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Peachtree Stables Lord Nelson noses Texas Red in San Vicente
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LORD NELSON BEATS Texas Red to the finish line in Sundays $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park. - photo by Benoit Photo

It looks as if a second horse with Camden connections is on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Eight days after Upstart, which was developed at Frank Wooten Stables in Camden, ran to a 5 ½-length victory in the $400,000 Lambolm South Holy Bull Stakes (Gr. 2) at Gulfstream Park, Peachtree Stable’s Lord Nelson picked up his first graded stakes victory with a win over Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Texas Red in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (Gr. 2) at Santa Anita Park.

Peachtree Stable is owned by Camden resident John Fort who also campaigned 2011 Kentucky Oaks champion Plum Pretty.

Rafael Bejarano was aboard Lord Nelson who used a strong closing run to win the seven-furlong race on the dirt by a neck. The final time for the 3-year-old Pulpit colt was 1:22.15.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Lord Nelson was swung out four-wide and overtook Texas Red at the wire for his third win in five career starts. This was his 2015 debut. The win was worth $120,000 and brought Lord Nelson’s bankroll to $249,571.

"I had a perfect trip," said Bejarano in a release issued by Santa Anita Park. "He broke a little slow but then he took off and I was able to find a position right away. I knew (Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson) were going to have speed so I let them go and tried to save ground around the turn.

"I let him go once we were clear…Texas Red was the horse to beat and I was waiting for him. When he came to us I let him go and my horse took off again."

Lord Nelson was purchased for $340,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Like Plum Pretty, once ready to race, Fort sent him to Baffert who said he liked the way his horse moved while adding nothing is etched in stone as to Lord Nelson’s next start.

"He had him going nice and easy and he went wide and looked like he was sort of hanging," Baffert said. "I saw the Desormeaux horse (Texas Red) coming up the rail and I thought, ‘Well, he’s (Lord Nelson) gone.’ But he sort of kicked back in.

"We’ll play it by ear (as to his next race). We’re just trying to stay healthy . . . but I like what he did today. Coming up to the race he was really training well, but sometimes they’ll do that and won’t run. But he ran like he’d been working."

Lord Nelson broke his maiden at first asking with a win in a $75,000 maiden at Del Mar last July. In September of 2014, he was fourth in the $300,000 Front Runner Stakes (Gr. I) at Santa Anita in a race won by 2014 Eclipse Award Juvenile champion American Pharoah. Three weeks later, Lord Nelson carried Martin Garcia to victory in the $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita before closing his 2014 campaign with a fifth-place finish in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes on Nov. 29.

 

Kirkwood grads break maidens on same day:

A pair of graduates of Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables tasted victory for the first time last Friday.

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Defondo went off the favorite in a $39,000 maiden race at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans and lived up to that billing by winning the six-furlong race on the dirt in a time of 1:10.75.

Trained by Dallas Stewart who gave Brian Hernandez Jr. the leg up, Defondo won by 3 ¼ lengths for the 3-year-old El Corredor gelding’s first win in three career starts. Defondo has earnings of $32,820.

That same day, My Sky was another first time winner for Kirkwood by winning a $20,000 maiden at Sam Houston Race Park for trainer Eric Reed.

The victory came in the seventh career start for the 4-year-old Sky Mesa filly which has now earned $17,509 for owner Tommie Lewis.

 

 

Cement Job rock solid in debut:

Cement Job, a graduate of Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine in Camden, needed several turns before gate workers at Aqueduct were able to load him into the starting gate for his first career start.

The 3-year-old City Zip gelding then passed race-leading Igotthediscoinme in deep stretch to come away with the neck victory in a one mile race over the inner track. The winning time for the $31,000 maiden race was 1:42.53.

Two days earlier, another former CCE resident, Wild Skye, reached the winners’ circle for the first time in six career starts by winning a $12,500 maiden special at a snowy Mahoning Valley Race Course.

Trained by Albert Dodge and ridden by Gabriel Lagunes, the 4-year-old gelding went on to a four-length victory in the 5 ½-furlong race on the dirt which was clocked at 1:08.53.

 

(Turned from Home is a 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. Any persons having racing information which they would like to pass along and be included in this column should call the C-I sports department at 432-6157 or, via e-mail at tdidato@chronicle-independent.com.)