Oscar Performance Sires First Winner on Keeneland Turf

Susan Moulton’s homebred colt Andthewinneris became the first winner for Mill Ridge Farm’s multiple grade 1 winner Oscar Performance in the second race at Keeneland April 28, where he won his racing debut by two lengths.

The colt is from the first Kentucky crop bred by Moulton after she bought the former Pauls Mill Farm in 2018 and renamed it Safari North. She runs the farm with her husband and former jockey Shane Sellers. The colt’s dam, Run Like the Boss, is a winning daughter by Scat Daddy .

“We have known Headley (Bell) and his family for years, and we liked Scat Daddy. He was meant to be sold at Keeneland and I’m glad we kept him. This is incredibly exciting because I know he beat some really nice horses today,” said Moulton.

Andthewinneris was offered at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale as part of Vinery Sales’ consignment but was bought back on a final bid of $67,000. Moulton sent the colt to trainer Wayne Catalano, who campaigned Solitary Ranger for her when she got back into Thoroughbred racing. Solitary Ranger won the 2013 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) for Moulton.

“To win a race is one thing. To win a race with Wayne with a homebred is amazing,” she said.

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Catalano said he had a lot of confidence heading into the race. The colt has been training at Keeneland for four months, was comfortable with his surroundings, and “fit as can be.”

“The jockey (Flavien Prat) said he thinks the colt wants to go further and the turf is definitely to his liking, so we’ll be looking at the Breeders’ Cup,” he said. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held this year at Keeneland Nov. 4-5.

Oscar Performance, an 8-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy , won three of four starts at 2, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) for owner/breeders John and Jerry Amerman. He went on at 3 to win the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1T) at Belmont Park and the Secretariat Stakes (G1T) at Arlington International Racecourse. At 4, he won the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1T) at Woodbine on his way to earning $2,345,696.

The stallion entered stud at Mill Ridge and stands this year for $12,500.

Bell said everyone associated with Oscar Performance has been confident about his future as a stallion since his first foals arrived.

“You can only say it so many times, but it is the class that they have,” he said. “He oozes class, and the way these horses carry themselves show the proof is in the pudding. That was a beautiful display we just watched.”

This year is the second season Keeneland offered a 5 1/2-furlong maiden turf race during the spring meet but the first time it’s actually been run on grass. The condition was offered during the 2021 spring meet but taken off the turf.

“We knew we were bucking the trend a bit standing a turf horse but that is what is evolving in this business, more and more opportunities for horses that like the turf,” Bell said.

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