Goodonehoney among newcomers to Top Midlantic-bred Poll
Goodonehoney was much the best in the Weber City Miss Stakes. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
The top trio in both the three-year-old division and older horse division of the brand new Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll for racing action through May 13 remained unchanged from the April poll. But some interesting things are happening on the lower rungs of the poll.
Among three-year-olds, the Maryland-bred filly Blamed remained in the top spot with a spotless 2018 ledger that includes three stakes wins. She’s followed by the Pennsylvania-bred filly Cosmic Burst, winner of the Grade 3 Honeybee Stakes, and Maryland-bred colt Still Having Fun, a two-time stakes winner this season. Maryland-bred Limited View, in fourth in the last poll, is fifth this month.
New to the top five three-year-olds is Goodonehoney. The Maryland-bred Great Notion filly made her racing debut March 24, taking a maiden race in visually impressive fashion, and she built on that with an ultra-impressive, front-running score in the Weber City Miss Stakes at Laurel Park. That earned the filly, trained by Jason Egan for a partnership including her breeder, Kasey K Racing Stable, a spot in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes coming up May 18 at Pimlico.
The situation is similar among older horses. In that group, the top three, for the second straight month, are Grade 1 winner Army Mule, a Pennsylvania-bred; defending Eclipse champion distaff sprinter Unique Bella, also bred in the Keystone State; and the Virginia-bred Grade 2 winner One Go All Go.
A pair of horses are new to the list.
From the world of steeplechase, Senior Senator checks in in the fourth position. The eight-year-old Domestic Dispute gelding, a Pennsylvania-bred, has won a pair of jump stakes for trainer Joseph Davies and owner Irvin Crawford this year. In fifth is the West Virginia-bred Anna’s Bandit. Trained by Jerry Robb for No Guts No Glory Farm, the daughter of Great Notion has won a pair of stakes during a thus-far undefeated 2018.
Of the 10 horses in the twin polls, four were bred in Maryland and four were bred in Pennsylvania. One each was bred in Virginia and West Virginia. Four are males and six are females.
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The poll was restricted to horses that have run in 2018 and were bred in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Carolinas.
- Blamed (MD) — filly by Blame-Salsa Star, by Giant’s Causeway; bred by Sagamore Farm; trained by Joel Marr for Cleber J. Massey; won El Paso Times S., Island Fashion S., Sunland Park Oaks. Last month: 1st
- Cosmic Burst (PA) — filly by Violence-Peggy Ring, by Ghostzapper; bred by Pewter Stable; trained by Donnie Von Hemel for Norma Lee Stockseth and Todd Dunn; won G3 Honeybee Stakes. Last month: 2nd
- Still Having Fun (MD) — colt by Old Fashioned-Casual Kiss, by Dehere; bred by Tim Keefe and Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes; owned by Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, and Terp Racing LLC; won Miracle Wood S., Whiteley S. Last month: 3rd.
- Goodonehoney (MD) — Filly by Great Notion-Diva’s Gold, by Tenpins; bred by Kasey K Racing Stable; trained by Jason Egan for Kasey K Racing Stable, Michael R. Day, and Final Turn Racing Stable LLC; won Weber City Miss S. Last month: NA
- Limited View (MD) — filly by Freedom Child-Loves to Glance, by Not for Love; bred by Barbara G. Smith; trained by John Salzman, Jr. for himself, Fred Wasserloos, and George Greenwalt; won Marshua S., second Beyond the Wire S. Last month: 4th.
Also receiving votes: Smokinpaddylassie, Enchanted Ghost, Daddy Is A Legend, William and Mary, Forest Fire, V. I. P. Code, Deep Red
TOP OLDER HORSES
- Army Mule (PA) — 4yo ridgling by Friesan Fire-Crafty Toast, by Crafty Prospector; bred by Hope Hill Farm; trained by Todd Pletcher for St. Elias Stable; won G1 Carter H. Last month: 1st.
- Unique Bella (PA) — 4yo filly by Tapit-Unrivaled Belle, by Unbridled’s Song; bred by Brushwood Stable; trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Don Alberto Stable; won G2 Santa Maria, 2nd Grade 1 Apple Blossom. Last month: 2nd.
- One Go All Go (VA) — 6yo horse by Fairbanks-See Ashleigh Run, by Marquetry; bred by Albert P. Coppola; trained by Charles Dickey for Rodney Paden; Won Grade 2 Dixiana Elkhorn S., 2nd G2 Mac Diarmida S., 2nd G2 Ft. Lauderdale S., 2nd G2 Pan American S., 3rd G1 Man o’ War S. Last month: 3rd.
- Senior Senator (PA) — 8yo gelding by Domestic Dispute-Queen Kennelot, by Awesome Again; bred by Charles McGill; trained by Joseph Davies for Irvin L. Crawford, II. Won Grand National Timber Stakes, Maryland Hunt Cup Stakes. Last month: NA.
- Anna’s Bandit (WV) — 4yo filly by Great Notion-Onearmedbandit, by No Armistice; bred and trained by John Robb; owned by No Guts No Glory Farm. Won Conniver S., Down Town Allen S. Last month: NA
Also receiving votes: Lewisfield, Rainbow Heir, Driven to Compete, Zanclus, It’s the Journey, Spring Quality, Favorite Tale
Participating Voters: Ted Black (freelance writer), Michael Campbell (Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey), Joe Clancy (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred), Cindy Deubler (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred), Linda Dougherty (freelance), Debbie Easter (Virginia Thoroughbred Association), Paul Espinosa (Charles Town Races), Anne Frederick (Maryland Horse Breeders Association), Rich Glazier (Delaware Park), Cricket Goodall (Maryland Horse Breeders Association), Jim Hague (freelance), Nick Hahn (freelance), Carol Holden (West Virginia Breeders Classics), Tom LaMarra (The Blood-Horse), Jeff Nations (freelance), Kate Painter (West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association), Vinnie Perrone (freelance), Frank Petramalo (Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association), Gary Quill (The Racing Biz), David Richardson (Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association), Brian Sanfratello (Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association), Sal Sinatra (Maryland Jockey Club), Chris Sobocinski (Delaware Park), Dan Tordjman (freelance), Frank Vespe (The Racing Biz), Bill Watson (freelance), Lydia Williams (freelance), Bobby Zen (freelance).
Note — Not all participating voters will vote in every poll.