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The O.T.B.O. will hold its Mixed Sale on Sunday, October 7 at Majestic Farm at 1:30 p.m. The sale is open to thoroughbreds of all ages and is NOT restricted to Ohio-breds. Entries close Tuesday, August 14 and you can obtain entries at Duaneswingleyauctioneers.com
“We moved the date back this year, so it would fit between the two Kentucky sales,” said Executive Director John Engelhardt. “Last year we had 103 entries. After entries are accepted they will be posted on-line through several entities. There are advertising opportunities available and we will be widely distributing the catalogues to all regional HBPA offices, active racing venues, consignors, advertisers and individuals upon request. With over $7.43 million available to Ohio-bred winners and breeders this is a great time to get in the game. The yearlings purchased last year are just starting to run as two-year-olds. Show Me Some Sass won a $30,000 maiden race last week and in three starts has bankrolled $24,000, that’s not bad”

Show Me Some Sass, a O.T.B.O. Sales grad who sold for under $1,000 and has now won $24,000. Photo: J.J. Zamiacko

The sale will again take place at Majestic Farm in Batavia. For more information you can call the O.T.B.O. office at 513-574-5888 or email – info.otbo@fuse.net. You can also register your cell phone to receive Mobile Text Alerts. Text OTBO to 781-728-9542 or email your cell phone # to the office.

In the $75,000 Miss Ohio at Thistledown July 21, Drillit, who defeated Baby Nina by 21 lengths the last time they met, was sent away a heavy odds-on favorite. Drillit, a Robert Gorham trainee, was coming off a second-place finish vs. the boys in the $75,000 Hoover Stakes at Belterra Park. Her stablemate Candy Lane shot out of the gate strongly at the start and held a 1 ½ lead at the top of the stretch. At this point jockey Scott Speith, who had maneuvered Baby Nina into the second spot, let the daughter of Flatter loose and she pulled away with ease from the field by nine widening lengths.

Baby Nina showing quick returns on her $120,000 sale price.

Owned by an extended Loooch Racing Stables, Inc., Anthony Quartarolo trains Baby Nina. She toured the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:07.28 while Candy Lane secured the second spot over stablemate Drillit. Baby Nina is a product of decades of breeding to this female family by former O.T.B.O. President Fleming Fraser and has continued to keep it flourishing by his son James, who is the current O.T.B.O. Vice-President.
Baby Nina was purchased out of the 2017 Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings for $120,000 by Steven W. Young on behalf of Ron Paolucci. Her full brother is Silver Tongued ($320,237) a multiple stakes winner and the 2012 Two-Year-Old Champion in Ohio. Her half-brother by E Dubai is the multiple stakes winner Dubacious ($262,965) who captured the Best of Ohio Endurance. Whitelaceerpromises, dam of Baby Nina is a half-sister to Muir Woods ($129,904) the 2011 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in the state.
Respected author Tom Ainslie wrote in his Encyclopedia of Thoroughbred Handicapping- “Don’t ever bet on a horse to do something it hasn’t done before.” I guess trainer Brendan Walsh skipped that chapter when he entered Magna Rose in the $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks. She had never run outside of California, never competed on a dirt surface, had never run 1 1/8 miles and had never won a race.
All that changed at Belterra Park on July 22. Sent away at odds of 6-1, she was in contention all the way over the sloppy sealed track and pulled away with authority through the lane to win by 6 ¾ lengths. “She just squeezed herself out of there running and I could tell she was a classy filly the way she took the bit and then let me relax her around the first turn,” said jockey John McKee. “We just let Jesus (Castanon aboard Distinctive Flower) go down the backstretch and when I called upon her that class prevailed and was all guts that final furlong.”

John McKee urges Magna Rose to victory in the Norm Barron Queen City Oaks.

Distinctive Flower held on to the second spot and 4-5 previously unbeaten Marathon ran third for the entire nine furlongs. Magna Rose is a daughter of Magna Graduate out of the Woodman mare Woodflower. She was a part of the dispersal of the late Elisabeth Alexander, former President of the O.T.B.O., that was part of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale. She was purchased for $70,000 as a yearling and races for Ten Broeck Farm Inc. Amanda Olds was on hand to accept the trophy. She personally rides Magna Rose in the mornings since she was moved to Kentucky for training. “She’s been training on dirt since she came to Keeneland and has no issues,” said the assistant to trainer Brendan Walsh. “Like John said, she just exudes class.”
As has become tradition, Judy Barron and her extended family was on hand not only to present the trophy, but to pose with the jockeys and present a generous donation to the PDJF in memory of her husband Norm.
The $75,000 Buckeye Native at Belterra Park brought together the cream of the crop of accredited-breds on July 22. Over the past two seasons Eightthehardway ruled the males and Leona’s Reward was crowned the top of the female division. It looks like True Cinder is throwing her tiara into the ring to compete for top honors this year.

True Cinder led every stride of the way in the $75,000 Buckeye Native.

Owned and trained by Mike Rone, who is having the best season of his career, True Cinder finally got to turn the tables on Leona’s Reward. She had lost four of her last five starts to the “Queen of the Accredited-breds.” The Buckeye Native was scheduled for 1 1/16 on the turf, but three days of rain moved it to sloppy sealed track. True Cinder came into the race with two 2018 starts at six furlongs – a second to Leona’s Reward and a big win in the Angenora – both at Thistledown.
Neither the distance or surface gave Rone cause for concern. She won her only “off track” start vs. stakes company and sported a record of 5-2-2-1 at the distance. She was sent away as the even money favorite against her male counterparts and lived up to her billing while widening her lead at every point of call. Mobil Solution chased in second for most of the race, while Leona’s Reward did the same in third. Mike Rones’ riding instructions must have been “bring home a clean pair of silks” because that’s exactly what jockey Gerardo Corrales did. They covered the gooey distance in
True Cinder is by former Ohio sire Alcindor (it is believed he was sold to South American connections) out of Be True by Shakespeare and was part of the dispersal held at the Lebanon farm of the late Larry Beyer. Rone signed for several trailers full of Alcindor offspring and mares in foal, including Be True carrying a full sibling to True Cinder. A man of few words, Rone was asked what the key to his success with the offspring of Alcindor was, he stated, “Keep them healthy and happy and they’ll tell you when they are ready to run.” The way she performed in the Buckeye Native, you must believe True Cinder is quite healthy and happy.

GALLOPING OUT…The ageless wonder Perry Ouzts celebrated his 64th birthday at Belterra Park over the 4th of July holiday with one win and a placing in the Cincinnatian Stakes. Ouzts is the subject of an Eclipse Award winning documentary available for viewing on You Tube at “Ironman: Perry Ouzts”. A rare occurrence took place on the 22nd when Mario Pino came to ride in Cincinnati. It featured the 9th and 10th leading riders in the history of the sport. Ouzts (6,958 wins) passed Pino (6,874) passed Pino last season.

Racing legends Perry Ouzts and Mario Pino.

* In celebration of the 50th anniversary of his Ohio Derby win aboard Te Vega, retired jockey Mike Manganello gave out the trophy. Manganello was a standout rider on the Thistledown circuit in his early days of racing and had plenty of his old acquaintances stop by to greet him throughout the afternoon.
*2-year-old Ohio Player was on fire in his debut when he rallied to set a new track record at Belterra Park on July 6, pulling away by 7 1/2 lengths to stop the timer in 53.07 while going 4 ½ furlongs. He is the last of the line for his sire Alphabet Soup, who retired to Old Friends Retirement following his final season as a stallion that produced Ohio Player who was bred in Ohio by Hal Snowden, Jr.
*Mike Rone-trained Trigger Warning came out his third-place finish in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby in fine order. He took on a solid field next out in the Grade 3 $500,000 Indiana Derby and was nipped in the final stride for the win. Rone was featured nationally after that effort on Horseracingnation.com.

Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners

Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners