He's Back! GREAT NOTION's HAVELOCK takes G3 at Keeneland

YouTubePhotos HavelockFor the fourth time in his career, GREAT NOTION's turf-loving son HAVELOCK wins a graded stakes, when the 6-year-old got up late to take an exciting renewal of Keeneland's Grade 3 $100,000 Shakertown S. on Saturday, April 13. 

Making his first start of the year, Silverton Hill LLC's homebred rallied wide in the five and a half-furlong stakes heading into the stretch, worked his way through traffic under Garrett Gomez and came up along the rail to nip Something Extra by a nose as five horses finished within a half length at the wire. 

Trained by Darrin Miller (who also conditioned G1 stakes-placed sprinter GREAT NOTION), HAVELOCK recorded the eighth win of his career, but first since capturing Arlington Park's Hanshin Cup S.-G3 over the all-weather track in May 2012, after which he was out for most of the year. His last win on the turf was Keeneland's Woodford S.-G3 in October 2011. 

From 21 career starts, HAVELOCK has earned $525,491. In four efforts over the Keeneland turf, HAVELOCK has three wins and was fourth in the 2012 renewal of the Shakertown. 

GREAT NOTION is the sire of 75 percent winners from starters, and his nine stakes horses (nearly 10 percent of his runners), includes the sensational JAZZY IDEA, last year's Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old filly who finished first or second in nine of 12 starts in 2012, won five stakes, and twice set the course record for six furlongs on the turf at Laurel. She broke her own record when defeating millionaires Ben's Cat and Heros Reward in her final start of the year, the Laurel Dash last October, in a time of 1:07.29. 

Runners for GREAT NOTION have average earnings of $63,835. That's nearly 20 times his stud fee!