Jump Start, the Mid-Atlantic’s leading sire of 2014, graces the cover of March’s Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine, and it’s quite a photo. A 2-year-old star on the track at Saratoga in 2001, Jump Start possesses a face straight out of Hollywood – firm jaw, steadfast look, alert eye, firm jaw (yes we wrote that twice and you’ll understand when you see it). Now 16, he stands at Northview Stallion Station’s Pennsylvania division and prevailed in a close race with Rockport Harbor for the regional stallion crown.
The March edition features an editorial about the stallion and plenty more including:
• A round-robin look at some of the region’s leading broodmares.
• A retrospective on Maryland-bred steeplechaser Jay Trump (who won at Aintree 50 years ago).
• Profiles of the 2014 Maryland-bred champions.
• A Q&A with former Maryland Jockey Club communications pro Mike Gathagan, a steeplechase preview, some news about improbably successful New Jersey stallion Hey Chub, reports from Parx, Penn National and Laurel.
• The most comprehensive collection of 2014 regional Thoroughbred statistics you can find, anywhere, including these nuggets: There were 223 Delaware-certified Thoroughbreds enrolled in 2014; more than $5.7 million was paid out in Maryland-bred awards and purses in 2014; Defrere leads New Jersey stallions in pretty much every category; Tastefully Simple won more races than any Pennsylvania-bred in 2014; there were 527 Virginia-bred runners in 2014; five West Virginia-breds won six races in 2014.