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  • Ascend Wins Wednesday's Feature Mill Ridge Purse
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    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
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    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

    Watch race

  • 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!