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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GREAT NOTION filly JAZZY IDEA swings on Belmont turf

Jazzy Idea2GREAT NOTION’s 3-year-old daughter JAZZY IDEA shipped to New York for the $85,000 Thirty Flags S. on May 2 and showed her heels to seven other fillies, drawing off to win by four lengths.

Bred, owned and trained by Edwin Merryman, the dark bay filly was overlooked at 6-1 odds, but had never been worse than fourth in her previous eight starts. Rider Jose Lezcano held her back early in the six-furlong Thirty Flags, unleashed her as they entered the stretch, and it was just a matter of how much she’d win by as she cruised home over the yielding turf.

Last year at 2, JAZZY IDEA won twice and finished second twice, and placed fourth in her two starts in stakes company. In her race prior to her New York trip, JAZZY IDEA defeated older runners in allowance company at five furlongs on the Pimlico turf on April 20. She has now earned $135,030. Add a comment Add a comment

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The SILVER TRAINs keep rolling along!

Take-The-Train-finSILVER TRAIN, the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading third-crop sire and ranked third in the nation (among third-crop sires) by number of winners, had four consecutive starters score victories within a 24-hour period.

Juvenile filly Take the Train, in her second start, wired the field at 52-1 odds at Pimlico on April 29. The RNR Stable runner trained by Lori Testerman was quick from the gate in the four and a half-furlong race on the main track, scooted away and was never seriously challenged to win by nearly two lengths.

Big Lick Farm’s 3-year-old filly Ubu displayed her talent for the turf at Tampa Bay Downs less than an hour later. The Reid Nagle trainee rolled home four and a half lengths on top in the mile and a sixteenth maiden special weight.

Sylvia E. Heft’s Northern Train got the job done going six furlongs on the dirt at Pimlico on April 28. The 3-year-old filly trained by Tim Keefe went off as favorite and ran that way, taking command a furlong out and holding off all challengers. And getting her second career win on the evening of April 28 was Needsomeluckstables LLC’s Golden Express. Add a comment Add a comment

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