|2012||KEENOV||2471||2||$775,000||West Point Thoroughbreds & Tom Keithley||Gainesway|
|2011||KEESEP||2802||Y||$45,000||Dolphus C. Morrison||Brereton C. Jones|
Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II)
FAIR GROUNDS OAKS (gr. II), Fair Grounds, March 30, 2013, $500,000 Guaranteed, value of race $500,000, 3 yo, 1 1/16 miles, 1:43.22 Dirt FT.
(Bay Filly ,
Street Sense Unlimited Pleasure , by Valid Appeal
BOcala Stud , FL ; ORepole Stable ; TTodd A. Pletcher
(Gray or Roan Filly ,
Flashy Bull Pleasure Cat , by Cat's Career
BBrereton C. Jones , KY ; OWest Point Thoroughbreds and Keithley, Tom ; TWilliam I. Mott
(Chestnut Filly ,
Spring At Last Afternoon Krystal , by Afternoon Deelites
BJohn Trumbulovic , KY ; ONaveed Chowhan ; TBernard S. Flint
Fair Grounds Oaks Recap
Repole Stable’s Unlimited Budget will enter the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) as one of the favorites after improving to four-for-four and picking up her third graded stakes win March 30 when she registered a clear victory in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II).
With just four career starts Unlimited Budget has quickly arrived on the scene—a typical story for 3-year-olds these days, but the daughter of Street Sense has deep roots at Michael O’Farrell Jr.’s Ocala Stud Farm and is a tribute to the patience of that famed breeding operation.
Florida-bred Unlimited Budget traces back four generations of broodmares based at Ocala Stud Farm to Old Bess, a 1948 foal by Vincentive, who dates to the 1956 founding of the farm. Old Bess was bred by Colin MacLeod Jr.
Stakes-placed Unlimited Pleasure, by Valid Appeal, produced Unlimited Budget in 2010. She also has produced Jardin and Beacon Shine, both by Montbrook, who each won grade III stakes in their juvenile seasons. Ocala Stud Farm stands four-time champion Florida sire Montbrook, who himself traces back three generations to Old Bess.
Ocala Stud Farm showed patience as Unlimited Pleasure is out of Cricket Box, an unraced daughter of Notebook and Patsy’s Lil Girl, who won just once in eight career starts.
But Cricket Box has proved herself as a broodmare. The half sister to grade I winner Mighty Appealing produced Unlimited Pleasure, grade I winner Outofthebox, and stakes winner Ruff and Ready. Cricket Box’s daughter Box of Joy, by Concerto, produced multiple graded stakes winner Tackleberry, who is by Montbrook.
Patsy’s Lil Girl, by 1966 French juvenile champion Roi Dagobert, whom Joe O’Farrell brought to the U.S. and stood in Ocala, was the final foal of 16 produced by Ocala Stud Farm foundation mare Old Bess in a group that included 12 winners and two stakes winners. After Unlimited Budget won last year’s Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, Ocala Stud assistant farm manager David O’Farrell called the family the farm’s “bread and butter.”
Ocala Stud consigned Unlimited Budget to the 2012 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March selected sale of 2-year-olds, where she brought a winning bid of $475,000 from trainer Todd Pletcher, acting as agent for owner Mike Repole. She was the second-highest priced filly at the sale and fifth-highest overall.
Unlimited Budget is one of four stakes winners—including March 30 grade III winner Cigar Street—this year for Street Sense, who stands for $53,500 at Darley Japan Stallion Complex in Hokkaido.—F.A