Identifier scores in Gulfstream’s Hal’s Hope Stakes

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Gelfenstein Farm’s Identifier was ignored at 60-1 in Saturday’s $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, but rated nicely off the pace in the early going, came around horses for the stretch run and was along in time to score by a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Creative Cause, purchased for $80,000 out of the Off the Hook consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. Trained by Oscar Gonzalez, he’s now 11-4-4-0 and has earned $168,390 to date. watch his under tack video

Wells Bayou wins Louisiana Derby

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Clint Gasaway, Lance Gasaway, Madaket Stables LLC and Wonder Stables’ Wells Bayou joined the leaders of the 3-year-old division on Saturday, taking the lead shortly after the start of the $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds and never looking back en route to victory by a length and a half. It’s the first stakes win for the son of Lookin At Lucky, now 5-3-1-0 with $845,293 in earnings for trainer Brad Cox. Consigned by Whitman Sales, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, he was purchased by Lance Gasaway for $105,000 after turning in an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

OBS graduates won four other stakes races on the Louisiana Derby undercard.

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The 2019 Louisiana Derby (G2) winner, Allied Racing Stable, LLC’s By My Standards, returned for the $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (G2) and sat just off the pace, took over after turning for home and eased away to a three length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year old colt by OBS graduate Goldencents, trained by Bret Calhoun, now 8-4-2-1 and closing in on a million with $921,910 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 breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch his under tack video

Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This went right to the front in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic and stayed there to the wire, drawing away in the stretch to a three length victory. It’s the second straight graded stakes score and third stakes win for the 5-year-old horse by The Factor, purchased for $11,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Also trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 28-9-3-4 and has earned $725,030 to date. watch his under tack video

William and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Vacherie Girl was much the best in the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks, coming from off the pace, taking command in the final furlong and drawing off to win by 3-1/2 lengths. That’s two stakes wins for the 3-year-old daughter of Tapiture, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 5-3-0-1 with earnings of $143,307. A two time OBS graduate, she was sold first by Pelican State Thoroughbreds as a yearling at the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $87,000 out of the Paul Sharp consignment at the 2019 June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

Ivery Sisters Racing’s Monte Man stalked the pace in the $75,000 Costa Rising Stakes, battled for the lead in the stretch and proved best by a length at the finish. It’s the seventh stakes win for the 7-year-old gelding by Custom for Carlos, winner of the 2018 renewal of the Costa Rising and second in the race last year. Sold for $125,000 by Royal Thoroughbred International at the 2015 OBS March Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, he’s now 39-14-7-5 for trainer Ron Faucheux, and has earned $582,441 to date. watch his under tack video 

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Cara Oliver’s Hear My Prayer led from gate to wire in Saturday’s $75,000 Melody of Colors Stakes at Gulfstream, drawing clear in the stretch and winning by a length and three quarters. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by The Big Beast, trained by David Fisher, now 5-3-0-0 with earnings of $90,310. Consigned by Camelot Acres Racing and Sales, Agent, she went through the ring at the 2018 OBS October Yearling Sale.

B.C.W.T. Ltd.’s Long Weekend scored a wire to wire victory in the $90,000 Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, opening up in the stretch and cruising to a 4-3/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old son of Majesticperfection, purchased for $225,000 by Lauren Carlisle, Agent, out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 3/5. Now 4-3-0-0 for trainer Tom Amoss, he has earned $133,928 to date. watch his under tack video 

Piedi Bianchi wins Aqueduct’s Correction Stakes

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Jay Oringer, Jack Bick and Madaket Stables LLC’s ’s Piedi Bianchi came running in the stretch of Aqueduct’s $102,700 Correction Stakes on Saturday and got up in the final yards to score her second stakes victory by a head. The lightly raced multiple graded stakes placed 5-year-old mare by Overanalyze, now trained by Carlos Martin, has compiled a 14-4-3-3 career record and has earned $458,100. She was purchased for $80,000 out of the Halcyon Hammock Farm consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch her under tack video

 

Winners Circle Racing Stable’s Queen of God stayed just off the pace early in Saturday’s $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park, advanced to the leaders on the turn, took command a sixteenth from home and was best by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old filly by Paynter, trained by Mike Maker, now 7-4-0-0 with earnings of $161,284. A two time OBS graduate, she went through the ring at the 2018 Winter Mixed sale and then was sold for $20,000 by Blue River Bloodstock, Inc., Agent, at the 2019 June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in:10 2/5. watch her under tack video

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Repole Stable’s Dream Bigger overcame a rough break to go after the early lead in Sunday’s $103,500 Damon Runyon Stakes at Aqueduct, shook free on the turn and cruised from there to a 7-3/4 length victory. It’s the third stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Mission Impazible, consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, to the 2019 OBS April Sale, where he was purchased for $205,000 by Repole Stable after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now 7-3-3-1 for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, he has earned $376,178 to date. watch his under tack video

King Guillermo, Sole Volante one-two in Tampa Bay Derby

OBS grads scored three graded stakes wins at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.

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Victoria’s Ranch’s King Guillermo, idle since a third place finish behind fellow OBS graduate Sole Volante (April ’19) in Gulfstream’s Pulpit Stakes in November and ignored at 49-1, sat just off the lead in the $351,500 Tampa Bay Derby (G2), took command in the stretch, quickly opened daylight, and cruised to a 4-3/4 length victory. Sole Volante, who trailed early, closed strongly but settled for second. The 3-year-old colt by Uncle Mo, consigned by Gene Recio, Agent, to the 2019 OBS April Sale, turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $150,000 by retired All-Star baseball player Victor Martinez, owner of Victoria’s Ranch. Now 4-2-0-1 for trainer Juan Carlos Avila, he has earned $240,350 to date. watch his under tack video

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In the $100,000 Challenger Stakes (G3), JCA Racing Stable LLC’s Trophy Chaser out gamed even money favorite King for a Day in the final yards and scored his first stakes win by a neck. Also trained by Juan Carlos Avila, the 4-year-old son of Twirling Candy is now 11-4-3-1 and has earned $243,350. He breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $42,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

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OBS graduates were one-two in the $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes (G2) when Blue Heaven Farm’s Starship Jubilee rallied from just off the pace, took control in the lane and held off Beautiful Lover (April ’18) by a length and a quarter. That’s two straight graded stakes victories and seven stakes wins overall for the 7-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Indy Wind, trained by Kevin Attard, now 35-17-5-3 with $1,498,667 in earnings. The two-time OBS graduate was 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

 

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Cash Is King LLC and LC Racing LLC’s Mischevious Alex disputed the pace in the early going of Aqueduct’s $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3), opened a clear lead after straightening away in the stretch and cruised to the wire a winner by two lengths. It’s the second straight graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Into Mischief, purchased for $140,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by John Servis, he’s now 7-4-1-1 and has earned $344,230 to date. watch his under tack video

 

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William Branch’s Carotari took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $75,000 Silks Run Stakes at Gulfstream and stayed there to the wire, holding off a late charge to win by a neck, with fellow OBS graduate Archidust (March ’18) another neck back in third. It’s the first stakes score for the 4-year-old gelding by Artie Schiller, trained by Brian Lynch, now 12-4-4-1 with $241,260 in earnings. Consigned by TIP Thoroughbred Investment Possibilities, Agent, to the 2018 OBS April Sale, he went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5.watch his under tack video

Al Bayraq Stable’s Emblem Storm picked up his first stakes win on Saturday in Meydan’s $300,000 Al Bastakiya Stakes, taking charge 500 metres from home and winning by a length and a quarter. Third in the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) in his last start, the 3-year-old son of English Channel, trained by Sateesh Seemar, is now 3-2-0-1 and has earned $231,958. He was sold for $95,000 by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, Agent, at the 2019 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

Tonalist’s Shape, Cheermeister score in Gulfstream graded stakes

A pair of 2019 OBS April Sale graduates posted graded stakes wins at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

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Slam Dunk Racing, Doug Branham and Legacy Ranch Inc.’s unbeaten Tonalist’s Shape took a giant step on the road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) with a frontrunning victory in the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2), taking the lead at the start, opening daylight in the stretch and cruising to victory by a length and a quarter. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Tonalist, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, she went through the ring after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now five for five with three stakes wins for trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. she has earned $309,390 to date. watch her under tack video

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Teresa Palmer and David J. Palmer’s Cheermeister took the lead at the start of the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) and stayed there until the wire, turning back favored Abscond by three quarters of a length. That’s two straight graded stakes wins for the 3-year-old filly by Bodemeister, trained by Armando De La Cerda, now 5-4-0-0 with $216,620 in earnings. Consigned by Winners Circle Thoroughbreds LLC, she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch her under tack video

 

Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC’s Shes Our Fastest moved to contention on the turn in Friday’s $70,600 Owner Appreciation Distaff Stakes at Delta Downs, took command after straightening away in the stretch and held off a late charge to score by three quarters of a length, with fellow OBS graduate Operatic (April ’16, August ’15) rallying for third. It’s the fifth stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Oratory, trained by Scott Gelner, now 24-8-6-5 with $321,310 in earnings. She sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before she was purchased for $50,000 out of the Stephens Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 OBS June Sale. watch her under tack video

March grad Cafe Pharoah last to first in Tokyo’s Hyacinth Stakes

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Koichi Nishikawa’s Cafe Pharoah is two for two, a stakes winner, and has vaulted to the top of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby after his victory in Sunday’s $328,357 Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse. The 3-year-old colt by American Pharoah broke poorly and trailed badly in the early going, but got in gear around the turn, closed with a rush to take command in the final furlong and won going away by a length and a quarter. Trained by Noriyuki Hori, he has earned $237,059 to date after his purchase for $475,000 by Narvick International, Agent, out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2019 OBS March Sale after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5.  watch his under tack video  watch a video of the race

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Bye Bye J pressed fellow OBS graduate Matapan (March ‘18) for the early lead in Saturday’s $125,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes at Oaklawn Park, took over turning for home and beat her to the wire by a length and a quarter. It’s the third stakes win for the 4-year-old graded stakes placed daughter of Uncaptured, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 9-5-1-1 with earnings of $298,105. She was sold for $21,000 by Perrone Sales, Ltd., Agent for McDowell Farm, at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

Stable H. M. A.’s Shanghai Keely picked up her first stakes victory in the $75,000 Island Fashion Stakes at Sunland Park on Sunday, circling horses on the turn to reach contention, taking over in the stretch and holding off a late run to score by three quarters of a length. Consigned to the 2019 OBS March Sale by Blazing Meadows Farm LLC, Agent, she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5.  The 3-year-old Shanghai Bobby filly, now 7-2-0-1 for trainer Justin Evans, has earned $85,380 to date.  watch her under tack video

 

 

Silver Prospector, Wells Bayou one-two in Oaklawn’s Southwest Stakes

Ed Orr and Susie Orr’s Silver Prospector was rated off the pace set by fellow OBS graduate Wells Bayou (March ’19) in the early going of Monday’s $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park, went after the leader after turning for home, took command a furlong out and beat him by a length at the wire. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Declaration of War, who captured Churchill’s Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) last fall. Now 8-3-0-2 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $713,051 to date. Consigned to the 2019 OBS April Sale by Eisaman Equine, Agent, he was sold for $190,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video

Silver Dust, Factor This score in Fair Grounds graded stakes

OBS graduates picked up a pair of graded stakes wins on Saturday at Fair Grounds.

Tom R. Durant’s Silver Dust successfully defended his title in the $200,000 Mineshaft Stakes (G3), rating off the leaders early, taking command turning for home and holding off a late run to score by three quarters of a length. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 6-year-old gelding by Tapit, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, where he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 before he was sold for $510,000. Now 26-6-7-2 for trainer Bret Calhoun, he has earned $762,277 to date. watch his under tack video

Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This took the lead at the start of the $150,000 Fair Grounds Stakes (G3) and refused to give it up, opening daylight in the stretch and cruising home a winner by a length. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 5-year-old gelding by The Factor, trained by Brad Cox, now 27-8-3-4 with earnings of $545,030. He was purchased for $11,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Breeze Easy, LLC’s well-traveled Karak went right to the front in the $75,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes on Friday night at Turfway Park and never looked back, opening up down the stretch and bounding to an 8-1/2 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Karakontie (JPN), a winner first time out at Belmont Park in May before returning from a trip to Royal Ascot to take the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park. The first stakes winner for her sire, she was sold for $365,000 at the 2019 OBS March Sale by All Dreams Equine, Agent, after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. Trained  by Wesley Ward, she’s now 6-3-0-1 and has earned $160,175 to date. watch her under tack video

Starship Jubilee captures Gulfstream’s Suwannee River Stakes

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Blue Heaven Farm’s Starship Jubilee left no doubt she was best in Gulfstream’s $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3) on Saturday, taking command coming off the turn and drawing off to a 3-1/4 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Tapit Today (June ’17) checked in in third. That’s six graded stakes wins for the 7-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Indy Wind, 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. Trained by Kevin Attard, she’s now 34-16-5-3 and has earned $1,353,667. watch her under tack video

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Rockingham Ranch’s Billy Batts saved ground early in Friday’s $84,750 Baffle Stakes at Santa Anita, came out for the drive, reached the lead a furlong from home and was best by a length and a half over fellow OBS graduate Rager (June ’19, April ’19). It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old son of City Zip, second to fellow 2019 OBS March graduate Structor in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Now 8-2-3-1 for trainer Peter Miller, he has earned $302,560 to date. He was purchased for $200,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the March Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. watch his under tack video

OBS April grads pass two turn tests on both coasts

A pair of 2019 OBS April graduates jumped squarely onto the road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), passing two turn tests at Santa Anita and Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.

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Ciaglia Racing LLC, River Oak Farm and Dominic Savides’ Venetian Harbor bounced to the lead at the break in the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, turned for home in front and ran away down the stretch to score a 9-1/2 length victory in her stakes debut. Trained by Richard Baltas the 3-year-old daughter of Munnings is now 3-2-1-0 and has earned $163,400 to date. Consigned by Coastal Equine LLC (Jesse Hoppel), Agent, she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. watch her under tack video

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Andie Biancone and Limelight Stables Corp.’s Sole Volante saved ground in the early going of Tampa Bay Downs’ $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, rallied on the turn to reach contention, caught odds-one favorite Independence Hall in the final sixteenth and drew off to win by 2-1/2 lengths. It’s the second stakes victory for the 3-year-old gelding by Karakontie (JPN), sold for $20,000 by New Hope AB LLC after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 4-3-0-1 for trainerPatrick L. Biancone, he has earned $196,310 to date. watch his under tack video

Fore Left takes takes the UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan

Reddam Racing LLC’s Fore Left took the lead early in Meydan’s $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) on Thursday and never gave it up, opening a long lead in the stretch and coasting home a winner by a length and three quarters. Fellow OBS graduate Emblem Storm (April ’19) closed well to finish third. It’s the third stakes win for 3-year-old colt by Twirling Candy, consigned by Wavertree Stables to the 2019 OBS March Sale, where he went through the ring after turning in an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Doug O’Neill, he’s now 9-4-0-2 and has earned $356,212 to date. watch his under tack video   race video

Trio of April grads score graded wins at Gulfstream

A trio of 2019 OBS April graduates scored graded stakes wins at Gulfstream on Saturday.

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Cash Is King LLC and LC Racing LLC’s Mischevious Alex overcame a rough start to press the pace in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (G3), took charge at the head of the stretch, opened daylight in the lane and was geared down late in a seven length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Into Mischief, now 6-3-1-1 for trainer John Servis with $179,230 in earnings. He was purchased for $140,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

 

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Slam Dunk Racing, Doug Branham and Legacy Ranch Inc.’s unbeaten Tonalist’s Shape is four for four and a graded stakes winner after tracking the leaders early in the $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G3), taking control after turning for home and cruising to a 3-3/4 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Tonalist, trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr. who has earned $190,350. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, she went through the ring after breezing an eighth in:10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.   watch her under tack video

 

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Teresa Palmer and David J. Palmer’s Cheermeister went right to the lead in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3), set the pace under a hold and held off a late run to win by three quarters of a length. It’s the second stakes victory for the 3-year-old filly by Bodemeister, who was consigned by Winners Circle Thoroughbreds LLC and went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  Now 4-3-0-0 for trainer Armando De La Cerda, she has earned $129,200 to date.  watch her under tack video

Gladiator King wins Meydan’s Al Shindagha Sprint

Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi’s Gladiator King scored his second straight graded stakes win in Thursday’s $200,000 Al Shindagha Sprint Stakes (G3) at Meydan in Dubai, coming from just off the pace with a determined stretch drive to catch and beat fellow OBS graduate Truck Salesman (March ‘18) by a length. Fellow OBS graduate Drafted (March ’16, August ’15), winner of the 2019 renewal, checked in fourth. The 4-year-old colt by Curlin was consigned by Thoroughbred Champions Training Center to the 2018 OBS June Sale, where he went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Now trained by Satish Seemar, he’s now 17-7-2-1 and has earned $498,740 to date. watch his under tack video   video of the race

 

 

 

Mucho Gusto romps in Pegasus World Cup

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In his first start for HRH Prince Faisal Bin Khaled, Mucho Gusto was cleverly rated off the pace in Saturday’s $3-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at Gulfstream Park, surged to take command at the head of the stretch and was never threatened as he cruised to a 4-1/2 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate War Story (March ’14) rallied to finish third. It’s the fifth graded stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man, trained by Bob Baffert, now 11-6-2-2 and the newest OBS millionaire with $2,579,800 in earnings. He was consigned by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, where he went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

OBS grads posted another pair of stakes wins on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

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In the $150,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3), Marianne Stribling, Force Five Racing LLC and Two Rivers Racing Stable LLC’s Phat Man relaxed off the rapid early pace set by fellow OBS graduate Zenden (June ’18), rallied to collar him a sixteenth from home and proved best by a length. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 6-year-old gelding by Munnings, consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale where he went through the ring after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by J. Kent Sweezey, he now has three stakes victories, a 26-7-7-1 career record and earnings of $461,853. watch his under tack video

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Altamira Racing Stable, Rafter JR Ranch LLC, STD Racing Stable and A. Miller’s well-traveled Texas Wedge saved ground just off the pace in the early going of the $150,000 World of Trouble Stakes, swung out for the drive at the head of the lane, caught fellow OBS graduate Carotari (April ’18) leader in deep stretch and was best by a neck at the wire. Winner of Santa Anita’s Joe Hernandez Stakes (G2) on New Year’s Day, the 5-year-old gelding by Colonel John, trained by Peter Miller, is now 14-6-3-2 and has earned $403,740. Consigned by Richardson Bloodstock, Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, he was sold for $30,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video

Mike McCarty’s Gold Street went right to the front at the start of Friday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park and never looked back, opening daylight in the stretch and scoring by 2-3/4 lengths. It’s the second straight stakes victory and third consecutive win for the newly turned 3-year-old colt by Street Boss, purchased for $55,000 as a yearling out of the Abbie Road Farm consignment at the 2018 OBS Winter Mixed Sale. Now 6-3-2-0 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $225,218 to date.

 

Eclipse Award trifecta for OBS

As the beginning of the juvenile sale season nears, the OBS Two-Year-Old Sale program got a ringing endorsement with the announcement of Eclipse Awards for three OBS graduates.

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William & Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole took down the Eclipse Award as 2019’s Champion Male Sprinter. A winner of six of seven starts in 2019, he captured the Churchill Downs S. (G1), Metropolitan Handicap (G1), Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) and Forego Stakes (G1), ending the year in the winners’ circle after taking the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Consigned to the 2017 April Sale by Grassroots Training & Sales, the son of Eskendereya was sold for $140,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he goes to stud with a 14-10-2-2 career record with earnings of $3,104,910. Mitole is the eighth OBS graduate crowned Sprint champion, following Groovy (1987), Cherokee Run (1994), Not Surprising (1995), Lost in the Fog (2005), Midnight Lute (2007), Kodiak Kowboy (2009) and Trinniberg (2012). watch Mitole’s under tack video

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Bloom Racing Stable LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou is the fourth OBS graduate to win the Eclipse Award as Champion Older Dirt Female, following in the footsteps of Jewel Princess (1996), Fleet Indian (2006) and Ginger Punch (2007). She posted seven graded stakes wins in 2019 for trainer Steve Asmussen, capped by her victory over co-finalist Elate in Saratoga’ s Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 April Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, the daughter of OBS graduate Midnight Lute ended 2019 with a 19-12-4-3 lifetime record and earnings of $3,750,000. She’s currently in training at the Fair Grounds for a date in the $20-million Saudi Cup on February 29.  watch Midnight Bisou’s under tack video

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Exline-Border Racing LLC, David A. Bernsen, Susanna Wilson and Dan Hudock’s Storm the Court earned the title of Champion 2-Year-Old Male with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Consigned to the 2019 April Sale by Woodside Ranch, Agent, he was purchased for $60,000 by Marette Farrell, Agent for Exline-Border Racing LLC after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. The son of Court Vision, trained by Peter Eurton, also third in Santa Anita’s American Pharoah (G1), ended 2019 with a 4-2-0-1 record and $1,172,951 in earnings. He’s the third OBS graduate chosen as 2-Year-Old Champion, joining Gilded Time (1992) and Favorite Trick (1997). watch Storm the Court’s under tack video

 

Ms Peintour scores in Santa Anita’s Astra Stakes

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Jay Em Ess Stable’s Ms Peintour stalked the leaders early in Sunday’s $101,000 Astra Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, came out to take the lead after turning for home and eased away late to score by two lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Paynter, trained by Brian Koriner, now 13-3-1-2 with $166,534 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, she was consigned by Daylight Farms Racing and Sales and went through the ring at both the 2017 April and June Sales, turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 in April and a quarter in :21 2/5 in June.  watch her June under tack video

 

Tom R. Durant’s Silver Dust, never far from the lead down the backstretch of the $97,000 Louisiana Stakes (G3) on Saturday at Fair Grounds, took charge on the outside a quarter mile from home and widened down the stretch to a 4-1/4 length victory over fellow OBS graduate Blended Citizen (March ’17). It’s the third graded stakes victory for the 6-year-old gelding by Tapit, purchased for $510,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale after breezing a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Bret Calhoun, he’s now 25-6-7-2 and has earned $702,277 to date. watch his under tack video

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Blue Heaven Farm’s Starship Jubilee captured Gulfstream’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes for the third consecutive year on Saturday, leading from gate to wire and beating fellow OBS graduate Beautiful Lover (April ’18) by 3-1/4 lengths. That’s eight stakes win for the 7-year-old Florida-bred multiple graded stakes winning daughter of Indy Wind, now 33-15-5-3 for trainer Kevin Attard with earnings of $1,261,597. The two time OBS graduate was 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 turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video

Gary Barber’s Two Sixty took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $125,000 Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and kept it to the wire, holding off a late challenge to score by a neck. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Uncaptured, a two time OBS graduate, sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2018 October Sale before she was purchased for $260,000 out of the SGV Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2019 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. Trained by Mark Casse, she’s now 7-3-1-1 and has earned $409,000. watch her under tack video

Five OBS graduates voted Eclipse Award finalists

Five OBS graduates are finalists for the 49th annual Eclipse Awards. The winners will be announced on January 23 at Gulfstream Park.

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William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole is a finalist for Horse of the Year as well as in the Older Dirt Male and Male Sprinter categories.  Trained by Steve Asmussen, the son of Eskendereya won six of seven starts, including victories in the Churchill Downs S. (G1), Metropolitan Handicap (G1), Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) and Forego Stakes (G1). He capped the year with a decisive victory over fellow OBS graduate Shancelot (March ’18) in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and goes to stud with a 14-10-2-2 record and earnings of $3,104,910. Consigned to the 2017 April Sale by Grassroots Training & Sales, the 4-year-old colt by Eskendereya was sold for $140,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

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A finalist in the Older Dirt Female category, Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou won seven of eight starts in 2019 for trainer Steve Asmussen, all in graded stakes, highlighted by her dramatic victory over co-finalist Elate in the Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga. The daughter of OBS graduate Midnight Lute was purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 April Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. She ended the year with a 19-12-4-3 record, all of her wins in graded stakes company. She has earned $3,750,000 to date and is currently in training at the Fair Grounds for a date in the $20-million Saudi  Cup on February 29.  watch her under tack video

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A pair of OBS graduates took different roads to the finals of the 2YO Male division. Jeff Drown and Don Rachel’s unbeaten Structor made his case for an Eclipse Award with a victory over fellow OBS graduate Billy Batts (March ’19) in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). The now 3-year-old colt by Palace Malice, trained by Chad Brown, also captured Belmont’s Pilgrim Stakes (G3) in his previous start. Now three for three with earnings of $709,500 to date, he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before he was purchased for $850,000 out of the Pick View LLC consignment at the 2019 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video

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Exline-Border Racing LLC, David A. Bernsen & Susanna Wilson’s Storm the Court was overlooked at 45-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), but took the lead at the start and never gave it up, holding off a late run by fellow OBS April graduate Anneau d’Or to win by a neck. The son of Court Vision, trained by Peter Eurton, was also third in Santa Anita’s American Pharoah (G1). Consigned to the 2019 April Sale by Woodside Ranch, Agent, he 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. He ended his juvenile campaign with a 4-2-0-1 record and $1,172,951 in earnings. watch his under tack video

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Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s World of Trouble, a finalist in both the Male Sprinter and Male Turf Horse categories, won all four of his starts in 2019. On dirt he captured the Gulfstream Park Sprint and Carter Handicap (G1) and on turf he  scored in Churchill’s Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G2) and Belmont’s Jaipur Invitational (G1). Trained by Jason Servis, the Florida-bred son of Kantharos goes to stud with a 13-9-2-1 career record and earnings of $1,263,300.  Consigned by Darsan Inc., Agent, he went through the ring at the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale.

Cash Offer wins Aqueduct’s La Verdad Stakes

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Reddam Racing LLC’s Cash Offer stayed off the pace down the backstretch of the $106,775 La Verdad Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct, swung wide turning into the stretch then wore down the leaders to take the lead late and score by a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old daughter of Shackleford, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased for $55,000 out of the Kings Equine consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale. Trained by Mark Hennig, she’s now 11-4-5-1 and has earned $263,598 to date.  watch her under tack video

 

Gladiator King wins Meydan’s Dubawi Stakes

Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi’s Gladiator King took the lead in Meydan’s $200,000 Dubawi Stakes (G3) on Thursday after straightening away in the stretch, then held off a late challenge to win by half a length. Fellow OBS graduate Drafted (March ’16, August ’15) closed from far back to finish third. It was the first start for his new connections for the 4-year-old colt by Curlin, who purchased the winner of Gulfstream’s Hutchseon Stakes (G3) in a private transaction last summer. Now trained by Satish Seemar, he has compiled a 16-6-2-1 career record and earned $378,740 to date. Consigned by Thoroughbred Champions Training Center to the 2018 OBS June Sale, he went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch his under tack video   video of the race