Hillwood Stable’s Cordmaker sat off a hot pace set by two-time defending Jennings winner John Jones before uncorking a rally through the stretch to win the 77th renewal of the Jennings by three and a quarter lengths on Dec. 29 at Laurel Park.
It was the first career stakes win in three tries for Cordmaker, as the 3-year-old ridden by Alex Cintron defeated a field of accomplished stakes-winning older horses, including Talk Show Man and Sonny Inspired. The final time for the one mile over a track rated good was 1:35.84.
Trained by Rodney Jenkins, Cordmaker was purchased by his owner for $150,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale. A son of two-time Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Curlin, the chestnut is the seventh foal out of the winning Polish Numbers mare Tanca owned by Bob Manfuso and Katy Voss. The mare is also the dam of five other winners, including 2015 Maryland Million Nursery winner Corvus.
“I liked the way it set up. They went awful fast,” said Jenkins. “Even though this track is lightning fast, for a mile to go the half in 45 is really moving. He ran beautiful. The last time I worked him I got Alex to come work him and he worked super. I knew he was sitting on a big one. He liked the wet going, too; I think that helped. I thought Alex rode him as good as a jockey can ride one. This horse, you have to just sit on him. He’s a little nervous and he got him to settle.”
Fifth in both the 2017 Maryland Juvenile Futurity and City of Laurel Stakes this past November, Cordmaker won for the third time from nine starts to push his earnings to $140,463.
Tanca, a Manfuso and Voss homebred, produced a filly by Imagining in 2017 and was barren to the same stallion last year. The mare, whose foals are regular participants in the MHBA Yearling Show – her son Idiosyncratic (by Thewayyouare) was the show champion in 2012 – was bred to Street Sense for 2019.
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