A Clash of Arms for Scooter and Antigone; so Run Smart One

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Uncle Gidge Rules the Tiger

Makesmehappy, Tiger Rules (Peace Rules), and Barracuda Bay battled early, but none was around at the finish. Tiger Rules hung around for a bit, but ended up 8th. Uncle Gidge was lurking just behind these, took control on the turn, and drew off. Both Count On Lou and La Vengansa closed, with Count on Lou finishing best of those two.

Result: September 16, 2008 
Delaware Park Race 8

Uncle Gidge $8.80
Count On Lou
La Vengansa  


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Boot is a Cut Above Pacificator

Not a lot of change in position in this one. Boot Cut went right to the lead, pursued by Iron Legacy, with Kentuckysoldierboy following several lengths behind. Boot Cut and Iron Legacy dueled throughout, with favorite Boot Cut pulling away at the end. Kentuckysoldierboy, who was extremely green, was gaining on the top pair and probably would have netted 2nd with a straighter path. Smokin' Legend also had some late gain to finish fourth. I admit that I didn't see much of Pacificator (Peace Rules). Those who have watched races from Kentucky Downs know that the camera angles are not the best. Basically, he galloped along near the back of the pack. I did see him on the gallop out and he looked good there.

Result: September 16, 2008 
Kentucky Downs Race 5
Allowance Optional Claiming

Boot Cut $5.00
Iron Legacy


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A Clash of Arms for Scootin Scooter, so Run Smart One

September 17, 2008
Laurel Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
2-year Olds
Post Time: 3:37 HRTV

P Horse
1. Royal Cyclone
2. Rock On Justin
3. Great Love
4. Cool Punch
5. Scootin Scooter
6. Ferber
7. Kentucky Holiday
8. Clash of Arms
9. Run Smart One

One-third of the entrants of this one are Maiden Watch horses as Scootin Scooter (Saarland - Sarah's a Winner by Cormorant) and Clash of Arms (Speightstown - Distinctive Code by Lost Code) make their second starts, and Run Smart One (Smarty Jones - Literary Light by Ide) makes his debut.

Scootin Scooter, who finished 6th at Laurel on August 17, has had two works at Laurel since he ran. Sarah's a Winner, dam of Scootin Scooter, was a winner, and has produced stakes-placed Smokin Sarah. Smokin Sarah has earned $193,847 through 2008. Saarland's 19 runners have made a combined 42 starts with 4 wins, 1 second, and 9 thirds, and $152,732.

Clash of Arms was 5th in his start, at Delaware Park on August 30. He is the first foal out of stakes winner Distinctive Code who earned $262,460. Speightstown's 28 runners have made 49 total starts, recording 8 wins, 10 seconds, 10 thirds, and $511,880.

Run Smart One is the first foal out of grade III stakes-placed Literary Light, who earned $327,311 in her career and was a 2-year old winner. Literary Light is a full-sister to stakes winner Junior College, who has earned $406,936 through 2008. Smarty Jones has sired 10 runners who have made 19 total starts, recording 4 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, and $145,069.

Cool Punch (Two Punch - Carefree Flyer by Zilzal) and Ferber (Tale of the Cat - Empty Portrait by Coronado's Quest) ran against Scootin Scooter on August 17, finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Cool Punch, who sold for $55,000 as a 2-year old, is out of a winning mare who has produced 4 winners. Ferber is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to grade I stakes winner, millionaire, and sire Include.

Great Love (Great Notion - Always Love by Not For Love) has run twice, finishing 2nd at Pimlico on May 31, and 3rd at Delaware Park on June 17. Great Love is by first-year sire, Great Notion who has had 6 starters who have made 14 total starts with 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 4 thirds. Great Notion himself was a stakes winner, who was 2 for 2 as a 2-year old and earned $194,608 in his career. Great Love's dam, Always Love, was a 2-year old winner who earned $60,009 in her career.

Finishing 8th in his only start was Royal Cyclone (Chapel Royal - Tabby Cat by Tabasco Cat), who ran at Delaware on August 25. Royal Cyclone is by freshman sire Chapel Royal whose 39 runners have made 90 total starts, recording 11 wins, 12 seconds, 13 thirds, and $346,167. A $50,000 yearling, Royal Cyclone is a half-brother to the winner War Scandal.

The field is completed by debut runners Rock on Justin (Rock Slide - Hyatt Road by Allen's Prospect) and Kentucky Holiday (Harlan's Holiday - Happy Approval by With Approval). Rock on Justin is out of a winning mare, who has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. Kentucky Holiday's dam was a winner at 2, and has produced stakes winner Spring Rush. Spring Rush was also a winner at 2 and earned $226,475 in her career.

Antigone Jones Will be Shameless for a Touch of Success

September 17, 2008
Turfway Park Race 10
Maiden Special Weight

6.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 10:55 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Shameless
2. Foxy Bailey
3. Spoilher
4. Rainbow Sky
5. Jazzy Melissa
6. Touch of Success
7. Zanilla
8. Antigone Jones
9. Blanco Slew
10. Collection Plate

Antigone Jones (Smarty Jones - Oedy's Appeal by Valid Appeal), who has been working at Churchill Downs since early July, debuts at Turfway Park. Antigone Jones is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Stormin Oedy, Eyes On Eddy, and Oelectra. Eyes On Eddy was a winner at 2 and earned $544,019. I once rented a room from a woman named Antigone and it was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life. I will try not to let that affect my opinion of Antigone Jones. Smarty Jones has sired 10 runners who have made 19 total starts, recording 4 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, and $145,069.

Foxy Bailey (Ocean Terrace - House Dressing by Conquistador Cielo) and Shameless (Golden Missile - Miss Pickums by Afternoon Deelites) met at Churchill Downs on June 29, with Foxy Bailey finishing 2nd and Shameless 8th. Foxy Bailey has run twice since then, finishing 2nd on July 24 and 5th on August 17, both times at Saratoga. Foxy Bailey is by freshman sire Ocean Terrace. Ocean Terrace is the sire of 6 runners who have made 13 total starts, recording 1 win, 3 seconds and 2 thirds. Foxy Bailey, who sold for $30,000 as a yearling, is a half-sister to four winners, including 2-year old stakes winner, Taos, and stakes winner, Park Avenue Prince who has earned $159,291 through 2008. Miss Pickums, dam of Shameless, won the Golden Rod (gr. II) and 2 stakes at Turfway Park, the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Likely Exchange. In her career, she earned $376,809. Miss Pickums is the dam of 2 winners from 3 to run.

Spoilher (Sultry Song - Flaming Faith by Marquetry) and Touch of Success (Touch Gold - Never Fail by Holy Bull) met on July 19 at Ellis Park, finishing 4th and 7th respectfully. Spoilher is out of a winning mare, who has produced the winner Flaming Slew. Flaming Slew finished 3rd in the 2008 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I). Touch of Success, who also finished 2nd at Mountaineer on August 22, cost $47,000 as a yearling. Touch of Success is the first foal out of a stakes-placed mare who earned $248,670.

The only other experienced filly is Blanco Slew (Evansville Slew - Classic Sands by Sandpit (BRZ)), who finished 3rd in her only start at River Downs on July 26. Blanco Slew is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Zanilla (Orientate - Farewell Tour by Son of Briartic) sold for $55,000 as a yearling and $150,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of a stakes-placed mare who has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Sparkling Sabia. Sparkling Sabia was also a winner at 2 and earned $282,855 overall.

Rainbow Sky (Zavata - Lover's Knot by Holy Bull) is out of winning mare, who has produced one winner.

Jazzy Melissa (Grand Slam - Fiery Pegasus by Fusaichi Pegasus) is the first foal out of an unraced mare, who is a half-sister to 10 winners including grades stakes winners Prospect Bay and Caller One. Caller One won 2 races at 2 and the Dubai Golden Shaheen twice, while earning $3,249,429.

Paga, the dam of Collection Plate (Pulpit - Paga (ARG) by Montreal Marty), was a group I winner in Argentina and a grade III winner in the U.S. Overall, she earned $333,571. She was also 2 for 2 at 2. Collection Plate is her 2nd foal.

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