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Bella Sofia aces the Test at Saratoga

OBS June graduates posted a pair of graded stakes wins at Saratoga on Saturday.

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Michael Imperio, Vincent S. Scuderi, Sofia Soares, Gabrielle Farm, Mazel Stable Partners, LLC and Matthew J. Mercurio’s Bella Sofia stalked the leader from the start of the $500,000 Test Stakes (G1), took command after turning for home and galloped away down the stretch to score by 4-1/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old filly by Awesome Patriot, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, a winner of three of four starts and $405,100. At the 2020 OBS June Sale, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 and was purchased for $20,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment by Sallusto & Albina, Agent. watch her under tack video

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George Krikorian’s War Like Goddess trailed in the early going of the $250,000 Glens Falls Stakes (G2), but swung out for the drive, reached the lead a furlong from home and drew off to win by 3-1/4 lengths. That’s three straight graded stakes wins for the 4-year-old daughter of English Channel, consigned to the 2019 OBS June Sale by Hemingway Racing and Training Stables, and sold for $30,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Now 6-5-0-0 for trainer Bill Mott, she has earned $383,684 to date. watch her under tack video