Impressed, a three year old gelding by Silvano (GER) out of Inspired (IRE), broke his maiden very impressively going 7 furlongs at Durbanville Race Course in South Africa on Wednesday. He is owned by an international partnership: Kip & Helen Elser and Alice Knowles of the U.S., Peter & Anna Doyle and Con & Teresa Marnane from Ireland, and the Kieswetter family in South Africa. He is trained by Brett Crawford.



DEFONDO wins 2nd in a row at Woodbine

Four year old El Corredor gelding, DEFONDO stepped up into allowance company at Woodbine having  won his first start there with some ease. He raced on or close to the lead and won by a length, this time going a mile on the turf. He has earned over $133,000 for owner West Point Thoroughbreds.

BRILLIANT BELLE wires the field at Churchill

Three year old filly Afleet Alex filly, BRILLIANT BELLE, broke her maiden 2 races back at Keeneland, was second last out and now has won again. She went right to the lead, set the pace and drew off in the stretch to win by 5 lengths. She is owned by Margo Scott and was bred by Tracy Farmer.

MANITOULIN graduates going long on the turf at Belmont

Three year old colt, MANITOULIN, by Awesome Again and out of Champion and   MGISW,  SOARING SOFTLY enjoyed the added distance of 1 3/8 to break his maiden in MSW company.  He settled behind the first flight of horses and made his bid for the lead heading for home.  From his outside postiton five wide he  wore down a fellow closer and won  by a length. He is owned by Darby Dan Farm and was bred Phillips Racing Partnership (KY). Like RECEPTA, who is from this same amazing female family, he is trained by James Toner.

Great day at the Races for Kirkwood Grads

Graded stakes placed TOM’S READY made his first stakes win a big one. He exploded from last to first to win the $500,000 G2 Woody Stephens S  on the Belmont S. undercard . He is owned GMB Racing and trained by by  Dallas Stewart. TOM’S READY has earned $577,220,

Also on the Belmont undercard, GSW RECEPTA closed with a strong kick to finish second in the G1 Longines Just A Game S for the Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin. She was bred by John W. Phillips & Hank Snowden and is trained by James Toner.  RECEPTA is closing on $600,000 in earnings.

Icing on the cake was INCONCLUSIVE‘s win in the Northbound Pride Oaks at Canterbury Park. The 3 year old filly was already graded stakes placed, but is now also a stakes winner. She is owned by Carolyn Friedberg and Jeff T. Larson and was bred by James Heyward.