Rigoletta outfought odds-on choice Tell a Kelly to the wire to score an exciting 32-1 upset in Oak Tree's $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Hollywood Park.
The durable and talented Finallymadeit will be making the 42nd start of his racing career and his sixth during the current Gulfstream Park meeting in Florida when he takes on six challengers in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) April 4. He will break from the No. 2 post with Eduardo Nunez, his regular rider, aboard.
Front-running Finallymadeit shook off a challenge from Dream Maestro to post a 1 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course Dec. 13.
Rolbea Thoroughbreds' 4-year-old homebred Finallymadeit was the 'Iron Horse' of South Florida last year. He made 19 starts with eight victories and four seconds, earned $362,000, and all but one of those starts came in sprint races for trainer Javier Negrete.
The connections of Bushmills Best have high hopes for the 3-year-old son of Concerto, and he lived up to their expectations Monday with a 1 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 colt and gelding division of the OBS Champion Stakes.
Miss Concerto pulled a 30-1 upset in Saturday's $179,350 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine.
Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road, the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Thursday morning. It was the colt's first work since his 17 1/2-length romp in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 9.
Chief's Crown, whose paternal grandson Bellamy Road is one of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorites, was named racing's newest chef-de-race stallion.
George Steinbrenner's Bellamy Road became a serious contender for next month's Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) with a stunning 17 1/2-length victory over a half dozen overmatched rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
Nick Zito, who already has four solid Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, will try to add to his roster when he sends out the newly acquired Bellamy Road, winner of the Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes (gr. III), in a one-mile allowance race at Gulfstream Saturday.
Sanford Goldfarb and Steve Klesaris' Angelic Aura registered a hard fought neck victory over The Lady's Groom in $100,000 RRM Carpenter Jr. Memorial at Delaware Park Saturday.
A filly by Concerto and Easy Swinger, a colt by Minister's Mark, worked quarter miles in :21 1/5 Wednesday to post the fastest times at the distance during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Grade II winner Concerto was represented by his first stakes winner when his daughter Collymore Hall won the Aug. 31 NATC Sorority Futurity at Delaware Park for Eugene and Laura Melnyk.
Collymore Hall, the first starter from the first foal crop of Jim Beam Stakes (gr. II) winner Concerto, won his debut race Thursday at Keeneland.
A Pine Bluff colt turned in the fastest eighth of a mile work Monday at Calder Race Course, covering the distance in 10 1/5 seconds during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Comapany's select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction is scheduled for Feb. 5 at Calder in South Florida.
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