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American Anthem leads 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Santa Anita’s San Carlos Stakes

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WinStar Farm LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, China Horse Club & SF Racing LLC’s American Anthem battled head to head with fellow OBS graduate St. Joe Bay (June ’14, Jan ’13) from the start of Saturday’s $251,035 San Carlos Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, took a short lead in mid-stretch then held his rival off late to win by a head. Horse Greedy (March ’15, August ’14) completed a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the race. It’s the third graded stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Bodemeister, trained by Bob Baffert, now 10-5-1-2 with $673,945 in earnings. He was purchased for $435,000 out of the Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co. consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.  watch his under tack video

Frederick J. Seitz, Danny Ward and John D. Stephens’s Altamura tried stakes company in Laurel’s $75,000 M. Tyson Gilpin Stakes on Saturday after breaking his maiden last time out, circled horses on the turn to reach contention and got up in the final yards to score by a head. The 3-year-old daughter of Artie Schiller was consigned to the 2017 OBS April Sale by Stephens Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, where she breezed an eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by John D. Stephens, she’s now 4-2-0-0 and has earned $68,750. watch her under tack video

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Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Willis Horton Racing LLC’s Bano Solo made his debut on Saturday, went right to the lead in a five furlong maiden special weight test, shook off the field turning for home and cruised to a three length victory for trainer Steve Asmussen. The 2-year-old colt by back to back Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winning OBS graduate Goldencents was sold for $400,000 by Hoby & Layna Kight at the the 2018 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 1/5, the sale’s fastest at the distance. He earned $30,600 for the victory.  watch his under tack video


John C. Oxley’s Catherinethegreat settled for second in her debut on April 26, but she put the lesson to good use in her second start on Saturday at Gulfstream, taking command of a five furlong maiden special weight dash on the turn and romping from there to a 10-1/4 length victory in :57.83.  The 2-year filly by Uncaptured, who also raced for Mr. Oxley, was purchased for $170,000 out of the Turtle Pond Farm consignment, topping the 2017 OBS October Open Sale of Yearlings. Trained by Mark Casse, she has earned $53,800 to date.