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 BUSY BUYING YEARLINGS for its GULLFSTREAM GALLOP GROUP

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

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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.

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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.”

MUCHO GUSTO TO BEAT IN OK DERBY

Michael Lund Petersen’s Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man) may have passed on the Triple Crown races, but he proved this summer he can hang with the top 3-year-olds. Sunday night, he’ll be the class of the field and a substantial favorite in the GIII Oklahoma Derby at Remington.

Capturing the GIII Bob Hope S. and GIII Robert B. Lewis S. sandwiched around a runner-up try in the GI Los Alamitos Futurity, the chestnut was navigated off the Triple Crown trail after running a well-beaten third in the GIII Sunland Derby Mar. 24.  Two convincing scores in the May 18 GIII Laz Barrera S. and GIII Affirmed S. June 16 later, the ‘TDN Rising Star’ was back in with the big boys, and ran a brave second to Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) in the GI TVG.com Haskell Invitational while finishing eight lengths clear of third. He was similarly game when holding on for third after dueling on a fast pace in the GI Runhappy Travers S. last out Aug. 24 at Saratoga.

Mucho Gusto’s two principal challengers come out of the Travers in fifth-running Owendale (Into Mischief) and seventh finisher Tax (Arch). The former, who annexed the Apr. 13 GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. and was third in the GI Preakness S., took the June 22 GIII Ohio Derby over last week’s GI Pennsylvania Derby hero Math Wizard (Algorithms) before his even Travers effort. Tax, who sports trophies for the GIII Withers S. and GII Jim Dandy S., was also fourth in the GI Belmont S.