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|Mar 10 2012||Honeybee Oaklawn Park||III||1 1/16 Miles||1||REPLAY|
|Jan 16 2012||Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park||1 Mile||3||REPLAY|
|Nov 26 2011||Golden Rod Churchill Downs||II||1 1/16 Miles||1||REPLAY|
|Oct 30 2011||Pocahontas Churchill Downs||II||1 Mile||1||REPLAY|
|Oct 7 2011||Darley Alcibiades Keeneland||I||1 1/16 Miles (S)||5||REPLAY|
Gary "Red Dog" Hartlage
Gary Hartlage is a long time Kentucky Horseman known around the race track by the nick name “Red Dog”. He acquired the name because of his red hair but also as he says because his first horse was a “dog”, meaning, “he couldn’t run much”. In 1997 he deadlocked for the trainers title at Oaklawn Park. He has trained stakes horses, High Heels, French Kiss and Judge TC.
Joe is a veteran rider on the Kentucky circuit and at Oaklawn Park. He is recalled as the regular jockey of Judge T C, a Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage trainee, who earned approximately $825,000, "Judge T C is a favorite of all my horses over the years,” noted Johnson. Joe has had a long association with trainer Hartlage riding such additional stable stars as On Fire Baby, High Heels and French Kiss. “We are still together,” said Johnson."When I came on the race track, it was as a hot walker for Red Dog. I progressed to groom, then exercise boy and finally to stable jockey." Joe reflected.
Anita Cauley has been involved in racing for over twenty years and campaigns a small stable based in Kentucky. She is a member of First Lady of Kentucky Jane Beshear's "Pink Team" and Horses and Hope Foundation which raises funds and brings awareness and education within the horse industry in the fight against breast cancer. Ornate, the dam of On Fire Baby, is her foundation mare and also the producer of her previous stakes winners, French Kiss and High Heels who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks.
At first glance, one might think On Fire Baby has a career sprinting in front of her, but the gray miss has quickly proven herself at distances of ground. That quickness, and initial reaction, can be attributed to her sire, champion sprinter Smoke Glacken.
A closer examination of Smoke Glacken himself reveals that the stallion could actually handle a distance of ground, as proven by his eight-length romp in the one-mile Southwest Stakes and three-quarter length third in the 1 1/16-mile Louisiana Derby in 1997.
Smoke Glacken’s best offspring have also gone on to distinguish themselves at distances ranging from 6 ½ furlongs to 2 1/8 miles. One of his daughters, Persistently, captured the 2010 Personal Ensign going 10 furlongs, while Smok’n Frolic, who earned more than $1.5 million during her career, scored her biggest wins at 1 1/16 miles or farther.
On Fire Baby is out of the stakes-winning Ornate, herself a daughter of champion Gilded Time. Ornate carved out a successful career on both the main track and turf, and consistently raced at a mile or beyond.
Smoke Glacken has already had success with a Gilded Time mare, namely Added Time who produced 2007 Spinaway Stakes diva Irish Smoke.
On Fire Baby’s fourth dam is the unraced Light Verse, from whom is descended the likes of Grade 1 winning millionaires Olympio, Pyro and Paddy O’Prado as well as dual stakes scorer Longview Drive, a hopeful for this year’s Kentucky Derby following placings in a pair of Grade 3s. Paddy O’Prado actually ran third in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, while Pyro finished eighth two years earlier.
Ornate has proven herself a productive broodmare as well, with her first registered foal being Grade 2 vixen High Heels, who ran third in the 2007 Kentucky Oaks, and Grade 3-placed stakes winner French Kiss.
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