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Shipsational wins Belmont’s Sleepy Hollow Stakes

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Iris Smith Stable, LLC’s Shipsational went straight to the front in Saturday’s $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont and never looked back, opening daylight in the stretch and holding off a late charge by half a length. It’s the second straight stakes score for the 2-year-old colt by Midshipman, now 4-3-0-0 for trainer Edward R. Barker with earnings of $278,750. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2021 OBS March Sale, he was sold for $210,000 after breezing a quarter in :21 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video   March Sale walking video

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Red Oak Stable’s Make It Big is two for two and a stakes winner after overcoming a poor start, rallying to reach contention in the stretch, catching fellow OBS graduate Lightening Larry (March ’21) inside the final furlong and drawing off to beat him by 2-1/2 lengths in Gulfstream’s $60,000 Ocala Stud Juvenile Sprint Stakes. Trained by Saffie A. Joseph, Jr., the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Neolithic has earned $63,828. At the 2021 OBS Spring Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 and was purchased for $120,000 out of the Paul Sharp consignment. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

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Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc. and Ten Strike Racing’s Lady Rocket picked up her second stakes victory on Sunday in the 2nd division of the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont Park. After battling for the lead from the outside, she took command at the head of the stretch and held on gamely to score by a head. The 4-year-old graded stakes placed daughter of Tale of the Cat, a two-time OBS graduate, was sold by The Acorn at the 2018 October Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $420,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2019 Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 10-5-3-1 for trainer Brad Cox, she has earned $393,008 to date. watch her under tack video  Selected Sale walking video