Chitu Colt Zips Quarter at OBS Tuesday

Hip 347 | Judit Seipert


A colt by Chitu (hip 347) tied the track record over the Safetrack racing surface when working a quarter-mile in :20 1/5 during the second session of the under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Tuesday in Central Florida.

The juvenile, who is out of stakes-placed Satan's Mistress (Songandaprayer), is consigned by Silvestre Chavez. Tuesday's work was the colt's second trip over the OBS surface. He worked a furlong in :10 flat before RNA'ing for $70,000 at the OBS March sale.

“We took him to the March sale and he worked :10 flat,” Chavez said. “But it was a spotty sale and we couldn't get him done, so we decided to keep him for this sale. We said we would go a quarter and he would work fast and he sure did. He showed up.”

Chavez said the added time between sales has benefitted the colt.

“He looks amazing,” Chavez said. “He looks really well. I've been lucky. I got to work with all of the brothers out of that mare.”

Chavez sold the juvenile's full-brother Hope in Him for $190,000 at the 2021 OBS March sale. The 4-year-old set the five-furlong track record over Gulfstream's Tapeta surface in January.

“They love the Polytrack,” Chavez said of the family. “All of them. And all of the brothers are doing good.”

Chavez comes into the June sale with a 26-horse consignment. After 10 of his horses had worked through two sessions of the under-tack show, Chavez said he was happy with conditions at OBS this week.

“This track is fair,” Chavez said. “If you have a fast one, it's going to work fast. It gets a little slower in the afternoon, for sure, with the heat. But it's been pretty consistent.”

Of the potential buying bench at the June sale, Chavez said, “If you have the right horse, they are going to come. It doesn't matter if it's June or whenever, if you have a decent horse, they are coming to see the horse.”

A pair of colts shared the day's fastest furlong work of :9 4/5. The bullet time was first hit by a son of Malibu Moon (hip 356, video) who is consigned by Gene Recio. The bay colt is out of the unraced Scion Power (Wildcat Heir), a full-sister to graded winner and Grade I-placed Derwin's Star. Purchased for $155,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton July sale, the colt RNA'd for that same price tag following a :10 1/5 work at the OBS March sale earlier this year.

A colt by Mo Town (hip 346, video) hit the bullet mark for Gerard Ochoa's GOP Racing Stable consignment. Out of the unraced Sassy Redhead (Henny Hughes), the dark bay is from the family of Grade I winner Madcap Escapade. He was purchased for $32,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale.

The under-tack show continues through Saturday with sessions beginning daily at 7:30 a.m. The June sale will be held next Tuesday through Thursday. Bidding commences each day at 10 a.m.

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