Mr. Misunderstood captures Churchill’s Commonwealth Turf Stakes

Flurry Racing Stables LLC’s Mr. Misundertood is six for seven this year and a graded stakes winner after circling horses to take command of Saturday’s $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs in the stretch and easing away to win by a length and a half. It’s the fourth straight stakes win for the 3-year-old gelding by Archarcharch, trained by Brad Cox, now 12-8-1-0 with earnings $364,694. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, he was sold for $130,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video

OBS graduates posted five stakes wins on Saturday at Gulfstream Park West.

Richlyn Farms’ Silver Bay is two for two and a stakes winner after leading from gate to wire and taking the Juvenile Fillies Sprint Stakes by a neck over fellow OBS graduate Starship Bonita (March ’17, August ’16). The 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Currency Swap is a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent at the 2015 Fall Mixed Sale then resold for $47,000 by Woodside Ranch, Agent, at the 2017 June Sale after working a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by William Hickey, she has earned $69,570. watch her under tack video

Magic Stables LLC’s Lirica was wide in the early going of the $75,000 Millions Distaff Stakes, moved to the leaders at the top of the stretch and was up in the final yards to win by half a length. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Kantharos, a two time OBS graduate. She was purchased out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2014 Winter Mixed Sale and then sold by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, for $20,000 at the 2015 August Yearling Sale. Trained by Antonio Sano, she’s now 12-3-2-3 and has earned $144,885. Selected Sale conformation photo

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Quijote battled head and head for the lead on the outside of two horses in the $75,000 Millions Sprint  Preview Stakes, took charge in deep stretch and beat fellow OBS graduate Sweetontheladies (April ’16) to the wire by a length and a quarter. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Pomeroy, purchased by Midwest for $25,000 out of the Kelli Mitchell consignment at the 2014 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Trained by Armando de la Cerda, he’s now 15-6-4-0 and has earned $283,045 to date.  Selected Sale conformation photo

David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Mr. Jordan pressed the early leader in the $75,000 Millions Classic Preview Stakes, took over on the backstretch and widened from there, galloping off to win in hand by 11-1/2 lengths. It’s the fifth stakes win for the graded stakes winning 5-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, trained by Eddie Plesa, now 24-8-4-6 with $605,340 in earnings. The two time OBS graduate was sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2013 August Sale and then purchased by trainer Eddie Plesa for $155,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 April Sale after speeding  a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Kerri Szegi’s Nauti Boy scored his first stakes victory in the $75,000 Juvenile Turf Stakes, battling fellow OBS graduate The X (August ’16) to the wire and winning by a nose. Trained by Lilli Kurtinecz, the 2-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Mizzen Mast is now 5-2-0-0 and has earned $72,405 to date. Consigned by his owner to the 2017 OBS April Sale, he went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5. watch his under tack video 

OBS grads picked up a trio of stakes wins on Saturday at Laurel.

Bruce Tallisman’s Take Charge Paula scored her second stakes win in the $100,000 Smart Halo Stakes. She wore down the leaders in the stretch despite getting hit in the jaw with a whip, took the lead a sixteenth from home and prevailed by a head. The 2-year-old graded stakes placed daughter of Take Charge Indy was consigned by Envision Equine, Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, where she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 before she was purchased by Mr. Tallisman for $50,000. Trained by Kelly Breen, she’s now 5-3-1-0 and has earned $143,600 to date. watch her under tack video

D.J. Stable’s A Different Style took the lead at the start of the $100,000 James F. Lewis Stakes and never looked back, cruising to a two length victory, with fellow OBS graduate Barry Lee (March ’17) checking in third. That’s two straight wins for the 2-year-old colt by The Factor, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $160,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. Trained by John Servis, he’s now 3-2-1-0 and has earned $100,400. watch his under tack video 

BB Horses’ Afleet Willy broke poorly and had traffic problems on the first turn in the $100,000 Richard W. Small Stakes, but he circled horses on the turn, took over after turning for home and scored by three quarters of a length over fellow OBS graduate Discreet Lover (August ’14). That’s two straight stakes wins for the 4-year-old gelding by Wilburn, now 24-10-7-2 with $367,735 in earnings for trainer Claudio Gonzalez.  He was purchased for $50,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2015 OBS June Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video 

Stormy Liberal a millionaire after scoring in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

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Rockingham Ranch’s Stormy Liberal, ignored at 30-1, saved ground in the early going of the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Del Mar, came off the rail after straightening away in the stretch and was up in the final strides to beat stablemate Richard’s Boy by a neck. Joel Rosario was aboard the 5-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, now 22-8-6-1 and the newest OBS millionaire with earnings of $1,033,570 for trainer Peter Miller. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2014 OBS June Sale, he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $100,000. watch his under tack video

A pair of OBS millionaires and a promising 2-year-old filly also made their presence felt during the two days of championship racing at Del Mar.

Speedway Stable LLC’s Collected pressed front-running winner Gun Runner into the stretch of the $6-million Breeders’ Classic (G1), battled gamely into the final furlong and then held off a late run by top 3-year-old West Coast to finish second. Trained by Bob Baffert, he’s now 12-9-1-0 and has earned $2,280,500. Consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent, to the 2015 OBS March Sale, he was purchased for $170,000 by Speedway Stable after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5.  watch his under tack video

Gelfenstein Farm’s Sharp Azteca set the pace in the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), led to deep stretch but missed by half a length to promising 3-year-old Battle of Midway. The 4-year-old colt by Freud is a two time OBS graduate, sold first by Select Sales at the 2014 August Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $220,000 at the 2015 April Sale by Gelfenstein Farm from de Meric Sales, Agent for Golden Legacy Stables, after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Jorge Navarro, he’s now 15-7-5-1 and has earned $1,306,740. watch his under tack video 

Baoma Corporation’s Alluring Star put away favored Moonshine Memories turning for home in the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) but was unable to withstand a late charge by Caledonia Road and settled for second, earning $340,000. Now 3-1-2-0 for trainer Bob Baffert, she has earned $436,000 to date. The 2-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate sped a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show at the 2017 OBS March Sale before she was purchased for $850,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment. watch her under tack video

Tower of Texas takes Woodbine’s Labeeb Stakes

Thomas Van Meter II and Scott Dilworth’s Tower of Texas was last of four in the early going of Woodbine’s $116,000 Labeeb Stakes on Saturday, rallied on the outside to reach contention, took over a furlong from home and scored by half a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 6-year-old gelding by Street Sense, trained by Roger Attfield, now 26-6-8-4 with $806,289 in earnings. Consigned by Mc Kathan Bros., Agent, to the 2013 OBS March Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Kendall E. Hansen M.D. and Skychai Racing LLC’s Fast and Accurate stalked the leader in Saturday’s $75,000 Showing Up Stakes at Gulfstream Park West, fought his way to the front in the stretch and eased away late to win by three quarters of a length. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Hansen, trained by Mike Maker, winner of the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park in March. Now 11-4-1-1 with earnings of $401,942, he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $85,000 from Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2016 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video

Jordan V. Wycoff’s Desert Duchess rallied on the turn to take charge of Gulfstream Park West’s $75,000 Cellars Shiraz Stakes on Saturday and then drew off down the stretch to post a 3-3/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old filly by Hard Spun, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, to the 2016 OBS April Sale where she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Also trained by Mike Maker, she’s now 14-5-3-2 and has earned $239,660 to date.  watch her under tack video

Collected heads contingent of 25 OBS grads entered in the Breeders’ Cup

Speedway Stable LLC’s Collected heads a contingent of 25 OBS graduates entered in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, set for Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4 at Del Mar.

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Collected comes into Saturday’s $6-million Breeders’ Classic (G1) off a wire to wire victory over champion Arrogate in the $1-million Pacific Classic (G1) over the same Del Mar surface and at the same mile and a quarter distance. The Pacific Classic was the fifth graded stakes win for the 4-year-old son of City Zip, four for four this year with three graded stakes victories. He’s now 11-8-1-0 and has earned $1,260,500 to date. Trained by Bob Baffert, he will again be ridden by Martin Garcia. Consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent, to the 2015 OBS March Sale, he was purchased for $170,000 by Speedway Stable after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5.  watch his under tack video

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Collected will be joined in the gate by Loooch Racing Stables, Inc., Glenn K. Ellis and Imaginary Stables’ War Story, a millionaire in his own right and winner of Belmont’s $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational Stakes (G2) on June 10. He’ll be ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Jorge Navarro. The 5-year-old gelding by Northern Afleet, now 23-5-3-3 with $1,284,305 in earnings, was consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2014 OBS March Sale, where he worked an eighth in :10 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form and Speedway Stables LLC’s Moon Dash are entered in Friday’s first race, the $1-million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

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Significant Form comes into the race off a victory in $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park on October 1. The 2-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, disqualified from a victory in her debut although first by 2-1/2 lengths, is 2-1-0-0 and has earned $120,415 to date. Trained by Chad Brown, she’ll be ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. After speeding an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat, she was purchased for $575,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

 

After winning at first asking at Delaware Park, Moon Dash closed with a rush to be second last time out in the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita on October 9. Also consigned by Eddie Woods to the April Sale, the daughter of Malibu Moon brought $650,000 after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. Now 2-1-1-0 with $40,400 in earnings for trainer Michael Stidham, she’ll be ridden by Mike Smith. watch her under tack video

Exline-Border Racing LLC and Gatto Racing LLC’s Giant Expectations and Gelfenstein Farm’s Sharp Azteca will go in the next race, the $1-million Dirt Mile (G1).

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Giant Expectations has a win over the Del Mar surface, coming from off the pace to take the $201,725 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) by a length and a half on August 26. The 4-year-old colt by Frost Giant breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $135,000 by Ryan Exline out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale.  He’s now 11-3-3-1 for trainer Peter Eurton and has earned $259,200. Gary Stevens will be aboard. watch his under tack video

 

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Sharp Azteca comes into the race off two straight graded stakes wins, becoming a millionaire with his victory in Belmont’s Kelso Handicap (G2) on September 23. His previous start was a track record performance in the $100,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3) on July 30. The 4-year-old colt by Freud, trained by Jorge Navarro, will be ridden by Paco Lopez. He’s now 14-7-4-1 and has earned $1,136,740. A two time OBS graduate, he was sold first by Select Sales at the 2014 August Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $220,000 at the 2015 April Sale by Gelfenstein Farm from de Meric Sales, Agent for Golden Legacy Stables, after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video 

Reddam Racing LLC’s Encumbered, Bloom Racing Stable’s Snapper Sinclair and Klaravich Stables’ Voting Control will carry the OBS banner in the $1-millon Juvenile Turf (G1).

Encumbered has a victory over the Del Mar turf course, taking the $103,105 Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes by half a length two starts back on September 3. The 2-year-old colt by Violence, who will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez for trainer Simon Callaghan, is now 4-2-0-0 and has earned $102,345. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2017 OBS April Sale, he was sold for $225,000 after breezing a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Snapper Sinclair came from just off the pace to take the $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile Stakes at Kentucky Downs in his last start on September 6. It was the second straight win for the 2-year-old City Zip colt, purchased for $180,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he’s now 3-2-0-0 and has earned $252,360 to date. watch his under tack video

Voting Control won at first asking for trainer Chad Brown and comes into the race off a second place finish in the Pilgrim Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park on September 30. Now 2-1-1-0 with $85,000 in earnings, he will be ridden by Javier Castellano. Consigned to the 2016 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale by Stuart Morris, Agent, he was sold for $85,000.   Selected Sale conformation photo

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Ciaglia Racing, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, Sharon Alesia, Christensen, and Legan’s champion Champagne Room goes after her second Breeders’ Cup victory as the lone OBS entrant in the $2-million Distaff (G1). Last year’s Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner comes into the race off a 3-3/4 length victory in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks on September 24. The 3-year-old Broken Vow filly is now 7-3-1-2 and has earned $1,430,600 to date. Trained by Peter Eurton, she will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez. Consigned by de Meric Sales to the 2016 OBS April Sale, she sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before she was purchased for $310,000 by Larry Zap, Agent, on behalf her owners.  watch her under tack video

Saturday’s action gets under way with the $2-million Juvenile Fillies (G1) and OBS is represented by four youngsters.

Baoma Corporation’s Alluring Star was a winner over the Del Mar strip at first asking and then second in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Stakes (G1) on September 30. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Joe Talamo, she comes into the race with a 2-1-1-0 record and $96,000 in earnings.  Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, the 2-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate sped a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show before she was purchased for $850,000. watch her under tack video

John C. Oxley’s Gio Game comes into the race off a nine-length maiden special weight victory at Keeneland on October 6. Manuel Franco will ride the daughter of Gio Ponti for trainer Mark Casse. Now 3-1-2-0 with $72,200 in earnings, she worked an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before she was purchased for $160,000 out of the SBM Training & Sales consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

Mario Gutierrez will ride Nice Guys Stables, Jack Bick and Jay Oringer’s Piedi Bianchi for trainer Doug O’Neill. The filly by Overanalyze comes into the race off a third place finish in the Chandelier (G1) and a second in Del Mar Debutante (G1). She was sold for $80,000 by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, at the 2017 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in 10 1/5. Now 4-1-2-1, she has earned $141,000 to date.  watch her under tack video

Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot is two for three and a graded stakes winner after romping to a six length victory in Woodbine’s $142,250 Mazarine Stakes (G3) on October 7. The 2-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased for $325,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. Now 3-2-0-1 for trainer Mark Casse, she has earned $147,923 to date.  watch her under tack video

Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC’s Bucchero, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Westside Racing Stable, Haymes, Rodriguez, et al Guns Loaded and Rockingham Ranch’s Stormy Liberal will represent OBS in the $1-million Turf Sprint.

Bucchero comes in looking for his third straight win after scoring in the $200,000 Woodford Stakes (G2) at Keeneland on October 7. With five stakes wins to his credit, the 5-year-old son of Kantharos sports a 22-9-6-1 record with $638,366 in earnings. Fernando De La Cruz with ride for trainer Tim Glyshaw.  Consigned by Southern Chase Farm (Greg & Karen Dodd), Agent, to the 2014 OBS June Sale, he sped a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Guns Loaded captured Santa Anita’s $101,380 San Simeon Stakes (G3) last spring for his fifth stakes victory. He’s a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Equest Thoroughbreds, Inc. to Welcome Gate Farm at the 2012 August Sale and then resold by Welcome Gate for $175,000 at the 2013 April Sale after turning in a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. Rafael Bejarano rides the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of D’wildcat, trained by Doug O’Neill, who comes into the race with a 31-8-3-5 record and earnings of $425,562. watch his under tack video

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Rockingham Ranch’s Stormy Liberal ran off four straight stakes wins this spring, capped by a victory in $147,000 Daytona Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita on May 27. Peter Miller trains the 5-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, who will be ridden by Joel Rosario. He’s now 21-7-6-1 and has earned $433,570 to date. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $100,00 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

 

LNJ Foxwoods’ Constellation and Jeff Bonde, Edward J. Brown and Karen Norton’s Princess Karen are entered in the $1-million Filly and Mare Sprint.

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Constellation took the $301,035 La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita in her final start at three and has finished second in graded stakes in all four of her starts at four. The daughter of Bellamy Road, now trained by Bob Baffert, will be ridden by Flavien Prat and has compiled a 12-5-5-1 record with $619,464 in earnings.  She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before she was purchased for $800,000 out of the Northwest Stud consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale.  watch her under tack video

Princess Karen, winner of the Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos two back, comes in off a second in Santa Anita’s L. A. Woman Stakes (G3) on October 8. The 3-year-old Stay Thirsty filly, trained by Jeff Bonde, now 7-3-1-0 with $140,705 in earnings, will be ridden by Julien Leparoux. Consigned by Starting Point Thoroughbreds (Bruno DeBerdt), Agent to the 2016 OBS June Sale, she breezed an eighth in  :10 1/5 before she went through the ring. watch her under tack video

 

Richard C. Pell’s Calculator and J Stables, Head of Plains Partners LLC, All American Horses LLC, Daniel Summers and  Michael E. Kisper’s Mind Your Biscuits will carry the OBS flag in the $1.5-million Sprint (G1).

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Calculator, who broke his maiden in Santa Anita’s $100,750 Sham Stakes (G3) at three, comes into the race off a second to fellow OBS graduate Giant Expectations in the Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2). The 5-year-old Florida-bred colt by In Summation was purchased for $132,000 by trainer Peter Miller from breeder Ocala Stud at the 2014 OBS April Sale after turning in a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. John Velazquez has the mount. Now 17-4-5-4, he has earned $575,480 to date.  watch his under tack video

 

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Mind Your Biscuits, third in this race last year, followed that effort with victories in the Malibu (G1), Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) and Belmont Sprint Championship (G2). He comes into the race boasting a  17-6-6-2 record with earnings of $2,224,166 and a shot at the Eclipse Award as sprint champion. Regular rider Joel Rosario will be aboard for trainer Chad Summers.  Consigned by SBM Training and Sales, Agent, to the 2015 OBS April Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

Kretz Racing LLC’s Mr. Roary will represent OBS in the $2-million Mile (G1). The 4-year-old old Scat Daddy gelding came from well off the pace in his last start to win the $101,725 Eddie D Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita on September 29. It was his second stakes win and left him with an 18-4-4-2 record and $243,310 in earnings. Trained by George Papaprodromou, he will be ridden by Tyler Conner. Consigned to the 2015 OBS April Sale by Off the Hook LLC, Agent, he was purchased for $110,000 by Gayle Van Leer, Agent, after an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch his under tack video

Reddam Racing LLC’s Bahamian, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Hazit and Carolyn Wilson’s The Tabulator will go in the $2-million Juvenile (G1).

Bahamian, still a maiden, comes in off a series of strong works for trainer Simon Callaghan. The 2-year-old colt by Freedom Child breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat at the 2017 OBS April Sale before he was purchased for $160,000 out of the Top Line Sales consignment. Mario Gutierrez has the mount.  watch his under tack video 

Hazit was a winner at first asking, leading all the way in a Saratoga maiden special test on August 26. He’s now 2-1-0-0 for trainer Todd Pletcher and has earned $64,800 to date. John Velazquez will be aboard. Consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $430,000. watch his under tack video 

The Tabulator is an undefeated three for three and a graded stakes winner after capturing Churchill’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) on September 16. Jose Valdivia, Jr. will again ride for trainer Larry Rivelli. The 2-year-old colt by Dialed In has earned $143,550 to date. He was purchased for $460,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video 

 

Top of the Game takes Santa Anita’s Comma to the Top Stakes

Holly and David Wilson’s Top of the Game took charge of the $73,690 Comma to the Top Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita after straightening away in the stretch, opened a long lead a furlong from home and coasted from there to a 4-1/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old gelding by Desert Party, returning to the races after a layoff since a victory at Santa Anita in February.  Trained by Vladimir Cerin, he’s now 12-4-1-1 and has earned $167,420. The two time OBS graduate was purchased out of the Beth Bayer consignment at the 2014 Selected Yearling Sale and then resold for $150,000 by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, at the 2015 March Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video    Selected Sale Conformation photo

Lovely Bernadette wins Keeneland’s Valley View Stakes

James M. Miller’s Lovely Bernadette sat just off the leaders in Friday’s $150,000 Valley View Stakes (G3) at Keeneland, took charge in deep stretch and eased away late to win by a length and a half. It’s the first graded stakes win for 3-year-old daughter of Wilburn, who breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5 at the  2016 OBS June Sale before she was purchased by Mr. Miller for $28,000 from Bobby Jones Equine LLC & Santa Fe Thoroughbreds, Agent.  A three time stakes winner for trainer Jim DiVito, she’s now 13-6-0-3 with earnings of $390,613. watch her under tack video

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bonus Points circled horses to reach contention in the stretch of Saturday’s $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Stakes at Laurel, ran past the leaders a sixteenth from home and was clear by 2-3/4 lengths at the wire. It’s the second stakes win for the graded stakes placed 3-year-old colt by Majestic Warrior, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 14-3-3-2 with $340,560 in earnings. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2016 OBS April Sale, he breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Ivery Sisters Racing’s Black Tide went right to the front in Sunday’s $200,000 Mohawk Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park, opened a long lead after half a mile and was never threatened from there, reporting home by a length and a quarter over fellow OBS graduate Offering Plan (April ’14). It’s the first stakes win for two-time OBS graduate, sold by Harry L. Landry Bloodstock at the 2013 August Yearling Sale and then purchased for $50,000 out of the Top Line Sales consignment at the 2014 April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by David Cannizzo, the the 5-year-old gelding by Hold Me Back is now 34-7-6-5 and has earned $450,832 to date. watch his under tack video

Jordan V. Wycoff’s Gianna’s Dream picked up her second straight stakes victory in the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf Stakes on Friday at Remington Park, taking the lead after straightening away in the stretch and drawing off to a 2-1/4 length win. That’s four stakes wins for the 4-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy, now 17-9-1-4 with earnings of $401,791 for trainer Mike Maker.  She was purchased for $42,000 out of the Perrone Sales consignment at the 2014 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale.  Selected Sale Conformation photo

Hronis Racing LLC’s Artistic Diva is two for two and a stakes winner after leading every step of the way and winning Sunday’s $71,500 Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita by 2-1/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Steph Being Steph (April ’17). The 2-year-old daughter of Munnings sped an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before she was purchased for $425,000 out of the Price Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. Trained by John Sadler, she has earned $78,900 to date.  watch her under tack video

La Coronel captures Keeneland’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes

John C. Oxley’s La Coronel took the lead at the start of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday and never gave it up, holding on gamely and scoring by half a length. It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Colonel John, purchased for $375,000 out of the Winners Circle Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2016 OBS April Sale after speeding an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. Trained by Mark Casse, she’s now 12-5-2-0 and has earned $754,844. watch her under tack video

Calumet Farm’s Beautiful Shot is two for two and a stakes winner after coming from off the pace in Sunday’s $73,405 Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita, running past front-running fellow OBS graduate Mourinho (March ’17) in deep stretch and winning by a length and a quarter. The 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Trappe Shot, trained by Keith Desormeaux, has earned $78,080 to date. He breezed an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before he was purchased for $105,000 out of the Southern Chase Farm consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale.  watch his under tack video

Engage wins the Futurity at Belmont Park

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Woodford Racing LLC’s Engage is two for three and a graded stakes winner after taking command of Saturday’s $150,000 Futurity Stakes (G3) at Belmont after turning for home and then drawing off to a 3-1/2 length victory over fellow OBS March graduate Barry Lee. The 2-year-old colt by Into Mischief sped an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before he was purchased by Woodford for $550,000 out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. Now 3-2-1-0 for trainer Chad Brown, he has earned $156,400 to date. watch his under tack video

Uncaptured filly tops Open Yearling Sale

Hip No. 545, Catherinethegreat, a daughter of Uncaptured consigned by Turtle Pond Farm, Agent, was sold to John C. Oxley for $170,000 to top the Open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 October Yearling Sale. The gray or roan filly, out of Classy City Lady, by Carson City, is a half sister to stakes winner Katinka, recent winner of the Miss Gracie Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Hip No. 662, a dark bay or brown colt by Verrazano out of stakes placed Jasmine Gardens, by Mineshaft, was purchased for $140,000 by de Meric Stables. Consigned by Select Sales, Agent, he’s a half brother to stakes placed Born to D’ Wild.

Hip No. 377, a dark bay or brown filly by Uncaptured consigned by Janie Roper, Agent, went to Waves Bloodstock for $90,000. She’s a half sister to stakes placed Enterprising Lady out of Sassy Harper, by Bob and John.

Anthony Costanzo went to $60,000 for Hip No. 587, a son of Uncaptured consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent. The bay colt is out of Fabiana’s Flash, by City Zip, a daughter of graded stakes winner Flashy N Smart.

Hip No. 350, a son of He’s Had Enough consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, went to Starship Stables for $56,000. The gray or roan colt, a half brother to stakes winner Wildcat Wish, is out of Rahy’s Wish, by Rahy.

Hip No. 593, a bay filly by Fort Larned consigned by Boutte Sales, Agent, was purchased by Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC for $55,000. She’s out of Fiesta d’Oro, by Medaglia d’Oro, a half sister to graded stakes winner Phil the Grip.

Hip No. 616, a son of Trappe Shot consigned by Northern Lights, Agent, went to EQB, Inc., Agent for Zayat Stables LLC for $53,000. The chestnut colt is out of stakes winner Gleaming, by Dehere.

For the session, 291 yearlings sold for a total of $3,131,100, averaging $10,760 with a $5,000 median figure. The buyback percentage was 23.4%. Last year, in two Open sessions, 369 horses sold for a total of $3,066,800, averaging $8,311 with a $4,500 median price. The buyback percentage was 38%.

At Tuesday’s Selected session, 115 horses sold for a total of $4,989,400, compared with 148 yearlings bringing $5,573,300 at the 2016 Selected Sale. The average price was $43,386, up 15.2% compared with $37,657 last year, while the median was $30,000, up 20% compared with $25,000 last year. The buyback percentage was 33.9%; it was 33.6% a year ago.

The sale topper was Hip No. 126, a son of Violence consigned by Kaizen Sales (Richard Kent), Agent, sold to John C. Oxley for $275,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Frank’s Hope, by Pulpit, a daughter of grade one winner Silver Maiden and a half sister to graded stakes winner Dreaming of Liz.

The next item on the OBS agenda will be the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale, including the Horses of Racing Age section, scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, January 24 – 26.

Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.

In addition to catalogs for upcoming sales, the OBS website includes sales results, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers. E-Mail should be addressed to obs@obssales.com. For catalogs or more information regarding the OBS October Yearling Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.

Colt by Violence tops Selected Yearling Sale

John C. Oxley went to $275,000 for Hip No. 126, a son of Violence consigned by Kaizen Sales (Richard Kent), Agent, to top the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 Selected Yearling Sale. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Frank’s Hope, by Pulpit, a daughter of grade one winner Silver Maiden and a half sister to graded stakes winner Dreaming of Liz.

Hip No. 96, a chestnut colt by More Than Ready consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, was sold to de Meric Stables for $240,000.  He’s out of Coal and Ice, by Tapit, a half sister to graded stakes placed Blueridge Traveler.

Hip No. 121, a daughter of Will Take Charge consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, was purchased by de Meric Stables for $230,000. The bay filly is out of Final Heiress, by Forest Wildcat, a full sister to grade one winner and successful sire Wildcat Heir and graded stakes winner Forest Heiress.

Hip No. 20, a chestnut colt by Malibu Moon consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, went to Sagamore Farm for $170,000.  He’s out of stakes winner Ready Signal, by More Than Ready.

Stephanie Wedge & Del Secco, DCS, Inc. paid $150,000 for Hip No. 31, a son of Jimmy Creed out of Showmethegreencard, by De Niro, a full sister to graded stakes winner De Bertie. Consigned by Select Sales, Agent, the dark bay or brown colt is a half brother to stakes winner Mrs. Began.

Hip No.  54, a son of Distorted Humor consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, went to John C. Oxley for $150,000. The bay colt, a half brother to graded stakes placed stakes winner Sweet Tapper, is out of millionaire grade one stakes winner Sweet Talker, by Stormin Fever.

Hip No. 195, a dark bay or brown filly by Will Take Charge consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, also brought $150,000, going to Three Diamonds Farm. She’s out of Choice Pearl, by Any Given Saturday, a  half sister to grade one winner Awesome Humor out of stakes winner Horns Gray.

For the day, 107 horses sold for a total of $4,841,400, compared with 148 yearlings bringing $5,573,300 at the 2016 Selected Sale. The average price was $45,247, up 20.1% compared with $37,657 last year, while the median was $32,000, up 28% compared with $25,000 last year. The buyback percentage was 38.5%; it was 33.6% a year ago.

The sale continues Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. with Hip No.’s 301 – 746 selling in the Open session. The session will again be streamed live via the OBS, Blood-Horse and Daily Racing Form websites.

Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.

In addition to catalogs for upcoming sales, the OBS website includes sales results, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers. E-Mail should be addressed to obs@obssales.com. For catalogs or more information regarding the OBS October Yearling Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.

October Yearling Sale begins Tuesday, October 10

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 October Yearling Sale begins Tuesday, October 10th. There are 619 yearlings cataloged for the two-day sale, which gets underway at 12:00 noon with the Selected session (Hip No.’s 1 – 188, supplements 189 – 202). The Sale continues with an Open session on Wednesday, October 11th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. There are 445 (Hip No.’s 301 – 730, supplements 731 – 746) horses in the Open session. Catalog pages for the supplements are available via the OBS website at obssales.com and in printed form at the sales grounds.

Conformation photographs of Selected yearlings may be viewed through the Sortable Master Index on the OBS website. The Master Index also includes links to pedigree updates via equineline.com. The catalog can also be downloaded for use with the equineline Sales Catalog iPad App. For more information and to obtain the application please go to http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/.

The sale will be streamed live on the OBS, Blood-Horse and DRF websites. The website now includes a Spanish language section which can be accessed from the home page. The section’s index links to information for consignors and buyers, as well as press releases and important general information.

The OBS Yearling Sale, a perennial source of high class racehorses, has produced winners of graded stakes from coast to coast in North America as well as at Ascot, Dubai and Japan. Twenty five Yearling Sale graduates have surpassed  the million dollar mark in earnings, and recent graduates include Noted and Quoted, winner of Santa Anita’s 2016 Chandelier Stakes (G1), 2017 La Troienne Stakes (G1) winner Big World and Starship Jubilee, who captured this year’s renewals of Woodbine’s Nassau (G2) and Dance Smartly (G2).

Freshly minted millionaire Sharp Azteca, winner of the 2017 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) and Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3), is Breeders’ Cup-bound, pointing for the Dirt Mile (G1) after a four length victory in Belmont’s Kelso Handicap (G2).

The 2016 OBS Yearling Sale class is off to a strong start, headed by Kaleem Shah’s Best Pal Stakes (G2) winner Run Away, who has also won the Santa Anita Juvenile and Barrett’s Juvenile Stakes. The colt by Run Away and Hide was purchased for $35,000 out of the Bill Murphy consignment.

Craig D. Upham’s Patrona Margarita is also a graded stakes winner, taking the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. The daughter of Special Rate was consigned to the sale by Stoneview Farm, Agent.

Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Ellis Park Debutante Stakes winner Kelly’s Humor, by OBS graduate Midnight Lute, was second in the Pocahontas (G2). She was purchased at last year’s yearling sale for $35,000 out of the Stuart Morris Consignment.

Stuart Morris also consigned Tobey L. Morton’s Pacific Gale, winner of the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park. She’s a daughter of OBS graduate Flat Out.

Closer to home, Raroma Stable’s Phantom Ro won at first asking and then came back to take the FTBOA Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes at Gulfstream in his second start. The Florida-bred gelding by Wildcat Heir was consigned to the sale by Beth Bayer, Agent.

Starship Stables’ Starship Bonita has amassed earnings of $374,400 with two stakes wins at Gulfstream, taking the FTBOA Florida Sire My Dear Girl Stakes after capturing the Florida Sire Susan’s Girl Stakes. The Florida-bred daughter of Gone Astray was sold for $25,000 by The Acorn LLC, Agent at the Selected session.

Anton Kubacak’s Emily’s Lollipop is the seventh stakes winner to date from last year’s sale, with the daughter of Tiz the One taking the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies at Louisiana Downs. She was consigned by Select Sales, Agent.

Tapit heads the sale’s strong stallion roster, a list including upper echelon sires Awesome Again, Candy Ride (ARG), Distorted Humor, Elusive Quality, Giant’s Causeway, Kantharos, Kitten’s Joy, Macleans Music, Malibu Moon, More Than Ready, Quality Road, Speightstown, Tiznow and Union Rags.

Always considered a showcase for newcomers to the stallion ranks, the sale features the offspring of Fed Biz, Goldencents, He’s Had Enough, Mucho Macho Man, Uncaptured, Verrazano and Will Take Charge.

Promising stallions whose first crop is at the races with yearlings in the sale include Jimmy Creed, Overanalyze, Poseidon’s Warrior, Shanghai Bobby, Treasure Beach (GB) and Violence.

Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the OBS homepage directs users to either site.

In addition to catalogs for upcoming sales, the OBS website includes sales results, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers. E-Mail should be addressed to obs@obssales.com. For catalogs or more information regarding the OBS October Yearling Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.

Bucchero captures Keeneland’s Woodford Stakes

Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC’s Bucchero tracked the leader into the stretch of Saturday’s $200,000 Woodford Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, took command inside the eighth pole and eased away to win by a length and three quarters. It’s the first graded stakes victory and fifth stakes score for the 5-year-old son of Kantharos, trained Tim Glyshaw, now 22-9-6-1 with $638,366 in earnings. Consigned by Southern Chase Farm (Greg & Karen Dodd), Agent, to the 2014 OBS June Sale, he sped a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot is two for three and a graded stakes winner after leading from start to finish and winning Woodbine’s $142,250 Mazarine Stakes (G3) by six lengths over fellow OBS graduate Shamrock Rose (April ’17).  The 2-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased for $325,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. Now 3-2-0-1 for trainer Mark Casse, she has earned $147,923 to date.  watch her under tack video

Significant Form wins Belmont’s Miss Grillo Stakes

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Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form picked a good spot to break her maiden, taking command of the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (G3) on Sunday at Belmont a furlong from home and easing away to score by a length. It was the second trip to the post for the 2-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, who was disqualified from a victory in her debut although she finished first by a wide margin. After speeding an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat, she was purchased for $575,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. Now 2-1-0-0 for trainer Chad Brown, she has earned $120,415 to date. watch her under tack video

 

Flurry Racing Stables LLC’s Mr. Misundertood rallied to take command of the $100,000 Jefferson Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday passing the eighth pole and drew off from there to a 2-3/4 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Adonis Creed (April ’16). That’s two stakes wins in a row for the 3-year-old gelding by Archarcharch, consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, and sold for $130,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 11-7-1-0 and has earned $304,554 to date. watch his under tack video

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Cheyenne Stables LLC and Mac Nichol’s millionaire Madefromlucky tracked the leaders into the stretch of Sunday’s $200,000 Temperence Hill Invitational Stakes at Belmont, took the lead coming to the sixteenth pole and was best by three quarters of a length. That’s two straight stakes wins for the 5-year-old son of  Lookin At Lucky, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 24-6-5-5 earnings of $1,351,500. He was purchased by Mr. Nichol for $150,000 out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 4/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

Starship Stables’ Starship Bonita scored her second straight stakes win at Gulfstream on Saturday, coming from off the pace to take the lead in the stretch and holding off a late charge by fellow OBS graduate Dessert Honeys (April ’17) to win the $400,000 FTBOA My Dear Girl Stakes by a neck. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by The Acorn LLC, Agent, at the 2016 Selected Yearling Sale before she was purchased for $72,000 out of the Whitman Sales consignment at the 2017 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth  in :10 flat. Trained by Steve Dwoskin, the 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Gone Astray is now 4-2-1-0 and has earned $374,400. watch her under tack video  Selected Sale conformation photo

Anne D. Scott’s Galleon Mast ran off with his third straight stakes win on Saturday at Gulfstream, rallying to get up in the final yards to take the $75,000 Mr. Steele Stakes by half a length. Consigned to the 2015 OBS April Sale by Eddie Woods, Agent, he went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :22 flat. He’s five for nine this year for trainer David Fawkes, and is now 20-7-5-4 with $298,815 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Live Oak Plantation’s Let It Ride Mom was well back in the early going of Woodbine’s $100,000 La Lorgnette Stakes on Saturday, but she rallied wide on the turn, took the lead a furlong from home and held on gamely to win by a neck. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old filly by Into Mischief, consigned to the 2016 OBS March Sale by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, where she breezed an eighth in :9 4/5 before she  was purchased by Live Oak for $375,000. Trained by Mark Casse, she’s now 9-3-3-0 and has earned $187,106. watch her under tack video 

Granpollo Stable’s Dreaming of Gold took the lead at the start of Gulfstream’s $50,000 Bull and Whistle Handicap on Sunday and never looked back, cruising to victory by a length and a half. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Unbridled’s Song, sold for $220,000 by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2013 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Now 24-3-6-1 for trainer Victor Barboza, Jr., she has earned $177,521.  Selected Sale conformation photo

BB Horses’ Afleet Willy led from gate to wire in the DTHA Governor’s Day Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday, romping home by 5-3/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Twocubanbrothersu (June ’12, August ’11). Trained by Claudio Gonzalez, the 4-year-old gelding by Wilburn picked up his first stakes victory, improved his career record to 23-9-7-2, and boosted his bankroll to $307,735. At the Under Tack Show prior to the 2015 OBS June Sale, he breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased out of the Wavertree Stables consignment for $50,000. watch his under tack video 

October Selected Yearling photos now online

Available conformation photos of the 2017 OBS October Selected Yearlings are now online and may be viewed via the OBS website, and accessed through the Sale’s Sortable Master & Photo Index. Additional photos will be posted as they become available, so please revisit the index often for new photos as well as pedigree updates. The photos can also be viewed via the equineline Sales Catalog App. The App allows users to download and view the catalog, record notes and also provides innovative search, sort and rating capability. For more information and downloads go to: http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/

The Selected Yearlings (Hip No.’s 1 – 188, Supplements 189 – 201) will be sold on Tuesday, October 10th beginning at 12:00 noon. The Open Sale will follow on Wednesday, October 11th (Hip No.’s 301 – 730, Supplements 731 – 746), with the session beginning at 9:00 a.m.

October Yearling sale supplements now online

The supplemental catalog to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 October Yearling Sale is now available on the company’s website at obssales.com.

Thirteen yearlings have been supplemented to the Selected Yearling Sale as Hip No.’s 189 – 201. Sixteen yearlings have been supplemented to the Open Yearling Sale, cataloged as Hip No.’s 731 – 746.

The sire roster of the supplemented yearlings contains many of North America’s leading stallions, including Bernardini, Bodemeister, Giant’s Causeway, Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Orb, Quality Road, Stay Thirsty, Verrazano and Will Take Charge.

The supplemental catalog will be available in print at the sales grounds and on the OBS website.

There are now 201 yearlings cataloged for the Selected Yearling Sale. Scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th, it will begin at 12:00 noon. There are now 445 yearlings cataloged in the Open Yearling Sale, set to begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 11th.

As always, the sale will be streamed live via the OBS website at obssales.com, and also via the Blood-Horse and DRF websites.

Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.

Sales results are available on the OBS website, updated hourly during each session of every sale. In addition, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers is also available. E-mail should be addressed to obs@obssales.com.

For more information regarding the October Sale or the OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.

Celebration of Life set for Ocala horseman Lee Parker

Elmer Leland (Lee) Parker, Jr. passed away on August 31, 2017 in Crystal River, Florida, at the age of 78. Lee was born with a love of horses and grew up riding them. While living in Miami running his sod and landscape business in the 1960’s, he bought his first horse, an Appaloosa, in Miami for his daughter’s ninth birthday, and that opened the floodgates. Soon after, Lee bought riding horses for the whole family, which prompted a move to a small farm in the Redlands area of Miami, where he built riding stables and boarded horses.

In 1974, the family moved near Williston, Florida, to start a cattle farm. But then Lee went to his first Thoroughbred sale in Ocala and he was hooked for good! He started off with a couple of mares, but that number increased significantly over the next decade. Lee developed Don Dee Farm & Training Center with five large barns and an excellent track. He raced under the name of Horses Of Course, and was a longtime Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company shareholder.

Upon his retirement to Crystal River in 2001, Lee continued to own a few horses and stayed active in their training and racing. He finally sold his last horse in 2015, after 46 years of devoted horsemanship. He loved breeding and training horses and always said how blessed his life was that he could do what he loved.

Lee was born on September 6, 1938 in Miami, to Elmer L. Parker, Sr. and Thelma Parker. He had four siblings: Jackie Parker Kroger, Peggy Parker Hamilton, Bruce Parker and Richard Parker. With the nieces and nephews they gave him, it was quite a family.

He married Paula Edmiston in 1959 and received his discharge from the Air Force in 1960. Lee and Paula are the parents of Donna Parker Kassewitz, Deanna Parker Rodrick, and Leland Parker III and grandparents of Jennifer Rodrick, Jason Rodrick, Jarrod Rodrick, Noel Kassewitz, Perker Kassewitz, Hayden Parker and Landen Parker.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Plantation on Crystal River, in the Magnolia Room at 12 noon. Lunch will be served afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Florida Thoroughbred Charities https://www.ftboa.com/Articles?Article=100011 or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research https://www.michaeljfox.org/

Untrapped takes Remington’s Oklahoma Derby

Michael Langford’s Untrapped sat just off the pace in Sunday’s $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park, moved to the leaders on the outside down the stretch and drew off late to win by a length and three quarters. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Trappe Shot, on the board in five graded stakes earlier this year. Now 10-2-3-3 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $601,755 to date. After turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 prior to the 2016 OBS April Sale, he was purchased for $125,000 by Mr. Langford out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment.  watch his under tack video

OBS graduates accounted for three other stakes victories on the Oklahoma Derby card:

Ciaglia Racing, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, Sharon Alesia, Christensen, and Legan’s champion Champagne Room, away from the races since February, returned in style in the $220,000 Remington Park Oaks. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner took the lead at the start and never looked back, coasting to a 3-3/4 length victory. That’s three stakes wins for the 3-year-old daughter of Broken Vow, purchased for $310,000 by Larry Zap, Agent for Joseph Ciaglia, Jr. out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2016 April Sale after speeding a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Peter Eurton, she’s now 7-3-1-2 and has earned $1,430,600. watch her under tack video

William & Corrinne Heiligbrodt’s Golden Mischief came from fourth in a field of five in the $55,000 Flashy Lady Stakes, closing stoutly down the stretch and getting up late to win by a neck. It’s the fourth stakes victory for the 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 15-6-3-0 with earnings of $355,830 to date. Consigned by SBM Training and Sales, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale she sped an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Jordan V. Wycoff’s Gianna’s Dream captured her fourth stakes win in the $75,000 Ricks Memorial Stakes, taking command a furlong from home and easing away to a 1-1/4 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Joyous Thunder (August ’14) settled for third. The 4-year-old Twirling Candy filly was sold for $42,000  by Perrone Sales, Ltd., Agent, at the 2014 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Now 16-8-1-4 for trainer Mike Maker, she’s has earned $323,791. Selected Sale Conformation photo

Kaleem Shah’s Run Away came charging from well off the pace in Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Juvenile Stakes at Los Alamitos and was up in the final strides to win by a head, with fellow OBS graduate Crazy Uncle Rick (June ’17, August ’16) checking in third. That’s four wins in five starts for the 2-year-old colt by Run Away and Hide, winner of Del Mar’s Best Pal Stakes (G2). He’s now 5-4-0-1 with $304,400 in earnings for trainer Simon Callaghan. He was purchased for $35,000 out of the Bill Murphy consignment at the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale.

Team D’s Get Jets circled horses on the turn in Belmont’s $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes on Sunday, reached the leaders in the final furlong and held off a late challenge to win by a nose. That’s two straight stakes wins and three overall for the 4-year-old colt by Scat Daddy, trained by Anthony Dutrow, now 11-6-3-0 with $525,850 in earnings. He was purchased for $300,000 by Team D out of the Cary Frommer consignment at the 2015 OBS April Sale after working in eighth in :11 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Selected Yearling Sale grad Sharp Azteca a millionaire after taking Belmont’s Kelso Handicap

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Ivan Rodriguez’ Selected Yearling Sale graduate Sharp Azteca is the latest OBS millionaire after leading from gate to wire and taking Saturday’s $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park by four lengths.  It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the two time OBS graduate, sold first by Select Sales at the 2014 August Selected Yearling Sale. After turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 prior to the 2015 April Sale, he was purchased for $220,000 by Mr. Rodriguez’ Gelfenstein Farm from de Meric Sales, Agent for Golden Legacy Stables. Trained by Jorge Navarro, the 4-year-old colt by Freud is now 14-7-4-1 and has earned $1,136,740 to date. watch his under tack video 

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Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC’s Coal Front set the pace in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (G3) at Parx on Saturday, surrendered the lead briefly in the final furlong, then came again late and scored by half a length, running six furlongs in 1:08 4/5. Entrymate and fellow OBS graduate Petrov (June ’16) checked in third. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Stay Thirsty, now 5-4-0-0 with earnings of $411,000 for trainer Todd Pletcher. At the 2016 OBS April Sale, he sped a sped a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show before he was purchased for $575,000 out of the Kirkwood Stables consignment by Steven W. Young on behalf of Mr. LaPenta. watch his under tack video

Patrona Margarita, The Tabulator take Churchill juvenile graded stakes

OBS graduates captured both ends of Churchill’s graded stakes doubleheader for 2-year-olds on Saturday, including a one-two finish by alumni of last year’s Yearling Sale.

Craig D. Upham’s Patrona Margarita was overlooked at 23-1 in the $200, 000 Pocahontas Stakes (G2), but the 2-year-old daughter of Special Rate relaxed in the early going, circled horses on the turn, took the lead turning for home and drew away to win by 3-3/4 lengths over fellow 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale graduate Kelly’s Humor. Now 4-2-0-1 with earnings of $150,253 for trainer Bret Calhoun, she was consigned to the sale by Stoneview Farm, Agent.

Carolyn Wilson’s undefeated The Tabulator is three for three and a graded stakes winner after tracking the early pace in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3), taking command on the turn and scoring by three quarters of a length. Trained by Larry Rivelli, he has earned $143,550 to date. The 2-year-old colt by Dialed In was purchased for $460,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video 

Bantry Farms’ Grace’s Treasure was awarded victory via disqualification in the $100,000 Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday.  It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Rockport Harbor, two for two this year and 9-4-0-0 overall for trainer Michael Ann Ewing with $127,704 in earnings. She was purchased for $55,000 out of the Andy Cant consignment at the 2014 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

Shadybrook Farm, Inc. and Pam Klein’s Katinka picked up her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Miss Gracie Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream, battling head to head down the stretch and putting her nose down first on the wire. The 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Kantharos is a two time OBS graduate, sold first at the 2015 August Yearling Sale by Turtle Pond Farm, Agent. She was resold to Shadybrook Farm for $17,000 by Julie Davies, Agent, at the 2016  June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Michael Yates, she’s now 10-2-2-2 and has earned $128,090.  watch her under tack video 

Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Good Bye Greg scored his first stakes win on Saturday at Arlington, taking the lead at the start of the $66,600 Jeff Lynn Memorial Stakes and never looking back en route to a 6-1/2 length victory. Trained by Larry Rivelli, the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of Teuflesburg, three for three this year, is now 13-8-2-1 and has earned $218,326 to date. The two-time OBS graduate was sold first by Beth Bayer, Agent, at the 2012 August Selected Yearling Sale, before he was purchased for $135,000 out of the Wavertree consignment at the 2013 March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video    Selected Sale Conformation Photo

Sansinenea Racing Stable LLC’s 7-year-old Mal Guapo tried stakes company for just the second time in 49 starts, but took the lead at the start of Sunday’s $50,000 Perfect Season Stakes at Gulfstream and was never headed, scoring his first stakes win by 4-1/4 lengths. The gelding by Into Mischief is a three time veteran of the OBS Sales ring, sold by Summerfield, Agent the 2010 Fall Mixed Sale before he was consigned by Blue River Bloodstock to the 2011 August Yearling Sale. He sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5 before he was resold for $57,000  by Blue River Bloodstock at the 2012 June Sale. Trained by Oscar Gonzalez, he’s now 49-15-6-6 and has earned $363,458. watch his under tack video