Rubies and Diamonds Shine

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The results of the Alma d'Oro poll yesterday, asking if you are adding him to your Derby list, clearly show us to be a conservative bunch. The overwhelming winner was, "Not Yet." Frankly, that's where I stand as well. Wait and see seems best at this point.

Bhangaloo Ruby (Peace Rules) took all the early action at the window, and certainly looked good in the paddock. She broke well, but Cherokee Caucus took the lead from the rail. She was closely followed by Luster. Cherokee Caucus began to retreat, as Luster took command and Bhangaloo Ruby ranged up in second. Slowly, but surely Bhangaloo Ruby was able to wear down a stubborn Luster and take the lead. These two were better than 4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Mayhaw. There was a long stewards' inquiry into the stretch run of this one. There certainly were some bumps exchanged between the top two finishers. To my eye, it looked as though Luster initiated the contact by coming out, and then Bhangaloo Ruby bumped back. The stewards must have seen it that way too, because there was no change in the placings.

Result: January 16, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Bhangaloo Ruby $5.00


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Frosty Diamond Finds a Warm Spot in the Winner's Circle

Fullofsong was first out, pressed by Cherokee Bull and Frosty Diamond (Medaglia d'Oro). Cherokee Bull gave way, but Frosty Diamond continued his pursuit. He took the lead on the turn from a rank Fullofsong. Frosty Diamond was wide, but well clear, as he drew off under a hand ride. Cross Village and Sharpsburg Shuffle, who both had to steady on the turn, made up some ground to take 2nd and 3rd.

Result: January 16, 2009
Gulfstream Race 6
Maiden Claiming ($70,000 - $80,000)

Frosty Diamond $7.40
Cross Village  
Sharpsburg Shuffle  


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Be Fair Too Much for Maiden Watch

Three Maiden Watch horses in this one (after the scratch of Miss Mary K (Speightstown)), but the best we could do was third. She's Our Annie (Medaglia d'Oro) tried, dueling for the early lead with Koka Kola Kitty, despite veering in at the start. Both of these were overtaken by Be Fair, the half-sister to Macho Again, who came from off the pace to go by everyone. She ducked in in response to the whip in the stretch, but she was well-clear of the field. Labeled, who was never far off the pace, got into the second sport. She's Our Annie just held third over Payton d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro), who closed with good interest (farther, farther, please run her farther). Peace Reigns (Peace Rules) raced mid-pack early, but weakened to last. By the way, Be Fair races for the same connections as Be Smart (Smarty Jones). Apparently, there is a Be theme afoot.

Result: January 16, 2009
Oaklawn Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Be Fair $13.00
She's Our Annie  


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Other Results for January 16

Clash of Arms (colt; Speightstown - Distinctive Code by Lost Code) went gate-to-wire in the 2nd race at Gulfstream to pick up his 2nd win. He was claimed out of the race and will now race for Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

A nice debut for Broad Stone (colt; Birdstone - Broad Legacy by Broad Brush), who was at the back of the pack early, and then rallied 4 wide to get all the way into 2nd, in the 3rd race at Oaklawn Park. The first 2 finishers in this race for 3, 4, and 5 year-olds are 3. The winner was Last Martini, who was some 5 lengths in front of Broad Stone.

Hornung (colt; Speightstown - Deb's Charm by Silver Charm) pressed the pace early, before weakening to 3rd, in Race 7 at Golden Gate Fields.

Unbridled Channel (filly; Saarland - Such a Flirt by Not For Love) finished 6th in Race 7 at Camarero.

Medaglia d'Onore Pasco Bound

January 17, 2009
Tampa Bay Downs
Pasco Stakes
7 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 3:43 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. A Centurian
2. Medaglia d'Onore
3. Bold Captain
4. General Quarters
5. Gaara
6. Miles and Miles
7. Musket Man

Medaglia d'Onore (Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band), who was last seen finishing 7th behind Vineyard Haven in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga on September 1, returns in the $75,000 Pasco Stakes. Medaglia d'Onore broke his maiden on June 19 at Churchill Downs, and then ran in three straight graded races (in addition to the Hopeful, he was 5th in the Bashford Manor (gr. III) and 6th in the Saratoga Special (gr. II)). This should be a little easier spot. He has been working at Tampa Bay since mid-December.

General Quarters (Sky Mesa - Ecology by Unbridled's Song), Miles and Miles (Candy Ride (ARG) - Upper Miles by Polish Navy), and Bold Captain (Bold Truth - Pyrite Captain by Magesterial) met in the 6 furlong Inaugural Stakes on December 27 at Tampa Bay Downs. General Quarters was 2nd, Miles and Miles was 3rd, and Bold Captain was 8th. General Quarters broke his maiden in his debut on May 30 at Churchill Downs, and then ran 6th in the Bashford Manor, behind Medaglia d'Onore. He then ran in 4 allowances races before the Inaugural, registering a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 8th. Miles and Miles' previous starts included a 2nd behind Vineyard Haven in that horse's maiden win, a maiden victory, and an allowance victory. The latter was at Calder on October 30. Bold Captain's 5 previous starts were in races restricted to Ohio-breds, including a 7th in the Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes and a win in the Best of Ohio Juvenile Stakes at Thistledown on October 4. His maiden score came at that track on September 20.

Gaara (Songandaprayer - Epistola by Buckaroo) finished 3rd in Miles and Miles' allowance victory. He had previously broken his maiden via disqualification on September 20 at Calder. On November 8 at Calder, Gaara finished 8th in the Jack Price Juvenile Stakes. His most recent effort resulted in a win in claiming company at Calder on November 30.

Musket Man (Yonaguska - Fortuesque by Fortunate Prospect) has run twice and won twice. He broke his maiden on October 25 at Belmont, and then won an allowance race at Philadelphia Park on November 18. Both of his races were at 6 furlongs. Musket Man has recorded 2 straight bullet works at Tampa Bay to prepare for this one.

A Centurian (Indian Charlie - Isleworth by Mt. Livermore) has run just once, but that start resulted in a 5 length victory at Calder on December 27. In that race, he stalked early before drawing off. He's worked twice since then.

Free Beer is Mr. Hot Stuff with Molten Lava.

January 17, 2009
Santa Anita Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles
3-year olds
Post Time: 4:31 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Hog's Hollow
2. Millennium Lakes
3. Mayor Marv
4. Free Beer
5. Molten Lava
6. Infernal
7. Mr. Hot Stuff
8. Thorondor
9. Meteore

Free Beer (Medaglia d'Oro - P J Floral by Baldski) makes his third start, after finishing 6th at Hollywood on November 26, and 7th on December 14 at that same track. Both of those races were at a mile and a sixteenth, the same as this race. Free Beer has worked twice since his last start. He is out of stakes winner P J Floral, who earned $245,403. P J Floral is the dam of 4 winners, including Ramiano, who was stakes-placed, and Queue, a grade II winner.

Hog's Hollow (Perfect Soul (IRE) - Crousille (FR) by Highest Honor (FR)) faced Free Beer on November 26, finishing 7th. He had previously finished 9th on the Santa Anita turf on October 11. His most recent race was at a mile and a sixteenth on the Hollywood turf on December 21, where he finished 2nd. Hog's Hollow is the 2nd foal out of stakes-placed Crousille. Crousille's first foal, broke his maiden on December 31 of 2008.

Meteore (Pulpit - Meteor Miracle by Twining) and Thorondor (Ferrari (GER) - Prize Possession by Prized) also ran in the turf race at Hollywood on December 21 with Hog's Hollow. Meteore was 4th and Thorondor was 8th. Meteore had made one previous start, finishing 10th at Del Mar on August 2. Meteor Miracle, the dam of Meteore, was a stakes winner who earned $182,989. Thorondor is out of the winning mare Prize Possession. Prize Possession has produced 2 winners, including Rosso Corsa, a full-brother to Thorondor.

Mayor Marv (Distorted Humor - Miss Wineshine by Wolf Power (SAF)) and Millennium Lakes (Storm Cat - Tweedside by Thunder Gulch) met on December 29 at Santa Anita in a mile race, finishing 2nd and 3rd behind Papa Clem. Papa Clem runs in the San Rafael (gr. III) on January 17. Mayor Marv has made 5 total starts, recording three 2nds, a 3rd, and a 6th. Miss Wineshine, dam of Mayor Marv, was a stakes winner at 2 and earned $189,080. Miss Wineshine has produced 2 winners. Millennium Lakes was previously 7th on the Aqueduct turf on November 22. He is the 2nd foal out of grade I winner Tweedside, who earned $646,791. Tweedside is also a half-sister to grade II winners Evanescent and Tactical Advantage.

Mr. Hot Stuff (Tiznow - Sweet Damsel by Turkoman) has run three times, finishing 4th at Santa Anita on October 26, 10th at Hollywood Park on November 30, and 7th at Hollywood on December 14. Mr. Hot Stuff, who sold for $200,000 as a yearling, is a full-brother to grade I winner Colonel John, and three other winners.

Infernal (Sir Cherokee - Flaming Satan by Java Gold) finished 4th in both of his starts, at Hollywood Park on November 15, and on December 26 at Santa Anita. He has never been farther than 6.5 furlongs. Infernal was a $32,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Flaming Satan. Flaming Satan has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winners Ashbecca and Armonk.

Molten Lava (Empire Maker - True Flare by Capote) finished 8th in his only start, on November 8 at Hollywood Park. He is out of grade II winner True Flare, who earned $326,684. True Flare is the dam of grade I winner Latent Heat, grade II winner Indian Flare, grade III winner Art Master, and 2 other winners.

Wiggle and a Wink and Atalanta Velox Take the Downhill Course

January 17, 2009
Santa Anita Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
About 6.5 furlongs turf
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 5:34 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Wiggle and a Wink
2. Atalanta Velox
3. Spanish Bunny
4. Mycrispycream
5. Burg Berg
6. L. A. Devine
7. Coracao Beijo
8. Evelyn
9. Lucky Spell
10. Copybreak
11. Smart Tiffany
12. Closing Speed

Wiggle and a Wink (Congaree - Friendofthefamily by Wild Rush), a veteran of 3 starts, and Atalanta Velox (Medaglia d'Oro - Mandy Mack by Native Prospector), who is making her debut, break side-by-side on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita.

Wiggle and a Wink has done her running at Woodbine, where she finished 4th at 6 furlongs on the turf on August 15, and then finished 2nd on November 1, and 4th on November 21, in two Polytrack starts. She returned to the worktab at the end of December, most recently working at Santa Anita. Wiggle and a Wink, who sold for $45,000 at 2, is the first foal out of a stakes winning mare whose wins included the Scottsdale Handicap on the turf.

Atalanta Velox sold for $70,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes winner Mandy Mack. Mandy Mack earned $155,785 and has produced 3 winners, including grade III winner The Judge Sez Who. The Judge Sez Who earned $953,039, and also finished 3rd in the grade III Calder Derby on the turf.

Closing Speed (Cherokee Run - Indira by Kingmambo) ran against Wiggle and a Wink on November 21 at Woodbine, finishing 2nd. In two previous starts at Woodbine, she was also 2nd. Her debut was at Saratoga on August 20, where she finished 3rd. She is a full-sister to the winner Spiriton, and a half-sister to winner Tiger Warren.

Spanish Bunny (Unusual Heat - Spanish Beam by El Gran Senor) and Burg Berg (Johannesburg - Snowberg by Ridan Prospector) met on the Santa Anita downhill turf course on December 27, finishing 3rd and 4th. Spanish Bunny has made 7 total starts, including 4 on the turf. In her most recent start, she was 3rd on the downhill Santa Anita turf on January 9. That was an allowance/optional claiming race. Spanish Bunny is out of a turf winner mare, and is a full-sister to 3 winners, but no turf winners. Burg Berg is out of stakes winner Snowberg, who earned $455,728. Snowberg has produced turf winner Cheryl's Surprise.

Coracao Beijo (Fantastic Light - Bandeau by Quiet American) has run 5 times, including 4 turf starts. Her turf starts include a 6th on the Santa Anita downhill course on October 18. Her best results came on the Hollywood turf course where she was 2nd on November 13, and 3rd on December 10. Both of those races were at 6 furlongs. Coracao Beijo is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Bandeau. Bandeau is a half-sister to grade I winner Jilbab and group I winner Ancient World.

The last runner with experience is L. A. Devine (Pulpit - Sunny Laugh by Relaunch), who was 8th in her only start, at Hollywood Park on November 16. L. A. Devine is out of the winning mare Sunny Laugh, who has produced 3 winners from 4 to run. One of L. A. Devine's siblings won on the turf.

Lucky Spell (Decarchy - Gold Fleece by Deputed Testamony) is out of grade III turf winner Gold Fleece, who earned $289,875, mostly running on the turf. Gold Fleece has produced 7 winners from 7 to run, including Golden Rahy, a grade III winner on the turf.

Copybreak (Olmodavor - Perfect Copy by Deputy Minister) is out of Perfect Copy, who was grade III stakes-placed on the turf. Perfect Copy was also a debut winner on the turf, and has produced 3 winners. All of Copybreak's winning siblings won on the turf, including Lucky Copy, a stakes winner on that surface.

Mycrispycream (Distorted Humor - Munchkin by A. P. Indy) is the first foal out of the winning mare Munchkin. Munchkin is a half-sister to stakes winner Colonial Power, and grade II stakes winner Composer. Composer and Colonial Power both won stakes on the turf..

Evoking, dam of Evelyn (Posse - Evoking by Foolish Pleasure), was a debut winner and has produced 4 winners.

Smart Tiffany (Smart Strike - Via Lactea by Capote) is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, including Medalha Milagrosa, a group II winner on the turf in Brazil.

Mydadsperfect with Mac Speed at the Check Point

January 17, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 10
Maiden Claiming ($70,000 - $80,000)
1 mile turf
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 5:38 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Bevy
2. Wise Passion
3. Alexandrite Ring
4. Platinum Bride
5. Proud Lisa
6. Sandi's Ready
7. Check Point
8. Mac Speed
9. Lovamor
10. Mydadsperfect
11. Sky Cap
12. Starship Angel
MTO Multipass
AE Cat On a Quest
AE Don't Like to Fly
AE Starship Kitty

Mydadsperfect (Pleasantly Perfect - Red Cell by Geri) makes her 2nd start overall, and her first on the turf in this mile contest at Gulfstream. In her first start, she was 6th at Calder on December 23. Since that race, she's worked twice at Gulfstream Park. Mydadsperfect sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of stakes-placed Red Cell.

Wise Passion (Wised Up - Current Gossip by Current Hope) has run 7 times, including her last 3 starts on the turf. She was 7th on October 19, 4th on November 16, and 8th on December 21. All of her starts were at Calder. Wise Passion is out of a stakes winning mare, who has produced 4 winners from 5 to race.

Mac Speed (Untuttable - Brown eyed Woman by De Niro) and Platinum Bride (Alphabet Soup - Pia Bride by El Gran Senor) met at a mile and a sixteenth on the Laurel turf on October 18. Mac Speed was 2nd and Platinum Bride 5th. Mac Speed also finished 2nd on the Delaware turf on October 5, and 6th twice in two Philadelphia Park dirt races. Brown eyed Woman, dam of Mac Speed, was stakes-placed on the turf. Brown eyed Woman has produced one turf winner, Domenick's Dune, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Platinum Bride most recently finished 6th on the Calder turf on December 11. Pia Bride, dam of Platinum Bride, was a stakes winner on the turf. She has produced 3 winners, including 2 that won on the turf.

Lovamor (Olmodavor - Mini Brush by Broad Brush) finished 3rd on the Delaware turf on October 5 behind Mac Speed. Previously, Lovamor was 3rd on the Saratoga turf on August 25 behind Maram, who later won the Miss Grillo Stakes (gr.III) and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies turf. Lovamor is the first foal out of stakes-placed Mini Brush. Mini Brush is a half-sister to 3 winners including Xinca, stakes-placed on the turf.

Sandi's Ready (More Than Ready - Snickeez by Mr. Greeley) has run 6 times, including once on the turf. Her best finish was a 3rd in her debut on May 16 at Monmouth. Her most recent effort was at 5 furlongs on the Meadowlands turf, where she finished 7th. Sandi's Ready was a $70,000 yearling. Sandi's Ready is the first foal out of the winning mare Snickeez, who is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Out of My Way. 

Bevy (Menifee - Auspice by Robellino) has run twice on the Laurel turf, finishing 3rd on September 12, and 2nd on October 22. Both races were at 5.5 furlongs. Bevy is a full-sister to turf winner Storyland, and her dam is a half-sister to two turf stakes winners.

Sky Cap (Sky Mesa - Capital Request by Repriced) made her only start at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Calder on November 27, where she finished 3rd. Capital Request, dam of Sky Cap, was a grade III winner on the turf who earned $295,934. Capital Request has produced 3 winners, including Cozzi Capital, a stakes winner on the turf. Another offspring was also a turf winner.

Check Point (Posse - Turning Point by Rahy) has run twice at Philadelphia Park, finishing 4th on October 27 and 3rd (through disqualification) on November 11. She is out of a turf winning mare who has produced the winner Tricky Mona.

Finishing 2nd in her first and only start was Starship Angel (Running Stag - Starship Sunrise by Arch), who ran at Calder on December 31. Starship Angel is the first foal out of the winning mare Starship Sunrise. Starship Sunrise is a half- or full-sister to 11 winners, including group II winner Don Juan A and group III winner I Am the Prince.

Proud Lisa (Proud Citizen - Miss the Mark by Miner's Mark) was 6th in her only start, on October 30 at Aqueduct, in a race originally scheduled for the turf. Proud Lisa sold for $90,000 as a yearling, and is out of a winning mare who has produced one winner from one to race. That offspring won on the turf.

Alexandrite Ring (Century City (IRE) - Hawaiian Bold by Hawaii) has also made one start, finishing 7th at Turfway Park on December 27. She sold for $36,000 as a weanling, and $135,000 as a yearling. Alexandrite Ring is out of a winning mare who has produced 6 winners, including turf stakes winner Hawaiian Dancer and stakes winner Aloha Bold. Aloha Bold was also stakes-placed on the turf.

On the MTO list for this race is Multipass (Olmodavor - Mysteriously by Afleet), who was 6th in her only start, on November 20 at Churchill Downs. Multipass, who sold for $55,000 at 2, is out of grade III stakes winner Mysteriously. Mysteriously earned $659,578 in her 27 race career, and has produced 4 winners.

On the AE list are Cat On a Quest (Tale of the Cat - Conquestality by Conquistador Cielo), Don't Like to Fly (Stone Bridge - Flying Prospector by Geri), and unraced Starship Kitty (Tale of the Cat - Starship Voodoo by Roar). Cat On a Quest, who was 8th in her only start, at Aqueduct on December 6, sold for $150,000 as a yearling and for $230,000 at 2. She is a daughter of stakes winner Conquestality, who has produced 4 winners from 5 to run. Don't Like to Fly has run 9 times, all on the dirt at Calder. Her best finish was third in he debut, on May 10 at Calder. Her most recent result was a 7th on December 27 in a 6 furlong race. Starship Kitty is the first foal out of the unraced mare Starship Voodoo. Starship Voodoo is a half-sister to 10 winners, including Voodoo Dancer, a grade I winner on the turf.

Also in Action on January 17

Shared Account (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Silk n' Sapphire by Smart Strike), who broke her maiden in her first and only start, on October 31 at Laurel, runs in an allowance/optional claiming contest (Race 6) at that track. Shared Account, who is not in for a tag, will break from the rail in this about a mile and a sixteenth contest with a post time of 2:56 PM ET and a field of 6.

Belfast (colt; Congaree - Southerncomfortgal by Hermitage), who broke his maiden in his third and most recent start, on December 22 at Fair Grounds, faces 8 at that track. Belfast is in for a $50,000 tag in this allowance/optional claiming race to be run at 1 mile and 40 yards. Post time for this one is 4:55 PM ET.

Bajan Kitty (filly; Speightstown - Pleasing by Falstaff) makes her 4th start overall, and her first in Northern California in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming contest at Golden Gate Fields (Race 4). In her most recent effort, she was 4th in a 5.5 furlong contest at Santa Anita on December 31. Bajan Kitty will break from post 8 in this 11 horse field scheduled for a 5:20 PM ET post.

Floating On Air (filly; Peace Rules - Charmie's Secret by Secret Hello) makes her 9th start at her 6th different track in the 9th race at Golden Gate. She will break from post 9 in this 5.5 furlong maiden claiming contest. Floating on Air is the 8-5 favorite in this 10 horse field which has a post time of 7:53 PM ET.

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