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 Grad 2 yo COMPETITIVE FIRE graduates at Indiana Grand

Courtesy of the TDN
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

Mucho Gusto Favored in Competitive Oklahoma Derby

Mucho Gusto wins the Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita Park
Mucho Gusto wins the Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita Park

Benoit Photo

Eight stakes will highlight Remington Park‘s Sunday card, including the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks (G3) for 3-year-old fillies three races before the featured Oklahoma Derby.

Trainer Bob Baffert brings in West Coast invader Mucho Gusto, the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/8-mile Derby.

Third last time out in the Aug. 24 Travers, the Mucho Macho Man  colt has not finished off the board in nine starts. After a win in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park in his season debut, he returned March 24 to finish third in the Sunland Park Derby (G3).

Not having enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), Mucho Gusto stayed in California and scored back-to-back wins in the May 18 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) and June 16 Affirmed Stakes (G3).

Traveling east for the first time, he then finished second to the disqualified Kentucky Derby winner, Maximum Security, in the TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) one start before the Travers.

The Michael Lund Peterson-owned colt will be ridden by Joe Talamo from post 10 in the 11-horse field.

Tax, who competed in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), enters the Oklahoma Derby off a seventh-place finish in the Travers. One start prior, the son of Arch won the July 27 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) over TacitusGlobal Campaign, and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner War of Will.

Trained by Danny Gargan, the gelding has a string of quick breezes, with his latest Sept. 21 when he completed four furlongs in :47 3/5 on Belmont Park‘s dirt training track to be the fourth-fastest of 64 that day.

Tax, who arrived in Oklahoma City Wednesday, will be ridden by Kendrick Carmouche from post 5.

Owendale, a closing third in the Preakness, beaten only 1 1/4 lengths by War of Will, is the 3-1 morning-line second choice. The Into Mischief  colt went on to win the June 22 Ohio Derby (G3) over recent Pennsylvania Derby (G1) winner Math Wizard and fellow Oklahoma Derby entrant Long Range Toddy.

Fifth in the Travers, Owendale also worked Sept. 21, posting a bullet five furlongs for trainer Brad Cox in :58 4/5 to be the fastest of 42 at Churchill Downs that day. Florent Geroux will be aboard from the outside post.

Trainer Steve Asmussen enters Long Range Toddy, who was last seen finishing fifth in the July 13 Indiana Derby (G3). The Take Charge Indy colt finished third in the Southwest Stakes (G3) and won a division of the Rebel Stakes (G2) to earn a start in the Kentucky Derby.


Coal Front Back In Winning Groove in Parx Dirt Mile

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Coal Front wins the Parx Dirt Mile at Parx Racing
Coal Front wins the Parx Dirt Mile at Parx RacingBill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Coal Front Back In Winning Groove in Parx Dirt Mile

Rebounding from a third-place finish in the Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3), Coal Front turned back a second-turn bid from Diamond King and inched clear from that rival for a three-quarter-length victory in the $153,500 Parx Dirt Mile Stakes Sept. 21 on the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) undercard.

Under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Coal Front sped to the early lead, setting relatively easy opening splits of :23.90 and :47.34. Then as the six-horse field advanced down the backstretch, Diamond King, who was perched on the outside, dialed up the pressure. He cut into Coal Front’s lead before poking a neck in front with a six-furlong split in 1:11.63.

Smith had something saved aboard his mount, and under urging down the lane, Coal Front asserted his superiority over the final furlong. He hit the wire with his ears pricked, finishing in 1:37.53 for a mile on a fast track at Parx Racing.

Diamond King, winner of last year’s Federico Tesio Stakes and the 2017 Heft Stakes at Laurel Park, finished second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Forewarned, who rallied belatedly to grab the show.

The Parx Dirt Mile was the third stakes victory of Coal Front’s 5-year-old campaign. He won the Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City-District One (G2) at Meydan in Dubai Mar. 30 and the Razorback Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 18. A year before, he won the Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, and in 2017 he won both the Gallant Bob Stakes (G3) at Parx and the Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course.

Owned by Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners, Coal Front raced in the Parx Dirt Mile in part as a test of his aptitude for a race such the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2, trainer Todd Pletcher said before the race.

Bred in Kentucky by Michael Edward Connelly, Coal Front, by Stay Thirsty , is the first graded stakes winner out of the Mineshaft  dam Miner’s Secret. A half brother to stakes winner Conquest Titan, he was a $575,000 purchase by LaPenta from the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.

The heavy favorite, Coal Front paid $3.40 to win and elevated his bankroll to over $1.81 million. He has an 8-0-1 record from 12 starts

Regimental Gets The Money in South Africa for part owner Kirkwood Stables

Courtesy of the SPORTING POST
Capetown, South Africa

The R1,7 million Captain Al colt Regimental, owned by an illustrious group of owners, caught the eye on debut at Durbanville on Saturday when he went all the way at odds-on to seal a coup for his backers.

Ridden by the SMG Cape Town-sponsored Corne Orffer, Regimental proved too strong for the persistent and more experienced Gold Medal in the second race, a 1250m Maiden Plate, and went on to win by 0,40 lengths in a time of 76,23 secs.

Corne Orffer guides Regimental to an eye-catching debut win over Gold Medal (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

He was purchased for R1,7 million at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and is out of US six-time winner Crazy About Me (Lawyer Ron).

He is owned by former Mayfair Speculators Racing Manager Derek Brugman in partnership with an international mix of owners, including Mr and Mrs Antony Beck, Anna Doyle, Kip Elser of US-based Kirkwood Stables,  Dr Jill Warner of Carry On Alice fame and Henry Bozo of French-based Ecurie des Monceaux.

The Brett Crawford stable comments, published by courtesy of Phumelela Publishing, caught some punters wrong-footed as they had indicated that the obviously  smart colt ‘should need the run’. He behaved like a professional and won easily.

The Klawervlei Stud-bred galloper was snapped up from 7-2 and backed into the red before easing to an official starting price of 11-10.

On the Brett Crawford Racing website, it is stated that Regimental is ‘a nice colt, and may be green on debut. Each way chance’.

Assistant Barry Donnely was quoted on Saturday suggesting that Regimental ‘was going places and should have a money chance.’

MR. ALEC graduates at Belmont in his second start

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MR. ALEC (g, 3, Mr. Sidney–Silva {Fr} {MSW-Fr, $104,151}, by Anabaa) had only one start under his belt, an 8 1/2-furlong Monmouth maiden on the lawn Aug. 17 where he rallied late to just miss by a neck. Going another 1 1/2 furlongs here as the 2-1 choice, he went straight to the front, but was quickly challenged and passed by Asdaaf (Medaglia d’Oro). Mr. Alec was content to take back to third along the hedge and bided his time until the final turn, when he was roused and tipped out. He dueled briefly with Asdaaf before sailing right by for a 1 3/4-length triumph. He swished his tail a few times down the lane, but the rallying  Compliant (Kitten’s Joy) couldn’t catch him and had to settle for second. Mr. Alec=s dam has 2-year-old filly Sylvanella (The Factor); a yearling filly by Munnings; and a colt born this year by Flintshire (GB). His third dam is multiple French Group 1 winner Silvermine (Fr) (Bellypha {Ire}).
Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $58,500
O-Ghislaine Head
B-Brookdale Thoroughbreds Inc (KY)
T-Christophe Clement.