OBS Champion Stakes Races Set


Ocala, Fl. - Victoria Racing Stable's Saint Damien and Bea Oxenberg & Olga Melin's Miss Annie Bea head their respective divisions of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes at the Day of Champions race card set for Monday, March 19 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's racetrack. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m.

Saint Damien, who comes into the race off a fourth place finish behind OBS graduate Burning Roma in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, will go to the post against five other 3-year-olds in the 1-1/16 mile test restricted to colts and geldings who have gone through the ring at an OBS sale. Edgar Prado has the riding assignment for trainer Kenneth McPeek. The field in post position order: Cobble View Stable's Earnest Storm, Eibar Coa; Team Block's Ghoastly Prize, Jorge Chavez; Saint Damien; A.S.K. Thoroughbred Corp.'s A. P. Topper; Mike McCarthy; Full Circle Racing's Saved By The Sword; Pat Day; Cynthia Crandall's Zen's Silverbuck, Mike Allen. All carry 122 pounds in the seventh race on the card.

Bea Oxenberg & Olga Melin's Miss Annie Bea heads a field of eight entered in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for OBS graduate 3-year-old fillies. She made her last start at Gulfstream Park in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. Rene Douglas has been named to ride. The field: Classic Contenders' Company Storm, Patrick Husbands; James Lewis' Sea Mist, Jorge Chavez; O.N. Dirienzo & C. J. Torsilieri's Superfines Luvey; Eibar Coa; Peter J. & Eloise Canzone's Shirl the Twirl, Mike McCarthy; Harry T. Mangurian Jr's Dark Ending, Husbands; Francis C. McDonnell's Buzzing B's; Pat Day; Miss Annie Bea; Prestonwood Farm's Dehere's Dream, Edgar Prado. All carry 120 pounds. The race is the sixth on the card.

A field of nine has been entered for the afternoon's first race, the $50,000 OBS Sprint for 3-year-old fillies who have gone through the ring at an OBS sale. Harry T. Mangurian Jr's stakes winner Dark Ending heads a field of nine. Trainer Mark Casse named Patrick Husbands to ride the daughter of Storm Creek. The field: Stud El Aguila's Cheeks, Eibar Coa; Peter J. & Eloise Canzone's Shirl the Twirl, Jorge Chavez; Gerald L. Keesling's Sadkdim, Leroy McClurg; Carl Bowling's School of Deelites, Pat Day; Dark Ending; Bea Oxenberg & David Melin Et Al's Dream Me, Rene Douglas; Harry T. Mangurian Jr's Stormy Way, Husbands; Daniel Borislow's Snowy Storm, Michael McCarthy; Gerald L. Keesling's Crypto Carreau; Kelly Bridges. All will carry 120 pounds.

Alan Brodsky's Light of Justice has the rail and top billing in the second race on the card, the $50,000 OBS Sprint for colts and geldings who went through the ring at an OBS sale. Light of Justice comes into the race off a second place finish in the Bonnie Heath Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Mark Hennig has named Robbie Davis to ride. The rest of the field: Prestonwood Farm, Inc.'s Antsinmypants, Jorge Chavez; William Stringfellow's Big Storm Comin', Mark Guidry; Thomas Gibbs' Simply Sir, T.D. Houghton; First Choice Racing Stable's Diamondinthebay, Angel Castillo; Colebrook Farm's Colebrook Jet, Edgar Prado; Sandy Posa's Condensed Version, Julio Garcia; Francis C. McDonnell's Twin Shooter, Pat Day.  All will carry 122 pounds.

 A field of nine will go postward in the third race, the five-furlong $35,000 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes. In post position order, they are: Break Away Racing Stable's Justin Actor, 116, Gary Boulanger; Carol Friedman's Judith's Angel, 116, no rider; Stronach Stable's Cherry Flambe, 108, Robert Landry; M. Nyman Et al's Really Traveling, 113, Angel Castillo; J. & L. Martire's Beau Dancer, 122, Edgar Prado; Condesa Racing Stable's Adagio Twinkles, 116, Jorge Chavez; H. O. Racing Stable's Standard Sylvia, 16, Julio Garcia; Doro J. Stable's True Red, 114, Luis Gonzales; Max Hugel's Max O Max, 122, Eibar Coa.

John Barberino's Mr. Radioactive will carry top weight of 122 pounds in the fourth race, the five-furlong $10,000 SunTrust Starter Handicap. The son of Mt. Livermore, still going strong at 11 years of age, has bankrolled over $310,000 in his career. Trainer Gino S. Passero has named Edgar Prado to ride. The field: M.R. Stables & Michael Cooke's Is He a Rizzi, 110, Rachel Goodgame; Sandra McKinney's Moment in Damascus, 109, Arnold Ruiz; Philip D. Engle's Champagneforjoanne, 117, Pedro Rodriquez; Guy M. Trolinger's Irish Bacon, 116, Dale Baze; Mr. Radiocative; Sandra McKinney's Mr. Elegance, 111, T.D. Houghton; Early Morning Farm's Djones, 108, Luis Gonzalez

A field of 11 is set for the fifth race, the $35,000 Florida Breeders' Distaff Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth, headlined by Harold Queen's Inside Affair, winner of Tampa Bay Downs' Wayward Lass Stakes on February 17. Edgar Prado gets the call on the daughter of Black Tie Affair (IRE), trained by Heather Giglio. The field: Old Coach Farm's Exclusive Eskimo, 113, Michael McCarthy; Francis C. McDonnell's Pic a Lil, 116, Jorge Chavez; Inside Affair; Falls Racing Stable's Coolbythepool, 113, William Henry; Liberty Stable Inc.'s Sarai's Dancer, 113, Clyde Martin; Larkin & Hurtak's Racing for Pahm, 122, Eibar Coa; Belle Vie Acres' True Points, 112, T.D. Houghton; Stronach Stable's Meadow Mystery, 122, Robert Landry; Mrs. J. W. Abernethy's Cash's Pride, 113, Abdiel Toribio; R. Taylor, William Heiligbrodt and John T.L. Jones' Zamba Canuta, 113, Pat Day; Maria Mendez & Vik Stable's Living On the Line, 116, Gary Boulanger.