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Graduates from Camden barns off to strong summer starts
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WEEKEND HIDEAWAY WON THE $100,000 Gone Fishin Stakes at Belmont Park on June 28. The 3-year-old colt was developed in Camden at Donna Freyers Custom Care Equine. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA
Here are some of the highlights from horses which were given their start at various barns in and around Camden and which have found success on the race courses both in this country and abroad.Kirkwood runners score trio of wins: Cat Lore, developed at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden, won an $80,000 allowance race at Arlington Park in Chicago on July 6.The 4-year-old Discreet Cat filly was running seventh in the field of nine early in the race before jockey E.T. Baird brought his mount to fourth at the top of the stretch, then going five-wide and beating Kepi to the wire by a head.The final time for the 5 ½-furlong sprint was 1:03.74Cat Lore, which is trained by Michael Stidham, has now won four times with four seconds and a trio of third-place finishes in her 15 career starts. The $45,360 payday at Arlington gave her $171,732 in earnings.On June 18, another Kirkwood Stables’ graduate, First Whippoowill, won for the fourth time in 13 career starts with a score in a $35,000 allowance race at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa.Ridden by Kendrick Carmouche for trainer Graham Motion, the 5-year old mare led from six furlongs on in the 1 1/16-mile run on the dirt and cruised home to a 4 1/12-length victory in a clocking of 1:49.42.The win was worth $21,000 and raised First Whippoorwill’s bankroll to $108,457.Pomology, a 3-year-old Arch colt which received its start at Kirkwood Stables, broke its maiden at first asking on June 16 at Royal Windsor Racecourse in Berkshire, United Kingdom.Owned by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya of Jordan and trained by the legendary John Gosden, Pomology went off at 16-1 odds in the field of 15 runners in the Hill Handicap for 3-year-olds, a race of 1 mile and two furlongs.Weekend Hideaway leads CCE runners: Weekend Hideaway, went wire-to-wire in winning the $100,000 Gone Fishin Stakes at Belmont Park on June 28.The 3-year-old Speightstown colt was developed at Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden.Trained by Graham Motion who gave Jose Lezcano a leg up, Weekend Hideaway went to the front of the five-horse field out of the gate and romped to a 4 ¾-length win in the six-furlong run on the inner turn course at Belmont. The final time was 1:08.23.The race was the ninth career start for Weekend Hideaway and it second stakes win after having won the David Stakes in Saratoga last August.

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