HOW’D THE TOP MIDLANTIC-BREDS DO THIS WEEKEND?
Four members of the top 10 of the most recent Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll saw action this past weekend.
How’d they do? The answers:
Sharing: Ranked second in the poll, Sharing made her first start since early September in the Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar. Sent off as the 3.30-1 second choice, the Graham Motion-trained daughter of Speightstown tracked the pace and ran on willingly in the lane but didn’t have quite enough. She finished fourth, beaten just less than a length. Overall, she has two wins and a second from four starts this year with earnings of $326,451.
Harpers First Ride: The third-ranked Harpers First Ride swept to a decisive, three-length victory in the $100,000 Richard W. Small Stakes Saturday at Laurel Park. It was the Claudio Gonzalez trainee’s sixth win from 10 2020 starts and pushed his seasonal earnings to $435,623. Like poll-topper Knicks Go, Harpers First Ride is a son of Paynter.
- King Fury a Preakness possibleKing Fury likely will end up on the wrong side of the Kentucky Derby points cutoff; if so, it’ll be on to the Preakness, said trainer Ken McPeek.
Laki: The sixth-ranked Laki turned in yet another good start Saturday in the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Stakes at Laurel Park, rallying to be second, beaten just a nose by Whereshetoldmetogo in the six-furlong affair while more than six lengths clear of the rest. The Damon Dilodovico-trained son of Cuba has finished first (two times) or second in all six of his starts this year and earned $235,030.
Monday Morning Qb: Ranked seventh in the poll, Monday Morning Qb ran second, as the favorite, in the Grade 3 Discovery Stakes at Aqueduct. The Imagining colt, trained by Butch Reid, has a win and two seconds from five starts to date in 2020. He’s earned $140,155.during the season.
The poll is headed by Knicks Go, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in track-record time November 7. He hasn’t raced since but did return to the work tab on Saturday, breezing a half-mile in 49 4/5 seconds at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox.
- Hello Hot Rod to return home for Tesio StakesMaryland-bred Hello Hot Rod — training in Kentucky for Arizona-based owner George Sharp — will return home for a hoped-for Tesio-Preakness double.
- Knicks Go (MD) — Four-year-old colt by Paynter-Kosmo’s Buddy, by Outflanker. Trained by Brad Cox for Korea Racing Authority. Bred in Maryland by Angie Moore. Key 2020 wins: Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
- Sharing (MD) — Three-year-old filly by Speightstown-Shared Account, by Pleasantly Perfect. Trained by Graham Motion for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable. Bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm. Key 2020 wins: Grade 2 Edgewood Stakes, Tepin Stakes
- Harper’s First Ride (MD) –Four-year-old gelding by Paynter-Polyester, by Tiz Wonderful. Trained by Claudio Gonzalez for MCA Racing Stable LLC. Bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm. Key 2020 wins: Grade 3 Pimlico Special, Richard W. Small Stakes, Deputed Testamony Stakes.
- Field Pass (MD) –Three-year-old colt by Lemon Drop Kid-Only Me, by Runaway Groom. Trained by Mike Maker for Three Diamonds Farm. Bred in Maryland by Mark Brown Grier. Key 2020 wins: Grade 3 Ontario Derby, Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes, Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks.
- Horologist (NJ) — Four-year-old filly by Gemologist-Cinderella Time, by Stephen Got Even. Trained by Bill Mott for There’s A Chance Stable, Medallion Racing, Abbondanza Racing LLC, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms Corp., and David Staudacher. Bred in New Jersey by Holly Crest Farm. Key 2020 wins: Grade 2 Beldame Stakes, Grade 3 Molly Pitcher Stakes.
- Laki (MD) — Seven-year-old gelding by Cuba-Truthful Dutch, by Swear by Dixie. Trained by Damon Dilodovico for Hillside Equestrian Meadows. Bred in Maryland by Tom Michaels and Lorna Baker. Key 2020 wins: Grade 3 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, Oceanport Centennial Stakes.
- Monday Morning Qb (MD) — Three-year-old colt by Imagining-How My Heart Works, by Not for Love. Trained by Butch Reid for Cash Is King LLC and LC Racing LLC. Bred in Maryland by Bowman & HIggins Stable and Cary Frommer. Key 2020 wins: Maryland Million Classic.
- Pickin’ Time (NJ) — Two-year-old colt by Stay Thirsty-Born to Royalty, by King of Kings. Trained by Kelly Breen for John Bowers, Jr. Bred in New Jersey by John Bowers, Jr. Key 2020 wins: Grade 3 Nashua Stakes, Smoke Glacken Stakes.
- Fiya (MD) –Three-year-old gelding by Friesan Fire-Sista, by Two Punch. Trained by Tom Albertrani for Robert Masiello. Bred in Maryland by Ann Merryman. Key 2020 wins: Maryland Million Turf Sprint Handicap.
- Madam Meena (PA) — Three-year-old filly by Include-Good Tidings, by Came Home. Trained by Jamie Ness for Michael R. Cox. Bred in Pennsylvania by Michael R. Cox. Key 2020 wins: Tax-Free Shopping Distaff Stakes.
Also receiving votes: Hello Beautiful, Street Lute, Dr. Feelgood, Project Whiskey, Attachment Rate, Wait for It, Top Line Growth, Majestic Reason, Double Crown, Star of Night, Caravel, Never Enough Time, Jakarta, After Five, Bronx Beauty, Eastern Bay, Its a Journey, Still Having Fun, Anna’s Bandit, Penguin Power, Artful Splatter
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), Rich Glazier (Delaware Park), Cricket Goodall (Maryland Horse Breeders Association), Jim Hague (freelance), Nick Hahn (freelance), Carol Holden (West Virginia Breeders Classics), Tom LaMarra (Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association), Jeff Nations (freelance), Vinnie Perrone (freelance), Frank Petramalo (Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association), John Piassek (freelance), 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).