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Illuminant scores in Santa Anita’s Monrovia Stakes

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Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Head of Plains Partners LLC and SF Racing LLC’s Illuminant moved up on the inside of Santa Anita’s downhill turf course in Saturday’s $201, 035 Monrovia Stakes (G2), took charge in the final furlong and scored by half a length. Fellow OBS graduate Anita Partner (IRE) (June ’14) checked in third. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Quality Road, now 14-6-2-1 with earnings of $536,243 for trainer Mike McCarthy.  Consigned by Don R. Graham to the 2014 OBS March Sale, she was purchased by Eclipse for $180,000 on the recommendation of Gary Young after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

After three straight wins, Kevin Attard and Soli Mehta’s Starship Jubilee tried stakes company for the first time in Woodbine’s $177,500 Nassau Stakes (G2) and she handled the raise in class with ease. Last after stumbling at the start, the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Indy Wind got rolling on the turn, found room between horses to take the lead at the head of the stretch and drew off to win by 2-1/2 lengths. Trained by Kevin Attard, she has five wins and a second this year, leaving her with a 13-7-1-0 career record and $204,839 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, she was sold by The Acorn at the 2014 August Yearling Sale then consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, to the 2015 April Sale where she breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

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Rockingham Ranch’s Stormy Liberal scored his fourth straight stakes win on Saturday in the $147,000 Daytona Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, putting his head in front in the stretch and hitting the wire in front by a neck. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $100,00 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS June Sale. Trained by Peter Miller, he’s now 20-7-6-1 and has earned $432,070 to date. watch his under tack video His half brother by Majestic Warrior (Hip No. 461) is cataloged in the upcoming OBS June Sale.

Michael Dubb, Nantucket Thoroughbred Partners, Bethlehem Stables LLC et al’s Offering Plan trailed in the early going of Saturday’s $125,000 Kingston Stakes at Belmont Park, but circled horses on the turn to reach contention, caught the leader a sixteenth from home and eased away to win by a length. It was the first start of the year for the 5-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 eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.  With three stakes wins and a 13-5-1-3 career record for trainer Chad Brown, he has earned $382,800 to date.  watch his under tack video

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Anthony J. Russo’s Money Or Love led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $75,000 Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream Park, forging past fellow OBS graduate R Kinsley Doll (March ’15) in deep stretch and beating her by three quarters of a length. Eva London (April ’15) closed to be third. It’s the first stakes win for the two-time OBS graduate, a 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by J Be K.  She was sold at the 2013 August Yearling Sale before she was purchased for $8,200 from Jesse Hoppel at the 2014 June Sale after working an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by her owner, she’s now 18-5-0-3 and has earned $131,945. watch her under tack video

Curtis Landry and Red Diamond Stable’s unbeaten Ruffenuff took the lead at the start of the $55,550 Chariot Chaser Handicap at Northlands Park and never looked back, scoring by a length and a half. It’s the third stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Dialed In, whose only defeat in six trips to the post was via disqualification. Trained by Greg Tracy, she has earned $90,416 to date. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2016 OBS April Sale, she breezed a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch her under tack video