Three year old Kirkwood owned Speightstown filly, BAJAN BEACH, broke her maiden at Belmont. She settled in mid pack and then spun out from the rail to challenge the leaders and then closed strongly to win going 7 furlongs on the turf. She is trained by Thomas Morley and was bred by WinStar Farm, LLC & M R Capital, LLC.
Dogwood Stable’s 4 year old Bernstein gelding, SHIPWRECK KELLY, went off the choice and got the job done breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs. He chased the pace and then drove past for the win. Bred by Lewis Schaffel, he was a $100,000 Kirkwood prepared and sold 2 year old.
Three year old PHENOMENAL PHOENIX by Summer Bird, stepped up into graded stakes company and overcame a rough trip to be third in the Illinois Derby – G3 at Hawthorne. He is owned by Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch and was bred W Hertrich III & John D Fielding (KY). His trainer is Donnie K Von Hemel.
It was a Keeneland sort of day for Kirkwood. Graded stakes placed RECEPTA, a 4 year old filly, stalked the pace 4 wide and then cleared to win a toughly fought allowance race. She is trained by James J. Toner and is owned by the Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin. She was bred by John W. Phillips & Hank Snowden. Her earnings stand at $180,200.
Earlier on the same card, 3 year old gelding, MONEY CHANGER, drove to the lead for owner Dogwood Stable and graduated in a MSW. He has been knocking on the door and already has over $70,000 in earnings. He is trained by Todd Pletcher and was bred in KY by Laura McKinney.
The Quality Road filly PURE broke her maiden at Santa Anita going 1 1/16 on the dirt. Although was forced wide around both turns, she gained on the leaders and kicked clear for the win. She has earned over $64,000. She is owned by DP Racing, LLC and was bred by Young Stables, LLC. She was prepped and sold by Kirkwood for $130,000 at Keeneland April.
Colt Rafale has been tipped to become 2015 Korean Triple Crown winner on KoreanRacing.WordPress.com. Rafale is from the first crop of COLORS FLYING (A.P. Indy / Storm Flag Flying) purchased for Moo Keun So by Kip Elser. Find the full write up here.
Almost always on the board in all 17 of his starts, four year old Kodiak Kowboy colt DUVAL, raced close to the pace and then challenged between horses to gain the lead and edge clear for the win. He was prepared by Kirkwood Stable and sold to Bill & Corinne Heiligbrodt. He is trained by Steven M. Asmussen and was bred in Pennsylvania by Mark Reid & DDS Stables.
Kirkwood prepped and consigned 3 year old Two Step Salsa colt, BLACK MARTINO, picked up black type in the Cutler Bay Stakes at Gulfstream going a mile on the turf. He went to the lead and dueled through the stretch, but had to settle for the show position. He is owned by Honors Stable Corp. and was bred by Bailey Bolen. His trainer is Jose Garoffalo.
West Point Thoroughbred’s three year old filly LAVENDER CHRISSIE won for the second time in three starts, taking an allowance race at Gulfstream. She stalked the pace and then came wide to take command and draw off to win handily by 5 lengths. She is trained by Dale L. Romans and was bred by Mrs. O. M. Patrick.
BLACK MARTINO edged up for the lead and held to win an SOC at Gulfstream. He has earned $65,000 for his connections, Trainer: Jose Garoffalo, Owner: Honors Stable Corp. and Breeder: Bailey Bolen