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C Z Rocket leads parade of five Saturday stakes winners

OBS graduates scored in three stakes at Oaklawn and a pair at Keeneland on Saturday.

Gary Barber, Tom Kagele and Madaket Stables LLC’s C Z Rocket swept to the lead coming off the turn in the $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) and once again got the best of Sprint champion Whitmore, easing away late to beat him to the wire by two lengths. That’s five stakes wins for the 7-year-old Florida-bred son of City Zip, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased out of the Stephens Thoroughbred consignment at the 2016 OBS June Sale for a then sale record $800,000. Now 25-11-2-2 for trainer Peter Miller, he boosted his earnings to $1,311,641. watch his under tack video

Allied Racing Stable, LLC and Spendthrift Farm LLC’s By My Standards, idle since November, returned to work in fine form, leading a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile Stakes. The 5-year-old son of OBS graduate Goldencents chased the pace from the outside on the backstretch, charged down the stretch after fellow OBS graduate Rushie (March ’19) and caught him at the wire to win by a nose. Wells Bayou (March ’19) rallied to complete the OBS trifecta. Trained by Bret Calhoun, he now has five stakes wins, a 15-7-4-1 career record and has earned $2,069,430 to date. Consigned to the 2018 OBS April Sale by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent, he was sold to J. Stevens Bloodstock, Agent, for $150,000 after working an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video 

Hronis Racing LLC’s Edgeway picked up her first stakes victory in the $250,000 Carousel Stakes, taking charge in the stretch and holding off a late rally by even money favorite Frank’s Rockette by three quarters of a length. The 4-year-old filly by Competitive Edge, trained by John Sadler, is now 6-4-1-1 and has earned $307,200. She was purchased for $275,000 out of the Mayberry Farm consignment at the 2019 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video

Tom R. Durant’s Silver Dust pressed the pace in Keeneland’s $150,00 Ben Ali Stakes (G3), took over coming off the turn and held on gamely in the lane to score by half a length. It’s the fourth graded stakes win for the 7-year-old gelding by Tapit, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 before he was purchased for $510,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2016 OBS March Sale. Now 33-7-7-5 for trainer Bret Calhoun, he has earned $975,677. watch his under tack video

Horseshoe Racing LLC’s Change of Control relaxed off the pace early in Keeneland’s $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes, circled horses on the turn to reach contention, wore down fellow OBS graduate Into Mystic (April ’18) and was best by a length. It’s the second stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Fed Biz, purchased for $95,000 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2017 OBS Selected Yearling Sale. Trained by Michelle Lovell, she’s now 25-6-5-5 with $413,939 in earnings. Selected Sale conformation photo