Two wins for Kirkwood grads this weekend

Halibut Cove made his second start a winning one for owners Christopher and George  Elser. He overcame crowding at the start and swung wide at the turn to go past the field and win by 3 lengths in a MSW at Delaware Park. The two year old colt  was Elser Farms Corp.

Lead Singer went right to the lead and stayed there to wire the field in an AOC at the Meadowlands.  He is owned by VinLaur Racing Stables, LLC  and was bred by Sha-Li Leasing Associates, Inc. The five year old gelding has earned over $147,000 for his connections.

Updated Daily wins at Penn National

UPDATED DAILY, a 3 year old filly by Kodiak Kowboy, took over at the 3/8th pole and cleared the field to score by over three lengths in allowance company at Penn National. It was her third win lifetime along with three second and two thirds.  She has earned over $72,000 for his owner Renpher Stable.

Lavender Chrissie wins at Keeneland

West Point’s three year old Scat Daddy filly Lavender Chrissie, ran in 2 X allowance conditions at Keeneland. She attended the pace in second and then took over the lead and held to the wire. She has earned over $89,000 and has won 3 of her 6 starts lifetime. She was bred by  Mrs. O. M. Patrick and was a $185,000 Keeneland yearling purchase.

River Dell wins at Belmont

West Point owned two year old Arch colt, RIVER DELL, was away in good order and stalked from the two-path and then came out to clear the field and hold on to graduate at Belmont over a sloppy track. It was his second time out of the gate. RIVER DELL was second in his first outing and has earned $69,600.

Tom’s Ready wins at Churchill

TOM’S READY zipped straight to the front and rolled home a wire to wire winner to break his maiden in a MSW at Churchill. The two year old colt is owned by G Benson and was bred by Blackstone Farm LLC in PA. He is trained by Dallas Stewart.

Knight of Drama places at Barretts Juvenile Stakes

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).

Recepta wins the Noble Damsel S. -G3 at Belmont

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.”

Defondo wins at Kentucky Downs

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.