CHAMPION SPRINTER ORIENTATE JOINS ROSTER AT NORTHVIEW STALLION STATION

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. 

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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
Dash.
 
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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The winners keep rolling in for SILVER TRAIN!

SilverTrainSireHomeNVOne of the most prolific sires of winners in the nation since his first runners came to the races in 2010, SILVER TRAIN is tied for first by number of juvenile winners in 2012 in the Mid-Atlantic region. He got his 15th and lead-tying 16th 2-year-old winners the third week of December.

The Louisiana-bred colt Fiftyshadesofbay set all the fractions in winning a seven and a half-furlong maiden special at Delta Downs on Dec. 19 by three and three-quarter lengths. Two days later, West Virginia-bred filly Last Train drew off to win a maiden special by five lengths at seven furlongs.

The SILVER TRAIN runners make their way all around the world! His 2-year-old filly GUARAGUAU won the Gr.2 Gran Promesa at Hipodromo De Las Americas in Mexico, and on Dec. 15 finished third on the country’s juvenile championship day in the Gr.1 Clasico Campeonato Juvenil. And his 2-year-olds have won all around the country—Belmont Park, Pimlico, Hollywood Park, Monmouth Park, Penn National, Calder, Woodbine, Evangeline Downs. . .

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NOT FOR LOVE filly MYSTIC LOVE beats the boys in Florida!


MysticLove DaniaNVNOT FOR LOVE’s 2-year-old daughter MYSTIC LOVE ventured to Florida for turf action, and found it in the $100,000 Dania Beach S. at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Dec. 15. Facing nine colts and geldings, she raced close to the pace while saving ground under Elvis Trujillo in the one-mile turf stakes, spurted clear as the field raced down the stretch and held off a late rally by even-money favorite Charming Kitten to win by a half length. The only filly in the race, MYSTIC LOVE rewarded her supporters with a $34 win ticket. And she rewarded her owner, John Davison, with a $60,000 payday. In getting her third win in four starts, she boosted her total earnings to $174,760.

“We believed in her. It was more that we really didn’t want to go a mile and a sixteenth for her first time going two turns,” said Jessica Campitelli, who handles the training duties for the Campitelli stable in Florida. “So we chose to run against the boys.”

Bred in Maryland by Dark Hollow Farm out of the Dixie Union mare Memories of Mystic, MYSTIC LOVE got her first stakes win in the five and a half-furlong $150,000 Selima S. at Laurel Park on Oct. 27 with Francis Campitelli listed as trainer.

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Another stakes win for Jump Start's San Pablo

QueensCountySan Pablo, a four-year-old son of Jump Start, held off a resurgent Gallant Fields to win Aqueduct Racetrack’s $75,000 Queens County on Dec. 8th by a half-length as the heavy favorite.

Off at 2-5, San Pablo pressed Gallant Fields in second, racing a half-length behind the leader as the pacesetter traveled the opening half-mile in 48.99 seconds. San Pablo wrested a narrow lead from Gallant Fields through three quarters in 1:13.83 as Isn’t He Perfect ranged up three wide in third, forged a clear advantage past the furlong marker, and dug in after Gallant Fields angled outside to offer a late challenge.

The Queens County marked the sixth stakes victory and third at Aqueduct for San Pablo, who last winter won the Big A’s Flying Chevron and As Indicated overnight stakes. He entered the Queens County off a 4 ½-length score in the Swatara on November 21 at Penn National. The 4-year-old also has wins in Saratoga Race Course’s Birdstone and Monmouth Park’s Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin to his credit.

San Pablo is 9-3-1 in 15 starts. The $45,000 winner’s share of the Queen’s County purse lifted his earnings $490,400. He is one of a dozen stakes winners in 2012 for JUMP START, the leading stakes sire in the Northeast.

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A Northview-sired stakes trifecta at Laurel Park

Jennings2012Back to his dominating ways, NOT FOR LOVE's son EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH eagerly took command in the one-mile $100,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 1 and was never threatened, sailing home by 5 1/2 lengths to top a Northview-sired trifecta, as post time favorite Hello Lover (NOT FOR LOVE) rallied from next-to-last to take second with Charge (JUMP START) finishing third.

In recording his second consecutive Jennings score, the Tim Keefe trained EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH boosted his career earnings to $535,430. The 6-year-old gelding, who had not won in four starts since taking Laurel's Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes in March, now has six stakes wins, including the 2011 Maryland Million Classic. "It was nice to see him bounce back to form," said winning rider Sheldon Russell.

Arnold Heft, 94, who once co-owned the Baltimore Bullets and Washington Capitals with the late Abe Pollin, owns EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH with Sylvia, his wife of 71 years. They named him after the Capitals' star player, Alex Ovechkin, who wears the no. 8 jersey and is often too fast to catch on the ice.

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