Western Fire Sweeps Through Oklahoma

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Nun Like Me broke on top, but he was soon joined and then passed, by Tale of Perfection. Nun Like Me soon weakend and Jedi Games took his place in the running order. Western Fire (Speightstown), who wasn't far off this pair, came 5-wide in the stretch and took command, becoming the 11th winner for Speightstown. Also closing well on the outside was Indy Express, who came up just short. Jedi Games couldn't keep up with the closing kicks of Western Fire and Indy Express, but he did hold well in third. Check out the $26.20 show payoff on Jedi Games. Who said there's no profit in betting to show?

Result: October 2, 2008 
Remington Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Western Fire $5.40
Indy Express
Jedi Games  


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Hey Smarty, it's Opposition Leader

Hey Smarty (Smarty Jones) took most of the money in this one, going off at less than even-money, and looked the part in the paddock. He's a flashy chestnut with a big white blaze. At the break, however, he came out awkwardly and slowly. Setting the pace was 39-1 Moving Fighter, with Hard to Twist chasing. Hey Smarty got it in gear and came running 4 wide, but Opposition Leader took the inside route and got there first. Hey Smarty did get his nose in front of Moving Fighter to take place. Opposition Leader clearly benefited from his previous race experience, which should be the case for Hey Smarty next time.

Result: October 2, 2008 
Louisiana Downs Race 10
Maiden Special Weight

Opposition Leader $12.80
Hey Smarty
Moving Fighter  


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A Moral Victory

Final Judgement hesitated at the start and Harlan Prospector stumbled, as they spotted the field several lengths. Pound the Rock sprinted to the lead. Tapitbound and Presidente d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) secured good positions in 2nd and 3rd. But, Pound the Rock continued to increase his lead, to 6 and then 8 lengths. He couldn't keep this up, however, and the two stalkers began to make steady progress. At that point, Moral came along on the outside and he and Tapitbound scooted to the lead, as Presidente d'Oro weakened, ending up 5th. Moral outfought Tapitbound to get the win. Also closing well was Fradiablo, who picked up the show spot. I have to admit that I was really hoping for a victory by Presidente d'Oro purely for headline potential, on this Vice-Presidential debate night. But, there probably will be more opportunities for that.

Result: October 2, 2008 
Turfway Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Moral $6.20


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Will the Alcibiades Be Smart?

October 3, 2008
Keeneland Race 9
Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I)
1 1/16 miles
2-year Olds
Post Time: 5:10 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Be Smart
2. Devotee
3. Bon Jovi Girl
4. August Rush
5. Mani Bhavan
6. Dream Express
7. Amanwella

Be Smart (Smarty Jones - Eishin Bridle by Unbridled) returns after shocking everyone (except the Maiden Watch faithful) with a gate-to-wire victory at 5.5 furlongs at Saratoga on August 28. This time, she'll try a mile and a sixteenth and grade I company in the Alcibiades, on opening day at Keeneland. Since her victory, she has been working regularly at Churchill Downs. A victory in this one would send her to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Three for three grade I winner Mani Bhavan (Storm Boot - Rehear by Coronado's Quest), who took both the Spinaway (gr. I) and the Adirondack (gr. II) should be the favorite. She may have more to fear from her pedigree, which is more geared for short distances, than her opponents. Her finish position may be determined by how relaxed she is in the early going.

The only other stakes winner in the field is Bon Jovi Girl, who took the Fairway Stakes at Delaware Park on September 13. That race was at 1 1/16 miles. Bon Jovi Girl broke her maiden in her 2nd start on July 26, and also finished 3rd in allowance company on August 11. All her races have been at Delaware Park.

August Rush (Milwaukee Brew - Vividly by Touch Gold) broke her maiden at 5.5 furlongs on the yielding Saratoga turf on July 28. In her next start, she finished 6th, behind Mani Bhavan, in the Spinaway (gr. I).

Dream Empress (Bernstein - Chinese Empress by Nijinsky II) has made two turf starts, finishing 4th at Ellis Park on July 17, and winning on August 22 at Saratoga. The latter race was at the Alcibiades distance of 1 1/16 miles.

Devotee (Elusive Quality - Danuta by Sunday Silence) was victorious in her only start, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight contest at Saratoga on August 31. Devotee is by Elusive Quality, sire of Smarty Jones. Finishing 2nd in Devotee's maiden win was Amanwella (Fusaichi Pegasus - Tempestina by Storm Cat), who was favored that day. Amanwella, who is still a maiden, previously finished 2nd at Saratoga on August 17, and 7th on July 28 on the yielding Saratoga turf. This latter race was won by fellow Alcibiades runner August Rush. 

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Noble Rule Has Marija's Wish for Speed Note

October 3, 2008
Calder Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 2:55 PM

P Horse
1. Ariel Rose
2. Noble Rule
3. Viva Summer
4. Chatter Wine
5. Samantha G
6. Whatababe
7. Speed Note
8. Marija's Wish

Noble Rule (Peace Rules - Vienna Knickers by Noble Saint) makes her fifth start at Calder. Last time out, she was 2nd in a 1 1/16 Maiden Claiming race on the turf on September 11. Previously, Noble Rule finished 7th on August 24, 2nd on July 26, and 3rd on July 4. She has had one work at Calder since her last start. Noble Rule is out of a winning mare who is the dam of 3 winners including Mr. Livingston, a grade III winner, who finished 3rd in the Rhythm Stakes as a 2-year old. Peace Rules' 33 runners have made 89 collective starts, recording 18 wins, 15 seconds, 10 thirds, and $428,632.

Four of Noble's opponents are also by first-crop sires. Ariel Rose (Black Mambo - April Invitation by Formal Dinner) and Viva Summer (Black Mambo - Miss Pangea by Honor Grades) are both by Black Mambo. Black Mambo's 19 runners have made 50 total starts, recording 8 wins, 8 seconds, 3 thirds, and $191,003. Ariel Rose has run 3 times, finishing 5th twice and 6th once. She is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Blue Pepsi Lodge and grade III stakes winner Mach Ride. Mach Ride has earned $639,750 through 2008. Viva Summer, who has finished 5th, 7th, and 7th in her three races, is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Mad Flatter. Mad Flatter also won 2 races at 2. Whatababe (Unbridled's Image - Bogus Babe by Unreal Currency) is by Unbridled's Image, whose 6 runners have made 16 total starts with 3 seconds. Unbridled's Image is a half-brother to grade III winner and sire Halo's Image. Whatababe has made one start, finishing 2nd on September 14 at Calder. Whatababe is out of a winning mare, who has produced 3 winners from 4 to run. Speed Note (Read the Footnotes - Rush Note by Wild Rush), who has run twice, most recently finishing 3rd in a mile race on September 19, is by Read the Footnotes. Read the Footnotes has had 19 starters who have made 46 starts, registering 10 wins, 6 seconds, 3 thirds, and $387,427. Speed Note was a $25,000 2-year old and is out of a mare who won at 2, and who is a half-sister to Skip Code. At 2, Skip Code won the Grey Breeders' Cup (Can-III).

The most experenced runner is Marija's Wish (Lightnin N Thunder - Arion's Wish by Lyphard's Wish (FR)), who has made 5 starts, all at Calder. Most recently, she was 7th in a 1 1/16 mile turf contest on September 28. She is out of a winner and is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Chatter Wine (Yes It's True - Crafty Notebook by Notebook), who sold for $65,000 as a weanling, finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in her three starts. She is the first foal out of the winning mare, Crafty Notebook. Crafty Notebook is a half-sister to 3 winners including Chandtrue. Channdtrue was 4 for 4 as a 2-year old, including victories in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III), the Haggin, and the Willard L. Proctor Memorial. Chandtrue is by Chatter Wine's sire, Yes It's True.

Samantha G (Macho Uno - Doc's Doll by Out of Place) has run twice, with both starts resulting in 3rd place finishes. Samantha G is the 2nd foal out of stakes winner Doc's Doll. Doc's Doll, who was also stakes-placed at 2, earned $207,985 in her career.

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