2 winners for Kirkwood

RAILSPLITTER , g, 3, Bodemeister–Ghost Flower (MSP, $129,486), by Ghostzapper. graduated at Golden Gate Fields going a mile on the turf  for owner McShane Racing LLC  and trainer Jonathan Wong.  He was consigned and sold by Kirkwood at ’19 OBSMAR for $390,000.

Also winning at Golden Gate Fields was SURFACE (Quality Road) owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and TNIP, LLC and trained by Steve Sherman. She broke her maiden last out and has now won 2 in a row. She was a $130,000 sale also at OBSMAR but in 2018.

2 yo KENNY HAD A NOTION wins the Jamestown S at Laurel

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JAMESTOWN S., $82,500, Laurel, 10-9, (C), 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:03.62, fm. 1–KENNY HAD A NOTION, 118, g, 2, by Great Notion 1st Dam: Darting, by During 2nd Dam: Dosh, by Victory Gallop 3rd Dam: Duds, by Ack Ack ($25,000 Ylg ’19 FTKJUL; $20,000 Ylg ’19 EASOCT). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN.
O-Louis J. Ulman & H. Neil Glasser
B-Althea Richards(VA); T-Dale Capuano
Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $75,125.

A first-out, determined head winner July 30 at Delaware, Kenny Had a Notion didn’t fare as well when seen again in the Sept. 26 First State Dash S. even after working three straight bullets over Laurel’s main track. He caught a sloppy Delaware surface that day, got bumped, and threw in the towel to finish sixth. Redemption was sweet when switched to the turf for an impressive win in the Jamestown S. Kenny Had a Notion broke on top, but let Cool Enough (Tamarkuz) on his outside take command. Hounding that one through a first quarter of :22.41, the bay moved to the outside himself, tackled Cool Enough coming off the turn as the half slipped by in :45.37, then romped home much the best.

Five-time winner Darting’s last reported foal is a now-yearling colt by Divining Rod, who sold at this week’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale for $20,000 to Julie Davies. Darting’s granddam is a graded stakes-producing mare by Ack Ack, notable as not too many mares by the 1971 Horse of the Year and late Claiborne stallion are remain close up in pedigrees.

Vancouver Filly a Perfect Three-for-Three with Surfer Girl Win

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Madone | Benoit

Kaleem Shah’s Madone (f, 2, Vancouver {Aus}-Indian Love Call, by Cherokee Run) made it a perfect three-for-three with a late-charging victory in the Surfer Girl S. at Santa Anita Sunday. Made the even-money favorite off of two wins going a mile over the Del Mar lawn, the dark bay filly settled well off a quick pace. She made rapid progress nearing the lane and pounced to the lead at midstretch before gamely holding off Tetragonal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) who came from last to just miss. The time for the mile was 1:34.83.
Purchased for $125,000 at this year’s OBS March sale, Madone opened her career with a one-length victory over the Del Mar lawn July 31 and she closed late to add the Sept. 6 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf S. last time out. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0. O-Kaleem Shah.
B-Glendalough (Ky)
T-Simon Callaghan.

Madone Rallies to Win Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Courtesy of the BloodHorse Madone wins the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes at Del Mar
Madone wins the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes at Del Mar

Benoit Photo

Madone Rallies to Win Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Vancouver filly remains perfect in two starts.

Kaleem Shah’s Madone split horses at the head of the stretch and went on gamely under Flavien Prat to capture the $83,500 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes Sept. 6 by a half-length.

Madone, trained by Simon Callaghan, stumbled at the break and broke in, then rallied from ninth off quarter-mile fractions of :24.03, :50.53, and 1:15.38. The Vancouver filly finished the mile on firm Del Mar turf in 1:39.09.

The victory gave Prat a record 14th stakes win of the meeting. Rafael Bejarano had the previous record with 13 victories in 2012.

Madone paid $5.20, $3.00, and $2.40 as the favorite and earned $48,300 for her second victory in two starts. She has winnings of $81,300.

Nimbostratus finished second but was moved back to third for interference in the stretch with Ivy League, who was moved up from third to second.

Madone sold three times at auction. Consigned by Shawhan Place as a weanling to the 2018 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, she was first purchased for $70,000 by Nicoma Bloodstock, agent. S. R. Schwartz, agent, then went to $50,000 to buy her out of the Mill Ridge Sales consignment at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. At this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sale March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, Shah, with Ben McElroy as agent, purchased the filly for $125,000 from the Kirkwood Stables consignment.

Bred in Kentucky by Glendalough, Madone is the sixth foal out of the Cherokee Run mare Indian Love Call, who has produced five winners. Indian Love Call has a yearling filly by Astern and a Cairo Prince  colt born in April. She was bred to Gormley  for 2021.


Madone Rallies to Win Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Vancouver Filly Remains Unbeaten in Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

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Vancouver Filly Remains Unbeaten in Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Madone Benoit photo

Kaleem Shah’s Madone found running room late and surged to  victory in the Del Mar Juvenile FilliesTurf S. Sunday evening. The favorite was unhurried early and fell well back in the field. Racing keenly behind tepid splits, she took closer order but ran up on heels in the tightly bunched field. Full of run but with nowhere to go nearing the home stretch, the dark bay filly finally found a seam to run through and surged to the wire ahead of Nimbostratus (Fr) (Wooton Bassett {GB}) and Ivy League (Medaglia d’Oro), who had both taken the overland route. Nimostratus just got her nose in front of Ivy League on the wire, but the stewards ruled that the filly had come out and impeded the third-place finisher and their placements were reversed.

The first Northern Hemisphere black-type winner for her reverse shuttle sire, Madone opened her career with a late-running one-length victory over this same course and one-mile distance July 31. The dark bay filly was a $70,000 KEENOV weanling and a $50,000 KEESEP yearling before selling for $125,000 at this year’s OBS March sale. Madone’s dam has a filly of 2019 by Astern (Aus) and a colt of this year by Cairo Prince. From the family of GI NYRA Mile H. victor Gold Fever (Forty Niner) and SW Emanating (Cox’s Ridge), herself the dam of Grade I winner Boisterous (Distorted Humor), she was covered by Gormley earlier this year.

DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF S., $83,500, Del Mar, 9-6, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:39.09, fm.
1–MADONE, 122, f, 2, by Vancouver (Aus)
                1st Dam: Indian Love Call, by Cherokee Run
                2nd Dam: Mood Music, by Kingmambo
                3rd Dam: Lead Kindly Light, by Majestic Light
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. ($70,000 Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $50,000 Ylg
’19 KEESEP; $125,000 2yo ’20 OBSMAR). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc.;
B-Glendalough LLC (KY); T-Simon Callaghan; J-Flavien Prat.
$48,300. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $81,300.