Who to Follow in 2009?

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Only one race for January 14, so I thought it was a good opportunity to take votes on which First-Crop Stallions to focus on in 2009. The poll will be open until Jan. 20 at midnight eastern time (I will include the poll in any blogs posted up until that date). Please vote for up to 5 horses, and note that there is also an empty blank to suggest your own.

Here are the candidates:

Afleet Alex (2002; Northern Afleet - Maggy Hawk by Hawkster)
Earnings: $2,765,800
Notable Wins: Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), Sanford Stakes (gr. I)
Excellences: 2005 US Champion 3-year old colt

Closing Argument (2002; Successful Appeal - Mrs. Greeley by Mr. Greeley)
Earnings: $986,984
Notable Wins: Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), 2nd in the Kentucky Derby

Consolidator (2002; Storm Cat - Good Example (FR) by Crystal Glitters)
Earnings: $661,760
Notable Wins: Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), San Felipe (gr. II)

Eddington (2001; Unbridled - Fashion Star by Chief's Crown)
Earnings: $1,216,760
Notable Wins: Pimlico Special (gr. I), Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II)

Eurosilver (2001; Unbridled's Song - Russian Tango by Nijinsky II)
Earnings: $622,310
Notable Wins: Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II), Skip Away (gr. III)

Ghostzapper (2000; Awesome Again - Baby Zip by Relaunch)
Earnings: $3,446,120
Notable Wins: Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Met Mile (gr. I), Woodward (gr. I), Vosburgh (gr. I)
Excellences: 2004 US Champion Older Horse & Horse of the Year

Kitten's Joy (2001; El Prado (IRE) - Kitten's First by Lear Fan)
Earnings: $2,075,791
Notable Wins: Joe Hirsch (gr. IT), Secretariat (gr IT), 2nd Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)
Excellences: 2004 US Champion Grass Horse

Roman Ruler (2002; Fusaichi Pegasus - Silvery Swan by Silver Deputy)
Earnings: $1,220,800
Notable Wins: Haskell (gr. I), Dwyer (gr. II), Norfolk (gr. II), Best Pal (gr. II)

Rock Hard Ten (2001; Kris S. - Tersa by Mr. Prospector)
Earnings: $1,870,380
Notable Wins: Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), Malibu (gr. I), 2nd Preakness Stakes

Saint Liam (2000; Saint Ballado - Quiet Dance by Quiet American)
Earnings: $4,456,995
Notable Wins: Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Woodward (gr. I), Stephen Foster (gr. I), Donn (gr. I)
Excellences: 2005 US Champion Older Horse & Horse of the Year
Saint Liam died after a paddock accident in 2006 and has only one crop.

Result for January 12

Hug It Out (Medaglia d'Oro) finished 5th in her allowance race at Fair Grounds. The winner was heavy-favorite Auspicious, who won her 2nd in a row by 6 lengths. She was green in the stretch, drifting in, but was well-clear of the rest of the field.

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Result for January 13

Strike Jak (Peace Rules) finished 5th in a starter allowance contest at Tampa Bay Downs.

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Midnight Mischief Seeks Higher Peace

January 14, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
6.5 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 3:42 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Seeking the Sluice
2. Another Success
3. Strategic Decision
4. Stay Focused
5. Midnight Mischief
6. Satorius
7. Indy's Spell
8. Unforgivingmonarch
9. Primary Witness
10. Stomp
11. Higher Peace
12. Berry Berry Bueno
AE Indian Fog

Midnight Mischief (Medaglia d'Oro - Western Reel by Gone West) and Higher Peace (Peace Rules - Red Hot Chiquita by Mr. Expo) both debut in this 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream. Both have been working in Florida. Midnight Mischief is out of stakes-placed Western Reel, who has produced 4 winners. Two of Midnight Mischief's siblings won their debuts. Higher Peace sold for $20,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Red Hot Chiquita. Red Hot Chiquita is half- or full-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Phaenna and Red Hot Rocket.

Stomp (Put It Back - Looks Like a Gem by Distant View) has run twice, finishing 2nd at Saratoga on July 25, and 2nd at Saratoga on August 8. Stomp, who sold for $65,000 as a 2-year old, is out of a winning mare who has produced one winner from two to race.

Strategic Decision (Distorted Humor - Beautiful Pleasure by Maudlin) finished 3rd in his only start, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Turfway on December 12. He is a son of champion and multi-millionaire Beautiful Pleasure. Beautiful Pleasure has produced grade I stakes-placed Dr. Pleasure who has earned $333,098.

Stay Focused (Scorpion - Stay in Touch by Fort Chaffee) and Indy's Spell (A. P. Indy - Charm by Polish Numbers) both finished 6th in their only starts. Stay Focused's race was on December 29 at Calder. He is a half-brother to 3 winners. Indy's Spell ran on November 29 at Churchill Downs. He sold for $350,000 as a yearling. Indy's Spell's dam, Charm, was a stakes-placed earner of $110,831. Charm has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Whirl who earned $189,955. Charm is a half-sister to champion Banshee Breeze.

The only other entrant with experience is Another Success (Successful Appeal - Another Mulca by Allen's Prospect), who was 10th in his only race, on November 29 at Aqueduct. Another Mulca, dam of Another Success, was a group I winner in Puerto Rico who earned $277,705. Another Mulca has produced 2 winners.

Selling for $270,000 as a yearling was Berry Berry Bueno (Unbridled's Song - Buffalo Berry (IRE) by Sri Pekan). Grade III winner Buffalo Berry, dam of Berry Berry Bueno, was a debut winner who earned $130,590 overall. Berry Berry Bueno is a half-brother to grade III winner Chattahoochee War and 2 other winners. Two of his siblings were debut winners.

Satorius (More Than Ready - Access by Forty Niner) sold for $60,000 as a yearling, and $145,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 6 winners, including stakes-placed runners Reverse Psychology and Inomuff. Two siblings were debut winners.

Seeking the Sluice (Seeking the Gold - Classic Slew by Seattle Slew) is a half- or full-brother to 6 winners, including stakes winner Surging River. Four of these were debut winners.

Unforgivingmonarch (Came Home - Forgiving Monarch by Wavering Monarch) is out of stakes-placed Forgiving Monarch, who earned $220,525. Forgiving Monarch has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Discreet Commander.

Stakes winner Deb's Honor, dam of Primary Witness (Hennessy - Deb's Honor by Affirmed), earned $182,973 in a 22 race career. She has produced 5 winners from 5 to run, including grade III winner Primary Suspect. Primary Suspect, who was a debut winner, is a full-brother to Primary Witness.

On the AE list is Indian Fog (Indian Charlie - Fog Dance by Unbridled's Song), who sold for $140,000 as a yearling. Indian Fog is a half-brother to one winner, and his dam is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Workouts

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January 12

Working 3 furlongs in :39.40 at Gulfstream Park was Great Cause (colt; Congaree - Grand Mirage by Southern Halo). Great Cause brought $50,000 as a weanling, and is a half-brother to winner Caty Ray.

Saarinna (filly; Saarland - Rominna by Crafty Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in :39.80 at Bowie. She sold for $25,000 as a weanling, and is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Pina Colada (filly; Speightstown - Foolishly by Broad Brush) worked 3 furlongs in :38.20 at Palm Meadows. Pina Colada sold for $105,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the stakes winner Foolishly.

January 13

Cinderella's Wish (filly; Speightstown - Godmother by Show'em Slew) worked 3 furlongs in :36.80 at Fair Grounds. Selling for $300,000 as a yearling, Cinderella's Wish is out of grade III winner Godmother. Godmother has produced 3 winners from 3 to run.

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