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ODA stakes winner at 2 and 3 on the main track, O Dionysus has found running over turf a wonderful change at age 4. He recorded his third win in as many starts on the grass with a course record performance in the $75,000 Cape Henlopen Stakes at Delaware Park on Saturday, July 7.

Stretching out to a mile and half for the first time in his career, O Dionysus battled on the front end nearly the entire trip and dug in late to win by a head. He covered the distance in 2:25.99 over the firm turf while recording his third career stakes win.

A son of Bodemeister owned by Marathon Farms Inc. and trained by Gary Capuano, O Dionysus won in allowance company in his first two trips over the turf, at Pimlico in May and Delaware Park in June. He proved his efficiency on the dirt when scoring in the Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes at 2 and Miracle Wood Stakes at 3. Four times he has finished second in stakes company, most memorably missing by a nose to Irish War Cry in the Marylander Stakes at Laurel to conclude his juvenile season.

After finishing second in the 2017 Federico Tesio Stakes he was away from the races for 10 months and returned in February of this year. He was back to the winner’s circle in May and now has won three of his last four starts – the only blemish a fourth-place finish in the off-the-turf Grade 3 Dixie Stakes, run on a sloppy track at Pimlico on Preakness Day. His record currently stands at 16-6-5-1 for earnings of $335,099.

Sold to Peter Angelos for $190,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale, the highest-priced colt in the sale, he is one of three stakes performers for the winning Flatter mare Safe Journey, who has also produced multiple stakes winner and $250,544-earner Joy and stakes-placed $153,080-earner Combat Diver. O Dionysus represents three generations bred by Dark Hollow Farm, descending from David and JoAnn Hayden’s foundation mare Safely Home. His second dam, stakes-placed Safe At the Plate, is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup winner, champion sprinter and Hall of Famer Safely Kept and graded stakes winner and sire Partner’s Hero.

Safe Journey produced a full brother to O Dionysus in 2016, named Tauber, who sold for $280,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and has a yearling colt by Malibu Moon. She is back in foal to Bodemeister for 2019.