Taking 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.
Seeking his first win since taking the Gr. 2 Super Derby, PRAYER FOR RELIEF poured it on down the Prairie Meadows stretch and pulled away in the featured event of the track’s Iowa Festival of Racing, the $300,000 Cornhusker H.-G3, on Saturday, June 29.
It has been nearly two years since the 5-year-old millionaire had won a stakes, but it was not for a lack of trying. Now trained by Steve Asmussen for Zayat Stables, PRAYER FOR RELIEF had faced graded stakes company in all but two of his 13 starts since his Super Derby score in September 2011.
Eight times he was on the board, and his bankroll grew and grew. It now stands at $1,419,725 from 21 starts, and his record includes six wins, five seconds and four thirds. Among his stakes-placings during the stretch were seconds in the Mervyn LeRoy H.-G2, Lone Star Park H.-G3 and Texas Mile S.-G3 and thirds in the Strub S.-G2, San Fernando S.-G2 and Californian S.-G2.Add a comment Add a comment
The first stakes win of CENTRALINTELIGENCE’s career came against the best of compnay, as the 5-year-old son of SMARTY JONES rolled home to a snag Hollywood Park’s Gr. 1 Triple Bend H. by three and a half lengths over a stellar field of sprinters and milers on Saturday, June 29. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race, the Ron Ellis-trainee earned an automatic berth into the Dirt Mile-G1.Add a comment Add a comment
VERRAZANO, the year-younger half-brother to Northview PA’s newest sire, EL PADRINO, decimated the field in the Gr. 3 Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park on Sunday, June 16, leading at every call and cruising home to win by nine and a quarter lengths. His final time for the mile and a sixteenth $150,000 Pegasus was a solid 1:41.72, earning him a 96 Beyer speed figure.
VERRAZANO’s fifth win in six starts has set him up perfectly for the next race on the agenda, the $1 million Haskell Invitational-G1 on July 28, as well as a run for a championship for owners Let’s Go Stable, Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith and trainer Todd Pletcher.