Payton Delivers a Black-Eye

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First of all, congratulations to Payton d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) and all her connections for taking down the grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico on May 15 in front-running fashion. Watch the Replay. Hmmm... could be a huge weekend for Medaglia d'Oro. Our other runners in this one lingered near the back, as Stone Legacy (Birdstone) finished 6th and Renda (Medaglia d'Oro) 7th. No one was making up much ground. It will be interesting to see if the Preakness plays the same way tomorrow. Read more about the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes here.

Speaking of the Preakness, best wishes to the Maiden Watch horses going in that one. The Derby winner, Mine That Bird (Birdstone), the Oaks winner, Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro), and Tone It Down (Medaglia d'Oro). My wallet would prefer Tone It Down, for the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double, but let's hope for good safe trips for all.

The Sun Does It

Barrel Knot got the action going in this one, by dumping his rider in the paddock. Eze Does It (Afleet Alex) looked nice and calm in the post parade. As the gates sprung, Empire of the Sun took the lead. Eze Does It started a little slow, but soon got going. Both he and Decatur Island rallied on the turn, but they couldn't catch Empire of the Sun. Empire of the Sun was drifting out, but maintained a clear lead for the victory. Empire of the Sun is the first winner for his sire, Emeritus. Eze Does It did weaken a bit late, but he outfinished the favorite, Decatur Island. Watch the Replay.

Result: May 15, 2009
Golden Gate Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Empire of the Sun $7.80
Eze Does It  
Decatur Island  

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Other Stakes Results May 15

Light Green (Pleasantly Perfect) got the stakes off to the right start with a dominating 8 length gate-to-wire triumph in the Fall Aspen Stakes at Belmont Park. Doremifasollatido tried to go with her early, but she was no match. However, Doremifasollatido did hang on for second. Watch the Replay.

Heart Ashley held the early lead in the Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes. Gatorette and Mani Bhavan were pressing, while, Cinderella's Wish (Speightstown) was watching the action in fourth. Heart Ashley shook free from the pace pressure, as Gatorette and Mani Bhavan retreated. Then, Cinderella's Wish made her bid. She kept coming and coming and coming, but just missed by a head. Still a really nice try to get grade III stakes-placed. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Miss Preakness here.

Saar Treaty (Saarland) didn't run a lick in the Hilltop Stakes. She had one horse beat early and then ended up the back marker in 8th. Maybe, she's not a turf horse after all. Her best performances of late have been in off-the-turf races. The winner of the Hilltop Stakes was Blind Date, who stalked the early pace set by Listentothewindblo, and then took control in the stretch. Favorite Rena was looking like a winner late, but she flattened out and finished 2nd. Watch the Replay.

Other Results May 15

Tbilisi (filly; Birdstone - Tripp Trial by Skip Trial) finished 5th in her Allowance race at Charles Town.

Sweeterthantheday (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ice Cream Cone by Seeking the Gold) set the pace, but weakened and finished 6th in her Maiden Special Weight at Hollywood Park. Watch the Replay.

Palin (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - La Alleged by Alleged) was scratched out of her Maiden Special Weight race at Churchill Downs.

Metallic Mist has an Iron Rod to be Even Wilder

May 16, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 5
Maiden Claiming ($20,000)

5 furlongs
2-year olds (all starters must be 24 months old)
Post Time: 2:53 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Mocha Springs
2. Ice Baby Ice
3. Bail Baby Bail
4. Rib Mountain
5. Metallic Mist
6. Even Wilder
7. Green N Goldie
8. Jen's Tin Man
9. Pathoki
10. Iron Rod

First of all, I have to wonder at the odds of Ice Baby Ice and Bail Baby Bail appearing in the same race.

This is the third time that Metallic Mist (Saint Liam - Wear by Arch) has been entered, but he has yet to start having been scratched the first two times. Metallic Mist has worked 4 times at Keeneland, including a 4 furlong work from the gate on April 21 in :47.60. He sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Wear. Wear is a full- or half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Forty Nine Deeds. Saint Liam has had one starter, Tribecky, who has run twice, finishing 3rd once. Saint Liam did not run at 2, but he finished 2nd in his 3-year old debut and won his second start that year. Overall, Horse of the Year Saint Liam earned $4,456,995.

The only other first-crop sire represented in this race is Purge, who is the sire of Mocha Springs (Purge - Coffee Springs by Crafty Prospector). Mocha Springs sold for $165,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Coffee Springs. Coffee Springs won her only race as a 2-year old, and earned $194,682 in her career. Coffee Springs has produced 4 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Pine for Java. Two of Mocha Springs siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner.

The most experienced horse in the race is Even Wilder (Even the Score - Wild Alizone by Wild Zone), who has run 3 times. He was 4th on both April 3 and April 16 at Keeneland, and then finished 3rd at Churchill Downs on April 28. Even Wilder is the first foal out of the placed mare Wild Alizone. Wild Alizone is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Bail Baby Bail (Buddha - Maison de Reve by Mt. Livermore) and Iron Rod (Rod and Staff - Election Parade by Victory Speech) met on April 23 at Keeneland, finishing 9th and 10th. It was the first and only start for both. Bail Baby Bail is out of grade III stakes-placed Maison de Reve, who was 2 for 2 at 2. Maison de Reve earned $181,184 in her career, and has produced 5 winners. One of Bail Baby Bail's siblings was a winner at 2. Iron Rod is a full-brother to the winner The Canidate. Iron Rod's dam, Election Parade, is a half-sister to 7 winners.

The only other entrant with experience is Rib Mountain (Snow Ridge - Four Twenty Seven by Crafty Dude), who was 4th in his debut at Gulfstream Park on April 3, while running 2.5 furlongs. Rib Mountain is the first foal out of the winning mare Four Twenty Seven. Four Twenty Seven is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Abbondanza.

Ice Baby Ice (In Excess (IRE) - Lemon Ice by Sovereign Dancer) sold for $35,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner Dakota Diamond. One of Ice Baby Ice's siblings won at 2.

Green N Goldie (State City - Time to Glitter by Gilded Time) is out of the winning mare Time to Glitter. Time to Glitter has produced 2 winners from 2 to run.

Jen's Tin Man (Ten Most Wanted - Romantic Trick by Phone Trick) is out of the placed mare Romantic Trick. Romantic Trick is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Pathoki (Wiseman's Ferry - United Kingdom by Danzig) is out of the winning mare United Kingdom, who has produced 5 winners. One of Pathoki's siblings won at 2.

Other Stakes Entries May 16

In addition to Preakness, we have 5 horses running in 4 other Stakes Races.

Hirsch Jacob Stakes (gr. III)

Also at Pimlico, Despite the Odds (colt; Speightstown - Lady Aloma by Cozzene) takes on 8 in the 6 furlong Hirsch Jacob Stakes (gr. III). Post time is 2:35 PM ET. Despite the Odds is 2 for 2 in his career. He won a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Laurel on March 4, and a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at that same track on April 2.

Taqarub (Aldebaran - Honor Bestowed by Honor Grades) won three in a row, including the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes by 8, before finishing 9th in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and 2nd in the Bay Shore (gr. III). He will probably be one of the favorites in here.

Also coming out of the Bay Shore are Yano (Yonaguska - Sabreen by Foolish Pleasure), who was 3rd after setting the pace, and Not For Silver (Not For Love - Silverdew by Silver Deputy), who was 5th. Not For Silver previously won the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes and was 2nd in the Private Terms.

Checklist (Gone West - Yearly Report by General Meeting) was 3rd in the Derby Trial (gr. III) in his most recent effort, after winning 2 races previously - a Maiden and an Allowance.

Ju Jitsu Jax (Tiger Ridge - Carol's Amore by Two Punch) was also third last time out, in the Blue and Gold Stakes, after setting the pace. He also finished 4th in the Sunshine Millions Dash. Ju Jitsu Jax has won 4 races in his career, including three as a 2-year old.

The other horse with stakes experience is Essenceofthemoon (Malibu Moon - Merryland Missy by Citidancer), who won 4 races at 2, including the Charles Town Juvenile Stakes. He also finished 3rd in the Oliver's Twist Stakes. This will be Essenceofthemoon's first start as a 3-year old.

Everyday Heroes (Awesome Again - Lucette by Dayjur) has won three without a defeat. All three starts were at 6 furlongs at Oaklawn Park. Most recently, he won an Allowance/Optional Claiming race on March 29 going gate-to-wire.

Nuclear Wayne (Mineshaft - Flashy Four by Storm Cat) has also ran three times. He finished 7th in his debut, but then won 2 in a row. His most recent win came in a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race on January 17 at Fair Grounds.

Read more about the Hirsch Jacob here.

Matt Winn Stakes

Zigaree (Congaree - Zigabout by Danzig) and Conchacer (Congaree - Eliot Chacer by Clever Trick) take on each other and 3 others in the $100,000 7 furlong Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill. Post time 5:29 PM ET. Zigaree was 2 for 2 at 2, including a victory in the Minstrel Stakes on July 19. That race ended his 2008 campaign. This year, Zigaree returned to finish 5th in the Inaugural Stakes at Evangeline Downs on April 10. Conchacer is making his first stakes start. After finishing 2nd in his debut on January 27, he won 2 in a row, both at 6.5 furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs. His last race was a 7 length win in an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest on March 17.

Capt Candyman Can (Candy Ride (ARG) - Stormy Way by Storm Creek) is the most accomplished entrant in the race. He won the Iroquois (gr. III) at Churchill Downs at 2, and then took the Hutcheson (gr. II) this year at Gulfstream. After finishing 4th in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II), his connections decided to keep him sprinting, and he returned to win the 7 furlong Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) on April 4.

Dance Caller (Concorde's Tune - Call Me Dancer by Gate Dancer) also took a stakes in his last start, winning the mile Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 11. His earlier career included 2 wins and 2 seconds, including a second in the Dixieland Stakes on January 16.

Cash Refund (Petionville - Swept Away by Mystery Storm) is undefeated in 2 starts, both 6 furlong contests. His most recent win was a 7 length victory on April 25 at Churchill Downs.

Regal Gal Stakes

At Calder, One Hot Toddy (Congaree - Crimson and Roses by El Prado (IRE)) goes in the mile and 70 yards Regal Gal Stakes. Her only previous stakes experience came in the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes on April 4 at Tampa Bay, where she was 6th. In her most recent start, she finished 3rd in an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Calder on May 2. Overall, One Hot Toddy has run 7 times with one win and one second.

Brinca (Macho Uno - Bailarina by Lord Avie) and Cinque Bella (Full Mandate - Cole's Future by Lit de Justice) also ran in the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes, finishing 3rd and 7th. That was Brinca's most recent start. She earlier finished 4th in the Florida Oaks and 5th in the Suncoast. Cinque Bella most recently finished 3rd in a mile Allowance race at Calder on April 26.

The winner of Cinque Bella's Allowance race was Asiatic Pearl (Black Mambo - Lovely Bid by Spectacular Bid), who took 6 tries to break her maiden, but has now won 2 in a row.

Garter Belt (Anasheed - Sexy Stockings by Tabasco Cat) won the mile Green Oaks Stakes in her most recent start. It was her 3rd win in 9 tries.

Who Plays Brahms (Brahms - Who Can Tell by Capote) broke her maiden in her 10th and most recent start, running 6 furlongs. However, she did finish in front of Asiatic Pearl two starts back.

Tomboy Stakes

Naughtiest (Congaree - Haughty by Halo) is still a Maiden, but she take on 11 on the River Downs turf in the mile and a sixteenth Tomboy Stakes for Ohio-breds. Naughtiest has run twice, including a 3rd place finish in her last start on May 2 at River Downs. That race was also against winners. Naughtiest is the only contender with turf experience, having finished 12th on the turf at Gulfstream Park on April 15.

Slides Choice (Devil His Due - Slide Along by Binalong) is the most accomplished filly in this one, having won 4 out of 5 and finished 2nd in her other race. Her victories include three state-bred Stakes races. She was also the winner of Naughtiest last race, a state-bred Allowance at River Downs.

Second in that River Downs Allowance race was High Time Girl (King Cugat - Arbusha by Danzig), who has won 1 race in 12 starts. However, she has finished second once and third 5 times.

Fifth in that Allowance race was S R Four Queens (Royal Academy - S R Queen by Avatar). S R Queens also finished third Royal North Stakes, behind Slides Choice. Overall, S R Four Queens has won 2 times, finished second twice, and third once.

Holy Harem (Holy Bull - Loose in the Harem by Southern Sultan) was 5th in the Royal North Stakes behind Slides Choice. Holy Harem also finished behind Slides Chioce in the Tah Dah Stakes and the Miss Ohio Stakes. Both of those races were in 2008.

Seventh in the Royal North was Roxy Lady (Cape Canaveral - Louisia by Polish Numbers). She has run twice since that one, winning a maiden race and finishing 6th in a state-bred Allowance.

High Pin (Tenpins - Her Highness by Foxhound) finished 8th in the Royal North, behind Slides Choice and S R Four Queens. However, she did defeat Slides Choice in the John W. Galbreath Memorial Stakes in 2008. She's run 10 times, with a record of 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds.

Lipstick 'N Lace (De Hero - Black Tie 'N Lace by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) has run 3 times, finishing 2nd in her first two and then breaking her maiden by 9 on May 2 at River Downs.

Tape Delay (Tapit - Rokeby Lynn by Silver Deputy) broke her maiden in her 6th start, a 6 furlong Maiden race at Mountaineer. Last time out, she was 8th in an Allowance race at Mountaineer on May 2.

Other maidens in this one are New Diva (Lido Palace (CHI) - Kara's Rockin Role by Broad Brush), Bubblin' Brew (Milwaukee Brew - It's Witchcraft by Fly So Free), and Indian Rainbow (Indian Charlie - Raining Rainbows by Crafty Prospector).

Other Entries May 16

Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) runs in a 6.5 furlong Allowance contest at Calder, race 5. Post time is 2:15 PM ET. Medaglia d'Onore has run 8 times, winning once. Since breaking his maiden, he's been running in nothing but stakes.

Just Ben (colt; Speightstown - Chip by Norquestor) faces 5 in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Belmont, race 4. Post time is 2:36 PM ET and he breaks from post 1. Just Ben broke his maiden in his 2nd start, and then finished 6th last time out in a 7 furlong Allowance race at Churchill Downs on May 1.

Smart N Lonely (filly; Smarty Jones - Lonely Girl by Relaunch) takes on 10 in a 1 1/16 mile turf contest at Arlington, race 4. Post time is 2:40 PM ET. This will be Smart N Lovely's first turf try and her first start in 2009. She was 9th in her only race in 2008.

Dr. Smarty Jack (colt; Smarty Jones - Hoh Buzzard (IRE) by Alhaarth (IRE)) goes in race 5 at Belmont Park, a 7 furlong turf contest. He breaks from post 10 in this one for 3-year olds and up, with a post time of 3:08 PM ET. Dr. Smarty Jack has run three times, all on the turf, finishing second twice.

Pick's Express (colt; Speightstown - Program Pick by Peterhof) faces 8 at Philadelphia Park in race 8. Post time is 3:22 PM ET for this 5.5 furlong Allowance contest. Pick's Express has run 5 times, winning twice and finishing third once.

Coal Region Kid (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Ella Eria (FR) by Bluebird) and Just Right (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Slewvera by Seattle Slew) meet in a mile Maiden Special Weight turf contest at Churchill Downs. Post time is 3:25 for this mile contest. Coal Region Kid has run twice and finished 3rd both times. Just Right has run 6 times, finishing second three times.

Pina Colada (filly; Speightstown - Foolishly by Broad Brush), Caroline B (filly; Speightstone - Miss Valid Pache by Valid Appeal), and Little Lady Smarty (filly; Smarty Jones - Lake Lady by Salt Lake) meet in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs, race 8. Post time is 4:29 PM ET, as they break from posts 1 and 2. Pina Colada has run twice without placing. Caroline B, who is unraced, sold for $100,000 as a yearling. She is out of stakes winner Miss Valid Pache, who has produced 6 winners. Little Lady Smarty is also making her first start. She is out of stakes winner Lake Lady.

Mona de Momma (filly; Speightstown - Society Gal by Linkage) debuts in a Maiden Special Weight for 3-year olds and up at Hollywood Park. Post time is 4:31 PM ET for this 6 furlong race. Mona de Momma sold for $100,000 as a yearling, and $335,000 at 2. Mona de Momma is a half-sister to 3 winners, and the Afleet Alex filly, She's a Fleet.

Jaystone (gelding; Birdstone - Maya's Note by Editor's Note) goes 7 furlongs in an Allowance race at Belmont, race 8. Post time is 4:44 PM ET for this New York-bred contest. Jaystone was 4th in his last start, a 6 furlong Allowance race at Belmont on May 3.

Midnight Break (colt; Congaree - Twilight Spectre by Imp Society) goes in a 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Presque Isle Downs, race 1. Post time is 5:30 PM ET for this contest for 3-year olds and up. Midnight Break has run 6 times, finishing second twice. Last time out, he was 4th at Keeneland on April 16.

Too Amenable (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Lady She Is Too by Two's a Plenty) debuts in a mile turf race at Belmont Park, race 10. He'll break from post 10 at around 5:49 PM ET. Stakes winner Lady She Is Too, dam of Too Amenable, has produced 6 winners, including stakes winners John Paul Too and Too Scarlet.

Southern Accents (filly; Birdstone - Spring Valley by Affirmed) debuts at Charles Town in race 1, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight for 3, 4, and 5-year olds. Post time is 7:15 PM ET. Southern Accents is out of stakes-placed Spring Valley, who has produced 5 winners.

New Workers

May 15

Miss Afleet Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Go Again Valid by Valid Appeal) worked 2 furlongs in :23.00 at Lone Star Park. Miss Afleet Alex sold for $8,500 as a yearling and $22,000 as a 2-year old. Grade III winner Go Again Valid, dam of Miss Afleet Alex, was a debut winner at 2, and earned $291,616 in her career. Go Again Valid has produced 4 winners from 4 to run, including stakes winner Belong Again. One of Miss Afleet Alex's siblings won at 2.

Savona (filly; Afleet Alex - Andora Springs by Capote) worked at Retama, going 3 furlong in :38.80. Savona sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Andora Springs. Andora Springs has produced 3 winners from 3 to run.

Romans Reward (colt; Kitten's Joy - Knock Off by Fit to Fight) worked 4 furlongs in :50.20 at Churchill Downs. This was actually Romans Reward's 4th recorded work.. All have been at 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs. Romans Reward sold for $120,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Knock Off, who was a debut winner at 2. Knock Off has produced 4 winners from 4 to run, including stakes winner Art Fan. Art Fan won 2 races at 2.

Sillium (colt; Saint Liam - Silla by Gone West) worked 3 furlongs in :39.80 at Vinery Stable. Sillium is out of stakes-placed Silla, who won 2 races at 2.

Returning Workers

May 15

At the Churchill Downs Training Center, Stately Victor (colt; Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) worked 4 furlongs in :48.20 on a good track.

King Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Santo Mio by Southern Halo) worked 3 furlongs at Keeneland in :35.40.

Also working 3 furlongs in :35.40 at Keeneland was Painted Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Painted Pink by Conquistador Cielo).

Rock Hard Baby (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Bully's Del Mar by Notebook) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.00 at Lone Star Park.

So Sharp (filly; Saint Liam - Sister Girl by Conquistador Cielo) went 4 furlongs in :51.00 at Churchill Downs.

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