Courtesy of the TDN
TOM’S READY, a smart last-to-first winner of Belmont’s GII Woody Stephens S. last summer, rolled a pair of threes in his most recent two trips to the post in the GI Forego S. at Saratoga Aug. 26 and GII Kelso H. at Belmont Sept. 23. Last of nine through hot early splits of :22.05 and :44.79, Tom’s Ready began to wind up on the turn for home. Stallwalkin’ Dude made the first run to gain command in the stretch, but Tom=s Ready was just getting started and came charging on the outside to get the money.
“We want to get him to the [GI] Cigar Mile, try to get him a Grade I win,” Bentley Combs, assistant to winning trainer Dallas Stewart, said. “It’s an iconic race and it would be a great way for him to end his career [before entering stud at Spendthrift Farm in 2018].”
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. Today she added another G3 stakes placing in the Pin Oak Valley View G3 at Keeneland where she led until deep stretch. 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 $128,000.
In its first venture into the Australian Two-Year-Old in Training market, Kirkwood sold hip 222, the Medaglia d’Oro colt for $100,000 to Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing. To have Gai Waterhouse involved with a purchase right off the starting blocks is a great beginning. Hip 18, the Helmet Filly sold to Philip Cole for $18,000. The Animal Kingdom colt, hip 189 did not meet his reserve and remains available for purchase.
GOLD BRAID (Warrior’s Reward) had no trouble annexing his 5th win running a mile on the dirt in a Starter Allowance at Laurel. He zoomed home with a score by almost 7 lengths. The 3 year old gelding is owned by Joseph E. Besecker and trained by Hugh I. McMahon.
3 year old colt, BRAVO TANGO (Congrats) won his first 2 starts and is now stakes placed in the Antler Luggage Stakes at Flemington, Australia. He is owned by Mcgrath Racing (Mgr: M O Mcgrath), M J Caporale, R J Harman, D B Fewster, Mrs J M Fewster, Dr T S Whitehead, M Eight Fast Track Racing (Mgr: M Valkovic), Get Me A Permit (Mgr: A J Gray), L D B Racing (Mgr: S Lynch)& St Pats Punting (Mgr: A J Gray).
This is very timely as Kip Elser is in Australia for the Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale 10 – 11 October 2017. He has consigned 3 hips at the Magic Millions 2017 Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale
Kip found 3 lovely fillies, a Maclean’s Music filly for Dan Ryan and another Maclean’s Music for Country Life Farm. The third filly was also purchased for Country Life and is by Street Sense. The two Country Life fillies will be prepared at Kirkwood and sold in 2018 as two year olds in training.
3 year old gelding GRAY DUDE (First Dude) running in the Starter Stakes Jack Flats Stakes had to overcome a bump at the start and a traffic jam but he got the job done wining by a neck. He raced a mile on the turf. It was his second win in a row. GRAY DUDE is owned by Joe Sterrenberg and trained by Armando De la Cerda. He is approaching $100,000 in earnings.
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 again. She followed up that stakes win with a stakes placing in the Indiana Grand Stakes. Today she racked up a graded stakes placing running an excellent 3rd in the COMMONWEALTH OAKS PRESENTED BY THE VIRGINIA EQUINE ALLIANCE AND THE VIRGINIA HBPA-G3, going 1 1/8 on the turf at Laurel. 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 $113,000.