Two new stakes winners in 10 days for DANCE WITH RAVENS!

PhilDancer PhilmontStks 001-2Silver Lake Stable’s PHIL DANCER accelerated in the stretch take charge in Parx Racing’s $75,000 Philmont S. on Tuesday, April 24 and record his first stakes victory. The Pennsylvania-bred son of DANCE WITH RAVENS got his third win from five starts in the seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds, and boosted his career earnings to $113,017.

Bred by Russell B. Harris, Craig R. Harris and Jeffrey A. Harris, PHIL DANCER displayed the same fancy footwork his full sister, ANN’S SMART DANCER, showed off in 2011 when winning three stakes. The dazzling duo are the first two foals out of the Ide mare Bennington.

DANCE WITH RAVENS is on target for his best season yet. Currently Maryland’s leading sire of 2012, with nearly $1 million in progeny earnings (from his first three crops to race), DANCE WITH RAVENS is also the sire of 2012 stakes winner DARN THAT RAVEN, winner of the Foxy J. G. S. at Parx on April 14.

And more fancy footwork: DANCE WITH RAVENS’s high-percentage-winning daughter Universal Language has four victories from six starts this year, plus two seconds, to boost her record to 36-12-6-4 lifetime, with earnings of $246,100.

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Flashy Filly For Smarty Jones

Flash-Mash Giants-Causeway---Listed 04-21-12 KEE Under-RailSMARTY JONES's 4-year-old daughter FLASH MASH has taken to the turf in splendid fashion, gaining her third win in five starts on the surface as she got up late to score by a half length in Keeneland's $100,000 Giant’s Causeway S. at five and a half furlongs on April 21.  

Owned by Prime Equestrian S.A.R.L. and trained by Michael Stidham, the chestnut filly recorded her first stakes victory in her fifth win in nine lifetime starts. Her only other start of the year saw her finish third in Fair Grounds's Pan Zareta S. in January, also at five and a half furlongs on the turf.  

With the victory, Flash Mash increased her earnings to $196,316. Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, she is the fifth stakes winner out of the Miswaki mare Magical Flash.

SMARTY JONES has now sired 11 stakes winners in his first four crops to race, and is also represented this year by Triple Crown nominee ISN'T HE CLEVER. The Kentucky Derby/Preakness winning champ has progeny earnings in excess of $1.2 million to date in 2012, and is well on his way to another splendid season!

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Silver Train Express Rolls On In Japan

A-ShinSILVER TRAIN’s American-bred, Japanese-based son A SHIN BASARA pushed his earnings total to more than $325,000 with his win at Hanshin Racecourse on Saturday, April 14.

The 4-year-old colt, a $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old sales purchase, is now SILVER TRAIN’s second all-time leading money-earner, and ranks as his sire’s leading earner of 2012 (with $234,918 to date).

In his last three races, A SHIN BASARA has recorded a win and two seconds in extremely competitive allowance company, facing fields with as many as 16 runners. In his latest effort, at 1,400 meters (seven furlongs), he came home in front by one and a quarter lengths.

Bred in Kentucky by Cloyce Clark Jr., A SHIN BASARA is out of the Dehere mare Annacious.

SILVER TRAIN currently ranks ninth on the nation’s leading third-crop sires, with earnings of more than $800,000.

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Super Saturday around the country!

outtatune4-14jeffcoadyTwo stakes winners for JUMP START, one each for DANCE WITH RAVENS and LION HEARTED on April 14

JUMP START’s son OUTTA TUNE, a former claimer who has had a longtime home in leading owner Maggi Moss’s stable, turned in a stellar effort to win Oaklawn Park’s Gr. 3 $250,000 Count Fleet H. on Saturday, April 14.

In his first open stakes attempt in 44 career starts, 7-year-old OUTTA TUNE pushed odds-on favorite Izzy Rules through the opening half mile before driving home in 1:09.35 for six furlongs. Undefeated in four starts this year, the dark bay got his 17th lifetime win to push his career earnings total to $386,663, more than $200,000 amassed this year.

About a hour earlier, JUMP START’s veteran stakes campaigner GOLDDIGGER’S BOY got the spoils in the $75,000 Lyman H. at Parx Racing. The 5-year-old owned by William J. Hartwell, making his seventh stakes appearance in his last eight starts, was a formidable presence in the seven-furlong test which he also won in 2011. Add a comment Add a comment

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Rogue Romance is on his way back!

rogue-romanceROGUE ROMANCE, the most accomplished juvenile runner for SMARTY JONES when he captured the Gr. 3 Bourbon S. and was third in the Gr. 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile S. in 2010, returned after more than a year off to dazzle in a one-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 31.

The chestnut 4-year-old, who was last seen when third in the Risen Star S.-G2 at Fair Grounds in February 2011, stalked the pace, gained the lead at the eighth pole, and drew off to win by three lengths over a field that included graded winners Gourmet Dinner and Watch Me Go.

A promising Triple Crown contender a year ago, the Catesby W. Clay-owned, Ken McPeek-trained colt broke a wing bone in his foot while galloping in preparations for the Louisiana Derby. The fracture took six months to heal, said McPeek, who added ROGUE ROMANCE will now be pointed to Keeneland’s Gr. 3 Ben Ali H. (at a mile and an eighth) on April 22. Add a comment Add a comment

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Three in a row for ZETTERHOLM!

zetterholmTriple Crown nominee ZETTERHOLM got his first stakes win in his stakes debut in Aqueduct’s Patsyprospect S. on Friday, April 6. The son of SILVER TRAIN loped along at the back of the five-horse field before unleashing a run that took him to the wire two and a quarter lengths to the better of Sportswriter.

In capturing the one-mile Patsyprospect S., ZETTERHOLM got his third win in a row, and boosted his career earnings to $123,505 from just five starts. Owned by Winter Park Partners and trained by Richard E. Dutrow Jr., ZETTERHOLM became a late Triple Crown nominee after a maiden special weight win on Feb. 4 and an allowance score on March 4, both at Aqueduct.

ZETTERHOLM is one of nine stakes winners in SILVER TRAIN’s first two crops, and has helped push his sire to sixth on the nation’s leading third-crop sires list, over the likes of War Front, Rockport Harbor, Congrats, Bellamy Road and Artie Schiller – all who stand for far more than SILVER TRAIN’s $7,000 fee! SILVER TRAIN has been an incredible source of runners and winners. In his first two crops (the oldest now 4), 3 out of every 4 of his foals have started to date, and more than two-thirds of his starters have won. . . Talk about locomotion!

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