Back to his dominating ways, NOT FOR LOVE's son EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH eagerly took command in the one-mile $100,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 1 and was never threatened, sailing home by 5 1/2 lengths to top a Northview-sired trifecta, as post time favorite Hello Lover (NOT FOR LOVE) rallied from next-to-last to take second with Charge (JUMP START) finishing third.
In recording his second consecutive Jennings score, the Tim Keefe trained EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH boosted his career earnings to $535,430. The 6-year-old gelding, who had not won in four starts since taking Laurel's Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes in March, now has six stakes wins, including the 2011 Maryland Million Classic. "It was nice to see him bounce back to form," said winning rider Sheldon Russell.
Arnold Heft, 94, who once co-owned the Baltimore Bullets and Washington Capitals with the late Abe Pollin, owns EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH with Sylvia, his wife of 71 years. They named him after the Capitals' star player, Alex Ovechkin, who wears the no. 8 jersey and is often too fast to catch on the ice.