Fourstardave H. (gr. II)
(gr. IIT , 8.5f ,)
NOTHING TO LOSE
Sky Classic Cherlindrea , by Clever Trick
BSarah K. Ramsey, KY.; ORamsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.; TRobert J. Frankel
Hennessy Blue Begum , by With Approval
BVegso Racing Stable, FL.; OPeter Vegso; TWilliam I. Mott
Cozzene Pookette , by Miswaki
BAdena Springs, KY.; OStronach Stables; TJustin J. Nixon
Margins: ½, 1, 1¾. Others: Hotstufanthensome 113($10,000) , Union Place 113($6,000) , Ay Caramba (BRZ) 115($800) , Gulch Approval 117($800) , L'Oiseau d'Argent 115($800) , Christine's Outlaw 115($800) , Royal Spy 117($800) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s favored Nothing to Lose skimmed the hedges down the stretch to win the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Aug.28.
Piloted by John Velazquez, the Bobby Frankel-trained colt split horses late, and, finding more trouble, made another daring move, darting inside along the hedgerow to rally home.
“It was nice to turn the tables on Silver Tree,” said Velazquez. Silver Tree, who charged down the outside to finish second, had defeated Nothing to Lose twice this year, including by a neck just 29 days earlier at the Spa in the July 30 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. II).
It was the Ramsey homebred’s third stakes win, having captured two grade III turf events on the Florida circuit in 2003, the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream and the Tropical Park Derby at Calder.
Preceding the Baruch, Nothing to Lose was a close third to winner Request for Parole in the United Nations Handicap (gr. IT) at Monmouth July 3, his only grade I venture.
The Ramseys enjoyed a fantastic month of August, with homebred Kitten’s Joy’s victory in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 14 at Arlington, and Roses in May’s win in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug 7.
The couple bred Nothing to Lose at their Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. They consigned him through AbraCadabra Farms, agent, to the 2002 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale. He did not meet his reserve when the bidding stopped at $45,000 and now stands with earnings of $437,210.
The Ramseys purchased the dam of Nothing to Lose, the Clever Trick mare Cherlindrea, for $42,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. In foal to Mountain Cat, she was consigned by Tom Hinkle, agent.
In 1999 the Ramseys bred Everything to Gain, a full brother to Nothing to Lose, who they have raced to earnings of $262,349 from six wins and a third-place finish in the $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31.
The Ramseys consigned Cherlindrea to the 2000 Keeneland November breeding stock sale where she was purchased by Danny and Donna Brown for $8,000 while in foal to You and I. In 2004, Cherlindrea produced a full sister, Chersky, to Nothing to Lose.
Sky Classic is the sire of Nothing to Lose and 37 additional stakes winners. His 2004 added-money victors include Magnetic Eyes (Arg-I), Sur La Tete, A Classic Life, and Abraham Clasic (in Mexico). He stands at Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2004 stud fee was $12,500.—P.S.