The Colonel Will Conga to Channingstown

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Indy Flies Hi Over Itlee

Stayonit set the early pace, but he didn't get away from anyone. Life Goes On took the first run, and went to the lead in the stretch. But, he was confronted by the Darley pair late. He managed to hold off Snowmaster, but had no answer for Hi Flyin Indy who may be one with a future. It was a strangely run race for Itlee (Pleasantly Perfect). First, he was stuck behind horses. Then he was in tight and didn't respond, probably due to the close quarters. He ended up 7th (last).

Result: January 8, 2009
Santa Anita Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Hi Flyin Indy $5.60
$3.60
$3.20
Life Goes On  
$13.60
$7.80
Snowmaster $5.60
$3.60
$3.20

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Col. Wease will be an Underground Hero holding a Lofty Banner

January 9, 2009
Aqueduct Race 4
Maiden Claiming ($18,000 - $20,000)
1 mile
3-year olds
Post Time: 1:55 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Underground Hero
2. Brite Gin
3. First Communion
4. Mr. Again
5. Col. Wease
6. Invisible Star
7. The Spanish Life
8. The Optimist (ARG)
9. Lofty Banner
10. Always in Love
AE Beam Me Up

Col. Wease (Birdstone - Tango Red by High Brite) makes his 2nd start, after not running much in his debut on November 29 at Aqueduct, where he finished 13th and last. This time, he'll stretch-out to a mile, and drop down to Maiden Claiming. He's had one work since his debut. Col. Wease is a son of stakes winner Tango Red, who has produced 4 winners.

AE horse Underground Hero (Mineshaft - Cinemine by Mining) and Beam Me Up (The Cliff's Edge - Beaming Belle by Alwuhush) also met on November 29 at Aqueduct, but in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race, in which Underground Hero was 5th, and Beam Me Up was 7th. Selling for $160,000 as a yearling, Underground Hero is a son of Grade III winner Cinemine, who earned $506,681. Cinemine has produced stakes-placed Outrageous Limit. Beam Me Up, who sold for $175,000 as a yearling, also finished 9th at the Meadowlands on October 22, and 5th at Aqueduct on January 3. Beam Me Up is a half-brother to 5 winners.

Meeting on January 4 in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race were Lofty Banner (Quiet American - Flattered by Saint Ballado), who was 6th, and The Spanish Life (Spanish Steps - Life's an E Ticket by Deposit Ticket), who was 7th. Lofty Banner made 6 starts at 2. His best finish was 2nd, which he achieved on October 23 and on September 19. Both of those races were at Belmont. Lofty Banner is the 2nd foal out of an unraced mare who is a half-sister to the winner Harry Bailey. The Spanish Life also made 6 starts at 2 and finished 2nd twice. His second place finishes came on October 5 at Delaware, and on December 10 at Aqueduct. Life's an E Ticket, dam of The Spanish Life, was stakes-placed and earned $142,445. She has produced one winner.

Invisible Star (Invisible Ink - She Is Here by Kris S.) finished 2nd in his most recent start, on October 28 at the Meadowlands. Previously, he was 6th and 9th in two turf efforts at Belmont. Invisible Star is a half-brother to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Valentine Light. Valentine Light earned $111,105 in her career.

Brite Gin (Go for Gin - Cherokee Lite by Cherokee Run) has run twice, finishing 5th at Belmont Park on September 19, and 4th at Philadelphia Park on November 22. Brite Gin is the first foal out of the winning mare Cherokee Lite, who earned $159,751 in her 19 race career.

First Communion (Concerto - First Moon by Malibu Moon) was 6th in his only start, at Aqueduct on November 10. First Communion is the first foal out of the winning mare First Moon.

Finishing 12th in his only start was Mr. Again (Fusaichi Pegasus - Caracara (IRE) by Nashwan), who ran at Aqueduct on November 22. Mr. Again's dam, Caracara, was a winner, and is a half-sister to 3 winners. Mr. Again is her first foal.

Agentinian-bred The Optimist (Incurable Optimist - Biosintesis (ARG) by Equalize) has made two turf starts, finishing 9th at Delaware on August 6, and 9th at Belmont on September 25. Biosintesis, dam of The Optimist, is a half- or full-sister to 3 winners.

Always in Love (Northern Afleet - A Love Story by El Prado (IRE)), who sold for $17,000 as a 2-year old, has run twice, finishing 4th at the Meadowlands on October 7, and 5th at Philadelphia Park on November 24. Always in Love is a half-brother to stakes-placed Tear Jerker.

Yes Its Me Again, Wild Conga, ready for Weekend Action

January 9, 2009
Aqueduct Race 6
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)
6 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 2:52 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Winitback
2. Don'tfightthefed
3. Yes Its Me Again
4. Missile
5. Weekend Action
6. Promo
7. Geno Green
8. Numerous One
9. Wild Conga

Wild Conga (Congaree - Totaly Wild by Wild Again) makes his third start, after finishing 6th in his debut on November 29 at Aqueduct, and a much improved 2nd last time out on December 12 at Aqueduct. Since that start, he's worked twice at Belmont. Wild Conga, who sold for $57,000 as a 2-year old, is the 2nd foal out of stakes winner Totaly Wild.

Weekend Action (Action This Day - Weekend Retreat by Cox's Ridge) finished 3rd, behind Wild Conga, on December 12. Since then, he ran at Aqueduct on January 3, finishing 6th. He made three additional 2008 starts, finishing 7th twice, and 9th once. Weekend Action's dam, Weekend Retreat, was a winner of $112,287. Weekend Retreat has produced two winners.

Winitback (Buddha - Last Two States by Alaskan Frost) finished 3rd on November 29 at Aqueduct, in front of Wild Conga. In his only other start, he was 2nd at Delaware on July 12. His dam, grade II stakes-placed Last Two States earned $101,136 and has produced 4 winners.

Geno Green (Lion Heart - Wings of the Storm by Valley Crossing) was 3rd in his debut at Delaware Park on November 1, and then finished 4th at Laurel on December 5. He sold for $90,000 as a yearling, and is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Wings of the Storm. Wings of the Storm is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Steak Scam and Polish Rifle.

Don'tfightthefed (Songandaprayer - Meadow Dream by Meadowlake) was 5th in his only start, at Aqueduct on December 6. He brought $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of the stakes-placed mare Meadow Dream. Meadow Dream has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Little Miss Zip. Meadow Dream is a half-sister to grade II winner Forty One Carats, who owns the 6 furlong track record at Calder.

The final entrant with experience is Promo (Maria's Mon - Cottage Rose by Magloire), who has run twice, finishing 12th on the Belmont turf on October 22, and 8th at Aqueduct on December 27. Promo, who sold for $65,000 as a yearling, is the 2nd foal out of a stakes-placed mare.

Yes Its Me Again (Yes It's True - Astickyproposition by Crafty Prospector) brought $25,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes winners Exotic Moves and Angel in the Night.

Missile (Read the Footnotes - Gilded Affair by Gilded Time) is a half-brother to the winner Used to Be a King. Their dam, Gilded Affair, is a half-sister to grade I winner Perchance to Dream and stakes winners Secreto's Hideaway and Curve Ball.

Numerous One (Numerous - Itab by Dayjur) is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Art Professor.

Channingstown has no Trouble At Home with Love Treasures

January 9, 2009
Penn National Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 7:58 PM ET

P Horse
1. Trouble At Home
2. Music Tune
3. Love Treasures
4. Double Deja Vu
5. Sliwa
6. Graham Baloo
7. Channingstown
8. Big Champ
9. Strike My Fuse

Channingstown (Speightstown - Social Director by Deputy Minister) makes his 2nd start, after finishing 5th at Penn National on December 9. In that one, he showed speed before fading. He's had two works since then, including a bullet 5 furlong work on December 23. Channingstown sold for $180,000 as a yearling, and is out of the stakes winner Social Director. Social Director has produced 3 winners, including grade II winner Dream About.

Finished 2nd, in front of Channingstown on December 5, was Big Champ (Champali - Ardum Relaunch by Cee's Tizzy). It was his debut as well. Big Champ, who sold for $40,000 as a 2-year old, is the first foal out of stakes-placed Ardum Relaunch, who earned $169,244.

The most experienced entrant is Strike My Fuse (Lite the Fuse - Lizotte by Lac Ouimet), who has made 6 starts. His best finish was a 4th at Presque Isle Downs on September 19. In his most recent start, he finished 12th at Philadelphia Park on November 23. Strike My Fuse also ran in the Send More Money Stakes at Presque Isle Downs on September 1, finishing 6th. Strike My Fuse is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Cattle Kate.

Music Tune (Concorde's Tune - Uppa Hughie by Secret Prince) has run twice, finishing 2nd at Delaware Park on November 1, and 5th at Philadelphia Park on December 6. A $27,000 2-year old, Music Tune is out of the winning mare Uppa Hughie, who earned $117,130. Uppa Hughie has produced stakes winner Our Tune, and Secret Flag, who was group I stakes-placed in the Dominican Republic.

The remaining horses are unraced, including Sliwa (Chapel Royal - Gretta's Dream by Cozzene), who sold for $83,000 as a weanling. Sliwa is the first foal out of the unraced mare Gretta's Dream. Gretta's Dream is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Emptor.

Love Treasures (Not For Love - Ten Treasures by Coronado's Quest) sold for $32,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Ten Treasures. Ten Treasures is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Ten Bolts.

Trouble At Home (Domestic Dispute - Troublesome by Hennessy), who sold for $30,000 at 2, is the first foal out of the winning mare Troublesome. Troublesome is a half-sister to one winner.

Double Deja Vu (Roanoke - Pleased to Pass by Purely Pleasure) is out of the winning mare Pleased to Pass. Pleased to Pass has produced 5 winners from 6 to run, including stakes-placed Connie's Passion.

Graham Baloo (Lil's Lad - Quincy Light by Colony Light) is the first foal out of the winning mare Quincy Light. Quincy Light is a full-sister to stakes-placed Two Lanterns, and a half-sister to 3 winners.

Also in action on January 9

Cradle of Peace (gelding; Peace Rules) seeks his third win in a 6 furlong claiming race at Laurel. He will break from post 2 in this race which has a scheduled post time of 12:35. In his most recent start, Cradle of Peace was 5th in a claiming race on December 12 on a muddy Laurel track.

Workouts

New to this Blog

Al Khali (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Maya by Capote) worked 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Palm Meadows. Al Khali is already a winner of 2 races in Peru (and was 2nd in his only other start). He is the first foal out of the winning mare Maya.

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Pleasantly Perfect Fan

Hey thanks for the heads up on Itlee, I didnt have that one on my stable alert!

08 Jan 2009 11:18 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Pleasantly Perfect Fan - Itlee was formerly known as At Fenway. You may know him by that name. Baffert trains. I haven't really looked into the name. Anybody know its derivation?

09 Jan 2009 8:35 AM
sophiekea

Some people jokingly call Italy Itlee.....could be from that. Just a guess.

09 Jan 2009 5:18 PM

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