SMARTY JONES Singapore sensation BETTER LIFE is better than ever!

Better Life 260413BETTER 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.

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Not For Love's EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH back in high gear!

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Sylvia E. Heft's EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH rolled to his seventh career stakes win with an impressive five-length score in Pimlico’s $100,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes on Saturday, April 20.

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!

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He's Back! GREAT NOTION's HAVELOCK takes G3 at Keeneland

YouTubePhotos HavelockFor 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


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.


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