Alma Rolls at Gulfstream

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It's that time of year, when every win by a three-year old inspires Derby Talk. This time the object was our own Alma d'Oro (Medgalia d'Oro). He broke out of the gate like a shot, a good half-length in front of the field. However, he let No Detour take the early lead on the inside. Dubinsky was tracking in third. Going into the turn, Alma d'Oro moved to the front with very little urging. No Detour began to fade, as Alma d'Oro lengthened his lead. Prado waved his stick at Alma d'Oro in the stretch, but didn't use it, as Alma d'Oro drew away mostly on his own. Dubinsky finished 2nd, well-clear of the rest of the field. Alma d'Oro's victory certainly was visually impressive, but it is also true that much of the rest of the field had troubled trips: Unbridled Cardinal: poor start; Pass Code: stumbled after start, No Detour: stumbled start, Edge Appeal: stumbled start. Still, it will be fun to watch Alma's next race.

Result: January 15, 2009
Gulfstream Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Alma d'Oro $5.60
$3.20
$2.80
Dubinsky  
$4.00
$3.60
Webcast  

$6.60

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Golden Mystery Gets Maraschino Red That Perfect Cup of Tea

Golden Mystery sped right to the lead, accompanied by favorite Malibu Prayer. Maraschino Red (Medaglia d'Oro) was in a good position in 3rd, while slow-starting Perfect Cup of Tea (Pleasantly Perfect) was at the back. Golden Mystery shook free from Malibu Prayer and drew off. Film Charm came running late to capture second, as both Malbu Prayer and Maraschino Red tired. Perfect Cup of Tea passed one to finish 9th.

Result: January 15, 2009
Gulfstream Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Golden Mystery $10.60
$6.20
$3.80
Film Charm  
$7.00
$4.40
Malibu Prayer  

$2.60

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Other Results for January 15

Becky's Express (colt; Congaree) lived up to the favorite's billing, taking the lead early and never relinquishing it. The winning margin was 6. He was claimed out of the race by Maggi Moss.

Rule of Motion (colt; Peace Rules) finished 5th in his allowance/optional claiming race at Laurel.

Conchacer (colt; Congaree) was scratched at Tampa Bay Downs. The winner in that one was Bally Buff, who came from off the pace to score.

Wild Conga (gelding; Congaree) was scratched at Aqueduct.

Racing was canceled after the second race at Charles Town, so Paid Preview (colt; Speightstown) stayed in the barn.

Bhangaloo Ruby Seeks Beaded Luster

January 16, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 2:57 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Cherokee Caucus
2. Luster
3. True Blue Eyes
4. Beaded
5. Bhangaloo Ruby
6. Just to Tell You
7. Retro
8. Mayhaw
9. Miss Newfie

Bhangaloo Ruby (Peace Rules - Long Gone Lady by All Gone) debuts at Fair Grounds, where she has been recording some sharp workouts since early December. She sold for $110,000 as a yearling, and $250,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Long Gone Lady. Long Gone Lady has produced 2 winners including stakes-placed Britten's Beauty.

True Blue Eyes (Is It True - Lady Blue Eyes by Tiger Ridge) and Mayhaw (Lion Heart - Mary Sloan by Woodman) met on December 18 at Fair Grounds, in a 6 furlong test. True Blue Eyes finished 7th, and Mayhaw 9th (behind Greer Lynn). True Blue Eyes is the first foal out of the unraced mare Lady Blue Eyes, who is out of the winning mare Baby Blue Lady. Mayhaw is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Jennifer's Charge, Hanover Street, and Dr Margaret.

The only other filly with experience is Luster (Touch Gold - Viva by Pulpit), who was 3rd in her first and only race, a 5.5 furlong contest at Saratoga on August 14. Luster is out of a winning mare, who is a half-sister to graded stakes winners Eastern Echo, Blare of Trumpets, Roar, and Yell.

Miss Newfie (Newfoundland - Blues Court by Court Trial), who sold for $45,000 as a yearling, is out of stakes winner Blues Court. Blues Court was a debut winner, and earned $236,944 in her 25 race career. She has produced 8 winners, including stakes winner Bathed in Blue. Two of Miss Newfie's siblings were debut winners, including Bathed in Blue.

Stakes winner She's a Lively One, dam of Just to Tell You (Olmodavor - She's a Lively One by Lively One), was a debut winner who earned $243,756 in her 32 race career. She has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Shesgoldincolor.

Selling for $70,000 as a yearling was Beaded (Touch Gold - Gypsy Eyes by Alphabet Soup). She is the first foal out of the winning mare Gypsy Eyes. Gypsy Eyes is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Cherokee Caucus (Cherokee Run - Courtney Lake by Meadowlake) was a $60,000 yearling, and is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Retro (Pure Precision - Chance for Snow by Frosty the Snowman) is out of a winning mare who has produced the winner Fappies for Chance.

Frosty Diamond is Havinabrew for Bold Vindication

January 16, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 6
Maiden Claiming ($70,000 - $80,000)
6 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 3:42 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Cross Village
2. Cherokee Bull
3. Havinabrew
4. Bold Vindication
5. De Soto's Gold
6. Sharpsburg Shuffle
7. The King Ping
8. True Ally
9. Fullofsong
10. Frosty Diamond
11. Big Flirt

Frosty Diamond (Medaglia d'Oro - Heirloom Diamond by Grindstone) makes his 6th start overall, and his first at Gulfstream Park in this 6 furlong contest. His last outing was one of his best, as he finished 2nd at 5.5 furlongs at Calder in a Maiden Special Weight race on October 25. He also finished 2nd at Saratoga on August 27. Frosty Diamond has been preparing for this start at Calder since mid-December. Frosty Diamond sold for $100,000 as a yearling. His dam was the stakes winner Heirloom Diamond, who earned $132,200. Heirloom Diamond has produced one winner from two to race.

Cherokee Bull (Cherokee Run - Holy Mist by Holy Bull) made his debut on August 27 at Saratoga where he was 4th, behind Frosty Diamond. Interestingly, Loch Dubh, recent winner of the Turfway Prevue Stakes, was 6th in the August 27 race. Cherokee Bull has made 5 starts since then, his best finish was a 2nd at Aqueduct on November 21. His most recent result was a 4th at Calder on December 29. Cherokee Bull is the first foal out of the unraced mare Holy Mist who is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Skate Away. Holy Mist's other winning sibling, Cold Warrior, is by Cherokee Run, sire of Cherokee Bull.

Bold Vindication (Vindication - Bolsa by Mr. Prospector) has run 6 times. His best finish was 3rd on the turf at Belmont on September 18 (behind Into My Soul). Most recently, he was 4th on the Aqueduct dirt on November 29. Bold Vindication has some notable names in his past performances, including Run Away and Hide, Silent Valor, Hello Broadway, and Professor Z. Bold Vindication was a $120,000 yearling and is a half-brother to 3 winners.

True Ally (Yes It's True - Stormy Alliance by Storm Creek) has also made 6 starts, including a third on July 20 at Monmouth behind Keefer. His most recent race was a 6 furlong event at Delaware Park on October 19, where he finished 6th. True Ally, who was a $57,000 2-year old, is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to stakes winner Colonial Glitter, and grade III stakes winner, Fight for Ally.

The King Ping (Songandaprayer - True Affair by Believe It) finished 3rd in his debut at Calder on November 15, and then 7th at Calder on December 27. He sold for $90,000 at 2, and is out of grade III winner True Affair. True Affair earned $501,069, and has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Never Been Caught.

Big Flirt (Macho Uno - Queen St. West by Smarten) has run twice, finishing 5th at Saratoga on August 31, behind In Speight Of It, and 6th at Churchill Downs on October 26. Big Flirt, who sold for $210,000 as a 2-year old, is out of stakes winner Queen St. West. Queen St. West has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, including stakes winner Paint Me Red.

Another veteran of two starts is Sharpsburg Shuffle (Orientate - Sentenced by End Sweep), who was 6th on October 24 at Keeneland, and 7th on November 22 at Churchill Downs (behind Alma d'Oro). Sharpsburg Shuffle sold for $120,000 at 2, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Sentenced. Sentenced is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Clean Wager.

Cross Village (Langfuhr - One Pacific Tower by Coronado's Quest) and Fullofsong (Songandaprayer - Sweet Side by Topsider) have both started once. Cross Village, who sold for $35,000 as a yearling, finished 7th at Churchill Downs on June 25. He is a half-brother to the winner Portland Tower. Fullofsong finished 4th at Calder on December 7. He was a $95,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Sweet Side. Sweet Side is the dam of 5 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Tactical Side, who earned $313,313.

Completing the field are debut runners Havinabrew (Milwaukee Brew - Marquise Miss by Marquetry) and De Soto's Gold (Soto - Dinach by Lost Code). Havinabrew sold for $30,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes-placed Marquise Miss, who earned $144,446. Marquise Miss has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Miss Tizzy. One of Havinabrew's siblings was a debut winner. De Soto's Gold brought $36,000 at 2, and is a half-brother to 2 winners.

Peace Reigns For Annie, Miss Mary K and Payton

January 16, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 4:33 PM ET

P Horse
1. She's Our Annie
2. Peace Reigns
3. Mints in May
4. Slamina
5. Labeled
6. Miss Mary K
7. Kola Kola Kitty
8. Payton d'Oro
9. Meet the Queen
10. Be Fair
11. Slam City
12. Sundayville Break

Four Maiden Watch horses in this one: She's Our Annie (Medaglia d'Oro - Girl Gone Crazy by Roar), Peace Reigns (Peace Rules - Diamond Dottie by Eagle Eyed), Miss Mary K (Speightstown - Balancing Act by Spectacular Bid), and Payton d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Jealous and Jaded by Jade Hunter). The last time we had 4 horses in one race, it was a superfecta score. Can that happen again?

Payton d'Oro has run three times, finishing 2nd in her last 2 starts, including the Donna Freyer Stakes at Philadelphia Park on November 16. She has recorded three straight bullet works since coming to Oaklawn. Payton d'Oro, who sold for $35,000 as a yearling, is out of a winning mare who has produced 4 winners from 5 to run.

Peace Reigns, who was 8th in her debut on August 23 at Louisiana Downs after showing early interest, and 5th at Louisiana Downs on September 20 (behind Phu Bird), is a half-sister to the winner, Prime Diamond. Peace Reigns' dam, Diamond Dottie, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Really Crafty. Peace Reigns has had several works at Oaklawn Park to prepare for this one.

She's Our Annie and Miss Mary K are unraced. She's Our Annie is the first foal out of the mare Girl Gone Crazy, who was a debut winner. Girl Gone Crazy is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Devils Disciple. She's Our Annie has been working at Oaklawn since mid-December. Miss Mary K, who sold for $160,000 as a yearling, is out of a winning mare who has produced 8 winners. Miss Mary K's siblings include grade II winner Eleusis, a debut winner who has earned $165,801. Another sibling was also a debut winner. Miss Mary K most recently worked at Louisiana Downs on January 10, where she recorded a 3 furlong bullet.

Sundayville Break (Sunday Break (JPN) - Rosieville by Boston Harbor) and Slam City (Grand Slam - Spring City (FR) by Seeking the Gold) met on December 5 at Remington Park, finishing 2nd and 4th. Sundayville Break had earlier finished 5th at Remington Park on August 24 (but was moved up to 4th by DQ). She is the first foal out of the winning mare Rosieville. Rosieville is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Maysville Slew. Slam City, who sold for $75,000 as a yearling, is the first foal out of the winning mare Spring City. Spring City is a half-sister to one winner.

Finishing 3rd in her only start was Labeled (Stephen Got Even - Saluki by Hennessy), who ran at Turfway Park on December 7. She is out of the winning mare Saluki, who has produced the winner Evening Dazzle.

Mints in May (Dixie Union - Probing by Brocco), who brought $20,000 as a yearling, finished 7th in her only start, at Hawthorne on December 19. She is a half-sister to 2 winners.

The remaining fillies are unraced, including Meet the Queen (Strong Hope - Breeze Lass by It's Freezing), who sold for $125,000 as a yearling. Meet the Queen is out of debut winner Breeze Lass. Breeze Lass has produced 10 winners from 10 to race. Two of Meet the Queen's siblings won their debuts.

Koka Kola Kitty (Alex's Pal - Koka Kola Kween by Golden Gear) was a $62,000 yearling, and is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Koka Kola Kween. Koka Kola Queen is a half-sister to 11 winners, including group II winner Able Express.

Selling for $37,000 at 2 was Be Fair (Exchange Rate - Go Donna Go by Wild Again), who is out of the winning mare Go Donna Go. Go Donna Go, who was a debut winner, is the dam of 4 winners, including grade II winner Macho Again. One of Be Fair's siblings was a debut winner.

Slamina (Grand Slam - Kurima by Silver Deputy), who brought $15,000 as a yearling, is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare Kurima. Kurima's first foal, Sweet Redeemer, is a winner.

Also in Action on January 16

Clash of Arms (colt; Speightstown - Distinctive Code by Lost Code), who broke his maiden on November 5 at Laurel, makes his 2nd start against winners in a 6 furlong claiming race at Gulfstream (Claiming Price $40,000). He will break from post 5 in this 6 horse race, which has a scheduled post of 1:44 PM ET.

Broad Stone (colt; Birdstone - Broad Legacy by Broad Brush) debuts in Maiden Claiming company at Oaklawn Park (Race 3). He'll break from post 8 in this mile and a sixteenth contest that has a post of 3:05 PM. Broad Stone has been working at Oaklawn since mid-December. He is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners.

Unbridled Channel (filly; Saarland - Such a Flirt by Not For Love) makes her 2nd start at Camarero, after finishing 6th first time out on July 28. She'll break from post 7 in this 5.5 furlong maiden claiming race, with a scheduled post of 5:45 PM ET.

Hornung (colt; Speightstown - Deb's Charm by Silver Charm), who broke his maiden last time out at Golden Gate Fields, is back in an Allowance Optional Claiming Race at that same track. None of the 7 entrants is in for the claiming tag. Hornung, who is the 2-1 morning-line choice, will break from post 2 in this mile contest. Post time is scheduled for 6:51 PM ET.

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shoestringdreams

Has there been updates on how Go Smarty Go is doing?

16 Jan 2009 8:23 AM
aspradling

Alma had some energy left after the race as well, he could be Medaglia's first Derby contender eh?

16 Jan 2009 8:29 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

shoestringdreams - Please visit the Three Chimneys' website for updates on Go Smarty Go.

16 Jan 2009 9:04 AM
sauerhorse

Does anyone know how Scootin Scooter has been doing? Has he raced since he broke his maiden?

16 Jan 2009 7:22 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

sauerhorse - Scootin Scooter won an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Laurel on October 17. The last work I have for him is November 8 at Laurel, but I might have missed some.

16 Jan 2009 7:35 PM

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