Three year old filly Afleet Alex filly, BRILLIANT BELLE, broke her maiden 2 races back at Keeneland, was second last out and now has won again. She went right to the lead, set the pace and drew off in the stretch to win by 5 lengths. She is owned by Margo Scott and was bred by Tracy Farmer.
Three year old colt, MANITOULIN, by Awesome Again and out of Champion and MGISW, SOARING SOFTLY enjoyed the added distance of 1 3/8 to break his maiden in MSW company. He settled behind the first flight of horses and made his bid for the lead heading for home. From his outside postiton five wide he wore down a fellow closer and won by a length. He is owned by Darby Dan Farm and was bred Phillips Racing Partnership (KY). Like RECEPTA, who is from this same amazing female family, he is trained by James Toner.
Graded stakes placed TOM’S READY made his first stakes win a big one. He exploded from last to first to win the $500,000 G2 Woody Stephens S on the Belmont S. undercard . He is owned GMB Racing and trained by by Dallas Stewart. TOM’S READY has earned $577,220,
Also on the Belmont undercard, GSW RECEPTA closed with a strong kick to finish second in the G1 Longines Just A Game S for the Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin. She was bred by John W. Phillips & Hank Snowden and is trained by James Toner. RECEPTA is closing on $600,000 in earnings.
Icing on the cake was INCONCLUSIVE‘s win in the Northbound Pride Oaks at Canterbury Park. The 3 year old filly was already graded stakes placed, but is now also a stakes winner. She is owned by Carolyn Friedberg and Jeff T. Larson and was bred by James Heyward.
Four year old El Corredor gelding, DEFONDO seemed happy to travel north from the Fair Grounds to Woodbine and won his first start there with some ease. He raced 6 1/2 furlongs on the all weather track and hit the lead before leaving the backstretch and did not give it up. He has earned over $100,000 for owner West Point Thoroughbreds.
Graded stakes winner RECEPTA closed out her winning ways last year taking the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga followed directly by the Noble Damsel Stakes – Gr. 3 at Belmont. The Breeders’ Cup was not her cup of tea. The 5 year old Speightstown mare is getting going in 2016 with a third today in the Beaugay Stakes – Gr. 3 also at Belmont. She was had all sorts of trouble in the race. Watch for her next time. She is owned by Owner: Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin and was bred by John W. Phillips & Hank Snowden. She has earned better than $466,000.
Also at Belmont, HIT IT ONCE MORE, a Hard Spun 3 year old colt, racing for August Dawn Farm, won a 62000 n1x allowance race. He was bred by JMJ Stable and has earned just a tick under $100,000.
Three year old West Point owned gelding, WINE NOT, has been on the board in all 4 of his prior starts. Today he got the job done winning a MSW at Belmont going a mile on the dirt. He started mid pack towards the rail and worked his way outside to challenge seriously in the stretch, went at it head to head and got the head bob for the win. He has already earned over $66,000. The First Dude gelding was bred by Frank Hopewell Runner`s Dream Farm.
West Point’s well named Einstein gelding, SCHOLAR ATHLETE, broke his maiden and was stakes placed at Woodbine as a 2 year old. In his third 2016 start, he wired the field going 1 1/16 on the turf at Belmont. Breaking from the 6 hole, he moved to the rail, rated nicely and won by almost 2 lengths for his second win lifetime. He has earned over $107,00.
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.