Will it be a Certifiably Royal Debut? Race: March 5, 2008

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Just one race for March 5th, as many tracks are dark.

Gulfstream Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
7 furlongs
3-Year Olds
Post Time: 3:40 PM; HRTV

First-Timers: Certifiably Royal (Mutakddim – Royal Trips by Summer Squall) and Fuencia (Fusaichi Pegasus – Ciencia by El Gran Senor.

Neither first-timer has an impressive sales record, Certifiably Royal’s dam has produced 3 winners from 4 to race, including the stakes winner Certifiably Crazy who won over $600,000.  Fuencia is a half-brother to the stakes winner Major Idea who earned $206,920.

The top-seller from this race was Wesley (El Prado (IRE) – Moving Picture by Alysheba) who attracted a final bid of $450,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2006.  Wesley is a full-brother to the stakes winner Cloakof Vagueness who earned $433,078.  Cloakof Vagueness was a bit of a bad actor on the track, sometimes refusing to enter the track for the post parade or freezing during it.  These tendencies seemed to increase as she got older.  Cloakof Vagueness recently gave birth to her first foal, a colt by Smart Strike.  Wesley is also a half-brother to the stakes winner Dynameaux and the stakes-placed horse Silent Picture.  I don’t recall either of them misbehaving in the post parade.

Also selling at Keeneland September was Old Ninety Eight (Storm Cat – Manistique by Unbridled) who brought $400,000.  By the great Storm Cat, Old Ninety Eight is out of Manistique, Grade I winner of $1,311,800.  Manistique won nine Graded Stakes in her career, including the Alabama (gr. I), the Santa Margarita (gr. I), the Vanity (gr. I), and the Santa Maria (gr. I).

Pick Off (Fusaichi Pegasus – Pas Who by Pas Seul), who sold for $180,000 as a yearling, is out of a stakes-placed mare who has produced 8 winners of which 3 won stakes.  These include Go to the Ink who earned $201,596.

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