Grand Times went to the lead and was soon several lengths best. Even Wilder and Low Country Man were the closest pursuers. Reserved in 4th early was Mission Impazible. Scottkeith'skitten (Kitten's Joy) broke a tad slowly, but secured a nice spot on the rail. He moved up to 4th, but lost some ground late to finish 5th. Meanwhile, Mission Impazible came running on the outside. Despite going a little irratically, he overtook Grand Times for the win. Watch the Replay.
Result: April 16, 2009
Keeneland Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
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Keeneland Race 1
The other 2-year old race on the April 16 card at Keeneland was taken by Western Smoke, a son of Smoke Glacken. The Limehouse son, Bigshot, finished 5th and the Peace Rules offspring, Honor in Peace was 3rd. Watch the Replay.
New Worker to this Blog
Frankie Cal (colt; Ghostzapper - Lady Shari by Judge T C) worked 4 furlongs on April 4 in :49.00, and 3 furlongs in :34.00 on April 11. Both works were at Keeneland. Frankie Cal sold for $75,000 at the Adena Springs 2-year olds in training sale in March. Frankie Cal is out of grade I winner Lady Shari. Lady Shari won 2 races at 2, including the Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-I). Overall, Lady Shari earned $593,916 in 21 starts. Frankie Cal is a half-brother to the 2-year old winner Soldier Sam.
Rock Hard Baby (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Bully's Del Mar by Notebook) worked 3 furlongs in :37.80 at Lone Star Park.
Kelly's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - No Deadline by Skywalker), Kera's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Mrs. K. by Dixieland Band), and William's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Blush by Menifee) zipped 3 furlongs in :35.80 at the Churchill Downs Training Center.
At Keeneland, Maddie's Odyssey (filly; Kitten's Joy - Personal Odyssey by Lemon Drop Kid) went 3 furlongs in :36.40.
Other Results for April 16
Artisan (filly; Smarty Jones - Alchemilla by Deputy Minister) continued the trend of Maiden Watch 3-year olds winning at big prices at Keeneland. She was near the back early on, then steadily began making up ground. She just nipped pacesetter Waccamaw by a nose at the wire, and paid $46.40. Watch the Replay.
Masqued Tsaar (colt; Saarland - Masquerade Star by Stalwart) was in about mid-pack early, and then weakened a bit to finish 6th in his Maiden Special Weight on the Atlantic City turf.
Long Live Dixie (filly; Peace Rules - Crafty Brat by Lucky Lionel) picked up her 3rd win, taking a Claiming race at Charles Town.
Entries April 17
Crema d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Courageous Maiden by Broad Brush) faces 5 in a mile Maiden Special Weight at Aqueduct, race 3. She'll break from the outside in this one at 1:58 PM ET. Crema d'Oro has run 3 times, most recently finishing 4th in a mile and 70 yard contest at Aqueduct on March 22.
Stakes winner Congo Kaye (filly; Congaree - Palau by Kingmambo) takes on 4 in a 1 1/16 mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the Golden Gate turf, race 2. Post time is 4:15 PM ET. Congo Kaye has been unplaced in three 2009 starts, after winning the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at 2. Maybe the switch to turf will change her fate.
Smart Justice (gelding; Smarty Jones - Sheza Honey by Honey Jay) goes on the Atlantic City turf in race 4, a 5.5 furlongs Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 5:00 PM ET. Smart Justice debuted on the Laurel turf on March 26, finishing 5th while running a mile and a sixteenth.
Illinois-bred Catalina Way (filly; Congaree - Sound of the West by West by West) debuts against her fellow Illinoians in a Maiden Special Weight at Hawthorne, race 7. She'll go 6 furlongs at 5:16 PM ET. Catalina Way is out of the winning mare Sound of the West, who has produced 2 winners including stakes winner Tinsel Time.
Jersey Town (colt; Speightstown - Jersey Girl by Belong to Me) makes his 2nd start, after breaking his maiden first time out on March 14 at Gulfstream Park. He'll face 10 in this mile Allowance race at Gulfstream Park, race 8. He breaks from the rail at approximately 4:43 PM ET.
Brazilionaire (colt; Congaree - Lady Siphonica by Siphon (BRZ)) goes 7 furlongs in Maiden Special Weight Company at Keeneland at 5:35 PM ET. He has the rail in this, race 10. Brazilionaire has run once, finishing 8th at Fair Grounds on March 13 while running 6 furlongs.