The President’s Day weekend has come and gone, but not without some exhilarating performances from BSW related horses.
Warrior’s Charge, who was making just his second start since a bout of colic sidelined him last summer, took down his first graded victory in the G3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn after an exhilarating stretch drive for owners Ten Strike Racing and Madaket Stables. The dark bay son of Munnings bravely turned away Bankit who had ranged up to his outside at the 1/8 pole, never letting him by to win by a head. Warrior’s Charge has now won four of his last five starts with a close 4th place finish in last year’s G1 Preakness sandwiched in between.
At the Fair Grounds, Mr. Monomoy also became a graded stakes winner for the first time when posting a gate to wire victory in the G2 Risen Star, a success that earned him 50 points and 1st place on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard for owners Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb and Doheny Racing. The half-brother to Champion Monomoy Girl was purchased by BSW Bloodstock in conjunction with Mandore Agency at last year’s Arqana May Two Year Old In Training Sale.
Also at the Fair Grounds, Champion British Idiom made her three-year-old debut in the G2 Risen Star and ran a valiant 2nd after a miserable trip. The $40,000 BSW public auction purchase had to check going into the first turn and was wide every step of the way, but still fought on in the stretch off the three month layoff for owners The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables.
Also hitting the board in a prep for the first weekend in May was Wells Bayou, who earned a career best 96 Beyer when finishing 2nd after setting a hot pace and nearly holding on to win in the G3 Southwest at Oaklawn yesterday. The three-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky was purchased for $105,000 at OBS March last year on behalf of owners Lance and Clint Gasaway.
Another BSW public auction purchase turned in a big effort on Saturday at Oaklawn, with Something Natural taking a first level allowance for owners Ten Strike Racing, Madaket Stables and Kent Spellman. The chestnut son of Violence was a $130,000 at OBS March and had previously run 2nd to the aforementioned Wells Bayou in an allowance at Oaklawn last month. On the back of this effort, Something Natural may now be pointed towards stakes debut next month.
Meanwhile on the west coast, the “Avengers” were busy unleashing another monster when Charlatan dominated a maiden special weight race, running six furlongs in 1:08 4/5 while earning a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for owners SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Stonestreet Stables, Fred Hertrich, John Fielding and Golconda Stables. The three-year-old son of Speightstown earned TDN ‘Rising Star” status for his efforts and looks to be another top notch colt for the ownership which also campaigns G1 winner Eight Rings and G3 winner Authentic.