Presidente d'Oro seeks a Midnight Break

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Diva Gets the Gold over Me You and Her

Why Now took the early lead, pursued first by Reckless Betty and then by Spoilher. Me You and Her (Smarty Jones) was on the rail, in 4th. She was briefly blocked, but then began to tire and finished 8th. Diva's Gold was never too far back, had to steady, but came running to get by them all. At the end, she was better than 3 in front. Diva's Gold was the first of 7 winners on the day for Julien Leparoux.

Result: November 11, 2008
Churchill Downs Race 1
Maiden Claiming

Diva's Gold $6.40
$4.00
$2.60
Why Now  
$9.80
$6.20
Spoilher  

$4.60

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Proud Aly Takes a Pleasant Flight

Proud Aly went right to the lead in this one. The nearest pursuers early were One Wonders and Bad Boy Luke. Pleasant Flight (Pleasantly Perfect) took a run at Proud Aly in the stretch, but was unable to make up much ground and weakened late. It's difficult to catch a horse after he's allowed to set easy fractions. There was a three horse photo for place, which Pleasant Flight was involved in, but he lost out to both Outta Space and Dark Corner, and ended up 4th. Pleasant Flight was vanned off after this one. He did not appear to be in distress during the race, but I didn't see the gallop out, because the cameras were focused on the winner. However, Dynawill galloped out well, as he was with the winner.

Result: November 11, 2008
Calder Race 4
Maiden Claiming

Proud Aly $25.40
$12.60
$6.60
Outta Space  
$23.40
$8.80
Dark Corner  

$3.00

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West Run(s)way from Pacificator

Kid Gusto took to the front early, but he appeared to be running away a bit. Smokin' Legend and Attractive Ride were the closest pursuers. However, all three of these weakened in the stretch. Seal Team and Do Drop In were closing, but closing best of all was Runway West. He came rolling 3-wide and passed everyone to score a clear victory. This was Julien Leparoux's record-tying 7th win on the day. Pacificator (Peace Rules) wasn't much involved in this one, as he was on or near the back throughout.

Result: November 11, 2008
Churchill Downs Race 8
Starter Allowance

Runway West $12.00
$5.00
$4.00
Seal Team  
$4.00
$3.00
Do Drop In  

$6.00

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Presidente d'Oro seeks a Midnight Break

November 12, 2008
Churchill Downs Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile turf
2-year Olds
Post Time: 2:36 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Star At Windham
2. Charlie Trumper
3. Rocamadour
4. Bergman
5. Smart Tomcat
6. Stroll With Me
7. African King
8. J T Rocker
9. Midnight Break
10. Presidente d'Oro
AE Flatwood Hank
AE He's Got the Beat
AE Dookie Duck
AE Buzzin and Dreamin
MTO Big Surf
MTO Inclusive Faith
MTO Galloping Gulch

Everyone wants to run in this one, 10 horses in the field, 4 on the AE list, and 3 on the MTO list. Our two horses, Midnight Break (Congaree - Twilight Spectre by Imp Society) and Presidente d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Temis (CHI) by Lord Florey) are both in the main body of the race. Midnight Break is making his third start, after finishing 2nd in his first two, at Presque Isle Downs on August 21, and at Keeneland on October 17. He's worked twice since that start. Midnight Break is a half-brother to 3 winners, including grade III stakes winner Ethan Man. Ethan Man was a debut winner at 2 and earned $227,294 in his career. Congaree is the sire of 40 runners who have made 91 total starts, recording 15 wins, 17 seconds, and 7 thirds, and $633,355.

Presidente d'Oro has run twice, finishing 8th on the Ellis Park turf on August 24, and 5th on the Turfway Park Polytrack on October 2. He's had two works from the gate since his last race. Temis, the dam of Presidente d'Oro, was a stakes winner in Chile and stakes-placed in the U.S, earning $163,479. She was also stakes-placed on the turf. Presidente d'Oro is her first foal. Medaglia d'Oro's 45 runners have made 132 total starts, recording 23 wins, 19 seconds, 15 thirds, and $1,096,865.

Bergman (Cape Town - Classic Ingrid by Regal Classic) and Stroll With Me (Stroll - Feather Maraine by Take Me Out) finished 3rd and 6th, behind Midnight Break, at Keeneland on October 17. Bergman, who brought $60,000 as a yearling, also finished 6th at Arlington Park on September 21. Classic Ingrid, dam of Bergman, was stakes-placed on the turf and earned $118,436. Bergman is her first foal. Classic Ingrid is a half-sister to grade II winner and first-crop sire, Scrimshaw. Stroll With Me has made four total starts. Since the Keeneland race, he was 6th at Churchill Downs on November 1. Previously, he had made two turf starts, finishing 7th at Ellis Park on August 27, and 3rd at Kentucky Downs on September 15. Stroll With Me is by first-crop sire Stroll, whose 12 starters have made 42 collective starts, registering 11 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds, and $559,368. Stroll With Me is the first foal out of a mare who earned $161,464, and who is a full-sister to one winner.

African King (Black Mambo - Sir Line by Danzig) and Rocamadour (Black Mambo - Willa by Mountain Cat) are both by freshman sire Black Mambo. Black Mambo's 27 runners have made 86 total starts, recording 12 wins, 11 seconds, 5 thirds, and $291,652. African King, who sold for $70,000 as a weanling, has made three starts, running 5th at Arlington Park on September 4, 2nd at Presque Isle Downs on September 25, and 4th at Woodbine on October 16. African King is a half-brother to 5 winners, three of which won at 2. Rocamadour sold for $70,000 at 2, and finished 4th in his only start, at Keeneland on October 11. Rocamadour is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, one of which won on the turf.

Finishing 5th in his only start, at Saratoga on July 25, was Charlie Trumper (Giant's Causeway - Penniless Heiress by Pentelicus). Charlie Trumper sold for $350,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare, Penniless Heiress. Penniless Heiress has produced 5 winners from 6 to run, including grade I winner Wildcat Heir, grade III winner Forest Heiress, and stakes winner Forest Heir. All three of those were winners at 2. One of Penniless Heiress' offspring won on the turf.

Completing the main body of the race are debut runners Star At Windham (Pleasant Tap - Queens n Vagabonds by Black Tie Affair (IRE)), Smart Tomcat (Smart Strike - Al Beedaa by Swain (IRE)), and J T Rocker (Aldebaran - California Sunset by Deputy Minister). Stakes-winner Queens n Vagabonds, dam of Star At Windham, won 3 races at 2. Queens n Vagabonds has produced 4 winners. Smart Tomcat, who was a $115,000 weanling, is the first foal out the mare Al Beedaa who was placed on the turf. Al Beedaa is a half-sister to group I winner Erhaab and group II winner Oumaldaaya, both of which did their winning on the turf. Selling for $140,000 as a yearling, J T Rocker is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare California Sunset. California Sunset is a half-sister to 6 winners, including Don't Read My Lips, a stakes winner on the turf and dirt.

Unraced horses on the AE list are Flatwood Hank (Great Notion - Very Valentino by Arch) and He's Got the Beat (Sultry Song - French Ribbon by Gulch). Flatwood Hank is by first-crop sire Great Notion, whose 6 runners have made 20 total starts, recording 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 5 thirds. Flatwood Hank is the first foal out of an unraced mare. He's Got the Beat, who sold for $40,000 as a 2-year old, is out of the winning mare French Ribbon. French Ribbon has produced one winner.

Completing the AE list are Dookie Duck (Bright Launch - Meet With Pete by Anticipating) and Buzzin and Dreamin (Five Star Day - Bumble Bee Mama by Notebook), who have both started three times. Dookie Duck finished 3rd at Turfway Park on September 3, 6th at Turfway on September 27, and 2nd at Keeneland on October 17. Dookie Duck is out of a winning mare who has produced 5 winners, including turf stakes-placed Doc's Lil' Angel. Buzzin and Dreamin, who sold for $170,000 as a yearling, finished 8th at Churchill on June 25, 4th at Saratoga on August 6, and 4th at Keeneland on October 15. He is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to 2 winners, including Hemingway's Key. Hemingway's Key was 3rd in the 2006 Preakness (gr. I), and the 2006 Jim Dandy (gr. II). He was also 2 for 2 at 2.

On the MTO list are Big Surf (Storm Cat - Surfside by Seattle Slew), Inclusive Faith (Include - Tiger's Wedge by Slew o'Gold), and unraced Galloping Gulch (Gulch - Regala Di Trieste by Old Trieste). Big Surf, who finished 5th in his only start, at Keeneland on October 3, is a son of champion and millionaire, Surfside. As a 2-year old, Surfside won the Frizette (gr. I) and the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I). Surfside has produced 2 winner, including stakes-placed Shark. Inclusive Faith sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and $100,000 as a 2-year old. He was 3rd in his only start, at Belmont on September 20. Inclusive Faith is a half-brother to 3 winners, including one 2-year old winner. Galloping Gulch is the first foal out of the mare Regala Di Trieste, who was a winner at 2, is a half-sister to grade II stakes-placed Forefathers, and Pioneerof the Nile, who finished 3rd in this year's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I). Pioneerof the Nile, who was also 5th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, broke his maiden on the turf. Forefathers was also a winner at 2.

Missunitednations Seeks Brave Love for an American Romance

November 12, 2008
Philadelphia Park Race 7
Allowance
1 mile
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 2:56 PM

P Horse
1. Brave Love
2. Missunitednations
3. Fitz Just Right
4. Queen of Song
5. Fools in Love
6. Hogan Beach
7. American Romance

Missunitednations (Peace Rules - Sister Greeley by Mr. Greeley) returns, after breaking her maiden by 7 lengths in her 2nd start, on October 11 at Philadelphia Park. In that race, she went straight to the front and never looked back. She'll stretch out to a mile (from 6.5 furlongs) for this one. Since her win, she's worked once at Philadelphia Park, going 4 furlongs in :47.00 on November 4.

Fools in Love (Not For Love - Parlez by French Deputy) has faced nothing but stakes company since breaking her maiden in her debut on July 5 at Monmouth. On August 2, she was 3rd in the Colleen Stakes, and on August 31, she was 2nd in the Sorority Stakes. Both of those races were at Monmouth. She then tried Maryland-breds in the Maryland Million Lassie Stakes on October 4, finishing 2nd. Her most recent effort came in the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct on November 2, where she finished 6th behind Livin Lovin and Gemswick Park. The Tempted was at a mile, the same distance as this allowance test.

Brave Love (Indian Charlie - Loveswept by Clever Trick) broke her maiden in her 2nd start, at Philadelphia Park on August 10 in a 5 furlong Maiden race. She then finished 4th in an allowance race at Philadelphia Park on September 2, and 2nd in an allowance/optional claiming race on September 25 at Monmouth. Her most recent effort was in the Brandywine Stakes at Philadelphia Park on October 28. On a sloppy race track, she finished 5th in that 6 furlong contest. Brave Love has never run beyond 6 furlongs.

Hogan Beach (Harlan's Holiday - Runnin Wonder by Chimes Band) also finished 5th in a stakes race in her most recent start. In her case, it was in the 1 1/16 mile Blue Hen Stakes at Delaware Park on October 18. Her maiden win came in her third start, in a mile race at Laurel on October 1. Hogan Beach's earlier efforts included a third-place finish behind Sky Diva, who won the Frizette (gr. I) in her next start.

The only other entrant with stakes experience is Queen of Song (Unbridled's Song - Rose Queen by Storm Cat) who finished 4th in the Gin Talking Stakes (restricted to Maryland-breds) in her debut on September 6. Queen of Song broke her maiden in her third and most recent start, on November 2 at Delaware Park in a 6 furlong race. Second in that race was She's a Wow. Six furlongs is the farthest Queen of Song has run.

American Romance (Successful Appeal - Special American by Quiet American) broke her maiden in her third and most recent start, on October 10 at the Meadowlands. That race, which was run at 6 furlongs, was restricted to horses bred in New Jersey. Her earlier attempts were at 5.5 furlongs. American Romance has worked three times since that win, recording 2 bullets.

Fitz Just Right (Seattle Fitz (ARG) - Light Line by Line in the Sand), who is by first-crop sire Seattle Fitz, was victorious in her first and only start. In that race, which was a 6 furlong contest at the Meadowlands on October 17, she led almost gate-to-wire. She's had two works since then.

2-Year Old Works

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Working 3 furlongs in :39.00 at Finger Lakes was Rockalady (filly; Birdstone - Skyladywalker by Skywalker). Rockalady is the first foal out of Skyladywalker, a winner of 6 races including her 2-year old debut. Skyladywalker is a half-sister to 6 winners.

Midnight Mischief (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Western Reel by Gone West) worked 3 furlongs in :37.40 at Calumet Farm Training Center. Stakes-placed Western Reel, dam of Midnight Mischief, has produced 4 winners.

At Belmont Park, Missy Loves Mambo (filly; Peace Rules - Mambo Mistress by Kingmambo) worked 3 furlongs in :36.03 on the dirt training track at Belmont. Missy Loves Mambo sold for $90,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-sister to one winner.

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