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



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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