Tapit Today scores in Belmont’s Athenia Stakes

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William H. Lawrence and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ Tapit Today sat just off the pace in Belmont’s $100,000 Athenia Stakes (G3) on Sunday, battled down the lane to reach the lead a furlong out and eased away late to score by a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the lightly raced 5-year-old daughter of Tapit, now 10-4-2-2 with $212,230 in earnings for trainer Chad Brown. She turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before she was purchased for $180,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2017 OBS June Sale.  watch her under tack video 

Al and Bill Ulwelling’s Merveilleux picked up her first stakes victory in Sunday’s $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine, charging from off the pace, collaring the leaders in the final eighth and drawing away to a three length victory. The 3-year-old filly by Paynter was sold for $150,000 by Randy Miles, Agent, at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Kevin Attard, she’s now 10-3-3-1 and has earned $305,909. watch her under tack video 

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

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Lawrence Goichman’s Myhartblongstodady went right to the front in the $150,000 Ticonderoga Stakes and never looked back, drawing away late to a three length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Niko’s Dream (October ’17) checked in third. It’s the fourth straight win and second straight stakes score for the 5-year-old mare by Scat Daddy, consigned to the 2017 OBS Spring Sale by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, where she went through the ring after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Jorge Abreu, she’s now 9-5-2-1 and has earned $317,716 to date. watch her under tack video 

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Mark Schwartz’s Brooklyn Strong was kept wide and out of trouble early in the $150,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes, went after the leaders after turning for home, took charge a sixteenth out and scored by 2-1/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old gelding by Wicked Strong, now 3-2-0-1 for trainer Daniel Velazquez, with $112,500 in earnings. The two-time OBS graduate went through the ring, consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2019 October Yearling Sale, and then was purchased for $5,000 out of the Coastal Equine consignment at the 2020 Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in:10 2/5.
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Phoenix Thoroughbreds LTD’s Lil Miss Moppet tried stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $78,000 Pinot Grigio Handicap at Monmouth Park, took the lead at the break and was never headed, winning in hand by three lengths. That’s four straight wins for the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo,  who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbreds III for $400,000 out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale. She’s now 7-4-1-0 for trainer Peter Miller, and has earned $172,797. watch her under tack video 

Venetian Harbor takes Keeneland’s Raven Run Stakes

Ciaglia Racing LLC, Highland Yard LLC, River Oak Farm and Dominic Savides’ Venetian Harbor went right to the front in Saturday’s $200,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, opened up daylight a furlong from home then held off a late charge along the rail to score by a neck. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Munnings, consigned by Coastal Equine LLC (Jesse Hoppel), Agent, to the 2019 OBS April Sale where she went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. Now 7-3-4-0 for trainer Richard Baltas, she has earned $503,400 to date. watch her under tack video

Sonata Stable’s Premier Star pressed the pace from the inside in the early going of Monmouth’s $102,000 Jersey Shore Stakes on Wednesday, slipped through on the rail to take the lead on the turn, then drew off down the stretch to score by 4-3/4 lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Meru (April ’19) rallied late to pick up third. It’s the first stakes win for the graded stakes placed 3-year-old colt by Tapiture, now 7-4-0-1 with earnings of $160,750 for trainer Mike Trombetta. At the 2019 OBS June Sale, he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before he was purchased for $100,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment. watch his under tack video 

Miss Marissa wins Pimlico’s Black-Eyed-Susan Stakes

Alfonso Cammarota’s 2018 OBS Selected Yearling Sale graduate Miss Marissa sat just off the lead in Saturday’s $250,000 Black-Eyed-Susan Stakes (G2) at Pimlico, took command leaving the turn, opened daylight in the stretch and held off a late charge to score by a neck. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old filly by He’s Had Enough, purchased for $11,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment. Now 12-4-2-1 for trainer Jim Ryerson, she has earned $323,690 to date.  selected sale walking video

Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This went right to the front in Pimlico’s $250,000 Dinner Party Stakes (G2) on Saturday and never looked back en route to a 2-3/4 length victory. That’s four graded stakes wins for the 5-year-old gelding by The Factor, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 prior to being purchased for $11,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. Trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 32-12-4-4 and went over the million dollar earnings mark at $1,242,780. watch his under tack video

Koichi Nishikawa’s Cafe Pharoah made it four wins in five trips to the post, turning in a strong late run to take Saturday’s $653,505 Sirius Stakes (G3) by three quarters of a length at Chukyo RaceCourse in Japan. He was consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, and sold for $475,000 to Narvick International, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Trained by Noriyuki Hori, he’s now 5-4-0-0 and has earned $917,019 USD to date. watch his under tack video    watch a video of the race

Kaleem Shah, Inc.’s unbeaten Madone is three for three with two stakes wins after closing from far off the pace and taking Santa Anita’s $102,000 Surfer Girl Stakes by a neck on Sunday. Trained by Simon Callaghan, she has earned $141,300 to date. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was purchased for $125,000 out of the Kirkwood Stables consignment at the 2020 OBS March Sale by K S I, Ben McElroy, Agent. watch her under tack video

Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher, John Piehowicz, Angela Carlesimo and Michael J. Maker’s Catman picked a good spot to break his maiden, prompting the pace in Saturday’s $150,000 Laurel Futurity at Pimlico, taking over a furlong from home and holding off a late run to win by a nose. Trained by Mike Maker, the 2-year-old colt by Kitten’s Joy is now 3-1-1-0 and has $108,432 in earnings. Consigned to the 2020 OBS March Sale by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, he was sold to Mike Maker for $85,000 after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :22 flat. watch his under tack video

LNJ Foxwoods’ Boardroom scored her first stakes win in the $100,000 Duchess Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine. Rallying from well off the pace, the 3-year-old daughter of Commissioner grabbed the lead at the eighth pole and went on to score by a length. Now 4-3-0-1 for trainer Josie Carroll, she has earned $114,484 to date.  Consigned to the 2019 OBS April Sale by Q Bar J Thoroughbreds LLC, she was sold to Solis / Litt for $475,000 after speeding an Under Tack quarter in :20 1/5. watch her under tack video

D.J. Stable LLC & Empire Racing Club’s Proven Strategies picked up his first stakes victory in Saturday’s $102,400 Toronto Cup Stakes at Woodbine, taking the lead for good going into the turn and staying there to the wire, cruising home by a length and three quarters. The 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Sky Mesa was consigned to the 2019 OBS April Sale by Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co., Inc., Agent, and went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. Now 13-4-3-1 for trainer Mark Casse, he has earned $230,726.  watch his under tack video

 

Real Grace captures the Canadian Derby

Shelly Brown, Jean McEwan, Bette Holtman and Bernell B. Rhone’s Real Grace took the lead at the start of Sunday’s $100,000 Canadian Derby (G3) at Century Mile, turned back a challenge on the turn, then held off a late charge by fellow OBS graduate Something Natural (March ’19) and scored by a neck. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old gelding by Mineshaft, trained by Shelly Brown, now 8-2-3-0 with $68,080 in earnings. Consigned to the 2020 OBS Winter Mixed Sale by Woodard Sales, Agent, he was sold for $38,000 after breezing three eighths in :33 3/5. watch his under tack video

Phoenix Thoroughbreds LTD’s Confessing tried stakes company for the first time in the $60,000 Ricks Memorial Stakes on Sunday at Remington Park. The 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy relaxed off the pace in the early going, rallied to reach contention on the turn and kept coming to get up late by three quarters of a length. After turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5, she was purchased for $875,000 out of the Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale. Now 10-3-1-2 for trainer Steve Asmussen, she has earned $205,230 to date. watch her under tack video

OBS grads post a pair of graded stakes wins on Sunday at Santa Anita

OBS graduates scored a graded stakes doubleheader at Santa Anita on Sunday after a 1-2-3 sweep of the My Dear Girl at Gulfstream on Saturday.

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Gary Barber, Tom Kagele and Madaket Stables LLC’s C Z Rocket pressed the pace in the $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2), wore down the leader in the lane and was best by a head. Fellow OBS graduate Collusion Illusion (April ’19) checked in third. That’s two straight graded stakes wins for the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of City Zip, trained by Peter Miller, now 22-9-1-2 with $551,641 in earnings. At the 2016 June Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased out of the Stephens Thoroughbred consignment for a then sale record $800,000. watch his under tack video

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Flawless Racing, Masino Racing Stable. Brian Flanagan and Michael Jarvis’ Cupid’s Claws stepped into stakes company for the first time in the $101,000 Tokyo City Cup Stakes (G3), and the 5-year-old gelded son of Kitten’s Joy rallied on the turn, took command in the stretch and drew off to a 7-1/4 length victory. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, to the 2017 April Sale, he breezed a quarter in :21 3/5 before he was sold for $90,000. Trained by Craig Dollase, the win leaves him with an 18-4-2-3 career record and $172,296 in earnings.  watch his under tack video

 

Daniel Pita’s Princess Secret led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire My Dear Girl Stakes at Gulfstream, charging wide on the turn, collaring frontrunning fellow OBS graduate Restofthestory (April ’20) turning for home, battling her the length of the stretch and scoring by a neck. Big Rings (June ’20) settled for third. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Khozan, consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock Services, Inc. (Brent & Crystal Fernung), Agent, to the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale and sold to Manuel Pita for $30,000. Trained by her owner, she’s now 5-3-2-0 and has earned $434,300 to date. selected sale walking video

West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Taveler was unveiled by trainer Steve Asmussen on Friday at Pimlico in a six furlong maiden special weight dash. The 2-year-old colt by Munnings broke on top, set the pace, was turned loose after turning for home and galloped to a ten length victory. At the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment by West Point for $140,000.  watch his under tack video    watch his walking video

Princess Noor, Get Her Number sweep Santa Anita juvenile stakes

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Zedan Racing Stables Inc.’s unbeaten Princess Noor continued her march toward the Breeders’ Cup and a division title with an effortless 8-1/4 length victory in the $200,000 Chandelier Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. After saving ground just off the pace, she rolled past the leaders on the turn, took command at the head of the stretch and cruised home under a hand ride. Fellow OBS graduates Varda (April ’20) and Miss Costa Rica (March ’20) checked in second and third. The 2-year-old daughter of Not This Time, trained by Bob Baffert, is now three for three with two graded stakes wins and earnings of $303,000. Consigned by Top Line Sales to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, she sped the Under Tack Show’s fastest quarter in :20 1/5 and was purchased by Gary Young for a sale-topping $1,350,000. watch her under tack video    watch her walking video

Gary Barber’s Get Her Number took the lead on the far turn of the $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes (G1), opened up daylight in the stretch and turned back a late run to score by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old son of Dialed In, switched to the dirt after his first two starts on grass. Now 3-2-0-0 for trainer Peter Miller, he has earned $219,000 to date. After turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat, he was purchased for $45,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by Raymie Lightner, Agent for Peter Miller. watch his under tack video    watch his walking video

Starship Jubilee beats the boys in the Woodbine Mile

Blue Heaven Farm’s OBS October Sale catalog cover girl Starship Jubilee punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) with a victory over the boys in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1). Sitting just off the pace in the early going, she moved to contention on the turn, took command a furlong from home and scored by a length under a hand ride. It’s the second grade one win for Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year, five for six this year including four graded stakes wins. Trained by Kevin Attard, she has posted nine graded stakes victories, compiled a 38-19-5-3 career record and earned $2,093,069 to date. The 7-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Indy Wind is a two time OBS graduate, sold by The Acorn at the 2014 August Yearling Sale then consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm to the 2015 April Sale where she went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video

C. DeMizio and Mary E. Biamonte’s Dirty Dangle is two for two and a stakes winner after taking Saturday’s $135,810 Woodbine Cares Stakes. She saved ground early, came out for the drive, blew past the leaders inside the furlong marker and won going away by a length and a quarter. The 2-year-old Not This Time filly worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was sold for $25,000 by J R Racing Stables, Agent for Brayhan Cruz, at the 2020 OBS March Sale. Trained by Ralph J. Biamonte, she has earned $93,903. watch her under tack video

Lighthouse, Miss J McKay one-two in Kentucky Downs’ Music City Stakes

LNJ Foxwoods’ Lighthouse sat just off the pace in Kentucky Downs’ $360,385 Music City Stakes on Tuesday, came out for the drive, ran by the leaders a furlong from home and held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Miss J McKay (April ’19) to score by a length and a half. It’s the first stakes win for the graded stakes placed 3-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast, trained by Simon Callaghan, now 7-3-2-1 with earnings of $335,171. At the 2019 OBS April Sale, she breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was purchased for $375,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment. watch her under tack video

Anothertwistafate takes the Longacre Mile

Peter Redekop‘s  Anothertwistafate sat just off the pace early in Emerald Downs’ $100,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (G3) on Thursday, circled horses to take the lead a quarter mile out and drew away down the stretch to a 4-1/2 length score. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Scat Daddy, now 8-4-2-0 for trainer Blaine Wright, with earnings of $358,505. After turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, he was purchased for $360,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2018 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Daniel Investment Holdings’ Mizzen Beau took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $250,000 Bison City Stakes at Woodbine and never looked back, opening a big lead a furlong from home and coasting to victory by 4-3/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was sold by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC to Cardinal Hill, Agent for Patrick Daniel, for $100,000. Trained by Norm Casse, she’s now 9-3-1-0 and has earned $190,559 to date. watch her under tack video

OBS grads post a pair of stakes wins at Laurel on Labor Day

A trio of OBS grads posted stakes wins on Labor Day; one at Parx and a pair at Laurel.

First Row Partners and Hidden Brook Farm’s Nay Lady Nay (IRE) saved ground early in Laurel’s $98,000 All Along Stakes, got through on the rail turning for home, drew off in the lane and scored by 5-1/2 lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Beautiful Lady (April’18) checked in third. It’s the fourth stakes win for the graded stakes winning 4-year-old filly by No Nay Never, sold by Eddie Woods, Agent, for $210,000 at the 2018 OBS March Sale after an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. Now 8-5-1-0 for trainer Chad Brown, she has earned $416,180 to date. watch her under tack video

Larry Pratt and Dave Alden’s Doctor Mounty took the lead at the start of Laurel’s $100,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes and never looked back, opening up in the stretch and coasting to victory by a length and three quarters. That’s four stakes wins for the 7-year-old graded stakes winning son of Street Sense, now 35-9-5-5 with earnings of $572,228 for trainer Shug McGaughey. He was purchased for $170,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2015 OBS June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch his under tack video

Monster Racing Stables’ The Critical Way battled for the lead from the start of Parx Racing’s $88,000 Marshall Jenny Stakes, took charge on the turn and drew away down the stretch to a 4-1/2 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Tizway, trained by Jose Delgado, now 18-5-4-0 with $254,143 in earnings. At the 2016 OBS June Sale, he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat and was purchased for $75,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment. watch his under tack video

Princess Noor romps in Del Mar Debutante

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Zedan Racing Stables Inc.’s Princess Noor is two for two and a grade one stakes winner after a 6-1/2 length victory in the $250,500 Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1). After an awkward break, the 2-year-old daughter of Not This Time sat just off the early pace, came around the leaders to take charge after turning for home and drew off in hand down the stretch. The 2020 OBS Spring Sale topper turned in the Under Tack Show’s fastest quarter in :20 1/5, and was purchased by Gary Young for $1,350,000 out of theTop Line Sales consignment. Trained by Bob Baffert, she has earned $183,000 to date. watch her under tack video    watch her walking video

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Sierra Racing & Sterling Stables LLC’s Raymundos Secret led from gate to wire in Saturday’s $151,500 John C. Mabee Stakes (G2) at  Del Mar, holding off a late charge and winning by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Treasure Beach, now 7-5-0-0 with $188,971 in earnings for trainer Phil D’Amato. Consigned by Pleasant Acres Farm, she was sold for $7,000 at the 2017 OBS October Yearling Sale.

 

Jim & Donna Daniell’s Rushie sat just off the pace in the early going of Churchill’s $500,000 Pat Day Mile Stakes (G2) on Saturday, moved to the leaders turning for home, took command a furlong out and eased away to win by a length and three quarters. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Liam’s Map, trained by Mike McCarthy, now 7-3-1-2 with $493,151 in earnings. Consigned by his breeder Ocala Stud to the 2019 OBS March Sale, he was sold to West Bloodstock for $70,000 after an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5. watch his under tack video 

Allied Racing Stable, LLC’s By My Standards tracked the pace in Friday’s $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, took charge turning for home, turned back a challenge from the inside and drew away late to win by a length and three quarters. Fellow OBS graduate Silver Dust (March ’16) settled for third. That’s four graded stakes wins for the 4-year old colt by OBS graduate Goldencents, trained by Bret Calhoun, now 12-6-4-1 with $1,764,430 in earnings. Consigned to the 2018 OBS April Sale by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent, he was sold to J. Stevens Bloodstock, Agent, for $150,000 after working an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video 

William H. Lawrence’s Analyze It, idle since his third place finish in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), returned to the races on Saturday with a victory in the $152,5000 Red Bank Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park. After saving ground early, he swung out for the drive, took over quickly and drew off to score by a length and three quarters. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Point of Entry, now 9-4-3-1 with $849,400 in earnings for trainer Chad Brown. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $190,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, out of the Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co. consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

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Kaleem Shah, Inc.’s Madone is two for two and a stakes winner after a half length victory in Sunday’s $83,500 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes. Far back after stumbling at the start, the 2-year-old filly by Vancouver (AUS) circled horses on the turn to reach contention, found a seam between horses in deep stretch and was up late for the win. Trained by Simon Callaghan, she has earned $81,300 to date. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, to the 2020 OBS March Sale, she was sold for $125,000 to K S I, Ben McElroy, Agent, after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

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West Point Thoroughbreds, Chester Sr. & Mary Broman, Woodford Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC & Robert Masiello’s Chestertown was bumped at the start of Friday’s $145,500 Albany Stakes at Saratoga, came around horses to take the lead turning for home, then turned back a challenge from fellow OBS graduate City Man (April ’19) and was best by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Tapit, who topped the 2019 OBS March Sale, purchased for $2,000,000 out of the  Sequel Bloodstock consignment after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he’s now 8-2-3-1 and has earned $165,990 to date. watch his under tack video

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Lawrence Goichman’s Myhartblongstodady took the lead at the start of Saratoga’s $145,500 Yaddo Stakes on Friday and never looked back, scoring her first stakes win by a length. It’s the third straight win for the 5-year-old mare by Scat Daddy, trained by Jorge Abreu, now 8-4-2-1 with $235,216 in earnings. Consigned to the 2017 OBS Spring Sale by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, she went through the ring after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.  watch her under tack video 

 

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Sam Wilensky’s Maries Melody stepped into stakes company for the first time in Gulfstream’s $75,000 Miss Gracie Stakes on Saturday, took the lead early and held it to the wire, scoring by a length with fellow OBS graduate Fujairah (April ’19) checking in third. Consigned to the 2019 OBS June Sale by Kaizen Sales (Richard Kent), Agent, she galloped at the Under Tack Show before she was sold for $2,700. Trained by Ramon Minguet, she’s now 13-3-4-2 and earned $94,645 to date. watch her under tack video 

Six OBS grads in the Kentucky Derby; Three fillies in the Oaks

Headed by Eclipse Award winner Storm the Court and Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner King Guillermo, six OBS graduates will start in Saturday’s 146th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill. They are looking to join previous OBS graduate Derby winners Lil E. Tee (1992), Silver Charm (1997) and I’ll Have Another (2012).

Taking the Breeders’ Cup  Juv. (Benoit photo)

David A. Bernsen LLC, Exline-Border Racing LLC, Dan Hudock & Susanna Wilson’s Storm the Court is looking to return to the form that won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and earned the Eclipse Award as 2-year-old champion. At three, he’s been third in the San Felipe (G2), third in the Ohio Derby (G3) and second last time out in the La Jolla Handicap (G3) at Del Mar. The  son of Court Vision was  consigned to the April Sale by Woodside Ranch, Agent, and worked an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 before he was purchased for $60,000 by Marette Farrell, Agent for Exline-Border Racing LLC. Trained by Peter Eurton, he comes into the Derby with a 9-2-1-3 record and earnings of $1,310,451. He’ll break from post four in the 18 horse field and be ridden by Julien Leparoux.  watch his under tack video

The King takes the Tampa Bay Derby (SV photo)

Victoria’s Ranch’s King Guillermo, on furlough since a second place finish behind Nadal in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in May, has been working steadily at Churchill Downs under the watchful eye of trainer Juan Carlos Avila. The son of Uncle Mo, a 4-3/4 length winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) in March, comes into the Derby with a 5-2-1-1 record and $340,350 in earnings. He’ll start from post six and be ridden by Samy Camacho. He was purchased for $150,000 by retired MLB All-Star Victor Martinez at the April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video

Robert V. LaPenta and Bortolazzo Stable LLC’s Money Moves will break from post seven under Javier Castellano for trainer Todd Pletcher. The lightly raced colt by Candy Ride (ARG) a winner at first asking at Gulfstream Park in February, has won two of three starts.. At the April Sale, he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat and was purchased for $975,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment by Steven W. Young, Agent.  watch his under tack video

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Peter Deutsch and Pantofel Stable LLC’s South Bend, acquired by his connections after a strong late run to just miss in the Ohio Derby (G3), was fourth in the Travers (G1) in his last start. A winner of the Street Sense Stakes over the Churchill surface at two, he brings a 12-3-2-2 record and $390,114 in earnings into the Derby. Tyler Gaffalione will ride the son of Algorithms for trainer Bill Mott. He turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5 before he was purchased for $70,000 out of the Pick View LLC consignment at the March Sale. watch his under tack video

The Pulpit S. at two (Adam Cogilianese photo)

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Andie Biancone’s graded stakes winner Sole Volante has been on the board in six of his seven starts and earned $323,310 to date. He won Tampa Bay Downs’ Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) in February and returned to run second to King Guillermo in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). At two, he took Gulfstream’s Pulpit Stakes on the turf. Patrick L. Biancone will saddle the son of Karakontie (JPN), who will be ridden from post 12 by Luca Panici. He was sold for $20,000 by New Hope AB LLC at the April Sale after working an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

West Point Thoroughbreds and Pearl Racing’s Winning Impression will leave from post 14 and be ridden by Joe Rocco for trainer Dallas Stewart. The son of Paynter, third in the Arkansas Derby (G1), was purchased out of the Off the Hook consignment at the April Sale for $77,000 after an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 Three OBS March graduates go to the post in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Mark H. Stanley and Nancy W. Stanley’s graded stakes placed Tempers Rising will leave from post two and be ridden by Julien Leparoux. The daughter of Bayern was second this spring in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and comes into the Oaks with earnings of $222,627 for trainer Dallas Stewart. Consigned to the Sale by McKathan Bros., Agent, she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.  watch her under tack video

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Madaket Stables & Heider Family Stables LLC’s Speech comes into the Oaks off a victory in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes (G1) in July. She was also second in the Santa Anita Oaks (G2) and third in the Santa Ysabel (G3).  The Florida-bred daughter of Mr Speaker is a two time OBS graduate, purchased out of the Summerfield consignment at the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale, then resold by SBM Training & Sales, Agent, for $190,000 at the March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Mike McCarthy, she has compiled a 7-3-3-1 record and earned $378,240 to date. She’ll be ridden by Javier Castellano and start from post four.  watch her under tack video

Miracle’s International Trading’s Dream Marie, on the board earlier this year in the Delaware Oaks (G3) and Davona Dale Stakes (G2), was fourth last time out in the Monmouth Oaks (G3) and comes into the race with $160,160 in earnings. Joe Talamo will ride the daughter of Graydar from post nine for trainer Matthew J. Williams. Consigned to the Sale by Paul Sharp, Agent she breezed an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show before she was sold for $25,000.  watch her under tack video

 

OBS 2YO Class of 2020 wins coast to coast

Four graduates of 2020 OBS 2-Year-Old Sales broke their maidens in style from coast to coast this weekend.

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Jeff Drown and Don Rachel’s Founder trailed early in the slop on Saturday at Saratoga in a $72,000 six furlong maiden special test, but came off the rail turning for home, ducked out sharply a furlong from home, but closed relentlessly and was up in the final yards to win by a neck for trainer Chad Brown. It was the first start for the 2-year-old colt by Upstart, sold for $600,000 by Woodford Thoroughbreds to Mike Ryan, Agent, at the 2020 March Sale after working a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video   

 

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Bob Baffert unveiled Baoma Corporation’s Varda on Sunday at Del Mar in a $55,000 six furlong maiden special dash and the 2-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor looked like a winner all the way. She tracked the leader into the turn, took over after turning for home and eased away late to score by 3-1/4 lengths. Consigned to the 2020 Spring Sale by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, she was purchased for $700,000 by Donato Lanni on behalf of Baoma Corporation after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5.  watch her under tack video  

 

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Kaleem Shah, Inc.’s Vittorio put the lessons learned in his first start to good use in Del Mar on Saturday, taking command of a $55,000 maiden special after turning for home and drawing away to a 3-1/4 length score for trainer Simon Callaghan. The 2-year-old Ghostzapper colt, consigned to the 2020 Spring Sale by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent, sped an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 and was sold for $750,000 to Ben McElroy, Agent for Arman Shah. watch his under tack video    walking video

 

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Ron Arakelian III and Ron Arakelian, Jr.’s Half Right was overlooked at 17-1 in his debut for trainer Doug O’Neill at Saratoga on Sunday in a $62,000 5-1/2 furlong maiden special test. But the 2-year-old son of Alpha was on the engine early, battled for the lead until the top of the stretch, then took command and drew way to a 2-1/2 length victory.  He was selected and purchased for $52,000 by Dennis O’Neill out of the Off the Hook consignment at the 2020 Spring Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video   walking video

Unbeaten Yaupon heads parade of OBS weekend stakes winners

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William & Corinne Heiligbrodt’s unbeaten Yaupon is three for three and a graded stakes winner after a two length wire to wire victory in Saratoga’s $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) on Saturday.  The 3-year-old colt by Uncle Mo went right to the front, opened daylight on the turn, drew off to a long lead in the stretch and was in hand in the final sixteenth. Fellow OBS graduate Premier Star (June ’19) checked in third.

Yaupon is the second straight OBS graduate to win the Amsterdam (G2), and thirteenth overall. Shancelot turned in a sensational victory last year, preceded by Coal Front (2017), Mind Your Biscuits (2016), Currency Swap (2012), Kodiak Kowboy (2008), Santana Strings (2005), Bwana Charlie (2004), City Zip (2001), Personal First (2000), Successful Appeal (1999), Oro de Mexico (1997) and Evil Bear (1993).

Consigned to the 2019 OBS June Sale by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent,  Yaupon was purchased by East Hickman Bloodstock for $255,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he has earned $168,264 to date.   watch his under tack video

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Tom Kagele’s C Z Rocket stalked the leaders in Del Mar’s $151,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) on Saturday, rallied on the outside down the stretch and was up in the final strides for a half length victory. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of City Zip, purchased out of the Stephens Thoroughbred consignment at the 2016 OBS June Sale for a then sale record $800,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now trained by Peter Miller, he has compiled a 21-8-1-2 record and has earned $431,641. watch his under tack video

 

D. J. Stable’s Chart sat just off the lead in Saturday’s $130,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, fought to the lead in the lane and held on gamely to score by a head in a three horse photo. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Lea, trained by Mark Casse, now 6-3-1-0 with $110,269 in earnings. Consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, Agent, to the 2019 OBS April Sale, she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show before she was sold for $120,000. watch her under tack video

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Team Hanley’s Captain Bombastic collided with fellow OBS graduate Dream Bigger (April ’19) at the start of Friday’s $97,000 New York Stallion Stakes at Saratoga, battled him until taking command a furlong from home and beat him to the wire by 5-1/4 lengths. It’s the third stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Forty Tales, consigned to the 2019 OBS March Sale by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent for Chester & Mary Broman, and sold for $80,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now 8-4-2-1 for trainer Jeremiah Englehart, he has earned $389,800. watch his under tack video

 

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Baoma Corporation’s Message set the pace in the $77,500 Tranquility Lake Stakes at Del Mar on Friday, was headed at the eighth pole but came again late to finish in a dead heat for the victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Warrior’s Reward, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before she was purchased for $300,000 out of the Brick City Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale. Now 10-3-2-2 for trainer Bob Baffert, she has earned $134,516 to date. watch her under tack video

 

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Palm Beach Racing’s Hot Blooded saved ground early, came out after the leaders, took over after turning for home and captured Saturday’s $75,000 Proud Man Stakes at Gulfstream by 2-1/4 lengths, with fellow OBS graduate Castle King (March ’20, October ’19) checking in third. That two wins in three starts for the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Declaration of War, with $84,640 in earnings for trainer Carlos David. Consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, he went through the ring at the 2019 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. selected sale walking video

 

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Daniel Pita’s Princess Secret scored her first stakes victory in Saturday’s $200,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Susan’s Girl Stakes, pressing the pace, taking charge a half mile out and winning by three quarters of a length. Trained by her owner, the 2-year-old Florida-bred filly is now 4-2-2-0 and has earned $194,300. She was purchased for $30,000 out of the Journeyman Bloodstock consignment at the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale.  selected sale walking video

Paradise Farm Corp., Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner’s Relentless Dancer rated off the pace in Friday’s $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes at Charles Town, circled horses to reach contention and rallied in the stretch to score by half a length. That’s three stakes wins for the 3-year-old son of Midshipman, trained by Mike Maker, now 10-4-0- with $216,738 in earnings. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales to the 2019 OBS April Sale, he was sold for $80,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch his under tack video

John Pinkerton’s Black Ops defended his title in Albuquerque’s $55,000 Budweiser Special Handicap on Saturday, circling horses on the turn and surging past the leaders in deep stretch to score by a length and a quarter. It’s the second stakes win for the two time OBS graduate, who went through the ring at the 2015 March Sale and then turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 prior to being sold for $20,000 by Whitman Sales, Agent, at the 2015 June Sale. watch his under tack video 

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Juan Arriagada’s Estilo Talentoso took the lead at the start of Sunday’s $60,000 Escena Stakes at Gulfstream and held it to the wire, winning by a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old daughter of Maclean’s Music, trained by her owner, now 9-2-6-1 with earnings of $109,038. A two time OBS graduate, she went though the ring at the 2019 April Sale before she was purchased for $15,000 out of the McKathan Bros. consignment at the 2019 June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. watch her under tack video

 

 

Introduced scores in Saratoga’s Smart N Fancy

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Colts Neck Stables LLC’s Introduced vied for the early lead in Saratoga’s $82,450 Smart N Fancy Stakes on Thursday, continued the duel down the stretch, took charge a sixteenth out and cruised home from there to a 3-1/4 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old filly by El Padrino, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was purchased for $310,000 out of the Julie Davies consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale. Now 13-6-3-1 for trainer Jorge Duarte, Jr., she has earned $271,551 to date.   watch her under tack video

Quartet of Saturday wins for OBS Class of 2020

The OBS 2-Year-Old class of 2020 had a big day on Saturday, posting four wins from Florida to California to New York.

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Zedan Racing Stables Inc.’s 2020 OBS Spring Sale topper Princess Noor made her debut for trainer Bob Baffert on Saturday at Del Mar in a $55,000 5-1/2 furlong Maiden Special test. The 2-year-old daughter of Not This Time bounced to the lead out of the gate and never looked back, effortlessly opening up down the stretch and winning in hand by 2-1/2 lengths. After turning in the Under Tack Show’s fastest quarter in :20 1/5, she was purchased by Gary Young for $1,350,000 out Top Line Sales consignment. watch her under tack video    watch her walking video

 

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WellSpring Stables’ Ampersand slipped through on the inside turning for home in a $72,000 5-1/2 furlong Maiden Special test at Saratoga, took charge a furlong from home and eased away to a length and a quarter victory. It was the first start for the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Speightster, trained by Phil Serpe. He’s a two time OBS graduate, sold by Kaizen Sales at the 2019 October Yearling Sale and then purchased for $34,000 out of the Potrero Stables consignment at the Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :22 flat. watch his under tack video  watch his walking video
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Kent Spellman and Madaket Stables LLC’s Nautilus took the early lead in a $72,000 seven furlong Maiden Special at Saratoga, surrendered it on the turn, then came again between horses in the stretch and was best by a head at the wire. The 2-year-old son of Cairo Prince, trained by Brad Cox, was sold for $130,000 by Kings Equine, Agent, at the March Sale after working an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

 

Lowwood Farm LLC and Fernando Abreu’s Mon Petit Chou tracked the leader in a 5-1/2 furlong Maiden Special at Gulfstream, wore her down in the lane and was best by three quarters of a length for trainer Fernando Abreu. The 2-year-old filly by The Big Beast was purchased for $110,000 by Lowwood Farm from breeder Ocala Stud at the Spring Sale after she breezed a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video    watch her walking video

The older division had its day at Monmouth on Sunday, when Crawford Farms Racing’s 2019 OBS Sprint winner Archidust saved ground early in the $79,500 Get Serious Stakes, swung out for the drive, wore down the leaders and was up in the final yards to score by a head. It’s his second straight stakes victory for trainer Steve Asmussen, leaving him with six stakes wins, a 14-7-1-3 career record and $353,400 in earnings. The 4-year-old son of Verrazano was consigned to the 2018 OBS March Sale by Whitman Sales LLC, Agent, and purchased for $300,000 by Juan Pacanins, Agent, after breezing an Under Tack eighth in:10 flat. watch his under tack video

Tobys Heart, Joy’s Rocket one-two in Saratoga’s Bolton Landing

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Terry Hamilton and Brian Lynch’s Tobys Heart is two for two and a stakes winner after a rousing victory in the $85,000 Bolton Landing Stakes Wednesday at Saratoga, the ninth stakes win by an OBS graduate at the meeting.  Away slowly, the 2-year-old daughter of OBS March graduate Jack Milton circled horses on the turn, took charge inside the eighth pole and scored by a length and a quarter. Fellow March graduate Joy’s Rocket, winner of Woodbine’s My Dear Stakes in her previous start, settled for second after setting the pace. The first stakes winner for her sire, Tobys Heart is trained by Brian Lynch and has earned $92,150 to date. Consigned by Bold Arrow Thoroughbreds to the 2020 OBS March Sale, she was sold for $45,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

Newly Minted, Mrs. Orb one-two in Saratoga’s Union Avenue

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Beach Haven Thoroughbreds LLC’s Newly Minted tracked the leader in the early going of Thursday’s $85,000 Union Avenue Handicap at Saratoga, swung out to take command after turning for home and held off a late charge by fellow OBS graduate Mrs. Orb (June ’17) to score by a neck. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Central Banker, consigned to the 2018 OBS Spring Sale by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent for Chester and Mary Broman, and purchased for $110,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now 11-6-3-1 for trainer Linda Rice, she has earned $515,988 to date.  watch her under tack video

Big E Stables LLC’s Blissful Change took the lessons learned in a troubled July debut on the Keeneland turf course to good use on Tuesday at Indiana Grand Race Course. The 2-year-old filly by Treasure Beach (GB) took charge of an off the turf maiden special weight test three furlongs out, turned back a challenge from the favorite turning from home and drew away to a 9-1/4 length victory for trainer Joe Sharp. A three time OBS graduate, she was sold by Kim Harrison (Top Speed Farm), Agent, at the 2019 Winter Mixed Sale and went through the ring, consigned by Summerfield, at the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale. Consigned to the 2020 March Sale by Paul Sharp, Agent, she was purchased by Big E Stables for $25,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5.  watch her under tack video  selected sale walking video

My Girl Red wins Del Mar’s Sorrento Stakes

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Erich G. Brehm’s My Girl Red is two for two and a graded stakes winner after setting a pressured early pace in Friday’s $150,500 Sorrento Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, shaking loose going to the turn and then drawing away down the stretch to beat fellow OBS graduate Get On the Bus (March ’20) by 4-3/4 lengths. Trained by Keith Desormeaux, the 2-year-old filly by Texas Red has earned $120,000 to date. Consigned by Abbie Road Farm (Lisa McGreevy), Agent, she went through the ring at the 2019 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. watch her walking video

Raj Jagnanan’s American Sailor was awarded victory via disqualification in Saturday’s $200,000 Troy Stakes (G3) at Saratoga. It’s the first stakes win for American Sailor and the first graded win for trainer Wayne Potts, leaving the 8-year-old gelding by City Zip with a 45-15-9-3 career record and earnings of $568,264. Consigned by Silver Star to the 2014 OBS Spring Sale, he was sold for $100,000 after breezing an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Sandin Syndicate Stable LLC’s Pico d’Oro was a maiden going into Sunday’s $100,000 Runhappy Juvenile Stakes at Ellis Park but a stakes winner at the finish. The 2-year-old colt by Curlin was last of seven early, rallied four wide down the stretch, caught the leaders in the final sixteenth and ran on by to score by two lengths. At the 2020 OBS March Sale, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before he was purchased out of the Eddie Woods consignment for $255,000. Now 3-1-2-0 for trainer William Morey, he has earned $69,517 to date. watch his under tack video