Al Khali's Mythical Power at Stake

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Gray Flash (Afleet Alex) was scratched from her race at Calder. I guess 6 days was a little quick for her return. This was actually an interesting 2-year old race, because for a change the first one out of the gate was not the winner. Yogi's Valentine and Grandma Me Too dueled early, with Yogi's Valentine establishing a clear lead. Angela's Ray, who hopped at the start, began to roll late and swept by the pacesetter for the win. Also closing ground late was Lynn's Princess, who took 2nd. Watch the Replay.

Results May 8

Casa d'Oro (gelding; Medaglia d'Oro - Six Pack Sally by Tale of the Cat) was in a good stalking position early, but flattened out to finish 5th in his Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs.

Congaree Park (colt; Congaree - King's Daughter by Ferdinand) weakened late, and Free Beer (gelding; Medaglia d'Oro - P J Floral by Baldski) made a bit of a run as they finished together in 4th and 5th at Hollywood Park. Watch the Replay.

Races 6-10 at Churchill Downs were canceled because of inclement weather (which is an understatement, it was more like all hell was breaking loose), so Cedros (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Wayward Bound by Mr. Prospector) will have to wait another day to make his debut.

Al Khali Looks to Fly in the Peter Pan

May 9, 2009
Belmont Park Race 9
Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II)
1 1/8 miles
3-year olds
Post Time: 5:17 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Stately Character
2. Hello Broadway
3. Charitable Man
4. Brave Victory
5. Scorewithcater
6. Imperial Council
7. Al Khali

Al Khali (Medaglia d'Oro - Maya by Capote) is back for another stakes try, after finishing 8th last time out in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne on April 4 behind Musket Man. He was in a good position early in that one, before faltering late. In his only other start in this country, Al Khali won a mile and an eighth Allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 6. As a 2-year old, Al Khali ran in Peru, winning 2 and finishing second once.

Finishing second in Al Khali's Allowance win at Gulfstream was Stately Character (Pleasant Tap - London Valley by Fast Play). Stately Character then ran in the Florida Derby, finishing 4th behind Quality Road and Dunkirk. As a 2-year old, Stately Character won the Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

Scorewithcater (Even the Score - Runaway Cater by Runaway Groom) won the Borderland Derby on February 28, and finished 3rd in the Sunland Derby on March 29. In both races, he defeated eventual Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Overall, Scorewithcater has run 9 times, with 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third.

The only horse coming into the race off a victory is Hello Broadway (Broken Vow - Nightstorm by Storm Cat), who won a mile and a sixteenth Allowance race at Keeneland on April 10, going gate-to-wire. He earlier had broken his maiden in his debut on August 30 at Saratoga. In between those two starts, he ran exclusively in graded stakes. In those 4 starts, his best finish was 2nd, which he achieved both in the Nashua (gr. III) on November 2 and in the Hutcheson (gr. II) on January 30. Hello Broadway also finished 7th in Musket Man's Tampa Bay Derby.

Charitable Man (Lemon Drop Kid - Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado) won two straight as a 2-year old, including the Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont. He returned after a long layoff, to finish 7th in General Quarters' Blue Grass Stakes on April 11.

Imperial Council (Empire Maker - Jaramar Rain by Thunder Gulch) made a lot of Derby lists after a second-place finish in the Gotham Stakes behind I Want Revenge, but he couldn't duplicate that performance in the Wood. In that race, he finished 5th, after being closer to the pace early. Interestingly, Imperial Council finished 2nd in his debut behind Hello Broadway.

Brave Victory (Lion Heart - I'm In Celebration by Copelan) last ran on April 18 at Keeneland, where he finished 7th in the Lexington (gr. II) behind Advice. His immediate previous start was a 4th in the Swale (gr. II) behind This Ones for Phil and Big Drama. He has two wins in his career, a Maiden victory and an Allowance.

Read more about the Peter Pan here.

Another Derby for Maiden Watch?

May 9, 2009
Lone Star Park Race 10
Lone Star Derby (gr. III)
1 1/16 miles
3-year olds
Post Time: 6:47 PM ET

P Horse
1. Galloping Gulch
2. Cape Truth
3. Uno Mas
4. Red Lead
5. Mayor Marv
6. Dumar
7. Mythical Power

Last time out, Mythical Power (Congaree - School for Scandal by Is It True) finished 2nd in the Sunland Derby on March 29 at Sunland, in front of future Derby winner Mine That Bird. It was his first stakes try. Mythical Power had made three previous starts, breaking his maiden in his third start on March 6 at Santa Anita. In his brief career, Mythical Power has shown the versatility to go to the front or lay off the pace.

Dumar (Maria's Mon - Mispillion by Deputy Minister) and Mayor Marv also last ran in the Sunland Derby. Dumar closed to 6th, and Mayor Marv faded to 11th after being on the lead. Dumar also ran in the Borderland Derby at Sunland, finishing 5th, and in the Risen Star (gr. III) on February 7. Overall, he's won 2 races and finished 3rd once in seven starts. Mayor Marv won the Turf Paradise Derby in his only other stakes try, going gate-to-wire. It took Mayor Marv six tries to break his maiden, but he did keep good company, finishing behind The Pamplemousse and Papa Clem, and in front of Mr. Hot Stuff.

Uno Mas (Macho Uno - Queen Majesty by Regal Classic) finished 3rd in the Risen Star in front of Dumar. He was also 4th in the Lecomte (gr. III) and 7th in the Louisiana Derby (gr. III). Most recently, he was 2nd in the Northern Spur at Oaklawn Park on April 11. He also defeated Friesan Fire in an Allowance race back on December 18.

Cape Truth (Cape Town - Truth Above All by Far North) was a debut winner on February 13 at Santa Anita, in a race in which Mythical Power was 2nd. Cape Truth then finished 6th in the Pasadena Stakes on the Santa Anita turf on March 15. Most recently, he won a mile and a sixteenth Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Hollywood Park on April 26.

Galloping Gulch (Gulch - Regala di Trieste by Old Trieste) and Red Lead (Red Bullet - Upside by Unaccounted For) met on April 24 in a mile Allowance race at Lone Star Park. Galloping Gulch was the winner, and Red Lead finished 2nd. Galloping Gulch broke his maiden in his third start, a 6.5 furlong contest at Sunland Park on January 27. He also ran 2nd in an Allowance race at Sunland on March 29. Red Lead won his only other start, a 6 furlong Maiden race at Will Rogers Downs on March 24.

Read more about the Lone Star Derby here.

Other Entries May 9

Stones Throw (colt; Birdstone - Twinkler by Benny the Dip) faces 3-year olds and up in a mile Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth Park, race 5. He'll break from post 4 at approximately 2:50 PM ET. Stones Throw has run 3 times, finishing 2nd twice, including in his most recent start on April 20 at Philadelphia Park.

French Dip (filly; Speightstown - Mayo On the Side by French Deputy), River Fancy (filly; Congaree - Go Baby Go (IRE) by Lion Cavern), and Chattertown (filly; Speightstown - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) meet in a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Delaware Park, race 6. Post time is 3:30 PM ET. French Dip has run 3 times, registering one win and one second. She most recently finished 10th in a 7 furlong Allowance race at Keeneland on April 4. River Fancy has made 6 starts, with 2 wins and a third. She won a 5.5 furlong Claiming race at Gulfstream Park on March 1, in her last start. Stakes-placed Chattertown has won once and placed 2nd three times in her 7 starts. She finished 6th in her last start, on April 7 at Philadelphia Park.

Wiggle and a Wink (filly; Congaree - Friendofthefamily by Wild Rush) takes on 8 in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Woodbine for 3-year olds and up. Carded as race 7, this one has a post of 3:53 PM ET. Wiggle and a Wink finished 2nd in her most recent start, a 6.5 furlong contest at Woodbine on April 19.

Ricoriatoa (colt; Smarty Jones - Lovely Regina by Deputy Minister), Cabaret Cowboy (colt; Speightstown - Pent Up Kiss by Pentelicus), and Pax (colt; Smarty Jones - Radiant Glow by War Chant) take on each other and 7 others in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Belmont, race 7. Post times is 4:12 PM ET. Ricoriatoa has run twice and finished third once. Most recently, he was 7th in a 7 furlong contest at Santa Anita on March 21. Cabaret Cowboy is making his 3-year old debut. Last year, he ran three times, finishing 2nd twice. Pax has made 2 starts, both in 2009. He finished 3rd on April 4 at Aqueduct, his most recent start.

Arcodoro (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Northern Gulch by Gulch) and Speight the Halo (colt; Speightstown - Ballado's Halo by Saint Ballado) face off in a 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Hollywood Park, race 2. Post time is 4:30 PM ET for this 6 horse race. Arcodoro has run twice without placing, both starts in 2009. In his most recent start, he was 5th at Santa Anita while running a mile. Speight the Halo returned from a long layoff to run third at Santa Anita on April 18 at 6.5 furlongs. Overall, he has run 4 times, finishing 2nd twice and third once.

Unraced Sensational Gold (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Flowing Melody by Eternal Prince) is entered in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Arlington Park, post time 4:54 PM ET. She'll break from post 4 in race 7. Sensational Gold sold for $50,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the debut winning mare Flowing Melody. Flowing Melody has produced 10 winners, including stakes winners Lambana, Tizzy's Tune, and Harlan's Song.

Sarah Cataldo (filly; Smarty Jones - Mescalina by Smarten) faces winners for the first time, after taking her debut on April 1 at Laurel. This time, she'll go 5 furlongs in an Allowance race at Pimlico, race 9. Post time is 4:55 PM ET.

Double Espresso (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Second Strike by Fast Play) faces 7 in a 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs, race 9. Post time is 4:59 PM ET for this contest for 3-year olds and up. Double Espresso finished 3rd in her only start, a 6 furlong contest at Keeneland on April 22.

Elmfield Boy (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Lemon Dove by Forty Niner) makes his first U.S. start and his first start of 2009, running in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs, race 8. Post time is 8:25 PM ET. Elmfield Boy ran once as a 2-year old, winning a 6 furlong contest on June 28. Elmfield Boy has been working in America since December.

Tannic (gelding; Saarland - Poetic Image by Perrault (GB)) goes in race 7 at Prairie Meadows, a mile Maiden Special Weight for 3, 4, and 5-year olds. He'll break from post 6 at around 10:11 PM ET.

New Worker

Unprecedented (colt; Saint Liam - Desert View (GB) by Sadler's Wells) worked 3 furlongs on a muddy track at Aqueduct on May 8, in a time of :37.56. Stakes-placed Desert View, dam of Unprecedented, won her 2nd start at 2. Desert View is also a half-sister to grade III winner Officer Rocket.

Returning Workers

May 8

Playful Pussycat (filly; Kitten's Joy - Feisty Ferdinand by Ferdinand) worked at Woodbine, going 3 furlongs in :37.00.

Doubles Partner (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Serena's Sister by Rahy) went 3 furlongs at Keeneland in :36.00.

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