A Silent Mambo Salute



Missy Dances to Victory

Princess Maura held the early lead, but was finished after a half. Judical Leader and Sachem Road were also near the front. Missy Loves Mambo (Peace Rules), who went off as the favorite, chased the speed on the outside. In the stretch, she made her move and pulled away from the rest.

Result: February 21, 2009
Aqueduct Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Missy Loves Mambo $5.50
Judicial Leader  
Sachem Road  


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Saluting a Silent Win

Bubsy took command early, pursued by Tahoe Flyer and Smart Blues. Silent Salute (Saarland) was in a good position from the start, stalking the speed on the outside. He pulled ahead in the stretch and won convincingly.

Result: February 21, 2009
Golden Gate Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Silent Salute $16.80
Kalookan Ghost  


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Presto Change O Impresses

Presto Change O kept his rider on this time and that was all it took to get the victory. He quickly took to the lead, and continued to increase him margin throughout. The others chased in vain. Best of the rest, however, was Runningforspeight (Speightstown) who went off at odds of 32-1. The other Speightstown, Mission Gap, ran evenly, finishing 5th.

Result: February 21, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Presto Change O $4.00
Storm'n Warrior  


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Santana Six Eclipses Tapis Magique

Favorite Santana Six was quick out of the gate, but so was longshot Bizet. Also in the mix was Henderson. Then, Amen and Amen took a run at Santana Six. All of these efforts failed. A more serious challenge was mounted by Polished, who was near the back early. He rolled wide on the turn and seemed like he would overtake the pacesetter. But, Santana Six had something left and got the win. Tapis Magique (Speightstown) was racing wide in mid-pack, faded a bit, and finished 8th.

Result: February 21, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 10
Maiden Special Weight

Santana Six $7.40
Amen and Amen  


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Just Zensational

Gold Schleiger dueled with heavy favorite Zensational early, but the latter horse pulled away. Off the Wall, who won the award for best looking in the post parade, took a serious run at Zensational, but Zensational kept him at bay. Iron Fortitude (Medaglia d'Oro) and Party Hard (Medaglia d'Oro) fought for the 3rd spot, with Iron Fortitude winning that battle. Our third Medaglia d'Oro, Arcodoro, was pronounced soft by the HRTV crew, and maybe needing a race by his connections. He ran to his expectations, finishing 6th. But, watch for him down the road. Zensational, out of a Phone Trick mare, would seem to have distant limitations, but he is nice and fast. Final time was 1:08.64.

Result: February 21, 2009
Santa Anita Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

Zensational $3.20
Off the Wall  
Iron Fortitude  


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Other Results for February 21

Perfect Song (colt; Pleasanlty Perfect - Prospector's Song by Prospector's Music) dueled with He Ain't Right from the start, as those two turned this one into a match race. At the wire, it was He Ain't Right by a head at odds of 17-1. They were well clear of the third-place horse. Perfect Song was not embarrassed, but he didn't impress as much as he did in his debut. Did the Polytrack have something to do with that?

Promise Me Merlot (gelding; Peace Rules - Promise Me Magic by Pentelicus) put in an even effort in his optional claiming race Tampa Bay, finishing 4th.

Tiger Rules (colt; Peace Rules - Danzig Tiger by Danzig Connection) ran 4th (last) the whole way round in his allowance race at Charles Town. However, he still earned $1,450. There are advantages to running in a 4 horse race.

Peacephilly (filly; Peace Rules - Afillyate by Blushing John) was in an ok position early, but backtracked, finishing last in her maiden claiming race at Tampa Bay.

Royal Treaty (colt; Saarland - Itama by Tabasco Cat) was scratched from his maiden claiming race at Oaklawn.

Peace Rumor will Smile Down On Me with Unexpected Valor

February 22, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)
6 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 1:30 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Principatus
2. Smile Down On Me
3. Morality
4. Unexpected Valor
5. Peace Rumor
6. Cat Dash
7. Itsaboutbelonging

Peace Rumor (Peace Rules - Seattle Cyrina by Bold Ruckus) makes his third start overall, and his 2nd in 2009, in this 6 furlong race. Both of his previous starts were at Fair Grounds, he was 10th on the turf on December 27, and 4th on the dirt on January 10. He has worked three times since his last start. Peace Rumor sold for $20,000 as a weanling, and $90,000 as a yearling. He is a half-brother to 2 winners, including Action Attraction, who earned $205,285.

Cat Dash (Forest Wildcat - Tash Dash by Coronado's Quest) was 2nd, in front of Peace Rumor, on January 10 at Fair Grounds. Previously, he was 8th at Churchill Downs on October 26 and 2nd at Turfway Park on September 27. He sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and is the 2nd foal out of the unplaced mare Tash Dash. Tash Dash is a half-sister to group III Elizabeth Bay.

Itsaboutbelonging (Belong to Me - Shear Attitude by Clever Trick) and Principatus (Intidab - Grab Gingerly by Fred Astaire) met in a 6 furlong maiden claiming race at Fair Grounds on January 25. Itsaboutbelonging was 3rd and Principatus was 4th. Itsaboutbelonging has made two additional starts. He was 7th at Fair Grounds on January 15, and 6th on the Fair Grounds turf on February 6. Itsaboutbelonging was a $20,000 yearling, and is the first foal out of the placed mare Shear Attitude. Shear Attitude is a half- or full-sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Sheer Echo. Principatus, who sold for $47,000 as a yearling, has no other starts to his credit. He is out of stakes-placed Grab Gingerly. Grab Gingerly has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Pavo.

Morality (Canadian Frontier - Pleasant Pat by Pleasant Colony) has run twice at Fair Grounds, finishing 2nd on January 9 and 5th on January 29. He sold for $67,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to 6 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Pleasant Drive.

Smile Down On Me (Elusive Quality - Lavender by Smile) has run three times. He was 5th at Churchill Downs on November 1, 11th at Fair Grounds on December 14, and 10th at Fair Grounds on February 5. Smile Down On Me sold for $40,000 as a weanling and $250,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of the stakes winning mare, Lavender, who earned $236,052. Lavender has produced two winners from three to run.

Completing the field is unraced Unexpected Valor (Valid Expectations - Unrehearsed by Unbridled). He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Unrehearsed. Unrehearsed is a full-sister to the winner Unshuttered.

Godrey Queen will take a Guided Wave to Desert Rose Drive

February 22, 2009
Santa Anita Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
6.5 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 4:00 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Godfrey Queen
2. Desert Rose Drive
3. Lion Heart's Bluff
4. White Lamb
5. Lady Lumberjack
6. Guided Wave
7. Shiksa
8. Smart Tiffany
9. Hard Kisses

Godfrey Queen (Medaglia d'Oro - Star Queen by Kingmambo), who sold for $180,000 as a weanling, debuts at Santa Anita. Godfrey Queen first hit the worktab back in May, but she had a break in June. She has been working regularly since the end of December at Santa Anita and Hollywood. Her most recent work was at Santa Anita on February 13, where she went 5 furlongs in :58.40, the fastest of 29 works at the distance. Godfrey Queen is out of stakes winner Star Queen, who earned $158,072. Star Queen has produced one winner from one to run, that winner was a debut winner.

Also debuting in this one are Desert Rose Drive (A. P. Indy - Felicita by Rubiano), Shiksa (Johannesburg - Chitka by Jade Hunter), and Hard Kisses (Toccet - Hunting Jade by Jade Hunter). Desert Rose Drive brought $900,000 as a yearling. Her dam, Felicita, has produced 4 winners, including stakes winners Eventail and Commendation, and grade I winner Take Charge Lady. Take Charge Lady earned $2,480,377 and was a debut winner. Shiksa was a $375,000 yearling, and is out of stakes winner Chitka, who was a debut winner. Chitka has produced 2 winners. Hard Kisses sold for $100,000 as a yearling, and $210,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 10 winners, including stakes winners Darling Danzig and Misnomer.

Lady Lumberjack (Forestry - Harbor Blues by Petionville) finished 2nd in her first two starts, running at Hollywood Park on November 6 and November 29. In her latest start, she was 4th on January 11 in the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. She is the first foal out of stakes winner Harbor Blues, who earned $182,036. Harbor Blues is a half-sister to grade II winner Night Patrol.

White Lamb (Trippi - Chi by Silver Hawk) has run twice. She finished 6th in her debut at Arlington Park on July 5, and then finished 5th at Santa Anita on January 5. She sold for $60,000 as a yearling, and $550,000 as a 2-year old. White Lamb is out of the unraced mare Chi, who has produced 4 winners from 5 to run.

Guided Wave (Jump Start - Alcea by Honour and Glory) made her one and only start at Hollywood Park on November 29, finishing 4th. She sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced mare Alcea. Alcea is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Sound the Fanfare and grade I winner Wilderness Song.

Lion Heart's Bluff (Lion Heart - Belle's Bluff by Pine Bluff) was 6th in her only race, at Santa Anita on February 6. She is out of the unraced mare Belle's Bluff, who is a half-sister to 3 winners including grade III winner Strolling Belle.

Running on the downhill turf course in her only start, was Smart Tiffany (Smart Strike - Via Lactea by Capote), who finished 8th. She is out of a winning mare who has produced 2 winners, including Medalha Milagrosa, a group II winner in Brazil.

Jane's Gal will play a Miner's Tune with a Firey Glow

February 22, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 10
Maiden Special Weight
5 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 5:37 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Cakebread
2. Election Day
3. Hold 'Em Slew
4. Ms Drewcilla
5. Miner's Tune
6. Ixtabentun
7. Yes It's Barbara
8. Firey Glow
9. Jane's Gal
10. Out Post

Jane's Gal (Speightstown - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake), who has been working at Palm Meadows since mid-November, debuts at Gulfstream going 5 furlongs. She sold for $200,000 as a yearling, and for $300,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of stakes winner North Lake Jane, who earned $263,321. North Lake Jane has produced two winners from two to run.

Out Post (Silver Deputy - Secret Wildcat by Forest Wildcat) has finished twice in both of her starts, on June 15 at Monmouth, and on February 1 at Gulfstream. She sold for $250,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-sister to one winner, and a full-sister to one winner. Her dam, Secret Wildcat, is full-sister to grade I winner Forest Secrets, and half-sister to grade III winner Rumor Has It.

Hold 'Em Slew (Hold That Tiger - Slew City Slicker by Slew City Slew) has made three starts on the turf. She debuted in the Catcharisingstar Stakes at 5 furlongs at Calder on September 6, and then finished 12th in a mile and a sixteenth race at that track on September 28. More recently, she was 2nd on the Gulfstream Park turf on January 17. Hold 'Em Slew is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade I winner Pool Land and grade II stakes-placed My Chickadee.

Ms Drewcilla (Drewman - Express Angel by Navarone) also did her previous running on the turf, finishing 3rd at Colonial Downs on June 20. She is the 2nd foal out of the unplaced mare Express Angel. Express Angel is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade II winner Express Tour.

Yes It's Barbara (Yes It's True - Hello Barbara Sue by Dehere) is the only other filly with experience. She was 9th in her only start, at Turfway Park on December 13. Yes It's Barbara is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Buddy's Humor. Buddy's Humor has earned $238,648 through 2009.

Fiery Glow (Smoke Glacken - Clap Happy by Greinton (GB)) sold for $130,000 as a weanling. She is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Crossing Point, Love Happy, and My Boy Kyle. Two of Firey Glow's siblings won their debuts.

Cakebread (Street Cry (IRE) - Clever Princess by Clever Trick) is out of stakes-placed Clever Princess. Clever Princess has produced 5 winners, including 2 debut winners.

Election Day (Distorted Humor - Clandestine Caller by Housebuster) is out of stakes winner Clandestine Caller, who was a debut winner and who earned $244,370 in her career. Clandestine Caller has produced two winners from two to run.

Miner's Tune (Polish Miner - Waquoit's Tune by Waquoit) is out of the winning mare Waquoit's Tune. Waquoit's Tune is the dam of 5 winners, including stakes winner Waquoit's Love. Waquoit's Love has earned $267,037 through 2009.

Ixtabentun (Forest Camp - Elusive Smile by Elusive Quality) is the first foal out of the winning mare Elusive Smile.

Also in Action February 22

Valid Rule (gelding; Peace Rules - Valid Bonnet by Valid Appeal) and Katolak Cowboy (colt; Saarland - Tide Cat by Storm Cat) will break side-by-side in race 1 at Oaklawn, an allowance optional claiming race. This 6 furlong race has a post time of 2:30 PM ET. Valid Rule, who has two wins to his credit, last ran on February 1 at Oaklawn, finishing 3rd in an allowance/optional claiming race. Katolak Cowboy has run 7 times, winning 3 and finishing third once, while earning $74,411. He last ran in a 5 furlong claiming race on the turf on November 5, finishing 5th.


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Whew, thats way too many to think about!! But, I can now throw out "Perfect Song" and keep tabs on "Zensational" in my 'barrel to full' list!! TY  

22 Feb 2009 1:19 PM
Abbie Knowles

Still believe Perfect Song is the real deal and that he will bounce back at some point!  It is very early days yet and there are plenty big races to win!  

Love the name ZENSATIONAL!  A potential sensational sprinting type?  Missy Loves Mambo, Santana Six and Presto Change O also recorded pleasing wins and the latter sounded really impressive!  

Delighted Saarland is doing well with his runners this year seeing as he had to be very prematurely retired!  Hope he has a happy one!  Have you any idea if he will be retrained for another career?  I believe he is only around 10 years old.  Seems a bit young to be stuck in a field for the rest of his life?

I enjoy your witty headings!  Very clever!

God Bless

Best wishes


22 Feb 2009 6:28 PM

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