While giving Out Of Orbit a facial touchup with clippers late Wednesday morning, Phil Serpe knew there was only one way for the filly to get to the winner’s circle after the Saratoga Dew.
“The distance is maybe a little trying for her, but it also looks like she’s the lone speed,” the trainer said. “But who knows? This is Saratoga.”
Serpe was correct, on both fronts. Out Of Orbit ran her last three furlongs of Thursday’s 9-furlong feature in more than 40 seconds. Good thing she was the lone speed. Good thing Luis Saez allowed her to use that speed.
“That was the only plan for her. Luis is just such a pro. I was happy when they hung up that :49 and change for the half,” Serpe said. “When she turned into home, usually if they’re going to get you here they’re already running at you and that gap stayed exactly the same. She’s kind of a bruiser that filly. She’s not frail, she’s tough.”
Out Of Orbit won another Saratoga stakes for her owners and breeders Chester and Mary Broman, a day after their fellow homebred Mr. Buff won the Evan Shipman. Broman runners finished first, second and fifth in the Saratoga Dew.
The Bromans’ week has been full of action and isn’t over. Yearlings sold Monday and Tuesday night at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale, stakes winners scored Wednesday and Thursday and seven more Broman yearlings will be offered offer at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale Sunday and Monday.
The couple’s New York-based breeding program was on display this week at the select sale when Becky Thomas’ Sequel New York sold five Broman-breds for an average of $348,000. The consignment was highlighted by a Quality Road colt and Uncle Mo filly out of the Bromans’ multiple Grade 1 winning homebred Artemis Agrotera.
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