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Late spring is time for Dove Season; Wash Park left hanging out to dry after five straight wins

Turned from home

Posted: June 12, 2012 10:44 a.m.
Updated: June 13, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Fair Grounds Race Course/

MR. VEGAS LEADS the field home in winning the $100,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans earlier this year. The 5-year gelding was developed in Camden at Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine.

Dove Season, a graduate of Fred and Wilhelmina McEwan’s Fenwick Farm in Boykin broke his maiden at first asking by winning a $45,000 maiden race on Sunday at PARX Racing in Bensalem, Penn.
The Will Farish-owned 4-year-old Canadian-bred filly is trained by John Servis -- of Smarty Jones fame -- who gave John Bisono the leg up on Sunday. The winning time for the six-furlong run on the dirt was 1:11.43.
Bisono had his mount placed sixth in the field of 11 after a quarter-mile before making a move on the outside to take over second at the half-mile mark. Trailing My Pink Easterbaby by five lengths at the top of the stretch, Dove Season stayed on the outside and used a big kick to run down the leader in deep stretch and pulled out a victory by a head.
Wash Park win streak snapped at five: Wash Park, which was developed at Frank Wooten Stables in Camden, saw its 5-race win streak come to an end with a third place finish in a $30,000 race at Evangeline Downs in Lafayetta, La., last Wednesday.
Trained by Ron Faucheux for owner Keith Plaisance, the Ecton Park-sired 5-year-old gelding compiled all five of his victories in the run over the course of a little more than four months at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The win streak started on Dec. 4, 2011 and ended the final week of the Fair Grounds’ winter meet with a victory on March 16 of this year.
For his five wins in a row, Wash Park was named winner of “Claimer of the Meet” at Fair Grounds.
Wash Park was making his fourth start of 2012 and has bankrolled $80,508 thanks to his three wins and a third. In 2011, he won three times with a second in five starts while earning $40,696.
In 16 career starts, Wash Park has six wins, two seconds and a pair of thirds for $132,364 in earnings.
Get Stormy second in Monmouth Stakes: Get Stormy rebounded from a ninth in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs with a second in Sunday’s $200,000-added Monmouth Stakes (Gr. II) at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
Developed in Camden at Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine, the 6-year-old horse earned $40,000 on Sunday to push his career earnings to $1,556,812 from 30 career starts. He has 11 firsts, five seconds and three thirds in a four-year career in which Get Stormy has three Grade I and seven grades stakes victories.
Ridden by Eddie Castro for trainer Tom Bush, Get Stormy was never worse than third in Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile run on the turf and took the lead from Get Serious as the field of seven hit the top of the stretch. But John Velazquez, who rode Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes the previous day, took Data Link three wide to get past Get Stormy to win by a length in a time of 1:45.93.
On Saturday, Custom Care Equine grad, Mr. Vegas, was second in the $65,000 Sea O Erin Stakes at Arlington Park for trainer Richard Scherer, who had James Graham aboard the 5-year-old Freud gelding.
Mr. Vegas carried the seven-horse field for the better part of the 1 1/16-mile run over the turf course before overtaken in the stretch by Nikki’s Sandcastle.
Mr. Vegas won his first graded stakes race by winning the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicp (Gr. III) at the Fair Grounds on Jan.21.
In 25 career starts, Mr. Vegas has seven wins and seven seconds for $318,173 in earnings.
Winter Memories finally loses at Belmont: Winter Memories came up short in her quest for a fifth win in as many starts at Belmont Park as the former pupil at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden finished 2 ¼ lengths behind Tapitslfy in Saturday’s $500,000 Just a Games Stakes (Gr. I).
The 4-year-old El Prado filly is trained by James Toner, who had Javier Castellano in the saddle for Saturday’s one-mile race on the turf.
Winter Memories was fifth of seven runners at the half-mile mark before moving to second at the top of the stretch but could not catch Tapitsfly, who wired the field in a time of 1:32.34.
Winter Memories opened her 2012 campaign by winning the Beaugay Stakes (Gr. III) in May at Belmont for her seventh career win, all of which have come in graded stakes races.
In 11 career starts, Winter Memories has seven wins and a pair of seconds for $908,100 in earnings.
On May 27, a pair Kirkwood grads found their way into the winners’ circle with Sound Effect, a 3-year-old Rockport Harbor colt trained by Michael Stidham winning for the second straight time by taking a $42,000 allowance race on the all-weather track at Arlington Park. With two wins, a second and a third from six starts, he has $67,180 in winnings.
Later that day, Southern Parkway, a 3-year-old Lemon Drop Kid colt, won a $55,000 allowance race at Churchill Downs for his second career win in nine starts. The $33,180 payday boosted his bankroll to $95,914.

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