Will Tomisue's Cat be Polite to My Little Dragon?; Fair Grounds Race 5, March 15

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Fair Grounds Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
About 5.5 furlongs Turf
3-Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:34 PM; HRTV

I was attracted to this race because of the large number of first-time starters, as half the field debuts today.  The firsters are:  Fan Dame (Lear Fan – Dame Sylvieguilhem by Nureyev), Louisiana Roux (Dayjur – Snatchandgrabit by Ramirez), Tomisue’s Cat (Storm Cat – Tomisue’s Delight by A. P. Indy), My Little Dragon (Cactus Ridge – So Soulful by Real Quiet), Cape of Bradford (Cape Town – Trustbuster by Housebuster), and Polite (Elusive Quality – Slew and Easy by Slew o’ Gold).

Among these, the clear pedigree standout is Tomisue’s Cat whose dam, Tomisue’s Delight, won $1,207,537 and won or placed in 11 graded stakes races including wins in the Ruffian (gr. I), Personal Ensign (gr. I), and Falls City (gr. III), plus a second in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Tomisue’s Delight is a full-sister to Mineshaft.  She has produced 2 winners including the stakes-placed Save Big Money who has earned $191,133 through 2008.  Save Big Money is a full-brother to today’s runner, Tomisue’s Cat. I do wonder whether 5.5 furlongs will be far enough for Tomisue’s Cat, as her dam took at least a mile to get going. 

Another with notable family connections is Polite.  Polite’s dam has produced 3 winners including graded stakes winner Conserve who earned $628,132.  He won or placed in 5 stakes on the turf including the Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. II) and the Firecracker Breeders’ Cup (gr. II).

Louisiana Roux is a half- or full- sister to 3 winners including the stakes winners Arcus and Perfect Harmony.

The top-seller among these was My Little Dragon who brought $42,000 as a yearling.  My Little Dragon is the first foal out of an unraced mare, but her dam is a full- or half-sister to 4 winners including the stakes winner, Twilight Meteor who has earned $472,591 through 2008.

The experienced horses do not feature a sales-standout, but Amaretta’s Way (Giant’s Causeway – Amaretta by Woodman) is out of dam who earned $1116,480 including a 2nd in the Regret Stakes (gr III.) on the turf.  Amaretta has produced one winner, Triple Nine Fine who has earned $48,092 through 20008.

The dam of Private Battle (Military – Energica by Affirmed) has produced 2 winners including Positively Wild who earned $138,720.

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