Mostly Peace Results; Plus a pair of Congarees Work

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I got my spot early by the #11 tree, so that I could be ready to take some pictures of our girl, Mostly Peace, but she was fashionable late.  More probable, she was being kept away from us folks so that she wouldn’t become too excited before the race. 

Lookbeforeyouleap, The Cliff’s Edge filly, was keeping us all entertained, rearing and bucking.  Actually, she reminded me of her sire who showed much of the same antics when I saw him at Vinery. This may not necessarily be negative behavior in a stallion, but it’s not promising for a 2-year old filly making her first start.

The Chapel Royal filly, Iberian Gate, was looking calm and collective.  She was also taking all the money. When the tote first flashed, she was 1-2 (she ended up going off at 6-5).  Apparently, she was the worst kept secret around the track.  Plus, she was trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez which didn’t hurt.

MaidenWatchMostlyPeaceCAW: Photo Credit Christine A. Wittmer
    The long-legged Mostly Peace in the paddock.

Finally, our filly made her appearance.  I took one look and thought that she didn’t have a chance in this race.  It’s not that she is unattractive; she just has extremely long legs.  I thought that there was no way she would get them unfolded in time to have an impact at 4 1/2 furlongs. Mostly Peace also has a skinny head which I recall as a characteristic of Peace Rules. I don’t recall if Peace Rules was overly leggy as a 2-year old.  Does anyone else remember this? Mostly Peace was mostly peaceful while being saddled. She did act up a little, but nothing compared to Lookbeforeyouleap.

Mostly Peace broke ok, but came out a little awkwardly.  I found out later from the chart that she actually hit the gate, not a great way to start.  Still, she wasn’t too far out of it while racing rather wide. She didn’t make up much ground throughout, but didn’t lose a lot either. Robby Albarado did not abuse her in the stretch and it was a positive learning experience. I would love to see this one stretch out, preferably on the turf.  The fact that she even made it to the starting gate this early in her career is evidence of her talent.

The winner was the Fusaichi Pegasus filly out of Pesci, Teriffany.  She jumped out of the gate and didn’t look back.  Iberian Gate tried hard, but she couldn’t catch the winner. Tiffany Royal (stablemate to our filly) was along for third.  Lookbeforeyouleap used up her energy in the paddock, she trailed almost the whole way round.  Cheyenne Code and Misleader were scratched.

Result: April 16, 2008 

Keeneland Race 5

Terriffany $7.40
Iberian Gate  
Tiffany Royal    

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2-Year Old Works

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Two Congaree offspring worked 4 furlongs at Keeneland on 4/16.  The colt, Oconee (Congaree - Chenoa by Wild Again) turned in a time of :47.00 which was the fastest of 26 works at the distance. Oconee's dam was unraced and has had one offspring reach the races. That offspring has not hit the board in two starts.  However, Chenoa is a half-sister to four graded performers including Demaloot Demashoot who earned $574,825 and won or placed in 8 graded stakes. He also won 2 races as a 2-year old and finished 3rd in the Iroquois (gr. III) in his first year at the track.

Karanka (filly; Congaree - Casual Rendezvous by High Brite) worked in :47.40. Karanka is out of a stakes-placed mare who earned $93,857 and started 8 times as a 2-year old, with one win, one 2nd, and 2 thirds to her credit. Karanka is a half-sister to 5 winners, including the stakes winner Devil Valentine who earned $530,388 in his career.  As a 2-year old, he earned $159,890, was a debut winner, won the Kingarvie Stakes, and finished 2nd in the Coronation Futurity.

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