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Eye Luv Lulu closes 2013 with a bang

Rosie My Way stays on a roll

Posted: January 3, 2014 10:02 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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KIRKWOOD STABLES GRADUATE Awesome Vision used a third place finish in the Alex M. Robb Stakes at Aqueduct to raise its earnings to more than $345,000 for owner West Point Thoroughbreds.

Eye Luv Lulu spent the final day of its 2-year-old campaign in the winners’ circle at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York.
The graduate of Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden won for the second straight time with a half-length victory in a $62,000 allowance race on New Year’s Eve day for trainer Carlos Martin who had Phil Teator in the saddle.
The gelded son of Pollard’s Vision was never worse than third in the starting field of seven which went 5 1/2- furlongs on Aqueduct’s inner track before taking the lead at the top of the stretch and staying there. The final time was 1:05.80.
Eye Luv Lulu broke its maiden at second asking on Nov. 28, also at Aqueduct. In three career starts, the gelding has two wins and a fourth while having earned $67,200 for owner/breeder Donald Newman.
The day after Christmas saw some leftover presents for CCE graduates in New York and Maryland.
On Dec. 26 at Aqueduct, Force Multiplier, then a 3-year-old gelding, won for the second time in 12 career trips to the starters’ gate by taking a $25,000 claiming race for trainer David Jacobson who gave Christopher DeCarlo a leg up for the one mile race on the inner track.
Force Multiplier was never worse than third and was never headed after six furlongs en route to the three-length victory which took 1:39.72.
The son of Johannesburg has earned $54,414 from 17 starts with two wins and a pair of thirds.
That same day at Laurel Park in Maryland, then-4-year-old gelding Untamed won a $42,000 allowance race at seven furlongs on the dirt for trainer Claudio Gonzalez. Victor Santiago rated his horse which was sixth in the field of 11 after a half mile before charging to second at the top of the stretch and then drawing away to a 2 ¼-length win in a time of 2:24.87.
The victory was the fourth --- with two seconds and a pair of thirds --- for Untamed which has earned $81,994 from 17 starts.
Awesome Vision hits the board, again: Multiple stakes winner Awesome Vision, a graduate of Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden, closed 2013 by finishing third in the $100,000-added Alex M. Robb Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday, Dec. 28.
Trained by Tom Albertrani, the 5-year-old horse by Awesome Again was coming off a win in the $100,000 Move It Now Stakes at Aqueduct.
In 15 career starts in which he has seven wins, a second and two thirds, Awesome Again has bankrolled $347,389.
On Friday, Dec. 27 at Aqueduct, former Kirkwood Stables pupil Rosie My Way extended her win streak to three in a row by riding off with a $34,000 race at six furlongs on the inner track.
Trained by Joseph Orseno and ridden by Emmanuel Esquivel, Rosie My Way sat third at the half-mile marker and was a length and a half back in second at the top of the stretch before winning by a nose at the wire. The finishing time was 1:13.46.
The 3-year-old Unbridled Energy filly has now won four times with two seconds and three thirds in 19 starts while having earned $102,655.
Another former Kirkwood resident, the Irish-bred Eriugena, won for the third time in nine lifetime starts by winning a $27,250 race on Dec. 19 at Gulfstream Park. Claimed by Mike Maker for Ken and Sarah Ramsey last August, Eriugena has won twice for them since.
This latest score came in a one mile race on the turf in which rider Javier Castellano rode a patient race, sitting 10th in the field of 12 after a half mile and moving up one spot after six furlongs. Running second at the top of the stretch, Eriugena charged home to win by three-quarters of a length in a time of 1:35.89.
With three wins, a second and a third from nine starts, the 4-year-old gelding and grandson of Fusaichi Pegasus has won $63,440.

(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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