Mill Ridge & Nicoma News

Stakes winners from the weekend

October 3, 2016

Mill Ridge raised and/or sold the following stakes winners from the weekend.  Congratulations to our friends/clients.

MR. STEELE S., $75,000, GP, 10-1, 3yo/up, 1mT, 1:36.96, gd.

1--DIAMOND BACHELOR, 121, g, 5, War Front/Seasoned {MSP},  ($100,000 Wlg '11 KEENOV; $195,000 Ylg '12 FTSAUG; $570,000 2yo '13 BARMAR). O-Diamond 100 Racing Club, LLC, Robert Trussell & Patrick L. Biancone, LLC; B-Jamm, Ltd. (KY); T-Patrick L. Biancone; J-Lane J. Luzzi.$45,105. Lifetime Record: 32-4-4-0, $301,440.

2--Aire Bueno (Chi), 121, g, 7, Ivan Denisovich (Ire)/Arabian Girl.

3--Enterprising, 119, g, 5, Elusive Quality/Indy Blaze, by A.P. Indy. O-Maxis Stable; B-Glen Hill Farm (FL); T-Michael J. Maker.

PILGRIM S.-GIII, $200,000, BEL, 10-1, 2yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:42.88, yl.

1-OSCAR PERFORMANCE, 118, c, 2, by Kitten's Joy/Devine Actress (SW, $107,300) O-Amerman Racing LLC; B-Mrs. Jerry Amerman (KY); T-Brian Lynch; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $170,132. *Full to Oscar Nominated, GSW, $628,095.

2--J. S. Choice, 118, c, 2, Congrats--Oil Empress,

3--Kitten's Cat, 118, c, 2, Kitten's Joy--Brushwork

Oscar Performance made good on a "TDN Rising Star" worthy graduation last time out with an impressive effort to score his first graded win. Seizing the early advantage, the chalk ticked off opening splits of :23.55 and :48.98 from the fence under a motionless Jose Ortiz. As the he showed the way into the lane, the only question was how much the bay would win by and he sailed a home a much the best six-length victor.  I'd certainly say he's on the wagon headed to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

TEMPERENCE HILL INVITATIONAL S., $200,000, BEL, 10-2, 3yo/up, 1 5/8m, 2:44.73, gd.

1--SCUBA, 124, g, 5, Tapit/Cuaba (MGSP, $208,264),  O-DARRS, Inc.; B-Palides Investments N.V., Inc. (KY); T-Brendan P. Walsh; J-Kendrick Carmouche. $120,000. Lifetime Record: GSW, 16-5-5-3, $427,091.

2--Melmich, 124, g, 5, Wilko/Little Swoon,

3--Extinct Charm, 112, r, 3, American Lion/ls Delight

Scuba added to his already impressive 2016 resume, capturing Sunday's marathon event as a follow-up to his score in the GIII Greenwood Cup S. at Parx Sept. 5. The gray began his career with stints in the Bill Mott and Anthony Dutrow barns and finished a narrowly beaten runner-up in his first three starts under the care of Brendan Walsh earlier this year.  Attending the pace from between horses through a mile in 1:43.66, he turned up the heat soon after that juncture and established a clear advantage racing well off the rail midway on the final turn. Scuba entered the lane unopposed and bounded home a decisive winner. "They either have it or they don't,@ Walsh said of Scuba's ability to navigate long distances successfully. I couldn't be happier with him. I would think we would head to California [for the GII Marathon S. Nov. 4].

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