Multiple stakes winner Raise the Bluff came through with his first winner when his 2-year-old son Orlando Xpress scored at Emerald Downs Aug. 20. Orlando Xpress won the six-furlong race by two lengths in 1:12.38 for owner Vital Signs Stable (VIDEO). He placed in three earlier races including the Northwest Stallion Strong Ruler Stakes at Emerald.
Bred in Washington by Ron and Nina Hagen, Orlando Xpress is the fifth winner from five named foals out of the multiple stakes-winning Phone Order mare Just Call Me Grace.
Raise the Bluff (Pine Bluff—Indy Go Go, by A.P. Indy) won three stakes, including the Emerald Downs Budweiser Cup Derby. He stands at El Dorado Farms near Enumclaw, Wash. His 2011 fee was $1,000.