2 year old Gulfstream Gallop Grad WICKED SIDER wins another + 2 more winners

2 year old WICKED SLIDER was one of the Kirkwood Galloping Group at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Florida sale. He broke his maiden in July and is now stakes placed in the $100,00 HILLSDALE S.at Indiana Grand where he stalked the pace between horses and ended up third. He has followed up with a win (through a DQ) in allowance company at Indiana Grand racing a mile on the turf.
Lifetime Record: SP, 7-2-0-1, $62,895.
O-Perry & Tim Wood, David Cavanaugh & Marvin A. Johnson LLC
B-Richard & Connie Snyder (IN)
T-Marvin A. Johnson.
*$15,000 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT; $40,000 2yo ’19 FTFMAR.

Additional winners are IRISH HUSTLE (Data Link) who one his 3rd race for owner Martin Racing Stable LLC  and trainer Bret Calhoun. This win was in allowance company at Delta Downs. He has earned over $88,000.

Winning at Woodbine was FIRE FOR EFFECT (Smart Strike) for the Frank Cirillo Brandon Brako Stable and trainer Marti Drexler. It was his 5th win and he has bankrolled over $183,000.


Kirkwood signed for 2 yearlings at the Fasig Tipton October Sale.


Hip 662 is a son of Tapit out of a multiple stakes producing Giant’s Causeway mare. He is a full brother to a graded stakes placed earner of over $223,000. Family of SUMMERLY.

Also purchased was hip 69 a Street Sense filly out of a young Smart Strike mare and from a family packed with black-type.


Kirkwood Grad 2 yo COMPETITIVE FIRE graduates at Indiana Grand

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1st-Indiana Grand, $31,000, Msw, 10-11, 2yo, f, 1m 70y, 1:44.07, my.
COMPETITIVE FIRE (f, 2, Competitive Edge–Jasmine Gardens {MSP, $170,803}, by Mineshaft) completed a Competitive Edge exacta behind Reagan=s Edge in her six-panel debut here Sept. 24 and was given a 3-1 chance to become her freshman sire (by Super Saver)=s 14th winner in this spot. Pressing from second through soft early splits, the dark bay overtook the pacesetter in mid-stretch and splashed clear to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Tynan (Liam=s Map) was the runner-up. The winner=s dam produced a Verrazano colt last year and an Exaggerator filly earlier this term. She was bred back to Munnings.
Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $24,800.
O-Rags Racing LLC and Dundalk 5 LLC
B-Dermot Andrew Littlefield & Danielle Austin (KY);
T-Paul E. Holthus

Thoroughbreds From Coast to Coast Participate in TAKE2 Finals

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Lucca and Hunter Kay | Shawn McMillen Photography

Thirty-eight Thoroughbreds representing 13 states came from coast to coast to compete in the inaugural $20,000 TAKE2 Hunter and Jumper Finals at the Kentucky National Horse Show in Lexington Sept. 22. Paula Lampshire’s Lucca, trained by Ron Danta and Danny Robertshaw and ridden by Hunter Kay, was nearly flawless in winning the Hunter Final, while Larry Fugate’s Rostropovich and rider/trainer Lauren Schweppe were fearless finishing first in the Jumper Final. The TAKE2 Hunter and Jumper Finals Awards are named in honor of Rick Violette Jr., who created the program in 2012 and lost a battle with cancer last October.

“Danny and I were both impressed at the quality of the horses,” Danta said. “The jumps were beautiful, the course was challenging. I think we’ll see the program grow each year–I know it will grow, because we will have more horses for the TAKE2 division this year. We’re very excited about the program. We keep asking for more TAKE2 divisions at local horse shows. It’s a great way to get people thinking about Thoroughbreds.”