Nana’s Nest and Robert C. Cline’s Ohio bred 3 year old filly Chanel Spirit put in a command performance in the 2nd annual OTBO Sales Graduate Race at Mahoning Valley Racecourse on March 2nd. The English Channel bay filly out of the Yes It’s True mare Latin Tudor showed the boys how it’s done. She sat patiently just off a contested pace, jockey Luis Perez expertly moved outside on the turn for clear sailing, then widened her lead in the stretch to win by 5 1/4 lengths! Bronze Kettle and Hot Rod Bobby checked in second and third respectively.
Robert C. Cline was the winning trainer as well as co-breeder with English Channel Co-owners. Trophies were handed out to the winning owner, trainer, breeder, and jockey! Chanel Spirit went through the 2021 OTBO Mixed Sale and sold for $12,000. The winner’s share of this race is $29,100 proving what a great investment she is!
The OTBO Grad Stake is a race for horses in their 3 year old season that passed through ANY prior OTBO sale including in utero. This year over 50 horses were eligible for the race! The race is designed to support our annual Mixed Sale and to encourage breeders to enter their horses in this sale. The 2023 sale will be held on October 18th at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The OTBO contributes a significant portion of our annual budget to guarantee the $50,000 purse. This is another way the OTBO directly gives back and supports Ohio breeders and owners!
The OTBO wants to thank all of the horse people who have supported this race. We especially want to thank Ed Vomacka, racing secretary at Mahoning, who works very hard to assist us in all of the preparations for this race.
We look forward to the 3rd annual race next March at Mahoning! Enter your horses in this year’s sale to get them eligible for that race if they are 2 year olds or for future races if they are younger.
Congratulations to all who made this race possible and to the winning connections of Chanel Spirit!