Distance-loving CARY STREET took his show on the road to California, and the Kentucky-based son of SMARTY JONES kicked off the stakes action on Breeders' Cup weekend at Santa Anita with a stunning performance in the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon S.-G2.
The 5-year-old gelding, owned by Brendan Walsh and Marc Detampel and trained by Walsh, was extremely patient in the one and three-quarter-mile Marathon under Miguel Mena, at one point nearly 20 lengths behind a solid pace. But soon the charge was on! Gobbling up ground he swung wide in the stretch and strolled home easily to win by more than nine lengths.
"This horse runs all day, so I wasn’t worried about it when they went out there so quick. . . I started looking for the leader at the five-eighths pole and he started to kick on for me," said Mena. "He finished great, he was rolling. . .”Add a comment Add a comment
Northview sired runners once again dominated the Maryland Million Day card, as two-thirds of the runners hitting the board were conceived at Northview Stallion Station. And leading the way was Maryland Million's all-time leading sire Not For Love.
For the third time in the past five years, Not For Love had a record-tying four winners on the day, all in six-figure races. The $150,000 Classic was won for a record third time by Not For Love's son Eighttofasttocatch, who dominated the mile and an eighth feature to win by more than four lengths. The victory pushed Eighttofasttocatch's earnings to just shy of $1 million for owner Sylvia E. Heft and trainer Tim Keefe. The chestnut gelding bred by Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable is now being aimed for the Jennings Handicap, a race he won the past three years. Not For Love is the sire of the winners of a record six Classics: in addition to Eighttofasttocatch winning in 2011 and 2013, Not Abroad won in 2012, Cuba in 2008 and Presidentialaffair in 2004.
Other winning Not For Love offspring in 2014 were Nursery hero Golden Years, bred in West Virginia by O'Sullivan Farms and now undefeated in both his starts for owner Hillwood Stable; TomRus LLC's D C Dancer, bred in Maryland by Katharine M. Voss and Robert T. Manfuso and the fifth Not For Love son to capture the Sprint; and Classy Coco, bred in Pennsylvania by Jonathan Thorne and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Abbott and a previous Lassie winner who this year scored in the Distaff, which Not For Love fillies have now won five times.
His first stakes winner is MISS BULLISTIC, who captured Laurel Park's time-honored $100,000 Selima S on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a powerful performance. Kathleen Willier's 2-year-old filly, bred in Maryland by Graham Motion, has shown an affinity for the turf. Trainer Hamilton Smith sent her out first time on the grass on Sept. 6 to break her maiden by more than two lengths. Stepping up to face a dozen rivals in the five and a half-furlong Selima S., she powered home in the stretch to win by a length and a half. “The main thing that happened to her is that we moved to grass," said Smith. "She has more speed on grass. She’s bred for grass. Her mother (Miss Lombardi) won the Maryland Million on grass. I hope she’s the same. She’s done a fine job sprinting so far but I want to test her long. Her daddy was a long runner. I have no definite plans but something in the Maryland Million (Oct. 18 at Laurel). I suspect a bright future. She can’t do anything but go up from here.” Sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale for $30,000, MISS BULLISTIC has now earned $90,120 in four starts.
BULLSBAY is also the sire of Bullheaded Boy, a winner and twice stakes-placed in three starts! Gary Barber's colt trained by Todd Pletcher won his debut at Saratoga in July, finished third in the Funny Cide S. at the upstate New York track in August, and was second in the Bertram F. Bongard S. at Belmont Park on Sept. 21. The dark bay, a $115,000 Ocala 2-year-old sales horse bred in New York by Zeke Kobak and Danny Bramer, has earned $93,800.
The sire of 23 foals in his first crop, BULLSBAY remains solidly atop the leading freshman sires list in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Grade 1-winning son of Tiznow is from a family of precocious runners, and his first runners are proving just as precocious!Add a comment Add a comment
The beautiful 3-year-old filly MISS BEHAVIOUR led at every call in the richest race of the night, the $500,000 Gr. 3 Charles Town Oaks, and won laughing over nine rivals by nine and three-quarters lengths going seven furlongs. It was the second graded stakes win, and fourth stakes win overall, for the filly bred in Pennsylvania by her owners Cal MacWilliam and Neil Teitelbaum. And the lucrative win pushed her earnings to $548,000 for the year, and $790,000 for her career. Trained by Phil Schoenthal, MISS BEHAVIOUR has a record of five wins, four seconds and a third from 11 lifetime starts.
About an hour earlier, JUMP START’s millionaire son PANTS ON FIRE drew off to take the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful S. by more than two lengths, and earned a sensational 106 Beyer Speed Figure! Bred by owner George and Lori Hall’s K & G Stables, 6-year-old PANTS ON FIRE has won at least one stakes each of the past four years and now has earnings of $1,327,635. The Kelly Breen trainee was a multiple graded winner at 3, in the Gr. 2 Louisiana Derby and Gr. 3 Pegasus Stakes; and again at 5 - the Gr. 2 Monmouth Cup S. and Gr. 3 Ack Ack H. In four starts this year, all stakes, he has never been worse than third.
Earlier on Saturday, JUMP START’s ultra-consistent 5-year-old daughter WILLET hit the board for the 17th time in 19 career starts when she finished third in the $300,000 Gr. 2 Gallant Bloom H. at Belmont at six and a half furlongs, and his 3-year-old son BUMP START finished third in the rapidly-run $300,000 Gr. 3 Gallant Bob S. at Parx Racing going six furlongs.
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MISS BEHAVIOUR is JUMP START’s richest runner this year and fourth richest overall. PANTS ON FIRE is one of three millionaires for his sire, behind PRAYER FOR RELIEF ($1,907,938) and RAIL TRIP ($1,516,520). JUMP START is the sire of 42 stakes winners, 11 (26 percent) graded winners. His eight stakes winners this year include Gr. 1 winning miler LIVINGSTONE, and among his stakes competitors are Gr. 1 performers PRAYER FOR RELIEF (3rd Woodward S.-G1) and WILLET (3rd Ballerina S.-G1).
For graded action, look no further than JUMP START!