Call Me Midnight upsets Fair Grounds’ Lecomte Stakes

Peter L. Cantrell’s Call Me Midnight, ignored at 28-1, was next to last early in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes G3) at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. But the 3-year-old son of champion OBS graduate Midnight Lute circled horses on the turn, reached contention turning for home, and was up in the final strides to score by a head. It’s the first stakes win for the two-time OBS graduate, trained by Keith Desormeaux, now 7-2-1-0 with earnings of $221,806. Sold first by Beth Bayer, Agent, at the 2020 October Select Yearling Sale, he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 and was purchased for $80,000 out of the Navas Equine consignment at the 2021 March Sale. watch his under tack video
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William L. Heiligbrodt, Corinne Heiligbrodt, Madaket Stables LLC and Spendthrift Farm LLC’s Cowan was awarded victory via disqualification in the Fair Grounds $99,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes. It’s the first stakes win for the graded stakes placed 4-year-old colt by Kantharos, second in the Breeder’s Cup Turf Sprint (G2) at two.  Consigned by SBM Training & Sales to the 2020 OBS March Sale, he went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 13-3-6-1 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $826,602 to date. watch his under tack video   March Sale walking video

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Sonata Stable’s Lovely Luvy broke poorly and was last in the early going of Gulfstream’s $100,000 Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf Stakes, taken off the turf and run on the Tapeta surface. She circled the field on the turn, charged to the lead a sixteenth out and drew away late to win by 2-1/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred mare by He’s Had Enough, trained by Saffie A. Joseph, Jr., now 29-4-6-9 with $263,163 in earnings. She was purchased for $70,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Like father, like daughter: Peter Brant’s Salinah (IRE), the first U.S. starter for OBS graduate El Kabeir, earned TDN Rising Star status for her five length debut win at Tampa Bay Downs. A multiple graded stakes winning son of Sat Daddy, El Kabeir earned Rising Star status for his debut at Saratoga at two and went on to win the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)  at two and the Gotham Stakes (G3) at three, retiring to stud with earnings of $946,557. He was a $250,000 purchase out of the Summerfield consignment at the 2013 OBS August Yearling Sale.