3 for 3 for Maiden Watch including Saarland's first winner, Collegiate

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 A red-letter day for Maiden Watch as we had 3 starters and 3 winners (a fourth entrant, Speight the Halo did not draw in from the Also-Eligible List). It was especially nice that all three were by different sires.

Collegiate got the ball rolling at Belmont, going to the lead straight out of the gate. She dueled with Market At Midday until the stretch, put that one away and then drew off to become the first winner for Saarland. Softly Spoken closed nicely, but she was no match for Collegiate. Market At Midday hung around for third. See the Forest looked best in the post parade, but faded without excuse to 4th.

Result: June 19, 2008 
Belmont Park Race 2

Collegiate
$5.80
$4.00
$2.60
Softly Spoken
 
$5.50
$3.40
Market At Midday
   
$2.40

Equibase Chart 

Experience Pays Off for Medaglia d'Onore

Some anxious moments in this one, as Medaglia d'Onore was stuck inside with no place to go for much of the race and at one point he looked like he was stopped. Finally, Julien Leparoux swung him out and he motored down the (admittedly tired) pacesetters, Unbridle's Dream and Cosimo. I think experience really helped him here as an unexperienced horse might have become frustrated when stopped and not gotten started again. Behind Medaglia d'Onore, Just Like Biscuit and the slightly green Lamm ended in a dead heat for 2nd.

Result: June 19, 2008 
Churchill Downs Race 5

Medaglia d'Onore
$20.40
$7.60
$5.00
Just Like Biscuit
 
$18.40
$11.60
Lamm
  $3.40
$3.80

Equibase Chart 

Cradle of Peace Responds Favorable to a Drop into Maiden Claiming

Cradle of Peace was much the best in this one, pressing the pace before drawing off to win by more than 3. He was a bit reluctant to switch leads, but once that was accomplished he put the field away rather easily. Win Grammy Boy took the place spot by just a nose over 71-1 shot Archie Tucker. I actually was a bit surprised that no one claimed Cradle of Peace.

Result: June 19, 2008 
Churchill Downs Race 6

Cradle of Peace
$4.20
$3.00
$2.60
Win Grammy Boy
 
$5.00
$3.40
Archie Tucker
   
$11.20

Equibase Chart 

Smokey Lonesome First Winner For Teton Forest

Speight the Halo didn't draw into this one from the Also-Eligible list, but I thought the race was worth mentioning since Smokey Lonesome was victorious to become the first winner for Teton Forest (plus, Smokey is on my personal watch list, so why not mention him). Spaniard, the half-brother to Indian Blessing took all the money in this one (and I mean all the money as he was 4-5), but he was nowhere to be found at the end. The Final Roar set the pace but was run down by the pair of Smokey Lonesome and Candy Lion (the other Candy Ride in the race). Smokey Lonesome prevailed by a head. 

Result: June 19, 2008 
Hollywood Park Race 8

Smokey Lonesome
$23.40
$9.60
$5.80
Candy Lion
 
$6.60
$4.60
The Final Roar
   
$4.20

Equibase Chart 

Rapid Redux Returns, Field Includes Medaglia d'Oro Debut Runner, Prolific

Rapid Redux (Pleasantly Perfect - Thiscatsforyoucaryl by Storm Cat) makes his 2nd start after scratching out of 5 furlong contest at Monmouth on June 5. I wouldn't read much into that scratch, since the winner was his stablemate, Atomic Rain. Rapid Redux debuted on May 16 at Belmont, finishing a good 2nd in the slop. 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.

Among the horses facing Rapid Redux is Prolific (Medaglia d'Oro - Quadrahope by Quadratic) who makes his debut. Prolific is out of a mare who won once and placed 2nd once in 2 2-year old starts. Selling for $37,000 as a yearling, Prolific is a half-brother to 5 winners including El Prado Essence who earned $890,281 and won or placed in 16 stakes. As a 2-year old, El Prado Essence won her debut and finished 3rd in the Ontario Debutante Stakes.

Finishing 4th in the June 5 race that Rapid Redux scratched out of was Dectective (Officer - Butterscotch Sauce by Clever Trick). Detective is a half- or full- brother to 9 winners, 2 of which won as 2-year olds.

The only other experienced horse in the race is Going for Gold (Go for Gin - Token Beauty by Gold Token) who finished 2nd at Monmouth on June 4 in a 4.5 furlong affair. Interestingly, that was a Maiden Claiming race, so his connections must have seen something in his performance to think he could tackle Maiden Special Weight company. Going for Gold is the first foal out of an unraced mare whose dam earned $101,272.

The sales-topper in this field is Matador Run (Cherokee Run - Informative by Tabasco Cat) who brought $425,000 as a 2-year old (after selling for $325,000 as a yearling). Matador Run's dam, Informative, was stakes-placed as a 2-year old and also won her debut. She has had one foal reach the races, that offspring has one 2nd place in 4 starts.

The dam of Delaware Slew (Delaware Township - Slew Gin Beauty by Slew Gin Fizz) is half-sister to grade III stakes winner Don Six who earned $612,123 and won or placed in 13 stakes. 

Monmouth Park Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
4.5 Furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 1:45 PM TVG

PP Horse
1. Matador Run
2. Rapid Redux
3. Delaware Slew
4. Going for Gold
5. Detective
6.
Prolific

2-Year Old Works

New to this blog

June 17

La Nina d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Halter Top by Unbridled) - Lone Star Park, 3 furlongs (gate), :37.60. La Nina d'Oro is a half-sister to one winner and her dam is a half-sister to 6 winners.

June 19

Electric Start (filly; Congaree - Belle Visage by Horatius) - Thistledown, 4 furlongs, :54.80. The dam of Electric Start, Belle Visage, was a stakes winner who earned $149,991. She has produced one winner, Spark Plug who was stakes-placed as a 2-year old (after winning his debut) and who has earned $59,226 through 2008.

What a Chestnut (colt; Congaree - Ali's Dancer by Marshua's Dancer) - Laurel, 3 furlongs, :36.20. What a Chestnut, who sold for $410,000 as a 2-year old, is out of a mare who was stakes-placed as a 2-year old and a 3-year old and earned $71,950. What a Chestnut is a half-brother to 5 winners including stakes winner, Sweet Stepper, who won the Barretts Juvenile Stakes as a 2-year old and earned $444,858 in his career. 

Gold d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Gold Canyon by Mr. Prospector) - Saratoga, 3 furlongs, :39.44. Gold d'Oro is a half-sister to Adriano winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) this year. Adriano also won his 2nd start as a 2-year old (on the turf).

Work for Peace (filly; Peace Rules - Southern Solstice by Southern Halo) - Laurel, 3 furlongs, :37.20. Work for Peace is a half-sister to one winner, Twelve Twenty Two, who broke her maiden as a 2-year old in 2007 and finished 3rd in the California Oaks this year. 

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

June 19 

Audible (colt; Congaree - Miss Marcia by Mr. Greeley) - Belmont, 4 furlongs, :50.16.

Congaree Park (colt; Congaree - King's Daughter by Ferdinand) - Santa Anita, 3 furlongs, :36.20.

Don't You Linger (colt; Congaree - So Long Dearie by D'Accord) - Belmont, 4 furlongs, :50.04. 

Follow the Rules (colt; Peace Rules - Floramera by Seattle Slew)  - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :48.60. 

Bedtime Story (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Fairy Tale by Seattle Slew) - Ocala Training Center, 4 furlongs, :49.60.

Smart Woman (filly; Smarty Jones - Storming Beauty by Storm Cat) - Saratoga, 3 furlongs, :36.49. 

Greer Lynn (filly; Speightstown - Roll Over Baby by Rollin On Over) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :49.00. 

Mullins Beach (filly; Speightstown - Treasure Beach by Silver Deputy) - Woodbine, 4 furlongs, :48.60. 

Speight of Hand (colt; Speightstown - Hitch by Cox's Ridge) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :49.93.

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Pleasantly Perfect Fan

Come on Rapid Redux!!! 4 1/2f is really short for him but if he can break with them, I think he can get it done. Just watch out when the races get longer!

19 Jun 2008 11:11 PM
Bellwether

to early to be racing 2yo's for US...sept. @ the earlist...we own two 2yo's...filly(Wheelaway)Won't race till oct. 2008...gelding(Tapit)june foal won't race till 2009...better get it right this time or the Gov. going to do it for us...Long Live The King & Bellwether Too!!!

20 Jun 2008 12:37 AM
Pleasantly Perfect Fan

I agree with you about running the babies. I am shocked that any of the PP babies have actually ran this early.But they have both done well and within themselves. I really cant wait till the fall to see them start runing everywhere. You have a Tapit?, I have heard they are lookers. Congrats.

20 Jun 2008 1:11 PM
Frank J.

I'm also a big Pleasantly Perfect fan. Cool to see his babies running against Medaglia D'Oros. Pretty cool!

20 Jun 2008 3:53 PM
Frank J.

Rapid Redux is victorious!!! wooohoooo!!!

20 Jun 2008 4:24 PM
Pleasantly Perfect Fan

How bout that? I guess Rapid can read, he knew we were talking about him getting out the gate quick.lol Not to bad to battle back with horses on each side of him in his 2nd out. Cant wait till the races get longer. And look at PP, a win early sire.hehe Never thought that would happen

21 Jun 2008 10:18 AM

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