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Swagger Jack, the winner of the $400,000 Carter Handicap Gr.1 and Bond Holder, the winner of the $250,000 FrontRunner Stakes Gr.1 are the top two Virginia-breds earners of 2013.  Swagger Jack, bred by Edward P. Evans and sold at the 2009 Keeneland September Sale for $280,000, made six starts in 2013 winning twice and finishing second twice while earning $367,850. He now has career earnings of $460,519.  Swagger Jack is by Smart Strike, out of the unraced Lyrical Prayer by The Minstrel.

Swagger Jack is a half-brother to Grade 2 stakes winner Tap Dance and stakes winner, Grade 1 stakes producer Grand Prayer (dam of Malibu Prayer) and stakes placed and stakes producer Lyrical Ghost the dam of European graded stakes placed winner Silverside who was a multiple champion in Spain.

Bred by Lazy Lane Farm, LLC, Bond Holder, by Mineshaft, out of Cielo Girl by Conquistador Cielo, broke his maiden in the $250,000 FrontRunner at Santa Anita in September.  Sold as a yearling at the 2012 Keeneland September sale for $90,000 by his breeder, he was resold for $125,000 at OBS March as a two-year-old before heading out to California and trainer Doug O’Neill.


TIZ TREMENDOUS (Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Assoc. Photo)

Bond Holder followed up his maiden win with a fourth place finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Gr.1 and a another fourth in the $750,000 Cash Call Futurity Gr.1 at Hollywood Park. For his juvenile campaign, he logged one win, one second, two thirds and two fourths earning $366,000. Owner Reddam Racing and trainer O’Neill are no strangers to big races with Reddam having captured the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I’ll Have Another.

Evans’ bred Blueskiesnrainbows finished the year at number 3 on the Va-bred earners list banking $322,270 for his connections. The son of Virginia Derby winner English Channel closed out his four-year-old season with a close second in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (beaten one length) after leading down the stretch.  Prior to that one, he won the $1000,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap at Fairplex and was third in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar.

A $33,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2010, Blueskiesnrainbows, who is out of the Deputy Minister mare Cho Cho San, broke his maiden as a two-year-old at Hollywood Park and has amassed $549,552 in career earnings. At three, he won the $150,000 Swaps Stakes Gr.2 at Hollywood and was third by three quarters in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby Gr.1 to classic winner I’ll Have Another and Creative Cause.



Susie and Wayne Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm bred the fourth and fifth leading earners of 2013 with Tiz Tremendous ($266,293) and Go Blue Or Go Home ($229,242).

Racing in Japan, the filly by Tiz Wonderful, out of Proof Positive by Editor’s Note, broke her maiden in her third try at Kyoto in 2012. At three, she was third in the Hochi Hai Fillies’ Revue Gr.2 before failing to menace in the Oka Sho-Japanese One Thousand Guineas Gr.1.  Her career numbers are 13 starts, two wins and one third for $369,981 in lifetime earnings. She comes from a Morgan’s Ford pedigree of three generations including Virginia-bred Horses of the Year Bank Audit ($567,934, 1st Genuine Risk H. Gr.2, Distaff Breeders Cup Handicap Gr.2, etc.)

Go Blue Or Go Home, by Bluegrass Cat, out of Go Baby Go (IRE) by Lion Cavern, broke his maiden at first asking in 2012 at Woodbine before winning the Highlander Stakes Gr.3 and finishing second in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes. Go Blue Or Go Home was sold at the Keeneland November sale for $90,000 has career to date record includes 11 starts, five wins, one second and one third with $328,866 in career earnings.

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