Rock Hard Baby

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First Worker for Rock Hard Ten

Our first Rock Hard Ten worker, as Rock Hard Baby (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Bully's Del Mar by Notebook) worked 3 furlongs in :35.20 at Lone Star Park on April 3. It was the fastest of 12 works at the distance. Rock Hard Baby brought $40,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Bully's Del Mar. Bully's Del Mar earned $109,720, and is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Other New Workers

Steve's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Cat's Prize by Golden Missile) worked 2 furlongs at Gulfstream on April 1, recording a time of :23.80. Steve's Kitten is the first foal out of the placed mare Cat's Prize. Cat's Prize is a half-sister to the winner Unknown Variable.

Wilreign (filly; Saint Liam - Probable Storm by Tabasco Cat) worked one furlong at Merryland Farm on April 4, registering a time of :14.00. Wilreign sold for $130,000 as a weanling, and is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Cajun Conquest.

Returning Workers

At Hollywood Park, Brave Alex (colt; Afleet Alex - Brave Deed by Alydeed) worked 1 furlong in :11.60.

Crimson Glory (filly; Ghostzapper - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag) worked on April 2, going 3 furlongs from the gate at Gulfstream, recording a time of :36.00.

Ghost Shadow (filly; Ghostzapper - Gracious Living by Pleasant Colony) went 3 furlongs at Hollywood Park in :36.60 on April 4.

Jill's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Southern Barfly by Southern Halo) went 2 furlongs at Gulfstream Park on April 1, in a time of 24.00.

King Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Santo Mio by Southern Halo) also worked 2 furlongs at Gulfstream Park in :24.00.

Maddie's Odyssey (filly; Kitten's Joy - Personal Odyssey by Lemon Drop Kid) worked 3 furlongs in :37.60 at Palm Meadows Training Center on April 3.

April 4 Results

Aegean Drowns the Russian Kitten

Russian Kitten (Kitten's Joy) broke in the air and spotted the rest of the field about 5 lengths quickly. She did catch up to the rest of the pack, but still finished 7th (last). Meanwhile, Aegean broke well and built up a nice lead. Midst made a bit of a run, but Aegean scampered away again. Wild Hare made a decent run late to get into third. She may be one to watch when the distances increase.

Russian Kitten Post Parade - photo by Anne M. Eberhardt
Russian Kitten going to the post.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt 

Russian Kitten first race April 4, 2009. Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt
Coming down the stretch
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Result: April 4, 2009
Keeneland Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Aegean $6.00
$3.60
$3.00
Midst  
$4.20
$3.80
Wild Hare  

$5.20

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Too Much Musket Man in Illinois Derby

As expected, Perfect Song (Pleasantly Perfect - Prospector's Song by Prospector's Music) set the early pace in the Illinois Derby (gr. II), with Al Khali (Medaglia d'Oro - Maya by Capote) securing a stalking position. But, they both weakened in the stretch, finishing 7th and 8th. Musket Man, who was the only graded winner in the field, remained the only graded winner, as he drew off in the stretch. Read more about the Illinois Derby here.

Snow Lass Takes One Hot Toddy in the Stonehedge Farm South

Snow Lass broke on top and never looked back in the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes. One Hot Toddy (Congaree) wasn't much involved, finishing 6th.

Other Results for April 4

In Speight of It (colt; Speightstown - Honest Deceiver by Is It True) was unhurried early, and came on late to finish 3rd in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Aqueduct. As expected, Despite the Odds (colt; Speightstown - Lady Aloma by Cozzene) was scratched.

Congar Light (filly; Congaree - Pyrite Dance by Dance Brightly) set the early pace in her Allowance race at Philadelphia Park, but weakened to 6th.

French Dip (filly; Speightstown - Mayo On the Side by French Deputy) led early, but tired late to finish 10th in her Allowance race at Keeneland. Greer Lynn (filly; Speightstown - Roll Over Baby by Rollin On Over) was also part of the pace early, but faded to 8th.

Pax (colt; Smarty Jones - Radiant Glow by War Chant) was in mid-pack in his Maiden Special Weight at Aqueduct, then gained some late to finish 3rd.

Just Right (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Slewvera by Seattle Slew) pulled out to a clear lead early in his Maiden Special Weight race at Keeneland, but was caught in the stretch. He ended up 5th.

Bella d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Rangoon Belle by Alysheba) looked poised to make an impact in her Maiden Special Weight on the hill at Santa Anita, but she lost momentum crossing the dirt and finished 7th.

It was a decent debut for Gato Roar (colt; Speightstown - Madame Roar by Roar) in his Maiden Special Weight race at Santa Anita. He stalked the early pace, but weakened late, finishing 6th.

Dr. Smarty Jack (colt; Smarty Jones - Hoh Buzzard (IRE) by Alhaarth (IRE)) was involved from the start in his Maiden Special Weight turf race at Gulfstream. It looked like he was going to get his maiden win, but Forest Bell kept coming, and Dr. Smarty Jack had to settle for 2nd. Dukes Alley (colt; Speightstown - Mount Hillaby by Colonial Affair) ducked out at the start, tracked the speed, and tired to 6th.

Kudos to the Birdstone fille, Normansbirdie, who took a mile Claiming race at Gulfstream Park.

Rachel Tries for a Fantasy

Just 4 brave enough to take on Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro - Lotta Kim by Roar) in the Fantasy (gr. II). Rachel is undefeated this year, with impressive wins in the Martha Washington Stakes and the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II). Overall, she has run 8 times, recording 5 wins and 2 seconds, with earnings of $471,440.

Just Jenda (Menifee - Liberty School by Pine Bluff), Afleet Deceit (Northern Afleet - Deceit by Danzig), and Bon Jovi Girl (Malibu Moon - Chipeta Springs by Alydar) finished 1-2-3 in the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) on March 15 at Oaklawn at a mile and a sixteenth. Just Jenda has 2 other stakes wins to her credit, the Tiffany Lass on January 10 at Fair Grounds, and the Brandywine Stakes on Philadelphia Park on November 28. She also finished 3rd in the Silverbulletday (gr. III) at Fair Grounds on February 7. Afleet Deceit was 2nd in the Martha Washington Stakes behind Rachel Alexandra. She also ran in the Arlington-Washington Lassie, finishing 4th behind C. S. Silk and Quite the Lady. Bon Jovi Girl has won 2 stakes races, both in 2008. She won the Fairway Stakes on September 13 and the Blue Hen Stakes on October 18. Both races were at Delaware Park. Overall, she has won 4 of her 8 starts.

The remaining filly is Cats (Storm Cat - Blissful by Mr. Prospector). She broke her maiden in her 6th and most recent race, on March 15 at Oaklawn. Cats sold for $875,000 as a yearling, and is out of a full-sister to Fusaichi Pegasus.

Also in Action April 5

Passum Pattie (filly; Peace Rules - Princess Patti by Polish Numbers) faces 7 in a 4.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Charles Town for 3-year olds and up, post time 3:48 PM ET. Passum Pattie has won 3 out of 6 starts, including a 4.5 Allowance race at Charles Town on February 5. In her last start, she was 6th in a 5.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Laurel on March 7.

Doo Woppa Do (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Doo Wop by Dynaformer) runs in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight contest for 3, 4, and 5-year olds, post time 4:50 PM ET. Doo Woppa Do has run three times. Her best finish was 6th, which she achieved in her most recent start on March 15 at Oaklawn, while running 6 furlongs.

Quick In Motion (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Trisha Quick by Deputy Minister), who has finished 2nd in her last two starts at Sunland Park, faces 11 in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight contest at that track. This is race 8, and post time is 5:50 PM ET.

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