OF THE WEEK
by James Scully
Not for Love is Maryland’s best
NOT FOR LOVE (Mr. Prospector) was the leading sire nationally
not based in Kentucky in 2003 and is the only Maryland-based stallion
ranked among the leading 75 sires this year by earnings (21st
overall). He was well represented over the Holiday Weekend by
Iowa Oaks (G3) winner He Loves Me and Skip Away S. hero
Presidentialaffair, who established a new track record at
Monmouth Park when completing a mile and 70 yards in 1:38.85.
The 14-year-old stallion owns a regal pedigree as a son of
Grade 1 winner Dance Number, who was out of champion Numbered
Account and is a half-sister to the outstanding Private Account.
Dance Number’s first registered foal was Oscillate, dam of stakes
winner and sire Mutakddim and the Grade 1-placed Smooth Charmer.
Next came champion Rhythm, winner of
1989 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and the 1990 Travers S. (G1).
Dance Number also produced Grade 3 winner Get Lucky, dam of Grade 1 runner-up
Offbeat and Grade
3 hero and sire Accelerator.
Not for Love was a useful racehorse, placing in one stakes
race and earning $178,870 from a 29-6-7-5 mark, but he’s had much
more impact at stud. His first crop featured Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2)
and Ben Ali S. (G3) victor Duckhorn, six-time stakes winner
Shopping for Love, three-time stakes heroine Maddie May and
Michael’s Pride, winner of the Maryland Million Sprint H.
More recent offspring have included Touch Love, winner of the
2001 Schuylerville S. (G2), Grade 3 queen For Rubies and Canadian
Grade 3 winner Sheila’s Prospect. Last October, he was
represented by three different stakes winners on one afternoon.
From six crops to race, Not for Love has sired a total of 25
stakes winners. He throws precocious two-year-olds (20 percent
first-time win), horses who excel on off tracks (21 percent win
clip) and owns a respectable 13 percent win rate on the turf with
He Loves Me, a three-time listed winner this year in Maryland,
made her graded bow in Friday’s Iowa Oaks and closed strongly to
win going away for trainer Richard Small. The three-year-old
filly’s career line reads 10-6-1-1.
Presidentialaffair captured last year’s Stuyvesant H. (G3) at
Aqueduct and earned his first stakes victory this season with a 7
3/4-length tally in Monday’s Skip Away. Trained by Martin Ciresa,
the five-year-old owns a record of 17-7-5-1.
Not for Love stands at Northview Stallion Station near
Chesapeake City, Maryland, for a $20,000 fee.