Mr. Buff Wins the Empire Classic Stakes Again!

Mr. Buff wins the Empire Classic Stakes again for trainer John Kimmel during Empire Showcase day at historic Belmont Park. This magnificent 6 year-old chestnut gelding battled for the lead with the speedy Sea Foam for the early part of the race.

The classy Mr. Buff proved to be much for these talented New York Breds as he enjoyed the class relief from open company races against Tacitus in the Suburban and Improbable in the Whitney.

Owned and bred by Mary and Chester Broman, this 17.1 hands, well composed, striking gelding recorded his 15th overall win and second Empire Classic victory  in back to back years.

Video replay of the Empire Classic from Belmont Park on Empire Showcase day featuring eight thrilling New York Bred stakes races, including two maiden special weight races for future 2 year-old stars.

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Oscarette Debuts at Santa Anita

Oscarette makes her long awaited debut at Santa Anita this Monday on Columbus Day, 10-12-20. This bay 2 year-old illy by Firing Line out of the unraced Argentinean mare Ever Nice id a granddaughter of the great “Equalize

Equalize won nearly 1.5 million dollars in his career while capturing nine graded stakes including such notable races as the Canadian Turf International in back to back years, The Red Smith, The Fort Marcy, The United Nations stakes among others.

A direct descendant from all-time champion and maybe the most athletic racehorse that ever looked through a bridle “Dr.Fager” who still holds the world record for the fastest mile ever dirt at 1:32.1

Oscarette :20.3 at OBS Spring 20

Oscarette is a Spring OBS graduate who sold for 210K after clocking a quarter in :20.3, which was the third fastest time trial of the auction in Ocala.

Princess Noor had the fastest time at OBS with a blistering :20.1, sold as the sales topper for a whopping $1.35 million dollars. Both fillies were selected by me as shown my Short List Auction 20 located on my Future Champions tab.

So far, 8 of my top 10 runners have already raced producing two winners, including grade 1 winner Princess Noor, the early Breeder’s Cup juvenile filly, who remains undefeated in 3 career starts.

Gary Stephens, rider of Firing Line, is a part owner of this filly who sold for 210K.

Oscarette is trained by J. Bonde and will be ridden by journeyman rider Aaron Gryder in this 5 1/2 sprint on the turf at Santa Anita. Scheduled for race 4, Oscarette drew a favorable outside post #6 in a full field of nine 2 year-old fillies.

Post time is set for 2:30pm Pacific time.

Oscarette Debuts at Santa Anita

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Happymac is Runhappy for the 100K Bonus

Happymac is happy to run for the 100k bonus and the 70K purse in the 5th race at Keeneland this Saturday, 10-3-20. Trainer Steve Asmussen has this quick running 2 year-old colt by Runhappy primed and ready for this 6 furlong sprint. Ridden by Steve’s regular jockey Ricardo Santana jr.

Happymac drew the rail in full field of 12 juveniles. This youngster drew attention as he was pinhooked during last year’s Keeneland yearling sale for $360,000 and was RNA’d this year for $800,000 at the OBS June sales.

Making only his second start of his career, Happymac faced a stellar field in his debut at Saratoga when he faced a Chad Brown beast in Founder, while finishing fourth in a race run in 1:10 flat. Happymac earned a Equibase speed figure of 72 as he also faced Highly Motivated and Newbomb in that debut.

Highly Motivated, by Into Mischief and trained by Chad Brown won in his next start at Belmont Park as the odds on favorite with jockey Javier Castellano going 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt.

Post time for the 5th race is set for 3:13 pm.

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Secret Love set for Debut at Belmont Park

Secret Love makes her debut on 9-24-20 at beautiful Belmont Park for trainer John Kimmel. Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, Secret Love drew the number 5 post for this NY Bred 6 furlong dash.

Hip #640 A late May foal, New York Bred filly by Not This Time out of Exotic Design, by A.P. Indy, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Exotic Wood and a full-sister to stakes winner Key to Power. This solid chestnut breezed an 1/8 in :9 4/5 seconds, the fastest at this distance from all runners through day 4 at OBS in Ocala. I’ve been extremely impressed with almost every runner by this leading Freshman sire Not This Time as he already produced 10 winners during his first crop of runners , including a graded stakes winner in undefeated Princess Noor, who captured the Debutante stakes at Del Mar in her second start.

 Secret Love makes her debut on 9-24-20

Sold for 270K at the July OBS 20 sales, this speedy filly was one of my favorites selected from the sales as I was enamored with her imposing physical along with her powerful stride. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent. Secret Love has a TrueNicks A Rating.

Hoping to see Secret Love get the win for her connections in this Maiden Special Weight for 2 year-old fillies. Purse $52,000

 Secret Love makes her debut on 9-24-20

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 Secret Love makes her debut on 9-24-20

Mister Luigi Wins Easily in Debut at Laurel Park

Mister Luigi Wins Easily in Debut at Laurel Park

Mister Luigi a recent sales graduate from the July 20 OBS auction, this impressive winner circled the field around the stretch turn as female jockey Katie Davis took control of the race with Mister Luigi. Having to go 4 wide heading into the stretch before drawing away to an easy 3 1/2 length win under a strong hand ride.

This powerful colt is by the 2004 Horse of the Year sire Ghostzapper out of the 6- time winner Getback Time, who amassed earnings of 384K during her successful career in California.

Owned by Lugamo Racing and trained by Salomon Sanchez, this classy bay colt was purchased for the bargain price of just 14K after running a quarter in a respectable :21.2 at the Ocala sales in July. For those of you who have been following my Auction 20 Short List from all three major auctions for 2 year-olds, this was my 4th winner.

Mister Luigi rewarded my backers handsomely as he paid $13.40 for the win. Lugamo Racing received instant dividends as they collected $18,810 for the victory in race 3 at Laurel Park. Time for the six furlong sprint was 1:11.54 as Mister Luigi went unclaimed while earning an Equibase speed figure of 73.                                                         

Katie Davis comes from a family of jockeys. Her father Robbie Davis, now turned trainer, was an excellent rider in New York. Brother Dylan Davis is having his best year finishing with 17 wins at the recent Saratoga meet. Older sister Jackie Davis riding at Delaware, Parx, and NYRA has accumulated 678 career wins to date.

In other racing news, Speeding, the Into Mischief filly who finished third in her debut on the turf, is entered on the dirt at Gulfstream.

Scheduled for race 6 going 6 furlongs on the dirt on September 18th, 2020. Speeding drew a favorable outside post position number 5 in a field of 10 in this 68K maiden special weight for 2 year-old fillies.