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Digest: Johnny Hop makes winning debut at Laurel Park

Digest: Johnny Hop makes winning debut at Laurel Park

Johnny Hop, a 3-year-old son of Bodemeister who sold for $350,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company March Sale of 2-year-olds, held off Honor the Fleet down the stretch to break his maiden in his first attempt.

Owned by Three C Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds and Robert Masiello, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Trevor McCarthy, Johnny Hop covered 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 11.01 seconds. The Kentucky-bred colt is out of Smarty Deb, a multiple-stakes winner at Emerald Downs who finished fifth in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade 1).

"He broke really sharp today." McCarthy said. "I was...

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