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Horses with Camden ties to battle in San Felipe Stakes

Posted: March 5, 2015 1:23 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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DEVELOPED IN CAMDEN at Mickey Preger Jr.’s Stables, Prospect Park hopes to build off its impressive win in an allowance race when the 3-year-old Tapit colt runs in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Two more horses with Camden connections will try and stay on the Kentucky Derby trail when they go head-to-head in Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

Prospect Park, developed at Mickey Preger Jr.’s Stables on the grounds of the Camden Training Center, is part of a 10-horse field of 3-year-old colts which also includes Lord Nelson, owned by Camden resident John Fort’s Peachtree Stable. The San Felipe will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt.

Those two runners are part of three local runners with Derby hopes. Earlier this year, Upstart, a graduate of Frank Wooten Stables on Carter Street in Camden, won the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. In its next start, the $400,000 Fountain of Youth, run on Feb. 21 at Gulfstream, Upstart was disqualified following a controversial steward’s inquiry after having won the race. Upstart was taken down from first place to second.

As for the San Felipe, both Prospect Park and Lord Nelson will try to upset Dortmund. Trained by Bob Baffert, Dortmund has won each of its four starts including the 1 1/16-mile Robert L. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7. Before that came a victory in the Los Alamos Futurity (Gr. I) on Dec. 20.

Prospect Park, which will carry Kent Desormeaux, is coming off an impressive 5 ¼-length victory in a $58,000 one-mile allowance race at Santa Anita on Jan. 30. Trained by Clifford Sise, the Tapit colt broke its maiden at fourth asking in winning by a neck in a 1 1/16-mile race at Santa Anita on Dec. 27. In five starts, Prospect Park has earned $86,570.

Lord Nelson comes into the San Felipe off a win in the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes in which the Baffert-trained Pulpit colt beat Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red to the wire by a neck. Rafael Bejarano will get the ride aboard Lord Nelson which has won three times in its five starts to bring in earnings of $249,571.

 

While Upstart’s being taken down

to second in the Fountain of Youth was a disappointment for Frank and Daphne Wooten, that day was not a total loss as a pair of Wooten graduates broke their maidens with wins at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Feb. 21.

Yockey’s Warrior, a 3-year-old Warrior’s Reward colt trained by Al Stall Jr., won its debut by romping to a 6 ¾-length victory in a $39,000 maiden special weight run at six furlongs on the dirt.

One race later at the Fair Grounds, Allamerican Music won for the first time in its third start with a half-length score in a $37,000 maiden special weight contested at a mile and a sixteenth over the turf course.

 

On Feb. 23, Truth or Else,

a graduate of Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden, finished second in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park with Calvin Borel in the irons for trainer Ken McPeek. The 3-year-old Yes It’s True colt made bold move going five-wide through the final turn to rally from fifth to briefly take the lead before coming in second behind Far Right.

The Southwest was the fourth straight stakes race for Truth or Else which was third in last October’s Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park and third in the Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct in November.

In eight lifetime starts, Truth or Else has a win, a second and three thirds which have earned $197,950.

 

Lady Fog Horn,

a graduate of Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden and owned by Elkstone Stables which owns the Camden Training Center, won a $23,000 allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 26.

The 3-year-old Zavata filly is trained by Anthony Granitz and has won three times with a second and a third from eight starts with earnings of $63,271

 

(Turned from Home is a 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 desk at 432-6157 or, via e-mail at tdidato@chronicle-independent.com.)

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