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April grad Bobby Abu Dhabi takes Santa Anita’s Kona Gold Stakes

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Rockingham Ranch and David A. Bersen LLC’s OBS April graduate Bobby Abu Dhabi was up close in the early going of Santa Anita’s $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) on Saturday, took over turning for home, opened up daylight in the stretch and hit the wire the winner by a length and a quarter. Fellow OBS graduate Blameitonthelaw (March ’15) checked in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Macho Uno, consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC to the 2016 April Sale, where he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before going to Rockingham for $335,000. Now 8-4-2-0 for trainer Peter Miller, he has earned $345,100 to date.  watch his under tack video

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My Purple Haze Stables’ Retonova is two for two and a stakes winner after rallying  to take charge of Sunday’s $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct a furlong from home and drawing off to win by 2-3/4 lengths. The 3-year-old gelding by Boys at Toscanova, trained by Chris Englehart, has earned $93,000 to date. After breezing three eighths in :35 flat at the Under Tack Show, he was purchased for $20,000 out of the Eversole Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 OBS June Sale.  watch his under tack video


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Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form scored her second stakes victory on Sunday at Aqueduct, leading from gate to wire en route to a 6-1/4 length win in the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes. The 3-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, who broke her maiden in Belmont’s Miss Grillo Stakes (G3) last fall, was purchased for $575,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat. Now 4-2-0-0 for trainer Chad Brown, she has earned $237,445 to date. watch her under tack video