KNIGHT OF DRAMA, consigned and sold by Kirkwood at Barretts in May, tried his luck in stakes company in the Barretts Juvenile Stakes. He dueled determinedly throughout but had to settle with the show position. He has his maiden condition ahead of him although he has been knocking on the door with a second last out. He is owned by C T R Stables LLC and was bred by Valerie Ammirato & Jessica Lauren Lafferty (FL).
MSW RECEPTA won the NOBLE DAMSEL S.-G3 at Belmont.
RECEPTA, winner of the Chelsea Flower S. made only three starts during her sophomore season, including thirds in the G3 Appalachian S. and Wonder Again S. She took a Keeneland allowance this April before a third in the G3 Beaugay S. and a fourth in Monmouth’s G3 Eatontown June 27. She annexed the De La Rose S. at Saratoga Aug. 8.
RECEPTA rated down the backstretch and began to close heading into the turn. She angled out four wide at he top of the stretch to gain the lead and hold to clear the field.
“I think the key to her development this year is more maturity than anything,” said winning trainer Jimmy Toner. “She was kind of washy and sort of flighty last year and couldn’t take too much. We gave her the winter off and brought her back in the spring, and she’s taken every step that we’ve wanted her to take. I was a little disappointed with her race in Monmouth, but what are you going to do? Since that time, she’s responded to everything we’ve done. We’ll probably come back in the [GIII] Athenia [S. at Belmont Oct. 17]. We mapped out a plan for her early on: the De La Rose, which was restricted–worked out perfect. Wanted to get a graded stake–worked out perfect. She’ll have two more starts this year, and if she comes back next year bigger and stronger I think she can develop into something special.”
Three year old DEFONDO reeled in the leaders to take over the field for the time to win a 7 furlong race at Kentucky Downs for owner West Point Thoroughbreds. He was bred by Mr & Mrs Bertram R Firestone and has earned $74,527 with two wins and two seconds in 9 starts.
The well named two year old Einstein (BRZ) colt, SCHOLAR ATHLETE, broke his maiden at Woodbine in his second start. He is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds. He broke well, went to the lead on the inside, was rated and was then passed by a rival. Like a pro he waited and then moved out into the two path with a horse outside on his hip, but cleared the field to win. Behind him in third was another Kirkwood graduate, STORM HAWK. The Stormy Atlantic colt is owned by Tucci stables. He was trapped inside behind horses for most of the race with no where to go until quite deep stretch. Once clear, he ran well for the show. Watch for this one next out.
It was a 1 – 2 finish for Kirkwood-prepped horses in the 8th race at Saratoga today! HEATED VERDICT, owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, came in first with SLAPSTICK, owned by Merrylegs Farm, a close second. Congratulations to all of their connections!
MOON SONG bid 4 wide and was up in the nick of time to win at Indiana Grand. He was bred by Darley, John H. Adger & Stone Farm and is owned by Stone Farm. The 4 year old Elusive Quality colt has bankrolled over $51,000.
On the same day ROUGH PASSAGE, a 4 year old Stormy Atlantic gelding, won at Gulfstream. He was a $250,000 Kirkwood sold two year old in training. He is owned by Red Castle Farms and was bred by R S Evans.
LADY DAPHNE, wired the field to graduate by 4 at Saratoga. The three year old Harlan’s Holiday filly shot out of the gate and never looked back. Bred by Twin Creeks, she was owned by Tracy Farmer and was trained by Chad Brown. She was claimed out of the race. We wish her new connections the best.
Graded stakes placed before today, four year old Speightstown filly RECEPTA added to her resume by winning the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose S at Saratoga. She found a seam between horses, darted through, had to continue dueling but finally cleared and won under a hand ride. She is owned by Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin and was bred by John W. Phillips & Hank Snowden. She has earned over $260,000.
To make it even better, two year old filly MISS PRUDENCE broke her maiden in a MSW at Delaware Park in her first start. She is owned by Nicholas Cammarano Jr and was bred by G Watts Humphrey Jr and Susie Keller.
West Point Thoroughbreds had two nice seconds at Saratoga with two year olds. Both Kirkwood grads, HEATED VERDICT was a first time starter and AWESOME DAME finished an impressive 2nd to Rachel Alexandra’s first foal, Rachel’s Valentina.
Four year old Langfuhr gelding SAINT ADALBERT pressed the pace briefly and then went straight to the lead and held it to win at Del Mar for owner Bloom Racing Stable. He covered the 6 and 1/2 furlongs on the dirt in 1:18 and change. He has earned over $50,000 for his connections.