Started at Kirkwood and now trained by James J. Toner, 2 year old filly DEFIANT HONOR, swung 5 wide at the upper stretch and edged clear for the win in her second start going 1 1/16 on the turf. She is owned by the Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin and was bred by John W. Phillips, Hank Snowden & Lynn Snowden.
The very well named SLAPSTICK by D’FUNNYBONE has been close a number of times, but got the job done going 6 furlongs on the turf to earn his cap and gown. With 3 seconds and the win, he has already earned over $70,000 for O/B Merrylegs Farm North. He is trained by Tom Morley.
The interestingly named 2 year old Congrats colt, CAUGHT A HEATER, came from off the pace to clear the field and break his maiden in a MSW at Belmont going 6 1/2 furlongs. He is owned by Robert Masiello is trained by Thomas Morley and was bred by Lawrence Goichman.
2 YO gelding UTOPIAN MOMENT, a homebred for Merrylegs Farm won a MSW at Finger Lakes in his second start. At Hawthorne, 2 YO filly PICARESQUE also graduated in a MSW also in her second start. She is owned by Carolyn Friedberg & Jeff T Larson.
10/3/16 – Kirkwood Stables was instrumental in the purchase of the three year old gelding ELUSIVE PATH (SAF). The chestnut gelding broke his maiden last month at Kenilworth and won back today in a handicap at Durbanville. He is owned by Mayfair Speculators (pty) Ltd (Mr D L Brugman) and is trained by Vaughan Marshall.
Cash is King’s two year old Stay Thirsty filly, OLD LINE GAL, won a speed duel and inherited the rail at PARX to graduate in a MSW. She cruised up the fence to over a 4 length lead at the wire. She was bred by Hillwood Stables, LLC. OLD LINE GAL was sold by Kirkwood Stables for $210,000 at the Fasig Tipton Midlantic Sale in May.
“He cooled out good and came back from the race really well,” said trainer Dallas Stewart’s assistant Bentley Combs. “(He) ate up well (Sunday) morning and he walked around real fresh (Sunday) morning, too. It looks like we’ll keep on going with him.””Everyone’s happy this morning,” Combs said. “Good energy is a good way to put it. I don’t know how else to describe it. We’re happy for both of them. I think Runhappy ran a nice race, but I think we can beat him again.”
Stewart, who was on his way back from saddling the now dual grade I winner Forever Unbridled in New York, spoke highly of both horses’ efforts.
“They came back real good,” Stewart said. “Now we’re just trying to get to the Breeders’ Cup, so we’ll be training up, hopefully do a good job, and go get the money.”
The Ack Ack was the second graded stakes victory for Tom’s Ready, who won the Woody Stephens (gr. III) at Belmont Park June 11. Prior to that he was 12th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).