NYRA Press Release: Oscar Performance is expected to make his stakes debut in the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim for 2-year-olds on October 1, trainer Brian Lynch said on Friday morning. The Amerman Racing homebred broke his maiden August 20 at Saratoga Race Course, winning by 10 ¼ lengths over 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf.
The Kitten’s Joy bay colt will look to find success at the same distance in the Pilgrim in his Belmont Park debut. Oscar Performance went four furlongs in 51.66 seconds on turf Sunday in his first breeze at Belmont and is expected to work again this weekend.
“We just gave him an easy work and let him stretch his legs here,” Lynch said. “We’re looking forward to the next works where we’ll just tighten the screws. He seems like he’s matured and it’s always exciting when you have young talent in the barn taking you forward.”
Bureau de Change is on point for the Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel on September 24. The 5-year-old bay mare will be making her sixth straight graded stakes start in seeking her first stakes victory.
“She’s a hard-knocking filly, so we’re going to give her a try,” Lynch said. “I feel like she’s a Grade 3-type of filly and on a good day, you can win one with her.”
A fellow Amerman Racing homebred, Bureau de Change breezed five furlongs in 1:02.55 on Belmont’s main track on Wednesday. Her best stakes performance was a third-place showing in the Grade 3 Eatontown on June 25 at Monmouth Park before finishing fourth last out in the Grade 3 WinStar Matchmaker on July 31.
“She’s in good order and we’re excited about it,” Lynch said.
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