Congo Kaye Takes on Wine Country


Congo Kaye Rides Again

July 27, 2008
Santa Rosa Race 11
Wine Country Juvenile Fillies Stakes

6 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 8:50 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Enjoy to the World
2. Congo Kaye
3. Broadway Hennessey
4. Fashionita
5. Got Tobe Rio

When you win a stakes race in impressive fashion in your first start, what do you do for an encore? I guess we will find out as Congo Kaye (Congaree - Palau by Kingmambo) returns on July 27 in the Wine Country Juvenile Filly Stakes. Also returning from the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes are runner-up (and heavy favorite), Broadway Hennessey (Hennessy - Eastside Westside by Eastern Echo), third place finisher, Got Tobe Rio (Rio Verde - Cause I'm Tricky by Nineeleven), and Enjoy to the World (Lord Carson - Wager's Joy by Valid Wager) who was 8th that day. The one newcomer is Fashionita (Popular - Ivy Lane by Devil On Ice) who has one win in 3 starts.

One thing has changed, Conga Kaye is the morning line favorite in this race.

Ameribelle Will O Way the Trippis

July 27, 2008
Calder Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:02 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Poisonous Kat
2. Will O Way
3. Savannah Sings
4. Lady Trippi
5. Pink Gloss
6. Wicked Woman of Ny
7. Ada Louise
8. Cheeca Storm
9. Pretty Miss Trippi
10. Ameribelle

Ameribelle (Medaglia d'Oro - Miz United States by Valid Appeal) returns after finishing 2nd in her debut on July 6. In that race, Ameribelle rallied well after a slow start and should benefit from the experience. Ameribelle is out of the stakes winning dam, Miz United States, who earned $298,904. Miz United States was a debut winner, and also won the Florida Stallion My Dear Girl Stakes as a 2-year old. She has produced 4 winners, 3 of which won during their 2-year old season. Medaglia d'Oro's 19 runners have made 31 starts, with 7 wins, 3 seconds, and 6 thirds and $242,276.

Ada Louise (Yes It's True - Babe's Flair by Capote) debuted in the same July 6 race as Ameribelle, where she finished 6th. Ada Louise is a half-sister to one winner.

The most experienced horse in the race is Cheeca Storm (Songandaprayer - Misstormyweathers by Storm Cat) who has run 3 times, finishing 5th on May 15 and 2nd twice, on June 1 and July 5. Cheeca Storm, who was a $150,000 yearling, is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Bubba Gum. Bubba Gum has earned $298,892 through 2008.

Lady Trippi (Trippi - Salty Lady by Salt Lake) and Wicked Woman of Ny (Alke - Scandals by Fortunate Prospect) have both started once. Laddy Trippi, who was a $100,000 2-year old, finished 2nd on June 28. Salty Lady, dam of Lady Trippi, was stakes-placed and has produced 2 winners including Brooke's Halo who won the Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) and earned $250,455 overall.Wicked Woman of Ny is by first-crop sire Alke whose 12 runners have made 22 total starts, recording 2 wins, 5 seconds, and 5 thirds. Wicked Woman of Ny is out of a 2-year old stakes-placed mare who has produced 4 winners.

The rest of the field is debuting in this race, including Poisonous Kat (Werblin - Turbo Topper by Exploit) by freshman sire, Werblin. Werblin's 5 runners have made 10 combined starts, recording 2 wins and 2 seconds and earnings of $67,865. Poisonous Kat, who sold for $15,000 as a 2-year old, is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 2 winners including one 2-year old winner.

Selling for $205,000 as a 2-year old was Pretty Miss Trippi (Trippi - Passionate Terri by Unzipped). Passionate Terri, dam of Pretty Miss Trippi, was a 2-year old winner and has produced 4 winners including stakes winner Passionate Bird. Passionate Bird, who earned $275,399 in her career, was also 1 for 1 as a 2-year old.

Pink Gloss (Songandaprayer - Pink Lipstick by Native Prospector) was a $62,000 2-year old. His dam was a winner and she has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. One of her offspring won at 2.

Willow Woodman, dam of Will O Way (Broken Vow - Willow Woodman by Woodman), was a winner and has produced 4 winners including grade II stakes winner, Willow O Wisp. Willow O Wisp, who has earned $702,768 through 2008, was also a 2-year old winner.

Savannah Sings (Concerto - Pammy's Grand by Grand Flotilla) is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners including one which won at 2.

Danceyoursocksoff Persistently for a Pearl of Valor

July 27, 2008
Saratoga Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:41 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Danceyoursocksoff
2. Persistently
3. Ride With the Herd
4. War Echo
5. Pearl of Valor
6. Northern Harbor
7. She's from Queens
8. Miss Ocean City
9. Pumpkin Shell

Danceyoursocksoff (Pleasantly Perfect - Come Dancing by Two Punch) returns after starting slow and finishing 7th her first time out at Churchill Downs on July 6. This time, her opponents include Pearl of Valor (Medaglia d'Oro - Madeira M'dear by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) who was 2nd in her only start on June 22, also at Churchill Downs. Pearl of Valor was defeated by Jardin, who won the Schuylerville on July 23. Danceyoursocksoff sold for $160,000 as a yearling and is out of a winning mare who has produced 6 winners. Two of Danceyoursocksoff's siblings won at 2. Pleasantly Perfect is the sire of 7 runners who have made 9 total starts, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds and earnings of $73,682. A $385,000 yearling, Pearl of Valor is a half-sister to 3 winners, 2 of which were stakes-placed as 2-year olds.

The only other horse with experience is Ride With the Herd (Candy Ride (ARG) - War Bride by Lord At War (ARG)) who finished 2nd in her only start at Belmont on July 3. Ride With the Herd is by first-crop sire Candy Ride whose 14 runners have made 24 total starts, recording 4 wins, 5 seconds, and 2 thirds and earnings of $192,830. Ride With the Herd, who sold for $220,000 as a 2-year old, is out of a mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners including stakes winner Country Humor. Country Humor, who was also a 2-year old winner, has earned $58,957 through 2008.

Two of the unraced runners are by freshman sires, War Echo (Tapit - Wild Vision by Wild Again) and Pumpkin Shell (Lion Heart - Changing Ways by Time for a Change). Tapit, sire of War Echo, has sired 16 runners who have made 28 total starts with 3 wins, 7 seconds, and 4 thirds and earnings of $96,882. War Echo is a half-sister to Pyro who in 2008 has won the Risen Star (gr. III), the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), and the Northern Dancer (gr. III) and who runs in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) on July 26. Pyro was also a debut winner at 2 and was stakes-placed that year. Pumpkin Shell is by leading freshman sire, Lion Heart whose 27 runners have made 44 total starts, recording 12 wins, 7 seconds, and 5 thirds and $473,248 in earnings. Changing Ways, dam of Pumpkin Shell, won the Schuylerville (gr. II) and finished 2nd in the Adirondack (gr. II) at 2. Pumpkin Shell is a half-sister to 6 winners including grade II stakes winner Pays to Dream who has earned $377,741 through 2008.

Selling for $200,000 as a 2-year old was Northern Harbor (Northern Afleet - Ducktrap Harbor by Polish Navy) who is the first foal out of mare who is a half-sister to three winners.

Persistently (Smoke Glacken - Just Reward by Deputy Minister) is out of a winning mare, Just Reward, who is out of champion Heavenly Prize who earned $1,825,940 in her career. Just Reward is a half-sister to grade I stakes winner Good Reward and grade II stakes winner Pure Prize.

Queen's Legend, dam of She's From Queens (Dixie Union - Queen's Legend by Dynaformer), was stakes-placed and earned $247,581. She's From Queens is a half-sister to C P West, a stakes winner of $383,820 who also ran 2nd in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) and the Withers (gr. II). C P West, who was on the Triple Crown trail last year, has not started this year, but is in training.

Miss Ocean City (Mineshaft - Madam Lagonza by Kingmambo) is a half-sister to Woodlander who won the Fort Marcy (gr. III) and earned $330,374.

Da Bear Facts Has a Tiger Will to be a Cardinal Express

July 27, 2008
Mountaineer Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 9:05 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Da Bear Facts
2. Atsatsuki
3. Tiger Will
4. Locke the Doc
5. Hot Wink
6. Akeldama
7. Celtic Son
8. Lord Dubai
9. Cardinal Express

Da Bear Facts (Congaree - Impending Bear by Farma Way) is back after debuting just over two weeks ago on July 12 on the Presque Isle Downs Tapeta. In that race, Da Bear Facts ran evenly and finished 6th. D Bear Facts' dam, Impeding Bear, was a stakes winner who earned $255,751. Impeding Bear has produced one winner from two to run and that winner won as a 2-year old. Congaree's 19 runners have started 26 total times, registering 6 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds, and $188.111 in earnings.

Cardinal Express (Rossini - Kat's Chicken by Silver Deputy) and Lord Dubai (E Dubai - Shellmound by American Chance) met on July 3 at Churchill Downs, where Cardinal Express was 2nd and Lord Dubai 3rd. Cardinal Express had previously finished 6th on June 15. The dam of Cardinal Express 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. Lord Dubai had finished second twice in two previous starts. 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.

Locke the Doc (Concerto - Fastnothalffast by Montbrook) is the only starter with experience at Mountaineer, where he finished 5th on July 5. Locke the Doc is out of a dam who is a half-sister to 5 winners, including 3 which won as 2-year olds.

Tiger Will (Hold That Tiger - Crafty Crypto by Crafty Prospector) debuted in a stakes race at River Downs where he finished 5th. He is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a full-sister to stakes winner Crypto's Prospect. Crypto's Prospect was also stakes-placed at 2 and earned $129,674 in his career.

Also a veteran of one race is Atsatsuki (Yonaguska - Darned If You Dont by Darn That Alarm), who finished 8th at Churchill Downs on July 3. Atsatsuki's dam was a winner who has produced 4 winners, including 2 which won at 2.

The remaining runners are debuting including Hot Wink (Gimmeawink - Hot Tour by Tour d'Or), by first-year sire Gimmeawink. Gimmeawink's 8 runners have made 19 total starts, recording 1 win, 3 seconds, and 3 thirds. Hot Wink is a half-brother to one winner.

Akeldama (Johannesburg - Bless Our Home by It's Freezing), who sold for $16,000 as a yearling, is out of the stakes-placed mare, Bless Our Home, who earned $211,003. Bless Our Home was also stakes-placed as a 2-year old and has produced 6 winners.

Celtic Son (Rossini - Celtic Shade (GB) by Lomond) is a half-brother to 3 winners.

2-Year Old Works

New to this blog

July 24

Working 3 furlongs in :37.60 at Keeneland was Inspeightofsuccess (filly; Speightstown - Essence of Success by Deputy Minister). Inspeightofsuccess, a $40,000 yearling, is a half-sister to 2 winners.

July 26

At Belmont Park, Anaan (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Parisian Deputy by French Deputy) worked 3 furlongs in :39.88. Anaan sold for $475,000 as a yearling and is the first foal out of a 2-year old winning mare who earned $150,694 in her career.

Working 5 furlongs from the gate at Saratoga was Mixmaster (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Privileged Speech by General Assembly) who recorded a time of 1:02.23. Mixmaster's winning dam has produced 4 winners.

Sweeterthantheday (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ice Cream Cone by Seeking the Gold) worked 4 furlongs at Hollywood Park in :50.00. Sweeterthantheday sold for $190,000 as a 2-year old and is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners from 3 to race.

Working at Saratoga was Life's Precious (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Precious Clare by Red Ransom) who recorded a time of 1:03.70 for 5 furlongs. Life's Precious, who sold for $25,000 as a 2-year old, is out of a winning mare who has produced one winner.

Working 3 furlongs in :38.80 at Cain's Thoroughbred Training Center was Hold Me Touch Me (filly; Saarland - Falling in Love (IRE) by Sadler's Wells). Hold Me Touch Me is a half-sister to 5 winners including grade III stakes winner, Golden Temper.

At Monmouth Park, Masqued Tsaar (colt; Saarland - Masquerade Star by Stalwart) worked 4 furlongs in :53.00. Masqued Tsaar is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner Mack's Monarch.

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

July 26

Hardrock Kid (colt; Birdstone - Eugapae by El Prado (IRE)) - Colonial Downs, 4 furlongs, :49.40.

Heir to the Stone (colt; Birdstone - Mi Mariposa by Two Punch) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :47.66.

Phu Bird (Birdstone - Phu Cat by Tabasco Cat) - Louisiana Downs, 4 furlongs, :49.00.

Texas Birdstone (colt; Birdstone - Imatexantoo by Ray's Pegasus) - Lone Star Park, 5 furlongs, 1:03.00.

Belfast (colt; Congaree - Southerncomfortgal by Hermitage) - Lone Star Park, 5 furlongs, 1:03.00.

River Fancy (filly; Congaree - Go Baby Go (IRE) by Lion Cavern) - Saratoga, 5 furlongs, 1:01.10.

D'oro Diablo (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Dancehall Floozy by Paramount Jet) - Woodbine, 3 furlongs, :38.40.

Medaglia d'Amour (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Izara by Blushing John) - Del Mar, 4 furlongs, :53.60.

Joanne's Ruler (filly; Peace Rules - Escaping Glory by Red Ransom) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :52.00.

Missunitednations (filly; Peace Rules - Sister Greeley by Mr. Greeley) - Philadelphia Park, 4 furlongs, :49.81.

Penching Pennies (colt; Peace Rules - Gayle's Glory by Sword Dance (IRE)) - Evangeline Downs, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:06.00.

Quiet Dancer (filly; Peace Rules - Grey Ballet by Imperial Ballet (IRE)) - Saratoga, 5 furlongs, 1:03.70.

Red Bird Rules (filly; Peace Rules - Twirling Angel by Saint Ballado) - Calder, 4 furlongs, :48.80 (sloppy).

Only Blue Skies (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Wings of Dreams by Sovereign Dancer) - The Thoroughbred Center, 4 furlongs, :50.00.

Perfect Edge (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Winner's Edge by Seeking the Gold) - Laurel Park, 3 furlongs, :38.00.

Pitched Perfectly (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister) - Saratoga, 5 furlongs, 1:02.97.

Verdant (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Rift Valley by Gulch) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :49.20.

Saar Treaty (filly; Saarland - Top of the Noggin by Chief's Crown) - Fair Hill, 5 furlongs, :48.40.

Rockland (colt; Smarty Jones - Wiscasset by Kris S.) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, 1:00.19.

Smart Management (colt; Smarty Jones - Fircroft by A. P. Indy) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs (gate), :51.89.

Smart Woman (filly; Smarty Jones - Storming Beauty by Storm Cat) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :50.73.

Despeightitall (colt; Speightstown - Deputy Royal by Deputy Minister) - Churchill Downs, 5 furlongs, 1:02.80.

She's a Wow (filly; Speightstown - Venetian Glass by Deputy Minister). - Philadelphia Park, 3 furlongs, :38.51.

Town Glory (filly; Speightstown - Emerging Glory by Smarten) - Delaware Park, 4 furlongs, :50.00.


Leave a Comment:



27 Jul 2008 1:39 PM
Pleasantly Perfect Fan

Yeah I saw that race, smoking!Should be interesting to watch him progress!

28 Jul 2008 10:14 AM
E J. Mc

Can anyone give me some info on Mixmaster, 2yo by Medaglia D'Oro out of Privileged Speech.  Who trains him and has he had a start?

12 Aug 2008 12:23 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

E J. Mc - Mixmaster has not yet started. He has had 2 works at Saratoga on 7/26/08 and 8/3/08.

12 Aug 2008 11:04 AM
E J. Mc

Hi thank you for the update.  I do not live in US so am not sure where I can look up who trains this horse etc.  For eg on the Racing Post they have a service where you searh the horse and you get all the info in pop ups, sire, dam, trainer and every start.  Is there anywhere I can go into an odd time to check up on him?

20 Aug 2008 10:57 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

E J. Mac - Well, because Mixmaster hasn't yet started, it's difficult to look up the trainer. However, I am familiar with the Racing Post system, but I am not sure there is an exact equivalent for free for US-based horses.

I would recommend putting a watch on Mixmaster and any other U.S. horse that interests you. Several sites offer free services, including equibase, Daily Racing Form, and brisnet. Then, you will be notified when the horse works or is entered.

21 Aug 2008 11:31 AM

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