While their Carter Street barn is preparing for a new string of horses which will learn the basics of the racing game, Frank and Daphne Wooten can only hope their next batch of Thoroughbreds will be as productive as their graduates who recently completed a strong summer of racing.
No Frank Wooten Stables alumni had a better summer stretch than did Upstart, a 2-year-old Flatter-Party Silks Ridgling which won both his first two career starts for trainer Richard Violette. The New York-bred won a $73,000 maiden race at Saratoga on Aug. 15, with Jose Ortiz on board, before winning the $200,000-added Funny Cide Stakes by a length for owner Ralph Evans. In two career starts, Upstart has already earned $163,800.
Another runner with all the same connections as Upstart, Graeme Crackers, broke her maiden at first asking in a $73,000 maiden race at Saratoga on July 18. The 2-year-old Macho Uno-Graeme Central filly fell in her second start at the Spa.
The third 2014 Wooten graduate to find success on the track was Zelda Can Dance, a 2-year-old Pleasantly Perfect-Rather Be Wild filly. Trained by Joseph Foster, the Kentucky-bred won at first asking with a 12-length romp in a $14,000 maiden claimer at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.
Wooten’s 2013 crop had more than its share of glory at the track this past summer, as well.
Treaty Oak was another Saratoga winner the 3-year-old filly found the winners’ circle for the first time in her ninth career start with a score in a $54,000 maiden claimer on July 23 for trainer Al Stall, who gave Rosie Napravnik the leg up for the winning ride which came by a length and a half.
In 10 career starts, the daughter of War Chant-Rather Be Wild has bankrolled $70, 739.
The Violette-trained Holabird, a 3-year-old Dunkirk-Graeme Central filly, broke her maiden on her fourth try by taking a $75,000 maiden at Belmont Park on May 26 with Ortiz in the saddle. In five career starts with a win, a second and a third, Holabird has won $61,502.
The team of Stall and Columbine Stable had a winner in Ten Indian which lived up to its name, winning in its 10th career start in a $21,000 maiden race at Louisiana Downs on July 1 by a healthy 8 ¾ lengths. The 4-year-old Speightstown-Princess Sequoia gelding has won 37,382 from a dozen trips to the starting gate.
Wooten product South Andros, a 4-year-old Sky Mesa-Misty Rain filly, carried Xavier Perez to victory for trainer and former Camden resident Rodney Jenkins in the $50,000 Justakiss Stakes at Delaware Park on June 5. In her next start, the $77,500-added Lighthouse Stakes at Monmouth Park, South Andros came up two lengths shy of catching Majestic River.
In 18 career starts in which she has four wins with five second and three thirds, South Andros has won $199,500.
The going at Evangeline Downs suited Honeycomb Allie well as the Stall-trained 3-year-old scored in a $15,600 maiden special weight at the track on June 4 before Colby Hernandez booted the Afleet Alex-Honeycomb Gus filly to a half-length victory in a $23,500 allowance race on Aug. 9.
In eight career starts, all in Louisiana, Honeycomb Allie has brought in $45,460 for her connections.
Another 2013 Wooten alum, Otis My Man gave his backers something to shout about by winning a $50,000 maiden special weight at Churchill Downs on June 1 for Stall, who had Corey Lanerie pulling the reins.
In six career starts the 3-year-old Birdstone-Tricky Indy gelding has one win, two seconds and a third for $46,880 in winnings.
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