Five More OBS Grads Win Weekend Stakes
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

    Larry S. Buckendorf, Jeffrey Lambert, Lawrence A. Rodriguez, Paul G. Schneider, Peter Stotland and Matthew. D. White’s Order and Law (Violence – Poetic Kid) rated off the pace in the early going of the $126,000, Gr. III Cougar II Stakes at Del Mar, rallied on the turn, took command passing the eighth pole and drew off to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

   It’s the second stakes win for the 7-year-old ridgling trained by Robert B. Hess Jr., who has compiled a 42-8-6-2 career record and earned $456,804. At the 2018 OBS Spring Sale, he sped an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 and was purchased for $30,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment.

    Omar Aldabbagh and Jeff Ganje’s Shotgun Hottie (Gun Runner – Re Entry) stalked the leaders from the outside in the $500,000, Gr. III Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park, circled horses on the turn, took the lead a sixteenth out and eased away to win by half a length. It’s the first graded stakes win and third stakes victory for the 4-year-old filly, consigned to the 2021 OBS Spring Sale by Gene Recio, Agent, and sold for $45,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 3/5.  Trained by Cherie DeVaux, she’s now 15-5-4-2 and has earned $770,607.  

    Exline-Border Racing LLC, Peter Eurton, Richard Hausman and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Dream Shake (Twirling Candy – Even Song) picked a nice spot for his first stakes victory, capturing the $179,000, Gr. II Connaught Cup Stakes by a length at Woodbine, with fellow OBS graduate Lucky Score (Lookin At Lucky – Miss Matzo) (June ‘20) checking in third. 

    Michael Stidham trains the 5-year-old gelding, now 12-4-1-2 with $469,265 in earnings. Consigned by Cary Frommer, Agent, to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, he was purchased for $75,000 by Marette Farrell, Agent for Exline-Border Racing, after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. 

    Jill Baffert and Debbie Lanni’s Du Jour (Temple City – Guiltless) scored his second stakes victory in the $134,000 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar, rallying from far back, finding room late and getting up in the final yards to win by half a length. The 5-year-old gelding was purchased for $280,000 by Donato Lanni, Agent, out of the Off the Hook consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Bob Baffert, he’s now 14-4-3-2 and has earned $738,220. 

    Team Valor International and Gary Barber’s Elysian Field, (Hard Spun – Elysian) off the pace early in the $503,000 Woodbine Oaks, swung out for the drive, took charge a furlong from home and eased away to score by 2 1/4 lengths. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old filly, trained by Mark Casse, now 6-2-2-0 with $306,692 in earnings. After breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5 at the 2020 OBS June Sale, she was purchased for $70,000 by Bruce Brown, Agent, out of the Ocala Stud consignment. 

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