02/09/2008 12:00AM

OBS Championship tops $425,000 card


OCALA, Fla. - Nine 3-year-olds will compete in Monday's $150,000 Darley OBS Championship Stakes, the richest event on a five-race, all-stakes program worth $425,000 at the Ocala Training Center. There is no parimutuel betting on the OBS races, which also include the $100,000 filly division of the Darley OBS Championship Stakes, the $75,000 colts division and $50,000 fillies division of the Darley OBS Sprint Stakes, and the $50,000 Florida Thoroughbred Charities.

The four Darley OBS races are open to 3-year-olds who have gone through an OBS auction ring. The Florida Thoroughbred Charities is for 3-year-olds and up sired by stallions whose seasons were offered at the 2004 Florida Thoroughbred Charities auction.

The 1 1/16-mile OBS Championship, to be contested for the first time on the synthetic Safetrack surface, has attracted the two-time stakes winner Ghostly Thunder. Ghostly Thunder has 4 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 6 starts. He won both his stakes last year at Charles Town, and was second in the Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel earlier this month. Travis Dunkelberger has the mount.

Among Ghostly Thunder's main opponents is Dynhocracy, who had a troubled trip in the Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Park Derby in his last effort. He finished fourth, beaten less than three lengths by the winner, Kentucky Derby candidate Cowboy Cal. A son of Adhocracy, Dynhocracy was fourth in the What a Pleasure Stakes at Calder in December, two starts ago. In November, he won the $100,000 Appleton Juvenile Turf Stakes at Calder. Jose Lezcano will ride Dynhocracy.

Halo Najib will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux. A son of Halo's Image, he only has 1 win in 5 starts but has faced graded stakes company in his last three races, finishing third in the Grade 2 Hutcheson at Gulfstream, fifth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill, and second in the Grade 3 Iroquois there.

Globalization comes into this race off a last-place finish in a field of 11 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Oct. 27 over a sloppy Monmouth track. Before that, he won a Belmont maiden race by 7 1/2 lengths. Eibar Coa rides Monday.

The filly division of the Darley-OBS Championship Stakes drew 13 going 1 1/16 miles. In addition to the purse, the winning owner receives a breeding season in 2008 or 2009 to the Darley stallion Henny Hughes, who stands for $40,000.

Contenders include Calico Bay, who won the My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes last year. She finished second in the other two filly divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes. Manoel Cruz, who has ridden the her in all but one of her seven starts, has the mount. Tip Toe Annie, to be ridden by her regular jockey Patrick Husbands, campaigned over the Polytrack at Woodbine as a juvenile. She is stakes-placed.

The Darley OBS Sprint Stakes will have seven in the male division and 11 in the filly division. Surrealdeal, second in the Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream on Feb. 2, is the logical choice in the male division. Cruz has been named to ride.

The winning owner of the filly division of the Sprint gets a 2008 or 2009 season to the Darley stallion Rockport Harbor, who carries a fee of $20,000. Awesome Chick comes into this race having won 2 of her 3 starts, including the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in January. Regular rider Irwin Rosendo has the mount. Orinoquia has 2 wins in 4 starts and was third in Gulfstream's Grade 2 Old Hat in her last. Edgar Prado rides.

The winning owner of the Florida Thoroughbred Charities, a five-furlong event, gets a breeding in 2008 or 2009 to the Darley stallion Kafwain. Eleven will run, including the multiple stakes winner Finallymadeit.