DANCE WITH RAVENS son RELAY BILL can’t be caught

Relay-Bill800Running like an Olympic star, RELAY BILL shot to the lead and kept going to grab his first stakes victory by three and a quarter lengths in Penn National’s $100,000 Capital City S. on Saturday, Aug. 18 over a soft turf course. It was the fourth start of the 3-year-old’s career, and his second win after his dominating debut on May 3 at his Penn National base with trainer Tim Kreiser. He also has been second once, and was fourth in the Danzig S. in just his second start.

Campaigned by his breeder, James Courtney, RELAY BILL is out of the Polish Numbers mare Angel Lady. He is the third stakes winner this year for DANCE WITH RAVENS, Maryland’s second-leading sire and fifth-ranked in the Mid-Atlantic region, with progeny earnings in excess of $2.2 million in 2012.

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SMARTY JONES is the leading 2012 stakes sire in the Northeast with FRANCOIS’ score

Francois-F800In his stakes debut, SMARTY JONES’ 3-year-old son FRANCOIS edged away for a half-length victory in Arlington Park’s Straight Line S., the first race on the track’s signature Arlington Million card. It was FRANCOIS’ fourth win from eight starts in 2012 and pushed his earnings just shy of six figures. FRANCOIS becomes SMARTY JONES’ seventh stakes winner of the year, and 16th overall (in his first four crops).

Owned by Kenneth E. Fishbein and trained by Charles Bettis, FRANCOIS has quickly risen through the ranks, from claimer in mid-July to stakes winner in mid-August. He is one of five sophomore stakes winners for SMARTY JONES this year, joining multiple Group 1 winner SMART D N A, recent La Jolla H.-G2 winner OLD TIME HOCKEY and ISN’T HE CLEVER, DEVIL IN DISGUISE and I’LL SHOW THEM.

With more than $3 million in progeny earnings for the year, SMARTY JONES is having another sensational year. He ranked first in the Northeast last year, with more than $5.5 million in earnings, and was 32nd in the nation. He is currently second in the standings for 2012 and has three stakes winners in the month of August!

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Jump Start Colts Snags Gr.3 Win At Monmouth

SanPablo IselinStks 800Burning Sands Stable LLC’s San Pablo got his first graded stakes victory when he powered past Small Town Talk and Toby’s Corner in midstretch before drawing off to a 3 ½ length victory in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes-G3 at Monmouth Park on Saturday, August 18.

“The plan was to just get him comfortable early and into a nice rhythm,” said winning jockey Chris DeCarlo.  “I just sat and waited with him until it was time to go.  He’s not a quick punch type of horse so I started riding him a little early so as to not give him too much to do.  Once we straightened up in the lane he was rolling.”

Trained by Todd Pletcher, San Pablo sat off the pace early before coming under a ride around the far turn and reeling in his foes near the eighth pole.  San Pablo covered the mile and an eighth over a fast main track in 1:49.59 and paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the favorite in the field of six colts and geldings. 
The Iselin victory was the seventh in 12 career starts and fourth stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Jump Start from the Silver Ghost mare Hunt’s Corner. He has now earned $382,800 for his connections.

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OLD TIME HOCKEY is SMARTY JONES’s newest graded winner!


Making it as exciting as it gets, SMARTY JONES’s son OLD TIME HOCKEY came out on top in a three-horse photo to win Del Mar’s La Jolla H.-G2 for 3-year-olds on Saturday, Aug. 11. His official margin in the mile and a sixteenth turf stakes was a nose over favorite My Best Brother, who was a head in front of Chips All In.

A homebred for Glen Hill Farm, OLD TIME HOCKEY has hit the board in seven of his eight starts this year. The La Jolla is his first stakes win. In his previous start, the chestnut trained by Tom Proctor was third in his stakes debut in Del Mar’s Oceanside S. The grass-loving gelding broke his maiden at one mile in March at Gulfstream Park, defeating 10 rivals with a late rally. But he can win on the front end too, having taken a Hollywood Park allowance in June while leading the entire grassy mile and a sixteenth trip.

From nine career starts, OLD TIME HOCKEY has earned $200,228. He is the first foal out of stakes winner Grat, a daughter of A.P. Indy.

SMARTY JONES is the sire of six stakes winners in 2012, four of them 3-year-olds. The others are two-time Group 1 SMART D N A, $150,000 Borderland Derby winner ISN’T HE CLEVER, and DEVIL IN DISGUISE, a winner of three straight stakes. SMARTY JONES ranks second in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2012 by progeny earnings, his runners fast approaching $3 million for the year. One of history’s best-loved race horses is well on his way to proving himself as an excellent sire of graded stakes horses. Exciting chips off the old block.

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FORT LARNED rises to top of handicap ranks!

fort-larned5-credit-courtney-stafford2E DUBAI's 4-year-old son FORT LARNED takes the historic Whitney Invitational Handicap-G1 to stake a claim as the best handicap horse in the country!

Getting his fourth stakes win of the year and his second consecutive in graded company, he defeated a solid field of the best handicap horses on the East Coast, holding off two-time Grade 1 winner Ron the Greek to win by daylight.

The win in the $750,000 summer test doubled his earnings to more than $880,000 from 17 lifetimes starts for owner/breeder Janis R. Whitham and trainer Ian R. Wilkes.

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SILVER TRAIN’s Scandinavian wonder gets Group 3 win

SilverOceanSILVER OCEAN, a 4-year-old son of SILVER TRAIN, skipped back to Norway to record his first group win, taking the Group 3 Polar Cup on Thursday, August 2. It was the second stakes win in a row for the Kentucky-bred gelding, after taking the Swedish Open Mile at Taby on July 14.

A two-time stakes winner in Italy earlier in his career and Group 2-placed in Germany, SILVER OCEAN ranked as the highweighted 3-year-old in Italy from 7 to 91⁄2 furlongs. With lifetime earnings of nearly $300,000, he is SILVER TRAIN’s second richest runner to date.

SILVER TRAIN’s slew of international runners in his first three crops include Group 1 winner ENAITZ (in Mexico). Half of SILVER TRAIN’s 10 stakes winners are now winners in graded/group races and he is one of the top 10 North America-based third-crop sires by lifetime earnings, with $5.6 million.

To read more about the international conquests by SILVER TRAIN runners, visit

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