Congor Bay Finds San Pedro Glory

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Flashmans Papers and Cut the Check dueled early. Congor Bay (Speightstown) was stalking on the inside. Ventana attempted to move up the rail on the turn inside of Congor Bay, lacked room, and had to check hard. In the stretch, Congor Bay was ready to make a move, but his path was blocked. He found a spot in between horses and started moving. Ventana was also back in the picture, but couldn't find a way through, trying outside, between, and inside. Once clear, Congor Bay showed a nice turn of foot to easily move into the lead. Look for this one to stay on the Polytrack and probably keep running short. Point Attended, who was making his first start outside maiden company, closed well to pick up 2nd and is one to keep an eye on.

Joel Rosario, jockey of Ventana, claimed foul against Congor Bay for allegedly closing the hole on the rail that caused Ventana to check, but the claim was disallowed. I love the ruling, the stewards ruled that Ventana "attempted to enter a spot where there was no clearance and was the cause of his own trouble."

Result: January 19, 2009
Santa Anita Race 7
San Pedro Stakes

Congor Bay $15.40
$7.80
$5.20
Point Attended  
$14.20
$6.40
Cut the Check  

$6.40

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No Toning This Down

Artist Moon set the early pace, establishing a clear lead. Amazin Sun was chasing, but was hindered by a slipped saddle. Media Speed also emerged on the scene. Tone It Down (Medaglia d'Oro) was watching the action in fourth. He made his move on the turn and swept to the lead. He was almost immediately 2 lengths in front, and doubled that advantage at the finish under hand urging. Ferber, who trailed early, closed to get into second, finishing behind Tone It Down once again.

Result: January 19, 2009
Laurel Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Tone It Down $3.60
$2.40
$2.10
Ferber  
$2.40
$2.10
Media Speed  

$3.20

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Pleasant Song will Count the Gold Straight Out

January 20, 2009
Philadelphia Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 2:31 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Count the Gold
2. Happy Bull
3. Dixieland Cowboy
4. Beggin'
5. Hardknockinbillie
6. Indy Knight
7. C Larry Run
8. Perfect Song
9. Straight Out
10. Needtogetpaid
11. Megagold
12. Mr Magenta

Perfect Song (Pleasantly Perfect - Prospector's Song by Prospector's Music) first hit the Maiden Watch work list in mid-May, and now we will finally get to see him run in the afternoon. He had a break in July, but has been working regularly since mid-October. Perfect Song sold for $67,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Prospector's Song. Prospector's Song earned $264,256 in a 17 race career and was a debut winner. Prospector's Song has produced stakes-placed Song of the Saints.

Also debuting in this one are Dixieland Cowboy (Bowman's Band - Barbarasgoneagain by Lil Fappi), Beggin' (Pulpit - Te Kani by Northern Dancer), Indy Knight (Kafwain - Al Ribh by A. P. Indy), and Straight Out (Straight Man - Stacey Tracey by Trick Me). Dixieland Cowboy is out of stakes winner Barbarasgoneagain, who earned $128,488 and was a debut winner. Barbarasgoneagain has produced 5 winners from 6 to run. One of Dixieland Cowboy's siblings was a debut winner. Beggin' is out of debut winner Te Kani. Te Kani has produced 7 winners, including stakes winner The Key Rainbow. Indy Knight sold for $30,000 as a weanling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Al Ribh. Al Ribh is a half-sister to 6 winners, including Big Maverick, a group II winner in Singapore. Stakes winner Stacey Tracey, dam of Straight Out, was a debut winner and earned $284,935. Stacey Tracey has produced two winners from 2 to run.

Needtogetpaid (Victory Gallop - Summer Memories by Tale of the Cat), Hardknockinbillie (Devil His Due - Angel Again by Nodouble), and Count the Gold (Banker's Gold - Black Tie Countess by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) met on New Year's Day at Philadelphia Park in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight contest. Needtogetpaid was 2nd, Hardknockinbillie was 3rd, and Count the Gold was 7th. Needtogetpaid previously finished 2nd on December 6 at Philadelphia Park. He sold for $15,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-brother to one winner. His dam, Summer Memories, is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III winner Sunray Spirit. Hardknockinbillie has made three additional starts, finishing 8th at Turfway on September 27, and 4th and 11th in 2 Churchill Downs starts. He is out of a winning mare who has produced 7 winners. Count the Gold's 2 previous starts were in stakes company, he was 3rd in the Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes at Philadelphia Park on November 16, and 3rd in the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes at that same track on December 6. Count the Gold is the 3rd foal out of a winning mare, who is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Mr Magenta (Northern Afleet - Dance Alexa by Southern Halo) finished 2nd in both of his starts, on August 11 and December 14. These races were both at Philadelphia Park. He is a half-brother to stakes-placed Mission Viejo Halo and grade II winner Dance Daily.

Megagold (Omega Code - Bold Glitter by Bold Show) has also made 2 starts, but at the Meadowlands. He was 2nd on October 7 and 3rd on November 7. He sold for $21,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Bold Glitter. Bold Glitter has produced 3 winners.

Happy Bull (Yonaguska - Readout by Quack) and C Larry Run (Sligo Bay (IRE) - Fast Fingers by Nepal) have both started once. Happy Bull, who brought $33,000 as a yearling, was 3rd at Monmouth on June 29. He is a half-brother to 2 winners, and a full-brother to stakes-placed Spartan Queen. C Larry Run was 5th at Philadelphia Park on December 23. He is out of stakes winner Fast Fingers, who earned $182,525. Fast Fingers has produced 7 winners, including stakes winners Spanish Guitar and Cumby Texas.

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