Breeding Watch: Lots to Love

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Northview Stallion Station‘s Not For Love has been a perennial leading sire for more than a decade and the veteran son of Mr. Prospector showed no signs of slowing down with a stakes trifecta Dec. 6.

Not for Love’s gallant 8-year-old Eighttofasttocatch closed out a magnificent 47-start career with his fourth consecutive score in the Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park. The victory put the gelding over the $1 million mark in career earnings, the first son or daughter of Not For Love to reach seven figures. Eighttofasttocatch retires with 12 stakes victories.

While Eighttofasttocatch will enjoy his golden years as a show horse, Not For Love’s next star just might be a 2-year-old colt named Golden Years. The West Virginia-bred rolled by 7 1/4 lengths in the $100,000 Marylander Stakes Saturday at Laurel card to earn his second stakes trophy in his first four starts. He is the second stakes winner by Not For Love out of a mare by Oh Say, from nine starters.

Down in South Florida, Loverbil became Not For Love’s 79th stakes winner with his tally in the Claiming Crown Express Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old holds an interesting pedigree as he’s out of a daughter of Polish Numbers, a former Not for Love barnmate at Northview and a product of the same Phipps-curated female family. Polish Numbers (by Danzig) is out of the Buckpasser mare Numbered Account while Not For Love is out of Numbered Account’s daughter Dance Number.

Loverbil is Not For Love’s third stakes winner out of a Polish Numbers mare and his fourth overall stakes winner inbred to Numbered Account. There are now a total of 16 stakes winners showing a double of the great mare, who traces back to the legendary La Troienne.

This trio of stakes winners are among the nine sired by Not For Love this year and he’s about to capture his 10th championship as Maryland’s leading sire since 2003.

The surging first-crop sire Munnings enjoyed a very good Saturday as well with a pair of stakes winners.

Lake Sebago (dam by the El Prado son Borrego) came from off the pace to earn her second straight stakes win in the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel. At Tampa Bay Downs, it was Catalina Red scoring in the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes. The chestnut colt entered the contest a maiden after three starts but more than proved he belonged, romping by 7 1/4 lengths. He’s out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway’s full brother Freud and is the 28th stakes winner inbred to Storm Cat. Four of the others are by Munnings’ sire Speightstown, who’s out of the Storm Cat mare Silken Cat.

Munnings sired 24 first-crop winners through Wednesday and was tied for the lead in North America with his mate in the Ashford Stud barn, champion and classic winner Lookin At Lucky. He ranks just behind that one and WinStar Farm’s Super Saver with three first-crop stakes winners.

Catalina Red is actually one of two new juvenile stakes winners out of mares by Freud Saturday. Across the continent at Golden Gate Fields it was Stand and Salute standing in the winner’s enclosure after the $75,210 Gold Rush Stakes. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee was bred in Florida and is by the A.P. Indy stallion Saint Anddan. There are now four stakes winners from the first 49 starters out the Freud daughters (8 percent stakes winners from starters) with the others being by Bustin Stones (by City Zip) and Stroll (by Pulpit), an A.P. Indy grandson.

The two North American graded races over the weekend both fell to first-time graded stakes winners.

The Grade 2 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos was taken down by the up-and coming Midnight Lute filly Tiz Midnight. She’s the 12th stakes winner and sixth graded winner for the Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms-based third crop son of Real Quiet. She’s also the third graded stakes winner out of a mare by Tiznow in 2014 after Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks winner Personal Diary (by City Zip) and Grade 3 Schuylerville winner Fashion Alert (by Old Fashioned).

Airdrie Stud’s Istan (by Gone West) has but 59 starters in his first four crops but Turkish makes it four stakes winners from that group, all of them graded (6.7 percent stakes winners from starters). The 5-year-old helped close out the Woodbine season by winning Sunday’s Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes going 14 furlongs on the Polytrack. Out of a mare by Pleasant Tap, he’s at least the ninth stakes winner bred on the larger Gone West/Pleasant Colony cross.

Matt O’Neil is a freelance writer and pedigree consultant based in Chicago. A former editor of Owner-Breeder International, his work has also appeared in numerous publications that include The Blood-Horse MarketWatch, The Florida Horse and Keeneland Magazine. He is currently marketing and social media coordinator for Adena Springs Farm and a partner in the fantasy horse racing game MyFantasyStable.com.