RAVENEL graduates at Laurel

Off the favorite due to her 2 third-place finishes, RAVENEL (Verrazano) stalked the pace and then came around horses to get up for the graduate by a length. She raced 1 1/16 on the turf at Laurel. The 3 year old filly is owned by Carolyn K Friedberg and trained by  Thomas F Proctor. RAVENEL was a $95,000 Kirkwood grad at OBS March 2018.

MR. GREY (Fr) wins his second in a row

Racing 1 3/16 over the all weather surface at Presque Isle Downs, MR. GREY (Fr)(Mr. Sidney) circled late and mowed down the field to win his second race in a row. As a 2 year old, he was consigned by Kirkwood to the OBS April sale and RNA’s for $50,000. He is now owned by Andy Kohler and is trained by Claude Brownfield.  The 5 year old gelding has earned over $167,000. MR. GREY was bred in France by EARL Haras Du Quesnay.

MR. FRENCH stakes placed again and 2 year old WICKED SLIDER graduates

Sprinting 5 furlongs off the turf at Gulfstream in the BOB UMPHREY TURF SPRINT S, MR FRENCH(GB) by Mr. Sidney added more first black-type placing second. He was bred Earl Haras Du Quesnay and trained by Marcial Navarro for owner  NME 56 LLC .  MR FRENCH(GB)  was consigned and sold for $45,000 by Kirkwood in the OBS March 2016 sale with Gary Young the buyer.

At Indiana Downs, 2 year old cold WICKED SLIDER  by Wicked Strong, graduated in his 3rd start racing 4 1/2 furlongs. He won by almost 5 lengths for owners Marvin A. Johnson ( who is also his trainer) Perry Wood, Tim Wood and David Cavanaugh. WICKED SLIDER is a graduate of the Gallop Consignment at Fasig Tipton Florida. He sold for $40,000 to his trainer Perry Wood.

GALACTIC wins his 2nd

GALACTIC (Gemologist) broke his maiden this spring at Mahoning Valley, racing back at Thistledown he posted 2  seconds before adding win number 2 in wire to wire fashion. He is trained by Timothy E. Hamm for owner WinStar Farm LLC and Blazing Meadows Farm LLC .

Mucho Gusto Much the Best in Affirmed Stakes

Courtesy of the BloodHorse Mucho Gusto wins the Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita Park
Mucho Gusto wins the Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita Park

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Mucho Gusto Much the Best in Affirmed Stakes

Son of Mucho Macho Man took the Lazaro Barrera (G3) last out.

Michael Lund Petersen’s Mucho Gusto drove past rivals to score a second straight graded stakes win June 16 in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

The win marked the fourth graded victory for the son of Mucho Macho Man , who entered the 1 1/16-mile test off a 3 1/4-length win in the May 18 Lazaro Barerra Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Breaking well from post 6 under jockey Joe Talamo, Mucho Gusto settled in fourth of the six-horse field after the break, as Visitant took over to lead by a half-length through the first half-mile in :48.92. Running three deep on the first turn, Mucho Gusto capitalized on his outside position in the far turn and made a bid to challenge.

Shaking off a late bid from Kingly, who had stalked the pace in third through much of the race while slightly rank under jockey Mario Guiterrez, Mucho Gusto inched clear under left-handed urging in the stretch and cleared his rival by 2 1/4 lengths at the wire to win in a final time of 1:45.15.

“We had a really good trip. He broke really sharp,” Talalmo said. “He was just full of run turning for home. He tries really hard. You can do whatever you want with him. He can go to the front and win, he can sit off and win, he’s a really nice horse.”

Roadster finished second, one length ahead of Visitant in third. Manhattan UpKingly, and Always Forgiven completed the order of finish.

“I thought maybe Kingly would be in the lead but he was just playing it by ear,” remarked Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. “I told Joe, ‘If we’re going to win any bigger purses we’re going to need to learn to relax instead of going out there big all the time. I think this horse is maturing. He’s a late foal and he’s getting better.

“Roadster, he was coming at the end but he’s not quite where he was. But at least it was a positive move for him forward. He needs to have a bit more weight after the (Kentucky) Derby (G1). I think Mucho, with the way he’s running now, I might take a shot at something like the (TGV.com) Haskell (G1). He has speed and I could change my mind five times before then. I think it’s one of those things where we’re just happy we won.”

Bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon out of Itsagiantscauseway, Mucho Gusto was purchased by Petersen for $625,000 from the consignment of Kirkwood Stables to the 2018 Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. He improved his record to 5-1-1 from seven starts with $430,800 in earnings.

MR GREY wins going long at Presque Isle

Racing 1 1/8 over the all weather surface at Presque Isle Downs, MR. GREY (Fr)(Sidney’s Candy) came from slightly off the pace and mowed down the field to win by 2 lengths. As a 2 year old, he was consigned by Kirkwood to the OBS April sale and RNA’s for $50,000. He is now owned by Andy Kohler and is trained by Claude Brownfield.  The 5 year old gelding has earned over $155,000. MR. GREY was bred in France by EARL Haras Du Quesnay.

REALM adds another G2 stakes placing in the Brooklyn Invitational

Stakes winner of the Alydar S and also a multiple Graded Stakes Placed, REALM (Haynesfield) added another G2 stakes placing n the G2 Brooklyn Invitational at 12 furlongs on the Belmont Stakes card. He ran close to the pace and in a blanket finish only missed by a 1/2 and a neck.

Bred in Virginia by Morgan’s Ford Farm, Realm was selected by Tagg from the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale (Consigner by Kirkwood), paying $75,000.  He’s earned just over $421,000.

“Harry and I have had a couple of horses together,” Dattner said, “but this is the first with Barclay. He said he’d like to own a horse but couldn’t afford one, so I paid for the horse and he paid for the upkeep until he caught up.”