Stephanie’s Kitten wins Belmont’s Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes

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Ken & Sarah Ramsey’s Stephanie’s Kitten added Belmont’s $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) to her resume on Saturday, relaxing off the pace down the backstretch, rolling into the lane on the outside and running by the leaders to score by a length and a quarter. It’s the third grade one win for the 5-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy, consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2011 OBS April Sale. Her sixth graded stakes win leaves her with a n 18-8-2-4 record and earnings of $2,274,104. watch her under tack work

Clark O. Brewster’s Bayerd tried stakes company for the first time in Sunday’s $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park, battled for the lead from the start and then eased away in the final yards to score by a length. Consigned by Cary Frommer, Agent, the 2-year-old colt by Speightstown worked an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show prior to the 2014 OBS March Sale. Now 3-2-0-1, he has earned $112,100 to date. watch his under tack work

Raul Bahena’s Happy to Go pressed the pace, took charge in the stretch and drew off to a two length victory in last Thursday’s $75,000 Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. It’s the first stakes win for the graded stakes placed 3-year-old daughter of Saint Anddan, now 5-2-0-2 with earnings of $92,550. A two time OBS graduate, she was sold first as a weanling by Sue Vacek, Agent, at the 2012 Fall Mixed Sale before being purchased for $8,000 out of the Summerfield consignment at the 2013 August Yearling Sale.

Less Than Perfect, Bourbon Cowboy one-two in Dixon Memorial at Presque Isle

Clyde D. Rice’s Less Than Perfect dueled for the lead from the start of Thursday’s $100,200 Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, took charge at the top of the stretch and drew away to a 2-1/4 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Bourbon Cowboy (April ’14, August ’13).  It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old Florida-bred Pleasantly Perfect colt, now 7-2-0-1 with $107,655 in earnings. Consigned by TdM Sales (Tristan & Valery de Meric), Agent, he was purchased by Rice for $22,000 at the 2013 OBS August Sale.  

Saratoga Heater scores in Belmont’s Bertram F. Bongard Stakes

P. R. Racing’s Saratoga Heater jumped into stakes company off a maiden win in August, went to the front in Saturday’s $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes at Belmont and was never headed, splashing to a four length victory over fellow OBS graduate Bullheaded Boy (June ’14). A 2-year-old colt by Temple City, he was sold for $100,000 by Grassroots Training & Sales, Agent, at the 2014 OBS April Sale after working an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 3-2-0-0, he has earned $134,287 to date. watch his under tack video

Newtown Anner Stud’s Ol Donyo hugged the rail and rallied on the turn in Gulfstream’s $75,000 Musical Romance Stakes on Saturday, took over in the lane and cruised to a comfortable 3-1/2 length victory. It’s the second stakes score for the 4-year-old daughter of Curlin, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 before being purchased for $100,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment at the 2012 OBS April Sale. Two for two this year, she’s now 11-4-2-1 with $192,533 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Charlie J. Williams’ Crafty Blue Kat picked up her second stakes win on Sunday in the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Handicap at Thistledown, finishing in dead heat with Floral Sky. The 3-year-old filly by Sky Mesa is a two time OBS graduate, sold first by Sharon Biamonte, Agent, at the 2012 August Sale before being consigned by Boutte Sales, Agent, to the 2013 April Sale and working a quarter in :22 3/5. The victory gives her a 13-4-4-3 record and earnings of $150,738. watch her under tack video

Cinco Charlie scores in Delaware’s First State Dash

William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie, the first graded stakes winner of the OBS graduate class of 2014, added Delaware Park’s $75,525 First State Dash Stakes to his resume on Saturday, taking over turning for home and then drawing away to an authoritative 4-1/2 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 2-year-old Indian Charlie colt, winner of Churchill’s Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) in June, leaving him with a 5-3-0-1 record and $159,422 in earnings. He was purchased for $190,000 out of the Cary Frommer consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Lawrence P. Roman and David Jacobson’s Stormin Monarcho also picked up his second stakes win on Saturday at Delaware, holding off a late challenge and winning the $77,312 DTHA Governors Day Stakes by a nose. It’s the third win in nine starts this year for the 4-year-old gelding by Monarchos, sold for $85,000 by Imagine . . . at the 2012 OBS March Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. He’s now 25-7-7-3 and has earned $288,568 to date. watch his under tack video

OBS grads score seven weekend stakes wins

Just For Fun Stable LLC’s Decisive Moment took the lead at the start in Sunday’s $200,800 Presque Isle Mile Stakes and stubbornly kept it the whole way, holding off a late run in the final yards and winning by a head. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction, now 34-5-7-4 with $908,556 in earnings. Consigned by Derby Dreams, Agent, to the 2010 OBS April Sale, he sped three eighths in :33 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Savino A. Capilupi’s Nicky’s Brown Miss was a maiden going into Saturday’s $199,667 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies Stakes, but came home a stakes winner, rallying past her rivals in the stretch and drawing away to a 2-3/4 length victory. Third in Monmouth’s Colleen Stakes last time out, the 2-year-old Big Brown filly is now 5-1-0-2 and has earned $133,180. Consigned by Mayberry Farm, Agent, to the 2014 OBS March Sale, she breezed and eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video

John L. Moirano, Monty Foss and Steven Wecker’s Dunn Listening also chose a stakes race for her first victory, coming from well off the pace with a sustained late run to win Saturday’s $141,675 Lady Finger Stakes at Finger Lakes by a head. Purchased by trainer Gary Contessa for $30,000 at the 2014 OBS April Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, the 2-year-old filly by Intidab is now 2-1-0-0 and has earned $88,655. watch her under tack video

Destiny Oaks of Ocala LLC’s Quality Rocks is two for two and a stakes winner leading a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes, scoring by 3-1/2 lengths over Sarah Sis (June ’14), with Happy to Go (August ’13, October ’12)  checking in third. The 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Rock Hard Ten, consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, to the 2013 OBS August Sale, has earned $76,200 to date.  Selected Sale conformation photo

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Toasting was last of five early in the $98,000 Sky Beauty Stakes at Belmont on Sunday, but rallied on the outside after turning for home, made the lead at the eighth pole than eased away from there to a 1-1/2 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old graded stakes placed Florida-bred daughter of Congrats purchased for $175,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2012 OBS March Sale after she worked an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. The win leaves her with a 21-5-3-5 record and $534,135 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Pinnacle Racing Stable LLC, R. Norman, Roger L. Justice & H. Jack Hendricks’ My Point Exactly,  fresh off a maiden special victory at Gulfstream in August, shipped to Louisiana Downs for Saturday’s $75,000 Sunday Silence Stakes, stayed close to the pace, closed with late rush and got up late to win by a neck. The 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Concord Point, purchased out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale after speeding a quarter in :21 3/5 at the Under Tack Show, is now 4-2-0-0 and has earned $72,220. watch his under tack video

Pinnacle, Hendricks and Justice struck again two races later at Louisiana Downs with Naval Command, who tried turf for the first time in the $75,000 Happy Ticket Stakes. The 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Midshipman tracked the leader, took over in the stretch and scored her first stakes win by a head, leaving her with a 4-3-1-0 record and $109,250 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, she was first sold by breeder Woodford Thoroughbreds at the 2013 August Yearling Sale. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2014 April Sale, she brought $60,000 after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch her under tack video   Selected Sale conformation photo

OBS on the March at Saratoga

OBS graduates put on a quite a show at the Saratoga meeting, winning seven of the fifteen grade one stakes, with OBS March graduates accounting for six of them.

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Stopchargingmaria wins the Alabama (Adam Coglianese)

The curtain went up on July 20th when Repole Stable’s Stopchargingmaria passed the million dollar mark in earnings with a five length romp in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).  The fourth OBS grad to win the CCA Oaks, she joined 1992 winner Turnback the Alarm (April ’91), 1995 winner Golden Bri (August “93) and 2006 victor Wonder Lady Anne L (August ’04). The 3-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat returned to take the meet’s premier races for sophomore fillies, scoring by three quarters of a length in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) on August 16th.  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

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Palace takes the Forego (Adam Coglianese)

Antonino Miuccio’s Palace also accounted for a pair of grade one victories, vaulting past the million dollar mark in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) on August 2nd, and then returning to romp to a 3-1/2 length victory in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (G1) on the meeting’s final Saturday. The 5-year-old son of City Zip is now 21-11-5-2 with $1,309,550 in earnings. 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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The Big Beast in the King’s Bishop (Adam Coglianese

Travers Day is the main event at Saratoga, and OBS graduates used the occasion to grab the spotlight. Alex & JoAnn Lieblong’s April Sale graduate The Big Beast got things started, making his stakes debut in the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes (G1). Although further from the lead turning for home than expected, he put in a determined run down the stretch and was up to win by a neck in the final strides. Consigned by Ends Well, Agent, to the 2013 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

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V. E. Day takes the Travers (Adam Coglianese)

Despite coming into the $1,250,000 Travers Stakes (G1) off three straight wins, Magalen O. Bryant’s V. E. Day was overlooked at 19-1 facing Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Tonalist and Wood Memorial (G1) and Jim Dandy (G2) winner Wicked Strong. But the 3-year-old colt by English Channel uncorked a sustained run down the stretch, caught Wicked Strong in the last jump and won the “Mid-Summer Derby” by a nose. The victory, his fourth in a row and second straight stakes win, gave 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

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Itsmyluckyday wins the Woodward (Adam Coglianese)

OBS’ six sensational weeks at the Spa closed with a show stopper, with Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday turning the tables on Whitney Stakes (G1) winner Moreno on the meeting’s final Saturday in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (G1). Tracking his rival right from the gate, he collared him at the top of the stretch, fought him head to head the rest of the way and was best by a neck at the wire. It was 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

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Carpe Diem wins debut (Adam Coglianese)

Closing day provided an encore, and possibly a glimpse of the future, courtesy of 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, popping to the lead at the break, setting fast fractions on the lead and then responding when challenged in the stretch. The 2-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway had the answer, shrugging off a bid in the final furlong, drawing away to a 2-1/2 length victory and running the 5-1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:03 4/5. He was purchased by Stonestreet out of the Northwest Stud consignment after working an eighth in:10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Building on the success of its graduates, the 2015 OBS March Sale will kick off the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 two-year-old sale schedule on March 17 with an expanded format designed to provide buyers with a greater selection of horses and adding another session to the sale.

Three sessions, set for Tuesday – Thursday, March 17 – 19, 2015, will be preceded by the Under Tack Show on Wednesday through Friday, March 11 – 13. The March Sale will continue to offer a high quality group of horses with top physicals and solid pedigrees that buyers have become accustomed to in previous years, as well as the addition of the next tier of horses that have advanced through their early training and are prepared to showcase their talents in March.

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 working 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

Donato Lanni & John F. Youngblood’s Avanzare picked up his first stakes win in Arlington’s $150,000 Washington Park Handicap (G3) on Saturday, going right to the front, opening up a daylight lead and hanging on when challenged late to win by a head. Four for eight this year, the 4-year-old Grand Reward gelding improved his record to 9-5-3-0 and has earned $217,180 to date. Consigned by Cutting Edge Equine, Agent, to the 2012 OBS June Sale, he was purchased by Lanni and Youngblood for $52,000 after a quarter in :21 3/5 a the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Quality Lass went to the lead in the $200,000 Turf Amazon Handicap at Parx Racing on Labor Day and stayed there all the way, holding on gamely to win by a head, with fellow OBS graduate Jewel of a Cat (April ’12) checking in third. It’s the second stakes score for the 5-year-old mare by Exclusive Quality, now 26-8-4-3 with earnings of $415,265. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by breeder Sienna Farms at the 2010 August Sale before being purchased for $82,000 by the late Buzz Chace on behalf of West Point out of the Kenny Lejeune consignment at the 2011 March Sale after working an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Laurie Plesa and Vincent Rizzuto’s Concealedwithakiss is two for two and a stakes winner after a two length wire to wire win in Sunday’s $77,500 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, to the 2014 OBS June, the 2-year-old filly by Political Force sped an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. She has earned $57,540 to date. watch her 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