In a game of inches, JUMP START gained one and missed one. Getting his fifth career stakes win was millionaire PRAYER FOR RELIEF (pictured-right), who flew down the Remington Park stretch to nab the $175,000 Governor’s Cup S. The 124-pound highweight in the field of five, the Zayat Stables colorbearer went off as the 3-10 favorite and needed every inch of the one and an eighth miles to get his seventh career victory. Trained by Steve Asmussen and winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H-G3 in his previous start, PRAYER FOR RELIEF pushed his lifetime earnings total to $1,524,725.
The next afternoon, JUMP START’s son SAN PABLO just missed getting his second consecutive Philip H. Iselin S.-G3 in a terrific stretch duel at Monmouth Park. Racing exclusively in stakes the past two years, the Burning Sands Stable LLC runner trained by Todd Pletcher has finished first or second in 15 of his 19 career starts.
ORIENTATE’s daughter LITTLE POLKA DOT keeps going, and going, and going! Now 7, Coteau Grove Farms LLC’s dark bay mare got a stakes win for the third year in a row when taking $100,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff S. at Louisiana Downs on Saturday. Leading from start to finish in the mile and a sixteenth turf test, the Patrick Devereux Jr. trainee increased her earnings to $533,271.
At Arlington Park, E DUBAI’s 3-year-old son FORDUBAI recorded his first stakes victory in the $65,000 Straight Line S. The Jim Tafel homebred kicked in down the stretch to get up and win by a neck as part of the 5-2 favored entry in the field of eight. Earlier this year, FORDUBAI was second in the Gr. 2 Illinois Derby. Trained by Greg Geier, he has now earnings of $259,978 and is a winner of half his eight lifetime starts.
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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.