A New Era

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Sad news today about one of our 2008 stallions. Saarland, who had been pensioned earlier, died on March 11 from injuries suffered after running into a feeder.

A New Era for Maiden Watch

A new era begins for Maiden Watch, as our first 2-year old of 2009, Cater to Kitten has been entered at Keeneland on April 3. I will no longer be previewing races featuring horses by last year's stallions (Birdstone, Congaree, Medaglia d'Oro, Peace Rules, Pleasantly Perfect, Saarland, Smarty Jones, and Speightstown). However, I will continue to note allowance, and maiden special entries for their 3-year old offspring, unless it becomes overwhelming. Stakes entries will receive more attention, at least until the 2-year old stakes begin. I would encourage readers to continue to comment on any of their offspring, but they will no longer be the focus of the blog.

Now some guidelines for the 2-year olds. This blog has a North American focus. However, I will note entries and results on other continents when possible. Everyone's first start will be profiled, if humanely possible. After that, only Maiden Special Weight starts will be covered in depth, and Allowance and Stakes starts more summarily. Subsequent Maiden Claiming and Claiming races will be noted in the "Also in Action" section. If it is a slow day, I may also preview high-price Maiden Claiming races.

Cater to Kitten will Ride Cowboy Ride for Carson's Pride

April 3, 2009
Keeneland Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
4.5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 1:35 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Carson's Pride
2. Jealous Again
3. Ride Cowboy Ride
4. Evil Genius
5. Grecian Paradise
6. Foot the Bill
7. Thekingoftexas
8. Dream Victory
9. Cater to Kitten
10. Supraman
11. Even Wilder

Cater to Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Olinka by Wolfhound) is the first starter for Kitten's Joy, and the first 2009 2-year old starter for Maiden Watch. No pressure associated with being first, as last year's first starter Causin' Havoc (Medaglia d'Oro) finished 7th in his debut. He did, however, win his 2nd start 4 months later. Cater to Kitten had his first work in the beginning of February at Palm Beach Downs. He worked at that track three times. He then worked three times at the Churchill Downs Training track, most recently going 3 furlongs in :36.00 on March 31. Cater to Kitten is a half-brother to 3 winners, including one that won at 2. Kitten's Joy, who earned $2,075,791 in his career, won 2 races at 2.

One other first-crop sire represented in this one, as Supraman (Roman Ruler - Sambra by Storm Cat) is the first entrant for Roman Ruler. Roman Ruler won his 2-year old debut, and also took the Best Pal (gr. II) and the Norfolk (gr. II) that year. Overall, he earned $1,220,800 in 10 starts. Supraman is out of the winning mare Sambra, who has produced three winners. One of Supraman's siblings won at 2.

Ride Cowboy Ride (Posse - Colleague by Cherokee Run) sold for $42,000 as a weanling, and is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Colleague. Colleague won two races at 2.

Selling for $30,000 as a yearling was Jealous Again (Trippi - Chi Sa by Bold Ruckus), the only filly in the race. She is out of the winning mare Chi Sa, who has produced 4 winners. Two of Jealous Again sibling's won at 2, including a full-brother to Jealous Again.

Royal Linkage, dam of Evil Genius (Five Star Day - Royal Linkage by Linkage), was 2 for 2 at 2, including a victory in the Colleen Stakes. Royal Linkage has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Sailor Knot.

Carson's Pride (City Zip - Sneak Out by Belong to Me) is a full-brother to Mommie Whiz, who broke her maiden on the Fair Grounds turf on March 1 of this year. Their dam, Sneak Out, is a half-sister to 3 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Hidden Truth.

Two are entered by 2nd-crop sire Even the Score, Grecian Paradise (Even the Score - Formal Lass by Formal Dinner) and Even Wilder (Even the Score - Wild Alizone by Wild Zone). Grecian Paradise is out of the winning mare Formal Lass. Formal Lass is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes-placed Pyrite Lady. Even Wilder is the first foal out of the placed mare Wild Alizone. Wild Alizone is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Also by a second year stallion is Foot the Bill (Read the Footnotes - Girlsgonewild by Wild Again), by Read the Footnotes. Foot the Bill is out of the unraced mare Girlsgonewild. Girlsgonewild is a half-sister to one winner.

Thinkingoftexas (Stormy Atlantic - Souvenir Doll by Souvenir Copy) is the 2nd foal out of the mare Souvenir Doll, who was a debut winner at 2. Souvenir Doll is also a half-sister to 5 winners.

Dream Victory (Victory Gallop - Dreaming Time by Green Dancer) is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Ernie Cat. Ernie Cat was a debut winner at 2.

Also in Action April 3

Kiddari (filly; Smarty Jones - La Paz by Hold Your Peace) faces 9 in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight at Keeneland, race 6. Post time is 3:35 PM ET, and she will break from post 8. Kiddari has run once, finishing 6th in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream Park on March 1 (Watch that race).

Results for April 2

Party Hard can't catch the Street Car

Street Car went right to the lead, and soon was clear of the rest. Party Hard (Medaglia d'Oro) was off a little slowly, but then settled in fourth. He eased his way into 2nd along the rail, and ran after Street Car. Party Hard made a bit of a dent in Street Car's lead late, but had to settle for second. Watch the Replay.

Result: April 2, 2009
Santa Anita Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Street Car $3.00
$2.40
$2.10
Party Hard  
$4.80
$3.60
Hog's Hollow  

$3.40

View Race Details

Same Old Story - Broad Stone 2nd.

Broad Stone (Birdstone) is one of our most consistent runners, but also one of our most frustrating. For the fourth straight time, he ran a good race, and for the fourth straight time, he finished 2nd. Fast Max was fastest at the break, stalked by Clicker. That one took the lead in the far turn. At that point, Broad Stone hadn't even started his move from the back of the pack. He came 5 wide and then shifted between horses, making up lots of ground late in the slop, but came up just a neck short (love the chart note - "was getting to the winner."). Tannic (Saarland), our other runner, ran wide throughout and finished a photo away from third in fourth. Watch the Replay.

Result: April 2, 2009
Oaklawn Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Clicker $8.20
$3.20
$3.00
Broad Stone  
$2.80
$2.20
Rom  

$6.20

Equibase Chart

Other Results for April 2

Coo Cachoo, the first runner for first-crop sire Mingun, was a winner at Santa Anita, Watch the Replay. Read more about his race here.

Despite the Odds (colt; Speightstown - Lady Aloma by Cozzene) did run in the Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Laurel today. He was fractious in the gate and didn't break well. But, he recovered and stalked the pace nicely. He went wide in the stretch, and wore down the leaders, to pick up his 2nd win in his 2nd start. Watch the Replay.

Sweet Kristen (filly; Peace Rules - Puddy Cat by Mountain Cat) stalked the early pace and then caught the early pacesetter, to win her Allowance race by a nose at Charles Town. Tbilisi (filly; Birdstone - Tripp Trial by Skip Trial) finished 6th.

Moving Violation (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Talk Me Again (ARG) by Mutakddim) sat off the early pace, came wide in the stretch and ran by them all in his Maiden Claiming race at Laurel. He pulled away late to win by better than 12. Watch the Replay.

Floating On Air (filly; Peace Rules - Charmie's Secret by Secret Hello) was victorious in her Claiming race at Golden Gate, stalking the early pace and then outfighting Marked Treasure.

At Oaklawn Park, Katolak Cowboy (colt; Saarland - Tide Cat by Storm Cat) closed well to pick up third in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Oaklawn Park on a sloppy track. Watch the Replay. Fufty Too (colt; Speightstown - Cape North by Capote) was scratched from the race.

Also finishing third was Work for Peace (filly; Peace Rules - Southern Solstice by Southern Halo), who was off a step slow in her Maiden Claiming race at Charles Town.

Jay Dee Bird (colt; Birdstone - One Account by Private Account) made a late bid to finish 4th in his Claiming race at Penn National.

Porto d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Above the Harbor by Petionville) was scratched from her Maiden Special race at Turfway. The winner of that one was Leinster Lady, one of the 4-year olds in the race.

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