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Wooten grad, Magical Moon, runs second in Beaumont

Posted: April 18, 2013 2:49 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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MAGICAL MOON RAN SECOND in Sunday’s $150,000 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland.

Magical Moon, which was developed in Camden by Frank and Daphne Wooten at Frank Wooten Stables, finished second behind Ciao Bell Luna in Sunday’s $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (Gr. 2) at the Keeneland Race Course.
The 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly is trained by Al Stall Jr., who gave Brian Hernandez Jr. the leg up in the race.
Ciao Bell Luna won the 7-furlong race by 2 ½ lengths in a time of 1:26.92. Magical Moon led the field of 11, running a 22.86 first quarter mile and a 46.10 half mile. She led the eventual winner by a length at the top of the stretch
Magical Moon broke her maiden at second asking in Saratoga last August and was making her second career start at Keeneland after finishing third in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (Gr. 1) last fall. In six career starts, she has one win, two seconds and a third for $130,625 in earnings.
Kirkwood grads find their way into winners’ circle: Golden Road and Arann, both developed in Camden at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables, broke their maidens last Saturday with wins in Illinois and Maryland, respectively.
Golden Road, trained by Gary Scherer, won in her third start, a $15,000 starter allowance at Hawthorne Park. Ridden by Denny Velazquez, the 3-year-old Noble Causeway filly, was last in the field of four in the one-mile, 70-yard run on the dirt after three-quarters of a mile before taking the lead at the top of the stretch and going on for the 6 ½-length victory.
The winning time was 1:45.06.
That same day at in Baltimore, Arann ran to victory in a $40,000 maiden race for trainer Tony Dutrow, who had Jeremy Rose in the irons.
Running third in the field of six for the first three-quarters of a mile in the 1 1/16-mile run over the dirt, Arann took a half-length lead at the head of the stretch, overtaking race-leading Sheppard’s Pie, trained by part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard, and held off Sheppard’s Pie to win by a nose. The running time was 1:48.38.
Arann, a 4-year-old Awesome Again filly, has won $33,480 from her four starts.
Make it a double: Fictional Hero, a graduate of Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden, won for the second straight time by taking a $28,000 allowance race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on April 2.
The race was the third career start for the 3-year-old filly by Cherokee Run and owned by The Elkstone Group LLC., owner of the Camden Training Center.
Trained by Tom Iannotti and ridden by Wesley Ho, Fictional Hero was second in the field of six at the quarter pole in the 4 ½-furlong race before taking the lead in the upper stretch and drawing away for the 2 ½-length win.
With two wins in three career starts, Fictional Hero has earned $32,500.
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