Smarty Jones Mare Grabs Second G1 Win in Singapore

BLThe Australian bred mare Better Life by Smarty Jones confirmed her position as the top middle distance horse in Singapore when winning the country’s richest domestic race in style, the Group 1 Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m on Sunday, November 11.


Better Life was making her first attempt at a trip further than 1600m following a last start victory in the first leg of Singapore’s Triple Crown, the Group 1 Kranji Mile, but she was too good for her opposition over the longer trip.


Jockey Alan Munro had the top class mare travelling well midfield during the $1.35-million feature event and when given clear running down the long Kranji straight she swept past her rivals to a length victory over Maurice Utrillo with favourite Deep Pockets back in third.


“She’s got an engine,” said Munro. “I got to the front probably too soon on her but I could hear the others screaming behind me so I thought I had them covered. “Still she’s only a young horse and still has her career in front of her.”

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FortLarnedBCIn one of the most exciting finishes in Breeders’ Cup Classic history, pacesetting FORT LARNED held of Mucho Macho Man to win the $5 million BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC-G1! It was far back to the third place finisher Flat Out.

In winning the richest race in North America, the consistent FORT LARNED tosses his hat in the ring for Horse of the Year! The winner’s share of the $5 million shoots 4-year-old FORT LARNED to the top earner in North America in 2012. What a way for E DUBAI's son to finish a season!

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NORTHVIEW SIRES have incredible showing at 2012 Breeders’ Cup!

Breeders Cup logo-1Three offspring of Northview sires contested this year’s Breeders’ Cup. All earned a piece of the purse.

Lifetime earnings for Fort Larned: $3.6 million

Lifetime earnings for Rail Trip: $1.5 million

Lifetime earnings for Not Abroad: $625,955

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FORT LARNED Turns In Bullet Workout In BC Prep

fort-larned5-credit-courtney-stafford2Cornhusker and Whitney Handicap winner Fort Larned completed his final work for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic by breezing five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.40 seconds on a fast track at Churchill Downs on Sunday.

Working in company with Indiana Derby winner Neck ‘n Neck, Fort Larned started approximately five lengths behind his workmate, and the pair finished together through the lane, trainer Ian Wilkes said.

“Everything went to plan,” Wilkes  said. “He did it very easily and galloped out nicely.”

Fort Larned’s workout was the fastest of 65 works at the five-furlong distance on a busy morning at Churchill Downs, which followed a day in which the Churchill Downs main track had been muddy.

Churchill Downs clockers timed Neck ‘n Neck in 1:01.60, a little more than a second slower than that Fort Larned’s bullet workout.

Third most recently in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, Fort Larned is scheduled to fly from Kentucky to California on Tuesday. Wilkes speculated that flight could be delayed until Wednesday - a result of weather-related flight delays from Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the Northeast. Add a comment Add a comment


GREAT NOTION’s Jazzy Idea defeats the big guns at Laurel!

JazzyWhat can a 3-year-old filly do? If she’s JAZZY IDEA, she takes on older boys, including two millionaires, kicks her heels and crushes them and her own course record! The daughter of GREAT NOTION dismissed the likes of local Maryland legend Ben’s Cat and Heros Reward to win the $150,000 Laurel Dash S. at Laurel Park on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Rated off the quick pace set by Ju Jitsu Jax and Ben’s Cat, JAZZY IDEA got clear sailing under Elvis Trujillo in the stretch and ran down Ben’s Cat to win by three-quarters of a length. Her final time for 6 furlongs on the firm turf was 1:07.29, bettering the mark of 1:07.45 she set when taking the Jameela S. in September.

Bred, owned and trained by Edwin Merryman, JAZZY IDEA recorded her fifth stakes win of the year, and increased her lifetime bankroll to $449,000 from 18 starts. She has made a dozen starts this season, finishing first or second in nine while winning at four different tracks. Add a comment Add a comment


NOT FOR LOVE bookends stakes action at Laurel Park

MysticLoveNOT FOR LOVE, Maryland’s leading sire and the top 2-year-old sire in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2012, was seen top to bottom at Laurel Park on Saturday, Oct. 27. His daughter, MYSTIC LOVE, won the first stakes on the card, the historic $150,000 Selima S. for 2-year-old fillies, and Action Andy, out of NOT FOR LOVE’s daughter Love Me Twice, got up in time to take the featured $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.

MYSTIC LOVE, campaigned by John Davison and trained by Frannie Campitelli, came from far back in the 5½-furlong Selima to sweep past her 11 rivals and score by three-quarters of a length, stopping the clock in 1:02.23. It was her second start on the grass, and her second win from three lifetime starts, pushing her career earnings total to $114,760. Bred by Dark Hollow Farm in Maryland, she is out of the Dixie Union mare Memories of Mystic.

For the second Saturday in a row, a grandson of NOT FOR LOVE came home first in the richest stakes run in the nation that day. On Oct. 20, Lucy’s Bob Boy (out of Love for Lucy, by NOT FOR LOVE), won the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic S. at Charles Town. The 3-year-old has career earnings of nearly $400,000.

Action Andy surpassed the $500,000 mark when he got up to win by the slimmest of margins in the 6-furlong De Francis Memorial Dash. It was the fifth stakes win of the year for the 5-year-old son of Gators N Bears. Add a comment Add a comment


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