Monday, August 14, 2023
Danny A. Eplin’s Dreamfyre (Flameaway – Appreciating) took the lead at the start of the $201,000, Gr. III Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday, set the pace, the drew away to score by 3 1/2 lengths over OBS 2023 March graduate Benedetta (City of Light – Tessie Flip), who rallied to be second. O. J. Jauregui trains the 2-year-old filly by Flameaway, a stakes-winner in her debut and now 2-for-2 with $165,000 in earnings. Consigned by S G V Thoroughbreds LLC (Steven Venosa), Agent to the 2023 OBS Spring Sale, she was sold for $140,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5.
Leon King Stable Corp.’s Bentornato (Valiant Minister – Her Special Way) is 2-f-r2 and a stakes-winner after leading from wire-to-wire and taking the $90,000 Proud Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park by 4 1/4 lengths. A two-time OBS graduate, the 2-year-old Florida-bred son of Valiant Minister was sold by Stuart Morris at the 2022 October Yearling Sale and then purchased for $170,000 out of the Golden Rock Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2023 March Sale. Trained by Jose Francisco D’Angelo he has earned $98,830.
Orpen Horses, Jack Hardin Towell Jr., and Alan Griffin’s Grannys Connection (Connect – Granny’s Drink) got the weekend off to a good start, going right to the lead in Friday’s $215,000 Union Avenue Handicap at Saratoga and never looking back en route to a 1 1/2 length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Connect, trained by Thomas Morley, now 7-5-2-0 with $268,050 in earnings. At the 2021 OBS March Sale, she was purchased for $57,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.
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