Aiken Training track grad CITY BOY 3rd in the Vice Regent Stakes

Graded SW CITY BOY (City Zip) added another stakes placing to his page running 3rd  in the Vice Regent Stakes at Woodbine. Sprinting 5 furlongs on the turf, he settled mid pack and then came 3 or 4 wide to land the show position. He is owned by The Estate of Gustav Schickedanz and Donald Howard and was bred by Gustav Schickedanz. He is trained by Mike Keogh.

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
24 3 9 4 $422,200


Liam’s Dove Gets It Done – Wins the DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF S

Gary Barber’s Liam’s Dove broke her maiden in her third career start when she hung on by a head to win the $103,000 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes.

Ridden by Kyle Frey for trainer Peter Miller, Liam’sDove set the pace and had a 2 1/2-length advantage inthe stretch, but Helens Well rallied from last of 11 andcut the margin down to a head at the wire. The Liam’s Map filly ($71.80) completed the mile in 1:36.65 onfirm turf, paying.

Liam’s Dove was bred in Kentucky by Marablue Farm out of the Hawk Wing mare The Dove, whose last
registered foal is a yearling Goldencents filly.

Carry Frommer, agent, purchased Liam’s Dovefor $75,000 out of Taylor Made Sales Agency’s
consignment to the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase. Frommer then consigned the filly
to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, where Miller, acting as agent, bought her for $120,000. With a win and a third in three starts, Liam’s Dove has earned $68,900.

“She fell out of there and I saw that we were all pretty much in a straight line,” said winning rider Kyle Frey. “So, I clucked to her a little bit and got a good spot up front. On the backside I saw her ears go up, and that’s when you know they’re happy. We just went on with it from there and she got it done.”

MSW BALLAGH ROCKS takes Colonial Downs allowance race

8 year old gelding graded stakes-winner  BALLAGH ROCKS (Stormy Atlantic) has been around the block more than once and even been in Aiken with more than one trainer. Most recently he was trained by Legacy Stable. Racing in allowance company at Colonial Downs, he made a rail bid going a mile and drew clear for the win.

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
31 9 5 5 $815,957

KAUAI wins his 6th!

Double stakes winner KAUAI won in allowance company at Prairie Meadows to up his earnings to $300,000. He was started by Cary Frommer at the Aiken Training Track for owner/breeder H. Allen Poindexter and is trained at the race track by  Lynn Chleborad .


DR GREEN (Rookie Sensation) trained by Mike Keogh here in Aiken and owned by The Estate of Gus Shickendanz broke her maiden going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Woodbine. She overcame a bump at the start which put her at the back of the pack and drove clear finally for the win.
MR DIFFLEY (Itsmyluckyday) also raced 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Woodbine and similarly came from far off the pace for the win. His victory came in allowance company and upped his earnings to $128,068.  He was conditioned by Mike Keogh here in Aiken and is owned by The Estate of Gus Shickendanz.

EDIE MEENY MINY MO 2nd in the G3 Monmouth Oaks

Aiken prepared Edie Meeny Miny  Mo, an impressive winner of her only two starts, both sprints, looked to be clear after taking command coming out of the final turn in the Monmouth Oaks G3, but that’s when Leader of the Band launched her rally. Edie Meeny Miny Mo had taken the field through a half in :47.03, to three quarters in 1:11.36, and through the opening mile in 1:37.05. She had to settle for 2nd.
Edie Meeny Miny Mo, 115, f, 3, Upstart–Plum, by Pure Prize.
($120,000 Ylg ’19 EASOCT; $400,000 2yo ’20 EASMAY – Consigned by Cary Frommer).
O-Holly Hill Stables, LLC;
B-Dark Hollow Farm (MD
T-Miguel Vera.

EDIE MEENY MINY MO to try the Monmouth Oaks

EDIE MEENY MINY MO (Upstart) brought $400,000 for Cary Frommer at the 2020 Fasig Tipton Timonium sale. She made a good start for her owners Holly Hill Farm, winning by over 4 lengths in her first start. She hopped at the start but overcame that quickly to reach the front and stay there. The 3 year old filly is trained by  Miguel Vera. She raced 6 furlongs on the dirt at Pimlico.

Courtesy of the BloodHorse

Edie Meeny Miny Mo breaks her maiden at Pimlico Race Course
Edie Meeny Miny Mo breaks her maiden at Pimlico Race Course

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club

Undefeated Edie Meeny Miny Mo Steps Up in Monmouth Oaks

The Upstart filly has captured her first two starts by a combined 10 1/4 lengths.

Trainer Miguel Vera is fully aware of the challenges facing his 3-year-old filly Edie Meeny Miny Mo  in the July 31 Monmouth Oaks (G3) at Monmouth Park.

The daughter of Upstart has never been around two turns, nor has she ever tried any stakes company yet. And she’s the least experienced filly in the nine-horse field with just two career starts.

But Vera remains confident in her chances in the 1 1/16-mile contest for sophomore fillies for one important reason: Talent. Edie Meeny Miny Mo, he says, oozes it.

“It’s a big step up for her but she deserves this chance,” said Vera. “She has shown she has the potential to be a special horse.”

Holly Hill Stables’ Edie Meeny Miny Mo was unraced at 2, despite fetching a cool $400,000 from last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale.

The Maryland-bred filly was a head-turning debut winner April 23 at Pimlico Race Course, surging home to score by 4 1/4 lengths despite an awkward hop at the start. But her follow-up effort June 13 in a Pimlico allowance optional claimer bordered on dazzling. Edie Meeny Miny Mo annexed that six-furlong dash by six lengths despite being steadied around the far turn.

“I know there is a question about the distance since her only two races have been at six furlongs and she is trying a mile and a sixteenth now,” said the Maryland-based Vera. “I don’t think it will be a problem. I feel confident she can go that distance. She’s the kind of horse who can go a lot of different distances.

“I’m impressed by what she has done but not surprised by it. She showed she had talent from day one.”


A further endorsement of the filly’s ability: Victor Espinoza is coming in to ride. It is the only mount he has scheduled on the 12-race card.

“I’m very confident in her,” said Vera. “I think she is a real race horse. We’re going to find out more on Saturday. But she has always shown she should be in these kind of races.

“It’s a great race to see where we are with her.”

For Vera, who has been training since 2011, Edie Meeny Mino Mo also represents the chance for an elusive graded stakes victory. He has yet to get one.

“It would mean a lot to me,” he said. “But just to be in this kind of race, any graded race, is awesome. She has shown me the potential to be the best horse I have ever had.”

The 97th edition of the Monmouth Oaks also features a solid pair of John Servis-trainees in Midnight Obsession  and Leader of the Band . They ran second and third, respectively, in the July 3 Delaware Oaks (G3) in their last start.

2 yo ELECTROSTATIC trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable graduates at first asking

Courtesy of the TDN
Trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable
5th-Colonial Downs, $53,500, Msw, 7-28, 2yo, 1mT, 1:35.93,
fm, 2 1/2 lengths.
ELECTROSTATIC (c, 2, Midnight Storm–Extra Sharp, by
Cherokee Run) showed a few lively drills at his trainer’s Fair Hill
base for this career bow, punctuated by a five-furlong bullet in
1:00 flat (1/10) July 6, and was made a 28-5 proposition. Sixth
off of dueling leaders through a sizzling :22.32 quarter, the
$185,000 Fasig-TIpton Selected Yearling buy was shuffled back
two places as the tempo moderated through a :46.99 half.
Saving ground while patiently handled on the far bend, the
long-striding bay bravely squeezed through a narrow rail
opening at the furlong grounds and bounded clear to a sharp
2 1/2-length graduation over longshot Speaking Scout (Mr
Speaker). The second winner for his freshman sire (by Pioneerof
the Nile), Electrostatic is a half to Colonel Sharp (Colonel John),
MSW & GSP, $376,384. His second dam is seven-time
Grade I-winning multimillionaire Sharp Cat (Storm Cat), herself a
half to MGISW and sire Royal Anthem (Theatrical {Ire}). Extra
Sharp has a yearling Dialed In colt and produced a filly by
Audible this season. Sales History: $185,000 Ylg ’20 FTKSEL.
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000.
O-Mark B. Grier
B-Susan Casner (KY)
T-Arnaud Delacour.

EONS sets track record winning the Buckland S at Colonial Downs

So proud of stakes winner and track record setter EONS who got his early training with Legacy Stable.

Eons (outside) wins the Buckland Stakes at Colonial Downs
Eons (outside) wins the Buckland Stakes at Colonial DownsCoady Photography

Eons Sets Colonial Downs Course Record in Buckland

Son of Giant’s Causeway ran 1 1/8 miles on good turf in 1:48.14.

After thunderstorms forced two races mid-card at Colonial Downs to be canceled July 26, the Buckland and Andy Guest stakes provided thrilling finishes in which only a neck and a head were the difference makers.

Monday’s card was reduced to two stakes from three scheduled after the Da Hoss Stakes was canceled and storms caused an hour-plus delay. The Buckland and Andy Guest later ran over the Secretariat Turf Course, which was labeled good after the rain departed.

Mark Grier’s Eons was not slowed down by the softened ground in the $150,000 Buckland for 3-year-olds and older on the inner turf, speeding to a course record for 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.14 as he got his head in front of Kentucky Ghost .

Both horses were among the three trailing horses in the field of seven early as Mr Dumas  set fractions of :23.20, :47.22, and 1:11.28. Then they both powered forward coming out of the final turn. Eons edged Kentucky Ghost by a head while Pixelate  took third, 1 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up.

A 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway trained by Arnaud Delacour, Eons was ridden to victory by Mychel Sanchez. He returned $13.20 on a $2 win wager.

“After the rain delay, all horses had been coming off the pace,” said Sanchez. “I really liked my horse. I started out in the middle of the pack and by the time we got to the half I was last. But I knew he would close. I just wanted him to relax because he can be really tough but he can run. We got a lot of rain but the turf course here is amazing.”

Eons was bred in Kentucky by Camas Park Stud out of the multiple stakes-winning Hansel mare Golden Antigua . He is a full brother to graded/group stakes winners Giant Gizmo  and Tableaux , and a half brother to the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Cheermeister .

Clancy Bloodstock purchased Eons for $300,000 from the Eaton Sales consignment to the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The chestnut, also a winner of the 2019 Kent (G3T) and Stanton stakes at Delaware Park, has earned $428,615 from a 5-2-1 record in 17 starts.


RIDIN WITH BIDEN 2nd in the Dwyer S. G3 at Belmont

RIDIN WITH BIDEN (c, 3, Constitution–Allemande, by Medaglia d’Oro), was started at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer and was sold for $85,000 at Fasig Tipton Timonium last year. After putting together 2 wins in a row, he almost pulled off an upset in the Dwyer S. G3 at Belmont. He led until deep stretch and had to settle for the place when bested by the fast-closing First Captain by Curlin.
Sales History: $80,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP; $85,000 2yo ’20 EASMAY. (Consigned by Cary Frommer)
Lifetime Record: 5-2-2-0, $111,080.
O-Cash is King LLC & LC Racing LLC
B-William Harrigan & Mike Pietrangelo (KY)
T-Robert E. Reid, Jr.


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