Another graded win for JUMP START’s PRAYER FOR RELIEF

PrayerForSeeking 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.

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CentralThe 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.

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EL PADRINO’s half-brother VERRAZANO aiming for the top!

YouTube VeraVERRAZANO, 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.

E DUBAI’s FORT LARNED in a Grade 1 gallop!

YouTubePhotos StephenBack to the form that garnered multiple Grade 1 wins in 2012, FORT LARNED shot to the front, ran the others off their feet and strolled home the easiest of winners in Churchill Downs’ Stephen Foster H.-G1 on the evening of Saturday, June 16. And he did it in near track record time!

Getting his first win since his incredible score in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 at Santa Anita, Janis R. Whitham’s homebred was dismissed in the field of six sent out for the $500,000 Stephen Foster, going off as the 3.30-1 fourth choice. But when the gates sprung, he proved all doubters wrong as he immediately opened up by daylight, posted fractions of :23.69, :46.96, 1:10.48 and 1:34.53 while never being threatened, and cruised in six and a quarter lengths on top in a final time of 1:47.45, just .17 seconds off the track record for the mile and an eighth set by classic-winning champion Victory Gallop in 1999. Last year’s Travers S.-G1 deadheat winner Golden Ticket was second, with 2012 Stephen Foster winner Ron the Greek another four lengths back in third.

“He ran unbelievable,” said trainer Ian Wilkes. “It was gratifying to get the horse back and to prove that he’s as good as I thought he was and show he wasn’t a one-year wonder.”

Regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr. gave a recount of his trip: “We were going down the backside and were cooking right along and the poles were going by pretty fast, but he was always doing it well within himself so I wasn’t really worried about it. When we turned for home, I pulled the stick through and he switched leads like the Fort Larned of old.” Add a comment Add a comment


Jump Start's son San Pablo wins big at Belmont.

YouTube SanPFacing a stellar field on the Friday afternoon card at Belmont Park, SAN PABLO shook off the rust and shot to a commanding victory in the Criminal Type S. on June 14, brushing aside Gr. 1 victor Hymn Book and multimillionaire Mucho Macho Man to win by three and a half lengths. His final time was 1:41.14 for the mile and a sixteenth on the main track rated good.

It was the seventh stakes win at five different tracks for the 5-year-old owned by Burning Sands Stable LLC and trained by John Parisella. A stakes winner each year he has competed, SAN PABLO has earned $565,000 from 18 starts, with 10 wins, four seconds and a third. The winner of five stakes in 2012, including the Gr. 3 Philip H. Iselin H., he finished second in his 2013 debut in the Essex H. at Oaklawn Park.

SAN PABLO is one of six stakes horses this year to date for JUMP START, and his third stakes winner in the past four weeks. JUMP START is the sire of 35 stakes winners in his first seven crops, and his runners have amassed nearly $27 million (average earnings of more than $72,000!) Consistently one of the top ranked sires in the Mid-Atlantic region, JUMP START is the sire of three millionaires—veteran RAIL TRIP, second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 in his final start of 2012 and posting bullet workouts for his return in 2013; PRAYER FOR RELIEF, second in this year’s Lone Star Park H.-G3 over the Memorial Day weekend; and 2013 multiple graded stakes placed PANTS ON FIRE.


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ORIENTATE runners finding success at every turn!

DECLASSIFY-4.6.13-360An undefeated California star. . . a filly winning her stakes debut. . . an English sophomore stakes winner. . . ORIENTATE runners have taken off this summer.

DECLASSIFY (pictured) got his second win in as many starts with another brilliant effort at Hollywood Park on Saturday, June 8. The 3-year-old owned by Kaleem Shah Inc. and trained by Bob Baffert charged home seven and a half lengths on top in the first-level allowance. That effort followed an 11 1/2-length drilling while getting six furlongs in 1:08 4/5 at Santa Anita in April. A $450,000 April OBS two-year-old in training in 2012, DECLASSIFY is being aimed for the $500,000 King’s Bishop S.-G1 at Saratoga in late August.

ORIENTATE’s 4-year-old daughter GRANDMA’S RULES, making her stakes debut, held off millionaire Hooh Why to take Arlington Park’s Gaily Gaily Stakes on June 8. After stalking the early leaders, the bay filly gunned for the lead on the turn for home in the mile and a sixteenth turf test and drove home a length on top.

Owned by Last Call Racing Partnership and trained by Richard Scherer, GRANDMA’S RULES got her sixth win in her last seven starts and has risen up the ranks from claimer to stakes winner. She boosted her earnings to $139,104 and has finished third or better in 10 of her 11 career starts.


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