I picked a good day not to do previews, as the Maiden Horse performances on January 8 were mostly forgettable. The results are related below.
The Triple Crown nominations came out today, so I thought it would be fun to look at those on the list by our 2008 stallions. Most of the names are familiar, some not as much. You can view the complete list on the Triple Crown Mania portion of the Bloodhorse.com site.
Medaglia d'Oro - Medaglia d'Oro
leads the Maiden Watch stallions with 13 nominations. Only A. P. Indy and Unbridled's Song have more offspring nominated. His nominees are (in alpabetical order):
Al Khali (Medaglia d'Oro - Maya by Capote) Al Khali has yet to run in this country, but he won two out of three in Peru in 2008. He is now owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher. He has been training at Palm Meadows since early January.
Alma d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Brenda D S by Fortunate Prospect) Alma d'Oro
broke his maiden in his 2nd start, at Gulfstream Park on January 15.
Arcodoro (Medaglia d'Oro - Northern Gulch by Gulch) Arcodoro has yet to run. He has been working in southern California since late August. He was purchased as a weanling for $360,000.
Casa d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Six Pack Sally by Tale of the Cat) Casa d'Oro was victorious in his only start, on January 27 at Philadelphia by better than 7 lengths.
D'oro Diablo (Medaglia d'Oro - Dancehall Floozy by Parmount Jet) Another unraced colt, he has been working at Palm Meadows.
Dream Now (Medaglia d'Oro - Striking Distance by Blushing John) Dream Now has made three starts, winning his 2nd impressively on the downhill course at Santa Anita on January 1. Since then, he was 7th on the Pro-Ride at Santa Anita on January 23.
Dueling Alex (Medaglia d'Oro - Rosie Dooley by Trempolino) Dueling Alex was a debut winner back on July 6 at Monmouth Park. He then finished 7th in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) and 4th in the Sapling Stakes (gr. III). He has been working at Palm Meadows preparing for his 3-year old debut.
Elmfield Boy (Medaglia d'Oro - Lemon Dove by Forty Niner) Elmfield Boy
broke his maiden in his first start on June 28 on soft turf in England. He has been working in this country since December.
Independence Hall (Medaglia d'Oro - Pondering by Storm Cat) Independence Hall has yet to run and I have just one work for him, at Fair Hill in September.
Medaglia d'Onore (Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) His maiden win came on June 19. He has been running in nothing but stakes since then. His best finish was 5th in the Bashford Manor (gr. III) and 5th in the Pasco Stakes.
Party Hard (Medaglia d'Oro - Keys to the Heart by Wild Again) Party Hard was 3rd in his only start, on July 13 at Hollywood Park. He has been back working at Hollywood Park.
Tone It Down (Medaglia d'Oro - Chattin by Rollicking) He was 2nd in his debut on December 27, and then won a mile and a sixteenth race at Laurel on January 19.
Warrior's Reward (Medaglia d'Oro - For All You Do by Seeking the Gold) Warrior's Reward won the Nicanor race on January 31. He showed a lot of professionalism in that first start, coming inside of horses.
Birdstone - Birdstone has 5 on the list
Birdrun (Birdstone - Run Like Martha by Jolie's Halo) Birdrun is a maiden, and I do not have any recorded works for him. He sold for $60,000 as a yearling.
Heir to the Stone (Birdstone - Mi Mariposa by Two Punch)
Heir to the Stone was a debut winner at Belmont on July 10. He then ran 2nd in an allowance race at Aqueduct on December 14. He has been working at Palm Meadows in preparation for a 3-year old campaign.
Hoopoe (Birdstone - Allou by Seattle Slew) This unraced colt was working at Saratoga this summer. He sold for $220,000 as a yearling, and is owned by Zayat Stables.
Jazzandthemagician (Birdstone - Pat Hand by Cape Town) His maiden win came in his first start on November 1 at Churchill Downs. He then was 6th in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) and 6th in the Spectacular Bid.
Mine That Bird (Birdstone - Mining My Own by Smart Strike) The Sovereign winner as top 2-year old male of 2008, he won four stakes at Woodbine (including the Grey Stakes (Can-III), before finishing 12th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He has been working at Sunland Park.
Congaree - Four of his offspring have been nominated.
Bear's Conductor (Congaree - Symphonic Lady by Blare of Trumpets) Bear's Conductor has run 4 times, breaking his maiden on August 10 at Woodbine. He finished 4th in the Swynford and 2nd in the Grey Stakes (Can-III), both times finishing behind Mind That Bird.
Congaree Park (Congaree - King's Daughter by Ferdinand) Congaree Park has run twice, most recently finishing 2nd on January 28 at Santa Anita.
Jeranimo (Congaree - Jera by Jeblar) Jeranimo has also run twice, breaking his maiden at Santa Anita on January 31.
Mythical Power (Congaree - School for Scandal by Is It True) Mythical Power was third in his first and only start, on January 24 at Santa Anita.
Speightstown - also has four nominees.
Haynesfield (Speightstown - Nothing Special by Tejabo) Haynesfield is the current star of the Speightstown offspring, having won 4 in a row. His three stakes wins include the Whirlaway on February 7.
Hornung (Speightstown - Deb's Charm by Silver Charm) Hornung broke his maiden on December 17 at Golden Gate by 8 lengths. He then finished 3rd in an allowance race at that track on January 16.
Just Ben (Speightstown - Chip by Norquestor) Just Ben is unraced and has been working at Palm Meadows.
Munnings (Speightstown - La Comete by Holy Bull) Munnings was a debut winner at Saratoga on July 26. Since then, he has run in nothing but grade I stakes, finishing 3rd in the Hopeful, 2nd in the Champagne, and 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Munnings has been working at Palm Meadows.
Peace Rules - Three nominees for Peace Rules
Cantakerous Clyde (Peace Rules - Justforthegirls by Slew Gin Fizz) Cantakerous Clyde debuted at Santa Anita on February 7, finishing 7th.
Peace Town (Peace Rules - Darnestown by Williamstown) Peace Town finished 5th, behind Haynesfield, in the Whirlaway on February 7. Previously, he won the Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes.
Power Rules (Peace Rules - World Storm by Summer Squall) Power Rules is unraced. He sold for $80,000 as a yearling.
Pleasantly Perfect - Three of his offspring have also been nominated
Itlee (Pleasantly Perfect - Dancey Kate by Danzig) Itlee has run twice, finishing 4th on December 14 at Hollywood, and 7th on January 8 at Santa Anita.
Perfect Song (Pleasantly Perfect - Prospector's Song by Prospector's Music) Perfect Song was an impressive debut winner on January 20 at Philadelphia Park, winning by 6 in 1:09.18 for 6 furlongs.
Pitched Perfectly (Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister) Pitched Perfectly has run 5 times, breaking his maiden on December 13 at Aqueduct. He finished 4th (behind Haynesfield) in the Count Fleet, but rebounded with a good allowance win on January 22 at Aqueduct.
Smarty Jones - Two on the list for Smarty
Keefer (Smarty Jones - Shootforthestars by Seattle Slew) Keefer was a winner in his first and only start on July 20 at Monmouth Park.
Rockland (Smarty Jones - Wiscasset by Kris S.) Rockland finished 8th in the Holy Bull (gr. III), but before that he had won 2 races in a row, on the dirt on November 5, and on the turf on December 20.
Results for February 8
Higher Peace (colt; Peace Rules - Red Hot Chiquita by Mr. Expo) Race 10 Gulfstream. Best effort of the day. He pressed the pace, drew even, but couldn't catch the winner Peterson.
Smarty Time (filly; Smarty Jones - Pleasant Point by Pleasant Colony) finished 5th in Fair Grounds Race 4. This was a pretty good effort. She was five wide early on, made a move to the lead, but tired.
Exclusively Mine (colt; Saarland - Jingle Berry by Two Punch) Gulfstream Park Race 3. Exclusively Mine was never involved finishing 12th (last).
Class Flirt (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Flirtatious by A. P. Indy) Fair Grounds Race 5. He was 5th, running fairly evenly.
Hold Me Touch Me (filly; Saarland - Falling in Love (IRE) by Sadler's Wells) Turfway Park Race 3. She ran 7th the whole way round.
Better Than Gold (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Arches of Gold by Strike Gold) Turfway Park Race 8. Better Than Gold had brief speed, but was eased late.
Diva d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Miriah by Woodman) Race 5 Oaklawn Park. Diva d'Oro gave way in the drive, finishing 10th (last). She should be stronger next time out.
I'm the Law (gelding; Peace Rules - Stormin' Down by Storm Creek) was 9th (last) in the 10th at Fair Grounds.
Conga Gold (filly; Congaree - Added Gold by Gilded Time) was 7th in Race 8 at Gulfstream Park.
Entries for February 9
Greer Lynn (filly; Speightstown - Roll Over Baby by Rollin Over) and Bhangaloo Ruby (filly; Peace Rules - Long Gone Lady by All Gone) meet in a 6 furlong allowance race at Fair Grounds. Post time is 3:25 PM ET. Greer Lynn broke her maiden in her most recent start, on December 18 at Fair Grounds. Bhangaloo Ruby won her only start, on January 16 at Fair Grounds.
Birdrock (filly; Birdstone - Eternal Glory by Danzatore) is entered in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight contest at Beulah (Race 1). It is an Ohio-bred race for 3 year old and up fillies and mares. Birdrock is the only 3-year old.Post time is 1:15 PM ET.