Where as Ogermeister’s path to the auction ring and ownership by Wesley Ward is pretty straight forward, Silver Valley’s journey is quite a bit more circuitous. Helen Andrews of Twin Hopes Farm bred Silver Valley. According to Breeders’ Cup Bios, Helen was born in 1932 and resides in Cincinnati, OH.
By her own description, Twin Hopes is a one-woman operation. Ms. Andrews said she operates the 69-acre Twin Hopes Farm “all by my lonesome, with some good advice from my friends in Kentucky.” I’d say she is getting some pretty good advice. After buying the farm in 1984, thoroughbred breeding for sale and racing was initiated in 1992. The farm employs a broodmare band of 15 to 20 mares that are shuttled back and forth to Kentucky. The farm’s own horses have competed in Ohio as well as nearby states such as Iowa.
Perhaps the best horse bred at the farm was Forest Music by Unbridled’s Song out of Defer West by Gone West. During the bulk of her career she was owned by Michael Gill and trained by Mark Shuman. She was ultimately sold to Stone Street Stables and trained by Steve Asmussen for her last few starts. Add a comment Add a comment
The 2-year-old filly SILVER VALLEY made quite an impression on trainer Ron Moquett when winning her debut at Lone Star Park on May 25 by nearly five lengths, so much so that Moquett purchased her for Bowman Racing immediately after that race. Travelling the county, the bay daughter of SILVER TRAIN, making her fourth start at her fourth different track, proved her talent once again when taking the six-furlong $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies S. by four lengths on Aug. 3 for her first stakes win.
The co-favorite in the field of nine on Mountaineer's signature day, SILVER VALLEY prompted the pace before drawing off through the stretch. It was a virtual replay of her maiden score, and pushed her career earnings to $82,609. Sandwiched in between were stakes runs at Churchill Downs and Saratoga.Add a comment Add a comment
EL PADRINO's little brother VERRAZANO is making great strides towards the title of top 3-year-old of 2013 with a stupendous display in Monmouth Park's mid-summer classic, the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational-G1 on Sunday, July 28.
Sweeping to victory by the largest winning margin in Haskell history, VERRAZANO's nine and three-quarters-length score put an exclamation point his talent. After making his career debut on New Year's Day, he is now a winner of six of seven starts and is racing's newest millionaire, with total earnings of $1,551,300.
For the third consecutive year, millionaire PANTS ON FIRE has won a stakes at the Jersey shore. This year was the biggest yet, as the son of JUMP START charged home to win the $200,000 Monmouth Cup-G2 by nearly two lengths over Hymn Book on the Haskell Day undercard on Sunday, July 28.
George and Lori Hall’s homebred bided his time before being sent to the lead by Paco Lopez as the field entered the far turn in the mile and a sixteenth main track test. The Kelly Breen trainee opened up by daylight and held off all challengers down the stretch to record his fourth career stakes win and increase his earnings to $1,131,060 from 21 starts. “It’s always great to win at Monmouth Park,” said Breen.
A winner of Monmouth’s Gr. 3 Pegasus S. at 3 and the Skip Away S. at 4, PANTS ON FIRE also captured Fair Ground’s Gr. 2 Louisiana Derby during his 3-year-old season, and counts among his seven wins scores at Delaware Park and Gulfstream.
JUMP START has ranked among the leading Mid-Atlantic sires every year since moving to the region for the 2010 breeding season. He has had progeny in excess of $3 million for five consecutive years, and is well on his way to surpass that mark again, as his runners have earned more than $2.1 million to date. JUMP START has five stakes winners this year, including graded stakes-winning millionaire PRAYER FOR RELIEF and top handicap horse SAN PABLO—both from same sensational crop as PANTS ON FIRE.Add a comment Add a comment