Oxbow Racing's Humorously made the big jump from claiming winner to added-money winner Monday during the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s annual afternoon of racing in Central Florida. Rolling on the lead through the rain, the 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor
unleashed a powerful kick in the stretch and roared to an 8 ½-length victory in the $100,000 colt and gelding division of the OBS Championship Stakes. His time of 1:44.20 equaled the track record for 1 1/6 miles.
"He's showing all signs of being at the stage where horses have to turn it on if they are going to be something," said Art Preston of Oxbow Racing. "This was his day; he ran like he was supposed to."
Cornelio Velasquez was the winning rider.
Humorously started his career by racing three times in the claiming ranks in South Florida. He finished fourth twice before breaking his maiden by five lengths. In his last outing prior to the OBS Championship, he finished last of 10 horses in an allowance event of about 1 1/8 miles on turf. But he trained "really, really well" afterward, according to trainer William White, and that convinced White to try the chestnut colt in stakes company on dirt.
Humorously's OBS Championship effort provided the first added-money victory for Preston and his wife, Stephanie, in the name of their Oxbow Racing operation. Preston previously had bred and raced horses in the Prestonwood name with his brothers J.R., who died in 2001, and Jack. Their notable runners included champion and classic winner Victory Gallop
Preston wasn't sure where Humorously would run next.
"We don't have a plan; we haven't talked about it," he said.
In the $100,000 filly division of the OBS Championship Stakes, Dare to Dream Stable's Tingwithasting broke sharply and cruised on the lead en route to a five-length victory. Trained by Rebecca Maker, the 3-year-old daughter of Wild Rush covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 with Frank Lovato Jr. aboard.
"She's got quite a bit of speed, and she's fresh," Lovato said. "My job was pretty simple. She broke real clean, and I just had to be quiet on her, get her settled, and finish -- and that's what happened. She's a good filly and she was nice to me today. I felt like I had quite a bit of horse, and I thought it would take a lot of horse to beat me."
It was the first added-money victory for Tingwithasting, who had won once -- breaking her maiden by 5 ½ lengths last October at Keeneland--in her four previous career efforts. In her last outing prior to the OBS Championship, she finished fifth in the Tiffany Lass Stakes in January at the Fair Grounds.
Tingwithasting's career has been slowed by injuries, according to Michael Faber, the managing partner of Dare to Dreams. "She just does goofy little things to hurt herself," he said.
But Faber and his brother Allen, who is Dare to Dream's assistant managing partner, were confident going into the OBS Championship.
"We thought this could be the storybook finish finally," said Allen Faber of Dare to Dream. "She looked live here and she had been training great."
Tingwithasting probably will run next in the Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Both Tingwithasting and Humorously have close relatives that will sell Wednesday on the second day of the OBS March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. Tingwithasting's half-sister by Golden Missile
, consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, agent, is Hip No. 318. Humorously's half-sister by Victory Gallop, consigned by Oxbow Racing, is Hip No. 456.
In other races Tuesday:
Thorobeam Farm's Baronage closed in a rush on the far outside to triumph by a length in the $50,000 colt and gelding division of the OBS Sprint Stakes. Trained by Eddie Plesa and ridden by Edgar Prado, the 3-year-old son of Fortunate Prospect stopped the clock in 1:10.60 for the six furlongs.
Robert J. Wilson's Valid Move rallied leaving the turn on her way to a 1 ½-length victory in the $50,000 filly division of the OBS Sprint Stakes. Ridden by Patrick Husbands, the 3-year-old daughter of Valid Appeal covered the six furlongs in 1:11.20. Her trainer is Mark Casse. This was only the third career race for Valid Move. In what would have been her first start last fall, she flipped in the paddock at Woodbine, hit Husbands in the head, and knocked him out. Scratched from the field, she ended up making her debut in November at Woodbine, winning by two lengths. She was fifth in an allowance at Gulfstream Park in her last outing prior to her OBS Sprint victory.Martin Cherry's Vision in Flight roared to the lead in the stretch to take the $40,000 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes by 2 ½ lengths. With Prado aboard, the 5-year-old daughter of Montbrook completed the five furlongs :57.80. Marty Wolfson is her trainer. Vision in Flight was the only female in the field of 11.Like Humorously, Virginia and James Gamble's Doc's Doll equaled the track record for 1 1/16 miles in a front-running effort. The 4-year-old daughter of Out of Place captured the $40,000 Florida Breeders' Distaff Stakes by 3 ¾ lengths under Pat Day. Phil Gleaves is her trainer. Kiss Me Twice, last year's winner, finished second.