Pegasus S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 9f ,)

BAD ACTION (DK B/ g, 119 lb) $90,000
Brahms —Lucky Carley , by Sky Classic
B—Pennston Farm Inc., FL.; O—Sanford H. Robbins LLC, Winning Move Stable, P and D Kaplan Racing LLC; T—Gary C. Contessa

Big Top (B h, 117 lb) $30,000
Giant's Causeway —Thorough Fair , by Quiet American
B—Shell Bloodstock, KY.; O—My Meadowview Farm; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Iqbaal (B h, 119 lb) $16,500
Medaglia d'Oro —Queen's Lady , by Storm Cat
B—Dell Ridge Farm, LLC, KY.; O—Shadwell Stable; T—Kiaran P. McLaughlin

Margins: ½, 3, 5. Others: Bunker Hill 119($9,000) , Lord Justice 121($4,500) , War Fighter 119 . Winning Jockey, David Cohen.

While Bad Action, who has provided the opposite of his name for much of his career, came from somewhat strange beginnings, his future looks nothing but bright.

Now an earner of nearly $300,000, itÕs safe to say the gelding by Brahms, who graduated from a $35,000 claimer to graded stakes winner in little more than a year, has more than earned his keep for trainer Gary Contessa, who claimed him in his third start last October on behalf of Sanford Robbins, Steve SiglerÕs Winning Move Stable, and P and D Kaplan Racing from John PennÕs Ocala, Fla.-based Pennston Farm. In partnership with IEAH Stables and others, Robbins also raced grade I victor Wonder Lady Anne L.

Way before Bad Action was turned into a star on the racetrack, he was acquired while in the womb of his dam, Lucky Carley, at the 2006 Fasig Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale. Bought for $40,000 by Pennston Farm, Lucky Carley was consigned by Greenfield Farm, agent.

Before becoming a broodmare, Lucky Carley, a daughter of Sky Classic, had had a modest racing career, winning or placing in nine of 22 starts. After she delivered Bad Action in 2006, she was bred to Newfoundland but did not get in foal for 2007. When she also failed to get pregnant in 2008 after being bred to Montbrook, Penn decided to try something unusual. He put the mare, who was then a 9-year-old, back into training.

Lucky Carley did not take well to the change, however, finishing unplaced in races at Calder Race Course and Penn National last year, her first two starts since 2003.

Following those efforts, she was again sent to the breeding shed, where she was mated to Omega Code, but as before, failed to get in foal. She was reportedly bred to the same stallion again for 2010.

A half-sister to dual grade III winner Pies Prospect (by Crafty Prospector), Lucky Carley has a pedigree sprinkled with a few other stakes-winning descendants.

For now, however, her sole offspring Bad Action, who has won on both dirt and turf and has finished in the money in 16 of 21 starts, is by far her biggest bright spot.

Brahms is the sire of 11 stakes winners, including other 2009 added-money victors Lucky Halo (Pan-III), Bizet, Brahms Haze, and Test Boy (in Canada). Brahms, a 12-year-old son of Danzig, stood the 2009 season for $3,500 at Michele Rodriguez and Lee Daniel ThomasÕ Elite Thoroughbreds near Folsom, La.ÑE.M.