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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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

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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

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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

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