Jump Start Colt Takes Stakes At Saratoga

iBurning Sands Stable's San Pablo wore down Isn't He Perfect in the stretch to win the $100,000 Birdstone Stakes for older horses at Saratoga Race Course on August 2nd.

Covering the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.68, San Pablo finished three lengths in front of Isn't He Perfect.

The Jump Start colt trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez had picked up minor awards in his previous two starts in graded company. He ran second in the Grade 3 Excelsior at Aqueduct before running fourth behind Whitney runners Rule and Flat Out in the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup in New Jersey. Prior to those two starts, San Pablo won a pair of ungraded races at Aqueduct this past winter and ran second by a nose in a third.

San Pablo has now won 6-of-11 lifetime starts, and has finished out of the money only once in his career. Pletcher indicated a return to the graded ranks wouldn’t be out of the question for the colt’s next start.

“I thought he ran quite well today,” Pletcher said. “Who knows? Maybe we’ll see him in a race like the Woodward.”

JUMP START is the leading sire in the Northeast in 2012 by number of stakes winners, and his runners have earned more than $2.5 million this year. The son of A.P. INDY has 28 career stakes winners and lifetime progeny earnings in excess of $23 million.

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Jump Start's Rail Trip Punches Ticket To Breeders Cup Mile With G2 Win

RailTrip 800Grade I winner RAIL TRIP posted his first victory in more than two years when he outlasted a determined John Scott by a half-length in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28 at Del Mar.

The 7-year-old JUMP START gelding also locked up a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park for his win in the San Diego, a "Win & You're In" event.

Searching for his first victory since the GII Californian S. for Ron Ellis in June of 2010, RAIL TRIP, coming into this race off a near-miss second to John Scott in an optional claimer at Betfair Hollywood Park June 28, met with that rival here once again, and tracked John Scott's modest pace off :25.13, :49.98, and 1:14.14. In the sprint from the quarter pole to the wire, RAIL TRIP gamely fought his way to the front in upper stretch and inched away late.

Bred in Kentucky by Donarra Thoroughbreds LLC, RAIL TRIP brought $200,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling in 2006. He is the first registered foal from the winning Carson City mare Sweet Trip, who is herself out of stakes victress Stellar Affair. Although his immediate family is short on graded laurels, Rail Trip descends from the same family as English champion sprinter Flirting Around, who scored his biggest career victory in the 1975 Group 1 King's Stand Stakes.

RAIL TRIP is likely for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 26 against what is shaping up early as a stellar field. Add a comment Add a comment

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Not For Love Filly Takes Second Stakes In July At Colonial Downs

StagedAffair1The Phil Schoenthal-trained STAGED AFFAIR, stormed past six frontrunners outside in the stretch to capture the $50,000 Bert Allen Stakes by an open length at Colonial Downs Friday, July 27th during the $250,000 Commonwealth Turf Festival of Racing.

The Virginia-bred 6-year-old daughter of NOT FOR LOVE mare won back to back stakes at Colonial this summer for the connections of D Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock. She scored a tight nose win in the Punch Line July 4th. Staged Affair is bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III

STAGED AFFAIR is the 72nd stakes winner for NOT FOR LOVE in his illustrious career who leads Maryland sires in 2012 progeny earning with over $2,200,000.

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Lion Hearted Posts Upset Stakes Win At Monmouth

ColonyClub KlassyBriefcaseStks 800LION HEARTED’s daughter Colony Club, the longest price in the field at 26-1, reeled in even-money favorite Inspired to win the $61,600 Klassy Briefcase Stakes for filly and mare turf sprinters on Sunday at Monmouth Park.



A 6-year-old owned and trained by Alexandra White, Colony Club picked up her first victory since the 2011 edition of the Fort Monmouth Stakes. She got it with a change of tactics, running right behind the leader instead of dropping far off the pace.



As expected, Inspired shot right to front, looking to duplicate her pacesetting victory last month in the Fort Monmouth. And for most of the race, Inspired seemed destined to secure a second straight stakes here. In deep stretch, Colony Club surged past by a neck to pull the upset.

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Going Global – SILVER TRAIN Runners Travel the World

Beautiful-Sunday-July-4-2012-e1342202692848The career of SILVER TRAIN’s 4-year-old son SILVER OCEAN is spanning the globe. His most recent score came at Taby, outside of Stockholm, in the featured Swedish Open Mile over the turf on Saturday, July 14. The even-money favorite in the field of eight, the Norwegian wonder raced with the front pack and had enough to turn back the challenge of Tertullus to gain his fourth victory by a neck.

“I was always convinced that I had the best horse in the field,’ said his trainer, Niels Petersen, who has sent out his charge to win stakes in Italy (the Criterium di Pisa at 2 and the Premio Pisa at 3), and to hit the board in races in England, France and Dubai. From 20 starts over three seasons, SILVER OCEAN has approximately $250,000 in international earnings.

On the evening of Friday, July 13, SILVER TRAIN’s 4-year-old daughter BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY got her second consecutive win, with a lot of miles in between. The former California-based runner was sent to Macau between her maiden special score at Santa Anita in April 2011 and her debut in the European colony of China at the Macau Jockey Club. Add a comment Add a comment

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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. Add a comment Add a comment

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