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Put It Down Puts Down Congaraa, Steel Lucky

Put It Down went right to the front, but he was joined by Congaraa (Congaree). Those two raced for a team for a time, but Put It Down was too much and drew off. Freds My Friend came on the scene and looked ripe to take second, but Congaraa showed some guts, shook that one off and finished a clear second. Steel Lucky (Congaree) was near the back early and made up some ground to finish 4th.

Result: September 22, 2008 
Thistledown Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Put It Down $5.40
Freds My Friend  


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Joe Rocks Berti and Ambraw

Mister Jo Jangles took command early, followed by Ambraw (Congaree). Classic Bridges made a move and hit the front, but couldn't hold it. Then, it was Ambraw's turn to lead. But, both Rockin' Joe and Presents for Berti (Congaree) were closing strongly. Rockin' Joe hit the lead despite lugging in and needed everything he had to hold off Presents for Berti, who had to settle for 2nd. Ambraw held well for third. There was an objection filed by Presents for Berti's jockey against the winner, but it was disallowed. Rockin Joe is the 7th winner for Johar. Presents for Berti and Ambraw both appear to have promising turf futures.

Result: September 22, 2008 
Kentucky Downs Race 9
Maiden Special Weight

Rockin' Joe $5.20
Presents for Berti


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Min d'Oro is the Upper Key for a Secret Tracker

September 23, 2008
Suffolk Downs Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 12:45 PM

P Horse
1. Diamond Gavel
2. Min d'Oro
3. Upper Key
4. This Kitty's Mine
5. Fusaichi Rose
6. Nancy's Pride
7. Little Miss Kisses
8. Grammie's Jammies
9. Secret Tracker

Min d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Min Elreeh by Danzig) makes her third start after being disqualified from 1st and placed 6th in her debut on August 2, and finishing 3rd on September 13 at Monmouth. For this contest, she returns to the site of her disqualification, taking on 8 at Suffolk Downs. Min d'Oro is a half-sister to 5 winners, 3 of which won at 2. These include stakes winner Allodial Land, who earned $423,792 in his career. Medaglia d'Oro's 34 runners have made 74 total starts, recording 14 wins, 8 seconds, and 10 thirds, and $549,630.

Apart from the two debut runners, Upper Key (Key Contender - First President by Shelly's Charmer) and This Kitty's Mine (Yonaguska - Kitty Lou by Honour and Glory), all the other runners have faced at least one of the other entrants. Upper Key is a a half-sister to 2 winners, including one that won at 2. This Kitty's Mine is the first foal out of a mare who is a full-sister to stakes winner Trump Maria and a half-sister stakes winner Gray Mood.

Because of all the connections among the runners, I'm going to handle this race a little differently, more in a chronological manner.

On July 6 at Suffolk Downs, Grammie's Jammies (Graeme Hall - Erin's Tour by Tour d'Or) and Secret Tracker (Cimarron Secret - Traki Traki Oh Oh by Katowice) faced off, finishing 5th and 6th respectively. Grammie's Jammies is a half-sister to Catch Fire, a winner at 2 who has earned $51,284 through 2008. Secret Tracker is a full-sister to the winner Carmel's Secret, who was a winner at 2 and has earned $30,614 through 2008.

At Suffolk Downs on July 20, Grammie's Jammies, Fusaichi Rose (Fusaichi Pegasus - Rosemark by Deputy Minister), and Secret Tracker met, finishing 3rd, 4th, and 7th respectively. Fusaichi Rose, who sold for $14,000 at 2, is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Roscius (IRE).

In one race on August 2 at Suffolk, Fusaichi Rose was 2nd, Diamond Gavel (Rossini - Diamonds and Jade by Naevus) was 4th, Grammie's Jammies was 7th, and Nancy's Pride (Three Wonders - Senorita Foxfire by Fight Over) was 8th. Diamonds and Jade, dam of Diamond Gave, was a winner at ages 2 through 6. She has produced 2 winners, including Gie who was stakes-placed at 2. Nancy's Pride is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners. In another Suffolk race on August 2, Min d'Oro's debut, Secret Tracker was inishing 4th, but was placed 3rd with Min d'Oro's dq.

On August 16 at Suffolk, Fusaichi Rose and Grammie's Jammies met again, with Fusaichi Rose finishing 2nd again and Grammie's Jammies 5th.

Meeting on August 30 were Little Miss Kisses (B. L.'s Appeal - Chocolate Kisses by Manlove), Secret Tracker, Diamond Gavel, who were 2nd, 3rd, and 9th. Little Miss Kisses is out of a winning mare who has produced one winner from one to run. That winner won at 2.

Finally, Secret Tracker and Nancy's Pride met on September 10 at Suffolk, finishing 2nd and 10th.

Livin Lovin Seeks Glory Gold

September 23, 2008
Delaware Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 2:06 PM

P Horse
1. Touchy Wheely
2. Undisputed Legend
3. Bizzee Mizzee
4. Hannah's Dowery
5. Lake Lugano
6. Livin Lovin
7. Heckuva Hunter
8. Abigail's Gold
9. Glory Gold
10. Combinate
AE What a Smile

Livin Lovin (Birdstone - Nurse Margaret by Captain Bodgit) and Glory Gold (Medaglia d'Oro - Gayla by Lord Gaylord) make their 2nd starts at a mile at Delaware Park. Livin Lovin, who was 2nd in her first start on August 31, is out of the winning mare Nurse Margaret. Nurse Margaret has produced one winner, who did win at 2. Birdstone's 20 runners have made 48 total starts, recording 8 wins, 7 seconds, 6 thirds, and $344,434. Glory Gold sold for $190,000 as a weanling and was 4th in her debut on July 30 at Saratoga. In that race, she made a very favorable paddock appearance, but ran greenly. She has had three works since that race. Glory Gold is out of a winning dam who has produced 9 winners, including grade III stakes winner Mocha Express, and stakes winner Raving Rocket. Three of Glory Gold's siblings won as 2-year olds. Medaglia d'Oro's 34 runners have made 74 total starts, recording 14 wins, 8 seconds, and 10 thirds, and $549,630.

Combinate (Volponi - Lunar Antics by Hay Halo), Hannah's Dowery (Stephen Got Even - Rich Legacy by Polish Numbers), and Undisputed Legend (Domestic Dispute - Lunar's Legend by Polish Numbers) met on September 5 at Laurel, finishing 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively. Combinate, who also finished 7th on the Colonial Downs turf on August 2, is out of a 2-year old winning mare who has produced 6 winners from 8 to race. Hannah's Dowery is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winners Blue Sky Princess and Vaguely Rich. Hannah's Dowery previously finished 2nd at Laurel on August 13. Freshman sire Domestic Dispute is the sire of Undisputed Legend, who also finished 6th at Delaware Park on August 10. Domestic Dispute has sired 10 runners, who have made 19 starts, recording 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third. Undisputed Legend, who sold for $42,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare, Lunar's Legend. Lunar's Legend has produced 4 winners, including Celestial Legend who was 4 for 4 at 2. These 4 wins including 2 stakes victories.

What a Smile (Aptitude - Unfinished Dream by Silver Deputy) and Touchy Wheely (Wheelaway - Touchmeifyoucan by Touch Gold) faced off on September 6 at Delaware Park, with What a Smile finishing 2nd and Touchy Wheely 7th. What a Smile was a $100,000 yearling and is the first foal out of the unraced mare, Unfinished Dream. Unfinished Dream is a half-sister to 4 stakes winner, including 1997 Champion 2-year old filly, Countess Diana. Countess Diana won 5 of 6 starts at 2, and earned $1,019,785 that year. Touchy Wheely is a half-sister to the winner My Luckey Penney, and their dam is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Leading first-crop sire Lion Heart is the sire of Heckuva Hunter (Lion Heart - Catch a Glimpse by Gulch), who finished 5th at Belmont on July 16 and 4th at Saratoga on August 17. Lion Heart has sired 52 runners who collectively have made 114 starts, recording 21 wins, 16 seconds, and 11 thirds and earnings of $934,771. Catch a Glimpse, dam of Heckuva Hunter, was group I-placed as a 2-year old. Heckuva Hunter, who sold for $50,000 as a yearling, is a half-sister to 3 winners, including Successful Outlook who won the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) and was third in the Demoiselle (gr. II) as a 2-year old.

The top-seller in this race is Abigail's Gold (Mineshaft - Love Or Money by Coronado's Quest), who brought $300,000 as a yearling. Abigail's Gold was 2nd in her only start, at Saratoga on August 3. Abigail's Gold is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade II stakes winner, Broken Vow.

Finishing 4th in her start, August 26 at Delaware Park, was Bizzee Mizzee (Mizzen Mast - Zienat by Woodman). She is a half-sister to 4 winners, including 2 that won at 2.

Completing the field is debut runner Lake Lugano (Friends Lake - Bouche Bee by Naevus), who is by first-crop sire Friends Lake. Friends Lake has sired 25 starters which have made 50 total starts, registering 5 wins, 8 seconds, 8 thirds, and $313,655. Bouche Bee, dam of Lake Lugano, earned $103,327 and finished 2nd in the Prix de Saint-Georges (Fr-III). Bouche Bee has produced 4 winners.

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