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OBS grads enjoy busy holiday weekend

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Lea Farms LLC’s Willy Boi led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the Saturday’s $150,000 Smile Sprint Invitational Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream, taking command after turning for home, opening daylight in the stretch and scoring by a length over Pudding (August ’16, January ’16), with Absolute Grit (March ‘19) checking in third. That’s three stakes wins for the 4-year-old Florida-bred son of Uncaptured, sold for $40,000 by breeder Ocala Stud as a two-year-old in training at the 2020 OBS October Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Now 12-6-1-0 for trainer Jorge Delgado, he has earned $308,485 to date. watch his under tack video   October Sale walking video

OBS grads posted at pair of stakes wins on Saturday at Delaware Park.

Harrell Ventures, LLC’s Main Event went right to the front in the $200,000 Kent Stakes (G3) and was never headed, coasting home to victory by a length and a half. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, trained by George Weaver, now 7-3-1-0 with $246,333 in earnings. Consigned by Ocala Stud, Agent, to the 2021 OBS Spring sale, he was purchased for $130,000 by Steven W. Young, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video

Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Steven Schoenfeld’s Midnight Stroll moved to contention on the turn in the $295,000 Delaware Oaks, took charge a furlong out and held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Shotgun Hottie (April ’21) to win by a head. That’s two stakes wins for the lightly raced 3-year-old daughter of Not This Time, a two-time OBS graduate. She went through the ring at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale before she was purchased for $225,000 out of the Abbie Road Farm consignment at the 2020 October Selected Yearling Sale. Trained by John Terranova, she’s now 6-3-0-0 and has earned $238,225. Selected Yearling Sale walking video

Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Hoity Toity moved into contention on the backstretch after being forced wide on the first turn in Woodbine’s $150,000 Selene Stakes (G3), split horses to take the lead in the stretch and was best by three quarters at the wire. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old filly by Uncle Mo, trained by Mark Casse, now 5-3-0-0 with $144,835 in earnings. She was purchased by Live Oak for $550,000 out of the Pike Racing consignment at the 2021 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video     March Sale walking video