Midnight Bisou and Mitole score in Saratoga grade ones

OBS graduates posted three graded stakes wins at Saratoga on Travers day, including grade one wins by Midnight Bisou and Mitole.

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In a contest which will get votes for Race of the Year, Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou needed every inch of the Saratoga stretch to rally and catch a stubborn Elate at the wire and take the $700,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) by a nose. It’s the sixth straight graded stakes victory for the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 17-11-3-3 with 11 graded stakes wins and earnings of $3,245,000. She was purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 April Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

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William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole hounded Promises Fulfilled in the early going of the $601,950 Forego Stakes (G1), put him away leaving the backstretch, took a solid lead into the stretch and cruised home a three length winner, running seven furlongs in a stakes record 1:20 4/5. Fellow OBS graduate Killybegs Captain (April ’16) settled for third. That’s four graded stakes wins for the 4-year-old colt by Eskendereya, consigned to the 2017 OBS April Sale by Grassroots Training & Sales and sold for $140,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Also trained by Steve Asmussen, he’s now 13-9-2-2 and has earned $2,004,910 to date. watch his under tack video

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Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form saved ground just off the lead $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes (G2), came out for the drive and was up late to win a five horse battle to the wire by a neck, with fellow OBS graduate Starship Jubilee (April ’15, August ’14) another neck back in third. It’s the third graded stakes victory for 4-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, who sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat before she was purchased for $575,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. Now 11-4-1-0 for trainer Chad Brown, she has earned $694,865. watch her under tack video

 

OBS grads take five stakes at Saratoga

OBS graduates posted five stakes wins on New York Showcase Day at Saratoga on Friday, missing  a sixth in a photo.

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Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Swick Stable’s Funny Guy came from off the pace to take the lead in the $256,875 Albany Stakes after turning for home, opened daylight a furlong out and held off a late charge by fellow OBS graduate Bankit (March ’18) and scored by a head. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Big Brown, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 prior to his purchase for  $45,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale. Now 9-3-4-0 for trainer John Terranova, he has earned $389,645 to date. watch his under tack video

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Beach Haven Thoroughbreds LLC’s unbeaten Newly Minted pressed the pace in the $207,900 Fleet Indian Stakes, took over on the turn and drew off from there, winning in hand by nine lengths. That’s three stakes wins for the 3-year-old daughter of Central Banker, trained by Linda Rice, now 5-4-0-1 with $346,350 in earnings. She was sold to Beach Haven for $110,000 at the 2018 OBS April Sale by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent for Chester and Mary Broman, after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

 

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Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Peter Searles and Patty Searles’ City Man is two for two and a stakes winner after taking the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes by 4-3/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Cleon Jones (March ’19) despite an erratic run down the stretch after taking the lead. Trained by Christophe Clement, the 2-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man has earned $152,900 to date. He was sold to Reeves Thoroughbreds for $185,000 by Off the Hook LLC, Agent, at the 2019 April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

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Nice Guys Stables & Steve Hornstock’s Fierce Lady went after the leaders on the outside after turning for home in the $200,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes, put her head in front a furlong from home and held on gamely to score by a neck. Fellow OBS graduate My Italian Rabbi (January ’18) checked in third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 2-year-old filly by Competitive Edge, trained by Dermot Magner, now 3-2-1-0 with $164,100 in earnings. Consigned to the 2019 OBS March Sale by Mayberry Farm, Agent, she went through the ring after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch her under tack video

 

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Michael Dubb, Nantucket Thoroughbred Partners, Bethlehem Stables LLC et al’s Offering Plan came wide into the stretch of the $150,000 West Point Stakes, battled for the lead in deep stretch and was best by a neck at the wire. It’s the fifth stakes win for the 7-year-old graded stakes placed son of Spring At Last, sold for $135,000 at the 2014 OBS April Sale by Mayberry Farm, Agent, after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Chad Brown, he’s now 27-9-5-6 and has earned $863,973. watch his under tack video

 

OBS grads enjoying summer at Saratoga and Del Mar

OBS Two Year Old Sale graduates are making their presence felt at the prestigious summer race meets; Del Mar on the west coast and Saratoga in the east.

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At Del Mar, Exline-Border Racing LLC, Dan Hudock and Susanna Wilson’s Storm the Court made his debut for trainer Peter Eurton in the first race last Saturday, and the colt by Court Vision got the best of heavily favored Garth in the stretch, taking the $61,000 5-1/2 furlong Maiden Special Weight dash by a length and a half. Consigned to the April Sale by Woodside Ranch, Agent, he worked an Under Tack quarter in :20 2/5 before he was purchased for $60,000 by Marette Farrell, Agent for Exline-Border Racing LLC. watch his under tack video

 

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After gaining racing experience in Kentucky, Rockingham Ranch’s Billy Bats found the lawn at Del Mar to his liking two races later, stalking the early lead in a $61,000 Maiden Special Weight test, taking charge in the stretch and easing away late to win by a length and three quarters. The son of City Zip, trained by Peter Miller, was purchased for $200,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the March Sale after breezing a quarter in :20 4/5. watch his under tack video

 

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On Sunday, Hronis Racing LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds and William Sandbrook’s Inspiressa was bet down to even money for her debut in a $61,000 Maiden Special dash and lived up to her billing. The Florida-bred daughter of The Big Beast, trained by John Sadler, went right to the front and stayed there to the finish, winning under a hand ride by a length and a quarter. At the March Sale, she sped a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show before she was sold for $850,000 by her breeder Ocala Stud. watch her under tack video

 

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This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, Woodstock and the Miracle New York Mets, whose center fielder Cleon Jones hit .340 leading his team to the 1969 World Series title. Racing fans saw his equine namesake in action in the first race on July 28th at Saratoga, when Gold Square LLC’s Cleon Jones came flying from off the pace to draw away to a 3-1/2 length score in a six furlong, $78,000 Maiden Special Weight dash. It was the second start for the colt by Tale of the Cat, trained by Jeremiah Englehart, purchased for $325,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the March Sale after he turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat. watch his under tack video

 

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Gold Square and partner Double O Racing Stable LLC scored again at Saratoga with an Eddie Woods April Sale graduate on August 4th when Daphne Moon charged from behind, took command a furlong from home and took a $90,000 Maiden Special by three and a quarter lengths in her debut for trainer Englehart. The daughter of Cairo Prince also breezed a :21 flat quarter before she was purchased for $525,000. watch her under tack video

 

 

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Zayat Stable, LLC’s Gozilla, hammered to 3-5 in his debut for trainer Steve Asmussen in a $90,000 Maiden Special Weight test last Saturday, left the gate running and never looked back, quickly opening up daylight and cruising to an effortless 4-1/2 length victory, running six furlongs in 1:09 3/5. The colt by Flatter, consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, went through the ring at the April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

Collusion Illusion best in Del Mar’s Best Pal Stakes

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Dan J. Agnew, Rodney E. Orr, Jerry Schneider and John V. Xitco’s Collusion Illusion is two for two and a graded stakes winner after circling horses on the turn in Saturday’s $200,351 Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, getting to the lead in deep stretch and scoring by a length and a quarter. Fellow OBS graduate Fore Left (March ’19) checked in third.  The 2-year-old Florid-bred colt by Twirling Candy was purchased for $300,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Mark Glatt, he has earned $156,600 to date. watch his under tack video

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Gary Barber’s Eyeinthesky turned into the stretch four wide in Sunday’s $100,000 Galway Stakes at Saratoga, battled her rivals down the stretch and was best by a head at the wire. That’s two stakes wins for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Sky Mesa, trained by Mark Casse, now 14-4-2-2 with earnings of $242,536. She was sold for $22,000 by New Episode Training Center, Agent, at the 2017 OBS October Selected Sale of Yearlings.  Selected Sale conformation photo

Lothenbach Stables’ Elusive Mischief stalked the leaders in the early gong of Saturday’s $100,000 Meadow Stable Stakes at Colonial Downs, took command a furlong from home and eased away to a one length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Into Mischief, a two-time OBS graduate, purchased out of the Michael & Julia O’Quinn consignment at the 2016 Selected Sale of Yearlings and then resold for $350,000 by Randy Bradshaw, Agent, at the 2017 April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 10-4-1-1 for trainer Ian Wilkes, he has earned $183,747. Selected Sale conformation photo   watch his under tack video

Julian De Mora, Jr. and JN Racing Stables’ First Deal sat wide just off the pace in the early going of Sunday’s $76,500 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth, rallied down the middle of the track before taking command late and drew away to a 3-1/2 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Admiral Lynch (March ’18) settled for third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Turbo Compressor, trained by Jorge Navarro, leaving him with an 8-5-2-1 record and $128,905 in earnings. Consigned by 30-30 Ranch, Agent, to the 2018 OBS June Sale, he was sold for $17,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video

Archidust takes Saratoga’s Mahony Stakes

Gelfenstein Farm, Albert Crawford & Michelle Crawford’s Archidust went after the leaders on the turn in Wednesday’s $100,300 Mahony Stakes at Saratoga, took charge after straightening away in the stretch and drew off to a three length victory. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Verrazano, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased by Juan Pacanins, Agent, for $300,000 out of the Whitman Sales consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale. Now 8-4-1-1 for trainer Jorge Navarro, he has earned $162,800 to date. watch his under tack video

Amalfi Sunrise romps in Del Mar’s Sorrento Stakes

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Doug Branham and Marsha Naify’s Amalfi Sunrise is two for two and a graded stakes winner going head and head between horses early in Saturday’s $200,351 Sorrento Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, taking charge on the turn and proving much the best, opening a big lead in the lane and winning in hand by six lengths. The 2-year-old daughter of Constitution turned in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before she was purchased for $185,000 out of the Bobby Dodd consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale. Trained by Simon Callaghan, she has earned $159,000 to date. watch her under tack video

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Wise Racing’s Fools Gold rated just off the leader in Sunday’s $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (G3) on Sunday at Saratoga, moved on the turn to take command turning for home, opened daylight in the stretch and was best by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the lightly raced 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, trained by Chad Brown, now 12-4-3-3 with $271,020 in earnings. She breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased for $430,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. watch her under tack video

Tom R. Durant’s Silver Dust sat just off the lead in the early going of Saturday’s $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes (G3) at Mountaineer Park, battled to take over in the stretch and held on gamely for a half length victory, with fellow OBS graduate Snapper Sinclair (April ’17) rallying for third.  That’s two graded stakes wins for the 5-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 23-5-6-2 for trainer Bret Calhoun, he has earned $594,777 to date. watch his under tack video

Breeze Easy, LLC’s Karak, a winner at first asking at Belmont Park in May, returned from a June trip to Royal Ascot and was a 2-1/2 length winner of Monmouth Park’s $78,000 Tyro Stakes on Saturday, stalking the early leader, taking charge turning for home and drawing away in the stretch. Now two for three with earnings of $95,000 for trainer Wesley Ward, the 2-year-old filly by Karakontie (JPN), the first stakes winner for her sire, was sold for $365,000 at the 2019 OBS March Sale by All Dreams Equine, Agent, after breezing an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video

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Zilla Racing Stables’ Celtic Chaos won the $100,300 John Morrissey Stakes at Saratoga on Sunday for the second time in three years, circling wide to reach contention in the stretch and putting his nose down first at the wire. It’s the second straight win and third stakes score for the 6-year-old son of Dublin, consigned by King’s Equine, Agent for Spendthrift Farm, to the 2015 OBS April Sale, where he was purchased for $55,000 by Zilla Racing after breezing an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 35-9-5-8 and has earned $659,947 to date.  watch his under tack video

Marvin Delfiner and George Krall’s Afleet Tizzy scored her first stakes win on Saturday at Parx Racing, coming from off the pace to take charge of the $107,800 Dr. Teresa Garafolo Memorial Stakes a furlong from home and easing away to a one length victory. Trained by John Servis, the 5-year-old daughter of Tizway is now 25-6-10-6 and has earned $374,646. She was sold for $95,000 by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2015 OBS August Yearling Sale. Selected Yearling conformation photo

Courtney Barousse’s Theoryintopractice relaxed just off the pace in Saturday’s $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic Stakes at Louisiana Downs, moved up on the far turn, reached the leader in the final furlong and bested him by a neck at the wire. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old gelding by Into Mischief, purchased for $120,000 out of the Select Sales consignment at the 2015 OBS August Yearling Sale. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he’s now 35-12-4-2 and has earned $273,415 to date. Selected Yearling conformation photo

A pair of horses sold by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, at the 2017 OBS April Sale posted wins on Sunday at Ellis Park.

Madaket Stables LLC, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ Kallio came from well of the pace in the $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Stakes, circled horses on the turn to reach contention and was up late to score by a neck after a long stretch drive. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, now 13-3-2-3 for trainer Brendan Walsh with $219,335 in earnings. She breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased by Bradley Thoroughbreds for $160,000. watch her under tack video

Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This sat second early in the $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes, took the lead halfway home and held it to the wire, winning by a head in a course record 1:59.12 for the mile and a quarter on the turf. It’s the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old colt by The Factor, who sold for $11,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 21-7-2-2 and has earned $364,630 to date. watch his under tack video

A Thread of Blue scores in Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes

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Leonard C. Green’s A Thread of Blue went right to the front at the start of Sunday’s inaugural running of the $1,000,000 Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes, opened a daylight lead leaving the backstretch, turned for home in full command and cruised to the wire a winner by a length. It’s the third stakes victory for the 3-year-old graded stakes winning colt by Hard Spun, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, now 10-5-2-1 with $879,290 in earnings. He worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $430,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2018 OBS March Sale.  watch his under tack video

Casa Creed captures Saratoga’s National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes

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LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing LLC’s Casa Creed moved up four wide on the turn after stalking the early pace in Saratoga’s $200,000 National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame Stakes (G2) on Friday, put his head in front coming to the eighth pole and stayed there to the wire, scoring by a head. It’s the first graded stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Jimmy Creed, purchased for $15,000 out of the Janie Roper consignment at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale. Now 11-3-2-1 for trainer Bill Mott, he has earned $364,508 to date.

Unbeaten Shancelot romps in Saratoga’s Amsterdam Stakes

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Ivan Rodriguez, Albert Crawford and Michelle Crawford’s Shancelot is three for three and a graded stakes winner after leading from gate to wire and winning Saratoga’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) by 12-1/2 lengths in 1:14 flat for six and one half furlongs. The 3-year-old colt by Shanghai Bobby opened daylight after a quarter in :21 3/5 and kept on running, leading by six lengths after a half  in :43 4/5 and by ten lengths after six furlongs in 1:07 3/5, shading Imperial Hint’s track record 1:07 4/5 set in yesterday’s Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap G1). At the 2018 OBS March Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before he was purchased for $245,000 out of the Kings Equine consignment. Trained by Jorge Navarro, he has earned $164,300 to date. watch his under tack video

OBS grads take Finger Lakes’ New York Derby and Oaks

OBS graduates won both stakes for 3-year-olds at Finger Lakes on Wednesday.

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC’s Bankit rallied on the turn to reach contention in the stretch of the $150,000 New York Derby, split horses to take the lead a furlong out and drew clear late to win by a length and a quarter. It’s the second stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by 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. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he’s now 12-3-3-1 and has earned $468,625. watch his under tack video

Richie Rich Racing Stable and Jackie Stauffer’s Wait a Minute scored her first stakes victory in the $75,000 New York Oaks, setting the pace from the start, turning back a challenge on the turn and easing away in the stretch to win by two lengths. Trained by Jackie Stauffer, the 3-year-old filly by Discreetly Mine is now 6-3-1-0 and has earned $83,329 to date. She breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased for $10,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2018 June Sale. watch her under tack video

 

Midnight Bisou scores in Monmouth’s Molly Pitcher Stakes

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Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou continued her march toward a title with a victory in Saturday’s $147,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park. The 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, trained by Steve Asmussen, is five for five this year, all in graded stakes company. After saving ground early, she slipped through on the rail in the final furlong and eased away to score by a measured length. That’s her tenth graded stakes victory, and it leaves her with a 16-10-3-3 career record and $2,870,000 in earnings. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, she was purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 April Sale. watch her under tack video

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Imaginary Stables and Glenn Ellis’ War Story pressed the pace early in Saturday’s $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3), fought back when headed in the stretch and won by a head. It’s the fourth stakes victory for the 7-year-old gelding by Northern Afleet, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2014 OBS March Sale, where he turned in an eighth in :10 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Jorge Navarro, he’s now 35-7-6-5 and has earned $2,885,305 to date. watch his under tack video

 

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Lucky Man Racing LLC’s Justaholic sat just off the pace in Monmouth’s $78,000 Wolf Hill Stakes on Saturday, collared the leaders in the stretch and wore them down late to win by a length. It’s the second straight win and first stakes score for the 4-year-old son of Justin Phillip, trained by Thomas A. Clark, now 8-4-2-1 with $139,000 in earnings. He was purchased for $40,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video

 

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Altamira Racing Stable and Slam Dunk Racing’s Painting Corners stalked the early leader of Del Mar’s $116,504 Daisycutter Stakes on Saturday, took over in the stretch and eased away late to score by three quarters of a length. It’s the second stakes win this year for the 5-year-old Florida-bred graded stakes placed daughter of Pleasant Strike, trained by Peter Miller, now 20-7-2-4 with $319,338 in earnings. She was purchased for $40,000 out of the Woodside Ranch consignment at the 2016 April Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Seven Trumpets pressed the pace in Sunday’s $76,000 Good Lord Stakes at Ellis Park, took command in the lane and held off a late charge to win by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old graded stakes placed colt by Morning Line, now 14-4-3-1 with $446,945 in earnings for trainer Dale Romans.  He breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased for $205,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. watch his under tack video

Charles Hovitz’s Vangilder stepped into stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $70,000 Charles Taylor Derby at Albuquerque, circled seven wide to reach contention in the stretch and was up in the final yards to win by three quarters of a length. The 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Paynter, consigned to the 2018 OBS March Sale by Best A Luck Farm, Agent, breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was sold for $30,000. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he’s now 8-3-1-0 and has earned $97,262 to date. watch his under tack video

OBS grads cap big week at Saratoga with one-two finish in Stillwater Stakes

Saratoga is always a showcase for 2-year-olds and OBS graduates are off to a strong start at the 2019 meeting.

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Gold Square LLC’s My Italian Rabbi is two for two and a stakes winner after chasing fellow OBS graduate Fierce Lady (March ’19) from the start of Thursday’s $100,000 Stillwater Stakes at Saratoga, battling her down the stretch and beating her by a nose in the last jump. The 2-year-old daughter of Competitive Edge, trained by Jeremiah Englehart, has earned $89,100 to date. She was purchased for $60,000 out of the Summerfield consignment at the 2018 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

 

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An hour later, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Peter Searles and Patty Searles’ City Man came from off the pace, swung wide for the drive, took over in deep stretch and drew away late to take a $78,000 Maiden Special Weight test by three lengths. It was the first start for the 2-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was sold to Reeves Thoroughbreds for $185,000 by Off the Hook LLC, Agent, at the 2019 April Sale. Trained by Christophe Clement, the win was worth $42,900. watch his under tack video

 

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On Wednesday, Carl R. Moore’s Just Fly, with two starts under her belt at Churchill Downs, put the experience to good use in a $75,000 Maiden Special Weight dash, taking charge on the turn and drawing away in the stretch to score by 4-3/4 lengths. The 2-year-old daughter of Justin Phillip, trained by Joe Sharp, has earned $52,935. Consigned to the 2019 March Sale by Stephens Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, she was sold for $40,000 after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch her under tack video

 

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Later that afternoon, trainer Mark Casse unveiled Gary Barber’s Violent Point, who went to the lead at the start of a $78,000 Maiden Special Weight test and never looked back, scoring by six lengths in her first trip to the post. The win was worth $42,900 to the 2-year-old daughter of Violence, sold for $65,000 by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale.

 

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Shea D. Boy’s Stable’s Bank On Shea got the ball rolling in his debut last Sunday, saving ground early, coming out for the drive, making the lead late and easing away to a three quarter length victory in a $78,000 Maiden Special test. The 2-year-old Central Banker colt breezed and Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $110,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2019 April Sale. Trained by Jason Servis, the win was worth $42,900. watch his under tack video

 

Pamina wins Woodbine’s Ontario Matron Stakes

Augustin Stable’s Pamina rated nicely in the early going of Saturday’s $151,200 Ontario Matron Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, circled horses to reach contention in the lane, opened daylight a furlong from home and held off a late charge to win by a head. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE), who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before she was purchased for $330,000 out of the Halcyon Hammock Farm consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. Now 10-4-3-0 for trainer Michael Dickinson, she has earned $189,271 to date. watch her under tack video

Gelfenstein Farm, Albert Crawford & Michelle Crawford’s Archidust stepped into stakes company for the first time in the $78,000 My Frenchman Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth, charged from off the pace to take command in the stretch and drew away late to score by 2-3/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Credit Swap (April ’18). Trained by Jorge Navarro, the 3-year-old colt by Verrazano is now 7-3-1-1 and has earned $107,800. Consigned by Whitman Sales LLC, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, he breezed an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show before he was sold to Juan Pacanins, Agent, for $300,000. watch his under tack video

Merriebelle Stable LLC’s Viva Vegas picked up her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Indiana General Assembly Distaff Stakes on Saturday at Indiana Grand, swinging wide for the drive after saving ground early, taking over in the stretch and easing away to a two length win. The graded stakes placed 5-year-old mare by The Factor was sold for $190,000 by Kim Harrison (Top Speed Farm), Agent, at the 2015 OBS Winter Mixed Sales. Trained by Ignacio Correas, IV, she’s now 25-4-6-3 and has earned $243,585 to date.

Mens Grille Racing’s Ghoul’s Night Out tracked the early leaders in Sunday’s $75,000 Jameela Stakes at Laurel, closed steadily when set down for the drive and was up in the final yards to score by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, trained by Hamilton Smith, leaving her with a 23-5-7-3 career record and earnings of $238,481. After working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, she was purchased by Patrice Miller, EQB, Inc., Agent, for $150,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at the 2016 OBS April Sale. watch her under tack video

Mark Norman and Normand Stables LLC’s Shes Our Fastest sat just off the pace in the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes at Lone Star Park on Sunday, wore down the leaders in the drive and scored by three quarters of a length. That’s four stakes wins for the 4-year-old daughter of Oratory, who 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. Now 19-6-5-3 for trainer Scott Gelner, she has earned $238,110. watch her under tack video

 

Stirling Drive leads OBS sweep of Gulfstream’s Not Surprising Stakes

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N. T. S. Stable, Inc’s Stirling Drive led a 1-2-3 OBS April sweep of Saturday’s $100,000 Not Surprising Stakes at Gulfstream, tracking the lead early, taking command in the stretch and holding off a late charge by Art G Is Back (April ’18) by a neck, with Forever Mo (April ’18) a  nose back in third. It’s the second stakes win for 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Verrazano, purchased for $75,000 out of the Off the Hook consignment at the 2018 April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat. Now 14-3-0-2 for trainer Milton Wolfson, he has earned $182,740 to date. watch his under tack video

OBS grads picked up a pair of stakes wins at Prairie Meadows on Saturday night.

In the $65,000 Cyclones Handicap, Claim To Fame Stable’s Net Gain came from last of six, circled horses into the stretch and ran past the leaders late to score by a length. It’s the second straight win and fouth stakes victory for the 7-year-old son of Include, trained by Clinton C. Stuart, now 46-8-7-10 with earnings of $478,256. He turned in 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 April Sale. watch his under tack video

Half an hour later, Doubledown Stables, Inc.’s Shanghai Tariff pressed the pace in the $100,000 Saylorville Stakes, took command on the turn, opened a big lead in the stretch and cruised home a winner by 2-1/2 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old filly by Shanghai Bobby, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in:10 1/5 before she was sold for $100,000 by RiceHorse Stables (Brandon & Ali Rice), Agent, at the 2017 OBS March Sale. Trained by Jim DiVito, she’s now 17-5-5-2 and has earned $327,845. watch her under tack video

Henley’s Joy scores in the Belmont Derby Invitational

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Bloom Racing Stable LLC’s Henley’s Joy had the leaders in his sights on the backstretch of Saturday’s $1,000,000 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1), came off the hedge to challenge turning for home, took the lead in the final sixteenth and eased away to a three quarter length victory. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Kitten’s Joy, closing in on a million with earnings of $953,160 for trainer Mike Maker and sporting an 11-4-3-0 career record. He breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5 before he was purchased for $50,000 out of the Cary Frommer consignment at the 2018 April Sale. watch his under tack video

 

Take Command takes Gulfstream’s Carry Back Stakes

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Tropic Lightning Racing LLC’s Take Command moved to the leaders with a rush nearing the head of the stretch in Saturday’s $75,000 Carry Back Stakes at Gulfstream, took charge in the final furlong and drew away late to a four length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Field Commission, trained by Teresa Pompay, now 7-3-0-1 with $119,738 in earnings. Consigned by Kim Harrison (Top Speed Farm) to the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale, he was sold to Tropic Lightning Racing for $12,000.

Tae In Lee’s Dolkong was far back turning for home in Sunday’s $519,504 Mayor’s Cup Stakes at Busan in Korea, but closed steadily down the middle of the track, took the lead in deep stretch and scored by three quarters of a length. It’s the second stakes win for the 5-year-old graded stakes placed son of Afleet Alex, purchased for $35,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment at the 2016 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. Trained by Simon Foster, he’s now 18-8-3-2 and has earned over $1.4-million.  watch his under tack video       video of the race

June grad Seeking the Soul scores in Churchill’s Stephen Foster

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After saving ground early, Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Soul swung outside for the drive in Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, closed steadily down the stretch and was up in the final yards to score by a neck. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul (IRE), who earned a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), improved his career record to 27-7-6-1, and increased his earnings to $3,335,802. He was consigned by McKathan Bros., Agent, to the 2015 OBS June Sale, where he went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video

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Michael Lund Petersen’s Mucho Gusto tracked the leaders on the outside in Sunday’s $100,351 Affirmed Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, took command turning for home, opened a daylight lead in the stretch and cruised home a winner by 2-1/4 lengths. It’s the second straight graded stakes win for the the 3-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, to the 2018 OBS March Sale, where he went through the ring after working an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Now 7-5-1-1 for trainer Bob Baffert, he has earned $430,800 to date. watch his under tack video

 

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Next Wave Racing, BG Stables and Dario Bernardi’s Supercommittee moved to take charge on the turn in Saturday’s $100,000 Ginger Punch Stakes at Gulfstream, turned for home in front, then drew away down the stretch and scored by five lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Passion Plus (August ’16) checked in third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by The Factor, purchased for $80,000 out of the Journeyman Bloodstock consignment at the 2016 OBS August Selected Yearling Sale. Trained by Robert Falcone, Jr. she’s now 13-4-3-3 and has earned $207,549. Selected Sale conformation photo

Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing’s Kingsport came from off the pace to reach the leaders a furlong from home in Saturday’s $100,000 Steady Growth Stakes at Woodbine, put his head in front and held on gamely from there to win by a neck. That’s ten stakes wins for the 7-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $45,000 out of the RiceHorse Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS June Sale. Now 32-12-7-3 for trainer Sid Attard, he has earned $740,963 to date. watch his under tack video

Larry Pratt and Dave Alden’s Doctor Mounty moved to the outside on the turn in Laurel’s $100,000 Prince George’s County Stakes on Sunday, surged to the lead with a rush nearing the wire and scored going away by a length. It’s the third stakes win for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning son of Street Sense, purchased for $170,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2015 OBS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. Trained by Shug McGaughey, he’s now 29-6-8-4 and has earned $499,920.  watch his under tack video

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC, Darsan, Inc., Bethlehem Stables LLC and David Simon’s A Bit of Both led every step of the way in the $79,500 Honey Bee Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park, ducked out turning for home but was much the best, winning by 2-1/2 lengths. That’s four straight wins for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Paynter, now 5-4-1-0 for trainer Jason Servis with $175,610 in earnings. She was sold by breeder Darsan, Inc. for $10,000 at the 2017 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

Mom’s On Strike captures Churchill’s Mint Julep Stakes

Carl R. Moore Management LLC and Brad Grady’s Mom’s On Strike saved ground early in Saturday’s $125,000 Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, came out for the drive, took the lead late and was best by a neck.  It’s the second graded stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred daughter of First Dude, a two time OBS graduate. She went through the ring at the 2014 August Yearling Sale and then turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was purchased for $75,000 out of the Best A Luck Farm consignment at the 2015 April Sale.  Trained by Joe Sharp, she’s now 20-7-6-1 and has earned $594,550 to date. watch her under tack video 

Skychai Racing Kendall E. Hansen and Sand Dollar Stable’s Fast and Accurate rallied from off the pace to take charge of Sunday’s $100,000 Robellino Stakes at Penn National after straightening away in  the stretch, then drew away to score by 5-1/2  lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Driven to Compete (April ’16) checked in third. It’s the fifth stakes win for the 5-year-old graded stakes winning son of Hansen, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $85,000 from Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2016 OBS April Sale. Now 23-7-5-3 for trainer Mike Maker, he has earned $622,827. watch his under tack video

Monarch Stable’s Art G Is Back sat just off the lead in the early going of Gulfstream’s $75,000 Thirsty Fish Stakes on Sunday, took command in the final furlong and drew off to a two length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Exchange Rate, purchased for $90,000 out of the Craig L. Wheeler consignment at the 2018 OBS April Sale. Trained by Ronald Spatz, he’s now 8-2-2-2 and has earned $123,275.  watch his under tack video

Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC’s Taylor’s Spirit stalked the leader in the $61,750 Panthers Stakes at Prairie Meadows on Thursday, took over in the lane and eased away to a 2-3/4 length victory. That’s five stakes wins for the 3-year-old filly by Algorithms, now 10-5-2-1 for trainer Scott Gelner, with $230,730 in earning, she has earned $191,730 to date. She was sold for $80,000 by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2018 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

OBS grads win three Grade Ones at Belmont Day

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William & Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole pressed a rapid early pace in the $1.2-million Metropolitan Handicap (G1), took the lead after three quarters in 1:08 1/5 and held off stretch runs by McKinzie and Thunder Snow to score by three quarters of a length. The time for the mile  was 1:32 3/5.  It’s the seventh straight win and third graded victory for the 4-year-old colt by Eskendereya, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 11-8-2-1 and the latest OBS millionaire with earnings of $1,642,910. Consigned to the 2017 OBS April Sale by Grassroots Training & Sales, he was sold for $140,000 after an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. watch his under tack video

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Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou saved ground early in the $700,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1), came out for the drive, ran past Come Dancing in the upper stretch then drew away to win by 3-1/2 lengths. It’s the ninth graded stakes victory for the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 April Sale after working an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Also trained by Steve Asmussen, she’s now 15-9-3-3 and has earned $2,780,000 to date. watch her under tack video

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Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s World of Trouble took the lead right after the break in the $400,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G1), opened a clear lead after a half in :43 4/5 and refused to yield down the stretch, scoring by a length and three quarters after six furlongs on the turf in 1:06 1/5. That’s five straight stakes wins for the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, consigned by Darsan Inc., Agent, to the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale. Now 13-9-2-1 for trainer Jason Servis, he has earned $1,263,300.