OBS Grads On Fire at Pimlico
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Lea Farms' Lightening Larry led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of the $200,000, Gr. III Chick Lang Stakes, pressing pacesetting fellow OBS graduate Cogburn (April ’21) from the start, taking command a furlong from home and beating him by three quarters of a length. Chasing Time (April ’21) rallied to finish third. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Uncaptured, sold for $50,000 by Pick View, Agent, at the 2021 March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Jorge Delgado, he’s now 9-4-4-0 and has earned $305,610.
West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Traveler set a pressured pace in the $150,000, Gr. III Maryland Sprint Stakes, turned back a second challenge turning for home and eased away late to score by a length and three quarters. That’s four stakes wins for the 4-year-old son of Munnings, purchased for $140,000 out of the Grassroots Training & Sales consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by L.E.B., Agent for West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc. after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. He’s now 16-6-6-3 with earnings of $571,310 for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Team Hanley and Parkland Thoroughbreds’ Joy’s Rocket bounced right to the lead in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes and was never threatened, drawing away in the stretch to a 4 1/4 length victory. It’s the fourth stakes win for the graded stakes-placed 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Anthony’s Cross, also trained by Asmussen, now 15-5-5-1 with $449,474 in earnings. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat at the 2020 OBS March Sale’s Under Tack Show, she was purchased for $47,000 out of the GOP Racing Stable Corp. consignment
William Branch’s Carotari picked up right where he left off at the end of last year, scoring a front-running 1 1/2 length victory in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes. It’s the fifth stakes win for the 6-year-old graded stakes-placed gelding by Artie Schiller, consigned to the 2018 April Sale by TIP Thoroughbred Investment Possibilities, Agent, where he went through the ring after working an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 25-9-6-3 for trainer Brian Lynch, he has earned $616,863 to date.
Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Me and Mr. C saved ground in the early going of Gulfstream’s $75,000 Mr. Steele Stakes, came around horses to rally on the outside down the stretch and was best by a length at the wire. Fellow OBS graduate Hot Blooded (October ’19) led a furlong out and settled for third. That’s two stakes wins for 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Khozan, trained by Mike Maker, now 23-6-4-2 with $248,540 in earnings. Consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, he went through the ring after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show.
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