CONUNDRUM QUEEN wins and DEFENSE WINS adds a stakes placing

CONUNDRUM QUEEN (Hard Spun) broke through the gate, was reloaded and after settling at first in the 2nd flight, she then rallied for the win. CONUNDRUM QUEEN  is owned by R. A. Hill Stable and BlackRidge Stables LLC  and was bred by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Susan Keller, Victoria Oliver & G. Watts Humphrey III. She is trained by George Weaver. The filly was sold for $110,000 at Fasig Tipton Timonium.

Much farther west, GSPl DEFENSE WINS (Flatter) added ran third in the Rillito Park Inaugural Stakes. He is now owned and trained by James L. Gilmour. He was a member of the Gulfstream Gallop contingent and sold at Gulfstream in 2019.

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
25 3 8 4 $165,842


saxonSelling as Hip 413 at OBS March – likely the only available 2-year-old in the US by Coolmore’s G1 and classic mile winning SAXON WARRIOR.  SAXON WARRIOR is a son of  Japanese super stallion DEEP IMPACT out of a G1 stakes winning Champion Galileo daughter. The Kirkwood colt is out of a graded stakes-winning Smart Strike mare. Deep black-type U.S. family – 2nd dam a SW, 3rd dam a multiple graded stakes producing 1/2 sis to ALLEGED.

Stakes placed BERNABREEZY takes Fair Grounds Allowance

Prepared at sold by Kirkwood at  Fasig Tipton Gulfstream
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9th-Fair Grounds, $53,000, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($50,000), 2-18, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:45.07, ft, 2 lengths. BERNABREEZY (f, 3, Bernardini–Super Allison {SW, $157,043}, by Super Saver) rallied from well back to be fifth in her career bow at Churchill Downs Nov. 14 and closed resolutely to earn her diploma next out over track and trip Dec. 20. Third to GII Rachel Alexandra S.-bound La Crete (Medaglia d’Oro) in this venue’s Silverbulletday S. Jan. 22, she was given a 4-1 chance for this drop in class while facing GISP favorite Sequist (Nyquist). Sitting back in her preferred position near the back, the bay had just one beat through a :23.59 first quarter and :47.17 half-mile. In the same position, but taking closer order on the backstretch run, Bernabreezy was six wide turning for home and slingshotted to the front in the lane to win going away by two lengths. Mariah’s Fortune (Classic Empire) was second with Sequist in third. Bernabreezy is the first foal out of SW Super Allison, whose only foal since is a 2021 colt by Catalina Cruiser. She was bred back to Volatile. Sales history: $25,000 Ylg ’20 KEESEP; $40,000 2yo ’21 FTFMAR; $100,000 2yo ’21 EASMAY.
Lifetime Record: SP, 4-2-0-1, $77,400. O-McMakin, Nelson and Kennedy, Aaron; B-Machmer Hall, Tamme Valley Farm & Godolphin (KY);
T-Matt A. Shirer.

MERCI graduates MSW at Tampa first out

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9th-Tampa Bay Downs, $26,000, Msw, 2-11, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:44.03, fm, 2 1/2 lengths. MERCI (c, 3, Noble Mission {GB}–Almina, by Macho Uno) was fairly lightly regarded at 15-2 on debut and settled midpack after breaking fairly from a low gate. Quietly ridden through the middle stages, the May foal advanced on the turn, came out four wide for the drive, struck to the lead a furlong from home and galloped clear. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $15,080. O/B-Ghislaine Head (KY); T-Christophe Clement.

RESPONSE TIME wins Laurel Allowance with dispatch

RESPONSE TIME (Mosler) was purchased from Kirkwood for $100,000  by her owners Mens Grille Racing at Fasig Tipton Timonium in 2020. This is her second win in a row and she rated well and then moved out to clear the field for the win by 2 1/4. The newly turned 4 year old filly is trained by Hamilton Smith.

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
12 3 3 0 $131,548