Yearling Show Success for Great Notion Colt

YS2012 Class1 59GreatNotion800One of the stars of the 78th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 24 was a colt by GREAT NOTION, who took the first class of the day, and was named Reserve Champion of the show.

Carol Kaye’s homebred bay immediately caught the eye of this year’s judge, trainer Al Stall Jr., who noted “A nice sized, balanced colt with a powerful hind end.” The late April foal is a half-brother to 2012 multiple stakes winner Action Andy.

Finishing second in the same class was a son of NOT FOR LOVE out of Polish Numbers’ stakes-winning daughter Richetta, bred and owned by Bowman and Higgins Stable.

Yearlings by Northview sires accounted for six ribbons at this year’s show, including Kaye’s Lion Hearted filly (third in Class III), Tom and Chris Bowman and Dickie Small’s filly by Fairbanks (fourth in Class IV), Spring Meadow Farm’s colt by former Northview sire Lido Palace (Chi) (fourth in Class II) and Jim Steele Jr.’s filly by Jump Start (fifth in Class IV).

GREAT NOTION was awarded the trophy as leading Maryland sire of the show. The Northview Stallion Station Challenge Trophy must be won by the same stallion three times to take permanent possession, an achievement accomplished by NOT FOR LOVE in 2006 (when he retired the Worthington Farms Challenge Trophy). Since 2007, Northview Stallions have brought the challenge trophy home four times.