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Kirkwood grad Recepta wins Chelsea Flower Stakes

Posted: November 5, 2013 2:09 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2013 5:00 a.m.

After having broken her maiden at first asking with a win in an $80,000 race at Saratoga on Sept. 1, Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables’ graduate Recepta made it 2-for-3 by running off with the $100,000-added Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.
The 2-year-old Speightstown filly carried Junior Alvarado to a 3 ¼-length victory in a one-mile run on the turf for trainer James Toner. The final time was 1:35.63.
Recepta has earned $113,000 from her first three trips to the starting gate.
Another Kirkwood product, Awesome Bet, won for the fourth time in 25 career starts with a 1 1/3-length score in a $38,000 allowance race at Indiana Downs on Oct. 16 for trainer Steve Asmussen, who had Ricardo Santana up for the one-mile and 70-yard race on the dirt course.
The 5-year-old Awesome Again colt has five seconds and six thirds on his resume which have brought in $311,403 in purse money.
Fenwick, Kirkwood grad scores in New Jersey: First Whippoorwill, with a pair of local connections, won a $32,000 allowance race at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Oct. 25.
The 5-year-old Mutakddim mare was broken at Fred and Wilhelmina McEwan’s Fenwick Farm in Camden and then, spent her 2-year-old season as a resident at Kirkwood Stables.
Trained by Graham Motion, who gave Christopher DeCarlo the leg up for the victory at the Meadowlands, First Whippoorwill won by a length in the one-mile turf race which was clocked in 1:37.56.
The win was the sixth in 18 career starts for First Whippoorwill, which has three seconds and two thirds which have earned $161,497 for her connections.
CCE sends pair to the winners’ circle: Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden had a pair of winners in the Tri-State region last month.
On Oct. 23, CCE alum Hamnet won an $82,000 allowance race at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown, who had Javier Castellano in the irons for the win, which came by a head.
The victory was the second in three career starts for the 3-year-old Shakespeare colt which after finishing second in his debut as a 2-year-old at Woodbine in Toronto last December, returned to the track with a win in an $85,000 maiden race at Saratoga on Sept. 1.
In three races, Hamnet has earned $115,510.
Another CCE graduate, Cacaway, won for the third time in 23 outings with a victory in a $37,500 allowance race at the Meadowlands.
The 5-year-old St. Averil gelding is trained by Mary Eppler and carried Pedro Cotto to the win at the Meadowlands by 1 ¼-lengths in a one-mile and 70-yard run on the turf course which was timed at 1:44.43.
Cacaway raised its winnings to $87,845 in a career which also includes a pair of seconds and six thirds.

(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

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