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Blended Citizen, Mr Melody post graded stakes wins

Greg Hall and Sayjay Racing LLC’s Blended Citizen moved to the leaders in the turn of Saturday’s $202,400 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park, slipped inside horses in the lane and got up in deep stretch to score by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Proud Citizen, trained by Doug O’Neill, now 8-2-0-2 with $167,054 in earnings. Consigned by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2017 OBS March Sale, he breezed a quarter in :22 1/5 before he was purchased for $85,000. watch his under tack video

Green Fields Co Ltd.’s Mr Melody sat just off the pace in the early going of the Chunichi Sports Sho Falcon Stakes (G3) at Japan’s Chukyo Racecourse on Saturday, wore down the leaders in the stretch and was a length and a quarter clear at the wire. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Scat Daddy, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased by Narvick International for $400,000 out of the Harris Training Center consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale. Now 5-3-2-0 for trainer Hideaki Fujiwara, he has earned $563,390 (US) to date.  watch his under tack video

Zayat Stables LLC’s Dontmesswithjoanne was well off the pace in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday, but circled horses on the turn, took command in the final furlong and won going away by 2-3/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile, trained by Brad Cox, leaving her with an 11-4-3-1 career record and $158,695 in earnings. She was purchased for $87,000 out of the Summerfield Sales consignment at the 2015 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

Andreas Psarras’ Mother of Dragons picked up her first stakes victory on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, coming from off the pace and closing relentlessly down the stretch to get up and win the $54,650 Camilla Urso Stakes by half a length. The 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of First Dude, trained by her owner, is now 6-4-0-1 and has earned $84,915 to date. She was sold as a yearling for $3,000 by Beth Bayer, Agent, at the 2015 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.