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Wooten Stables horses find going at Churchill Downs to their liking
KID KATE, A GRADUATE of Donna Freyers Custom Care Equine in Camden, took third in the $75,000 Pentelis Stakes at Aqueduct earlier this month. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA/Adam Coglianese
There were several reasons for the Wooten family to give thanks last Thursday, not the least of which were the recent showings of several of their stables’ graduates on the race course.The Wootens, Frank and his wife, Daphne, are the trainer and assistant trainer at Camden-based Frank Wooten Stables.On Oct. 27, Wooten Stables’ graduate Tate’s Landing captured the $100,000 Laurel Futurity for trainer Michael Pino, who gave Alex Cintron a leg up aboard the 2-year-old colt for its 3 ¼-length victory.Owned by Copper Penny stables, Tate’s Landing broke its maiden at first asking with a win at Delaware Park on Aug. 16. In four starts, Tate’s Landing has two wins, a second and a fifth for $101,540 in earnings.Seven Lively Sins, a 3-year-old which was third in the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs last October as a 2-year-old, won a $52,000 allowance race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 7 for Stewart Madison and part-owner/trainer Albert Stall. Shaun Bridgmohan was in the irons for the one-length win in the 6 ½-furlong run on the dirt course.The victory was the second in 11 career starts for the Stormy Atlantic colt which has now brought home $156,024.The venerable Louisville track continued to be good to Wooten-developed runners as on Nov. 18, Rollingwiththetide, a 3-year-old gelding, broke its maiden in its third career start by winning a $50,000 maiden race at Churchill.Owned by Caroline Stautberg, trained by Stall and ridden by Bridgmohan, Rollingwiththetide had the lead after six furlongs in the 1 1/8-mile race and won by two lengths.The victory followed up a pair of seconds at Saratoga and Keeneland for Rollingwiththetide, which has raked in $57,000 from his first three career starts.Four days before Rollingwiththetide’s win, Wooten grad River Cruising won a $50,000 maiden claimer at Churchill in the 3-year-old gelding’s third try.Owned by Columbine Stables and conditioned by Stall, River Cruising had Greta Kuntzweller up for the 2 ¼-length victory in the six-furlong run on the dirt track.In three career starts, River Cruising has earned $19,446.Kirkwood grads take place and show in Pago Hop Stakes: A pair of runners developed at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden finished second and third behind Zapper Belle in Saturday’s $75,000 Pago Hop Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.Francisca, trained by Michael Stidham and ridden by Mark Guidry, was three-quarters of a length behind the winner while former stablemate Cat Lore, also trained by Stidham, which had James Graham in the irons, was another neck back in third.A Dr. John Chandler homebred, the 3-year-old Francisca was making her ninth career start.