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Up the Ante wins Belmont’s Manila Stakes

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Castleton Lyons’ Up the Ante got the long holiday weekend off to a nice start, taking the lead at the start of the $100,000 Manila Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park on July 4th and leading all the way, drawing away in the stretch to a 3-1/2 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Smart Strike, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased for $350,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale. Now 6-3-1-0 for trainer Christophe Clement, he has earned $157,385 to date.  watch his under tack video

Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing’s Kingsport was last of five in the early going of Sunday’s $100,000 Shepperton Stakes at Woodbine, but rallied down the stretch, came between horses a sixteenth from home and was best by a length and a half at the wire, snapping the eleven race win streak of 1-9 favorite Pink Lloyd, who settled for third.  It’s the sixth stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew, winner of the Shepperton in 2016. Now 26-8-7-3 for trainer Sid Attard, he has earned $553,796 to date. He worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before he was purchased for $45,000 out of the RiceHorse Stables consignment at the 2014 OBS June Sale. watch his under tack video

Juddmonte Farms’ Golden Mischief moved up four wide to take control of Friday’s $100,000 Saylorville Stakes at Prairie Meadows at the head of the stretch then drew away down the stretch to win by five lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Swing and Sway (March ’16) checked in third. That’s five stakes wins for the 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, consigned by SBM Training and Sales, Agent, to the 2016 OBS March Sale, where she turned in an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now trained by Brad Cox, she’s 19-8-3-0 and has earned $469,400 to date.  watch her under tack video

Brad Cox also trains Steve Landers Racing LLC’s Big Changes,  who tracked the leader in Saturday’s $50,000 John Henry Stakes at Evangeline Downs, battled for the lead down the lane and scored by a length. It’s the second stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Midshipman, now 18-6-5-1 with $275,350 in earnings. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by Crowes Nest Farm at the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased by Steve Landers for $170,000 out of the Pick View LLC consignment at the 2014 April Sale after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. watch his under tack video