Gemswick Looks Stylish in an Old Hat

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As expected, Elusive Heat went to the lead, setting nice fractions. Gemswick Park (Speightstown) let her go, but wasn't far off. On the turn, Gemswick Park made her move. But, Elusive Heat was tough and wouldn't let her by. Then, Frolic's Dream joined in the fun on the outside. The fillies hit the line together, but Gemswick got her nose in front. All three fillies ran outstanding races, and it will be great to see them face-off again. By the way, I haven't seen any 2nd crop sire statistics yet, but I have to think Speightstown's leading the bunch early with Haynesfield and Gemswick Park over the weekend.

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Result: January 4, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 8
Old Hat Stakes

Gemswick Park $11.00
Elusive Heat  
Frolic's Dream  


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Chattertown Deadheats

Chattertown (Speightstown) came out of the gate running and went right to the lead. She was pursued for a time by Eye of Taurus, but she soon shook clear of that one. However, One Smokin' Lady came rolling and got her head in front. But Chattertown was game, and fought back. They hit the wire together and even the camera couldn't separate them, as it was a deadheat. They were well-clear of Gracious Victory, who took the 3rd spot.

Result: January 4, 2009
Philadelphia Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

One Smokin' Lady $4.20
Chattertown $7.20
Gracious Victory  


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Green Means Victory

Light Green (Pleasantly Perfect) broke well and went to the lead. Iberian Gate was chasing, but she tired, and Light Green was able to establish a clear lead. However, favorite Lawless Falls made her move in the stretch and was slowly gaining. But, the wire came soon enough for a determined Light Green, who picked up the win. Those two were double-digit lengths in front of the rest of the field.

Result: January 4, 2009
Gulfstream Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Light Green $8.60
Lawless Falls  


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Steve is a Brite Lite Shining Over Mimsa

Pretty Emmy, Suberi, and Steve's Brite Lite battled for early supremacy. Pretty Emmy gave up first, as Steve's Brite Lite took the lead. Suberi was sticking close, but couldn't gain on Steve's Brite Lite. Deep Ocean was along for third. Mimsa (Congaree) was wide most of the race, and ran evenly to finish 5th.

Result: January 4, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 3
Maiden Claiming

Steve's Brite Lite $17.40
Deep Ocean  


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Our Dahlia Posts Victory Over Miracle Baby

Chary took control early, pursued by Cades Bay. Also near the front were Our Dahlia and Magical Affair. Cades Bay took the lead after 6 furlongs, as Chary dropped back. Her lead was short-lived, however, as first Magical Affair and then Our Dahlia surged by. Our Dahlia, who had to steady on the backstretch, went on to win by almost 3. Miracle Baby (Smarty Jones) was bumped and steadied at the start, and didn't show much interest after that, finishing 7th.

Result: January 4, 2009
Gulfstream Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Our Dahlia $6.60
Magical Affair  
Cades Bay  


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Coach Gravy Overruns the Desert Fox

As predicted, this one came off the turf and was run at a mile on the dirt. Budget and Cat Springs were scratched, and Rabbit Tracks and March West drew into the race. Longshot Atlantic Slick set the early pace, pursured by Coach Gravy. Coach Gravy finally took the lead late, but was all out to hold off the late charge from Rabbit Tracks. Atlantic Slick did well to hold on for third. Desert Fox (Saarland) didn't run much, passing a couple of tired ones to finish 7th. I'd like to see Desert Fox back on the turf. Hopefully, next time the rains will stay away.

Result: January 4, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Coach Gravy $5.60
Rabbit Tracks  
Atlantic Slick  


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A Moving Violation is a Midnight Chase in a Roaring Storm

January 5, 2009
Philadelphia Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles
3-year olds
Post Time: 2:31 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Charles Pridgen
2. Bobby and Bob
3. Zooger
4. Tribute to Kelly
5. Prickly Pete
6. Mundo En Fuego
7. Moving Violation
8. Midnight Chase
9. Roaring Storm
10. Press the Limit

Moving Violation (Medaglia d'Oro - Talk Me Again (ARG) by Mutakddim) makes his 2nd start, after finishing 10th first time out on December 14 at Philadelphia Park. That race was at 6 furlongs. We'll see if the stretchout to a mile and a sixteenth improves his result. He is the first foal out of Talk Me Again, a group II winner in Argentina.

Prickly Pete (Devil His Due - Daylight Ridge by Dayjur) and Zooger (Hold That Tiger - Heavenliness by Lord Avie) met on December 16 at Philadelphia Park in the mud, at a mile and 70 yards, with Prickly Pete 2nd and Zooger 8th. Prickly Pete also finished 2nd at Philadelphia Park on November 24. Daylight Ridge, dam of Prickly Pete, was a stakes winner who earned $177,695. She has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winner Independent George. Zooger, who sold for $85,000 as a yearling, is out of stakes winner Heavenliness. Heavenliness won or placed in 16 stakes, and earned $343,760. Heavenliness has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Amandatude.

Charles Pridgen (Repent - Left Lane Lorrain by Rhodes) and Tribute to Kelly (Hero's Tribute - Troy's Tramp by Prenup) finished 2nd and 3rd in a mile and 70 yard race at Philadelphia Park on December 8. Charles Pridgen previously was 5th at Philadelphia Park on November 28, and 9th at that track on October 15. All of his races have been at a mile and 70 yards. His dam, Left Lane Lorrain, won or placed in 5 stakes. Tribute to Kelly was 7th in his only other start, at Philadelphia Park on November 23. He is the first foal out of a winning mare, who is a half-sister to stakes-placed Disco T. Disco T earned $216,718 in a 13 race career.

Mundo En Fuego (El Corredor - Red Satin Slippers by Peteski) finished 3rd on November 28 at Philadelphia Park, in front of Charles Pridgen. Mundo En Fuego previously finished 7th at Delaware Park on October 6. He sold for $130,000 as a yearling, and $375,000 as a 2-year old. Stakes-placed Red Satin Slippers, dam of Mundo En Fuego, earned $144,868 in her career. Red Satin Slippers has produced the stakes winner Cantrel.

Press the Limit (Stormy Atlantic - Taanis by Dayjur) finished 4th, in front of Tribute to Kelly, on November 23 at Philadelphia Park. He had previously finished 3rd at that track on November 2, and 3rd at Presque Isle Downs on September 25. The farthest he has run his 6.5 furlongs. Press the Limit, who sold for $180,000 as a 2-year old, is a half-brother to 2 winners, including Jockey Ridge. Jockey Ridge finished 3rd in the 2008 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III).

Midnight Chase (Mutakddim - Midnight Train by Red Ransom) is the most experienced running, having made 6 total starts. His best finish was 3rd, which he achieved at the Meadowlands on October 9 and October 25. His most recent effort came on December 6 at Philadelphia Park, where he finished 6th. Midnight Chase is out of a winning mare who has produced three winners, including stakes winner Midnight Express.

Roaring Storm (Roaring Fever - Pleasant State by Stalely Cielo) finished 2nd in his debut at Finger Lakes on October 11, and then ran in the Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes at Philadelphia Park on November 16. He was 4th in that race. Pleasant State, dam of Roaring Storm, was a stakes winner who earned $298,224. Roaring Storm is her first foal.

Bobby and Bob (Devil His Due - Alibob by Skip Away) has run 4 times. His best finish was 4th, which he scored on November 7 at the Meadowlands, and on December 9 at Penn National. The latter was his most recent start. Bobby and Bob is the first foal out of the winning mare Alibob, who earned $120,568. Alibob is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Me You and Her has a Heart of Rose when Big Things Happen

January 5, 2009
Philadelphia Park Race 9
Maiden Claiming ($10,500 - $12,500)
5.5 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:50 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Miss Silver Kitty
2. Heart of Rose
3. Tic Toccet
4. Cordial Lady
5. Lastchancenanny
6. Icy Atty
7. Fleet Nimble Feet
8. Tabacchi's Angel
9. Celtic Symphony
10. Big Things Happen
11. Medieval Billy
12. Me You and Her

Me You and Her (Smarty Jones - Toi Et Moi by Deputy Minister) makes her 5th start in this one. In her most recent start, at a mile and a sixteenth on November 21 at Churchill Downs, she dueled for the lead until the stretch. The cut-back in distance, plus the change in venue may be enough to change her fortune. Me You and Her is out of the unraced mare Toi Et Moi, who has produced 2 winners. Toi Et Moi is also a half-sister to grade I winners You and I and Chaposa Springs.

Celtic Symphony (Well Noted - World Truth by Transworld), Medieval Billy (Master Bill - Medieval Jestress by Medieval Man), and Icy Atty (Manhattan Prospect - Icy Patina by Icy Glow) met on December 21 at Philadelphia Park, in a 6 furlong contest on a sloppy track. Celtic Symphony was 2nd, Medieval Billy 5th, and Icy Atty 10th. Celtic Symphony has made three previous Philadelphia Park starts, finishing 5th on October 4, 5th on October 27, and 3rd on November 16. Stakes-placed World Truth, dam of Celtic Symphony, has produced 2 winners. Medieval Billy is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners. Icy Atty is the 2nd foal out of a winning mare.

Heart of Rose (Lion Hearted - Book of Fortune by Notebook), Cordial Lady (Banker's Gold - Cherry Cordial by Nepal), and Miss Silver Kitty (Cat Power - Forever Lass by Judge Smells) last ran in a 6 furlong race at Philadelphia Park on December 20. Heart of Rose was 2nd, Cordial Lady was 3rd, and Miss Silver Kitty was 5th. Heart of Rose and Cordial Lady also faced each other on December 7 at Philadelphia Park, finishing 3rd and 4th, and on November 8 where Cordial Lady was 2nd and Heart of Rose 4th. Heart of Rose has made 5 total starts. She sold for $32,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Book of Fortune, who earned $137,134. Book of Fortune has produced 5 winners, including stakes-placed Driven by Winning. Cordial Lady has started 8 times, recording 2 seconds and a third. Cordial Lady is out of a winning mare who has produced one winner. Miss Silver Kitty finished 7th and 9th in her two other starts. She is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Tic Toccet (Toccet - Adrenalin Running by A. P. Indy) has run 5 times. Her best finish was a third in her debut, at Monmouth Park on August 30. Her most recent effort was on December 27 at Philadelphia Park, where she was 7th. Tic Toccet was a $50,000 weanling and is the first foal out of the winning mare, Adrenalin Running. Adrenalin Running is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Strike Rate.

Big Things Happen (Smooth Jazz - Genuine Beauty by Flying Paster) finished 4th in her debut on the Colonel Downs turf on August 2. She then ran in two races at Delaware Park, finishing 5th on October 25, and 2nd on November 8. Big Things Happen, who was a $20,000 weanling, is a half- or full-sister to 5 winners.

Tabacchi's Angel (Tabacchi - Angel Hunter by Halory Hunter) was 2nd in her debut, at the Meadowlands on November 1. Her only other start was on December 23 at Philadelphia Park, where she finished 7th. She is the first foal out of an unraced mare, who is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Lastchancenanny (Hold That Tiger - Sherunsfornanny by Well Decorated) has run three times, finishing 8th at the Meadowlands on October 13, 8th at Philadelphia Park on October 27, and 10th at Philadelphia on November 28. Lastchancenanny's dam, Sherunsfornanny, was stakes-placed. Sherunsfornanny has produced 6 winners from 7 to run.

Fleet Nimble Feet (Fleet Foot - Rocking in and Out by Allen's Prospect) finished 8th in her only start, on a sloppy Laurel track on December 11. Fleet Nimble Feet is the 2nd foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 6 winners.

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