Haynesfield Rolls; French and Esperanza Impress

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I'm a little under the weather today, so no previews for February 8. However, I will list the entries after the February 7 results.

Haynesfield Rolls On

People may say that he has distance limitations or that he's beating inferior horses in New York, but all Haynesfield (Speightstown) does is keep on winning. This time, there was no messing around. He went right to the lead, pressed first by Mike From Queens, and Peace Town (Peace Rules). After 6 furlongs, he opened up and won by more than 6. Peace Town tired to 5th.

Result: February 7, 2009
Aqueduct Race 8
Whirlaway Stakes

Haynesfield $2.90
$2.50
$2.10
Cellar Dweller  
$6.80
$4.40
Mike From Queens  

$3.00

Race Details and Equibase Chart

French Dips into the Winner's Circle

French Dip (Speightstown) and Cassie's Boot dueled early, with French Dip on the rail. They stayed that way until the stretch, when French Dip drew clear for a professional victory in only her first start.

Result: February 7, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

French Dip $5.00
$3.00
$2.60
Cassie's Boot  
$4.00
$3.40
Legally Blanca  

$7.20

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Esperanza d'Oro Flies Home

This was one of those wow performances that you wait all week to see. Yes, Esperanza d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) was the favorite, so expected to win (she was bet down considerably from the morning line, so apparently was the buzz horse around the track), and the winning margin was just a couple lengths. But, what happened between the start and the finish made this one special. Big Shot Baby broke on top and took control early. Esperanza d'Oro broke slowly and was steadied and was left near the back of the pack. She seemed hopelessly out of it, but suddenly began rolling on the outside. My Natalie made a nice move up front and took the lead, but she was no match for a determined Esperanza d'Oro, who went by the leaders like they were standing still. As Track Announcer Richard Grunder said, she won like a filly with a future.

Result: February 7, 2009
Tampa Bay Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Esperanza d'Oro $5.40
$4.60
$3.40
My Natalie  
$6.80
$4.20
Singapore  

$4.40

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Summit is Supreme Over Clyde

Crack Thepat, and Vanquest dueled early, with Supreme Summit not far back. Crack Thepat tired in the stretch, but Vanquest and Supreme Summit went on with it. In the end, Supreme Summit shook free. Cantankerous Clyde (Peace Rules) was near the pace early, but weakened to finish 7th.

Result: February 7, 2009
Santa Anita Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Supreme Summit $9.00
$5.00
$3.60
Vanquest  
$12.40
$7.60
Temerity  

$5.00

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Hull is Outta Speight

Hull went right to the lead. He was pursued by Rondevous, but shook free from that one, drawing off to a 4 length victory. Outta Speight (Speightstown) finished 5th, but it was a better performance than that finish position would suggest. He was off slow and ran early like he was trying to figure out what he was supposed to do. He figured it out late, and picked up several positions. Next time, he should be much improved.

Result: February 7, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 11
Maiden Special Weight

Hull $7.80
$5.60
$3.20
Trip in Time  
$11.40
$5.20
Hillswick  

$2.20

Race Details and Equibase Chart

Other Results for February 7

Conga Queen (filly; Congaree - Special Test by Special Test) went right to the lead and didn't look back at Oaklawn, speeding away to win by better than 10. I think her connections are probably breathing a sigh of relief that she wasn't claimed out of this one.

Rule of Motion (colt; Peace Rules - Poetic Motion by Green Dancer) also went to the front at the start, but was closely pursued by favorite Shipwreckstreasure. Rule of Motion fought all the way to the wire, but had to settle for 2nd in this allowance race at Philadelphia Park. This race boosted his total earnings to $51,690.

Congo Kaye (filly; Congaree - Palau by Kingmambo) trailed the field early, but finished full of run. However, she only managed to pass one and finished 7th. Six furlongs may be too short for her.

Entries for February 8

Maiden Special Weight

Exclusively Mine (colt; Saarland - Jingle Berry by Two Punch), who was 4th in his debut at a mile on the Gulfstream turf on January 22, tries a mile and a sixteenth on that surface this time out. Post time is 2:12 PM ET.

Smarty Time (filly; Smarty Jones - Pleasant Point by Pleasant Colony) was 5th first time out on January 9, while running 5.5 furlongs on the Fair Grounds turf. She switches to the dirt and will go a mile at Fair Grounds at 2:57 PM ET.

Class Flirt (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Flirtatious by A. P. Indy), who is a half-brother to champion Wait a While, is entered in the 5th at Fair Grounds, run at a about a mile on the turf. Post time is 3:25 PM ET. Class Flirt has made two previous turf starts, finishing 5th at Churchill Downs on November 14, and 10th at Fair Grounds on December 20.

Maiden Claming

Hold Me Touch Me (filly; Saarland - Falling in Love (IRE) by Sadler's Wells) faces 7 in a mile race at Turfway Park, race 3. This one is for 3-year old and up fillies and mares and has a post of 2:04 PM ET. Last time out, Hold Me Touch Me finished 8th at Turfway on January 25, while running a mile.

Also at Turfway, Better Than Gold (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Arches of Gold by Strike Gold) goes 6 furlongs. Post time is 4:24 PM ET, as he breaks from post 4. In his most recent race, Better Than Gold was 4th on January 24 at Turfway Park.

Diva d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Miriah by Woodman) debuts in a 6 furlong contest at Oaklawn Park with a post of 4:21 PM ET. The way that the Medaglia d'Oros have been winning, I would definitely watch this one. She sold for $62,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Red's Honor.

At 5:45, Higher Peace (colt; Peace Rules - Red Hot Chiquita by Mr. Expo) goes 6 furlongs at Gulfstream Park. For $50,000, you can claim him for your own. This will be Higher Peace's 2nd start, after finishing 7th in his debut on January 14 at Gulfstream.

I'm the Law (gelding; Peace Rules - Stormin' Down by Storm Creek) faces 9 in the 10th at Fair Grounds, a mile race. Post time is 5:55 PM ET for this race restricted to Louisiana-breds. I'm the Law, who has run 6 times, finished 9th in his last start on January 24 at Delta Downs.

Claiming

Conga Gold (filly; Congaree - Added Gold by Gilded Time) runs in a 6.5 furlong claiming contest at Gulfstream Park with a post of 4:43 PM ET. Conga Gold broke her maiden in her debut on September 3 at Delaware Park. Most recently, she was 7th in a 6 furlong claiming race at Fair Grounds on December 31.

New Workers

February 6

Monsieur Robert (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Golden Lake by Salt Lake) worked 4 furlongs in :50.45 at Evergreen Training Center. Monsieur Robert is the 2nd foal out of stakes winner Golden Lake, who earned $192,117. Golden Lake is a half-sister to grade III winner Tri for the Gold.

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