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Southern Sis, Lookin to Strike score at the 2018 OBS Day of Racing

Trainer Mark Casse saddled the winners of the inaugural runnings of the OBS Sprint Stakes as the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company presented it’s 2018 November Day of Racing.

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Gary Barber’s Lookin to Strike came running late to edge Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Star Juancho in the shadow of the wire and win the $125,000 OBS Sprint by a nose, with Michael Dubb’s Yummy Bear a length back in third. Triple bug apprentice rider Declan Carroll picked up the first stakes win of his career aboard the graded stakes winning 3-year-old colt by Lookin At Lucky. The winner is a two-time OBS graduate, consigned by Select Sales to the 2016 Selected Yearling Sale and then sold at the 2017 April Sale by SBM Training & Sales, Agent, for $210,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. The victory leaves the winner with a 10-5-0-0 record and earnings of $195,644. watch his under tack video  Selected Sale conformation photo 

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In the $125,000 OBS Filly and Mare Sprint, Bill and Vicki Poston Racing’s Southern Sis, came flying in the final sixteenth to beat Averill Racing et al’s R Happy Ending by two lengths, with Westbury Stables’ Sierra Aleone a nose back in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Kantharos, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione. The time for the six furlongs was 1:09 2/5. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by Southern Cypress, Agent at the 2015 August Yearling Sale to the winning connections for $35,000. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales to the 2016 April Sale, she was bought back for $50,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 12-4-3-0, she has earned $194,432 to date. watch her under tack video

The first six races of the ten-race card were for quarter horses. In the first race, Rocio Lopez’ Eyes Have a Fortune was the winner by a nose, running the 220 yards in a track record :21.727. Trained by his owner, the 6-year-old gelding was ridden by Ruben Serna.

Despite delaying the start by his reluctance to enter the starting gate, Howard Kleinberg and Kelly Kleinberg’s Mr So So Comment was a one length winner of the second race, running 330 yards in :17.207. The 6-year-old gelding, trained by Howard Kleinberg, was ridden by Natasha Fritz.

The third race went to Myron McKinnon’s Toast to Clever Two by three quarters of a length, with David Boraco aboard for trainer Walter Lee Graham, running the 330 yards in :17.204.

The combination of McKinnon and Graham made it two in a row in the fourth, with Dlj Royal Flow scoring by a head.  The 4-year-old horse, ridden by Reynier Arrieta, ran 330 yards in :17.041.

The same connections scored their third win in a row in the fifth, with One Way Flight running 220 yards in :12.19 and winning by a head. Reynier Arrieta was aboard the 4-year-old gelding.

Rocio Lopez picked up her second win of the day in the sixth race, as Hesa Trickie Lad won by a length and survived a claim of foul, running the 220 yards in :12.006. Ruben Serna rode the 9-year-old gelding.

The seventh race was a six furlong race for maiden thoroughbreds, and it went to Jack Treadway and Ken Westlye’s Tellbuffy, who caught front-running Silver Springs in the final furlong and scored by a 4-1/2 lengths. The 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Telling, trained by Ken Westlye and ridden by Odilon Martinez, ran the distance in 1:13.

Race eight, a six furlong thoroughbred starter allowance, was won by Michaelle Bordis’ Circle Away, who rallied to get up in deep stretch and win going away by a length and a quarter, running the distance in 1:11 4/5. The 4-year-old gelding by Circular Quay, trained by Robert W. Bordis, was ridden by Raymond Torres.

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