There was never a doubt that EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH was the one to catch in the 2013 edition of the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic, the richest offering on the 11-race card at Laurel Park on Saturday, Oct. 19. And his legion of supporters never had an anxious moment, as the 3-10 favorite with Forest Boyce in the saddle cruised in front at every call and won by three and a quarter lengths.
With the victory, the 7-year-old son of Not For Love bred by Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable became the fourth horse in the Maryland Million’s 28-year history to win the Classic twice, joining Timely Warning, Algar and Docent.
Owners Sylvia and Arnold Heft purchased the handsome chestnut from the Dark Hollow Farm consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale in 2007, paying $47,000 for Too Fast to Catch’s son. Guided throughout his career by Tim Keefe, EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH has made 44 starts, won 13, with seven seconds and four thirds, for earnings of $794,585, nearly 17 times his purchase price.
EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH didn’t get his first stakes win until March 2011 when he scored in Laurel’s Harrison E. Johnson Memorial S. Campaigned exclusively in stakes ever since, he rallied later that year to gain his first Maryland Million Classic victory as the 4-5 favorite. He now boasts eight stakes wins on his record, and has placed in five others, including this year’s Grade 3 Pimlico Special.
The gelding is one of three stakes winners produced by Too Fast to Catch. The daughter of Nice Catch is also the dam of Bayonne, bred by Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable, and winner of the Pink Ribbon S., with career earnings of $201,783. Too Fast to Catch’s second of 14 foals was stakes-winning Storm Punch, who also placed in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash-G1 on his way to earning $310,619.
It didn’t take long for BREAD AND BUTTER to start bringing home the bacon, as the elegant juvenile daughter of Pure Prize out of the Not For Love mare Bamba whipped her 10 rivals in her debut at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Renowned racing executive Charles Cella was willing to spend $240,000 for the Dark Hollow Farm-bred filly at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale this past May. And the imposing chestnut trained by Lynn Whiting was primed for her six and a half-furlong maiden special weight test. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, she took off running at the start, opened up by daylight in the first quarter and was hand ridden to the wire by David Flores, winning with ears pricked by two and a half lengths.
A full sister to 2011 Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly PLUM, the scopey filly looks to only get better. She is the fifth foal out of stakes-placed Bamba, who was also bred by Dark Hollow Farm, and the mare’s fifth winner. In addition to Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes winner PLUM, Bamba is the dam of $148,130-earner U Boat Alley, $90,430-earner Marianotojorge, and current 3-year-old Raven’s Dance, a maiden winner first time out this year. Bamba produced a 2013 colt by Warrior’s Reward and is back in foal to Paddy O’Prado on a March 27 cover.
DRESS UP took her show on the road and kicked up her heels at Charles Town in July. Next came a trip to the Maryland State Fair in Timonium – and Dark Hollow Farm and Hillwood Stable’s homebred filly enjoyed the family atmosphere and fair festivities with a three and a quarter-length romp in the Friday, August 30 allowance feature against older runners.
Teamed up once again with Travis Dunkelberger, the striking gray 3-year-old turned in a virtual replay of her six and a half-furlong allowance win at Charles Town on July 28. Leading at every call in both tests, the Rodney Jenkins trainee easily held off her competition and cruised home by daylight.
With back-to-back wins, DRESS UP has increased her earnings to $65,740 from seven starts.
Black-type is abundant in DRESS UP’s family. She is the third winner from as many foals for Dress Grey, a stakes-winning daughter of Lion Hearted. Her second dam, Chemise (by Secret Hello), produced four stakes horses from 10 starters – Dress Grey, Maryland Million Ladies S. winner Miss Lombardi, Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship S. winner Coquettish and five-time stakes-placed Hello Lover, and earner of $451,255 and twice graded stakes-placed. The latter two are also by Not For Love.
The next event circled on DRESS UP’s social calendar is the Jameela Stakes for fillies and mares at Laurel Park on September 21. Already turning heads, she will look to make another grand entrance in her stakes debut.
Taking great pleasure in making her first start at Delaware Park, Dark Hollow Farm’s homebred filly JOY is now a stakes winner! The 3-year-old daughter of Pure Prize and Flatter mare SAFE JOURNEY bounced over the firm Delaware turf and pulled away to a one-length victory in the $50,000 Christiana Stakes on Wednesday, July 10.
The latest in a long line of stakes performers descending from Dark Hollow’s legendary foundation mare SAFELY HOME, JOY went off as the second choice in the field of six. She saved ground early under Matthew Rispoli, made a three-wide move rounding the far turn to join the leaders, was drifted wide but continued on strongly before shaking clear late. It was the second win in a row for the Graham Motion trained-chestnut, after defeating older runners in allowance company on the festive Preakness Day undercard at Pimlico in May. With her stakes score, JOY has earnings of $103,400 and been on the board in six of her 11 starts.
JOY represents the third-generation of SAFELY HOME’s special family. She is the first foal for her dam SAFE JOURNEY; her second dam is stakes-placed $114,923-earner Safe At the Plate, a half-sister to Hall of Famer SAFELY KEPT, the Eclipse Award-winning sprinter and Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1-winning multimillionaire. Safe At the Plate is also the dam of graded stakes-placed runners Cognac Kisses ($178,094) and Kettle Won ($113,606) and $361,313-earner Glide Home.
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