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Winter Memories sends chill through Appalachian Stakes field

Posted: April 28, 2011 3:18 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Keeneland’s Polytrack and grass racing surfaces continued to be good to horses with Camden’s connections as the Kirkwood Stables-prepared Winter Memories took last Thursday’s $100,000 Appalachian Stakes (Gr. III).

The 3-year-old filly by El Prado (Ire) - Memories of Silver by Silver Hawk is a homebred for the Phillips Racing Partnership and is trained by James J. Toner. She had Jose Lezcano up for the winning ride which came by a neck over Dos Lunas, whom she tracked down in deep stretch.

Winter Memories stopped the clock at 1:37.27 for the one-mile run over the turf course. The winning purse was $60,000.

A day after the win, which came in her 2011 debut and three days after her third birthday, Toner said Winter Memories came out in good order, according a Keeneland-issued press release.

"She cooled out great and ate up last night and is fine this morning," Toner said. "Her time at Palm Meadows set her up perfect for yesterday. She will stay here through the weekend and then head to New York."

The Grade 2 Sands Point at Belmont Park on May 30 is the next likely spot for Winter Memories, whose Appalachian victory came in her first start since a runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) last November.

"You train all winter, waiting (to come back to competition)," Toner said. "If you don’t run well, it seems like all that time is wasted."

A Sweet win for CCE:

The 3-year-old Forest Danger - Rose City, by Carson City filly won a $38,000 maiden special weight with Rajiv Maragh up for trainer Thomas Bush. The bay filly is owned by Donald Newman.

Maragh had Sweet Saranna no worse than second in the nine-horse field before taking her to the front at the half mile mark. She was never headed from there in holding off Page by Page by a half-length at the wire. The winning time for the six-furlong run over a dirt course listed as sloppy was 1:13.23.

Also on Saturday, the CCE-prepared Hydro Power finished second in the $100,000 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap at Hawthorne Racecourse in Cicero, Ill.

The 3-year-old Aptitude - Deposit Express, by Deposit Ticket, colt is a homebred for Richard F Rudolph and trained by Joseph Broussard. Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Hydro Power finished 2 3/4 lengths behind Denham

In his 11 lifetime starts, Hydro Power has two wins and earnings of $77,463.

Also at Hawthorne, former CCE resident Royal Express, a 4-yold colt by Royal Academy - Deposit Express, by Deposit Ticket, ran third in the $100,000 Robert Molaro Handicap. He is also owned by breeder Richard Rudolph, is co-owned Michael Vranich and trained by Broussard.

With 23 career starts, Royal Express has four wins, four seconds and a pair of thirds for earnings of $186,438.

Camden duo Preakness-bound?

Both Mr. Commons, developed at Mickey Preger Jr.’s Stable at the Camden Training Center, and Flashpoint, owned by Camden resident John Fort’s Peachtree Stable, are possibilities for the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.

With two wins in four career starts for trainer John Shirreffs, Mr. Commons finished third in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.

Trained by Rick Dutrow, Flashpoint won his first two starts as a 3-year-old --- including the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park --- before coming home fourth in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream on April 3.

 

(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 tdidato@chronicle-independent.com.)

While there may not be a Camden-developed runner in the May 7 Kentucky Derby, two with local ties could well be headed to the Preakness on Saturday, May 21.
Sweet Saranna, who got her start in racing at Custom Care Equine in Camden, broke her maiden at Aqueduct last Saturday in her second career start.

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