Photo Courtesy of Jeff Zamaiko Photography
Fresh off of a claim just 8 days ago, trainer/owner Edwin Vizcarrondo’s Direct Deceit rolled down the stretch to capture the Catlaunch Stakes for Accredited Ohio Breds in 1:46:62 for the 1 and 1/16 miles over a good Thistledown track. Piloted by Angel Diaz, the son of Twinspired out of the Outrageouslyfunny mare Funnys Approval defeated Mobil Solution by 2 lengths with Firsthand Justice another half length back in third.
Direct Deceit sat behind the pack into a rocky first turn that featured some bumping and banging then moved 4-5 wide down the backstretch before engaging Mobil Solution turning for home and pulling away. The Bobby Rankin bred 6 year old gelding notched his first stakes triumph and crossed the $200,000 mark in lifetime earnings.
A full field of 11 entered the starting gate for today’s stake. The total earnings of the field is now more than $2.5 MILLION which would be an average of $230,000 per horse! This demonstrates once again the incredible value and opportunity owning an Ohio Bred – and particularly an Accredited Ohio Bred – represents!
The OTBO is conducting its Annual Mixed Sale at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on October 15th at 2 PM. Over 90 horses are entered in the sale including many young prospects who could some day win the Catlaunch themselves! Come out and buy yourself a winner!!!
Congratulations to all the winning connections.
Hip number 1924, the final hip of the day, an Ohio Bred Filly by Bolt D’ Oro out of Hula Skirt sold on Sunday September 19th at Keeneland for $95,000. This filly was born and raised at Smokin C LLC in Stark County, Ohio and was owned by OTBO board member Steven Chumney. She was sales prepped by Elise Handler and consigned with Ballysax bloodstock.
Several of the bidders said they were especially interested in a yearling of this quality because of her eligibility to participate in the Ohio race fund incentives.
Chumney said, “I always knew this filly was special – sticking to my plan and having confidence in the process proved to work out well. Days like this are what we all dream of and what excite me for the future in this industry. Hula Skirts 2021 foal is an accredited filly by Cowtown Cat and appears to have similar qualities as her half sister who sold today. ”
“Ohio has a good program in place for breeders. As we continue to improve and work towards larger purses, I believe that the Ohio Thoroughbred industry can compete in all aspects of the national market.”
This $95,000 sale highlights what the Ohio breeding program has to offer and is the highest priced Ohio bred yearling sold at public auction in 2021 so far.
All of you will have the chance to acquire horses similar to this at the OTBO Sale on October 15th at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The catalog will be up on our site later today. We encourage you to come out and see for yourself why Ohio Racing represents the Best Bang for the Buck in the USA!
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