It was our old friend Yo Joe who took the big prize in this one. He scampered out of the gate and didn't look back. The filly, Can'tstopthiscat, gave chase, but she couldn't gain. In fact, she was all out to hold off our boy, Katolak Cowboy, who was just a head behind. A very encouraging performance and learning experience (I believe this is the first of our starters to hit the board) for a horse who should appreciate more distance. The top-seller, Bear Encounter, took the early action at the windows and ran evenly to end up 5th. This should have been an easy trifecta for MaidenWatch readers, the top choice over the 2nd choice over Katolak Cowboy for $108.20. No, I didn't have it.
Worthy of comment is the progeny record of Yo Joe's sire, Wertaloona. Wertaloona has 6 named 2-year olds, 2 have raced and both are winners, and they have earned a total of $85,245. Overall, in 8 crops of racing age, he's had 41 foals, 30 starters and 24 winners.
In first-crop sire news, yesterday saw the first winner for Cuvee as his son, Border Cuvee, was a winner at Lone Star Park.
2-Year Old Works
Returning to the WorkTab (horses previously mentioned in this blog)
Wear Blush (filly; Congaree - Tifonica (ARG) by Equalize) - Hollywood Park, 4 furlongs, :49.00. Note: This is exactly the same time she worked in last time. Often when a horse starts turning in consistent workouts, a start is on the horizon.
First Magnitude (colt; Saarland - Fapindy by A. P. Indy) - Arlington, 2 furlongs, :24.20
Sargon (colt; Saarland - Cherished Jewel by Private Account) - Woodbine, 4 furlongs; :48.80.
New to this blog
Joanne's Ruler (filly; Peace Rules - Escaping Glory by Red Ransom) worked at New Episode Training Center, recording a time of :38.10 for 3 furlongs. Joanne's Ruler's dam is a half-sister to 4 winners.