Oxymore returns No Nay Hudson to Skidmore
Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Morris Bailey and William Rucker Oxymoron made his winning debut in the August 19 $150,000 Skidmore Stakes, a Mellon 5 1/2 furlong turf sprint for juveniles, at Saratoga Racetrack.
Oxymoron, by Back was bought privately after his impressive first-out score by sprinting six furlongs on the Belmont Park turf on July 1 for former owner/conditioner Adam Rice. The $30,000 Keeneland Yearling Sale purchase in September was moved to conditioner Chad Brown and trained regularly for his Spa debut at the Oklahoma training ground.
“It was a good buy. Looks like it will also last a bit longer, which is what we were hoping for,” said Sol Kumin of Madaket Stables. “It’s really fun. We have a great group of people here, some of whom have never raced before. That’s what it’s all about.”
With driver Jose Ortiz back, Oxymore posted gaps of :21.75 and :44.77 on firm turf under pressure from Jeremy’s jet with No no Hudson settled comfortably behind the gear in third under Hall of Fame driver John Velazquez.
Oxymore was in charge during the turn as No Nay Hudson called with his offer, briefly taking over on the stretch call, as the two rivals battled valiantly throughout the stretch. But Oxymore found another gear late to clear for a 1 1/4 length score in a final time of 1:02.74.
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No Nay Hudson avoided rallying Private Credo by three-quarters of a length to complete the exacta.
“I was a little nervous on the stretch, but this horse showed his heart. Adam Rice, who trained this horse before, did a great job,” Brown said. “This group of owners bought the horse and then transferred it to me. I was very impressed. The horse is well mowed and well prepared and we just took him forward. Jose knows the horse very well. He rode on his debut and he knew exactly what to do there.
“I was very impressed with his heart and his stamina to keep going,” Brown added. “When you look at the horse, he doesn’t look like a sprinter, so I’m happy to bring him out from a distance.”
Brown noted that Oxymore will point to the one-mile Nownownow Stakes on September 17 at Monmouth Park.
“I’ve been watching this race ever since they sent me this horse,” Brown said. “On the stretch, to do two turns with this horse and a very different pace at that time, it’s quite exciting.”
No Nay Hudson, trained by Wesley Ward, made his grass court debut in Skidmore after a first victory in April at Keeneland and a troubled fourth in Tremont on June 9 at Belmont Park.
Ortiz said he was surprised Oxymore turned away after his first score.
“I think he’s a good horse,” Ortiz said. “I didn’t think Chad would want to back him up to five and a half but he was the favorite in this stake and he ran a lot so he decided to go here and the horse had a really good run. “. He was up for it. Wesley’s horse was running well. I knew he was going to improve on grass, he is a very good horse. But he (Oxymoron) is a very good horse and honestly he will be better for a little longer. “
Raised in Kentucky by Philip Ray Robertson, Oxymore pocketed $82,500 in wins, while remaining perfect after two starts. He paid $4.50 for a winning $2 ticket.
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