Min d'Oro is Livin and Lovin

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Min d'Oro Breaks Her Maiden Again

Min d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) broke well and went right to the lead. She had early company from This Kitty's Mine and then Little Miss Kisses, but it was clear that she was just toying with them. Min d'Oro pulled away and won like a 1-5 should, wrapped up at the end. The place went to Little Miss Kisses with Secret Tracker closing well for third. Let's hope it sticks this time.

Result: September 23, 2008 
Suffolk Downs Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Min d'Oro $2.40
Little Miss Kisses
Secret Tracker  


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We're all Lovin Livin

The fillies broke in a line, but Livin Lovin (Birdstone) soon emerged from the pack. Abigail's Gold was in 2nd early, but she gave way, leaving the spot to Glory Gold (Medaglia d'Oro), who was a bit rank in the early going. For awhile it looked like it might be a Maiden Watch exacta, but Glory Gold tired and finished 4th. Heckuva Hunter took over the 2nd position, followed by Lake Lugano. However, there was no stopping Livin Lovin, as she continued to lengthen her lead. The final margin was 8 lengths, as Livin Lovin became the 7th winner for Birdstone.

Result: September 23, 2008 
Delaware Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Livin Lovin $4.60
Heckuva Hunter
Lake Lugano  


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One Perfect Karat on the Pro-Ride

September 24, 2008
Oak Tree at Santa Anita
Maiden Special Weight
6.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 4:00 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Heatology
2. Runway Starlet
3. Mark Up Tiny
4. Crazy Tricia
5. One Perfect Karat
6. Ocean Style
7. Costa Marta

One Perfect Karat (Pleasantly Perfect - Golden Fanfare by Seeking the Gold) is among the first to check out the new Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita, as she runs in the first race on opening day, September 24. In two previous starts, One Perfect Karat finished 3rd on July 25 and 4th on August 23, both times at Del Mar. Since her most recent start, she has worked 4 times, including 3 works at Santa Anita. Golden Fanfare, dam of One Perfect Karat, is a daughter of Jeanne Jones who won or placed in 6 graded stakes, including a win in the Fantasy (gr. I) and seconds in the Kentucky and Santa Anita Oaks (both gr. I). As a 2-year old, Jeanne Jones was a debut winner, and was stakes-placed including a second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenille Fillies (gr. I). Golden Fanfare is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners. Pleasantly Perfect's 10 runners have made 24 total starts, recording 4 wins, 3 seconds, 4 thirds, and $200,935.

Costa Marta (Bertrando - Sidestepping by Moscow Ballet) has faced One Perfect Karat both times, finishing 7th on July 25 and 3rd on August 23. She is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 7 winners including 2-year old stakes winner, Service Term.

Also running in the August 23 race at Del Mar was Ocean Style (Ocean Sound (IRE) - Some Style (IRE) by Fayruz (GB)), who finished 9th. Some Style, dam of Ocean Style was a winner at 2 and has produced the winner, Atticus in Style.

Runway Starlet (Atticus - Hail Squall by Summer Squall) and Crazy Tricia (Momentum - Lady Lang by Langfuhr) ran against each other on September 5 at Fairplex, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. Runway Starlet is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners from 4 to run. Crazy Tricia's dam was a winner and has produced the stakes winner Treadmill. Treadmill was a stakes winner at 2 who earned $132,000.

Heatology (Unusual Heat - Lethal Leta by Synastry) finished 7th in her only start, on August 30 at Del Mar. Lethal Leta, dam of Heatology, was a stakes winner at 2, 3, 4, and 5, and earned $300,602. As a broodmare, she has produced 3 winners, including grade II stakes winner Lethal Heat, a full-sister to Heatology. Lethal Heat has earned $426,528 through 2008.

Completing the field is debuter Mark Up Tiny (Benchmark - Lighten Up Tiny by Bertrando), whose dam was a stakes winner who earned $144,786. Mark Up Tiny is a half-sister to one winner, Lighten Up Rule, who has earned $103,160 through 2008.

Congar Light and Prosecca Seek Victory

September 24, 2008
Laurel Park Race 8
Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 4:57 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Pretty Christina
2. Congar Light
3. Lightening Rod
4. Regretable Romance
5. Kate C.
6. Prosecca
7. Jenay Benay
8. Love's Blush
9. Rocket On
10. Bar Lazy J
11. Offtoseethewizard
12. Miss Pam

At Laurel, Prosecca (Speightstown - Pink Champagne by Awesome Again) makes her third start, and Congar Light (Congaree - Pyrite Dancer by Dance Brightly) debuts in a 5.5 furlong contest. Prosecca finished 5th at Philadelphia Park on August 31 and 6th on the Colonial Downs turf on July 18. Pink Champagne, the dam of Prosecca, earned $145,957 in a career that included a 2-year old debut win and victory in the Natalma Stakes (Can-IIIT) that same year. Prosecca is Pink Champagne's first foal. Speightstown's 28 runners have made 52 total starts with 9 wins, 10 seconds, 11 thirds, and $596,119 in earnings. Congar Light, who sold for $40,000 at 2, is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Testame. Congaree is the sire of 30 runners which have made 58 collective starts, recording 12 wins, 10 seconds, 4 thirds, and $452,438.

Apart from Prosecca, only two horses have experience in the field. Miss Pam (Officer - Not to Be Outdone by Smile) has run twice, finishing 6th on the Colonial Downs turf on August 2, and 2nd at Laurel on August 21. Miss Pam brought $140,000 as a 2-year old and is out of Not to Be Outdone, who was stakes-placed at 2. Not to be Outdone, who earned $176,516 in her career, has produced 3 winners.

Pretty Christina (Touch Gold - Royal Fact by Known Fact) finished 2nd in her only start, a 4 furlong contest at Timonium on August 31. Pretty Christina, who sold for $20,000 at 2, is out of Royal Fact. Royal Fact, who earned $244,363, finished 3rd in the Selene Stakes (Can-I).

Bar Lazy J (Gone West - Taegu by Halo) did not sell at auction, but she is a half-sister to Keeneland Breeze, who brought $1.5 million at the recently concluded Keeneland September yearling sale. Bar Lazy J is also a half-sister to Classic Elegance, a debut winner at 2, who also won the Schuylerville (gr. II) and the Debutante (gr. III) that year. Their dam, Taegu, was a winner and has also produced the winner First Degree.

Bringing $85,000 as a yearling was Kate C. (Mineshalft - Cecilia's Crown by Chief's Crown), who is out of the grade III stakes-placed mare, Cecilia's Crown. Cecilia's Crown earned $169,909 and finished 3rd in the Debutante (gr. III) at 2.

Rocket On (Golden Missile - Appealingly Regal by Montbrook), who sold for $25,000 at 2, is out of the winner mare, Appealingly Regal. Appealingly Regal has produced 2 winners.

I'm not usually fond of sentence or phrase names, but I have to admit that Offtoseethewizard (Lion Heart - Dowhatyouwanttwodo by Two Punch) is one of the more creative Lion Heart names I've seen. Lion Heart, current leading freshman sire, has had 52 runners which have made 115 total starts, recording 21 wins, 17 seconds, 11 thirds, and $942,771. Offtoseethewizard is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Partners Due. Partners Due won or placed in 10 stakes including 2 at 2.

Lightening Rod (Straight Man - Shooting Fire by Caveat) is out of the mare Shooting Fire, who earned $173,484 in a 62 race career. Shooting Fire has produced 3 winners, including stakes winners Firebrook and Exchanging Fire.

Kiss Me Twice, dam of Regretable Romance (Repent - Kiss Me Twice by Kissin Kris), was a stakes winner who earned $146,361. Regretable Romance is her first foal, but she is a half-sister to grade I winner Answer Lively.

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

Love's Blush (Not For Love - Blushing Broad by Broad Brush) is out of a stakes-placed mare, who has produced 2 winners.

2-Year Old Works

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September 23

Sommelier Smarty (colt; Smarty Jones - Boozin' Susan by French Deputy) worked 3 furlongs in :36.84 at Belmont Park. Sommelier Smarty, who sold for $240,000 as a yearling, is the first foal out of stakes winner Boozin' Susan. Boozin' Susan earned $256,338 while finishing in the money 17 times in 25 starts. I was always fond of Boozin' Susan, how can you not be fond of a horse called Boozin' Susan?

Returning to the Worktab

I know that I have stopped listing all workouts, but I did want to mention that Jazzandthemagician (colt; Birdstone - Pat Hand by Cape Town) is back on the worktab because several people asked about him. He worked 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs on September 23 in a nifty :48.40.

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