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!

Add a comment Add a comment

Smarty Jones 3-year-old rocks in Canada!

DevilinDisguise RiverRock800DEVIL IN DISGUISE showed is disdain for his competition with a rousing 4 1⁄2-length victory in the River Rock Casino S. at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, June 2. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of six, the 3-year-old chestnut colt had to wait for room heading into the far turn of the mile and a sixteenth stakes, then quickly took charge over the sloppy track.

Campaigned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc., DEVIL IN DISGUISE has been first or second in four of his six starts. He is the third stakes winner from SMARTY JONES’s current crop of 3-year-olds this year, and the Derby/Preakness winner’s 13th stakes winner overall from his first four crops to race!

SMARTY JONES currently ranks third in the Mid-Atlantic region by International earnings for the year, his runners banking more than $1.74 million. In the past week, he’s had a graded stakes-placed runner at Hollywood Park on the all-weather track (Centralinteligence in the six-furlong Gr. 3 Los Angeles H.), a stakes-placed runner at Canterbury Park on the main track going five furlongs (Richmond in the Honor the Hero Turf Express S.) and an allowance winner (Old Time Hockey) at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Hollywood Park.

Add a comment Add a comment

Jump Start’s Pants On Fire Skips Away at the Shore

PantsOnFire SkipAwayStks 800Getting his first stakes win of the year, and moving ever closer to the $1 million earnings mark, PANTS ON FIRE captured Monmouth Park’s $75,000 Skip Away S. on Saturday, May 26 by a length over Norman Asbjornson. The George and Lori Hall colorbearer saved ground in midpack of the six-horse field before assuming command at the head of the stretch. Sent off as the 2-5 favorite, he completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.56.

“He broke well from the gate, but when the dirt started hitting him in the face, he didn’t really like it,” said winning jockey Paco Lopez. “Around the five-eighths pole I made a little move and then ran into traffic around the three-eighths. I was able to find a little hole and he ran right through. He was the best horse in the race. I knew the second horse was coming, but he was never going to get by us.” 

Winning trainer Kelly Breen noted: “We’ll look at the Monmouth Cup (Gr. 2 on July 7 at one mile). It’s our home track and the Halls support Monmouth Park, so that’s likely our next start.”  Add a comment Add a comment


Northview Sires Way Above Average at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old sale!

461 fairbanks foxyfriend 003ATwo juveniles from the first crop of FAIRBANKS sold for an average of $95,000—far surpassing the sale's $53,901 average—at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's 2-year-olds in training sale, held May 21 and May 22 in Timonium.

Agent Buzz Chace spent $130,000 for a FAIRBANKS colt out of Foxy Friend (by Crafty Friend). A $50,000 Keeneland September yearling, the April colt was consigned with De Meric Sales. The Pennsylvania-bred is a half-brother to multiple graded stakes-placed Tap for Luck, from the family Grade 1 winner Five Star Flight.

Charles Zacney went $60,000 for a Pennsylvania-bred FAIRBANKS filly, who won’t actually turn 2 until next week (May 29). Out of the Forty Niner mare Option Contract, the dark bay sold by Eisaman Equine is a half-sister to stakes winner and $523,851-earner Shake the Dice. Her second dam is stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Infinite, and she decends from female line of the great broodmare Grey Flight.

The only 2-year-old by Dance With Ravens in the sale sold for $90,000 to Buzz Chace. Cary Frommer, agent, sent out the Maryland-bred colt, the second foal for the Not For Love mare Mass Romantic, and a grandson of graded winner G. O’Keefe. Add a comment Add a comment


More Articles...

  1. GREAT NOTION Locks Up Great Saturday
  2. NOT ABROAD returns with gusto at Delaware Park
  3. SILVER TRAIN’s Zetterholm headed to Preakness
  4. Silver Train To Shuttle To Brazil
  5. GREAT NOTION filly JAZZY IDEA swings on Belmont turf
  6. The SILVER TRAINs keep rolling along!
  7. Two new stakes winners in 10 days for DANCE WITH RAVENS!
  8. Flashy Filly For Smarty Jones
  9. Silver Train Express Rolls On In Japan
  10. Super Saturday around the country!
  11. Rogue Romance is on his way back!
  12. Three in a row for ZETTERHOLM!
  13. E Dubai Colt Breaks Track Record at Gulfstream in Gr.3
  14. Eighttofasttocatch—Loving Laurel, Now On To Pimlico
  15. Sugadadeze Is Sweet In Florida
  16. Impressive Stakes Win For E Dubai Son
  17. Isn’t He Clever Shines Again At Sunland!
  18. G1 Winner Bullsbay To Northview