2nd-Kentucky Downs, $135,044, Msw, 9-13, 2yo, 6 1/2fT, 1:19.60, fm.
BLOCKBUSTER (c, 2, Medaglia d’Oro–Elusive Jackpot, by Elusive Quality) went for $450,000 to John C. Oxley after breezing a quarter-mile in :21 3/5 at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream and took the bulk of late money to be the 13-5 favorite debuting Thursday at Kentucky Downs. Off about a length slowly, the dark bay showed no speed and dropped well back to travel second-last for the first three furlongs. Advancing suddenly heading into the bottom half of the sweeping turn, he continued chipping away at the leaders while carrying all the ground, ending up seven wide by the time heads pointed for home. Closing relentlessly in the center of the course, he flattened a bit in the final sixteenth, but still had enough to edge out well-bet firster Jersey Agenda (Jersey Town) by a half-length in an auspicious unveiling. Blockbuster has a common second dam, dual champion Silverbulletday (Silver Deputy), with GISW and freshman sire Shakin It Up (Midnight Lute). This is also the female family of GISW Forest Secrets (Forest Wildcat) and Rumor Has It (Awesome Again), who pulled off a 59-1 shocker in the GIII Kentucky Cup Turf S. at this venue in 2008. His dam, a $375,000 KEEJAN purchase by his breeder in 2015, foaled a colt by Hard Spun Jan. 29 before visiting Honor Code. Sales History: $210,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $78,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-John C. Oxley; B-River Bend Farm, Inc. (KY); T-Mark E. Casse
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