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Eighttofasttocatch leads entire way in Maryland Million Classic victory

Posted on 19 October 2013 by WNST Staff


LAUREL, MD. 10-19-13—Sylvia E. Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch led from start to finish and won the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic for the second time in the past three years. Last year the son of Not For Love finished a fifth in the Classic as the betting favorite but this year things were completely different.

The Maryland Million is the one of the most important racing days at Laurel Park with 11 events for runners sired by Maryland-based stallions for combined purses totaling $1 million. The 28th annual event drew a crowd of 18,036 on a cool, crisp Saturdayafternoon in central Maryland.

Garrison Forest High School graduate Forest Boyce sent the 7-year old to the lead from his advantageous rail position and was able to nurse him around on the lead in 1:50.42 for the 1-1/8th mile distance. Eighttofasttocatch won under a drive by 3-1/4 lengths over Romancing the Gold, with Wild Louis taking third.

“It worked out great. We got away well,” Boyce said. “I thought someone might try us early, soften us up but it didn’t happen. My whole family is from here. My ninety year old grandmother came out today, which was really cool.”

Eighttofasttocatch is 2-for-6 this year, which includes a score in the Henry Clark Stakes and a gutsy second in the Pimlico Special (G3) on Preakness weekend. The 7-year-old now has seven career stakes victories at Laurel Park and has earned $794,585.

“I was very comfortable with where I had him coming into this race, but my concern was that I was comfortable last year and it didn’t go quite as well,” said winning trainer Tim Keefe. “I didn’t think I needed a prep for this race because we all felt that he was right. I guess my only concern now is that he is seven and we may only have him for another year or two. He will be hard to replace in our barn.”

The winner paid $2.60 as the popular favorite.

“I guess winning feels like I was pitching in the World Series,” said Arnold Heft, the husband of the winning owner. “The only thing bad is, I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow. My wife is not well. I’m just sorry she’s not here. She was here the last time. Racing keeps me going right now. When Eighttofasttocatch runs his race, he won’t get beat.”

Travis Dunkelberger (jockey, Romancing the Gold-2nd), “He tried hard and ran good. I wanted to push more but I didn’t want to cost us second.”

Trevor McCarthy (jockey, Wild Louis-3rd), “He ran his butt off today. The winner was much the best. This was his first time at the distance and he loved it but Eighttofasttocatch was just too fast.”

J.D. Acosta (jockey, Big Branch-4th), “I was in a comfortable spot and happy with the way he ran but the winner is just too classy.”

Xavier Perez (jockey, Talk Show Man-5th), “We didn’t get a good break. We came out nose first out of the gate. Then he relaxed and when I asked for more he ran well. We lost a lot of ground at the beginning which cost us the race.”

Kendrick Carmouche (jockey, Seventeenohsix-6th), “I was sitting in a perfect spot but there was no speed in the race other than the winner. You can’t do much about that.”

Julian Pimentel (jockey, Count to Seven-7th), ““He tried to make a little run at the end but they just ran away from him.”

Introduced in 1986, the Maryland Million has been duplicated by more than 20 other states. Hall of Fame TV Broadcaster Jim McKay originally proposed the Maryland Million concept and remained the Chairman of the Board until his death on June 7, 2008.

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Not Aboard claims Maryland Million Classic

Posted on 07 October 2012 by WNST Staff


LAUREL, MD. 10-06-12—Jockey Nick Petro and his mount Not Abroad saw an inviting opening along the rail as they circled the far turn. They galloped through the gaping hole, came out the clear leader and drew off to win the $150,000 Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park.

The Maryland Million is the most important racing day at Laurel Park with 11 races for runners sired by Maryland-based stallions for combined purses totaling $1.05 million. The 27th annual event drew a crowd of 18,420 on Saturday afternoon.

Trained by Petro’s brother Michael, Not Abroad is owned by Tim Cunningham and is a son of the Maryland stallion Not For Love. Regal Warrior, who led from the start, held for second while Tujoes rallied to finish third. The also-rans were Cactus Charlie (4th), defending champion Eighttofasttocatch (5th) and In the Juice (6th).

“I was happy with his performance,” said jockey Petro. “Real early we got stuck on the inside and I wasn’t happy with my spot. But we got closer and closer and everything worked out. We figured there would be a few horses outside of us with speed so we went in thinking, ‘sit’. We did and it worked out great when it was time to go. He was good. Real good.”

Not Abroad finished second in the Classic two years ago and was third last year.

“We had been in this race the last several years,” said trainer Petro. “We felt coming in today that we had a very good chance to win. He has been doing very well lately and we looked forward to this race. We had a great race and at the 3/8th’s pole everything opened up for us. My brother ran a very good race.”

This was his second stakes win of the year for Not Abroad after capturing the Jim French Memorial at Delaware in May. Not Abroad is an eight time winner from thirty-two starts and a winner of over $600,000.

Not Abroad paid $9.40. The exacta returned $63.80 and the triple paid $444.10.

Julian Pimentel (jockey, Regal Warrior-2nd) said, “He broke good. No problems. He tried hard we just ran into a better horse, I guess. Just couldn’t keep up down the lane with the winner.”

Angel Arroyo (jockey, Tujoes-3rd) said, “Good trip. Everything was fine. The horse finished up well.”

Shannon Uske (jockey, Cactus Charlie- 4th) said, “We were in a nice spot. He just didn’t fire down the lane. We had the trip we wanted. He just didn’t have the kick like we thought he would.”

Sheldon Russell (jockey, Eighttofasttocatch-5th) said, “I was happy with the trip but disappointed when I asked him to pick it up at the half-mile pole. We were struggling and he never got comfortable today. It was not our day.”

Tim Keefe (trainer, (jockey, Eighttofasttocatch-5th) said, “I am disappointed, obviously. I thought I had everything going in the right direction with him and said earlier in the week if he gets beat it would be by a better horse. Unfortunately he got beat by four better horses. I thought he would run a great race today. This was uncharacteristic of him.”

Wesley Ho (jockey, In The Juice-6th) said, “He tried hard but he got tired at the end.”

Introduced in 1986, the Maryland Million has been duplicated by more than 20 other states. Hall of Fame TV Broadcaster Jim McKay originally proposed the Maryland Million concept and remained the Chairman of the Board until his death on June 7, 2008.

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Picks for 27th Jim McKay’s Maryland Million Day on Saturday at Laurel Park

Posted on 04 October 2012 by Gary Quill

Introduced in 1986, the Maryland Million, a program of races restricted to the offspring of Maryland-based stallions, has been duplicated by more than 20 other states. Maryland-sired thoroughbreds are nominated before they become 2-year-olds and remain eligible for life to run in the Maryland Million races. After twenty-six runnings, 220 stallions have been represented in Maryland Million races.

Thanks to Jim McKay’s love of his home state and thoroughbred horse racing, Maryland breeders have one day a year that they can stand proud and potentially pickup a few new clients. McKay originally proposed the concept and remained Chairman of the Board until his death four years ago. Twenty-two times attendance figures have topped 20,000 for the event.

Saturday afternoon, over thirty stallions will be represented. First post for the 11-race program is 12:35 p.m. at Laurel Park.

The first 4,000 full-paid admissions and Maryland-licensed owners and trainers will each receive a free Maryland Million Sport Cap. On-track entertainment between races will include two pony races, Goshen Foxhounds, Thoroughbred Placement Resources and Special Olympics Maryland.

MD Million logo

Recapping Laurel Park selections from Saturday, September 29th had 7 winners from 11 races (4 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $10.40 (2nd race), $6.00 (5th), $6.40 (6th), $13.60 (7th), $5.80 (8th), $13.60 (9th), and $3.80 (10th).

The BEST BET of the Day (5 2-1-1) thinking in a field loaded with early speed, despite the 5½ furlong distance, it setup wonderfully for this deep closer. Well, this filly closed but did not display a strong late kick to get to the wire first, settling for a clear 3rd place finish returning $4.20 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (5 2-0-0) got slammed leaving the gate but the jock bided his time, making progress throughout, then put in a strong move on the final turn and was able to run down the runner-up late to win by a neck, paying $13.60 to WIN, $6.80 to PLACE and $5.60 to SHOW.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, with rain supposedly holding off until late afternoon, so I’m anticipating a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF. Selections for the Jim McKay’s MARYLAND MILLION DAY at Laurel Park, Saturday, Oct. 6th are posted below. Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg. 1st race post is 12:35pm.

1st race – $100,000 MD Million Lassie for 2 y.o. fillies – 6 furlongs
#6 – Touring Hong Kong (5-2)
#3 – Mystic Love (1-1)
#4 – Kissed by the Mist (10-1)

2nd race – $50,000 MD Million Distaff Starter Hcp for F&M 3 y.o. & up – One Mile
#6 – Gin Sweep (6-1) *** BEST BET ***
#9 – Just Say Goodbye (5-1)
#1 – Motherload Hipster (8-5)

3rd race – $100,000 MD Million Ladies for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/8 mile on Turf
#8 – Moral High Ground (10-1)
#2 – Dream Louise (10-1)
#9 – Baltimore Belle (5-2)

4th race –$100,000 MD Million Distaff Hcp for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#3 – Silver Heart (4-1)
#5 – Bold Affair (3-5)
#2 – Music Please (10-1)

5th race – $100,000 MD Million Oaks for 3 y.o. fillies – One mile
#7 – Spring Dance (8-5)
#8 – Jazzy Idea (7-5)
#2 – Lady Circle (6-1)

6th race – $100,000 MD Million Turf Sprint Hcp for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#9 – A P Elvis (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#4 – Ben’s Cat (3-5)
#7 – Wire Funds (15-1)

7th race – $100,000 MD Million Nursery for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#10 – Alpha Mike Foxtrot (10-1)
#14 – Nice Going (12-1)
#1 – D C Dancer (3-1)

8th race – $100,000 MD Million Sprint Hcp for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#2 – Regal Solo (3-1)
#4 – Dr. Disco (12-1) * cross-entered in R6; if scratched use #8 – Friscan (15-1)
#1 – Sloane Ranger (5-2)

9th race – $100,000 MD Million Turf for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/8 mile on Turf
#8 – Capital Fellow (10-1)
#7 – Target Sighted (6-1)
#2 – Ham And Ernie (15-1)

10th race – $150,000 MD Million Classic for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/8 mile
#3 – Eighttofasttocatch (9-5)
#2 – Not Abroad (2-1)
#1 – Regal Warrior (8-1)

11th race – $50,000 MD Million Starter Hcp for 3 y.o. & up – One Mile
#2 – Devilish Gait (8-1)
#4 – Gully (5-2)
#13 – Shookstown Road (20-1)

It’s going to be a beautiful day on Saturday to go to lovely Laurel Park and celebrate this rich thoroughbred horse racing tradition in Maryland. Good Luck!

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionGolf-PGA Tour Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals For Children Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from Las Vegas live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour SAS Championship (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm from Cary, NC on Golf Channel); Soccer: MLS-DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 1pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet); College Soccer: Virginia @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm from Ludwig Field live on Fox Soccer Channel); Howard @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park)

10. Animal Collective (Tuesday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Virgin Mobile Freefest feat. Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, M83, Skrillex, Nas, ZZ Top (Saturday 11am Merriweather Post Pavilion); Snoop Dogg (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Live), Mutemath/Civil Twilight (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Cris Jacobs Band (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); The Ataris (Friday 7:30pm Ottobar); Sixpence None The Richer (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Herman’s Hermits (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Diamond Rio (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Switchfoot (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Waka Flocka Flame (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Disco Biscuits (Saturday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (Friday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Mint Condition (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre), Emeli Sande (Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); Robin Thicke (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Raveonettes (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Muse “The 2nd Law” and Van Morrison “Born to Sing: No Plan B” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I mean, I hope Jack White doesn’t walk off stage a few songs into his set Saturday at MPP like he did this weekend in New York. Although in fairness, this is hilarious…

This song kicks ass…

Also, Alabama Shakes…

And if I’m not in Columbia Saturday night (or at ALDS Game 1), I hope to be at RHL…

You may have heard me play the new Muse track a couple of times on the show. Listener Bobby described it as “hot fire”, but I thought that was reserved for Dylan Dilinjah…

9. Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); Jim Florentine (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House), Tom Papa (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); “Taken 2” out in theaters (Friday)

You’re thinking “why would someone take another member of Liam Neeson’s family”, but then again…

Also, here’s a preview of the film…

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