Freshman First



Like father, like daughter: Uptowncharlybrown won his first start at 2, and so did the filly True Sweetheart, and she did it spectacularly, rolling home a 10-length winner at Parx Racing on Nov. 8. A member of Uptowncharlybrown’s first crop of seven foals, she is his first winner.

Bred and owned by Fantasy Lane Stable and trained by Ed Coletti, True Sweetheart (out of the Malibu Moon mare Moonlight Serenade) led at every call and extended her margin over her 10 rivals in the six-furlong maiden test.

Fantasy Lane also campaigned Uptowncharlybrown and retired him to stud in Pennsylvania in 2013. The 9-year-old son of Limehouse stands at Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville, Pa., for $1,500 with a special incentive – the fee is payable when the foal wins.

After winning his only start at 2, Uptowncharlybrown won his first start at 3, the 7-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs,

In January, when he finished third behind Rule in Tampa’s Sam F. Davis-G3 he was officially on the Triple Crown trail. That April he rallied for third in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Lexington Stakes. He made the Belmont Stakes-G1 and finished fifth, less than four lengths behind the winning Drosselmeyer, but was disqualified when a lead weight pad fell out of the saddle during the running.

He missed nearly a year due to a soft tissue injury, and returned to race until early in his 5-year-old season. During his career he had competed on dirt, turf and synthetic with two wins, two seconds and two thirds from 13 starts, and earnings of $125,030.

Out of Langfuhr’s winning daughter La Iluminada, the dam of six winners from as many starters, Uptowncharlybrown is a half-brother to $218,280-earner Startjumpin Marnie, a stakes winner on dirt and turf.