LAUREL, MD. 09-10-11---Sylvia E. Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch exploded by the pacesetters and won as his rider pleased in the $75,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.
The race was contested at one mile on the main track after being switched from the turf. With regular rider Sheldon Russell attending a wedding in the United Kingdom, Malcolm Franklin piloted the 5-year-old gelded son of Not For Love. They raced comfortably in third for most of the trip before easing out at the top of the lane, accelerating to the lead and galloping away.
“I’d describe it as explosive,” said Franklin. “He was rating nice behind a horse. Once I found some room he kicked on and gave a nice turn of foot.”
Now that Timonium is over (TLK Racing had one win and a thousands seconds) and Saratoga is over (website editor is back) and Laurel nears (Frisky Thunder and Eighttoofasttocatch in the stakes on Saturday), we'll try to get back into the groove of writing more often here. The editor has been trying to prod the trainer to write but . . . things take time.
We're back. After a slow May when all it seemed we could do was finish second, the stable is back in the buffet line. Frisky Thunder returned from his winter hiatus with a gallant score in a tough $42,000 feature at Delaware Park on Wednesday.
Owned and bred by Braeburn Farm, the 7-year-old veteran responded to Sheldon Russell's cues, settling in second off the pace of a wild longshot and then staved off all comers to win by a half length. Sent off at 10-1, Frisky picked up his ninth career victory (from 28 starts) and gave the stable win number 21 for the year.
The Virginia-bred veteran has added class and spark to the stable since coming here from my friend, the late, great Jimmy Murphy who was a mainstay in Maryland racing for many, many years. Hopefully, he'll continue to have a productive summer with turf spots at Colonial Downs, synthetic opportunities at Presque Isle . . . and more trips up I-95 to Delaware Park.
Cool horse. He made his career debut at Calder in 2006, he's run in 10 stakes and he's earned $328,353 in his career.
I’m sending out this letter to all of my friends and family members.
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, I’m participating in a Full Triathlon in Sandusky, Ohio, as a fundraiser for two organizations: Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) and Kimberly Clark's Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, Inc. For more information on these two organizations, go to http://www.mtrinc.org/ or http://www.leightonfarm.com/.
In a full triathlon, participants swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. There is a 17-hour time limit to complete the three segments of the triathlon. My inspiration for doing this is simple: both groups help individuals facing great challenges of their own. The MTR helps children and adults with special needs, and military personnel facing challenges including: post traumatic stress disorder, brain injury, depression, anxiety, amputation, etc. The MTR relies heavily on private donations. Kimberly Clark's organization helps find homes for unwanted and retiring Thoroughbred race horses that would otherwise end up being euthanized or sent to slaughter. Both organizations rely solely on donations for their good work.
Challenging myself to complete this Ironman-distance triathlon is the least I can do to help raise awareness for two very deserving organizations.
All donations are tax deductible. My goal is to raise a total of $10,000 – that means $5,000 for each group.
When I finish the triathlon,I will send out e-mails or letters to everyone who pledged with the mailing address to both groups so you can mail your checks to them. By sending your own checks to each organization, it will be much easier for you to take the tax deduction. If you pledge $50, then $25 goes to each group, etc.
I’m very excited about this upcoming triathlon. I have been training very hard for quite some time, and expect to do well. And I’m looking forward to being able to make a difference in at least one person's life as a result of my commitment and your generous contribution. Thank you in advance for your support!
Spring in Maryland means the Preakness. It also means the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old in training sale. We were busy during the first day, patrolling and trolling the grounds to bolster our already decent crop of 2-year-olds for 2011. Buzz Chace and I selected two new purchases during Monday's session. We bought a filly by Badge Of Silver and a filly by Latent Heat. We are going back for more on Tuesday.
Our 2-year-old crop has now reached 15, not all of them are at the Laurel barn yet but will be soon. In this game, there is nothing like working with young horses, fills you with hope and promise. What else is there?