Silver Valley-Silver Train’s First Two-Year-Old Stakes Winner in 2013

SILVER-VALLEY-The-Mountaineer-Juvenile-Fillies-Stakes-9th-Running-08-03-13-MNR-Inside-FinishWhere 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


SILVER TRAIN juvenile filly by daylight in Mountaineer stakes!

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.

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VERRAZANO rises to the occasion with dominant Haskell score!

HaskellEL 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.


Gr. 2 Monmouth Cup goes to JUMP START’s PANTS ON FIRE

PantsFor 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.

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SMARTY JONES’s NIKKIS SMARTYPANTS shows off in graded company at Woodbine!

NikkiSMARTY JONES’s newest stakes winner is Canadian filly NIKKIS SMARTYPANTS, who drew off to a length and a half score in Woodbine’s $150,000 Gr. 3 Royal North S. on Sunday, July 28. Benjamin Hutzel’s 4-year-old filly recorded her fourth win from six starts with her first stakes score, and completed the six furlongs on the turf in a snappy 1:09.49. Those in the beaten field included 2012 Canadian champion older female and female sprinter Roxy Gap.

NIKKIS SMARTYPANTS, now an earner of $247,207, is the 22nd stakes winner for SMARTY JONES in his first five crops, half of whom are graded winners! SMARTY JONES has the highest percentage of stakes winners from starters among the leading sires in the Northeast this year. And the pride of Pennsylvania has become an international sensation. His seven stakes winners to date in 2013 include California Gr. 1 winner CENTRALINTELIGENCE and Singapore Gr. 1 winner BETTER LIFE (AUS). He is the sire of Japanese millionaires Keiai Gerbera (JPN) and Noble Jewelry and Panamanian Gr. 1 winner SMART D N A.

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ORIENTATE Stakes Exacta

EvangelineDownsTaking her turn at stakes company, ORIENTATE’s 6-year-old daughter MISS ADDISON made the most of the opportunity, strolling away to a length and a half victory in the one-mile Matron S. at Evangeline Downs on the evening of Saturday, July 20. For her first stakes score, MISS ADDISON had to reel in determined frontrunner Little Polka Dot, another daughter of ORIENTATE who held on for second in the field of seven.

MISS ADDISON, a dark bay mare owned by Brittlyn Stable Inc., got her fifth career win, all on the turf, from 20 starts, and upped her earnings to $121,655.

The Louisiana stakes-running duo are among 11 stakes horses for ORIENTATE this year, 74 for his career. The Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse champion has sired stakes winners sprinting and going farther than a mile, on the main track, synthetic and turf. His six stakes winners of 2013 to date also include graded winner GREAT HOT (Brz), Irish winner WELL ACQUAINTED (Ire) and Arlington Park winner GRANDMA’S RULES. The sire of 39 stakes winners from eight crops to race and total progeny earnings of more than $36 million,

ORIENTATE is currently the leading sire in Maryland by progeny earnings and ranks among the leading Northeast sires by number of stakes winners.

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