The first was 1991 graduate Lil E. Tee, whose earnings of over $1.4-million came from four graded wins including the 1992 Kentucky Derby (G1).

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Silver Charm

Silver Charm came out of the 1996 sale to win major races at three, four and five, including a run at the Triple Crown after winning the 1997 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1). After winning the Eclipse Award as 3-year-old champion,  he captured the Dubai World Cup (G1) as a 4-year-old and retired to stud in Japan with a resume of 11 graded wins and nearly $7-milllion in earnings.

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I’ll Have Another (Horsephotos)

Although denied a chance at the Triple Crown by injury, 2011 graduate I’ll Have Another was the toast of the sports world after determined stretch runs carried him to victory in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1).  Retired on the morning of the Belmont Stakes (G1) he went to stud in Japan with a resume of four graded wins and earnings of over $2.6-million.

 

Roses in May (Goins)

Spring graduates, from the 1994 sale’s Val’s Prince to the 2011 sale’s Parranda, have made their mark on the international scene.  After winning the 1997 Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont, millionaire Val’s Prince shipped overseas and won the Hong Kong International Cup (G2). Back home, he raced for three more seasons, capturing both the Man o’ War Stakes (G1) and Turf Classic (G1) during 1999. Roses in May came out of the 2002 sale to win four graded stakes stateside before ending his career with a victory in the 2005 Dubai World Cup (G1) before heading to Japan for stud duty.

Korea has been fertile ground for Spring Sale graduates, highlighted by major stakes winners Fly Top Queen, back to back Grand Prix winner Dongbanui Gangja and Gamdonguibada, the first filly to win the  Grand Prix, Korea’s most prestigious race.

Recently, a number of runner have been purchased from the Spring sale and exported to Japan, including graded stakes winner Best Warrior, a 2012 graduate, who has has amassed earnings of just under $2-million.

Parranda (Lauren King)

China Horse Club’s Parranda is the latest Spring sale world traveler, winning the rich Singapore Cup after capturing three graded stakes wins at home, becoming the twenty second Spring Sale graduate to top the million dollar mark in earnings. She captured the first of her four graded stakes wins in Gulfstream’s Suwanee River Stakes (G3) in February, 2014 and recently won the inaugural running of the S$3.05 million CECF Singapore Cup at Kranji Racecourse. Trained now by Christophe Clement, the 6-year-old daughter of English Channel, bred in Florida by Kinsman Farm, was originally sold for $13,000 by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2011 Spring Sale after working an eighth in :11 flat at the Under Tack Show. Honored as 2014’s champion Florida-bred older female and female turf horse, she has earned more than $2.1-million.  or watch her under tack video 

Since the beginning of 2014, OBS Spring graduates have won or placed in 80 graded stakes, including 23 victories.

Fashion Plate and Gary Stevens, right,  hold off Streaming and Martin Garcia for victory in the Grade I $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA. ©Benoit Photo

Fashion Plate (Benoit)

Arnold Zetcher LLC & Michael Tabor’s Fashion Plate was the first Spring graduate to make the grade in 2014, scoring back to back victories in the Las Virgenes (G1) and Santa Anita Oaks (G1)  In the care of trainer Simon Callaghan.The daughter of Old Fashioned, sold in 2013 for $340,000 by de Meric Sales, Agent, after she sped an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show, retired with earnings of over $460,000 and was sold in the fall of 2014 for $1.2-million as a broodmare prospect.  watch her under tack video

 

Wild Dude and Rafael Bejarano, outside, nail favored Secret Circle and Martin Garcia at the wire to win the Grade II $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA. ©Benoit Photo

Wild Dude (Benoit)

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Green Smith’s Wild Dude, winner of Santa Anita’s Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) in early 2014, led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Santa Anita’s $250,500 San Carlos Stakes (G2) on March 7 of this year, turning back Kobe’s Back (March ’13) by three quarters of a length, with fellow Spring grad  Conquest Two Step (April ’13, August ’12) third. The two-time OBS graduate was sold first by Perrone Sales, Agent, at the 2010 Fall Mixed Sale and then resold for $42,000 by Costanzo Sales after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 at the 2012 Spring Sale. The 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir has earned $494,220 to date.  watch his under tack video

 

Devil’s Cave (Lauren King)

Alpha Delta Stables’ Devil’s Cave made the grade with a victory in the Sabin Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream last February, cruising to a 3-1/2 length victory in a track record 1:41 flat for the mile and a sixteenth. The Florida-bred daughter of Put It Back was purchased by Steve Young, Agent, for $180,000 out of the Blue River Bloodstock consignment at the 2012 Spring Sale after she sped a quarter in :20 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Bill Mott, she’s earned nearly $400,000 to date. watch her under tack video

Martin Racing Stable LLC’s Marchman, trained by Keith Desormeaux, scored a pair of graded wins in 2014, taking the  Shakertown Stakes (G3) on the Keeneland turf course in April and then the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) on Oaks Day at Churchill Downs. The Sharp Humor colt, sold for $90,000 by Seahorse Stables LLC, Agent, at the 2012 Spring Sale after a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show, ended 2014 with $407,954 in earnings.  watch his under tack video

 

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Dance With Fate (Keeneland)

Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables and Ciaglia Racing LLC’s Dance With Fate earned a berth in the 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) with a victory in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.  Trained by Peter Eurton, his credentials also included a runner-up finish in Golden Gate’s El Camino Real Derby (G3) at three and second place finishes in both Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Stakes (G1) and the Del Mar Futurity (G1) at two. After breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show for the 2013 Spring Sale, he was purchased by Joseph Ciaglia, Jr. on the recommendation of Larry Zap and Eurton for $120,000 out of his breeder’s Best A Luck Farm consignment. The Florida-bred colt by Two Step Salsa completed his racing career with a 9-3-3-0 record and earnings of $680,050. watch his under tack video

Kaleem Shah's Declassify and jockey Martin Garcia, inside, outleg Cyclometer (Edwin Maldonado), outside, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO

Declassify (Benoit)

Kaleem Shah’s Declassify took on some of California’s top sprinters in the Triple Bend Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita in late June, appeared beaten in the final furlong but came again along the rail and was up in the final jump to win by a nose. It was the first stakes win for the colt by Orientate, purchased for $450,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2012 Spring Sale after he turned in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Currently training under Bob Baffert for his return to the races, he ended his 4-year-old campaign with $261,740 in earnings.  watch his under tack video

 

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The Big Beast (Coglianese)

Alex & JoAnn Lieblong’s lightly raced The Big Beast scored in Saratoga’s prestigious King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) last summer for trainer Anthony Dutrow before he was forced to the sidelines by injury. Consigned by Ends Well, Agent, to the 2013 Spring Sale, he was purchased by the Lieblongs for $150,000 after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. He has earned more than $450,000 to date. watch his under tack video

 

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Stephanie’s Kitten (Coglianese)

Ken & Sarah Ramsey’s Stephanie’s Kitten has been a money machine throughout her career, racking up seven graded stakes wins and nearly $3-million in earnings. Winner of Belmont’s Flower Bowl Stakes (G1) in 2014, she got her 2015 campaign off on the right foot at Tampa Bay Downs, taking the Hillsborough Stakes (G3) by a length and a half. The daughter of Spring sale graduate Kitten’s Joy, trained by Chad Brown, was consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2011 OBS April Sale, where she worked an eighth in :11 flat at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack work

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East Hall (Leslie Martin)

H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice’s well-traveled East Hall has been a busy and consistent performer throughout his career, winning in the Midwest as well as his native Florida. On the board in seven stakes races, his 2014 3-year-old campaign was highlighted by wins in the Ohio Derby and Indiana Derby (G3). The two time OBS graduate was sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2012 August Sale and then worked an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before he was purchased by trainer Bill Kaplan for $55,000 on behalf of Hendricks and Justice out of the Southern Chase Farm, Inc. (Greg and Karen Dodd) consignment at the 2013 April Sale. Now four and well on his way toward the million dollar mark, the Florida-bred gelding by Graeme Hall has earned $803,540. watch his under tack video

Four graded stakes winners have emerged from the 2014 Spring Sale, and P and G Stables LLC’s No Problem was the first. Jumping from a maiden win straight into the Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at Del Mar on November 14th, he came from just off the pace and scored by half a length. The son of Munnings, trained by Michael W. McCarthy, has earned $92,860 to date. The two time OBS graduate was  purchased by P and G for $30,000 out of the Top Line Sales consignment at the 2013 August Sale and then consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2014 April Sale where he breezed an eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

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Ocho Ocho Ocho (Coady)

DP Racing, LLC’s Ocho Ocho Ocho, entered in Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, won two stakes in 2014, the biggest the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3) in November. The Street Sense colt, named for his hip number (888) in the 2014 Spring Sale, was consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC. 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, he has earned  over $700,000 in the care of trainer James M. Cassidy. watch his under tack video

 

 

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Leave the Light On (Coglianese)

Klaravich Stables, LLC and William H. Lawrence’s talented Leave the Light On was derailed by injury after winning the Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct over the highly regarded Frosted in late November. The colt by Horse Greeley, trained by Chad Brown, won two of his three starts and earned $285,375. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, to the 2014 Spring Sale, he was purchased by Klaravich for $210,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

 

Richard C. Pell's Calculator and jockey Elvis Trujillo win the Grade III $100,000 Sham Stakes Saturday, January 10 2015 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA ©Benoit Photo

Calculator (Benoit)

Richard C. Pell’s Calculator was still a maiden when he gamely finished second to the brilliant American Pharoah in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and FrontRunner Stakes (G1) last summer, but took care of that technicality in style in January with an eye catching 4-1/4 length romp in the Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. Forced to skip the classics by minor injury, he’s back in training for Peter Miller and should be heard from later in the year. The Florida-bred colt by In Summation, purchased for $132,000 from breeder Ocala Stud at the 2014 Spring Sale after turning in a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, has earned $193,500 to date.  watch his under tack video

Conquest Two Step and jockey Joe Talamo win the Grade II $200 Palos Verdes Stakes Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA. ©Benoit PHoto

Conquest Two Step (Benoit)

Ever since trainer Mark Casse sent Conquest Stables LLC’s Conquest Two Step to the West Coast, the Florida-bred Two Step Salsa colt has never been off the board in four stakes appearances. The highlight was leading a 1-2-3-4 OBS sweep of the Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita in January, turning back Secret Circle (March ’11), Wild Dude (April ’12, October ’10) and Distinctiv Passion (August ’11, January ’11). Sold as a yearling by Get Away Farm at the 2012 OBS August Sale, he was then purchased by Conquest for $420,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2013 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. To date, he has earned $339,408. watch his under tack video

Black Hawk Stable’s Alsvid is closing in on the million dollar mark after overcoming a stumble leaving the gate in Oaklawn’s $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) and winning by three quarters of a length. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Officer, trained by Chris Hartman. With eight stakes wins to his credit, he’s now29-12-7-3 and has earned $933,465. He was sold for $55,000 by Stephens Thoroughbreds, Agent, at the 2011 OBS April Sale after turning in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

Secret Circle scores in Dubai Golden Shaheen

Michael E. Pegram , Karl Watson, Paul Weitman’s  Secret Circle,  who beat the world’s  best sprinters in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), did it again in the $2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1)  at Meydan on Saturday.  Taking command after turning for home, he held off a determined stretch challenge from New Zealand’s Super Jockey and was best at the wire by a neck.  It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the 6-year-old colt by Eddington, trained by Bob Baffert, now 16-8-6-1 with $3,670,790 in earnings. He was sold for $165,000 by Flying Fish, Agent, at the 2011 OBS March Sale.  watch his under tack video

Four OBS graduates have accounted for five victories in the Golden Shaheen. Carolyn Chapman & Theresa MacArthur’s Caller One (March ’99) won back to back renewals in 2001 and 2002. In 2005, it was Evelyn Pollard’s Saratoga County (February ’03) and Saud Al Kabeer’s two time OBS graduate Big City Man (January ’06, August ’06) scored in 2009.

Phaedrus Flights LLC’s Celestine jumped straight from a March 1st maiden win into stakes company in Sunday’s $75,000 Sanibel Island Handicap at Gulfstream, took the lead at the break, shook off a challenge halfway home and drew away with ease to a 3-1/4 length victory.  Fellow OBS graduate Miss Margaret (June ’14, August ’13) checked in third. Consigned by Gayle Woods on behalf of Phaedrus Flights to the 2014 OBS June Sale, the 3-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy turned in the Under Tack Show’s fastest three eighths, stopping the timer in :32 2/5. Trained by Bill Kaplan, she’s now 5-2-1-0 and has earned $81,075 to date.  watch her under tack video

Keith Plaisance’s Pacific Pink picked up her first stakes win in the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks on Saturday at Fair Grounds, overcoming a wide trip around both turns before getting up in the final strides and scoring by a head. The 3-year-old Private Vow filly, trained by Edward Johnston, is now 5-3-0-2 and has earned $105,600. Consigned by Robert Brewer to the 2014 OBS April Sale, she was sold to Nick Hines, Agent, for $90,000 after turning in an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

 

 

Harlington’s Rose takes Santa Anita’s Las Flores Stakes

Thomas Halasz, Ryan Johnson, Paul L. Newhart and Martha Miller et al.’s Harlington’s Rose was shuffled back in the early going of Sunday’s $100,250 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita, but the 4-year-old daughter of Harlington swung out for the drive, hit the front a sixteenth from the finish and won her first graded stakes race by three quarters of a length. Trained by Steve Knapp, she’s now 21-4-5-2 and has earned $371,040. Consigned to the 2012 OBS August Sale by Y-Lo Racing Stable, she was purchased for $7,500 by BVDM. The win was the weekend’s seventh graded stakes victory by an OBS graduate.

Pick Six Racing and Silver Streak Stables’ Ackeret picked up his first stakes win in Sunday’s $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct, rallying along the rail to take the lead a furlong from home and drawing away to a 2-1/4 length victory.  The 3-year-old son of Mach Ride worked a quarter in :21 2/5 before he was purchased by Pick Six for $53,000 at the 2014 OBS June Sale. Trained by Gustavo Rodriguez, he’s now 5-3-0-0 and has earned $130,600.  watch his under tack work

Susan Moulton’s Cat Sup tracked the leader in the early going of the $100,000 Pelican Stakes on Sunday at Delta Downs, took the lead in the shadow of the wire and held on to win by a nose. It’s the first stakes win for the two time OBS graduate, sold first by Select Sales, Agent, at the 2013 August Sale. After working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 prior to the 2014 March Sale, he was purchased by Ms. Moulton for $40,000 from Sugar Hill, Agent. Trained by Glenn Delahoussaye, the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Discreet Cat is now 7-3-2-0 with $137,950 in earnings.  watch his under tack work

Wild Dude leads 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Santa Anita’s San Carlos Stakes

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Green Smith’s Wild Dude led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Santa Anita’s $250,500 San Carlos Stakes (G2) on Saturday, battling for the lead from the start, taking command turning for home and holding off Kobe’s Back (March ’13) by three quarters of a length, with Conquest Two Step (April ’13, August ’12) another three quarters back in third. It’s the second graded stakes win for the two-time OBS graduate, sold first by Perrone Sales, Agent, at the 2010 Fall Mixed Sale and then resold for $42,000 by Costanzo Sales after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 at the 2012 April Sale. The 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir is now 12-5-3-2 and has earned $494,220. watch his under tack video

Joe Ragdale’s Sarah Sis picked up her first graded stakes win in Saturday’s $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park, taking charge on the second turn, opening a long lead in the lane and coasting to victory by a length and a half. The 3-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor worked an Under Tack eighth in:10 1/5 before she was purchased for $20,000 by Mr. Ragsdale out of the Doble Jak consignment at the 2014 OBS June Sale. The win leaves her with a 6-3-3-0 record with $203,000 in earnings. watch her under tack work

Flavor Racing, Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable and Destiny Oaks Of Ocala LLC’s Quality Rocks sat just off the pace in the $180,000 Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, hit the front a furlong from the wire and held on gamely for a three quarter length score. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Rock Hard Ten, trained by Bill Mott, now 6-3-2-0 with earnings of $245,200. She was consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, to the 2013 OBS August Sale,  Selected Sale conformation photo

Ken & Sarah Ramsey’s Stephanie’s Kitten got her 2015 campaign off on the right foot at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, turning in a strong stretch run to take the $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes (G3) by a length and a half, with fellow OBS graduate Speed Seeker (August ’12) checking in third. That’s seven graded stakes win for the 6-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2011 OBS April Sale, where she worked an eighth in :11 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Chad Brown, she’s now 20-9-3-4 and has earned $2,724,104. watch her under tack work

Carpe Diem, El Kabeir score in graded Derby preps

WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Carpe Diem returned to the races in style, sitting just off the pace in the early going of the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2), taking command turning for home and drawing off to a five length victory. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Giant’s Causeway, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 4-3-1-0 with $919,800 in earnings. A $1.6-million co-sale topper at the 2014 OBS March Sale, he was purchased out of the Northwest Stud consignment after working an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. The win gives him a 4-3-1-0 record and $919,800 in earnings.  watch his under tack video

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Zayat Stables LLC’s El Kabeir used new tactics in Saturday’s $400,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, relaxing near the rear of the  pack in the early going before angling off the rail turning for home, taking charge in the stretch and cruising to a 2-3/4 length victory. It’s the third graded stakes win for the John Terranova trainee, 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. Now 8-4-2-1, he has earned $678,892 to date. Selected Sale conformation photo

Devine Aida takes Gulfstream’s Herecomesthebride Stakes

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Stronach Stables’ Devine Aida took charge of Gulfstream’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes after straightening away on the backstretch, opened up daylight going to the turn and then drew off down the stretch to an easy 6-3/4 length victory. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song, 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.  Trained by Ramon Morales, she’s now 5-4-1-0 and has earned $201,390 to date.  watch her under tack video

 

Alex & JoAnn Lieblong’s graded stakes winner The Big Beast returned to the races at Oaklawn Park on Sunday and led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of a $68,000 allowance test, wearing down front running Alsvid (April ‘11)  in the final furlong and scoring by  a length and a quarter over Double Ours (March ’12, October ’10), who closed to be second. Alsvid settled for third. Idle since his victory in Saratoga’s King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) last August, the 4-year-old colt by Yes It’s True, trained by Anthony Dutrow, is now 6-4-1-1 with $456,300 in earnings. Consigned by Ends Well, Agent, to the 2013 OBS April Sale, The Big Beast was purchased by the Lieblongs for $150,000 after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Parranda a millionaire after capturing inaugural CECF Singapore Cup

China Horse Club’s Parranda was the even money favorite vs. an international field in the inaugural running of the S$3.05 million CECF Singapore Cup Sunday at Kranji Racecourse, and she made no mistakes, taking over about a quarter mile from the finish and cruising from there to a 2-1/4 length victory. It’s the eighth stakes win for the newest millionaire OBS graduate, giving her a 30-12-4-4 career record with $2,162,692 in earnings. Trained by Christophe Clement for her new connections, the 6-year-old daughter of English Channel, bred in Florida by Kinsman Farm, was originally sold for $13,000 by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2011 OBS April Sale after working an eighth in :11 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video 

Ekati’s Phaeton takes Gulfstream’s Davona Dale Stakes

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Phaedrus Flights LLC’s Ekati’s Phaeton, ignored at 26-1 in Gulfstream’s $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2), took the lead at the start and refused to give it up, holding off two late challengers and scoring by a neck. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Tale of Ekati, trained by Bill Kaplan, leaving her now 7-4-1-0 with earnings of $241,840. A two time OBS graduate, she was purchased by Phaedrus Flights for $50,000 out of the Select Sales consignment 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.  Selected Sale photo        watch her under tack video

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J and J Stables and GSP Racing Stable’s Jewel of a Cat went wire to wire in Gulfstream’s $75,000  Ladies Turf Sprint Stakes, posting a half length victory with fellow OBS graduate Zamquick (April ’11, January ’10) checking in third. It’s the third stakes win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Wildcat Heir, sold for $40,000 by Bo Hunt, Agent, at the 2012 OBS April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Ben Perkins, she’s now 16-5-5-2 and has earned $310,050 to date.  watch her under tack video

 

Kagele Brothers, Inc., Ernest Marchosky, Ken Shaw and Lo Hi Stable’s Why Two jumped from a Santa Anita maiden win in January straight to Saturday’s $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby, went to the lead at the start and never looked back en route to a one length victory. The 3-year-old Bob and John colt is trained by Mike Machowsky, who bought him for $120,000 from Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2014 OBS April Sale after her breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.  After two wins from three starts, he’s earned $82,065. watch his under tack video

Edward J.  Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phillip Lebherz’s Distinctiv Passion put his speed to good use in Sunday’s $74,284 Joe Hernandez Stakes at Santa Anita, leading all the way and finishing in front by 4-1/4 lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Chief Lion (January ’11) was third. It’s the third stakes win for the Jeff Bonde trainee, now 15-7-1-4 with $393,600 in earnings. A two-time OBS graduate, the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of 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.  Selected Sale conformation photo

Richard Perkins & Hinsley Racing Stable’s You Bought Her picked up her first stakes win at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, circling horses on the turn then running past the leaders in the lane for a half length victory in the $50,000 Minaret Stakes. Fellow OBS graduate Puddifoot (June ’13) reported home third.  Trained by David Hinsley, the 5-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Graeme Hall was purchased by Richard Perkins for $18,000 out of the Southern Cypress Stable consignment at the 2012 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. She’s now 28-6-6-5 and has earned $213,678. watch her under tack video

OBS March Grads Post 27 Graded Wins

Long a source of top class racehorses, the OBS March Sale has produced six champions, 21 millionaires and the winners of six Breeders’ Cup races. Since the beginning of 2014, 94 OBS March graduates have won or placed in 188 stakes races, winning  27 graded stakes. Six March graduates accounted for eight grade one victories, including six of the 15 grade one races at the 2014 Saratoga meeting.

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Repole Stable’s Stopchargingmaria’s three 2014 graded stakes wins included back to back victories in Saratoga’s Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) in July and Alabama Stakes (G1)  in August after she took Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) in May. The daughter of Tale of the Cat ended the year with an 11-6-2-1 record and $1,494,000 in the care of trainer Todd Pletcher. She was purchased by Repole Stables for $220,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2013 sale after she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video

 

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Antonino Miuccio’s Palace took the True North Stakes (G2) at Belmont in June before enjoying summer at The Spa, where he scored in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) before his victory in the Forego (G1) four weeks later. The son of City Zip ended his 5-year-old campaign with a 23-11-5-3 record and earnings of $1,349,550. Trained by Linda Rice, he was sold for $160,000 by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, at the 2011 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

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Magalen O. Bryant’s late blooming V. E. Day skipped the Triple Crown races in the spring, but also found Saratoga to his liking, following a win in the Curlin Stakes with a sensational stretch run that carried him to a last jump victory in the Travers Stakes (G1). Unraced at two, he was 8-4-1-0 under the care of James Jerkens and ended his 3-year-old campaign with earnings of $859,010. 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

 

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Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday surpassed the million dollar mark with a victory in Monmouth’s Salvator Mile (G3) in July, before topping off the year by avenging his defeat by Moreno in Saratoga’s Whitney (G1) by beating him a month later in the Spa’s Woodward Stakes (G1). The colt by Lawyer Ron worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 before he was purchased for $110,000 by trainer Eddie Plesa out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2012 OBS March Sale. He retired to stud at Spendthrift Farm with a 21-9-4-2 record and $1,706,350 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Tom's Tribute and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, CA.

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On the west coast, Braly Family Trust’s Tom’s Tribute carried the OBS March banner and was a force in graded stakes company all year, highlighted by a victory in Del Mar’s Eddie Read Stakes (G1) in July before taking the Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2) a month later. Trained by Jim Cassidy, the son of Lion Heart completed 2014 with a 16-6-3-2 record and earnings of $634,880. He worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $310,000 by Marilyn Braly from Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale on the recommendation of Gary Young. watch his under tack video

 

CARPE DIEMThe Claiborne Breeders' Futurity Gr I - 101st RunningKeenland Race Course   Lexington, KentuckyOctober 4, 2014Purse $500,0001-1/16 Miles  1:43.38WinStar Farm, LLC & Stonestreet Stables, LLC, OwnersTodd A. Pletcher, TrainerJohn Velazquez, JockeyMr. Z (2nd)Bold Conquest (3rd)$6.80  $5.00  $4.00Please Give Photo Credit To:  / Coady Photography

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WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Carpe Diem returned to the races in 2015 in style, sitting just off the pace in the early going of the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2), taking command turning for home and drawing off to a five length victory. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Giant’s Causeway, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 4-3-1-0 with $919,800 in earnings. A $1.6-million co-sale topper at the 2014 OBS March Sale, he was purchased out of the Northwest Stud consignment after working an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. The win gives him a 4-3-1-0 record and $919,800 in earnings.  watch his under tack video

There’s another March graduate on the Derby Trail. Stonestreet Stable’s unbeaten Ocean Knight jumped from an Aqueduct maiden win in December to the recent Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs and despite losing ground on both turns, scored his first stakes victory in the care of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Two for two with earnings of $156,000, he was purchased out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale for $320,000 by John Moynihan on behalf of Stonestreet after working a quarter in :20 3/5, the Under Tack Show’s fastest work at the distance. watch his under tack video

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Alto Racing LLC’s Sweet Whiskey, trained by Todd Pletcher, got 2014 off to a good start for OBS March, taking Gulfstream’s Old Hat Stakes (G3) by 2-3/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Co Cola (June ’13).  It was the first stakes win for the daughter of Old Fashioned, sold for $300,000 at the 2013 OBS March Sale by Eddie Woods, Agent, after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. She ended the year 11-2-4-1 with earnings of $432,500.  watch her under tack video

C R K  Stable’s Kobe’s Back blew by front-running fellow OBS graduate Cherubim (June ’13) in deep stretch of the San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, and beat him by 5-1/4 lengths. It was the first graded stakes win for the colt by Flatter, sold for $480,000 by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2013 OBS March Sale after an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by John Sadler, he finished the year 9-2-1-1 with earnings of $276,250. watch his under tack video

Guillermo Berrios’ My Wandy’s Girl,   trained by Mike Hushion, tracked the pacesetter in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) at Laurel in February, then wore her down in deep stretch and scored by a length. It was the first American graded stakes win for the mare by Flower Alley, repatriated to the U.S. after an eight race winning streak in Puerto Rico that included three stakes wins. Purchased for $15,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2011 OBS March Sale, she’s now 23-15-4-2 and has earned $573,710 to date. watch her under tack video

Under the care of Bob Baffert, Tanma Corporation’s Chitu stalked the pace in the Sunland Derby (G3) in March, moved up on the turn and battled Midnight Hawk for the lead until mid-stretch, then drew away late and scored by 2-1/4 lengths. It was the first stakes win for the colt by Henny Hughes, sold for $300,000 by Southern Chase Farm, Inc.(Greg and Karen Dodd), Agent, after working a quarter in :20 3/5 at the Under Tack Show for the 2013 OBS March Sale. The win gives him a 4-3-0-1 record and earnings of $501,800. watch his under tack video

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WinStar Farm LLC’s Revolutionary, a multiple graded stakes winner at three, added the Pimlico Special (G3) to his resume in May. It was the third graded stakes win for the Todd Pletcher trainee, hero of 2013 Withers Stakes (G3) and Louisiana Derby (G2). Retired to stud at WinStar Farm after compiling a 13-5-2-3 record and earnings of $1,353,125, the colt by War Pass was sold for $235,000 at the 2012 OBS March Sale by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, after an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video

John C. Oxley’s Spring in the Air circled horses on the turn then closed with a rush on the outside and won the $162,891 Hendrie Stakes (G3) at Woodbine by a length on May 24th. It was the second graded stakes win for the daughter of Spring at Last, sold by Eddie Woods, Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale for $130,000 after a quarter in :21 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. At year’s end, the 2012 Sovereign Award winner, trained by Mark Casse, was 20-4-6-2 with $930,318 in earnings. watch her under tack video

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Gary Barber’s Jack Milton trailed in the early going of the Poker Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park on Memorial Day, but came wide off the turn, hit the front near the eighth pole and drew off from there to score by 2-3/4 lengths. It was the second graded stakes win for the son of War Front, consigned by Eddie Woods to the 2012 OBS March Sale. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he finished 2014 with a 13-4-1-5 record and $564,261 in earnings.  watch his under tack video

William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie, currently on a three stakes race win streak for trainer Steve Asmussen, wasted no time getting his first graded stakes score, taking Churchill’s Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) in June after winning at first asking. Purchased for $190,000 out of the Cary Frommer consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, the Indian Charlie colt is now 9-6-0-2 and has earned $335,802. watch his under tack video

G. Biegler, J. Border, S. Eberwine, R & R Exline & G.  Zubok’s Sheza Smoke Show led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Santa Anita’s Senorita Stakes (G3) in June, closing down the stretch and getting up late to beat Famous Alice (April ’13) by a length and a quarter, with Morning Fix (April ’13) another half length back in third. The daughter of Wilko ended her juvenile campaign 10-3-0-1 with $150,644 in earnings. Trained by Peter Eurton, she was purchased by Marette Farrell for $100,000 on behalf of Ryan Exline out of the Secure Investments consignment at the 2013 March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

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Asia Express in the Asahi Hai Futurity winners circle

At two in 2013, Yukio Baba’s Asia Express, trained by Takahisa Tezuka and ridden by globetrotting superstar Ryan Moore, scored a 1-1/4 length victory in the $1.3-million Asahi Hai Futurity (G1) at Nakayama Racecourse, and was voted Japan’s champion two year old colt. This year at three, his 3-1/2 length victory in the $750,000 Leopard Stakes (G3) at Niigata Racecourse in August boosted his earnings over the million dollar (U.S.) mark.  watch his under tack video 

 

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Phaedrus Flights LLC’s Ekati’s Phaeton, ignored at 26-1 in Gulfstream’s $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2), took the lead at the start and refused to give it up, holding off two late challengers and scoring by a neck. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Tale of Ekati, trained by Bill Kaplan, leaving her now 7-4-1-0 with earnings of $241,840. A two time OBS graduate, she was purchased by Phaedrus Flights for $50,000 out of the Select Sales consignment 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.  Selected Sale photo        watch her under tack video

 

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Paul P. Pompa’s Night Prowler was way back in the early going of the 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 his first stakes race by half a length. Never off the board for trainer Chad Brown, he’s won two of his four trips to the post. 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

A total of 610 juveniles have been cataloged for the two-day expanded OBS March Sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17th and 18th, with both sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m. The extended Under Tack Show will span three days, beginning Wednesday, March 11th with Hips 1 – 203. Hips 204 – 406 will go Thursday, March 12th and Hips 407 – 610 will go Friday, March 13th. All three sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Under Tack Show and Sale will be streamed live via the OBS website as well as the DRF and Blood-Horse websites.

 

OBS March Sale Catalog now online

The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 March Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com. A sortable master index provides searchable pedigree and consignor information as well as access to pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed.

The iPad version of the catalog is now available via the equineline Sales Catalog App. The App allows users to download and view the catalog, receive updates and results, record notes and also provides innovative search, sort and rating capability. For more information and downloads go to: http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/

A total of 610 juveniles have been cataloged for the two-day expanded format OBS sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17th and 18th, with both sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m. The extended Under Tack Show will span three days, beginning Wednesday, March 11th with Hips 1 – 203. Hips 204 – 406 will go Thursday, March 12th and Hips 407 – 610 will go Friday, March 13th. All three session will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Under Tack Show and Sale will be streamed live via the OBS website as well as the DRF and Blood-Horse websites.

Long a source of top class racehorses, the OBS March Sale has produced six champions, 21 millionaires and five winners of six Breeders’ Cup races. Since the beginning of 2014, 92 OBS March graduates have won or placed in 176 stakes races, winning 63 of them including 26 graded stakes. Six March graduates accounted for eight grade one victories, including six of the 15 grade one races at the 2014 Saratoga meeting.

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Repole Stable’s Stopchargingmaria’s three 2014 graded stakes wins included back to back victories in Saratoga’s Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) in July and Alabama Stakes (G1)  in August. The daughter of Tale of the Cat ended the year with an 11-6-2-1 record and $1,494,000 in the care of trainer Todd Pletcher. She was purchased by Repole Stables for $220,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2013 sale after she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video

 

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Antonino Miuccio’s Palace also enjoyed summer at The Spa, scoring in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) before his victory in the Forego (G1) four weeks later. The son of City Zip ended his 5-year-old campaign with a 23-11-5-3 record and earnings of $1,349,550. Trained by Linda Rice, he was sold for $160,000 by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, at the 2011 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

 

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Magalen O. Bryant’s late blooming V. E. Day skipped the Triple Crown races in the spring, but also found Saratoga to his liking, following a win in the Curlin Stakes with a sensational stretch run that carried him to a last jump victory in the Travers Stakes (G1). Unraced at two, he was 8-4-1-0 under the care of James Jerkens and ended his 3-year-old campaign with earnings of $859,010. 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

 

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Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday surpassed the million dollar mark with a victory in Monmouth’s Salvator Mile (G3) in July, before topping off the year by avenging his defeat by Moreno in Saratoga’s Whitney (G1) by beating him a month later in the Spa’s Woodward Stakes (G1). The colt by Lawyer Ron worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 before he was purchased for $110,000 by trainer Eddie Plesa out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2012 OBS March Sale. He ended his career 21-9-4-2 with $1,706,350 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Tom's Tribute and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, CA.

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On the west coast, Braly Family Trust’s Tom’s Tribute carried the OBS March banner and was a force in graded stakes company all year, highlighted by a victory in Del Mar’s Eddie Read Stakes (G1) in July. Trained by Jim Cassidy, the son of Lion Heart completed 2014 with a 16-6-3-2 record and earnings of $634,880. He worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $310,000 by Marilyn Braly on the recommendation of Gary Young from Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

 

CARPE DIEMThe Claiborne Breeders' Futurity Gr I - 101st RunningKeenland Race Course   Lexington, KentuckyOctober 4, 2014Purse $500,0001-1/16 Miles  1:43.38WinStar Farm, LLC & Stonestreet Stables, LLC, OwnersTodd A. Pletcher, TrainerJohn Velazquez, JockeyMr. Z (2nd)Bold Conquest (3rd)$6.80  $5.00  $4.00Please Give Photo Credit To:  / Coady Photography

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Currently working steadily for trainer Todd Pletcher at Palm Beach Downs toward his 3-year-old debut, WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Carpe Diem ended 2014 by finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) after an eye-catching win in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. High on everyone’s lists of Triple Crown contenders, the son of  Giant’s Causeway was a $1.6-million co-sale topper at the 2014 OBS March Sale, purchased out of the Northwest Stud consignment after working an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. He begins 2015 with a 3-2-1-0 record and $709,800 in earnings.  watch his under tack video

There’s another March graduate on the Derby Trail. Stonestreet Stable’s unbeaten Ocean Knight jumped from an Aqueduct maiden win in December to the recent Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs and despite losing ground on both turns, scored his first stakes victory in the care of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Two for two with earnings of $156,000, he was purchased out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale for $320,000 by John Moynihan on behalf of Stonestreet after working a quarter in :20 3/5, the Under Tack Show’s fastest work at the distance. watch his under tack video

Conquest Two Step leads OBS sweep of Santa Anita’s Palos Verdes Stakes

Conquest Stables LLC’s Conquest Two Step led a 1-2-3-4 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $200,250 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, taking advantage of a sizzling pace to rally in the stretch and score by a length and a quarter over Secret Circle (March ’11), with Wild Dude (April ’12, October ’10) finishing third. Distinctiv Passion (August ’11, January ’11) settled for fourth after leading for a half in :43 2/5. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Two Step Salsa, sold as a yearling by Get Away Farm at the 2012 OBS August Sale, and then purchased by Conquest for $420,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2013 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Mark Casse, he’s now 10-3-5-1 and has earned $309,408. watch his under tack video

Donato Lanni and John F. Youngblood’s Avanzare took control of Santa Anita’s $200,500 Arcadia Stakes (G2)  turning for home, opened up daylight a furlong from the wire and cruised to victory by a length and a quarter. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 5-year-old gelding by Grand Reward, trained by Tom Proctor, now 12-6-3-2  with earnings of $385,180. He was purchased by Lanni and Youngblood for $52,000 out of the Cutting Edge Equine consignment at the 2012 OBS June Sale after working a quarter in :21 3/5 at the Under Tack Showwatch his under tack video

Ocean Knight takes Tampa Bay’s Sam F. Davis Stakes

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin thought enough of Stonestreet Stable’s Ocean Knight to send him to the $201,500 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs off a win at first asking in an Aqueduct maiden special on December 13. The 3-year-old colt by Curlin did not disappoint. Despite going wide on the first turn, he sat off the pace under Irad Ortiz, Jr. on the backstretch, circled horses on the far turn before moving to Divining Rod at the top of the stretch and then wore him down in the final yards,winning by a neck. Two for two with earnings of $156,000, he was purchased out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale for $320,000 by John Moynihan on behalf of Stonestreet after working a quarter in :20 3/5, the Under Tack Show’s fastest work at the distance. watch his under tack video

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 2013 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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