Don’t Tell My Wife about Love and War in the Jasmine Gardens; Races – February 27, 2008


Aqueduct Race 4
Maiden Claiming ($35,000)
6 furlongs
3-Year Olds
New York bred
Post Time: 1:55 PM; HRTV, TVG

First-Timers:  On Request (Volponi – Fantasy Quest by Coronado’s Quest) and Don’t Tell My Wife (Matty G – We Are Daring by Daring Groom).

Neither first-timer sold at auction.  Don’t Tell My Wife’s dam won $78,751 and has produced 4 winners from 4 horses to race including Daysman who won $83,275.

Eassa (Successful Appeal – Vintage Love by Alydeed) sold for $90,000 as a yearling.  He is also a half-brother to Imperial Zip whose $104,890 earnings include a third in the Finger Lakes Juvenile Stakes. Boston Chief (Chief Seattle – Gone to Boston by Mr. Greeley) brought $23,000 as a yearling (at a sale where the average was $22,000).  His dam won $117,070. Also selling above average at his sale was Daddy Eddie (City Zip – Travellin’ Along by Silver Ghost) who sold for $56,000 as a 2-year old.

Experienced horses with notable family connections include Doctor Problum (Distinctive Pro – Answer True by Dr. Blum) whose dam earned $73,570.  Answer True has produced 4 winners including True Crimson who earned $106,392.  Charity Fight (Western Expression – Honey’s Contender by Key Contender) is out of a dam who earned $86,070 including a third in the New York Oaks.  She has produced one winner.

Gulfstream Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
3-Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 4:11 PM; HRTV

First Time Starters:  Julia Tuttle (Giant’s Causeway – Candy Cane (ARG) by Ride the Rails), Queen of Hearts (Thunder Gulch – Betrayer (ARG) by Fain (ARG)), and Jasmine Gardens (Mineshaft – Diamond Corner by Deputy Minister).

Queen of Hearts was the only one of the debut horses to have sold at auction as she brought $115,000 as a yearling. Her dam has produced 7 winners including Grade III winner Babae (CHI) who earned $755,334 and Zorro Rojo who was a Group I winner in Peru.

The sales-topper among all the entrants in this race is Splendorella (Deputy Minister – Fairy Tale by Seattle Slew) who brought $360,000 as a yearling. Splendorella is a half-sister to two winners.  Other auction horses of note include Move It (More Than Ready – Garvin’s Gal by Seattle Slew) who brought $300,000 as a yearling and Magnificent Melody (Unbridled’s Song – Sheepscot by Easy Goer who sold for $250,000.  Move It’s dam has produced 2 winners including Group III winner Agol Lack who earned $220,437.  Magnificent Melody’s dam, Sheepscot, was a stakes winner who earned $153,446.  She has produced 4 winners including Grade II stakes winner Navesink River (whose earnings totaled $331,105) and Group I winner Astronomer Royal (earnings of $421,996).

Another horse with interesting family connections is Dattts R Girl Addy (Vindication – Fatal Distraction by Hatchet Man).  Her dam was a stakes winner of $64,629 who has produced 4 winners and 2 stakes winners including First Spear who earned $365,114. 

Santa Anita Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
1 Mile Turf
3-Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 6:29 PM; HRTV

First-time starter Love and War (War Chant – Swearingen by Deposit Ticket).

Love and War is out of the stakes winner Swearingen who earned $673,233.  She has produced one winner.

Among those who have run, the sales-topper was Change Tack (Mizzen Mast – Jibe by Danzig) who sold for $168,518 as a 2-year old.  Her dam, Jibe, was a stakes winner of $98,912.  Another sales horse of note is Fire n’ Brimstone (Pulpit – Joi’s Flame by Strawberry Road (AUS)) who sold for $145,000 as a 2-year old.  She is out of a stakes-placed mare who won $218,040 and has produced 2 winners.

Starzig (Danzig – Starrer) has the most impressive family credentials as she is out of Grade I millionaire Starrer.  Starzig is Starrer’s first foal.

The dam of Quite Beautiful (Malibu Moon – Very Beautiful by Greinton (GB)) has produced 5 winners including Soldiers Fortune who earned $129,382 and ran third in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes. 


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Great information on these maiden races. I was particularly drawn to the race at Gulfstream Park, with a good number of entrants out of dams that produced stakes winners or multiple winners. So, I did a little homework on the sires of these maidens. More Than Ready is the leader with 22% 2-year-old winners from named foals of racing age (Northern Hemisphere only). Next is Vindication (15%), Giant's Causeway (14%), Thunder Gulch (13%), Deputy Minister (12%), and Unbridled's Song (12%).

I think Move It looks pretty promising based on these percentages and that she has already had some seasoning over this track.

I'm looking forward to seeing Starzig, too.

27 Feb 2008 2:08 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

I have been kind of ignoring the male line partially out of laziness and partially because I think that information is a little more accessible.  However, it is just as important.  It may be something that I'll look at more when the 2-year olds start running.

28 Feb 2008 8:35 PM

love your titles!!!!

19 Mar 2008 3:36 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Kelly - thanks for your comments. It helps when the horses have interesting names!

19 Mar 2008 4:22 PM

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