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2nd at 3BAY SHORE S.
(gr. III , 7f , to J Be K, defeating Jockey Ridge, Go Go Shoot, Magical Forest, Laysh Laysh Laysh, Make the Point ).
J Be K redeemed himself April 5 when he took the Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct by five lengths. Though the son of Silver Deputy had a disappointing effort March 8 in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), he came back to earn his first stakes win at a shorter distance just one month later.
ÒHe ran great and he ran just the way the boss thought he would,Ó said Toby Sheets, trainer Steve AsmussenÕs New York assistant. ÒWe tried the Louisiana Derby, but it looks like he is a sprinter or maybe a one-turn miler. IÕm sure the boss will see how he comes out of the race and make his plan after that.Ó
The 3-year-old colt is owned by Zayat Stables and started his career with a 71Ú2-length maiden victory for trainer Bob Baffert at Saratoga last August. Asmussen began training the colt in February, and he won his next start, an allowance race at Fair Grounds, by five lengths. The Louisiana Derby was J Be KÕs only loss, and the colt was outrun by his stablemate Pyro at 11Ú16 miles.
Zayat Stables purchased J Be K for $350,000 from Wavertree Stables, agent, at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2-year-olds in training sale. J Be K was bred in Kentucky by Leland and Robert AckerleyÕs Glory Days Breeding operation. J Be K is out of Major Wager (by Valid Wager), and the Ackerley brothers campaigned the mare with trainer Todd Pletcher for two seasons. During her racing career she placed in three stakes and was only off the board once in 11 starts.
Another member of Major WagerÕs family is having a successful 3-year-old year. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Atoned (by Repent). Atoned also ran second to Big Truck in the March 15 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs and also finished second behind Court Vision in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct last year.
Atoned and Major Wager are out of the Icecapade mare Amidst, whoÕs dam, Ambo, was a stakes winner. AmboÕs half-siblings include stakes winners Poleax, Flighting, and Whetstone. Ambo went on to produce seven winners, including stakes winner Gracious Ghost.
The Ackerley brothers kept Major Wager after her racing career, and in addition to J Be K, she has produced two other foals. Her first foal, Four Fours, is a winning 4-year-old gelding by Distorted Humor, and she has a yearling colt by Speightstown.
Berkey Bloodstock, agent, purchased Major Wager at the 2006 Keeneland November breeding sale while in foal to Speightstown for $385,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. She was bred to Vindication for 2008.
Silver Deputy is the sire of 74 stakes winners. His other 2008 added-money winners include Spring At Last, who took the Donn Handicap (gr. I), and Throng. The 23-year-old son of Deputy Minister stands at Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $30,000.ÑK.B.
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