SILVER TRAIN’s SILVER OCEAN a Scandinavian delight with third stakes win of 2012!

Silver-Ocean-Taby-SwedenMaking his way back to Sweden’s Taby Racecourse, SILVER TRAIN’s 4-year-old son SILVER OCEAN strolled home in the Tattersalls Nickes Minneslopning at one mile on the main track on Sept. 9, finishing five lengths on top while defeating 10 rivals as the 4-5 favorite. It was the third stakes win of the year for the international runner, who captured Taby’s Swedish Open Mile over the turf in July and Norway’s Group 3 Polar Cup at seven furlongs on the turf in August.

That makes six wins in a career where SILVER OCEAN has traveled the globe, from England to Japan, Dubai to France, Germany to Sweden and Norway. He has a record of 22-6-6-2 and career winnings of $335,515. This year he has earned $178,460 in 10 starts, with four wins, two seconds and a third.

Ranked as the highweighted 3-year-old in Italy in 2011 (from 7 to 9 1⁄2 furlongs), SILVER OCEAN was a two-time stakes winner in Italy earlier in his career and Group 2-placed in Germany. He is SILVER TRAIN’s second leading career earner and his top runner of 2012.

SILVER TRAIN ranks as one of the nation’s top third-crop sires in 2012 with progeny earnings in excess of $2.3, and has five stakes horses for the year to date, including Mexican Group 1 winner ENAITZ and New York stakes winner ZETTERHOLM.

Hallå, hei, ciao, hola, bonjour, hello. . . no matter what the language, owners are eager to welcome SILVER TRAIN runners!

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Za-zing! GREAT NOTION’s daughter JAZZY IDEA sets course record at Laurel!

Jazzy-Idea-01Turf-loving 3-year-old filly JAZZY IDEA flew down the stretch on Laurel Park’s opening day of the 2012 fall meet on September 5 and won going away in the $100,000 Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. Scoring by three lengths over a field that included older stakes winners Colony Club and Bold Affair, she ran the six furlongs in a stunning 1:07.45, breaking Laurel’s five-year-old track mark by more than a half second!

Ridden by Luis Garcia for owner/breeder/trainer Edwin Merryman, JAZZY IDEA recorded her third stakes win of the year. In nine sophomore starts, she has four wins and three seconds – her only times off the board were strong efforts in the Grade 1 Prioress and Test Stakes over Saratoga’s main track, where she finished fourth and fifth, respectively, beaten less than five lengths in either. But on turf she has been a monster, having never finished worse than second in six starts.

“I never thought she would run that 1:07,” said Garcia. “This was fun. I have ridden a lot of good horses but this filly is something else. When I asked her she was as strong as any I have been aboard.”

The even-money favorite in the field of nine, JAZZY IDEA paid $4.20. Colony Club, a daughter of Lion Hearted, finished second. Add a comment Add a comment

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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!

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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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