Trifecta King Can't Catch a Queen


Cosmic Queen, the high-priced 2-year old, came out of the gate flying and drew off in the stretch setting a new track record for 4.5 furlongs. However, it was a promising debut for Trifecta King. She came out of the gate nicely and seemed to get stronger as the race progressed. Although she was second best, there was daylight between her and the rest of the field.

Result: May 15, 2008 
Hollywood Park Race 3

Cosmic Queen
Trifecta King
Streamin Heat

Equibase Chart

Lord Shanakill

We did, however, have a winner today.  Kudos to reader, K. Rob, for alerting us to the fact that Lord Shanakill (Speightstown - Green Room by Theatrical) won the Constant Security E.b.f. Maiden Stakes today at York to become the first winner for Speightstown. As far as I can determine, Lord Shanakill is also Speightstown's only runner so far, so he has a 100% success rate. Lord Shanakill sold for $110,000 as a yearling. His dam was unraced, but she is a half-sister to grade I stakes winner, Spanish Fern, and also half-sister to the dam of Heatseeker who won the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).

Rapid Redux Entered

Rapid Redux (aka Storm Leopard) becomes the first runner for Pleasantly Perfect, as he has been entered in a Maiden Special Weight at Belmont Park on May 16. Out of the Storm Cat mare, Thiscatsforcaryl, Rapid Redux sold for $85,000 as a yearling. Thiscatsforcaryl failed to win at the track, but she has produced 6 winners including the stakes winner Be Like Mike (earnings $174,202) and Sacred Journey who finished 3rd in this year’s Southwest Stakes. Two of her offspring won as 2-year olds.

First-year sire Lion Heart is represented by two runners, Silent Valor (Lion Heart - Few Choice Words by Valid Appeal) and Trusting Heart (Lion Heart - Trust Your Heart by Relaunch). Silent Valor is a familiar face, having finished 2nd in a race profiled previously. The winner of that race, Run Away and Hide, came back to win the Kentucky Stakes. Silent Valor sold for $320,000 as a yearling and is a half-brother to stakes winner Miss Jeanne Cat. He is the only horse in the race with experience. Trusting Heart sold for $135,000 as a yearling. He is a half-brother to 3 winners including Special Grayce who finished 2nd in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. III) and earned $124,129. Lion Heart has had 3 winners from just 6 to run.

Another who sold for 6 figures is Atomic Rain (Smart Strike - Paradise Pond by Cox's Ridge) who brought $170,000 as a yearling. Atomic Rain's dam has produced 1 winner. She is also a  half-sister to grade III winners, Roxelana and Tiger.

May 16, 2008
Belmont Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
5 furlongs
2-Year Olds
Post Time: 1:32; HRTV, TVG 

PP Horse
1. Atomic Rain
2. Silent Valor
3. Uncle T Seven
4. Saratoga Steve
5. Relatively Ready
6. Rapid Redux
7. Trusting Heart

2-Year Old Works
Returning to the WorkTab (horses previously mentioned in this blog)

May 14

Zigaree (colt; Congaree - Zigabout by Danzig) - Evangeline Training Center, 4 furlongs, :51.21.

May 15

Prime Time (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Sioux City by Carson City) - Woodbine, 4 furlongs; :48.80.

Collegiate (filly; Saarland - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo) - Belmont Park, 4 furlongs, :49.50.

First Magnitude (colt; Saarland - Fapindy by A. P. Indy) - Arlington, 3 furlongs, :39.20.

Indemand (filly; Saarland - One Bat Cat by Mountain Cat) - Churchill Downs, 3 furlongs, :38.40.

Mighty Pleasing (filly; Speightstown - Pleasing by Falstaff) - Santa Anita, 4 furlongs, :48.80.

Mullins Beach (filly; Speightstown - Treasure Beach by Silver Deputy) - Winding Oaks Farm, 3f, :35.20.

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May 15

Rocket Dog (filly; Saarland - Quiet Talk by Valid Appeal) worked 3 furlongs at Santa Anita in :37.00. Rocket Dog is a half-sister to 3 winners, one of which won as a 2-year old.

At Hollywood, Hornung (colt; Speightstown - Deb's Charm by Silver Charm) worked 2 furlongs in :25.40. Hornung, who sold for $120,000 as a yearling and $200,000 as a 2-year old, is out of the stake-placed Deb's Charm. Deb's Charm finished 3rd in the Alcibiades (gr. II) as a 2-year old. Hornung is her first foal.

Another Speightstown was on track at Keeneland, where Reynaldothewizard (colt; Speightstown - Holiday Runner by Meadowlake) went 3 furlongs in :36.00.  Reynaldothewizard sold for $400,000 as a yearling and $775,000 as a 2-year old. He is 2nd foal out of the stakes winner, Holiday Runner who earned $232,073 in her career ($171,623 as a 2-year old including victories in the Three Chimneys Juvenile and Fashion Stakes and a 3rd in the Adirondack (gr. II)).


Curly was back on the worktab after his 2nd place finish on Derby Day. He worked 5 furlongs at Arlington in 1:03.00.


Leave a Comment:

Pleasantly Perfect Fan

I just love this blog!!! Please keep the Pleasantly Perfect baby info comming. I have several on stable alert by getting their names from sale catalogs, but I love this horse and want to know what all of his babies are doing. thanks again.

15 May 2008 11:52 PM
John Lex, KY

Cosmic Queen was one of my favorites in the miami sale.  She had "Stakes" written all over her.  I told Raul (the consignor) she was one of the best in the sale.  Gl to her connections, I hope she continues to do well.

16 May 2008 10:08 AM
John Lex, Ky

And Reynaldothewizard, the Speights o/o Holiday Runner was one of my other favorites in the miami sale.  My others were hip 99 G. Causeway o/o Tomorrows Sunshine.  129 El. Quality o/o xtra heat.  i don't think she'll stay sound like dam but she has 2yo g1 all over her.  hip 7 a friends lake was nice.  and hip 1 a vindication filly i don't think she'll make a 2yo but an awesome 3yo.  Give my OBS, Barretts, and Keene sales picks l8r.

16 May 2008 12:41 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Pleasantly Perfect Fan - Thanks for your comments.  I am just getting ready to watch Rapid Redux's race. Hope you are able to catch it.

16 May 2008 1:21 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

John - Thanks for your comments. Cosmic Queen sure looked professional in her victory that's always a good sign.

16 May 2008 1:23 PM

I know Tapit's not part of the group,but his Phantom Avalanche seems to be working up a storm at Churchill.

16 May 2008 2:50 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

k.rob - Thanks for the comment about Phantom Avalanche. There are only so many stallions we can watch, so it's    great when readers chime in with notes about others. Keep us posted on his progress. I see his dam is a half-sister to several stakes winners.

16 May 2008 3:29 PM
Pleasantly Perfect Fan

Yes, as a matter of fact, I was late for work because I just had to watch I thought he ran a great race for a firster. Not exactly PP's distance and the mud didn't help him, he was devoid of any early speed and was able to make up ground. I thought he did Pops proud. A family friend has worked for Mandella since 1981, so I kinda think of them as the home team and I just fell in love with PP early on.

17 May 2008 1:16 AM

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