Successful Oklahoma Classics for Center Hills
Phantom Trip and Gianni’s Dream contributed to a productive day at Remington Park for our clients, Center Hills Farm, on Friday when sweeping the Oklahoma Classics Cup and Distaff Stakes. Between them, their dams were bought for a total of $14,500 in 2012.
Phantom Trip, a three-year-old son of Summer Bird bred by Center Hills Farm out of Nakayama Jeune, was the brave winner of the Oklahoma Classics Cup Stakes, his third victory in succession. Now the winner of four of nine starts for owner Lester Ellenz, he boasts earnings over of $185,000.
His dam Nakayama Jeune was purchased by Chad Schumer as agent for Center Hills Farm for just $4,500 while carrying Phantom Trip at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale. Phantom Trip later provided a good return on investment when selling for $48,000 as a yearling.
Phantom Trip is the second foal out of the mare, a winning Petitionville granddaughter of Molly Pitcher Handicap heroine Hey Hazel.
Gianna’s Dream had earlier kicked off the double with an authoritative two and a quarter length victory in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Stakes. She came into the race in good form, having previously taken the Bob Barry Memorial Stakes, and now boasts five wins from seven starts for earnings of over $205,000.
Bred by Center Hills Farm in partnership with Randy Blair, Gianna’s Dream is out of the Rahy mare Untamed Beauty, bought for just $10,000 alongside Nakayama Jeune in 2012.
Gianna’s Dream is one of seven winners out of Untamed Beauty, who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Forty Gran, dam of G1 winner and successful sire Square Eddie.
Also at Remington, Okie Diva took the Classics Lassie Stakes to become another stakes winner for Chitoz. The stakes-winning son of Forest Wildcat was purchased by Chad Schumer for stud duty at River Oaks Farms.
Meanwhile, Mimi’s Money, whose sire Save Big Money and dam Foreign Country were both bought by Chad on behalf of Center Hills Farm, ran well when second in the Distaff Stakes, as did Welder, who was second in the Sprint Stakes – his sire The Visualiser and dam Dance Softly were also bought by Chad on behalf of Center Hills.