Boppy O, Half to Pappacap, Wins 2-Year-Old Debut


Photo: Coglianese Photos/Ryan Thompson
Boppy O wins his debut at Gulfstream Park

John Oxley and Breeze Easy's Boppy O , a 2-year-old half brother to graded stakes winner Pappacap , graduated in style at Gulfstream Park May 20.

The son of Bolt d'Oro  , produced from the Scat Daddy mare Pappascat , rallied from fourth to win by 1 1/2 lengths in the day's second race, a five-furlong maiden special weight event.

Pappacap (Gun Runner  ), also broke his maiden last summer at Gulfstream before later capturing the Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar and eventually becoming grade 1-placed.

Trainer Mark Casse trains both Pappacap and Boppy O, who was purchased by his owners for $190,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the Summerfield consignment. Rustlewood Farm bred both colts in Florida and owns Pappacap.

Boppy O ran five furlongs in :58.71 under Edwin Gonzalez, who also was aboard for Pappacap's graduation last year.

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"He always showed he had some talent. Pappacap was more forward than he is. This colt is going to appreciate more ground as the races get longer," said assistant trainer Nick Tomlinson. "In the mornings, we've been teaching him to be behind horses. He's never shown that he's the fastest from the gate. Edwin said that once he got his legs under him, he asked him to go and it was all over."

Keanu  held second, a neck in front of third-place finisher Big John .