Con Lima captures the Saratoga Oaks Invitational

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Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Joseph F. Graffeo, Eric Nikolaus Del Toro and Troy Johnson’s Con Lima went straight to the lead in Sunday’s $700,000 Saratoga Oaks Invitational Stakes (G3) and was never headed, turning back a stretch challenge and scoring by three quarters of a length. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Commissioner, consigned to the 2020 OBS March Sale by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, where she went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. With five wins in eight starts this year for trainer Todd Pletcher, she has compiled a 13-7-5-0 career record and earned $884,865 to date. watch her under tack video

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Shea D Boy’s Stable’s lightly raced Shea D Summer added Gulfstream’s $75,000 Azalea Stakes to her resume on Saturday, leading of 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the seven furlong test. The 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Summer Front led from gate to wire, scoring by 3-1/4 lengths over Restofthestory (April ’20), with Competitive Speed (June ’20) checking in third. Now 8-4-1-0 with three stakes victories for trainer Carlos David, she has earned $170,071, sold for $35,000 by breeder Ocala Stud at the 2020 Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

Brilliant Racing LLC’s Yes It’s Ginger pressed the pace set by fellow OBS graduate Elle Z (June ’19) in Sunday’s $100,000 KY Downs TVG Preview Ladies Sprint Stakes at Ellis Park, fought her down the stretch and eased away late to best her by a length and a quarter. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Yes It’s True, trained by Gregory Foley, now 18-6-5-0 with $295,511 in earnings. At the 2018 OBS Spring Sale, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 and was purchased for $40,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment. watch her under tack video

Claim To Fame Stable’s Net Gain captured the $65,000 Cyclones Handicap at Prairie Meadows for the third time, rallying wide from off the pace and getting up late to win by a length. It’s the fifth stakes win for the 9-year-old son of Include, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $325,000 out of the Scanlon Training Center consignment at the 2014 OBS Spring Sale. Trained by Clinton C. Stuart, he’s now 62-9-9-11 and has earned $565,398. watch his under tack video

Hardy Racing Stables LLC’s It’s a Wrap set the pace from the start of Saturday’s $50,000 Evangeline Mile Stakes, bid the field goodbye on the turn and drew away down the stretch to win by 4-3/4 lengths. It was the stakes debut for the 4-year-old Twirling Candy gelding, trained by Keith Bourgeois, now 14-4-1-4 with $125,070 in earnings. At the 2019 OBS June Sale, he worked an eighth in :10 1/5 and was purchased for $83,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment.  watch his under tack video

Bella Sofia aces the Test at Saratoga

OBS June graduates posted a pair of graded stakes wins at Saratoga on Saturday.

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Michael Imperio, Vincent S. Scuderi, Sofia Soares, Gabrielle Farm, Mazel Stable Partners, LLC and Matthew J. Mercurio’s Bella Sofia stalked the leader from the start of the $500,000 Test Stakes (G1), took command after turning for home and galloped away down the stretch to score by 4-1/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old filly by Awesome Patriot, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, a winner of three of four starts and $405,100. At the 2020 OBS June Sale, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 and was purchased for $20,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment by Sallusto & Albina, Agent. watch her under tack video

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George Krikorian’s War Like Goddess trailed in the early going of the $250,000 Glens Falls Stakes (G2), but swung out for the drive, reached the lead a furlong from home and drew off to win by 3-1/4 lengths. That’s three straight graded stakes wins for the 4-year-old daughter of English Channel, consigned to the 2019 OBS June Sale by Hemingway Racing and Training Stables, and sold for $30,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Now 6-5-0-0 for trainer Bill Mott, she has earned $383,684 to date. watch her under tack video

Elm Drive, Eda one-two in Del Mar’s Sorrento Stakes

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Little Red Feather Racing’s Elm Drive is two for two and a graded stakes winner after edging fellow OBS March graduate Eda by a head in Del Mar’s $201,500 Sorrento Stakes (G2). The 2-year-old daughter of Mohaymen took the lead on the turn, was joined by her rival turning for home and the pair battled as a team to the wire. Elm Drive is a two-time OBS graduate, 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 purchased for $165,000 by John Dowd on behalf of Little Red Feather Racing. Trained by Philip D’Amato, she has earned $147,000 to date. March Sale walking video   under tack video:

 

Cross Border scores in Saratoga’s Bowling Green Stakes

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Three Diamonds Farm’s Cross Border successfully defended his title in Saratoga’s $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (G2) on Saturday, sitting just behind the leaders in the early going, swinging out for the drive, taking command a furlong from home and scoring by a length and a quarter.  It’s the third Saratoga stakes win for the 7-year-old ridgling by English Channel, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2016 OBS June Sale, and sold for $10,000 after breezing a quarter in :22 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Mike Maker, he’s now 35-10-8-4 and has earned $948,821 to date. watch his under tack video

Jeff Drown and Don Rachel’s Founder picked up his first stakes victory on Saturday in Monmouth’s $102,000 Tale of the Cat Stakes, charging on the outside down the stretch, taking over inside the eighth pole and winning by a length and a quarter. Fellow OBS graduate Hot Blooded (October ’19) checked in third. Now 7-2-1-1 with earnings of $139,522 for trainer Chad Brown, the 3-year-old ridgling by Upstart, turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before he was purchased for $600,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2020 OBS March Sale. watch his under tack video     March Sale walking video

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Champion Equine LLC’s My Sassenach broke her maiden with a flourish in Saturday’s $100,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Desert Vixen Stakes at Gulfstream, stalking the early leaders, taking over after turning for home and bounding away to score by 8-1/4 lengths, with fellow OBS graduate Rufa Red Knot (October ’20) settling for third. It was the second start for the 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Uncaptured, sold for $152,000 by Craig L. Wheeler, Agent, at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by J. David Braddy, she’s now 2-1-2-0 and has earned $71,900. watch her under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Madone captures Del Mar’s San Clemente Stakes

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Kaleem Shah, Inc.’s Madone relaxed off the pace in the early going of Del Mar’s $201,500 San Clemente Stakes (G2) on Saturday, swung wide to reach contention turning for home, caught the leaders in deep stretch and scored by half a length. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Vancouver (AUS), who turned in an Under Tack eighth in:10 1/5 before she was sold to K S I, Ben McElroy, Agent, for $125,000 at the 2020 OBS March Sale. Trained by Simon Callaghan, she has posted a pair of graded stakes wins, compiled a 7-5-0-0 record and earned $331,800 to date. under tack video:

 

Neptune’s Storm scores in Del Mar’s Wickerr Stakes

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CBYT, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig and Daniel Weiner’s Neptune’s Storm led from start to finish and won the $85,500 Wickerr Stakes by a length and three quarters at Del Mar on Sunday. It’s the fifth stakes victory for the 5-year-old multiple graded stakes winning gelding by Stormy Atlantic, trained by Peter Miller, now 21-7-4-6 with $918,485 in earnings. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2018 OBS April Sale, he was sold for $130,000 after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch his under tack video

Monster Racing Stables’ The Critical Way tracked the leaders in the early going of Saturday’s $98,500 Wolf Hill Stakes at Monmouth Park, rallied to take command in the final furlong and was best by three quarters of a length at the wire. That’s two straight stakes wins for the 7-year-old son of Tizway, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat and was purchased for $75,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2016 OBS June Sale. Now 26-9-6-2 for trainer Jose Delgado, he has earned $479,168 to date. watch his under tack video:

October Selected Yearling Sale grad Miss Marissa wins the Delaware Handicap

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

Cammarota Racing LLC’s 2018 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale graduate Miss Marissa took the lead at the start of the $400,000 Delaware Handicap (G2) and never looked back, gamely cruising to victory by a length and a quarter. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 4-year-old filly by He’s Had Enough, purchased for $11,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment. She’s now 16-5-4-1 for trainer Jim Ryerson, and has earned $604,690 to date.  Selected Sale walking video:

 

Marianne Stribling, Force Five Racing LLC and Two Rivers Racing Stable LLC’s Phat Man, last of seven in the early going of the $50,250 Battery Park Stakes, made a big run on the turn, took command after straightening away in the stretch and drew away to a two length victory. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 7-year-old graded stakes winning gelding by Munnings, trained by J. Kent Sweezey, now 35-9-8-2 with $621,609 in earnings. Consigned to the 2016 OBS March Sale by Bobby Dodd, Agent, he went through the ring after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video

Breeze Easy LLC’s Easy Time sat just off the pace in Woodbine’s $180,000 Marine Stakes (G3) on Sunday, came around horses to reach contention on the turn, took over in the stretch and cruised to a two length score. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Not This Time, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before he was purchased for $250,000 out of the Ocala Stud consignment at the 2020 OBS June Sale. Trained by Mark Casse, he’s now 4-2-1-0 and has earned $114,653. watch his under tack video  June Sale walking video

Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC’s Shes Our Fastest battled head and head for the lead from the start in the $75,000 Valor Farm Stakes at Lone Star Park on Saturday, took charge in the final furlong and was best by a length and a half. It’s the seventh stakes victory for the 6-year-old daughter of Oratory, trained by Scott Gelner, who has earned $467,427 and compiled a 35-10-7-8 career record. She sped a quarter in :21 flat at the 2017 OBS June Sale Under Tack Show prior to being purchased for $50,000 out of the Stephens Thoroughbreds consignment. watch her under tack video

Eight OBS grads score in Holiday Weekend stakes

Eight OBS graduates celebrated America’s birthday over the holiday weekend, posting stakes wins in Florida, Iowa, Maryland and New York.

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David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Miles Ahead tracked the leaders from the outside in the early going of Saturday’s $200,000 Smile Sprint Invitational Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream, rallied to take command a furlong from home and held on gamely to score by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old gelding by Competitive Edge, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $175,000 out of the Top Line Sales consignment at the 2019 OBS March Sale. Now 16-8-2-1 for trainer Eddie Plesa, he has earned $260,960 to date. watch his under tack video

 

Three OBS graduates scored stakes wins at Prairie Meadows.

Three Diamonds Farm’s Army Wife rallied four-wide on the turn in Friday’s $225,000 Iowa Oaks (G3), took the lead after straightening out in the stretch, and eased away late to score by 3-3/4 lengths. That’s two straight graded stakes victories for the 3-year-old daughter of Declaration of War, now 9-4-1-2 with $423,972 in earnings for trainer Mike Maker. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, she breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was sold for $190,000.  watch her under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Mike Maker also saddled Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Special Reserve, who led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $100,000 Iowa Sprint Stakes, going after front running Quick Tempo (April ’20) in the stretch and drawing away to win by 2-3/4 lengths. Mojo Man (April ’17) rallied for third. It’s the second straight stakes victory for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning son of Midshipman, consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, where he breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 before he was sold for $140,000. The win leaves him with a 20-7-1-7 record and $418,617 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Steve Landers Racing LLC’s Josie came from just off the pace to take Saturday’s $100,000 Iowa Distaff Stakes by a length and three quarters, taking charge inside the final furlong and drawing away at the wire. It’s the first stakes score for the 4-year-old daughter of Race Day, trained by Brad Cox, now 14-4-4-2 with earnings of $266,867. At the 2019 OBS March Sale, she was purchased for $170,000 out of the Kings Equine consignment after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

A trio of OBS grads scored on Sunday at Pimlico.

William & Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Yaupon stalked the pacesetter in the $100,000 Lite the Fuse Stakes, took the lead inside the final furlong and eased away to win by a length and three quarters. It’s the third stakes victory for the 4-year-old graded stakes winning colt by Uncle Mo, now 7-5-0-0 with $383,264 in earnings for trainer Steve Asmussen. He breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased by East Hickman Bloodstock for $255,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2019 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Ruggeri Stable, Richard Coburn, Script R Farm and Michael Miceli’s Mrs. Orb picked up her second stakes win of the year in the $100,000 Caesar’s Wish Stakes, rallying wide into the stretch and getting up late to score by a half a length. The 6-year-old daughter of Orb, trained by co-owner Michael Miceli, is now 25-7-8-4 and has earned $523,520. She worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5 before she was purchased for $30,000 out of the Classic Bloodstock consignment at the 2017 OBS June Sale.  watch her under tack video

Dark Hollow Farm’s Ellanation rated off the pace in the $75,000 Jameela Stakes, rallied outside down the stretch and was up in time to score by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Alternation, purchased for $160,000 out of the Costanzo Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 15-4-4-1 for trainer Mike Trombetta, she has earned $178,269 to date. watch her under tack video

Eric Fein’s Original took the lead at the start of the $100,000 Manila Stakes on Sunday at Belmont Park, opened daylight into the stretch then held off a late charge to score by a head. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old graded stakes placed son of Quality Road, purchased for $425,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after speeding an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Trained by John Terranova, he’s now 7-2-0-3 and has earned $138,570 to date. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Fighting Force takes Gulfstream’s Not Surprising Stakes

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Lea Farms LLC’s Fighting Force saved ground early in Saturday’s $75,000 Not Surprising Stakes at Gulfstream, swung out to go after the leaders on the turn, took command in the stretch and drew off to score by 3-1/2 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Air Force Blue, who sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before he was purchased for $400,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale. Now 10-2-2-1 for trainer Jeff Engler, he has earned $127,548 to date. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

 

Fano Racing’s Por Que No went to the lead at the start of Monmouth’s $75,000 Boiling Springs Stakes and never looked back, drawing away down the stretch to a 4-1/2 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Wicked Strong, trained by J. Kent Sweezey, now 7-5-0-0 with $131,215 in earnings. A three-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Summerfield Sales at the 2019 Winter Mixed Sale and then by Bobby Jones Equine at the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, she was sold for $25,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch her under tack video   Selected Yearling Sale walking video

OBS grads post a pair of stakes wins at Canterbury

OBS graduates scored a pair of stakes wins at Canterbury Park on Wednesday night.

Dennis F. Smith’s Jazzy Times saved ground in the early going of the $110,000 Dark Star Turf Sprint Stakes, came off the rail to rally on the outside down the stretch and was up late to score by a head. Fellow OBS graduate Wellabled (April’16) settled for third after setting the pace. It’s the second stakes win for the graded stakes placed 8-year-old gelding by Discreetly Mine, purchased for $460,000 out of the SGV consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale by Patrice Miller, EQB Inc., Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 3/5. Trained by David Van Winkle, he’s now 42-6-12-4 and has earned $485,680 to date. watch his under tack video

Peachtree Stable’s Saranya pressed the pace in the $100,000 Curtis Sampson Oaks, wore down the leaders to take charge inside the eighth pole and held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Amalfi Princess (April ’20) to win by a neck. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old daughter of The Factor, trained by Brad Cox, now 8-3-3-1 with earnings of $178,980. Consigned to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by Eisaman Equine, Agent, she was sold for $320,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

 

Boardroom best in Woodbine’s Whimsical Stakes

LNJ Foxwoods’ Boardroom sat just off the pace in Saturday’s $156,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, took the lead turning for home, fought off rivals on both sides down the stretch and was best by a neck at the wire. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Commissioner, consigned to the 2019 OBS April Sale by Q Bar J Thoroughbreds LLC, where she was sold to Solis / Litt for $475,000 after speeding an Under Tack quarter in :20 1/5. Now 6-4-1-1 for trainer Josie Carroll, she has earned $213,388 to date. watch her under tack video

R. Larry Johnson’s Can’t Buy Love led a 1-2-3 sweep of Woodbine’s $125,200 Star Shoot Stakes, overcoming a rough start and rallying down the stretch to get up late and beat Dirty Dangle (March ’20) by three quarters of a length, with California Lily (June ’20, March ’20) a nose back in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Twirling Candy filly, trained by Mike Trombetta, now 9-3-1-1 with $119,493 in earnings. Consigned to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, by Eddie Woods, Agent, she went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. watch her under tack video Spring Sale walking video

Thomas C. Albrecht, Vincent J. Fusaro and James Klein’s Ocala Dream jumped from a maiden win into Belmont’s $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes on Saturday, took command after turning for home, shook off fellow OBS graduate Barrage (March ’20) a furlong out and scored by a length. Barrage checked in third. Trained by Thomas Morley, the 3-year-old colt by Effinex is now 5-2-0-1 and has earned $137,600. He turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $50,000 out of the Daylight Farm Racing & Sales consignment. watch his under tack video

Monster Racing Stables’ The Critical Way pressed the pace in Monmouth’s $76,500 Get Serious Stakes, took over after turning for home and drew away down the stretch to score by three lengths. It’s the fourth stakes victory for the 7-year-old son of Tizway, purchased for $75,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2016 OBS June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 25-8-6-2 for trainer Jose Delgado, he has earned $419,168 to date. watch his under tack video

Starship Stables and Steven Dwoskin’s Starship Nterprise stepped into stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $75,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream, found room between horses in the stretch and closed to beat fellow OBS graduate Karakatsie (April ’20) by a neck. Purchased for $40,000 out of the Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck) consignment at the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale, the 3-year-old daughter of Honor Code, trained by Steven Dwoskin, is now 10-2-3-2 and has earned $96,485. Selected Sale walking video

Venetian Harbor leads parade of weekend stakes winners

Ciaglia Racing LLC, Highland Yard LLC, River Oak Farm and Dominic Savides’ Venetian Harbor was much the best in Saturday’s $201,500 Monrovia Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, leading from gate to wire and outclassing seven rivals en route to a 3-1/2 length victory. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Munnings, now 9-4-4-0 for trainer Richard Baltas, with $633,400 in earnings. Consigned by Coastal Equine LLC (Jesse Hoppel), Agent, to the 2019 OBS April Sale, she went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. watch her under tack video

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Shea D Boy’s Stable’s Shea D Summer led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Gulfstream’s $75,000 Game Face Stakes on Saturday, taking the lead at the start and never looking back on her way to a 2-1/2 length win. It’s the second stakes victory for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Summer Front. Competitive Speed (June ’20) closed for second; Mon Petit Chou (April ’20) settled for third.  She was sold for $35,000 by breeder Ocala Stud at the 2020 Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. Trained by Carlos David, she’s now 6-3-1-0 and has  earned $121,036 to date. watch her under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

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Magnifico Stable’s unbeaten Australasia is now six for six after closing with a rush to catch frontrunning fellow OBS graduate Bella Sofia (June ‘20) in deep stretch and score by a length in Belmont’s $144,500 Jersey Girl Stakes on Sunday. That’s four stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Sky Kingdom, consigned by Woodside Ranch, Agent, to the 2020 OBS April Sale, where she was sold for $130,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Brad Cox, she has earned $320,388. watch her under tack video  Spring Sale walking video

 

Oak Tree Stable’s Offspring sat just off the early leaders in Saturday’s Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff Stakes (taken off the turf) at Evangeline Downs, rallied in the stretch to take command a furlong from home and was best by a length and three quarters at the wire.  It’s the second straight stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, who worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was purchased for $130,000 out of the Top Line Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS June Sale.  Now trained by Edward Johnston, she’s now 18-5-5-2 and has earned $219,478 to date. watch her under tack video

Sterling Racing LLC’s Whatmakessammyrun moved between horses to reach contention in Sunday’s $82,650 Desert Code Stakes at Santa Anita, took over with an eighth to run and drew off to win by 3-3/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by We Miss Artie, now 8-3-1-2 with $139,610 in earnings for trainer Mark Glatt. He was purchased for $30,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. watch his under tack video  Spring Sale walking video

Rupp Racing’s Gagetown turned in a sustained stretch run in Friday’s $50,00 Prairie Mile Stakes at Prairie Meadows and got up late to score by a neck. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Exaggerator, consigned by All In Line Stables to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale where he breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 before going through the ring. Trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 7-2-3-1 and earned $134,262 to date. watch his under tack video  Spring Sale walking video

Casa Creed, Estilo Talentoso score graded wins at Belmont

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

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LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing LLC’s Casa Creed trailed early in Saturday’s $400,000 Jaipur Stakes (G1), but circled horses on the turn, rolled down the stretch to take command passing the sixteenth pole and eased away late to score by two lengths. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Jimmy Creed, now 20-5-3-3 for trainer Bill Mott, with earnings of $755,408. He was purchased for $15,000 out of the Janie Roper consignment at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

 

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Medallion Racing, Barry Fowler, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Little Red Feather Racing and BlackRidge Stables LLC’s Estilo Talentoso raced wide in the early going of Friday’s $294,000 Bed o’ Roses Stakes (G3), rallied on the outside in the stretch to get the lead a sixteenth from home and held on gamely to win by neck. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Maclean’s Music, a two time OBS graduate. Consigned twice by McKathan Bros, she went through the ring at the 2019 April Sale before she was purchased for $15,000 at the 2019 June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. Trained by Juan Arriagada, she has compiled a 14-3-8-3 career record and earned $423,538 to date. watch her under tack video

OBS grads post a pair of graded stakes wins on Thursday at Belmont

OBS graduates scored a pair of graded stakes wins as the runup to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (G1) got underway on Thursday.

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Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Joseph F. Graffeo, Eric Nikolaus Del Toro and Troy Johnson’s Con Lima sat just off the pace in the early going of the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes (G3), went after the leaders in the stretch, took over a sixteenth from home and was best by half a length at the wire. It’s the second graded stakes win for 3-year-old filly by Commissioner, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables to the 2020 OBS March Sale, where she went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Now 11-6-4-0 for trainer Todd Pletcher, she has earned $379,865 to date. watch her under tack video

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Horseshoe Racing LLC’s Change of Control rallied to the lead from off the pace in the $200,000 Intercontinental Stakes (G3), took command a furlong from home and scored by a length and a half over fellow OBS graduate Piedi Bianchi (March ’17). That’s three stakes wins for the 5-year-old daughter of Fed Biz, trained by Michelle Lovell, now 27-7-6-5 with $552,439 in earnings. She was purchased for $95,000 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2017 OBS Selected Yearling Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

Bankit a millionaire after romp in Belmont’s Commentator Stakes

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Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC’s Bankit became the latest millionaire OBS graduate after romping to a 13-1/4 length victory in the $200,000 Commentator Stakes at Belmont on Memorial Day. It’s the fifth stakes win for the graded stakes placed 5-year-old son of Central Banker, consigned to the 2018 OBS March Sale by SGV Thoroughbreds LLC (Steven Venosa), Agent, where he breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC for $260,000. Now 30-6-10-4 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $1,027,875 to date.  watch his under tack video

David Melin, Leon Ellman & Laurie Plesa’s Miss Auramet stalked the leaders in the early going of Monmouth’s $76,500 Politely Stakes on Sunday, moved to the leaders between horses a quarter mile from home, opened up daylight in the stretch and cruised to a two length victory. It’s the second stakes score for the 5-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Uncaptured, a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2017 October Yearling Sale and then purchased at the 2018 Spring Sale for $135,000 out of the Julie Davies consignment after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.  Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, the win leaves her with a 22-9-6-3 career record and $416,900 in earnings. watch her under tack video

Boardshorts Stables LLC’s Navy Armed Guard tracked the early pace in Golden Gate’s $100,400 All American Stakes on Memorial Day, rallied to take command a furlong out and held off fellow OBS graduate Cupid’s Claws (April ’17) by three quarters of a length for the victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 6-year-old gelding by Midshipman, trained by Quinn Howey, now 31-8-5-7 with earnings of $263,536. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 at the 2017 OBS Spring Sale, he was purchased out of the Ian Vickers consignment for $47,000. watch his under tack video

 

Country Grammer scores in Santa Anita’s Hollywood Gold Cup

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WinStar Farm LLC’s Country Grammer, battling head to head with Royal Ship (BRZ) turning for home in Santa Anita’s $301,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (G1), surrendered the lead to that one at the top of the stretch, fought back to take over past the sixteenth pole, then held off a final surge to be best by a head at the wire. It’s the second graded stakes win for 4-year-old colt by Tonalist, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before he was purchased out of the Wavertree Stables consignment for $450,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale. Trained by Bob Baffert, he’s now 8-3-1-1 and has earned $377,320 to date. watch his under tack video

Sainthood, The Reds one-two in Belmont’s Pennine Ridge Stakes

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WinStar Farm LLC and CHC Inc.’s Sainthood took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $194,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park, surrendered it briefly on the backstretch, led into the stretch, was headed by fellow  OBS graduate The Reds (April ’20) a furlong out, then came again and beat his rival to the wire by a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Mshawish, trained by Todd Pletcher, now 5-2-2-0 with earnings of $201,900 to date. At the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale, he was purchased for $62,000 out of the Select Sales consignment. Selected Yearling Sale walking video

OBS grads post five weekend stakes wins at Pimlico

OBS graduates scored five stakes victories at Pimlico over the weekend, including a pair of graded wins on Friday and a third on Saturday by trainer Mike Maker.

Three Diamonds Farm’s Army Wife moved to the leaders leaving the backstretch in Friday’s $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2), took command a furlong from home and drew off late to score by 2-3/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Declaration of War, trained by Mike Maker, now 8-3-1-2 with $288,972 in earnings. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was purchased for $190,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale.  watch her under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Michael Dubb, Steve Hornstock, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Nice Guys Stables’ Last Judgment went right to the front in the $250,000 Pimlico Special Stakes (G3) on Friday and never looked back en route to a 1-3/4 length victory. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Congrats, who was purchased for $300,000 out of the Bobby Dodd consignment at the 2018 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Also trained by Mike Maker, the win left him with an 18-8-1-1 career record and earnings of $490,465. watch his under tack video

Trainer Mike Maker posted his third weekend graded stakes win with an OBS graduate when Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Special Reserve took charge of Saturday’s $150,000 Maryland Sprint Match Series Stakes (G3) after turning for home and scored by a length and three quarters. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Midshipman, now 19-6-1-7 with $358,647 in earnings. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 before he was sold for $140,000. watch his under tack video

Madaket Stables LLC, Wonder Stable, Paul Farr and Team Hanley’s lightly raced T D Dance was taken back early in Saturday’s $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes, came after the leaders in the stretch, took over inside the eighth pole and drew off late to beat fellow OBS graduate Arzak (April ’20) by 3-3/4 lengths. The 3-year-old colt by Can the Man was purchased for $75,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. Now 5-3-1-0 for trainer Brad Cox, he has earned $122,300 to date. watch his under tack video     Spring Sale walking video

Morris E. Kernan, Jr. and Jagger Inc.’s The King Cheek took the lead at the start of the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes, was headed in mid-stretch, then came again late and was best at the wire by a head. It’s the first stakes score for the 3-year-old son of Laoban, trained by Jamie Ness, now 9-4-2-0 with earnings of $132,575. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2019 October Yearling Sale and was then consigned by Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds to the 2020 OBS June Sale, where he went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5. watch his under tack video     June Sale walking video

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Sonata Stable’s Moonlite Strike tracked the early leader in Saturday’s $75,000 Roar Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday, took over after turning for home and drew away late to win by 3-1/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old graded stakes placed colt by Liam’s Map, a two-time OBS graduate, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2020 OBS March Sale where he went through the ring after an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. Consigned again by de Meric Sales to the June Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now 7-3-0-1 for trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr., he has earned $141,150 to date. watch his under tack video     June Sale walking video

Medina Spirit wins Kentucky Derby

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Medina Spirit became the fourth Kentucky Derby (G1) winning OBS graduate, with Colonel Liam and Du Jour adding graded stakes victories on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Zedan Racing Stables Inc.’s Medina Spirit took the lead at the start of the $3-million Kentucky Derby (G1) and refused to give it up, gamely holding off a stretch-long challenge and scoring by half a length. The 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Protonico finished second in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his last start after winning the Santa Anita’s Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) earlier in the year. Medina Spirit  became the newest OBS millionaire with a 6-3-3-0 record for trainer Bob Baffert and earnings of $2,175,200. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold as a yearling by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, on behalf of breeder Gail Rice at the 2019 Winter Mixed Sale for $1,000. watch the auction ring video   catalog page

He was then purchased for $35,000 by Gary Young on behalf of Zedan Racing Stables out of the Whitman Sales consignment at the 2020 June Sale after turning in an Under Tack three eighths in :33 flat.  watch the auction ring video   watch his under tack video   catalog page

Medina Spirit joins Lil E Tee (1992), Silver Charm (1997) and I’ll Have Another (2012) in the OBS Kentucky Derby (G1) club.

Robert E. and Lawana L. Low’s Colonel Liam sat just off the pace in the $1-million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes (G1), battled to the front down the stretch and finished in a dead heat for the victory. It’s the third straight graded stakes win for the newly minted OBS millionaire, now 8-6-0-1 with earnings of $1,264,565 for trainer Todd Pletcher. At the 2019 OBS April Sale, he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before he was purchased for $1,200,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment. watch his under tack video

Natalie J. Baffert and Debbie Lanni’s Du Jour came out for the drive to go after the leaders in the American Turf Stakes (G2), fought to the lead a sixteenth from home and was best by a length and a half at the wire. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Temple City, purchased for $280,000 out of the Off the Hook LLC consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by Donato Lanni, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now 5-3-1-1 for trainer Bob Baffert, he has earned $375,220 to date.  Spring Sale walking video   watch his under tack video