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Custom Care, Kirkwood grads closing out the year in style
DEVELOPED IN CAMDEN at Kip Elsers Kirkwood Stables, Awesome Vision won for the eighth time by taking an allowance race at Aqueduct on Dec. 4. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA

With only a handful of race days left before horses celebrate another birthday on Jan. 1, several runners with Camden ties are closing out their 2014 campaigns with winning performances.

Suzy Blue Light, a 3-year-old filly owned by the Elkstone Group LLC and given her start at Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden, made it back-to-back wins by taking a $33,300 allowance race at Penn National on Dec. 18.

Trained by Rick Violette, who gave Clinton Potts a leg up, the daughter of Exchange Rate out of Silmaril made the 1 1/16-mile journey in a time of 1:46.76 to win by a healthy 4 ¼ lengths.

Suzy Blue Light broke her maiden at fourth asking in her previous start, winning a $33,300 maiden special weight at Penn National on Nov. 28. In five career starts, she has two wins and has earned $46,350.

Another Custom Care graduate, 2-year-old All is Number, broke its maiden on the first time at the track by taking a $55,000 maiden special weight at Aqueduct on Dec. 3.

Also trained by Violette, the Bernstein gelding went off as the prohibitive favorite in the nine-horse field after posting a string of solid works. He was ridden to a 3 ¼-win in the six furlong race by Manuel Franco. The winning time was 1:12.85.


Kirkwood grads find way to winners’ circle:

After having finished in the money in five of his first seven races, Rough Passage, who was developed at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden, broke his maiden in his eighth career start on Dec. 7.

The wire-to-wire win came in a $42,000 maiden special weight race at Los Alamitos. Trained by Kristin Mulhall and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 3-year-old Stormy Atlantic colt made the one-mile trip over the dirt in a time of 1:36.40.

In his eight career starts, in which he has a win, a second and four thirds, Rough Passage has earned $63,690.

Another Kirkwood product, three-time stakes winner Awesome Vision, won a $65,000 allowance race at Aqueduct on Dec. 4.

Owned by Kirkwood client West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Tom Albertrani, the 5-year-old Awesome Again horse was ridden to victory by Javier Castellano. The pair took the lead with a furlong left in the one-mile and 70-yard race and went on to a comfortable six-length win. The final time was 1:43.43.

In 24 career starts, Awesome Vision has eight wins with a pair of seconds and four third-place finishes which has brought in $431,189 for West Point Thoroughbreds.

On Dec. 1, Kirkwood Stables graduate Morning Cigar, which is owned and was bred by Kip Elser, won for the second straight outing by winning by a nose in a $45,000 allowance race at PARX Racing.

Trained by Blane Servis, who gave Kendrick Carmouche the ride, Morning Cigar led by a head in the stretch run and held on in a race time in 1:41.91

A 4-year-old Fairbanks gelding, Morning Cigar has won 25 percent of his 16 trips to the starting gate with four seconds and a pair of thirds which have brought in $176,632.


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