After a summer spent in England, Havelock returned to the U.S. and in his first start back, captured Keeneland’s Grade 3 Woodford Stakes for the second time in three years.
The win came in dramatic fashion: Trailing last of 10 at the top of the stretch in the five and a half-furlong grass test - at one point earlier in the race he was nearly a dozen lengths off the lead - the bay son of Maryland sire Great Notion blasted home and drew off to win by two lengths. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, he covered the distance on a firm turf course in 1:03.17. It was Havelock’s third graded stakes over the Keeneland course - in addition to his 2011 victory in the Woodford, he won this spring’s Shakertown Stakes-G3 and joins Silver Timber (2010) as the only other horse to win the Shakertown and Woodford in the same year.
A Silverton Hill homebred trained by Darrin Miller, the 6-year-old Maryland-bred gelding out of the Spectacular Love mare Piconeach (NZ) boosted his career bankroll to $619,514 from 25 starts. It was his sixth career stakes win and ninth win overall. Silverton Hill and Miller also campaigned stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Great Notion, who stands at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, where Havelock was foaled.