Lightening Larry leads OBS sweep of Pimlico’s Chick Lang Stakes

OBS graduates scored four stakes wins on Saturday at Pimlico on the Preakness Day undercard.

Lea Farms, LLC’s Lightening Larry led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $200,000 Chick Lang Stakes (G3), pressing pacesetting fellow OBS graduate Cogburn (April ’21) from the start, taking command a furlong from home and beating him by three quarters of a length. Chasing Time (April ’21) rallied to finish third. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Uncaptured, sold for $50,000 by Pick View LLC, Agent, at the 2021 March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Jorge Delgado, he’s now 9-4-4-0 and has earned $305,610. watch his under tack video   March Sale walking video

West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Traveler set a pressured pace in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3), turned back a second challenge turning for home and eased away late to score by a length and three quarters. That’s four stakes wins for the 4-year-old son of Munnings, purchased for $140,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by L.E.B., Agent for West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc. after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. He’s now 16-6-6-3 with earnings of $571,310 for trainer Steve Asmussen. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

Team Hanley and Parkland Thoroughbreds’ Joy’s Rocket bounced right to the lead in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes and was never threatened, drawing away in the stretch to a 4-1/4 length victory. It’s the fourth stakes win for the graded stakes placed 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Anthony’s Cross, also trained by Steve Asmussen, now 15-5-5-1 with $449,474 in earnings. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat at the 2020 OBS March Sale’s Under Tack Show, she was purchased for $47,000 out of the GOP Racing Stable Corp. consignment. watch her under tack video

William Branch’s Carotari picked up right where he left off at the end of last year, scoring a front running 1-1/2 length victory in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes. It’s the fifth stakes win for the 6-year-old graded stakes placed gelding by Artie Schiller, consigned to the 2018 April Sale by TIP Thoroughbred Investment Possibilities, Agent, where he went through the ring after working an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show.  Now 25-9-6-3 for trainer Brian Lynch, he has earned $616,863 to date. watch his under tack video

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Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Me and Mr. C saved ground in the early going of Gulfstream’s $75,000 Mr. Steele Stakes, came around horses to rally on the outside down the stretch and was best by a length at the wire. Fellow OBS graduate Hot Blooded (October ’19) led a furlong out and settled for third. That’s two stakes wins for 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Khozan, trained by Mike Maker, now 23-6-4-2 with $248,540 in earnings. Consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, he went through the ring after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Interstatedaydream, Adare Manor one-two in Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Flurry Racing Stables LLC’s Interstatedaydream stalked the early pace in Pimlico’s $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2), took command after straightening away in the stretch, held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Adare Manor (June ’21) and scored by a length and a quarter. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old grade one stakes placed daughter of Classic Empire, purchased for $175,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  Now 5-3-1-1 for trainer Brad Cox, she has earned $351,225 to date. watch her under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

OBS June graduate Bella Sofia wins Belmont’s Vagrancy Handicap

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

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Michael Imperio, Medallion Racing, Sofia Soares, Vincent S. Scuderi and Parkland Thoroughbreds’ Bella Sofia pressed the pace in the $145,500 Vagrancy Handicap (G3), took the lead on the turn, battled Frank’s Rockette head-to-head down the stretch and was best by a nose at the wire. It was the 4-year-old debut for the grade one stakes winning daughter of Awesome Patriot, purchased for $20,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment by Sallusto & Albina, Agent, at the 2020 OBS June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. A five time stakes winner for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, she has compiled a 7-5-1-0 career record and has earned $675,100. watch her under tack video

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Dublin Fjord Stables LLC, Racepoint Stables, Kevin D. Hilbert and Thomas E. O’Keefe’s Drafted trailed turning for home in the $150,000 Runhappy Stakes (G3), but closed relentlessly down the stretch on the outside, took the lead in the shadow of the wire and scored by a length. It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the 8-year-old Florida-bred son of Field Commission, a two time OBS graduate, who went through the ring at the 2015 August Sale before he was purchased for $35,000 out of the Kim Harrison consignment at the 2016 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. A graded stakes winner in the U.S. and Dubai, he has put together a 27-8-2-3 record, earned $939,193 and is now trained by David P. Duggan. watch his under tack video 

Sonata Stable’s Arzak went right to the lead in Sunday’s $151,200 Jacques Cartier Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, opened a long lead in mid-stretch and coasted home to win by a length and a half. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Not This Time, purchased for $575,000 out of the Julie Davies consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 13-5-1-1 for trainer Mike Trombetta, he has earned $253,378 to date. watch his under tack video

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JFG Thoroughbreds and Maritza Weston’s Classicstateofmind took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $75,000 Roar Stakes at Gulfstream and never looked back, scoring by a length over fellow OBS graduate Capture the Time (April ’21). It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Classic Empire, now 7-3-1-1 with earnings of $121,915 for trainer Francisco D’Angelo. After turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat, he was purchased for $50,000 out of the Sequel Bloodstock consignment at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Jesus J. Uranga’s Sigur Ros came from off the pace to take command of the $76,950 Sunray Park Stakes on Saturday at Sunray Park a furlong from home and held off a late charge to score by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 8-year-old gelding by Gemologist, sold for $20,000 by Select Sales, Agent, at the 2015 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Trained by his owner, he’s now 28-8-4-4 and has earned $207,907 to date.

Onesto (IRE) wins the Prix Greffulhe at Saint Cloud

Jean-Pierre-Joseph Dubois, Jean-Etienne Dubois, Ecurie Hunter Valley, Haras d’Etreham, Ecurie Billon, Ecurie Elag, Fabrice Chappet & Hubert Guy’s Onesto (IRE) trailed into the straight of the Prix Greffulhe (G2) at Saint Cloud on Sunday, but closed with a rush and ran past them all to score by 2-1/2 lengths. The lightly raced 3-year-old colt by Frankel (GB) is now 4-2-1-0 and has earned $101,545 to date for trainer Fabrice Chappet/Frankreich. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2021 OBS Spring Sale, he was purchased for $535,000 by Hubert Guy Bloodstock after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video
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Little Red Feather Racing’s Elm Drive made her 3-year-old debut in Sunday’s $101,900 Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita, went to the lead shortly after the start and never looked back, cruising to victory by 2-1/2 lengths. That’s two stakes wins for the graded stakes winning daughter of Mohaymen, trained by Philip D’Amato, now 5-3-0-0 with $195,640 in earnings. A two-time OBS graduate, she was purchased out of the Summerfield consignment at the 2020 October Yearling Sale then consigned to the 2021 March Sale by Paul Sharp, Agent, where she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 and was sold for $165,000 to John Dowd on behalf of Little Red Feather Racing. watch her under tack video  March Sale walking video 

Three Diamonds Farm and Deuce Greathouse’s Stolen Base stayed off the pace in Churchill’s $500,000 American Turf Stakes (G2) on Saturday’s Derby undercard, rallied to reach the lead between horses after straightening away in the stretch and eased away in the final furlong to score by a length and a quarter. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old son of Bodemeister, purchased for $45,000 out of the Ocala Stud consignment at the 2021 Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. Now 9-2-3-1 for trainer Mike Maker, he has earned $468,700 to date. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

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

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Julian J. De Mora Jr.’s California Frolic tried stakes company for the first time in the $75,000 English Channel Stakes, and the 3-year-old colt by California Chrome rallied on the outside down the stretch and was up in the final yards to win by a neck. Now 6-3-1-1 for trainer Armando De La Cerda, he has earned $108,950. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5 at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale, he was purchased for $32,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment.  watch his under tack video    

 

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Soldi Stable LLC and Ohana Racing LLC’s Ocean Safari tracked the leaders in the $75,000 Honey Ryder Stakes, swung out for the drive and was up in deep stretch to win by half a length, with fellow OBS graduate Love Her Lots (March ’21) checking in third. Consigned to the 2021 OBS March Sale by Six K’s Training & Sales LLC, she was sold for $42,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Gilberto Zerpa, the 3-year-old daughter of Temple City is now 6-2-2-1 and earned $106,190 to date. watch her under tack video     March Sale walking video

Stolen Base scores in Churchill’s American Turf Stakes

Three Diamonds Farm and Deuce Greathouse’s Stolen Base stayed off the pace in Churchill’s $500,000 American Turf Stakes (G2) on the Derby undercard, rallied to reach the lead between horses after straightening away in the stretch and eased away in the final furlong to score by a length and a quarter. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old son of Bodemeister, purchased for $45,000 out of the Ocala Stud consignment at the 2021 Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. Now 9-2-3-1 for trainer Mike Maker, he has earned $468,700 to date. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

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

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Julian J. De Mora Jr.’s California Frolic tried stakes company for the first time in the $75,000 English Channel Stakes, and the 3-year-old colt by California Chrome rallied on the outside down the stretch and was up in the final yards to win by a neck. Now 6-3-1-1 for trainer Armando De La Cerda, he has earned $108,950. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5 at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale, he was purchased for $32,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment.  watch his under tack video    

 

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Soldi Stable LLC and Ohana Racing LLC’s Ocean Safari tracked the leaders in the $75,000 Honey Ryder Stakes, swung out for the drive and was up in deep stretch to win by half a length, with fellow OBS graduate Love Her Lots (March ’21) checking in third. Consigned to the 2021 OBS March Sale by Six K’s Training & Sales LLC, she was sold for $42,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Gilberto Zerpa, the 3-year-old daughter of Temple City is now 6-2-2-1 and earned $106,190 to date. watch her under tack video     March Sale walking video

Tobys Heart, Change of Control one-two in Churchill’s Unbridled Sidney Stakes

Gary Barber, Terry Hamilton and Brian Lynch’s Tobys Heart relaxed off the pace in the early going of the $199,835 Unbridled Sidney Stakes at Churchill Downs on Thursday, came wide into the stretch, rallied to catch fellow OBS graduate Change of Control (October ’17) in the final strides and was best by a neck at the wire. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 4-year-old graded stakes placed daughter of OBS graduate Jack Milton, consigned by Bold Arrow Thoroughbreds to the 2020 OBS March Sale, and sold for $45,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Brian Lynch, she’s now 12-5-1-2 and has earned $647,495 to date. watch her under tack video

John C. Oxley’s Devious Dame tracked the pace in her debut for trainer Norm Casse on Thursday in a $71,943 Maiden Special test at Churchill Downs, took command a furlong from home and drew away to score by 5-1/2 lengths. The first winner for her sire, the 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Girvin, who earned a check for $35,560, was purchased for $240,000 out of the Ocala Stud consignment at the 2022 OBS March Sale after breezing a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video   March Sale walking video

OBS grads set for Kentucky Derby and Oaks

OBS graduates will be busy this weekend at Churchill Downs, when the racing world comes together for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

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C2 Racing Stable LLC and La Milagrosa Stable, LLC’s White Abarrio carries the OBS banner into the 148th Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The colt by Race Day, trained by Saffie A. Joseph, Jr., will break from post 15 and be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, aboard for his wins in Gulfstream’s Florida Derby (G1) and Holy Bull Stakes (G3). He’ll be right at home at Churchill Downs, where he was third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) after winning his first two starts at Gulfstream Park. He was a 4-1/2 length winner of the Holy Bull (G3) in his 3-year-old debut, and comes into the Derby off a length and a quarter score in the Florida Derby (G1). Now 5-4-0-1, he has earned $823,650 to date. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $40,000 out of the Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2021 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video   March Sale walking video)

Four OBS graduates have been first in the Kentucky Derby: Lil E. Tee (1992), Silver Charm (1997), I’ll Have Another (2012) and Medina Spirit (2021).

Five OBS graduate fillies will go to the post in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1), looking to join previous OBS Oaks winners Blind Luck (2010) and Plum Pretty (2011)

Hidden Brook Farm and Black Type Thoroughbreds’ Hidden Connection sports a victory over the Churchill Downs surface, having captured the Pocahontas Stakes (G3) last September, and comes into the Oaks off a nose loss to champion Echo Zulu in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). Reylu Gutierrez has the mount for trainer Bret Calhoun, and the daughter of Connect will break from post three. Now 5-2-1-0, she has earned $399,525 to date. She’s a two-time OBS graduate, going through the ring at the 2021 Spring Sale, then purchased for $85,000 out of the Coastal Equine consignment at the 2021 June Sale after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. watch her under tack video     June Sale walking video

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H & E Ranch, Inc.’s Desert Dawn comes into the Oaks off a victory in the Santa Anita Oaks (G2) in April. She’ll be saddled by trainer Philip D’Amato, and be ridden by Umberto Rispoli from post nine. The daughter of Cupid, third in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Stakes (G2) at two, has compiled a 7-2-0-2 record and has earned $378,400. Consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent for H & E Ranch, she went through the ring at the 2020 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. October Sale walking video

 

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Winngate Stables LLC’s unbeaten Kathleen O. will break from post ten and be ridden by Javier Castellano, who has been aboard in all of her starts. The daughter of Upstart comes into the Oaks off a 2-3/4 length victory in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) after winning Gulfstream’s Davona Dale (G2) in her graded stakes debut. She’s four for four for trainer Shug McGaughey, seeking his second Oaks victory, and has earned $379,730 to date. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Stuart Morris at the 2020 October Selected Yearling Sale, then purchased for $275,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2021 Spring Sale after working an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

Trainer Kenny McPeek sends out Dixiana Farms LLC’s Cocktail Moments, second to Oaks favorite Nest in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes (G1) in her last start and third in Gulfstream’s Davona Dale (G2) in March. Corey Lanerie rides the daughter of Uncle Mo, who will start from post 11. Now 4-1-1-2 with $214,560 in earnings, she was consigned to the 2021 OBS March Sale by Eddie Woods, Agent, where she went through the ring after breezing a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video   March Sale walking video

KHK Racing’s unbeaten Shahama makes her first start in her native country after four wins in as many starts at Meydan, the last a two length score in the UAE Oaks (G3). The daughter of Munnings, a half sister to champion Lookin At Lucky, has earned $223,484 to date. Now trained by Todd Pletcher, she will break from post 13 with Flavien Prat in the irons. Consigned to the 2021 OBS April Sale by Eddie Woods, she was purchased for $425,000 after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

Miss J McKay wins Belmont’s License Fee Stakes

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Madaket Stables LLC, Wonder Stables, Tony Weintraub and Tony and Brandon M. Dalinka’s Miss J McKay tracked the pace in Sunday’s $100,000 License Fee Stakes at Belmont Park, took command after straightening away in the stretch and drew away late to score by 3-1/4 lengths. It’s the third stakes win for the lightly raced 5-year-old daughter of Hangover Kid, trained by Christophe Clement, now 15-5-4-3 with $385,373 in earnings. Consigned by Costanzo Sales, Agent, to the 2019 April Sale, she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video

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La Marca Stable’s Scuttlebuzz tried stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $100,000 Elusive Quality Stakes at Belmont, relaxed off the pace in the early going, came around horses to reach contention turning for home, took over in the stretch and was best by a length at the wire. Now 17-7-2-3 for trainer Rudy R. Rodriguez, the 5-year-old gelding by The Factor has earned 348,570 to date. At the 2019 OBS April Sale, he breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 and was purchased for $100,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment. watch his under tack video

Dale Arnold’s Hold Tight took the lead on the inside going to the turn in Saturday’s $79,500 Gus Fonner Stakes at Fonner Park, opened daylight in the lane and scored by 8-1/2 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Intrepid Heart (April ’18). It’s the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG), purchased for $120,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2020 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5. Trained by Stetson Mitchell, he’s now 17-5-1-1 and has earned $147,382. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

 

War Like Goddess a millionaire after victory in Keeneland’s Bewitch Stakes

George Krikorian’s OBS June Sale graduate War Like Goddess, on furlough since a sharp third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) last fall, returned to the races with a flourish on Friday, going over the million dollar mark in earnings with a 1-3/4 length victory in Keeneland’s $300,000 Bewitch Stakes (G3). Restrained and steadied behind a dawdling pace in the early going, the 5-year-old daughter of English Channel found room between horses to take charge after turning for home and was going away at the finish. It’s her fifth graded stakes victory, and leaves her with a 9-7-0-1 career record and $1,079,684 in earnings for trainer Bill Mott. Consigned to the 2019 OBS June Sale by Hemingway Racing and Training Stables, she was sold for $30,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video

Last Samurai scores in the Oaklawn Handicap

Willis Horton Racing LLC’s Last Samurai set the pace around the first turn in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2), relinquished the lead on the backstretch, came again on the inside to take command after turning for home and drew away down the stretch to score by four lengths. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old son of Malibu Moon, now 15-4-3-2 for trainer Dallas Stewart with earnings of $946,744. He was sold for $175,000 by Gene Recio, Agent, at the 2020 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video

Spring Sale graduate Arzak takes Woodbine’s Thorncliffe Stakes in track record time

Sonata Stable’s Arzak pressed the pace in Sunday’s $106,400 Thorncliffe Stakes at Woodbine, took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win by 3-1/4 lengths in a track record 1:02.36 for 5-1/2 furlongs over the all-weather surface. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Not This Time, trained by Mike Trombetta, now 12-4-1-1 with $183,669 in earnings. He was purchased for $575,000 out of the Julie Davies consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

Desert Dawn, Adare Manor one-two in the Santa Anita Oaks

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H & E Ranch, Inc.’s Desert Dawn tracked the pace in Saturday’s $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks (G2), moved to the leaders a quarter mile out, battled fellow OBS graduate Adare Manor (June ’21) head to head down the stretch and prevailed by a neck at the wire. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Cupid, who went through the ring, consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent for H & E Ranch, at the 2020 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. Trained by Philip D’Amato, she’s now 7-2-0-2 and has earned $378,400. October Sale walking video

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Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Peter Searles and Patty Searles’ City Man saved ground in the early going of Aqueduct’s $100,000 Danger’s Hour Stakes, swung out to find room and take the lead in the stretch and was best by 2-1/4 lengths. It’s the fourth stakes win for the graded stakes placed 5-year-old son of Mucho Macho Man, sold to Reeves Thoroughbreds for $185,000 by Off the Hook LLC, Agent, at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Christophe Clement, he’s now 19-5-4-3 and earned $543,550 to date. watch his under tack video

Jean Gros takes Nakayama’s New Zealand Trophy Stakes

Susumu Fujita’s Jean Gros took the lead at the start of the $1,023,000 New Zealand Trophy Stakes (G2) at Nakayama Race Course, gamely held off a late challenge and scored his first graded stakes win by a head. That’s three straight stakes victories for the 3-year-old colt by More Than Ready, trained by Hideyuki Mori, now 8-4-2-1 with over $850,000 in earnings. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat, he was purchased by his trainer for $265,000 out of the Pike Racing consignment at the 2021 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video   March Sale walking video
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Kathleen O. captures the Gulfstream Park Oaks

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Winngate Stables LLC’s unbeaten OBS Spring Sale graduate Kathleen O. is on her way to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) after a 2-3/4 length victory in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). The 3-year-old daughter of Upstart was last early, but swept to contention on the turn, took the lead after straightening away in the stretch and was going away at the wire. Now four for four for trainer Shug McGaughey, she has earned $379,730 to date. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Stuart Morris at the 2020 Fall Mixed Sale, then purchased for $275,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2021 Spring Sale after working an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

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Harrell Ventures, LLC’s Main Event took the lead at the start of Gulfstream’s $100,000 Cutler Bay Stakes, opened daylight after straightening away in the stretch and cruised home to a 3-1/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, consigned by Ocala Stud, Agent, to the 2021 OBS Spring sale where he was sold for $130,000 to Steven W. Young, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5. Trained by George Weaver, he’s now 5-2-1-0 and has earned $121,333. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

 

Nice Guys Stables’s King Cause went right to the lead in the $250,000 Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes at Turfway Park and was never headed, gamely holding off a late challenge and scoring his first stakes win by three quarters of a length. Fellow OBS graduate Tartufo (April ’19) checked in third. Mike Maker trains the 7-year-old son of Creative Cause, who has compiled a 27-6-3-6 career record and earned $415,528. At the 2017 OBS Spring Sale, he breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 and was purchased out of the Parrish Farms consignment for $200,000 by Dennis O’Neill. watch his under tack video

White Abarrio wins the Florida Derby

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C2 Racing Stable LLC and La Milagrosa Stable, LLC’s White Abarrio relaxed just off the pace in the early going of the $1,000,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream, rallied on the turn to reach contention in the stretch, took command a furlong out and held off a late run to score by a length and a quarter. It’s the second straight graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Race Day, a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $40,000 out of the Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2021 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Now 5-4-0-1 for trainer Saffie A. Joseph, Jr., he has earned $823,650 to date. watch his under tack video   March Sale walking video

OBS grads score seven weekend stakes wins

While Spring Sale graduate Country Grammer was overseas winning the Dubai World Cup (G1) on Saturday, OBS grads were winning seven more stakes races all over the country.

On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, OBS grads scored in four of the six stakes at the Oldsmar track’s annual Florida Cup Day.

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David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s King Cab went right to the lead, set a rapid pace and was never headed en route to a 4-3/4 length victory in the $110,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore Stakes, with fellow OBS graduates Lightening Larry (March ’21) and Cattin (January ’20) finishing second and third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Noble Bird, trained by Eddie Plesa, now 5-3-0-0 with $141,940 in earnings. After turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5, he was purchased for $110,000 out of the Ocala Stud consignment at the 2021 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video    June Sale walking video

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Mathis Stable LLC’s Treasure King is two for two and a stakes winner after coming from off the pace and getting up in the final yards and to take the $100,000 Equistaff Sophomore Turf Stakes by three quarters of a length. The 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Treasure Beach (GB) was consigned to the 2021 OBS June Sale by Hidden Brook, Agent for Patricia Generazio, and sold for $75,000 to Steven W. Young, Agent, after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he has earned $93,900 to date. watch his under tack video   June Sale walking video

 

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Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Steven Schoenfeld’s lightly raced Midnight Stroll led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $100,000 Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes, leading from gate to wire and scoring by 3-1/4 lengths over Rapturous (April ’21) with Outfoxed (April ’21, October ’20) checking in third. It’s the second straight win for the 3-year-old Florid-bred filly by Not This Time, trained by John Terranova, now 4-2-0-0 with $83,225 in earnings. The two-time OBS graduate went through the ring at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale before she was purchased for $225,000 out of the Abbie Road Farm consignment at the 2020 October Selected Yearling Sale. Selected Yearling Sale walking video

 

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Elizabeth L. Dobles and Imaginary Stables’ Pudding scored his first stakes win in the $100,000 NYRABETS Sprint Stakes, on the pace all the way and proving best by a neck after a stretch-long battle. The 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Two Step Salsa is a two-time OBS graduate, going through the ring at the 2016 Winer Mixed Sale and then sold for $10,000 by Beth Bayer, Agent, at the 2016 August Yearling Sale. Trained by Elizabeth L. Dobles, he’s now 33-9-7-8 and earned $323,840.

 

 

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Monarch Stables Inc.’s Last Leaf saved ground early in Saturday’s $75,000 Melody of Colors Stakes at Gulfstream, came out for the drive,  then slipped back to the rail and caught fellow OBS graduate American Starlet (April ’21) late and beat her by half a length. It’s the second stakes score for the 3-year-old graded stakes placed daughter of Not This Time, now 11-4-1-2 with $180,675 in earnings for trainer Ron Spatz. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Sharon Biamonte, Agent, at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $23,500 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2020 October Yearling Sale. Selected Yearling Sale walking video

David A. Bernsen, LLC, Exline-Border Racing LLC, Steve Dorfman and Richard Hausman’s Sharapova stalked the pace in Sunday’s $100,000 Harry Henson Stakes at Sunland Park, wore down the leaders to take over a sixteenth from home and scored by a length. It’s the stakes debut for the 4-year-old daughter of Outwork, purchased for $130,000 out of the Rod McVey consignment at the 2020 OS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Peter Eurton, she’s now 6-2-1-2 and earned $114,060.   watch her under tack video   June Sale walking video

OBS 2021 Spring Sale grads were one-two in Saturday’s $75,000 Crescent City Derby at Fair Grounds. Delanie J. Calais, Jr.’s Cosmic Train trailed in the early going, but rallied on the turn, took over from fellow graduate More Memories a sixteenth from home and was best by a head at the wire. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old son of OBS graduate Klimt, now 4-3-0-0 with $105,390 earnings for trainer Jerry Delhomme. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales, he went through the ring after breezing an eighth in :10 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video    Spring Sale walking video

Spring Sale grad Country Grammer captures Dubai World Cup

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Zedan Racing, Winstar Farm and Commonwealth Thoroughbreds’ Country Grammer relaxed just off the pace in the $12-million Dubai World Cup (G1) at Meydan, went after the leaders in the stretch, took the lead at the 100m mark and was best by a length and three quarters at the wire. It’s the second grade one stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Tonalist, second to fellow OBS Spring Sale graduate Emblem Road last time out in the recent Saudi Cup (G1). Trained by Bob Baffert, he has compiled a 10-4-2-1 career record and earned $10,851,685 to date. At the 2019 OBS Spring Sale, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before he was purchased for $450,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, out of the Wavertree Stables consignment. watch his under tack video

Country Grammer is the third OBS graduate to win the Dubai World Cup (G1). Silver Charm was the first in 1998 followed by Roses in May in 2005.

Yes I Am Free takes Gulfstream’s Silk Run Stakes

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Golden Kernel Racing Stable’s Yes I Am Free, away at 6-1 despite a victory in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) last time out, pressed the pace In Gulfstream’s $100,000 Silks Run Stakes, took the lead a furlong from home and turned back a late run to score by a neck. That’s three stakes wins for the 6-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Uncaptured, trained by Laura Cazares, now 21-9-2-3 with $419,894 in earnings. Consigned by Hawk’s Nest LLC to the 2018 OBS June Sale, he was sold for $135,000 after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch his under tack video

OBS Spring Sale grads Edgeway, Lighthouse post graded stakes wins

OBS Spring Sale graduates scored recent graded wins in California and Australia.

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Hronis Racing LLC’s Edgeway pressed the pace for a quarter in Sunday’s $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, took command on the turn and drew away with ease down the stretch to victory by seven lengths. It’s the second graded stakes win for the lightly raced 5-year-old daughter of Competitive Edge, now 11-7-2-1 with $656,360 in earnings for trainer John Sadler. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat, she was purchased for $275,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

LNJ Foxwoods’ Lighthouse was rated just off the pace in the early going of the $600,000 ATC Coolmore Cup (G1) on Saturday at Australia’s Rosehill Gardens, rallied to take the lead coming to the 200m mark and drew away late to score by two lengths. It’s the first graded stakes victory for the 6-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast, trained by Ciaron Maher & David Eust, now 17-8-5-1 with six stakes wins and $973,383 in earnings. 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    watch a video of the race