Patrona Margarita, The Tabulator take Churchill juvenile graded stakes

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

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

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

OBS graduates capture eight weekend stakes races

Flurry Racing Stables LLC’s Mr. Misundertood came from just off the pace to take charge of Saturday’s $200,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs a furlong from home and drew away from there to beat fellow OBS graduate Phat Man (March ’16) by three lengths. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old gelding by Archarcharch, trained by Brad Cox, leaving him with a 10-6-1-0 record with $234,794 in earnings. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, he was sold for $130,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video

OBS graduates also won three other stakes on the Super Derby undercard.

Steve Landers Racing LLC’s Lady O’Toole picked up her first stakes victory in the $60,000 Happy Ticket Stakes. The 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Colonel John took charge on the turn for home and then drew away down the stretch, scoring by 3-1/2 lengths. Now 4-3-0-0 for trainer Brad Cox, she has earned $82,470 to date. Consigned by Flying Fish, Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, she breezed an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show before going to Landers Racing for $80,000. watch her under tack video

Greg Allen Johnson’s Net Gain turned in a strong performance in the $60,000 Unbridled Stakes, circling horses on the turn, taking the lead turning for home and drawing away down the stretch to a 3-1/2 length victory. That’s three stakes wins for the 5-year-old son of Include, sold for $325,000 by Scanlon Training Center, Agent, at the 2014 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Clinton C. Stuart, he’s now 27-6-5-5 and has earned $323,587.  watch his under tack video

Whispering Oaks Farm LLC’s Eden Grey’s Kitten was up in the final yards after a long drive in the $50,000 Need For Speed Stakes, scoring by a neck. It’s the second stakes win for the 5-year-old Kitten’s Joy gelding, trained by Steven Flint, now 25-9-6-3 with $295,360 in earnings. Consigned by Robert Brewer to the 2014 OBS April Sale, he worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before going through the ring.  watch his under tack video

At Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday, Jeff Bonde, Edward J. Brown and Karen Norton’s Princess Karen went to the front at the start of the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes and never looked back, leading from gate to wire and scoring by a length and a quarter over fellow OBS graduate Faypien (April ’16). It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Stay Thirsty filly, trained by Jeff Bonde, now 6-3-0-0 with $120,705 in earnings. Consigned by Starting Point Thoroughbreds (Bruno DeBerdt), Agent to the 2016 OBS June Sale, she breezed an eighth in  :10 1/5 before she went through the ring. watch her under tack video

Conrad Farms’ Shamrock Rose got her career off to a flying start at Woodbine on Saturday, coming from off the pace to take the $100,000 Ontario Debutante Stakes by a length and quarter in her first trip to the post. Fellow OBS graduate Honey Graeme (March ’17) checked in third. Mark Casse trains the 2-year-old daughter of First Dude, who earned $49,350.  At the 2017 OBS April Sale, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was sold for $120,000 by Best A Luck Farm LLC, Agent. watch her under tack video

Sagamore Farm and Stanley M. Hough’s Barry Lee is two for three and a stakes winner after sweeping to the lead in the stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity and scoring by three quarters of a length. The 2-year-old colt by Violence sped an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before he was purchased by Sagamore for $380,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. Trained by Horacio DePaz, he’s now 3-2-0-0 and has earned $67,000. watch his under tack video

Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Moms Choice led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $66,900  Avers Wexler Memorial Stakes at Arlington, leading all the way en route to a four length victory over Princess Erindelle (August ’14). Majestic Angel (June ’15) checked in third.  It was the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased for $160,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale. Trained by Larry Rivelli, she’s now 16-6-2-1 and has earned $268,916 to date. watch her under tack video

Kentucky Downs’ Old Friends Stakes goes to Sir Dudley Digges

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Sir Dudley Digges came wide off the turn into the stretch of Thursday’s $150,000 Old Friends Stakes at Kentucky Downs, battled down the lane and got up in the final yards to win by a head. The Queen’s Plate winner is now 18-5-5-3 for trainer Mike Maker, and has earned $752,184 to date. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 prior to his purchase for $130,000 by Patti Miller, EQB, Agent, on behalf of the Ramseys from Thomas and Casse, Agent for Global Thoroughbreds, at the 2015 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Snapper Sinclair scores in Turf Showcase Juvenile Stakes at Kentucky Downs

Bloom Racing Stable’s Snapper Sinclair came from just off the pace in the $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile Stakes at Kentucky Downs on Wednesday, took command a furlong from home and drew away to a 1-3/4 length victory. It’s the second straight win for the 2-year-old City Zip colt, purchased for $180,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he’s now $3-2-0-0 and has earned $252,360 to date. watch his under tack video

James M. Miller’s Lovely Bernadette tracked the leaders in Wednesday’s $200,000 Indiana Grand Stakes into the stretch, took over leaving the eighth pole and eased away to win by a length and a half. It’s the second stakes victory for the 3-year-old daughter of Wilburn, trained by Jim DiVito, now 12-5-0-3 with earnings of $300,613. She turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5 at the  2016 OBS June Sale before she was purchased by Mr. Miller for $28,000 from Bobby Jones Equine LLC & Santa Fe Thoroughbreds, Agent. watch her under tack video

Madefronlucky romps in Greenwood Cup Stakes at Parx

Cheyenne Stables LLC and Mac Nichol’s millionaire Madefromlucky surged to the front at the head of the stretch in Parx Racing’s $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes (G3) on Monday and the race was over, drawing away with every stride on his way to a 12-1/4 length victory. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of  Lookin At Lucky, purchased by Mr. Nichol for $150,000 out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment at the 2014 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he’s now 23-5-5-5 with $1,231,500 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Starship Stables’ Starship Bonita picked a nice spot to break her maiden, stalking the early leaders in Saturday’s $200,000 FTBOA Susan’s Girl Stakes at Gulfstream, battling to the lead a sixteenth from home and holding off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Dessert Honeys (April ’17) to score by a head. It was the third start for the 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Gone Astray, trained by Steve Dwoskin, who has earned $134,400 to date. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by The Acorn LLC, Agent, at the 2016 Selected Yearling Sale before she was purchased for $72,000 out of the Whitman Sales consignment at the 2017 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth  in :10 flat. watch her under tack video  Selected Sale conformation photo

Reddam Racing LLC’s Encumbered circled horses to reach contention turning for home in Sunday’s $103,105 Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes, took command a furlong out and went on to win by half a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 2-year-old colt by Violence, consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2017 OBS April Sale and sold for $225,000 after breezing a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Simon Callaghan, he’s now 3-2-0-0 and has earned $102,000. watch his under tack video

Julienne Lewis, Martha K. Gonzalez, Richard A. Rizzo and Ralph Klicker’s Like What I See went straight from a maiden win to Woodbine’s $102,200 Colin Stakes on Saturday, took the lead at the start and never looked back, scoring by half a length over  fellow OBS graduate Piven (April ’17, Ocotber ’15). Now 5-2-2-0 for trainer Nick Gonzalez, he has earned $99,552 to date. He was sold for $13,000 by Thoroughstock, Agent, at the 2015 OBS Fall Mixed Sale.

Mario Silva’s Bonita brought up the rear in the early going of Saturday’s $75,000 Wasted Tears Stakes at Gulfstream, but the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Bluegrass Cat moved up on the turn, came out for the drive and kept on going en route to victory by a length and a half. That’s two straight stakes wins for the two-time OBS graduate, sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2014 August Yearling Sale, and then purchased for $25,000 by Mr. Silva out of the Sugar Hill LLC consignment at the 2015 April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 16-5-2-4 for trainer Chad Stewart, she has earned $173,075.  watch her under tack video

Tobey L. Morton’s Pacific Gale tracked the pace in Saturday’s $61,800 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park, collared the leader in deep stretch and drew away late to a 3-1/4 length victory. That’s two wins in three trips to the post for the 2-year-old filly by Flat Out, trained by John Kimmel, who has earned $82,000 to date. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2016 Selected Yearling Sale before she was resold for $72,000 by Woodside Ranch, Agent, at the 2017 April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch her under tack video  Selected Sale conformation photo

Anne D. Scott’s Galleon Mast posted his second straight stakes victory at Gulfstream on Monday, coming from off the pace to take command of the $50,000 The Vid Handicap a furlong from home and drawing away to win by 2-1/4 lengths. Trained by David Fawkes, he’s two for three this year, has a 19-6-5-4 career record and has earned $252,780 to date. Consigned to the 2015 OBS April Sale by Eddie Woods, Agent, he went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :22 flat. watch his under tack video

Hieroglyphics, Small Bear one-two in Saratoga’s Better Talk Now Stakes

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Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Hieroglyphics saved ground in the early going of Monday’s $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes on the turf at Saratoga, found a lane in the stretch between horses to take the lead in deep stretch then held off a charge by fellow OBS graduate Small Bear (April ’16) to score by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile, now 8-3-3-0 for trainer Todd Pletcher with $164,272 in earnings. Consigned by Woodside Ranch, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before going to Eclipse for $450,000.  watch his under tack video

Giant Expectations takes Del Mar’s Pat O’Brien Stakes

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Exline-Border Racing LLC and Gatto Racing LLC’s Giant Expectations circled horses on the turn to reach contention in Saturday’s $201,725 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, caught fellow OBS graduate Calculator (April ’14) in the final sixteenth and beat him to the wire by a length and a half. It was the stakes debut for the 4-year-old colt by Frost Giant, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $135,000 by Ryan Exline out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale. Trained by Peter Eurton, he’s now 10-3-3-1 and has earned $253,200 to date. watch his under tack video

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Team D’s Get Jets came from well off the pace in Friday’s $150,00 West Point Stakes at Saratoga, rallied wide to reach the lead a sixteenth from home and scored by half a length over the late running fellow OBS gradate Offering Plan (April ’14).  It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Scat Daddy, purchased for $300,000 by Team D out of the Cary Frommer consignment at the 2015 OBS April Sale after working in eighth in :11 flat at the Under Tack Show. Now 10-5-3-0 for trainer Anthony Dutrow, he has earned $450,850 to date. watch his under tack video

 

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Gold Square LLC’s Aveenu Malcainu is two for two and a stakes winner after stalking the leaders in Saratoga’s $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes on Friday, taking the lead in deep stretch and easing away to a 2-1/2 length victory. Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, the 2-year-old colt by Into Mischief has earned $163,800. Consigned by SBM Training and Sales, Agent, to the 2017 OBS April Sale, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5 before he was purchased for $150,000 by Gene Parrotta, Agent for Gold Square LLC. watch his under tack video

 

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Hronis Racing LLC’s Shenandoah Queen tried stakes company for the first time in Friday’s $101,045 Tranquility Lake Stakes at Del Mar, took command turning for home, opened up daylight in the stretch and held off a late bid to win by three quarters of a length. The 5-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes is now 11-5-1-2 for trainer John Sadler, and has earned $111,300. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Casse Sales LLC (Justin Casse), Agent at the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale before she went through the ring at the 2014 March Sale, consigned by Northwest Stud, Agent for Inversiones Fl. LLC, after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch her under tack video

Conquest Panthera wins Woodbine’s Play the King Stakes

Gary Barber’s Conquest Panthera relaxed off the early pace in Woodbine’s $175,000 Play the King Stakes (G2), circled horses on the turn to reach contention turning for home, then ran down the leader in the final yards to win by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old gelding by Kitten’s Joy, trained by Mark Casse, now 10-4-0-3 with $250,016 in earnings. After breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show prior to the 2014 OBS March Sale, he was purchased out of the Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds consignment for $475,000. watch his under tack video

Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Kelly’s Humor is two for two and a stakes winner after rallying from well off the pace in Sunday’s $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante Stakes, taking charge inside the sixteenth pole and scoring by a length. Consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent to the 2016 OBS August Selected Yearling sale, the 2-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute was sold for $35,000. Selected Sale Conformation photo

Loooch Racing Stables, Inc. and Imaginary Stables’ Nikki My Darling led from flag fall to finish in Saturday’s $75,000 Pay the Man Stakes at Thistledown, drawing away in the stretch to win by eight lengths. That’s two straight stakes wins for the 3-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, trained by Jeffrey Radosevich, who now boasts three stakes victories, an 11-6-1-0 career record $226,533 in earnings. She was purchased for $100,000 out of the Tom McCrocklin consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale after speeding a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Collected a millionaire after winning Del Mar’s Pacific Classic

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Speedway Stable LLC’s Collected is the newest OBS millionaire after a wire to wire win in Del Mar’s $1,000,000 Pacific Classic (G1). He took the lead at the start, turned back San Diego Handicap (G2) winner Accelerate on the turn then held off a late run by champion Arrogate and scored by half a length. It’s the fifth graded stakes win for the 4-year-old son of City Zip, trained by Bob Baffert, and leaves him with an 11-8-1-0 career record. Four for four this year, he has earned $1,260,500 to date. Consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent, to the 2015 OBS March Sale, he was purchased for $170,000 by Speedway Stable after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5.  watch his under tack video

Literata scores in Saratoga Dew Stakes at the Spa

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Michael Dubb’s Literata stalked the pace-setter in the early going of Monday’s $100,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes, took command a half mile from home, turned back a challenge at the sixteenth pole and prevailed by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 6-year-old mare by Read the Footnotes, now 33-8-9-4 for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. She was purchased for $18,000 out of the Casey Newick consignment at the 2012 OBS August Yearling Sale.

Rivers Run Deep a millionaire after taking Thistledown’s Honey Jay Stakes

Driver, Ywachetta and Travis’ Rivers Run Deep is the newest OBS millionaire after rallying to take the lead in the stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 Honey Jay Stakes at Thistledown and drawing away from there to a 2-1/4 length victory. It’s the fourteenth stakes win for 6-year old horse by Ready’s Image, sold for $77,000 to Garry Simms, Agent for James Driver, by Rod McVey, Agent, at the 2013 OBS June Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Chris Hartman, he’s now 36-18-8-4 with $1,008,805 in earnings.  watch his under tack video

Brian Hall, Jason & Justin Loutsch, Jason Cline & Nick Jensen’s Msbrooklynbrawler is two for two and a stakes winner after leading all the way to an overwhelming 12-1/4 length win in Saturday’s Iowa Sorority Stakes at Prairie Meadows. Trained by Kelly Von Hemel, the 2-year-old daughter of Into Mischief has earned $80,696 to date. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, to the 2017 OBS April Sale, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was sold for $210,000 to Barry Berkelhammer, Agent for Albaugh Family Stables. watch her under tack video

Mario Silva’s Bonita picked up her first stakes win on Sunday in Gulfstream’s $50,000 Panama City Handicap. The 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Bluegrass Cat trailed in the early going, but angled out for the drive and ran past the entire field in the stretch and scored by three quarters of a length. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2014 August Yearling Sale, and then was purchased for $25,000 by Mr. Silva out of the Sugar Hill LLC consignment at the 2015 April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Run Away and Pure Silver romp to graded wins at Del Mar and Saratoga

A pair of unbeaten 2-year-old OBS graduates posted dominating victories on Saturday in graded stakes at Del Mar and Saratoga.

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Kaleem Shah’s Run Away is three for three after sitting just off the early lead in Del Mar’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (G2), taking command at the head of the stretch and drawing off to a 3-1/2 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the colt by Run Away and Hide, purchased for $35,000 out of the Bill Murphy consignment at the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale. Trained by Simon Callaghan, he has earned $212,400 to date.

 

 

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In the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC’s Pure Silver scored her second stakes victory and third win in as many starts, quickly going to the lead despite an awkward start. The daughter of Mission Impazible turned back a challenge on the turn, drew off turning for home and ran away down the stretch to a 9-1/2 length victory. Trained by Todd Pletcher, she has earned $217,200 and is the first graded stakes winner for her sire. Consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, she turned in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Take Charge Paula takes Delaware’s White Clay Creek Stakes

Bruce Tallisman’s Take Charge Paula is two for two and a stakes winner. After taking the lead shortly after the start of Wednesday’s $50,375 White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware Park, she turned back a challenge on the turn and then drew away in the stretch to a three length victory. The first stakes winner for her sire, the 2-year-old daughter of Take Charge Indy, trained by Kelly Breen, has earned $51,600 to date. Consigned by Envision Equine, Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 before she was purchased by Mr. Tallisman for $50,000. watch her under tack video

Green Mask a millionaire after scoring in Saratoga’s Troy Stakes

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Abdullah Saeed Almaddah’s Green Mask is the newest OBS millionaire after taking charge of Sunday’s $250,000 Troy Stakes at Saratoga coming to the eighth pole and drawing clear to win by a length and three quarters. The time for five furlongs on the turf was 1:00.49, just missing OBS graduate Lady Shipman’s (April ’14) track record 1:00.46. It’s the third stakes win of the year for the 6-year-old gelding by Mizzen Mast, purchased for $150,000 out of the Casse Sales LLC (Justin Casse) consignment at the 2013 OBS April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 27-8-8-3 and has earned $1,064,761 to date. watch his under tack video

Wong Chi Tat’s Forever Young led from start to finish and won Singapore’s $300,000 Chairman’s Trophy (G2) on Sunday by half a length. It’s the second graded stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Run Away and Hide, who captured the Singapore Guineas (G1) in the same front-running style on May 14th. Trained by Kuah Cheng Tee, he’s now 8-4-0-1 and has earned $533,285 to date. Consigned by Whitman Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, he sped a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video watch the Chairman’s Trophy Stakes                

Richard Keith’s American Dubai took the lead after a quarter in the $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Handicap and ran away from there, scoring an easy nine length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by E Dubai, trained by Rodney Richards, now 15-6-2-3 with $406,122 in earnings. Consigned by Calex Stables, Agent, to the 2015 OBS March Sale, he was sold to Mr. Keith for $50,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

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Raroma Stable’s unbeaten Phantom Ro took charge at the start of Saturday’s $100,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes at Gulfstream and the 2-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Wildcat Heir led all the way, drawing off in the lane to a 2-3/4 length victory. Two for two for trainer Ralph Nicks, he has earned $94,000. Consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, he went through the ring at the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale.

 

 

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Anne D. Scott’s Galleon Mast was relaxed in the early going of Gulfstream’s $75,000 Eight Miles East Stakes on Sunday, rallied wide to reach the lead in the stretch and then turned back a challenge by fellow OBS graduate My Point Exactly (April ’14, August ’13) and won by a head. Consinged by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2015 OBS April Sale, he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :22 flat. Now 18-5-5-4 for trainer David Fawkes, he has earned $222,400. watch his under tack video

 

 

Fig Tree Farm’s Sweet Sandy saved ground on the turn in Saturday’s $75,000 William M. Backer Stakes at Laurel, moved to the outside down the stretch and closed with a rush to get up in the final yards and score by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old mare by Flatter, trained by Danielle Hodsdon, now 18-4-5-1 with earnings of $129,260. She was purchased for $25,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2014 OBS April Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

Robert L. Cole’s 6-year-old Roman Officer successfully defended his title in the $75,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman’s Cup Stakes at Mountaineer Park on Saturday, leading every step of the way and turning back fellow OBS graduate American Sailor (April ’14) by a length. It’s his third win in four starts this year for trainer Kevin Patterson, leaving him 40-13-5-6 with earnings of $325,014. Consigned by SAB Sales (Scott A. Bergsrud), Agent, to the 2013 OBS April Sale, he breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 before he was sold for $70,000. watch his under tack video

I. C. Racing LLC and Shalom TR’s La Piba scored her first stakes win in Saturday’s $75,000 West Virginia Senate President’s Cup Stakes at Mountaineer Park, closing in deep stretch and getting up in the final strides to win by a neck. Trained by Brad Cox, who enjoyed a huge weekend, the 4-year-old daughter of Lookin At Lucky is now 19-4-2-2 and has earned $153,501. She was sold for $45,000 by Scanlon Training Center, Agent, at the 2015 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch her under tack video

Flurry Racing Stables LLC’s Mr. Understood picked up his first stakes win on Saturday in the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude Stakes on the turf course at Louisiana Downs, rallying to take the lead after turning for home and cruising to a 2-1/2 length victory. That’s three wins in four starts this year for the 3-year-old gelding by Archarcharch, consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale and purchased by Flurry Racing for $130,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 9-5-1-0 and has earned $123,794 to date. watch his under tack video

Brad Cox also saddled Steve Landers Racing LLC’s Big Changes in the $50,000 John Henry Stakes at Louisiana Downs. The 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Midshipman tracked the early leaders, took charge a furlong from home and eased away to win by a length and a quarter. It’s the first stakes win for the two-time OBS graduate, sold by Crowes Nest Farm at the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale. He was then purchased by Steve Landers for $170,000 out of the Pick View LLC consignment at the 2014 April Sale after speeding an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. He’s now 13-4-3-1 and has earned $201,030. watch his under tack video

Anton Kubacak’s Emily’s Lollipop is two for two and a stakes winner after taking the lead at the start of the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies at Louisiana Downs and never looking back en route to a five length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Feisty Embrace (January ’16) checked in third. The 2-year-old filly by Tiz the One, trained by Scott Gelner, has earned $48,525 to date. Consigned by Select Sales, Agent, to the 2016 OBS Selected Yearling Sale, she was purchased by her trainer for $1,500. Selected Sale Conformation photo

Sharp Azteca romps to track record in Monmouth Cup Stakes

Gelfenstein Farm’s Sharp Azteca is on verge of a million in earnings after a track record performance in Sunday’s $100,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3). After pressing the pace in the early going, he went after the leader on the far turn, took charge a quarter mile from home and bounded away to a 7-1/2 length victory, running the mile and a sixteenth in a track record 1:40.19. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Freud, trained by Jorge Navarro, now 13-6-4-1 with $956,740 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, he was sold first by Select Sales at the 2014 August Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $220,000 at the 2015 April Sale by Gelfenstein Farm from de Meric Sales, Agent for Golden Legacy Stables, after an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video 

Carolyn Wilson’s The Tabulator is two for two and a stakes winner after coming from off the pace and winning the $65,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes by 2-1/2 lengths on Friday night at Prairie Meadows. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, the 2-year-old colt by Dialed In was purchased for $460,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Larry Rivelli, he has earned $55,200 to date. watch his under tack video 

Anthony J. Russo’s Money Or Love circled wide to reach contention in Saturday’s $50,000 Added Elegance Handicap at Gulfstream and sustained her drive down the stretch, getting up in the final strides to win by a neck. The 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by J Be K, trained by her owner, now sports a 21-6-0-3 career record and earnings of $165,515. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by Darsan, Inc. at the 2013 August Yearling Sale before she was purchased for $8,200 from Jesse Hoppel at the 2014 June Sale after working an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Teed Off Stable LLC’s Pink Cotton took the lead at the start of Albuquerque’s $50,000 Duke City Sprint Stakes on Friday night and stayed there to the wire, scoring by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred son of High Cotton, who sped an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before he was purchased for $85,000 out of the Pick View LLC consignment at the 2016 OBS April Sale. Now 5-3-0-1 for trainer Bart G. Hone, he has earned $66,750 to date. watch his under tack video 

The OBS juvenile class of 2017 was busy at Del Mar over the weekend. On Saturday, trainer Jeff Mullins unveiled Red Baron’s Barn LLC & Rancho Temescal LLC’s Tatters to Riches in a $60,345 six furlong maiden special weight test. The 2-year-old colt by Union Rags dueled head to head for the early lead, took control after straightening away and eased away to a 1-1/4 length victory, earning $36,000 for his effort. Consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, to the 2017 OBS April Sale, he was sold to his current connectons for $1,000,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video 

On Sunday, Reddam Racing LLC’s Encumbered, fourth in his debut on July 3rd behind OBS August Yearling Sale graduate Run Away in the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes, rallied to reach contention in the stretch of a $60,000 one mile maiden special weight test on the turf course, took the lead nearing the eighth pole and scored by three quarters of a length. The win was worth $36,000 to the 2-year-old colt by Violence, trained by Simon Callaghan, purchased by Paul Reddam out of the Top Line Sales consignment for $225,000 at the 2017 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack Quarter in :20 4/5. watch his under tack video 

Unbeaten Coal Front captures Saratoga’s Amsterdam Stakes

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Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC’s Coal Front is three for three and a graded stakes winner after leading from gate to wire and taking Saratoga’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) by a length and a half over fellow OBS graduate Excitations (April ’16). Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, to the 2016 OBS April Sale, he sped a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show before he was purchased for $575,000 by Steven W. Young on behalf of Mr. LaPenta. Unraced at two, the 3-year-old colt by Stay Thirsty, trained by Todd Pletcher, has earned $216,000 to date. watch his under tack video

One race earlier on the card, Todd Pletcher sent Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ El Dulce out for his debut in an $83,000 maiden special weight test on the turf course. The 2-year-old colt by Twirling Candy took the lead at the start and led every step of the way, winning by a neck and earning $49,800 after running 5-1/2 furlongs in 1:02 4/5. He was purchased for $200,000 out of the Robert Brewer consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale after turning in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

Outplay leads OBS sweep of Saratoga’s Curlin Stakes

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Repole Stable’s Outplay led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saratoga’s $100,000 Curlin Stakes on Friday, taking the lead at the start and never looking back en route to a 5-3/4 length victory. Small Bear (April ’16) and Perfect Partner (March ’16) rallied to be second and third. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, now 7-3-2-1 with $163,133 in earnings for trainer Todd Pletcher. He breezed an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show before he was purchased for $275,000 out of the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

OBS graduates were first and second earlier in the afternoon at the Spa in a $73,000 5-1/2 furlong maiden special test. Gold Square LLC’s first time starter Aveenu Malcainu was off the pace in the early going, but came running in the stretch to catch front-running Smokin Platinum (April ’17) a sixteenth from home and prove best by three quarters of a length. Consinged by SBM Training and Sales to the 2017 OBS April Sale, the 2-year-old colt by Into Mischief was sold to Gold Square for $150,000 after turning in an Under Tack Quarter in :21 4/5. Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, the winner earned $43,800. watch his under tack video

Celtic Chaos scores in Saratoga’s John Morrissey Stakes

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Zilla Racing Stables’ Celtic Chaos was wide in the early going and around the turn in Thursday’s $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes at Saratoga, then rallied down the stretch and got up in the final yards to score by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Dublin, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, now 19-6-4-3 with $380,780 in earnings. Consigned by King’s Equine, Agent for Spendthrift Farm, to the 2015 OBS April Sale, he was purchased for $55,000 by Zilla Racing after breezing an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

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Earlier in the afternoon at Saratoga, George Yager’s Sly Roxy made her debut in a muddy 5-1/2 furlong $83,000 maiden special weight test, originally carded for the turf course. The 2-year-old daughter of Speightstown tracked the leaders to the turn, moved up to take command turning for home, then drew off down the stretch to a 5-1/2 length victory. Consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before going through the ring at the 2017 OBS March Sale. Trained by Mark Casse, she earned $49,800 for her effort.  watch her under tack video

Nikki My Darling takes the Queen City Oaks

Loooch Racing Stables, Inc. and Imaginary Stables’ Nikki My Darling took the lead at the start of the $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks at Belterra Park on Sunday and never looked back, drawing away late to beat fellow OBS graduate My Ticket Home (June ’16) by 6-1/2 lengths. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, purchased for $100,000 out of the Tom McCrocklin consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale after speeding a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Jeffrey Radosevich, she’s now 10-5-1-0 and has earned $181,533. watch her under tack video

Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Michael Imperio’s Bonita Bianca trailed in the early going of Saturday’s $75,000 New York Oaks at Finger Lakes, but closed with a rush down the stretch and was up in the final yards to win by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Curlin, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, now 6-4-0-1 with $323,000 in earnings. Consigned by Dormellito Stud Sales to the 2016 OBS March Sale, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 before she was sold for $97,000. watch her under tack video

Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.’s Alliford Bay tracked the leaders in Saturday’s $74,150 California Governor’s Cup Handicap at Sacramento into the final furlong, then took the lead late and scored by three quarters of a length. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old filly by City Zip, sold for $150,000 by Eisaman Equine, Agent, at the 2016 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show.  Unraced at two, she’s now 4-3-0-0 for trainer Blaine Wright, and has earned $75,850 to date. watch her under tack video

Chris Wilkins’ Wilbo picked up his first stakes win on Saturday at Ellis Park, rallying from off the pace and charging past fellow OBS graduate Manhattan Mischief (April ’13) in deep stretch, winning by half a length. It’s the second win in six starts this year for the 5-year-old graded stakes placed son of Candy Ride (ARG), trained by Chris Hartman, now 20-7-3-5 with $332,396 in earnings. After turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, he was purchased for $120,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2013 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video