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    POST 17. ROADSTER: If he breaks like he did two works back, he could wind up with a good, albeit wide trip. You’ll hear about how this stall has never produced a winner, but how many breaking from it have had Roadster-like talent? Winner.

  • Quality Road Colt Runs to the Buzz at Del Mar; Named TDN Rising Star


    Roadster (Quality Road), touted as the next potential superstar colt for a Bob Baffert barn that’s produced the likes Triple Crown winners American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Justify (Scat Daddy) and the brilliant Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) in recent years, took some time to be coaxed into the gate, and to get his feet underneath him once he broke out of it, but he ultimately lived up to the hype in a facile first victory. Off at 4-5 breaking from the rail, the roan was pushed along to move up and sit third behind splits of :22.05 and :46.20. He found his best stride in the vicinity of the quarter pole, picked off the leading pair out in the clear with ease, and cantered home under a motionless Mike Smith to don cap and gown by about six lengths in 1:11.07. Istanbul (He’s Had Enough–Le Mi Geaux) spiced up the exacta at a big price. The winner, a $525,000 KEESEP yearling–the second-priciest for his highly regarded sire last year–is a half to last year’s GI Woodford Reserve Manhattan S. winner Ascend (Candy Ride {Arg}), $859,980; Moro Tap (Tapit), GSP, $161,816; and a weanling colt by Twirling Candy. His fleet-footed dam, a stakes winner sprinting on the turf at Colonial Downs, was acquired by Arthur Hancock for $220,000 out of the blockbuster dispersal of the late Ned Evans’s Thoroughbred holdings held at Keeneland November in 2011. Baffert has had plenty of success already with emerging super stallion Quality Road, conditioning the likes of champion Abel Tasman and Klimt, named a ‘Rising Star’ in his own right before annexing the 2016 GII Best Pal S. and GI Del Mar Futurity here.

    6th-Del Mar, $61,725, Msw, 7-29, 2yo, 6f, 1:11.07, ft.
    ROADSTER, c, 2, by Quality Road
    1st Dam: Ghost Dancing (SW, $163,897), by Silver Ghost
    2nd Dam: Ransom Dance, by Red Ransom
    3rd Dam: Dance Teacher, by Smarten
    Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. Click for the VIDEO.
    O-Speedway Stable LLC; B-Stone Farm (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

  • Ascend Upsets Manhattan
    Teresa Genaro, Brisnet


    Trainer Graham Motion came to Belmont Park and won the battle, but lost the war.

    A race before his favored Irish War Cry finished second in the Belmont Stakes, he won the Grade 1 Manhattan with Ascend, the second-longest shot on the board at 27-1.

    A Stone Farm homebred, Ascend hit new heights in his graded debut and just his second start since last October. Stone Farm co-owns Ascend with Madaket Stables and was represented in the winner’s circle by a jubilant Staci Hancock.

    “It is a high of all highs,” she said. “This is the moment you wait for, especially with one you’ve known since he was foaled.

    “This was tough company, and he really stepped up. I’m so proud of him.”

    “This is what we hoped,” Motion said. “We always thought he was a really nice horse, and he has the coolest disposition. He’s very kind and easy-going.”

    Mellow he might be in the barn, but Ascend showed grit and determination in dispatching five Grade 1 winners.

    Under jockey José Ortiz, Ascend stalked the pace, running in the three path. After mounting a bid coming around the far turn, the five-year-old son of Candy Ride dueled briefly with World Approval and longshot Applicator before digging in to pull away.

    “We thought he was capable or we wouldn’t be here,” Motion said.

    Ascend broke his maiden in his second start in February 2016 at Gulfstream Park and raced exclusively in allowance company throughout last year. After a six-month layoff, he returned to win at Laurel over yielding turf in April.

    “We gave him time off when he needed it,” Hancock said. “We took care of him, and he took care of us.”

    The win is Stone Farm’s first in the Manhattan, and Motion’s second. He won with Better Talk Now in 2007.

    An admittedly nervous Motion saddled Irish War Cry to a runner-up finish in the Belmont Stakes behind Tapwrit, disappointing those that bet the Motion-Motion double, but thrilling those that had the Jose Ortiz double.

    And for Hancock, though she may well have been rooting for Irish War Cry on Motion’s behalf, little could get in the way of her jubilation.

    “If you win any kind of race, it’s so exciting,” she said, “but to be here on Belmont Day, in a Grade 1 in New York, is really awesome.”

  • Ascend Shocks Manhattan Field at 27-1
    Paulick Report


    Ascend (Candy Ride) and jockey Jose Ortiz win the Woodford Reserve Manhattan (Gr I) at Belmont Park 6/10/17. Trainer: Graham Motion. Owner: Stone Farm And Madaket Stables LLC

    Stone Farm and Madaket Stables' Ascend blew up the tote board when he shot to the front of the field in the G1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes, besting Time Test by 1 1/4 lengths on the wire. A 5-year-old homebred son of Candy Ride, the gelding stalked a mild early pace under Jose Ortiz and had enough left to hold off the field, recording 10 furlongs on Belmont Park's firm turf course in 1:59.97. The Manhattan is the first graded stakes victory for the Graham Motion trainee, who just captured his first stakes win to kick off the 2017 season.

    “He gave him a beautiful ride,” said Motion of Ortiz. “He was in a great spot, a good set up. [It's] pretty much how we thought it'd set up. He ran a great race, but you don't expect to win at 25-1. As of now we don't have any plans with him. It was just this race for now. ”

    The longest shot on the board, 69-1 chance Applicator sped out of the starting gate to take the lead over the nine-horse field. With a 1 1/2 length advantage, Applicator led through fractions of :24.60 and :50.09 under the clever Paco Lopez, trying for the second time on Saturday afternoon to take the field from start to finish. World Approval, Beach Patrol and Ascend stalked that leader as the favored Time Test traveled in fifth, well covered-up by horses against the rail. Farther back in the field, following their usual late-running style, were Divisidero and Wake Forest.

    Approaching the far turn after a pedestrian three-quarters in 1:14.39, Applicator managed to stay in front of the field as World Approval and Ascend began to make their presence felt. Time Test was waiting patiently for Javier Castellano's cue to go after the leaders, waiting until the head of the lane to find clear running room.

    It seemed to surprise the other jockeys to find Applicator still on the lead turning for home, though World Approval was challenging him fiercely on the outside. Time Test angled out to make his run, but was unable to make up any ground on the leaders as Ascend kept pace after going three-wide around the turn.

    Applicator was the first to give way, but World Approval battled on on Ascend's inside. It wasn't until the final sixteenth that Ascend really found his best stride, moving away late to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The favored Time Test was able to get up for second over a closing Sadler's Joy, and Beach Patrol came again to finish fourth.

    “In the first turn I tried to go in between horses to save ground, but I couldn't do it because they were going so slow,” Ortiz explained. “I stayed behind horses for as long as I could and when they passed the five-eighths pole, I put my horse in the clear. On the second turn, I went out because I knew they were going too slow. He was trying to go. By the three-eights pole I knew that Applicator was going to pick them up so I wanted to be close to him. When I was ready to move, I did and he responded very well. When the horse switched leads, I touched him on the back with my whip and he took off. He was very comfortable for the last eighth of a mile.”

    Bred in Kentucky by Stone Farm, Ascend is out of the stakes-winning mare Ghost Dancing (Silver Ghost – Ransom Dance, by Red Ransom). It took the gelding a long time to break his maiden, finally getting the job done in his fifth start, and then he was a useful allowance horse across the east coast. To kick off 2017 Ascend won a listed stakes race at Laurel Park in April, and the Manhattan was his very next start. Overall, Ascend has won six of his 14 starts for earnings of over $850,000.

  • ASCEND Rises to Occasion in Manhattan Upset

    10th at BEL, $1,000,000 G1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan S. 1¼m Winner: Ascend, g, 2012 Candy Ride (Arg)

    At 27-1 the second longest shot in the field for Saturday’s GI Woodford Reserve Manhattan S., Ascend was roused in upper stretch by Jose Ortiz and won a frenetic sprint to the wire that saw fully six of the contestants shade :22 seconds for the final two furlongs. 

    Applicator (Henrythenavigator), recent runner-up in the GIII Miami Mile S., used some of his speed to secure the early lead, but he had plenty of company in the form of GII Dixie S. hero World Approval (Northern Afleet), with Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid) atypically off the pace. Ascend came next tracked through by the heavily backed Time Test, who raced keenly as Javier Castellano attempted to get him to settle. Positions were more or less unchanged on the backstretch run, with Jose Ortiz making one of the few tactical decisions by easing Ascend off the heels of World Approval and into a three-wide perch with no cover. Time Test, better relaxed, but still hard against the bit, traveled well enough, waiting for his cue. World Approval was roused to the lead from between horses, but that move was covered immediately by Ascend, and Time Test had a clear shot if good enough. But Ascend did the best of the bunch late, wresting command from World Approval a sixteenth from home before edging clear. Time Test came on for second ahead of Sadler’s Joy in third.

    “In the first turn I tried to go in between horses to save ground. But I couldn’t do it because they were going so slow,” the winning rider explained. “I stayed behind horses for as long as I could and when they passed the five-eighths pole, I put my horse in the clear. On the second turn, I went out because I knew they were going too slow. He was trying to go. By the three-eighths pole I knew that Applicator was going to pick them up so I wanted to be close to him. When I was ready to move, I did and he responded very well. When the horse switched leads, I touched him on the back with my whip and he took off. He was very comfortable for the last eighth of a mile.”

    Trainer Graham Motion, who sent out fan-favorite Better Talk Now to win this a decade ago, was unsure of a next start for Ascend, who remained unbeaten since adding Lasix for a one-length Keeneland allowance victory last October. Ambitiously spotted for his 5-year-old debut in the Henry Clark S. at Laurel Apr. 22, Ascend lingered at the tail of that 12-horse field, swung out wide for the drive and tossed in a final quarter-mile in :22.08 to score by a half-length.

    Pedigree Notes:

    Stone Farm’s Arthur Hancock acquired Ghost Dancing for $220,000 from the Ned Evans dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale carrying the foal that would become Ascend. Also the dam of GSP Moro Tap (Tapit), Virginia-bred Ghost Dancing is a full-sister to MSW Hidden Ransom, herself the dam of Italian SW Samysilver (Indian Charlie). Third dam Dance Teacher, winner of the 1989 GI Ladies’ H. for Evans and P.G. Johnson, was a half-sister to GSW Gold Mover and produced MSW Intentional Fever (Stormin Fever). After failing to produce foals in 2013 and 2014, Ghost Dancing is responsible for the 2-year-old gelding Nico Ex (Trappe Shot) and a yearling colt by former Evans runner Quality Road.

    Saturday, Belmont Park
    WOODFORD RESERVE MANHATTAN S.-GI, $1,200,000, BEL, 6-10, 4yo/up, 1 1/4mT, 1:59.97, fm.
    1–@&ASCEND, 114, g, 5, by Candy Ride (Arg)
    1st Dam: Ghost Dancing (SW, $163,897), by Silver Ghost
    2nd Dam: Ransom Dance, by Red Ransom
    3rd Dam: Dance Teacher, by Smarten
    O-Stone Farm & Madaket Stables LLC; B-Stone Farm (KY); T-H.
    Graham Motion; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $650,000. Lifetime Record:
    14-6-4-0, $919,280. *1/2 to Moro Tap (Tapit), GSP, $161,816.Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
    Rating: B.2–Time Test (GB), 116, h, 5, Dubawi (Ire)–Passage of Time (GB),
    by Dansili (GB). O/B-Juddmonte Farms, Inc. (GB); T-Chad C.
    Brown. $220,000.
    3–Sadler’s Joy, 118, c, 4, Kitten’s Joy–Dynaire, by Dynaformer.
    O/B-Woodslane Farm (KY); T-Thomas Albertrani. $120,000.Margins: 1 1/4, NK, HD. Odds: 27.50, 1.35, 8.00.Also Ran: Beach Patrol, World Approval, Divisidero, Potemkin (Ger), Applicator, Wake Forest (Ger).
    Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. NBC HD Video Replay.

  • Ascend Goes Last-to-First in the Henry S. Clark
    Horse Racing Nation


    Stone Farm and Madaket Stables’ ASCEND, jumping into stakes company for the first time in his 5-year-old debut off six months between races, made a last-to-first move under jockey Feargal Lynch to capture the $75,000 Henry S. Clark presented presented by Fidelity First and James Blackwell Real Estate Saturday at Laurel Park.

    The 17th running of the Clark for 3-year-olds and up and the 15th running of the $75,000 Dahlia for fillies and mares 3 and older, both at one mile over the Dahlia Turf Course layout, were two of five stakes worth $475,000 in purses on the 11-race program

    Highlighting Saturday’s card were the $125,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds and $125,000 Weber City Miss for 3-year-old fillies, ‘Win and You’re In’ races for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) May 20 and $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 19, respectively, at historic Pimlico Race Course.

    Also on the program was the $75,000 Primonetta for fillies and mares going six furlongs on the main track.

    The Clark was the third stakes win of the day for jockey Feargal Lynch, who also scored aboard Twisted Tom in the Tesio and Lights of Medina in the Weber City Miss. It also completed a turf stakes sweep for trainer Graham Motion, who won the Dahlia with Danilovna.

    Ascend ($14.20) ran one mile in 136.30 over a yielding turf course. Synchrony edged Ghost Hunter for second, with Motion-trained Irish Strait fourth. Rose Brier, the defending champion and 2-1 favorite, held a narrow lead in mid-stretch but faded to seventh in his first start since Jan. 14.

    “He’s useful horse, this horse. He’s on the improve,” Motion said. “Feargal came and worked him and Irish Strait the other day and I think he’s going to be a fun horse this year.”

    Breaking from Post 7 in a field of 12 older turf horses, Ascend was unhurried in the early going as 45-1 long shot Heiko set fractions of 24.73 seconds for a quarter-mile, 49.20 for the half and 1:13.13 for six furlongs with Rose Brier, unbeaten in four previous tries at Laurel, all in stakes, and Silent Waters in closest pursuit.

    Rose Brier had forged a short lead after straightening for home as Lynch swung Ascend to the far outside where they steadily powered down the stretch to catch Synchrony and Ghost Hunter approaching the wire and edge past to win by a half-length.

    “I just had so much horse when I turned into the stretch and I wanted to give him a clear run, and the horse just ran them down at the end,” Lynch said. “He’s a nice horse. We knew we’d be off the pace and we just hoped we didn’t get too far out of our ground and saved as much as we could and come with that big run.”

    Motion said the $250,000 Longines Dixie (G2) at 1 1/16 miles May 20 at Pimlico would be among the considerations for Ascend, who now owns five wins and four seconds from 13 career starts with $269,280 in purse earnings.

    “It’s possible he could come back in a race like the Dixie, but we’ll wait and see. I think he’s got a lot of options,” he said. “I think he can go further and he’s actually won on the dirt, so we have a lot of options.”

    Tesio Day Handle Up 59 Percent

    Total handle on Laurel’s Tesio Day card – which included ‘Win & You’re In’ races for the Preakness (G1) and Black-Eyed Susan (G1), was $3.9 million, up from last year’s total handle of $2.4 million despite rainy conditions.

    In-state handle was up 6.6 percent and export was up 63.8 percent.

    Source: Maryland Jockey Club

  • Ascend, Danilovna Give Motion Sweep of Turf Stakes
    David Grening, Daily Racing Form


    Though trainer Graham Motion has won a Kentucky Derby and is in position to win it again in two weeks with Irish War Cry, it was his prowess with turf horses that first put him on the map in the U.S.

    That prowess was on display again Saturday at Laurel Park as Motion won both $75,000 turf stakes on the program. Ascend, who had not raced since Oct. 19, came with a flying finish in the lane to rally from last and win the Henry S. Clark Stakes.

    Earlier on the program, Motion brought Danilovna back off a five-month freshening to win the $75,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares.

    Feargal Lynch rode Ascend to victory, capping a three-stakes win afternoon for him. Lynch won the $125,000 Federico Tesio on Twisted Tom and the $125,000 Weber City Miss on Lights of Medina.

    Ascend, a 5-year-old gelding by Candy Ride, was making his stakes debut in the Clark. He got bumped out of the gate and was last through the opening six furlongs. Lynch began to ask him around the far turn but Ascend still had only two horses beaten in upper stretch. He was forced to go in the No. 8 path but that didn’t matter as he was able to win a four-horse photo, besting Synchrony by a half-length. It was a head to Ghost Hunter and a nose to Irish Strait, also trained by Motion.

    “I had so much horse when I turned into the straight I wanted to give him a clear run,” Lynch said of Ascend’s last-to-first venture. “He’s a very nice horse.”

    Ascend, owned by Stone Farm and Madaket Stables, covered the mile in 1:36.30 and returned $14.20.

    “He’s a useful horse,” Motion said. “He’s on the improve.”

    Motion mentioned the Grade 2, $250,000 Dixie Stakes on Preakness Day as a possible next spot for Ascend.

    Watch the race replay at DRF.

  • Summer Spice Breaks His Maiden

    Summer Spice broke his maiden by a nose with an exciting closing finish at Fair Grounds on March 24 over 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Summer Spice is a 2013 gelding by Discreetly Mine and out of Stone Farm mare Summer Savory. Trained by Mike Stidham and ridden by Robby Albarado.

  • Midnight Moonlight Breaks His Maiden by 6 1/2 lengths

    Midnight Moonlight (Midnight Lute/ Ocean Moon, 2014 g.) broke his maiden by 6 1/2 lengths at Fair Grounds going 1 mile on the dirt for partners Stone Farm & John Adger. Midnight Moonlight is trained by Mike Stidham and was ridden by jockey Miguel Mena.

  • Ascend Wins Wednesday's Feature Mill Ridge Purse
    Lex 18


    In Wednesday’s featured $66,000 Mill Ridge Purse, Stone Farm and Madaket Stables’ favored Ascend prevailed in a deep stretch duel over second-choice Western Reserve by a length to win the allowance race for 3-year-olds and up before a crowd of 10,924.

    Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Ascend covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:43.55.

    Ascend is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Candy Ride (ARG) out of the Silver Ghost mare Ghost Dancing. The victory, the third in 10 career grass starts and worth $39,600, boosted his earnings to $224,280.

    Ascend returned $5.20, $2.80 and $2.40. Western Reserve, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $3.20 and $2.80 with early leader Bern’ James Bern holding on for third under Gabriel Saez and paying $10.80

  • Ascend Ascending With Another Win at Keeneland


    7th-KEE, $64,825, Alw, 10-19, (NW3$X), 3yo/up, 1 1/16mT, 1:43.55, fm.

    ASCEND (g, 4, Candy Ride {Arg}--Ghost Dancing {SW, $163,897}, by Silver Ghost) kicked off 2016 with a maiden score going seven furlongs on dirt at Gulfstream and has lived up to his name, steadily climbing through the class ranks throughout the year. Victorious in entry-level allowance company over a grassy mile here Apr. 16, the gray bounced back from two hard luck second-place finishes with an authoritative score going 1 1/16 miles over the turf at Saratoga July 23. He closed belatedly to round out the superfecta there Aug. 22 and was last seen checking in an uncharacteristically dull sixth over this same trip at Belmont Sep. 17. Adding Lasix for this return to Lexington, the 4-year-old was guided off the rail around the first turn and settled into stride in midpack behind a half-mile in 49.59. Forced to pause in search of a clear path on the far turn, Ascend obtained clear sailing once straightened out for the drive and responded willingly, forging past Western Reserve (Indian Charlie) to prevail by a length. The winner is a half to Moro Tap (Tapit), GSP, $161,816; and has a yearling half-brother by Trappe Shot and a weanling half-brother by Quality Road.

    Lifetime Record: 12-4-4-0, $224,280. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. O-Stone Farm & Madaket Stables LLC; B-Stone Farm (KY); T-H Graham Motion.

  • Ascend Wins Opening Weekend at Saratoga


    7th-SAR, $90,000, Alw (NW2$X)/Opt. Clm ($62,500), 7-23, 3yo/up, 1 1/16mT, 1:41.78, fm.

    ASCEND (g, 4, Candy Ride {Arg}--Ghost Dancing {SW, $163,897}, by Silver Ghost), a maiden winner over the main track at Gulfstream Feb. 18, added a Keeneland turf allowance Apr. 16 and was coming off runner-up efforts over the Belmont lawn May 14 and June 30. Sent off at 7-2, the gray gelding chased the pace from third, was tipped out three wide at the top of the lane, took charge late and spurted clear to win by two lengths. Slim Shadey (GB) (Val Royal {Fr}) overcame a trafficplagued trip to be second. The winner is a half-brother to Moro Tap (Tapit, GSP, $161,816).

    Lifetime Record: 9-3-4-0, $179,130. O-Stone Farm and Madaket Stables LLC; B-Stone Farm (KY); T-H. Graham Motion.

  • Stone Farm and trainer Mike Stidham do a Daily Double with wins from Trend and Sashay!

    Stone Farm had two winners on Saturday both with trainer Michael Stidham. In an exciting finish at Churchill Downs in Race 5, Trend won by a head over 1 1/16 miles on the turf under Julien Leparoux, clenching back to back wins and updating his record to 2 wins and 3 places in his 6 starts as a 9yo.

    In Race 8 at Arlington Park, Sashay broke her maiden going 5 furlongs on the turf by an impressive 4 3/4 length margin with jockey Mitchell Murrill up. Sashay is by Stroll and out of Stone Farm mare, Argue. Watch Sashay's race here.

  • Trend Makes Another Trip to the Winner Circle

    In the 4th race at Arlington Park on May 27, Trend tracked the pace in behind and inside a rival but just off the fence, angled three wide in upper stretch for room with aim on the leader and under prolonged urging from jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr., he secured the lead in time, winning by a nose. The 9yo gelding - winner at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and now 9- then went to the Winner's Circle to have his photo taken with trainer Michael Stidham. Trend is a Stone Farm homebred out of My Chanel and by Sligo Bay.

  • Ascend Scores an Allowance at Keeneland


    5th-KEE, $61,895, Alw, 4-16, (NW1X), 4yo/up, 1mT, 1:36.50, fm.

    ASCEND (g, 4, Candy Ride {Arg}--Ghost Dancing {SW, $163,897}, by Silver Ghost), off the board in his first two attempts on both dirt and turf, just missed getting his diploma in a nine-panel turf test at Saratoga Aug. 29 and was a close second once again over this course Oct. 4. He returned to post a dominant four-length victory when returned to the dirt and cut back to seven panels at Gulfstream Feb. 18. Back on the green as the 21-10 favorite here, the homebred had a stutter-step break and was held up to run sixth around the clubhouse turn. Moving up to fourth while in hand heading into the far bend, Ascend failed to switch leads in the stretch, but still surged between rivals in the final sixteenth to win a three-way photo over Wayward Kitten (Kitten’s Joy) and Gustnado (Smart Strike) by a neck. The winner is a half to Moro Tap (Tapit), GSP, $161,816. His stakes-winning dam has a yearling colt by Trappe Shot and was bred back to Quality Road.

    Lifetime Record: 6-2-2-0, $93,130. O/B-Stone Farm (KY); T-H. Graham Motion.

  • Montego Bay Wins at Santa Anita

    4th-SA, $50,000, CL ($75,000), 4yo+, 1mT, 1:34.77

    MONTEGO BAY chased outside then moved up four wide on the backstretch and into the second turn, continued three deep through that turn and into the stretch, bid outside the runner-up to gain the lead in midstretch and gamely prevailed under urging.

    Bred by Stone Farm & Neil Drysdale, Montego Bay is a bay gelding, by War Chant out of Exotic Point, by Point Given.He foaled Apr 02, 2009 in Kentucky at Stone Farm.

    Winning Owner: Dugan, Shawn L. and Stone Farm
    Trainer: Neil Drysdale
    Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke

  • Ascend Storms Home To Win By Four


    4th-GP, $36,400, Msw, 2-18, 4yo/up, 7f, 1:23.54, ft.

    ASCEND (g, 4, Candy Ride {Arg}--Ghost Dancing {SW, $163,897}, by Silver Ghost) reported home fourth sprinting at first asking at Delaware June 3, but dropped a spot trying a grassy mile at the Spa Aug. 8. The lightbulb came on, however, in his next two starts, as he turned in a pair of runner-up finishes stretched to nine furlongs there later that month and again over yield turf at Keeneland Oct. 4. Sent off at 7-2, the 4-year-old raced at the tail of the tightly bunched field and began to make up ground approaching the far turn. Launched three deep by John Velazquez, Ascend swooped up the center of the track six wide and stormed home to win by four lengths over favored Onlytheshadowknows (Ghostzapper), giving trainer Graham Motion his first winner of the Championship Meet. The winner is a half to Moro Tap (Tapit), GSP, $161,816; and a yearling colt by Trappe Shot. Ghost Dancing was bred back to Quality Road.

    Lifetime Record: 5-1-2-0, $55,930.
    O/B-Stone Farm (KY); T-H. Graham Motion. 

  • Fruitful Weekend for Stidham Racing
    Stidham Racing


    Argot showed himself to be a colt with an exciting future ahead of him with a commanding performance under Murrill. Always near the head of affairs, Argot powered away down the stretch to record a three-and-a-quarter length victory. Owned by Stone Farm, this three-year-old son of Stroll looks booked in for a return to pattern company sooner rather than later.

    ...excerpt from Stidham Racing...

  • Argot Impressively Scores Allowance


    8th-FG, $39,000, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($50,000), 2-14, 3yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:04.98, fm.

    ARGOT (c, 3, Stroll--Argue, by Storm Cat) began his career under the care of trainer Ken McPeek and graduated at fourth asking in a 6 1/2-furlong dash over the testing Kentucky Downs turf course. A tiring 14th in the GIII Dixiana Bourbon S. at Keeneland Oct. 4, the dark bay was subsequently transferred to this new barn. Argot was a non-factor seventh in the six-furlong Sugar Bowl S. on the main track here Dec. 19 and added blinkers and Lasix for this sophomore bow. The homebred pressed the pace through a quarter-mile in :22.42 and drove clear to a 3 1/4-length success. D. Shifflett (Valid Expectations) finished second best.

    Lifetime Record: 7-2-0-1, $102,260.

    O/B-Stone Farm (KY); T-Michael Stidham.

  • Abbot Breaks His Maiden with a Surge to the Wire for the Win


     112th-GP, $40,000, Msw, 2-13, 3yo, 1mT, 1:36.57, fm.

    ABBOT (c, 3, Langfuhr--Saintly Sister, by Saint Liam), second on debut at Belmont July 4, had not been seen since an eighthplace effort behind Sticksstatelydude (First Dude) at Saratoga Aug. 1. Trying the turf for the first time in this return, the 7-1 shot settled in midpack while racing three off the rail. He improved his position leaving the backstretch, loomed a threat at the top of the lane and quickened at midstretch to get a neck in front of favored Sir Dudley Digges (Gio Ponti) on the wire. In foal to Langfuhr, Saintly Sister sold for $80,000 as part of the Ned Evans dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. The mare, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Dixie City (Dixie Union), produced a colt by First Samurai in 2015 and was bred back to that stallion.

     Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-0, $41,332.

     O/B-Stone Farm (KY); T-Christophe Clement.

  • Lithe Breaks Maiden in Easy Fashion

    9th - Tampa Bay Downs, $23,000, MSW, 1m 40y Dirt, 1:43.57

    LITHE (3yo Lookin At Lucky -- Pure Grace, by Vindication) stalked the pack on the outside, settling for third. She made a bid on the turn, took over and held off opponents well under urging. Lithe is owned by Stone Farm. Trained by Arnaud Delacour. Ridden by Luis Garcia. Bred by Turner Breeders.

  • Trend Wins At Fair Grounds!

    TREND raced in the two path on the first turn, was unhurried near the back, came under urging when three then four wide on the far turn, rallied outside in the upper stretch, closed well to make a bid inside the furlong marker and prevailed by a length under the strong handling of Florent Geroux. Trend is a listed stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed. A Sligo Bay gelding out of Stone Farm mare, My Chanel, Trend is trained by Mike Stidham.

  • Argot Breaks His Maiden Impressively For a Big Price at Kentucky Downs
    Courtesy of the TDN


    12th – KD, $122,520, MSW, 9-19, 2 yo, 6 ½ f T, 1:18.34, fm.

    ARGOT (c, 2, Stroll -- Argue, by Storm Cat) gained third via the stewards in his first race track appearance at Ellis Park July 5 and reported home fifth transferred to the turf up at Saratoga Aug. 2. The dark bay could do no better than a flat fifth over that course going 5 ½ furlongs Aug.19 and was hammered at the windows to be the 2-1 market leader by the time the gates opened. Trying the longest distance of his career thus far, Argot kept a close eye on the runaway leader around the far turn. He took command inside the final 100 yards and dashed past the post a 2 ¼ length winner. King‘s Player (Shakespeare) was runner-up. Argue, out of a half-sister to MGSW and MGISP E Dubai (Mr. Prospector) and GISW No Matter What (Nureyev), foaled a filly by Discreetly Mine in 2014 and was bred back to Quality Road this term. Lifetime Record: 4-1-0-1, $77,805.

    O/B- Stone Farm (KY); T- Kenneth G. McPeek

  • Moon Song wins at Indiana Grand!

    Stone Farm owned  Elusive Quality colt, Moon Song, stalked the pace and then swung wide to mow down the field and win at Indiana Grand goig six furlongs on the dirt. He was co-bred by Darley, John H. Adger & Stone Farm.

  • Montego Bay Takes Allowance Race Opening Day at Del Mar

    4th - DMR $76,700, Alw (NW2$X)/Opt. Clm ($62,500), 7-16, 3 yo/up, 1 1/8 m T, 1:48.24,fm.

    MONTEGO BAY (g, 6, War Chant - Exotic Point, by Point Given) last found the winner's circle over this course in July 2012 and returned from an almost 2 1/2 year absence with an eighth in a 10-panel grassy Arcadian optional claimer this February. Fifth cut back to a mile over the Golden Gates on Apr. 25, the Neil Drysdale trainee was second in another turf optional claimer at that venue May 25. Over looked at 15-1, the gelding raced without cover three deep in midpack through the early stages. He began to pick off horses around the far turn and reached the head of affairs as the field hit the straight. Montego Bay rolled through a mile in 1:36.41 with a slim lead and responded well to Drayden Van Dyke's urging to fight off a closing Jules Journey (Good Journey) and triumph by a head.
    Lifetime Record: 10-3-1-0, $117,000

    O- Stone Farm & Shawn L .Dugan; B-Stone Farm & Neil Drysdale (KY); T-Neil Drysdale

  • Kitty Wine Wins Lady Canterbury Stakes Her Last Time Out Before Retiring to Stone Farm
    Canterbury Park


    Jockey Corey Lanerie took top honors when he rode favorite Kitty Wine to victory in the Lady Canterbury Stakes.

    Kitty Wine is trained by Eddie Kenneally and is owned by Stone Farm and Joseph Sutton. The 6-year-old mare chased pace setter Parc Monceau, passing her at the top of the stretch, and drawing off to win by 1¼ lengths over late-charging Notte d’Oro. Julie Darlin finished third. Final time for the 23rd edition of the one-mile race was 1:36.97. Kitty Wine returned $4.80 for a $2 win wager.

    “She broke really good out of the gate,” Lanerie said. “When I turned for home, I knew she was the best horse. I rode her like she was the best horse.”

  • Mandola Takes the Prize at Middleburg

    Mandola raced covered up, charged through on an inside path after the final hurtle, closing fastest of all gettin up for the win in the stretch.

    Trained by Jonathan Sheppard. Paddy Young up. 

    Photo by: Catherine French

  • Wit Wins at Oaklawn, Giving Owner a Happy Birthday Present!

    WIT never far back outside, pressured the pace five wide through the turn, put a head in front entering the stretch, got well clear, held.
    Trainer: Will B VanMeter; Jockey: Terry Thompson

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  • Regional Report: Bugle Breaks Her Maiden


    8th-GPX, $40,000, Msw, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:48 3/5, Turf fm

    BUGLE (f, 3, War Front--Chatham {MSP, $156,431}, by Maria's Mon), a close second as the favorite on debut over a grassy mile at Churchill Downs Nov. 9, missed by only a nose once again as the 6-5 crowd's pick over 1 1/16 miles of Gulfstream lawn Dec. 11. She took all the money at the windows and was 2-1 in this third go. The $400,000 Keeneland September yearling raced in midpack against the pine. With work to do with three furlongs yet to travel, Bugle shifted to the outside of a tiring rival before splitting horses in late stretch to win by 3/4 lengths over Daring Duchess (Arch). Under Bugle's third dam is champion juvenile filly and MGISW Flanders (Seeking the Gold), who produced champion 3-year-old filly & MGISW Surfside (Seattle Slew). Sales history: $400,000 yrl '13 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 3-1-2-0, $39,400.

    O - Joseph Sutton. B - Stone Farm (KY). T - E Kenneally.

  • Ruefully Wins Fair Ground Allowance Wire to Wire

    Ruefully broke well and set the pace on the inside. Still in the lead around the final turn, she did not back down and held on for the win under a brisk hand ride by jockey Miguel Mena. Ruefully is trained by Joe Sharp and gives Stone Farm a great start to the new year!