Mine That Bird BC Bound

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The Pre-Entries for the Breeders' Cup will be announced on October 16, so tomorrow we'll see which Maiden Watch horses will be trying for the big prize. As many of you already know, Mine That Bird (Birdstone) will be on the list. He was sold privately and is headed for Richard Mandella in California. The 2-year old males haven't looked particularly strong and with Charitable Man and Run Away and Hide out with injuries, and Vineyard Haven staying away, Mine That Bird certainly will be one of the most consistent 2-years in the field.

So Foxy Outfights Darci; No Light for Congar

So Foxy jumped out of the gate and soon established a clear lead. Jenay Benay, Darci, and Congar Light (Congaree) were all chasing. Jenay Benay and Congar Light began to fade, but Darci went after So Foxy. Darci drew even with So Foxy, but couldn't get by her. Darci was racing on the wrong lead, but So Foxy also showed a lot of determination to take the victory. Prom Time closed well for third.

Result: October 15, 2008 
Laurel Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

So Foxy $14.20
Prom Time  


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No Catching the Cheater

Suarez and Beencaughtcheating dueled early on, with Jet Set Lass just a bit behind. Beencaughtcheating seized the lead in the stretch, and began to pull away. Suarez held on for awhile, but then began to fade. Floating On Air (Peace Rules) and There Goes Gee Gee both closed well late to pick up 2nd and 3rd. There was no catching Beencaughtcheating in this one, but it was a promising finish for Floating On Air who showed a new off-the-pace dimension.

Result: October 15, 2008 
Oak Tree at Santa Anita Race 6
Maiden Claiming

Beencaughtcheating $5.20
Floating On Air
There Goes Gee Gee  


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Speight of Hand Will Hit Paydirt with Rocketing Returns

October 16, 2008
Belmont Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
6.5 furlongs
2-year Olds
Post Time: 2:04 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Heracles
2. Paydirt
3. Speight of Hand
4. Philotimo
5. Rocketing Returns
6. Haitian Sensation

Speight of Hand (Speightstown - Hitch by Cox's Ridge) makes his 2nd start, after finishing 3rd first time out on September 5 at Belmont. He has had three works since that race, including a zippy 5 furlongs in :59.84. Speight of Hand, who sold for $140,000 as a yearling, is out of the stakes winner Hitch. Hitch won or placed in 10 stakes, including one at 2, and earned $425,561. Hitch was also a debut winner at 2, and is the dam of 6 winners. Speightstown's 33 runners have made 74 total starts, recording 13 wins, 13 seconds, 14 thirds, and earnings of $818,896.

The only other entrant with experience is Rocketing Returns (Gone West - Spring Meadow by Meadowlake), who finished 2nd in his only start, at Saratoga on August 9. Spring Meadow, dam of Rocketing Returns, won or placed in 10 starts, including a victory in the Las Flores (gr. III). Spring Meadow earned $496,123 overall, and has produced one winner from two to run.

The top-seller in the race is Heracles (Lion Heart - Bye the Bye by Balzac), who sold for $190,000 as a yearling and $575,000 as a 2-year old. Heracles is by first-crop sire Lion Heart, whose 62 starters have made 152 total starts, recording 22 wins, 24 seconds, 14 thirds, and $1,044,973. Heracles is out of a winning mare, who has produced 9 winners, including stakes winner San Romano and grade I winner Schossberg. Two of Heracles' siblings won at 2.

Paydirt (Mineshaft - Soul Mate by Deputy Minister) is out of a winning mare, who has produced the winner Zam Slam.

Philotimo (Sweetsouthernsaint - Potluck Dinner by Pentelicus), who sold for $150,000 as a 2-year old, is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Gaston A.

Selling for $130,000 as a yearling was Haitian Sensation (Petionville - Feature Article by Seattle Slew), is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Plagiarist. Plagiarist, who earned $172, 270 in his career, was a debut winner at 2. Two other siblings of Haitian Sensation won at 2.

Cassidy's Pride is a Bold Storm for a Mountain Echo

October 16, 2008
Woodbine Race 6
6.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:30 PM

P Horse
1. Bold Storm
2. Beauty for Ashes
3. Mountain Echo
4. Caoutchouc
5. Hooh Why
6. Go West G T Go
7. Cassidy's Pride

Cassidys Pride (Medaglia d'Oro - Cassidy by Jolie's Halo) returns, after breaking her maiden first time out on September 28 at Woodbine. In that race, she led most of the way. Cassidy, dam of Cassidys Pride, won or placed in 12 stakes, including a win in the Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), and earned $440,774. Cassidy has produced the additional winner Cassidy's Gold.

Beauty for Ashes (City Place - Dreamflight by Fly So Free), who is by first-year sire City Place, has run three times at Assiniboia Downs. After breaking her maiden in her debut on August 1, she finished 2nd in an allowance race on September 5, and 2nd in the Winnipeg Futurity on September 21. She has had two works at Woodbine since her stakes effort.

Mountain Echo (Tempered Appeal - Miss Continental by Flying Continental) broke her maiden in her third start, and then ran twice in allowance company at Woodbine, finishing 2nd on August 20, and 3rd on September 11. Her most recent effort was at 6.5 furlongs, the same distance as this race. Since that race, she's had one Woodbine work.

Hooh Why (Cloud Hopping - Magic Merger by Corporate Report) won at first-asking, in a 5.5 furlong race at Arlington Park on July 26 (paying $78.40). She then ran in two allowance races at Presque Isle Downs, finishing 4th on September 4, and 2nd on September 18. All her races have been at 5.5 furlongs. She has worked twice at Hawthorne since her last start.

The only other entrant who has faced winners is Bold Storm (Bold N' Flashy - Storm's Peak by Storm Creek), who won gate-to-wire in her debut on August 24, and then finished 2nd in a 6 furlong claiming race on September 17. Both of her races have been at Woodbine. She has worked twice since running on September 17.

Go West G T Go (Dance To Destiny - G. T.'s Gone West by West By West) finished 6th in her first start, on September 11 at Woodbine, behind Bedtime Story. She then broke her maiden in a 6.5 furlong race at Woodbine on September 21, a race restricted to Ontario-breds. Since that race, she's had two works.

Caoutchouc (Storm Boot - Re Lyd by Discover) broke her maiden last time out, in a 6.5 furlong contest at Woodbine on October 3. Previously, she had finished 6th, 3rd, and 2nd, in maiden races at Woodbine. Her 6th place debut came behind Retraceable.

Da Bear Facts Will be an Extreme Warrior with High Spirit

October 16, 2008
Keeneland Race 6
1 Mile Turf
2-year Olds
Post Time: 3:40 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Just Like Biscuit
2. Deposer
3. Cool C Note
4. Rockin' Joe
5. Da Bear Facts
6. Extreme Warrior
7. Tar Beach
8. High Spirit
9. Gallatin Forest
10. Tamborim

Da Bear Facts (Congaree - Impending Bear by Farma Way) faces allowance company, after breaking his maiden in his fourth and most recent start, on August 24. In that race, he went a mile on the Presque Isle Downs Tapeta. D Bear Facts' dam, Impeding Bear, was a stakes winner who earned $255,751. Impending Bear has produced two winners from three to run. Da Bear Facts has had three works since his win, including one at Keeneland on October 12.

Making his 12th start in this one, is our old friend Just Like Biscuit (Sligo Bay (IRE) - Evita's Song by Conquistador Cielo). In his most recent start, Just Like Biscuit finished 5th in the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf. That was his third start on the turf, as he broke his maiden on the surface on August 24 at Ellis Park, and finished 4th in the Miller Lite Cradle Stakes at River Downs on September 1. Just Like Biscuit also faced stakes company in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) on September 27, where he was 4th. Just Like Biscuit has previously faced several of entrants in this one.

Finishing 5th, behind Just Like Biscuit, in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) was Tar Beach (Sky Mesa - Quichesterbahn by Broad Brush). Tar Beach broke his maiden in his 2nd start, a 7 furlong race at Saratoga on August 15, a race that was taken off of the turf. Tar Beach has no turf experience.

On the other hand, Rockin' Joe (Johar - Backroom Blues by Dixieland Band) has run on the turf in all three of his starts. He finished 2nd in his debut at 5.5 furlongs at Colonial Downs on July 19, and 2nd at 1 mile at Ellis Park behind Just Like Biscuit on August 24. He then won at Kentucky Downs on September 22.

Deposer (Kheleyf - Bezant (IRE) by Zamindar) finished 4th in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity on the main track at Keeneland on October 4. He broke his maiden on the Polytrack in England on July 9, but he also ran in two turf contests in that country, finishing 2nd and 6th.

Also facing stakes company in his most recent start was Gallatin Forest (Forest Wildcat - Earthly Angel by Crafty Prospector), who was third in the Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle Downs on September 27. Previously, Gallatin Forest broke his maiden at that track on August 21.

The final horse with stakes experience is Cool C Note (Bernstein - No Stopping by Unbridled), who made his debut in the Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes on July 5, finishing 8th. Cool C Note has never finished first in a race, but he was awarded victory in his third start, a mile on the turf at Arlington Park on August 21, when the first-place finisher was disqualified. Since that race, he finished 4th in an allowance try at Arlington Park on September 18.

Tamborim (Belong to Me - Miu Miu by Kris S.) broke his maiden in his 2nd try, a 1 1/16 mile maiden race on the Arlington Park Polytrack. His most recent efffort was a 5th place finish at Keeneland on October 4 in allowance company.

Extreme Warrior (Monashee Mountain - Golden Autumn by Mr. Leader) finished 7th in his debut on the main track at Ellis Park on August 16. Third in that race was Just Like Biscuit. Extreme Warrior then ran 9th on that same surface on August 30. Trying the turf at Kentucky Downs on September 15, he was victorious. Extreme Warrior has never raced beyond a mile.

High Spirit (Stephen Got Even - Free Ransom by Our Native) won a mile maiden race at Turfway Park on September 17, after previously finishing 6th at Churchill Downs on June 27.

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Garlington (colt; Peace Rules - Foreign Country by Sefapiano) worked 3 furlongs in :38.92 at the Evangeline Training Center. Foreign Country, dam of Garlington, was a stakes winner who earned $184,452. As a 2-year old, she won the Temptress, Michigan Sire, and Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes. Foreign Country has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including stakes-placed Seal Jane.

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