River Fancies the Meadowlands Turf

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River Fancy (Congaree) was off well and went right to the front. She was able to establish a clear lead despite soft early fractions. Her closest pursuer was Mi Minnaloushe, who chased in vain. River Fancy appeared home free, but in the stretch a serious challenge emerged from Paradise Bound, who displayed a serious closing kick. However, River Fancy had enough left to hold her off, as she became Congaree's 13th winner.

Result: October 13, 2008 
Meadowlands Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

River Fancy $3.40
Paradise Bound
Enjoy the Win  


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Royal Vindication Takes TRAPP Mountain Over Peace Town

Uncle Gidge looked good in the post parade, but Fellow Crasher broke on top. He was soon joined by Uncle Gidge. Sitting just off of those two, in a nice spot, was Peace Town (Peace Rules). Peace Town made a move wide in the stretch and hit the lead. But, a hole opened perfectly for Royal Vindication, and he powered by. Peace Town hung tough, but he was no match for Royal Vindication, who should improve even more as the distances increase. In Speight of It (Speightstown) was never really involved and tired in the stretch.

Result: October 13, 2008 
Belmont Park Race 3
TRAPP Mountain Stakes

Royal Vindication $4.50
Peace Town
Fellow Crasher  


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Halloran Rules the Motion

Gimmesatisfaction broke on top, but Halloran soon seized the lead. Rule of Motion (Peace Rules) broke well and sat right off of the lead, as did Star Cat Go. Rule of Motion lost some ground in the stretch, but ran evenly late to finish 5th. Up front, Halloran continued to lead, but Gimmesatisfaction was coming. He drew even with Halloran, but lost the bob at the wire. Short Some made up ground late for third.

Result: October 12, 2008 
Calder Race 4
Maiden Claiming

Halloran $23.20
Short Some  


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Meetmeatthechapel is Prolific

Man of the Unknown was left at the break, and Ferber stumbled out of the gate. Bob's Big Bunch and Haramati battled early, with Soup to Go and Meetmeatthechapel close behind. Bob's Big Bunch began to retreat after a half and then, Meetmeatthechapel took over the lead. Ferber found his best stride late to get up for 2nd, but he was no match for Meetmeatthechapel. Haramati stuck around for the 3rd spot.

Result: October 13, 2008 
Meadowlands Race 8
Maiden Claiming

Meetmeatthechapel $3.00


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Skeptic Shines in the Oriental Sunshine

Betmeifucan set the early pace, pursued by Almost Perfect. Oriental Sunshine (Medaglia d'Oro) bumped with Sheba's Dream at the break and then with Book Eight, but secured a good position, moving into 2nd after the half. Skeptic seized the lead after 6 furlongs, coming four-wide. Fearful Woman also made a wide move to get second. Oriental Sunshine continued to run greenly, but did capture third. It was a good effort for Oriental Sunshine, who only ran in spots.

Result: October 13, 2008 
Mountaineer Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Skeptic $5.40
Fearful Woman
Oriental Sunshine  


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Fandango Girl Dances Over Long Live Dixie

Home Run Star held the early lead, but she was soon joined by Fandango Girl. These two battled for a time, but Fandango Girl soon took over, as Home Run Star retreated. Fandango Girl continued to increase her lead, recording a final margin of greater than 7. Out Bounced closed well to be second. Long Live Dixie (Peace Rules) was near the back and passed a couple of tired ones.

Result: October 13, 2008 
Laurel Race 2

Fandango Girl $10.20
Out Bounced


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Congar Light is So Foxy at Prom Time

October 15, 2008
Laurel Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 1:42 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. So Foxy
2. Love for Jenny
3. Darci
4. Bar Lazy J
5. Jenay Benay
6. Congar Light
7. Prom Time
8. Shaunna

Congar Light (Congaree - Pyrite Dancer by Dance Brightly) makes her 2nd start at Laurel, after finishing 10th in her debut on September 24. In that race, she had to take up after the break and never really recovered. She has had one work since that start. 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 36 runners which have made 72 collective starts, recording 14 wins, 12 seconds, 6 thirds, and $549,316.

Finishing 2nd in Congar Light's September 24 debut was Jenay Benay (Smoke Glacken - Marquetup by Marquetry), who was also making her first start. Jenay Benay is out of the winning mare, Marquetup. Marquetup has produced the stakes winner Glacken's Mark, a full-sister to Jenay Benay.

Debuting in this race are Love for Jenny (Not For Love - Gala Goldie's Best by Phone Trick), Bar Lazy J (Gone West - Taegu by Halo), Prom Time (Tale of the Cat - Promenade Colony by Pleasant Colony), and Shaunna (Housebuster - Caty's Quest by Norquestor). Gala Goldie's Best, dam of Love for Jenny, was a debut winner at 2 and stakes-placed at 3. She is the dam of 5 winners, 1 of which won at 2. Bar Lazy J did not sell at auction, but she is a half-sister to Keeneland Breeze, who brought $1.5 million at the 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. Prom Time is out of a winning mare who has produced 5 winners, including grade II stakes winner Promenade Girl and stakes winner Dattts Awesome. Promenade Girl was a debut winner at 2. Stakes-placed Caty's Quest, dam of Shaunna, earned $116,290 and has produced stakes-placed Social Quest.

Bringing $115,000 as a yearling was Darci (Lion Heart - Teerrific Sue by Turkoman), who was 4th in her only start, at Delaware Park on August 10. Darci is by freshman sire Lion Heart, whose 62 runners have made 151 total starts, recording 22 wins, 23 seconds, 14 thirds, and $1,039,093. Darci's dam, Teerrific Sue, was a stakes winner at 2 who earned $129,082 overall. Teerrific Sue has produced 2 winners.

Stakes-placed Foxcroft Sister is the dam of So Foxy (City Zip - Foxcroft Sister by Lord Gaylord), who was 6th in her only start, at Laurel on August 13. Foxcroft Sister has produced 5 winners from 5 to run, including Wild R. N. who was a winner at 2, and stakes-placed at 3.

Floating On Air is Mad for Candy

October 15, 2008
Oak Tree at Santa Anita
Maiden Claiming ($28,000 - $32,000)
5.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 6:37 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Shirl's My Girl
2. Floating On Air
3. Darncat
4. Thelma Rose
5. Mad for Candy
6. Suarez
7. Beencaughtcheating
8. Jet Set Lass
9. There Goes Gee Gee
10. One Mo Victory
11. Najrana

Floating On Air (Peace Rules - Charmie's Secret by Secret Hello) will once attempt to make her 5th start, after failing to draw in off the AE list on October 12. This time, she is in the main body of the race. Floating On Air's most recent effort resulted in a 2nd at Fairplex on September 15. In that race, she lost by a nose. Floating On Air is the first foal out of a mare who earned $56,445 and placed in the Hildene Stakes as a 2-year old. She is also a half-sister to 4 winners, 2 of which won during their 2-year old seasons. Peace Rules is the sire of 36 runners, who have made 99 starts, recording 20 wins, 16 seconds, 12 thirds, and $484,895.

Shirl's My Girl (Officer - Bluffer n' Duffer by Pine Bluff) finished third, behind Floating On Air, at Fairplex on September 15. She sold for $20,000 as a yearling. Shirl's My Girl is out of a winning mare, who has produced one winner.

Beencaughtcheating (Lord Carson - Betrayer by Steinlen (GB)) and There Goes Gee Gee (Atticus - Marquesa Jen by Marquetry) also met at Fairplex, finishing 2nd and 3rd on September 19. They had previously faced each other on September 3 at Del Mar, where There Goes Gee Gee finished 7th and Beencaughtcheating 8th. Beencaughtcheating, who also finished 3rd at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet on September 26, is out of the mare Betrayer who won $117,275. Betrayer has produced 2 winners, including You Is What You Is a winner at 2 who has earned $67,290 through 2008. Marquesa Jen, dam of There Goes Gee Gee, was a winner at 2 and stakes-placed at 4, while earning $193,295. She has produced 1 winner.

Finishing 6th in the September 3 Del Mar race in front of Beencaughtcheating and There Goes Gee Gee was Mad for Candy (Candy Ride (ARG) - March North by Manzotti). Previously, Mad for Candy had finished 4th at Del Mar on July 21, and 8th at Hollywood on June 25. Mad for Candy sold for $50,000 as a 2-year old. She is a half-sister to 2 winners, one of which won as a 2-year old. Candy Ride has had 32 runners who have made a combined 85 starts, recording 16 wins, 13 seconds, 11 thirds, and earnings of $647,168.

Thelma Rose (Rio Verde - Thelma Jean by Green Dancer) finished fourth, behind Beencaughtcheating, at Santa Anita on September 26. She had previously finished 3rd at Fairplex on September 12. Thelma Rose is out of a stakes-placed mare who has produced 3 winners. One of Thelma Rose's siblings won at 2.

Another veteran of 2 starts is Jet Set Lass (In Excess (IRE) - Loma Linda Lass by Phone Trick), who was 6th at Del Mar on August 10, and 9th at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet on October 2. Stakes-placed Loma Linda Lass, dam of Jet Set Lass, was a winner at 2 who earned $117,365 in 26 starts. Loma Linda Lass has produced 3 winners, but no 2-year old winners.

Darncat (Forest Camp - Don Cat by Forest Wildcat) finished 7th in her only start, at Fairplex on September 18. She is a half-sister to one winner and her dam is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade III stakes winner Old Chapel, and steeplechase champion McDynamo.

The remainder of the field is unraced.

Selling for $15,000 as a yearling was Najrana (Najran - Rachel Elizabeth by Cryptoclearance), who is out of the winning mare, Rachel Elizabeth. Rachel Elizabeth has produced 5 winners, from 5 to run, including stakes winners Cryptotune who earned $105,041.

Suarez (Proud Irish - Filly Tam by Pirate's Bounty) is a full-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Proud Tammie who earned $208,505 in her career.

One Mo Victory (Momentum - Our Victory Beauty by Synastry) is the first foal out of an unraced mare.

Curly Works

Curly worked 4 furlongs in :51.40 at Hawthorne in prepartion for his October 18 allowance start at the track.

2-Year Old Works

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October 12

As first reported by Nancy, Smarty Bull (fillly; Smarty Jones - Bam Bam Bull by Holy Bull) worked 3 furlongs in :39.20 at Monmouth Park. Bam Bam Bull, dam of Smarty Bull, was a stakes winner and has produced one winner from two to run.

October 13

Working 2 furlongs in :26.00 at Woodbine was Burgis (colt; Peace Rules - Sandhill Charm by Vanlandingham). Burgis, who sold for $185,211 as yearling, is out of the stakes-placed mare, Sandhill Charm. Sandhill Charm has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Twisted Wit.

Keep Me in Mind (colt; Smarty Jones - Bells Are Ringing by Sadler's Wells) worked 5 furlongs from the gate in 1:01.55 at Philadelphia Park. This colt also worked 5 furlongs from the gate at Philadelphia Park on October 5, recording a time 1:01.53 (for some reason, I didn't receive notice of this work until October 14). Keep Me in Mind sold for $130,000 as a yearling and is out of the winning mare Bells Are Ringing. Bells Are Ringing is a half-sister to Unbridled's Song. She is the dam of 2 winners, including stakes winner Abby Road. Abby Road won the Newvoicemedia St. Hugh's S. at 2.

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