A Legacy of Stone

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Persistence paid off for Stone Legacy (Birdstone), who finished 2nd a tantalizing 3 times before breaking through with a win. She was 5 wide in the first turn, and continued wide throughout much of the race. But, she kept coming and prevailed. Poplar Girl was closing, but she couldn't catch Stone Legacy. Stone Legacy has now earned $48,532 in 6 starts. Sue's Update (Medaglia d'Oro) was involved from the beginning, but couldn't quite break through, finishing fourth. However, she was just a neck out of third. Indemand (Saarland) and Doo Woopa Do (Medaglia d'Oro) were near the back throughout, finishing 10th and 11th.

Result: February 12, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 9
Maiden Special Weight

Stone Legacy $8.80
Poplar Girl  


Race Details and Equibase Chart

A Falling Knife Stops the Peace Pipe

Eternal Pursuit and Falling Knife were in their own race, pulling free from the rest of the field. Eternal Pursuit had the advantage for much of the race, but Falling Knife moved ahead in the stretch and drew off to a more than 5 length win. Peace Pipe (Peace Rules) tried to stick with the top 2 early, but tired and finished 6th.

Result: February 12, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 6
Maiden Claiming

Falling Knife $5.20
Eternal Pursuit  
Sunday Worship  


Equibase Chart

Other Results for February 12

Bakarat (filly; Peace Rules - Honeycomb Honey by Relaunch) led practically the entire race, and Sossego (filly; Peace Rules - As a Day in June by Fly So Free) closed late to complete the Maiden Watch exacta in the first at Gulfstream, a 6.5 furlong maiden claiming race. Mydadsperfect (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Red Cell by Geri) did not draw in off of the AE list.

Himynameissarah (filly; Saarland - Pacific Island by Grand Slam) stalked early and then drew off to a 2 length victory in the 7th at Oaklawn, a mile claiming race. She went off at 21-1 in this one, picking up her 2nd win.

Palin (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - La Alleged by Alleged) finished a much-improved third in her maiden claiming race at Turfway (first time out she was 10th).

Conchacer (Congaree - Eliot Chacer by Clever Trick) was scratched at Tampa Bay.

Results for February 13

Fufty Too (colt; Speightstown - Cape North by Capote) pressed the early pace, drew even, and then pulled away to pick up his maiden win in the 2nd at Oaklawn Park. This race, a 6 furlong maiden claiming contest, also featured Smart Attire (colt; Smarty Jones - Alaska Queen by Time for a Change), who was up close early, but faded to 7th.

In Maiden Special Weight company at Delta Downs, Speightstown Belle (Speightstown - Mean Imogene by Silver Deputy) hopped at the start, but then ranged up to take the lead over Me and Ave. It was close for a time, but then Speightstown Belle pulled away to take the victory by 8. Adina Speightstown (Speightstown - Adina by Seattle Slew) was in a good spot early, but weakened and finished 5th.

Mythical Power (colt; Congaree - School for Scandal by Is It True) showed a lot of tenacity in his race, fighting back after being headed, but had to settle for 2nd in Race 2 at Santa Anita. By the way, Turk was a scratch.

Quite Perfect (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Note Taker by Editor's Note) closed well to take third in her debut at Laurel, despite being forced 6-wide. This is definitely one to watch for next time out.

Cradle of Peace (gelding; Peace Rules - Cat's Cradle by Flying Paster) rallied late in his 6 furlong claiming race at Laurel, but came up a nose short in 2nd.

Strike Jak (filly; Peace Rules - Sunset Crest by Strike the Gold) did not draw in off the AE list for his allowance race at Turf Paradise.

Even if I was working on a full night's sleep, I couldn't preview all the maiden special weight races for February 14. Instead, I've chosen 3 to focus on, one from Fair Grounds, one from Gulfstream Park, and one from Santa Anita. Let's hope I've chosen wisely. I will also touch on the Stakes races featuring Maiden Watch graduates, of which there are four.

Just Right needs a Midnight Break to take Shape

February 14, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
About One and One Sixteenth Miles Turf
3-year olds
Post Time: 3:25 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Just Right
2. Forest Lord
3. Midnight Break
4. Masked Man
5. Shape
6. Steve's Star
MTO Fierce Thunder
MTO Charlie Trumper

Just Right (Pleasantly Perfect - Slewvera by Seattle Slew) and Midnight Break (Congaree - Twilight Spectre by Imp Society) face off on the Fair Grounds turf in this compact field. Just Right has run three times. His most recent effort, his first on the turf, was his best. He came up just a head short, while running a mile on the Fair Grounds turf on January 26. Previously, he was 8th at Fair Grounds on December 7, and 9th at Churchill Downs on November 8. Just Right was a $200,000 yearling and is out of the grade II stakes-placed mare Slewvera. Slewvera earned $137,974 and placed in 4 stakes. Slewvera has produced 3 winners, including grade I winner Boboman. Midnight Break has made 4 starts. He has finished 2nd twice, on the Presque Isle Tapeta on August 21 and on the Keeneland Polytrack on October 17. His last start was on January 24 at Oaklawn where he was 9th. This will be his first turf start. Midnight Break is a half-brother to 3 winners, including grade III stakes winner Ethan Man, who earned $227,294 in his career.

Masked Man (Mineshaft - Catcher by Storm Cat) is the only other entrant with turf experience. He finished 5th on January 25 at Fair Grounds, while running a mile on that surface. Previously, he had run 4 times on the dirt and polytrack. His best finish was 5th at Saratoga on July 26. Catcher, dam of Masked Man, was stakes-placed and has produced 3 winners. Catcher is also a half-sister to grade I stakes winner Cat Thief who earned $3,951,012 in his career.

Forest Lord (Forest Camp - Texas Silk by Houston) has run 4 times, including a 2nd place finish on December 7 at Fair Grounds, in front of Just Right. His most recent effort was on January 17 when he finished 6th at Fair Grounds. A $65,000 yearling, Forest Lord is a half-brother to 4 winners. None of his siblings have won on the turf. However, his dam, Texas Silk, is a half-sister to a turf stakes winner.

Shape (Arch - Realm by Mr. Prospector) has started 3 times, but this will be his first run in 2009. He was 6th at Churchill Downs on July 5, 3rd at Arlington on August 3, and 6th at Keeneland on October 19. Shape is out of the winning mare, Realm, who has produced 6 winners, including stakes winner Haint. This is the family of graded stakes winners Pulpit, Narrate, Double Feint, Region, Tale of the Cat, and others.

Completing the main body of the race is unraced Steve's Star (Dynaformer - Biscayne Bay by A. P. Indy), who sold for $260,000 as a yearling and $500,000 as a 2-year old. He is the 2nd foal out of the unplaced mare Biscayne Bay. Her first foal, Mapmaker, is a winner. Biscayne Bay is a daughter of champion Flanders. Flanders has produced champion Surfside and 6 other winners.

Main Track Only entrant Charlie Trumper (Giant's Causeway - Penniless Heiress by Pentelicus) ran against Masked Man on the Fair Grounds turf on January 25, finishing 5th. Before that, he had finished 5th at Saratoga, and 4th at Turfway Park. His last start was on January 4 at Fair Grounds, where he finished 4th. Charlie Trumper sold for $350,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare, Penniless Heiress. Penniless Heiress has produced 5 winners from 6 to run, including grade I winner Wildcat Heir, grade III winner Forest Heiress, and stakes winner Forest Heir.

Fierce Thunder (Thunder Gulch - Suite by Graustark), who sold for $60,000 as a weanling, completes the MTO list. He has run once, finishing 7th at Fair Grounds on January 17. He is out of stakes-placed Suite, who earned $124,900. Suite has produced 4 winners.

Chef will take a Rocket to the Moon with Stardust Ziggy

February 14, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
7 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 3:42 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. River's Honor
2. Bobs Tiebreaker
3. Stephen Is Leaving
4. Convocation
5. Citizens Brigade
6. Rocket to the Moon
7. Miner's Escape
8. Chef
9. Stardust Ziggy
10. Rove's Boy
11. Wat
12. Peacefields
AE Stayonit
AE Polished
AE Begriff

Chef (Smarty Jones - Take the Cake by Fly So Free) debuts at Gulfstream Park, in a field full of unraced and lightly raced entrants. Chef sold for $400,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Take the Cake. Take the Cake earned $256,333 and also won her debut. She has produced the winner Shortcake. Chef has been working at Gulfstream since late December

Four others are debuting in this one: Stephen Is Leaving (Stephen Got Even - Northern Joke by Northern Dancer), Convocation (Pulpit - Shade Dance by Nureyev), Rove's Boy (Forestry - Spin Control by A. P. Indy), and Peacefields (Belong to Me - Miss Adorable by Mr. Prospector).

Stephen Is Leaving sold for $50,000 at 2, and is a half-brother to 8 winners. Two of Stephen Is Leaving's siblings won their debuts.

Convocation sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and $340,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Chhaya Dance.

Stakes winner Spin Control, dam of Rove's Boy, earned $118,912. Rove's Boy is her first foal. Spin Control is a full-sister to 1 winner, and a half-sister to 2 winners.

Peacefields is a half-brother to the winner Sophisticated Lady. His dam, Miss Adorable, is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Bobs Tiebreaker (Proud and True - Carole Vee by Mountain of Laws) has run 5 times. His best finish was on the Calder dirt on November 23, where he finished 4th. His most recent effort came on the Gulfstream Park turf on January 28 when he finished 9th. Bobs Tiebreaker is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes-placed runners Songofthesouth and Mountain Tiger.

Miner's Escape (Mineshaft - Spy Novel by Broad Brush) has run 4 times. Most recently, he was 7th at Gulfstream on January 22. His best finish was 4th at the Meadowlands on November 5. Miner's Escape is a half-brother to winner Spy Story. His dam, Spy Novel, is a half-sister to grade I winner and sire, Indian Charlie.

Stardust Ziggy (Holy Bull - Rare Vision by Mt. Livermore), who sold for $94,980 as a yearling, has run once, finishing 2nd at Woodbine on November 30. He is out of the winning mare Rare Vision, who has produced winner Blind Rage.

Citizens Brigade (Proud Citizen - Sigh of Relief by Siphon (BRZ)) made his lone start back on August 30 at Ellis Park, where he was 3rd. He sold for $27,000 as a weanling, and is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Sigh of Relief. Sigh of Relief is a half-sister to 8 winners, including grade I winner King Glorious.

Rocket to the Moon (Unbridled's Song - Horns Gray by Pass the Tab) was 6th in his only start, running 7 furlongs at Gulfstream on January 24. A $325,000 yearling, he is out of stakes winner Horns Gray. Horns Gray has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winner Dignified Donovan, and grade I winner Awesome Humor.

River's Honor (Vindication - T. K. O. Lady by Two Punch) and Wat (Three Wonders - Lac Dawat by Lac Ouimet) both finished 11th in their first and only starts. River's Honor's race was at Keeneland on October 3. He is a half-brother to stakes winners The Lady's Groom and Marina de Chavon. Wat ran on the Gulfstream Park turf on January 31. He sold for $13,000 at 2, and is out of stakes winner Lac Dawat. Wat is a half-brother to 2 winners.

AE entrant Stayonit (Unbridled's Song - Trackofthecat by Forest Wildcat) has run three times in Southern California. He was 10th at Santa Anita on September 27, 7th on November 22 on the Hollywood turf, and 5th at Santa Anita on January 8. Trackofthecat, dam of Stayonit, earned $109,820 in a 14 race career. Stayonit is her first foal. Trackofthecat is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Texturizer.

Polished (Mineshaft - Untarnished by Unbridled) has run twice, finishing 6th at Churchill Downs on November 22, and 12th at Gulfstream Park on January 31. Untarnished, dam of Polished, is a full-sister to champion Banshee Breeze and stakes winner Unbridled Wind.

Completing the AE list is Begriff (Great Notion - Dixie Music by Prospector's Music), who finished 3rd in his one and only start, at Turfway on January 24. Begriff, who sold for $35,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare Dixie Music. Dixie Music has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, including stakes winner Cayman Condo. Cayman Condo has earned $304,217 through 2009.

Wiggle and a Wink and Atalanta Velox face Unknown Heat On Approval

February 14, 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. Rare Sparkle
2. Wiggle and a Wink
3. G's Heavenly Union
4. Ruby Lane
5. Unknown Heat
6. Coracao Beijo
7. L. A. Devine
8. Successful Friend
9. Princess Quinn
10. Black Magic Mama
11. On Approval
AE Dextera
AE Indian Pride
AE Atalanta Velox

Wiggle and a Wink (Congaree - Friendofthefamily by Wild Rush), who finished a good third in her first attempt on the Santa Anita downhill turf course on January 17, will attempt to try that surface again. I say attempt, because rains forced races off the turf yesterday and may do the same today. On the other hand, off the turf might be better for Atalanta Velox (Medaglia d'Oro - Mandy Mack by Native Prospector), who is on the AE list for this race. Atalanta Velox made her debut in that January 17 downhill turf race, finishing 10th. Wiggle and a Wink did her previous 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. 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.

Also returning from the January 27 downhill turf race are L. A. Devine (Pulpit - Sunny Laugh by Relaunch), who was 2nd, and Coracao Beijo (Fantastic Light - Bandeau by Quiet American), who finished 5th. L. A. Devine was 8th in her only other 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. Coracao Beijo has made 5 previous runs, including 4 turf starts. 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.

Black Magic Mama (Black Mambo - Our Dear Helen by Bates Motel) has run 6 times, including 3 grade I stakes tries. She was 4th in the Oak Leaf, 8th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and 7th in the Hollywood Starlet. Her most recent start was in a maiden special weight race at Santa Anita on January 25. She finished 4th in that one. Black Magic Mama, who sold for $35,000 as a yearling, is out of stakes winner Our Dear Helen. Our Dear Helen has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Me My Mine.

G's Heavenly Union (Dixie Union - Ashley Anne's Wish by You and I) has also run 6 times, including 3 starts on the turf. In a previous start on the Santa Anita downhill course, she finished 2nd on October 18. Her most recent race was at a mile on the Santa Anita turf where she finished 6th. G's Heavenly Union sold for $40,000 as a yearling. Ashley Anne's Wish, dam of G's Heavenly Union, was a stakes-placed winner. Ashley Anne's Wish has produced 2 winners.

Successful Friend (Forest Wildcat - Successful Dancer by Fortunate Prospect) has run twice at Hollywood Park, including a 2nd place finish on the turf on December 10. She was a $50,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Successful Dancer. Successful Dancer has produced grade II winners Successful Appeal and True to Tradition. True to Tradion won the Nearctic (Can-IIT) on the turf.

Rare Sparkle (Distorted Humor - Diamond Bracelet by Metfield), who sold for $350,000 as a yearling, has run twice. She was 5th at Santa Anita on October 10, and 7th at Hollywood on November 16. She is out of the turf winning mare Diamond Bracelet. Diamond Bracelet has produced 2 winners from 3 to run.

Princess Quinn (Grand Slam - Gold Princess by Prospector's Halo) has also run twice, finishing 11th at Hollywood on July 12, and 6th at that track on December 7. She sold for $80,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade II winner Gold Princess. Gold Princess earned $382,416 in a 33 race career. She has produced 3 winners from 4 to run.

Ruby Lane (The Cliff's Edge - Shalini by Urgent Request (IRE)) and On Approval (Put It Back - Final Approval by With Approval) have both run once. Ruby Lane was 3rd in her race, on August 30 at Del Mar. She is out of Shalini, who won or placed in 9 turf stakes. Ruby Lane is her first foal. On Approval was 6th in her debut, at Hollywood Park on December 21. She is out of stakes winner Final Approval, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Final Approval has produced 4 winners from 5 to run.

Completing the main field is unraced Unknown Heat (Unusual Heat - Biscay Bay (ARG) by El Basco). She is out of the winning mare Biscay Bay. Biscay Bay is a half-sister to La Brea, a group II winner in Argentina.

Also unraced is AE entrant Indian Pride (Indian Charlie - Reliant by Relaunch). Indian Pride is a half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes-placed Alymor B. One of her siblings was a debut winner.

German-bred Dextera (Royal Dragon - Djidda (GER) by Lando (GER)) completes the AE list. She was stakes-placed in her native land. She has made one start in this country, finishing 3rd at a mile on the Santa Anita turf on January 31. She is a half-sister to one winner, and a full-sister to stakes-placed Dragon Days.

Also in Action February 14

Stakes Entries

Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) tries graded stakes company again in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs at a mile and a sixteenth. Last time out, he was 5th in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on January 17. Previously, he finished 5th in the Bashford Manor (gr. III), 6th in the Saratoga Special (gr. II), and 7th in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). Favorite in the race is the Ken McPeek trained Free Country. Post time is 4:48 PM ET. Read more about the Sam F. Davis here.

Also running in a stakes race at Tampa Bay is Ameribelle (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Miz United States by Valid Appeal), who takes on 8 in the mile and 40 yard Suncoast Stakes at 3:47 PM ET. In her most recent start, Ameribelle finished 6th in the Sweetest Chant Stakes on the Gulfstream Park turf on January 18. Previously, she was 2nd in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes on November 8 at Calder.

Into My Soul (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Stop Traffic by Cure the Blues) goes 1 1/16 miles on the Gulfstream Park turf in the $125,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes. Into My Soul last ran on November 20, winning an allowance race at Aqueduct. Prior to that, he finished 2nd on the yielding Belmont turf on October 26 in the I Take All Stakes. He has been working at Gulfstream, including several turf works, since early December. Post time is 5:14 PM ET. Read more about the Hallandale Beach here.

Chattertown (filly; Speightstown - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier), who broke her maiden in her last start on January 4 at Philadelphia Park, tries stakes company in the 6 furlong Dearly Precious Stakes at Aqueduct. She'll break from post 5 in this five horse race which has a post of 1:26 PM ET.

Other Entries

Becky's Express (colt; Congaree - Becky Virtue by Strodes Creek) who won a mile claiming race at Fair Grounds in his last start on January 15, faces 8 in a mile and a sixteenth allowance race at that track. He'll break from post 8 in this one with a post of 4:55 PM ET. This will be his first start for new owner Maggi Moss. Steve Haskin discusses this race in his most recent column.

Dueling Alex (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Rosie Dooley by Trempolino) and Lookin Left (colt; Congaree - Santa Fe Strip by Phone Trick) face each other and 7 others in a 6.5 furlong allowance race at Gulfstream Park with a post time of 4:43 PM. Dueling Alex last ran on August 31, where he was 4th in the Sapling Stakes (gr. III). Dueling Alex, who broke his maiden in his debut on July 6, has been working at Palm Meadows since mid-December. Lookin Left broke his maiden in his 2nd start, on December 14 at Remington Park. He has also been working at Palm Meadows. Steve Haskin talks about this race in a recent column.

Conchacer (colt; Congaree - Eliot Chacer by Clever Trick) faces 9 in a 6.5 furlong maiden special weight at Tampa Bay, race 3. This will be Conchacer 2nd start, after finishing 2nd first time out at Tampa Bay on January 27. Post time is 1:20 PM ET. Note that Begriff, who is on the AE list in Chef's race, is in the field for this one.

Maraschino Red (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry by Irish Open) tries turf in the 3rd at Gulfstream, going a mile at 2:12 PM. She'll break from post 11 in this full field (plus 4 on the AE list). Last time out, Maraschino Red finished 4th at 6.5 furlongs on January 15 at Gulfstream Park.

Verdant (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Rift Valley by Gulch) is the morning line choice in race 12 at Turfway Park, a mile maiden special weight race. Verdant last ran on December 20 at Turfway Park, finishing 2nd. This one has a post time of 6:11 PM ET.

Bugle Ann (filly; Birdstone - Lady Taurus by Holy Bull) faces 7 in race 1 at Oaklawn, a mile maiden claiming race. Post time is 2:05 PM ET. Last time out, Bugle Ann was 9th in a mile and a sixteenth maiden special weight race at Oaklawn Park on January 18.

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