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Fred W. Hooper H. (gr. III)
FRED W. HOOPER H. (gr. III), Calder Race Course, December 07, 2013, $100,000 Guaranteed, value of race $100,000, 3 yo's & up, 1 1/8 miles, 1:52.93 Dirt FT.
(Bay Colt ,
Kitten's Joy High Chant , by War Chant
BKenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey , KY ; OHollander, Bruce and Shapoff, Cary ; TPhilip A. Gleaves
(Dark Bay or Brown Gelding ,
Medaglia d'Oro Grand Prayer , by Grand Slam
BEdward P. Evans , VA ; OCrossed Sabres Farm ; TMarcus J. Vitali
On the Loose Again
(Bay Gelding ,
Jump Start French Lady , by French Deputy
BSpade Stable & John O'Meara , KY ; OHigh Point Thoroughbred Partners ; TJorge Navarro
Margins: 1¼, ¾, 4¾ . Others: Joshua's Comprise 112 ($4,750) , Twin 116 ($2,850) , Sr. Quisqueyano 118 ($1,000) , I'm Steppin' It Up 117 ($1,000) , Macho Bull 118 ($1,000) , Notimetokill 115 ($1,000) , Ducduc 118 ($1,000) . Winning Jockey, Luis Saez.
Fred W. Hooper H. Recap
Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff’s Csaba finished off 2013 nearly the same way the son of Kitten’s Joy polished off 2012—with a victory as the favorite in the Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Casino & Race Course under jockey Luis Saez. Csaba won last year’s Hooper, run in November, then added the Harlan’s Holiday Stakes.
A year ago Csaba won by 71/4 lengths under 118 pounds, getting the nine furlongs in 1:52.93. This year Csaba won by 11/4 lengths under the high weight of 123 pounds in exactly the same time.
Csaba and Calder just go together. Of the horse’s seven stakes wins, five have come over the main track at the South Florida track.
“He loves Calder,” said winning trainer Phil Gleaves. “He’s been here since he was a baby. We brought him here as a 2-year-old. He’s an iron horse and a monster here.”
In all Csaba has won nine times from 12 starts at Calder.
“This is home for Csaba; he loves it here,” said Hollander. “I’ll run here any time I can. This is my baby.”
Hollander and Shapoff’s baby, out of the winning War Chant mare High Chant, was bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
Constant Change, the third dam of the dual Hooper winner, was stakes-placed and was well connected. Her half sister, Very Subtle (by Hoist the Silver), was the first filly to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), topping stellar sprinters Groovy, High Brite, and Taylor’s Special in 1987 at Hollywood Park. Very Subtle was more than just a sprinter. She also won the one-mile Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at 2 in 1986 and 11/16-mile Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) for Ben Rochelle and trainer Mel Stute.
A stakes producer, Very Subtle is a half sister to Slew City Slicker, the dam of Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) winner Pool Land (by Silver Deputy), who sold for $900,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter sale earlier this year, and the second dam of Fast Falcon, who ran second in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) and third in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) in 2012.
With Ramsey Farm’s great run with homebred Kitten’s Joy, it is no surprise all six of High Chant’s foals are by North America’s leading sire of 2013 by progeny earnings.
Kitten’s Joy, the sire of 45 stakes winners, and 24 added-money winners this year (11 graded and six grade I winners), will stand the 2014 breeding season for $100,000 at Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.—E.H.