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Payton Becomes a Stakes Winner in an Instant

Mindy Sue (Pleasantly Perfect) and Belong Again dueled early, with Payton d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) sitting just off the pace. She came running on the outside in the stretch and glided to the lead. She continued to widen her advantage to win by better than 4. Another impressive stakes winning filly for Medaglia d'Oro. Mindy Sue had no answer Payton d'Oro, but she kept a clear advantage on the rest of the field. If Mindy Sue could break away from these Medaglia d'Oro fillies, she should win a few herself. Watch the Replay.

Result: April 11, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 7
Instant Racing Stakes

Payton d'Oro $5.00
Mindy Sue  
Peach Brew  


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Brother Terry Runsforspeight

Brother Terry took the lead out of the gate, with Mr. Shoe Fly Pie and Runningforspeight (Speightstown) chasing. Mr. Shoe Fly Pie weakened, but Runningforspeight kept after Brother Terry. Runningforspeight got closer and closer to Brother Terry, but he couldn't get by him and ended up 2nd. Watch the Replay.

Result: April 11, 2009
Beulah Park Race 6
Howard B. Noonan Stakes

Brother Terry $7.80
Mr. Shoe Fly Pie  


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Summer Bird - From Maiden Winner to Graded Stakes Placed

Old Fashioned settled into the lead, pursued by Ziegfeld and Danger to Society. Flat Out also took a run at him. Papa Clem was reserved in mid-pack. Old Fashioned shook free of his pursuers, but couldn't hold off the closing kick of Papa Clem. Summer Bird (Birdstone) was off slow and settled at the back of the pack. He made his move wide and quickly began picking up positions. He moved into third and was getting to the top 2 when the wire came. He galloped out strongly, passing both Papa Clem and Old Fashioned. I know that some will be disappointed that Summer Bird will probably not make the Derby field, but personally I can't wait to see him on those wide turns at Belmont. Watch the Replay.

Read more about the Arkansas Derby here.

Result: April 11, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 11
Arkansas Derby

Papa Clem $10.00
Old Fashioned  
Summer Bird  


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Dance Caller Outruns Fufty Too and Anaan

Dance Caller made the early pace, but he was closely followed by Fufty Too (Speightstown). They stayed that way for much of the race. It seemed as though Fufty Too would catch Dance Caller at any moment, but that one managed to stay a step ahead. Big favorite Uno Mas was on the scene late to snatch second from Fufty Too. Also making a nice late move was Anaan (Medaglia d'Oro). He was off slowly and stayed near the back for 6 furlongs, before closing well to pick up 5th. Watch the Replay.

Result: April 11, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 9
Northern Spur Stakes

Dance Caller $18.60
Uno Mas  
Fufty Too  


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Other Results for April 11

Ritzy Jones (colt; Smarty Jones - So Ritzy by Darn That Alarm) was never far off the pace, rallied on the outside, and won by 6 to break his maiden on a sloppy Philadelphia Park track. Watch the Replay.

Me You and Her (filly; Smarty Jones - Toi Et Moi by Deputy Minister) was off the pace early, moved even with the leaders, and then drew clear by better than 6 to pick up her 2nd win. Watch the Replay.

Light Green (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Green Light by Sheikh Albadou (GB)) also picked up her 2nd win, breaking on top and never looking back in her Allowance race at Gulfstream. The final margin was better than 6. Smarty Bull (filly; Smarty Jones - Bam Bam Bull by Holy Bull) was off a bit slow, made up some ground, but faded to 10th. Watch the Replay.

Dark Starlet (filly; Speightstown - Flowers and Vines by Blushing John) debuted nicely at Gulfstream Park. She started slowly and then rallied, pulling away to a better than 2 length win. Watch the Replay.

Esperanza d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Seasonal by Deputy Minister) took the lead late in her Allowance race at Keeneland, but couldn't hold off the favorite Song of Solomon, who got her head in front. Our other runner in this one, Tasty Temptation (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Parisia by Tethra), finished well in 5th. Watch the Replay.

Himynameissarah (filly; Saarland - Pacific Island by Grand Slam) settled off the pace, came wide in the stretch, but had to settle for 2nd in her Allowance race at Will Rogers Downs.

Oriental Sunshine (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Kristi's Sunshine by Miswaki) finished 4th in her Allowance race at Mountaineer.

Driven by Saarland (gelding; Saarland - Country Penny by Country Pine) pressed the early pace and then faded to 6th in his Maiden Special Weight race at muddy Aqueduct. The winner was Dubinsky. Watch the Replay.

Ride a Wave (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Breakwater by Boundary) raced evenly in her Maiden Special Weight at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing 5th.

Heroism (gelding; Speightstown - Her She Shawklit by Air Forbes Won) finished 7th in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Golden Gate.

Pick's Express (colt; Speightstown - Program Pick by Peterhof) chased the pace in his Allowance race at Gulfstream, then faded to 6th.

Boomtown (colt; Speightstown - Day Lily by A. P. Indy) trailed throughout in his debut at Turf Paradise, but he did make up some ground late.

Entries April 12

Exclusively Mine (colt; Saarland - Jingle Berry by Two Punch) faces a full field in a Maiden Special Weight at a mile and a sixteenth on the Gulfstream turf, race 9. Post time is 5:14 PM ET. Exclusively Mine has made 2 starts, both on the Gulfstream turf, finishing 4th on January 22, and 12th on February 8.

Cantankerous Clyde (gelding; Peace Rules - Justforthegirls by Slew Gin Fizz), who broke his maiden last time out at Golden Gate on March 12, faces 5 in a mile and a sixteenth turf Allowance/Optional Claiming race at that track. He will break from post 5 in this one, race 8, which has a post time of 7:15 PM ET.

New Workers to this Blog

She Power (filly; Afleet Alex - Boogie Beach Blues by Cure the Blues) worked 2 furlongs in :27.00 at Crupi's New Castle Farm, Inc. She Power sold for for $37,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Storm Treasure. Storm Treasure was a winner at 2, and has earned $679,394 through 2009. He finished 6th in the Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) on April 11 at Keeneland. 

Returning Workers

April 11

Brave Alex (colt; Afleet Alex - Brave Deed by Alydeed) worked 2 furlongs at Hollywood Park in :23.60.

Working 3 furlongs from the gate at Calder was Gray Flash (filly; Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat), who recorded a time of :35.60.

Going 3 furlongs from the gate at Keeneland was Crimson Glory (filly; Ghostzapper - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag), who went in :34.00.

Ghost Shadow (filly; Ghostzapper - Gracious Living by Pleasant Colony) went 3 furlongs from the gate at Hollywood Park in a time of :33.80.

Saintly Ways (filly; Saint Liam - Visual Art by Deputy Minister) worked 3 furlongs at Churchill Downs in :38.00.

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