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Noble Tune wins American Turf at Churchill

Posted: May 7, 2013 3:23 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Noble Tune, benefiting from a ground-saving trip under Javier Castellano, rocketed to the front in upper stretch and cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory over Admiral Kitten in the 22th running of the $234,200 American Turf presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) for 3-year-olds last Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Noble Tune was developed in Camden at Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine.
Trained by Chad Brown, Noble Tune covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:41.63.
The victory was worth $136,492 and increased Noble Tune’s earnings to $473,622 with a record of 5-4-1-0. It was the second graded stakes victory for Noble Tune, who won the Pilgrim (GIII) last fall at Belmont Park prior to running second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI).
“We ran him at Tampa (allowance win on grass March 9) in order to get him ready for the Blue Grass (Stakes). But when we got him to Keeneland, he couldn’t handle the track,” Brown said. “The owners were bummed, but I talked them into waiting for this race. I’m glad we did.
“I don’t want to run him anywhere but on the turf. No dirt. As long as he’s with me, he’ll stay on grass. Javier (Castellano) gave him an awesome ride. He’s patient. He rides a lot of horses like that for me.”
Noble Tune is a Kentucky-bred son of Unbridled’s Song out of the Storm Cat mare Serena’s Cat.
Noble Tune returned $5, $3.40 and $2.80. Admiral Kitten, ridden by Mike Smith, returned $6.20 and $3.80 in finishing a half-length in front of War Dancer who returned $3.20 to show under Alan Garcia.
“It was a beautiful trip,” said Castellano of his winning ride. “I was expecting to lay off the pace a little bit, but he was sharp today and he lay a little closer. On the backside, I saved all the ground. I waited for the best opportunity and turning for home, the rail opened up and he took it.”
“We ran him at Tampa (allowance win on grass March 9) in order to get him ready for the Blue Grass (Stakes). But when we got him to Keeneland, he couldn’t handle the track. The owners were bummed, but I talked them into waiting for this race. I’m glad we did. I don’t want to run him anywhere but on the turf. No dirt. As long as he’s with me, he’ll stay on grass.
“Javier (Castellano) gave him an awesome ride. He’s patient. He rides a lot of horses like that for me.”
Kirkwood grad wins in Japan: Unavenged, a 4-year half sister to millionaire Naughty New Yorker and stake winner Pupil, won and allowance race in Japan on April 22. It was her first start since last year.
Unavenged was developed in Camden at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables.
Ridden by Makoto Sugihara, the Empire Maker filly was running in the back of the pack in the early going and then surged to the lead to win off by two lengths. Her record stands at three wins in seven starts and earnings of $240,000 for her owner Taiki Farm.

(Turned from Home is a regular feature in the 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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