Wild Dude a millionaire after taking Santa Anita’s Kona Gold

Wild Dude and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade II,   $200,  000 Kona Gold Stakes, Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO

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Jerry Hollendorfer and Green Smith’s Wild Dude is the newest OBS millionaire after taking charge of Saturday’s $201,035 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) in deep stretch and easing away to victory by a length. It’s the fifth graded stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, now 22-8-5-4 with $1,095,345 in earnings. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold first by Perrone Sales, Agent, at the 2010 Fall Mixed Sale and before he was resold for $42,000 by Costanzo Sales at the 2012 April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Ranlo Investments LLC’s Lady Shipman scored her second straight stakes win on Saturday at Pimlico, prompting the pace in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes before going to the front turning for home and drawing away to a 2-1/4 lengths victory. That’s nine stakes wins for the 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, leaving her 16-11-2-2- with $703,905 in earnings. She was consigned by Pleasant Acres Farm, Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale, where she sped an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Augustin Stable’s Gone Away was thirteenth and last going to the turn in Friday’s $100,000 Hilltop Stakes on the Pimlico turf course, but she rallied on the outside down the stretch and got up in the final strides to win by a head. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old graded stakes placed Florida-bred filly by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ), trained by Michael Matz, now 5-2-0-1 with earnings of $109,495. Consigned by Ocala Stud, Agent, to the 2015 OBS April Sale, she was purchased for $35,000 after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5.  watch her under tack video