BAYONNE (Jim McCue/MJC Photo)

On January 19, 2012, Virginia horseman Jeff Cramer claimed the four-year-old mare Bayonne after she finished second in a race at Penn National. At that point he haltered Bayonne, by Dances With Ravens, out of Too Fast to Catch by Nice Catch, for $6,250. At the time, she had made 12 starts with four wins and four seconds and earnings of $63,800.

At the time, Bayonne, who was bred in Maryland by Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable, was a half-sister to two stakes winners – Storm Punch (Two Punch) and Eighttofasttocatch (No For Love).  Storm Punch had won the Primer at Laurel, finished second in the Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park and third in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Gr.1  and Eighttofasttocatch was a multiple stakes winner of $266,200.

Eighttofasttocatch would go on to amass a total of $914,585 including wins in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial, the Jennings Handicap in 2012 and the Henry S. Clark Stakes, the Maryland Million Classic, the Jennings (again) and the Broad Brush Stakes.

Byonne would prove to more than just a fancy pedigree for Cramer, she won a starter optional claiming race in July at Charles Town in August, an allowance race in August before topping the $70,000 Pink Ribbon Stakes at the West Virginia track and the $40,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap on Preakness Day at Pimlico last year.

Under Cramer’s watch, Bayonne earned an additional $137,983 to total $201,783 in earnings that also included two thirds in stakes races.

The now six-year-old mare recently sold at the Keeneland January sale for $65,000 (more than 10 times the original claim paid by Cramer) as a broodmare prospect to Thornmar Farm.

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