Tapanna took the lead after a half mile and went on to score in the first race at Keeneland last Wednesday. Tapanna has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. The bay gelding completed his 9 furlong task over a fast track in Lexington in 1:50.93. He recorded his 13th career victory by defeating the field of $10,000 claimers with Florent Geroux in the irons. The 8 year old returned $3.40 to his supporters. The battle hardened warrior is trained by the leading trainer at Keeneland, Mike Maker. Owned by Kendall Hansen, Tapanna has finished in the money (top three finishers) 25 times from 43 career outings. The son of Tapit has accumulated over $152,000 in lifetime earnings.
It’s no surprise that Ken and Sarah Ramsey would win of the first races at the Keeneland spring meeting. The successful owners captured the second race with Slan Abhaile after he contested the early pace and disposed of a late challenge. The Mike Maker trainee defeated $10,000 claimers over six and one half furlongs in 1:17.16. Ridden by Javier Castellano, the bay gelding returned $3.00 to his backers after claiming his sixth career victory. The son of Hard Spun has finished in the money (top three finishers) in 18 of 32 races and has accumulated $243,000 in lifetime earnings. Trainer Mike Maker is one of the 24 “Kings of Keeneland” featured in Art Parker’s book.
Golden Rings gets the gold once again
Golden Rings easily defeated his $5,000 claiming rivals in the second race at Laurel Friday afternoon by a half-dozen lengths. Golden Rings has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. The son of Belmont winner Birdstone covered the 8 1/2 furlongs in 1:46.53 over a fast main track to secure his eighth career victory. Ridden by apprentice Kali Francois, the chestnut gelding scored his third straight win and returned $3.20 to his backers. The 5 year old is trained by Kieron Magee and has finished in the money (top three finishers) in 15 races from 23 lifetime outings. Owned by Cornelius Ridgely, Golden Rings has now accumulated over $158,000 in his career.
Time for Angie waited patiently behind the early leader, battled, and worked her way to her fifth consecutive victory by taking the fourth race at Aqueduct last Friday afternoon. It was the eleventh career win for the mare that has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. The California bred defeated $12,500 claimers and covered the 6 furlongs in 1:13.32. The 5 year old returned $5.00 to her supporters once the race was official. The daughter of Time to Get Even was ridden to victory by Kendrick Carmouche and is owned by the Drawing Away Stable. She is trained by Paul Barrow, who claimed her on February 11. Time for Angie has now finished in the money (top 3) 17 times from 27 career races. Her lifetime earnings now exceed $290,000.