Eighttofasttocatch—Loving Laurel, Now On To Pimlico

Eighttofasttocatch-finNOT FOR LOVE’s son EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH got his fifth stakes win in his last 10 starts in Laurel’s $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial S., the closing day feature at Laurel Park on Saturday, March 24. 

It was only one year ago that Sylvia and Arnold Heft’s handsome chestnut broke through with his first stakes win in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial. With additional victories in the Maryland Million Classic, Jennings H. and Japan Racing Association S. (all at Laurel), the Tim Keefe trained runner has earned more than $330,000 in his last dozen starts.

Guided by Laurel’s leading rider Sheldon Russell, EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH was always prominent in the mile and an eighth Harrison E. Johnson Memorial and dug in through the stretch to win by a length as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six. The 6-year-old gelding upped his career mark to 10 wins in 32 starts with earnings of $463,190. 

“He tries every time,” said Keefe. “It is great to have a horse like him.” 

Next on EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH’s agenda is the $300,000 Pimlico Special-G3 on May 18. “He hasn’t missed a beat and works well in-between races,” added Keefe. “I just need to keep him fresh and happy.” 

Bred in Maryland by Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable, EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH is out of the Nice Catch mare Too Fast to Catch, who also produced stakes winner and Grade 1-placed STORM PUNCH.