September 24, 2018
Once again, John & Jerry Amerman win a G1 with OSCAR PERFORMANCE
Oscar Performance was the second Grade/Group I winner of the day for his sire Kitten's Joy following Roaring Lion's win in the G1 QIPCO Irish Champion S. Out of stakes winner Devine Actress, the winner is a full-brother to MGSW millionaire Oscar Nominated.
After being pulled up and vanned off last time in the GI Arlington Million Aug. 11, "TDN Rising Star" Oscar Performance (Kitten's Joy) returned with a vengeance, refusing to be denied in the GI Ricoh Woodbine Mile, a "Win and You're In" for the GI Breeders' Cup Mile in November. Gunning straight to the front, the 5-2 second-choice ticked off early fractions of :24.60 and :48.78 while shadowed by Mr Havercamp and favored fellow Delta Prince. Still under a hand ride by Jose Ortiz turning for home, the bay was confronted by Mr Havercamp in the lane, but kept on finding to turn back that rival and draw clear for a gritty victory. The last eight winners of the Woodbine Mile have gone on to finish in the top three in the Breeders' Cup Mile. "I thought [Ortiz] rode him beautifully and his last quarter was sensational," said winning trainer Brian Lynch. "It's nice to see him back and it's a "Win and You're In" and we've got six weeks to the Breeders' Cup. Now we can take a deep breath and do the best we can to have him right on that day.The conditioner added, "It"s a very prestigious race. It's nice to be able to put your name beside it. Throughout your career there are signature races you'd like to win and mine has always been to win the Woodbine Mile and it's nice to accomplish that.
Oscar Performance will stand at Mill Ridge upon the conclusion of his career.
RICOH WOODBINE MILE S.-GI, C$832,000, Woodbine, 9-15, 3yo/up, 1mT, 1:33.12, fm.
1--OSCAR PERFORMANCE, 123, c, 4, by Kitten' s Joy/Devine Actress (SW, $107,300) O-Amerman Racing LLC; B-Jerry Amerman (KY); T-Brian A. Lynch; J-Jose L. Ortiz. C$480,000. Lifetime Record: 14-8-0-1, $2,345,696.
2--Mr Havercamp, 123, g, 4, Court Vision/-Tennessee Lamb, O-Sean & Dorothy Fitzhenry; B-Sean Fitzhenry (ON); T-Catherine Day Phillips. C$192,000.
3--Stormy Antarctic (GB), 123, g, 5, Stormy Atlantic/-Bea Remembered (GB),. O-Mr. P. K. Siu; B-East Bloodstock Ltd (GB); T-Ed Walker. C$80,000.
Margins: 1HF, NK, 1. Odds: 2.85, 8.20, 15.40.