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

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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

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GREAT NOTION Locks Up Great Saturday

HAVELOCK-A800GREAT NOTION's multiple graded turf sprint-winning son HAVELOCK grabbed his first graded win on the main track, and first beyond seven furlongs, with a well-timed ride from Florent Geroux in the $150,000 Hanshin Cup S.-G3 at Arlington Park on Saturday, May 19.

Silverton Hill LLC's homebred surged past Lonesome Street in deep stretch to win by a neck, completing a mile over the Polytrack in 1:37.10.

It was the fourth stakes win, and third in graded company, for HAVELOCK, who pushed his career earnings to $461,129 from 18 starts. The 5-year-old gelding is trained by Darrin Miller, who also trained stakes winner and graded-placed GREAT NOTION. Add a comment Add a comment

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NOT ABROAD returns with gusto at Delaware Park

NotAbroad800In his first start of 2012, NOT FOR LOVE's son NOT ABROAD hit the front entering the Delaware Park stretch and dug in to take the mile and a sixteenth Joseph French Memorial S. by three-quarters of a length over multiple graded winner Win Willy. Timothy Cunningham's 5-year-old is now a seven-time winner, with 10 seconds and three thirds from 28 starts, and has earned $443,265.

The Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old of 2010, NOT ABROAD has total of 11 stakes wins or placings to his credit. The Mike Petro-trainee won the DTHA Governors Day S. and Swatara S. in 2011 by a combined 10 1/2 lengths and was third in Monmouth's Elkwood S., the Maryland Million Classic at Laurel and the Joseph French Memorial S. He's taken the first giant step to another sensational season!

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SILVER TRAIN’s Zetterholm headed to Preakness

zetterholmWinter Park Partners’ ZETTERHOLM will be in the starting gate for the 137th Preakness S.-G1, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. confirmed on Friday, May 11.

“We’re ready to roll,” Dutrow said of the New York-bred colt. “We don’t know if our horse can be doing any better. We’re very, very happy with him, and we have been for the last few months. He’s been fun to be around and we haven’t had to worry about anything with him.”

ZETTERHOLM got his first stakes win in his stakes debut in Aqueduct’s Patsyprospect S. on April 6, which was also his third victory in a row. The colt’s connections were so impressed by his progress – after a maiden special weight win on Feb. 4 and an allowance score on March 4, both at Aqueduct – that they paid the extra money to make him a late Triple Crown nominee. He will now be on the big stage in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown!

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Silver Train To Shuttle To Brazil

SilverTrainConfSilver Train (Old Trieste–Ridden in Thestars) will shuttle to Siquiera & Mercadante in Parana, Brazil for the 2012 Southern Hemisphere season.

A winner of four graded races including the Breeders Cup Sprint (G1) and Metropolitan Mile (G1), Silver Train moved to Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania in September 2011 after being purchased for HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC by Carl McEntee agent.

“Silver Train has been received very well in the Mid-Atlantic region since his relocation for the 2012 season. In 2011 Silver Train was represented by several stakes horses and was leading second crop sire by number of winners. 2012 began with three year old Zetterholm (NY) winning the Patsyprospect stakes and is aiming for either the Preakness (G1) or Peter Pan (G2). With the ever growing global market, we are delighted that Silver Train will be available to the breeders of Brazil,” commented Carl J. McEntee, Director of Bloodstock for Northview Stallion Station.

“Silver Train will stand in Parana state with the support of Haras Cima, Haras Ponta Pora and Haras Rio Iguassu." said Ricardo Colombo (RBC COIME). "This special horse provides the breeders in Brazil with everything, pedigree, conformation and an exceptional race record” Add a comment Add a comment

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