Carpe Diem wins at first asking at the Spa

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WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s  Carpe Diem, the $1.6-million co-sale topper at the 2014 OBS March Sale, came out running in his debut in an $83,000 maiden special at Saratoga on Labor Day, popping to the lead at the break, setting fast fractions on the lead and then responding when challenged in the stretch, pulling away to a 2-1/2 length victory. The 2-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, who covered 5-1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:03 4/5, was purchased by Stonestreet out of the Northwest Stud consignment after workiing an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Itsmyluckyday takes Saratoga’s Woodward Stakes

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Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday turned the tables on Whitney Stakes (G1) winner Moreno, dogging him from the start, battling him head to head down the stretch and proving best by a neck at the wire in Saratoga’s $600,000 Woodward Stakes (G1). It’s the first grade  one victory for the 4-year-old colt by Lawyer Ron, who 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. The win gives him a 19-9-4-1 record and $1,662,600 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Goldencents, Tom’s Tribute score graded stakes wins at Del Mar

W.C. Racing’s Goldencents took no prisoners in Sunday’s $250,500 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, going right to the early lead, opening up in the stretch and coasting to a 4-1/4 length victory. It’s the fifth graded stakes win for the 4-year-old son of Into Mischief, trained by Doug O’Neill and purchased by his brother Dennis, who bought him out of the Southern Chase Farm (Greg and Karen Dodd) consignment at the 2012 OBS June Sale for $62,000 after he sped a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. The win gives him a 16-6-6-0 record and $2,434,000 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Braly Family Trust’s Tom’s Tribute scored his second straight graded stakes win in the $250,500 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2) on Sunday, surging to the lead past the eighth pole and winning by a length. Purchased by Marilyn Braly for $310,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2012 OBS March Sale on the recommendation of Gary Young after he worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5, the 4-year-old colt by Lion Heart is now 13-6-3-1 and has earned $592,880. watch his under tack video

Clear Stars Stable’s Myfourchix was a maiden going into Sunday’s $196,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes at Saratoga, but the 2-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes circled horses on the turn, took command in the lane and drew off to a three length victory. Now 2-1-1-0 $134,000 in earnings, she was sold at the 2014 OBS April Sale to Clear Stars for $90,000 by King’s Equine, Agent, after working an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

V. E. Day scores in the Travers at Saratoga

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Magalen O. Bryant’s V. E. Day came into Saratoga’s $1,250,000 Travers Stakes (G1) riding a three race win streak and the 3-year-old colt by English Channel, overlooked at 19-1, made it four in a row, putting in a sustained run down the stretch that ended in victory by a nose in the last jump. It’s his second stakes win and gives him a 6-4-1-0 record and $829,010 in earnings. 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

Michael House’s Big John B tried stakes company for the first time Saturday in the $201,250 Del Mar Handicap (G2), rallied on the turn to take command in the stretch then drew off to 5-1/4 length victory. It’s the sixth win in nine starts this year for the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Hard Spun, now 28-11-5-3 with earnings of $458,805. After working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 he was sold for $30,000 by Flying Fish, Agent, at the 2011 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Robert K. Johnson, Frank Coniglio, Richard Rendina and Frank Ferrigine’s lightly raced Speed Seeker scored her first stakes win in Saturday’s $154,417 Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) on the turf at Woodbine, rallying from off the pace, finding room between horses a furlong from home and charging to a 4-3/4 length victory. Purchased for $10,000 out of the Classic Quarter Farm consignment at the 2012 OBS August Sale, the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Heatseeker (IRE) is now 3-2-0-0 and has earned $118,915 to date.

The Big Beast takes Saratoga’s King’s Bishop Stakes

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Alex & JoAnn Lieblong’s The Big Beast jumped into stakes company for the first time in the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, and although a bit further from the lead turning for home than expected, put in a determined run down the stretch and got up to win by a neck in the final strides. Consigned by Ends Well, Agent, to the 2013 OBS April Sale, the 3-year-old colt by Yes It’s True was purchased by the Lieblongs for $150,000 after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. His third straight victory leaves him 5-3-1-1 with earnings of  $415,500. watch his under tack video

Stopchargingmaria scores in Saratoga’s Alabama Stakes

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Repole Stable’s Stopchargingmaria added Saturday’s $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga to an already glittering resume that includes the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Black Eyed Susan Stakes (G2). After taking the lead in the lane, the 3-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat was tested, but turned back a late challenge and scored her second grade one victory by three quarters of a length. Now 10-6-1-1 with earnings of $1,414,000, she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show prior to the 2013 OBS March Sale, then was sold for $220,000 by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent. watch her under tack video

Rustlewood Farm’s Prudhoe Bay forged to the front in the stretch of Monmouth’s $101,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) and stayed there the rest of the way to earn a three quarter length victory. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Songandaprayer, winner of the OBS Sprint Stakes this past January. Consigned by Summerfield, Agent, to the 2012 OBS August Sale, he has three stakes wins to his credit, a 9-4-1-1 record and $191,535 in earnings. His half brother by Broken Vow (Hip No. 41) sells in the 2014 OBS Selected Yearling Sale on August 26. 

Tucci Stables’ Imperial Dream is two for two and a stakes winner after battling for the early lead in Saturday’s $137,626 Vandal Stake at Woodbine, putting away the speed at the top of the stretch and hitting the wire first by a length and three quarters. The 2-year-old colt by Stormy Atlantic, with earnings of $120,077 to date, worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $70,000 out of the SAB Sales (Scott A. Bergsrud) consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

Ike & Dawn Thrash, Janet Alley and Sam Alley’s Istanford captured Del Mar’s $96,350 Sandy Blue Handicap on Friday the same way she posted two recent graded stakes wins, going to the front and never looking back, coasting home first a 3-1/4 length winner over fellow OBS graduate Miss Machiavelli (April ’13). It’s the third win in eight starts this year for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Istan, sold for $25,000 by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2012 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Now 11-5-2-0, she has earned $332,205 to date. Selected Yearling Sale photo

James L. Driver and H. Ywachetta’s Rivers Run Deep took charge of Sunday’s $50,000 Honey Jay Stakes at Thistledown a quarter mile from home and she drew clear to score by two lengths, with fellow OBS graduate Candy Bites (April ’12) checking in third. That’s three stakes wins this year for the 3-year-old colt by Ready’s Image, leaving him 11-4-3-2 with $189,300 in earnings. He was sold by Rod McVey, Agent, for $77,000 to Garry Simms, Agent for James Driver, at the 2013 OBS June Sale after he worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

Merit Man scores in Del Mar’s Green Flash Handicap

Bruce Chandler, Double Kee LLC and Purple Shamrock Racing’s Merit Man got back on track in his second start off a long layoff on Wednesday at Del Mar, rallying down the stretch and getting up in the final yards to win the $94,540 Green Flash Handicap by half a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 4-year-old graded stakes placed colt by With Distinction, now 9-4-1-1 with earnings of $462,030. He’s a two-time OBS graduate, consigned to the 2010 Fall Mixed Sale by Hartley DeRenzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent before they sold him to XIB, Agent for Hess Racing for $75,000 at the 2012 April Sale after an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Champion Asia Express wins Leopard Stakes at Niigata

Yukio Baba’s champion Asia Express sat just off the pace in Sunday’s $750,000 Leopard Stakes (G3) at Niigata Racecourse, took over a furlong from the wire and drew off to a 3-1/2 length victory.  It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Henny Hughes, voted Japan’s champion two-year-old colt in 2013. The latest OBS graduate to top the million dollar mark in earnings, he’s now 7-4-1-0 with estimated U.S. earnings of over $1.4-million. He was purchased by Narvick International for $230,000 from breeder Ocala Stud at the 2013 OBS March Sale after working a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video  

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Margaret & David Wimer’s Harlan’s Honor led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Sunday’s $61,200 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park, taking the lead at the start and never looking back en route to a four length victory. Perpetual Novena (March ’14, August ’13) was second, half a length ahead of late running Nicky’s Brown Miss (March ’14). That’s two wins in three trips to the post for the 2-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, who has earned $63,250 to date. After an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, she was purchased for $165,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

Gulliver Racing LLC, J.K. Houssels, Jr. and Schroeder Farms LLC’s Master the Blues tried stakes company for the first time in Friday’s $96,560 Daisycutter Stakes at Del Mar and was up in the final yards to beat fellow OBS graduate Kinz Funky Monkey (April ’12) by a neck. It’s the sixth win in nine starts this year for the 5-year-old mare by Mater Command, sold for $27,000 by Andy Cant, Agent at the 2011 OBS April Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. The first stakes victory gives her a 19-7-2-3 record and $181,320 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Clyde Rice’s Champagne Ruby had to wait for running room in Saturday’s $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes, but shook loose in mid-stretch and then drew away late to win by 2-3/4 lengths. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Utopia (JPN), now 11-3-2-1 with earnings of $142,335. She was sold for $5,000 by Carapan Farm LLC (Ed & Diane Gregory) at the 2012 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

Loooch Racing Stable, Inc.’s Caviar N Champagne had to battle for the lead in Sunday’s $50,000 Vicacious Handicap at Belterra Park, but once she got it, the 5-year-old Formal Dinner mare opened up five lengths and then coasted home a 2-3/4 length winner. It’s her fifth stakes score, and leaves her with a 29-9-6-4 record and $295,404 in earnings. She was sold for $13,000 by Lynne Boutte, Agent, at the 2010 OBS August Sale.

Palace takes Saratoga’s Alfred G. Vanderbilt

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Antonino Miuccio’s Palace was off half a beat slowly in Saratoga’s $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) on Saturday, but chased favored frontrunning Happy My Way the whole way before running past him in the final strides and scoring by a length. Fellow OBS graduate Falling Sky (January ’13) checked in third. The latest OBS millionaire, the 5-year-old son of City Zip is now 20-10-5-2 and has earned $1,009,550. 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

Bourbon Lane Stable’s Hashtag Bourbon was a maiden going into Saturday’s $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes but came back a stakes winner, charging from behind on the turn, taking command in the lane and pulling away to a 4-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Gotta Get Paid (August ’13). After a first and a third from two starts, the 2-year-old colt by Super Saver has earned $66,000 to date. He was sold by Secure Investments, Agent for $130,000 to McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, Agent, at the 2014 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Go West Marie takes Del Mar’s Fleet Treat Stakes

Peter Redekop’s Go West Marie is enjoying life on the west coast after moving to California in June, taking command of the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday on the turn and outfighting fellow OBS graduate Wonderful Lie (April ’12) down the stretch, proving best by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old filly by Western Fame, now 11-3-1-2 with earnings of $228,280. After an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat she was purchased for $52,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment by Funky Munky Stable LLC. watch her under tack video

Magalen O. Bryant’s V.E. Day tried stakes company for the first time in Friday’s $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Last of nine in the early going, he saved ground on the turn before swinging out for the drive, closing on the outside and battling his way to winning a three-horse photo by a head. With a 5-3-1-0 record after his first stakes victory, the 3-year-old colt by English Channel has earned $159,010 to date. 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

Mike Maker’s Burn the Mortgage picked up his first stakes win in Saturday’s $75,000 Eight Miles East Stakes at Gulfstream, charging between horses to take command after turning for home and drawing away to a 4-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Decisive Moment (April ’10). The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 before he was purchased for $18,000 by Tim Kegel, Agent, out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2011 OBS April Sale. He’s now 29-8-4-4 and has earned $328,244. watch his under tack video

Mr. Amore Stable’s Miss d’Oro picked up her second stakes win on Saturday after battling to a neck decision in the $75,000 Power by Far Handicap at Parx Racing. A 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she was sold for $50,000 by Bo Hunt, Agent, to Ron Lombardi’s Mr. Amore Stables LLC at the 2011 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. The victory gives her a 12-5-1-3 record and $270,752 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Heat Transfer is two for three and a stakes winner after prompting the pace in Saturday’s $50,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at Thistledown and proving best by half a length at the wire. A 2-year-old daughter of Latent Heat, she was sold to Vince J. Foglia for $190,000 by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2014 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. With two wins and a third from three starts, she’s earned $54,000. watch her under tack video

Tom’s Tribute takes Del Mar’s Eddie Read Stakes

Braly Family Trust’s Tom’s Tribute tracked the pace in Sunday’s $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes (G1) at Del Mar, took over in the lane and scored his first graded stakes win by a length and a quarter, with Spring Up (August ’11) checking in third. It’s the third stakes victory for the 4-year-old colt by Lion Heart, who 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. He’s now 12-5-3-1 and has earned $442,880 to date. watch his under tack video

Thomas D. Shank and Stan Young’s Good Lord captured Ellis Park’s $50,000 Don Bernarhardt Stakes for the third straight year on Saturday, leading from gate to wire and holding on to win by a neck. That’s eight stakes wins for the 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Greatness, now 60-13-9-12 with earnings of $645,454. He was consigned by Tradewinds Farm, Agent, to the 2009 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

 

Stopchargingmaria a millionaire after winning Saratoga’s Coaching Club American Oaks

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Repole Stable’s Stopchargingmaria took charge of Saratoga’s  $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) in the upper stretch and the 3-year-old Tale of the Cat filly ran away from her rivals and scored by five lengths, becoming the 81st OBS graduate to top the million dollar mark in earnings. The fourth OBS grad to win the CCA Oaks, she joins 1992 winner Turnback the Alarm (April ’91), 1995 winner Golden Bri (August “93) and 2006 victor Wonder Lady Anne L (August ’04). Sold for $220,000 by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, at the 2013 OBS March Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, her fourth graded stakes win leaves her with a 9-5-1-1 record and $1,054,000 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Istanford wins Del Mar’s San Clemente

Ike & Dawn Thrash, Janet Alley and Sam Alley’s Istanford took Saturday’s $201,750 San Clemente Stakes (G2) at Del Mar the same way she beat the boys in the Arlington Classic (G3) in May, taking the lead at the break and never looking back, scoring by 2-1/2 lengths with fellow OBS graduate My Conquestadory (March ’13) checking in third. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Istan, now 10-4-2-0 with earnings of $326,365. She was sold for $25,000 by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2012 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Selected Yearling Sale photo

H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice’s East Hall shipped to Thistledown in search of his first stakes win and he got it in the $300,000 Ohio Derby, relaxing off the pace before rallying on the turn, swinging wide for the drive and closing with a rush to get up in the final yards, winning by a head. The 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Graeme Hall is a two time OBS graduate, sold first by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2012 August Sale. After working an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5 at the 2013 April Sale, 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. The win gives him a 16-3-3-4 record and $360,370 in earnings. watch his under tack video

OBS graduates reap dividends in Japan

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OBS graduates were in the headlines at Tuesday’s Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale of yearlings and foals, as a weanling colt by leading Japanese sire Deep Impact (JPN) out of two-time OBS graduate Weemissfrankie was sold for $1,372,550 to young Ryouichi Ootuka. The colt is the first foal out of the daughter of Sunriver, consigned first by Summerfield, Agent, to the 2010 August Sale before she was sold for $175,000 by Eddie Woods, Agent, to Joe Ciaglia at the 2011 April Sale. Trained by Peter Eurton and racing for Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables, Ciaglia Racing LLC & Ron Dyrdek,  she won three of five starts including the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) and the Oak Leaf Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita.

A weanling colt by Deep Impact (JPN) out graded stakes winning OBS graduate May Day Rose was sold to David Redvers for $647,039. In the colors of Kaleem Shah and trained by Bob Baffert, the Florida-bred daughter of Rockport Harbor won the Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita and Hollywood’s Railbird Stakes (G3) en route to earnings of early $400,000. Consigned by her breeder Bridlewood Farm to the 2010 OBS March Sale, she failed to meet her reserve but was purchased by trainer Bob Baffert on Shah’s behalf for $220,000 at the OBS June Sale three months later.    

A colt out of three time OBS graduate Two Item Limit, also by Deep Impact (JPN), was sold to Hajime Satomi for $647,059. The daughter of Twining was sold first by Beth Bayer to R. Schweiger and Coastable as a weanling at the 1998 Fall Mixed Sale before she was resold to Jockey Club Farm at the 1999 August Yearling Sale. After she was purchased by Joseph Graffeo from Jockey Club Farm for $50,000 at the 2000 March Sale, she was trained by Stephen L. DiMauro and carried Graffeo’s silks to four graded stakes wins and earnings of $1,060,585.

Starless Night, Story to Tell score in weekend stakes races

Tucci Stables’ Starless Night jumped from a front-running maiden win on June 28th into Sunday’s $150,000 Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine and the result was a carbon copy gate to wire win, this time by 2-1/2 lengths. Now two for two with earnings of $121,583, the 2-year-old daughter of Grand Slam was purchased by Carlos Tucci for $40,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale after she breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Cecil N. Peacock’s Story to Tell took charge of Sunday’s $98,000 W. L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Los Alamitos after turning for home and eased away to a 1-1/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old colt by Bluegrass Cat; he was second in last month’s Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes. Now 3-2-1-0 with $118,600 in earnings, he was sold for $82,000 by Thoroughstock, Agent, at the 2013 OBS August Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Empire Dreams was content to relax off the pace in Saturday’s $161,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes, but circled the field on the far turn, rallied down the middle of track and rolled to a 2-1/4 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Patriot Act, consigned to the 2013 OBS April Sale by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, and sold to West Point for $35,000 after working an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. He’s now 9-3-4-1 and has earned $320,500. watch his under tack video

Yukio Baba’s millionaire Best Warrior picked up his second graded stakes win on Sunday at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan, taking the Procyon Stakes (G3) (race video)  by a neck. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Majestic Warrior, now 13-6-3-1 with earnings of $1,585,095. After working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show for the 2012 OBS April Sale, he was purchased out of the Harris Training Center consignment by Narvick International for $400,000. watch his under tack video 

Itsmyluckyday a millionaire after scoring in Monmouth’s Salvator Mile

Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday became the 80th OBS graduate to top a million in earnings on Sunday at Monmouth Park, rallying from just off the pace, taking command in the lane and drawing off to a 1-1/2 length victory in the $160,500 Salvator Mile Stakes (G3). It’s the third straight stakes score for the 4-year-old colt by Lawyer Ron, who 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. With two graded stakes wins to his credit, he’s now 17-8-3-1 and has earned $1,022,600. watch his under tack video

Treadway Racing Stable’s Wonder Gal was last of five for a quarter mile in her debut in Sunday’s $122,500 Lynbrook Stakes at Belmont Park, but moved up quickly on the outside on the turn, took command a quarter mile from home and galloped to a 14-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Accelebrate (April ’14, January ’13). Purchased by Jeffrey Treadway for $210,000 out of the Old South Farm consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, the 2-year-old daughter of Tiz Wonderful earned $75,000 for her effort.  watch her under tack video

Acclaimed Racing Stable’s Mr. Baker gave nothing else a chance in Saturday’s $90,000 Housebuster Stakes at Gulfstream, taking the lead at the break and staying there all the way, opening up in the lane and coasting home by 3-1/4 length. It’s the second straight stakes victory and fourth straight win overall for the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Imperialismn, now 15-6-2-2 with earnings of $188,614. He was sold for $18,000 by breeder Get Away Farm at the 2011 OBS April Sale after breezing a quarter in :22 flat at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

Northern Passion wins Woodbine’s Sweet Briar Too Stakes

John C. Oxley’s Northern Passion sat comfortably off the pace in the $115,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine on July 1, came wide off the turn then ran down the leaders, taking charge in deep stretch and scoring by a length and a half over front-running fellow OBS graduate Unhedged (October ’10). It’s the fourth black type win for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning mare by First Samurai, now 15-5-2-1 with earnings of $617,122. After working a Under Tack eighth in :10 flat, she was purchased by trainer Mark Casse for $220,000 from Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, at the 2011 OBS March Sale. watch her under tack video

Declassify, Sheza Smoke Show score in Santa Anita graded stakes

Kaleem Shah’s Declassify went head and head with Cyclometer in the early going in Santa Anita’s $300,250 Triple Bend Stakes (G1), 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’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Orientate, purchased for $450,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2012 OBS April Sale after he turned in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Now 5-3-1-0, he has earned $261,240. 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 $101,250 Senorita Stakes (G3), 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. It’s the first stakes score for the 3-year-old daughter of Wilko, now 6-3-0-1 with $138,438 in earnings. 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

Parranda prevails in Santa Anita’s Royal Heroine Stakes

G. Campbell, D. Clark, Gatto Racing, LLC, Jerry Hollendorfer and G. Skoda’s Parranda had to overcome her outside post position in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2), but she turned for home three wide with dead aim on the leaders, battled the length of the stretch and got up late to win by a neck. That’s three graded stakes wins for the 5-year-old Florida-bred daughter of English Channel, sold for $13,000 by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2011 OBS April Sale. With six stakes wins to her credit, she’s now 24-10-2-3 with earnings of $668,655. watch her under tack video