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OBS grads post a pair of graded stakes wins on Sunday at Santa Anita

OBS graduates scored a graded stakes doubleheader at Santa Anita on Sunday after a 1-2-3 sweep of the My Dear Girl at Gulfstream on Saturday.

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Gary Barber, Tom Kagele and Madaket Stables LLC’s C Z Rocket pressed the pace in the $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2), wore down the leader in the lane and was best by a head. Fellow OBS graduate Collusion Illusion (April ’19) checked in third. That’s two straight graded stakes wins for the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of City Zip, trained by Peter Miller, now 22-9-1-2 with $551,641 in earnings. At the 2016 June Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased out of the Stephens Thoroughbred consignment for a then sale record $800,000. watch his under tack video

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Flawless Racing, Masino Racing Stable. Brian Flanagan and Michael Jarvis’ Cupid’s Claws stepped into stakes company for the first time in the $101,000 Tokyo City Cup Stakes (G3), and the 5-year-old gelded son of Kitten’s Joy rallied on the turn, took command in the stretch and drew off to a 7-1/4 length victory. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, to the 2017 April Sale, he breezed a quarter in :21 3/5 before he was sold for $90,000. Trained by Craig Dollase, the win leaves him with an 18-4-2-3 career record and $172,296 in earnings.  watch his under tack video


Daniel Pita’s Princess Secret led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire My Dear Girl Stakes at Gulfstream, charging wide on the turn, collaring frontrunning fellow OBS graduate Restofthestory (April ’20) turning for home, battling her the length of the stretch and scoring by a neck. Big Rings (June ’20) settled for third. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Khozan, consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock Services, Inc. (Brent & Crystal Fernung), Agent, to the 2019 October Selected Yearling Sale and sold to Manuel Pita for $30,000. Trained by her owner, she’s now 5-3-2-0 and has earned $434,300 to date. selected sale walking video

West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Taveler was unveiled by trainer Steve Asmussen on Friday at Pimlico in a six furlong maiden special weight dash. The 2-year-old colt by Munnings broke on top, set the pace, was turned loose after turning for home and galloped to a ten length victory. At the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat before he was purchased out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment by West Point for $140,000.  watch his under tack video    watch his walking video