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(gr. III , 7f , to Jack o' Lantern, Azul Leon, defeating Backbackbackgone, Congor Bay ).
Jack oÕ Lantern went from claimer to graded stakes winner in his very next start when winning the Nov. 23 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III). His victory in the seven-furlong stakes on Cushion Track came in 1:21.89 over 6-5 favorite Azul Leon as the longest shot on the board, at 19-1.
Trained by West Coast conditioner Richard P. Matlow, Jack oÕ Lantern ran fifth in an $80,000 claimer at Del Mar, and then won for a $75,000 tag Oct. 23 at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
The Hollywood Prevue was MatlowÕs first graded stakes win. The 66-year-old trainer was diagnosed with Lou GehrigÕs disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) earlier this year.
Bred in Kentucky by Equus Farm, Jack oÕ Lantern, by Flatter, races for Purple Shamrock Racing and Bruce Chandler. Jack oÕ Lantern was consigned by Equus as agent to the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, where Decoury W. Graham bought him for $10,500.
Equus, owned by Jerry Cummins and Paul Adams, is located near Nicholasville, Ky., and has been in business 25 years. The farm has been represented in recent years as breeder by additional stakes winners PandoraÕs Secret and Runway Rosie. The latter is a three-time stakes winner this year in New York. As a consignor, Equus has sold as agent grade I winner Awesome Humor and grade II winner King of the Roxy at Central Kentucky yearling auctions.
Equus owns 20 mares and operates on 67 acres, 42 of which are located near Versailles, Ky., and leased from CumminsÕ brother, Danny Cummins. The latter is president and CEO of the insurance firm Woodmen of the World.
Equus bought Jack oÕ LanternÕs dam, Northern Guide, for $11,000 at the 2003 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Consigned by Mr. and Mrs. William Wofford, agents, Northern Guide was in foal to Cape Town. Equus sold Northern Guide privately in February to Michael and Melissa Shipp, who keep her at their farm near Dry Ridge, Ky. She is not in foal. The Shipps plan to breed Northern Guide in 2009 to either Even the Score or Unforgettable Max.
Flatter has sired four stakes winners, including additional 2008 added-money winners Sam Angelo and Tar Heel Mom. Flatter stands at the Hancock familyÕs Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. His 2009 fee is $5,000.ÑD.S.
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