06/10/2004 11:00PM

Lion Hearted off and running as sire


Freshman sire Lion Hearted has only one runner to date but, oh my, what a runner she is.

Chocolate Brown, a 2-year-old filly, became Lion Hearted's first winner when she won her maiden in April in Aqueduct's first juvenile race of the year. She took an enormous next step to win the $75,000 Fashion Stakes at Belmont Park on June 3. A dark bay New Jersey-bred filly out of the Halo mare Twin Lights, Chocolate Brown is campaigned by her breeder, Dennis Drazin, and trained by Jason Servis. She has earned $72,975 from two starts, enough to land her sire in the fifth spot on the nation's freshman sire list.

Lion Hearted, a son of Storm Cat out of Easy Goer's Grade 1-winning full sister Cadillacing (by Alydar), has 46 other juveniles in his first crop. The dark bay stallion stands at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City.

Maryland-bred wins Skipat

The final open stakes of the Pimlico spring meet was won by a Maryland-bred and the final two stakes of the meet were for statebreds. The winners of all three races are by Northview Stallion Station sires.

On May 29, Love You Madly, a 4-year-old daughter of Partner's Hero, gained her first stakes victory in the six-furlong Skipat Stakes. Bred by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes of Chestertown, Md., Love You Madly competes for Longwood Stable LLC. The filly, out of Georgia K. (by Horatius), is a half-sister to Aggadan, a stakes winner and Grade 1-placed sprinter.

On May 31, the Pearl Necklace Stakes for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies proved another showcase for Buckingham Farm's homebred He Loves Me. A daughter of Not for Love, He Loves Me was sent off as the odds-on choice in the field of eight. She has won three stakes races, each at 1 1/16 miles, in her last four starts.

The Deputed Testamony Stakes on June 5 was Jane's Luck's first stakes attempt, and he kept his record perfect with a half-length score in the 1 1/16-mile race for Maryland-bred 3-year-olds. Undefeated in three starts, Jane's Luck, a son of the deceased Polish Numbers out of Jane Russell, campaigns for his breeder, James J. Wilson's Dresden Farm. He is a half-brother to the Dresden-bred multiple stakes winner Creamy Dreamy (by Two Punch).

Annual yearling show set for June 27

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association's yearling show for Maryland-breds has 152 entries for its 70th renewal, to be held June 27 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. This year's judge is Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard.

The show has seen a number of top Maryland-breds over the years. In addition to $11,300 in prize money awarded the day of the show, $40,000 is distributed among the participants who have the highest earnings at 2 and 3. For 2003, the top-earning yearling-show participants were 3-year-old New York Hero, who earned $465,850 and was shown by breeders Dark Hollow Farm and William Beatson, and 2-year-old Richetta, a three-time stakes winner of $168,110 who competed for breeder Elk Manor Farm at the previous year's show. Both runners earned Maryland-bred championships last year.

More than 70 stallions are represented, topped by longtime Maryland patriarchs Allen's Prospect and Two Punch, each with 12 entrants. The state's current leading sire, Not for Love, has five entered. Yearlings from the first crops of Disco Rico, Jazz Club, and Mojave Moon are also counted in the entries.

Siblings to noted runners are prevalent, among them Funny Cide's half-brother by Mojave Moon; a full brother, by Ameri Valay, to Maryland-bred horse of the year Magic Weisner; a daughter of Partner's Hero who is a half-sister to Our New Recruit, the 2004 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner; a half-brother, by Unbridled Jet, to Grade 1 winner Hookedonthefeelin; and a half-sister, by Allen's Prospect, to Grade 1 winner Diazo.

The show begins at 10 a.m. at the horse show arena. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

* Reservations are still being accepted for the annual MHBA crab feast, to be held the evening of June 26 at Reveille Farm in Monkton. Tickets are $25 per person ($5 for children under 12) and must be purchased in advance. For information, call (410) 252-2100 or visit the MHBA Web site at www.marylandthoroughbred.com.