by Keith McCalmont/NYRA
There’s A Chance Stable, Medallion Racing, Abbondanza Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Horologist made every pole a winning one in Sunday’s $120,000 Summer Colony, at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
A multiple graded-stakes winner – and the 2020 New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year – Horologist broke sharply under Junior Alvarado and never relinquished in the nine-furlong event for older fillies and mares that have not won a graded race in 2021.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Horologist set splits of :23.66, :47.34, and 1:11.77 with Gibberish tracking her early foot in second position over a good and sealed main track. The pacesetter took the field into the final turn with stalkers So Darn Hot and Gold Spirit inching closer with Gibberish failing to pester.
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Three-time graded stakes winner Horologist recaptured her 2020 form in notching a comeback triumph in Saturday’s 80th running of the $100,000 Top Flight Invitational, a nine-furlong test for older fillies and mares at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the New Jersey-bred daughter of Gemologist is owned by There’s A Chance Stable, Medallion Racing, Abbondanza Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms Corporation and David Staudacher.
Last season, Horologist put together a successful 4-year-old campaign which earned her New Jersey Horse of the Year honors. Her accomplishments included triumphs in the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park and the Grade 2 Beldame Invitational at Belmont Park, where she finished ahead of graded stakes winners Point of Honor and Dunbar Road. Horologist capped off her prosperous season in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland when ninth to Monomoy Girl.
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Multiple graded stakes winner Horologist has been named 2020 New Jersey-bred horse of the year and champion older female by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey.
Owned by partners There’s A Chance Stable, Medallion Racing, Abbondanza Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms, and David Staudacher, Horologist started her championship campaign in California with trainer Richard Baltas and was later transferred to the care of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott in June. Under Mott’s supervision, Horologist won the Molly Pitcher Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park and the Beldame Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. She also finished second in the Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park and was third in the La Troienne Stakes presented by Oak Grove Racing and Gaming (G1) at Churchill Downs.
The daughter of Gemologist out of Cinderella Time (by Stephen Got Even), finished 2020 with $345,334 in earnings. She has won seven of 20 career starts and earned $715,439. Holly Crest Farm bred Horologist in New Jersey.
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Longest shot on the board was an easy winner by three lengths.
Horologist, the longest shot on the board in the $136,500 Beldame Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park Oct. 4, posted an easy victory over three rivals in the 1 1/8-mile main-track race for older fillies.
Owned by There’s A Chance Stable, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Medallion Racing, and Abbondanza Racing, Horologist rumbled home a three-length winner under jockey Junior Alvarado.
The New Jersey-bred 4-year-old daughter of Gemologist is trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, who enjoyed a stellar weekend at Belmont Park. On Oct. 3, he won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1T) with Channel Maker and the Gallant Bloom Handicap (G2) with Frank’s Rockette.
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Gemologist stands in Louisiana at Acadiana Equine@Copper Crowne for $4,500 (2020).