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Friday, September 22, 2023

Keri Brion won four flat races, Bernie Houghton won two, and Motion, Matz and Meister had winners

BALTIMORE, Md.--Keri Brion saddled four winners during the past week, including Caroline Krystyna at Pimlico on Black Eyed Susan Day, May 10.

Caroline Krystyna James McCueCaroline Krystyna winning at Pimlico (Photo by James McCue)Sterbenz Racing's Caroline Krystyna won a $58,800, 5 furlong Maiden Special weight turf race for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old fillies and mares by 2 1/4 lengths.

"It's been great," said Brion."Winning a race on Black Eyed Susan Day was a big push. I've gotten a lot of calls from that."

"Caroline's owner came from an open house that I had last February," said Brion. "He thought she'd be a turf horse, so he sent her to me. She's out of an Augustin Stable's mare that I used to gallop for Jonathan Sheppard. She's going to go to a stakes at Laurel next month."

Blue Streak Racing's Anoint won a $32,000, 1 mile Allowance race at Presque Isle by a neck on May 24.

Anoint was bred by Jonathan Sheppard, for whom Brion was assistant trainer before going out on her own.

"She ran a career best," said Brion. "She ran huge. She's not really a dirt horse, but she loves the tapeta track at Presque Isle."


KMSN STABLE'S Lightning Ridge won an $18,100, 1 mile Maiden Claiming turf race at Penn National by a nose on May 26.

Bali KutaBali Kuta winning at Delaware Park (Photo by Hoofprints, Inc.)"He's a home bred for Mr. Galbraith," said Brion. "He had horses with Jonathan, and he came with me when I went out on my own, so it's great to win a race for him."

Serio Racing Stables and Christopher LaBerge's Bali Kuta won a $38,500, 1 1/16 mile Allowance race at Delaware Park by a neck on May 27.

That was Bali Kuta's first race being trained by Brion after he was claimed on March 3 and his first time running in other than claiming races.

BERNIE HOUGHTON had two winners during the past week, including one for his mother Betsy.

Edward J. Madden's Hop to a Decision won a $17,313, 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race for 3-year-old fillies by 4 1/2 lengths at Penn National on May 19.

"Ed bred Hop to a Decision," said Houghton. "She's out of a mare Ed raced. That mare got claimed after she won a race, but then they gave her back to us, and Ed bred her. Hop to a Decision ran last year as a 2-year-old, but then she got hurt, so we gave her the winter off, This was her second race back."

Sylmar Farm's Fletcher Station, bred and owned by Betsy Houghton, won a $13,000, 1 mile and 70 yards Maiden Claiming race by 1 3/4 lengths at Penn National on May 26.

"This was just his second start," said Houghton. "I'm not sure where he'll go next, but what I do know is that he'll stay racing long."

GRAHAM MOTION saddled four winners, including a stakes winner.

Nagirroc, owned by Little Red Feather Racing, Madaket Stables and William Strauss, won the $100,000, 1 1/16  mile James W. Murphy Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths at Pimlico on May 20,

Nagirroc went to the front with a quarter to go and was hand ridden to the wire.

Chervenell Thoroughbreds' Frivole won a $129,430,1 3/8 mile Allowance for fillies and mares by 2 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs on May 18.

Sumaya US Stable's Amani's Image won a $64,800. 1 1/16 mile Allowance turf race for fillies and mares by 1 1/2 lengths at Pimlico on May 20.

Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds' homebred Libraryofconggress won a $50,120, 1 1/8 mile Maiden Claiming turf race by 2 1/2 lengths at Pimlico on May 26.

MICHAEL MATZ saddled Runnymoore Racing's In a Spin to win a $40,760, 1 mile Starter Optional Claiming race for fillies  and mares by 1 3/4 lengths at Pimlico on May 11.

BILLY MEISTER saddled Christopher White's Happybirthdaycorey to win a $18,000, 6 furlong Starter Optional Claiming race by 1 1/4 length at Penn National on May 12.






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