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Mr. Amore Stable’s Ju Ju Eyeballs got her fourth consecutive win by taking the $60,000 Crank It Up Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, June 15.

The stakes for 3-year-old fillies lured a field of eight, and the daughter of Gators N Bears was sent off as the third choice. Under Paco Lopez, Ju Ju Eyeballs got shuffled back with three-eighths to go in the five-furlong turf stakes, was taken wide and rallied to gain her first stakes victory by one and three-quarters lengths.

Trained by Jason Servis, Ju Ju Eyeballs stepped the distance over a “good” turf course in 1:04.24 and paid $9.80, $4.60 and $3.20.

Initially campaigned by trainer Wesley Ward, for whom she won a Monmouth Park maiden special weight in her second start as a 2-year-old, Ju Ju Eyeballs was claimed by Servis for Mr. Amore Stable for $15,000 at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 8, 2012. She launched her current win streak with a claiming win for the same price at the same track in February, was sent out for a $35,000 tag in March, again at Gulfstream, and entered the stakes off a Monmouth allowance win on May 26. She now as a record of 9-5-1-1 and earnings of $139,890.

Sold for the bargain-basement price of $1,700 as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale, Ju Ju Eyeballs was bred by longtime Maryland horseman Don Litz and his wife Taffy out of their unraced Smarten mare Savvy Lady. She is the 12th, and final, foal for her dam, whom the Litzes acquired privately in the early 2000s.

Savvy Lady was bred in Maryland by Robert Kirkham. The dark bay mare had plenty of family, as she was out of the stakes-winning, graded stakes-placed Danzig mare Trunk. Among the offspring of Trunk were multiple graded stakes-placed Golden Braids. Trunk’s half-sister, Spa Warning, is the dam of millionaire Two Item Limit.

The first of five foals the Litzes bred out of Savvy Lady (Prince of Mine, born in 2003) raced but never won. Her next foal, Rocky Bearboa, by Outflanker, was third or better in all six of his starts, earning $70,000.

All the foals the Litzes bred out of Savvy Lady, who was 22 when she produced Ju Ju Eyeballs, were by stallions who stood under the Maryland Stallion Station banner. Gators N Bears had been moved to Bonita Farm for the season Ju Ju Eyeballs was conceived.

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