OBS graduates were one-two in three graded stakes over the weekend at Santa Anita.
It Pays to Dream Racing Stable, Inc., Saints or Sinners, Danny Haramoto, Sheldon Kawahara and Gregory Yamamoto’s Howbeit rallied to take the lead at the eighth pole in Saturday’s $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (G2), then held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate C Z Rocket (June ’16) and scored by a nose. It’s the first stakes victory for the 5-year-old son of OBS graduate Secret Circle, trained by Mark Glatt, now 25-7-3-2 with $362,486 in earnings. Consigned by TIP Thoroughbred Investment Possibilities, Agent, to the 2019 OBS Spring Sale, he went through the ring after turning in an Under Tack an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. watch his under tack video
Thirty minutes later, Sterling Racing LLC’s Whatmakessammyrun came from off the pace to take the lead in the stretch of the $202,000 Eddie D Stakes (G2), then held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Lane Way (March ’19) and won by three quarters of a length. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old son of We Miss Artie, purchased for $30,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Also trained by Mark Glatt, he’s now 15-4-2-2 and has earned $304,570 to date. watch his under tack video Spring Sale walking video
Hronis Racing LLC’s Heywoods Beach stalked the leaders in Sunday’s $101,000 Tokyo City Cup Stakes (G3), took command on the rail three furlongs out, held off a late charge by fellow OBS graduate Win the Day (April ’21) and was best by a neck. That’s two stakes wins for the 5-year-old son of Speightstown, purchased for $180,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2019 OBS June Sale after breezing a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by John Sadler, he’s now 20-5-2-3 and earned $349,751. watch his under tack video
A pair of impressive youngsters are heading for the Breeders’ Cup.
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Speed Boat Beach is two for two, a stakes winner, and headed for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) after a convincing 1-1/4 length victory in Sunday’s $102,000 Speakeasy Stakes on the grass at Santa Anita, with fellow OBS grad Ah Jeez (April ’22) checking in third. Switched to the lawn after a track record debut on the dirt in September at Del Mar, the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Bayern, bred by Richard Heysek at Caperlane Farm and trained by Bob Baffert, has earned $108,000 to date. A two-time OBS graduate, he was sold by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2021 October Yearling Sale, then sped an Under Tack eighth in :9 3/5 and was purchased for $200,000 out of the Really and Truly Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2022 March Sale. watch his under tack video March Sale walking video October Yearling Sale walking video
CSLR Ranch Partners’ unbeaten Awesome Strong completed a sweep of Gulfstream’s Sire Stakes series on Saturday with a victory in the $400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire In Reality Stakes. Wide on both turns, he took the lead turning for home and was best by a length and a half at the wire. The 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Awesome Slew, bred by John Penn, was purchased for $30,000 out of the Sue Vacek consignment at the 2021 OBS October Selected Yearling Sale. Now four for four for trainer Jorge Delgado with $458,000 in earnings, he’s being pointed to the Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1)
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’s Speaking Scout scored his first stakes win on Sunday in the $100,000 Hawthorne Derby, surging to a long lead a furlong from home and coasting home a five-length winner. The 3-year-old son of Mr Speaker, trained by Graham Motion, is now 12-3-3-0 and has earned $220,666. He was purchased for $3,000 out of the Bobby Jones Equine consignment at the 2020 OBS October Sale. October Sale walking video
Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC’s Bossy Moment circled horses to reach contention in Saturday’s $100,000 Donna Reed Stakes at Prairie Meadows, continued her drive down the stretch and scored by a length and three quarters. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Street Boss, consigned to the 2020 OBS March Sale by S G V Thoroughbreds LLC (Steven Venosa), Agent, and sold for $50,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5. Now 21-7-2-4 for trainer Lynn Chleborad, she has earned $304,299 to date. watch her under tack video