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SHILED OF FAITH winning at Monmouth for Glenn Thompson

July 7th, 2020 by

Flat Out Speed, Night Ops Take Graded Stakes At Prairie Meadows

July 6th, 2020 by

by Paulick Report Staff | 07.05.2020 | 9:41pm

Night Ops and Martin Garcia winning the Cornhusker
The two graded stakes presented on Sunday during the Prairie Meadows Festival of Racing in Altoona, Iowa, featured Iowa-bred filly Flat Out Speed registering a 9-1 upset in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks and solid favorite Night Ops proving too good for the competition in the Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap.


Stakes placed SHIELD OF FAITH is back for his 2020 Campaign

July 4th, 2020 by

Stakes placed in the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth last year, SHIELD OF FAITH scampered straight to the winner’s circle in his first start back at three. Racing 6 furlongs in allowance company at Monmouth, he vied inside out of the gate and then shook loose to wire the field and win by 5 lengths. He is owned and trained by Glenn R. Thompson. SHIELD OF FAITH has earned over $100,000.

WEDGEWOOD wins his first 2020 start for Mike Keogh

June 21st, 2020 by

A homebred for the late Gustav Schickedanz. WEDGEWOOD raced mid-pack and then cleared for the win in an AOC going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Woodbine. It was his 3rd win lifetime and raised his earnings to $115,705. His Equibase number was 95, the highest lifetime.

SIMPLY MISS RED 2nd at Belmont 2 weeks after leaving Aiken

June 15th, 2020 by

Suzy Haslup’s SIMPLY MISS RED (Langfuhr) ran 2nd in her second start last summer at Saratoga. After a break, she started up again in Aiken this winter and after legging up and 3 published works at Aiken under the tutelage of Legacy Stable, she shipped to Belmont. She worked once for trainer David Donk and then was a willing second by a length racing a mile on the turf.

MR. DIFFLEY graduates in a Woodbine MSW

June 8th, 2020 by

Started at the Aiken Training Track by Mike Keogh, MR. DIFFLEY (Itsmyluckyday) went right to the lead and never looked back, wiring the field in a 6 furlong MSW on the dirt. He races for the Estate of Gustav Schickedanz. MR DIFFLEY’S family is all that of Gustav Schickedanz as his dam, granddam and broodmare sire are all homebreds.

TOY makes it 2 in a row

June 1st, 2020 by

TOY (Tapizar) makes it 2 in a row despite being mugged in traffic! He raced a flat mile on the Laurel dirt track in a 1 x allowance.  Last out racing a mile and a sixteenth, TOY  drew away for an easy graduation  at a gallop – by 6 widening lengths. He was started by Cary Frommer at the Aiken Training Track and offered for sale at the  Fasig Tipton Midlantic Two Year Old in Training Sale. He is a Dark Hollow Farm homebred.

Killybegs Captain ‘Training Phenomenal’ For Grade 1 Carter

May 30th, 2020 by

by NYRA Press Office | 05.28.2020 | 3:55pm

Killybegs Captain wins the De Francis Dash



Trainer John Terranova will look to hit the ground running at the Belmont spring meet with Curragh Stables’ graded-stakes winner Killybegs Captain, who is pointed to the Grade 1, $250,000 Runhappy Carter Handicap, a seven-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and upward on June 6. The Runhappy Carter Handicap offers a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

The 6-year-old Mizzen Mast horse, who made the grade in the Grade 3 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash in September at Laurel Park, boasts a record of 26-7-5-3 with purse earnings of $572,453.

Killybegs Captain, who traveled to Dubai to compete in the Golden Shaheen on the canceled Dubai World Cup card in March, last raced on February 15 when capturing the six-furlong Pelican at Tampa Bay Downs.

“He’s going to the Carter. He’s training phenomenal,” said Terranova. “We went all the way to Dubai and we were really confident going there. He came back in good order and has been training exceptionally well. We’re anxious to run him in the Carter.”

Eric Fein, Christopher McKenna, Harris Fein, Guri Singh, and Jerry Walia’s Dream Friend worked a half-mile in 51.76 Thursday on the Belmont Park inner turf.“He did fine this morning. We’re ready to run and I wanted a chance to get him on the grass. He’s ready to go,” said Terranova. “He went a half by himself. It’s his last work before he runs, so nothing too special. It was just a maintenance move.”

Terranova said the 5-year-old Ghostzapper chestnut is under consideration for the $80,000 First Defence, a seven-furlong turf sprint set for Sunday, June 7.

“He’s a good middle-distance turf runner,” said Terranova. “The seven-eighths off the layoff wouldn’t be inconceivable. He’s got plenty of speed. We’ll keep an eye on the weather.”

Gatsas Stables, R.A. Hill Stable and Swick Stable’s multiple stakes winner Funny Guy is under consideration for the $125,000 Commentator Handicap, a one-mile test for New York-breds 3-years-old and up.

“We’re going to look at that,” said Terranova regarding the Commentator. “He’s training great and we’re just looking for the spot. He’s eligible for an allowance race as well.”

Terranova also said New York-bred stakes-placed Three Jokers could be in line for the $100,000 Mike Lee, a seven-furlong sprint for New York-bred sophomores.

“He’s been ready to run and were looking at the Mike Lee coming back off the bench,” said Terranova.

Concrete Rose at Margaux Farm With Ankle Injury

May 23rd, 2020 by
Courtesy of the BloodHorse
Concrete Rose at Saratoga Race Course last summer
Concrete Rose at Saratoga Race Course last summerAnne M. Eberhardt

The daughter of Twirling Candy was injured while playing coming off the track.

CONCRETE ROSE was started at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer and sold at Fasig Tipton Timonium by White Pine Stable which had selected her as a yearling.

Millionaire Concrete Rose, who missed the second half of 2019 with a fractured right foreleg, will have her return delayed by another setback, an ankle injury, trainer Rusty Arnold reported May 21.

The winner of last year’s Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1T) for owners Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing had been training at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida toward an intended spring return.

“She was playing one day coming off the racetrack and bucking around and jumping, and came down a little bit funny,” Arnold said of an April incident. “She showed some heat in an ankle, and we had to give her a little bit of time off. It’s what I would call a severe wrench.”



Double Crown from Aiken Training track to SW in the Roar Stakes at Gulfstream

May 17th, 2020 by

Courtesy of the BloodHorse

Double Crown defeats Green Light Go in the Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park

Double Crown defeats Green Light Go in the Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park

Coglianese Photos/Lauren King

The Maryland-bred 3-year-old son of Bourbon Courage is now 2-for-3 – Started by Cary Frommer at the Aiken Training Track

  • By Byron King

Double Crown  purchased privately by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing after a debut victory in September at Laurel Park, is running like money well spent.

Racing at Gulfstream Park May 16 in the $75,000 Roar Stakes, the 3-year-old Bourbon Courage  gelding picked up his first black-type victory in just his second start for his new connections. Taking command with a three-wide rally leaving the turn, he turned back a resolute favorite in Green Light Go to score by a half-length.

Double Crown, b, 3/g
Bourbon Courage — Two Columbus, by Two Punch

Owner: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing
Breeder: Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Rebecca Davis (MD)
Trainer: Katherine Ritvo
Jockey: Cristian A. Torres

Pedigree Notes
Bourbon Courage stands at Anchor & Hope Farm for $5,000 (2020).

Compared to his previous race at Gulfstream April 26, when Double Crown was wide and forced to steady to avoid a loose horse, his trip was relatively smooth in the Roar. Fourth of six down the backstretch, he was always within striking range of early leader Cajun Casanova as 3-5 choice Green Light Go pressed two wide through splits of :22.39 and :45.19.



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