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Eighttofasttocatch Wins Jennings Handicap For The Third Year In A Row
LAUREL, MD. 11-16-13---Sylvia Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch bounded to the lead a few strides out of the gate and was in complete control the rest of the way as he drove to victory in the $100,000 Jennings Handicap for registered Maryland-breds.
This was the third year in a row that the Tim Keefe trainee had won the Jennings, matching Little Bold John (1987-88-89) for that honor. Forest Boyce was in the irons as the son of Not For Love completed the one mile distance in 1:36.76 and won by six lengths. Wild Louis took second and Concealed Identity finished third.
“He broke a little slow today but he was much the best,” said Boyce. “Tim always has him ready for me. I get to just hang on and enjoy the ride.”
“I don’t want to sound overconfident but it was a nice race,” said Keefe.”He’s very good right now. I’m most proud that he’s maintaining at this level. He has no problem with a mile and a mile and an eighth. I’m flattered that he’s mentioned in the same sentence with Little Bold John.”
“He’s done a heck of a job,” said Arnold Heft, who is married to the owner. “This guy has won close to a million. He’s making me feel young. This horse is not for sale.”
This was the ninth career stakes win for the 7-year old. He won the Maryland Million Classic in his previous start and in April captured the Henry S Clark Stakes at Pimlico. Today he paid $3.60.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.