Roger Urbina’s Reprized Halo held off a late charge by WinStar Farm’s Extended Family to win the $100,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Championship Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings by three quarters of a length March 14.
With John C. Oxley’s Strike Oil finishing another length back in third, the time for the 1 1/16 miles at the sales company’s track was 1:47 2/5. Ridden by Jose Alvarez for trainer Manuel Azpurua, the Florida-bred son of Halo's Image was bred by Debra and Bill Backlinie and sold for $23,000 by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent, at the 2010 OBS April Sale. Reprized Halo, whose juvenile campaign was highlighted by his front-running victory over Gourmet Dinner in the In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, is now 3-1-1 in 13 starts and has earned $318,579.
In other races on the OBS sales race card, John C. Oxley’s Delightful Mary took her first step on the road to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a victory in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
The Florida-bred daughter of Limehouse edged clear of Armand A. Delaperriere’s stubborn Be My Candy in the final furlong to win by three-quarters of length. A and V Investments’ Snow Trial was another 1 ¼ lengths back in third after the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 4/5.
Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, the winner was bred by Hobeau Farm Ltd. Consigned to the 2010 April OBS sale by Craig L. Wheeler, agent for the Hobeau Farm Dispersal, she was purchased by trainer Casse on behalf of Oxley for a sale topping $500,000. The filly has three wins, a second, and a third in five starts, and earnings of $370,377.
In the $50,000 OBS Sprint for 3-year-old fillies, Curtis C. Green’s One Star broke sharply under Elvis Trujillo then sat just behind dueling pacesetters M and H Stables’ Wild Penny and Luis Olivares’ Take Me to Zuber, before wearing both down in a long drive to win going away by 1 ¾ lengths. Take Me to Zuber finished second by a head over Wild Penny after six furlongs were completed in 1:11. The daughter of Include , trained by Jim DiVito, was consigned to the 2010 OBS April Sale by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent. She’s now 2-2-2 in nine starts and has earned $64,474.
Centaur Farms’ Megalith rolled down the center of the track in the $50,000 OBS Sprint for 3-year-old colts and geldings, blew past the early leaders in the final furlong and won by 1 ½ lengths in OBS track record 1:09 3/5 for the six furlongs. The Posse’s Legacy Wildcat settled for second, a length in front of GZS Stable LLC’s early leader Dual Exhauzt.
Trained by Ron Spatz and ridden by Rajiv Maragh, the son of Trippi was bred in Florida by his owner. He was consigned by Ocala Stud to the 2010 OBS April Sale. The win gives him a record of 3-1-1 in eight starts and $90,535 in earnings.