Hunter Valley Farm’s A MO REAY (f, 4, Uncle Mo–Margaret Reay, by Pioneerof the Nile) remained perfect in three starts since being purchased by these connections for $400,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale with a last-jump defeat of odds-on Fun to Dream (Arrogate) in Saturday’s GI Beholder Mile S. at Santa Anita. Last-out winner of the GIII Bayakoa S. at Oaklawn Park, the dark bay passed on Saturday’s GII Azeri S. in favor of this second attempt at Grade I level and the decision paid off handsomely. Off at 7-1, A Mo Reay raced outside of Awake At Midnyte (Nyquist) rounding the first turn and had tugged her way up into a three-wide third as Ganadora (Quality Road) set the pace from a well-held Fun to Dream. The Cal-bred was allowed to stride into the lead three furlongs down and drifted out into the lane while maintaining a clear lead. The odds-on chalk boxed on gamely, but A Mo Reay refused to lie down and was shoved across the line first by Flavien Prat to cause the upset. Sales history: $400,000 Ylg ’20 KEESEP; $400,000 HRA ’22 FTKNOV. O-Hunter Valley Farm; B-T & G Farm of Kentucky LLC (KY); T-Brad Cox.
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