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Calumet's Bal a Bali Sires First Stakes Winner

WinBlaze homebred Corner Office wins the July 23 Hoover Stakes at Belterra Park.

Corner Office wins the Hoover Stakes at Belterra Park

Corner Office wins the Hoover Stakes at Belterra Park

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WinBlaze homebred Corner Office became the first stakes winner for freshman sire Bal a Bali  when he captured the July 23 Hoover Stakes at Belterra Park.

The 2-year-old gelding romped by 8 1/4 lengths against Ohio-breds in his second start June 17 at Thistledown before being bet down as the 2-5 co-favorite in the Hoover, again facing state-bred competition. Perched off the leaders in the early stages behind a :22.94 first quarter, the dark bay seized command turning for home and surged clear to a two-length score under jockey Jose Bracho.

Trained by Timothy Hamm, Corner Office improved his earnings to $63,300 from three starts. He is the third winner produced from the Kitten's Joy mare Elated, who has yearling and weanling colts by National Flag.

Bal a Bali, bred by Haras Santa Maria de Araras in Brazil, was a Triple Crown winner in his native country before being sent to trainer Richard Mandella in the U.S. Under Mandella's care, the son of Put It Back became a dual grade 1 winner on the turf, annexing the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes (G1T) and Shoemaker Mile Stakes (G1T) as as a 7-year-old in 2017. He retired with earnings of $1,258,268 and 15 wins from 26 starts.

Standing at Calumet Farm for $5,000, Bal a Bali has sired two winners to date.