Del Mar Ends; Turfway Begins; Maidens March On

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Vineyard Haven Sails, Cribnote and Munnings Without Hope

Vineyard Haven was impressive, taking the lead out of the gate and pulling away in the stretch, but the race was more memorable for what might have been. First, Munnings (Speightstown) stumbled out of the gate, spotting the field many lengths. He did make a good move in the stretch, but his early activities took something out of him and he was no match for Vineyard Haven. Then, Cribnote, went almost to the outside rail on the turn. To his credit, he did keep running, but he was unable to catch the winner. Cribnote obviously has a lot of talent, but something seems to be amiss either physical or mental. Personally, I was also disappointed with Medaglia d'Onore (Medaglia d'Onore). Not that I was expecting a win or even a placing, but I was expected some run at the end, which he didn't give.

Read more about the Hopeful here.

Result: September 1, 2008 
Saratoga Race 10
Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I)

Vineyard Haven


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Stardom is Bound for the Debutante Winner

Longshot Palacio de Amor took the early lead, with Glitter City, Empressive Lady, and Candilejas hanging about. Meanwhile, Stardom Bound came out of the gate slowly, as is her custom. She lingered at the back for much of the race, but then came rolling on the outside. It was no contest, as she broke her maiden in style. Palacio de Amor held on well to take second, while Will O Way closed for third. Trifecta King (Peace Rules) pretty much ran the same race that she did in the Sorrento, without the checking. She showed early speed and then faded, beating only Turtle Creek Babe who was pulled up. Trifecta King may need to return to sprinting, or maybe a change of race tactics.

Read more about the Del Mar Debutante here.

Result: September 1, 2008
Del Mar Race 9
Del Mar Debutante Stakes

Stardom Bound
Palacio de Amor
Will O Way  


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Van Lear Rose Holds Off Retraceable

Van Lear Rose took the early lead, but she had plenty of company in Deeveetee, who briefly took the lead, Wild Indiscretion, and Cataleenda. Meanwhile, Retraceable (Medaglia d'Oro) was in the back, battling some traffic issues (she had to steady several times). Swung to the outside, I thought that she would go right by her rivals, but Van Lear Rose held on. Astrotime, who broke in the air, ran a nice race to pick up third.

Result: September 1, 2008 
Woodbine Race 4
Muskoka Stakes

Van Lear Rose


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A Slow Start Strikes Jak; Sugah Goes Dancin

This one was over early for Strike Jak (Peace Rules), as she hesitated at the start. Honestly, I thought she did well to pass one horse, and to catch the tail end of the rest of the field. Sugah Dancin, on the other hand, got a great start and drew off to the win, despite drifting out in the stretch. Phat Dream ducked in at that start, but recovered to be the best of the rest.

Result: September 1, 2008 
Calder Race 1
Maiden Claiming

Sugah Dancin
Phat Dream
Go for Golda  


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Classy Gentleman Skips by the Stone

Stone Skipper (Birdstone) came out well and took a brief lead. He soon yielded the lead to Wells Park, but stuck close. Classy Gentleman came along and went by both of them. Wells Park gave way, but Stone Skipper was stubborn. Classy Gentleman finally pulled clear, but Stone Skipper was not disgraced (have to love the chart note, grudgingly). Favorite Lang Heart could do no better than third.

Result: September 1, 2008 
Lousiana Downs Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Classy Gentleman
Stone Skipper  
Lang Heart  


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Donna D Steel Lucky

Always Chillin set the early pace, pursued by Guilty Treasures. Donna D was off a bit slow, but soon joined the pace. She went to the lead and kept at it, increasing her lead through the stretch. Always Chillin held well for 2nd. Steel Lucky (Congaree) didn't have much impact, but she did manage to beat 4 horses.

Result: September 1, 2008 
Mountaineer Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Donna D
Always Chillin  
Guilty Treasures  


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Conga Gold Will Start Quack'n for Arthurs Appeal

September 3, 2008
Delaware Race 2
Maiden Claiming
6 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 1:12 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Miquelina
2. Conga Gold
3. Creme de Cuvee
4. R B Mountain Music
5. Arthurs Appeal
6. Start Quack'n
7. Texas Tickle

Conga Gold (Congaree - Added Gold by Gilded Time) debuts at Delaware Park, after working regularly at Fair Hill since late June. Added Gold, the dam of Conga Gold, won the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) and earned $222,000 overall. Added Gold is the dam of 2 winners from 2 to run, including 1 2-year old winner. Congaree has sired 27 runners which have made a combined 47 starts, recording 10 wins, 7 seconds, and 3 thirds, and $324,327.

Also debuting in this race are R B Mountain Music (Monashee Mountain - Ready to Dance by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) and Texas Tickle (Petionville - Houston's Piano by Houston). R B Mountain Music, who sold for $28,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare, Ready to Dance. Ready to Dance has produced 4 winners, one of which won at 2. Texas Tickle is a half-sister to 2 winners, including O'Bradovich who has earned $147,654 through 2008.

Creme de Cuvee (Cuvee - Mary Linoa by L'Emigrant) and Miquelina (Unbridled Time - Slide the Dresser by Diplomatic Jet) met on August 11 at Delaware Park, with Creme de Cuvee finishing 3rd and Miqueline 5th. Creme de Cuvee had previously finished 3rd on July 22 at Philadelphia Park. Creme de Cuvee's first-year sire Cuvee has sired 28 runners, who have made 65 total starts with 6 wins, 10 seconds, and 11 thirds, and $196,872. Mary Linoa, dam of Creme de Cuvee, was a group I winner in France as a 2-year old, and earned $199,363. Mary Linoa has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Marrast who earned $336,484. Miquelina has started 4 total times, most recently finishing 4th at Delaware Park on August 23. She is the 2nd foal out of mare who is a half- or full-sister to 3 winners, including 2 that won at 2.

Arthurs Appeal (Successful Appeal - Affectation by Crafty Prospector), who sold for $25,000 as a yearling, has run three times, all at Delaware Park. She finished 7th on June 16, 4th on June 3, and 2nd on May 17. Arthurs Appeal is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including I Thee Wed who won the Nearctic (Can-II) and earned $496,199.

Start Quack'n (Jump Start - Duck Trap by Affirmed) finished 8th in her only start, on August 26 at Delaware. She sold for $22,000 as a weanling and is out of the stakes winner Duck Trap, who earned $300,011 in her career. Start Quack'n is a half-sister to the winner Rah Rah Girl.

Sugaree Gold and Lippy will Rule By Far

September 3, 2008
Del Mar Race 3
Maiden Claiming
6 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 6:00 PM TVG

P Horse
1. There Goes Gee Gee
2. No Wonder
3. By Far
4. Mad for Candy
5. Jakes Lady Luck
6. Sugaree Gold
7. Monica C C
8. Miss Reyna
9. Lippy Rules
10. Spanish Bunny
11. Beencaughtcheating

Sugaree Gold (Congaree - Sugar Is Gold by Slew o'Gold) will be making her 3rd start, and Lippy Rules (Peace Rules - Jive Talker by Time for a Change) her fourth when they go at it at Del Mar on September 3.

Sugaree Gold finished 8th (at last) on August 14 at Del Mar, and 5th on July 17, also at Del Mar. She sold for $65,000 as a yearling and is out of the winning mare, Sugar Is Gold. Sugar Is Gold has produced 8 winners, including stakes winner Shot of Gold who earned $515,033. Congaree has sired 27 runners, which have made a combined 47 starts, recording 10 wins, 7 seconds, and 3 thirds, and $324,327.

Lippy Rules finished 4th on June 15, 3rd on June 25, and 7th on July 20. Note that the top three finishers in that race, Turtle Creek Babe, Stardom Bound, and Montana Fields, all ran in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) and Stardom Bound won that race. In the June 25 start, she was defeated by future stakes winner Evita Argentina. Since her most recent effort, Lippy Rules has recorded 3 works at Hollywood Park. Lippy Rules' dam, Jive Talker, was 3 for 3 as a 2-year old including 2 stakes wins. Overall, she earned $102,780 in her career. Lippy Rules is a half-sister to 3 winners. Peace Rules has sired 27 runners who have made 62 total starts, recording 13 wins, 6 seconds, 8 thirds, and $289,720.

Three horses are making their first starts: There Goes Gee Gee (Atticus - Marquesa Jen by Marquetry) (no relation to Theregoesjojo), By Far (E Dubai - Farasha by Carnivalay), and Beencaughtcheating (Lord Carson - Betrayer by Steinlen (GB)). Marquesa Jen, dam of There Goes Gee Gee, was a winner at 2 and stakes-placed at 4, while earning $193,295. She has produced 1 winner. By Far is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, 1 of which won at 2. Beencaughtcheating is out of a mare who won $117,275 and has produced 2 winners, including You Is What You Is a winner at 2 who has earned $67,290 through 2008.

Mad for Candy (Candy Ride (ARG) - March North by Manzotti) and Monica C C (More Than Ready - White Oak by Stravinsky) met on July 21 at Del Mar, finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Mad for Candy, who previously finished 8th, behind Lippy Rules, on June 25, sold for $50,000 as a 2-year old. She is a half-sister to 2 winners, one of which won as a 2-year old. Candy Ride has had 25 runners who have made a combined 53 starts, recording 9 wins, 10 seconds, 6 thirds, and earnings of $455,405. Monica C C is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 9 winners, including grade III stakes winner, Sing For Free.

Miss Reyna (Johar - Magic Miss by Sheikh Albadou (GB)), who is by first-crop sire Johar, has made 2 starts, finishing 9th at Hollywood on June 26 and 6th at Del Mar on July 23. Johar's 20 runners have made 37 starts, recording 2 wins, 5 seconds, and 1 third, and $58,183. Miss Reyna is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Finishing 4th in her only start, a Maiden Claiming race at Del Mar on August 20, was Spanish Bunny (Unusual Heat - Spanish Beam by El Gran Senor). Spanish Bunny is out of a winner mare, and is a full-sister to 3 winners, including one that won at 2.

Another veteran of one start is Jakes Lady Luck (Formal Gold - Sweet Lady Luck by Groomstick), who was 5th in her only start, at Del Mar on August 10. Sweet Lady Luck, the dam of Jakes Lady Luck, was a winner at 2 and has produced the winner Sweeten with Gold, who has earned $163,267 through 2008. Sweeten with Gold is a full-brother to Jakes Lady Luck.

Selling for $37,000 as a yearling was No Wonder (Three Wonders - Starinthemeadow by Meadowlake), who was 10th in her only race, on August 3 at Del Mar. No Wonder is a full-sister to the winner My Fair El, who has earned $114,950 through 2008.

Signet Rings Despeightitall

September 3, 2008
Turfway Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 9:36 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Signet Ring
2. Shofar
3. Sundays Baby Grand
4. Di's Dr Schumocker
5. Dookie Duck
6. Mister Jo Jangles
7. Sir Bubba
8. Real Thunder
9. Despeightitall
10. Piner Mountain
11. Chapel by the Sea

Signet Ring (Medaglia d'Oro - Runaway Royalty by Runaway Groom) debuts, and Despeightitall (Speightstown - Deputy Royal by Deputy Minister) makes his 2nd start, as Turfway Park opens for racing.

Signet Ring is a half-brother to 6 winners, including Air Rocket who won or placed in 6 stakes and earned $406,328. Air Rocket was also a debut winner at 2 and was stakes-placed that same year. Medaglia d'Oro is the sire of 28 runners who have made 61 total starts, registering 11 wins, 8 seconds, 8 thirds, and $428,113.

Despeightitall finished 8th first time out at Ellis Park, after breaking slowly on August 3. With Tracy Hebert aboard this time, I can almost guarantee that he'll be out of the gate a bit quicker. Since that start, he has worked twice at Churchill Downs. Despeightitall is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Royal Saint. Speightstown's 25 runners have made 41 total starts, recording 7 wins, 9 seconds, 9 thirds, and $456,968.

Shofar (Tale of the Cat - Valkyries' Ride by Dixieland Band) has run once, finishing 6th way back on April 18 at Keeneland. That has turned out to be a fairly productive race, as it featured future stakes winners Run Away and Hide (Saratoga Special, Kentucky Stakes), Screen Your Friend (Bashford Manor) and Silent Valor (Sapling). In addition, three other horses from that race have gone on to break their maidens. Shofar, who sold for $40,000 as a yearling, is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Grand Deed. Grand Deed won the Bassinet Stakes and the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes at 2.

Sir Bubba (Five Star Day - Shiroyama by Seattle Slew), who sold for $18,000 as a yearling, has run twice, finishing 4th at Presque Isle Downs on August 23 and 3rd at Ellis Park on August 3. He is a half-brother to 4 winners.

Also a veteran of 2 races is Piner Mountain (Monashee Mountain - Gradalupe by Irish River (FR)), who finished 9th on June 15 and 4th on May 24, both races at Churchill Downs. Piner Mountain is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is half-sister to one winner.

The final entrant with experience is Mister Jo Jangles (Johannesburg - Prospective Wife by Mr. Prospector), who was 9th in his only start, a 6 furlong contest at Ellis Park on August 16. Mister Jo Jangles is a half-brother to 7 winners, including Politial Wife, a winner at 2 and a stakes winner at 3.

First-crop sire Chapel Royal is the sire of Chapel By the Sea (Chapel Royal - Sea Side Queen by The Name's Jimmy). Chapel Royal's 44 runners have made 105 total starts, recording 12 wins, 13 seconds, 17 thirds, and $378,437. Sea Side Queen, the dam of Chapel By the Sea, was stakes-placed and has produced one winner.

Sundays Baby Grand (Sunday Break (JPN) - Tally Slew by Slew City Slew) is the first foal out of a mare who was a winner at 2, and who is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Call Roy.

Di's Time, the dam of Di's Dr Schumocker (Dixie Union - Di's Time by Gilded Time) was a stakes winner who earned $241,793. She has produced 2 stakes-placed horses, including Lenaro who was a debut winner at 2 and finished 3rd in the Debutante (gr. III) that same year.

Dookie Duck (Bright Launch - Meet With Pete by Anticipating) is out of a winning mare who has produced 5 winners, including stakes-placed Doc's Lil' Angel.

Mama's Pro, dam of Real Thunder (Thunder Gulch - Mama's Pro by Proper Reality) won or placed in 13 stakes, including the Pontalba Stakes at 2. In her career, she earned $435,802 in 32 races. Mama's Pro has produced 3 winners from 4 to run, including stakes winner Pro Prado. Pro Prado, who earned $397,514, won his first 2 starts at 2.

New and Notes

Night Action (Action This Day - Saint Aubin by Saint Ballado) went gate-to-wire in the Cradle Stakes to become the first stakes winner for his sire on September 1. And who was that just missing third? Our old friend, Just Like Biscuit who was fresh off his maiden win on August 24. He made a big move in the stretch and looked as though he would really have some impact, but couldn't sustain it.

Closing day feature at Del Mar is the Del Mar Futurity featuring Kelly Leak, who finished first in the Best Pal, but disqualified to 4th. Others of interest include Southern Exchange, who was last seen winning the Colin Stakes at Woodbine and impressive maiden winner Midshipman.

2-Year Old Works

As I said on Sunday, August 31, I am going to begin only noting works of horses new to this blog. However, I will comment on horses' works when they are entered in a race. One exception is Curly, whose works I will still note. He's kind of outside the normal focus of the blog anyway, since he's neither a maiden nor a 2-year old.

New to this Blog

August 30

At New Episode Training Center, The Cat Rules (colt; Peace Rules - Hey Bob a Reba by Cox's Ridge) worked 3 furlongs in :39.20. The Cat Rules sold for $39,000 at 2 and is a half-brother to one winner.

Working 3 furlongs in :39.00 at the Webster Training Center was Perfect Cup of Tea (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Mycupoftea by Williamstown), who sold for $50,000 as a yearling. Stakes-placed Mycupoftea, dam of Perfect Cup of Tea was also a 2-year old winner. She has produced the stakes winner, Like Mom Like Sons, who was also 2 for 2 at 2.

Footcandles (colt; Speightstown - Show Me the Stage by Slew the Surgeon) worked 5 furlongs at Goldmark in 1:05.80. Footcandles was a $90,000 yearling and is out of grade III stakes winner, Show Me the Stage, who earned $679,053, including 4 stakes wins at 2.

August 31

Working 3 furlongs in :37.40 at Louisiana Downs was Peace Rumor (colt; Peace Rules - Seattle Cyrina by Bold Ruckus). Peace Rumor sold for $20,000 as a weanling and $90,000 as a yearling and is a half-brother to 2 winners.

Dancin Perfect (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Dancewiththebride by Belong to Me) worked 3 furlongs in :37.60 at Louisiana Downs. Dancewiththebride, dam of Dancin Perfect, was a stakes winner at 2 and 3, and earned $274,152. Dancewiththebride has produced 2 winners.

Ritzy Jones (colt; Smarty Jones - So Ritzy by Darn That Alarm) worked 3 furlongs in :37.94 at Philadelphia Park. Ritzy Jones, who sold for $350,000 as a weanling, is a half-brother to grade I winner Silver Wagon and stakes winner Rehoboth and 3 other winners.

September 1

Col. Wease (colt; Birdstone - Tango Red by High Brite) worked 3 furlongs at Belmont, recording a time of :38.66. Col. Wease's dam, Tango Red, was a stakes winner who also won at 2. She has produced 4 winners from 5 to run.

Me and Miss Jones (filly; Smarty Jones - Forest Heiress by Forest Wildcat) worked 3 furlongs on the dirt training track at Belmont Park in :37.12. Forest Heiress, dam of Me and Miss Jones, won or placed in 9 stakes, including wins in the Sorority Stakes (gr. III) and the Valley Stream Stakes (gr. III) at 2. Me and Miss Jones is her 2nd foal. Her first foal, Forest Prince, is stakes-placed and has earned $87,794 through 2008.

Working 3 furlongs in :39.66 at Belmont was Smart Attire (colt; Smarty Jones - Alaska Queen by Time for a Change). Smart Attire is a half-brother to grade II stakes winner Keats and grade III stakes winner Fairbanks.

September 2

Jane's Gal (filly; Speightstown - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake) worked 3 furlongs in :36.40 at Sunrise Stable South. Jane's Gal sold for $200,000 as a yearling and $300,000 as a 2-year old. Her dam, North Lake Jane, was a stakes winner at 2 and 3, and earned $263,321. As a broodmare, North Lake Jane has produced 2 winners.

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