West Point’s three year old Scat Daddy filly Lavender Chrissie, ran in 2 X allowance conditions at Keeneland. She attended the pace in second and then took over the lead and held to the wire. She has earned over $89,000 and has won 3 of her 6 starts lifetime. She was bred by Mrs. O. M. Patrick and was a $185,000 Keeneland yearling purchase.
Speightstown three year old filly BAJAN BEACH swung wide to win by 3 3/4 lengths going away at Finger Lakes and improved her earnings to over $58,000. She was claimed out of the race and we wish her new connections the best.
West Point owned two year old Arch colt, RIVER DELL, was away in good order and stalked from the two-path and then came out to clear the field and hold on to graduate at Belmont over a sloppy track. It was his second time out of the gate. RIVER DELL was second in his first outing and has earned $69,600.
TOM’S READY zipped straight to the front and rolled home a wire to wire winner to break his maiden in a MSW at Churchill. The two year old colt is owned by G Benson and was bred by Blackstone Farm LLC in PA. He is trained by Dallas Stewart.
KNIGHT OF DRAMA, consigned and sold by Kirkwood at Barretts in May, tried his luck in stakes company in the Barretts Juvenile Stakes. He dueled determinedly throughout but had to settle with the show position. He has his maiden condition ahead of him although he has been knocking on the door with a second last out. He is owned by C T R Stables LLC and was bred by Valerie Ammirato & Jessica Lauren Lafferty (FL).
MSW RECEPTA won the NOBLE DAMSEL S.-G3 at Belmont.
RECEPTA, winner of the Chelsea Flower S. made only three starts during her sophomore season, including thirds in the G3 Appalachian S. and Wonder Again S. She took a Keeneland allowance this April before a third in the G3 Beaugay S. and a fourth in Monmouth’s G3 Eatontown June 27. She annexed the De La Rose S. at Saratoga Aug. 8.
RECEPTA rated down the backstretch and began to close heading into the turn. She angled out four wide at he top of the stretch to gain the lead and hold to clear the field.
“I think the key to her development this year is more maturity than anything,” said winning trainer Jimmy Toner. “She was kind of washy and sort of flighty last year and couldn’t take too much. We gave her the winter off and brought her back in the spring, and she’s taken every step that we’ve wanted her to take. I was a little disappointed with her race in Monmouth, but what are you going to do? Since that time, she’s responded to everything we’ve done. We’ll probably come back in the [GIII] Athenia [S. at Belmont Oct. 17]. We mapped out a plan for her early on: the De La Rose, which was restricted–worked out perfect. Wanted to get a graded stake–worked out perfect. She’ll have two more starts this year, and if she comes back next year bigger and stronger I think she can develop into something special.”
Three year old DEFONDO reeled in the leaders to take over the field for the time to win a 7 furlong race at Kentucky Downs for owner West Point Thoroughbreds. He was bred by Mr & Mrs Bertram R Firestone and has earned $74,527 with two wins and two seconds in 9 starts.
The well named two year old Einstein (BRZ) colt, SCHOLAR ATHLETE, broke his maiden at Woodbine in his second start. He is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds. He broke well, went to the lead on the inside, was rated and was then passed by a rival. Like a pro he waited and then moved out into the two path with a horse outside on his hip, but cleared the field to win. Behind him in third was another Kirkwood graduate, STORM HAWK. The Stormy Atlantic colt is owned by Tucci stables. He was trapped inside behind horses for most of the race with no where to go until quite deep stretch. Once clear, he ran well for the show. Watch for this one next out.
It was a 1 – 2 finish for Kirkwood-prepped horses in the 8th race at Saratoga today! HEATED VERDICT, owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, came in first with SLAPSTICK, owned by Merrylegs Farm, a close second. Congratulations to all of their connections!
MOON SONG bid 4 wide and was up in the nick of time to win at Indiana Grand. He was bred by Darley, John H. Adger & Stone Farm and is owned by Stone Farm. The 4 year old Elusive Quality colt has bankrolled over $51,000.
On the same day ROUGH PASSAGE, a 4 year old Stormy Atlantic gelding, won at Gulfstream. He was a $250,000 Kirkwood sold two year old in training. He is owned by Red Castle Farms and was bred by R S Evans.