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CCE grad, Noble Tune, Breeders' Cup-bound

Posted: October 9, 2012 3:15 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Noble Tune, a 2-year-old colt by Unbridled’s Song, looks as if his next start may well be in the $1 million Juvenile Turf race at the 2012 Breeders’ Cup to be run at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 3.
A graduate of Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden, Noble Tune won Monday’s $150,000 Pilgrim Stakes (Gr. II) at Belmont Park to guarantee a berth in the Breeders’ Cup as the 1 1/16-mile race on the turf was a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race.
Owned by Martin Schwartz and Dell Ridge Farm, Noble Tune is trained by New York-based conditioner Chad Brown, who gave Ramon Dominguez a leg up on Monday.
Noble Tune was sixth in the field of seven after a half-mile and moved up one spot to fifth at three-quarters of a mile before making his move at the top of the stretch to take the lead from Special Skills. Dominguez kept his mount on the point, fended off a late bid from Notacatbutallama and would go on to the 2 1/1-length victory.
The final time over an inner turf course listed as yielding was 1:47.81.
Noble Tune powered to a 3 1/2-length victory in his 1 1/16-mile debut over the Saratoga turf in an $85,000 maiden race on Sept. 3.
His two wins in as many career starts has helped Noble Tune to $141,000 in earnings.
Another CCE-developed 2-year-old, Weekend Hideaway, broke his maiden in his second time out with a win at Saratoga on Aug. 10 in a $60,000 maiden race. He followed that by winning the $100,000 David S. Stakes at the Spa, a 6-furlong race on the dirt, on Aug. 29.
On Sept. 30, the Phillip Serpe-trained colt was third in the $200,000 Futurity Stake at Belmont, another 6-furlong race, which was won by Overanalyze.
Weekend Hideaway has two wins, a second and a third in four career starts in which he has earned $128,000.

(Turned from Home is a regular feature in the sports pages of the Chronicle-Independent spotlighting Thoroughbred flat horses, which were sent to the track from Camden, as well as local owners and trainers. Any persons having racing information which they would like to pass along and be included in this column should call the C-I sports department at 432-6157 or, via e-mail at tdidato@chronicle-independent.com.)

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