An Oaks and a Derby winner? The 2009 Maiden Watch first-crop stallions sure have a lot to live up to.
Not much I can add to the Mine That Bird story, except my congratulations to him and all of his connections. I'm sure we've all seen the replay, but it doesn't get old. Summer Bird ran a credible race as well, checking in at 6th. One difference between Mine That Bird and Summer Bird, is that Mine That Bird had the rail and Summer Bird went 7-wide. Mine That Bird's connections seem indecisive about the Preakness, but they'll probably go. Summer Bird will wait for the Belmont. Both colts are better suited to the Belmont, but Mine That Bird has shown the flashes of speed that will help at Pimlico.
I thought it would be interesting to look back at my comments from Mine That Bird's debut, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight contest on July 20 at Woodbine, in which he finished 5th: "Our other runner, Mine That Bird (Birdstone) had no early
speed, but he did pass 3 horses in the stretch to pick up 5th. Experience and
distance may help this one." Incidentally, the winner of that one was the Congaree colt Oconee, who later ran second (behind Mine That Bird) in the Silver Deputy. Mine That Bird dropped into the claiming ranks in his next start on August 4 and got the win, wearing down the leaders late. He paid $20.20. I remember at the time thinking that was a generous payoff!
No Honor for Gray Flash
(Afleet Alex) stumbled at the start and that was pretty much end of story for her (remember this was a 2 furlong race). Throw this one out. Wildcat Honor
bumped with Salute to Her
at the start, but soon Wildcat Honor was on the lead. She Is Gibson
, the two experienced fillies, chased gamely, but couldn't catch Wildcat Honor who became the 3rd winner for her sire, Wildcat Heir.
Watch the Replay
Result: May 2, 2009
Calder Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
|She Is Gibson
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Richie Girl, She's a Fleet
Wildcat Heir's 4th winner came in our other race, as Richiegirlgonewild
was an impressive 4 length winner. That's a big margin for a 2 furlong race. She was in control from the first jump. Sister Sister
battled it out for place. She's a Fleet
, went off as the favorite, but started slowly and finished 5th. Watch the Replay
Result: May 2, 2009
Arlington Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
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It's an understatement to say that I am behind in updating results, so I'll just hit the highlights. First, the other stakes on Derby Day. Saarlight (Saarland) looked like a winner in the Nassau County at Belmont, but Flashing came back on her and got the win. Saarlight settled for 2nd. Cassidys Pride (Medaglia d'Oro) finished 3rd in the Snurb Stakes. Tone It Down (Medaglia d'Oro) was 3rd, and Rule of Motion (Peace Rules) finished 8th in the Tesio Stakes at Pimlico. C. S. Silk (Medaglia d'Oro) was 5th in the Eight Belles. On Sunday, May 3, Mullins Beach (Speightstown) finished 3rd in the Fury Stakes at Woodbine, and Frosty Diamond (Medaglia d'Oro) was 3rd in the Naked Greed Stakes at Calder.
Me You and Her (Smarty Jones) took her third straight, a mile and 70 yard Starter Allowance at Philadelphia Park on May 2.
Jersey Town (Speightstown) is now 2 for 2, after winning a Starter Allowance at Belmont Park on May 3.
Hug It Out (Medaglia d'Oro) took a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Arlington Park on May 3.
Saarcasticly (Saarland) scored on April 30 at Penn National.
Senor Fuego (Speightstown) was a debut winner in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs on May 1.
Bosco Rules (Peace Rules) took a mile and a sixteenth contest at Arlington Park on May 1.
Runningforspeight (Speightstown) was a winner by 8 at Thistledown on May 1.
Kiddari (Smarty Jones) took an off the turf contest reduced to 4 entries on May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Barrichello (Speightstown) was a winner at Woodbine on May 2.
No, that is not a misprint. I received notice on May 2 for a workout from April 1 for Quechee (colt; Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) of 3 furlongs in :38.60 at Vinery Stable. Quechee is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Auction Watch.
Sweet Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Sweet Kassidy by Saint Ballado) worked 2 furlongs at Camarero Race Track in :24.00. Sweet Kitten is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Sweet Kassidy. Sweet Kassidy did not run at 2, but she did win her debut at 3. Sweet Kassidy is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Utravase.
Quick Kid (colt; Ghostzapper - Perfect Sting by Red Ransom) worked 2 furlongs in :26.10 at Adena Springs. Champion Perfect Sting, dam of Quick Kid, earned $2,202,042 in a 21 race career. She was also a debut winner at 2 and won the Green River Stakes that year. Perfect Sting has produced the winner Perfect Bullet, who has earned $101,542 through 2009.
Feather Nestin' (filly; Saint Liam - Prairie Princess by Rocky Mountain) worked at Belmont Park, going 3 furlongs in :39.96. Grade III winner Prairie Princes won 3 races at 2, including the Miesque Stakes. She has produced the winner Back to Mandalay.
In the Crosshairs (colt; Afleet Alex - Parisian Deputy by French Deputy) worked 1 furlong at the Pegasus Thoroughbred Training Center, recording a time of :13.80. In the Crosshairs was a $135,000 yearling, and is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Parisian Deputy, who was a winner at 2. Parisian Deputy's first foal is the winning Medaglia d'Oro colt, Anaan.
At Keeneland, Doubles Partner (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Serena's Sister by Rahy) worked 3 furlongs in :35.60. Doubles Partner sold for $450,000 as a yearling. His dam, Serena's Sister, is a full-sister to champion Serena's Song. Serena's Sister has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Stormy Venus.
Baby Afleet (colt; Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic) worked 3 furlongs in :38.60 at Keeneland. Stakes-placed Dancen in the Sun, dam of Baby Afleet, has produced one winner from one to run.
Fox Hunt (filly; Saint Liam - Zorra by Silent Fox) worked 3 furlongs in :39.60 at Monmouth Park. Fox Hunt is out of stakes-placed Zorra. Zorra has produced 3 winners.