When contenders for champion steeplechaser of 2011 were announced, Irvin S. Naylor was assured he would take home the Eclipse Award statuette because he owned all three finalists.
Black Jack Blues
- Bay Gelding
- Born 2004
|Trainer||Scott J. Volk|
|Jockey||Charles C. Lopez|
|Owner||Kelly Mills & Theodore Volk|
|Breeder||Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. & Highlands of Lexington|
|Black Jack Blues View Five-Cross Pedigree||Orientate||Mt. Livermore|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Valley City Stables||Gainesway, agent||$55,000|
|Two-year-old||Kenneth Lejeune, agent for Sheik Yo Butti||Wavertree Stables, agent||$95,000|
Tax Ruling, always prominent, surged through the Springdale Racecourse's stretch to score a gutty 1 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup (NSA-I) Nov. 19 in Camden, S.C.
Irish-bred Black Jack Blues, relishing the soft going at Far Hills Races in New Jersey Oct. 22, strode away to a front-running seven-length victory in the $250,000 Grand National (NSA-I).