Now for a Bedtime Story with Normansbirdie

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Normansbirdie Flies Past Luck

Normansbirdie (Birdstone) broke with the group and secured a rail spot off the pace in about 4th or 5th. Up front, Ilyssa's Turn and Wad a Luck were setting the fractions. Normansbirdie came wide in the stretch and slowly but surely began to overtake the leaders. Shea Stadium was closing too, but Normansbirdie had the jump on her and she pulled away to become Birdstone's 5th winner.

Result: September 11, 2008 
Calder Race 1
Maiden Claiming

Normansbirdie $14.40
$6.40
$3.60
Wad a Luck
$7.60
$4.00
Shea Stadium  
$2.40

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A Bedtime Story with a Happy Ending

Bedtime Story (Pleasantly Perfect) broke with the group, as the fillies were very well bunched. Skip the Night took the early lead, but she was soon joined, and passed, by Dancing Flame and Uniform, who dueled until the stretch. Meanwhile, Bedtime Story secured a good rail spot. But, it was not the safest place, as Cinema Show checked hard and all had to avoid the retreating Skip the Night. I was a little afraid that Bedtime Story would get trapped. But when in the clear on the outside, she gradually wore down the leaders to become Pleasantly Perfect's 3rd winner. She did, however, have to survive an inquiry.

Result: September 11, 2008 
Woodbine Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

Bedtime Story $14.50
$6.30
$2.90
Uniform
$5.80
$2.60
Dancing Flame  
$2.10

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Informal Lady and Princesa Suyin not Loving Roe

Loving Roe is Easy (Peace Rules) broke well and went to the lead. However, Informal Lady was right on her flank. Informal Lady surged forward on the outside, while Princesa Suyin came running on the inside. For awhile, the three of them dueled (can three horses duel?), but then Informal Lady drew away. Loving Roe is Easy was outfinished for the place spot.

Result: September 11, 2008 
Monmouth Park Race 1
Maiden Claiming

Informal Lady $6.00
$3.40
$2.20
Princesa Suyin
$4.20
$2.40
Loving Roe Is Easy  
$2.40

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Brazilianbombs Rule the Peace Brigade

La India Maria took the early lead, followed by a very rank Hippie Princess (Peace Rules), who just wanted to run. La India Maria blew the first turn, ended up at the far rail, and let the whole field go by. Eventually, she was eased. Hippie Princess inherited the lead, but this didn't last long, as Irado surged to the front. They were both inhaled by a closing Brazilianbombshell, who swept easily to the front to victory. Noble Rule (Peace Rules), who trailed early, closed well to pick up the place spot. Schrader Rules (Peace Rules) got off to a slow start, but made up ground late to take 4th. Hippie Princess, worn out from her earlier antics, ended up 5th.

Result: September 11, 2008 
Calder Race 2
Maiden Claiming

Brazilianbombshell $5.60
$3.20
$2.60
Noble Rule
$4.00
$3.40
Irado  
$8.40

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Cool Utterly Dominates Oconee

Oconee (Congaree) was off well and sat about 3rd or 4th. Tashi took the early lead, but was soon overtaken by Utterly Cool. Utterly Cool didn't look back, pulling away by more than 7. Oconee was blocked a bit, but had no real excuse as he flattened out and finished 4th. Classic Monarch closed well to pick up second, while Star of David ran evenly to secure third.

Result: September 11, 2008 
Woodbine Race 5
Allowance

Utterly Cool $4.30
$3.00
$2.50
Classic Monarch
$6.10
$5.00
Star of David  
$6.00

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L. A. Rules Seeks Forbidden Dreams B'cause B'cause

September 12, 2008
Woodbine Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2-year Olds
Post Time: 1:10

P Horse
1. Forbidden Dreams
2. Saint Bear
3. L. A. Rules
4. Always a Gentleman
5. B'cause B'cause
6. Bearcatt
7. White Balance

L. A. Rules (Peace Rules - L. a. Explosion by Honour and Glory) makes his third start after finishing 2nd on August 15, and 4th on July 6. Both races were on the Woodbine Polytrack. Since that race, he has had one 4 furlong work at Woodbine (in :48.80). L. A. Rules sold for $40,000 as a 2-year old. His dam is half- or full-sister to 7 winners, 2 of which won as 2-year olds. Peace Rules has had 28 runners who have made 69 starts with 14 wins, 10 seconds, and 9 thirds and $328,794.

B'cause B'cause (Whywhywhy - Tomorrows Dancer by Tomorrows Cat) was 4th, behind L. A. Rules, on August 15. Since that race, he ran on August 31 at Woodbine, finishing 3rd. B'cause B'cause is a full-brother to stakes-placed Why Tomorrow.

Forbidden Dreams (Forbidden Apple - Breaking Storm by Stormy Atlantic), who has made four starts all at Woodbine, is the only other entrant with experience. Most recently, he finished 2nd in a 5 furlong Maiden Claiming race on September 1. Forbidden Dreams is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Peace Symbol.

Selling for $150,000 as a yearling and $265,000 as a 2-year old was Saint Bear (Forest Camp - Balcovy by Saint Ballado). Saint Bear is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a daughter of grade III stakes winner, Alcovy and a full-sister to the winner, Altamaha.

Bearcatt (Tapit - Nascat by Hennessy), by first-crop sire Tapit, brought $190,000 as a yearling. Tapit's 29 runners have made 71 total starts, recording 12 wins, 14 seconds, 7 thirds, and earnings of $540,098. Bearcatt is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade I stakes winner Bail Out Becky. Bail Out Becky won 4 races, including 2 stakes, at 2.

Also by a freshman sire is Always a Gentleman (Cuvee - Basta Barbara by Great Gladiator), by Cuvee. Cuvee has sired 33 runners who have made 74 collective starts, recording 9 wins, 11 seconds, 11 thirds, and $239,166. Basta Barbara, dam of Always a Gentleman, was a winner at 2, 3, 4, and 5, and has produced 2 winners including stakes winner Enough Is Enough. Enough Is Enough was a stakes winner at 2 and has earned $268,994 through 2008.

White Balance (Delaware Township - Charge Account by Chief Honcho) sold for $20,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of 2-year old winning mare who has produced one winner, Mrs. Nijinsky.

Why Don't We Make a Saar Treaty for a Glorious Deal?

September 12, 2008
Laurel Park Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles Turf
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 2:10 HRTV

P Horse
1. Franklin's Philly
2. Wool Gathering
3. Bedroom
4. Changing Vista
5. Nancy G.
6. Saar Treaty
7. Katara
8. Home Run Star
9. Glorious Deal
10. Phloxy
11. Delectable Cat
AE Seattle Tapdance
AE Why Don't We

Saar Treaty (Saarland - Top of the Noggin by Chief's Crown) makes her third start and her second start on the turf. Her most recent effort was at 5 furlongs on August 2, on the Colonial Downs turf. In that race, she closed well to take 4th. Since that race, she has had 2 works at Fair Hill. Saar Treaty, who sold for $50,000 as a weanling, is a half-sister to one winner. In addition, her dam, Top of the Noggin, is a half-sister to 8 winners, 2 of which won during their 2-year old season. Saarland is the sire of 16 runners who have made 36 collective starts, registering 3 wins, 1 second, and 8 thirds, and earnings of $138,090.

Nancy G. (Fusaichi Pegasus - Reina Terra by Blushing Groom (FR)), Glorious Deal (Rahy - Healing Hands (GB) by Zafonic), and Franklin's Philly (Crypto Star - Franklin's Mint by Franklin Me) previously met in a 5.5 furlong turf race at Laurel on August 15, finishing 2nd, 6th, and 8th respectively. Reina Terra, dam of Nancy G., was a winner and has produced 8 winners, including turf stakes winners Brushing Gloom and Clash by Night. Glorious Deal, who sold for $22,000 as a 2-year old, is out of the turf winning mare, Healing Hands. Healing Hands has produced one winner, who won on the turf. Franklin's Philly is the first foal out of a mare who was a winner at 2, and earned $183,980 in her career. Franklin's Philly's dam is also a half- or full-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Skip the Print and Mia Cat Dancer.

Home Run Star (Gulch - Nasty Little Star by Nasty and Bold) and Bedroom (Full Mandate - Castle Mark by Miner's Mark) faced off at 5 furlongs on the dirt at Laurel on August 21, with Home Run Star finishing 5th and Bedroom 6th. Home Run Star previously finished 6th on the Colonial Downs turf on August 2, and 4th at Penn National on July 19. Home Run Star, who sold for $20,000 as a 2-year old, is out of the mare Nasty Little Star, who was a stakes winner on the turf. Nasty Little Star has produced 2 winners. Bedroom is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Delectable Cat (Tale of the Cat - Delicacy by Pleasant Colony) has run three times, including two starts on the Colonial Downs turf, where she finished 2nd and 3rd. Delectable Cat, who sold for $80,000 as a yearling, is out of a winning mare who has produced 9 winners including stakes winners, Majestic Dy, Boston Bull, Forest Park, and Sky Mystic. Majestic Dy was a stakes winner on the turf.

Wool Gathering (Petionville - Angie's Dream by Rahy), who finished 6th in her only start, on the dirt at Delaware Park on August 24, is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners.

Meadow Vista, dam of Changing Vista (Changeintheweather - Meadow Vista by Meadowlake) finished 3rd in the Fleur de Lis (gr. III) and was also stakes-placed on the turf, while earning $202,895. She has produced 3 winners, including turf stakes winner Bachata.

Katara (Pulpit - Nabla by Theatrical (IRE)) is out of a turf winning mare who has produced 4 winners, including grade II stakes winner Walkslikeaduck. Walkslikeaduck won the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) and the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Derby (gr. IIIT) on the turf and earned $418,354 in his career.

Northern Flair, dam of Phloxy (Alphabet Soup - Northern Flair by Caveat), was stakes-placed on the turf and earned $108,185 in her career. Northern Flair has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including Learning, a stakes winner on the turf.

On the AE list for this race are the unraced Seattle Tapdance (Scorpion - Silet by Stack) and Why Don't We (Whywhywhy - Decidedlydifferent by Boston Harbor), who has made 5 starts. Seattle Tapdance is the first foal out of a mare who won on the turf and who is a full-sister to 2 turf winner. Why Don't We's best race was her last, a 6.5 furlong race on the dirt at Timonium on August 23, in which she was 3rd. She is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Better Make Money.

Congar Light Will be Huge in the Forest Hush

September 12, 2008
Laurel Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs turf
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:07 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Congar Light
2. Skipstone
3. Nervous Laughter
4. Intense Encounter
5. Bevy
6. Luna Ninya
7. Feint
8. Catherine Street
9. Huge
10. Forest Hush
11. Homefire
12. Voeux
13. Bellameina
14. Wickedandworthit
MTO Jenay Benay
AE Warm Springs Girl

Congar Light (Congaree - Pyrite Dance by Dance Brightly) debuts in a full field on the grass at Laurel. Full field is not an exaggeration, as there are 14 horses in the main body of the race, plus one AE and one MTO. Congar Light, who sold for $40,000 at 2, is the first foal out of the stakes-placed mare, Pyrite Dance. Pyrite Dance is a half-sister to 4 winners, 3 of which won on the turf. Congaree is the sire of 28 runners who have made 50 total starts, recording 11 wins, 7 seconds, 3 thirds, and $417,928.

In the main field of the race, Skipstone (Montbrook - Never a No Hitter by Kris S.), Forest Hush (Macho Uno - Forest Flight by Forestry), and Wickedandworthit (Arch - Cloud Counting by Will's Way) have turf experience. Skipstone, who finished 3rd on the Colonial Downs turf on August 2, is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a half- or full-sister to 5 winners. Forest Hush, who was 5th on the Laurel turf on August 15 and 8th on the Charles Town dirt on August 1, is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare, who is a half-sister to champion Skip Away and 8 other winners. Wickedandworthit's only start resulted in a 7th place finish on the Colonial Downs turf on July 4. She is the first foal out of a stakes-placed mare, who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including Office Miss, a stakes winner on the turf.

Huge (Meadowlake - Wonders Delight by Icecapade) made her first start in the Jamestown Stakes at Colonial Downs, where she finished 8th on August 2. More recently, she finished 4th at Laurel on August 21. Wonders Delight, the dam of Huge, won the Schuylerville (gr. II) and the Alcibiades (gr. II) at 2. In her career, she earned $481,521. Wonders Delight has produced 3 winners.

Finishing 4th in her only start, at Timonium on August 31, was Voeux (Lion Hearted - Wish List by Now Listen). Voeux is out of a winning mare, who has produced 4 winners, including 1 turf winner.

Another veteran of a single start is Catherine Street (Peaks and Valleys - Hasty Kiss by Kissin Kris), who finished 6th at Delaware Park on June 3. Catherine Street is the first foal out of the turf winning mare, Hasty Kiss, who earned $172,619. Hasty Kiss is a full- or half- sister to 8 winners including Hasty Kris who earned $657,622. Hasty Kris' career included victories in the San Carlos (gr. II) and the Kenny Noe Jr.

The remaining horses in the main body of the race are, like Congar Light, making their debuts.

Selling for $65,000 as a yearling was Nervous Laughter (Distorted Humor - Star Number by Polish Numbers) is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare, Star Number. Star Number's first foal, Hartigan, is a stakes winner on the turf and dirt, who has earned $197,300.

Luna Ninya (Aldebaran - Java Gal by Java Gold), who brought $50,000 as a weanling, is out of a winning mare who has produced 5 winners. Luna Ninya's siblings include stakes-placed Java Warrior and Get Serious, who were both winners on the turf.

Homefire (Domestic Dispute - What a Gaylord by Lord Gaylord), by freshman sire Domestic Dispute, sold for $30,000 as a yearling. Domestic Dispute is the sire of 7 runners who have made 15 collective starts, recording 2 wins, 1 seconds, and 1 third. Homefire's dam, What a Gaylord, was a stakes winner, who has produced 9 winners. What a Gaylord's offspring include Whata Key Delite, a stakes winner on the turf.

Intense Encounter (Intidab - Villa Gold by Pancho Villa) is a half-sister to one winner, and her dam is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners.

Bevy (Menifee - Auspice by Robellino) is a full-sister to turf winner Storyland, and her dam is a half-sister to two turf stakes winners.

Termly, the dam of Feint (Two Punch - Termly by Private Terms) was grade III stakes-placed and earned $272,780. She was also a winner on the turf. Termly has produced one winner.

Bellameina (More Than Ready - Bella Madame (CHI) by Dancing Groom) is out of the mare, Bella Madame, who was a group II winner on the turf in Chile. Bella Madame is the dam of 2 winners, including stakes-placed Southern.

On the MTO list is unraced Jenay Benay (Smoke Glacken - Marquetup by Marquetry), who is out of the winning mare, Marquetup. Marquetup has produced the stakes winner Glacken's Mark, a full-sister to Jenay Benay.

Warm Springs Girl (City Zip - Marianna's Girl by Dewan) is on the AE list for the race. She has run once, finishing 4th on the turf at Saratoga on August 20. A $65,000 yearling, Warm Springs Girl is out of Marianna's Girl, who was a grade III stakes winner on the dirt and grade III stakes-placed on the turf. Marinanna's Girl is the dam of 11 winners, including Marastani and Christine's Outlaw, who both won grade III stakes on the turf.

Texas Birdstone Will make a Golden Run with Wholelotatricks

September 12, 2008
Remington Park Race 7
Maiden Special

6 furlongs
2-year Olds
Post Time: 10:12 PM

P Horse
1. Golden Run
2. Sams Stormin
3. Mercury Express
4. Coyotepass
5. Wholelotatricks
6. Texas Birdstone
7. Aptobefirst
8. Titranium
9. Strong Trajan

Texas Birdstone (Birdstone - Imatexantoo by Ray's Pegasus) returns after a little break, having debuted on July 10 at Lone Star Park where he was third. However, he has been working steadily since July 19. 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 18 runners have made 40 total starts, recording 6 wins, 6 seconds, 6 thirds, and $232,673.

Mercury Express (Richter Scale - Ella Bella by Meadowlake) faced Texas Birdstone on July 10, finishing 2nd. Mercury Express also finished 4th at Lone Star Park on July 26. He sold for $25,000 as a yearling and is the first foal out of 2-year old winner Ella Bella.

Wholelotatricks (Favorite Trick - Wholelotasoldier by Lost Soldier), Coyotepass (Pikepass - Coyote by Wolf Power (SAF)), Aptobefirst (Put It Back - Appropre by Kris S.), and Sams Stormin (Gen Stormin'norman - Emerald Frost by Jack Frost) met at Remington Park on August 23, finishing 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 11th respectively. Wholelotatricks, who sold for $70,000 at 2, is a half-brother to the winner, Machacha. Coyotepass is a full-brother to 2 winners, one of which won at 2. Aptobefirst, who sold for $17,000 at 2, is a half-brother to 2 winners. Emerald Frost, the dam of Sams Stormin, was stakes-placed at 2. Sams Stormin is her first foal.

Titranium (Not For Love - Salubria by Cure the Blues), Strong Trajan (Strong Hope - Cercida by Copelan), and Golden Run (Kafwain - Guadery by Golden Act) are all making their debuts. Titranium, a $95,000 yearling, is out of a stakes winning mare who was also a 2-year old winner. Titranium is a half- or full-brother to 6 winners. Freshman sire Strong Hope is the sire of Strong Trajan, who brought $31,000 at 2. Strong Hope's 14 runners have made 23 total starts, recording 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds. Cercida, dam of Strong Trajan, was a stakes winner at 2. Strong Trajan is a half-brother to 5 winners. Guadery, the dam of Golden Run, won the Astarita Stakes (gr. II), and finished 3rd in the Frizette (gr. I) as a 2-year old, while earning $124,860 in her career. Guadery has produced 10 winners, including stakes winner Minority Dater who was stakes-placed at 2.

News and Notes

Midnight Break (Congaree) was scratched from his race at Presque Isle Downs. The winner in that one was Devil Approved It, who was the even-money choice.

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Devil By Design (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Beauty's Due by Devil His Due) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.00 at the Calumet Farm Training Center. Devil By Design, who sold for $160,000 as a weanling, is out of the stakes-placed mare, Beauty's Due. Beauty's Due is the dam of stakes winner Kolo.

Working 3 furlongs in :36.40 at Monmouth Park was Houston Tunes Rule (filly; Peace Rules - Houston Tune by Houston). Houston Tunes Rule is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Bold Decision.

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