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Deland captures Gulfstream’s Coast is Clear Stakes

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Ricardo R. Vallejo’s Deland, a multiple graded stakes winner in Puerto Rico, picked up his first stakes win since returning to the mainland, coming from off the pace to take command of Sunday’s $75,000 Coast is Clear Stakes at Gulfstream a furlong from home and drawing off to win by two lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Hy Riverside (April ’14) checked in third. It’s the fifth stakes victory for the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of Gottcha Gold, consigned by Hawks Nest LLC to the 2013 OBS August Yearling Sale where he was purchased by Greg Jackson, Agent for Ruben Vallejo, for $12,000. Trained by Victor Barboza, Jr., he’s now 21-11-6-2 and has earned $268,249.

Mark Norman & Norman Stables LLC’s Taylor’s Spirit is two for two and a stakes winner after going head to head with fellow OBS graduate Agai’s Cait (March ’18) for half a mile in Friday’s $65,000 Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes at Prairie Meadows, getting the better of her rival in the stretch and beating her to the wire by 3-3/4 lengths. The 2-year-old filly by Algorithms, who broke her maiden by 13-3/4 lengths, has earned $57,480 to date for trainer Scott Gelner, who purchased her for $80,000 from Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, at the 2018 OBS April Sale after she breezed an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.’s Alliford Bay romped to her fourth straight stakes win on Saturday, leading at every call and taking the $66,250 California Governor’s Cup Handicap at Sacramento by three lengths. That’s six stakes victories for the 4-year-old daughter of City Zip, now 12-7-1-1 with $192,247 in earnings for trainer Blaine Wright. She worked an Under Tack eighth in  :10 1/5 before she was purchased for $150,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2016 OBS April Sale.  watch her under tack video