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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NOT FOR LOVE and JUMP START popular at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale

fasigtipton-midlantic-fall-yearlingThree of the six-figure yearlings sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale in Timonium on Monday, September 30 were by Northview sires!

Perennial sales powerhouse NOT FOR LOVE was the sire of a $120,000 West Virginia-bred colt and $102,000 Maryland-bred filly, two of the eight sold by the longtime leading Maryland sire for a stellar average of $48,875, nearly twice the sale’s average, with a median price of $33,000.

A baker’s dozen 13 JUMP START yearlings sold, topped by a $100,000 Pennsylvania-bred filly. His average of $25,900 also exceeded that of the sale!

The top-priced colt early in the sale was the homebred offering by West Virginia’s O’Sullivan Farms, Bill Reightler agent, NOT FOR LOVE’s son out of multiple stakes winner Sweet Annuity (by Oh Say), a half-sister to millionaire Russell Road. The bay colt was successful owner Ellen Charles’ sole purchase.

Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss of Chanceland Farm bred and sold the six-figure NOT FOR LOVE filly out of Lucky Dance to Champion Equine. The filly is closely related to NOT FOR LOVE’s multiple stakes winner Broadway Producer, as her dam is a half-sister to that $344,505-earner.

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E DUBAI’s son FORT LARNED is ready to defend his title in Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1

YouTubePhotosFLNext stop Santa Anita! Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner FORT LARNED stamped his ticket to California with a very workmanlike performance in the first running of the $175,000 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday, September 28. Janis R. Whitham’s homebred son of E DUBAI led at every call and comfortably held off all challengers to get his seventh career stakes victory in a snappy 1:48.58 for the mile and an eighth.

“Everything has to go right now,” said trainer Ian Wilkes to Churchill Downs’ officials the morning following the Homecoming Classic. “Everything has to be perfect, timing has to be right, everything has to be spot-on. You can’t make any mistakes now going to the Breeders’ Cup.”

It was the second stakes win of the year for 5-year-old FORT LARNED, adding to his dominating score in Churchill’s Grade 1 Stephen Foster H. The 10-time winner has now earned $4,171,322 from 24 career starts and proved he’s back on track after a muscle strain in August kept him from seeking a repeat victory in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Whitney H. Add a comment Add a comment


JUMP START's son PANTS ON FIRE sizzles at Churchill!

AckAckPANTS ON FIRE's second graded stakes win in row couldn't have been more impressive, as the millionaire son of JUMP START pulled away to win the Grade 3 Ack Ack H. by nearly three lengths in a jaw-dropping 1:33.78 for the one mile over Churchill Downs' famed dirt oval. The time is a new stakes record, and came within .48 seconds of the track record!

Owner/breeders George and Lori Hall and trainer Kelly Breen are now thinking Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 for their star runner, with eyes on a trip to Japan in the future. The 5-year-old, who has made 22 starts over four seasons, earning $1,197,635 with eight wins, three seconds and four thirds, was the 121-pound top weight in the field of eight for the Ack Ack, his fifth career stakes win and fourth graded. The New Jersey-based runner had captured the Monmouth Cup S.-G2 in his previous start, and at 3 won the Louisiana Derby-G2 and Pegasus S.-G3.

PANTS ON FIRE is one of three millionaires from JUMP START's eight crops of racing age. JUMP START has sired 37 stakes winners, nine of them graded, and ranks as the leading active Mid-Atlantic sire by number of stakes winners in 2013 with eight to date.

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