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2-year Old News

OBS March Selected Sale of 2-years olds in Training

The results are in for the OBS March Selected Sale of 2-year olds in training. Three Afleet Alex offspring sold, one colt and two fillies, with an average price of $38,333. The high-price among these three was $50,000 for the colt out of the Williamstown mare Eze, hip #162. Ghostzapper had two colts and a filly sell for a total of $527,000 and an average of $175,667. The highest price Ghostzapper, was hip #489, a colt out of Susan Powter, by Native Prospector, who sold for $300,000. Rock Hard Ten also had three offspring sold, a colt and two fillies. They averaged $160,000, led by Ten Diamonds, a filly out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare, Gemilli, who sold for $240,000, hip #183. Two Saint Liams sold, a colt and a filly. They averaged $65,000, as the filly (hip #32) sold for $115,000. She is out of the Woodman mare, Amaretta.

Ghostzapper's $300,000 colt was the top price paid for a 2-year old by a first-crop sire, followed by hip #13, a Value Plus colt out of the West by West mare Western Resolve, which sold for $250,000. That colt is a half-brother to the Peace Rules' 3-year old, Live the Dash. Two 1st-crop offspring brought $240,000. Ten Diamonds, the Rock Hard Ten filly, and a Closing Argument colt (hip #464) out of Sparkling Blue, by Smoke Glacken.

Grand Reward had the most offspring sell among first-crop stallions, with 8, 5 colts and 3 fillies. They averaged $67,500. Top seller was hip #115, the filly Isn't She Grand, out of the Crafty Prospector mare Crafty Atlantic. Closing Argument and Wildcat Heir both had six 2-year olds sell. Closing Argument's averaged $93,167, led by hip #464 mentioned above. The six Wildcat Heir's averaged $70,833, led by hip #117 a filly out of Flo's Z Fury, by Ocala Slew, who brought $120,000.

Workouts

A new worker to this blog is Zapster (colt; Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song), who worked 2 furlong in :24.60 on March 14 at Aiken. Zapster sold for $180,000 as yearling, and is out of stakes winner Extend. Extend earned $436,856 in her career, and has produced the winner Kelliher.

Returning to the worktab was the Afleet Alex filly, Recession Proof (filly; Afleet Alex - Pert Lady by Cox's Ridge), who went 3 furlongs in :40.00 at Laurel.

March 18 Results

Carly Runs to the Wire

Run Carly Run (Speightstown) chased the early pace, set by Samantha's Song. She made her move in the stretch wide, but Sophisticated Lass, the 4-year old and favorite, was moving too. These two ran together for a time, but then Run Carly Run drew clear to pick up her maiden victory in her first try. Sophisticated Lass was clear of the rest, while Samantha's Song faded to 4th.

Result: March 18, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 1
Maiden Claiming

Run Carly Run $20.80
$6.80
$3.60
Sophisticated Lass  
$3.20
$2.40
Just Jane's Girl  

$2.40

Equibase Chart

Porlamar is too much for Starland Queen

Beso Negro jumped out of the gate and was quickly clear. Her closest pursuer was Porlamar, who made her move on the turn to take over the lead. Beso Negro retreated after that. Porlamar, however, needed everything she had to hold off a steadily closing Golden Isle, who was recovering from a slow start. Also picking up ground late was Hustle. Diamond Danzig, who ended up 4th, was extremely green. She ducked in at the start, and then swerved this way and that in the stretch. Starland Queen (Saarland) was off slowly, but picked up late to finish 6th. I have to take exception with the chart notes on Starland Queen, as they say only "no threat." Granted, that is technically correct, but she did pick up a lot of places late. With a better start, she would have been right with the top horses at the end.

Result: March 18, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 9
Maiden Claiming

Porlamar $23.20
$11.80
$6.40
Golden Isle  
$8.20
$5.60
Hustle  

$4.20

Equibase Chart

Other Results for March 18

Saar Treaty's (filly; Saarland - Top of the Noggin by Chief's Crown) Allowance race came off the turf and was run on the sloppy main track at Gulfstream. Saar Treaty ran like a horse that has been looking for the mud her whole life. She broke on top, but then dropped off the pace after the first quarter, sitting in fourth. She made her move on the outside and rolled to the lead on the turn, drawing off to win by better than 6. She looked like she was having some fun out there. It's interesting that Saar Treaty's maiden win was on a good turf course, and she also was 2nd in the Missy Moo I Love You Stakes on a yielding turf course. Apparently, Saar Treaty loves a rainy day. On the other hand, favorite Just Livin a Dream came home last and should probably stick with the turf.

Speightstown Belle (filly; Speightstown - Mean Imogene by Silver Deputy) raced in mid-pack early, made a bit of a move, and finished 4th in her Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Delta Downs.

Cradle of Peace (gelding; Peace Rules - Cat's Cradle by Flying Paster) got a DNF in his Claiming race at Laurel, when he fell over fallen comrade Word in Edgewise. It did not look good for Word in Edgewise, but Cradle of Peace bounced back up and finished the race riderless.

Tobin's Rules (filly; Peace Rules - Tobin's Fortune by Fortunate Prospect) stopped in his Claiming race at Tampa Bay and was basically eased, finishing last.

Entries for March 19

Arcodoro look for Iron Fortitude in the Congaree Park

March 19, 2009
Santa Anita Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
3 year olds
Post Time: 5:03 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Millennium Lakes
2. Arcodoro
3. Mr. President
4. Elusive Beat
5. Congaree Park
6. Life Goes On
7. Iron Fortitude

One time runners Iron Fortitude (Medaglia d'Oro - Viaduct by Thunder Gulch) and Arcodoro (Medaglia d'Oro - Northern Gulch by Gulch) meet Congaree Park (Congaree - King's Daughter by Ferdinand), a veteran of 3 races, and 4 others at Santa Anita. Iron Fortitude and Arcodoro faced each other in their debuts, at 6 furlongs at Santa Anita on February 21, finishing 3rd and 6th. Iron Fortitude sold for $25,000 as yearling, and $450,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 3 winners. Arcodoro was purchased as a weanling for $360,000, and is a half-brother to group II winner Hamoody. Congaree Park was 6th in his debut at Hollywood Park on December 20, and then finished 2nd at Santa Anita on January 28. His most recent race was on February 20 on the Santa Anita turf, where he finished 7th. King's Daughter, dam of Congaree Park, was a winner, and has produced 4 winners.

Deputing in this one is Elusive Beat (Elusive Quality - She's Got the Beat by Sultry Song), who sold for $200,000 as a yearling. He is the 2nd foal out of grade I stakes-placed She's Got the Beat, who earned $397,096.

Life Goes On (Vindication - Limelighter by Seeking the Gold) has run 5 times, twice at Hollywood Park in 2008, and three times at Santa Anita in 2009. In his 2009 starts, he has finished 2nd in each race, most recently on February 15 at a mile and a sixteenth. Life Goes On is a full-brother to the winner Tintreach.

Also by Vindication is Mr. President (Vindication - Discovering Beauty by Theatrical (IRE)), who has made one start, finishing 6th on January 3 at 5.5 furlongs. He is out of Discovering Beauty, a half-sister to grade II winners Gold Beauty and The Prime Minister, and three stakes winners.

Millennium Lakes (Storm Cat - Tweedside by Thunder Gulch) debuted on the Aqueduct turf on November 22, finishing 7th. Since then, he has run three times at Santa Anita, finishing 3rd on December 29, 2nd on January 17, and 3rd on February 7. His last race was at a mile and an eighth. He is the 2nd foal out of grade I winner Tweedside, who earned $646,791. Tweedside is also a half-sister to grade II winners Evanescent and Tactical Advantage.

Summer Bird at Lookout Point looking for a River Romance

March 19, 2009
Oaklawn Race 8
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles
3 year olds
Post Time: 5:44 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Earlywine
2. Scene Control
3. Gabriel
4. Luv Gov
5. River Romance
6. Point Lookout
7. Summer Bird
8. Carnival Ride

Another Maiden Special Weight contest featuring three Maiden Watch horses. This time it is unraced Point Lookout (Medaglia d'Oro - Potomac Bend by Polish Numbers), versus one-time runners Summer Bird (Birdstone - Hong Kong Squall by Summer Squall) and River Romance (Congaree - Conditional Love by Belong to Me). Point Lookout sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Potomac Bend. Potomac Bend was a debut winner, and has produced the winner On the Prowl and stakes-placed X Marks the Spot. On the Prowl was a debut winner. Summer Bird finished a very good 4th first time out on March 1 at Oaklawn, as he startly slowly and then came rolling wide. That race was at 6 furlongs, the extra distance should help him today. Summer Bird is out of the placed mare Hong Kong Squall, who has produced 4 winners from 5 to run. By the way, am I the only one that starts singing Summer Wind whenever I see the name Summer Bird? River Romance was 10th and last in his debut on February 16 at Oaklawn Park, a race won by the Medaglia d'Oro colt Anaan. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Conditional Love. Conditional Love is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Lx Commander and Native Annie.

Scene Control (Vindication - Chilosa by Tabasco Cat) and Carnival Ride (Gilded Time - Crown of Sheba by Alysheba) met on February 5 at Oaklawn Park, in a mile and a sixteenth race. Scene Control was 3rd and Carnival Ride was 4th. Scene Control has run 5 total times, finishing 2nd once and third twice. Most recently, he was 2nd at Oaklawn Park on February 22 while running a mile. Scene Control is a half-brother to one winner, and a full-brother to one winner. Carnival Ride made 3 previous starts, all in 2008 in Kentucky. He was 2nd in his debut on October 8 at Keeneland, and then finished 4th in two Churchill Downs starts in November, one on the turf and one on the dirt. Carnival Ride was a $75,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare, Crown of Sheba. Crown of Sheba has produced 3 winners, including grade II winner Spice Island. Spice Island earned $487,376 in a career that included a victory in the Long Island Handicap (gr. IIT). Overall, Spice Island won or placed in 8 stakes.

Gabriel (Orientate - Java Star by Java Gold) finished 5th on February 22 at Oaklawn, behind Scene Control. It was his first and only start. He sold for $235,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Java Star. Java Star has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner La Recherche.

Luv Gov (Ten Most Wanted - City of Silver by Nepal) has run 7 times, including 6 times in 2008. His best finish in 2008 was third at Keeneland on October 5. He has run once in 2009, finishing 2nd at Oaklawn Park on March 5 in a mile race. City of Silver, dam of Luv Gov, was a winner and has produced one winner. City of Silver is also a half-sister to 9 winners.

Completing the field is unraced Earlywine (Johar - Saphrene by Quiet American), who is a half-brother to the winner Shattuck. Earlywine's dam, Saphrene, is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Also in Action March 19

Dueling Alex (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Rosie Dooley by Trempolino) was listed as a possible for the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway on Saturday, but instead he'll go in a mile and a sixteenth Allowance on the turf at Gulfstream. At least it is scheduled for the turf, as they were off the turf and sloppy on March 18. Dueling Alex will break from post 3 at approximately 4:43 PM ET. Dueling Alex has run 4 times, registering one win. He was 4th in the Sapling Stakes (gr. III), and 7th in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) as a 2-year old. His most recent start was a 6 furlong Allowance race at Gulfstream Park on February 14 in which he finished 6th.

Congar Light (filly; Congaree - Pyrite Dance by Dance Brightly) faces 7 in a 6.5 furlong Allowance race at Charles Down, post time 9:39 PM ET. Congar Light has run 5 times, recording 1 win and 1 third. In her last start, she was third in a 7 furlong Claiming race at Laurel on February 16.

Illegal Purse (filly; Saarland - Censored by In Excess (IRE)) debuts at Fair Grounds versus fellow Lousisiana-breds. She'll go 6 furlongs in a Maiden Claiming race at 4:38 PM ET, breaking from post 2. Illegal Purse is out of stakes winner Censored, who earned $329,518. Censored has produced 2 winners.

Perfectionism (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Soldera by Polish Numbers) will break from post 8 in a mile Maiden Claiming race at Golden Gate, post time 5:45 PM ET. Perfectionism has run twice, most recently he finished 10th on February 20 while running on the Santa Anita turf.

Capitol Limited (colt; Saarland - Radiantly by Mountain Cat) runs in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Oaklawn Park, post time 4:50 PM ET. He'll face a full field of 12 and break from post 2. Capitol Limited has run 4 times, including 3 starts in 2009, finishing 3rd once. His most recent race was at Oaklawn Park on February 27, where he finished 5th at 6 furlongs.

Gifts for a King (colt; Saarland - Shepherd's Star by Seeking the Gold) faces 9 in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Delta Downs, post time 8:52 PM ET. Gifts for a King has run 7 times in his career, finishing 2nd twice. One of his 2nd-place finishes came in his most recent start, on February 11 at Delta Downs.

Stones Throw (colt; Birdstone - Twinkler by Benny the Dip) is on the MTO list for a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Claiming race for 3 year olds and up at Gulfstream, post time 3:42 PM ET. Stones Throw has run once, finishing 10th at Aqueduct on November 29 at 6 furlongs.

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AnneM

Nice race by Summer Bird and I love the name...

I noticed that there is a 2 year old maiden race in the March 25th

condition book at Santa Anita..the season is beginning. This race is for Cal Bred fillies - so there won't be one of this blog's new Stallions. But maybe there will be an Unusual Heat baby.

19 Mar 2009 9:47 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

AnneM - Yes, Summer Bird looked very good out there.

Thanks for the heads-up about the 2-year old race at Santa Anita. Ours probably won't show up until Keeneland, but you never know.

19 Mar 2009 11:17 PM

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