POST TIME wins the General George Stakes G3

Started and conditioned for racing at the Aiken Taring Track by Cary Frommer
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Post Time  made the leap to graded company in stylish fashion, taking the $200,000 General George Stakes (G3) in a powerful late-rallying victory. The win gave trainer Brittany Russell and her husband, jockey Sheldon Russell, back-to-back stakes scores Feb. 17 at Laurel Park following their win in the Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G3).

A Maryland-bred son of Frosted  , Post Time had garnered some attention on the Midlantic circuit with his 6 1/2-length romp in the one-mile Jennings Stakes against state-breds Jan. 28 at Laurel Park. The 4-year-old was no secret to the railbirds around Laurel, as the colt headed into the General George a perfect 6-for-6 over the Maryland oval, with his lone career defeat being a third-place finish in Keeneland‘s Perryville Stakes last October.

Sheldon Russell kept Post Time calm and collected in fifth position early as fellow Maryland-bred Seven’s Eleven  rolled through fractions of :23.81 and :46.61. Circling five-wide around the final turn, Post Time ignited a relentless drive to the wire, tearing into Seven’s Eleven’s lead with every stride.

Barreling past the pacesetter at the sixteenth pole, Post Time surged to the finish three lengths in front in 1:23.33 for seven furlongs on a fast main track. The final time was nearly two seconds faster than it took older fillies and mares to run in the Barbara Fritchie Stakes earlier on the card.

Seven’s Eleven, second to Post Time in the Jennings, played the bridesmaid once again with a runner-up finish over 24-1 shot Tenebris  in third.

Running for the colors of Hillwood Stable, who were winning their third General George following Bandbox  (2014) and Cordmaker  (2022) Post Time ($2.60) upped his bankroll to $417,910 with his fourth black-type win.

“I’d say we were a little worried shortening back up to the seven-eighths. There wasn’t a whole lot of lightning-fast speed in the race, so my goal was to keep him close enough. I felt like he traveled good. If anything, I felt like we had to rush him a little bit but once I got him clear at the eighth pole he spurted clear and showed his true class,” said Sheldon Russell

Maryland Star Post Time Attempts First Graded Win

Hillwood Stable’s Maryland-bred star Post Time  looks to remain undefeated in his home state in the seven-furlong $200,000 General George Stakes (G3) at Laurel Park Feb. 17.

Maryland’s top juvenile of 2022, the son of Frosted is now a three-time stakes winner. His lone loss in seven starts came in the Perryville Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 21, finishing third beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Raise Cain  and Dr. Venkman  in his only start outside of Maryland.

Post Time enters on three weeks rest from a 6 1/2-length win in the Jennings Stakes while posting a career-high 116 Equibase Speed Figure, improving his Laurel record to 5-for-5.

VIDEO: JENNINGS S. (BT)

“He’s doing so well right now,” trainer Brittany Russell said. “He came bouncing out of his last race. This is a horse that I’m always very excited to walk over.”

Also entering off three weeks rest is Qatar Racing, Black Type Thoroughbreds, Swinbank Stables, Steve Adkisson, and Campeche Stables’ Nimitz Class , who has a record of 4-2-0 from seven starts at Laurel.

Nimitz Class defeated grade 1 winner Gunite   three starts back in the Parx Dirt Mile Stakes at Parx Racing Sep. 23. The 5-year-old son of Munnings   was last seen finishing eighth for his new owners and new trainer George Weaver in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 27.

The General George is race 9 with a post time of 4:33 p.m. ET.

Multiple Stakes Winner POST TIME wins the Jennings S. at Laurel in a ROMP!

Multiple stakes winner POST TIME (Frosted) got the new year off the a good start winning the Jennings S, by 6 1/2 lengths ridden out. He closed out 2023 with a win in the City of Laurel Stakes.  He was trained in Aiken by Cary Frommer.
Trainer: Brittany T. Russell
Owner: Hillwood Stable LLC
Breeder: Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Dr. Brooke Bowman & Milton P. Higgins III

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
7 6 0 1 $297,910

MENDELSSOHN BAY PROVES TOO STRONG IN UAE 2000 GUINEAS

Mendelssohn Bay | Dubai Racing Club

By Alan Carasso

Mendelssohn Bay (Mendelssohn), whose sire won the 2018 G2 UAE Derby by an Arabian desert in track-record time and whose broodmare sire Curlin counts the G1 Dubai World Cup amongst his conquests, stalked a good pace and kept on gamely through the final 200 metres to win Friday’s G3 UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan Racecourse.

Ridden forward by Pat Cosgrave, the Bhupat Seemar stable’s second string sat just outside of pacesetting Military Artist (Munnings), as that one took the Guineas field along at a decent tempo. Asked to come after the front-runner in the straight, Mendelssohn Bay surged past and continued to find to score comfortably in what is a prep for the Derby, contested over 1900 metres on the World Cup undercard Mar. 30. The winner’s stablemate Killer Collect (Collected), the selection of number one stable jockey Tadhg O’Shea, spotted his rivals a few lengths at the break and was forced to expend a fair bit of energy to be prominent when push came to shove. Wide into the lane, he fought on bravely to be second ahead of Quartier (Uru) (Matterhorn), who was exiting a runner-up effort to the well-regarded Ma Yetal (Flameaway) in the 2000 Guineas Trial last time over the 1400 metres. Mendelssohn Bay was a slow-starting fourth in the same event, having won his maiden going seven furlongs over this surface Nov. 24.

“The further we go the better for this horse,” said Cosgrave, for whom it was a first Meydan winner of the campaign. “He’s a bit immature mentally, he’s still learning, but when I asked him to quicken at the 300 [-metre marker] he put the race to bed quickly.”

Pedigree Notes:

Mendelssohn Bay is the eighth black-type winner and second graded winner for his sire. He is also the 21st stakes winner and eighth group/graded winner from a Curlin dam.

Joe and Debbie McCloskey‘s Cuyathy LLC purchased Reiki Baby for $8,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale, but didn’t make the races until the middle of her 4-year-old season. She made the most of limited opportunities, graduating at first asking and adding a pair of allowance seconds before retiring after four starts. The McCloskeys bought out their partners, Firsthome Thoroughbreds, for $40,000 at that year’s Keeneland November Sale.

The majority of the black-type in the family occurs in the third dam, which features the likes of champion Escena (Strawberry Road {Aus}).

Reiki Baby’s first foal, the 5-year-old Blame mare Lightheart, was unraced, while her second produce is the dual winner Reiquist (Nyquist). Behind Mendelssohn Bay is the juvenile filly Paprika Princess (Practical Joke) and with no foal reported for 2023, she is due to Omaha Beach this term.

Friday, Meydan, Dubai
UAE 2000 GUINEAS PRESENTED BY LONGINES-G3, AED700,000, Meydan, 1-26, 3yo, 8f, 1:38.13, ft.
1–MENDELSSOHN BAY, 121, g, 3, by Mendelssohn
               1st Dam: Reiki Baby, by Curlin
                2nd Dam: Renowned Cat, by Storm Cat
                3rd Dam: Claxton’s Slew, by Seattle Slew
1ST STAKES WIN, 1ST GROUP WIN. ($125,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP; $85,000 2yo ’23 FTMAY). O-Suited & Booted Racing Syndicate; B-Cuyathy, LLC (KY); T-Bhupat Seemar; J-Pat Cosgrave. AED420,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, AED534,000. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & five-cross pedigree.
2–Killer Collect, 121, c, 3, Collected–Comforter, by Nobiz Like Shobiz. 1ST BLACK-TYPE, 1ST GROUP BLACK-TYPE. ($70,000 Ylg ’22 KEEJAN; $75,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP). O-Michael Hilary Burke & Negar Burke; B-Romar Farm LLC & BRS (KY); T-Bhupat Seemar. AED140,000.
3–Quartier (Uru), 131, c, 3, Matterhorn–Stelatoa (Uru), by Alcorano (Brz). 1ST BLACK-TYPE, 1ST GROUP BLACK-TYPE. O-Haras Bage Do Sul; B-Bage Do Sul (URU); T-Julio Olascoaga. AED70,000.
Margins: 3 3/4, SHD, 1HF.
Also Ran: Turjman, Oasis Boy (Arg), Military Artist, Rasas, Nezeeh (Ire). Click for the ERA chart and

OPUS FORTY TWO starts 2024 campaign with a stakes win

OPUS FORTY TWO (Mendelssohn) won the Gasparilla S last year and got the 2024 off with a bang winning the Wayward Lass Stake at Tampa Bay. She bided her time close to the pace inside then moved out to clear for the win by 1 3/4. She trained at the Aiken Training Track with Legacy and is now trained by Arnaud Delacour for owner Mark B. Grier.
Breeder: Rose Hill Farm & John Trumbulovic

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
11 4 4 0 $229,550

DOUBLE CROWN wins his 6th stakes race!

Graded stakes winner Double Crown (Bourbon Courage) won the Aiken Trials trained by Cary Frommer and then broke his maiden in his first start. Since then he has started 44 times with 9 wins, 6 of them in stakes company including a G2. The 7 year old has started his 2024 campaign with a win in the Robert T. Manfuso Stakes at Laurel earning a 110 Equibase Speed figure.
Trainer: Raymond E. Ginter, Jr. – Owner: Built Wright Stables, LLC.- Breeder: Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Rebecca Davis

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
44 9 10 5 $838,185

DOUBLE CROWN – NOW THAT’S A RACEHORSE


Graded stakes winner DOUBLE CROWN (Bourbon Courage) trained in Ailken with Cary Frommer. He got his first experience winning the Aiken Trials. With that win under his belt, he broke his maiden first out at 2. Today at 6 in his 39th start  he won the Polynesian S at Pimlico with the highest speed rating of his life and paid $15.80. Earnings now $738k. Now that’s a racehorse.
Trainer: Raymond E. Ginter, Jr.
Owner: Built Wright Stables, LLC.
Breeder: Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Rebecca Davis

Dream Shake Gets Dream Result in Connaught Cup G2T

Woodbine: Edited Press Release​

Michael Stidham trainee Dream Shake  notched his second straight score at Woodbine Racetrack, taking the CA$175,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (G2T) July 23. He was prepared and started at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer.

With Rafael Hernandez in the irons, Dream Shake broke sharply and tracked longshot leader Roaring Forties  from second through early opening splits of :22.92 and :45.23 in the seven-furlong trek for 3-year-olds and up over a firm E.P. Taylor Turf, as Bound for Nowhere , supplemented to the race, was positioned third. ​

The 5-year-old son of Twirling Candy  —Even Song was given his cue by Hernandez as the field came off the turn for home and Dream Shake responded by striking front in early stretch, with a host of rivals quickly closing in on from all sides.

Dream Shake, who arrived at the Connaught Cup, off a 1 1/4-length triumph over seven furlongs on the Woodbine Tapeta (the race was originally scheduled for the grass), wouldn’t be denied in the late going, fending off War Bomber  to win by a length. Lucky Score , a further head back, bested 2-1 choice Churchtown  by a nose for third.

G3 SW RIDEN WITH BIDEN adds black-type

G3 SW RIDEN WITH BIDEN (Constitution) was trained at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer, He has gone on to win over 1/2 a million to date and today ran 3rd in the BATTERY PARK S at Delaware Park. He has won a placed in 7 stakes including a win in the Greenwood Cup Stakes (Gr. 3) and a 2nd in the Dwyer S (G2).

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
23 8 5 2 $527,500