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Casa Creed, Yo Yo Candy capture graded stakes at Saratoga

OBS graduates captured a pair of graded stakes on the first Saturday of the 2023 Saratoga meet.

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LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing LLC’s ageless Casa Creed waited patiently on the outside in the $175,000 Kelso Stakes (G3), went after the leaders on the turn, took charge after straightening away and cruised to victory by a length. Trained by Bill Mott, the well-traveled 7-year-old son of Jimmy Creed is a multiple grade one stakes winner, compiled a 32-8-5-5 career record and earned $2,185,308 since he was purchased for $15,000 out of the Janie Roper consignment at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.



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Happy Tenth Stable’s Yo Yo Candy, ignored at 46-1 in the $175,000 Sanford Stakes (G3), tracked the leaders in the early going, surged to the lead a furlong from home and scored by 2-1/4 lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Dickens (January ’22) checked in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old son of Danzing Candy, trained by Daniel Velazquez, now 3-2-0-1 with $141,250 in earnings. Consigned to the 2023 OBS March Sale by Triple J Equine Sales, he was sold for $35,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch his under tack video


Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher and Jason Ash’s Really Good stayed on the rail in Delaware Park’s $150,300 Kent Stakes, rallied in the stretch to take command in deep stretch and won by three quarters of a length. Fellow OBS graduate Freedom Trail (April ’22) checked in third. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old graded stakes placed colt by Hard Spun, purchased for $125,000 out of the Randy Bradshaw consignment at the 2022 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Now 8-2-1-2 for trainer Mike Maker, he has earned $253,373. watch his under tack video

Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC’s Beauty of the Sea posted her first stakes victory in Monmouth’s $104,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes, saving ground, swinging out for the drive and besting fellow OBS graduate My Sweet Affair (April ’22) by a neck. That’s three straight wins for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly, the first stakes winner for her sire, OBS graduate Bucchero. Consigned to the 2022 OBS June Sale by Omar Ramirez Bloodstock, she went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Joe Orseno, she’s now 5-3-1-0 with $118,960 in earnings. watch her under tack video