ORIENTATE First-Time Starter No Longer a Secret!

YouTubePhotos DeclassifyTriple 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.


Isn’t He Speedy – Son of Smarty Jones Sets Track Record!

IsntHeCleverSunlandSMARTY 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.

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ORIENTATE’s classy Great Hot (Brz) scores in Gr. 2 Santa Maria S.

GreatHotSporting blinkers for the first time and getting the services of the white hot Gary Stevens, ORIENTATE’s 5-year-old daughter Great Hot (Brz) returned to her graded stakes-winning ways with a gate-to-wire victory in the $200,000 Santa Maria S.-G2 on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Santa Anita.

Overlooked in the betting in the five-horse field of fillies and mares, Great Hot sped to the front in the mile and a sixteenth event and never was threatened, covering the distance in 1:43.08 while defeating even-money favorite Book Review by a half length. She paid $20.80 to win.

“At the three-eighths pole I let her out a notch and it wasn’t full tilt yet, but it was enough to get their attention,” said Stevens. “When we turned into the stretch, she still had enough to hold the other filly (Book Review) off.”

A homebred for Coudelaria Jessica Inc. out of the Seeking the Gold mare That’s Hot, Great Hot recorded her third stakes win from 21 career starts. The $120,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed her lifetime earnings to $537,927.

After making one start - a winning one - in her homeland at 2, Great Hot came to the U.S., won an allowance first time out at 3, and has competed in stakes company ever since. She scored in Keeneland’s Raven Run Stakes-G2 at seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies in 2011, defeating eventual Eclipse Award-winning filly and mare sprint champion Groupie Doll in a sensational time of 1:21.70 over the all-weather surface. Earlier that season, Great Hot took the Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar. She is also eight-times stakes-placed, counting among those efforts the Gr. 1 La Brae and Lady’s Secret Stakes.


SMARTY JONES's Concealed Identity shows grit at Laurel

ConcealedLinda Gaudet and Morris Bailey’s Concealed Identity won multiple stakes at 2 and 3 and placed in graded company. But the gelded son of SMARTY JONES was winless since taking Laurel's Find Handicap on the turf in November 2011, including all eight starts at 4. Well, he's BACK!

Turning in a gritty performance at Laurel in the $125,000 John B. Campbell H. on Saturday, Feb. 16, Concealed Identity survived a ding-dong battle down the stretch, bumping included, to get up to win by three-quarters of a length. The fourth-choice in the field of five, he returned $17 and completed the mile and an eighth in 1:52.29 over a muddy track.

Concealed Identity is now in the record books as the first stakes winner for both his trainer, Linda Gaudet, and rider, apprentice Trevor McCarthy. 
“I can’t believe it,” McCarthy said. “This is such a great experience. Concealed Identity is a quality horse and I am grateful to get a mount like this so early in my career.”
“I’m so excited,” Gaudet said. “I knew this horse would run well today. He’d been training better than ever since his last race. A mile is just a little too short for this horse but he impressed us enough that we thought we were going to go with this no matter what. Trevor had gotten along with him very well in his last race so we went with him again. It couldn’t have turned out better. I was worried with the bumping in the stretch but Trevor assured me we were okay when he came back to the winners’ circle. This horse is truly a two turn horse and does his best at a mile and an eighth here or at Pimlico. He likes both those courses. This is Trevor’s first stakes win, too. That’s kind of a Gaudet tradition. We (Linda and her husband retired trainer Eddie Gaudet) gave Rosie Napravnik a leg up on her first stakes winner as well as Ryan Fogelsonger and Michael Luzzi. Today me and Trevor got the double.”

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OrientateConformationGrade 1 sire ORIENTATE, Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1 winner and the Eclipse Award-winning sprint champion of 2002, has been moved from Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md.  Owned by a syndicate, ORIENTATE will stand for $5,000.

A son of major sprinter and sire Mt. Livermore, ORIENTATE has established himself as a sire with 35 stakes winners in seven crops and total progeny earnings of nearly $34 million.  His offspring include Gr. 1 winners LADY JOANNE (Alabama S.-G1), INTANGAROO (Humana Distaff H.-G1) and LADY SPRINTER (Gran Premio Maipu-G1 in Argentina), General George H.-G2 winner GREENSPRING and graded stakes-winning juvenile SUCCESSFUL OUTLOOK. 

ORIENTATE’s progeny earned more than $5 million for four consecutive years, and in 2012 he was represented by seven stakes winners, including juvenile TATE’S LANDING, a dominating winner of the Laurel Futurity.

Ranked 11th in the nation by number of winners in 2011 with 133, ORIENTATE had 121 winners in 2012, $4.7 million in progeny earnings and 14 stakes horses.  His leading earner, the 3-year-old colt RIVER RUSH ($181,169), set a track record for 1 1/8 miles at Woodbine in the Plate Trial S., cruising home by five and a quarter lengths in 1:48.97. 


Great Notion's Jazzy Idea Nabs 2012 Maryland-Based HOY Honors

Jazzy-Idea-01Edwin Merryman's Jazzy Idea was selected as the 2012 Maryland-based Horse of the Year by the members of the Maryland Racing Media Association in voting conducted at the first of two bi-annual meetings held by the organization.

Jazzy Idea, a daughter of Great Notion out of the Dixieland Band mare, Jazz Band,won six of 12 starts, including five stakes races and earned nearly $400,000 last year at age three and she concluded her campaign with victories in the Maryland Million Oaks and the Laurel
Owned, bred and trained by Merryman, Jazzy Idea edged Ben's Cat by one vote for the honor, a fitting result considering that she rallied to defeat Ben's Cat to capture the Laurel Dash on the turf establishing a new course record in the final start of her three-year-old campaign.

 Jazzy Idea will be formally recognized as the Maryland-based Horse of the Year by the Maryland Racing Media Association on Saturday, February 23 in a trophy presentation just prior to the 22nd renewal of the $125,000 Maryland Racing Media Association Handicap for fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

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