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CCE, Kirkwood grads pile up victories

Posted: December 3, 2013 1:41 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

While it may not have been on the flat track, The Elkstone Group LLC’s Bodie Island roared to a 2 ¾-length win a short trip from where he was developed when he jumped his way to victory in the $20,000 Hobkirk Hill Starter Allowance at the Nov. 23 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup in Camden.
The 5-year-old gelding was broken in Camden at Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine and after being sent to trainer Jonathan Sheppard for a career on the flat, Bodie Island returned to CCE on several occasions for rehabilitation stints while also being groomed for a second career as a steeplechaser.
The win over the Springdale Race Course for trainer Richard Valentine was Bodie Island’s second victory over fences and third overall in a career in which he has earned $52,887 from 15 career starts with three wins, two seconds and a third.
On Sunday, Dec. 1, CCE graduate Lady of Gold won a $77,000 allowance race at Aqueduct.
The Elkstone Group LLC Lady of Gold is trained by Phillip Serpe who had Jose Lezcano in the saddle for the ride in the 1 1/16-mile race on the turf course. Winner by a length and a half, the final clocking for the race was 1:45.18.
The win was the second in nine career starts for the 3-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly which has a second and three thirds which have earned her connections --- which own the Camden Training Center --- $135,110.
That same day at Aqueduct, CCE graduate J W Blue won a $25,000 claiming race.
Bred by the Elkstone Group LLC, trained by its owner, David Jacobson who gave a leg up to David Cohen, J W Blue traveled the mile race on the dirt in a time of 1:38.14.
In a career in which the 5-year-old gelding has made 26 starts with four wins, four seconds and three third, J W Blue has brought in $290,539.
CCE had two more reasons to give thanks on Thanksgiving as a pair of its grads scored at Aqueduct and at Churchill Downs.
In the New York suburbs, Eye Luv Lulu broke his maiden at second asking for trainer Carlos Martin by winning a $45,000 maiden claiming race at Aqueduct with Phil Treator on board. Never worse than third in the starting field of six, the 2-year-old gelding won by 3 ½ lengths as he stopped the clock at 1:12.38.
Eye Luv Lulu was fourth in his debut at Belmont Park on Oct. 23 and has bankrolled $30,000 from those two starts.
In Louisville on Turkey Day, CCE’s Strike One won for the second straight time in taking a $45,000 allowance optional claimer at Churchill Downs for trainer Brendan Walsh. Corey Lanerie was up for the winning ride in the mile long run on the dirt which was timed at 1:35.38.
A nine-time starter with three wins, a second and a third, Strike One raised his earnings to $106,353.
Kirkwood grads flourish at Churchill: For Commanding Curve, the fourth time was the charm.
The 2-year-old ridgling who received his start at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden last spring, earned its first win by capturing a $41,000 maiden special weight 1 1/16-mile ran on the dirt at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Dallas Stewart, Commanding Curve carried Shaun Bridgmohan to a 1 ½-length victory in a time of 1:44.34 after having taken the lead at the top of the home stretch.
In four starts with a first, a second and a third, Commanding Curve had raked in $38,434.
Later that afternoon at Churchill Downs another Kirkwood Stables’ graduate, Ulbanator, finished third in its first start, a $41,000 maiden special weight for trainer Ian Wilkes who has Julien Leparoux up.
At Aqueduct on Nov. 30, Kirkwood product Toasting finished second by a head to Wedding Toast in the $400,000 Comely Stakes (Gr. 2).
Sent off at odds of 32-1, the 3-year-old West Point Thoroughbreds filly sat in eighth place --- in the field of nine --- after six furlongs, only to come up short in the closing strides of the 1 1/8-mile run on the dirt which was timed at 1:49.92.
In 13 career starts, Toasting has three wins, a pair of seconds and four thirds which have brought in $371,350.
Off the track, Kirkwood Stables was part of a successful pin hook at the Cape Thoroughbred Ready to Run Sales in South Africa on Friday, Nov. 22.
An international partnership of Kirkwood Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds and colleague Peter Doyle, from Ireland, successfully sold a colt by Seventh Rock for 1.4 million Rand (South African currency), which topped the sale. Nicola and Marc Coppez of Balmoral Stud acted as the agents in preparing and selling the colt.
(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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