Jazzy Idea Christens Laurel Meet With Record

Jazzy Idea Christens Laurel Meet With Record
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Jazzy Idea flies to a new track record in the Jameela Stakes.

Owner/trainer Edwin Merryman's Jazzy Idea kicked off the Laurel Park meet in style with a course-record victory in the $100,000 Jameela Stakes at six furlongs on the turf (VIDEO).

The Jameela was the opening-day stakes at the Maryland racetrack. The race was for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, bred in Maryland.

Ridden by Luis Garcia and sent to post at even-money, Jazzy Idea completed the distance on firm turf in 1:07.45 to better the mark set by Chasin Tiger in 2007.

"I knew we got a really nice horse so there isn't any reason to get in trouble," Garcia said. "I just let the speed go and asked her from the three-sixteenths until the end. I never thought she would run 1:07.

"This was fun. I have ridden a lot of good horses but this filly is something else. When I asked her she was as strong as any I have been aboard."

Jazzy Idea paid $4.20 and won by three lengths. Colony Club took second, and Queen Chatanika finished third.

Jazzy Idea, a 3-year-old by Great Notion  , has now won three stakes on the grass. She has six wins and five seconds in 15 starts. The filly raced on the dirt at Saratoga in two grade I stakes this summer.

"(She) never disappoints, even at Saratoga," Merryman said. "I wish Luis was on her up there. She's just something else. I believe she's as good on the dirt as she is on the grass."

Merryman said Jazzy Idea will make her next start on Jim McKay Maryland Million day at Laurel Oct. 6. She is expected to be nominated to the Sprint, Distaff, and Oaks.

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