Catching Up

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I was a little preoccupied with Breeders' Cup responsibilities over the weekend, so I have gotten behind in reporting the regular activities of the Maiden Watch horses. So, I'll use this post to get caught up. Plus, one entry for October 29, Antigone Jones (Smarty Jones) at Churchill. By the way, the Breeders' Cup results pushed Tapit firmly ahead of Lion Heart in the Leading First-Crop sire list. He is now on top by better than a million dollars, led by Stardom Bound's earnings of $1,420,600.

October 24

Oconee (colt; Congaree - Chenoa by Wild Again) finished 2nd in a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Woodbine. He went to the lead, but couldn't hold off Bear's Rocket.
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Belfast (colt; Congaree - Southerncomfortgal by Hermitage) debuted in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight race at Remington Park. He finished 5th while drifting 8 wide.
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October 25

L. A. Rules (colt; Peace Rules - L. a. Explosion by Honour and Glory) broke his maiden in his 5th start, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Woodbine. He stalked the pace early on and then pulled away in the stretch.
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At Keeneland, Devil by Design (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Beauty's Due by Devil His Due) and Alexabella (filly; Congaree - Diane's Birthday by With Approval) debuted together in a 6 furlong race, finishing on opposite ends. Devil by Design pressed the pace and then took control in the stretch to become Medaglia d'Oro's 15th winner. Alexabella was in a good position in the stretch, but faded to last.
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Frosty Diamond (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Heirloom Diamond by Grindstone) made his 5th start, running in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight race at Calder. He finished 2nd, a neck in front of the 3rd place finisher.
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Mindy Sue (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Drifa by Tabasco Cat) debuted at Keeneland in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. She raced in 2nd for much of the race, before tiring and ending up 3rd. A very promising beginning for this one.
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Cabaret Cowboy (colt; Speightstown - Pent Up Kiss by Pentelicus) made his 3rd start and Pitched Perfectly (Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister) his debut, in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight contest at Belmont Park. Cabaret Cowboy set the pace, but was passed by Musket Man in the stretch (hmmm... that's an interesting exacta: Musket Man - Cabaret Cowboy). Pitched Perfectly raced wide and evenly to finish 5th.
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October 26

Into My Soul (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Stop Traffic by Cure the Blues) and Saar Treaty (filly; Saarland - Top of the Noggin by Chief's Crown) both faced stakes company at Belmont Park on yielding turf, with the same result - a 2nd place finish.

Into My Soul, who broke his maiden in his turf debut, at Belmont on September 18, ran in the I Take All Stakes. He raced wide throughout and came running late. He was no threat to the winner, Successful Mission, but he outfinished the favorite, Duke of Homberg, for 2nd.
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Saar Treaty broke her maiden in her 2nd turf start, at Laurel on September 12. She also closed wide to take 2nd, in her case in the Missy Moo I Love You Stakes. She was just 3/4 lengths behind the winner, My Magic Moment.
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Congor Bay (colt; Speightstown - Pico Teneriffe by Red Ransom) and Breakwithtradition (colt; Birdstone - Princess Penny by Joyeux Danseur) faced off in a 6.5 furlong allowance race at Woodbine. Congor Bay, who broke his maiden in his debut on October 1 at Woodbine, made it two in a row, drawing off late after pressing the pace. Breakwithtradition, who was making his 5th start, chased in third early, before finishing evenly in 5th.
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Pleasant Flight (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Heather's Flight by Seattle Dancer) made his 2nd start at Calder, running in a mile Maiden Claiming contest. On a track labeled good, he had to steady in the first turn and then made good progress, finishing in 2nd, just 3/4 of a length behind the winner.
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Dial Four Peace (colt; Peace Rules - Four O One Katie by Marquetry) debuted at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, showing early speed before weakening and finishing 11th. He should be stronger next time out.
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Mostly Peace (filly; Peace Rules - Ms. Mostly by Copelan) made her 7th start overall, and her 3rd against winners, in a Claiming race at Delaware Park. She chased the early pace, took a short lead, but couldn't hold off the closing Sister Kathleen, who won by better than 6. Mostly Peace, however, was well clear of the rest.
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October 28

Masquered Tsaar (colt; Saarland - Masquerade Star by Stalwart) and Prolific (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Quadrahope by Quadratic) met at the Meadowlands, going a mile on a sloppy track in a Maiden Claiming race. Masquered Tsaar, who was making his 2nd start, trailed the field early, raced wide and passed some tired ones to finish fourth. Prolific, who was making his 8th start, was one of the tired ones passed by Masquered Tsaar. He finished 5th after stalking the early pace.
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Antigone Jones Can Dance with a Smoking Kitty

October 29, 2008
Churchill Downs Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
7 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:34 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Smoking Kitty
2. Darlat Cat
3. Bandora
4. Antigone Jones
5. Lady Simpson
6. Kiss Mine
7. Taptobe
8. Terrell Cheney
9. This Cat Can Dance
10. Tsunami Bertie
11. Heart Ashley
12. Scarlet Secret
AE Sagedust
AE Passion Du Coeur
AE Pay by Phone
AE Belle's Beamer

Antigone Jones (Smarty Jones - Oedy's Appeal by Valid Appeal) returns after tiring in her debut on September 17 at Turfway Park and finishing 7th. She has been working regularly at Churchill since that start. Antigone Jones is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Stormin Oedy, Eyes On Eddy, and Oelectra. Eyes On Eddy was a winner at 2 and earned $544,019. Smarty Jones has sired 18 runners who have made 36 total starts, recording 6 wins, 5 seconds, 3 thirds, and $366,006.

Tsunami Bertie (Langfuhr - Thunder Bertie by Thunder Gulch), Lady Simpson (Yankee Victor - Palace Weekend by Seattle Dancer), and Scarlet Secret (Stephen Got Even - My Scarlet Angel by Chief's Crown) met at Turfway Park in a 6 furlong maiden race on September 27, with Tsunami Bertie finishing 2nd, Lady Simpson 5th, and Scarlet Secret 8th. Tsunami Bertie, who previously was 2nd at Ellis Park on August 31, is out of grade III stakes winner Thunder Bertie. Thunder Bertie won the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) at 2, and earned $122,950 in her career. She has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Ballad of Bertie. British-bred Lady Simpson is a half-sister to 5 winners, including group I winner Palace Episode. Palace Episode won the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I) at 2 and has earned $363,047 through 2008. Scarlet Secret is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Solemn Promise.

Also running at Turfway Park on September 27, but in a different race, was This Cat Can Dance (Vindication - Katz Me If You Can by Storm Cat), who was 4th in her race. Previously, she finished 5th at Saratoga on August 14. Grade II winner Katz Me If You Can, dam of This Cat Can Dance, won or placed in 10 stakes and earned $410,947. As a 2-year old, she won 2 races and finished 2nd in the Sorority Stakes (gr. III). Katz Me If You Can has produced 1 winner from 2 to run.

The final filly in the main body of the field with experience is Smoking Kitty (Macho Uno - Number One Cat by Storm Cat), who finished 6th at Keeneland on October 10. Smoking Kitty brought $105,000 as a 2-year old and is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare, Number One Cat, who earned $133,830. Number One Cat is a daughter of grade I winner Vivid Angel. At 2, Vivid Angel won the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I), and the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I).

The top-seller in the field is Heart Ashley (Lion Heart - Pretty 'n Smart by Beau Genius), by first-crop sire Lion Heart. Lion Heart's 66 runners have made 175 total starts, recording 27 wins, 18 thirds, and $1,220,052. Pretty 'n Smart, dam of Heart Ashley, did not run at 2, but she was a debut winner at 3, and finished 3rd in the Railbird (gr. II) that year. Pretty 'n Smart is the dam of 3 winners from 3 to run, including grade III stakes winner Ashley's Kitty. Ashley's Kitty has earned $237,038 through 2008.

Also by a freshman sire is Taptobe (Tapit - Longingtobeme by Belong to Me), who is by leading first-year sire Tapit. Tapit has sired 40 starters who have made 116 combined starts, registering 22 wins, 24 seconds, 10 thirds, and $2,323,528. Taptobe is the 2nd foal out of the stakes-placed mare Longingtobeme who earned $214,812.

Selling for $150,000 as a 2-year old was Bandora (Dixieland Band - Andora Springs by Capote), who is out of the winning mare, Andora Springs. Andora Springs has produced 2 winners from 2 to run.

Terrell Cheney (Mineshaft - Lady Melesi by Colonial Affair) is out of stakes winner Lady Melesi, who earned $389,190. Lady Melesi has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including grade II stakes-placed Doc Cheney, who has earned $190,390 through 2008, and stakes winner Roman Emperor, a winner at 2 and 3, who has earned $168,803 through 2008.

Darlat Cat (Johannesburg - Dalia Cat by Storm Cat) is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is a half- or full-sister to 5 winners, including Lermontov a group III winner at 2.

Kiss the Devil, dam of Kiss Mine (Mineshaft - Kiss the Devil by Kris S.), was a grade III winner who earned $381,629. Kiss Mine is her 2nd foal.

The only unraced horse on the AE list is Belle's Beamer (Mutakddim - Shiloh's Crown by Crown Ambassador), who is a half-sister to the winner Shiloh's Miracle.

Passion Du Coeur (Distorted Humor - Arianna's Passion by Unbridled's Song), who brought $300,000 as a yearling, finished 3rd in her only start, at Keeneland on October 10 (this was not the same race as Smoking Kitty). Arianna's Passion, dam of Passion Du Coeur, was a debut winner at 2, stakes-placed at 2 and 3, and a stakes winner at 4, while earning $204,110. She has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, including one which won at 2.

Finishing 4th in her only start was Pay by Phone (Sir Cherokee - Prospect's Only by Danzatore), who ran at Arlington Park on September 20. Pay by Phone is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed The Ruzz. One of Pay by Phone's siblings was a debut winner at 2.

Sagedust (Hennessy - Sixy Chic by Saratoga Six), who sold for $65,000 as a yearling, finished 7th in her lone start, at Arlington Park on September 6. Sagedust is out of the mare Sixy Chic, who won on the dirt and grass as a 2-year old. Sixy Chic has produced 3 winners, one of which won at 2.

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October 23

Viola Pomposa (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Marquee Attraction by Storm Cat) worked 4 furlongs in :54.40 at Adena Springs Farm. A $100,000 yearling, Viola Pomposa is a half-sister to the winner Live From Appollo, who was a winner at 2. Viola Pomposa's dam, Marquee Attraction, is a daughter of grade I winner and champion Golden Attraction.

Moon Town (colt; Speightstown - Vauxhall by Theatrical (IRE)) worked 2 furlongs in :27.40 at Winding Oaks Farm. Moon Town is out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including grade II stakes winner For All We Know and stakes winner Hustler.

October 25

Jaystone (colt; Birdstone - Maya's Note by Editor's Note) worked 3 furlongs in :39.67 at Belmont Park. Jaystone is the 2nd foal out of a winning mare, who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Spectacular Cat.

At Fairmont Park, He's Perfect (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - La Pique Dame by Gulch) worked 3 furlong in :39.00 in the mud. He's Perfect is a half-brother to the winner, My Sister Babs.

October 26

Ourwingman (colt; Peaces Rules - Inner Circle by El Gran Senor) worked 3 furlongs in the mud at the Webster Training Center, recording a time of :42.60. Ourwingman sold for $16,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the stakes-placed mare Inner Circle, who earned $163,433. Inner Circle has produced 3 winners.

October 27

Blue Haze Day (filly; Birdstone - Ice'em by Two Punch) worked 3 furlongs at Remington Park in :38.22. Blue Haze Day, who brought $80,000 as a yearling, is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 10 winners.

At San Luis Rey, Atalanta Velox (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Mandy Mack by Native Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in :37.40. Atalanta Velox, who sold for $70,000 as a 2-year old, is out of stakes winner Mandy Mack, who earned $155,785. Mandy Mack has produced 3 winners, including grade III winner The Judge Sez Who.

Working 5 furlongs at Woodbine in 1:03.40 was Clever Rules (colt; Peace Rules - Clever Actress by Theatrical (IRE)). Clever Rules sold for $65,000 as a weanling and $105,000 at 2, and is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner, Big Apple Daddy.

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