A Stunning Stakes Winning Debut for Congo Kaye

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Wow, this was quite a race. Congo Kaye came out of the gate like a debut runner, slowly. The rest of the field was many lengths in front (it's hard to say how many, since she wasn't on the television screen). I thought, well this one's over. Up front, the 1-5 favorite, Broadway Hennessey, and Got Tobe Rio were dueling. Suddenly, Congo Kaye made an appearance and I could see that she was picking off horses rather easily. I thought, hey, she might hit the board. But, she kept coming and coming. She came upon the weakened leaders and dispensed with Got Tobe Rio. Broadway Hennessey put up a little resistance, but she was no match for Congo Kaye.

Now, I know this wasn't the toughest field, but to get left at the gate and make up that much ground in a 5.5 furlong race is a noteworthy feat, especially for a first-time starter. You can see a replay of the race at http://www.calracing.com. Registration is required, but it's free.

I had $5 to win on her and I also played a $1 trifecta, which paid $262.40. You may wonder if I always back the Maiden Watch horses. I don't always, but I usually put a couple dollars on them ($2 to win and $5 to show is normal). The only reason I put $5 to win on her, is because I didn't think a show bet was worth playing with a 1-5 in the field.

Result: July 6, 2008 
Pleasanton Race 11
Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes

Congo Kaye
Broadway Hennessey
Got Tobe Rio

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No Dueling with Alex

Eventful start to this one, as Fifty Five Grand refused to break with the rest of the field. The Crooner held the early lead, followed closely by Beacon Hill Road. Dueling Alex was sitting at the back of the leading pack. He cruised to the lead on the turn and drew off for a pretty easy win. Beacon Hill Road was the best of the rest while The Crooner tired and only beat the tardy Fifty Five Grand. Precious Package was green, but closed for third. 

Result: July 6, 2008 
Monmouth Park Race 3

Dueling Alex
Beacon Hill Road
Precious Package

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Bear Rockets over L. A. and Conductor

Bear's Rocket went right to the lead in this one with Broadway Al in pursuit. It looked like Broadway Al would go by Bear's Rocket several times, but he never did. This is Broadway Al's third 2nd place finish in a row and you start to wonder whether he has some reluctance to go by horses. L. A. Rules and Bear's Conductor ran as a team for much of the race, in the 3rd and 4th spots. But, Bear's Conductor tired to 6th (while his stablemate was drawing off for the win) and L. A. Rules just got beat out of 3rd by Red Leader.

Result: July 6, 2008 
Woodbine Race 5

Bear's Rocket
Broadway Al
Red Leader

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C. S. Draws In and Draws Off; Danceyoursocksoff 7th

C. S. Silk sat off of a quick pace set by Littleprincessemma, Trusty Temper, and, Missy Lou. C. S. Silk came four wide and bam, just like that was in the front. She ended up winning by more than 6, to become the 2nd winner on the day for Medaglia d'Oro. The final time (1:10.47) was faster than the two 6 furlong races run by the 2-year old colts on July 5. I know that the track changes day to day, but it was still a good final time. Maxinkuckee Miss closed very well to pick up 2nd, and our old friend Missy Lou hung around for third. Danceyoursocksoff came out of the gate a beat slow and raced fairly evenly. Yes, she was 7th, but this was a 12 horse field, so there were five horses behind her. As C.S. Silk showed, experience can be helpful.

Result: July 6, 2008 
Churchill Downs Race 7

C. S. Silk
Maxinkuckee Miss
Missy Lou

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The Princess Storms Ameribelle

Ameribelle was off slow in this one and was near the back while Trisha's Wish and Ada Louise dueled up front. Storm Princess stalked those 2 leaders and steadily overtook them, and then drew off. Meanwhile, Ameribelle was picking off horses, but she was unable to get to the winner and had to settle for 2nd.

Result: July 6, 2008 
Calder Race 11

Storm Princess
Trisha's Wish

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News and Notes

I looked up from my computer this afternoon to see HRTV discussing a familiar face, Renaldothewizard. They were still talking about his victory last Wednesday (July 2).

Forgot to mention yesterday, the impressive victory by Zion (Thunder Gulch - Riverkeeper by Awesome Again) at Churchill Downs. In a race that was supposed to be the coronation of Fast Draw, who had been the talk of the barn and went off as the odds-on favorite, Zion stole the headlines. While Fast Draw dueled with Rocket Rocket on the lead, Zion sat off the pace and then came flying past the pacesetters.

Working July 6 at Churchill Downs was Ocean Colors (Orientate - Winning Colors) who went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. 

2-Year Old Works

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July 6

Tbilisi (filly; Birdstone - Tripp Trial by Skip Trial) worked 4 furlongs at Woodbine in :49.40. Tbilisi, who sold for $28,449 as a yearling, is out of a stakes winning dam who produced 4 winners.

Working 3 furlongs at Churchill Downs was Absolutelymaybe (filly; Peace Rules -  Maybe in May by Miswaki) who recorded a time of :38.80. Absolutelymaybe is a half-sister to 4 winners including Ready for Spring who was stakes-placed as a 2-year old.

Also working 3 furlongs at Churchill Downs was the Smarty Jones filly, Antigone Jones (Smarty Jones - Oedy's Appeal by Valid Appeal) whose time was :37.60. Antigone Jones is a half-sister to 5 winners including stakes winners, Stormin Oedy, Eyes on Eddy, and Oelectra.

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

July 5

King Congaree (colt; Congaree - Cozzene'saffair by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) - Fair Hill, 4 furlongs, :50.00. 

Saar Treaty (filly; Saarland - Top of the Noggin by Chief's Crown) - Fair Hill, 5 furlongs, 1:03.00. 

July 6

Stone Skipper (colt; Birdstone - Anna K. by Boston Harbor) - Louisiana Downs, 4 furlongs, :50.40. 

Presents for Berti (colt; Congaree - Agiftfrom Bertie by Monetary Gift) - Churchill Downs, 3 furlongs, :36.60.

Greenapple Martini (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Trishyde Slew by Seattle Slew) - Woodbine, 3 furlongs, :37.20.

Hank the Billymax (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Twining Star by Twining) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :51.00. 

Pearl of Valor (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Maderia M'dear by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :49.40.

Joanne's Ruler (filly; Peace Rules - Escaping Glory by Red Ransom) - Belmont Park, 4 furlongs, :50.13.   

Trifecta King (filly; Peace Rules - Mamita by Unbridled) - Hollywood Park, 4 furlongs, :49.20.  

First Magnitude (colt; Saarland - Fapindy by A. P. Indy) - Arlington, 5 furlongs, 1:02.40. 

Miss Marple (filly; Saarland - Future Diamonds by Roberto) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :48.80.

Rocket Dog (filly; Saarland - Quiet Talk by Valid Appeal) - Louisiana Downs, 3 furlongs, :38.40.

Keefer (colt; Smarty Jones - Shootforthestars by Seattle Slew) - Belmont, 5 furlongs, 1:02.17. 

Boomtown (colt; Speightstown - Day Lily by A. P. Indy) -  Fairplex, 3 furlongs, :37.20. 

Gato Roar (colt; Speightstown - Madame Roar by Roar) - Hollywood Park, 6 furlongs, 1:15.00.

Munnings (colt; Speightstown - La Comete by Holy Bull) - Belmont Park, 5 furlongs, 1:02.66.

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