Racing 7 furlongs in the dirt at Churchill Downs, 2-year-old FROLIC MORE (More Than Ready) took off in the top flight just off the rail. When asked he split hoses to reach the front and win by 1 3/4 lengths. He went off the heavy favorite. The colt is owned by Andrew Farm & On Our Own Stable, LLC; and his trained by Dallas Stewart. He has a record of 4-1-1-1 and $59,570 in earnings.
CONQUEST BIG E ( Tapit) captured the G2 Gulfstream Park Hardacre Mile for his first graded tally Mar. 31 but has been off the board since then. Today racing 7 furlongs at Gulfstream West, the 5-year-old came through along to rail to take control and then drew off in the lane to win by 5 3/4-lengths.
Lifetime Record: GSW, 25-6-2-1, $429,290
O-Daniel C. Hurtak
B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY)
T-Donna Green Hurtak.
Recent winner of the Molly Pitcher Stakes (Gr. 3), Robert Masiello, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Chris Larsen’s BERNED (Bernardini) added black type running 2nd in the G2- Chilukki S at Churchill on Breeders’ Cup Day. She had also added black-type running second in the ROYAL DELTA S at Belmont. She has upped her earnings over $438,000.
Bred by AR Enterprises out of the Giant’s Causeway mare First Passage, Berned was a $550,000 purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds when she was consigned to the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services.
SPLASHY KISSES gallops straight from the KIRKWOOD GULFSTREAM GALLOP contingent to the BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES-GI, $2,000,000. She was selected from Fasig Tipton Gulfstream by Dennis O’Neill for his trainer/brother Doug O’Neill. We wish all the connections the best of luck. She is now owned by ERJ Racing, LLC, Phoenix Thoroughbred III and Dave Kenney.
Kirkwood has a booth and is the sponsor of the TRAINERS PANEL. October 29 and 30 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
Phillips Homebred SOAR FROM SHADOWS (Bernardini–Shine Softly (SP), by Aldebaran) graduated at Laurel racing 1/16m on the turf. She tucked in along the rail early and then swung out and closed well for the victory. The 3-year-old filly is trained by Francis Abbott, III. She is from the wonderful Phillips family of millionaire MGSW SOARING SOFTLY. We are very proud of our association with both the Phillips family and Darby Dan and with this wonderful equine family as well.
Mucho Macho Man | Horsephotos
MUCHO GUSTO (Mucho Macho Man) lived up to his name and then some with an ultra-impressive debut victory at Los Alamitos Thursday to become his freshman sire (by Macho Uno)’s fourth winner and first ‘TDN Rising Star.’ Hammered down to even-money favoritism, the $625,000 EASMAY buy broke on top from his rail draw and was just loping along under a motionless Joe Talamo as he zipped through a first quarter in :21.96. He floated out three wide turning for home, but was still going easily, registering a half-mile in :45.75. Confronted by a rival to his inside at the top of the stretch, the chestnut instantly powered clear when given the signal by Talamo, pouring it on down the lane to win by a geared-down four lengths. Vantastic (Dialed In) completed the exacta.
Picked up for just $14,000 at Keeneland January, Mucho Gusto brought $95,000 in his next trip through the Keeneland ring that September. The colt RNA’d for $55,000 at the OBS March sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat over the synthetic and was sent through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale two months later, where he summoned $625,000 from Michael Lund Petersen after working a quarter-mile over a sloppy dirt track in an eye-catching :21 1/5. He is currently the most expensive offspring of 2013 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man to be sold at auction.
Mucho Gusto hails from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year and MGISW Peaks and Valleys (Mt. Livermore) and MGSW millionaire Alternation (Distorted Humor). The winner’s dam Itsagiantcauseway (Giant’s Causeway) did not produce a foal in 2017, but had a Jack Milton colt Apr. 15 of this year and was bred back to Alpha.
3rd-Los Alamitos, $40,690, Msw, 9-20, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.14, ft.
MUCHO GUSTO, c, 2, Mucho Macho Man
1st Dam: Itsagiantcauseway, by Giant’s Causeway
2nd Dam: Countervail, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Strike a Balance, by Green Dancer
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000.
4-year-old gelding GRAY DUDE (First Dude) winner at 3 of the Starter Stakes Jack Flats at Gulfstream, won his 6th race. Racing 7/12 furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream and initially trapped on the rail he finagled his way out and clear for the win. He was claimed out of this effort and we wish his new connections the best. He has earned over $175,000.
SPLASHY KISSES (Blame) is a graduate of the Kirkwood Gallop Only contingent at Gulfstream. She stepped up into graded stakes company and finished 2nd to add her first black type.
“She acts like the farther the better,” said O’Neill, who trains Splashy Kisses, a 2-year-old daughter of Blame, for Dave Kenney and Erik Johnson, a defenseman with the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche.