Sunday, February 27, 2022
Prince Saud Bin Salman Abdulaziz’s Emblem Road unleashed a powerful stretch run on the outside to catch fellow OBS graduate Country Grammer (April ’19) in the shadow of the wire and score by half a length in the $20 million Saudi Cup.
It’s the third stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Quality Road, trained by Mitab Almulawah, now 9-7-1-1 and the latest OBS millionaire with earnings of $10,204,734. Consigned to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, he was purchased for $80,000 by Bruno DeBerdt, Agent, after breezing a quarter in :21 3/5 at the Under Tack Show.
Country Grammer also joined the OBS millionaire ranks, earning more than $3 million for second. The multiple graded stakes-winning 5-year-old son of Tonalist was purchased at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale, also out of the Wavertree Stables consignment, for $450,000 by Bradley Thoroughbreds, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat.
In one of the strangest twists in a sport known for its strange twists, Emblem Road was listed in various on-line news accounts as going off at 113-1, which is correct, and 99-1, 80-1 and 66-1. Not one of those accounts mentioned that he paid $229 to win, and the exotic payoffs were unreal. They would be printed here but we're unable to find them anywhere, including on Blood-Horse or Equibase.
The only account that did mention the $229 was the Paulick Report, but even that report didn't go any further. (Seem to remember that the super paid $357,000, but can't find it anywhere to be sure). Will keep looking.
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