Purchased from Kirkwood for $100,000 by Okada Stud at Fasig Tipton Midlantic 2021
Courtesy of the TDN
3rd-Niigata, -9,900,000 ($77,494), Maiden, 1200m, 1:12.1, ft.
LE VERGER (f, 3, Maclean’s Music–Wine Train, by Tiz Wonderful) finished a midfield seventh on her Mar. 5 debut at Hanshin and was the 9-1 fourth choice to show the necessary improvement at second asking. Beaten for speed, Le Verger found a spot slightly ahead of midfield and raced in clear air around the turn. Pulled out towards the center of the strip with a quarter-mile to run, the bay let down nicely, hit the front with about 100 meters to travel and proved 1 1/2 lengths too strong for the competition.
The winner’s dam is a daughter of the stakes-winning Stage Stop (Valid Expectations), herself responsible for SW & GSP Stageplay (Curlin). Wine Train was sold for $25,000 at KEENOV in 2019 and produced the Carpe Diem filly Rafanelli in 2020. She was most recently bred to Instagrand.
Sales history: $31,000 Ylg ’20 KEEJAN; $50,000 RNA Ylg ’20 KEESEP; $100,000 2yo ’21 FTMMAY.
Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $40,644.
O-Normandy Thoroughbred Racing
B-Robert & Lawana Low (KY)
; T-Haruki Sugiyama.
CONUNDRUM QUEEN (Hard Spun) was claimed last out by her new connections trainer Jose Francisco D’Angelo and owners Gu Racing Stable, LLC and ProRacing Stable, LLC. She proved to be an excellent claim winning in her first start back in a starter allowance at a mile on the turf at Gulfstream. The filly was prepped and sold by Kirkwood for $110,000 at Fasig Tipton Timonium.
Stakes placed in the Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes at Sunland last out, GODDARD (Tapit) added t his resume with a second by a neck in the Inaugural Stakes at Sunray. He is trained by Todd W. Fincher and owned by B. Ray Willis. He was bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC. GODDARD was sold by Kirkwood at the 2020 Fasig Tipton sale at Timonium.
MR ALEC dramatic maiden winner for owner Dick Colton and trainer Arch Kingsley first time over hurdles at Springdale Racecourse in Camden SC Developed for Alec Head at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables. MR ALEC broke his maiden on the flat at Belmont and won a Saratoga allowance race.
Courtey of the TDN
CAROUSEL S., $200,000, Oaklawn, 4-2, 4yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:09.26, ft.
1–ACTING OUT, 124, m, 5, Blame–Riding Point, by Speightstown. ($120,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $12,000 3yo ’20 KEEJAN). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN.
O-Sherman Racing, Inc., Zvika Akin & Robert Harkins;
B-Vincent Colbert (KY)
T-Jerry Hollendorfer; Lifetime Record: 12-5-3-0, $323,840.
Acting Out made it two-for-two since joining Hall of Famer trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Previously campaigned by winning co-owner and former trainer Art Sherman, she was a well-beaten sixth at Del Mar July 29. She returned eight months later to lead gate-to-wire against a similar field Mar. 11 at Oaklawn. Two of those beaten rivals were behind her again Saturday as she stepped back into stakes company for the first time since a second-place finish over the Golden Gate grass last April.
Acting Out got away from the gate in good order to set the early pace and led comfortably throughout. She entered the stretch with a 1 1/2-length advantage and was pushed to the wire by heavily favored SW & MGISP Frank’s Rockette (Into Mischief) to win comfortably.
Acting Out is a half-sister to two other winners and her dam was bred to Seattle Serenade in 2022
STARTWITHABANG (Jump Start) raced 6 1/2 furlongs at Charles Town to a MSW graduation. She came between horses late to win by a neck. She is trained by Anthony Farrior for owner Timothy Freitag. She was bred in MD by Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes.
Winner in allowance company last out, GODDARD (Tapit) swung wide and closed to earn black-type placing in the Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes at Sunland. He is trained by Todd W. Fincher and owned by B. Ray Willis. He was bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC. GODDARD was sold by Kirkwood at the 2020 Fasig Tipton sale at Timonium.
Racing 6 furlongs at Oaklawn, Stakes placed ACTING OUT (Blame) wired the field for win #4. She is owned by Sherman Racing, Inc., Zvika Akin & Robert Harkins and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.
Racing at Remington Park, GODDARD (Tapit) got up in the final stride to break his maiden. He raced 7 furlongs on the dirt for trainer Todd W. Fincher
and owner B. Ray Willis. He was bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC. Since then at Sunland, he has been 1st or 2nd in his last 3 starts and has earned over $75,000.
At PARX, KODAPENDANT (Outwork) swung wide and got his head in front to break his maiden for trainer Robert E. Reid, Jr. and owners LC Racing LLC, Michalee Milam, Smart Angle LLP and Westerly Farm. Off the favorite, he raced a mile and seventy and won by 1 3/4