Mon, 07/22/2019 - 11:07

COLLUSION ILLUSION (c, 2, Twirling Candy–Natalie Grace, by First Dude), a $50,000 Keeneland September Yearling who flourished into a $300,000 OBS April juvenile off a :10 flat breeze, was given a 5-1 chance following a pair of sharp morning works, including the most recent going four panels in :48.00 (4/35) July 16. The Florida-bred was far back in the early going as favored Bronn (Conveyance) and Disco Ball (Orb) duked it out through fractions of 22:27 and :46.08. Turning for home, Bronn was already working hard to keep position and Disco Ball wrested the advantage along the inside. However, moving fastest of all was Collusion Illusion, who swung out well wide into the stretch and was closing with purpose on the front runner down the center of the track. Also rallying from behind, Defense Wins (Flatter) cut his way through the center of the pack, however, it was Collusion Illusion who was moving fastest of all and was a half-length ahead of his grey rival at the wire. Disco Ball held on for third over Bronn. The winner’s unraced and now deceased dam was a half-sister to the good Don Dizney sprinters Bahamian Squall (Gone West) and Apriority (Grand Slam). Sales history: $50,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $300,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR.