Oxymore made his Stakes debut a winning one when he outdueled No Nay Hudson in the stretch to take the Skidmore Stakes by just over a length at Saratoga on Friday, August 19.
The two-year-old gelding by Astern his first start for his new connections who purchased him privately after his six-and-a-half length romp in his debut at Belmont Park in July. Now trained by Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown, Oxymore remains perfect in two career starts.
Oxymore showed good speed out of the gate and immediately was sent up to dispute the early pace alongside Jeremy’s Jet (Street Sense). Oxymore shook off Jeremy’s Jet on the far turn but was soon joined by No Nay Hudson at the five-sixteenths pole. That duo matched strides through the final sixteenth of a mile, with Oxymore finally getting the better of No Nay Hudson nearing the wire to post the victory.
Bred in Kentucky by Philip Ray Robertson, Oxymore is out of Rainbow Dreams, by Empire Maker. Rainbow Dreams is out of the Stakes winning Thunder Gulch mare, Jaramar Rain, and is a full sister to multiple Graded Stakes-placed Imperial Council (second G2 Peter Pan, G3 Gotham Stakes).
The juvenile was one of four who found the winners circle over the weekend for her sire which saw two at Del Mar and another juvenile at Canterbury:
- Brandon'smylawyer wires the field in an AOC over five furlongs on the turf at Del Mar earning an 86 Beyer
- Gillian Elizabeth wins a over a mile on the turf at Del Mar by five and one quarter
- Two-year-old filly Right of Refusal wins on the dirt on debut at Canterbury
From his first two crops to race, Astern has sired 12 Stakes performers to date in both North America and Australia, including Sail By (G2W), Seradess (G2W), Brigantine, Arnaqueur, Main Stay and Danger Strykes.