Secret Love wins the $100k Franklin Square Stakes at Aqueduct

Secret Love Sizzles in the Franklin Square Stakes with jockey Pablo Morales. Trained by John Kimmel, this speedster by Not This Time out of Exotic Design got her first stakes win in the Aqueduct feature.

After a rough start and brushing the gate, jockey Pablo Morales settled behind the early pace setter Rossa Veloce who was ridden by the hot Manny Franco. Ridden confidently by Pedro Morales, Secret Love took over the lead turning into the stretch to win by a commanding lead in a final time of 1:19.86 for the 6 1/2 furlongs.

Vacay, another standout filly by Not This Time finished third behind the stakes winning filly and the multiple stakes winning favorite Laobanonaprayer.

Secret Love Sizzles in the Franklin Square Stakes

Secret Love was one of my top selections from the OBS auction in 2020.

Owner Toby Morton was the winning bidder ($270K) for this Not This Time New York Bred chestnut filly, who drilled a :9.4/5 breeze at Ocala. Not This Time was the leading Freshman sire in 2020 with an outstanding percentage of 28 winners from 54 runners. Six of his foals raced in stakes company, producing three individual stakes winners, including the beloved Princess Noor.

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Monomoy Girl Sells for $9.5 Million Dollars to Spendthrift Farms at the Fasig Tipton November Sales.

The talented chestnut daughter by Tapizar and two time winner of the Breeder’s Cup Distafff, will stay in training and return to trainer Brad Cox as a 6-year-old in 2021.

Formerly owned and campaigned by Dubb, M., Monomoy Stables, LLC, The Elkstone Group, LLC (Stuart Grant) and Bethlehem Stables LLC, Monomoy Girl completed a perfect season going 4-4 and overall win record to 13 wins from15 starts bringing her career earnings to $4,426,818.

Monomoy Girl Sells for a Whopping $9.5 million
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Having missed all of 2019 due to major issues, Monomoy Girl returned to the races in an allowance race at Churchill Downs on May 19 before capturing the Grade 2 Ruffian stakes at Belmont Park in 2020. The Distaff marked her 7th Grade 1 victory over 6 different racetracks in her illustrious career.

Her lone setback was by a neck to Road to Victory in the Golden Rod stakes at historic Churchill Downs when she ran very green in the stretch.

Her other loss came via disqualification to the wonderful Midnight Bisou in the 2018 Cotillion. Once again, Monomoy girl ran green in mid-stretch as she impeded Mike Smith aboard the valiant Midnight Bisou.

The two fast fillies posted their best Beyer of 118 in the Cotillion, featured in the photo with Brad Cox and her handlers.

In other news, Monomoy Girl’s Dam Drumette by Henny Hughes just sold for $1.85 million in foal to Mastery in the same auction at Fasig Tipton today.

Midnight Bisou, who retired earlier this Fall due to injury while preparing for the Breeder’s Cup Distaff, sold for 5 million dollars to existing part owner Chuck Allen who bought out his partners during Fasig-Tipton November ‘Night of the Stars’

Monomoy Girl Sells for a Whopping $9.5 million



Fleetphoto LogoPrincess Noor destroys the Chandelier and the competition in the $200,000 Chandelier stakes at Santa Anita to remain undefeated in three career starts.

The Not This Time filly out of the stakes winning Dam Sheza Smoke Show by the multi millionaire Wilko, broke slowly from the rail, while being boxed in during the first half mile. Veteran jockey Victor Espinoza made his move when he angled out Princess Noor to the three path with 6 furlongs remaining before taking a commanding lead as she galloped home on her own with no urging to win by 8 1/4 convincing lengths.

Victor Espinoza later said that this is the best filly he has ever ridden. The daughter of leading Freshman sire Not This Time has produced 11 winners out of 28 starters from his 90 foals. Trainer Bob Baffert has this talented filly primed and ready for the Juvenile fillies Breeder’s Cup in Keeneland later this Fall.

I’ve been touting this precocious standout ever since the OBS Spring auction when she sizzled a quarter in :20.1and was the sales topper at 1.35M. Listed as my number one overall selection from my OBS Spring Short List, I’m very excited to report that my other top picks are doing extremely well.

I did combine my three short list auction runners into one list with updates and links to follow as they continue to succeed at the racetrack.

Click Here: Auction 20

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Princess Noor Wins the Debutante Geared Down

Princess Noor wins the Debutante geared down by jockey Victor Espinoza. Not This Time gets his 10th win of the season and his first Grade 1 stakes win in his Freshman year of 2020.

This brilliant filly had to survive an inquiry when she bore into My Girl Red at the start of the race. My Girl Red pulled up shortly after the start as she took a bad step before the quarter pole. The Sorrento stakes winner was not vanned off as she walked off on her own.

Princess Noor remains undefeated in two starts and should be headed to the Juvenile fillies Breeder’s Cup for owner Zedan Racing.

Time for the 7 furlongs was 1:23.15  as she was eased well before the wire by Espinoza after setting blistering fractions early on. Bob Baffert has another rising superstar to be reckoned with in the barn as he returns from Kentucky fresh off a victory in the 146th running of the Derby with Authentic.

This holiday weekend will be a memorable one for team Baffert as his assistant Jimmy Barnes had to be taken to the hospital with a fractured wrist caused by Thousand Words during the saddling of the Derby. Thousand Words was scratched by the stewards after flipping in the paddock at Churchill Downs.

Shortly after the victory by Authentic and Johnny Velazquez in the Derby, Authentic got spooked in the crowded winner’s circle and wiped out several people including Bob Baffert.

Princess Noor Wins Debutante

Tiz the Law Gallops to Victory in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga

Tiz the Law gallops to victory in the Travers Stakes for his final prep before Derby, which was moved to the first Saturday in September.

Tiz the Law Gallops to Victory in the Travers Stakes
Franco in the First

Under a confident ride by Manny Franco, his regular rider, Tiz the Law broke well and pressed the early leader “Uncle Chuck” a Bob Baffert West Coast shipper. Uncle Chuck was previously undefeated in 2 starts and was highly regarded as the next Arrogate. Things didn’t turn out so well for this rising star who gave way in the final 1/4 mile as Tiz the Law was hand ridden as he galloped by in a powerful display of speed and class. 

Trainer Barclay Tagg has carefully scheduled his starts leading up to the Travers and now onward towards the Kentucky Derby trail this September. This well built New York Bred by leading sire Constitution was purchased from the Fasig Tipton Yearling Sales at Saratoga for a bargain price of $110,000 by the well liked owners and partners of Sackatoga Stables, led by the charismatic  Jack Knowlton.

Jockey Manny Franco showed his class and respect to the owners for allowing him to guide this talented muscular son of Constitution and early favorite to win the Derby. The final time in a breeze for the 1 1/4 distance was a very quick 2:00. 95 seconds for the route and complete annihilation of a group of leading 3 year-old colts.

Finishing in second was Caracaro, the lightly raced son of Uncle Mo, who was coming off a win in the Peter Pan stakes for trainer Delgado Gustavo. Ridden by Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano, who was trying to win his record 7th Travers. Maxplayer, the brilliant son of Honor Code completed the triple in the Runhappy Travers stakes.

This Tiz the Law’s 7th winning 8 starts and is still undefeated as a 3 year-old. His only setback came on an off track at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

See full race order of finish and video replay below.

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