My Girl Red wins Del Mar’s Sorrento Stakes

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Erich G. Brehm’s My Girl Red is two for two and a graded stakes winner after setting a pressured early pace in Friday’s $150,500 Sorrento Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, shaking loose going to the turn and then drawing away down the stretch to beat fellow OBS graduate Get On the Bus (March ’20) by 4-3/4 lengths. Trained by Keith Desormeaux, the 2-year-old filly by Texas Red has earned $120,000 to date. Consigned by Abbie Road Farm (Lisa McGreevy), Agent, she went through the ring at the 2019 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. watch her walking video

 

2020 Races

Live racing returns on Tuesday, November 24th. Two sprint stakes for OBS Sale graduates headline the day. Free nominations to both races close on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. The strategic position on the calendar provides horsemen a stakes opportunity before the kickoff of the Gulfstream Park Championship and the Tampa Bay Downs meets. The two OBS stakes are non-wagering events, but there will be pari-mutuel wagering available on eight additional races. Entries will be taken on Tuesday, November 17th.

The OBS Sprint and the OBS Filly and Mare Sprint are for three years old and upward. Both stakes races will be run over six furlongs, each with a guaranteed purse of $125,000, restricted to OBS graduates. Entries will be taken on Tuesday, November 17th. Both races will be run as non-wagering events. The eight pari-mutuel races will feature quarter horse races for two year olds as well as for three years old and upward at distances from 220 yards to 440 yards. Up to four thoroughbred maiden and starter allowance races may be used as substitute races. Purses range from $4,000 to $7,000 with all starters guaranteed a minimum of $200.

Click on the links below for information and conditions of the races. Contact Jay Friedman for more information at (352) 237-2154 or via email obs@obssales.com.

OBS Sprint Stakes Information Pari-Mutuel QH & TB Condition Book
OBS November 2020 Race Day Forms

Positivity takes Del Mar’s Graduation Stakes

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C T R Stables LLC (Calvert)’s unbeaten Positivity got off to a rough start in Sunday’s $100,500 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar, but circled horses on the turn, closed with a rush down the stretch and was up late to score by half a length. Two for two with $87,000 in earnings for trainer Luis Mendez, the 2-year-old colt by Paynter was consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency, Inc., Agent, to the 2020 OBS March Sale and went through the ring after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

OBS graduates posted a trio of stakes wins at Kentucky Downs Preview Day on Sunday at Ellis Park.

Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This defended his title in the $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup Stakes, taking charge early after pressing the pace, opening the lead a furlong out and holding on to win by half a length. It’s the fourth straight stakes victory for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning gelding by The Factor, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $11,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS Spring Sale. Closing in on a million for trainer Brad Cox, he’s now 30-11-3-4 and has earned $902,780.  watch his under tack video

William Branch’s Carotari circled horses on the turn to reach contention in the $100,000 Runhappy Preview Turf Sprint Stakes, took command leaving the eighth pole and went on to win by a length over fellow OBS graduate Tiger Blood (August ’14), who closed well for second. That’s two stakes wins for the 4-year-old gelding by Artie Schiller, trained by Brian Lynch, now 15-5-4-2 with $311,588 in earnings. At the 2018 OBS Spring Sale, he was consigned by TIP Thoroughbred Investment Possibilities, Agent, and went through the ring after working an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

George Chris Coleman and Brad King’s Into Mystic tracked the pacesetter into the stretch of the $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Sprint Stakes, wore down the leader in the lane and eased away late to score by a length and a half.  It’s the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, purchased for $650,000 out of the Paul Sharp consignment at the 2018 OBS Spring Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. Now 11-4-1-2 for trainer Brendan Walsh, she has earned $188,023 to date. watch her under tack video

Collusion Illusion scores in Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Stakes

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Dan J. Agnew, Rodney E. Orr, Jerry Schneider and John V. Xitco’s Collusion Illusion earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) with a victory over older horses in the $251,500 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar on Saturday. The 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Twirling Candy rallied on the turn to reach contention, slipped between horses to take the lead on the inside in the final sixteenth and held off a late charge to score by a nose. It’s the third graded stakes win for the lightly raced colt, trained by Mark Glatt, and leaves him with a 6-5-0-0 career record and $398,751 in earnings. Consigned by Mayberry Farm to the 2019 OBS Spring Sale, he was sold for $300,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

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Three Diamonds Farm’s Cross Border battled between horses in the stretch run of Saturday’s $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, crossed the wire second by a neck, and was awarded the victory when the stewards disqualified Sadler’s Joy. It’s the first graded stakes win and second straight stakes win at Saratoga for the 6-year-old ridgling by English Channel, sold for $10,000 by de Meric Sales, Agent, at the 2016 OBS June Sale after working an Under Tack quarter in :22 2/5. Trained by Mike Maker, he’s now 26-9-5-1 and has earned $534,471 to date. watch his under tack video

 

Team Hanley’s Joy’s Rocket is two for two and a stakes winner after setting the pace in Woodbine’s $101,200 My Dear Stakes on Saturday, opening up the lead after straightening away in the stretch and cruising to victory by 2-3/4 lengths. The 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Anthony’s Cross, who has earned $77,444 to date, is trained by Steve Asmussen, who purchased her for $47,000 out of the GOP Racing Stable Corp. consignment at the 2020 OBS March Sale after she breezed an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

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Klaravich Stables, Inc.’s Reinvestment Risk looks like a horse with a future after his debut for trainer Chad Brown in Saratoga’s first race on Saturday, a $72,000 six-furlong maiden special weight test on the main track. After saving ground in the early going, the 2-year-old colt by Upstart took command on the rail coming out of the turn and drew away quickly, opening a big lead and scoring in hand by 7-3/4 lengths, running six furlongs in 1:09 4/5 and earning $39,600.  Consigned to the 2020 OBS March Sale by de Meric Sales, Agent, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before he was purchased by Mike Ryan, Agent, for $280,000. watch his under tack video

 

Starship Jubilee takes Saratoga’s Ballston Spa

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Blue Heaven Farm’s Starship Jubilee recovered from an awkward start in Saturday’s $194,000 Ballston Spa Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, tracked the leaders before taking over after turning for home and fought off a stretch-long challenge to score by a neck, with champion Sistercharlie (IRE) finishing third. It’s the ninth graded stakes win for Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year, four for four in 2020 with three graded stakes victories. Now 36-18-5-3 for trainer Kevin Attard, the 7-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Indy Wind has earned $1,608,667 to date. She’s a two time OBS graduate, sold by The Acorn at the 2014 August Yearling Sale then consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm to the 2015 April Sale where she went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video

Gary Barber’s Two Sixty went right to the front at the start of Woodbine’s $129,250 Selene Stakes (G3) on Saturday and never looked back, holding off the late runners and winning by three quarters of a length. It’s the first graded stakes win for the two time OBS graduate, sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2018 October Yearling Sale before she was purchased for $260,000 out of the SGV Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2019 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. The 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Uncaptured, trained by Mark Casse, is now 11-4-1-1 with earnings of $472,577. watch her under tack video

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Paul P. Pompa, Jr.’s Turned Aside pressed the early pace in Friday’s $100,000 Quick Call Stakes (G3) at Saratoga, took over after turning for home, opened up daylight in the stretch and cruised to victory by a length and three quarters. Fellow OBS graduate Fore Left (March ’19) was another neck back in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by American Pharoah, trained by Linda Rice, now 7-3-2-1 with $179,992 in earnings. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2019 OBS Spring Sale, he went through the ring after breezing a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

MyRacehorse.com and Slam Dunk Racing’s Vertical Threat jumped straight from a maiden victory into Saturday’s $66,395 Smiling Tiger Stakes at Del Mar, stalked the pacesetter, took over a quarter mile out and drew off down the stretch to a 5-1/4 length victory. Another two time OBS graduate, the 3-year-old son of Tapiture was sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale. He then breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased by MyRacehorse.com for $100,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales LLC consignment at the 2019 Spring Sale. Now 3-2-0-0 for Richard Baltas, he has earned $65,150 to date. watch his under tack video

Greg Frye & Wesley Hawley’s Absolutely Aiden tried stakes company for the first time in Sunday’s $50,000 Good Lord Stakes at Ellis Park, dueled for the lead, took command in the stretch and held on to win by three quarters of a length. Trained by Wesley E. Hawley, the 4-year-old colt by Stay Thirsty is now 13-7-0-1 and has earned $272,013. After turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, he was sold for $120,000 by Old South Farm LLC at the 2018 OBS Spring Sale. watch his under tack video

 

Lady Grace leads 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Woodbine’s Royal North

Tracy Farmer’s Lady Grace led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $175,700 Royal North Stakes (G2) at Woodbine on Saturday, charging from off the pace along the rail on the turn, swinging out for the drive and getting up in the final yards to score by three quarters of a length. Stablemate Eyeinthesky (October ’17) closed well but settled for second, a head in front of late running Bohemian Bourbon (June ’18). It’s the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Kantharos, trained by Mark Casse, now 13-5-3-1 with earnings of $245,547. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was purchased for $300,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2018 Spring Sale.  watch her under tack video

First Row Partners and Hidden Brook Farm’s Nay Lady Nay (IRE) sat just off the leaders in the early going of Saturday’s $152,500 Matchmaker Stakes (G3), moved to contention on the turn, slipped between horses a furlong from home and outfought fellow OBS graduate Beautiful Lover (April ’18) to the wire and beat her by half a length.  It’s the second graded stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of No Nay Never, purchased for $210,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. Now 7-4-1-0 for trainer Chad Brown, she has earned $356,180 to date. watch her under tack video

Two pairs of 2020 OBS March Sale graduates were one-two in a pair of Saratoga maiden special weight tests for 2-year-olds on Saturday, one on the main track and one on the turf.

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Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC and Secure Investments’ Momos made his debut in the day’s first race, a $72,000 5-1/2 furlong dash on the dirt. Taking the lead shortly after the break and never looking back, he drew away in the stretch and scored by 6-1/2 lengths over Mo Mischief, who chased him from start to finish. The victory was worth $39,600 to the 2-year-old colt by Distorted Humor, trained by Christophe Clement. The two time OBS graduate was sold by Select Sales, Agent, at the 2019 Winter Mixed Sale, then purchased for $180,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment in the 2020 March Sale after an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat.  watch his under tack video

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In the sixth race, worth $72,000 at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, sons of Cairo Prince were one-two as Glenn Del Russo’s Zippy Baby came from off the pace, slipped inside fellow OBS March graduate Nautilus in deep stretch and beat him to the wire by half a length. It was the third start for the 2-year-old colt gelding, trained by Dermot Magner, now 3-1-2-0 with $65,200 in earnings. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, he was sold for $50,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Crawford Farms Racing’s Archidust stalked pacesetting fellow OBS graduate American Sailor (April ’14) down the backstretch in Monmouth’s $82,500 Wolf Hill Stakes, chased him relentlessly down the stretch and ran past him late to win by a length and a quarter. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 2019 OBS Sprint Stakes winner, now trained by Steve Asmussen, leaving him with a 13-6-1-3 career record and $308,400 in earnings. The 4-year- old colt by Verrazano turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased by Juan Pacanins, Agent, for $300,000 out of the Whitman Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

Andreas Psarras’ Mother of Dragons took command after dueling for the early lead in the $65,450 California Governor’s Handicap at Pleasanton, took over for good turning for home then held on gamely to score by a nose. That’s two stakes wins for the 6-year-old Florida-bred daughter of First Dude, sold as a yearling for $3,000 by Beth Bayer, Agent, at the 2015 OBS Winter Mixed Sale. Trained by her owner, she’s now 12-6-1-3 and has earned $153,495 to date.

Country Grammer captures the Peter Pan on opening day at Saratoga

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Paul P. Pompa Jr.’s Country Grammer slipped through on the rail to go after the leaders turning for home in Thursday’s $100,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3) on opening day at Saratoga. Headed after taking a short lead inside the eighth pole, he came again in the final yards and was best by a neck at the wire. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Tonalist, now 5-2-0-1 with earnings of $117,320 for trainer Chad Brown. After turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat, he was purchased for $450,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale. watch his under tack video

Three more 2019 OBS Spring Sale graduates posted stakes wins Wednesday night at Canterbury Park.

Kevin Marko, Last Call Racing Partnership, Union Park Thoroughbreds, LLC and Cherrywood Racing Stables II’s Summer Assault sat just off the pace in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Derby, came between horses to go after the leaders in the lane and scored by a length over fellow OBS graduate Angelus Warrior, who got up late for second. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old gelding by Summer Front, trained by Michele Boyce, now 6-3-1-1 with $96,900 in earnings. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC to the 2019 OBS Spring Sale, he was sold for $45,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video

WSS Racing LLC and Hooties Racing LLC’s Ask Bailey scored her first stakes win in the $50,000 Northbound Pride Oaks, trailing early, circling horses on the turn to reach contention, taking charge a furlong from home and drawing away to a 4-1/4 length victory. The graded stakes placed 3-year-old daughter of Run Away and Hide was purchased for $80,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at the 2019 Spring Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 6-2-2-1 for trainer Mike Maker, she has earned $184,114 to date. watch her under tack video

Carolyn Wilson’s Wellabled took the lead at the start of the $50,000 Honor the Hero Stakes and never looked back, turning back a challenge in the lane and scoring by half a length in a course record :54.77 for five furlongs on turf. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Shackleford, trained by Larry Rivelli, now 15-8-2-1 with earnings of $334,572. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2016 Spring Sale, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 2/5 prior to being sold for $340,000. watch his under tack video

 

Speech, Venetian Harbor one-two in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes

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Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Madaket Stables LLC’s Speech tracked pacesetting fellow OBS graduate Venetian Harbor (April ’19) down the backstretch in Keeneland’s $392,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) on Saturday, then went after her on the turn. The pair turned for home on close to even terms, but down the stretch Speech was stronger, taking command a furlong from home and beating her to the wire by three lengths in a track record 1:41.26 for the mile and a sixteenth. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Mr Speaker, a two time OBS graduate, purchased out of the Summerfield consignment at the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale, then resold by SBM Training & Sales, Agent, for $190,000 at the 2019 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 7-2-4-1 for trainer Mike McCarthy, she has earned $353,840 to date. watch her under tack video

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. R. A. Hill Stable & Joseph E. Besecker’s Shippy went right to the front in Saturday’s $78,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes at Monmouth Park and never looked back, drawing away down the stretch and scoring by 4-1/2 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Fujairah (April ’19). It’s the first stakes victory for the graded stakes placed 3-year-old filly by Midshipman, trained by George Weaver, now 5-2-1-1 with earnings of $107,600. She was sold for $77,000 by S G V Thoroughbreds LLC at the 2019 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video