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.
SMARTY JONES’s 4-year-old son ISN’T HE CLEVER blazed through six and a half furlongs at Sunland Park on March 24, breaking the track record in the $75,000 Bill Thomas Memorial S. when stopping the clock in a sensational 1:13.45. And he did it easily, zipping home by five and three-quarter lengths to record the sixth win of his career.
Owned by Kirk and Judy Robison, ISN’T HE CLEVER increased his career earnings to $480,203 from 13 starts. A winner of four stakes from 2 to 4, and stakes-placed twice, the Henry Dominguez-trained gelding finished second one year ago in the track’s signature race, the Gr. 3 Sunland Derby. Bred in Kentucky by Monticule, ISN’T HE CLEVER is out of the Deputy Minister mare Sharp Minister.
SMARTY JONES has sired 40 stakes horses in his first five crops, 19 stakes winners, and the earners of nearly $20 million. Currently ranked in the top-five among the leading sires in the Northeast, the classic star has three stakes winners to date this year.Add a comment Add a comment