Midnight Stroll captures Delaware Oaks . . .
Lea Farm’s Willy Boi led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $150,000, Gr. III Smile Sprint Invitational Stakes 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 2-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.
OBS grads posted at pair of stakes wins on Saturday at Delaware Park.
Harrell Ventures Main Event went right to the front in the $200,000, III Gr. Kent Stakes 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.
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.
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, Gr. III Selene Stakes, 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.