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Wonder Gadot wins Woodbine’s Queen’s Plate

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Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot added blinkers before taking on the boys in Saturday’s $1,008,000 Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine and the 3-year-old graded stakes winning daughter of Medaglia d’Oro found the view to her liking, moving to the leaders on the outside on the turn, taking charge a quarter mile from home and bounding away in the stretch to win by 4-3/4 lengths. She’s the second OBS graduate to capture the Canadian classic. Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Sir Dudley Digges (June ’15) won the 2016 renewal. The latest millionaire OBS graduate, Wonder Gadot is now 12-4-4-3 for trainer Mark Casse and has earned $1,199,053 to date. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 before she was purchased for $325,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2017 April Sale. watch her under tack video

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Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC & Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou pressed fellow OBS graduate Road to Victory (April ’17) in the early going of the $237,500 Mother Goose Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park, took command at the head of the stretch and drew off down the lane to beat her by six lengths. It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds to the2017 OBS April Sale, where she breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before going to Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000. Now in the care of trainer Steve Asmussen, she has compiled a 7-4-2-1 record and has earned $$691,000. watch her under tack video

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Rockingham Ranch & Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet showed no ill effects from his recent trip to Dubai, where he was caught at the wire by fellow OBS graduate Mind Your Biscuits (April ’15) in the Golden Shaheen (G1), bouncing right to the front in Gulfstream’s $272,500 Smile Sprint Stakes (G3) and never looking back en route to a 2-1/4 length victory. OBS graduates Sweetontheladies (April ’16) and Petrov (June ’16) were moved up to second and third by the stewards. That’s seven stakes wins for the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of Kantharos, now 22-10-7-2 for trainer Jorge Navarro with $1,558,663 in earnings. A two time OBS graduate, he was first consigned by Two Sharp Hats to the 2013 Winter Mixed Sale before they sold him for $56,000 at the 2013 August Selected Yearling Sale. Selected Sale conformation photo

John C. Oxley and Meadowview Farm LLC’s Ride a Comet had only one horse beaten early in Woodbine’s $105,200 Charlie Barley Stakes, but the 3-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) advanced on the turn, caught the leaders a sixteenth from home and eased away to a 2-3/4 length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Elusive Mischief (April ’17, August ’16) settled for third. Trained by Mark Casse, his first stakes win leaves him with an 8-4-0-0 career record and earnings of $131,856. Consigned by Flying Fish, Agent to the 2017 OBS April Sale, he breezed an eighth in :10 flat before he was sold for $375,000. watch his under tack video

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Wilfredo Agusti, Jr.’s War Giant stepped into stakes company for the first time in the $75,000 Carry Back Stakes at Gulfstream, took the lead at the start and led all the way, coasting home to a 5-3/4 length victory. Three for three this year for trainer Oscar Gonzalez, the 3-year-old colt by Data Link is a two time OBS graduate, consigned by Azpurua Stables to both the 2016 August Selected Sale of Yearlings and the 2017 March Sale where he worked an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5. He’s now 5-3-0-0 and has earned $87,790.  Selected Sale conformation photo  watch his under tack video

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JAL Racing’s Alter Moon picked up her first stakes win on Saturday at Gulfstream, taking the lead on the turn of the $75,000 Azalea Stakes and drawing away smartly down the stretch to a five length victory. Fellow OBS graduate Starship Bonita (March ’17, August ’16) checked in third. It’s the second straight win for 3-year-old filly by Alternation. She was purchased for $22,000 out of the SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa) consignment at the 2017 OBS June Sale after an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. Trained by Jose D. Velez, she’s now 7-3-2-0 and has earned $128,255. watch her under tack video

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc.’s C Z Rocket sat just off the pace in the early gong of the $68,130 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday, blew past the leaders approaching the eighth pole and drew off to a four length victory, running the seven furlongs in a sprightly 1:21 2/5. Fellow OBS graduate Warrior’s Club (April ’16) checked in third. It’s the first stakes win for the lightly raced 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by City Zip, purchased in 2016 out of the Stephens Thoroughbred consignment for an OBS June Sale record $800,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :21 1/5. Now 6-4-0-1 for trainer Albert Stall, Jr., he has earned $164,075.   watch his under tack video