Passum Pattie Prevails

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Tranquil Times (Peace Rules) was scratched from the Old Hickory Stakes. The winner of that one was Foreign Production. He dueled with favorite Forty Thieves early and then took command. Bertsgoldenmissile was 2nd and Screen Your Friend closed for third.

Bosco Rules (Peace Rules) was scratched at Hawthorne and Caffe D'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) and Footcandles (Speightstown) failed to draw into their respective races at Aqueduct. Smart Attire (Smarty Jones) was also scratched from the 10th at Churchill Downs, but Alma d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) and Mission Gap (Speightstown) ran in that one, so there is a recap below.

Passum Pattie Prevails

Passum Pattie (Peace Rules) went right to the lead, but she was accompanied by Sneaky Patrol. Slowly, but surely, Passum Pattie pulled away from that one to win by more than 3, and increase her earnings to $34,200. Passum Pattie is now undefeated at 4.5 furlongs.

Result: November 22, 2008
Charles Town Race 4

Passum Pattie $6.60
Sneaky Patrol  


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C Gets Her Karma Back

Tiffany Royal and Catarina Ranch dueled early, with Kays and Jays sticking close. A Day for Dancing came rolling four wide, but another was closing faster, C Karma. She came with a rush to score her first dirt triumph. Hug It Out (Medaglia d'Oro) put in a move as well, but she got stuck in traffic and settled for fourth.

Result: November 22, 2008
Fair Grounds Race 9
Pontalba Stakes

C Karma $10.20
A Day for Dancing  
Catarina Ranch  


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Stone Skips Over Second Glance

Second Glance (Smarty Jones) broke well and went right to the lead. However, she couldn't clear Unflappable Miss who had the rail in 2nd. Second Glance finally shook clear of Unflappable Miss, but favorite Skipstone was making her move. Second Glance had no answer for that one, as Skipstone pulled clear by more than three. This was by far Second Glance's best effort. Yes, she did weaken late, but she held on to second rather than going backwards through the field as she has done previously.

Result: November 22, 2008
Laurel Park Race 4
Maiden Claiming

Skipstone $6.00
Second Glance  
Franklin's Philly  


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Solomon Sings a Victory Tune over Chattertown

This was one of those wow performances. Tough Holiday stumbled at the break and lost her rider. Chattertown (Speightstown) took the early lead, but favorite Song of Solomon was not far behind. She began to draw even on the turn and then took over. She continued to pull away without a lot of urging, putting the field farther and farther behind. The final margin was more than 13. Chattertown was the best of the rest. This is the kind of race that makes me glad that I'm doing Maiden Watch. If it weren't for Chattertown running at Philadelphia, I would have missed Song of Solomon's impressive performance.

Result: November 22, 2008
Philadelphia Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Song of Solomon $5.40
Record High  


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Well Positioned in Front

Paydirt took the early lead, but was soon collared by Well Positioned. That one was left alone on the lead and allowed to set easy fractions. He continued to expand his lead throughout the stretch without feeling much pressure from the rider. It was a long way back to Miro in 2nd. The official margin was 14 1/4 lengths. Look who owns the winner, Paul Pompa, Jr. Do you think IEAH may come calling? Mario d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) broke slow, moved up a little between horses, but then dropped back to the tail, inspiring the chart note, "never in the hunt."

Result: November 22, 2008
Aqueduct Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Well Positioned $65.00
Hayley's Victory  


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Sangre Frio's Clear of Alma and Mission Gap

Sharpsburg went for the early lead, but he was pressed by Oceanage who soon hit the front. Favorite Captain Cherokee (the half-brother to Midnight Lute) broke last and was back in the pack. Alma d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) was at the back on the leading pack early, while Mission Gap (Speightstown) was with the trailers. Sangre Frio made a bid 5 wide, and hit the front as they entered the stretch. Captain Cherokee finally got in gear and was flying at the end, but there was too much for him to do. He did beat out Oceanage for the place spot. Expect this one to be an even shorter price next time out. Mission Gap also made a bid, but flattened out to finish 8th. Alma d'Oro closed a little ground to pick up fourth. As reported above, Smart Attire (Smarty Jones) was scratched.

Result: November 22, 2008
Churchill Downs Race 10
Maiden Special Weight

Sangre Frio $6.80
Captain Cherokee  


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A Union Strike at the Fair Grounds

First-time gelding Hector Connector caused all kinds of havoc in this one. He ran off during the loading process, but not far enough to be scratched, causing delays. Then, he reared again while they tried to load him. He did seem to stand quietly once they did get him loaded which was good since they loaded him first. He did seem to want to do some running when the gates opened, as he went right up with the pacesetter Southern Region. He soon tired, however, and the pressing role was taken by favorite Powerchord. Southern Region continued to lead, expanding his margin in the stretch, as Powerchord weakened.Union Strike was sitting just off the pace, had to steady a bid, but made continued progress to catch Southern Region and get up for the win. Southern Region did jump the gate tracks late, but it probably was not enough to cost victory. Also closing well were Cat Springs and Trait. Desert Fox (Saarland) made a nice move in here, getting up to third at one point, but flattened out to 7th. It was a much improved effort compared to his Polytrack starts and I hope he gets a chance to run back on the turf. Union Strike's victory was Trainer Steve Asmussen's 555th win for the year, tying his record for most North American training wins in a season.

Result: November 22, 2008
Fair Grounds Race 10
Maiden Special Weight

Union Strike $7.20
Southern Region  
Cat Springs  


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Other Results

Pretty Kitten (Saarland) finished 5th in the 5th at Camarero, making up a little ground late.

Congor Bay's Prevue Try

November 23, 2008
Hollywood Race 8
Hollywood Prevue (gr. III)
7 furlongs
2-year Olds
Post Time: 7:08 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Jack o' Lantern
2. Backbackbackgone
3. Azul Leon
4. Ventana
5. Congor Bay
6. Arashi Cat

Congor Bay (Speightstown - Pico Teneriffe by Red Ransom), who broke his maiden in his debut at Woodbine on October 1, and then returned with an allowance win at that track on October 26, takes another step forward with a stakes try in the Hollywood Prevue (gr. III).

Another undefeated colt is taking most of the headlines, as Backbackbackgone (Put It Back - Pat's Sister by Defrere) is three for three, with wins in the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes and the Jack Goodman Stakes.

Another stakes winner in the mix is Azul Leon (Lion Heart - Quick Blue by Cure the Blues), who won the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) and the Best Pal (via disqualification). However, in his last two starts, he finished 6th in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) and 9th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Arashi Cat (Fusaichi Pegasus - A Chance of Storm by Storm Cat) broke his maiden in his debut on August 9, and then finished third, behind Backbackbackgone, in the Jack Goodman Stakes. Fourth in the Jack Goodman was Ventana (Toccet - Full Figure by Polish Numbers), who also finished 10th in the Champagne (gr. I). Ventana broke his maiden in his first start at Belmont on September 5.

Jack o' Lantern (Flatter - Northern Guide by Northern Baby) comes into the Hollywood Prevue off of his maiden score.

Read more about the Hollywood Prevue here.

Miracle Baby has a Taste to be Scholastic

November 23, 2008
Aqueduct Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles turf
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 1:52 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Muir Station
2. Americas Dreaming
3. Miracle Baby
4. Sally's Song
5. Black Orchid
6. Taste
7. Deputy Empress
8. Walton Place
9. Scholastic
10. Grace's Valentine
AE Queen Caribees
AE Outstanding Henny
AE Venado
AE Strike the Bell
AE Miss Catalyst
AE Gold d'Oro

Miracle Baby (Smarty Jones - Heritage of Gold by Gold Legend) debuts in this race that everyone wants to be in. There are 10 horses in the main body of the race and 6 on the AE list. One of those on the AE list is Gold d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Gold Canyon by Mr. Prospector), who is a veteran of 2 races. It is doubtful that she will draw in, and she has been in a similarly conditioned race on Wednesday.

Miracle Baby has been working in New York since early August. She is out of grade I winner Heritage of Gold, who earned $2,381,762 in her career. Heritage of Gold won or placed in 12 graded stakes, including a win in the Diana (gr. IIT) on the turf. Heritage of Gold has produced Special Heritage, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Smarty Jones' 27 runners have made 52 total starts, recording 8 wins, 8 seconds, 3 thirds, and $484,382.

Gold d'Oro has run twice at 7 furlongs on the Belmont turf, finishing 4th on September 25, and 6th on October 19. She has worked twice since her last start. Gold d'Oro is a half-sister to Adriano, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and the Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT). Adriano also broke his maiden on the turf at 2. Gold Canyon, the dam of Gold d'Oro and Adriano, was a winner and finished 4th in her only turf effort. Medaglia d'Oro has sired 49 runners who have made 141 total starts, recording 23 wins, 21 seconds, 15 thirds, and $1,123,435.

Sally's Song (Unbridled's Song - Exit Now by Wild Again) faced Gold d'Oro on September 25 on the Belmont turf, finishing 7th. A $350,000 yearling, Sally's Song is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Regal Miss Copelan, and grade II stakes winner Regally Appealing. Regally Appealing won the Adirondack (gr. II) as a 2-year old and finished 3rd in the Schuylerville (gr. II) that same year. Overall, Regally Appealing earned $296,925. Regal Miss Copelan is the dam of Song of Solomon, impressive winner at Philadelphia Park on November 22.

Americas Dreaming (Statue of Liberty - Barnabas (ITY) by Slip Anchor (GB)) has run twice on the turf. She finished 2nd in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. in Ireland. Then, on August 31 at Saratoga, she finished 9th in a 5.5 furlong turf. Americas Dreaming is a half-sister to 2 turf winners, including stakes-placed Mighty Empire.

The only other experienced filly in the main body of the race is Grace's Valentine (Rahy - Plenty of Grace by Roberto), who finished 7th in a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Saratoga on August 27. Plenty of Grace, dam of Grace's Valentine, won or placed in 9 graded stakes on the turf and earned $744,499. She has produced 4 winners, 2 of which won on the turf and another which placed on the turf.

Deputy Empress (Tapit - Empress Jessie by Red Ransom) and Scholastic (Johar - Vassar by Royal Academy) are both by first-crop sires. Deputed Empress, who is by leading freshman sire Tapit, sold for $52,000 as a yearling. Tapit's 47 runners have made 144 total starts, recording 24 wins, 27 seconds, 15 thirds, and $2,423,472. Deputy Empress is a half-sister to 2 winners, including Mogadishu who was a winner at 2 on the turf. Scholastic is by Johar, whose 30 runners have made 81 collective starts, recording 12 wins, 12 seconds, 6 thirds, and $312,432. Scholastic brought $210,000 as a 2-year old. Vassar, dam of Scholastic, was a winner on the turf. She has produced two winners, including Coast Guard. Coast Guard was a winner at 2 who finished 3rd in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and 2nd in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at 3.

Muir Station (Street Cry (IRE) - Tawaaded (IRE) by Nashwan) is a half-sister to Shakis, a grade II winner on the turf who earned $860,532. Unfortunately, Shakis was recently euthanized after breaking his leg in a workout. Muir Station's dam, Tawaaded, was a winner on the turf and has produced 2 additional turf winners.

Argentinian-bred Black Orchid (Interprete (ARG) - Escalinata (ARG) by Ride the Rails) is the 2nd foal out of a winning mare.

Santona, dam of Taste (Gone West - Santona (CHI) by Winning), was a winner at 2 and a group I winning in Chile on the turf at 3. Santona is the dam of 4 winners, including grade III winner Grand Hombre. Another offspring, Gesundheit, was a winner on the turf. Gesundheit is a full-brother to Taste.

Walton Place (Unbridled's Song - Gail's Brush by Broad Brush) is out of the mare Gail's Brush, a grade III winner on the turf who earned $250,701. Gail's Brush has produced 6 winners, including Aud, a grade III winner on the turf.

The AE fillies are all experienced including Queen Caribees (Cozzene - Avie's Fancy by Lord Avie), who was 4th in her only start, at a mile on the Delaware turf on October 5. She was a $90,000 yearling and is out of Avie's Fancy, who won or placed in 11 turf stakes (and 4 dirt stakes). Included in this total are wins in the Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIT) and the Boiling Springs Handicap (gr. IIIT). Avie's Fancy has produced 3 winners, including grade II stakes winner St Averil and stakes winner Our Cozzette. St Averil was a winner at 2, and also won on the turf.

Outstanding Henny (Hennessy - Outstanding Info by Tactical Advantage) has run 3 times, including a 2nd place finish at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Saratoga on August 25. Outstanding Info, the dam of Outstanding Henny, won or placed in 12 stakes including a 2nd in the Blue Hen Stakes as a 2-year old. She earned $322,092 in her career, but did not run on the turf. Outstanding Henny is her first foal.

Venado (Unbridled's Song - Swearingen by Deposit Ticket), who was a $150,000 yearling, has run twice on the dirt, finishing 4th at Saratoga on July 24, and 10th at Keeneland on October 12. Her dam, Swearingen, won or placed in 14 stakes including a victory in the La Senorita Stakes as a 2-year old. Overall, she earned $673,233 and has produced one winner.

Bringing $45,000 at 2 was Strike the Bell (Mizzen Mast - Vesper Cat by Mountain Cat), who has made 2 turf starts at Belmont. She finished 8th on September 25 behind Gold d'Oro, and 3rd on October 19. Strike the Bell is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to stakes winners Vespers and Database. Vespers was also stakes-placed on the turf.

Miss Catalyst (Mr. Greeley - Key to the Cat by Tale of the Cat) finished 3rd on the Belmont turf on October 19, in front of Gold d'Oro. Key to the Cat, dam of Miss Catalyst, was a stakes winner on the turf, who earned $133,981. Miss Catalyst is her first foal.

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