Double Crown Lights Up Tote Board With Kelso Upset

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MSW DOUBLE CROWN was started at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer

Double Crown rallies past Baby Yoda to win the Kelso Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack
Double Crown rallies past Baby Yoda to win the Kelso Handicap at Aqueduct RacetrackCoglianese Photos

In addition to being a Thoroughbred owner and trainer, Norman “Lynn” Cash builds and repairs homes, specializing in roofing. “Not a shingle mistake,” is the motto of his company, Built Wright Homes.

His 5-year-old gelding Double Crown , who he owns with Lola Cash, also was mistake-free Oct. 29, running down heavily favored Baby Yoda  to post a 42-1 upset in the $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2) at the Belmont at the Big A meet at Aqueduct Racetrack.

“It’s a first graded stakes win for the boss, Mr. Cash, who is a great guy to work for,” said assistant trainer Jay Libertini. “He had a death in the family, so he couldn’t be here. We all love Mr. Cash and his family, and we’re excited for him.”

Though Double Crown surprised bettors with his fifth-to-first rally, in which he defeated Baby Yoda by 1 3/4 lengths, the victory wasn’t entirely out of the blue. He won the Carry Back Stakes and Roar Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2020, when he was also graded placed, and this year, since being claimed for $40,000 by Cash at Churchill Downs in June, had recorded one win in seven pre-Kelso starts and managed a stakes placing. Still, he had been just 2-for-17 in 2021-22 coming into the race.

The Bourbon Courage   gelding put it all together Saturday, running a mile on a fast track in 1:37.16 under J. D. Acosta, successfully rallying from behind slow splits of :24.32 and :48.60 set by Empty Tomb .


Baby Yoda, who pressed the pace three wide under Javier Castellano before taking command coming into the lane, appeared to fatigue late. He finished 8 1/4 lengths in front of Shackqueenking  in third. Empty Tomb faded to fourth.

“I saw Javier stay wide and he had the best horse,” Acosta said. “So, when he made the move, I was able to follow him down the stretch and then put him on the outside. I felt like I had plenty of horse and I thought I was going to win.

“At the eighth pole, I thought I was going to get it. I looked back, and I was hoping no one else was going to catch us, and when I asked my horse, he took off, and he was strong.”

Bred in Maryland by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Rebecca Davis, Double Crown ($86.50) is the lone stakes winner out of the five-time winning Two Punch  mare Two Columbus . The dam has produced seven foals, with five starters from six of racing age and three winners. Her youngest foal is a yearling colt by Madefromlucky  .

Mason Springs Consigned Private Creed Sets Stakes Record in Indian Summer – en route to the Breeders’ Cup

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Private Creed wins the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland
Private Creed wins the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland

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Colt earns ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1T).

It’s been 14 years since owner Mike McCarty ran a horse in the Breeders’ Cup. On that sunny afternoon at Santa Anita Park, McCarty’s Storm Treasure unleashed a devastating kick that carried him from last to third in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Now the longtime client of trainer Steve Asmussen will get to see his silks paraded once again on racing’s biggest stage in a different turf sprint, the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1T), with the improving Private Creed .

Private Creed backed up his breakout score in the Global Tote Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Kentucky Downs with another authoritative victory in the Oct. 9 $244,688 Indian Summer Stakes presented by Keeneland Select, punching his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 4 at Keeneland.

Asmussen admitted he was hesitant about whether the son of Jimmy Creed   would be as effective over the 5 1/2 furlongs after taking the 6 1/2-furlong Juvenile Sprint in the final 50 yards only a month earlier.

“(It) was a concern backing up in distance. He’s a big horse,” Asmussen said. “I did consult with Joel (Rosario) about which way to go with him as far as backing up to the 5 1/2 or going the two turns here, and just thought with where he’s at with his physical development keeping him at one turn. That was obviously the correct (decision).”

With the scratch of the speedy filly Love Reigns , favoritism fell to trainer Wesley Ward’s other entry, Andrew Farm and For the People Racing Stable’s No Nay Hudson . The No Nay Never  colt bested Private Creed for runner-up honors in the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 19 in their only prior meeting. This time, sporting French cup blinkers, Private Creed flew by No Nay Hudson in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in a stakes-record 1:02.30.

It was the fourth of five stakes records to fall on Keeneland’s turf course through the fall meet’s opening weekend. Two races later, Andthewinneris  lowered the mark traveling 1 1/16 miles in the Castle & Key Bourbon Stakes (G2T).

“The difference he made up on No Nay Hudson with the addition of blinkers is an indication he’s going the right way,” Asmussen said. The colt was outfitted with blinkers for the first time at Kentucky Downs following his Skidmore third.

“(The blinkers) made the difference between getting beat and winning,” Asmussen added.

Private Creed tracked in mid-pack under Rosario as longshot Ghent  pressed opening fractions of :21.68 and :44.39. Wheeling four-wide into the final turn, Rosario moved the bay into the clear and he stormed to the wire.

“The whole time I was just the passenger,” Rosario said. “He did the job.”

BBN Racing’s Mo Stash  ran on late to get second over No Nay Hudson.

Private Creed paid $7.28 to win.

Bred in Kentucky by Sierra Farm, McCarthy acquired Private Creed for $155,000 this spring at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds-in-Training Sale from the Mason Springs consignment. The colt is the first foal out of the stakes-winning Sky Mesa mare South Andros, the dam of a yearling colt by Vino Rosso   and a weanling colt by Complexity  .

“What a wonderful horse, and to have another chance in the Breeders’ Cup for Mike McCarty several years later… it’s great to get Mike back here for the Breeders’ Cup,” Asmussen said.

Mike Keogh Retiring – will winter in Aiken

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Mike Keogh Anne M. Eberhardt

Mike Keogh, inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this year, saddled his last horse Oct. 8 at Woodbine, sending out Wedgewood  to finish sixth in the Nearctic Stakes (G2T). The 65-year-old is the last trainer to have had a Canadian Triple Crown winner, Gustav Schickedanz’s brilliant colt Wando  in 2003.

But when Schickedanz, also a member of the Hall of Fame, passed away early in 2019, his breeding stock was dispersed, and Keogh has been training the few remaining runners. All of the Schickedanz racehorses have since been retired to LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in Hillsburgh, Ontario, where Wedgewood, a 7-year-old son of champion Langfuhr, is soon headed. Keogh, who has been fighting cancer since 2019, has decided to retire rather than continue as a public trainer.

“I just don’t have the energy anymore,” said Keogh, who was born in Epsom, England, home of the prestigious Epsom Derby. “After all the radiation and chemotherapy, it takes a lot out of you.”

Keogh is looking forward to traveling with his wife, Lou. “We have rented a cottage in Aiken, South Carolina, this winter, and I want to travel and see more of Canada.”

Keogh grew up around horses in England and his father, Norman, was an accomplished horseman. The younger Keogh became a jockey, but as he became too tall to ride flat races, he gravitated to jump racing before moving to Canada in 1977. The soft-spoken Keogh fell in love with Woodbine and, with the help of trainer Jerry Meyer, received his landed status, enabling him to work in his new country.

Keogh worked as an assistant to Meyer, John Tammaro, and Roger Attfield, the latter who trained the powerful stars owned by Donald and David Willmot’s Kinghaven Farms. Keogh worked for Attfield for seven years, exercising and traveling with a long list of champions such as Alywow, Peteski, Carotene, Izvestia, With Approval, and his favorite horse, Play the King, who was also inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame this year.

In 1993 Keogh received an offer from Schickedanz to become his private trainer, the start of what would be an illustrious career.

Keogh, whose first starter, Clever Detector, was a winner, took the beautifully bred Schickedanz horses and molded them into champions. In 1996, Keogh trained Langfuhr, a son of Danzig, who won three grade 1 races in the U.S. and was named that year’s Canadian Champion Sprinter. Three years later, Keogh won his first Queen’s Plate with Woodcarver, a son of Woodman.

Along came Langfuhr’s son Wando, a foal of 2000, who tore through the Triple Crown, taking the Plate by nine lengths, the Prince of Wales by four lengths, and then overcoming trouble to take the Breeders’ Stakes by just over a length. The Keogh-trained Mobil, second to Wando in the Plate, was another son of Langfuhr who would go on to be a champion.

Keogh won 60 stakes, including graded stakes winners Last Answer, Clever Response, City Boy, Go Bro, and Firm Dancer. He retires from training with 341 winners from 2,794 starters, and his horses collected more than $22 million in purses.

SARATOGA STAKES PLACED horses this month

REGGAE MUSIC MAN (Maclean’s Music) started by LEGACY ran 2nd in the John Morrissey Handicap at Saratoga.  He is a homebred for Ginellen Racing trained by Patrick L. Reynolds

Started by the RYAN’S, PRIVATE CREED (Jimmy Creed) ran third in the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga.  He is trained by Steven M. Asmussen for owner Mike McCarty.

Allowance winners this month at Saratoga, Delaware Park, Colonial Downs and Praire Meadows

For Cary Frommer:
Glenangus Farm’s homebred GOOD MEASURE (Smarty Jones) won a $115,000 allowance at Saratoga.
Stakes placed JUROR NUMBER FOUR (Into Mischief) won in allowance company at Delaware Park. She is trained by  Brittany T. Russell for owner Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC
Multiple graded stakes placed DOUBLE CRWON (Bourbon Courage) won a $90,000 allowance race at Colonial Downs. He is trained by  Norman L. Cash for owner Built Wright Stables, LLC.
Allen Poindexter homebred ALLENS’S ROCKET (Honor and Serve) trained by Lynn Chleborad won an allowance race at Prairie Meadows.

LUCKMAN adds his 3rd in a row at Woodbine

LUCKMAN (Empire Maker) won his 3rd in a row racing 2 turns on both the turf and the all-weather track at Woodbine. He was sold by Cary Frommer at OBS April last year. He races for trainer  Vito Armata for owner Alpine Stable Ltd.

Hallelujah for Vallelujah = Saratoga Winner’s Circle

VALLELUJAH  trained in Aiken by Legacy Stables found 7 furlongs on the Saratoga dirt to her liking and sailed straight to the wire and then the winner’s circle for East Ave Racing Stable and Sisu Racing Stables ( this is of course our own Barry Bornstein). The 3 year old filly is trained by Robbie G. Davis,

GSW EONS started by Legacy adds his 2nd stakes win in a row

Winner last out of the Bensalem Match Series Stakes at PARX, GSW EONS (Giant’s Causeway) made it 2 stakes races in a row winning the  PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY S at  Laurel going,1 1/8m on the turf.
The 6-year-old horse is owned by Mark B. Grier and trained by Arnaud Delacour. Lifetime Record: GSW, 22-7-2-1, $544,735.85. He got his start with Legacy at the Aiken Training Track.

EONS has won 5 stakes races including the G3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park. He also set a NCR in the Buckland Stakes at Colonial Downs going 1 1/8 in 148.14.

IN MY WAKE from Aiken Training Track to the Belmont Winner’s Circle

Started by Cary  Frommer, IN MY WAKE (Midshipman) surged to the front from mid-pack to win her first start racing 1 1/16 on the turf at Belmont. She is now trained by Christophe Clement.

Her partners were not the only ones cheering. This popped up on Twitter this morning.



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