E Dubai Colt Breaks Track Record at Gulfstream in Gr.3

fort-larned6Janis Whitham’s 4-year-old homebred FORT LARNED continues to grow and mature, and in quick succession, he got his second career stakes victory, and first in graded company, in Gulfstream Park’s $100,000 Skip Away Stakes-G3 on Saturday, March 31. In the process, he shattered the one and three-sixteenths-mile track record, getting the distance in 1:53.92. The previous mark of 1:54.74 was set by Eddington in 2005 (and a few weeks later, Eddington returned to capture the Gr. 1 Pimlico Special at the same distance). VIEW VIDEO

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, FORT LARNED stalked the pace set by Uptowncharleybrown before charging home to win by two and a half lengths. “We let him run free,” said Leparoux. “We went pretty fast but he did it on his own. When I asked him he went. He’s an improving horse.”

In his previous start four weeks ago, FORT LARNED swept to victory in the Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The Ian Wilkes trainee has won five of his 13 career races and finished second once, for earnings of $181,331. A half-brother to multiple Gr. 1-placed Izarra, out of the Broad Brush mare Arlucea, FORT LARNED is a grandson of the great racemare Bayakoa (Arg). Add a comment Add a comment


Eighttofasttocatch—Loving Laurel, Now On To Pimlico

Eighttofasttocatch-finNOT FOR LOVE’s son EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH got his fifth stakes win in his last 10 starts in Laurel’s $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial S., the closing day feature at Laurel Park on Saturday, March 24. 

It was only one year ago that Sylvia and Arnold Heft’s handsome chestnut broke through with his first stakes win in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial. With additional victories in the Maryland Million Classic, Jennings H. and Japan Racing Association S. (all at Laurel), the Tim Keefe trained runner has earned more than $330,000 in his last dozen starts.

Guided by Laurel’s leading rider Sheldon Russell, EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH was always prominent in the mile and an eighth Harrison E. Johnson Memorial and dug in through the stretch to win by a length as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six. The 6-year-old gelding upped his career mark to 10 wins in 32 starts with earnings of $463,190. 

“He tries every time,” said Keefe. “It is great to have a horse like him.”  Add a comment Add a comment


Sugadadeze Is Sweet In Florida

SugadadezeSILVER TRAIN’s 3-year-old daughter Sugadadeze, one of the winningest horses in the nation this year, has found Tampa Bay sunshine to her liking. She got her fourth 2012 win at the Gulf Coast track, the most recent on March 17 in a 5-furlong optional claimer, in which she battled to the wire in a final time of :57.09, about a half second off the track record. Nationally, Sugadadeze joins five other runners atop the leading winners list having four wins from as many starts. 

One of SILVER TRAIN’s leading second-crop runners, Virginia-bred Sugadadeze has been third or better in 13 of her 14 career starts (and was fourth in the Jamestown S. at Colonial during her juvenile campaign). 

What is the formula for such a consistent, hard-knocking filly? Sugadadeze is out of Not For Love’s winning daughter Love Scene, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner SMOLDERIN HEART. SILVER TRAIN’s leading earner, graded stakes winner J J’s LUCKY TRAIN, is also out of a mare from the Mr. Prospector line. It’s a winning combination!

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Impressive Stakes Win For E Dubai Son

Fort-Larned-1FORT LARNED, a grand-looking son of E DUBAI, got his first stakes victory in near track record time in the $60,000 Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, March 3.

Janis R. Whitham’s 4-year-old homebred turned back a determined Wiki in the stretch run of the mile and a sixteenth test and hit the wire a length and a quarter in front, finishing in a sensational 1:42.93, only a tenth of a second off the stakes and track record.

A multiple allowance winner at 3, the Ian Wilkes-trained FORT LARNED has earned $121,331 in a dozen starts. Out of the Broad Brush mare Arlucea, he is a grandson of the great racemare Bayakoa (Arg). Add a comment Add a comment


Isn’t He Clever Shines Again At Sunland!

ISNT-HE-CLEVER Borderland-Derby12th-Running 022512 FINIsn’t He Clever Shines Again At Sunland! SMARTY JONES’s 3-year-old son ISN’T HE CLEVER got his second stakes win with a shining performance in the $150,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland Park on Saturday, Feb. 25. Driving to the wire to win by nearly two lengths, he completed the mile and a sixteenth distance in 1:43, barely a second off the track record.

ISN’T HE CLEVER closed out his 2011 juvenile campaign in with an 11 3/4-length rout in Sunland Park’s $100,000 Riley Allison Futurity on Dec. 30. The Kentucky-bred has now won four of six career starts, for earnings of $215,960, for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison and trainer Henry Dominguez.

The leading U.S. sire by international earnings standing outside of Kentucky in 2011, SMARTY JONES had a sensational season last year as his runners garnered more than $5.5 million worldwide. His 2011 graded stakes horses included Japanese star KEIAI GERBERA, an earner of $793,044 for the year, speedster SUNRISE SMARTY, Gr. 3 winner and Gr. 1-placed GILDED GEM, and 3-year-olds CONCEALED IDENTITY, ROGUE ROMANCE and Irish group runner Smartcity. Add a comment Add a comment


G1 Winner Bullsbay To Northview

BullsbayGrade 1 winner BULLSBAY to Northview for 2011 BULLSBAY, one of leading sire TIZNOW’s best runners and the first son of the two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner and Horse of the Year to enter stud in the Mid-Atlantic region, has been retired to stand at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., in 2011. 

Winner of Saratoga’s 2009 Whitney H.-G1 over millionaires Commentator, Macho Again, Dry Martini and Smooth Air, BULLSBAY consistently faced the best of his generation in the country’s most important events. He captured the venerable Whitney by coming off the pace in the mile and an eighth test and surging past front running two-time Whitney winner Commentator. He earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure off that effort. Bullsbay also earned a 106 Beyer in the G1 Woodward when beaten a length and a half by Rachel Alexandra. 

BULLSBAY won or placed in six stakes in 2009, including additional scores in the mile and a sixteenth Gr. 3 Alysheba S. at Churchill Downs and Laurel Park’s Harrison E. Johnson Memorial H. over a field that included Gr. 1 winner Richard’s Kid and group winner Admiral’s Cruise. BULLSBAY earned $923,245, with seven wins, six seconds and two thirds..

Out of the stakes-placed Lord Carson mare The Hess Express, BULLSBAY is a half-brother to juvenile stakes winners Our Khrysty and Hidden Expression. His multiple stakes-winning third dam, Grecian Comedy, is a half-sister to Gr. 1-winning millionaire Grecian Flight.

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