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Big day for OBS at the Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream Park

OBS graduates enjoyed a big day on Saturday at Sunshine Millions Day at Gulfstream Park, posting four stakes wins that included a 1-2-3 sweep of the Distaff Stakes and one-two finishes in the Classic and Sprint Stakes.

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Team Valor International’s Mexikoma circled wide on the turn for home in the $250, 000 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes, collared front running fellow OBS graduate Mr. Jordan (April ’14, August ’13) coming to the sixteenth pole, then eased away in the final yards and beat him by a length and a half. It’s the first stakes win for the lightly raced 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Birdstone, who sped a quarter in :21 1/5 at the 2013 OBS April Sale’s Under Tack Show before being purchased for $55,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment. Trained by Michael Dilger, he’s now 11-4-1-2 and has earned $290,554. watch his under tack video 

Manchurian High the Sunshine Millions Turf
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Lilli Kurtinecz’s Manchurian High successfully defended his title in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes, putting in a late charge to catch and beat Reporting Star by half a length. The pair were also one-two in the 2015 renewal. That’s three stakes wins for the 8-year-old gelding by The Daddy, trained by his owner, leaving him 40-10-3-9 with $479,013 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, Manchurian High went through the ring at the 2008 Fall Mixed Sale before being sold for $1,000 by Hoofprints Bloodstock, Agent, at the 2009 August Sale.

Reporting Star is slated to go on the block on Thursday, January 28th as Hip No. 639, the final horse in the Horses of Racing Age section of the 2016 OBS Winter Mixed Sale. The 6-year-old graded stakes winning son of Circular Quay has a 27-6-7-8 record and has earned $617,746. (Past Performances)

Momz Laugh credit Kenny Martin
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A. Bianco Holding’s Mom’z Laugh led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes, taking command a quarter from home and holding off You Bought Her (April ’12) by a head, with Legal Laura (August ’12) settling for third. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ), trained by Marcus Vitali, now 17-6-1-4 with earnings of $277,650. A two time OBS graduate, she was purchased by Northwest Stud out of the Pleasant Acres Farm consignment at the 2013 August Yearling sale. Consigned by Northwest Stud to the 2014 April Sale, she breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 before going to A. Bianco Holdings for $50,000. watch her under tack video  Selected Sale conformation photo

X Y Jet credit Kenny Martin (1)
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Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet went straight to the front and never looked back in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes, scoring by 4-1/4 lengths over fellow OBS graduate Wildcat Red (June ’13) after six furlongs in a snappy 1:08 2/5. It’s the second straight stakes victory and fourth win in a row for the two time OBS graduate, first consigned by Two Sharp Hats to the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale before they sold him for $56,000 at the 2013 August Yearling Sale. The 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, trained by Jorge Navarro, is now 13-5-5-1 and has earned $304,893 to date. Selected Sale conformation photo