Well-Bred Chestertown Looks for Another Win

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Chestertown | Sarah Andrew

6th-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 8fT, 2:02 p.m. ET
Courtlandt Farm’s OR’EFFICE (Medaglia d’Oro), a $725,000 KEESEP yearling, took some money in his career bow going a mile on the dirt at Aqueduct Dec. 7 and finished fourth. Out of multiple graded-stakes winner Grace Hall (Empire Maker), the Mark Hennig trainee will receive the services of Javier Castellano for his turf debut. TJCIS PPs

4th-FG, $50K, Alw/Opt.Clm., 3yo, 8.5f, 2:27 p.m. ET
West Point Thoroughbreds, Chester and Mary Broman and Woodford Racing’s CHESTERTOWN (Tapit), the $2-million topper from last year’s OBS March Sale (:10 1/5), debuted with a third after a wide trip going six furlongs against New York-bred company at Belmont Oct. 24. Relishing the added distance at Aqueduct last time, he came home a 2 3/4-length winner over return winner Forever Wicked (Wicked Strong). Ricardo Santana Jr. rides the colt for the first time. The gray, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, is out of GI Ballerina S. and GI Frizette S. heroine Artemis Agrotera (Roman Ruler). TJCIS PPs

6th-FG, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 3:25 p.m. ET
Making her career debut is Jerry Namy’s SPEEDY MANDATE (Strong Mandate), a $250,000 Keeneland September yearling, who was the second highest priced yearling for the stallion in 2018. Joe Talamo rides for Tom Amoss. Also debuting for Amoss is $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic purchase CHARMING LADY (Ghostzapper). The average for juveniles by the sire sold last season was $299,750. TJCIS PPs

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