Eze Does It will be Really Grand

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Maddie's Odyssey is Decelerated

Maddie's Odyssey (Kitten's Joy) was off slowly, and continued to lose ground, finding herself at the back. She did show a little pickup late, to almost catch the next to last horse. A better start and more distant should help her cause. However, despite Maddie's Odyssey's performance, this was a nice race. Favorite Hot Dixie Chick broke on top, but she was closely attended by Proud Zoe. Hot Dixie Chick finally shook off her rival in the stretch, but she had no time to rest. Decelerator, who had been waiting back in third, came rolling on the outside and got by the front-runner. I believe this is 1993 2-year old champion Dehere's first crop since returning to America. Looks like he has a nice one here. Watch the Replay.

Result: May 14, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Decelerator $12.20
Hot Dixie Chick  
Proud Zoe  

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Other Results May 14

Although it was a Maiden Claiming contest (but with a claim price of $32,000), must mention Smart Sugar's (filly; Smarty Jones - Ashraaf by Deputy Minister) nose victory at Golden Gate. Watch the Replay.

Also winning a Maiden Claiming race was Lady Bradbury (filly; Congaree - Boardwalk Baby by Gilded Time), who did her running at Hollywood Park. Watch the Replay.

Catalina Way (filly; Congaree - Sound of the West by West by West) was in good position early in her Maiden Special Weight at Arlington, but she was swallowed up late to finish 6th. Watch the Replay.

Palin (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - La Alleged by Alleged) could have gotten into her Maiden Special Weight race at Churchill Downs, as it was taken off the turf and reduced to a field of four. But, her connections wanted to wait for turf, so they'll try again Friday.

On the other hand, race 8, an Allowance/Optional Claiming race, stayed on the turf at Belmont, so MTO Pitched Perfectly (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister) was scratched.

Eze Does It will be Really Grand in the Empire of the Sun

May 15, 2009
Golden Gate Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

4 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 5:45 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Empire of the Sun
2. Decatur Island
3. Really Grand
4. Barrel Knot
5. Club Benfica
6. Eze Does It

Eze Does It (gelding; Afleet Alex - Eze by Williamstown) is the third runner for Afleet Alex. The first two, Gray Flash and She's a Fleet both started slowly and spotted the field too many lengths. Let's hope for a better start from Eze Does It. Afleet Alex won or placed in 4 graded stakes as a 2-year old. Overall, Afleet Alex earned $2,765,800 and was Champion 3-year old colt for 2005. Eze Does It sold for $50,000 as a 2-year old in training, and is out of grade III winner Eze. Eze earned $170,514 in a 17 race career. She has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including stakes winner He's Eze. Eze Does It has worked 5 times to prepare for his debut, including a 5 furlong work from the gate in 1:01.80 at San Luis Rey on May 7.

Empire of the Sun (Emeritus - How Sweet It Tizz by Cee's Tizzy), Club Benfica (Lost Soldier - Sassy Synner by Synastry), Really Grand (For Really - Grand Sequoia by Jerrio), and Barrel Knot (Freespool - Benedictine by Bien Bien) met in a 4 furlong race at Golden Gate on May 1, with Empire of the Sun 2nd, Club Benfica 3rd, Really Grand 4th, and Barrel Knot 5th. Empire of the Sun is one of two registered foals, and the only one named, in the first crop of his sire Emeritus, a son of Holy Bull. Emeritus was unplaced in his only start. He is a half-brother to grade II winner St Averil. Club Benfica had previously run on April 17 at Golden Gate, finishing 4th. He is out of the winning mare Sassy Synner. Sassy Synner has produced 4 winners, including stakes winners Winter Warning, Synnin and Grinnin and Sassy Blend. Sassy Blend was a debut winner at 2. Really Grand is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Grand Sequoia. Grand Sequoia is a half-sister to three winners. Barrel Knot is a half-brother to 2 winners, one of which won at 2.

The only other unraced entrant is Decatur Island (Mr. Greeley - Marina de Chavon by Exploit), who sold for $190,000 as a yearling. Stakes winner Marina de Chavon, dam of Decatur Island, won 2 races at 2, including the Brave Raj Stakes. Overall, she earned $159,515.

Stakes Entries May 15

Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Three Maiden Watch runners try the 1 1/8 mile Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II), the feature on Pimlico's Friday card, Payton d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Jealous and Jaded by Jade Hunter), Stone Legacy (Birdstone - Gulch Legacy by Gulch), and Renda (Medaglia d'Oro - Ten Carats by Capote). Payton d'Oro and Stone Legacy have met before, in a mile Allowance race at Oaklawn Park on March 1. Payton d'Oro was the winner and Stone Legacy was 2nd in that one. Payton d'Oro has won three in a row, all at a mile. Most recently, she took the Instant Racing Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 11. Stone Legacy is most famous for finishing 2nd in Rachel Alexandra's amazing Oaks triumph. In her only other stakes try, Stone Legacy was 5th in the Bourbonette (gr. III) on March 21 at Turfway Park. She is the only Oaks participant to return in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Renda won 2 stakes at 2, the Junior Champion Stakes and the Brave Raj Stakes, before ending the year with a 10th place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. This year, she was 2nd in the Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) on January 30, and 4th in the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II). Don't forget to play the Maiden Watch Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double - Payton d'Oro/Stone Legacy/Renda with Mine That Bird/Tone It Down/Rachel Alexandra. It worked last time!

The 2nd place finisher in the Davona Dale Stakes was Casanova Move (Langfuhr - Casanova Junction by Pleasant Colony), who is the likely favorite in the Black-Eyed Susan. The morning-line favorite, Hooh Why (Cloud Hopping - Magic Merger by Corporate Report), is reportedly scratching out of the race. Casanova Move has yet to win a stakes, but she finished 2nd twice to Justwhistledixie in two grade II events, the Davona Dale and the Bonnie Miss on March 27 at Gulfstream. That race was a mile and an eighth, the same distance as the Black-Eyed Susan.

Don't Forget Gil (Kafwain - Livermore Leslie by Mt. Livermore) most recently finished 2nd in the Comely (gr. II) at a mile. In her previous start, she won the mile and a sixteenth Florida Oaks (gr. III). This year, she has also finished 3rd in both the Suncoast Stakes and the Busanda Stakes. As a 2-year old, Don't Forget Gil took the East View Stakes for New York-breds.

Last year, Bon Jovi Girl (Malibu Moon - Chipeta Springs by Alydar) won the Fairway and Blue Hen Stakes, both at a mile and a sixteenth. She also finished 4th in the Alcibiades (gr. I). She began this year by winning an Allowance/Optional Claiming race on February 26 at Oaklawn, and has since finished 3rd in the Honeybee (gr. III) and 4th in the Fantasy (gr. II). Both of those races were at a mile and a sixteenth at Oaklawn.

Stage Trick (Distorted Humor - Engaging by Private Account) broke her maiden in her third start, a mile contest at Gulfstream on February 1. She then finished 4th in an Allowance race at Gulfstream on March 8, and won an Allowance race at Philadelphia Park on April 4 while running a mile and 70 yards.

Combinate (Volponi - Lunar Antics by Hay Halo) has only a maiden win to her credit. That win came in her third start, a mile and a sixteenth race at Laurel on October 15. That was her last race of 2008. This year, she has finished second twice in Allowance company, on February 21 at a mile at Laurel, and on April 18 at a mile and a sixteenth at Penn National.

Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes

Immediately preceeding the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is the 6 furlong Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes, which includes Cinderella's Wish (Speightstown - Godmother by Show'em Slew). Cinderella's Wish is undeafeated in two starts, including an eight length Allowance triumph on April 26 at Pimlico, but this will be her first stakes try. Both of her wins have come at the 6 furlong distance. She came from off the pace first time out, and went gate-to-wire in her second start.

Snow Lass (Stormy Atlantic - Keri's Snowman by Frosty the Snowman) is also undefeated, having run three times. She has shown speed in all three triumphs, including the restricted 7 furlong Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes on April 4 at Tampa Bay Downs.

Heart Ashley (Lion Heart - Pretty 'n Smart by Charge d'Affaires) is 2 for 2 this year, including a victory in the 6 furlong Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct on March 14. Overall, she has run 5 times, winning three times and finishing second twice.

Mani Bhavan (Storm Boot - Rehear by Coronado's Quest) won 3 straight races at 2, including the Spinaway (gr. I) and the Adirondack (gr. II), before finishing the year with a 7th in the Alcibiades (gr. I). She has not run since then, but she has been working since early March.

Bold Union (Dixie Union - Bold World by Fortunate Prospect) and Miss Ocean City (Mineshaft - Madam Lagonza by Kingmambo) met in the 6.5 furlong Lucky Lavender Gal Stakes on April 9 at Aqueduct. Bold Union won that race and Miss Ocean City finished 5th. That was Bold Union's 3-year old debut. As a 2-year old, she won her debut by better than 10 lengths and then won the Astoria Stakes. She then finished 4th in both the Adirondack (behind Mani Bhavan) and in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. Miss Ocean City also won her first start at 2. She then finished 6th in the Matron (gr. II) and 9th in the Frizette (gr. I). In her only other start this year, she was 6th in the Florida Oaks on March 14.

Gatorette (Distorted Humor - Gigi's Skyflyer by Skywalker), who did not run at 2, won her first two starts by better than 7 lengths. She then ran in the mile and an eighth Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II), finishing 5th.

Trophy Collector (Strong Hope - Silent Greeting by Secret Hello) has won twice and finished second twice in her 4 starts, but this is her first stakes try. Her most recent race was a better than 6 length triumph in a 7 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race on March 25 at Laurel.

Snow Lass, Gatorette, and Bold Union are also entered in the Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth on Saturday. 

Hilltop Stakes

The race after the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is the Hilltop Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth on the Pimlico turf, featuring Saar Treaty (Saarland - Top of the Noggin by Chief's Crown). Saar Treaty has won her last two, but those were both off-the-turf Allowance races. However, as a 2-year old, she broke her maiden at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, and then finished 2nd in the Missy Moo I Love You Stakes also on the turf. This year, she was 10th on the turf in both the Sweetest Chant Stakes and the Coconut Grove Stakes, but that was before her 2 race win streak.

Blind Date (Not For Love - Snit by Fit to Fight) has won 3 of 4 starts, including her last two. Her most victory came in the HookedontheFeelin Stakes at 5 furlongs on the Pimlico turf on April 18. That was her only race as a 3-year old. At 2, she finished 3rd in the Maryland Million Lassie Stakes.

Seminole Lass (Indian Charlie - Inside Emotion by Miswaki) was 2nd in the Boynton Beach Stakes at a mile on the turf, in her most recent start. Her only other stakes attempt came last year, when she was 8th in the Caressing Stakes on the Churchill Downs turf. Overall, she has run 9 times, including 6 starts on the turf. She has 2 wins and 2 seconds to her credit. Both of her wins were on the turf, including one at a mile.

Oro Blanco (Hold for Gold - White Angelica by Quiet American) has run 9 times, including 6 stakes starts. She won the Island Fashion stakes at a mile on the Sunland Park dirt on March 1. She also finished 3rd in the Oak Leaf (gr. I) on September 27 while still a maiden, and 3rd in the California Oaks on January 31. Her only turf try was a 4th in the Blue Norther Stakes at 2. That race was at a mile.

Glamorous Gal (Soto - Hitaway by Quiet American) won her 2nd start, which was at 5 furlongs on the turf at Colonial Downs, and then took the 5.5 furlong Tippett Stakes on that same turf track. She then finished 4th in the Junior Champion Stakes on the dirt, and 9th in the Jessamine Stakes on the Keeneland turf. This will be her first start at 3.

Listentothewindblo (Partner's Hero - Star Kell by Star de Naskra) won her last start, a mile and a sixteenth Allowance race at Pimlico that was taken off the turf. Her previous stakes experience was a 5th in both the Wide Country Stakes on March 7 at Laurel, and in the Dearly Precious Stakes at Aqueduct on February 14. She has never run on the grass.

Heckuva Hunter (Lion Heart - Catch a Glimpse by Gulch) and Classic Art (Fusaichi Pegasus - Cryptos' Best by Cryptoclearance) met in a mile and a sixteenth Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Laurel on April 8. Heckuva Hunter won the race and Classic Art was 2nd. Heckuva Hunter broke her maiden in her first race of this year on January 9, at a mile at Laurel, after finishing 2nd once and 3rd once in 5 starts at 2. After breaking her maiden, she tried stakes company, finishing 6th in the Wistful Stakes at Aqueduct on February 1. Heckuva Hunter has no turf experience. Classic Art has won 4 out of 8 starts in her career, including a mile and a eight Allowance race at Charles Town on April 30. Her only turf attempt was in her debut, a 5.5 furlong Maiden contest at Laurel on October 22, in which she finished 8th.

Rena (More Than Ready - Page Dancer by Hennessy) has run twice in her career, both times on the Gulfstream turf. She was 4th at 5 furlongs on March 15, and victorious at a mile and a sixteenth on April 15.

Calm Bay (Stormy Atlantic - Falling Leaves by Deputy Minister), part of an entry with Classic Art, has only run once, on April 25 at Pimlico. She was victorious in that mile turf contest.

Fall Aspen Stakes

Light Green (Pleasantly Perfect - Green Light by Sheikh Albadou (GB)) makes her stakes debut in the 6 furlong Fall Aspen Stakes at Belmont Park. Light Green ran twice last year, finishing 2nd in her debut on July 16 at Belmont, and 3rd on August 16 at Saratoga. This year, she has run 3 times. She broke her maiden on January 4 at 6 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, and then ran 2nd in a 6.5 furlong Allowance race at that track on February 15. Most recently, she won a 6 furlong Gulfstream Park Allowance on April 11 by better than 6. Her best races have come when she's on the pace. Light Green is also entered in the 6 furlong Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth on Saturday, May 16.

Doremifasollatido (Bernstein - Consider It Done by Green Dancer) is a name from the past. She broke her maiden in her 2nd start on July 4 at Belmont, and then finished 2nd in the Adirondack (gr. II). Her big win came on September 13 at Belmont, when she won the 7 furlong Matron (gr. II). Doremifasollatido finished up the year with a 10th place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. This will be her first start in 2009.

Southern Charmer (Dixie Union - Power Play by Fast Play) and Daily Star (Five Star Day - Fozzie Lady by Bold Revenue) met last time out in a 6.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Aqueduct on April 19. Southern Charmer won that one, and Daily Star finished 4th after steadying. Southern Charmer has run 5 total times, recording 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third. In her only previous stakes try, she was 7th in the Busanda Stakes on January 10 at Aqueduct at a mile and 70 yards. Daily Star previously was 4th in the Cicada Stakes (gr. III) on March 14 at 6 furlongs. Her only other start was her Maiden win on February 4 while going 6 furlongs at Aqueduct.

Completing this one is Puddy De Luca (Hold That Tiger - Vaulted Numbers by Polish Numbers), who is undefeated in three starts. All of her previous racing was at Philadelphia Park. She won a Maiden race by 5 on February 16, an Allowance race by 7 on March 16, and an Allowance race by a neck on April 7.

Other Entries May 15

Palin (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - La Alleged by Alleged) will try again at Churchill Downs, hoping things dry out. She's entered in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight on the turf, race 5. Post time is 4:50 PM ET and she'll break from post 11. Palin has run 3 times, finishing 3rd once. She last ran on March 5 at Turfway Park, finishing 7th.

Tbilisi (filly; Birdstone - Tripp Trial by Skip Trial) takes on 8 in a 6.5 furlong Allowance race at Charles Town, race 7. She'll break from the outside at around 9:39 PM ET. Tbilisi last ran on April 2 in a 4.5 furlong Allowance race at Charles Town, finishing 6th.

Sweeterthantheday (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ice Cream Cone by Seeking the Gold) makes her 2nd start in the first race at Hollywood Park. This is a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight for three year olds and up. Post time is 10:05 PM ET. First time out, Sweeterthantheday finished 4th at Hollywood Park on April 22, while running 6 furlongs.

New Worker

Cutter (colt; Saint Liam - Brite Diamond by Deputy Minister) worked 3 furlongs in :38.40 at Fair Hill. Cutter is the 1st foal out of the winning mare Brite Diamond. Brite Diamond is a half-sister to three winners, including grade I winner Fowda.

Returning Workers

May 14

Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) worked 3 furlongs at Churchill Downs in :35.40.

Quechee (colt; Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) was on track at Fair Hill, going 3 furlongs in :38.40.

Playful Pussycat (filly; Kitten's Joy - Feisty Ferdinand by Ferdinand) went 3 furlongs at Woodbine in :36.20.

Also working at Woodbine was Battle Royal (colt; Saint Liam - Queen Marge by Grindstone), who went 5 furlongs in 1:00.60.

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