Casa d'Oro Finds his Way Home

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Ricky's Lite streaked to the early lead, but Casa d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) was never far off. Casa d'Oro was eased out for the drive, and cruised to the lead. He continued to increase his advantage, hitting the wire better than 7 lengths in front of runner-up Ricky's Life. Interestingly, winning trainer Michael Trombetta also trains Perfect Song.

Result: January 27, 2009
Philadelphia Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Casa d'Oro $3.40
$2.40
$2.10
Ricky's Life  
$3.20
$2.60
Mountain Climber  

$3.20

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Mr No Socks Conchacer

Conchacer (Congaree) dueled with Fear the Master and Terry D, but he soon shook free from those two. But, a persistant Mr No Socks was lurking. He drew even with Conchacer who hung tough. Conchacer finally gave way in the final furlong, as the more experienced Mr No Socks prevailed. Conchacer may have tired late, but he ran well in his debut in this big field.

Result: January 27, 2009
Tampa Bay Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Mr No Socks $12.80
$5.40
$3.80
Conchacer  
$4.80
$3.40
Arranger  

$4.20

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Other Results for January 27

Tbilisi (filly; Birdstone - Tripp Trial by Skip Trial) was a winner at Penn National, as she started slow (as usual), but was able to close in this 4.5 furlong race.

Birdrock (Birdstone - Eternal Glory by Danzatore) chased a runaway winner at Beulah. She had to settle for second, but was 11 lengths clear of third-place.

Maestro Tries to Master the Turf

January 28, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 3
Maiden Claiming ($35,000 - $40,000)
1 1/16 miles turf
3-year olds
Post Time: 2:12 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Coach Abs
2. Stormy February
3. Eagle Express
4. Mellow Johnny
5. Mark Michael
6. Perfect Bloom
7. Maestro and Master
8. Shiftin Gears
9. Schleprock
10. Oski Oski
11. Liberty St. Outlaw
12. Bold Vindication
MTO Love On a Wire
AE Again Eleven
AE Weekend Pass
AE Flatwood Hank

Maestro and Master (Smarty Jones - White Gulch by Thunder Gulch) makes his third start overall, and his first start on the turf in this Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles contest. Last time out, Maestro and Master finished 10 at Gulfstream Park on January 3. He's had one work since that start. Maestro and Master, sold for $290,000 as a weanling, and $650,000 as a yearling. He has been working at Gulfstream since early December. His dam is unraced, but she is a half-sister to 10 winners, including grade III winner Phantom On Tour and stakes winners No White Socks and Gold n' White.

Debuting in this one are Eagle Express (Thunder Gulch - Wellbustmybuttons by Gold Stage) and Liberty St. Outlaw (Christine's Outlaw - Mischief Seeker by Crafty Prospector). Eagle Express is out of a winning mare who has produced 6 winners, including stake winners Fleet Ridan J. B. and Crafty Stage. Liberty St. Outlaw is out of the winning mare Mischief Seeker who has produced 3 winners. One of Liberty St. Outlaw's siblings was a debut winner.

Oski Oski (Forest Wildcat - Exit Laughing by Saint Ballado), AE horse Again Eleven (Ten Most Wanted - Horah for Bailey by Doneraile Court), and Mark Michael (Bring the Heat - Symphonynumbernine by Aloha Prospector) met at 5 furlongs on the Calder turf on December 6, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. Oski Oski has made 6 additional starts, all on the dirt. His best finish on the dirt was a 5th, which he achieved on August 7 at Monmouth, and on October 7 at the Meadowlands. Oski Oski, who was a 32,000 2-year old, is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 5 winners, including millionaire Kela. Kela won or placed in 8 stakes, including victories in the Bing Crosby (gr. I) and Pat O'Brien (gr. II), and a second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Another sibling, Leaveemlaughing, was a stakes winner on the turf. Again Eleven has made 5 total starts, including 2 additional turf starts, he was 9th on the Calder turf on November 6, and 3rd (after setting the pace) on the Calder turf on November 22. Stakes winner Horah for Bailey, dam of Again Eleven has produced the winner Unicorn Girl. Mark Michael is a half- or full-brother to 5 winners, including 2 turf winners.

Stormy February (February Storm - My Miss Emily by Regal Intention) finished 4th on the Calder turf on November 22, behind Again Eleven. He has made 5 total starts, including 4 runs on the turf. His most recent effort was on December 29 on the Calder turf, where he finished 4th. Stormy February sold for $16,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of stakes winner My Miss Emily.

Schleprock (Tough Gold - Aly Capri by Alydar) has run 7 times, including a 9th place finish in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) on September 13 at Arlington Park. In his last two starts, on November 15 and November 30, he finished 2nd. Both of these races were at Hawthorne. In his lone turf start, on August 17 at Arlington Park, he finished 4th. Schleprock is a half-brother to 2 winners, including Aly's Alley who won or placed in 11 stakes, and earned $902,210.

Bold Vindication (Vindication - Bolsa by Mr. Prospector) has also run 7 times, including twice on the turf. He was 3rd on the Belmont turf on September 18, and 11th on that surface on October 11. In his most recent start, he was 7th (behind Frosty Diamond) on the Gulfstream Park dirt on January 16. 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.

Mellow Johnny (El Corredor - Big Fins by Carr de Naskra) has made 3 starts, including 2 on the turf. He was 8th on the Belmont turf on October 22, and 9th on the Aqueduct turf on November 22. Mellow Johnny, who sold for $80,000 as a yearling, is out of a winning mare who has produced 3 winners.

Coach Abs (Mr. Livingston - Gold Script by Seeking the Gold) was fourth in his only start, at 5 furlongs on the Calder turf on January 2. Coach Abs is a half-brother to 3 winners, including 2 turf winners.

Perfect Boom (Perfect Soul (IRE) - Boomanji by Carson City) finished 9th on the Monmouth dirt on September 13, and 9th on the Belmont turf on October 17. Perfect Boom is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to turf winner Reachinforthestars.

MTO entrant Love On a Wire (Broken Vow - Ragtime Doll by Smarten) and Shiftin Gears (Formal Dinner - Mines in Gear by Golden Gear) met at a mile on the Gulfstream Park dirt on January 18. Love On a Wire finished 3rd, and Shiftin Gears was eased. Shiftin Gears finished 5th and 6th in two previous starts, both at Calder. Love On a Wire, who sold for $95,000 as a yearling, is out of stakes winner Ragtime Doll. Ragtime Doll earned $129,665 and has produced three winners. Shiftin Gears is the first foal out of the winning mare Mines in Gear. Mines in Gear is a half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Prima Roma, who was stakes-placed on the turf.

AE entrant Weekend Pass (Anasheed - Miss Sabrina by Summer Squall) has made one start, finishing 8th on the Calder dirt on December 27. Weekend Pass is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners from 4 to run. One of Weekend Pass' siblings was a turf winner.

Completing the AE list is Flatwood Hank (Great Notion - Very Valentino by Arch), who has run twice at Churchill, finishing 4th on the turf on November 14, and 11th on the dirt on November 29. Flatwood Hank is the first foal out of an unraced mare.

Perfectly Campbell is a Con Lover

January 28, 2009
Turfway Park Race 6
Maiden Claiming ($30,000)
6.5 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:28 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Con Lover
2. Bubblin' Brew
3. Perfectly Campbell
4. Mytuition
5. Chucks a Devilgirl
6. Sweet Ginger Brown
7. Proudly Irish

I have my doubts about this one being run, given the ice storm falling, but I'll give it a look just in case.

Con Lover (Congaree - Timeless Love by Gilded Time) makes her 5th start, and Perfectly Campbell (Pleasantly Perfect - Angel's Tearlet by Silver Deputy) her 3rd, in this 6.5 furlong contest at Turfway. Con Lover finished 10th in her debut at Churchill Downs, and then made 3 starts at Turfway. In her last two starts, on December 28 and January 11, she finished third. She's worked once since her last start. Con Lover is out of the stakes winner Timeless Love. Timeless Love won or placed in 5 stakes, and earned $179,448. Perfectly Campbell was 11th in her debut at Churchill Downs on November 29, and then 6th at Turfway Park on January 10. She's worked once at Keeneland since then. Perfectly Campbell sold for $22,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Angel's Tearlet. Angel's Tearlet earned $280,051 in a 37 race career. Angel's Tearlet has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Mr. Trieste.

Proudly Irish (Jump Start - Deb's Magic by Magic Prospect) and Mytuition (Sunday Break (JPN) - Stealing Thunder by Maria's Mon) finished 4th and 6th, behind Con Lover on December 28 at Turfway Park. Proudly Irish also finished 4th on January 11, behind Con Lover. She had previously started twice at Mountaineer, finishing 4th and 5th. Proudly Irish, who sold for $15,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare Deb's Magic. Deb's Magic is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Tour d'Or. Mytuition is the first foal out of the winning mare Stealing Thunder. Stealing Thunder is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Nicks.

Bubblin' Brew (Milwaukee Brew - It's Witchcraft by Fly So Free) has made 4 starts, but has not run since July 27. On that date, she was 6th in the Tah Dah Stakes at River Downs. Her best finish was a 2nd at River Downs on June 13. Bubblin' Brew is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare It's Witchcraft. It's Witchcraft's first foal, Too Intense, was a winner.

Sweet Ginger Brown (Smoke Glacken - Buckaroo Zoo by Buckaroo) has run three times at three different tracks. Her best finish was 4th in her debut on August 21 at Penn National. She most recently ran at Laurel on November 5, finishing 9th. Sweet Ginger Brown sold for $40,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Buckaroo Zoo. Buckaroo Zoo earned $216,728, and has produced 2 winners, including Kudu who has earned $122,548 through 2009.

Unraced Chucks a Devilgirl (Devil His Due - Good Forbes by Air Forbes Won) completes the field. She is out of the winning mare Good Forbes, who has produced 6 winners, including stakes winner Bold Passage.

Congaree Park has a Winning Vow Only Be Cause

January 28, 2009
Santa Anita Park Race 3
Maiden Claiming ($85,000 - $100,000)
1 mile
3-year olds
Post Time: 5:02 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Only Be Cause
2. Balfour Park
3. Winning Vow
4. Fiery Rebel
5. Congaree Park
6. Ringolevio

Congaree Park (Congaree - King's Daughter by Ferdinand) makes his second start, after finishing 6th first time out at Hollywood Park on December 20. He has worked 4 times since that race, including 5 furlongs in :59.20 at Santa Anita on January 24. King's Daughter, dam of Congaree Park, was a winner, and has produced 4 winners.

Ringolevio (Unbridled Time - Naked Lies by Keep Dreaming), Balfour Park (Mutakddim - And Guess What by Kris S.), and Winning Vow (Broken Vow - Just Like Jill by Dynaformer) met on January 1 at Santa Anita, in a mile race. Ringolevio set the pace, but tired to 2nd. Balfour Park came on late to finish 3rd. Winning Vow was 7th. Ringolevio previously finished 6th on the Hollywood Park turf on December 13, and 5th at Santa Anita on October 26. Ringolevio is a full-brother to the winner Time for Jackie. Balfour Park finished 5th at Hollywood Park on November 16 in his only other start. He is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Crafty Ang. Winning Vow, who sold for $13,000 as a yearling, finished 10th on the Hollywood Park turf on December 13. He is out of a winning mare who has produced 7 winners, including stakes winners Private Lap, On the Bus, and Kat Kool.

Fiery Rebel (Smoke Glacken - Dixie Schic by Dixieland Band) has run 7 times, finishing 2nd twice and 3rd twice. In his most recent start, he was 6th on the Santa Anita turf, after setting the pace. Previous races include a third behind The Pamplemouse, winner of the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III). Fiery Rebel sold for $72,000 as a yearling, and is out of a winning mare who has produced 1 winner from 2 to race.

Only Be Cause (Giant's Causeway - Fabulous Fairy by Alydar) has run 5 times. His most recent effort was his best, as he was 2nd at Hollywood Park on December 12. Only Be Cause was a $160,000 yearling. His dam, Fabulous Fairy, has produced 6 winners including grade II stakes winner Chinese Dragon.

Dr. Smarty Jack makes a Fair Catch to Strike Again

January 28, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 9
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile turf
3-year olds
Post Time: 5:14 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Sky Magic
2. Causeway's Kin
3. Fair Catch
4. Mendelssohn
5. Flat Water
6. Strike Again
7. Dr. Smarty Jack
8. Bobs Tiebreaker
9. Twisted Dream
10. Riboletto
11. Whata Tough Knight
12. Rocamadour
MTO Big Flirt
AE Boyhood Dream
AE Batchelor Flight

It seems like we've been waiting forever for Dr. Smarty Jack (Smarty Jones - Hoh Buzzard (IRE) by Alhaarth (IRE)) to debut. And it has been awhile, as he was one of our first workers back in March. He has had a couple of breaks in his training, but he has been working regularly since August, so conditioning should not be a problem. Hoh Buzzard, dam of Dr. Smarty Jack, was a grade II winner on the turf who earned $319,839. Dr. Smarty Jack is her first foal.

Five other horses in the main body of the race are unraced: Sky Magic (Sir Cat - Divine by Topsider), Strike Again (Dixie Union - Strike It Up by Smart Strike), Twisted Dream (Distorted Humor - Quiet Dream by Seattle Slew), Riboletto (Unbridled's Song - Riboletta (BRZ) by Roi Normand), and Whata Tough Knight (Alphabet Soup - Golden Corona by Gulch).

Sky Magic is out of a winning mare who has produced 4 winners, including one debut winner.

Strike Again is out of stakes winner Strike It Up, who was also a debut winner. Strike It Up has produced Euphony, a stakes winner on the turf and dirt.

Twisted Dream is out of the debut winning mare Quiet Dream, who has produced 4 winners, including turf stakes winner No Dream. All of Twisted Dream's winning siblings won on the turf.

Riboletto, who sold for $1,050,000 as a yearling, is out of grade I winner and champion Riboletta. Riboletta was also a group I winner on the turf in Brazil. She has produced Fire Lookout, who was a winner on the turf.

Whata Tough Knight sold for $32,000 as a yearling, and $125,000 as a 2-year old. Golden Corona, dam of Whata Tough Knight, was grade II stakes-placed on the turf. Whata Tough Knight is her first foal. Golden Corona is a half-sister to Daiwa Carson, a group II winner on the turf, and Mark One, a grade III winner who was grade II stakes-placed on the turf. Mark One is by Alphabet Soup, sire of Whata Tough Knight.

Fair Catch (Malibu Moon - Catchy by Storm Cat) has run 5 times, including one turf start. He was 4th on the Aqueduct turf on December 6. His best finish was 2nd on October 22 at the Meadowlands. His most recent effort came on January 3 at Aqueduct, where he finished 8th. Fair Catch was a $140,000 yearling and is a half-brother to one winner. His dam, Catchy, is a full-sister to grade I winner and sire Hennessy, and a half-sister to grade I winner Pearl City.

Bobs Tiebreaker (Proud and True - Carole Vee by Mountain of Laws) has run 4 times, including one turf start. His most recent race was on the Calder dirt on January 2, where he finished 6th. His turf start was at a mile and a sixteenth at Calder on December 11, where he finished 5th. His best finish was on the Calder dirt on November 23, where he finished 4th. Bobs Tiebreaker is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes-placed winners Songofthesouth and Mountain Tiger.

The last one in the main body of the race with turf experience is Rocamadour (Black Mambo - Willa by Mountain Cat), who was 4th on that surface at Churchill Downs on November 26. Previously, he had finished 7th on the Churchill Downs dirt, and 4th on the Keeneland Polytrack. Rocamadour sold for $20,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Willa. Willa has produced 2 winners, including one turf winner.

Causeway's Kin (Giant's Causeway - You by You and I) has run twice, finishing 5th on December 7 at Calder, and 7th on January 3 at Gulfstream Park. Causeway's Kin is the 2nd foal out of grade I winner and multi-millionaire You. You's first foal, grade II stakes-placed You and I Forever, has earned $121,446.

Mendelssohn (Fusaichi Pegasus - Torrid Affair by Alydeed) finished 5th in both of his starts, on October 4 at Belmont, and on November 22 at Aqueduct. He has had a couple of turf works to prepare for this one. A $650,000 yearling, Mendelssohn is out of stakes winner Torrid Affair, who earned $367,829 in a 14 race career. Torrid Affair is the dam of grade III winner Seductively and turf stakes-placed Prophetically.

Flat Water (Stephen Got Even - Zirke Falls by War Chant) was 11th in his only start, on January 3 at Gulfstream Park. He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Zirke Falls. Zirke Falls is a half-sister to grade II winner Regal Thunder and 2 other winners.. And, she's a full-sister to turf stakes-placed Summer Melody.

MTO entrant Big Flirt (Macho Uno - Queen St. West by Smarten) has run twice, finishing 5th at Saratoga on August 31, and 6th at Churchill Downs on October 26. He's been working at Gulfstream since late December to prepare for this one, including three straight bullet works. 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.

AE entrant Boyhood Dream (Broken Vow - Mariola by Saint Ballado), who sold for $57,000 as a yearling, is unraced. He is a half-brother to one winner, who did win on the turf.

Completing the AE list is Batchelor Flight (Formal Dinner - Ditch the Bride by Runaway Groom), who has made 6 starts. He finished 5th in his only turf start, on October 3 at Calder. His most recent race was at Tampa Bay, where he finished 7th on January 4. Batchelor Flight brought $20,000 as a 2-year old. His winning dam has produced 6 winners, including turf stakes winner Stans Dream, who earned $204,307.

Also in Action on January 28

Palin (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - La Alleged by Alleged) makes her 2nd start, running in a mile maiden claiming contest at Turfway Park. She'll break from post 3 in this one scheduled for 1:37 PM ET.

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