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VA-BREDS AT FASIG-TIPTON WINTER MIXED

Led by the $360,000 paid by Gainesway for the 7-year-old mare Hidden Expression, Fasig-Tipton concluded its winter mixed sale Feb. 10 on a solid note, despite the formidable weather conditions that existed in Lexington during the two-day auction.

Fasig-Tipton reported 406 horses grossed $13,527,500, with an average price of $33,319 and a median of $16,000. The 99 horses that did not sell represented 19.6% of the total through the ring.

The numbers are well below those posted at the 2013 auction that was boosted by a reduction of horses from Eugene Melnyk’s Winding Oaks breeding operation. The 2013 sale saw 245 horses bring a total $13,781,700 for an average price of $56,252 and a $15,000 median price.

Comparisons of the 2013 and 2014 sales aren’t meaningful considering the strength of the Melnyk consignment in 2013 and increased size of the 2014 catalog.

VA-BREDS:

78 M Call the Thunder, Four Star Sales Agent for the Estate of David Greathous – Naveed McCowhan, $18,000

102 F Coefficient, Paramount Sales Agent XXI – Fred Hertrich, $17,000

110 – Out

411 – Out

483 F Tizzy Fever, Double Infinity Ranch  – Calumet Farm, $100,000

525 – Out

561 M Hulamore, Paramount Sales Agent XXXI – David Hamilton, $1,000

Visits: 195

TWO VA-BREDS COLTS, THREE VA-BRED FILLIES ON THE EXPERIMENTAL FREE HANDICAP

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BOND HOLDER

119 – Bond Holder 119, by Mineshaft, out of Cielo Girl  by Conquistador Cielo, bred by Lazy Lane Farms

114 – Noble Moon by Malibu Moon, out of Mambo Bell  by Kingmambo, bred by the Estate of Edward P. Evans

 FILLIES:

117 – Facinating, by  Smart Strike, out of Untouched Talent by Storm Cat, bred by Audley Farm Equine Inc.

110 – Thank You Marylou, by Birdstone, out of Menifeeque by Menifee, bred by Mr. & Mrs. C.W. McNeely III

104 – Bern Legacy, by Bernstein out of Penny Marie by Sky Classic, bred by Lazy Lane Farms, LLC 104

 

 

Visits: 69

ALL VA-BRED STARTERS EARN OVER $12.5 MILLION IN 2013

Both total starts and total earnings for Va-breds declined last year, confirming the negative impact of Virginia’s ongoing declining Thoroughbred foal crop.. All Virginia-breds accounted for 3,621 starts worldwide as reported by the Jockey Club and www.equineline.com with total earnings of $12,590,315 in 2013. In 2012, Virginia-breds made 3,769 total starts and earned $12,935,616 worldwide.

Racing in North America accounted for 3,331 of those starts and $11,650,353 in earnings while foreign racing added another $939.966.  According to the Jockey Club reports, Virginia-breds raced in far flung locations including Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South America, the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates.

Domestically, Virginia-breds accounted for 402 wins and $6,792,037 in first place earning in North America last year.  The winning horses that are registered with the Virginia Breeders Fund will be eligible for 2013 Breeders Awards. In the past, Breeders Awards did not include wins in Canada and Puerto Rico.

In 2012, Virginia-breds made 3,769 total starts and earned $12,935,616 worldwide. In North America, 3,549 Virginia-breds earned $12,417,801 while internationally, 220 Virginia-bred starts earned $517,815. In North America, Virginia-breds won 455 races and $7,232,446 in purses.

Overall starts worldwide declined 4% from 3,621in 2013 from 3,769 starts in 2012 while total earnings declined 3%.  The number of North American wins declined from 455 in 2012 to 402 in 2013 (-11.6%), and  the purses earned in those winning races decreased from $7,232,446 in 2012 to $6,792,037 in 2013 – a decrease of $440,409 or 6%.

In 2012, Virginia-breds won a total of 37 starter handicap races combined with other conditions, 47 allowances, 25 allowance optional claiming, 190 claiming, 89 maiden claiming, 57 maiden specials, 11 starters and 19 stakes as well as other races with various conditions.  The average distance for the 455 winning races in North America was 6.97 furlongs and the average for all starts worldwide was 7.85 furlongs and the average earnings per Va-bred win was $15,895.49.

Virginia-breds won in Maryland 69 times (Laurel, Pimlico and Timonium) at Colonial Downs 66 times, West Virginia (Charles Town and Mountaineer), Pennsylvania 55 times (Parx, Penn National and Presque Isle), Virginia 39 times (Colonial Downs), Florida 32 times (Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay and Calder), New York 25 times (Aqueduct, Belmont, Finger Lakes and Saratoga), Delaware (Delaware Park) 14 times and Kentucky 9 times (Churchill, Keeneland and Turfway)

In 2013, Virginia-breds won 30 starter handicaps and combined with other conditions, 35 allowance races, 22 allowance/optional claiming races, 157 claiming races, 53 maiden special weights and 26 stakes races. The average distance for the 402 winning races in North America was 7.03 furlongs and the average for all starts worldwide was 7.85 furlongs and the average earnings per Va-bred win in North America was $16,895.61 – an increase of 6%.

Virginia-bred s won 80 races in West Virginia, 41 in Maryland, 39 in Pennsylvania, 37 in Virginia, 33 in Florida, 26 races in New York, 15 in Kentucky , and 14 in Delaware.

Visits: 46

BREEDERS OF VA-BRED EARNERS IN 2013

In 2013, 143 breeders (and partners) produced Virginia-bred earners.

From the Jockey Club, www.equineline.com.  In alphabetical order.

Breeder, starts, first, second, third, total earnings.

Atkins Homes, Inc., 33, 4, 1 and 5, $85,682

Audley Farm and Audley Farm Equine LLC, 232, 45, 28 and 36, $1,194,404

Baffa Sally P 7 0 0 $4,450

Baker Bryan R 32 2 1 4 $37,512

Becker, Maria & Champions  6 0 1 3 $3,738

Becker, Maria & JMI Investments 4 0 0 0 $2,280

Becker, Maria JMI Investments & Bluegrass Farm Partners  2 0 0 2 $15,000

Born To Run Thoroughbreds  2 0 0 0 $200

Born to Run Thoroughbreds LLC 8 0 0 1 $2,760

Braeburn Farm Corp.  12 2 0 0 $19,050

Bradshaw James A. & Norine A Bradshaw 5 1 0 1 $7,585

Brown Paul   4 1 0 0 $18,650

Bryant Magalen O.  5 0 1 1 $17,226

Bryant Sherwood  7 0 2 2 $16,120

Burgess Mauck Mary K.  4 0 0 0 $1,090

Calvin Page & Janice Page 7 0 2 0 $6,670

Carroll Henry L 22 1 3 4 $48,475

Carter James Sumter and partners 75 8 15 6 $142,858

Chance Farm, 47 7 7 4 $193,914

Collette Sara 5 1 0 1 $7,550

Concepts Unlimited & Nellie M. Cox 5 0 1 0 $3,685

Connor Edward 10 1 2 4 $16,440

Coppola Albert 45 1 6 8 $47,636

Corbin Terry Allen 14 0 1 3 $8,310

Cox Mr. & Mrs. Sidney B. Cox, Jr., Nellie Mae Cox and Rose Retreat Farm 32 7 2 5 $206,702

Dempsey Suzanne A. 25 3 2 8 $77,195

Destinaire Farm 4 0 0 1 $5,385

Digon George E. 19 1 2 3 $19,976

Dixon Edward E. Jr.  4 0 0 0 $521

Donaghy Karl William 12 2 0 2 $20,281

Dove, II William K.  9 0 0 1 $2,710

Dresden Farm 11 2 3 1 $22,220

DSR Limited Liability Corporation  5 1 0 0 $19,109

Dunavant R. C.  2 0 0 0 $288

Eagle Point Farm 14 3 0 2 $41,690

Eldon Farm Racing Stable LLC  2 0  0 1 $4,000

English Dr. Sam E. English II 47 5 10 8 $139,828

Evans Edward P. and the Estate of Edward P. Evans 519 80 70 56 $2,919,659

Falk, James H. Sr.  23 0 4 6 $40,474

Firestone Bertram R. Mr. & Mrs.  86 15 10  9 $283,346

Foxcroft Farm 7 1 0 1  $12,774

Franklin Denise 1 0 1 0 $4,400

Glenn Thompson & Hill Haven, Inc. 14 2 2 2 $22,220

Grimsley Charles 12 1 0 3 $23,170

Hackman James M. 26 1 6 1, $55,530

Hart Farm and Partners 71 9  8 8 $216,507

Havens Ralph S.   9 1 1 2 $21,500

Hayes Donna M. 95 5 6 6 $91,217

Hester Leanne 10 0 0 1 $6,066

Hickory Tree Farm LLC and Hickory Tree Equine 62 9 5 8 $239,646

Hinson Jackie  4 1 0 0 $9,720

Hodges Betty Jo & Omar Lyn   2 0 0 0 $100

Holly Ridge Farm, LLC 13 1 2 1 $50,479

Howlin Darlene H.  8 3 0 1 $53,710

Hughes Justine M.  4 0 0 0 $600

Hume Stables 2 0 0 0 $200

Iselin C. Oliver III 13 2 2 1 $36,590

Jackson Karen 7 0 0 0 $1,700

Jennings C. Painter & Harold D. McCoy 10 0 1 1 $9,840

Johnson Karl B. Sr.  7 1 0 0 $10,490

Johnson R. Larry and Legacy Farm, 107 15 12 14 $468,958

Kaz Hill Farm 15 2 6 1 $67,044

Kinross Corp. 3 0 0 1 $4,700

Lady Olivia at North Cliff, LLC and partners, 143 20 18 21 $560,079

Lazy Lane Farms  LLC and Lazy Lane Farms Inc $1,142,107

Lisa Calhoun & Gordon Calhoun 10 1 2 2 $30,882

Maloney Sharon A.  8 2 0 1 $23,500

Manning Diane Louise 5 0 0 2 $13,570

Mar Jim Farms LLC 6 0 1  1 $7,720

MarJim Farms LLC 4 0 0 0 $780

Masek Helen H. 6 0 1  $5,680

McDade, Rose Burns & Lawrence G. McDade 6 2 0 0 $13,600

McLean Louise 3 0 0 0 $3,620

Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud, LLC, 89 4 13 14 $156,996

Megan Anne Walker & John Randell Meadows 2 0 0 0 $165

Minor Halsey 7 0 0 0 $2,495

Moore Hugo  4 0 0 0 $967

Moore, Carlos S. E.  & Gillian Gordon-Moore, Corner Farm & Partners 50 5 6 5 $147,213

Morgan Carla Lou 13 1 2 2 $15,484

Morgans Ford Farm and partners 191 26 17 26 $900,687

Mr. & Mrs. C.W. McNeely III, 26 1 7 2 $236,917

Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III, 113 12 12  12 $212,319

Myer Eric J. 6 0 4 0 $13,025

Myers James Walter, Jr & Teresa C. Myers  8 1 0 0 $13,045

Nancy M Rizer & Eric A Rizer 10 2 0 0 $13,416

Nicewonder Beverly Carolyn Nicewonder 23 3 4 2 $100,011

Nixon Stephanie 5 0 0 0 $75

Noffsinger Dixie 4 1 0 1 $7,744

Noffsinger Glenn R. Dr.  4 0 0 2 $4,880

North Wales LLC 3 0 1 2 $6,680

Nuesch Felix J. 16 0 0 0 $4,369

O’brien Mary T. O’Brien 9 1 2 0, $58,875

O’Donnell Mark 1 0 0 0 $520

Overfelt Heid i1 5 1 1 1 $35,584

Owens Warren Mr.  6 0 2 0 $13,400

Page Calvin Mr. & Mrs.  5 0 0 0 $1,990

Proctor Stephen Wayne Proctor & Breaking Maidens Farm 3 0 0 0 $813

Quest Realty 3 1 0 0 $13,466

Quest Realty 4 0 0 1 $1,772

Randolph Tedford M. Jr.  13 0 0 0 $5,006

Rebecca Jaronski & Kim Reid  8 0 2  1 $4,143

Richards Althea D. Richards and partners 61 10 10 7 $193,347

Ritzenberg Grace E. Ritzenberg 1 6 2 1 $118,040

Roberta Cotrone & Darby Dan Farm  9 1 1 3  $10,326

Rogers Samuel H. Mr. & Mrs. Jr 31 1 1 4 $24,445

Rozell Erika Keller & Russell N. Carrier Jr.  5  0 0 0 $530

Run Aweigh Stable 19 0 0 1 $6,690

S. Barton Inc.   13 1 0 3 $22,560

Sally Ann Yeckley & Gerald B Yeckley Jr.  8 0 0 0 $1,617

Sandy Valley Farms 9 2 1 1 $39,970

Sellers John Robert 7 1 1 0 $23,360

Simms Anna Melissa 1 0 0 0 $600

Smart Bruce Mr. & Mrs.  12 1 2 2  $33,707

Smith Rodger L. Smith 18 6 3 1 $58,981

Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds 9  3 0 0 $86,908

South Gate  19 0 2 1 $3,017

Springer William F.  3 0 0 0 $793

Susan S. Cooney 17 2 1 1 $96,921 ‘;

Swaim Donna Jean  8 1 2 0 $11,620

Terhune Nancy Lynn 5 2 1 1 $23,020

Terrace Tara 2 1 0 0 $13,380

Thompson John  1 0 0  0 $320

Thompson Joy  5 0 0 1 $4,220

Thompson William B. Jr.  3 0 0 0 $374

Tobin Edwin L.   2 0 0 0 $200

Tomlinson Kenneth Y.  2 0 0 0 $1,500

Tucker Anne N. and R.M. Bouse 27 4 5 3 $133,723

Turner Patricia R.  10 1 1 1 $14,792

Vermont Farm LLC 7 0 0 0 $4,980

White John & Trish White 2 0 0 0 $306

White Margaret R.  2 0 1 0 $1,750

White Tommy  9 0 1 2 $13,656

Whitehall Lane Farm  9 0 1 1 $14,963

William M. Backer and William M. Backer Revocable Trust 114 19 15 14 $370,651

Willis Tracy, 9  0  2 0  $8,350

Windward Farm  4 0 0 0 $4,680

Wyco Kristen Suzanne 1 0 0 0  $100

Yadkin Farm & RMF Thoroughbreds 13  1 3 4 $23,209

Zureick Mr. & Mrs. Frank Zureick, Mr. & Mrs. George Rayborn & William M. Russell 8 1 1 2 $75,820

Visits: 72

VA-BREDS AT KEENELAND JANUARY

1162 Sunbaked  2010 CH Filly, by Malibu Moon, out of Robin’s Prospect, St. George Sales, Agen XIII – $9,000, Dave Lebsock

1260 Bebop 2009 DB/BR Mare, by Belong to Me, out of Talent, Lane’s End, Agent for Smitten Farm – $10,000, Gregory Grisolia & Lucille Friedman

1284 Cherokee Probe 2004 DB/BR Mare, by Cherokee Run, out of Probing, bred to Talent Search, Ramsey Farm  – $4,500, Ikhana Farm

1286 B Filly 2011, by Candy Ride (ARG), out of Christmas Card, Warrendale Sales, Agent XI – $17,000, Adena Springs

1360 – Out

1366 Galway 2010 GR/RO Filly, by More Than Ready, out of Elsie Jay, Trackside Farm (Tom Evans), Agent I – $10,000 Calumet Far

1398 Including 2010 DB/BR Filly, by Include            , out of Doolittle, Claiborne Farm, Agent – $20,000, Adena Springs

1519 – RNA

1526 Sabu 1997 DB/BR Mare, by Deputy Minister, out of Swaalif,  Monticule LLC – $1,500, Kristin Case

Visits: 119

TWO GRADE 1 WINNERS TOP VIRGINIA-BRED EARNERS OF 2013

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SWAGGER JACK WINNING THE CARTER GR.1 (NYRA Photo)

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.

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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.

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GO BLUE OR GO HOME

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.

Visits: 60

VA-BREDSTAKES WINNER JUST CALL KENNY TO UNDERGO SURGERY

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JUST CALL KENNY (Leslie Martin Photo)

Virginia-bred stakes winner Just Call Kenny who recently won the Spectacular Bid stakes and was previously named Grand Champion of the 2012 Virginia Breeders Fund’s Yearling Futurity sustained a condylar fracture that will require surgery, according to trainer Pat McBurney.

The Jump Start colt is head to the Equine Hospital in Ocala and is expected to be out 60 -90 days.

McBurney remains upbeat saying, “He’s very bright-eyed and happy with himself, throwing his Jolly ball all around his stall.

Just Call Kenny broke his maiden at first asking this summer at Monmouth and we runner-up in a Laurel allowance before his stakes win last weekend.

“We always thought he could run,” McBurney said after the race. “He got a lot of dirt in his face, split horses and he looked very good.  He was off a couple month layoff and we don’t think that was his distance either.”

Visits: 51

VA-BREDS AT KEENELAND JANUARY

287 Misty in Malibu, 3/27/2009, Mare by Malibu Moon, out of Misty Rain, Dark Hollow, Agent I (to Dissolve a Partnership) – $80,000, Ellen Charles (Hillwood Stable)

293 Moonlight Cruise  4/19/2001, Mare by Silver Deputy, out of Ladies Cruise. Bred to Tapizar, Dapple Stud, Agent – $37,000, Chad Schumer, Agent

349 Scootin’ Girl 4/3/1998, Mare by Dumaani, out of Boltin’ Bride. Bred to Congrats, Select Sales, Agent – $50,000,Nursery Place

439 Zapara 2/13/2010, Filly by Not For Love, out of Play all Day, Broodmare Prospect, James B. Keogh (Grovendale), Agent XIII – $27,000, Michelle St. George & Brookstone Farm

619 Lady Chip 2/16/2004, Mare by Dixie Union, out of Chip. Bred to Lookin At Lucky, Brookdale Sales, Agent for Audley Farm Equine – $20,000, Gene Tenbrink

 653 Miss Trinidad 2/16/2003, Mare by Kingmambo, out of Miznah (IRE). Bred to Afleet Alex, Walnut Green, Agent for Smart Angle LLP – $35,000, Mohamed Abdulla Abdulmalik

Visits: 63

VA-BRED FIREZE FEELING CAPTURES NELLIE MORSE AT LAUREL

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FIRENZE FEELING (Jim McCue/MJC Photo)

Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC, Elkstone Group & David A. Ross’ Firenze Feeling saved ground to the far turn, angled outside and caught the frontrunner and then drew away to win the $100,000 Nellie Morse Stakes, the third of four stakes races at Laurel Park last Saturday.

Firenze Feeling is a lightly raced daughter of Macho Uno. She was making her first start since January 19, 2013 and her first for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. Apprentice Victor Carrasco was winning the first stakes of his budding career.

“Rudy told me to wait on her and to find room when I was ready,” Carrasco said. “When I found the room I got her to run and she was strong. We clipped heels on the first turn but when I got her to relax and she got some dirt kicked on her she was fine.”

Firenze Feeling completed the 1-1/16th mile distance in 1:48.69, winning by 4-3/4 lengths and paying $5.80 as the second betting choice. Pacesetter Celtic Katie finished second, while Access To Charlie was third.

The Audley-bred filly was sold as a yearling for $110,000 at Keeneland September in 2011.  She has now won three of her four starts bankrolling $111,360.

Equibase Chart

Visits: 43

VA-BRED NOBLE MOON MORNING CHOICE IN AQUEDUCT’S $200,000 JEROME GR.2

NOBLE MOON (NYRA Photo)

NOBLE MOON (NYRA Photo)

Virginia-bred Noble Moon will attempt to make up for lost time when he heads a group of eight sophomores entered in the Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome, the first graded stakes of the year in New York for three-year-olds.

The one mile, 70-yard Jerome will be contested on Saturday and serves as the first of three races building to the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 5. Following the Jerome, Aqueduct will host the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on February 1 and the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham on March 1.

Treadway Racing Stables’ Noble Moon, bred by the Estate of Edward P. Evans, won his debut race, a six-furlong event in September at Belmont Park, by three-quarters of a length before making a six-wide rally from 12th when third by a diminishing three lengths in the Grade 2, one-mile Nashua on November 3 at Aqueduct.

Off his Nashua performance, Noble Moon was tabbed as the third choice on the morning line for the Grade 2, 1 1/8-mile Remsen on November 30 at Aqueduct, but he was scratched after having an allergic reaction the night before the race.

“He got hives the night before [the Remsen] and we had to treat him, so he had to be scratched,” said trainer Leah Gyarmati. “He’s been great ever since, hasn’t missed a work, and is doing very well, so, hopefully, he’ll run well on Saturday. He could have run [in the Remsen], even with the hives, if we hadn’t treated him around midnight.”

Noble Moon prepared for his two-turn debut by breezing one mile in 1:45.22 on December 28 over the Belmont training track.

Irad Ortiz, Jr. will ride Noble Moon for the first time in the Jerome. The bay colt drew post position 1 and was made the 6-5 morning-line favorite.

Visits: 42
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