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


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


Another Graded Score for E DUBAI’s Son FORT LARNED

Fort Larned - Inside Finish - 063012FORT LARNED posted a frontrunning victory in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H.-G3, the richest stakes during the Iowa Festival of Racing, on the evening June 30. The win was his second in graded company this year and adds strongly to his case as one of the nation’s top handicap horses.

Quickly away from the gate in the mile and an eighth Cornhusker, FORT LARNED set modest fractions before dashing for home and easily holding off highly-rated Successful Dan to win by three lengths, flying the final eighth in under 12 seconds. The last time the top two faced each other was in the Alysheba S.-G2 at Churchill Downs, where the order was reversed with FORT LARNED a length back in second.

Janis R. Whitham’s 4-year-old homebred, trained by Ian Wilkes, has won three stakes from six starts in 2012, including a track record-setting score in Gulfstream Park’s $100,000 Skip Away Stakes-G3 in March. FORT LARNED has earned $348,455 this season, to push his career bankroll to $431,236 from 16 starts. The handsome bay is out of the Broad Brush mare Arlucea, and is a grandson of the great racemare Bayakoa (Arg). Add a comment Add a comment


Yearling Show Success for Great Notion Colt

YS2012 Class1 59GreatNotion800One of the stars of the 78th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 24 was a colt by GREAT NOTION, who took the first class of the day, and was named Reserve Champion of the show.

Carol Kaye’s homebred bay immediately caught the eye of this year’s judge, trainer Al Stall Jr., who noted “A nice sized, balanced colt with a powerful hind end.” The late April foal is a half-brother to 2012 multiple stakes winner Action Andy.

Finishing second in the same class was a son of NOT FOR LOVE out of Polish Numbers’ stakes-winning daughter Richetta, bred and owned by Bowman and Higgins Stable.

Yearlings by Northview sires accounted for six ribbons at this year’s show, including Kaye’s Lion Hearted filly (third in Class III), Tom and Chris Bowman and Dickie Small’s filly by Fairbanks (fourth in Class IV), Spring Meadow Farm’s colt by former Northview sire Lido Palace (Chi) (fourth in Class II) and Jim Steele Jr.’s filly by Jump Start (fifth in Class IV). Add a comment Add a comment


E DUBAI’s My Gi Gi stars in Hollywood!

My Gi Gi ti1 72In a thrilling finish, E DUBAI’s daughter MY GI GI won Hollywood Park’s $150,000 Honeymoon H.-G2 on Saturday, June 9 in a photo finish over 1-2 favorite Lady of Shamrock. It was the first stakes win for the 3-year-old filly owned by Dennis Conner, Lloyd DeBruycker and Wade Jacobsen.

Given a great ride by Rafael Bejarano, MY GI GI got the jump on the favorite around the far turn and outdueled her to the wire while completing the mile and an eighth over the firm turf in 1:49.22. Noted Bejarano, “I think she is going to improve off this race.”

MY GI GI was second by a nose in the Senorita S.-G3 in May in her only other start of the year. Stakes-placed in her second career start at 2, she finished fourth in the 2011 Oak Leaf S.-G1. Her record now stands at two wins and two seconds from seven starts, for earnings of $157,540.

“I thought she was going into this race a little on the aggressive side,” said trainer Peter Eurton. “But she was real relaxed and I hope she keeps improving with age. She can fill out and has every opportunity to be better than that.” MY GI GI is out of the stakes-winning and Group 1 Epsom Oaks-placed Sadler’s Wells mare Relish the Thought (Ire).

E DUBAI ranks as the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading sire of 2012 with progeny earnings fast approaching $2 million. Both his stakes winners this year are graded winners, as he is also the sire of Skip Away S.-G3 winner FORT LARNED!

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