Clint Gasaway, Lance Gasaway, Madaket Stables LLC and Wonder Stables’ Wells Bayou joined the leaders of the 3-year-old division on Saturday, taking the lead shortly after the start of the $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds and never looking back en route to victory by a length and a half. It’s the first stakes win for the son of Lookin At Lucky, now 5-3-1-0 with $845,293 in earnings for trainer Brad Cox. Consigned by Whitman Sales, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, he was purchased by Lance Gasaway for $105,000 after turning in an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video
OBS graduates won four other stakes races on the Louisiana Derby undercard.
The 2019 Louisiana Derby (G2) winner, Allied Racing Stable, LLC’s By My Standards, returned for the $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (G2) and sat just off the pace, took over after turning for home and eased away to a three length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year old colt by OBS graduate Goldencents, trained by Bret Calhoun, now 8-4-2-1 and closing in on a million with $921,910 in earnings. Consigned to the 2018 OBS April Sale by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent, he was sold to J. Stevens Bloodstock, Agent, for $150,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. watch his under tack video
Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This went right to the front in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic and stayed there to the wire, drawing away in the stretch to a three length victory. It’s the second straight graded stakes score and third stakes win for the 5-year-old horse by The Factor, purchased for $11,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Also trained by Brad Cox, he’s now 28-9-3-4 and has earned $725,030 to date. watch his under tack video
William and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Vacherie Girl was much the best in the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks, coming from off the pace, taking command in the final furlong and drawing off to win by 3-1/2 lengths. That’s two stakes wins for the 3-year-old daughter of Tapiture, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 5-3-0-1 with earnings of $143,307. A two time OBS graduate, she was sold first by Pelican State Thoroughbreds as a yearling at the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $87,000 out of the Paul Sharp consignment at the 2019 June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video
Ivery Sisters Racing’s Monte Man stalked the pace in the $75,000 Costa Rising Stakes, battled for the lead in the stretch and proved best by a length at the finish. It’s the seventh stakes win for the 7-year-old gelding by Custom for Carlos, winner of the 2018 renewal of the Costa Rising and second in the race last year. Sold for $125,000 by Royal Thoroughbred International at the 2015 OBS March Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, he’s now 39-14-7-5 for trainer Ron Faucheux, and has earned $582,441 to date. watch his under tack video
Cara Oliver’s Hear My Prayer led from gate to wire in Saturday’s $75,000 Melody of Colors Stakes at Gulfstream, drawing clear in the stretch and winning by a length and three quarters. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by The Big Beast, trained by David Fisher, now 5-3-0-0 with earnings of $90,310. Consigned by Camelot Acres Racing and Sales, Agent, she went through the ring at the 2018 OBS October Yearling Sale.
B.C.W.T. Ltd.’s Long Weekend scored a wire to wire victory in the $90,000 Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, opening up in the stretch and cruising to a 4-3/4 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old son of Majesticperfection, purchased for $225,000 by Lauren Carlisle, Agent, out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 3/5. Now 4-3-0-0 for trainer Tom Amoss, he has earned $133,928 to date. watch his under tack video