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.

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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.

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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.

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Vexatious Beats Midnight Bisou in the Personal Ensign

Vexatious with a Truenicks grade of A++ by the late Giant’s Causeway, beats Midnight Bisou in a thrilling shocker in the Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Ridden confidently by jockey Jose Lezcano, Vexatious, a 6 year-old bay mare, turned down a relentless pursuit by jockey Ricardo Santana as they raced neck and neck to the finish line from mid-stretch.

Vexatious Beats Midnight Bisou in the Personal Ensign
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The Calumet mare went nearly two years since her last win at Del Mar in a $75,000 stakes race on the turf. Trained by Jack Sisterson, Vexatious was coming into this race off a solid second to Champion Mare Monomoy Girl in the Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park.

Having to survive a claim of foul lodged by Ricardo Santana, the stewards left the results unchanged after a lengthy review of the minor bumping that occurred during the stretch run.

After the race, track handicapper and TV Analyst Andy Serling, praised the valiant effort by Vexatious and Jose Lezcano in defeating the champion mare Midnight Bisou.

You have to love the color commentating by Laffit Pincay jr. who stuck it to Andy about Saratoga being the graveyard of champions as he repeatedly mention past stars Man O’War, Secretariat, American Pharoah and among the long list of champions that fell in defeat at this historic racetrack.

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Guarana Battles Back to Win the G1 Madison Stakes for Chad Brown’s 100th Career Grade 1 Win

Guarana Battles Back to Win the G1 Madison Stakes
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Guarana , a beautiful and powerful 4 year-old bay filly by Ghostzapper, battled back from the inside to overtake the speedy and talented Mia Mischief by 3/4 of length in the 17th running of the Grade 1 Madison stakes at Keeneland. Ridden masterfully by jockey Jose Ortiz, who led through  swift fraction of 22.95, 45.92, 109.60 and 121.70 for the 7 furlongs until the classy Mia Mischief took the lead 100 yards before the finish before relinquishing the lead to Guarana, who battled back from the rail. It was the fastest running of the Madison stakes and gave Guarana her third Grade 1 stakes win. It also gave trainer Chad Brown’s his 100th Grade 1 stakes win overall and his 13th at historic  Keeneland.

The older filly and mare division is heating up with the other top runners at the top of their form. Monomoy Girl, who captured the Ruffian Stakes stakes at Belmont Park today stamped herself as one of the leaders as she overpowered  a field of four other runners in a quick 1:34.13 for the mile with her regular rider Florent Geroux. The win gave this stunning chestnut daughter of Tapizar earnings well over $3 million dollars and prepared her for her next start as she was ridden out past the wire.

In other news, Day 6 at OBS Under Tack show was canceled today due to electronic equipment failure from a lightning strike. Breezes will continue on Sunday July 12, 2020 for the final grouping of 2 year-olds in training before the sales begin on Tuesday the 14th through the 16th.

Stay tuned for my latest selections, analysis and updated video replays by visiting OBS July 20

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