With back-to-back Group 1 wins in Argentina this fall, IDOLO PORTENO has become the talk of South America, and leaps up as a major contender for Argentinean Horse of the Year. The 4-year-old distance-lover is the second Group 1 winner for JUMP START in Argentina in the past six months, joining top miler LIVINGSTONE among the country’s elite.
IDOLO PORTENO won the famed Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini-G1 on Dec. 13 at Hipodromo San Isidro by an impressive four lengths over last year’s winner and 2013 Argentine Horse of the Year Soy Carambolo, getting the mile and a half over the turf in a snappy 2:28.11. In his previous start he captured his first Group 1 race, the Gran Premio Dardo Rocha, at Hippodrome de La Plata on Nov. 19 by an eyecatching five lengths on the main track, also at one and a half miles. The Thoroughbred Daily News reports that “Idolo Porteno could potentially be sent up North and be aimed at an international campaign with Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally in Southern California.”
JUMP START has five crops of racing age in the Southern Hemisphere. Adding in his stakes performers from those crops, he is the sire of 43 stakes winners, 12 of them graded/group winners, and 33 additional stakes-placed runners. In addition to his Southern Hemisphere Group 1 performers, his Grade 1 runners in 2014 include Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 third-place finisher PANTS ON FIRE, top 3-year-old sprint filly and Grade 1 Test S.-placed MISS BEHAVIOUR, Woodward S.-G1-placed millionaire PRAYER FOR RELIEF, and Ballerina S.-G1-placed WILLET. Add a comment Add a comment
The Pennsylvania Nursery showcased the extraordinary talents of SMARTY JONES in 2003, and 11 years later his son NASA adds his own exclamation point, leading throughout to take the most recent edition of the $100,000 stakes by two and a quarter lengths at Parx Racing on Dec. 6.
The Smarty Jones team of Pat Chapman’s Someday Farm and trainer John Servis are also responsible for NASA, the 25th career stakes winner for SMARTY JONES. The bay colt out of Shootforthestars (by Seattle Slew) has now won or placed in all four of his juvenile starts for earnings of $99,050. NASA is a full brother to four other winners, including Gr. 1-winning sprinter CENTRALINTELIGENCE.
SMARTY JONES is the sire of 13 stakes horses in 2014, with two others in action on Dec. 6. His stakes-winning son FRANCOIS missed adding the $110,000 Iron Horse S. on Claiming Crown Day at Gulfstream Park by a neck when finishing second, and increased his earnings to $283,428. Veteran CONCEALED IDENTITY, a stakes performer from ages 2 to 6, was third in the Jennings H. at Laurel Park, his 11th on-the-board finish in stakes company and third time in the Jennings, while earning $435,915.
With international earnings in excess of $3.3 million in 2014, SMARTY JONES is the second-leading active sire in the Mid-Atlantic region. And his runners get better with age: among his recent stakes-performers are Gr. 1-winning SMART D N A, two-time graded winner CARY STREET and four-time stakes winner ISN’T HE CLEVER, all from the crop of 2009, which has yielded nine stakes winners to date.
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SMARTY JONES is rocketing as a stakes sire, with juveniles and beyond!
Time is fast approaching to make those all so important decisions for the upcoming breeding season. Come out to Northview Stallion Station on Saturday Nov. 15 to see the most accomplished stallions in the state, ask questions, meet the newest arrival, Tapit's son Bandbox, and consider the best options for your mare!
Northview Stallion Station will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's a great opportunity to mingle, discuss and enjoy the anticipation of selecting the right stallion. The roster at Northview offers a wide-range of tremendous opportunities, with great pedigrees, solid production records and sensational talent. And being introduced for the new season is graded stakes winner Bandbox, a son of the hottest stallion in the world today.
Light fare and refreshments will be available. Come out, relax and enjoy a few hours in Chesapeake City. It's definitely worth the trip.Add a comment Add a comment
Distance-loving CARY STREET took his show on the road to California, and the Kentucky-based son of SMARTY JONES kicked off the stakes action on Breeders' Cup weekend at Santa Anita with a stunning performance in the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon S.-G2.
The 5-year-old gelding, owned by Brendan Walsh and Marc Detampel and trained by Walsh, was extremely patient in the one and three-quarter-mile Marathon under Miguel Mena, at one point nearly 20 lengths behind a solid pace. But soon the charge was on! Gobbling up ground he swung wide in the stretch and strolled home easily to win by more than nine lengths.
"This horse runs all day, so I wasn’t worried about it when they went out there so quick. . . I started looking for the leader at the five-eighths pole and he started to kick on for me," said Mena. "He finished great, he was rolling. . .”Add a comment Add a comment