Aiken-trained horses enjoy success
It was a successful week for a contingent of runners broken and trained over the Aiken Training Track.
Aiken Trials alumnus, Wendy O’Leary’s Dulcify, was far more sweet than a confectionary treat in breaking her maiden by 3/4-lengths, in a 5-furlong contest Sunday over the Polytrack Elite surface at Woodbine. The juvenile filly placed third in the Gaver Trophy in this year’s Aiken Trials.
Norm McKnight conditions the dark bay daughter of Candy Ride.
Darley Stable and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin enjoyed an outstanding week at Saratoga Race Course, sending out four winners, with three of those being homebreds. The horses were broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
Wedding Toast, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Street Sense, went gate-to-wire in breaking her maiden by 2 1/2-lengths in a 1 1/8-mile race last Monday. Jose Lezcano piloted the 3-year-old filly to victory.
Dancing House closed determinedly to break her maiden by a head Wednesday afternoon in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race. The juvenile daugther of Grade 1 winner Tapit, is out of the Grade 1 winning broodmare Tout Charmant, and was ridden to victory by Irad Ortiz Jr.
Sister State broke her maiden earlier this year, and she scored the second win of her sophomore campaign with a 3/4-length victory in a 1 1/8-mile allowance race Wednesday afternoon. Jockey Javier Castellano was in the irons on the 3-year-old daughter of the 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy.
Truth Is, a 3-year-old colt bred by Stonewall Farm Stallions, broke his maiden Saturday in a 6-furlong race, drawing off to win by a 1 1/4-length margin. The dark bay colt is by Grade 1 winner Medaglia d’Oro.
Michael Talla’s More Chocolate placed second Saturday with a stirring performance in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar. The 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, finished second in her previous start, the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 15. John Sadler trains the bay filly, a graduate of the Tim and Cary Frommer training program.
Darley homebred and graded stakes placed Side Road, finished second Wednesday in the 1 5/8-mile John’s Call Stakes on the turf at Saratoga. Kiaran McLaughlin conditions the chestnut colt.
Dogwood Stable’s Mack Miller makes his debut Wednesday in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on the turf at Saratoga. The Todd Pletcher charge drew post position no. 2, and will have Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the irons.