SYNAPSE shines as first stakes winner for FAIRBANKS

SYNAPSE, one of seven juvenile winners in FAIRBANKS’ second crop, came out with her first victory in the $150,000 My Trusty Cat S. at Delta Downs on Friday, Oct. 25. The dark bay filly bred and owned by Dr. Glen Warren and trained by Andrew Leggio Jr. pushed her career earnings to $100,200 in her third career start. She is the first stakes performer from six named foals for her dam Sarah Lane’s Oates (by Sunshine Forever), a 15-time stakes winner of $888,296.

The FAIRBANKS 2-year-olds of 2013 have been an enterprising bunch - half of his starters are winners, and two others, Interchange and Respectful Wishes, are stakes-placed. FAIRBANKS currently ranks third on the 2-year-old sires rankings in the Mid-Atlantic region by progeny earnings.

Since his first runners came to the races a year ago, FAIRBANKS has nearly 60 percent runners from foals, and average earnings per starter of nearly $24,000! One of the most promising stallion prospects to ever enter stud in the region, the graded stakes-winning son of Giant’s Causeway retired after a career on the track that only got better as he got older, winning at distances up to a mile and a quarter and placing in Grade 1 company on his way to earning $879,768.

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Northview sires make Maryland Million Day special!

MMTrophyNorthview sired runners made an impression on this year’s 28th Maryland Million Day card at Laurel Park on Saturday Oct. 19.

The day offered nine stakes worth nearly $1 million in purses, and although less than half the runners were conceived at Northview Stallion Station, more than half were winners and stakes-placed runners!

GREAT NOTION was the only stallion to have more than one winner this year, as his juvenile son IT’S A BANG took the $100,000 Nursery and juvenile daughter JONESIN FOR JERRY captured the $100,000 Lassie in the first two races on the card! GREAT NOTION had six runners - five finished fourth or better.

NOT FOR LOVE’s son EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH got his second win in the $150,000 Classic as the overwhelming favorite. He won the biggest race of the day in 2011 as well. NOT FOR LOVE padded his lead as Maryland Million's most successful sire, with 28 wins overall.

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NOT FOR LOVE - Maryland Million’s Classic King!

2013ClassicNo stallion has dominated the Maryland Million Classic like NOT FOR LOVE! Five times in the past 10 years a son of Maryland’s all-time leading sire has taken home the day’s biggest prize, with EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH notching his second Classic score in this year’s renewal.

Sent off at 3-10, the chestnut gelding with Forest Boyce up shot away from the gate, controlled the pace and galloped home to win the $150,000 stakes by more than three lengths. Trained by Tim Keefe for owners Arnold and Sylvia Heft, EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH has an enviable record at his home track - in 29 starts at Laurel, he has 10 wins, four seconds and four thirds, and seven of his wins have come in stakes!

Bred by Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable, the 7-year-old has earned $794,585 in 44 lifetime starts. His first Maryland Million success came in the 2011 Classic, which he won by nearly two lengths.

EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH joins NOT FOR LOVE Classic winners NOT ABROAD (2012), CUBA (2008) and PRESIDENTIALAFFAIR (2004). NOT FOR LOVE extended his lead as Maryland Million’s all-time leader - he has 28 Maryland Million wins, all coming since 2002.

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Maryland Million a great day for GREAT NOTION!

JonsenGREAT NOTION kicked off the 28th annual Maryland Million in rousing fashion, as the first two winners of the day were from his current crop of 2-year-olds!

Making only his second start, IT’S A BANG battled even-money favorite Joint Custody through fast fractions in the first race, the $100,000 Nursery, and drew off to win by one and a half lengths. Walter Vieser II’s dark bay gelding trained by Donald Barr broke his maiden just nine days earlier by a dazzling nine and a half lengths.

“He broke very sharp out of the gate and my job was to get him to relax and be as comfortable as possible,” said Richard Monterrey, who has been aboard for both wins. “At the top of the stretch it was time to go. My horse drew away and I had plenty left at the finish.”

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Strong BULLSBAY family keeps getting stronger!

VegasNoShowBULLSBAY, one of the most accomplished sons of leading sire and rising sire of sires TIZNOW, is from a female line that gets stronger by the day!

BULLSBAY's half-brother VEGAS NO SHOW, the seventh foal out of THE HESS EXPRESS, is the fourth stakes winner for the stakes-placed LORD CARSON mare, and on Oct. 9 at Belmont Park he recorded his second stakes win in a row by taking the midweek $100,000 Coastal S. Three weeks earlier he was a gritty winner of Delaware Park's Ricci Tavi S.

A 3-year-old son of Hard Spun, VEGAS NO SHOW overcame an adventurous trip at Belmont to record his fourth career win and third in a stakes (he won the Dover at 2). He now has earnings of $232,040.

BULLSBAY's other siblings include OUR KHRYSTY and HIDDEN EXPRESSION, also stakes winners at 2. BULLSBAY was an earner $923,245 and won the Gr. 1 Whitney and Gr. 3 Alysheba S, among others. Combined, the eight offspring of THE HESS EXPRESS, all starters, have tallied $1,596,062.

BULLSBAY's first crop of foals reach the races in 2014.

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No place like home! GREAT NOTION’s son HAVELOCK flies to G3 win at Keeneland

WoodfordTurf sprinter HAVELOCK returned to Keeneland, one of his favorite stomping grounds, and flew from last to first to take the Woodford S.-G3 for the second time in three years. At one point more than 10 lengths back in the five and a half-furlong turf test, he charged home to win by two lengths. It was the son of GREAT NOTION’s fifth graded stakes win, and third at the Lexington track.

HAVELOCK is one of 11 stakes horses from six crops to race for GREAT NOTION, and his richest runner to date with $619,514 in total earnings. A stakes-winning, Grade 1-placed sprinter, GREAT NOTION has a proven track record as a sire of classy sprinters, counting among them his daughter JAZZY IDEA, who twice set Laurel Park’s course record for six furlongs on the turf. And nearly half of GREAT NOTION’s stakes horses got rolling at 2, including his current juvenile daughter Jonesin for Jerry, second-place finisher of Delaware Park’s Small Wonder S. in mid-September.

GREAT NOTION has nearly 78 percent winners from starters, and his runners have average earnings of more than $65,000 - nearly 19 times his stud fee! Something to write home about!

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