River Fancy will Live the Dash for the Law

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Not a bad day for Maiden Watch, no winners, but decent efforts all around. Longandstrong (Birdstone) was a scratch at Monmouth Park.

An update on Dance the Cha Cha, who bolted on Monday and ran through the barn area at Thistledown. According to the racing department at Thistledown, he suffered nothing more than a few cuts and bruises. The jockey, Ernesto Oro, was also unhurt. I would expect, however, that Dance the Cha Cha may get some schooling before his next outing.

High Cry All the Way; Saarlandisourland not Disgraced

High Cry was the best looking horse in the paddock and she ran like it, going to the lead and keeping it. However, she was all out to hold off Dancing Daisy, who closed well to end up just a nod of the head behind. Freedom Rings also closed well for third. Saarlandisourland (Saarland) broke with the leaders way on the outside. She fell back later, but ran evenly to place 5th. She definitely showed more on the turf than her previous dirt attempts.

Result: August 7, 2008 
Saratoga Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

High Cry
$6.50
$3.70
$3.00
Dancing Daisy
$4.00
$4.30
Freedom Rings  
$4.00
$4.30

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Selva Outguns Gemswick Park

The rains came in full force before this one, turning the course into slop. The beginning of the race was a bit of a puzzle, since I thought Gemswick Park (Speightstown) was up with the leaders, but I was watching with the sound off and the numbers on the screen did not compute. After unmuting the volume, Tom Durkin confirmed my thoughts, it was indeed Gemswick Park chasing Selva, who had taken the lead at the start. They stayed that way all the way round. Favored Justwhistledixie closed a bit to take third, but there mostly was no change of position in this big field. The biggest mystery was how the John Velazquez-ridden, Tom Albertrani-trained Gemswick Park went off at 42-1. I'm not complaining, I had $2 across on her.

Result: August 7, 2008 
Saratoga Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Selva
$39.00
$17.40
$9.00
Gemswick Park
$34.00
$14.40
Justwhistledixie  

$3.70

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Ravin is a Maniac over the Lady

Ravin Maniac took the lead soon after the start, with Truly Lucky pressing the pace. Quite the Lady (Pleasantly Perfect) was bumped at the start and settled on the rail. She came rolling on the outside in the stretch, but couldn't catch Ravin Maniac. She flattened out late and lost the place spot to Pride.

Result: August 7, 2008
Arlington Race 3
Allowance Optional Claiming

Ravin Maniac
$17.80
$6.40
$3.00
Pride
$3.20
$2.20
Quite the Lady  

$2.40

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Will River take a Fancy to the Turf?

August 8, 2008
Saratoga Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

1 1/16 miles turf
2 Year old fillies
Post Time: 3:13 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Song of Charm
2. River Fancy
3. Jehan
4. Palmeto Princess
5. Buck Sign
6. Warm Shower
7. Ain't Love Grand
8. Silver Reunion
9. Dynaslew
10. Carioca
AE Platinum Girl
AE Total Joy
AE Dream Empress
AE Americas Dreaming

River Fancy (Congaree - Go Baby Go (IRE) by Lion Cavern) debuts in a mile and a sixteenth contest on the turf at Saratoga. None of the horses in the main body of the race have turf experience (although two of the AEs do). However, it's raining today in Saratoga, so we'll see if this one stays on the turf. If it's moved to the main track, it will be run at 7 furlongs.

River Fancy has been working at Saratoga since early June, and her last work was 5 furlongs on the turf training track in a time of 1:00.06. River Fancy, who sold for $90,000 as a weanling, is out of the mare Go Baby Go who was stakes-placed on the turf. Go Baby Go has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including Hugo who was stakes-placed on the turf at 2. Congaree is the sire of 19 runners who have made 30 total starts, recording 6 wins, 3 seconds, 3 thirds, and $199,515. Included among his winners is Zigaree, a stakes winner on the turf.

Jehan (Forest Wildcat - Classy Date by Saint Ballado) is the most experienced horse in the race, having finished 2nd on June 13 and 3rd on June 29. Both of those races were on the Churchill Downs dirt. Jehan, who was a $150,000 yearling, is a half-sister to two winners.

Buck Sign (Buckhar - Resigned by Golden Gear) finished 5th in her only start in the mud, at Belmont Park on June 5. Resigned, dam of Buck Sign, was a winner on the turf and is a half-sister to 3 winners, including 1 turf winner. Buck Sign is her first foal.

Also running once at Belmont was Ain't Love Grand (Dixie Union - On the Fritz by Mahogany Hall), who finished 4th Belmont on July 16. Ain't Love Grand, who sold for $535,000 as a yearling, is the first foal out of a stakes winner who earned $237,407.

Song of Charm (Unbridled's Song - Raging Apalachee by Apalachee) finished 5th in her only start on July 6. Song of Charm sold for $160,000 as a yearling and is a half-sister to 6 winners including champion and millionaire, Artax.

Also finishing 5th in her only start was Silver Reunion (Harlan's Holiday - Silver Comic by Silver Hawk) who ran at Delaware on June 28. Silver Reunion's dam, Silver Comic, won the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf and earned $216,935 in her career. Silver Comic is also a half-sister to group III winner Lucayan Prince, and grade III stakes winner Comic Strip.

The remaining horses in the main body of the field are making their debuts, including Carioca (The Cliff's Edge - She's Never Wrong by Nureyev) by first-crop sire The Cliff's Edge. The Cliff's Edge is the sire of 15 runners who have made 33 total starts, recording 3 wins, 3 seconds, 3 thirds, and $86,069. Carioca is the first foal out of an unraced mare, who is a half-sister to one winner.

Top selling among all the horses is Warm Shower (Dynaformer - Caught in the Rain by Petionville) who sold for $700,000 as a yearling. Warm Shower is the first foal out of Caught in the Rain who won the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) and the Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT), both on the turf. In her career, Caught in the Rain earned $455,034 and won or placed in 9 stakes on the turf and on the dirt.

Palmeto Princess (Incurable Optimist - Miss Fazenda (ARG) by Numerous) is out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Fabuloso Champ and Passing Champ.

Dynaslew (Dynaformer - Slews Final Answer by Seattle Slew) is the first foal out of a stakes winning mare who earned $358,567.

Four horses are on the AE list: first-time starters Platinum Girl (Mineshaft - Wild and Wonderful by Kennedy Road) and Total Joy (Giant's Causeway - Lasting Pleasure by Theatrical (IRE)), and turf experienced Dream Empress (Bernstein - Chinese Empress by Nijinksy II) and Americas Dreaming (Statue of Liberty - Barnabas (ITY) by Slip Anchor (GB). Platinum Girl, who sold for $40,000 as a yearling is out of a winning mare who has produced 6 winners, including grade III stakes winner West Virginia. West Virginia, who was also a stakes winner at 2, has earned $1,010,938 through 2008. Lasting Pleasure, dam of Total Joy, was a winner on the turf and has produced one winner. Dream Empress, who sold for $60,000 as a yearling, finished 4th in her only start on July 17 on the turf at Ellis Park. Dream Empress' dam, Chinese Empress, was a stakes winner on the turf who earned $163,814. Dream Empress is a half-sister to 6 winners, including 3 turf winners. Americas Dreaming was 2nd in her only start on the turf in Ireland on April 19, and is a half-sister to 2 turf winners including stakes-placed Mighty Empire.

Live will Dash Towards the War Action

August 8, 2008
Laurel Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs turf
2 Year olds
Post Time: 4:54 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Live the Dash
2. Tough as Rocky
3. Kitty Pleaser
4. War Action
5. Hard Truth
6. R Danny R
7. Hi Ho Bambino
MTO Ferber

Live the Dash (Peace Rules - Western Resolve by West by West) debuts at 5.5 furlongs on the turf at Laurel. Live the Dash, who sold for $37,000 as a yearling, is the 2nd foal out of a mare who was stakes-placed as a 2-year old and who is a half-sister to 5 winners. Peace Rules' 21 runners have made 44 total starts with 9 wins, 4 seconds, and 6 thirds, and $203,093 in earnings.

Three of the entrants have turf experience, including Hard Truth (Skip to the Stone - Reality Will Be by Kris S.) who finished 6th on June 20 and 2nd on July 18, both starts on the Colonial turf. Hard Truth is a half-sister to 6 winners, including 3 2-year old winners.

Hi Ho Bambino (Zavata - Madam Grand by The Prime Minister) has also run twice, finishing 3rd on the Colonial Downs dirt on June 10, and 3rd on the Colonial turf on July 6. He is a half-brother to 3 turf winners.

R Danny R (Sky Classic - Honey's Acallade by Acallade), a son of champion grass horse Sky Classic, finished 10th in his only race, a mile contest on the Colonial turf. His dam, Honey's Acallade, was a winner on the turf and has produced two winners, including Honey's Sky a turf winner, who is a full-sister to R Danny R.

War Action (Action This Day - Down Pretty High by Known Fact) and Tough as Rocky (Rock Slide - Lux Marquet by Marquetry) faced each other in a 5 furlong dirt Maiden Claiming race on July 12, finishing 4th and 7th respectively. War Action is by first-crop sire Action This Day whose 14 runners have made 32 total starts with 4 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds, and earnings of $61,939. War Action is a half-brother to 6 winners, including stakes winner Just Le Facts who was also stakes-placed at 2. Tough as Rocky, who was also 6th on June 26 at Delaware, is a half-brother to one winner who was a 2-year old winner on the turf.

Unraced Kitty Pleaser (Crowd Pleaser - She's Catty by Storm Cat) is out of the mare, She's Catty, who was a turf winner. She's Catty is the dam of 4 winners from 4 to run, including stakes winner Move to Strike who earned $136,585. Move to Strike was also a debut winner at 2. One of She's Catty's offspring won on the turf.

Main Track Only entrant Ferber (Tale of the Cat - Empty Portrait by Coronado's Quest) is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to grade I stakes winner, millionaire, and sire Include.

I'm the Law Hopes for a Whaleofaride to Take A Day

August 8, 2008
Evangeline Downs Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2 Year Olds
State Bred
Post Time: 9:30 PM

P Horse
1. Littlebitofbull
2. Brazen Walk
3. Biglucky's Hope
4. Whaleofaride
5. Barginbasementbaby
6. Take a Day
7. Bayou Bay
8. I'm the Law
9. Hear No Angel
10. Sparkling Keat

I'm the Law (Peace Rules - Stormin' Down by Storm Creek) returns after passing a few tired ones to finish 7th in his debut, at Evangeline Downs on July 16. This time, he is in against fellow Louisiana-breds, which may help his chances. I'm the Law, who sold for $15,000 as a 2-year old, is the first foal out of a mare who was a 2-year old winner and who earned $126,715 in a 37 race career. She is also a half-sister to 7 winners. Peace Rules' 21 runners have made 44 total starts with 9 wins, 4 seconds, and 6 thirds, and $203,093 in earnings.

Barginbasementbaby (Leestown - Do It Fast by Bounding Basque) is a veteran of 4 starts, all at Evangeline. He finished 9th on May 14, 6th on May 30, 10th on June 25, and most recently, 5th in a Maiden Claiming Louisiana-bred race at 4.5 furlongs. Do It Fast, dam of Barginbasementbaby, was stakes-placed as a 2-year old.

The only other experienced runner is Bayou Bay (Bayou Hebert - Lexie Dawn by Fabulous Frolic) who finished 7th in his only start at Evangeline Downs on July 4. Bayou Bay is the 2nd foal out of a winning mare, who is a half- or full-sister to 3 winners.

Whaleofaride (Scrimshaw - Petite Love by Fred Astaire) and Hear No Angel (Eavesdropper - Strawberry Angel by Red Attack) are both by freshman sires. Scrimshaw, sire of Whaleofaride, has had 13 runners who have made 31 total starts, recording 5 wins, 6 seconds, 3 thirds, and $112,294. Whaleofaride, who sold for $25,000 as a 2-year old, is the first foal out of a half-sister to 7 winners, including grade III stakes winner, Love's Exchange. Hear No Angel, who sold for $50,000 as a yearling, is by Eavesdropper whose 2 runners are both winners. Strawberry Angel, dam of Hear No Angel, was a stakes winner who earned $124,164. She has produced 5 winners from 5 to run, but none won at 2.

Littlebitofbull (Littlebitlively - Pure Bull by Holy Bull) is the 2nd foal out of a mare who won $103,240 and is a half- or full-sister to 5 winners.

Brazen Walk (In a Walk - Brazen Act by Golden Act) is a half- or full-brother to 3 winners, but no 2-year old winners.

Rhonda's Dealing, dam of Biglucky's Hope (Aeropostale - Rhonda's Dealing by Plain Dealing) was a winner. Biglucky's Hope is her first foal.

Take a Day (Storm Day - Aiken's Taken by Slew City Slew) is out of a winner of $64,717 who has produced 4 winners including Wanaka, who was stakes-placed at 2 and 3, and who has earned $311,929 through 2008.

Sparkling Keat (Keats - Sparkling Millie by Mr. Sparkles) is a half-brother to 3 winners, including 2-year old winner Sparklingwire.

2-Year Old Works

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

August 5

Dreams d'Oro (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Morning Time by Gilded Time) - Arlington, 4 furlongs, :50.00.

August 7

Livin Lovin (filly; Birdstone - Nurse Margaret by Captain Bodgit) - Delaware Park, 4 furlongs, :49.80.

Conga Gold (filly; Congaree - Added Gold by Gilded Time) - Fair Hill, 4 furlongs, :49.00.

Anaan (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Parisian Deputy by French Deputy) - Belmont Park, 3 furlongs, :36.25.

Bella d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Rangoon Belle by Alysheba) - Vinery Stable, 4 furlongs, :48.60.

Fiesta d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ionian Bride by Icecapade) - Saratoga, 3 furlongs, :36.94.

Hug It Out (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Dazzling Contrast by General Meeting) - Arlington, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:01.00.

Signet Ring (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Runaway Royalty by Runaway Groom) - Churchill Downs, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:05.00.

Class Rules (colt; Peace Rules - Clever Actress by Theatrical (IRE)) - Vinery Stable, 4 furlongs, :51.00.

Lippy Rules (filly; Peace Rules - Jive Talker by Time for a Change) - Hollywood Park, 4 furlongs, :48.80.

Peace Town (colt; Peace Rules - Darnestown by Williamstown) - Laurel Park, 4 furlongs, :47.20.

Into My Soul (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Stop Traffic by Cure the Blues) - Saratoga, 5 furlongs, 1:02.43.

Mindy Sue (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Drifa by Tabasco Cat) - Arlington, 4 furlongs, :50.80.

River Saar (filly; Saarland - One Neat Trick by Phone Trick) - Presque Isle Downs, 4 furlongs, :50.00.

Apple Fest (filly; Smarty Jones - Lovington by Afleet) - Hollywood Park, 3 furlongs, :39.80.

Little Lady Smarty (filly; Smarty Jones - Lake Lady by Salt Lake) - Arlington, 4 furlongs, :48.00.

Me You and Her (filly; Smarty Jones - Toi Et Moi by Deputy Minister) - Monmouth, 4 furlongs, :51.40.

Hornung (colt; Speightstown - Deb's Charm by Silver Charm) - Del Mar, 3 furlongs, :36.20.

Zak's in Town (colt; Speightstown - Zakcat by Vilzak) - Fair Hill, 5 furlongs, 1:01.00.

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