BETTER LIFE, the 2012 champion miler and stayer in Singapore, has returned with a flourish, taking the Group 2 Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Friday, April 26, her third group win in her past four starts. BETTER LIFE is one of nine group/graded winners from the first five crops for SMARTY JONES, which account for nearly half of his 20 total stakes winners.
The 4-year-old Australian-bred daughter of SMARTY JONES pushed her career earnings past the million-dollar mark with her seventh win in a dozen career starts.
Suzuka Racing Stable’s flashy chestnut filly, guided by regular rider Alan Munro, had to overcome a slow pace and a five-wide trip on the turn into the stretch to take the mile and a quarter Queen Elizabeth. She asserted her superiority in deep stretch over Singapore’s turf course to win by a length and a quarter in 2:03.13.Add a comment Add a comment
Clearing his five rivals early in the Clark, which was run at a mile and a sixteenth after coming off the turf, the Timothy L. Keefe-trained 9-10 favorite dared the others to catch him the entire trip. No one came close as Forest Boyce drove the chestnut gelding home in 1:43.91 over Lubango.
In getting his first win of the year, and 12th from 41 starts, EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH has now earned $645,430. Bred by Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable out of the Nice Catch mare Too Fast to Catch, the 7-year-old is one of 11 stakes winners in his crop for NOT FOR LOVE. Maryland’s dominant sire for more than a decade, NOT FOR LOVE has 74 stakes winners, and more than 20 percent stakes horses per starters. His runners have average earnings of $90,669 and 81 percent of his starters are winners. Proving NOT FOR LOVE runners are ones to catch!Add a comment Add a comment
For the fourth time in his career, GREAT NOTION's turf-loving son HAVELOCK wins a graded stakes, when the 6-year-old got up late to take an exciting renewal of Keeneland's Grade 3 $100,000 Shakertown S. on Saturday, April 13.
Making his first start of the year, Silverton Hill LLC's homebred rallied wide in the five and a half-furlong stakes heading into the stretch, worked his way through traffic under Garrett Gomez and came up along the rail to nip Something Extra by a nose as five horses finished within a half length at the wire.
Trained by Darrin Miller (who also conditioned G1 stakes-placed sprinter GREAT NOTION), HAVELOCK recorded the eighth win of his career, but first since capturing Arlington Park's Hanshin Cup S.-G3 over the all-weather track in May 2012, after which he was out for most of the year. His last win on the turf was Keeneland's Woodford S.-G3 in October 2011. Add a comment Add a comment
Triple Crown nominee DECLASSIFY made a strong statement in his debut at Santa Anita on Saturday, April 6, as the 2-5 favorite took control of the race after a half mile in :44.83 and drew off by an eye-popping 11 1/2 lengths while completing six furlongs in 1:08.83. Kaleem Shah Inc.'s 3-year-old son of ORIENTATE had been working steadily and turning in strong works coming into the race for trainer Bob Baffert.
The dark bay colt out of the Tale of the Cat mare Mir Cat is from the family of Grade 1 winners Marsh Side, Changeintheweather, A Phenomenon, Seattle Meteor and champion Pleasant Stage. He was sold by Eddie Woods a year ago at OBS in April, bringing $450,000, the third-highest price of the mammoth sale. Declassify had been overlooked as a weanling at Keeneland in 2010 (an $8,500 RNA), and sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale for $17,000.