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 http://silvertrainsire.com/.

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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.

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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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