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June graduate Celestine scores in Belmont’s Just a Game Stakes

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Adam Coglianese photo

With OBS June beginning this Tuesday, the sale got a boost when James A. Bryan, Jr.’s catalog cover girl Celestine took charge of Belmont’s $700,000 Just a Game Stakes (G1) turning for home and then drew off in the stretch to win by 3-3/4 lengths. The time for the mile on the turf was 1:31.63, one hundredth of a second off Elusive Quality’s 1996 track record. It’s the second straight graded stakes score for the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, trained by Bill Mott, and leaves her with a 12-6-2-1 record and earnings of $784,755. Consigned by Gayle Woods on behalf of Mr. Bryan’s Phaedrus Flights to the 2014 OBS June Sale, she breezed three eighths in :32 2/5 at the Under Tack Show, the sale’s fastest work at the distance. watch her under tack video