On To Saratoga

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Needless to Say (Peace Rules) was scratched from his race at Philadelphia Park. The winner was Saintly Rose.

On July 23, Maiden Watch debuts at Saratoga in style, with two horses in the Schuylerville, Collegiate (Saarland) and Renda. Plus, In Speight of It (Speightstown) makes his first start.

Collegiate and Renda Seek Stakes Glory at Saratoga

July 23, 2008
Saratoga Race 9
Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III)

6 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 5:30 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Ocean Colors
2. Mani Bhavan
3. Collegiate
4. Renda
5. Chartreux
6. Ouchy Night
7. Mine All Mine
8. Boom Town Sally
9. Cameron Crazies
10. Girlfrienontheside
11. Jardin

Maiden Watch horses Collegiate (Saarland - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo) and Renda (Medaglia d'Oro - Ten Carats by Capote) are among 11 seeking victory in the Schuylerville (gr. III), the feature race opening day at Saratoga. Collegiate comes into the race off of a wire-to-wire victory at Belmont on June 19. Renda broke her maiden on May 31 and subsequently finished a good 5th in the Debutante (gr. III) on June 28. Interestingly, both fillies were the first winners for their respective sires. Neither horse has been working at Saratoga (Collegiate has been working at Belmont, Renda at Calder).

Favored in the field is Winning Colors' daughter, Ocean Colors (Orientate - Winning Colors by Caro (IRE)) who broke her maiden in her only start on June 13 at Churchill Downs.

Other runners familiar to Maiden Watch readers include Jardin (Montbrook - Unlimited Pleasure by Valid Appeal), a winner in her only start on June 24, Cameron Crazies (Lion Heart - D Hail Mary by Defensive Play), a winner in one of three starts who was 6th in the Debuante, and Girlfrienontheside (Indian Charlie - Refrain by Unbridled's Song) who broke her maiden on June 3 and finished 2nd in the Astoria (9 lengths behind the winner) on June 29.

The field features one maiden, Mine All Mine (Belong to Me - Pulcinella by Unbridled), who has also been entered in a Maiden race at Saratoga on July 24. Mine All Mine has started 3 times, recording 1 second. She also finished 6th in the Ketucky Stakes against the boys.

Read more about the Schuylerville here.

In Speight of It may be Gone Astray for a Brave Victory

July 23, 2008
Saratoga Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 1:33 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Cognito
2. Prince Teton
3. Flying Private
4. Pious David
5. Gone Astray
6. Zensational
7. Forest Lord
8. Brave Victory
9. In Speight of It

In Speight of It (Speightstown - Honest Deceiver by Is it True) debuts at Saratoga in a field mostly filled with first-timers. Speightstown's 6 runners have made 8 total starts with 3 wins, 1 second, and 3 thirds. In Speight of It was a $140,000 2-year old. Honest Deceiver, dam of In Speight of It, was a debut winner at 2. She also won stakes at 2 and 4 and earned $150,958. Honest Deceiver is a half-sister to grade I stakes winner and millionaire, Yes It's True. As a 2-year old, Yes It's True was a debut winner and won or placed in 7 stakes including wins in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III) and the Sapling (gr. III).

Cognito (Langfuhr - Coral Sea by Rubiano), who finished 2nd in his only start at Churchill Downs on June 27, brought $700,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to Cool Coal Man who won the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) in February and most recently won the Spend a Buck on June 14. In addition to this 3-year old success, Cool Coal Man also won two races as a 2-year old. Cognito and Cool Coal Man's dam, Coral Sea, was a winner of $129,010 and has produced 3 additional winners.

Finishing 8th in his only start on June 19 at Churchill Downs was Flying Private (Fusaichi Pegasus - Beautiful Treasure by Unbridled). Flying Private, who sold for $700,000 as a yearling, is out of a mare who was stakes-placed as a 2-year old and earned $65,025 overall. Flying Private is half-brother to one winner.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including two by first-year stallions, Prince Teton (Teton Forest - Princess Sequoia by Cherokee Run) and Brave Victory (Lion Heart - I'm in Celebration by Copelan). Prince Teton, who sold for $130,000 as a yearling and $200,000 as 2-year old, is by Teton Forest. Teton Forest has sired 3 runners who have made 4 total starts, recording 1 win. Prince Teton is the first foal out of a winning mare who is half-sister to 5 winners including stakes winners Meter Maid and Barilko. Meter Maid earned $557,698 in a career that included a win in the Gardenia (gr. III). Barilko was 4 for 4 as a 2-year old, including 3 stakes wins. Selling for $200,000 as a yearling was Lion Heart's son, Brave Victory. Lion Heart's 21 runners have made a combined 37 starts, registering 11 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds. I'm in Celebration, dam of Brave Victory, was a winner and has produced 8 winners including stakes winners Nice to Know and Cheers and Tears.

Selling for $700,000 as a 2-year old was Zensational (Unbridled's Song - Joke by Phone Trick) whose dam, Joke, was a stakes winner who earned $121,674. Joke also won 2 races as a 2-year old and is a half-sister to stakes winners Trip and Laity.

Pious David (Aldebaran - Hamba by Easy Goer) was a $180,000 yearling and is a half-brother to Monba, winner of the 2008 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). Monba also won 2 races as a 2-year old. Pious David and Monba are out of a winning mare who has produced 5 winners.

Bringing $65,000 as a yearling was Forest Lord (Forest Camp - Texas Silk by Houston) who is a half-brother to 4 winners.

Gone Astray's (Dixie Union - Illicit by Mr. Prospector) dam, Illicit, is a daughter of champion and millionaire Inside Information. Gone Astray is a half-brother to one winner, stakes-placed Contentious.

2-Year Old Works

New to this blog

July 22

Desert Fox (colt; Saarland - Sandshell by Silver Hawk) worked 3 furlongs in :36.60. Desert Fox, who sold for $57,000 as a 2-year old, is a half-brother to 3 winners.

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

July 22

Hoopoe (Birdstone - Allou by Seattle Slew) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs (gate), :50.84.

Da Bear Facts (colt; Congaree - Impending Bear by Farma Way) - Presque Isle Downs, 3 furlongs, :36.80.

King Congo (colt; Congaree - Hansels' Star by Hansel) - Emerald Downs, 4 furlongs; :51.60.

Rue Du Bois (filly; Congaree - Aroz by Fappiano) - Delaware Park, 5 furlongs, 1:01.20.

Dreams d'Oro (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Morning Time by Gilded Time) - Lone Star Park, 3 furlongs, :38.00.

Gold Aly (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Bangled by Alysheba) - Hollywood Park, 5 furlongs, 1:02.80.

Min d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Min Elreeh by Danzig) - Aqueduct, 4 furlongs, :49.31.

L.A. Rules (colt; Peace Rules - L. a. Explosion by Honour and Glory) - Woodbine, 5 furlongs, 1:03.40.

R B Keep Peace (filly; Peace Rules - Mrs. M by Mecke) - Calder, 3 furlongs, :36.20.

Tiger Rules (colt; Peace Rules - Danzig Tiger by Danzig Connection) - Fair Hill, 4 furlongs, :49.00.

Into My Soul (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Stop Traffic by Cure the Blues) - Saratoga, 3 furlongs, :35.72.

Pamona Ball (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Fireman's Ball by Hennessy) - Del Mar, 5 furlongs, 1:00.40.

Saarman (colt; Saarland - Mil Kilates by Gold Alert) - Lone Star Park, 4 furlongs, :49.60.

Mission Gap (colt; Speightstown - Chase Gap by Mission Gap) - Winding Oaks Farm, 3 furlongs, :36.20.

Dukes Alley (colt; Speightstown - Mount Hillaby by Colonial Affair) - Winding Oaks Farm, 2 furlongs, :23.80.

Speight of Hand (colt; Speightstown - Hitch by Cox's Ridge) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :50.23.

Town Glory (filly; Speightstown - Emerging Glory by Smarten) - Delaware Park, 3 furlongs, :37.60.

Wickedly Spicey (filly; Speightstown - Star of Wicklow by Fast Play) - Saratoga, 5 furlongs, 1:02.85.

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