Ocho Ocho Ocho is following in the hoofprints of his undefeated third maternal dam, champion and Broodmare of the Year Personal Ensign.
The colt brought an unbeaten three-for-three record into his sophomore debut, the San Felipe S. (G2) going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park on March 7, but alas was unable to keep his record perfect.
The James Cassidy trainee began his career at Santa Anita, breaking his maiden by a length before taking the Juvenile Turf Sprint S., which was actually moved from the turf and run over the main track on the November 1 Breeders’ Cup Saturday undercard. He earned a stellar 104 BRIS Speed rating for that latter effort.
Ocho Ocho Ocho then shipped to Louisiana for the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) three weeks later and prevailed by a nose after a stretch-long duel with Mr. Z. He also survived an objection and stewards’ inquiry to claim victory in that 8 1/2-furlong contest, which closed out his 2014 campaign.
Making his three-year-old bow in the San Felipe, the dark bay found himself in tight quarters early and was forced to steady, eventually finishing a well-beaten eighth on the wire. He rebounded a bit in his final Kentucky Derby prep, the April 4 Blue Grass S. (G1) at Keeneland, setting the early pace before being passed by winner Carpe Diem and runner-up Danzig Moon.
Ocho Ocho Ocho headed back to California following his Blue Grass third to await the Kentucky Derby, bringing with him a 96 BRIS Speed rating and 100 BRIS E2 Pace figure.
Having already banked close to $800,000 in purse money, Deron Pearson’s DP Racing LLC colorbearer has already more than earned back his $200,000 purchase price as an OBS April two-year-old in training. Before that, Ocho Ocho Ocho was a $50,000 Keeneland September yearling buy.
Bred in Kentucky by Sienna Farms, the dark bay colt is by leading sire Street Sense, who is best known as the first and only winner of both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1). The stallion’s current progeny also includes Grade 1-scoring Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Callback.
Ocho Ocho Ocho is out of Winner and counts as a half-sister Grade 2-placed Private Ensign.