ROCKET RIDGE, a chestnut colt by NOT FOR LOVE, caught the attention of California-based trainer Kristin Mulhall at Barretts’ May Two-Year-Old in Training in Pomona on Monday, May 13. Mulhall couldn’t let him get away, spending $235,000 to secure the Maryland-bred for her stable.
The colt, bred by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes, is out of the winning Wild Rush mare Polo Ridge, a half-sister to stakes winners All Smiles, Target Sighted and Two Punch Gal. Stakes-winning second dam Cranberry Muffin is one of five stakes horses out of Muffies Muffin, who also produced multiple graded winner Wicapi, among others.
ROCKET RIDGE turned in a time of :10 flat, which equaled the fastest time for an eighth-mile during the training preview.
During his career, NOT FOR LOVE has sired 11 juveniles to bring in excess of $200,000 at public auction. The most successful sales sire standing in the Mid-Atlantic region, his juveniles sold have averaged $116,301, with a median price of $62,000! They’re fast, they’re good-looking and they get to the races - lots to love about the NOT FOR LOVEs!Add a comment Add a comment
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