The most suspenseful part of this race was before the break. First, Miquelina was a late scratch. Then, One More Prospect did not want to load. Once in the gate, she reared several times. She was backed out and reloaded, reared again, and finally settled. Finally, Girlfrienontheside acted up in the gate. Through all the activity, Saar Treaty was calm. The break itself was fairly uneventful.
A group of 5 sprinted away from the pack, Girlfrienontheside, Arthurs Appeal, One More Prospect, Lesseroftwoevils, and Impadoodle. One More Prospect, perhaps tired from her gate antics, gave up first and faded to the back. Meanwhile, Girlfrienontheside pulled away to take the race. She was followed by the experienced horses who finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th (Lessoroftwoevils, Impadoodle, and Arthurs Appeal). Saar Treaty, who stayed out of the speed duel, ran evenly to take the 5th spot.
Result: June 3, 2008
Delaware Park Race 5
Precious Beans vs. River Treck
Another head-to-head encounter as Precious Beans (Medaglia d'Oro - Precious Feather by Gone West) takes on River Treck (Congaree - Gem Trick by Java Gold) at Churchill Downs. Precious Beans has raced once, finishing 6th in a 4.5 furlong race at Calder on April 26. His dam, Precious Feather, was a stakes winner who earned $257,441
including second place finishes in the Azalea (gr. III) and Turfway
Breeders' Cup (gr. III). Precious Feather is the dam of 2 winners, one of which won as a 2-year
old. River Treck is making his debut. He was a $110,000 yearling and is a half-brother to 6 winners including stakes winner Buddy Got Even.
The only other experienced horse in the race is Screen Your Friend (Friends Lake - Screen Prospect by Rare Performer). Screen Your Friend, by first-year sire, Friends Lake, is a familiar name to Maiden Watch readers as he finished 4th on April 18 and 2nd on May 7, both feature races on the blog. The dam of Screen Your Friend won or placed in 15 stakes (7 of them graded) and earned $575,747. As a 2-year
old, she started 3 times winning her first two starts and finishing 2nd in the
Gold Digger Stakes. Six of Screen Prospect's offspring have raced and all have
won, 2 won during their 2-year old season. Out of 3 offspring to race, Screen Your Friend is Friends Lake's best performer so far.
Two other first-year stallions are represented in this race. Action This Day has Night Action (Action This Day - Saint Aubin by Saint Ballado). Action This Day has had 4 runners which have produced one 2nd and two 3rds. Night Action sold for $50,000 as a 2-year old. His dam, Saint Aubin, won $85,995 and has produced 2 winners. Meetmeatthechapel (Chapel Royal - Run Kate Run by Cherokee Run) is by first-year sire Chapel Royal who has had 3 winners, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds from 13 to race. Meetmeatthechapel is the first foal out of the unraced mare, Run Kate Run who is a half-sister to 2 winners. Meetmeatthechapel was a $50,000 weanling purchase.
The overall sales-topper from this race is Indeedingly (Street Cry - Dance Cat by Danzig) who sold for $200,000 as a yearling. Indeedingly is a half-brother to one winner and his dam is a half- or full- sister to 10 winners including 1974 Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade and grade III stakes winner Circle Home who won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. III) and the Heritage Stakes (gr. III) as a 2-year old.
The dam of Chess Master (Tactical Cat - Fleeting Melody by Stravinsky) is a half-sister to 2 winners.
Grief (Gilded Time - Reef by Cape Town) is out of a mare who earned $78,825 and who finished 3rd once in 2 starts as a 2-year old. Grief is her first foal, but she is a half-sister to 7 winners.
June 4, 2008
Churchill Downs Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 3:20 PM HRTV
||Screen Your Friend
2-Year Old Works
New to this blog
Needless to Say
(filly; Peace Rules - Expected Temper by Valid Expectations) worked 4 furlongs in :48.52 at Philadelphia Park. Needless to Say is out of the winning mare, Expected Temper, who earned $57,628 and had a 2nd and a 3rd in 3 starts as a 2-year old. Expected Temper is also a half-sister to 4 winners including stakes winner, Tempered Appeal.
Returning to the WorkTab (horses previously mentioned in this blog)
Summer Bird (colt; Birdstone - Hong Kong Squall by Summer Squall) - Hunter Farm Training Center, 3 furlongs, :38.12.
Royal Treaty (colt; Saarland - Itama by Tabasco Cat) - Hunter Farm Training Center, 3 furlongs, :38.40.
Karanka (filly; Congaree - Casual Rendezvous by High Brite) - Woobine, 4 furlongs, :50.40.
Wear Blush (filly; Congaree - Tifonica (ARG) by Equalize) - Hollywood Park, 4 furlongs, :48.20.
Gabby's Golden Gal (filly; Medaglia d’Oro – Gabriellina Giof (GB) by Ashkalani (IRE)) - Hollywood, 5 furlongs, :57.80.
Sue's Update (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Sue's Update by Woodman) - Arlington, 3 furlongs, :35.00.
Light Green (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Green Light by Sheikh Albadou (GB)) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :52.22.
Saarlanddisourland (filly; Saarland - Crypto Kate by Tabasco Cat) - Belmont, 4 furlongs, :49.66.