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Trio of March grads score graded stakes wins

The upcoming OBS March Sale got a boost on Saturday when three March grads posted graded stakes wins.

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C2 Racing Stable LLC and La Milagrosa Stable, LLC’s White Abarrio pressed the pace from the start of Gulfstream’s $250,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3), took command after three quarters of a mile and drew off down the stretch to score by 4-1/2 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Race Day, trained by Saffie A. Joseph, Jr., now 4-3-0-1 with $240,850 in earnings. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale, then purchased for $40,000 out of the Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2021 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video   March Sale walking video

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HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud’s Merneith defended her title in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (G2), taking the lead at the start, turning back a bid from Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) winner and Eclipse Award finalist Ce Ce turning for home and drawing off to a three length victory.  It’s the third stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of American Pharoah, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, where she breezed an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 before she was purchased for $600,000 by Narvick International on behalf of her owner. Trained by Bob Baffert, she has compiled a 12-5-4-2 career record and earned $493,620 to date. watch her under tack video

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Dublin Fjord Stables LLC, Racepoint Stables, Kevin D. Hilbert and Thomas E. O’Keefe’s Drafted relaxed off the pace Aqueduct’s $100,000 Toboggan Stakes (G3), moved with a rush to take charge on the turn and drew away smartly to score by three lengths. That’s four stakes wins for the well-travelled 8-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Field Commission, trained by David P. Duggan, now 25-7-2-3 with earnings of $844,693. A two time OBS graduate, he went through the ring at the 2015 August Yearling Sale before he was purchased for $35,000 out of the Kim Harrison consignment at the 2016 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch his under tack video

Ellen Epstein’s Vodka Gimlet led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $100,000 La Bred Premier Prince Stakes at Delta Downs, charging from off the pace to collar fellow OBS graduate Brian’s Iron Mike (April ’21) in the stretch and beat him to the wire by 2-1/4 lengths, with More Memories (April ’21) checking in third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old son of OBS graduate Goldencents, purchased for $41,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2021 OBS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in:10 2/5. Trained by Allen Landry, he’s now 6-2-0-2 and has earned $102,645.
watch his under tack video   June Sale walking video