Doing his best impression of his famous daddy SMARTY JONES, Pennsylvania-bred RES JUDICATA burst away from the field and charged home to win the City of Laurel S. at Laurel Park by more than four lengths on Saturday, November 9 - 10 years to the day of SMARTY JONES’ first win. The score was the first in a stakes this year for the chestnut 3-year-old, one of SMARTY JONES’ eight stakes winners this year.
Carrying the famous blue and white silks of Patricia Chapman’s Someday Farm, RES JUDICATA is a homebred for his owner, as was his sire and first two dams. RES JUDICATA is trained by John Servis, who choreographed the sensational classic campaign of SMARTY JONES, which began a decade ago at Philadelphia Park. SMARTY JONES burst on the scene as a juvenile with a widening seven and three-quarter-length maiden win, and followed a few weeks later with a 15-length tour-de-force in the Pennsylvania Nursery. Those two races launched an eight-race win streak (seven stakes) that would include the Kentucky Derby-G1 and Preakness Stakes-G1.Add a comment Add a comment
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.Add a comment Add a comment
Northview 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.Add a comment Add a comment
No 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.Add a comment Add a comment