Del Mar Breeders' Cup H. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 8f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Mecke Boots 'n Jackie , by Major Moran
BEquitor Farm, Inc., FL.; OKagele Brothers, Inc. and Leib, Mark; TDoug F. O'Neill
Unbridled's Song Majestical Moment , by Magesterial
BGary Garber, KY.; OBienstock, David, Mandabach, Paul and Winner, Charles A.; TPatrick Gallagher
(DK B/ h,
Cherokee Run Blading Saddle , by Blade
BGulf States Racing Stables II, KY.; OJames McIngvale; TBob Baffert
New connections seem to have made all the difference for Supah Blitz, now a grade II winner after his first trip to the West Coast. Winless in his last 11 starts, the game 4-year-old nosed out a late-charging Domestic Dispute for a score in the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Handicap Sept. 5.
New trainer Doug O’Neill conditions Supah Blitz for new owners Tom and Jerry Kagele—currently campaigning grade I winner Southern Image in partnership—and partner Mark Leib, who purchased the colt privately after his last race, second by a neck in an allowance race at Delaware Park.
O’Neill said he told jockey Victor Espinoza “to get after it a little earlier. We noticed he was falling too far back in his old races and we wanted a better position early on and not give him too much to do at the end.”
The conditioner said he would point the colt to the Oct. 2 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) and hopefully then back into grade I company. “That’s the hope,” said O’Neill, “but we’re going to enjoy this one for a little bit and then figure out the game plan.”
Leib, who also races grade I winner Pohave in a partnership that includes the Kageles, said the impetus for the purchase came from studying the Ragozin sheets. “Dennis O’Neill (Doug’s brother) brought him to our attention. He’d been hitting the board with real good speed numbers and Doug is one of the best in moving them up when he gets them from other barns.”
Supah Blitz was bred in Florida by the Tortora family’s Bee Bee Stables and Equitor. He was owned and conditioned prior to his sale by Florida-based horseman Manny Tortora.
Boots ‘n Jackie, dam of Supah Blitz, was bred by Bee Bee Stables and Equitor, raced by Bee Bee Stables and Toni Tortora, and trained by Manny Tortora to three stakes wins, the 1992 Golden Rod (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and the My Dear Girl and Susan’s Girl Stakes at Calder. She earned a total of $647,580.
Boots n’ Jackie has been bred to Mecke six times. She foaled a full sister to Supah Blitz this year.
Mecke is the sire of Supah Blitz and six additional stakes winners. He stands at J. Michael O’Farrell Jr.’s Ocala Stud Farm near Ocala, Fla. His 2004 stud fee was $3,500.—P.S.