Tobys Heart romps in debut at Churchill Downs

Terry Hamilton and Bryan Lynch’s Tobys Heart broke slowly in her debut in a $79,000 maiden special test on Thursday at Churchill Downs, but caught the leaders on the turn, took charge after turning for home and bounded away to a 6-3/4 length score. Trained by Bryan Lynch, the victory was worth $45,400. The 2-year-old daughter of Jack Milton turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was purchased for $45,000 by Alistair Roden Bloodstock out of the Bold Arrow Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2020 OBS March Sale. watch her under tack video

 

Prisoner scores in debut as racing returns to Belmont Park

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Repole Stable’ Prisoner battled head and head for the lead in the early going of a $64,000 five furlong maiden special test as racing returned to Belmont Park. Taking command after straightening away in the stretch, the 2-year-old colt by Violence drew away in the final sixteenth and scored by 4-3/4 lengths in his racing debut. Consigned to the 2020 OBS March Sale by S G V Thoroughbreds LLC (Steven Venosa), Agent, he was sold to  West Bloodstock, Agent for Repole Stable, Inc. for $175,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the victory was worth $35,200. watch his under tack video

Starship Jubilee named Canada’s Horse of the Year

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Blue Heaven Farm’s two-time OBS graduate Starship Jubilee was named Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion female turf horse at the 45th annual Sovereign Awards ceremony. Never off the board in seven starts in 2019, the now 7-year-old daughter of Indy Wind posted four stakes wins, three in graded stakes company. She took the Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Stakes (G2) at Saratoga in August, the Canadian Stakes (G2) at Woodbine in September and came right back a month later to score in Woodbine’s E. P. Taylor Stakes (G1). She’s off to a good start in 2020, winning all three starts including the Suwanee River (G3) at Gulfstream and the Hillsborough (2) at Tampa Bay Downs. Trained by Kevin Attard, she has compiled a 35-17-5-3-career record and earned $1,498,667 to date.

At her first visit to OBS, she was purchased for $6,500 by Laurence F. Leavy out of The Acorn consignment at the 2014 August Yearling Sale. She was next 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

Tonalist’s Shape takes Gulfstream’s Hollywood Wildcat Stakes

Slam Dunk Racing, Doug Branham and Legacy Ranch Inc.’s Tonalist’s Shape sat just off the early pace in Friday’s $75,000 Hollywood Wildcat Stakes at Gulfstream, took command on the turn for home and drew away down the stretch to score by 3-3/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Dream Marie (March ’19). It’s the fourth stakes victory for the graded stakes winning 3-year-old filly by Tonalist, now 7-6-0-0 for trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. with $357,425 in earnings. Consigned to the 2019 OBS April Sale by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, she went through the ring after turning in an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

 

By My Standards a millionaire after taking Oaklawn Handicap

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Allied Racing Stable, LLC’s By My Standards is the newest OBS millionaire after chasing front running Warrior’s Charge to the top of the stretch in the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) on Saturday at Oaklawn Park, collaring him coming to the eighth pole and easing away late to beat him by a length and three quarters. That’s three straight wins and the third graded stakes victory for the 4-year old colt by OBS graduate Goldencents, consigned to the 2018 OBS April Sale by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent, where he was sold to J. Stevens Bloodstock, Agent, for $150,000 after working an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Bret Calhoun, he has compiled a 9-4-2-1 career record and has earned $1,281,910.  watch a video of the race   watch his under tack video 

 

Earlier at Oaklawn on Saturday, Phoenix Thoroughbred III, Ltd.’s Scolding made a dazzling debut in a $60,000, six furlong maiden special weight test, battling head and head for the early lead, taking charge turning for home and drawing away down the stretch, scoring by six lengths under wraps at the wire. The 3-year-old daughter of OBS graduate Carpe Diem, trained by Steve Asmussen, earned $36,000 for the effort. Consigned to the 2019 OBS April Sale by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, she sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 3/5 and was purchased by Phoenix for $475,000.  watch her under tack video

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Klaravich Stables, Inc.’s Network Effect pressed the pace from the inside in the early going of Saturday’s $100,000 Big Drama Stakes at Gulfstream, moved to take command inside the final furlong and drew away late to score by two lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Last Judgement (April ‘18) came running late to finish third. It’s the first stakes win for the graded stakes placed 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Mark Valeski, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before he was purchased for $95,000 out of the Blue River Bloodstock consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale. Now 7-3-3-0 for trainer Chad Brown, he has earned $252,910 to date. watch his under tack video

On Friday at Oaklawn, Wolfe Racing LLC and Hugh H. Robertson’s Piece of My Heart stepped into stakes company for the first time in the $80,000 Gardenia Stakes, went right to the lead, turned back a wall of challengers after turning for home and cruised to victory by a length and a half. That’s two straight wins for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Flat Out, trained by McLean Robertson, now 8-3-1-2 with earnings of $135,750. She was sold for $35,000 by Bobby Jones Equine LLC, Agent, at the 2018 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

OBS March grads busy in Japan

OBS 2019 March graduates were busy in Japan on Saturday, posting a pair of runaway victories.

On Saturday at Tokyo Racecourse, Kazumi Yoshida’s unbeaten Lecce Baroque delivered a near carbon copy of her 10-length February maiden victory, getting away quickly from the gate in a $129,039 1400m allowance test, setting the pace under a hold and then drawing off without urging to a nine length win. Now two for two for trainer Kazao Fujisawa, the 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo has earned $123,148 to date. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, she turned in a Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 and was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $525,000. watch her under tack video   watch a video of the race

Over at Fukushima, Masahiro Azu’s Silver Jack, in the money in four of six previous trips to the post, took the lead shortly after the start of a 1150m, $90,309 maiden test and never looked back, drawing away late to a five length victory under Nanako Fujita. It was the 100th career victory for the pioneering 22-year-old rider, the JRA’s only licensed female jockey. Silver Jack, a 3-year-old colt by Fed Biz, breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $30,000 out of the All Dreams Equine consignment. Trained by Shoichiro Wada, he’s now 7-1-3-1 and has earned $47,222 to date. watch his under tack video

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Weekend scores in Oaklawn’s Bachelor Stakes

B.C.W.T. Ltd.’s Long Weekend broke sharply to take the lead and set the pace in Oaklawn’s 100,000 Bachelor Stakes on Saturday, battled head to head with Echo Town down the length of the stretch and was best at the wire in a photo. Fellow OBS graduate Lykan (June ’19) rallied to finish third. That’s two straight stakes wins for the 3-year-old son of Majesticperfection, now 5-4-0-0 for trainer Tom Amoss with earnings of $193,928. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds to the 2019 OBS April Sale, he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :20 3/5 before he was purchased for $225,000 by Lauren Carlisle, Agent. watch his under tack video 

Although stakes opportunities are scarce, a pair of promising OBS graduates posted allowance victories on Sunday.

At Oaklawn, Hronis Racing LLC’s Edgeway came around horses to take command of a $61,000 six furlong allowance at the top of the stretch and rolled from there to victory by a length and a half, with fellow OBS graduate High On Gin (June ’19, October ’18) checking in third. Third in Oaklawn’s Purple Martin Stakes in her last start, the 3-year-old filly by Competitive Edge, trained by John Sadler, has been on the board in all three starts and earned $98,800 to date. She was purchased for $275,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video 

Homewrecker Racing LLC’s Hop Kat is two for two after taking a six furlong, $39,000 allowance at Gulfstream Park. He sat just off the pace, came out for the drive, collared the leaders a sixteenth from home and scored by a length. An eighth length winner of his debut at Churchill last May, the 3-year-old colt by Stay Thirsty has earned $71,888 for trainer Eddie Kenneally. After speeding an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5, he was sold for $80,000 by Omega Farm, Agent, at the 2019 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video 

Merneith romps in Oaklawn maiden dash

HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud’s Merneith pressed the pace in the early going of a $60,000 Maiden Special Weight dash at Oaklawn Park on Sunday, took command three wide turning for home and drew away effortlessly down the stretch to a 10-1/4 length victory. Second by a nose on February 23rd at Santa Anita, the 3-year-old daughter of American Pharoah is now 3-1-2-0  for trainer Bob Baffert after skipping six furlongs over the sloppy track in 1:09 4/5. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, she turned in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before she was purchased for $600,000 by Narvick International on behalf of her owner. watch her under tack video

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