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Jack Milton, Scarlet Strike score in graded stakes

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Gary Barber’s Jack Milton made his stakes debut in Friday’s $100, 000 Transylvania Stakes (G3) at Keeneland, took the lead a furlong from home and held off a late charge by Up With the Birds to win by a neck. Consigned by Eddie Woods to the 2012 OBS March Sale, the 3-year-old colt by War Front has two wins and a second in three trips to the post and has earned $93,900 to date. watch his under tack video



John Carver, Jerry Hollendorfer & Green Smith’s Scarlet Strike rallied from well off the pace in Saturday’s $150,000  Providencia Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, hit the front in deep stretch and scored by half a length, with fellow OBS graduate Sweet Red Cat (June ’12) checking in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Smart Strike, now 10-2-3-5 with earnings of $332,340. She was sold by Casse Sales, Agent, at the 2012 OBS March Sale. watch her under tack video

Rosa Stephany Taveras’ Sr. Quisqueyano got the best of fellow OBS graduate Speak Logistics (April ’12) in Saturday’s $250,000 Calder Derby, opening up turning for home and drawing off to a 7-1/2 length victory. That’s two stakes wins for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Exclusive Quality, now 10-4-4-0 with $319,950 in earnings. He was sold for $5,500 by Thoroughstock, Agent, at the 2011 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

Jim and Nanette McCullough’s unbeaten Wild About Chrome is five for five and a stakes winner after a one length victory over fellow OBS graduate Sneaking Uponyou (April ’08) in the $75,000 Hilton Garden/Hampton Inn Suites Sprint Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Indian Ocean, sold for $30,000 by breeder Bridlewood Farm at the 2010 OBS August Sale, has earned $83,790 to date. 

Lone Stable LLC’s Boy of Summer stepped into stakes company for the first time in Tampa’s $75,000 Journeyman Stud Sophomore Turf Stakes, came between horses at the eighth pole and hung on to win by a head. The 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Exclusive Quality is a two-time OBS graduate, sold at the 2011 August Yearling Sale before being purchased for $32,000 out of the Blue River Bloodstock consignment at the 2012 April Sale. He’s now 9-3-0-1 and has earned $89,010. watch his under tack video

Pinnacle Racing Stables and Bill Kaplan’s Putitinmypocket, overlooked at 26-1, circled the field on the turn before drawing off in deep stretch to a two length victory in the $75,000 Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Fellow OBS graduate Cotton Pickin (April ’12, August ’11) was tihird. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Put It Back, sold first at the 2011 OBS August Sale before being sold for $35,000 by Sescan LLC, Agent, at the 2012 April Sale. Her first stakes win leaves her win a 12-2-4-1 record and $103,352 in earnings. watch her under tack video