Rachel is a Star

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The Stars of Tomorrow Card II at Churchill Downs became the Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro) show after her dominating performance in the Golden Rod (gr. II). She broke well and went right to the lead. War Echo tried to go with her and then Sara Louise took up the chase, but they were no match for Rachel who seemed to get stronger as the race progressed. The final margin was more than 4. Rachel Alexandra, who established a new stakes record in the Golden Rod, ran more than a second faster than Beethoven did in winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Rachel Alexandra did her family proud, as dam Lotta Kim finished 2nd in the Golden Rod. Read more about the Golden Rod here.


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Jazzandthemagician (Birdstone)
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II)

Capt. Candyman Can fought for the early lead, overcoming Jazzandthemagician. Jazzandthemagician tired after 6 furlongs, retreating to finish 6th. Meanwhile up front, both Beethoven and Giant Oak were closing. Beethoven outfinished his rival to take the win. Capt. Candyman Can raced greenly in the stretch, shying at shadows, but hung in well for third. Read more about the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes here.


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Presents for Berti (Congaree)
Grand Canyon Handicap

My Boy Jo went to the lead, pursued by Jack Spratt and Ninth Client. Also near the front was Proceed Bee. My Boy Jo and Ninth Clienth retreated in the stretch and Proceed Bee took command over Jack Spratt. Smart Shot closed well late, but he couldn't catch Proceed Bee. Presents for Berti was off ok and had a good spot and made a little headway. But, he didn't have much punch late and finished 7th.


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Devil by Design (Medaglia d'Oro)
Carressing Handicap

Yo Eleven and War Tigress dueled early, but Yo Eleven started retreating after a half. War Tigress' lead seemed tenuous at times, but she continued to hold off them all, including the favorite Striking Dancer who was closing late. Devil by Design was at the back of the leading pack and ran rather evenly to finish 6th.


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Noble Rule (Peace Rules)
Live Oak GTOBA Debutante Stakes

This one was all about Oilgonewile who led from gate-to-wire. Tailbytherail rallied for 2nd, also rallying was Hot Chili Pepper who was third. Noble Rule trailed for much of the race, passed a couple of tired ones and finished 9th.


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Sweet Kristen (Peace Rules) and Conga Gold (Congaree)
Fair Grounds Race 8 Allowance

Sweet Kristen took the early lead, but she was pressured by True Lucky. That one got her head in front on the turn, and Sweet Kristen had no response. She ended up 5th. Conga Gold had little speed and finished 6th (and last). The track was sloppy at Fair Grounds and there was a clear separation between those who handled it and those who didn't.


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One Hot Toddy (Congaree)
Churchill Downs Race 2 Maiden

One Hot Toddy was up with the pace early, racing three wide. But she gave way after 6 furlongs and finished 9th. Suz Slew was on the lead, but she couldn't hold off favorite Satin Thunder who won going away. Making up a ton of ground late was The Best Day Ever.


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Justin (Speightstown) and Better Than Gold (Medaglia d'Oro)
Churchill Downs Race 4 Maiden

Pressure Point took the lead soon after the start and held off Prince Teton for the win. Justin had a good spot on the rail, came out for the drive, but couldn't make up much ground. He ran evenly late and finished 5th. An ok debut which he can move forward off of. Better Than Gold trailed throughout.


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Tasty Temptation (Medaglia d'Oro)
Woodbine Race 1 Maiden

Three Hour Tour took the early lead pursued by Open Zipper. In the stretch, Forcefully came on the outside, while Tasty Temptation came up the rail. Forcefully took this one, but it was a very promising debut for Tasty Temptation who showed a lot of courage going inside.

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Wild Conga (Congaree) and Stones Throw (Birdstone)
Aqueduct Race 3 Maiden

Another gate-to-wire winner, this time it was favorite Great Debater. Wild Conga was up close, made a move 3-wide, but was extremely green in the stretch and finished 6th. He should move forward off of this one. Stones Throw trailed and beat one late.

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Col. Wease (Birdstone)
Aqueduct Race 4 Maiden

This sounds familiar, Quality Road led throughout and Col. Wease trailed.

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Perfectly Campbell (Pleasantly Perfect)
Churchill Downs Race 7 Maiden

Yet another one won on the lead, as favorite Heart Ashley was in control. Nala's Pride was along for 2nd and After Thought closed well for third. Perfectly Campbell didn't have any speed, was parked wide, and finished 11th.


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Precious Beans (Medaglia d'Oro) and Stone Skipper (Birdstone)
Delta Downs Race 1 Maiden

Stone Skipper was scratched. Prince Alliance took the early lead, pursued by Precious Beans. Precious Beans tried and tried to get past, but couldn't. In the end, both of these were passed by California Strike.

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Mostly Peace (Peace Rules)
Philadelphia Race 7

Dawns Storm set the early pace, pestered by Mostly Peace. Dawns Storm began to fade after 6 furlongs, but a new player arrived in Genuine Luck. That one was all out to hold off a closing Let's Have Some Fun. Mostly Peace held her ground and was just beaten late for show.

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Is Retraceable an Ontario Lassie?

November 30, 2008
Woodbine Race 8
Ontario Lassie Stakes
1 1/16 miles
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 4:30 PM

P Horse
1. Lunar Linda
2. Retraceable
3. Dance for Us
4. Stranger Things
5. Moonlit Beauty
6. Go West G T Go
7. D' Country
8. Milwaukee Appeal

Retraceable (Medaglia d'Oro - Embraceable by Dehere), who won the Princess Elizabeth Stakes in her last start on November 1, returns to stakes company in the Ontario Lassie at Woodbine on November 30. Like the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, this one is restricted to Ontario-breds. Also returning from the Princess Elizabeth Stakes is Milwaukee Appeal, who was 2nd in that one. Three of the fillies met in the South Ocean Stakes at Woodbine on November 12. Lunar Linda was 2nd in that one, Go West G T Go was 4th, and Stranger Things was 6th. The other fillies come into this one off of their maiden wins, apart from Moonlit Beauty who is winless in two starts.

Maraschino Red will be a Giant Mover to Strike the Bell

November 30, 2008
Aqueduct Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
6.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 2:48 PM

P Horse
1. Giant Mover
2. Purrfect Bluff
3. Pleasant Ballerina
4. Fast Annie
5. Dattts Stormy
6. Mia's First
7. Flashing
8. Askbut I Won'ttell
9. Maraschino Red
10. Rocker Mom
11. Strike the Bell

Maraschino Red (Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry by Irish Open) makes her 2nd start after finishing fifth in her debut at Aqueduct on October 30. In that race, she was part of the pace before tiring. Maraschino Red sold for $200,000 as a yearling and $900,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of the stakes winner Irish Cherry, who earned $147,280. Irish Cherry, who sold for $2,700,000 at the Keeneland January Sale in 2008, is the dam of grade I winners Spun Sugar and Daaher, as well as 3 other winners. Medaglia d'Oro is the sire 52 runners who have made 152 total starts, recording 24 wins, 23 seconds, 17 thirds, and $1,269,646.

Mia's First (Malabar Gold - Honorable Peace by Honor Grades) debuted at Saratoga on August 28, where she finished 2nd behind Be Smart. Finishing 4th in that race was Sara Louise who later won the Pocahontas (gr. III) and finished 2nd in the Golden Rod (gr. II) on November 29. Mias's First also finished 2nd at Belmont on September 28, and 4th at Aqueduct on November 2. She is out of winning mare who has produced one winner, Cutie Kitty. Cutie Kitty was a winner at 2.

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, and 3rd on October 12. Strike the Bell is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to stakes winners Vespers and Database.

Pleasant Ballerina (Read the Footnotes - Pleasant Wendi by Katowice) was 2nd in her only start, on a sloppy Monmouth track on September 27. She was a $30,000 yearling, and is by first-crop sire Read the Footnotes. Read the Footnotes has had 20 starters, who have made 69 total starts, recording 13 wins, 11 seconds, 6 thirds, and $535,576. Pleasant Ballerina is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Platinum Perfect. Two of her siblings won at 2.

Fast Annie (Cherokee Run - Nokia by Theatrical (IRE)), who sold for $22,000 as a weanling, and $130,000 as a yearling, finished 11 in her only start, at Keeneland on October 10. Fast Annie is out of a winning mare, and she is a half-sister to stakes-placed Hopes and Dreams, who earned $122,084 in her career.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Purrfect Bluff (Lion Heart - Gambling Girl by Secret Claim) by freshman sire Lion Heart. Lion Heart's 77 runners have made 230 collective starts, recording 32 wins, 33 seconds, 22 thirds, and $1,433,765. Purrrfect Bluff sold for $70,000 as a yearling, and $100,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of stakes winner Gambling Girl, who earned $209,073. Gambling Girl has produced 3 winners from 3 to run.

Rocker Mom (Holy Bull - Kelly Key by Mr. Greeley) sold for $170,000 as a 2-year old, and is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare Kelly Key. Kelly Key is a half-sister to 8 winners.

Askbut I Won'ttell (Horse Chestnut (SAF) - Silver Dollar Kate by Green Dancer), who sold for $14,000 as a yearling, is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners. Two of Askbut I Won'ttell's siblings won at 2, including full-brother Jakejakejake, who was a debut winner.

Grade II winner Gold Mover, the dam of Giant Mover (Giant's Causeway - Gold Mover by Gold Fever), earned $1,523,010 in a 31 race career. Gold Mover was also a debut winner at 2, and won three graded stakes that year. Giant Mover is Gold Mover's 2nd foal. Her first foal, Mine for Gold, is placed this year.

Dattts Stormy (Hold That Tiger - How About Dattt by Souvenir Copy) is the first foal out of a winning mare, who is a half-sister to two winners, including one 2-year old winner.

Flashing (A. P. Indy - Morning Pride (IRE) by Machiavellian) is out of Morning Pride, a group III winner in France. Morning Pride has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including Mandurah. Mandurah is a full-brother to Flashing.

Bear's Marie Wants Peaseporridge

November 30, 2008
Woodbine Race 5
Maiden Claiming ($25.000)
7 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:02 PM

P Horse
1. Bold N Bratty
2. Gentle
3. Starry Valley
4. Sacsaywaman
5. Ring Bling
6. Sweet Deceit
7. Dulhun
8. Gina L.
9. Rubenesque
10. Singing Sheila
11. Peaseporridge
12. Java Flow
AE Bear's Marie
AE Wila Michi
AE Rossbank
AE Elusive Vixen

Peaseporridge (Pleasantly Perfect - Prospinsky by Mr. Prospector) makes her debut, and Bear's Marie (Congaree - White Line by Expelled) will attempt to draw in from the AE list to make her third start, in this 7 furlong Maiden Claiming contest at Woodbine. Peaseporridge is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Spin Control. Pleasantly Perfect is the sire of 19 runners who have made 46 total starts, recording 11 wins, 5 seconds, 6 thirds, and $425,762. Bear's Marie finished 8th in her debut at Woodine on September 28, after setting the pace. More recently, she finished 2nd at Woodbine on November 14. Bear's Marie, who sold for $67,000 as a yearling, is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Coax Chelsie and Coax Stardust. Coax Chelsie was a stakes winner at 2, and Coax Stardust was stakes-placed at 2. Congaree is the sire of 42 runners who have made 107 total starts, recording 17 wins, 18 seconds, 9 thirds, and $669,767.

Gina L. (Catahoula Parish - Rodeo Princess by Inspired Prospect) and Java Flow (Whiskey Wisdom - Java Girl by Houston) have both run 10 times. They have faced each other three times, with Java Flow finishing in front of Gina L. once, and Gina L. defeating Java Flow twice. Gina L. has finished in the money in 4 starts, including her two most recent starts, where she was 2nd on October 29, and 3rd on November 13. Gina L's dam is a half-sister to 6 winners. Java Flow most recently finished 8th at Woodbine on November 2. Her best finish was 2nd, which she achieved on September 16 at Fort Erie, and October 1 at Woodbine. Java Flow is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Sweet Deceit (E Dubai - Stoney Jody by Silver Survivor) has run 5 times, finishing 3rd 4 times. Her most recent result was a 3rd at Woodbine on November 1. Sweet Deceit, who sold for $14,000 as a weanling, is out of stakes winner Stoney Jody. Stoney Jody won or placed in 9 stakes and earned $384,813. Stoney Jody has produced the winner Jody's Case.

Sacsaywaman (Peaks and Valleys - Loose Talk by Skywalker) finished 8th in her only start, behind Sweet Deceit, on October 22 at Woodbine. Sacsaywaman is the first foal out of a mare who is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners, including grade II winner Chamrousse. Chamrousse, who earned $359,585 in her career, was 1 for 1 at 2. Chamrousse is by Peaks and Valleys, sire of Sacsaywaman.

The final experienced horse in the main body of the race is Ring Bling (Luhuk - Wolanstonita (CHI) by Wagon Master (FR)), who finished 7th at Woodbine both on August 9 and October 17. Her dam, Wolanstonita, was a group I winner in Chile.

Dulhun (Where's the Ring - Dr. Nina by Tilt Up) and Singing Sheila (Where's the Ring - Stylize by Shananie) are both by first-year sire Where's the Ring. Where's the Ring's 25 starters have run 77 total times, recording 9 wins, 4 seconds, 4 thirds, and $470,198. Dulhun is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, one of which won at 2. Singing Sheila is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Papa's Got Gin.

Stakes-placed Minnie's Brat, dam of Bold N Bratty (Valid N Bold - Minnie's Brat by Shoot Again), was a winner at 2 and earned $298,146. Minnie's Brat has produced the winner Beautiful Brat.

Rubenesque (One Way Love - Sangoma by Dr. Adagio) is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Sariphone.

AE entrant Wila Michi (D'wildcat - Wila Marie by Mr. Greeley) has run 5 times, including a 7th place finish on November 14 behind Bear's Marie. Her best finish was a 2nd at Woodbine on October 17. Wila Michi is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to one winner.

AE horses Elusive Vixen (Volponi - Be Elusive by With Approval) and Rossbank (Rossini - Branksome Hall by Regal Classic) met on November 15 at Woodbine, finishing 5th and 9th. Elusive Vixen had previously finished 5th and 7th in two Woodbine starts. Elusive Vixen's dam, Be Elusive, was a stakes winner who earned $144,151. Be Elusive is the dam of 2 winners, including stakes winner Elusive Thunder. Elusive Thunder won the World Appeal Stakes at 2. Branksome Hall, dam of Rossbank, was a stakes winner who earned $341,585. Rossbank is her 2nd foal. Her first foal, Prince of Alphabet, placed at 2 and 3.

It's an Undeniable Truth for Resplendently

November 30, 2008
Hollywood Race 8
Maiden Special Weight
6.5 furlongs
2-year Olds
Post Time: 7:07 PM

P Horse
1. Remus
2. Moneagle
3. Cut the Check
4. Indian Love
5. Papa Clem
6. Undeniable Truth
7. Acclamation
8. New Bay
9. Mr. Hot Stuff
10. Resplendently
11. Defense King

Resplendently (Birdstone - Hold All Calls by Caller I.D.) debuts at Hollywood Park, where he has been working since late August. Resplendently sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and $140,000 at 2. He is a half-brother to Golden Roses, a debut winner at two. Hold All Calls, dam of Resplendently, is a half-sister to stakes winners Extrovert, Ever After, and Wedlock. Birdstone's 26 runners have made 83 total starts, recording 16 wins, 14 seconds, 8 thirds, and $782,442.

Mr. Hot Stuff (Tiznow - Sweet Damsel by Turkoman) and Defense King (Yankee Gentleman - Famous Colony by Pleasant Colony) met on October 26 at Santa Anita, finishing 4th and 9th. It was the fist and only start for both. Mr. Hot Stuff, who sold for $200,000 as a yearling, is a full-brother to grade I winner Colonel John, and three other winners. Colonel John won 2 races at 2, including the Real Quiet Stakes. Defense King was a $62,000 yearling, and is out of the grade III stakes-placed Famous Colony. Famous Colony finished 2nd in the Astoria Stakes (gr. III) at 2. Famous Colony has produced 12 winners, two of which won at 2.

Cut the Check (Sky Mesa - Debrah's Debut by Rahy) has run twice at Hollywood Park, finishing 2nd on May 8, and 3rd on November 15. Cut the Check is a half-brother to 5 winners, two of which won at 2.

Papa Clem (Smart Strike - Miss Houdini by Belong to Me) and Acclamation (Unusual Heat - Winning in Style by Silveyville) have both made one start at Hollywood Park. Papa Clem, who finished 6th in his race on November 8, is out of grade I winner Miss Houdini. Miss Houdini was 2 for 2 at 2, including victory in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I). Miss Houdini has produced the winner Magical Victory. Acclamation was 5th in his race on November 9, and is a half-brother to 4 winners, including Always in Style who was stakes-placed at 2.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Moneagle (A. P. Indy - Storm Beauty by Storm Cat), who sold for $700,000 as a yearling. Storm Beauty, dam of Moneagle, was a winner at 2, and a stakes winner at 3. In her career, she earned $178,164. Storm Beauty has produced 4 winners from 4 to run. Moneagle's siblings include grade III stakes-placed Renaissance Lady who was a debut winner at 2. She is a full-sister to Moneagle.

New Bay (Cuvee - Royal Dove (IRE) by Royal Academy), by first-crop sire Cuvee, sold for $200,000 as a yearling, and $310,000 at 2. Cuvee's 50 runners have made 156 total starts, recording 24 wins, 22 seconds, 24 thirds, and $558,207. Royal Dove, dam of New Bay, was a winner at 2, and has produced 3 winners from 3 to run. One of her offspring won at 2.

Undeniable Truth (Yes It's True - Chandelle by Crafty Prospector) brought $190,000 as a yearling. His dam, Chandelle, was a debut winner at 2. Chandelle has produced 4 winners, including grade III stakes winner Chandtrue. Chandtrue was 4 for 4 at 2, including 3 stakes victories.

Indian Love (Cherokee Run - Amendment (IRE) by Bahhare), who was a $15,000 yearling, is the first foal out of the unraced mare Amendment. Amendment is a half-sister to 9 winners.

Wixon, dam of Remus (Empire Maker - Wixon (FR) by Fioravanti), was a group III winner who earned $167,970. She has produced 4 winners, including one that won at 2.

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