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CCE grads score first wins at PARX and Santa Anita
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What better way to kick off the New Year than with having a couple winners come out of your barn.Last week, a pair of graduates from Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden made their first stops into the winners’ circle on both sides of the country.Last Monday, at PARX Racing in Bensalem, Pa., Edge of Reality broke its maiden at first asking as the 3-year-old Lawyer Ron colt romped to an eight-length victory in a $53,000 six-furlong maiden race on the dirt for trainer Anthony Dutrow.The Elkstone Group-owned homebred carried Stewart Elliott on his back. The pair sat behind Southern Celebrity for the first half-mile before pulling to the lead at the top of the stretch by two lengths and extending their advantage until crossing the wire in a time of 1:10.83.The win was worth $39,480 for the Pennsylvania-bred which went off at odds of less than 2-to-1.Last Thursday, Kir a 4-year-old Bernardini colt owned by Sanford R. Robertson, broke its maiden on its second try with a score in a $56,000 6 ½-furlong race over the downhill turf course at Santa Anita Park.The winner is trained by Ron Ellis, who gave Joseph Talamo the leg up for the winning ride.Kir was sixth in the field of eight after one-quarter mile and was still in sixth as the field traveled a half-mile. Talamo rallied at the top of the stretch to move into second before splitting horses and going on for the half-length with over Broker Brett.The final time for the run over a course listed as firm was 1:12.19.The win was worth $33,600 to the connections of Kir which paid $35.40, $10.60 and $7.80. (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.