Live Lively (11/23): Following a third-place finish in her debut at Belmont, this filly made her second start at Aqueduct, traveling wide while running mid-pack prior to going wide around the turn in the five and one-half-furlong race. Closing ground impressively, Live Lively ground out a ¾-length victory. Trained by Mark Hennig, this juvenile should find benefit in being a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, as the son of El Prado has been a tremendous sire of fillies. Out of a stakes-winning Smoke Glacken mare, Live Lively is bred on the same Medaglia d’Oro/Mr. Prospector sire line cross as the grade one winners Passion for Gold, Rachel Alexandra, and Warrior’s Reward.
Forty Tales (11/24): Debuting at Aqueduct, this colt raced mid-pack as a steady pace was set throughout the six-furlong race. In a field that had only one experienced runner, Forty Tales galloped wide throughout, being forced into the sixth path as the field rounded the turn. Despite shying in, Forty Tales drew clear to a 2 ¾-length triumph. By Tale of the Cat and out of black-type-placed Forty Niner mare, Forty Tales is a half-brother to a multiple black-type winner and a black-type-placed runner.
General Election (11/24): General Election debuted among a field of eleven juveniles that featured just three experienced runners at Churchill Downs. The colt raced the near of the pack before inching close to the lead around the turn, making in impressive move to draw away to a 3-length triumph. Sired by the thriving Harlan’s Holiday and out of a Kingmambo mare, General Election is a half-brother to the multiple grade one-placed Ready’s Echo.
Oblahlah (11/24): After finishing second at Belmont in her debut, Oblahlah extended in distance, stretching from five and one-half furlongs to seven furlongs. The filly pressed the pace, challenging the lead before striking to the front and kicking clear to a 3-length victory. Sired by the blossoming stallion Tiz Wonderful, Oblahlah is out of an A.P. Indy mare that has also produced the graded stakes-winning Worth Repeating, thus making her a granddaughter of the group one-winning mare Macoumba.
Ore Pass (11/24): Upon debut, this colt set a brisk pace in a six-furlong maiden special weight at Laurel Park, drawing off to an easy 10 ¾-length win. Sired by the late War Pass, Ore Pass is out of a Stephen Got Even mare from the family of the graded stakes-winning Summer Matinee. This is the same Cherokee Run/A.P. Indy sire line cross responsible for producing the multiple graded stakes-winning Zanjero.
Oxbow (11/25): Oxbow was pulled up in his first start and vanned off, and following both a fourth- and a third-place finish, Oxbow broke through with an impressive 4 ¾-length victory at Churchill Downs, posting a relatively good time of 1:22.97 for seven furlongs. As a result of the mating between Awesome Again and a million-dollar full sister to Tiznow, Oxbow is not only a three-quarters brother to Paynter, but he is a full brother to the stakes-winning and graded stakes-placed Awesome Patriot.