Newly turned 5-year-old Hard Spun colt MSW HIT IT ONCE MORE started his 2018 campaigned with a strong allowance win at PARX, followed by a win in the Haynesfield Stakes at Aqueduct. Back again in stakes company in the Stymie also at Aqueduct, he added to his resume with a third. HIT IT ONCE MORE was purchased from Kirkwood Stables for $90,000 as a two year old by his trainer Gary Sciacca acting as agent for August Dawn Farm. He was bred by JMJ Racing Stables, LLC. His bankroll stands over $509,000.
Kirkwood has the half brother to YULONG WARRIOR by NOBLE MISSION (GB) selling this month at the Fasig Tipton Gulfstream Sale. YULONG WARRIOR (Street Cry (IRE) – Mahkama (USA) (Bernardini (USA)) demolished the field by over 10 lengths in the Al Bastakia S at Meydan on Super Saturday as part of the build up to the Dubai World Cup.
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Kirkwood has many happy associations with the family of BELLERIN (Malibu Moon – Seek to Soar, by Seeking the Gold) through his grand dam Soaring Softly.
Yesterday going a mile on the dirt, BELLERIN showed early speed and went right to the lead and stayed there to score a win and break his maiden. The gelding was sold by Kirkwood to trainer Carla Gaines for her client, owner Keith Brackpool.
The very well named SCHOLAR ATHLETE (Einstein) added a 5th win to his resume winning a $75,000 AOC going 1 1/8 0n the turf at Tampa Bay for owner West Point. He pressed the pace in 2nd and then took over to hit the wire in front. The now 5 year old gelding was graded stakes placed in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (Gr. 3).
Lifetime Record: GSP, 19-5-0-4, $252,036.
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HIT IT ONCE MORE ( consigned and sold by Kirkwood for $90,000 at Timonium) scored in the HAYNESFIELD S., $100,000 at Aqueduct racing a very sloppy mile. Hit It Once More had prior success in state-bred stakes coming into Saturday, with victories in the New York Derby at Finger Lakes and the Albany S. at Saratoga in his sophomore campaign. After going wire-to-wire against allowance foes when adding blinkers at Parx Jan. 9, he finished fifth in an optional claiming event there last time out. The bay sprinted straight to the lead as the longest shot on the board and was two lengths clear passing the half-mile pole. He was still unchallenged and in hand around the far turn, was set down for the drive at the quarter pole and held steady in the final sixteenth to secure the front-running upset.
“He’s a nice horse,’ said winning trainer Gary Sciacca. “He had a great 3-year-old campaign last year, winning the [New York] Derby and coming back and winning the Albany at Saratoga. It took him a little while to get this 4-year-old year together. We went two starts back with the blinkers and it kind of seemed to make a bit of a difference on him. Made him more focused to do his job. He always broke good but he pays more attention now. From a 3-year-old to 4-year-old just made him pay attention.” He has earned $494,642.
BERNED (started and prepared by Kirkwood Stables) ran second in the G2- Barbara Fritchie S at Laurel. The $550,000 yearling is owned by 3C Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds & Robert Masiello. She has earnings of $254,781 and is a stakes winner already and is now multiple graded stakes placed.
I’M BETTY G dead-heated for 3rd in the Albert M Stall Memorial S at the Fair Grounds. She was consigned and sold by Kirkwood for $150,000 at Timonium. The 4-year-old filly is a multiple SW and has multiple graded stakes placings. She has earned $162,465
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I’M BETTY G (Into Mischief) broke her maiden at Indiana Grand. Moving straight from that win into stakes company in the Pearl Necklace at Laurel, the Maryland bred filly scored her first stakes win. She followed up with a stakes placing in the Indiana Grand Stakes. and a graded stakes placing in the Commonwealth Oaks-G3 followed by a another G3 stakes placing in the Pin Oak Valley View G3 at Keeneland where she led until deep stretch. She added a 3rd in the Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream and another third in the South Beacn on the Pegasus World Cup card.
I’M BETTY G was a $150,000 sales graduate for Kirkwood sold to current owner Three Diamonds Farm. She is trained by Michael J. Maker and has earned over $157,000.
Newly turned 5-year-old Hard Spun colt MSW HIT IT ONCE MORE is back with a strong allowance win at PARX. Going a mile and 70 and racing for Yellow Moon Stable, he went right to the front and stayed there for a win by almost 5 lengths. HIT IT ONCE MORE was purchased for $90,000 as a two year old by his trainer Gary Sciacca acting as agent for August Dawn Farm. He was bred by JMJ Racing Stables, LLC. His bankroll stands over $433,000 with 5 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds.
Racing 6 furlongs at Laurel, 3-year-old filly OFF MY STAGE (More Than Ready) had to steady and fan wide, but got her nose on the wire first for her second victory in a row Last month she wired the field to break her maiden by 4 lengths. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $49,740.
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I’M BETTY G broke her maiden at Indiana Grand. Moving straight from that win into stakes company in the Pearl Necklace at Laurel, the Maryland bred filly scored her first stakes win. She followed up with a stakes placing in the Indiana Grand Stakes. and a graded stakes placing in the Commonwealth Oaks-G3 followed by a another G3 stakes placing in the Pin Oak Valley View G3 at Keeneland where she led until deep stretch. Today she came 4 wide to add still more black type, running third in the Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream.
I’M BETTY G was a $150,000 sales graduate for Kirkwood sold to current owner Three Diamonds Farm. She is trained by Michael J. Maker and has earned over $145,000.