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

March Sale graduate Eda takes Santa Anita’s Santa Ysabel Stakes

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Baoma Corporation’s Eda shot right to the lead at the start of Sunday’s $101,500 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, turned back a challenge from the inside turning for home, then held off a late charge by stablemate Under the Stars and scored by half a length. That’s four straight stakes wins for the 3-year-old filly by Munnings, winner of the Starlet Stakes (G1) last time out in December. Now 7-5-1-0 for trainer Bob Baffert, she has earned $430,000 to date. Consigned to the 2021 OBS March Sale by Eddie Woods, Agent, she was purchased for $550,000 by Donato Lanni, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch her under tack video     March Sale walking video

Kathleen O. and Temple capture Gulfstream graded stakes

A pair of OBS April graduates won graded stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday.

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Winngate Stables LLC’s unbeaten Kathleen O. is three for three and a graded stakes winner after a two length victory in the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2). The 3-year-old daughter of Upstart trailed early, waited behind a wall of horses at the head of the stretch, rallied to take command inside the final furlong and was going away at the wire. 2021 OBS March graduate Cocktail Moments ran well late to finish third. A two-time OBS graduate, Kathleen O 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. Trained by Shug McGaughey, she has a pair of stakes wins to her credit and earned $226,280 to date. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

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Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Temple tracked the leaders in the early going of the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2), took the lead on the turn for home and was best by a length at the wire. Fellow OBS graduate Media Blitz (April ’19) checked in third. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Temple City, trained by Mike Maker, now 34-7-8-7 with $598,563 in earnings. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, to the 2018 OBS April Sale, he went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. watch his under tack video

Elle Z scores in the Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds

M Bar O LLC’s Elle Z took the lead at the start of the $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds on Tuesday and never looked back, successfully defending her title with a victory by length and a quarter. Fellow OBS graduate Change of Control (October ’17) rallied for third. It’s the third straight stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of City Zip, who went through the ring at the 2019 OBS June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. Now 18-9-3-0 for trainer Chris Hartman, she has earned $447,533 to date. watch her under tack video

Breeze Rider takes Turfway’s Wintergreen Stakes

Mike Piazza Racing Stable LLC’s Breeze Rider pressed the pace in the $100,000 Wintergreen Stakes on Saturday at Turfway Park, took over after turning for home and drew away down the stretch to score by 5-1/2 lengths. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Paynter, consigned by SBM Training & Sales to the 2019 OBS June Sale and sold for $30,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Steve Manley, she has compiled a 27-13-3-2 career record and earned $457,344. watch her under tack video

Jeremy Ramsland’s Miss Hard Knocks rated just off the pace in Sunday’s $75,000 Island Fashion Stakes at Sunland Park, rallied four wide to reach contention on the turn, took the lead a furlong from home and was best by a length and a half. That’s two straight stakes wins for the 3-year-old daughter of Mr Speaker, trained by Bart Hone, leaving her with a 5-3-1-1 record and earnings of $104,670. She was purchased for $17,000 by Jeremy Ramsland out of the Gutierrez Sales consignment at the 2021 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Ellen Epstein’s Vodka Gimlet posted his second straight stakes victory on Saturday at Delta Downs, taking the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes. The 3-year-old son of OBS graduate Goldencents moved to contention on the turn, waited for room to run, came out for the drive and was up late to win by a neck. Trained by Allen Landry, he’s now 7-3-0-2 and has earned $147,645, purchased for $41,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2021 OBS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in:10 2/5. watch his under tack video   June Sale walking video

 

Emblem Road, Country Grammer one-two in G1 Saudi Cup

OBS Spring Sale graduates finished one-two in the $20-million Saudi Cup (G1) on Saturday.

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Prince Saud Bin Salman Abdulaziz’s Emblem Road, turned in a powerful stretch run on the outside to catch fellow OBS graduate Country Grammer (April ’19) in the shadow of the wire and score by half a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Quality Road, trained by Mitab Almulawah, now 9-7-1-1 and the latest OBS millionaire with earnings of $10,204,734. Consigned to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, he was purchased for $80,000 by Bruno DeBerdt, Agent, after breezing a quarter in :21 3/5 at the Under Tack Show.
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Country Grammer also joined the OBS millionaire ranks, earning over $3-million for second. The multiple graded stakes winning 5-year-old son of Tonalist was purchased at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale out of the Wavertree Stables consignment for $450,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat. watch his under tack video

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March Sale grads Cafe Pharoah, Miles Ahead score Saturday stakes wins

OBS March Sale graduates posted a pair of stakes wins on Saturday.

Koichi Nishikawa’s Cafe Pharoah became just the second horse to successfully defend his title in the $2,254,000 February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse. He went after the leaders turning for home, took command a furlong out and drew off to win by 2-1/2 lengths in a track record equaling 1:33.8 for the 1.600 meters. It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of American Pharoah, consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, where he was sold for $475,000 to Narvick International, Agent, after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Trained by Noriyuki Hori, he’s now 11-6-0-0 with $3,001,697 in earnings to date. watch his under tack video    watch a video of the race

On the same card, Yuji Hasegawa’s Sea Vixen, a 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, finished a good third against the boys in the $300,000 Hyacinth Stakes. She was purchased for $500,000 at the 2021 March Sale out of the Gene Recio consignment after speeding an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. watch her under tack video    March Sale walking video

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David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Miles Ahead was rated on the outside early in the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes, rallied to catch favored Drain the Clock a sixteenth from home and wore him down to score by a neck. It’s the third straight win for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning gelding by Competitive Edge, trained by Eddie Plesa, now 21-11-3-1 with $435,725 in earnings. At the 2019 OBS March Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 and was purchased for $175,000 out of the Top Line Sales consignment. watch his under tack video

Unbeaten Shahama takes the UAE Oaks

KHK Racing’s unbeaten Shahama is now four for four and a graded stakes winner after scoring by two lengths in the $150,000 UAE Oaks (G3) on Friday at Meydan. Trailing in the early going, the 3-year-old daughter of Munnings rallied to take charge a quarter mile out and was best by two lengths at the wire. The half sister to champion Lookin At Lucky, trained by Fawzi Nass, has earned $223,760 to date and may be headed to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in May. Consigned to the 2021 OBS April Sale by Eddie Woods, she was purchased by her trainer for $425,000 after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat. race video  watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video