Bridge to Gold Rules the Red Bird

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Red Bird Rules came out of the gate ok and went right after the leader, Chatter Wine, and looked like she would compete for the win. But, she had to check after a hole closed inside and seemed to lose all momentum after that.  She ended up 6th. Bridge to Gold was stalking and won easily with Hopeful Image closing well off a slow start. The pacesetter, Chatter Wine kept third.

Result: June 21, 2008 
Calder Race 1

Bridge to Gold
Hopeful Image
Chatter Wine

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Karaka No Match for Lola B.

Karaka was off a step slow, but established a good position on the rail while Poppin and C Karma dueled on the lead. The experienced Lola B. professionally angled out to mow down the leaders who ended up 2nd and 3rd. Karanka finally starting running about the time the leaders passed the wire. He ended up 7th, beating only one, but he was moving at the end.

Result: June 21, 2008 
Woodbine Race 4

Lola B.
C Karma

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Himynameissarah 3rd Again

I thought Hymynamissarah was in a great position in this one, sitting right off of the speed of Copper Sunrise and Cosmo Babe, but she just couldn't/wouldn't go by them. She was well clear of the fourth place finisher, but the flattening out in the stretch is a bit of a concern.

Result: June 21, 2008 
Canterbury Race 2

Copper Sunrise
Cosmo Babe

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It's all Alpakapaluza

It looked as though King Congo stumbled slightly coming out of the gate, but it didn't seem to be significant. Alpakapaluza went right to the lead and never looked back. Zagreus closed well for second while Tops Image tired a bit after chasing Alpakapaluza and ended up third. King Congo did save some ground, but he didn't threaten the placings and ended up eighth.

Result: June 21, 2008 
Emerald Downs Race 3

Tops Image

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Aerin She Lovely Hopes to Use Sweetsouthncharm Over Leslie's Alley Cat

June 22, 2008
Calder Race 4

Maiden Claiming (Claiming Price: $40,000)
5 Furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 2:07 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Ripley's Express
2. Bon Bon
3. Sweetsouthncharm
4. Trippi Dippedy Dot
5. Disciplinary Act
Aerin She Lovely
Leslie's Alley Cat
Princess Vicar
R Brown Sugar

Aerin She Lovely (Birdstone - Strawberrydaiquiri by Cherokee Run) drops into the Maiden Claiming Ranks after finishing 5th her first time out in Maiden Special Weight company on May 31. Aerin She Lovely is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to Wimbledon, who earned $443,818 including a win in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II). Wimbledon did not win as a 2-year old, but he did finish 2nd twice in 3 starts that year.

Also running on May 31, but in a different race, was Trippi Dippedy Dot (Trippi - Polka Dot Miss by Pentelicus) who finished 6th in a 4.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight that day. Trippi Dippedy Dot's dam was unraced, but she has produced 3 winners from 4 to race including Definitely True who has earned $81,560 through 2008 and who was a winner at 2.

Ripley's Express (Express Tour - Flush Draw by Banker's Gold) and Princess Vicar (Vicar - Rio Lady by Langfuhr) previously faced off in a Maiden Claiming 4.5 furlong race at Calder on June 12 with Ripley's Express 3rd and Princess Vicar 6th. Ripley's Express is the first foal out of a mare who recorded one 2nd in 3 starts and is a half-sister to one winner. Princess Vicar is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to one winner.

The other experienced horse is Leslie's Alley Cat (Sir Cat - Alerion by Major Impact) who finished 4th on June 1 and 2nd on June 14. Both races were Maiden Claiming. Leslie's Alley Cat's dam has produced 3 winners from 4 to race including Simon Peter who was a 2-year old winner. 

By first-year sire Gimmeawink, is Bon Bon (Gimmeawink - Biscotti by Regal Classic). Gimmeawink has had 6 runners who have made a total of 11 starts, recording 3 second place finishes. Gimmeawink was a stakes winner who earned $531,090. As a 2-year old, he won 3 races and finished 3rd in the Primer Stakes, earning $58,880 for the year. Bon Bon is the first foal of out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 7 winners including Baxter. Baxter was a stakes winner as a 2-year old.

First-crop stallion Roar of the Tiger is the sire of Disciplinary Act (Roar of the Tiger - Wedding Jitters by Runaway Groom). Roar of the Tiger, who is a full-brother to Giant's Causeway, has had 11 runners who have made 22 starts, recording 4 wins, 7 seconds, and 7 thirds with earnings of $128,718. Disciplinary Act is out of a dam who earned $95,595 and was stakes-placed as a 2-year old. Disciplinary Act is a half-sister to 4 winners including Saint Bernadette, who finished 3rd in the Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) and earned $145,900 overall.

Selling for $40,000 as a 2-year old was R Brown Sugar (Exchange Rate - Winlocs Sistermary by Woodman) whose dam, Winlocs Sistermary, was a winner of $52,398. Winlocs Sistermary is a half-sister to 11 winners including stakes winner Winloc's Glorious who earned $246,061.

Sweetsouthncharm (Sweetsouthernsaint - Tres Dulce by Honest Pleasure) is a half-sister to 3 winners including stakes winner Evening Hush, who was 2 for 2 as a 2-year old and earned $95,290 in her career. Evening Hush is by Saint Ballado, the sire of Sweetsouthernsaint. 

Pearl of Valor Notreadytobenice to Cats

June 22, 2008
Churchill Downs Race 6

Maiden Special Weight
5 Furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:46 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Whistlin'along
2. Fervent Hope
3. Notreadytobenice
4. Rivie
5. Pearl of Valor
Big Diamond

$385,000 yearling, Pearl of Valor (Medaglia d'Oro - Madeira M'dear by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) makes her debut June 22 at Churchill Downs. She is a half-sister to 3 winners, 2 of which were stakes-placed as 2-year olds.

First-year sire, Strong Hope is the sire of Fervent Hope (Strong Hope - Foret Noire by Time for a Change). Strong Hope has had 3 runners who have made 5 starts, recording one win. Strong Hope earned $767,460 in his career, winning or placing in 5 graded stakes, but he did not run as a 2-year old. Fervent Hope's dam, Foret Noire, was a stakes winner who earned $118,163 and has produced 4 winners. One of Foret Noire's offspring won during their 2-year old season.

The only experienced filly in the race is Notreadytobenice (Matty G - Double Chip by Crafty Prospector) who has started twice, finishing 3rd at 4.5 furlongs on May 10 and 6th at 5 furlongs on May 29. Both of these starts were at Churchill.
The dam of Notreadytobenice has produced one winner from one to race, she is also a half-sister to 3 winners.

Selling for $875,000 as a yearling was Cats (Storm Cat - Blissful by Mr. Prospector) whose dam, Blissful, is a full-sister to champion Fusaichi Pegasus. Cats is a full-sister to 2 winners, both of which won as 2-year olds.

Also possessing impressive sales credentials is Jardin (Montbrook - Unlimited Pleasure by Valid Appeal), who sold for $425,000 as a 2-year old. The dam of Jardin, Unlimited Pleasure, was stakes-placed and earned $76,010. Unlimited Pleasure has produced 2 winners including Beacon Shine, a full-brother to Jardin, who won the Flash Stakes (gr. III) as a 2-year old. 

Whistlin'along (Mineshaft - Warren's Whistle by Wolf Power (SAF)) was a $150,000 yearling and is out of a stakes winner mare who earned $608,308. As a 2-year old, she won the Black Swan Stakes and finished 2nd in the California Breeders' Champion Stakes. Whistlin'along is a half-sister to one winner, Six Pack Abs, who earned $80,000.

The dam of Rivie (Petionville - Miss Riverton by Fred Astaire) was a winner of 5 races including 1 as a 2-year old, earning $80,622 in her career. Rivie is a half-sister to 7 winners, 5 of which were 2-year old winners.

Big Diamond (Johannesburg - Snuggling Rahy by Rahy) is out of a mare who is a half-sister to Belmont (gr. I) winner Colonial Affair who earned $1,635,228 in his career.

Other Notes

Among those listed as probable for the Debutante Stakes next weekend is our own Renda and Rachel Alexandra is possible. In other first-crop sire news, O'sotopretty became the first U.S. winner for Soto yesterday at Churchill Downs.

Curly Works

Curly worked 5 furlongs at Arlington on June 21 in 1:01.00. This is a little quicker than Curly usually works, so he might be moving towards a start.

2-Year Old Works

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June 21

At Colonial Downs, Hardrock Kid (colt; Birdstone - Eugapae by El Prado (IRE)) worked 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Colonial Downs. Hardrock Kid is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners.

King Congaree (colt; Congaree - Cozzene'saffair by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) went 3 furlongs at Fair Hill recording a time of :37.40. King Congaree, who sold for $75,000 as a weanling, is out of the stakes winning mare, Cozzene'saffair. Cozzene'saffair has produced 2 winners from 2 to race.

Greenapple Martini (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Trishyde Slew by Seattle Slew) worked 3 furlongs at the Ocala Training Center in :37.00. Greenapple Martini sold for $145,000 as a weanling and is a half-sister to 2 winners.  

Working 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Ocala Training Center was Christo (colt; Peace Rules - Tis Me by Notebook). Christo is the first foal out of a winning mare who won one race and placed second 4 times as a 2-year old.  

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

June 21

Birdseye (filly; Birdstone - Trail Guide by Our Native) - Lone Star, 5 furlongs, 1:03.20.

Phu Bird (Birdstone - Phu Cat by Tabasco Cat) - Louisiana Downs, 4 furlongs, :51.60. 

Congo Kaye (filly; Congaree - Palau by Kingmambo) - Pleasanton, 5 furlongs, :59.00, fastest of 11 works at the distance.

Mythical Power (colt; Congaree - School for Scandal by Is It True) - Belmont, 3 furlongs, :39.50.

Toxaway (filly; Congaree - Doradoradora by Runaway Groom) - Lone Star Park, 4 furlongs, :48.80.

Ameribelle (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Miz United States by Valid Appeal) - Calder, 5 furlongs, 1:01.00. 

Precious Beans (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Precious Feather by Gone West) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :50.40.

L.A. Rules (colt; Peace Rules - L. a. Explosion by Honour and Glory) - Woodbine, 5 furlongs, 1:01.40. 

Pacificator (colt; Peace Rules - Penthouse Doll by Pentelicus) - Churchill Downs Training, 5 furlongs, 1:02.20. 

Peace Conference (colt; Peace Rules - In Conference by Dayjur) - Fair Hill, 3 furlongs, :37.60.

Promise Me Merlot (colt; Peace Rules - Promise Me Magic by Pentelicus) - Calder, 3 furlongs (gate), :36.80.

Trifecta King (filly; Peace Rules - Mamita by Unbridled) - Hollywood Park, 4 furlongs, :49.40.

Into My Soul (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Stop Traffic by Cure the Blues) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :51.11. 

Pamona Ball (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Fireman's Ball by Hennessy) - Santa Anita, 4 furlongs, :47.80. 

Perfect Edge (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Winner's Edge by Seeking the Gold) - Laurel Park, 3 furlongs, :37.40.

Perfect Song (colt: Pleasantly Perfect - Prospector's Song by Prospector's Music) -  Delaware, 4 furlongs, :50.00.

Verdant (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Rift Valley by Gulch) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :50.20 (sloppy).

Not Telling (colt; Saarland - Country Penny by Country Pine) - Crupi's New Castle Farm, 3 furlongs, :38.60.

Barrichello (colt; Speightstown - Everything by Geiger Counter) - Woodbine, 4 furlongs, :49.40. 

Pick's Express (colt; Speightstown - Program Pick by Peterhof) - Calder, 4 furlongs, :47.60, fastest of 80 works at the distance. 

Pocket Patience (filly; Speightstown - Brass in Pocket by Domasca Dan) - Highpoint Farm and Training Center, 3 furlongs, :37.80.

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