Derby Contenders

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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 7 2012 Illinois Derby Hawthorne III 1 1/8 Miles 1 REPLAY
Mar 3 2012 Gotham Aqueduct III 1 1/16 Miles 10 REPLAY
Nov 26 2011 Remsen Aqueduct II 1 1/8 Miles 4 REPLAY

Connections

Hamilton Smith

Trainer

Hamilton Smith saddled his first winner in 1977 at Suffolk Downs and has been a regular on the Maryland and East Coast racing circuit since then, He is continually among the top training standings and shared the winning title at the 2007 Laurel Fall Meet. He won the 2010 Colonial Down training title for the fourth time in five years and was name the MTHA trainer of the year in Marlyland in 2009. Top runners include Gin Talking, Blind Date, and Case of the Blues.

Sheldon Russell

Jockey

Sheldon is a native of Louisiana but was raised in New Market , England. His father Dean was an international jockey and Sheldon attended the racing school in England wher he won his first race in 2005. He came to the United States under the tutelage of top trainer Michael Dickinson. He was leading rider at the 2012 Laurel meet .He won all three leading jockey titles in Maryland in 2011. He won three stakes races on the 2010 Maryland Million Day card.

Skeedattle Stables

Owner

Skeedattle Stables is a partnership of Robert "Willie" White , Lou Rehak and Robert Orndorff. Wille and Lou havebeen best friends and business partners for as long as they can remember and own an overhead door company in Maryland. They have raced Marlyland 3 year old filly champion and Maryland Horse of the Year in 2000, Gin Taking as well as multiple stakes winning Case of the Blues.

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Pedigree

Pedigree and running style together reinforce the conviction that the Derby distance will be no problem.

His sire Broken Vow is himself by champion Unbridled, the 1990 Kentucky Derby, Florida Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic winner, and out of a well-bred mare by English Triple Crown legend Nijinsky II.

Broken Vow's biggest career victories came in the Philip H. Iselin Handicap and the Ben Ali Stakes, both going 1 1/8 miles, and he finished a solid third in the Gulfstream Park Handicap in his only attempt at 1 1/4 miles. An admirably consistent type, he won or placed in 13 of 14 career starts.

At stud, Broken Vow has transmitted a range of aptitudes to his progeny. Some have inherited his stamina, like Grade 1 star and $1.9 million-earner Unbridled Belle, who ran away with the 1 1/4-mile Delaware Handicap; current Fred Hooper and John B. Campbell Handicap winner Jiminator; Canadian Derby victor Matt's Broken Vow; and turf performers Lethal Combination and Interactif. Others have excelled around one turn, notably multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter Sassy Image, Cotton Blossom, Proud Heiress, Sindy with an S and Broken Dreams. Broken Vow also sired one of the top juveniles of 2005, Private Vow, who didn't progress at three and wound up 15th in the 2006 Kentucky Derby.

Done Talking was produced by Grade 3 heroine Dixie Talking, whose promising career was cut short by injury. She won three of just four starts, highlighted by victories in the Cicada and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes. By taking the latter, she emulated her dam, Gin Talking.

Dixie Talking is by the influential stallion Dixieland Band, a son of the mighty Northern Dancer. Dixieland Band was accomplished on the track, taking the 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby and Massachusetts Handicap, but has left a much greater mark at stud. His leading performers include multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Dixie Union (sire of Union Rags); French Oaks queen Egyptband and two-time Ascot Gold Cup hero Drum Taps (who both received the lion's share of their stamina from their respective dams); Canadian champion filly Cotton Carnival; such Grade 1 stars as Dixie Brass, Sharp Lisa, Spinning Round and Alwajeeha; and millionaire handicap stalwarts Bowman's Band and Del Mar Dennis.

As a broodmare sire, Dixieland Band is already responsible for two Kentucky Derby winners -- Monarchos (2001) and Street Sense (2007) -- as well as Eight Belles, the ill-fated runner-up in 2008. Dixieland Band mares have also produced current Derby contender Secret Circle; the outstanding marathoner Delta Blues, victor of the Melbourne Cup and Japanese St Leger; and multiple Grade 1 winners Southern Image, Society Selection, First Samurai and Exotic Wood, among others.

Dixie Talking is out of Gin Talking, a six-time stakes winner in her home state of Maryland. The $348,206-earner scored four of those wins going 1 1/8 miles, including romps in the Anne Arundel and Maryland Million Oaks and a convincing win over males in the Broad Brush.

Although the female line is blue collar, it has managed to produce stakes horses down through the years. This is the family of Midlantic stalwarts Romano Gucci, Algar, Rollodka and Shortley, the ancestress of multiple Grade 1 sprint star Henny Hughes.

Done Talking's pedigree features an interesting pattern, for his sire and dam are bred along mirror images of each other. Broken Vow is a Mr. Prospector-line stallion from a Northern Dancer-line mare, while Dixie Talking is by a Northern Dancer stallion out of a Mr. Prospector-line mare. Done Talking is thus inbred to both classic influences.

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