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September 13th, 2023 by

Graded stakes winner DOUBLE CROWN (Bourbon Courage) trained in Ailken with Cary Frommer. He got his first experience winning the Aiken Trials. With that win under his belt, he broke his maiden first out at 2. Today at 6 in his 39th start  he won the Polynesian S at Pimlico with the highest speed rating of his life and paid $15.80. Earnings now $738k. Now that’s a racehorse.
Trainer: Raymond E. Ginter, Jr.
Owner: Built Wright Stables, LLC.
Breeder: Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Rebecca Davis

Dream Shake Gets Dream Result in Connaught Cup G2T

July 24th, 2023 by

Woodbine: Edited Press Release​

Michael Stidham trainee Dream Shake  notched his second straight score at Woodbine Racetrack, taking the CA$175,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (G2T) July 23. He was prepared and started at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer.

With Rafael Hernandez in the irons, Dream Shake broke sharply and tracked longshot leader Roaring Forties  from second through early opening splits of :22.92 and :45.23 in the seven-furlong trek for 3-year-olds and up over a firm E.P. Taylor Turf, as Bound for Nowhere , supplemented to the race, was positioned third. ​

The 5-year-old son of Twirling Candy  —Even Song was given his cue by Hernandez as the field came off the turn for home and Dream Shake responded by striking front in early stretch, with a host of rivals quickly closing in on from all sides.

Dream Shake, who arrived at the Connaught Cup, off a 1 1/4-length triumph over seven furlongs on the Woodbine Tapeta (the race was originally scheduled for the grass), wouldn’t be denied in the late going, fending off War Bomber  to win by a length. Lucky Score , a further head back, bested 2-1 choice Churchtown  by a nose for third.

G3 SW RIDEN WITH BIDEN adds black-type

July 9th, 2023 by

G3 SW RIDEN WITH BIDEN (Constitution) was trained at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer, He has gone on to win over 1/2 a million to date and today ran 3rd in the BATTERY PARK S at Delaware Park. He has won a placed in 7 stakes including a win in the Greenwood Cup Stakes (Gr. 3) and a 2nd in the Dwyer S (G2).

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
23 8 5 2 $527,500


July 9th, 2023 by

This is a very exciting filly for the ATT, she jumped from a maiden win to a G2 stakes win and now a 2nd in the G1 BELMONT OAKS INVITATIONAL. She almost had it won, and was nipped close to the wire. She is a HUGE homerun for Aiken’s Mason Springs.

Sale History
FTMMAY2022 • $350,000 • Consignor: Mason Springs • Buyer: BSW/Crow, agent for First Row Partners.
KEESEP2021 • $47,000 • Consignor: Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud • Buyer: Mason Springs.

Aiken trained Prerequisite wins G2 Wonder Again

June 12th, 2023 by
Courtesy of the BloodHorse Prerequisite wins the Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park
Prerequisite wins the Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park

Coglianese Photo

Prerequisite led nearly from the start in the grade 2 turf test at Belmont Park.

Trainer Chad Brown didn’t believe there would be enough speed in the field of seven to keep up with Prerequisite  in the Wonder Again Stakes (G2T) June 11 at Belmont Park. All she and jockey Flavien Prat had to do was get to the front.

Brown’s belief was justified as Prerequisite led nearly from the start, holding off a late-charging Be Your Best  by a neck to win the $200,000, 1 1/8-mile challenge for fillies 3 and up on Belmont’s inner turf course. Prerequisite stopped the clock in 1:47.20.

“I wanted to be (on the lead) if she broke well. (Prat) actually hustled her out of there to make that lead. I didn’t want to leave it in the hands of another horse and possibly a slow pace to deal with in this race,” Brown said. “So we established ourselves on the lead; the plan was to go or if she couldn’t get there, at least attempt to and get the pace going a bit.”

The win was Brown’s fifth in the Wonder Again and second in a row following Consumer Spending ‘s triumph last year. Prerequisite entered the Wonder Again off of a 1 1/4-length win in a maiden special weight race at the same distance and course May 7, her second career start.

Through the first mile of the Wonder Again, it was Spansive  who provided the greatest test for Prerequisite with the winner posting fractional times of :23.67, :47.94, 1:11.80, and 1:35.18.

But as the field came around the turn and into the stretch, Be Your Best, who had been as many as sixth lengths back, surged in the upper stretch to challenge Prerequisite only to run out of turf.

It was Be Your Best’s first race in just over two months following a seventh-place finish in the Appalachian Stakes (G2T).

“I had pretty good pace in front of me, so I took my filly a little bit off the pace and she ran well,” said jockey Manny Franco, who was aboard Be Your Best. “I have to give credit to the winner going that pace and going that far, she kept on going. My filly was giving me her all and I’m really happy with the way she ran.”

Brown had two other entries, both French imports: Venencia , who finished seventh, and the 7-5 favorite Revalita , who finished third after a late charge going five wide.

It was Revalita’s first time going 1 1/8 miles after a finishing second by three quarters of a length in the 1 1/16-mile Edgewood Stakes (G3T) May 5 at Churchill Downs. The Wonder Again was her third race in North America after the filly won two out of three starts in her home country. Brown said that shorter distances may be what she needs.

“I’ll have to look at it again,” he said of Revalita. “She did make a nice move there. I’m kind of on the fence. Maybe her kick is a little better going shorter. It’s one of those things where she was coming along but maybe just at the very late stages, she might have flattened just a tick. So, maybe a cutback would actually be in order for her.”

A $2 win ticket on Prerequisite paid $16. Spansive, who was second most of the race, finished fourth.

Prerequisite is owned by First Row Partners and Team Hanley. She was sold twice, most recently for $350,000 at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale out of the Mason Springs consignment. With the win, Prerequisite improves to 2-0-0 from three starts with $163,000 in earnings.

The filly was bred in Kentucky by Brereton Jones. She is by Upstart   and out of the Smart Strike mare Etsu. The mare has two starters—both winners—from four foals. Upstart stands at Airdrie Stud for $30,000.

SACRED WISH stakes placed in the G2  Gulfstream Park Oaks in her 3rd start!

April 2nd, 2023 by

Cary Frommer prepped and sold SACRED WISH (Not This Time) at last spring’s  Fasig Tipton Timonium Sale. SACRED WISH broke her maiden at Oaklawn in her 2nd start last month. Stepping up into graded stakes company today, in the G2  Gulfstream Park Oaks, she finished a willing 2nd. The filly is owned by Black Type Thoroughbreds, Swinbank Stables, Steve Adkisson, Christopher T. Dunn and Anthony Spinazzola and was bred by John R. Penn (KY). She iis trained by George Weaver.

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
3 1 1 1 $96,500

AWARD WANTED and PRIVATE CREED busy in stakes across the country

February 20th, 2023 by

AWARD WANTED (Macho Uno) won the Geisha Stake at Laurel and was placed in the Nellie Morse also at Laurel.  She was started in Aiken by Marcus & Crystal Ryan (Mason Springs). She is owned by No Guts No Glory Farm and Erica Upton and trained by  John J. Robb.

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
32 9 8 5 $370,450

PRIVATE CREED (Jimmy Creed) was a multiple stakes winner at 2 including a 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. He got his 3 year old campaign off to a good start with a stakes placing in the Bob Bork Texas Turf Mile Stakes. He is trained by Steve Asmussen for Mike McCarty.

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
7 3 1 2 $618,913

OPUS FORTY TWO from maiden to SW at Tampa

January 20th, 2023 by

OPUS FORTY TWO ( Mendelssohn) started by LEGACY broke her maiden last month at Tampa and stepped directly into stakes company and won her 2nd in a row. She chased the pace, cleared and held off a closer to win the Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay going 7 furlongs on the dirt. She is trained for Mark B. Grier by  Arnaud Delacour.


January 5th, 2023 by

Courtesy of the TDN
KRIS KRINGLE S., $75,000, Parx Racing, 1-4, 4yo/up, 1m 70y, 1:45.56, sy.
1–RIDIN WITH BIDEN, 128, g, 5, Constitution–Allemande, by Medaglia d’Oro. ($80,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP; $85,000 2yo ’20 EASMAY). Consigned by CARY FROMMER
O-Cash is King LLC & LC Racing LLC; B-William Harrigan & Mike Pietrangelo (KY); T-Robert E. Reid, Jr.; J-Paco Lopez. $43,800.
Lifetime Record: GSW, 20-7-5-1, $475,000.

Veteran Ridin With Biden held on for a last-gasp victory over Amatteroftime to earn his second straight win. The dark bay gelding sat just off the early pace while racing four wide around the first turn and moved up to be widest of five in a line across the track challenging for the lead down the backstretch. He stuck his head in front at the top of the stretch and was pulling away down the lane despite drifting in and out, but Amatteroftime was closing fast and true and just failed to catch the gelding on the line. Riding With Biden, who won the 1 1/2-mile GIII Greenwood Cup over this track in September, was coming off a 1 1/4-length victory in the Turkey Trot S. over this same course and distance Nov. 23.

Connections (including Cary Frommer) Staying ‘Grounded’ With Undefeated Juvenile Colt Post Time

December 6th, 2022 by

Connections Staying ‘Grounded’ With Undefeated Juvenile Colt Post Time


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