She's Our Prima Donna


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A new worker for this blog, as Beyondallboundarys (filly; Saint Liam - In Secure by A. P. Indy) went 2 furlongs in :26.12 at Crupi's New Castle Farm. Stakes winner In Secure, dam of Beyondallboundarys, was a debut winner at 3. In Secure is also a half-sister to 2 winners.

She's Our Prima Donna

The field was reduced to four with the scratch of Simplify. She's Our Annie (Medaglia d'Oro) broke on top and went right to the front. She was a little rank early, but settled nicely, zipping through fractions of :22.49, :45.43, and :57.03. Jon Court took a peak behind, but no one was coming. She's Our Annie cruised to a 2 length win in a time of 1:09.03. On the Menu chased throughout to finish 2nd. Watch the Replay.

Result: March 22, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 9
Prima Donna Stakes

She's Our Annie $6.20

On the Menu  


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Maraschino Red Rides the Pina Colada Wave

Maraschino Red (Medaglia d'Oro) and Britannia Rose went after the early lead, soon joined by Pina Colada (Speightstown). Those three raced together for awhile, but on the turf Maraschino Red pulled free from those. She soon built up a three length lead. Angel Wave, who checked early, came running late to reduce the winning margin, but she was no threat to the victor. Pina Colada tired to 7th. Ride a Wave (Medaglia d'Oro) didn't show much, finishing 6th.

Result: March 22, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Maraschino Red $7.00
Angel Wave  
Beaujelais Nouveau  


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A Piano Solo Cremes d'Oro

Solo Piano, the daughter of Flute, broke for the lead, but Crema d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) was stuck to her flank. Trini Dubai held a good spot on the rail in third. Crema d'Oro began to drop back in the stretch, finishing 4th. Solo Piano went on to cruise to an easy victory. Trini Dubai held well for 2nd, and Black Orchid made up some ground late to take third.

Result: March 22, 2009
Aqueduct Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Solo Piano $2.40
Trini Dubai  
Black Orchid (ARG)  


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No Hope for Gold d'Oro

To my surprise, this one stayed on the turf, which was listed as good. Rajpur Road broke on top, but Mattieandmorgan took command. Chasing her were Rajpur Road and Gold d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro). Hooked On Hope was just off these in fourth. Gold d'Oro made a move on the turn, and was even with the leader. But, Hooked On Hope was moving better. She was soon joined by Minishaft, and those two finished just a head apart. Half a Surprise closed powerfully, but couldn't catch the top 2. Gold d'Oro ran on, but she had to settle for 4th.

Result: March 22, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Hooked On Hope $42.20
Half a Surprise  


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Sue Can't Stop a Cat Onthe Town

Sundayville Break set the early pace, pressed by Sue's Update (Medaglia d'Oro) and Miss Brown Eyes. Sue's Update hit the lead, but she couldn't hold off the rush of Cat Onthe Town who came from well off the pace and circled the field for the win. The margin was 6 lengths. Sue's Update held on for 2nd. Interestingly, at one point in the race, the announcer called Sue's Update by her dam's name, Sue's Good News.

Result: March 22, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Cat Onthe Town $7.40
Sue's Update  
Far East  


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Following the Leader Garburetor

Eastwood Dacat took the lead, pressed by Nice Ring. Garburetor was stalking the top runners. Eastwood Dacat weakened late, as Garburetor hit the front. Follow the Leader (Smarty Jones), who was the favorite, was off slowly. He finally got moving in the stretch, getting by Eastwood Dacat. He beat all the 3-year olds in the race, but couldn't catch the 4-year old Garburetor. Follow the Leader was a bit green in the stretch. Correct that and the slow start, and he'll get the win.

Result: March 22, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

Garburetor $8.60
Follow the Leader  
Eastwood Dacat  


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Mother Ruth Can't Catch an Irish Gypsy

Irish Gypsy made the early lead, but was soon joined and passed by Belated Bid. Mother Ruth (Speightstown) moved up on the rail to take third. Michelle Marie (Saarland) was near the pace on the outside. Irish Gypsy hit the front before the turn, as Belated Bid began to fall back. Mother Ruth moved to the outside to challenge, as Lisa Jean closed 8-wide. Irish Gypsy held them all off, finishing a head in front of Mother Ruth. Lisa Jean was another head behind her. Michelle Marie faded to 8th.

Result: March 22, 2009
Santa Anita Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Irish Gypsy $10.40
Mother Ruth  
Lisa Jean  


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Other Results for March 22

Heroism (gelding; Speightstown - Her She Shawklit by Air Forbes Won) set the pace in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Golden Gate, but tired late to finish 4th. Silent Salute (colt; Saarland - Sweet Surrender by Synastry) was far back early, came running wide in the stretch and finished well in third.

Belfast (gelding; Congaree - Southerncomfortgal by Hermitage) was at the back for most of his Claiming race, but passed a few late to finish 5th.

First Magnitude (colt; Saarland - Fapindy by A. P. Indy) chased the early speed in his Maiden Claiming race at Oaklawn, but tired and finished 5th.

Bugle Ann (filly; Birdstone - Lady Taurus by Holy Bull) was near the back early, wide on the turf, and finished 6th in her Maiden Claiming race at Oaklawn.

Higher Peace (colt; Peace Rules - Red Hot Chiquita by Mr. Expo) went right after lead in his Maiden Claiming race. He stayed there until late, but was passed in the stretch, finishing 4th. Birdcaper (colt; Birdstone - Sweet Caper by Cape Town) was tracking that early pace wide, but faded late to finish 10th.

Precious Beans (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Precious Feather by Gone West) did not draw in off the MTO list, as his Maiden Special Weight contest at Fair Grounds stayed on the turf.

Perfectly Campbell (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Angel's Tearlet by Silver Deputy) was scratched from her Maiden Claiming race at Turfway Park.

Cinderella's Wish (filly; Speightstown - Godmother by Show'em Slew) was scratched from her Maiden Claiming race at Fair Grounds.

Entries for March 23

Col. Wease (gelding; Birdstone - Tango Red by High Brite) faces a full-field in a mile and 70 yard Maiden Claiming race at Philadelphia Park, post time 4:16 PM ET. Col. Wease has run 4 times. His best finish was a third on Philadelpia Park on February 18 at a mile and 70 yards. His most recent effort was on March 1 at Philadelphia Park, where he finished 5th.


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Love following these maidens, especially the Medaglia d'Oro offspring. I think he is really going to be an important stallion in the breeder ranks and his quality of mares will only get beter. I enjoy this blog very much.

23 Mar 2009 1:33 PM

I love the name Pina Colada. One of my favorite drinks. LOL

23 Mar 2009 6:58 PM

any news on Ocean Colors? Is she going to be retired, or start anytime soon?? Or was she injured???

23 Mar 2009 7:03 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

sophiekea - yeah, a Maraschino Red/Pina Colada exacta would have been perfect.

24 Mar 2009 11:13 AM

first time i saw medaglia d'oro, i knew i was watching a special colt-he went to the front in a stake at SA & was trying to go wire to wire; he was caught on the far turn by the favorite & another horse and appeared to be headed to the back of the pack. When they hit the stretch, he came back along the rail and blew by both those horses to win going away. It appears that his stud career may be following a similar pattern--stay tuned

24 Mar 2009 2:59 PM
Kevin Kraynak

Just a heads up on some European doings for two Smarty Jones offspring.

On Sunday, March 29, Smart Coco

(2006 filly, Smarty Jones x Djebel Amour by Mt. Livermore) is entered in the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Group 3) for 3YO Fillies at Leopardstown (IRE) The race is 7f on the turf and carries a purse of 65,000 Euros (about $88,000). She is in PP #12 in a tough field of 15... Smart Coco finished fifth in a Group 3 event in Ireland last September and faces three of the four horses that finished in front of her in that race here.

You can view the race card here:

24 Mar 2009 6:00 PM
Kevin Kraynak

Oh, I forgot to add this...

Smart and Fun (2006 colt, Smarty Jones x Hawayil by Halling) is entered to race at Fontainebleau on Monday, March 30. Although still a maiden, Smart and Fun will be racing against winners in this handicap race, earning the fourth highest weight in a field of 55 entries. There's still a complicated closing process prior to setting the final field, so he has no guarantees of making the race.

24 Mar 2009 6:06 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

fahooqua - Ocean Colors worked at Keeneland on 3/29/09, 4 furlongs in :53.00.

31 Mar 2009 11:42 AM

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