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Celestine scores in Gulfstream’s Honey Fox Stakes

Celestine the Honey Fox credit Leslie Martin
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Phaedrus Flights LLC’s Celestine took the lead at the start of Saturday’s $300, 000 Honey Fox Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park and never looked back, shaking off a challenge on the turn and then opening up in deep stretch to a 3-1/4 length victory. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, trained by Bill Mott, giving her four stakes wins, an 11-5-2-1 record and earnings of $409,755.  Consigned by Gayle Woods on behalf of Phaedrus Flights to the 2014 OBS June Sale, her three eighths in :32 2/5 was the Under Tack Show’s fastest at the distance. watch her under tack video

Westside, Neil Haymes, Leo Rodriguez and Steve Rothblum’s Guns Loaded extended his winning streak on Saturday in Santa Anita’s $101,380 San Simeon Stakes (G3), taking command turning for home and easing away to a 1-1/4 length victory. It’s the first graded stakes win for the two time OBS graduate, sold by Equest Thoroughbreds, Inc. to Welcome Gate Farm at the 2012 August Sale and then resold by Welcome Gate for $175,000 at the 2013 April Sale after turning in a quarter in :21 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Doug O’Neill, his third straight win gives the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of D’wildcat a 26-8-3-4 record and $406,570 in earnings. watch his under tack video

Michael House’s Big John B., whose half sister by Broken Vow sells in the upcoming OBS April Sale as Hip No. 518, trailed in the early going of Santa Anita’s $100,690 Tokyo City Cup Stakes (G3) on Sunday, but moved up in the turn, took charge a furlong out and drew off to win by 2-1/4 lengths. It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Hard Spun, trained by Philip D’Amato, now 40-15-6-5 with earnings of $849,770. After working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 he was sold for $30,000 by Flying Fish, Agent, at the 2011 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Randy Patterson’s Maize Road tried stakes company for the first time in Sunday’s $100,000 Rainbow Stakes at Oaklawn Park, rallied to take the lead in mid-stretch and won going away by 3-1/2 lengths. The 3-year-old gelding by Afleet Alex was sold for $15,000 by Perrone Sales, Ltd., Agent for McDowell Farm, at the 2014 OBS Winter Mixed Sale. Trained by Randy Morse, he’s now 5-2-2-1 and has earned $119,800 to date.