Alma Chacing a Red Cup of Tea

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Thanks for all the votes in the 2009 First-crop sires poll. I will keep it active for awhile longer (see the bottom of this post), before posting the results. I can definitely see that everyone loves a poll, so I will try to make them a semi-regular feature of the blog.

A couple of interesting races for January 15, including a mile contest at Gulfstream with some quality pedigrees, that may have some thinking Derby.

Primary Witness Stomps By

Another Success took the early advantage, but was soon overtaken by heavy favorite Stomp. Stomp held that lead into the stretch, but couldn't hold off first-timer Primary Witness, who came running 3 wide. Unforgivingmonarch had to steady several times, made a run, but weakened to third. Midnight Mischief (Medaglia d'Oro) was up close early, but faded to 9th. Higher Peace (Peace Rules) made a bit of a move on the turn, but couldn't close. He ended up 7th.

Result: January 14, 2009
Gulfstream Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Primary Witness $15.40


Race Details and Equibase Chart

Alma d'Oro seeks No Detour for the Edge Appeal

January 15, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
3-year olds
Post Time: 2:12 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Unbridled Cardinal
2. Webcast
3. Dubinsky
4. Ankimo
5. No Detour
6. Satorius
7. Pass Code
8. Edge Appeal
9. Alma d'Oro

Alma d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Brenda D S by Fortunate Prospect) makes his 2nd start, after finishing 4th first time out on November 22 at Churchill Downs. He closed ground in that 6.5 furlong race, so the stretchout to a mile might help. Alma d'Oro, who sold for $75,000 as a yearling, has been working at Gulfstream since mid-December. He is out of the stakes-placed mare Brenda D S, who earned $116,444 overall. Brenda D S has produced 2 winners.

No Detour (Catienus - Single Goer by Easy Goer) has run three times, and finished second in his last two starts, on November 8 at Churchill Downs, and on December 19 at Turfway Park. The latter race was at a mile and a sixteenth. No Detour is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, including Nolan's Cat. Nolan's Cat, a full-brother to No Detour, finished 3rd in the 2005 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) as a maiden and has earned $417,377.

Webcast (Strong Hope - Dance the Slew by Slew City Slew) has also made 3 starts, finishing 8th at Saratoga on August 30, 2nd at Turfway Park on September 27 (in front of No Detour), and 5th at Keeneland on October 24. Webcast, who sold for $200,000 as a yearling, is out of the stakes winner Dance the Slew who earned $204,970. Dance the Slew has produced one winner from two to run. Interestingly, Dance the Slew has a 2-year old filly and a yearling colt both by Smarty Jones.

Dubinsky (Toccet - Breath of Life by Tactical Advantage) has run twice at Aqueduct, finishing 2nd on November 8, and 4th on November 29. He sold for $90,000 as a yearling and $240,000 as a 2-year old. Dubinsky is a half-brother to winner Nafass.

Edge Appeal (The Cliff's Edge - Lady in Waiting by Woodman) was 4th in his only start, on a muddy Aqueduct track on November 15. Edge Appeal sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Lady in Waiting. Lady in Waiting has produced 5 winners, including grade III winner Kid Grindstone. Lady in Waiting is a daughter of champion Princess Rooney.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Satorius (More Than Ready - Access by Forty Niner), who was scratched out of Midnight Mischief and Higher Peace's 6.5 furlong race on January 14. He 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.

Unbridled Cardinal (Unbridled's Song - Deputy Rose by Silver Deputy) sold for $210,000 as a yearling. He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Deputy Rose. Deputy Rose is a full sister to grade II winner Rockport Harbor and two other winners (including 2009 3-year old filly, Song of Solomon). She is also a half-sister to 2 winners.

Ankimo (Quiet American - Sashimi by Mt. Livermore) and Pass Code (Quiet American - Oil Fable by Spectacular Bid) are both by Quiet American. Ankimo's dam, Sashimi, was a debut winner who has produced one winner. Pass Code is out of a winning mare, who has produced 9 winners including grade III winner Abaginone, and grade I winner Cara Rafaela. Cara Rafaela, a full-sister to Pass Code, is the dam of champion Bernardini.

Conchacer will make a Glory Charge to Coastal Art

January 15, 2009
Tampa Bay Downs Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
7 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 3:12 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Coastal Art
2. Mr No Socks
3. Hoosier Kingdom
4. Bally Buff
5. Saint From Spain
6. Curragh Mon
7. Glory Charge
8. Conchacer
9. Repenter
10. Wynn Wynn Deal
11. Erotick Image

Conchacer (Congaree - Eliot Chacer by Clever Trick) debuts at Tampa Bay, after working there since late November. A $85,000 yearling, Conchacer is out of stakes winner Eliot Chacer, who earned $107,950. Eliot Chacer has produced 3 winners.

Also debuting in this one are Bally Buff (Forbidden Apple - Bally Duff Dancer by Nureyev) and Curragh Mon (Maria's Mon - Imari (JPN) by Forty Niner). Bally Buff is out of the winning mare Bally Duff Dancer, who has produced the winner Saratoga Spring. Bally Duff Dancer is a half-sister to champion Saratoga Dew. Curragh Mon is the first foal out of the winning mare Imari. Imari is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Western Venus.

The veteran of the race is Saint From Spain (Sweetsouthernsaint - Asturiana by Announce), who has run 12 times. His best finish was 2nd on a sloppy Calder track on December 1. His most recent effort came on December 17 on the Tampa Bay Downs turf, where he was 5th. Saint From Spain is a half-brother to 2 winners.

Hoosier Kingdom (Repent - Aunt Pansy by Quiet American) has made 5 starts, including his last 3 in stakes. He was 8th in the Hillsdale Stakes on October 12 at Hoosier Park, 2nd on November 19 in the Indiana Futurity at Hoosier, and 12th in the Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on December 27. He sold for $22,000 as a 2-year old, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Aunt Pansy.

Repenter (Repent - Rush St Type by Phone Trick), Wynn Wynn Deal (Concerto - Jolie Hawk by Mister Jolie), and Erotick Image (Unbridled's Image - Erotick Tea by Once Wild) met on December 31 in a 6.5 furlong contest at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Repenter was previously 8th at Hawthorne on November 15. He is out of the winning mare Rush St Type, who earned $106,149. Rush St Type has produced the winner Rushing d'Or. Wynn Wynn Deal is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner Cash's Girl. His dam, Jolie Hawk, is a half-sister to champion Afleet Alex. Erotick Tea is a half-brother to one winner, and is dam is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Mr No Socks (Black Mambo - Halo of Truth by Nelson) and Glory Charge (Formal Dinner - Bondella by On to Glory) both ran on December 27 at Tampa Bay Downs, but in different races. Mr No Socks was 2nd in his 6 furlong race. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Halo of Truth, who earned $168,402. Halo of Truth is a half-sister to 5 winners. Glory Charge was 8th, in his 6f furlong Maiden Claiming race. Glory Charge is out of the winning mare Bondella, who has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Pyrite Bonds.

Coastal Art (Scrimshaw - Coast Along by Coastal) finished 9th in his only start, at Churchill Downs on July 5. He sold for $22,000 as a yearling. Coastal Art's winning dam has produced 8 winners from 9 runners.

A Maraschino Red Perfect Cup of Tea

January 15, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
6.5 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:42 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Lastful Appeal
2. Droplet
3. Perfect Cup of Tea
4. Golden Mystery
5. Greater Than Honor
6. Film Charm
7. Listen Later
8. Bal Harbour Baby
9. Marasvchino Red
10. Malibu Prayer

Perfect Cup of Tea (Pleasantly Perfect - Mycupoftea by Williamstown), who has been working regularly since late September, debuts at Gulfstream Park. One of her opponents is Maraschino Red (Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry by Irish Open), who is making her third start. Perfect Cup of Tea was a $50,000 yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Mycupoftea. Mycupoftea has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Like Mom Like Sons. Maraschino Red finished fifth in her debut at Aqueduct on October 30, and 4th at that same track on November 30. She has worked 4 times at Gulfstream since her last start, including a 4 furlong bullet on December 20. Maraschino Red sold for $200,000 as a yearling and $900,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of the stakes winner Irish Cherry, who earned $147,280. Irish Cherry, who sold for $2,700,000 at the Keeneland January Sale in 2008, is the dam of grade I winners Spun Sugar and Daaher, as well as 3 other winners.

The only other filly in the field with experience is Bal Harbour Baby (Belong to Me - Final Proposal by Dehere), who has run three times. She was 4th at Monmouth on September 27, 5th at the Meadowlands on October 22, and 10th on November 16 at Aqueduct. Final Proposal, dam of Bal Harbour Baby, was stakes-placed and earned $138,375 in 7 starts. She has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Casino Transaction. Casino Transaction has earned $143,030.

Listen Later (Fusaichi Pegasus - Listen Now by Storm Bird) sold for $130,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to four stakes performers, including grade II winner Listen Here. Listen Here earned $287,480 and was a debut winner. Another sibling, grade III stakes-placed Listen, was also a debut winner.

Droplet (Lemon Drop Kid - Miss Chips by Alydeed) sold for $55,000 as a weanling, and $85,000 as a yearling. Droplet's dam, Miss Chips, was a debut winner and has produced stakes-placed Chips Del Oro.

Selling for $27,000 as a 2-year old was Golden Mystery (Awesome Again - Mysterious Angel by Saint Ballado), who is out of the winning mare Mysterious Angel. Mysterious Angel was a debut winner and is a half-sister to 8 winners, including group III winner Voyagers Quest.

Grade III winner Madison's Charm, dam of Film Charm (Langfuhr - Madison's Charm by Capote), earned $202,045 in a 14 race career. She is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Malibu Prayer (Malibu Moon - Grand Prayer by Grand Slam) is the first foal out of stakes winner Grand Prayer, who earned $145,170. Grand Prayer is half-sister to grade II winner Tap Dance.

Lastful Appeal (Successful Appeal - Blarneystone Lass by Irish River (FR)) is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners, including stakes winners Technolass and Smoked Em.

Greater Than Honor (Cozzene - Family Honor by Mr. Prospector) is a half-sister to 2 winners, and her dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Holzmeister.

Also in Action on January 15

Becky's Express (colt; Congaree) faces winners for the first time in race 5 at Fair Grounds, a mile claiming race. He is the 5-2 favorite in this one, scheduled for a post time of 3:25 PM ET.

Wild Conga (gelding; Congaree), who broke his maiden last time out on January 9, runs in a starter allowance race at Aqueduct. The post for this one, race 8, is 3:49 PM ET.

Rule of Motion (colt; Peace Rules) faces 5 in an allowance/optional claiming contest at Laurel, race 8. Post time is 3:53 PM ET. Rule of Motion, who has won 2 races in his career, finished 2nd last time out in an allowance race at Penn National on December 2.

Paid Preview (colt; Speightstown), who finished 8th in his most recent start, a 4.5 furlong allowance race at Charles Town on December 7, stretches out to 7 furlongs in this allowance test. The post time is 9:15 PM ET and he will break from post 7.

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