Za-zing! GREAT NOTION’s daughter JAZZY IDEA sets course record at Laurel!

Jazzy-Idea-01Turf-loving 3-year-old filly JAZZY IDEA flew down the stretch on Laurel Park’s opening day of the 2012 fall meet on September 5 and won going away in the $100,000 Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. Scoring by three lengths over a field that included older stakes winners Colony Club and Bold Affair, she ran the six furlongs in a stunning 1:07.45, breaking Laurel’s five-year-old track mark by more than a half second!

Ridden by Luis Garcia for owner/breeder/trainer Edwin Merryman, JAZZY IDEA recorded her third stakes win of the year. In nine sophomore starts, she has four wins and three seconds – her only times off the board were strong efforts in the Grade 1 Prioress and Test Stakes over Saratoga’s main track, where she finished fourth and fifth, respectively, beaten less than five lengths in either. But on turf she has been a monster, having never finished worse than second in six starts.

“I never thought she would run that 1:07,” said Garcia. “This was fun. I have ridden a lot of good horses but this filly is something else. When I asked her she was as strong as any I have been aboard.”

The even-money favorite in the field of nine, JAZZY IDEA paid $4.20. Colony Club, a daughter of Lion Hearted, finished second.

“Never disappoints, even at Saratoga. I wish Luis was on her up there,” said Merryman. “She’s just something else. I believe she’s as good on the dirt as she is on the grass.”

The Jim McKay Maryland Million on October 6 is now on target, with many options open for the filly out of the Dixieland Band mare Jazz Band. She is expected to be nominated to the Sprint, Distaff and Oaks.

In his first four crops (through the crop of 2009), GREAT NOTION is also the sire of speedy turf runner HAVELOCK, a multiple graded stakes winner of $461,129 from 18 starts, and seven other stakes horses. GREAT NOTION has a sensational 79 percent winners from starters – and 79 percent starters from foals! And his runners have average earnings of more than $63,500!