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Oscar Performance

Oscar Performance

While others in his age group have been taking turns winning the marquee dirt races, Oscar Performance has been busy as a 3-year-old turf specialist. He first made a name for himself as a star of the crop last year by winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He returned to action this spring with disappointing efforts as the favorite in the Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland and American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. Trainer Brian Lynch attributed the first defeat to needing the comeback race to be at his best and the other loss to his dislike for the excessively soft grass.

Oscar Performance made amends by capturing the Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park June 3 in a prelude to better days. Triumphs in the Belmont Derby in July and in Arlington Park’s Secretariat Stakes in August confirmed his top billing. Both races are at 1 ¼ miles so his connections must decide whether to stretch him out for the 1 ½ mile Turf or capitalize on his front-running speed for the Mile when he faces older rivals in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Oscar Performance is a son of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up and Eclipse Award grass champion Kitten’s Joy. He was bred by his owner John Amerman and his wife, Jerry, who also raced his mother Devine Actress.

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