The aptly named Stormy Atlantic 5-year-old gelding, ROUGH PASSAGE, won again at Gulfstream. Breaking from the outside post he accelerated out of the gate to gain position and set the pace to wire the field for his third win lifetime. He was a $250,000 Kirkwood Keeneland April Sale graduate. Rough Passage is owned by Red Castle Farms and trained by Kristn Mulhall. He has earned over $104,000.
Three year old Hard Spun colt, HIT IT ONCE MORE, graduated in a MSW at Aqueduct. He overcame a bad stumble at the start and when it counted, he sailed to the lead and won by over 6 lengths going a mile on a fast track. He is owned by August Dawn Farm and is trained by Gary Sciacca. With his win and on the board finishes, he has earned over $62,000.
ANIMAL INSTINCT, by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ), found the winner’s circle at Gulfstream last out and he liked it so much he won at Keeneland to make in 2 in a row. As in his maiden win going long on the turf, he comes wide from behind and times the wire perfectly. He was a $160,000 purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds and was bred by Anthony Robinson.
Three year old filly INCONCLUSIVE added graded black type running second in the G3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway. She made a sweeping move with 3 furlongs to run and was gaining on the winner. She is owned by Carolyn Friedberg and Jeff Larson and was bred by James Heyward.
On the same day also at Turfway, AFLEET LADY, also three, broke her maiden for her owner/breeder Tracy Farmer. She edged clear late for the win in her third start lifetime. Afleet Lady had been second in her two earlier starts.
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.
TOM’S READY, already graded stakes placed in the LeComte S. G3, stepped up into G2 company in the Twin Spires Louisiana Derby. He overcame a bump at the start to gain his second graded stakes placing, crossing the line in 2nd. Trained by Dallas Stewart, he is owned by GNB Racing and was bred by Blackstone Farm. He has earned over $300,000 for his connections.
On the same day but at Parx, 5-year-old horse DUVAL annexed his 4th win, bringing his earnings close to $200,000. He is owned by Ten Strike Racing and was bred by Mark Reid & DDS Stables.
Emma Clifton, a rider here at Kirkwood Stables, was featured in a 3 page spread in the Spring 2016 edition of Riders Up! See the full article Riders-Up-Spring-2016. Congratulations Emma!
Kip discusses his career as a consigner and the March OBS Sales on the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) on March 12, 2016. Catch the full interview below:
West Point’s three year old filly STREET SURRENDER overcame tight quarters to graduate sprinting at Santa Anita. Squeezing through on the rail to seize control in mid-stretch, the filly sailed to a decisive 3 1/4-length success. She was bred by Sally Thomas & New Dawn Stable and is trained by Wally Dollasse.
Tracy Farmer’s three year old filly CLAIR DE LUNE kept her record perfect going two turns at Aqueduct. The Chad Brown trainee went right to the lead and put away all rivals nearing the stretch and pulled steadily clear to win by 6 1/2 lengths. An earner of $76,600 in 3 starts, CLAIR DE LUNE was bred by Julie Berta, Bob & Rae Horton & Charles Middleton (KY).