June grad Seeking the Soul scores in Churchill’s Stephen Foster

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After saving ground early, Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Soul swung outside for the drive in Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, closed steadily down the stretch and was up in the final yards to score by a neck. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul (IRE), who earned a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), improved his career record to 27-7-6-1, and increased his earnings to $3,335,802. He was consigned by McKathan Bros., Agent, to the 2015 OBS June Sale, where he went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video

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Michael Lund Petersen’s Mucho Gusto tracked the leaders on the outside in Sunday’s $100,351 Affirmed Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, took command turning for home, opened a daylight lead in the stretch and cruised home a winner by 2-1/4 lengths. It’s the second straight graded stakes win for the the 3-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, where he went through the ring after working an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Now 7-5-1-1 for trainer Bob Baffert, he has earned $430,800 to date. watch his under tack video

 

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Next Wave Racing, BG Stables and Dario Bernardi’s Supercommittee moved to take charge on the turn in Saturday’s $100,000 Ginger Punch Stakes at Gulfstream, turned for home in front, then drew away down the stretch and scored by five lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Passion Plus (August ’16) checked in third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by The Factor, purchased for $80,000 out of the Journeyman Bloodstock consignment at the 2016 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Trained by Robert Falcone, Jr. she’s now 13-4-3-3 and has earned $207,549. Selected Sale conformation photo

Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing’s Kingsport came from off the pace to reach the leaders a furlong from home in Saturday’s $100,000 Steady Growth Stakes at Woodbine, put his head in front and held on gamely from there to win by a neck. That’s ten stakes wins for the 7-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $45,000 out of the RiceHorse Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS June Sale. Now 32-12-7-3 for trainer Sid Attard, he has earned $740,963 to date. watch his under tack video

Larry Pratt and Dave Alden’s Doctor Mounty moved to the outside on the turn in Laurel’s $100,000 Prince George’s County Stakes on Sunday, surged to the lead with a rush nearing the wire and scored going away by a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning son of Street Sense, purchased for $170,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2015 OBS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. Trained by Shug McGaughey, he’s now 29-6-8-4 and has earned $499,920.  watch his under tack video

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC, Darsan, Inc., Bethlehem Stables LLC and David Simon’s A Bit of Both led every step of the way in the $79,500 Honey Bee Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park, ducked out turning for home but was much the best, winning by 2-1/2 lengths. That’s four straight wins for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Paynter, now 5-4-1-0 for trainer Jason Servis with $175,610 in earnings. She was sold by breeder Darsan, Inc. for $10,000 at the 2017 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

Mom’s On Strike captures Churchill’s Mint Julep Stakes

Carl R. Moore Management LLC and Brad Grady’s Mom’s On Strike saved ground early in Saturday’s $125,000 Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, came out for the drive, took the lead late and was best by a neck.  It’s the second graded stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred daughter of First Dude, a two time OBS graduate. She went through the ring at the 2014 August Yearling Sale and then turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was purchased for $75,000 out of the Best A Luck Farm consignment at the 2015 April Sale.  Trained by Joe Sharp, she’s now 20-7-6-1 and has earned $594,550 to date. watch her under tack video 

Skychai Racing Kendall E. Hansen and Sand Dollar Stable’s Fast and Accurate rallied from off the pace to take charge of Sunday’s $100,000 Robellino Stakes at Penn National after straightening away in  the stretch, then drew away to score by 5-1/2  lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Driven to Compete (April ’16) checked in third. It’s the fifth stakes win for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning son of Hansen, who turned in 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. Now 23-7-5-3 for trainer Mike Maker, he has earned $622,827. watch his under tack video

Monarch Stable’s Art G Is Back sat just off the lead in the early going of Gulfstream’s $75,000 Thirsty Fish Stakes on Sunday, took command in the final furlong and drew off to a two length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Exchange Rate, purchased for $90,000 out of the Craig L. Wheeler consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale. Trained by Ronald Spatz, he’s now 8-2-2-2 and has earned $123,275.  watch his under tack video

Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC’s Taylor’s Spirit stalked the leader in the $61,750 Panthers Stakes at Prairie Meadows on Thursday, took over in the lane and eased away to a 2-3/4 length victory. That’s five stakes wins for the 3-year-old filly by Algorithms, now 10-5-2-1 for trainer Scott Gelner, with $230,730 in earning, she has earned $191,730 to date. She was sold for $80,000 by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2018 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

OBS grads win three Grade Ones at Belmont Day

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William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole pressed a rapid early pace in the $1.2-million Metropolitan Handicap (G1), took the lead after three quarters in 1:08 1/5 and held off stretch runs by McKinzie and Thunder Snow to score by three quarters of a length. The time for the mile  was 1:32 3/5.  It’s the seventh straight win and third graded victory for the 4-year-old colt by Eskendereya, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 11-8-2-1 and the latest OBS millionaire with earnings of $1,642,910. Consigned to the 2017 OBS April Sale by Grassroots Training & Sales, he was sold for $140,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

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Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou saved ground early in the $700,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1), came out for the drive, ran past Come Dancing in the upper stretch then drew away to win by 3-1/2 lengths. It’s the ninth graded stakes victory for the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 April Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Also trained by Steve Asmussen, she’s now 15-9-3-3 and has earned $2,780,000 to date. watch her under tack video

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Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s World of Trouble took the lead right after the break in the $400,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G1), opened a clear lead after a half in :43 4/5 and refused to yield down the stretch, scoring by a length and three quarters after six furlongs on the turf in 1:06 1/5. That’s five straight stakes wins for the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, consigned by Darsan Inc., Agent, to the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale. Now 13-9-2-1 for trainer Jason Servis, he has earned $1,263,300.

2019 OBS March graduates one-two in Belmont’s Tremont Stakes

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Reddam Racing LLC’s Fore Left is two for two and a stakes winner after taking the lead at the start of Belmont’s $150,000 Tremont Stakes on Friday and never looking back, opening a long lead in the stretch and coasting home a winner by 4-1/2 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Theitalianamerican (March ’19, January ’18), who rallied from last to be second best. The 2-year-old colt by Twirling Candy, trained by Doug O’Neill, has earned $126,000 to date. Consigned by Wavertree Stables to the 2019 OBS March Sale, he went through the ring after turning in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

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Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form got the Belmont Stakes weekend off to a good start on Thursday, coming from off the pace in the $200,000 Intercontinental Stakes (G3), taking the lead between horses a sixteenth from home and scoring by half a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, purchased for $575,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat. Now 9-3-1-0 for trainer Chad Brown, she has earned $466,865. watch her under tack video

Five weekend stakes wins for OBS grads

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Mar Racing Stable’s Hy Riverside rallied wide from off the pace in the $75,000 Big Red Stakes at Gulfstream on Sunday, collared fellow OBS graduate Mr. Jordan (April ’14, August ’13) inside the final furlong and beat him by a length. It’s the second stakes score for the 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Macho Uno, trained by Jorge Delgado, now 32-7-5-5 with $432,1895 in earnings. Consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, to the 2014 OBS April Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased by Mar Racing for $190,000. watch his under tack video

Chris Wilkins’ Wilbo was four wide in the early going of Saturday’s $125,000 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs, battled fellow OBS graduate Petrov (June ’16) down the stretch and was best by a neck at the wire. That’s three stakes wins for the 7-year-old graded stakes placed son of Candy Ride (ARG), sold for $120,000 by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, at the 2013 OBS April Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Chris Hartman, he has compiled a 34-11-6-8 career record and earned $745,890 to date. watch his under tack video

Cybertec International Inc., Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig and Daniel Weiner’s Neptune’s Storm tracked the early leader in Sunday’s $150,000 Cinema Stakes at Santa Anita, took over turning for home and held off a charge by fellow OBS graduate Parsimony (March ’18) to score by a length. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old gelding by Stormy Atlantic, trained by Richard Baltas, now 9-4-1-2 with earnings of $249,585. He was purchased for $130,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale after breezing a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Ballybritt Stable LLC’s Dynatail pressed the pace in Penn National’s $100,000 Susquehanna Stakes on Saturday, opened daylight coming to the eighth pole and was ridden out to a two length victory. That’s three stakes wins for the 5-year-old daughter of Hightail, who captured the OBS Championship Stakes in 2017. Consigned to the 2016 OBS June Sale by Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co., Agent, she was purchased by Ballybritt for $5,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. Trained by Michael Dini, she’s now 27-7-3-6 and has earned $456,910. watch her under tack video

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e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Lovesick circled five wide around the turn to reach contention in Friday’s $75,000 Liza Jane Stakes at Gulfstream, took charge in the stretch and eased away to win by a length and three quarters. It’s the second stakes win for the lightly raced 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Adios Charlie, now 4-3-0-1 for trainer David Fawkes with $142,140 in earnings. After breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5, she was purchased for $80,000 from breeder Ocala Stud at the 2018 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

OBS grads score six holiday weekend stakes wins

OBS graduates scored six stakes victories over the Memorial Day weekend, highlighted by a 1-2-3 sweep at Belmont, and a first time starter punching her ticket to Royal Ascot.

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Steve Landers’ Pole Setter took the lead at the start of the $100,000 Paradise Creek Stakes at Belmont on Saturday and led all the way, scoring by a length and a quarter in a swift 1:20 3/5 for seven furlongs on the turf. Fast closing OBS graduate Pulsate (April ’18) was second, with Strike Silver (October ’17) settling for third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old son of Take Charge Indy, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before he was purchased for $220,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale. Now 9-3-0-5 for trainer Brad Cox, he has earned $178,700 to date. watch his under tack video

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Breeze Easy, LLC’s Karak went right to the front in her debut in a $100,000, five furlong maiden special weight dash on the turf against the boys on Saturday at Belmont, battled her stablemate into the stretch then drew away late to win by three lengths. Trained by Wesley Ward, the 2-year-old daughter of Karakontie (JPN), the first winner for her sire, earned $50,000. She was sold for $365,000 by All Dreams Equine, Agent, at the 2019 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. She’s being pointed for Royal Ascot, looking to follow in the footsteps of Ward-trained two-time OBS graduate Shang Shang Shang (March ’18, January ’17), winner of the Norfolk Stakes (G2) last summer. watch her under tack video

Paul P. Pompa, Jr. and Golden Goose Enterprises’ Beautiful Lover tried stakes company for the first time in the $81,000 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, and the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Arch came from off the pace, caught the leader in deep stretch and scored by half a length. It’s her third straight win for trainer Chad Brown, leaving her 4-3-0-0 with $113,700 in earnings.  She was purchased for $475,000 by Steven W. Young, Agent, out of the Off the Hook consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video

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Dennis G. Smith, Span Investments Inc. and George DeBenedicty’s Trenchtown Cat dueled with fellow OBS graduate Razorback Lady (June ’17, October ’15) into the stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 Ana T. Stakes at Gulfstream, took charge for good a furlong from home and drew away to beat her by 3-3/4 lengths. It’s the second stakes victory for the 3-year-old old daughter of Discreet Cat, trained by Rohan Crichton, now 5-3-1-0 with $157,445 in earnings. She was purchased for $36,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at the 2018 OBS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch her under tack video

Ivery Sisters Racing’s Monte Man defended his title in the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint Stakes on Saturday at Evangeline Downs, circling horses on the turn to reach contention, reaching the lead in deep stretch and holding on to win by three quarters of a length. It’s the sixth stakes win for the 6-year-old gelding by Custom for Carlos, purchased for $125,000 out of the Royal Thoroughbred International consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in in :10 1/5. Now 33-12-6-4 for trainer Ron Faucheux, he has earned $491,145 to date.  watch his under tack video 

Beach Haven Thoroughbreds LLC’s unbeaten Newly Minted is three for three with two stakes wins after chasing pacesetting fellow OBS graduate Cash Only (April ’18) into deep stretch, catching her, and beating her to the wire by 2-1/2 lengths in the $125,000 Bouwerie Stakes on Monday at Belmont Park. Consigned to the 2018 OBS April Sale by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent for Chester and Mary Broman, she was sold to Beach Haven for $110,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Linda Rice, she has earned $212,850 to date. watch her under tack video

Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd.’s Awhitesportscoat made his stakes debut in Sunday’s $50,000 George Royal Stakes at Hastings Park, and the 5-year-old gelding by Hansen came from off the pace, took command after straightening away in the stretch and eased away to a 2-3/4 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Apalachee Bay (June ’17) checked in third. That’s two straight wins, leaving him with a 19-5-3-3 career record and $115,392 in earnings. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, to the 2016 OBS April Sale, he was sold for $170,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.  watch his under tack video

Mucho Gusto romps in Santa Anita’s Lazaro Barrera Stakes

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Michael Lund Petersen’s Mucho Gusto went right to the lead at the start of Saturday’s $100,351 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, put away an early challenger on the turn, took full command turning for home and drew away in the stretch to a 3-1/4 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Manhattan Up (April ’18) rallied from last to finish second. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man, trained by Bob Baffert, now 6-4-1-1 with $370,800 in earnings. He was consigned by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, where he went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

 

Royal Squeeze scores in Gulfstream’s Big Drama Stakes

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Imaginary Stables and Glenn Ellis’ Royal Squeeze sat just off the early lead in Saturday’s $100,000 Big Drama Stakes at Gulfstream, overcame traffic trouble before taking the lead into the stretch and then eased away to score by a length and a quarter. Fellow OBS graduate Mr. Jordan (April ’14, August ’13) rallied from last of nine to finish third. It’s the third stakes win for the 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir, trained by Elizabeth Dobles, now 34-9-3-5 with $443,672 in earnings. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $310,000 out of the Pleasant Acres Farm consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

Michael Fazio and Jeff Fazio’s Joevia took the lead at the start of Monmouth’s $100,000 Long Branch Stakes on Sunday, battled head and head until turning for home then drew off down the stretch and was best by 2-3/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes score for the 3-year-old colt by Shanghai Bobby, trained by Greg Sacco, now 5-2-2-0 with earnings of $131,600.  Consigned to the 2018 OBS April Sale by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent, he was sold for $32,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch his under tack video

Roddy Harrison’s Change of Control tried stakes company for the first time in Churchill’s $102,366 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes on Saturday. She trailed early, circled horses on the turn, ran past the leader a sixteenth from home and won by a length and three quarters. The 3-year-old daughter of Fed Biz was purchased for $95,000 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2017 OBS October Selected Sale of Yearlings. Trained by Michelle Lovell, she’s now 7-2-1-1 and has earned $99,787. Selected Sale Conformation photo

Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC’s Taylor’s Spirit chased the pacesetter in Friday night’s $50,925 Goldfinch Stakes at Prairie Meadows into the stretch, took over inside the final furlong and drew away to win by a length and a quarter. That’s four stakes wins for the 3-year-old filly by Algorithms, sold for $80,000 by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2018 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Now 10-5-2-1 for trainer Scott Gelner, she has earned $191,730 to date. watch her under tack video

Mitole takes the Churchill Downs Stakes

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William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole sat just off the lead in Saturday’s $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G1) on the Derby undercard, took command in the final furlong and drew away late to a 3-1/2 length victory. It’s the sixth straight win for the 4-year-old colt by Eskendereya, purchased for $140,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 10-7-2-1 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $992,910 to date. watch his under tack video

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Laughing Fox relaxed well off the pace in the $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational Stakes on Saturday, came around horses to reach contention in the stretch and was up in the final yards to win by a neck. Fellow OBS graduate Proverb (April ’18) checked in third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Union Rags, also trained by  Steve Asmussen, now 7-3-0-0 with $338,518 in earnings.  He was purchased for $375,000 by the Lieblongs from Harris Training Center LLC, Agent, at the 2018 OBS March Sale after an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

William Stiritz’s Wildwood’s Beauty led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $100,000 FTBOA Ivanavinalot Florida Sire Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, taking charge on the turn and drawing away in the lane to a 3-3/4 length victory over Jolie Bay (October ’17), with Starship Nala (January ’17) half a length back in third.  It’s the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Kantharos, consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, to the 2017 October Yearling Sale, and purchased by Mr. Stiritz for $47,000. Now 6-3-3-0 for trainer Scott Becker, she has earned $194,340.

David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Vow Me Now found room between horses in the stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream Park, battled fellow OBS graduate Art G is Back (April ’18) to the wire and was best by a nose. Stirling Drive (April ’18) was third, completing the OBS trifecta. It’s the fourth straight win and first stakes score for the 3-year-old colt by Broken Vow, who went through the ring at the 2018 March Sale before he was purchased for $50,000 out of the Halcyon Hammock Farm consignment at the 2018 OBS June Sale after breezing three eighths in :32 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Eddie Plesa, Jr., he’s now 10-5-0-1 and has earned $138,508. watch his under tack video

World of Trouble a millionaire after taking Churchill’s Twin Spires Turf Sprint

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Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s World of Trouble went right to the front in Churchill’s $250,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (G2) on Oaks Day and never looked back, drawing away in the stretch and scoring a 3-3/4 length victory. It’s the fourth straight stakes win for the grade one stakes winning 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, trained by Jason Servis, now 12-8-2-1 with $1,043,300 in earnings. Consigned by Darsan Inc., Agent, he went through the ring at the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale.

Neptune’s Storm scores in Santa Anita’s Singletary Stakes

Cybertec International Inc., Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz and Daniel Weiner’s Neptune’s Storm pressed the pace in the $100,702 Singletary Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita, took charge turning for home and fought off two rivals to score by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding, purchased for $130,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Trained by Richard Baltas, he’s now 8-3-1-2 and has earned $159,585.  watch his under tack video

Auerbach LLC, Ciaglia Racing LLC and Little Red Feather Racing’s The Hunted tried stakes company for the first time in Santa Anita’s $100,702 Crystal Water Stakes on Saturday, rallied wide to reach contention turning for home and then sustained his run to get up late and score by a length. The 4-year-old gelding by Unusual Heat, also trained by Richard Baltas, is now 10-3-1-2 and has earned $155,829. Consigned by Crupi’s New Castle Farm to the 2017 OBS June Sale, he was sold for $95,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd.’s Anyportinastorm sat just off the leaders in the early going of Saturday’s $75,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate, reached the front passing the eighth pole then drew off late to a 3-1/2 length victory. It’s the second stakes score for the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of City Zip, trained by Blaine Wright, now 11-5-1-4 with $188,225 in earnings. He was sold for $320,000 by de Meric Sales, Agent for Golden Legacy Stables, at the 2016 OBS April Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. watch his under tack video

Coteau Grove Farms LLC’s Special Blessing went head and head for the early lead in Friday’s $75,000 EVD Distaff Stakes at Evangeline Downs, took command leaving the backstretch and cruised from there to a 6-1/2 length win. That’s two stakes victories for the 4-year-old daughter of Flat Out, consigned by Select Sales, Agent, to the 2016 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Now 12-5-2-0 for trainer Bret Calhoun, she has earned $209,030 to date. Selected Sale Conformation photo

 

OBS March graduates provide early returns at the races

A pair of 2019 OBS March graduates provided early returns at the races this past week.

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Karl & Cathi Glassman’s Absolute Grit moved on the turn to reach contention turning for home in his debut in a 4-1/2 furlong $65,000 Maiden Special Weight dash at Gulfstream on Friday, then came running late and edged away to score by half a length. The 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, trained by Eddie Plesa, Jr., earned $43,000 for 51.69 seconds of work. Consigned by his breeder Ocala Stud, he was purchased for $300,000 after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5.  watch his under tack video

Breeze Easy LLC’s Anna’s Fast also won at first asking, taking the lead at the start in a 4-1/2 furlong 460,000 Maiden Special Weight test on Wednesday at Keeneland and never looking back, romping to an effortless 5-1/2 length victory. The 2-year-old daughter of Fast Anna was purchased for $470,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment after breezing an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Wesley Ward, she picked up a check for $36,000. watch her under tack video

Six weekend stakes wins for OBS grads

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Thoroughbred Champions Training Center LLC’s Gladiator King set the pace in Saturday’s $75,000 Roar Stakes at Gulfstream, shook loose in mid-stretch, then held off a strong late charge to win by a nose. It’s the third stakes victory for the 3-year-old graded stakes winning colt by Curlin, trained by Jaime Mejia, now 13-5-1-1 with $216,535 in earnings. He went through the ring at the 2018 OBS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch his under tack video

 

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Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC, Darsan, Inc., Bethlehem Stables LLC and David Simon’s A Bit of Both took the lead at the start of Gulfstream’s $75,000 Game Face Stakes on Saturday and never looked back, opening up daylight in the stretch and winning by three lengths.  It’s the third straight win and first stakes score for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly Paynter, sold by breeder Darsan, Inc. for $10,000 at the 2017 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. She’s now 5-4-1-0 for trainer Jason Servis and has earned $136,610.  Selected Sale conformation photo

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Bye Bye J moved wide to the leaders on the turn in Saturday’s $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes at Oaklawn Park, took charge after straightening away in the stretch and eased away to win by a length and three quarters. It’s the second stakes victory for the 3-year-old graded stakes placed daughter of Uncaptured, sold for $21,000 by Perrone Sales, Ltd., Agent for McDowell Farm, at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale. Trained by Ron Moquett, she’s now 7-4-1-1 and has earned $221,605 to date.

2018 OBS April graduates took both divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Beach Haven Thoroughbreds LLC’s Newly Minted is two for two and a stakes winner after going head to head for the lead early in the $200,000 New York Stallion Stakes for fillies, putting away her rival on the turn and drawing away down the stretch to a 7-1/2 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Bangle Gal (March ’18) checked in third. The 3-year-old daughter of Central Banker, consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent for Chester and Mary Broman, was purchased by Beach Haven for $110,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Linda Rice, she has earned $144.000 to date. watch her under tack video

Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Swick Stable’s Funny Guy circled horses to reach contention in the $200,000 New York Stallion Stakes, took command a sixteenth from home and scored by three quarters of a length. Fellow OBS graduate Thorny Tale (October ’18) settled for third. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Big Brown, trained by John Terranova, now 5-2-1-0 with earnings of $160,270. After turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5, he was purchased for $45,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment. watch his under tack video

Judge Lanier Racing’s Performance Review came out to the middle of the track in Sunday’s $75,000 Neon Desert Handicap at Sunland Park, took the lead coming to the sixteenth pole and drew away to win by two lengths, with fellow OBS graduate Kram (April ’17) running third. It’s the first stakes win for the 6-year-old daughter of Eskendereya, sold for $150,000 at the 2015 OBS April Sale by RiceHorse Stables after breezing an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Miguel Hernandez, she’s now 11-4-1-2 and has earned $110,590 to date. watch her under tack video

 

April grads Wonder Gadot, Starship Jubilee collect Sovereign Awards

On the eve of the 2019 sale, OBS April graduates Wonder Gadot and Starship Jubilee are Sovereign Award winners as 2018 Canadian champions.

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Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot is Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old female after winning the Queens Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, the first two legs of Canada’s Triple Crown, against males. She also placed in four graded stakes including a second place finish in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). To date, she has compiled an 18-5-5-4 career record for trainer Mark Casse, and earned $1,524,861. The now 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was purchased for $325,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2017 April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video

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Blue Heaven Farm’s Starship Jubilee is Canada’s champion Female Turf Horse after winning three of eight starts including the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes at Gulfstream and Woodbine’s Canadian Stakes (G2). Trained by Kevin Attard, the 6-year-old multiple graded stakes winning Florida-bred daughter of Indy Wind is now 26-12-2-2 with $652,018 in earnings. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by The Acorn at the 2014 August Yearling Sale and then consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, to the 2015 April Sale where she breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video

Midnight Bisou wins Apple Blossom (G1) to complete big weekend for OBS April grads

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Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou wrapped up a big weekend for the upcoming OBS April Sale and its graduates with a rousing victory in Sunday’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park. Under Mike Smith, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute was last of six in the early going, but rallied to reach contention on the turn then ran down a stubborn Escape Clause in a stretch long battle and scored by a nose. Trained by Steve Asmussen, she picked up her eighth graded stakes win at six different racetracks. She’s now 14-8-3-3 for her career record and has earned $2,405,000. She was purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 April Sale after she breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

April Sale graduates were first and third in a pair of Saturday stakes races.

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William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole took the lead at the start of the $490,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park, fought off an early and persistent challenge by two time defending champion Whitmoreand drew away in deep stretch to win by 2-3/4 lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Bourbon Cowboy (April ’14, August ’13) checked in third. It’s the first graded stakes victory and fifth straight win for the 4-year-old colt by Eskendereya, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 9-6-2-1 with $701,510 in earnings. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC to the 2017 OBS April Sale, he was sold for $140,000 after turning in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Altamira Racing Stable and Slam Dunk Racing’s Painting Corners led every step of the way in the $78,850 Mizdirection Stakes at Santa Anita, scoring by a length and a half, with fellow OBS April graduate Go On Mary (April ’16) finishing third. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred graded stakes placed daughter of Pleasant Strike, purchased for $40,000 out of the Woodside Ranch consignment at the 2016 April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 18-6-2-4 for trainer Peter Miller, she has earned $265,227 to date. watch her under tack video

OBS April grads score pair of Saturday stakes wins

On the eve of the 2019 sale, OBS April graduates were first and third in a pair of Saturday stakes races.

William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole took the lead at the start of the $490,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park, fought off an early and persistent challenge by two time defending champion Whitmore and drew away in deep stretch to win by 2-3/4 lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Bourbon Cowboy (April ’14, August ’13) checked in third. It’s the first graded stakes victory and fifth straight win for the 4-year-old colt by Eskendereya, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 9-6-2-1 with $701,510 in earnings. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC to the 2017 OBS April Sale, he was sold for $140,000 after turning in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Altamira Racing Stable and Slam Dunk Racing’s Painting Corners led every step of the way in the $78,850 Mizdirection Stakes at Santa Anita, scoring by a length and a half, with fellow OBS April graduate Go On Mary (April ’16) finishing third. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred graded stakes placed daughter of Pleasant Strike, purchased for $40,000 out of the Woodside Ranch consignment at the 2016 April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 18-6-2-4 for trainer Peter Miller, she has earned $265,227 to date. watch her under tack video

Out for a Spin, World of Trouble score Grade One wins

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Commonwealth Stable’s Out for a Spin, overlooked at 52-1, pressed the pace in the early going of Keeneland’s $500,000 Ashland Stakes (G1), took the lead between horses on the turn, fought the length of the stretch and prevailed by a neck. It was the stakes debut for the 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, consigned by Randy Bradshaw, Agent, to the 2018 OBS April Sale, where she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. Now 5-3-0-1 for trainer Dallas Stewart, she has earned $354,903 to date. watch her under tack video

 

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Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s World of Trouble tracked the leaders wide down the backstretch of Aqueduct’s $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1) on Saturday, swept toward the front on the turn, opened daylight in the stretch and coasted home a winner by half a length. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, trained by Jason Servis, now 11-7-2-1 with $891,400 in earnings. Consigned by Darsan Inc., Agent, he went through the ring at the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale.

 

X Y Jet, Coal Front score OBS double in Dubai

It was a good day in the desert for OBS graduates, with X Y Jet taking the Golden Shaheen (G1) and Coal Front scoring in the Godolphin Mile (G2) on Dubai World Cup Day at Meydan.

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The third time was the charm for Rockingham Ranch & Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet in the $2,500,000 Golden Shaheen (G1). After a narrow loss to fellow OBS graduate Mind Your Biscuits a year ago and a second place finish in 2016, the 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Kantharos took the lead at the start and never looked back, leading from gate to wire and scoring by a length and a half. Trained by Jorge Navarro, he now boasts five graded stakes wins, compiled a 25-12-7-2 career record and earned $3,098,609 to date. The two time OBS graduate was first consigned by Two Sharp Hats to the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale before they sold him for $56,000 at the 2013 August Selected Yearling Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

It’s the eighth victory in the Golden Shaheen (G1) by an OBS graduate. Mind Your Biscuits took the last two renewals, following Secret Circle (2015), Big City Man (2009), Saratoga County (2005) and Caller One in 2001 and 2002.

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Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC’s Coal Front sat just off the pace on the outside in the $1,500,000 Godolphin Mile (G2), went after last year’s winner Heavy Metal (GB) down the stretch and caught him in the shadow of the wire for the victory. It’s the third straight graded stakes win and fifth overall for the newest OBS millionaire, now 9-7-0-0 for trainer Todd Pletcher with $1,679,138 in earnings. The 5-year-old son of Stay Thirsty was purchased for $575,000 by Steven W. Young on behalf of Mr. LaPenta at the 2016 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch his under tack video

 

St. Joe Bay scores in Santa Anita’s San Carlos Stakes

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Hronis Racing LLC’s St. Joe Bay quickly opened up a daylight lead in Saturday’s $200,702 San Carlos Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita and held it to the wire, cruising to victory by three lengths. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Saint Anddan, trained by John Sadler, now 36-7-7-6 with earnings of $734,515. A two time OBS graduate, he was first consigned by Bobby Jones Equine LLC, Agent to the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $60,000 out of the Bobby Dodd consignment at the 2014 June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

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Dennis G. Smith, Span Investments Inc. and George DeBenedicty’s Trenchtown Cat hopped straight from a maiden special victory into Saturday’s $125,000 Sanibel Island Stakes at Gulfstream, took command from the start and led all the way, holding on gamely to score by a neck. A 3-year-old old daughter of Discreet Cat, she was purchased for $36,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at the 2018 OBS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Rohan Crichton, who signed the ticket at the sale, she’s now 3-2-1-0 and has earned $111,125. watch her under tack video

OBS graduates were 1-2 3 in a pair of stakes races on Florida Cup Day at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday.

William Stiritz’s Wildwood’s Beauty took the $115,000 Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes, tracking fellow OBS graduate Eyeinthesky (October ’17) early and then charging past her in the stretch to a 3-1/2 length victory. Here Comes Jackie (March ’18) was a neck back completing the OBS trifecta. It was the stakes debut for the winner, a 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Kantharos, now 5-2-3-0 with $134,340 in earnings for trainer Scott Becker. Consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, to the 2017 October Yearling Sale, she was purchased by Mr. Stiritz for $47,000.

OBS Yearling Sale graduates dominated the $115,000 Pleasant Acres Stallions Distaff Turf Stakes, with Sabal Racing Stable’s Crown and Sugar surging three wide to the lead in the stretch and beating Bitacora (August ’15) by 2-3/4 lengths. Supercommittee (August ’16) checked in third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Crown of Thorns, purchased for $1,500 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2016 August Sale. Trained by Darien Rodriguez, she’s now 23-11-1-1 and has earned $217,637 to date.