Blended Citizen takes Belmont’s Peter Pan Stakes

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Greg Hall and Sayjay Racing LLC’s Blended Citizen warmed up for a run at the Belmont Stakes (G1),  charging wide on the turn to reach contention in Saturday’s $350,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3) at Belmont, taking command inside the sixteenth pole and easing away to a 1-1/2 length victory. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Proud Citizen, purchased for $85,000 out of the Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne) consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale after he breezed an Under Tack quarter in :22 1/5. Trained by Doug O’Neill, he’s now 10-3-0-2 and has earned $406,854 to date. watch his under tack video

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Kent Spellman’s Kirby’s Penny tried stakes company for the first time in the $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap (G3) on Saturday at Belmont Park, rallied from just off the pace to wear down the leaders in the stretch and won going away by a length and a half. The 5-year-old daughter of Macho Uno, trained by Wesley Ward, is now 12-7-2-0 and has earned $338,916. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2015 OBS March Sale, she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch his under tack video

 

 

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David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Mr. Jordan tracked the leader in Gulfstream’s $100,000 Big Drama Stakes on Saturday, took over leaving the eighth pole and scored by a length and three quarters, with fellow OBS graduate Hy Riverside (April ’14) checking in third. The 6-year-old Florida-bred son of Kantharos is a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2013 August Sale then purchased for $155,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 April Sale after he breezed a  quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. A six time stakes winner for trainer Eddie Plesa, he has compiled a 29-9-6-6 record and has earned $738,560. watch his under tack video

 

Woodford Racing LLC’s Engage overcame a sluggish start in Sunday’s $90,000 Gold Fever Stakes at Belmont, battled down the stretch in the mud and was best by a nose. Fellow OBS graduate A Different Style (March ’17) finished third. The graded stakes winning 3-year-old colt by Into Mischief, who took Belmont’s Futurity Stakes (G3) at two, is now 5-3-2-0 for trainer Chad Brown and has earned $266,400 to date. He worked an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show before he was purchased by Woodford for $550,000 out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

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Kaleem Shah’s Tijori got her career off on the right foot Friday at Santa Anita, taking the lead at the start of a $55,035 maiden special weight test and never looking back en route to a 3-1/4 length victory. Trained by Simon Callaghan, who indicated he’s pointing her for either the Astoria Stakes on Belmont weekend or a trip to Royal Ascot for the Queen Mary (G2), she earned $32,400 for her effort. The 2-year-old daughter of Will Take Charge was purchased for $525,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video