Slick Miss Won't be Smart N Lonely

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Breeders' Cup Notes

Not much to report on the day except that Renda (Medaglia d'Oro) took a spin on the turf. According to the Daily Racing Form, she loved it. Also, I finally saw Munnings' (Speightstown) work from Sunday. He worked in company with his stablemate, Silent Valor, and definitely outworked that one.

Thursday, I will preview the two Juvenile Filly races, focusing on the Maiden Watch horses.

Winthrop House Masters Caffe D'Oro

Winthrop House and Distant Strike battled until the stretch, when Winthrop House began to pull away. Caffe D'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) broke well and sat 6th early. He moved between runners and made up some ground, then was swung outward. He seemed to take a bad step or maybe just hesitate, but then got in gear again. He was rolling late to finish just a couple of necks out of 2nd. A promising debut for this one.

Result: October 22, 2008 
Belmont Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Winthrop House $5.80
Distant Strike


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Robin Romin Over Hug It Out

Hug It Out went off at 2-5. She secured a rail spot behind the speed of Moleen, Secret Spell, and Fervent Hope. Hug It Out moved into 3rd without effort, but she was behind a wall of horses. Meanwhile, Seismic Shift moved 4-wide to take the lead. Also closing was Oro Gatita. Hug It Out finally got through on the rail, but it may have been too late. Closing best of all was Romin Robin, who was a bit erratic, but got the job done.

Result: October 22, 2008 
Keeneland Race 5
Starter Allowance

Romin Robin $58.00
Seismic Shift
Oro Gatita  


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The Update: It's Time for True Bliss

True Bliss went straight to the lead under a big hold from Julien Leparoux. Ruth E took a run at her, but couldn't sustain it. Sue's Update (Medaglia d'Oro) was near the back early, but starting picking them off, moving up to 5th, then 4th, and then up to second. But, she stalled there and was passed late by It's Tiffin Time, who closed with good energy.

Result: October 22, 2008 
Keeneland Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

True Bliss $8.60
It's Tiffin Time
Sue's Update  


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I Guess She's Due

I didn't get to watch this one live, so I had to go to the replay. This was characterized by a fuzzy picture and a sometimes black screen, so I may have missed some of the details. Go Spanish Code was left at the break and never involved. Inbackofyourmind led early, dueling with Miss Danica. Inbackofyourmind faded and Miss Danica took over. But, she was no match for a driving She's Due. Sweetie Bird (Birdstone) was at the back of the leading pack early on, but she lost some ground in the stretch. She finished a respectable 4th.

Result: October 22, 2008 
Hoosier Park Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

She's Due $5.60
Miss Danica
Just for Annika  


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Slick Miss Seeks a Gracious Victory For Love of Money

October 23, 2008
Keeneland Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($80,000)
7 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 1:10 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Golden Tree
2. Caffeine Free
3. Slick Miss
4. Dixie Temper
5. Lotsofawe
6. Gracious Victory
7. Savvy Cat
8. Miss Nick
9. Rivie
10. For Love of Money
11. Clear Cut
12. Slumpbuster

Slick Miss (Congaree - Madamascus by Sheikh Albadou (GB)) makes her 2nd start, after running evenly and finishing 7th at Keeneland on October 10. Slick Miss is a half-sister to 3 winners, including grade III stakes winner Officer Cherrie. Officer Cherrie, who has earned $259,555 through 2008, won the Mazarine Breeders' Cup (Can-III) and the Ontario Debutante at 2. Congaree's 36 runners have made 78 total starts, recording 14 wins, 15 seconds, 6 thirds, and $568,606.

The only first-timer in this one is Miss Nick (Essence of Dubai - Niebla by Belong to Me), who brought $15,000 as a yearling. Miss Nick is out of the mare Niebla, who was a winner at 2, and who has produced 2 winners. One of Miss Nick's siblings won 4 races at 2. Niebla is a half-sister to grade III stakes winner Second of June.

The most experienced entrant is Rivie (Petionville - Miss Riverton by Fred Astaire) who has made 5 starts, all at Presque Isle Downs. Most recently, she finished 2nd in a mile race on September 24. The dam of Rivie was a winner of 5 races including 1 as a 2-year old, earning $80,622 in her career. Rivie is a half-sister to 7 winners, 5 of which were 2-year old winners.

Slumpbuster (Friends Lake - Athena Starwoman by Marquetry) has started 3 times, finishing 6th twice at Ellis Park, and 7th most recently at Turfway Park on September 20. First-crop sire Friends Lake, sire of Slumpbuster, has had 29 runners who have made 70 combined starts, registering 7 wins, 9 seconds, and 13 thirds, and earnings of $390,158. Slumpbuster is a half-sister to one winner.

Savvy Cat (Catienus - Homah Sav by Cure the Blues), who sold for $15,000 at 2, has made two starts, finishing 5th on the Saratoga dirt on August 4, and 2nd on the Kentucky Downs turf on September 15. Homah Sav, dam of Savvy Cat, earned $114,350 in a 27 race career. Homah Sav has produced the winner Mt. Joy.

Clear Cut (Forestry - Clear Destiny by Deputy Minister) finished 3rd in her debut on on July 19 at Ellis Park, and 8th on August 28 at Saratoga (behind Be Smart). Clear Destiny, dam of Clear Cut, was a winner at 2 and a stakes winner at 4, while earning $193,667 in her career. She has produced one winner from two to run.

The remaining fillies have all made one start.

Caffeine Free (Maria's Mon - Caffe Latte (IRE) by Seattle Dancer) finished 2nd in her debut at Keeneland on October 9. Caffe Latte, dam of Caffeine Free, was a grade I winner who earned $676,885. Caffe Latte has produced the winner, Expresso Star.

Dixie Temper (Dixie Union - Her Temper by Temperance Hill), who brought $50,000 as a yearling, finished 3rd in her start, at Arlington on September 20. She is out of grade II stakes winner Her Temper, who earned $208,389. Her Temper also won 2 races at 2, and was stakes-placed that year. Her Temper has produced 2 winners.

Finishing 6th in her only start was For Love of Money (Five Star Day - Soft Dawn by Grey Dawn II), who ran at Presque Isle Downs on September 24. Soft Dawn, dam of For Love of Money, was a stakes winner and has produced 12 winners, including 3 which won at 2.

Golden Tree (Golden Missile - Timber Turn by Woodman) and Lotsofawe (Awesome Again - Galore by Gulch) both finished 7th in their debuts. Golden Tree who ran at Louisiana Downs on September 20, is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade I winner and millionaire West by West. West by West was also a 2-year old winner and ran third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity that year. Lotsofawe ran at Arlington Park on September 20. She is a half-sister to 3 winners, 2 of which won at 2.

Selling for $95,000 as a yearling was Gracious Victory (Victory Gallop - Mild Maggie by Dehere), who was 8th at Turfway Park on September 27. Gracious Victory is the 2nd foal out of Mild Maggie, a winner at 2 and 4. Mild Maggie is a half-sister to 3 winners.

A Smart N Lonely Navigator Gonna See West

October 23, 2008
Oak Tree at Santa Anita Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 6:07 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Miss Lion Heart
2. Navigator
3. Posse's Princess
4. Moontune Missy
5. Well Monied
6. Michael's Rose
7. Smart N Lonely
8. Silent Stalk
9. Gonna See West
10. Choice Cat

Smart N Lonely (Smarty Jones - Lonely Girl by Relaunch) debuts at Oak Tree at Santa Anita where she has been working on the Pro-Ride almost since training began on that surface (previously she worked at Del Mar). Lonely Girl, dam of Smart N Lonely, was a stakes winner on the dirt and turf, a debut winner at 2 (and a stakes winner that year), and earned $178,863. Lonely Girl has produced 4 winners from 4 to run, including stakes winner Lonely Highway. However, none of her offspring have won at 2. Smarty Jones has produced 17 runners who have made 33 total starts, recording 5 wins, 5 seconds, 3 thirds, and $312,751.

Moontune Missy (Forest Wildcat - Moonsong by Deputy Minister) finished 6th in her only start, at Del Mar on August 3. She is a half-sister to two winners.

The only other filly with experience is Posse's Princess (Posse - Leza by Strawberry Road (AUS)) who was 11th in her first and only start, on September 27 at Santa Anita. Posse's Princess sold for $65,000 as a yearling and for $140,000 at 2. She is out of a winning mare who has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Orangeberry. Orangeberry, who was also a winner at 2, earned $112,251 overall.

Navigator (Stormy Atlantic - Princess Birdeye by Indian Charlie) is the top-seller in the race, having brought $325,000 as a yearling. She is the first foal out of stakes-placed Princess Birdeye who finished 2nd in the Rebel Stakes at 2. Overall, Princess Birdeye earned $115,740.

Selling for $170,000 as a yearling was Gonna See West (Hennessy - Gone West Princess by Gone West). Gonna See West is out of a mare who is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Lindero. Four of her siblings won at 2.

Well Monied (Maria's Mon - Queen of America by Quiet American) was a $100,000 yearling and is a half-sister to the winner, Jimmy Simms. Well Monied's dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Talented.

Freshman sire Lion Heart is the sire of Miss Lion Heart (Lion Heart - Miss Belle O by Olympio). Lion Heart's 65 runners have made 164 total starts, recording 24 wins, 25 seconds, 17 thirds, and $1,133,737. Stakes-placed Miss Belle O, dam of Miss Lion Heart, has produced grade II stakes winner High Again. High Again was a winner at 2, and won or placed in 4 graded stakes at 3, while earning $270,546 overall.

Badouizm, dam of Michael's Rose (Rahy - Badouizm by Sheik Albadou (GB)) won the Lake Placid Handicap (gr. IIT) and finished 2nd in the Dance Smartly (Can-IIIT), while earning $242,190. She has produced one winner, Badoutoo, who earned $52,190.

Silent Stalk (Petionville - Forest Cat by Storm Cat) is out of a winning mare who has produced three winners from 4 to run.

Choice Cat (Deputy Wild Cat - Gold Choice by Bratcher's Choice) is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a full-sister to one winner.

Others in Action October 23

Pacificator (colt; Peace Rules - Penthouse Doll by Pentelicus) is entered in the 3rd at Keeneland, a 7 furlong Starter Allowance contest at Keeneland. He is in post 3 in a 7 horse race. Pacificator has run three times, breaking his maiden in his 2nd start on July 17 at Ellis Park. In his most recent start, he was 7th on the Kentucky Downs turf on September 16 in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race.

Strike Jak (filly; Peace Rules - Sunset Crest by Strike the Gold) is on the AE list for the 4th Race at Calder, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race. Strike Jak finished 5th in her first start, on September 1 at Calder.

Red Bird Rules (filly; Peace Rules - Twirling Angel by Saint Ballado) is on the AE list for the 6th Race at Calder, a mile Maiden Special Weight contest on the turf. Red Bird Rules has run 4 times, finished 2nd in his last two. His most recent effort was at a mile on the turf on September 6 at Calder.

Fufty Too (colt; Speightstown - Cape North by Capote) debuts in Race 7 at Remington Park. He will break from the 10 hole in this Maiden Special Weight 6 furlong race.

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Alma d'Oro (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Brenda D S by Fortunate Prospect) worked 3 furlongs in :38.00 at Highpoint Farm and Training Center. Alma d'Oro brought $75,000 as a weanling and is out of the stakes-placed mare, Brenda D S. Brenda D S was a winner at 2 and earned $116,444. She has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Ford Island who was also a winner at 2.

Working 3 furlongs in :39.00 was Medal Winner (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Winner's Ticket by Jolie's Halo). Medal Winner, who sold for $160,000 as a yearling, is out of the mare Winner's Ticket, who was a winner at 2. Winner's Ticket has produced 5 winners, including grade III stakes winner Skip to the Stone who earned $270,829.

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