Madone captures Del Mar’s San Clemente Stakes

Benoit photo

Kaleem Shah, Inc.’s Madone relaxed off the pace in the early going of Del Mar’s $201,500 San Clemente Stakes (G2) on Saturday, swung wide to reach contention turning for home, caught the leaders in deep stretch and scored by half a length. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Vancouver (AUS), who turned in an Under Tack eighth in:10 1/5 before she was sold to K S I, Ben McElroy, Agent, for $125,000 at the 2020 OBS March Sale. Trained by Simon Callaghan, she has posted a pair of graded stakes wins, compiled a 7-5-0-0 record and earned $331,800 to date. under tack video:

 

Neptune’s Storm scores in Del Mar’s Wickerr Stakes

Benoit photo

CBYT, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig and Daniel Weiner’s Neptune’s Storm led from start to finish and won the $85,500 Wickerr Stakes by a length and three quarters at Del Mar on Sunday. It’s the fifth stakes victory for the 5-year-old multiple graded stakes winning gelding by Stormy Atlantic, trained by Peter Miller, now 21-7-4-6 with $918,485 in earnings. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2018 OBS April Sale, he was sold for $130,000 after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch his under tack video

Monster Racing Stables’ The Critical Way tracked the leaders in the early going of Saturday’s $98,500 Wolf Hill Stakes at Monmouth Park, rallied to take command in the final furlong and was best by three quarters of a length at the wire. That’s two straight stakes wins for the 7-year-old son of Tizway, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat and was purchased for $75,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2016 OBS June Sale. Now 26-9-6-2 for trainer Jose Delgado, he has earned $479,168 to date. watch his under tack video:

October Selected Yearling Sale grad Miss Marissa wins the Delaware Handicap

OBS graduates picked up a pair of stakes wins at Delaware Park on Saturday.

Cammarota Racing LLC’s 2018 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale graduate Miss Marissa took the lead at the start of the $400,000 Delaware Handicap (G2) and never looked back, gamely cruising to victory by a length and a quarter. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 4-year-old filly by He’s Had Enough, purchased for $11,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment. She’s now 16-5-4-1 for trainer Jim Ryerson, and has earned $604,690 to date.  Selected Sale walking video:

 

Marianne Stribling, Force Five Racing LLC and Two Rivers Racing Stable LLC’s Phat Man, last of seven in the early going of the $50,250 Battery Park Stakes, made a big run on the turn, took command after straightening away in the stretch and drew away to a two length victory. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 7-year-old graded stakes winning gelding by Munnings, trained by J. Kent Sweezey, now 35-9-8-2 with $621,609 in earnings. Consigned to the 2016 OBS March Sale by Bobby Dodd, Agent, he went through the ring after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video

Breeze Easy LLC’s Easy Time sat just off the pace in Woodbine’s $180,000 Marine Stakes (G3) on Sunday, came around horses to reach contention on the turn, took over in the stretch and cruised to a two length score. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Not This Time, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before he was purchased for $250,000 out of the Ocala Stud consignment at the 2020 OBS June Sale. Trained by Mark Casse, he’s now 4-2-1-0 and has earned $114,653. watch his under tack video  June Sale walking video

Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC’s Shes Our Fastest battled head and head for the lead from the start in the $75,000 Valor Farm Stakes at Lone Star Park on Saturday, took charge in the final furlong and was best by a length and a half. It’s the seventh stakes victory for the 6-year-old daughter of Oratory, trained by Scott Gelner, who has earned $467,427 and compiled a 35-10-7-8 career record. She sped a quarter in :21 flat at the 2017 OBS June Sale Under Tack Show prior to being purchased for $50,000 out of the Stephens Thoroughbreds consignment. watch her under tack video

Eight OBS grads score in Holiday Weekend stakes

Eight OBS graduates celebrated America’s birthday over the holiday weekend, posting stakes wins in Florida, Iowa, Maryland and New York.

Adam Coglianese photo

David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Miles Ahead tracked the leaders from the outside in the early going of Saturday’s $200,000 Smile Sprint Invitational Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream, rallied to take command a furlong from home and held on gamely to score by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old gelding by Competitive Edge, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $175,000 out of the Top Line Sales consignment at the 2019 OBS March Sale. Now 16-8-2-1 for trainer Eddie Plesa, he has earned $260,960 to date. watch his under tack video

 

Three OBS graduates scored stakes wins at Prairie Meadows.

Three Diamonds Farm’s Army Wife rallied four-wide on the turn in Friday’s $225,000 Iowa Oaks (G3), took the lead after straightening out in the stretch, and eased away late to score by 3-3/4 lengths. That’s two straight graded stakes victories for the 3-year-old daughter of Declaration of War, now 9-4-1-2 with $423,972 in earnings for trainer Mike Maker. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, she breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was sold for $190,000.  watch her under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Mike Maker also saddled Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Special Reserve, who led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $100,000 Iowa Sprint Stakes, going after front running Quick Tempo (April ’20) in the stretch and drawing away to win by 2-3/4 lengths. Mojo Man (April ’17) rallied for third. It’s the second straight stakes victory for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning son of Midshipman, consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, where he breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 before he was sold for $140,000. The win leaves him with a 20-7-1-7 record and $418,617 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Steve Landers Racing LLC’s Josie came from just off the pace to take Saturday’s $100,000 Iowa Distaff Stakes by a length and three quarters, taking charge inside the final furlong and drawing away at the wire. It’s the first stakes score for the 4-year-old daughter of Race Day, trained by Brad Cox, now 14-4-4-2 with earnings of $266,867. At the 2019 OBS March Sale, she was purchased for $170,000 out of the Kings Equine consignment after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

A trio of OBS grads scored on Sunday at Pimlico.

William & Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Yaupon stalked the pacesetter in the $100,000 Lite the Fuse Stakes, took the lead inside the final furlong and eased away to win by a length and three quarters. It’s the third stakes victory for the 4-year-old graded stakes winning colt by Uncle Mo, now 7-5-0-0 with $383,264 in earnings for trainer Steve Asmussen. He breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased by East Hickman Bloodstock for $255,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2019 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Ruggeri Stable, Richard Coburn, Script R Farm and Michael Miceli’s Mrs. Orb picked up her second stakes win of the year in the $100,000 Caesar’s Wish Stakes, rallying wide into the stretch and getting up late to score by a half a length. The 6-year-old daughter of Orb, trained by co-owner Michael Miceli, is now 25-7-8-4 and has earned $523,520. She worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5 before she was purchased for $30,000 out of the Classic Bloodstock consignment at the 2017 OBS June Sale.  watch her under tack video

Dark Hollow Farm’s Ellanation rated off the pace in the $75,000 Jameela Stakes, rallied outside down the stretch and was up in time to score by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Alternation, purchased for $160,000 out of the Costanzo Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 15-4-4-1 for trainer Mike Trombetta, she has earned $178,269 to date. watch her under tack video

Eric Fein’s Original took the lead at the start of the $100,000 Manila Stakes on Sunday at Belmont Park, opened daylight into the stretch then held off a late charge to score by a head. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old graded stakes placed son of Quality Road, purchased for $425,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after speeding an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Trained by John Terranova, he’s now 7-2-0-3 and has earned $138,570 to date. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Fighting Force takes Gulfstream’s Not Surprising Stakes

Ryan Thompson photo

Lea Farms LLC’s Fighting Force saved ground early in Saturday’s $75,000 Not Surprising Stakes at Gulfstream, swung out to go after the leaders on the turn, took command in the stretch and drew off to score by 3-1/2 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Air Force Blue, who sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before he was purchased for $400,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale. Now 10-2-2-1 for trainer Jeff Engler, he has earned $127,548 to date. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

 

Fano Racing’s Por Que No went to the lead at the start of Monmouth’s $75,000 Boiling Springs Stakes and never looked back, drawing away down the stretch to a 4-1/2 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Wicked Strong, trained by J. Kent Sweezey, now 7-5-0-0 with $131,215 in earnings. A three-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Summerfield Sales at the 2019 Winter Mixed Sale and then by Bobby Jones Equine at the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, she was sold for $25,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video   Selected Yearling Sale walking video

OBS grads post a pair of stakes wins at Canterbury

OBS graduates scored a pair of stakes wins at Canterbury Park on Wednesday night.

Dennis F. Smith’s Jazzy Times saved ground in the early going of the $110,000 Dark Star Turf Sprint Stakes, came off the rail to rally on the outside down the stretch and was up late to score by a head. Fellow OBS graduate Wellabled (April’16) settled for third after setting the pace. It’s the second stakes win for the graded stakes placed 8-year-old gelding by Discreetly Mine, purchased for $460,000 out of the SGV consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale by Patrice Miller, EQB Inc., Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 3/5. Trained by David Van Winkle, he’s now 42-6-12-4 and has earned $485,680 to date. watch his under tack video

Peachtree Stable’s Saranya pressed the pace in the $100,000 Curtis Sampson Oaks, wore down the leaders to take charge inside the eighth pole and held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Amalfi Princess (April ’20) to win by a neck. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old daughter of The Factor, trained by Brad Cox, now 8-3-3-1 with earnings of $178,980. Consigned to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by Eisaman Equine, Agent, she was sold for $320,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

 

Boardroom best in Woodbine’s Whimsical Stakes

LNJ Foxwoods’ Boardroom sat just off the pace in Saturday’s $156,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, took the lead turning for home, fought off rivals on both sides down the stretch and was best by a neck at the wire. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Commissioner, consigned to the 2019 OBS April Sale by Q Bar J Thoroughbreds LLC, where she was sold to Solis / Litt for $475,000 after speeding an Under Tack quarter in :20 1/5. Now 6-4-1-1 for trainer Josie Carroll, she has earned $213,388 to date. watch her under tack video

R. Larry Johnson’s Can’t Buy Love led a 1-2-3 sweep of Woodbine’s $125,200 Star Shoot Stakes, overcoming a rough start and rallying down the stretch to get up late and beat Dirty Dangle (March ’20) by three quarters of a length, with California Lily (June ’20, March ’20) a nose back in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Twirling Candy filly, trained by Mike Trombetta, now 9-3-1-1 with $119,493 in earnings. Consigned to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, by Eddie Woods, Agent, she went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. watch her under tack video Spring Sale walking video

Thomas C. Albrecht, Vincent J. Fusaro and James Klein’s Ocala Dream jumped from a maiden win into Belmont’s $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes on Saturday, took command after turning for home, shook off fellow OBS graduate Barrage (March ’20) a furlong out and scored by a length. Barrage checked in third. Trained by Thomas Morley, the 3-year-old colt by Effinex is now 5-2-0-1 and has earned $137,600. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $50,000 out of the Daylight Farm Racing & Sales consignment. watch his under tack video

Monster Racing Stables’ The Critical Way pressed the pace in Monmouth’s $76,500 Get Serious Stakes, took over after turning for home and drew away down the stretch to score by three lengths. It’s the fourth stakes victory for the 7-year-old son of Tizway, purchased for $75,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2016 OBS June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 25-8-6-2 for trainer Jose Delgado, he has earned $419,168 to date. watch his under tack video

Starship Stables and Steven Dwoskin’s Starship Nterprise stepped into stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $75,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream, found room between horses in the stretch and closed to beat fellow OBS graduate Karakatsie (April ’20) by a neck. Purchased for $40,000 out of the Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck) consignment at the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale, the 3-year-old daughter of Honor Code, trained by Steven Dwoskin, is now 10-2-3-2 and has earned $96,485. Selected Sale walking video

Venetian Harbor leads parade of weekend stakes winners

Ciaglia Racing LLC, Highland Yard LLC, River Oak Farm and Dominic Savides’ Venetian Harbor was much the best in Saturday’s $201,500 Monrovia Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, leading from gate to wire and outclassing seven rivals en route to a 3-1/2 length victory. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Munnings, now 9-4-4-0 for trainer Richard Baltas, with $633,400 in earnings. Consigned by Coastal Equine LLC (Jesse Hoppel), Agent, to the 2019 OBS April Sale, she went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. watch her under tack video

Lauren King pboto

Shea D Boy’s Stable’s Shea D Summer led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Gulfstream’s $75,000 Game Face Stakes on Saturday, taking the lead at the start and never looking back on her way to a 2-1/2 length win. It’s the second stakes victory for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Summer Front. Competitive Speed (June ’20) closed for second; Mon Petit Chou (April ’20) settled for third.  She was sold for $35,000 by breeder Ocala Stud at the 2020 Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. Trained by Carlos David, she’s now 6-3-1-0 and has  earned $121,036 to date. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

Adam Coglianese photo

Magnifico Stable’s unbeaten Australasia is now six for six after closing with a rush to catch frontrunning fellow OBS graduate Bella Sofia (June ‘20) in deep stretch and score by a length in Belmont’s $144,500 Jersey Girl Stakes on Sunday. That’s four stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Sky Kingdom, consigned by Woodside Ranch, Agent, to the 2020 OBS April Sale, where she was sold for $130,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Brad Cox, she has earned $320,388. watch her under tack video  Spring Sale walking video

 

Oak Tree Stable’s Offspring sat just off the early leaders in Saturday’s Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff Stakes (taken off the turf) at Evangeline Downs, rallied in the stretch to take command a furlong from home and was best by a length and three quarters at the wire.  It’s the second straight stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, who worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was purchased for $130,000 out of the Top Line Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS June Sale.  Now trained by Edward Johnston, she’s now 18-5-5-2 and has earned $219,478 to date. watch her under tack video

Sterling Racing LLC’s Whatmakessammyrun moved between horses to reach contention in Sunday’s $82,650 Desert Code Stakes at Santa Anita, took over with an eighth to run and drew off to win by 3-3/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by We Miss Artie, now 8-3-1-2 with $139,610 in earnings for trainer Mark Glatt. He was purchased for $30,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch his under tack video  Spring Sale walking video

Rupp Racing’s Gagetown turned in a sustained stretch run in Friday’s $50,00 Prairie Mile Stakes at Prairie Meadows and got up late to score by a neck. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Exaggerator, consigned by All In Line Stables to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale where he breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before going through the ring. Trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 7-2-3-1 and earned $134,262 to date. watch his under tack video  Spring Sale walking video

Casa Creed, Estilo Talentoso score graded wins at Belmont

OBS graduates posted a pair of graded stakes wins at Belmont Park on Friday and Saturday.

Elsa Lorieul photo

LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing LLC’s Casa Creed trailed early in Saturday’s $400,000 Jaipur Stakes (G1), but circled horses on the turn, rolled down the stretch to take command passing the sixteenth pole and eased away late to score by two lengths. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Jimmy Creed, now 20-5-3-3 for trainer Bill Mott, with earnings of $755,408. He was purchased for $15,000 out of the Janie Roper consignment at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

 

Adam Coglianese photo

Medallion Racing, Barry Fowler, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Little Red Feather Racing and BlackRidge Stables LLC’s Estilo Talentoso raced wide in the early going of Friday’s $294,000 Bed o’ Roses Stakes (G3), rallied on the outside in the stretch to get the lead a sixteenth from home and held on gamely to win by neck. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Maclean’s Music, a two time OBS graduate. Consigned twice by McKathan Bros, she went through the ring at the 2019 April Sale before she was purchased for $15,000 at the 2019 June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. Trained by Juan Arriagada, she has compiled a 14-3-8-3 career record and earned $423,538 to date. watch her under tack video

OBS grads post a pair of graded stakes wins on Thursday at Belmont

OBS graduates scored a pair of graded stakes wins as the runup to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (G1) got underway on Thursday.

Adam Coglianese photo

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Joseph F. Graffeo, Eric Nikolaus Del Toro and Troy Johnson’s Con Lima sat just off the pace in the early going of the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes (G3), went after the leaders in the stretch, took over a sixteenth from home and was best by half a length at the wire. It’s the second graded stakes win for 3-year-old filly by Commissioner, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables to the 2020 OBS March Sale, where she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Now 11-6-4-0 for trainer Todd Pletcher, she has earned $379,865 to date. watch her under tack video

Joe Llabozzetta. photo

Horseshoe Racing LLC’s Change of Control rallied to the lead from off the pace in the $200,000 Intercontinental Stakes (G3), took command a furlong from home and scored by a length and a half over fellow OBS graduate Piedi Bianchi (March ’17). That’s three stakes wins for the 5-year-old daughter of Fed Biz, trained by Michelle Lovell, now 27-7-6-5 with $552,439 in earnings. She was purchased for $95,000 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2017 OBS Selected Yearling Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

Bankit a millionaire after romp in Belmont’s Commentator Stakes

Chelsea Durand photo

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC’s Bankit became the latest millionaire OBS graduate after romping to a 13-1/4 length victory in the $200,000 Commentator Stakes at Belmont on Memorial Day. It’s the fifth stakes win for the graded stakes placed 5-year-old son of Central Banker, consigned to the 2018 OBS March Sale by SGV Thoroughbreds LLC (Steven Venosa), Agent, where he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC for $260,000. Now 30-6-10-4 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $1,027,875 to date.  watch his under tack video

David Melin, Leon Ellman & Laurie Plesa’s Miss Auramet stalked the leaders in the early going of Monmouth’s $76,500 Politely Stakes on Sunday, moved to the leaders between horses a quarter mile from home, opened up daylight in the stretch and cruised to a two length victory. It’s the second stakes score for the 5-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Uncaptured, a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2017 October Yearling Sale and then purchased at the 2018 Spring Sale for $135,000 out of the Julie Davies consignment after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.  Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, the win leaves her with a 22-9-6-3 career record and $416,900 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Boardshorts Stables LLC’s Navy Armed Guard tracked the early pace in Golden Gate’s $100,400 All American Stakes on Memorial Day, rallied to take command a furlong out and held off fellow OBS graduate Cupid’s Claws (April ’17) by three quarters of a length for the victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 6-year-old gelding by Midshipman, trained by Quinn Howey, now 31-8-5-7 with earnings of $263,536. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 at the 2017 OBS Spring Sale, he was purchased out of the Ian Vickers consignment for $47,000. watch his under tack video

 

Country Grammer scores in Santa Anita’s Hollywood Gold Cup

Benoit photo

WinStar Farm LLC’s Country Grammer, battling head to head with Royal Ship (BRZ) turning for home in Santa Anita’s $301,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (G1), surrendered the lead to that one at the top of the stretch, fought back to take over past the sixteenth pole, then held off a final surge to be best by a head at the wire. It’s the second graded stakes win for 4-year-old colt by Tonalist, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before he was purchased out of the Wavertree Stables consignment for $450,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale. Trained by Bob Baffert, he’s now 8-3-1-1 and has earned $377,320 to date. watch his under tack video

Sainthood, The Reds one-two in Belmont’s Pennine Ridge Stakes

Adam Coglianese photo

WinStar Farm LLC and CHC Inc.’s Sainthood took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $194,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park, surrendered it briefly on the backstretch, led into the stretch, was headed by fellow  OBS graduate The Reds (April ’20) a furlong out, then came again and beat his rival to the wire by a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Mshawish, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 5-2-2-0 with earnings of $201,900 to date. At the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale, he was purchased for $62,000 out of the Select Sales consignment. Selected Yearling Sale walking video

OBS grads post five weekend stakes wins at Pimlico

OBS graduates scored five stakes victories at Pimlico over the weekend, including a pair of graded wins on Friday and a third on Saturday by trainer Mike Maker.

Three Diamonds Farm’s Army Wife moved to the leaders leaving the backstretch in Friday’s $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2), took command a furlong from home and drew off late to score by 2-3/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Declaration of War, trained by Mike Maker, now 8-3-1-2 with $288,972 in earnings. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was purchased for $190,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale.  watch her under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Michael Dubb, Steve Hornstock, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Nice Guys Stables’ Last Judgment went right to the front in the $250,000 Pimlico Special Stakes (G3) on Friday and never looked back en route to a 1-3/4 length victory. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Congrats, who was purchased for $300,000 out of the Bobby Dodd consignment at the 2018 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Also trained by Mike Maker, the win left him with an 18-8-1-1 career record and earnings of $490,465. watch his under tack video

Trainer Mike Maker posted his third weekend graded stakes win with an OBS graduate when Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Special Reserve took charge of Saturday’s $150,000 Maryland Sprint Match Series Stakes (G3) after turning for home and scored by a length and three quarters. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Midshipman, now 19-6-1-7 with $358,647 in earnings. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 before he was sold for $140,000. watch his under tack video

Madaket Stables LLC, Wonder Stable, Paul Farr and Team Hanley’s lightly raced T D Dance was taken back early in Saturday’s $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes, came after the leaders in the stretch, took over inside the eighth pole and drew off late to beat fellow OBS graduate Arzak (April ’20) by 3-3/4 lengths. The 3-year-old colt by Can the Man was purchased for $75,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. Now 5-3-1-0 for trainer Brad Cox, he has earned $122,300 to date. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Morris E. Kernan, Jr. and Jagger Inc.’s The King Cheek took the lead at the start of the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes, was headed in mid-stretch, then came again late and was best at the wire by a head. It’s the first stakes score for the 3-year-old son of Laoban, trained by Jamie Ness, now 9-4-2-0 with earnings of $132,575. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2019 October Yearling Sale and was then consigned by Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds to the 2020 OBS June Sale, where he went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5. watch his under tack video     June Sale walking video

Ryan Thompson photo

Sonata Stable’s Moonlite Strike tracked the early leader in Saturday’s $75,000 Roar Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday, took over after turning for home and drew away late to win by 3-1/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old graded stakes placed colt by Liam’s Map, a two-time OBS graduate, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2020 OBS March Sale where he went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. Consigned again by de Meric Sales to the June Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now 7-3-0-1 for trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr., he has earned $141,150 to date. watch his under tack video     June Sale walking video

Medina Spirit wins Kentucky Derby

Coady photography

Medina Spirit became the fourth Kentucky Derby (G1) winning OBS graduate, with Colonel Liam and Du Jour adding graded stakes victories on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Zedan Racing Stables Inc.’s Medina Spirit took the lead at the start of the $3-million Kentucky Derby (G1) and refused to give it up, gamely holding off a stretch-long challenge and scoring by half a length. The 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Protonico finished second in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his last start after winning the Santa Anita’s Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) earlier in the year. Medina Spirit  became the newest OBS millionaire with a 6-3-3-0 record for trainer Bob Baffert and earnings of $2,175,200. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold as a yearling by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, on behalf of breeder Gail Rice at the 2019 Winter Mixed Sale for $1,000. watch the auction ring video   catalog page

He was then purchased for $35,000 by Gary Young on behalf of Zedan Racing Stables out of the Whitman Sales consignment at the 2020 June Sale after turning in an Under Tack three eighths in :33 flat.  watch the auction ring video   watch his under tack video   catalog page

Medina Spirit joins Lil E Tee (1992), Silver Charm (1997) and I’ll Have Another (2012) in the OBS Kentucky Derby (G1) club.

Robert E. and Lawana L. Low’s Colonel Liam sat just off the pace in the $1-million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes (G1), battled to the front down the stretch and finished in a dead heat for the victory. It’s the third straight graded stakes win for the newly minted OBS millionaire, now 8-6-0-1 with earnings of $1,264,565 for trainer Todd Pletcher. At the 2019 OBS April Sale, he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before he was purchased for $1,200,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment. watch his under tack video

Natalie J. Baffert and Debbie Lanni’s Du Jour came out for the drive to go after the leaders in the American Turf Stakes (G2), fought to the lead a sixteenth from home and was best by a length and a half at the wire. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Temple City, purchased for $280,000 out of the Off the Hook LLC consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by Donato Lanni, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now 5-3-1-1 for trainer Bob Baffert, he has earned $375,220 to date.  Spring Sale walking video   watch his under tack video

Madone scores in Santa Anita’s Senorita Stakes

Benoit photo

Kaleem Shah, Inc.’s Madone got her 3-year-old campaign off to a good start in the $102,500 Senorita Stakes (G3) on Sunday at Santa Anita. Despite stumbling at the start, the daughter of Vancouver (AUS) stalked the early leaders, came out for the drive, made the lead at the sixteenth pole and was clear by a length at the wire. Now 5-4-0-0 with three stakes wins for trainer Simon Callaghan, she has earned $211,300 to date. At the 2020 OBS March Sale, she was sold to K S I, Ben McElroy, Agent, for $125,000 by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

Ryan Thompson photo

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Joseph F. Graffeo, Eric Nikolaus Del Toro and Troy Johnson’s Con Lima pressed the pace in the early going of Saturday’s $75,000 Honey Ryder Stakes at Gulfstream, took command a furlong from home and drew off to win by four lengths over fellow OBS graduate Karakatsie (April ’20). It’s the third stakes victory for the 3-year-old filly by Commissioner, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables to the 2020 OBS March Sale, where she went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Todd Pletcher, she’s now 10-5-4-0 and has earned $269,865.  watch her under tack video

Steven Dwoskin’s Choose Joy scored her first stakes victory at Gulfstream on Sunday in the $60,000 Golden Beach Handicap, trailing early, circling horses into the stretch and drawing clear late to win by a length and a quarter. Fellow OBS graduate Miss Auramet (April ’18, October ’17) set the pace and settled for third. The 4-year-old filly by Munnings, trained by her owner, is now 9-4-1-0 and has earned $119,945. Consigned to the 2019 OBS June Sale by S G V Thoroughbreds LLC (Steven Venosa), Agent, she was purchased by Mr. Dwoskin for $35,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch her under tack video

Into Mystic, Change of Control one-two in Churchill’s Unbridled Sidney Stakes

George Chris Coleman and Brad King’s Into Mystic found room on the rail turning for home and took charge of Thursday’s $150,000 Unbridled Sidney Stakes at Churchill Downs, then held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Change of Control (October ’17) and scored by three quarters of a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 5-year-old graded stakes placed daughter of Into Mischief, second to Change of Control two weeks ago in Keeneland’s Giant’s Causeway Stakes. Now 19-6-5-3 with $448,623 in earnings for trainer Brendan Walsh, she was purchased for $650,000 out of the Paul Sharp consignment at the 2018 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5.  watch her under tack video

Four OBS grads in the Kentucky Derby; One in the Oaks

Four OBS graduates will go to the post in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) and a single filly will start in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1)

Benoit photo

Zedan Racing Stables Inc.’s Medina Spirit, trainer Bob Baffert’s only 2021 Derby entrant, will break from post eight and be ridden by John Velazquez. The Florida-bred son of Protonico has finished first or second in all five trips to the post, earning $315,200 to date. He won Santa Anita’s Robert B. Lewis (G3) in January and comes into the race off second place efforts in the San Felipe (G2) in March and Santa Anita Derby (G1) in April. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold by Summerfield at the 2019 Winter Mixed Sale, then purchased at the 2020 June Sale for $35,000 by Gary Young on behalf of Zedan Racing Stables out of the Whitman Sales consignment after turning in an Under Tack three eighths in :33 flat. watch his under tack video

M Racing Group, LLC’s Like the King and WinStar Farm LLC and CHC Inc.’s Sainthood come into the race straight from their respective one-two finish in Turfway Park’s Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3).

Like The King, a 3-year-old colt by Palace Malice, has been on the board in all six starts and prepped for his Jeff Ruby victory with a second place effort in Turfway’s John Battaglia Memorial Stakes. Trained by Wesley Ward, he’ll break from post two and be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke.  Consigned by The Acorn LLC, Agent, to the 2019 Selected Yearling Sale, he was purchased for $170,000 and is 6-3-2-1 with earnings of $200,680. Selected Sale walking video

The lightly raced Sainthood, by Mshawish, broke his maiden in his second start and was a good second to Like The King in the Jeff Ruby (G3) in his only other race. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he’ll be ridden by Corey Lanerie and start from post five. Now 3-1-2-0, he has earned $91,900 to date. At the 2019 Selected Yearling Sale, he was purchased for $62,000 out of the Select Sales consignment. Selected Sale walking video

Chelsea Durand photo

Mark Schwartz’s Brooklyn Strong will start from post three for trainer Daniel Velazquez and has a new rider in Umberto Rispoli. The gelded son of Wicked Strong brings a 5-3-0-1 career record and $225,000 in earnings into the race. Fifth in Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial (G2) in his only start at three, he won three of four starts at two capped by a victory in the Remsen Stakes (G2) in December. The two-time OBS graduate went through the ring at the 2019 October Yearling Sale, consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, then purchased for $5,000 out of the Coastal Equine consignment at the 2020 Spring Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Lauren King photo

John C. Minchello’s Competitive Speed comes into Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) with a 7-3-0-2 record and $116,695 in earnings. The 3-year-old daughter of Competitive Edge captured Gulfstream’s Glitter Woman Stakes in January and then posted consecutive third place finishes in Gulfstream’s Davona Dale Stakes (G3) and the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). She’ll break from post 13 under Chris Landeros for trainer Javier Gonzalez. At the 2020 OBS June Sale, she breezed an Under Tack eighth in :11 flat and was purchased for $5,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment.  watch her under tack video

 

War Like Goddess wins Keeneland’s Bewitch Stakes

George Krikorian’s lightly raced War Like Goddess got the weekend off to a good start at Keeneland on Friday in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (G3). Far back early, she swung out for the drive, blew past the field to take command a furlong from home, then drew off late to win by 3-3/4 lengths. It’s the second straight graded stakes victory for the 4-year-old daughter of English Channel, trained by Bill Mott, now 5-4-0-0 with earnings of $246,184. Consigned to the 2019 OBS June Sale by Hemingway Racing and Training Stables, she was sold for $30,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video

West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Traveler got back on the winning track at Oaklawn Park on Saturday in the $200,000 Bachelor Stakes, leading from gate to wire and scoring by 2-3/4 lengths. That’s two stakes wins for 3-year-old colt by Munnings, At the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, he was sold for $140,000 to L.E.B., Agent for West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc. by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 5-4-1-0 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $270,762. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

Flanagan Racing’s The Reds was awarded victory via disqualification in Pimlico’s $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes on Saturday after being bothered in the stretch and finishing second by a head. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old son of Tonalist, purchased for $130,000 by John C. Kimmel, Agent for Sean Flanagan, out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Trained by John Kimmel, he’s now 7-2-0-1 and has earned $147,980. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

Chelsea Durand photo

LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing LLC’s Casa Creed circled horses on the turn to reach contention in Saturday’s $100,000 Elusive Quality Stakes at Belmont, rallied on the outside down the stretch and was up in the final strides to score by a head. It’s the third stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Jimmy Creed, now 19-4-3-3 with $535,408 in earnings for trainer Bill Mott. He was purchased for $15,000 out of the Janie Roper consignment at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

 

 

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 Peter Miller, now 20-9-2-5 with $360,925 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

Adam Coglianese photo

Shea D. Boy’s Stable’s Bank On Shea took the lead at start of Friday’s $100,000 Affirmed Success Stakes at Belmont Park and never looked back en route to a one length victory. That’s two stakes wins for the 4-year-old colt by Central Banker colt, now 6-4-1-1 with $450,000 in earnings for trainer J. Tyler Servis. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $110,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2019 April Sale. watch his under tack video

 

 

Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC’s Shes Our Fastest picked up her sixth stakes victory in the $75,000 Bluebonnet Stakes at Lone Star Park on Thursday. The 6-year-old daughter of Oratory, pressed the pace early, took charge turning for home and bounded away late to score by eighth lengths. Trained by Scott Gelner, she’s now 33-9-7-7 and has earned $414,177 to date. At the 2017 OBS June Sale, she breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before she was purchased for $50,000 out of the Stephens Thoroughbreds consignment. watch her under tack video