That Bird Finds Peace in Paradise with the Playgirl

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Not a bad day for Maiden Watch on Monday, August 4 with 3 straight wins. That streak was broken by Dance the Cha Cha's antics at Thistledown. Precious Beans was scratched out of his race, a race which ended in a dead heat between Skipadate and Ninth Client.

Mine That Bird Gets the Trip

Wise Honor and Trip Permit battled on the lead in the early going. Mine That Bird (Birdstone) broke well and secured a good spot on the rail in third. There was a moment of doubt whether he would find a way through, but, the jockey swung him outside and he wore down the leaders to win going away.

Result: August 4, 2008 
Woodbine Race 1

Mine That Bird
Trip Permit


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Mostly Peace That's Why

Mostly Peace (Peace Rules), who went off at 1-2, broke on top, but Rymac passed her to take the early lead. However, Mostly Peace stayed close to that one. On the turn, Mostly Peace ranged alongside Rymac, whose jockey was going to the whip. Mostly Peace pulled away at the end, while Why O My closed well for 2nd.

Result: August 4, 2008 
Delaware Park Race 4
Maiden Claiming

Mostly Peace
Why O My


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Playgirl Finds Paradise

Paradise Playgirl (Speightstown) broke on top and just kept going. In the end, she was a winner by 7 with Five Star Chowdair 2nd, and My Magic Moment 3rd. Interestingly, there was virtually no change in position throughout this race.

Result: August 4, 2008 
Saratoga Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Paradise Playgirl
Five Star Chowdair
My Magic Moment  


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Cha Cha Dances Off the Course

Dance the Cha Cha went to the lead and I thought we were going to have a perfect day of four winners. But, Dance the Cha Cha bolted on the turn, lost his rider, jumped the rail and left the course. Andy O inherited the lead and drew off in the stretch with Do It Faster and He's a Saint following in 2nd and 3rd. Chard was eased after being carried out by Dance the Cha Cha.

Result: August 4, 2008 
Thistledown Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Andy O
Do It Faster
He's a Saint  


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More at Stake for Trifecta King

August 6, 2008
Del Mar Race 7
Sorrento Stakes (gr. III)

6.5 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 8:00 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Trifecta King
2. Emmy Darling
3. Cosmic Queen
4. Upper Manhattan
5. Dash Dot Dash
6. Stardom Bound
7. Glitter City
8. Evita Argentina
9. Malusita
10. Silar Rules
11. Amina

Trifecta King (Peace Rules - Mamita by Unbridled) returns in the Sorrento Stakes, having not started since her victory in the Cinderella Stakes on May 25. Since about 2 weeks after that race, she has been working regularly, first at Hollywood Park and then at Del Mar. Trifecta King sold for $10,000 as a yearling and $45,000 as a 2-year old. Her dam is a half-sister to Church Service who won the Dallas Turf Cup on May 26.

Favoritism in the Sorrento will probably go to Emmy Darling, who won the Landaluce Stakes in her last start on June 28. Also returning from that race are Glitter City, who was 2nd in the Landaluce, Cosmic Queen, who was 3rd and who defeated Trifecta King in their debuts on May 15, and Malusita who was 7th. Glitter City broke her maiden on June 15, where she defeated Emmy Darling.

Upper Manhattan finished 3rd in the Cinderella, behind Trifecta King, and most recently finished 2nd at Del Mar, in a Starter race on July 23.

Another familiar face to Maiden Watch regulars is Evita Argentina who broke her broke her maiden impressively on June 25.

Other horses coming off maiden victories are Amina and Dash Dot Dash.

The field is completed by maidens Stardom Bound, who finished 2nd in her only start on July 20, and Silar Rules who has run 3 times, finishing 4th twice and 5th in the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.

Read more about the Sorrento here.

Follow the Rules for a Golden Rush Towards Mancini Bucks

August 6, 2008
Ellis Park Race 3
Maiden Claiming ($40,000 - $50,000)

5.5 furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 2:39 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Sarina's Feistycat
2. Tempting Storm
3. Follow the Rules
4. Mancini Bucks
5. Golden Rush
6. Faith Restored
7. Ellis Ray
8. Cope With Three

Follow the Rules (Peace Rules - Floramera by Seattle Slew) returns after tiring to 9th, in his debut at Ellis Park on July 18. The dam of Follow the Rules, Floramera, was stakes-placed and earned $105,099. Floramera has produced 2 winners and is a half-sister to grade I winner and millionaire Brian's Time. Brian's Time won or placed in 10 graded stakes including victories in the Florida Derby (gr. I), Pegasus (gr. I), and Jim Dandy (gr. II). Peace Rules is the sire of 21 runners who have made 42 total starts, recording 8 wins, 4 seconds, and 6 thirds, and $196,253.

Finishing 5th on July 18, in front of Follow the Rules, was Sarina's Feistycat (Tale of the Cat - Sean's Baby by Thunder Gulch) who had previously finished 8th on May 31. Sarina's Feistycat is the first foal out of a stakes-placed mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners. Most recently, Sarina's Feistycat was 8th at Ellis Park on July 26, where one of his opponents was Ellis Ray (Behaviour (GB) - Northern Charmer by Northern Score) who was 11th. Ellis Ray is out of a winning mare who has produced one winner from one to race. That winner, Charmed Behaviour, is a full-brother to Ellis Ray.

Finishing 11th on July 18, behind Sarina's Feistycat and Follow the Rules was Faith Restored (Stored - Lisa's Fair Lady by Irish Swords). Faith Restored, who sold for $32,000 as a 2-year old, is by freshman sire, Stored. Stored, who was a 2-year old winner and earned $45,210 in his career, is by Coronado's Quest out of champion sprinter, Safely Kept. Stored has had 2 starters which have made 1 start each, with one winner. Faith Restored's dam was a winner and has produced 3 winners.

Mancini Bucks (Mancini - Many Bucks by Buckfinder) finished finished 5th (and last) in his only start on July 25 at Pinnacle Race Course. Mancini Bucks' dam was a debut winner at 2 and has produced 2 winners, including 1 that won at 2.

Finishing 7th in his only start on July 3 at Churchill Downs was Tempting Storm (Stormy Atlantic - Tempting Note by Editor's Note), who sold for $13,000 as a yearling. Tempting Storm is the first foal out of a stakes-placed mare who also won at 2.

The field is completed by first-time starters Golden Rush (Golden Missile - Adobe Gold by Touch Gold) and Cope With Three (Three Wonders - Cope With Jenny by Copelan). Golden Rush is the first foal out of stakes winner Adobe Gold who earned $153,288. Cope With Jenny, dam of Cope With Three, was a winner and has produced 4 winners including 2 that won at 2.

Frosty Diamond Will Try to be a Clever Retriever

August 6, 2008
Saratoga Race 5
Maiden Claiming ($100,000)

5.5 furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 3:13 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Frosty Diamond
2. Yes I'm Clever
3. Midtown Bailey
4. Ain't No Star
5. Madison Heights
6. Buzzin and Dreamin
7. True Ally
8. Thatsa Good Thing
9. Retriever

Frosty Diamond (Medaglia d'Oro - Heirloom Diamond by Grindstone) returns after running evenly and finishing fourth in his debut at Calder on July 5. Although that was a Maiden Speight Weight race and this is a Maiden Claiming race, it isn't really a drop in class since the claiming price is $100,000. Frosty Diamond worked at Saratoga on August 1, recording a time of :38.23 for 3 furlongs. Frosty Diamond sold for $100,000 as a yearling. His dam was a stakes winner at 2, who has produced one winner from one to race. Medaglia d'Oro has had 22 runners who have made 38 total starts, recording 8 wins, 5 seconds, and 6 thirds, and $271,926 in earnings.

A veteran of 2 races is Thats a Good Thing (Lion Heart - Competent Sort by Cahill Road) who was 9th in his debut on June 14, and 2nd on July 3. Both of his starts were at Churchill Downs. Thats a Good Thing is by leading freshman sire, Lion Heart. Lion Heart's 33 runners have made 50 total starts, recording 12 wins, 9 seconds, and 5 thirds, and earnings of $497,866. Thats a Good Thing's dam was stakes-placed and she has produced 2 winners.

True Ally (Yes It's True - Stormy Alliance by Storm Creek) finished 3rd behind Keefer on July 20 at Monmouth Park. Previously, he had finished 4th on June 29 at that same track. True Ally, who was a $57,000 2-year old, is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to stakes winner Colonial Glitter and grade III stakes winner, Fight for Ally.

The only other experienced runner is Buzzin and Dreamin (Five Star Day - Bumble Bee Mama by Notebook) who was 8th in his debut at Churchill Downs on June 25. Buzzin and Dreamin, who sold for $170,000 as yearling, is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is a full-sister to Hemingway's Key. Hemingway's Key, who finished 3rd in the Preakness (gr. I) and the Jim Dandy (gr. II), earned $220,322 in his career. He also was 2 for 2 as a 2 year old.

Madison Heights (City Place - A Gold Moment by Souvenir Copy), who sold for $100,000 as a 2-year old, is by first-crop sire, City Place. City Place's 7 runners have made 15 combined starts, recording 4 wins and 2 seconds. Madison Heights is a half-brother to one 2-year old winner.

Selling for $105,000 as a yearling was Yes I'm Clever (Yes It's True - Call Her by Caller I. D.), who is out of the stakes winner Call Her. Call Her was also a 2-year old winner. Yes I'm Clever is a half-brother to 6 winners including stakes winner Matched and grade II stakes winner Battle Won.

Midtown Bailey (Northern Afleet - Reason to Rhyme by Mighty Adversary) sold for $35,000 as a 2-year old. Reason to Rhyme, dam of Midtown Bailey, was a stakes winner who was also a 2-year old winner. Reason to Rhyme has produced 5 winners including 2 two-year old winners.

Eastern Star, dam of Ain't No Star (Haint - Eastern Star by Star de Naskra) was stakes-placed as a 2-year old and has produced 6 winners. Among these winners is Prado Star, who was stakes-placed at 2.

Retriever (Golden Missile - Receivership by End Sweep) is out of a 2-year old winning mare who earned $198,300 in her career. Retriever is a half-brother to one winner.

News and Notes

The nominees for the Adirondack (gr. II) to be run at Saratoga on August 13 include Maiden Watch horse C. S. Silk (Medaglia d'Oro) and other names familiar to Maiden Watch readers. These include Doremifasollatido, Garden District, Girlfrienontheside, Jardin, and Simplify. The complete list can be viewed here.

Several Maiden Watch horses have also been nominated to the Saratoga Special (gr. II) to be run on August 14. These include Dueling Alex (Medaglia d'Oro), Heir to the Stone (Birdstone), Medaglia d'Onore (Medaglia d'Oro), Munnings (Speightstown), Peace Town (Peace Rules), and Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown). Other familiar names include Break Water Edison, Cognito, Join in the Dance, Proud Jefe, and Run Away and Hide. The complete list of nominees can be viewed here.

2-Year Old Works

New to this blog

August 4

Working 3 furlongs from the gate in :39.60 was Mocha d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Chopard by Silver Deputy). Mocha d'Oro is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to Impeachment, 3rd-place finisher in the 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Impeachment, who also finished 3rd in the Preakness (gr. I) and the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), earned $350,450 in his career and was 1 for 1 at 2.

At Hollywood Park, My Little Princess (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Burrows by Seattle Song) worked 3 furlongs in :39.80. My Little Princess, who sold for $75,000 at 2, is out of a mare who won at 2 and earned $154,270 in her career. My Little Princess is a half-sister to 2 winners, including Toasted who won the Arlington Classic Stakes (gr IIT).

Big Speculator (colt; Saarland - Glamorous One by Gone West) worked 3 furlongs at Delaware Park in :39.40. Big Speculator was a $190,000 2-year old and is out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 2 winners.

August 5

Rumble King (colt; Peace Rules - Calliope's Spirt by Star de Naskra) worked 3 furlongs in :36.40 at Finger Lakes. Calliope's Spirt, dam of Rumble King, was stakes winner who earned $250,163. Calliope's Spirt has produced 3 winners.

Working 3 furlongs in :36.88 at Belmont Park was Saarlight (filly; Saarland - Crystal Blaze by Spectacular Bid). Saarlight is out of a winning mare who has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner, Currency Quest.

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

August 4

Normansbirdie (filly; Birdstone - She's a Cool Cat by Mountain Cat) - Calder, 5 furlongs, 1:04.20.

Congaraa (filly; Congaree - Balotra by Oh Say) - Thistledown, 3 furlongs, :36.60.

Sugaree Gold (filly; Congaree - Sugar is Gold by Slew o' Gold) - Del Mar, 4 furlongs, :47.60.

Wear Blush (filly; Congaree - Tifonica (ARG) by Equalize) - Del Mar, 6 furlongs, 1:14.20.

Greenapple Martini (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Trishyde Slew by Seattle Slew) - Woodbine, 4 furlongs, 1:02.00.

Absolutelymaybe (filly; Peace Rules - Maybe in May by Miswaki) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :48.60.

Hippie Princess (filly; Peace Rules - Royal Pelliknow by Raja's Revenge) - Calder, 4 furlongs, :48.80.

Only Blue Skies (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Wings of Dreams by Sovereign Dancer) - The Thoroughbred Center, 4 furlongs (gate), :52.60.

Collegiate (filly; Saarland - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :47.12.

Miss Marple (filly; Saarland - Future Diamonds by Roberto) - Churchill Downs, 3 furlongs, :37.80.

Regent Street (colt; Saarland - Regents Signet by Commemorate) - Woodbine, 5 furlongs, 1:02.20.

Smart Woman (filly; Smarty Jones - Storming Beauty by Storm Cat) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs (gate), :48.12.

Dukes Alley (colt; Speightstown - Mount Hillaby by Colonial Affair) - Winding Oaks Farm, 4 furlongs, :48.40.

In Speight of It (colt; Speightstown - Honest Deceiver by Is It True) - Saratoga, 5 furlongs, 1:01.26.

Reynaldothewizard (colt; Speightstown - Holiday Runner by Meadowlake) - Greentree Training Center, 5 furlongs, 1:00.05.

Speight the Halo (colt; Speightstown - Ballado's Halo by Saint Ballado) - Del Mar, 4 furlongs, :48.20.

Western Fire (colt; Speightstown - Under Fire by Gulch) - Remington Park, 4 furlongs, :52.38.

August 5

Winestone (filly; Birdstone - Miz Dixie by Dixieland Band) - Philadelphia, 3 furlongs, :37.15.

The Gang of Four (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - One Tough Cat by Mountain Cat) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs (gate), :51.40.

Pearl Esque (filly; Peace Rules - Crown the Queen by Gulch) - Calder, 3 furlongs, :36.20.

Persian (colt; Peace Rules - Lady Cheryl by Williamstown) - Saratoga; 5 furlongs, 1:00.80.

R B Keep Peace (filly; Peace Rules - Mrs. M by Mecke) - Calder, 3 furlongs, :38.60.

Danceyoursocksoff (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Come Dancing by Two Punch) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :48.89.

Pamona Ball (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Fireman's Ball by Hennessy) - Del Mar, 5 furlongs, :59.60 (4th fastest out of 30 works).

Perfect Footprint (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Pedicure by Mr. Prospector) - Belmont Park, 3 furlongs, :38.26.

Pleasant Flight (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Heather's Flight by Seattle Dancer) - Calder, 3 furlongs, :37.00.

Desert Fox (colt; Saarland - Sandshell by Silver Hawk) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :51.80.

Ninepiecesofeight (filly; Saarland - Afleet Francais by Afleet) - Monmouth Park, 4 furlongs, :49.00.

Haynesfield (colt; Speightstown - Nothing Special by Tejabo) - Belmont Park, 5 furlongs, 1:01.66.

Inspeightofsuccess (filly; Speightstown - Essence of Success by Deputy Minister) - Turfway Park, 4 furlongs, :51.40.

Munnings (colt; Speightstown - La Comete by Holy Bull) - Belmont Park, 4 furlongs, :51.24.

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