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Birthday Greetings to the brand-new 3-year olds today, and especially the Maiden Watch horses. And, thanks to everyone who has read and commented on the Maiden Watch blog in 2008. I hope that everyone has a great New Year's Day. My mother used to say that whatever you do on New Year's, you will do all year long. So, I hope that you spend some time on the horses today.

In the next week, I will be posting a poll to determine which 2009 first-year stallions we will be following this year. Please feel free to post suggestions.

In the meantime, we will follow the first three-year old performers for our current stallions.

Suarez Overtakes Bajan Kitty

It would have been nice to end the year with a win, but alas that was not to be. Bajan Kitty (Speightstown) dueled early, but weakened late to finish 4th. It was an impressive performance for Suarez, who was up close early, but seemed to back out of it. She came on again late and won easily. Betterthanfiction, who dueled with Bajan Kitty, held well for 2nd, while Susananda closed well for third.

Result: December 31, 2008
Santa Anita Race 4
Maiden Claiming

Suarez $6.20


Equibase Chart

Other Results for December 31

Conga Gold (Congaree) was never involved in her race at Fair Grounds, finishing 7th and last.

Ivory Bill (Birdstone) was scratched from his race at Fair Grounds. The winner was favorite With Attitude.

Gifts for a King (Saarland) was also scratched at Fair Grounds. That one was taken by My Boy Coy.

As predicted, Mimsa (Congaree) failed to draw in to her Fair Grounds race.

A Rematch for Birdrock and Hold Me Touch Me

January 1, 2009
Turfway Park Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($7,500)
1 1/16 miles
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 1:10 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Dish It Out
2. Candy G
3. Birdrock
4. Hold Me Touch Me
5. Hunk O Bernin Love
6. Judy Free Bird
7. Galloping Lulu
8. Real Scoop
9. Misscini
10. Suzy Hoo Hoo

Birdrock (Birdstone - Eternal Glory by Danzatore) and Hold Me Touch Me (Saarland - Falling in Love (IRE) by Sadler's Wells) meet again, after finishing 3rd and 5th at Turfway Park on December 18. Birdrock is making her 5th start, as she was 3rd in her debut on August 17 at Thistledown, 4th at that same track on September 5, and 4th at Beulah on November 8. Birdrock is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Neverlacken.

Hold Me Touch Me has run twice, finishing 10th in her debut at Churchill Downs on November 21. She is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III winner Golden Temper. Golden Temper earned $347,413 in her career.

Also returning from the December 18 Turfway race is Candy G (Matty G - Madison's Girl by Jumbo Star), who was 6th. She is out of a winning mare.

Judy Free Bird (Toccet - Here Comes Lucinda by Dixieland Band), Misscini (Mancini - Mistress (CHI) by Mr. Long), and Galloping Lulu (Military - Fandarel by King Pellinore) met on December 6 at Turfway Park in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race. Judy Free Bird was 5th, Misscini 6th, and Galloping Lulu 8th. Judy Free Bird has made 8 total starts. Her best finish was 3rd, which she achieved on October 1 at Hoosier Park, and October 31 at Churchill Downs. Judy Free Bird is the first foal out of a placed mare who is a half-sister to 4 winners including stakes winner Thatswhatimean and Atswhatimtalknbout, who was 4th in the 2003 Kentucky Derby. Misscini has run 4 previous times. Her best finish came in her debut on September 7 at Turfway Park, where she was 2nd. Mistress, dam of Misscini, was a group II winner in Chile. Mistress has produced 8 winners, including stakes winner Carrbine Special. Galloping Lulu has also made 4 previous starts. Her best finish was a 4th at Turfway on September 7, behind Misscini. Galloping Lulu is out of a winning mare who has produced 8 winners, including stakes winner Fandarel Dancer.

Dish It Out (Out of Place - My Serve by Wild Again) and Hunk O Bernin Love (Bernstein - Joy of My Heart by Lil E. Tee) met on December 7 at Turfway, finishing 9th and 12th. Dish It Out was previously 7th at Hoosier Park on October 8. Dish It Out is a half-sister to 4 winners. Hunk O Bernin Love also finished 11th at Churchill Downs on October 29, and 6th at Turfway Park on September 26. She is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Suzy Hoo Hoo (Governor Hickel - Cozzene's Queen by Cozzene) has run 4 times, her best finish was 4th at Mountaineer on October 26. She is out of a stakes-placed winning mare. Suzy Hoo Hoo is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Kenta Kun. Kenta Kun has earned $254,675 through 2008.

Real Scoop (Catienus - No Deadline by Skywalker) finished 5th in her only start, on December 13 at Turfway Park. She is out of the winning mare No Deadline, who has produced two winners, both full-siblings to Real Scoop. These siblings include stakes winner Cannonball, who has earned $267,049.

An Exclusive Scheme for Olde Glamour because She's Got Thunder

January 1, 2009
Aqueduct Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile 70 yards
3-year old fillies
New York-breds
Post Time: 2:52 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Lilly of Paradise
2. She's Got Thunder
3. Olde Glamour
4. Sister Lou Ann
5. Exclusive Scheme
6. Favorite Colors
7. Sassification
8. Taxadame
9. Wheelinndealin
10. American Land
AE Hanna Can Fly

Exclusive Scheme (Saarland - Pyramid Scheme by Distant View) makes her 4th start and her longest effort to-date. She finished 6th in her debut at Belmont on October 8, 2nd on a muddy track on November 6 at Aqueduct, and 6th at Aqueduct on November 27. Exclusive Scheme is the 2nd foal out of the placed mare Pyramid Scheme, who is a half-sister to 5 winners. One of Pyramid Scheme's siblings is Complicity, 2nd the 2008 running of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Also returning from the November 27 Aqueduct race are Sister Lou Ann (Catienus - Silver Sonnet by Silver Deputy) and Wheelinndealin (Wheelaway - Whateverlolawants by Relaunch). Sister Lou Ann, who was 5th, had previously finished 6th in the Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies Stakes on October 18. She is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Silver Sonnet, who earned $140,160. Silver Sonnet's first foal, Almighty Silver, a full-brother to Sister Lou Ann, is a stakes-placed earner of $168,830. Wheelinndealin has since finished 7th at Aqueduct on December 11. Wheelinndealin is a half-sister to 2 winners.

American Land (Hook and Ladder - Pennant Dreams by Grand Slam), Favorite Colors (Carry My Colors - Whinaly by Alysheba), and Sassification (Double Honor - Sassy Affair by Formal Dinner) faced Wheelinndealin on December 11. American Land, who was third that day, previously was 6th at Belmont on October 18, and 4th at Saratoga on August 25. American Land sold for $80,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-sister to the winner Madam Commander who has earned $101,542. Favorite Colors, who was 6th, has made 7 total starts, including 4 seconds at Finger Lakes. Favorite Colors is out of a winning mare, who has produced the winner Aly's Colors. Aly's Colors, a full-sister to Favorite Colors, has earned $222,636 through 2008. Sassification has made 2 additional Aqueduct starts, finishing 7th on November 12, and 6th on October 30. She is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Miami Sunrise.

AE Hanna Can Fly (Freud - Lipsia by Dahar), She's Got Thunder (Thunder Gulch - Shesastonecoldfox by Foxhound), Olde Glamour (Kelly Kip - Andover Sweep by End Sweep), and Lilly of Paradise (Desert Warrior - Via Mizner by Forty Niner) met on December 13 in a mile and 70 yard Maiden Special Weight race at Aqueduct. Hanna Can Fly was 2nd, She's Got Thunder 3rd, Olde Glamour 4th, and Lilly of Paradise 5th. Hanna Can Fly was 10th in her only other start, on the Aqueduct turf on November 5. She is a half-sister to 5 winners. She's Got Thunder faced Hanna Can Fly in that November 5th turf race, finishing 11th. Previously, she was 7th at Belmont on October 9, and 4th at Saratoga on August 7. She's Got Thunder, who sold for $100,000 as a 2-year old, is out of stakes winner Shesastonecoldfox. Shesastonecoldfox has produced stakes-placed Elusive Fox. Old Glamour also finished 4th on October 30 at Aqueduct, and at Belmont on October 18. She is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Western Sweep. Western Sweep earned $209,489. Lilly of Paradise has 6 total times, including three turf starts. Her best finish was a third on the Belmont turf on September 19. Lilly of Paradise, who sold for $20,000 as a yearling, is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Taxadame (Artax - Madame Jumel by D'Accord) has made two starts, finishing 4th at Saratoga on September 1, and 9th at Aqueduct on December 6. Stakes-placed Madame Jumel, dam of Taxadame, has produced 9 winners from 10 to run.

Dream Now of a Great Home with a Regal Coyote

January 1, 2009
Santa Anita Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
6.5 furlongs turf
3-year olds
Post Time: 6:06 PM HRTV

P Horse
1. Mi Forest Amor
2. Great Home
3. Galleta Monstruo
4. Regal Coyote
5. Engulfanddevour
6. Lemonbird
7. Xodo
8. Royal Easy
9. Dream Now

Dream Now (Medaglia d'Oro - Striking Distance by Blushing John) will try the downhill turf course, after finishing 6th first time on the Hollywood Cushion track on November 15. Dream Now sold for $25,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Striking Distance. Striking Distance has produced 3 winners.

Regal Coyote (Wheelaway - Copewiththiscoyote by Regal Humor) has made 5 starts, including his last three on the turf. His turf runs include a 2nd on the Santa Anita downhill course on October 11. Most recently, he was 6th on the Hollywood turf at a mile and a sixteenth on October 31. Copewiththiscoyote, the dam of Regal Coyote, was a winner who earned $129,328 in her career. Copewiththiscoyote is also a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner, Bion.

The only other entrant with turf experience is Great Home (El Corredor - Lady Nicholas by Nicholas) who was 7th in his only start, on the Hollywood Park turf on December 13. Great Home sold for $42,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to 5 winners, including stakes winner Pants N Kisses. Two of Great Home's siblings won on the turf.

Mi Forest Amor (Forestry - Frolic Away by Pentelicus) has run twice, finishing 8th both at Del Mar on August 9, and at Hollywood on December 26. Selling for $150,000 at 2, Mi Forest Amor is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Smok'n Frolic, Cherokee Chase, and Smoke'n Coal.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Lemonbird (Lemon Drop Kid - Rewarding by Storm Bird), who sold for $65,000 as a yearling. Lemonbird is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Generosity. One of Lemonbird's siblings won on the turf.

Galleta Monstruo (El Prado (IRE) - Annabelly by Royal Academy) is the first foal out of stakes-placed Annabelly, who was a winner on the turf.

Engulfanddevour (American Post (GB) - Testarossa by Red Ransom) is a half-brother to 2 turf winners.

Xodo (Brahms - Brisk Walk by Easy Goer) is out of a turf-placed mare who has produced 3 winners from 3 to run.

Royal Easy (Royal Academy - Easy Going Dixie by Dixieland Heat) is out of the stakes-placed mare Easy Going Dixie. Easy Going Dixie has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including stakes-placed Easy Going Cecil.

Also in action on January 1

La Equivocada (filly; Smarty Jones) seeks her 2nd stakes win in the Ano Nuevo Clasico at Camarero Race Track.

Long Live Dixie (filly; Peace Rules), who most recently finished 4th in a 6 furlong claiming race at Laurel, faces 6 in a claiming race at that track at 5.5 furlongs. She will be seeking her 3rd win. Post Time is 12:35 PM.

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December 29

Anabranch (filly; Congaree - Bayou Blues by Cure the Blues) worked 3 furlongs in :40.00 at Oaklawn Park. Anabranch is out of the winning mare Bayou Blues, who earned $131,810 in her career. Bayou Blues has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Yamil Junior.

December 31

Cafe (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Home Together by Homebuilder) worked 4 furlongs in :50.40 at Hollywood Park. Home Together, dam of Cafe, was a debut winner at 2 and stakes-placed that year. Home Together has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Cin Cin.

Grangerardo (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Bejat by Mr. Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in :38.85 at Palm Meadows Training Center. Grangerardo sold for $140,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to 5 winners, including stakes winner Crimson Road and grade III winner Glick.

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