It’s Fireworks For NOT FOR LOVE’s Staged Affair!

STAGED-AFFAIR The-Punch-Line-Stakes 07-04-12 CNL800Turning in a phenomenal stretch drive, STAGED AFFAIR got up at the wire to win Colonial Downs’s Punch Line S. by the slimmest of noses on the July 4th holiday card.

The Virginia-bred 6-year-old daughter of NOT FOR LOVE, the only female in the nine-horse field, recorded her first career stakes victory in her first start for D. Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock Inc. and trainer Phil Schoenthal, who claimed her for $20,000 on June 9 at Colonial.

It took every inch of the five-furlong stakes for STAGED AFFAIR to run down Jake Rattle N Roll, and the thrilling result rewarded her backers handsomely. Sent off as the race’s second-longest price, she paid $49.80 to win.

STAGED AFFAIR is the 72nd stakes winner for NOT FOR LOVE in his illustrious career, and her win pushed NOT FOR LOVE back to the top of the Maryland sires list by progeny earnings for the year. The longtime leading sire has three stakes winners so far in 2012, and among his 42 winners is Hello Lover, who is tied for third in the nation this year by number of wins, with six (from eight starts).