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


Jump Start Filly Dominates Iroquois S. By 9 1/4-lengths

WilletThrough the first half-mile mile of Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes, Willet appeared to be struggling over the sealed muddy Belmont Park surface.

Thankfully, there were still three furlongs remaining to run.

Approaching the quarter pole, Willet began to find her stride and after being tipped four wide by jockey Rajiv Maragh turning for home, Willet stormed home to win the Iroquois by 9 1/4 lengths.

Miss Valentine won a three-way battle for second by a nose over Lady On the Run, who got third by a nose over Beautiful But Blue. Risky Rachel, Great Gracie Dane, Agave Princess, the 8-5 favorite, and Guyana Princess, completed the order of finish.

The win was the fourth from seven starts and first in a stakes for Willet, a 4-year-old daughter of Jump Start owned by Jimmy Iselin, Charlotte Assoulin and Eli Gindi and trained by Iselin.

Iselin, who purchased Willet from the estate of her breeder, Michael T. Martin - who Iselin said was one of his best friends - always was high on Willet, but the filly was at times difficult mentally.

Add a comment Add a comment


JUMP START Juveniles Are On The GO!

JumpAndGoMaking his stakes debut, JUMP START’s 2-year-old son JUMP AND GO was easily the best in the $80,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile S. at Remington Park on Friday, Oct. 19, winning by a widening 3 1/2 lengths while defeating 10 rivals going six furlongs. It was the second win in a row for Beverly Lewis’s juvenile, who flew home nearly 6 lengths on top in September. Trained by Don Von Hemel, JUMP AND GO now has two wins and two seconds in five starts, with earnings of $79,995.

JUMP START now has three stakes-winning juveniles from his four winners this year! He is tied for second in the nation by number of 2-year-old stakes winners and has the highest percentage of stakes winners per starters among this year’s 2-year-old sires (three or more starters). Add a comment Add a comment



lomNorthview PA’s LOVE OF MONEY, one of the leading third-crop sires in the Northeast, died in early October from natural causes. The son of Not For Love was 11.

In his first three crops to race, the oldest now 4, LOVE OF MONEY has sired five stakes horses from 50 starters, led by graded stakes-winning juvenile JACK’S IN THE DECK. Winner of 2011 Futurity S.-G2 at Belmont Park in just his second start, JACK’S IN THE DECK has a record of 9-3-2-1 and earnings of $214,010. He was named 2011 Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old male.

Another champion for LOVE OF MONEY is WANGANUI, who earned the National Steeplechase Association’s 2011 champion 3-year-old hurdle horse title after winning two stakes races in his only two starts over jumps last season. On the board in seven of his nine career outings, WANGANUI has earned $69,204.

LOVE OF MONEY is also the sire of Coach Fridge, Bumpy Road and Love Those Boots, all stakes-placed runners at 2. More than a third of LOVE OF MONEY’s nearly $1.5 million in lifetime progeny earnings was won by his juvenile runners.

Add a comment Add a comment


More Articles...

  1. Fairbanks Wins Keep Coming With 27 1/2-length Score
  2. Smarty Jones Filly Wins G1 in Singapore
  3. Northview Sales Division Is Hopping
  4. A New Two-Year-Old Stakes Winner For Jump Start
  5. Northview sires With Five MD Million Day Winners
  6. Great Notion Yearling Brings $85,000 at Timonium
  7. A New Stakes Winner For Dance With Ravens
  8. Second Winner In A Week For Fairbanks
  9. Freshman Sire Fairbanks Gets First Winner
  10. Winning down under – E DUBAI’s daughter DUBAI BELLE
  11. SILVER TRAIN’s SILVER OCEAN a Scandinavian delight with third stakes win of 2012!
  12. Za-zing! GREAT NOTION’s daughter JAZZY IDEA sets course record at Laurel!
  13. DANCE WITH RAVENS son RELAY BILL can’t be caught
  14. SMARTY JONES is the leading 2012 stakes sire in the Northeast with FRANCOIS’ score
  15. Jump Start Colts Snags Gr.3 Win At Monmouth
  16. OLD TIME HOCKEY is SMARTY JONES’s newest graded winner!
  17. FORT LARNED rises to top of handicap ranks!
  18. SILVER TRAIN’s Scandinavian wonder gets Group 3 win
  19. Jump Start Colt Takes Stakes At Saratoga
  20. Jump Start's Rail Trip Punches Ticket To Breeders Cup Mile With G2 Win