Breakwithtradition to Light an Update for Texas Wood

Two scratches on the day, Barrrichello (Speightstown) at Woodbine (but L. A. Rules (Peace Rules) went in that one, so there will be a recap below) and Rocket Defense (Peace Rules) at Laurel. This was not a surprise, as I received a workout notice for her in the morning. The winner was Perfect Pet who went gate-to-wire.

Lady Shakespeare Does Her Family Proud

Lots of activity during the gate loading in this one, not unexpected in a race full of unraced 2-year olds. Divine Destiny thrashed in the gate and was a late vet scratch. Wiggle and a Wink (Congaree) broke with the leaders, Ochoa and Getting Away. Getting Away fell back first, but Wiggle and a Wink stuck with Ochoa. However, Wiggle and a Wink tired in the stretch and ended up fourth. Meanwhile, Lady Shakespeare was closing like a rocket and went by everyone to continue the family turf tradition.

Result: August 15, 2008 
Woodbine Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Lady Shakespeare
$4.80
$2.80
$2.30
Ochoa
$3.80
$2.90
Musical Heart  

$5.50

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Greatness Rules

Lord of Greatness went right to the lead, but L. A. Rules was stuck to his side. Those two soon separated themselves from the rest of the field. L. A. Rules stuck close, but he couldn't get by Lord of Greatness. In the end, Lord of Greatness pulled away for a 2 length victory. However, L. A. Rules was much the best of the rest.

Result: August 15, 2008 
Woodbine Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Lord of Greatness
$5.30
$2.80
$2.40
L. A. Rules
$3.90
$2.90
Faye's Gray  

$2.50

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Tar Beach Takes the Points Over Beans and Soul

As predicted, this one came off the turf and was run at 7 furlongs on the dirt (this is starting to sound like a broken record). Luv Gov and Insider set the early pace, but neither was around at the finish (although Insider held better, taking 4th). The favorite, Take the Points, seemed poised for victory and took a short lead in the stretch. But, Tar Beach, who had been stuck in traffic, broke through in time to take the win. A number of horses had traffic problems in this one, including Precious Beans (Medaglia d'Oro) who secured a good spot despite a bobble at the start. He was in amongst horses and then seemed to lack punch when finally free. Into My Soul (Pleasantly Perfect) didn't show much. Maybe next time, he will actually get to run on the turf.

Result: August 15, 2008 
Saratoga Race 9
Maiden Special Weight

Tar Beach
$12.40
$5.40
$3.60
Take the Points
$3.10
$2.50
Toby the Coal Man  

$3.80

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The Ladd has some Jazzi Tricks

Tricky Ladd rocketed out of the gate (the chart says, "broke well." I think that's a bit of an understatement, he was 6 in front at the quarter) and the race was pretty much over (remember they were only going 3.5 furlongs). Jazzi Dawn (Saarland) was the closest pursuer, but she couldn't make much of a dent. She tired a bit, and lost her 2nd position by a nose and a neck.

Result: August 15, 2008 
Northlands Park Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Tricky Ladd
$10.00
$4.70
$4.30
Wired Two Twenty
$4.20
$3.60
Miss Victoriana  

$6.40

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Breakwithtradition for an Edge in Quebec City

August 16, 2008
Woodbine Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)

7 furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 1:10 PM

P Horse
1. Venablo
2. Breakwithtradition
3. Edge
4. Quebec City
5. Libiamo
6. Sinful Vows
7. Jerry's Connection

Breakwithtradition (Birdstone - Princess Penny by Joyeux Danseur) returns after finishing 9th on the turf at Woodbine on August 2. This time, he'll try the main track and drop into Maiden Claiming company. Breakwithtradition is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners including Palmiche, a group III winner in Panama. Birdstone's 14 runners have started 24 total times, registering 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds, and $95,557.

Finishing 7th in front of Breakwithtradition on August 2 was Edge (The Cliff's Edge - Maghaarb (GB) by Machiavellian). Edge, who had previously finished 5th on the Woodbine Polytrack on July 6, is by first-year sire The Cliff's Edge. The Cliff's Edge's 18 runners have made 37 total starts, recording 3 wins, 3 seconds, and 4 thirds and $91,081. Maghaarb, the dam of Edge, was a 2-year old winner who has produced 1 winner.

Also running on August 2 at Woodbine, but in a Maiden Claiming contest on the Polytrack, was Jerry's Connection (E Dubai - Prize Connection by Editor's Note) who finished 6th in his race. Jerry's Connection's dam is a half- or full-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Ghoastly Prize. Ghoastly Prize, who was also a winner at 2, earned $146,247 in his career.

Freshman sire Even the Score is the sire of Quebec City (Even the Score - Perth Lassie by On Target) who has made 4 starts, most recently finishing 3rd in a Maiden Special Weight race at Woodbine on July 18. Even the Score is the sire of 15 runners which have made 27 total starts, recording 3 wins, 3 seconds, and 6 thirds, and $87,220. Perth Lassie, the dam of Quebec City, was a winner of $67,904 and has 2 winners, 1 of which won as a 2-year old.

Libiamo (Tumblebrutus – Lake Mills Lady by Cryptoclearance) has run twice, finishing 5th on July 4 in a Maiden Special Weight contest; and 10th on July 20 in a Maiden Claiming Race. Both races were at Woodbine. Libiamo is by first-year stallion, Tumblebrutus. Tumblebrutus is a full-brother to Giant's Causeway and fellow first-year sire, Roar of the Tiger. From only 9 foals, Tumblebrutus has had 5 starters which have made 9 starts combined, recording 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third. Libiamo is a half-brother to 3 winners.

Sinful Vows (Broken Vow – Something Sinful by Skywalker) has finished 8th twice, on June 20 and July 20 (where one of his opponents was Libiamo), both times at Woodbine. Sinful Vows is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half- or full-sister to 5 winners, including Sanky Panky who was a group III winner in Panama.

Another veteran of 2 starts is Venablo (Porto Foricos - La Gran Raquel by Compadre) who finished 7th on July 13, and 9th on July 27. Both of these races were Maiden Special Weight contests on the Woodbine Polytrack. Venablo is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a full-sister to La Grande Mamma, a stakes winner at 2 who earned $209,355 in her career.

The Light is Green in the Northern Harbor for Cats

August 16, 2008
Saratoga Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 1:33 PM

P Horse
1. Yogonaluvme
2. Light Green
3. Abundantia
4. Mystic Miracle
5. Obsequious
6. Cats
7. Northern Harbor

Light Green (Pleasantly Perfect - Green Light by Sheikh Albadou (GB)) returns after coming up just a head short first time out at Belmont Park on July 16. Since that race, she's had two works at Belmont. The dam of Light Green, Green Light, was a stakes winner who earned $196,793. She is the dam of 2 winners, including stakes winner Run the Light who has earned $222,899 through 2008. Run the Light was also a 2-year old winner. Pleasantly Perfect is the sire of 9 runners who have made 14 total starts, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds, and $84,745.

Finishing 6th in her only start in the Saratoga slop was Cats (Storm Cat - Blissful by Mr. Prospector). Cats, who sold for $875,000 as a yearling, is out of a full-sister to champion Fusaichi Pegasus. Cats is a full-sister to 2 winners, both of which won as 2-year olds.

The only other experienced runner is Northern Harbor (Northern Afleet - Ducktrap Harbor by Polish Navy), who was 9th in her only start on July 27 at Saratoga. Northern Harbor, who sold for $200,000 as a 2-year old, is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including Maggy Hawk. Maggy Hawk is the dam of Afleet Alex who is by Northern Afleet.

Selling for $70,000 as a 2-year old, was Obsequious (Fusaichi Pegasus - User Cat by Storm Cat) who is a full-sister to Cumin, who was group III stakes-placed.

Abundantia (Alex's Pal - Ogygian's Louise by Ogygian) who sold for $25,000 as a yearling, is by first-year stallion Alex's Pal. Alex's Pal's 3 runners have made 10 combined starts, recording 2 seconds and 2 thirds. Abundantia is out a mare who was a winner and who has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Lou's Expectation.

Yogonaluvme (Yonaguska - Run in My Hose by Siphon (BRZ) was a $65,000 2-year old and is a half-sister to the winner, Heap Wampum.

Mystic Lady, dam of Mystic Miracle (Unbridled's Song - Mystic Lady by Thunder Gulch) won or placed in 17 stakes and earned $1,170,390. As a 2-year old, Mystic Lady won the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes.

Sue's Hopes for a Victory Update

August 16, 2008
Arlington Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

1 Mile Turf
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 4:24 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. It's Tiffin Time
2. Home Fries
3. High On Top
4. Missy Lou
5. Never Lie
6. Joy Street
7. Ashapoo
8. Crystal Angel
9. Secret Spell
10. Posse in Effect
11. Forest Queen
12. Sue's Update

Second start for for Sue's Update (Medaglia d'Oro - Sue's Good News by Woodman) who finished an uninspired 7th last time out on July 26. The switch to turf may be just what she needs to wake up. Since that race, she has had a 4 furlong work at Arlington. Sue's Update is the first foal out of Sue's Good News who earned $218,078, including victory in the Singapore Plate Stakes (gr. III). Sue's Good News is also a half-sister to stakes winner Easyfromthegitgo. Medaglia d'Oro's 23 runners have made 47 total starts, recording 8 wins, 5 seconds, and 7 thirds, and earnings of $290,651.

Finishing 6th in front of Sue's Update on July 26 was Secret Spell (Richter Scale - All Mine Again by Seattle Song). Secret Spell is a half-sister to 6 winners and a full-sister to winner Snuggle Em Up and stakes winner, Tenpointfive who earned $201,721.

Home Fries (Dynaformer - Prof. McGonagall by Storm Cat), Missy Lou (Yonaguska - Hard Freeze by It's Freezing), and It's Tiffin Time (Najran - Asta Pasta by Nijinsky's Secret) met on July 19 at Arlington Park in a mile and sixteenth Maiden Special Weight race, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively. Home Fries, who had previously finished 2nd on July 5, is the first foal out of a winning mare who earned $106,630. Missy Lou, who has 5 total starts, with 3 thirds and 2 fifths, sold for $95,000 as a yearling. She is out the mare, Hard Freeze, who earned $255,061 including a 2nd in the Debutante as a 2-year old. Missy Lou is a half-sister to 7 winners and a full-sister to the winner Honest to Betsy who finished 4th in the Adirondack (gr. II) as a 2-year old. It's Tiffin Time, who sold for $27,000 as a yearling, previously ran 5th on July 4. She is a half-sister to 2 winners, including turf stakes winner Lil Mitch.

High On Top (Dance Master - Hit the Bid by Lear Fan) most recently finished 6th in Tippett Stakes, on the Colonial Downs turf July 26. Previously, she was 4th on the Arlington Park Polytrack on July 12. High On Top is a half-sister to 3 winners, including Steely Vana a winner at 2.

Never Lie (Alke - Taint True by Saint Ballado), by first-crop sire Alke, finished 6th in her only start on July 12. Alke's 15 runners have made 30 total starts, recording 4 wins, 5 seconds, 6 thirds, and $184,765. Never Lie's dam has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, including turf winner Working Man Blues.

A veteran of two starts is Joy Street (Street Cry (IRE) - Moments of Joy by Lost Code), who was 9th on July 5 and 8th on June 21, both times at Arlington. Moments of Joy, dam of Joy Street, was a winner and has produced 2 winners, including grade II stakes winner Rite Moment. Rite Moment has earned $388,602 through 2008.

Posse in Effect (Posse - Sharp Deed by Shadeed) has also made two starts, finishing 6th on June 29 and 3rd on July 23. Posse in Effect, who sold for $30,000 as a yearling, is a half-sister to one winner.

Another with two previous starts is Crystal Angel (Stephen Got Even - Jewell Dare by Woodman) who was 7th in both of her starts on July 4 and July 23. Both of those races were Maiden Claiming contests on the Arlington Park Polytrack. Crystal Angel is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to one winner.

Ashapoo (Petionville - Royal Deception by Sovereign Dancer) made her lone start back on April 25 at Keeneland, where she finished 11th. Ashapoo was a $70,000 yearling and is a half-sister to 2 winners and a full-sister to 5 winners. One full-sibling, Island Escape, was a stakes winner on the dirt and the turf, and earned $325,010.

Lady Tori, dam of Forest Queen (Forestry - Lady Tori by Fappiano), was a winner at 2 and 3 and has produced 5 winners, including stakes-placed Binthebest and Tinker.

Is Wood Violet Due to be Champ?

August 16, 2008
Ellis Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 4:32 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Mara
2. Corydon Beeper
3. She's Due
4. My Girl Mauk
5. Champ Laila
6. Seniga
7. Add a Song
8. Lacie Slew
9. Anappleforaqueen
10. Champagne Launch
11. Notreadytobenice
12. Wood Violet

Wood Violet (Congaree - Nani Rose by Peteski) makes her debut in a full field at Ellis Park where she has been working for the past 2 months (including a 4 furlong bullet for her most recent work on August 9). Nani Rose, dam of Wood Violet, won the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) and the Lake George Handicap (gr. IIIT) and earned $229,469. As a broodmare, Nani Rose has produced one winner. Congaree's 22 runners have made 36 collective starts, registering 7 wins, 4 seconds, 3 thirds, and $250,239.

The most experienced horse in the race is Notreadytobenice (Matty G - Double Chip by Crafty Prospector) who has run 4 times, including a 6th place finish on July 12 at Ellis Park. Previously, she finished 6th, 6th, and 3rd in three races at Churchill Downs. The dam of Notreadytobenice has produced one winner from one to race, she is also a half-sister to 3 winners.

The only other one with experience is Champagne Launch (Cuvee - Launch a Double by Bright Launch) who finished 7th at Churchill Downs on May 1. Champagne Launch, who is by freshman sire Cuvee, sold for $130,000 as a yearling. Cuvee's 23 runners have made 51 total starts with 2 wins, 8 seconds, 10 thirds, and $113,820. Launch a Double, dam of Champagne Launch, was a stakes winner at 2 and earned $134,730 in her career. Champagne Launch is a half-sister to stakes winner Double Colico who has earned $173,623 through 2008.

Mara (Ten Most Wanted - Medina by Covered Wagon) and Champ Laila (Champali - Valid Deduction by Bet Big) are also by first-crop sires. Ten Most Wanted, sire of Mara, has had 19 runners who have made a total of 44 starts, registering 3 seconds, 4 thirds, and $43,136. Mara is a half-sister to the winner Causin Confusion, who was a winner at 2. Champ Laila is by Champali, whose 9 runners have made 17 total starts with 1 second. Valid Deduction, dam of Champ Laila, was a winner and has produced 4 winners, including 2 that won as 2-year olds.

Bringing $115,000 as a yearling was Lacie Slew (Mineshaft - Lacie Girl by Editor's Note). Lacie Girl, dam of Lacie Slew, won or placed in 11 stakes and earned $314,390. She has produced one winner from one to run.

Add a Song (Songandaprayer - Fuzzy Math by Hennessy), who brought $25,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare Fuzzy Math. Fuzzy Math has produced the winner, Fuzzy Cheetah.

Corydon Beeper (Happy Boy Marc - Beep to Win by Private Express) is a full-sister to winner Happy Beeper who was a winner at 2. Corydon Beeper and Happy Beeper's dam was also a winner.

J. D. and Water, dam of She's Due (Devil His Due - J. D. and Water by Northern Prospect), was a 2-year old debut winner and also won three stakes that year. She was also a stakes winner at 3, and earned $233,217 overall. As a broodmare, J. D. and Water has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner J D's Deelites.

My Girl Mauk (Posse - Dixie Kitten by Dixie Brass) is the 2nd foal out of a mare who was stakes-placed at 2, and earned $110,650 in her career.

Seniga (Military - Septieme Etoile by Septieme Ciel) is out of a winning mare who has produced a winner.

Anappleforaqueen (Forbidden Apple - Cresta Queen by Cresta Rider) is out of a winning mare who has produced 5 winners, including Forbid the Queen a full-sister to Anappleforaqueen.

Texas Birdstone Begg's for a City Win

August 16, 2008
Evangeline Downs Race 10
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 11:14 PM

P Horse
1. Premo's Success
2. City Win
3. Texas Birdstone
4. Begg's
5. Valid Stripes
6. K J's Chestnut
7. Classy N Elegant
8. Ruston Rebel
9. Mr Missile

Texas Birdstone (Birdstone - Imatexantoo by Ray's Pegasus) ventures outside the Lone Star state to make his 2nd start, after a decent 3rd in his debut on July 10. Since that race, he has had 4 works. Texas Birdstone is a half-brother to 5 winners, including Texas Code who was a stakes winner at 2 and 3, earning $182,149. Birdstone's 14 runners have made 24 combined starts with 3 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and $95,557.

Begg's (Maria's Mon - La Gomera (IRE) by Hamas (IRE) and City Win (City Place - All Affirmed Say I by Mister Baileys (GB)) previously met on August 2 at Evangeline Downs where Begg's was 4th and City Win 5th. Begg's is the 2nd foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Autonomy (IRE) and grade I stakes winner, Caffe Latte. Caffe Latte earned $676,885 in her career. City Win is by first-year sire City Place, whose 8 runners have made 17 total starts, recording 4 wins, 2 seconds and a third, and $100,638 in earnings. City Win is a half-brother to the winner Kissamee Glitter who has earned $47,850 through 2008.

Mr Missile (Golden Missile - Sweet Vision by Southern Halo) most recently finished 4th in the John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes at Evangeline on August 2. Previously, he had finished 2nd in a Maiden Special Weight race at the same track. He is the first foal out of the mare Sweet Vision, who was stakes-placed at 2 and 3 and earned $104,242.

Premo's Success (Alex's Pal - Premodona by Supremo) has made three starts, running 2nd and 6th at Evangeline Downs on June 19 and July 16 respectively, and finishing 8th on the Louisiana Downs turf on July 31. Premo's Success is by first-year stallion, Alex's Pal. Alex's Pal's 3 runners have made 10 total starts, recording 2 seconds and 2 thirds. Premo's Success' dam is a half-sister to stakes-placed Racing Nut.

The remaining runners are making their debuts, including Classy N Elegant (Commanchero - Secret Elegance by Secretariat) who sold for $45,000 as a yearling. Classy N Elegant is a half-brother to 7 winners, including stakes winner Profound Secret. Profound Secret, who was also stakes-placed at 2, earned $515,000 in his career.

Eccentric Lady, the dam of Valid Stripes (Valid Expectations - Eccentric Lady by Earn Your Stripes), was stakes-placed and earned $129,963. She has produced the winner Money Lady.

K J's Chestnut (Horse Chestnut (SAF) - Nat's My Gold by Skip Trial) who is a bay, is the 2nd foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 6 winners. Included among these is stakes winner Gold for My Gal who was also a 2-year old winner and who earned $332,989 in her career.

Red Dream, the dam of Ruston Rebel (Gold Tribute - Red Dream by Thirty Six Red) was a winner and has produced 4 winners including stakes-placed News Report who earned $198,341.

2-Year Old Works

New to this blog

August 15

Country Day (colt; Speightstown - Hidden Assets by Mt. Livermore) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Churchill Downs. Hidden Assets, dam of Country Day, won the Shirley Jones Handicap (gr. III) and earned $298,313. As a broodmare, she has produced 3 winners from 3 to run.

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

August 15

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

Stone Skipper (colt; Birdstone - Anna K. by Boston Harbor) - Louisiana Downs, 5 furlongs, 1:04.80.

Ambraw (colt; Congaree - Fabulous Flight by Flying Continental) - Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs, :51.60.

Frosty Diamond (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Heirloom Diamond by Grindstone) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :47.50.

La Nina d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Halter Top by Unbridled) - Remington Park, 4 furlongs (gate), :50.56.

Our Golden Dream (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Adorahy by Rahy) - Saratoga Turf Training, 5 furlongs , 1:03.00.

Payton d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Jealous and Jaded by Jade Hunter) - Delaware Park, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:01.80.

Queen of the City (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Biogio's Beauty by Distorted Humor) - Saratoga Turf Training, 4 furlongs, :53.00.

Signet Ring (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Runaway Royalty by Runaway Groom) - Churchill Downs, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:05.80.

Rocket Defense (filly; Peace Rules - Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius) - Charles Town, 4 furlongs, :49.20.

Rumble King (colt; Peace Rules - Calliope's Spirt by Star de Naskra) - Finger Lakes, 3 furlongs, :40.00.

Miracle Baby (filly; Smarty Jones - Heritage of Gold by Gold Legend) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :49.06.

Run Smart One (colt; Smarty Jones - Literary Light by Ide) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :49.55.

Cabaret Cowboy (colt; Speightstown - Pent Up Kiss by Pentelicus) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs (gate), :47.75.

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