Brilliant Belle breaks her maiden at Keeneland

BRILLIANT BELLE has been hitting the board, but today she figured out what it meant to win. Racing 7 furlongs on the dirt at Keeneland, the 3-year-old filly rated off the pace and when asked for run accelerated and drew clear to win by 4 lengths and break her maiden. She is a homebred for Tracy Farmer and is trained by Brad Cox.

Wheels Up Now wins at Gulfstream

Three year old Smart Strike colt, WHEELS UP NOW, through the luck of the draw has been hitting very tough fields in his prior starts. At Gulfstream, he cut back from nine panels to a flat mile and put blinkers back on. He was bumped slightly at the start and then came off the inside and pressed the pace while under a strong hold. Allowed to run, he passed the field to win by an easy six lengths. He is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds & Chester Thoroughbreds and was bred by AR Enterprises, LLC .

Rough Passage wins again at Gulfstream

The aptly named Stormy Atlantic 5-year-old gelding, ROUGH PASSAGE, won again at Gulfstream. Breaking from the outside post he accelerated out of the gate to gain position and set the pace to wire the field for his third win lifetime. He was a $250,000 Kirkwood Keeneland April Sale graduate. Rough Passage is owned by Red Castle Farms and trained by Kristn Mulhall. He has earned over $104,000.

Hit It Once More graduates in a MSW at Aqueduct

Three year old Hard Spun colt, HIT IT ONCE MORE, graduated in a MSW at Aqueduct. He overcame a bad stumble at the start and when it counted, he sailed to the lead and won by over 6 lengths going a mile on a fast track. He is owned by August Dawn Farm and is trained by Gary Sciacca. With his win and on the board finishes, he has earned over $62,000.

Animal Instinct wins at Keeneland

ANIMAL INSTINCT, by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ),  found the winner’s circle at Gulfstream last out and he liked it so much he won at Keeneland to make in 2 in a row. As in his maiden win going long on the turf, he comes wide from behind and times the wire perfectly. He was a $160,000 purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds and was bred by Anthony Robinson.

Two wins for Kirkwood grads at Turfway

Three year old filly INCONCLUSIVE added graded black type running second in the G3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway.  She made a sweeping move with 3 furlongs to run and was gaining on the winner. She is owned by Carolyn Friedberg and Jeff Larson and was bred by James Heyward.

On the same day also at Turfway, AFLEET LADY, also three,  broke her maiden for her owner/breeder Tracy Farmer. She edged clear late for the win in her third start lifetime. Afleet Lady had been second in her two earlier starts. 

Lost Iron breaks maiden at Aqueduct

LOST IRON, a three-year-old Flatter colt, broke his maiden at Aqueduct going 1 1/8th on the inner track. He is a half to MGSW turfer Takeover Target (Harlan’s Holiday), who’s winnings total $625,935. He had a slow start from post position 1, raced initially between 2 horses, then going wide, he accelerated after the dueling leaders. He swept past the favorite to win by two lengths. He was a $190,000 sale for Kirkwood at OBS April and was purchased by owners H. Clarke, P. Braverman, A. Albstein, T. Murray & C. Robertson. He is trained by William I. Mott.