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.

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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


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


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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