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Country Grammer captures the Peter Pan on opening day at Saratoga

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Paul P. Pompa Jr.’s Country Grammer slipped through on the rail to go after the leaders turning for home in Thursday’s $100,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3) on opening day at Saratoga. Headed after taking a short lead inside the eighth pole, he came again in the final yards and was best by a neck at the wire. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Tonalist, now 5-2-0-1 with earnings of $117,320 for trainer Chad Brown. After turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat, he was purchased for $450,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale. watch his under tack video

Three more 2019 OBS Spring Sale graduates posted stakes wins Wednesday night at Canterbury Park.

Kevin Marko, Last Call Racing Partnership, Union Park Thoroughbreds, LLC and Cherrywood Racing Stables II’s Summer Assault sat just off the pace in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Derby, came between horses to go after the leaders in the lane and scored by a length over fellow OBS graduate Angelus Warrior, who got up late for second. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old gelding by Summer Front, trained by Michele Boyce, now 6-3-1-1 with $96,900 in earnings. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC to the 2019 OBS Spring Sale, he was sold for $45,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video

WSS Racing LLC and Hooties Racing LLC’s Ask Bailey scored her first stakes win in the $50,000 Northbound Pride Oaks, trailing early, circling horses on the turn to reach contention, taking charge a furlong from home and drawing away to a 4-1/4 length victory. The graded stakes placed 3-year-old daughter of Run Away and Hide was purchased for $80,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at the 2019 Spring Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 6-2-2-1 for trainer Mike Maker, she has earned $184,114 to date. watch her under tack video

Carolyn Wilson’s Wellabled took the lead at the start of the $50,000 Honor the Hero Stakes and never looked back, turning back a challenge in the lane and scoring by half a length in a course record :54.77 for five furlongs on turf. It’s the fourth stakes win for the 6-year-old son of Shackleford, trained by Larry Rivelli, now 15-8-2-1 with earnings of $334,572. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2016 Spring Sale, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 2/5 prior to being sold for $340,000. watch his under tack video