Me You and Her all Win


Ok, so Me You and Her (Smarty Jones) is only one horse, but her performance was impressive enough for three. Celtic Symphony and Big Things Happen battled early, as Me You and Her was sitting about mid-pack. She came rolling on the outside and went past them like they were standing still. The final margin was better than 6 lengths. Pretty nice margin for a 5.5 furlong race.

Result: January 5, 2009
Philadelphia Park Race 9
Maiden Claiming

Me You and Her $8.20
Celtic Symphony  
Cordial Lady  


Equibase Chart

Zooger gets a Moving Violation

Press the Limit took the early lead, pursued by Zooger. That one took the lead in the stretch and drove clear. Mundo En Fuego, who has hampered by a slow start, came running, but 27-1 shot Zooger had enough to hold him off. Moving Violation (Medaglia d'Oro) was never involved, running at or near the back throughout. Interestingly, the winner and the 2nd-place horse are both trained by Anthony Dutrow, but their odds were very different, 27-1 vs. 5-2.

Result: January 5, 2009
Philadelphia Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Zooger $56.00
Mundo En Fuego  
Prickly Pete  


Race Details and Equibase Chart

Houston Tunes will Rule

January 6, 2009
Philadelphia Park Race 9
Maiden Claiming ($20,000 - $25,000)
6 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:50 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Sophie's Meatball
2. Even the Gray
3. Lion N Cheatin
4. Houston Tunes Rule
5. Gossip Gil
6. Whisper That Calls
7. Delightful Dana
8. Shaunna
9. Macaria
10. Polished Princess
11. Heartbreak Trail
12. False Idol

Houston Tunes Rule (Peace Rules - Houston Tune by Houston) debuts at Philadelphia Park, after working regularly since mid-September. Houston Tunes Rule sold for $18,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Bold Decision. Bold Decision was a debut winner.

Also debuting in this one is Sophie's Meatball (Lion Heart - See Here by Dehere). She is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners from 4 to run.

Gossip Gil (Yes It's True - Mist At Dawning by Cox's Ridge), Whisper That Calls (Caller I.D. - Pineaire by Compliance), and Heartbreak Trail (Hit the Trail - A Firm Heart by Affirmed) met on December 23 at Philadelphia Park in a 6 furlong contest conducted over a frozen course. Gossip Gil was 3rd, Whisper That Calls 4th, and Heartbreak Trail 8th. Gossip Gil has made 5 additional starts. Her best finish was 2nd, which she achieved both on August 13 at Saratoga, and on August 31 at Monmouth. Gossip Gil is out of a winning mare who has produced 4 winners. Whisper That Calls was 6th in her only other start, on November 30 at Philadelphia Park. She is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners. Heartbreak Trail has run 6 total times, recording a 2nd, three 4ths, a 6th, and an 8th. She is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Even the Gray (Even the Score - Chari Me On by Charismatic) has finished 9th in both of her starts, on June 20 at Colonial Downs, and on December 7 at Philadelphia Park. She is the first foal out of the unraced mare Chari Me On. Chari Me On is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Lion N Cheatin (Lion Hearted - Marion's Dover by Dover Ridge), who sold for $15,000 as a yearling, has run three times. She was 9th at Prairie Meadows on August 22, 5th at Prairie Meadows on September 5, and 7th at Philadelphia Park on December 13. Stakes winner Marion's Dover, dam of Lion N Cheatin, has produced 2 winners.

Polished Princess (Polish Miner - Call From Jessie by Phone Trick) was 5th in her only start, at Philadelphia Park on December 8. She is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners.

Delightful Dana (Stephen Got Even - Sainttwok by Saint Ballado) and False Idol (Devil His Due - Fraud by Alydeed) were both 6th in their only starts. Delightful Dana ran at Philadelphia Park on November 11. She is out of a winning mare who has produced the winner Sunward Harley. Sunward Harley is a full-brother to Delightful Dana. False Idol's first run was at Philadelphia Park on December 16. False Idol is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Shaunna (Housebuster - Caty's Quest by Norquestor) and Macaria (Champali - Pardonable by Magesterial) both finished 7th in their initial attempts. Stakes-placed Caty's Quest, dam of Shaunna, earned $116,290 and has produced stakes-placed Social Quest. Macaria, who sold for $67,000 as a yearling, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Marciano.


Leave a Comment:

johnny boy

why in for 12.5 k

06 Jan 2009 9:35 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

johnny boy - Why not? Her connections put her where she could win and also gave her some confidence.

06 Jan 2009 10:21 AM

Come on, this horse whipped a group of bad bottom maidens.  It was hardly an impressive performance.

06 Jan 2009 10:42 AM

It's been talked that the first crop Smarty's are just so so. I've only seen Rockland, he looks good. Any chance they might just be late bloomers?

06 Jan 2009 11:06 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Lauren - Did you see the race? It was an impressive performance. Impressive performances can occur at all levels. I never said that she was the next Oaks winner. Not sure why everyone has the need to be negative.

06 Jan 2009 11:10 AM

Did you get a chance to see Classic Wildcat's win at Laurel on Friday?  This one has talent.

06 Jan 2009 11:19 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

keenelandcat - Don't forget about Be Smart, second in the Alcibiades (gr. I). But, yes it is possible they are late bloomers. He's already had 2 winners in 2009.

06 Jan 2009 11:20 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Bill - I missed that one. Anyone else see it? I just looked up his dam (Affirmed Class), she's produced nothing but winners. No stakes performers (yet?), but some $100,000+ earners.

06 Jan 2009 11:25 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Bill - you got me curious, I went back and watched the replay. Back far early, running greenly, on the wrong lead, and he still wins by 5? Definitely one to watch.

06 Jan 2009 11:31 AM
Cimply a Lady

Claimers can go on to bigger things. Loch Dubh, who won the Turfway Prevue Saturday, was claimed for $15,000.

06 Jan 2009 11:54 AM

Actually saw Be Smart win at Saratoga & cashed a ticket on her.  Wagering aside, we love this sport & Smarty ( along with Afleet Alex) will always be our favorites.  Just want to see their babies do well.

06 Jan 2009 2:09 PM

B-H Staff:

The perceived negativity might be simply because a low level claiming race would hardly seem to warrant a trumpeted headline as lead on the blog.  

I have tried in the past to post my thoughts that Smarty Jones may not prove to be the sire his fee warranted - but have always been censored - even though I never said anything mean spirited or innapropriate.

I might be edited again, who knows?

But it seems to this reader that you work extra hard to build up average performances from every SJ foal who runs.  

Anyone who voices scepticism is either not posted or called "being negative."  It's a puzzlement!

Bottom line, until SJ gets some real runners winning in at least allowance level races - people are going to look at the stats and say he's producing workmanlike runners. He wouldn't be the first good racehorse who couldn't transfer his talent - but let the readers decide without the hype.

I'll be the first to cheer his progeny if they start to really shine.  But until then - don't call it a diamond when its really just a cubic zirconium performance.  

06 Jan 2009 6:35 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Cgriff - Me You and Her was the headline because there were only two horses running and Moving Violation finished last. It's not just Smarty, any horse that wins usually gets a headline - unless there are multiple wins. And regardless of the level, it was a good race.

Take heart. We will soon have new sires and new 2-year olds.

06 Jan 2009 6:51 PM

this blog has gotten me looking at first year sires for the very first time. While I am bit disappointed in Smarty Jones - Birdstone, Medaglia d'Oro, and Speightstown have been pleasant surprises. In addition, many sires have offspring that aren't their best until 3 or 4.

06 Jan 2009 7:39 PM

Dont worry about the negative Nellies. I like your headlines and love the blog. Thankfully someone is even printing this information. I'm grateful for what you do and maybe some other folks can see that someday.

Im a Birdstone fan myself and we all know what he did to SJ.   Thanks for the blog....Keep up the good work.

06 Jan 2009 7:49 PM

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