Texas Birdstone Back in the Winner's Circle

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Zava Jack and Heavens Passage dueled early. Texas Birdstone (Birdstone) was sitting 5th, not too far off of the leaders. He started moving and was into third without much effort. He then rolled past the leading pair. This was a very professional win for Texas Birdstone, as he increased his earnings to $48,206.

Result: December 6, 2008
Delta Downs Race 8

Texas Birdstone $8.60
Zava Jack  
Heavens Passage  


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Patena is Displayed Over Oconee

The filly, Hooh Why, sprinted to the lead. She put daylight between herself and the field, as the boys chased in vain. But then, Patena emerged from the pack to pose a real challenge to the leader. He seemed poised to go on by, but Hooh Why was not easy to overcome. Those two dueled to the wire with Patena just getting up for the win. Oconee (Congaree) made a big move on the outside and seemed about to make some noise, but he flattened out and finished 8th. Read more about the Display here.

Result: December 6, 2008
Woodbine Race 6
Display Stakes

Patena $10.50
Hooh Why  
Red Leader  


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Articulating Outspeaks Nancy's Voyage

Friendly Inn broke on top, but was soon headed by Articulating. Those two dueled for a time, but finally Articulating pulled away and Friendly Inn tired. Oski Oski and Again Eleven closed well to pick up 2nd and third. Nancy's Voyage (Medaglia d'Oro) was off slow and came on late to beat one. It was a good learning experience for her, however, as the jockey kept her close to the hedge early on.

Result: December 6, 2008
Calder Race 5
Maiden Claiming

Articulating $9.20
Oski Osk  
Again Eleven  


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Dessy Flies by Ivory Bill

Good Fight set the early fractions, which were fairly fast. Gelfand and Dessy were never far back. Gelfand moved first, hitting the lead in the stretch. But sticking close was Dessy who came wide and went after the lead. Gelfand hung tough, but Dessy prevailed at the end. Ivory Bill (Birdstone) was off slow, swung out wide and passed some late to finish 7.

Result: December 6, 2008
Fair Grounds Race 3
Maiden Claiming

Dessy $6.40
Good Fight  


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Naos Too Much for Dukes Alley

Channingstown (Speightstown) was a scratch. Dukes Alley (Speightstown) was a little aggravated in the post parade. Footcandles, on the other hand, look great in the post parade. However, when loading, Footcandles reared in the gate, had to be backed out and was scratched. Once they reloaded everyone and broke, Shabaab went for the lead, but Dukes Alley was right there with him. These two only lasted up for a half, as they began to fade after that. Storm Door took over at that point, but Naos was getting in gear and rolled by for the win.

Result: December 6, 2008
Aqueduct Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Naos $5.80
Storm Door  
Sobhy $5.80

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Guarda Bodazzles Antigone Jones

Zanilla sprinted to the early lead, but Antigone Jones (Smarty Jones) was right up there as well. But before 3/4 of a mile were completed, Antigone Jones began to fade. Zanilla hung on a little longer, but she started to tire as well. At that point, Bodazzle hit the lead. But also closing was favorite Guarda. These two dueled to the wire. They finished together, but Guarda got her head down at the right time to win the photo.

Result: December 6, 2008
Turfway Park Race 12
Maiden Special Weight

Guarda $4.20
Tape Delay  


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Haynesfield in the Damon Runyon

December 7, 2008
Aqueduct Race 8
Damon Runyon
1 mile and 70 yards
2-year Olds
New York-breds
Post Time: 3:44 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Haynesfield
2. Karakorum Legend
3. Show Me the Cash
4. Tall Poppi
5. Always On the Move
6. That's Rich
7. Harmonic Man
8. Thunder Roar
9. Legal Consent
10. Fiddlers Afleet
AE Dear Cat

Haynesfield (Speightstown - Nothing Special by Tejabo) becomes the latest Maiden Watch graduate to try stakes company as he goes against fellow New Yorkers in the Damon Runyon at Aqueduct. Haynesfield finished 3rd in his debut at Saratoga on August 29, and then broke his maiden next time out on September 25 at Belmont. He has not raced since then, but he has been working regularly at Belmont.

Legal Consent (Officer - Flame Trick by Mt. Livermore) finished 3nd in Haynesfield's maiden win. In his next start, Legal Consent won the New York Breeders' Futurity on October 4 at Finger Lakes. He then finished 4th in the Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont on October 18. Legal Consent has been working regularly since then, including a bullet 5 furlong work on December 2.

Tall Poppi (Intidab - Jupiter Hollow by Salt Lake) and Fiddlers Afleet (Northern Afleet - American Tango by Quiet American) also ran in the Sleepy Hollow, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectfully. Tall Poppi also finished 2nd in the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes on September 21 at Belmont, and 2nd in the New York Stallion Great White Way Stakes on November 9 at Aqueduct. Since then, he's worked three times, including bullets on November 26 and December 2. Fiddlers Afleet, who broke his maiden by 6 lengths going gate-to-wire on September 19 at Belmont, most recently finished 2nd in an allowance race at Aqueduct on November 7. He's had two works since then.

The only other entrant with stakes experience is Show Me the Cash (Artax - Unbridled Cyclone by Judge T C), who finished 2nd in the Pilgrim Stakes on October 1, and 5th in the I Take All Stakes on October 26. Both of those races were on the yielding Belmont turf. Show Me the Cash also broke his maiden on the turf. In his only dirt start, he finished 8th at Saratoga on August 15. Interestingly, Fiddlers Afleet was 2nd in that race.

Karakorum Legend (Mutakddim - Sommerfest by El Prado (IRE)) is the only other entrant in the main body of the race who has faced winners. He broke his maiden in his 2nd start, on the Belmont turf on October 13. He then finished 8th in a grass allowance race at Aqueduct on November 20. This will be Karakorum Legend's first run on dirt.

The rest of the main body entrants come into the Damon Runyon off of their maiden wins. Always On the Move (Chapel Royal - Always Belong by Belong to Me), by freshman sire Chapel Royal, broke his maiden in his second start on November 8 at Aqueduct. In that 6.5 furlong race, he stalked the pace early before taking command.

That's Rich (Chapel Royal - That's a Take by Take Me Out), who is also by Chapel Royal, was a winner in his first start, on October 26 at Belmont. He was a pace factor from the start and took the win by 2 lengths.

Harmonic Man (Manlove - Shifty Shelly by Scarlet Ibis) took three tries to break his maiden, but did so impressively by 8 at Mountaineer on November 17.

Thunder Roar (Thunder Gulch - Hot Golden Jet by A. P Jet) finished 10th in his first start, on the Aqueduct turf on October 31. He was then a winner in his next start on November 21 at Aqueduct when switched to the dirt.

On the AE list for this one is Dear Cat (Catienus - Dear by Island Whirl). Dear Cat broke his maiden in his 9th start, coming from off the pace on a sloppy track at the Meadowlands on November 15. He then tried allowance company on November 28 at Aqueduct, finishing 6th.

Georgiana has a Code Name to be Megadiva

December 7, 2008
Aqueduct Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
2-year Old Fillies
Post Time: 1:52 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Code Name
2. Forest Fashion
3. Georgiana
4. Liza Too
5. Stage Trick
6. Yes She's a Lady
7. Eye of Taurus
8. See the Forest
9. Gypsy Camp
10. Megadiva
11. Aspasia
12. Dixie Temper

Georgiana (Smarty Jones - Must Be a Lady by Lord At War (ARG)) makes her 2nd start, after tiring and finishing 8th first time out at Aqueduct on November 16. She'll shorten up to 5.5 furlongs in this one, and has had one work since her run. Georgiana, who sold for $150,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare Must Be a Lady. Must Be a Lady was a winner at 2 and earned $150,707 in her career. As a broodmare, Must Be a Lady has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. Georgiana has been working at Belmont for several months. Smarty Jones has sired 28 runners who have made 55 total starts, recording 8 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and $506,012.

Deputing in this one are Code Name (Lion Heart - Code Blum by Lost Code), Yes She's a Lady (Yes It's True - Wonder Lady by Deputy Minister), and Gypsy Camp (Forest Camp - Senorita Czarina by Spanish Drummer). Code Name, who is by freshman sire Lion Heart, sold for $160,000 as a yearling. Lion Heart's 80 runners have made 241 total starts, recording 36 wins, 34 seconds, 23 thirds, and $1,532,910. Code Blum, dam of Code Name, was a stakes winner who won at 2, and earned $151,631 in her career. Code Blum has produced 4 winners, including 2 2-year old debut winners. Yes She's a Lady is out of a mare who is a half-sister to 8 winners, including grade II winner Greater Good, and grade I winner Pure Clan. Gypsy Camp sold for $62,000 as a yearling, and $90,000 as a 2-year old. Her dam, Senorita Czarina, was a winner at 2, and a stakes winner at 3. In her career, Senorita Czarina earned $129,293. She has produced one winner.

Aspasia (Songandaprayer - Astrid by Concern) and Stage Trick (Distorted Humor - Engaging by Private Account) met on November 4 at the Meadowlands, finishing 2nd and 4th. It was the first start for both. Astrid, the dam of Aspasia, was a winner at 2 and a stakes winner at 3 and 5. Overall, she earned $242,539. Astrid is the dam of Morakami, a debut winner at 2 who finished 3rd in the Flanders Stakes in 2008. Stage Trick, who sold for $190,000 as a yearling, is a half-sister to 4 winners including grade II winner Fiery Pursuit who earned $336,322.

Megadiva (Yonaguska - Fortunate Pass by Fortunate Prospect) and Eye of Taurus (Aldebaran - Ocean Shore by Silver Hawk) faced off on October 26 at Belmont, finishing 3rd and 7th. Megadiva sold for $37,000 as a yearling, and $70,000 as a 2-year old. Megadiva's dam, Fortunate Pass, won 15 races, including 1 at 2, and earned $222,589. Eye of Taurus had previously run at Belmont on September 14, finishing 2nd. She is a half-sister to winner La Coruna.

See the Forest (Forestry - Critical Eye by Dynaformer) has started three times, finishing 4th at Belmont on June 19, 5th at Belmont on October 13, and 10th on the Aqueduct turf on November 2. Her dam, Critical Eye, was a grade I winner who earned $1,060,984. She was also a winner at 2. Critical Eye has produced the winner Windication.

Forest Fashion (Forest Wildcat - Fashion Editor by Deputy Minister) also ran on November 2 on the Aqueduct turf, but in a different race. She finished 9th. Previously, she was 8th on the Belmont dirt on October 12. Forest Fashion, who brought $240,000 as a weanling, is a half-sister to 2 winners, stakes-placed Simply Divine and grade III stakes-placed Luxembourg.

Dixie Temper (Dixie Union - Her Temper by Temperance Hill) has run twice, finishing 3rd at Arlington on September 20, and 5th at Keeneland on October 23. She brought $50,000 as a yearling, and 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.

Liza Too (Olmodavor - Seeking the Silver by Grindstone) finished 2nd in her only start, at Aqueduct on November 9. She is the first foal out of the mare Seeking the Silver, who was a winner at 2 and 3. Seeking the Silver is a full-sister to stakes winner Choctaw Ridge.

Just Right is a Forest Lord on a Budget

December 7, 2008
Fair Grounds Race 10
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile and 40 yards
2-year Olds
Post Time: 5:54 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Crossed Sabres
2. Caviar
3. Dr Large
4. Another Dancer
5. I Come From Behind
6. Just Right
7. Gennes Ball
8. Forest Lord
9. Budget
10. Osage County
AE Scene Control
AE Sunday Worship

Just Right (Pleasantly Perfect - Slewvera by Seattle Slew) makes his 2nd start, after finishing 9th first time out at Churchill Downs on November 8. In that race, he started slowly and made up some ground late. Since that race, he's worked three times, including 2 works at Fair Grounds. Just Right was a $200,000 yearling and is out of the grade II stakes-placed mare Slewvera. Slewvera earned $137,974 and placed in 4 stakes. Slewvera has produced 3 winners, including grade I winner Boboman. Pleasantly Perfect's 20 runners have made 48 starts, recording 11 wins, 6 seconds, 6 thirds, and $434,962.

Crossed Sabres (E Dubai - Sangreal by Pleasant Colony), Caviar (Vindication - Ma Petite Mousse (IRE) by Mtoto (GB)), and Gennes Ball (Zede - Main Prize by Prized) are the unraced entrants. Crossed Sabres is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is half-sister to 8 winners, 3 of which won at 2. Caviar is a half-brother to 2 winners. Gennes Ball is the 2nd foal out of a winning mare, who is a half-sister to 2 winners.

I Come From Behind (The Cliff's Edge - Afleet Change by Time for a Change) was last seen finishing 3rd in the Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs on November 7. Previously, he was 4th and 8th in two Arlington Park starts, and 2nd at Keeneland on October 19 at a mile and an eighth. I Come From Behind brought $40,000 as a yearling, and is by first-crop sire The Cliff's Edge. The Cliff's Edge's 34 runners have made 114 total starts, recording 12 wins, 11 seconds, 11 thirds, and $448,730. I Come From Behind is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner Up an Octave. Up an Octave won the Kris S. Stakes at 2.

Osage County (Malibu Moon - Peacefully (IRE) - Grand Lodge) has made three starts, finishing 5th at Arlington Park on September 14, 2nd at Hawthorne on October 18, and 2nd at Fair Grounds on November 15. Osage County sold for $135,000 at 2, and is a half-brother to one winner.

Another Dancer (Maria's Mon - Chance Dance by American Chance) has also made three starts, but all of his running was at Churchill Downs. He was 5th on June 4, 6th on October 8, and 5th on November 22. Another Dancer sold for $75,000 as a yearling. Chance Dance, dam of Another Dancer, was a stakes winner who earned $339,395. Another Dancer is her first foal.

Dr Large (A. P. Indy - Debit Account by Mr. Prospector) finished 3rd in both of his starts, at Delaware Park on September 21 and November 3. His dam, Debit Account, was a 2-year old winner and has produced 3 winners including stakes-placed Lomaki. Lomaki, a full-sister to Dr Large, has earned $126,225 through 2008.

Forest Lord (Forest Camp - Texas Silk by Houston) was 6th in his debut at Saratoga on July 23, and then finished 9th at Churchill Downs on November 19. A $65,000 yearling, Forest Lord is a half-brother to 2 winners.

Budget (Seeking the Gold - Fairest by Known Fact) has also run twice, finishing 2nd at Keeneland on October 3, and 5th at Churchill Downs on October 26. Budget is a half-brother to 3 winners, including grade II winner Brilliant. Brilliant has earned $726,797 through 2008.

AE horse Scene Control (Vindication - Chilosa by Tabasco Cat) has done is his running at Arlington Park, finishing 5th on August 3, and 3rd on September 6. Scene Control is a half-brother to one winner.

Completed the AE list is Sunday Worship (Friends Lake - Sunday Play by Defensive Play) who has made one start, finishing 3rd at Philadelphia Park on October 15. He is by freshman sire Friends Lake, whose 38 runners have made 101 total starts, recording 16 wins, 10 seconds, 16 thirds, and $586,033. Sunday Worship is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare Sunday Play. Sunday Play's first foal, Decendant, was a winners.

Dial Four Peace and Fair the Storm

December 7, 2008
Hollywood Park Race 9
Maiden Claiming ($28,000 - $32,000)
6.5 furlongs
2-year Olds
Post Time: 4:35 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Sherry's Reddy
2. Ghost Light
3. White Lace Jimmy
4. Mat the Maiter'd
5. Urban Cat
6. Dial Four Peace
7. Fair the Storm
8. El Tajin
9. Haja Boy
10. Kayakityak
11. Leopard Creek
12. Day With Desi
13. Quiet Lightning

Dial Four Peace (Peace Rules - Four O One Katie by Marquetry) makes his third start after finishing 11th first time out at Santa Anita on October 26, and a much improved 2nd in his next start on November 20 at Hollywood Park. Dial Four Peace, who was a $75,000 yearling, is out of the unraced mare Four O One Katie. Four O One Katie is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade II winner Star of the Crop. Star of the Crop earned $388,824 in a career that included 2 wins at 2. One of his 2-year old wins came in the Hollywood Prevue Breeders' Cup (gr. III). Peace Rules' 43 runners have made 147 total starts, recording 28 wins, 29 seconds, 16 thirds, and $678,055.

Urban Cat (Petionville - Cat News by Storm Cat) and Sherry's Reddy (Redattore (BRZ) - Sherry's Call by Meadowlake) met on November 15 at Hollywood, finishing 3rd and 6th respectfully. Urban Cat had made three previous starts, finishing 4th at Santa Anita on October 22, 8th at Santa Anita on September 27, and 9th on August 15th at Del Mar. Urban Cat is out of a winning mare who has produced 4 winners, including grade II winner Publication. Publication won the Arlington-Lassie Futurity (gr. II) as a 2-year old. Urban Cat is a full-brother to Publication. Sherry's Reddy has run 9 total times. His most recent effort was a 7th place finish at Golden Gate on November 27. His best finish was 2nd at Hollywood on July 10. Sherry's Reddy also finished 5th in the Barretts Juvenile Stakes. Sherry's Reddy is a half-brother to stakes-placed Sherry's High.

El Tajin (Real Quiet - Royal Soup by Alphabet Soup) finished 3rd, in front of Urban Cat, on October 22. In two previous starts, he was 10th at Santa Anita on September 28, and 7th at Del Mar on August 5. El Tajin is the first foal out of the unraced mare Royal Soup, who is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Haja Boy (High Demand - Nordic Weather by Summer Squall) and Kayakityak (Robannier - Ooomiak by Peteski) met on November 11 at Hollywood Park, finishing 8th and 10th. Haja Boy had made 4 previous starts, with his best result a 2nd at Santa Anita on October 13. He brought $30,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of a mare who is a half-sister to stakes winner Ring of Friendship. Kayakityak previously finished 7th at Santa Anita on October 11. He is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners. One of Kayakityak's siblings won at 2.

Day With Desi (Sunday Break (JPN) - Country Marquet by Marquetry), who sold for $60,000 as a 2-year old, has run four times. His best finish was a 4th at Del Mar on August 9. His most recent race was on September 21 at Fairplex, where he finished 7th.

The last one with experience is Quiet Lightning (Real Quiet - Excessive Return by In Excess (IRE)), who was 9th in his only start, at Hollywood on November 9. He is the first foal out of an unraced mare who is a full-sister to stakes-placed runners Crescendo and Driven by Excess.

Ghost Light (Raz Lea - Sheer Piracy by Pirate's Bounty) is out of a winning mare who has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Spiderette. One of Ghost Light's siblings won at 2.

White Lace Jimmy (Include - Exact Time by Exbourne), who sold for $40,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare Exact Time. Exact Time has produced 2 winners, both of which won at 2.

Mat the Maiter'd (Cherokee Run - Elaines Reason by Sky Classic) brought $15,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Elaines Reason. Elaines Reason was a 2-year old winner who earned $208,530 overall. Elaines Reason has produced the winner Diamond Geezer.

Fair the Storm (Stormed - Fair Adobe by Leo Castelli) is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Fair Adobe. Fair Adobe is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Kalgoorlie. Two of her siblings won at 2.

Leopard Creek (Tale of the Cat - Waiting For Fame (IRE) by In the Wings (GB)) is the first foal out of the unraced mare Waiting For Fame. Waiting for Fame is a half-sister to 10 winners, including stakes winner Autonomy and grade I winner Caffe Latte.

Also in action on December 7

Paid Preview (colt; Speightstown - Starring Monique by Risen Star), who broke his maiden in his 2nd start on November 20 at Charles Town, faces an allowance test at that track. He'll face a full field in this 6.5 furlong test that has a post time of 3:24 PM.

Himynameissarah (filly; Saarland - Pacific Island by Grand Slam), who was a winner on October 12, faces winners for the 2nd time in an allowance/optional claiming contest at Remington Park. Carded as race 9, this 7 furlong race has a post of 5:58 PM.

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Cantankerous Clyde (colt; Peace Rules - Justforthegirls by Slew Gin Fizz) worked 3 furlongs at Hollywood in :34.80. Cantankerous Clyde sold for $80,000 as a 2-year old, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Justforthegirls. Justforthegirls is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Justfortherecord and Hi Friend Code, a group II winner in Japan.

Broadway Bertie (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Alltheway Bertie by Alwuhush) worked 3 furlongs from the gate at Fair Grounds, recording a time of :36.60. Alltheway Bertie, dam of Broadway Bertie, was a stakes winner who earned $233,065. Alltheway Bertie was a debut winner at 2, won three stakes that year, and finished 3rd in the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. II). Alltheway Bertie has produced 2 winners, including grade III stakes winner Thunder Bertie. Thunder Bertie won the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) at 2.

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