Fitzaslew Rolls over Oconee and Shoe Strap; 6 Entered On Sunday

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This one was all about Fitzaslew as he streaked out of the gate, took the lead soon after the start, and cruised to the win to become the first winner for Seattle Fitz. Debut runner Proud Jefe turned in a decent effort to take 2nd while experienced horses War Lap and Good Sermon finished just a nose apart in 3rd and 4th. Our boys didn't make much of an impact. Oconee made a little move mid-race, but got tired after going wide and ended up 8th. Shoe Strap got out of the gate well (in contrast with his first start) and showed good speed, but tired badly to finish last. 

Result: June 14, 2008 
Churchill Downs Race 3

Proud Jefe
War Lap

Equibase Chart 

A Birdcaper For All Who Conga

A 6 horse field and 2 Maiden Watch entries. I like the odds in this one. Birdcaper (Birdstone - Sweet Caper by Cape Town) makes his 2nd start after finishing 6th first time out on May 31. His saddle slipped in that race, so the result may not be indicative of his true ability. Birdcaper is the first foal out of the winning mare, Sweet Caper who is a half-sister to 5 winners including stakes winner Leslie's Lady. Leslie's Lady won 4 races in her 2-year old season including the Hoosier Debutante Stakes. For All Who Conga (Congaree - For All Who Dream by Eltish) makes his debut in this one. He is the first foal of out the stakes winner, For All Who Dream who won the J J'sdream Stakes as a 2-year old.

Three other horses exit Birdcaper's May 31 debut, Safety Squeeze (Trippi - Caught Lookin' by Cozzene) who was 2nd, Pound Foolish (Exchange Rate - Kobella Bean by Mecke) who was 3rd, and Lots of Tricks (City Place - Gray Trick by Favorite Trick) who was 5th. Safety Squeeze is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners from 2 to race. He previously had finished 5th on April 26 and 3rd on May 17. Pound Foolish' dam is a half-sister to 7 winners including graded stakes winner Boots 'n Jackie whose $647,580 earnings include a 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and victory in the Golden Rod (gr. III) as a 2-year old. Pound Foolish also finished 6th on May 10. Lots of Tricks is by first-crop sire, City Place. City Place has had 3 runners (including Lots of Tricks) with one 2nd place finisher. Lots of Tricks' dam, Gray Trick, was unraced and she has produced one winner from one starter. That winner won as a 2-year old.

Irish Sport (Diligence - Yukon Red by Gold Alert) makes his debut in this race. His dam was a winner of $75,240. She has produced 4 winners from 4 to race, 3 of which won during their 2-year old season.

June 15, 2008
Calder Race 1

Maiden Special Weight
6 Furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 12:50 PM HRTV

PP Horse
1. Lots of Tricks
2. Birdcaper
3. For All Who Conga
4. Irish Sport
5. Safety Squeeze
6. Pound Foolish

Zigaree Debuts at Louisiana in a Full-Field of 12

The Congaree colt, Zigaree (Congaree - Zigabout by Danzig) who sold for $80,000 as a 2-year old, makes his debut in a 5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Louisiana Downs. Zigaree is a half-brother to 5 winners including Edith Prickley who was stakes-placed as a 2-year old.

A couple of experienced horses in the race. Durty Whit (River Squall - Racindurty by Tilt the Odds) finished 4th at 5 furlongs at Louisiana Downs on May 26. Durty Whit's dam, Racindurty, was a stakes winner who earned $42,173.  She had a win, a 2nd, and a 3rd in three starts as a 2-year old. She has produced 2 winners. Three horses come out of a 4.5 furlong race on June 5 at Louisiana Downs. Bertsgoldenmissile (Golden Missile - Storm West by Gone West) finished 2nd in that race. Bertsgoldenmissile, who sold for $40,000 as a 2-year old, is a half-brother to 2 winners. Fourth that day was Blaze Buster (Syncline - Lolo Creek by Housebuster). Blaze Buster is a full-brother to stakes-placed, Tainted Money. As a 2-year old, Tainted Money had 2 wins and 1 2nd in 4 starts. Texas Native (Secret Claim - Flashy Boots by Dancing Crown) finished 8th in the June 5 race. Texas Native's dam was a winner and her previous 2 foals both won as 2-year olds.

First-year stallion, Scrimshaw is represented by Full Scrimmage (Scrimshaw - Cincy Sue by Cherokee Run). Scrimshaw has had 1 winner from 6 runners so far in his stud career. Full Scrimmage sold for $20,000 as a yearling. He's the 2nd foal out of a dam who was a 2-year old winner and whose first foal won as a 2-year old.

The dam of Zava Jack (Zayata - Halo My Baby by Halo) was unraced, but she has produced 10 winners including grade III winner Minister's Baby who earned $440,270 in her career.

Classy Gentleman (Yankee Gentleman - Brief Contact by Bertrando) is the first foal out of mare who failed to win at the track. She is, however, a half-sister to 2 winners including stakes-placed Ran for the Dough.

June 15, 2008
Louisiana Downs Race 3

Maiden Special Weight
5 Furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 3:25 PM

PP Horse
1. Classy Gentleman
2. Zarb's Whirl
3. Dovehunter Jones
4. Peggy's Pretty Boy
5. Blaze Buster
6. Texas Native
7. Zava Jack
8. Durty Whit
9. Full Scrimmage
10. Zigaree
11. At the Double
12. Bertsgoldenmissile

Persian Drops into the Claiming Ranks 

After finishing 4th and 5th in his first two starts in Maiden Special Weight company, Persian (Peace Rules - Lady Cheryl by Williamstown) will search for victory in a Maiden Claiming Race at Churchill Downs. Persian is out of Lady Cheryl, a stakes winning mare who earned $189,054. Lady Cheryl did not run as a 2-year old, but she has produced a 2-year old winner. Persian sold for $32,000 as a yearling.

Miss Chloe's Boy (Valid Lightning - Miss Chloe by Personal) finished 2nd in a 5 furlong Maiden Claiming race on May 18 and 3rd in a 4.5 furlong affair on May 30. He is the first foal out of a dam who is a full-sister to the winner, Lastnightswinner. Finishing 2nd in the May 30 race was Lord Dubai (E Dubai - Shellmound by American Chance). Lord Dubai is a half-brother to 2 winners, including Triton Missile who was a 2-year old winner and who has earned $210,467 through 2008.

Another 2 race veteran is Ridge City (Mancini - Christine E by Iron Courage) who finished 6th in a MSW at 5 furlongs on May 14 and then 5th when trying the Maiden Claiming ranks on May 24. Ridge City's dam is a full-sister to the winner Petite Perle who won 2 races as a 2-year old. Finishing 4th in that May 24 race was Piner Mountain (Monashee Mountain - Gradalupe by Irish River (FR)). Piner Mountain is the first foal out of an unraced mare.

The final experienced horse in the race is Yankee Career (Yankee Victor - Pleasure Cat by Cat's Career) who finished 5th in a Maiden Special Weight race at 4.5 furlongs on May 21. Yankee Career is a half-brother to 2 winners including 1 2-year old winner.

Selling for $220,000 as a weanling (but, $9,000 as a 2-year old) was Voodoo Doctor (Songandaprayer - Sweet Remedy by Dr. Carter). Voodoo Doctor's dam, Sweet Remedy, was stakes-placed as a 2-year old and has produced 5 winners including the stakes winner Sweet Nanette who was 2 for 2 as a 2-year old (including victory in the Pontalba Stakes) and earned $392,845.

The dam of Cardinal Express (Rossini - Kat's Chicken by Silver Deputy) was a winner of $72,123 and finished 2nd twice in 4 starts as a 2-year old. She is the dam of 2 winners.

Grimaldi (Zavata - Swift Spirit by Tasso) is a half-brother to 3 winners including the stakes winner, Friendly Spirit who earned $107,636.

June 15, 2008
Churchill Downs Race 6

Maiden Claiming
5 Furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 3:46 PM HRTV

PP Horse
1. Cardinal Express
2. Yankee Career
3. Persian
4. Lord Dubai
5. Ridge City
6. Piner Mountain
7. Grimaldi
8. Voodoo Doctor
9. Miss Chloe's Boy

Debut for Lippy Rules and Gabby's Golden Gal

The long-awaited debut of Gabby's Golden Gal (Medaglia d'Oro - Gabriellina Giof (GB) by Ashkalani (IRE)). Long-awaited because Gabby's Golden Gal was one of our first 2-year old workers, first registering on February 26. Her dam, Gabriellina Giof, was a stakes winner in Italy and the U.S. and earned $220,648. Gabby's Golden Gal is her 2nd foal. Her first foal, Gabby's Hen, has run 6 times without hitting the board.

Also debuting in this race is the Peace Rules' filly, Lippy Rules (Peace Rules - Jive Talker by Time for a Change). Lippy Rules' dam, Jive Talker, was 3 for 3 as a 2-year old including 2 stakes wins. Overall, she earned $102,780 in her career. Lippy Rules is a half-sister to 3 winners.

First-year sire, City Place is the sire of one of the experienced runners in the race, Glitter City (City Place - Bon Caro by Bon Point (GB)) who finished 2nd in his only start on April 30. City Place is a Storm Cat stallion out of the grade I winner, Glitter Woman who placed in three graded stakes as a 2-year old. City Place has had 3 runners with one 2nd place finisher.Glitter City, who was a $150,000 2-year old, is out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 4 winners.

The other experienced horse in the race, South of France (Harlan's Holiday - Pretty Little by Mazel Trick), finished 5th in Trifecta King's debut on May 15. This race has turned out to be a key race, as 4 of the participants have won.  Could South of France be the 5th? South of France's dam is a half-sister to 7 winners including grade II stakes winners Green Perfume and Salty Perfume.

Closing Steps (Spanish Steps - Ascloseasitgets by Relaunch) is the second starter for first-year stallion Spanish Steps. Spanish Steps was unraced, but he is a full-brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile and top sire, Unbridled's Song. Closing Steps is a half-brother to 3 winners.

Selling for $500,000 as a yearling was Diamond Tags (Seeking the Gold - Ever Hopeful by With Approval) whose dam has produced one winner and is a half-sister to four winners including stakes winner Private Dreams.

Another with impressive sales credentials is Emmy Darling (Graeme Hall - Dance Delight by Colonial Affair) who sold for $260,000 as a 2-year old. Emmy Darling is out of a stakes-placed mare who has produced one winner.

Also selling as a 2-year old was Empressive Lady (Empire Maker - Racey Player by A. P. Indy) who brought $200,000. Empressive Lady's dam was stakes-placed and she has produced one winner, Ship's Cat, who won 3 races as a 2-year old.

Annihilation (Northern Afleet - Exhilaration by Storm Cat) sold for $115,000 as a yearling. Her dam broke her maiden in her 2nd 2-year old start and also finished 3rd in the Anoakia and Maker's Mark Stakes that year. Annihilation is half-sister to 2 winners including stakes winner, Lemon Drop Gal who earned $178,307.

Also selling for 6 figures was Glacier Peak (Pulpit - Glacier Lily by Deputy Minister) who sold for an even $100,000 as a yearling. She is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to the stakes winner, Coherent who earned $158,630.

June 15, 2008
Hollywood Park Race 2

Maiden Special Weight
5 Furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 4:50 PM TVG

PP Horse
1. Lippy Rules
2. Closing Steps
3. Empressive Lady
4. Diamond Tags
5. Glacier Peak
6. Gabby's Golden Gal
7. Glitter City
South of France
Emmy Darling

Curly Works

Curly was back on track at Arlington after his May 31 victory working 5 furlongs in 1:06.80.

2-Year Old Works

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At Monmouth, Longandstrong (colt; Birdstone - Bessie's Chips by Rakeen) worked 4 furlongs in :50.80. Longandstrong is a half-brother to 2 winners including All Bets Down who has earned $150,585 through 2008.

Mythical Power (colt; Congaree - School for Scandal by Is It True) worked 3 furlongs at Belmont in a time of :38.02. Mythical Power is the 2nd foal out a mare who earned $146,447 and finished 3rd in the Dearly Precious Stakes.

Pamona Ball (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Fireman's Ball by Hennessy) worked 3 furlongs in :35.00 at Santa Anita. Pamona Ball sold for $120,000 as a yearling and $380,000 as a 2-year old and is a half-brother to 2 winners, including one 2-year old winner.

Working 4 furlongs in :50.20 at Laurel Park was Perfect Edge (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Winner's Edge by Seeking the Gold). Perfect Edge's dam, Winner's Edge, earned $145,450 and finished 2nd in the Affectionately (gr. III). She has produced 5 winners including stakes winner Coya.

Tannic (colt; Saarland - Poetic Image by Perrault (GB)) worked 3 furlongs in :37.42 at Prairie Meadows. Tannic is a half-brother to 3 winners, 2 of which were stakes-placed as 2-year olds.

Returning to the WorkTab (horses previously mentioned in this blog)

Birdseye (filly; Birdstone - Trail Guide by Our Native) - Lone Star, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:01.80.

Ambraw (colt; Congaree - Fabulous Flight by Flying Continental) - Churchill Downs Training, 4 furlongs, :50.20.

Congo Kaye (filly; Congaree - Palau by Kingmambo) - Pleasanton, 5 furlongs, 1:02.20.

Ameribelle (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Miz United States by Valid Appeal) - Calder, 5 furlongs, 1:03.00.

Precious Beans (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Precious Feather by Gone West) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :50.20 (muddy).

Halo Beauty (filly; Peace Rules - Halo Tyra by Sunny's Halo) - Evangeline Training Center, 4 furlongs, :49.26 - Fastest of 68 works at the distance.

I'm the Law (colt; Peace Rules - Stormin' Down by Storm Creek) - Evangeline Downs, 3 furlongs, :37.40. 

Joanne's Ruler (filly; Peace Rules - Escaping Glory by Red Ransom) - Belmont Park, 3 furlongs, :38.42.

Pacificator (colt; Peace Rules - Penthouse Doll by Pentelicus) - Churchill Downs Training, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:02.40.

Peace Conference (colt; Peace Rules - In Conference by Dayjur) - Fair Hill, 3 furlongs, :37.80. 

Peace Reigns (filly; Peace Rules - Diamond Dottie by Eagle Eyed) - Louisiana Downs, 4 furlongs, :51.40.

Power Rules (colt; Peace Rules - World Storm by Summer Squall) - Calder, 3 furlongs, :37.80.

Red Bird Rules (filly; Peace Rules - Twirling Angel by Saint Ballado) - Calder, 4 furlongs (gate), :49.80. 

Perfect Song (colt: Pleasantly Perfect - Prospector's Song by Prospector's Music) -  Delaware, 4 furlongs (gate), :49.80.

Keefer (colt; Smarty Jones - Shootforthestars by Seattle Slew) - Belmont, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:02.48. 

Smarty Time (filly; Smarty Jones - Pleasant Point by Pleasant Colony) - Goldmark, 3 furlongs, :38.40.

Barrichello (colt; Speightstown - Everything by Geiger Counter) - Woodbine, 4 furlongs, :49.00.

In Speight of It (colt; Speightstown - Honest Deceiver by Is It True) - Belmont, 5 furlongs, 1:01.09. 

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