Off We Go Provides Air Force Blue With Keeneland Winner
Air Force Blue opened the Keeneland meet in a big way on Friday when Off We Go (2f Air Force Blue x Conquest Strate Up, by Not Bourbon) won a Maiden Special Weight.
Proving to love the dirt when racing over six furlongs, the filly broke from the widest gate and was quickly into a five-way battle for the lead. That duel turned into a battle between three turning into the stretch but Off We Go quickly ended it when taking a length lead.
Given an easy ride with just a few taps, Off We Go finished strongly with more left in the tank to win by 1¼ lengths over Munnings’ Sun Path, a full sister to Grade II winner Bonny South.
Trained by Tom Amoss for B.C.W.T. Ltd, Off We Go was sold at this year’s OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds to Lauren Carlisle for $150,000.
Bred by Pippa’s Hurricane, Off We Go is the first foal out of stakes winning Conquest Strate Up, whose half-sister produced multiple stakes winner Cactus Joe. Off We Go’s granddam Deputy is a half-sister to dual Horse of the Year and successful sire Curlin with Group II winner Red Spada also in the family.
Off We Go is the seventh winner for European Champion 2-Year-Old Air Force Blue, ranking him among the best of his class by both winners and earnings.