finishing third in the 2010 Maryland Million Turf, trainer Tim Keefe
decided that Eighttofasttocatch needed a change. The son of Not For Love
has responded with 11 victories in 25 main track starts, including nine
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
who has earned more than $850,000 during his career, heads a field of
ten in Saturday’s Broad Brush Stakes, one of three stakes races on
Laurel Park’s nine-race program. The $100,000 test is at 1-1/8 mile on
the main track.
really needed a boost in confidence at that point in his career,” Keefe
said. “He responded. I have made some mistakes along the way, putting
him in spots where he couldn’t compete, but (owners) Arnold and Sylvia
Heft deserve a lot of credit. They have never pressured me to run him.
Horses like him come very infrequently so I want to keep him around as
long as I can.”
winner of his past two starts at Laurel Park - the Maryland Million
Classic (Oct. 19) and the Jennings Handicap (Nov. 16) -
Eighttofasttocatch is set to break from the extreme outside post under
Forest Boyce. Based on his current form, the seven-year old figures to
make a beeline for the lead, since he won his last two outings in
certainly wouldn’t have picked the outside but we will still be okay,”
added Keefe. “He prefers the front and has become one dimensional but at
the same time he has staying power. He came out of the Jennings in good
condition. I am bringing him back quicker than normal but he loves this
track and has never been better, so there is no reason not to run.”
Maryland Jockey Club oddsmaker Keith Feustle has made Eighttofasttocatch the 9-5 morning line favorite.
Bob Boy (4-1) has won sixteen of twenty-one starts, including a handy
8-3/4 length score in his last outing, the A Huevo Stakes at Charles
Town. He is seven-for-nine this year with victories in three other
stakes at Charles Town. Sandra Dono trains the son of Flatter. Arnaldo
Bocachica has the mount.
runners with impressive credentials include Ponzi Scheme (5-1) and
Gourmet Dinner (6-1), who won the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot as a
two-year old in 2010 and finished on the board in both the Holy Bull
(G3) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) the following year.
Robb will saddle multiple stakes winner Fred High (12-1) in the Broad
Brush. Robb opted to run the son of Crypto Star in the $450,000 West
Virginia Breeders Classic at Charles Town instead of the Maryland
Million Classic and the gelding responded with his sixth victory of the
year. He then finished third, behind Lucy’s Bob Boy last month. Wesley
Ho has the riding assignment.
rode the horse for the two other trainers who had him previously but
ever since he stepped into Robb’s barn, he has been a totally difference
horse. He has put on weight and his attitude towards running is
completely different,” Ho said. “I think he is peaking right now. We got
boxed in last time out and he still made a big effort. There is plenty
of pace in this race with the two favorites so I think this horse could
run a really good race.”
Robb, who is an impressive 13-of-31 at the current fall meet, will have runners in all three stakes races.
old fillies are the focus of the seven furlong $100,000 Gin Talking
Stakes. Post time favoritism will fall to either Mamdooha or Respectful
Wishes, who are listed at even money and 6-5 respectively on the morning
line in the seven furlong race.
was a maiden winner at Aqueduct for trainer Kieran McLaughlin in her
second lifetime start. Despite a hard bump at the break, the daughter of
Daaher recovered quickly and won going away, earning a Beyer speed
figure of 75. Eddie Castro will ride.
Wishes has stakes experience, with a second in the White Clay Creek
Stakes on her resume. She’s won her past two starts for Robb, both under
Ho at Laurel. The daughter of Fairbanks has three wins and a second in
six lifetime starts.
filly is starting to put everything together,” added Ho. “She seems to
be improving with each effort. Two starts back she set some fast
fractions. Last time out she relaxed on the front-end and I had plenty
of horse left. I think the 7/8’s is her best distance and she is going
to be tough to beat.”
Robb also entered Venice Queen (10-1), who has been on the board in six-of-eight starts this year.
Two-year old colts and geldings make up the field of eight named to start in the seven furlong $100,000 Marylander Stakes.
is the 2-1 program favorite off an impressive rally to win his last
start, the James F. Lewis Stakes at Laurel on November 16. The son of
With Distinction made an eye-popping stretch run to win at odds of 35-1.
After the race his owner-trainer John Rigattieri said he looked forward
to running Jessethemarine at the seven furlong distance.
Custody (7-2) is third choice on the morning line after a second place
finish in the Maryland Million Nursery and a rallying fourth in the
James F. Lewis. Ho will be aboard the son of Outflanker for the fourth
his first three starts he was sent to the lead but in his last start we
let him break on his own and do his own thing,” Ho said. “He had to be
taught to have dirt kicked in his face and did end up making a good run
down the lane.”
$100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes was scheduled to be part of the
Saturday card but only three runners were entered in the one mile test
for fillies and mares, so the race was scratched.
fans will be selected throughout the day as part of the annual $10,000
Give Tree giveaway. Mystery gifts include flat screen televisions and
iPads. Everyone in attendance will receive a complimentary 2014 Maryland
ANOTHER MULTIPLE WIN DAY FOR CARRASCO; X MARKS THE SPOT FOR PEREZ
the ninth time in the last 10 live racing days at Laurel Park,
apprentice Victor Carrasco produced a multiple win afternoon. The
21-year old guided Runaway Dame ($6-race 6), Kissed by the Mist
($9.40-race 8) and Sweet Yulianna ($5.80-race 9) to victories Thursday
afternoon. He leads the fall standings with 51 victories and tops all
North American apprentice riders in both victories (194) and earnings
Perez rode three winners on Thursday’s nine-card. The 26-year old
visited the winners’ circle aboard with Fibber and Molly ($4.60-race 1),
Hiram ($21.80-race 5) and Time of the Sword ($9.60-race 7). The win
total matched what Perez had for the entire fall meet entering the day.