Training Track Graduate News

WEDGEWOOD rallies to allowance win at Woodbine

October 10th, 2021 by

WEDGEWOOD (Langfuhr) rallied like a rocket from the back of the field in deep stretch to win going away. He was sprinting 5 furlongs on the turf.  Wedgewood was trained in Aiken by Michael Keogh. He is owned by The Estate of Gustav Schickedanz.  The 6 year old gelding has earned over $200,000.

MISTY’S BANSHEE wires the field to graduate by 5 + lengths

September 24th, 2021 by

Making her second start, MISTY’S BANSHEE (Golden Lad) wired the field and skipped to a 5 1/4 graduation going a mile on the dirt atLaurel. She is a Hillwood Stables, LLC homebred trained by  Brittany T. Russell. The 3-year-old filly had her start at the Aiken Training Track with Cary Frommer.

Two winners today!

September 17th, 2021 by

Cary Frommer got both started in Aiken.

The cleverly named RUNAWAY MONET (Paynter) has been on the board in all but one of her MSW starts and today got the job done despite a bump at the start. In fact, she did the job so well, she won by almost 10 lengths. She raced 1 1/16 at Laurel for trainer Rodney Jenkins and owner/breeder Nicewonder Stable.

At Delaware Park, SAILOR’S SALUTE (Midshipman) also broke her maiden. She is trained by Richard J. Hendriks for owner Wendy W. Hendriks and was bred by John R. Penn. Racing 7 1/2 furlongs, she stalked and then cleared for the win.

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

September 12th, 2021 by

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


September 7th, 2021 by

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

September 2nd, 2021 by

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!

August 31st, 2021 by

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 .


August 23rd, 2021 by
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

August 1st, 2021 by

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

July 30th, 2021 by

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.


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