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Kirkwood grad Recepta wins Chelsea Flower Stakes
RECEPTA, A 2-YEAR-OLD filly developed at Kip Elsers Kirkwood Stables, ran to victory in the $100,000-added Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park in late October. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA
After having broken her maiden at first asking with a win in an $80,000 race at Saratoga on Sept. 1, Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables’ graduate Recepta made it 2-for-3 by running off with the $100,000-added Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.The 2-year-old Speightstown filly carried Junior Alvarado to a 3 ¼-length victory in a one-mile run on the turf for trainer James Toner. The final time was 1:35.63.Recepta has earned $113,000 from her first three trips to the starting gate.Another Kirkwood product, Awesome Bet, won for the fourth time in 25 career starts with a 1 1/3-length score in a $38,000 allowance race at Indiana Downs on Oct. 16 for trainer Steve Asmussen, who had Ricardo Santana up for the one-mile and 70-yard race on the dirt course. The 5-year-old Awesome Again colt has five seconds and six thirds on his resume which have brought in $311,403 in purse money.Fenwick, Kirkwood grad scores in New Jersey: First Whippoorwill, with a pair of local connections, won a $32,000 allowance race at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Oct. 25.The 5-year-old Mutakddim mare was broken at Fred and Wilhelmina McEwan’s Fenwick Farm in Camden and then, spent her 2-year-old season as a resident at Kirkwood Stables.Trained by Graham Motion, who gave Christopher DeCarlo the leg up for the victory at the Meadowlands, First Whippoorwill won by a length in the one-mile turf race which was clocked in 1:37.56.The win was the sixth in 18 career starts for First Whippoorwill, which has three seconds and two thirds which have earned $161,497 for her connections.CCE sends pair to the winners’ circle: Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden had a pair of winners in the Tri-State region last month.On Oct. 23, CCE alum Hamnet won an $82,000 allowance race at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown, who had Javier Castellano in the irons for the win, which came by a head.The victory was the second in three career starts for the 3-year-old Shakespeare colt which after finishing second in his debut as a 2-year-old at Woodbine in Toronto last December, returned to the track with a win in an $85,000 maiden race at Saratoga on Sept. 1.In three races, Hamnet has earned $115,510.Another CCE graduate, Cacaway, won for the third time in 23 outings with a victory in a $37,500 allowance race at the Meadowlands.The 5-year-old St. Averil gelding is trained by Mary Eppler and carried Pedro Cotto to the win at the Meadowlands by 1 ¼-lengths in a one-mile and 70-yard run on the turf course which was timed at 1:44.43.Cacaway raised its winnings to $87,845 in a career which also includes a pair of seconds and six thirds. (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.