I've been a bit out of touch, consumed with Preakness duties and recovering from Preakness duties. So, I'll use this post to catch up on everything that's happened since Saturday. I'll be updating results and 2-year old works from the past couple of days.
News and Notes
A couple of first-crop sires picked up their first winners. We already mentioned Emeritus' son Empire of the Sun winning on Friday, May 15. But, you can read more about his win here. Pollard's Vision had his first winner when Air Crew won on May 17 in Italy. And, Southern Fireball became the first U.S. winner for Southern Image on May 14.
Rib Mountain Clears the MistRib Mountain
went right to the lead, hounded by Bail Baby Bail
. Those two dueled throughout, with Rib Mountain pulling away at the finish. Both of them were well-clear of third-place finisher Green N Goldie
. Metallic Mist
(Saint Liam) was in a good position early, but steadily went backwards, finishing 8th. He may not have cared for the sloppy track. Watch the Replay
Result: May 16, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 5
Maiden Claiming ($20,000)
|Bail Baby Bail
|Green N Goldie
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Did you hear Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro) won the Preakness? And Mine That Bird (Birdstone) was second? Just kidding. Yes, of course this was the big news from Saturday. Tone It Down (Medaglia d'Oro) didn't fare as well, coming home in 12th, only finishing in front of Take the Points. He probably was over his head in here, but his connections may also be rethinking their decision not to use his speed. Watch the Replay. We can only wait and see if we'll get a Belmont rematch with Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird. Mine That Bird is definitely headed there, but the Rachel camp is non-commital at this point. Summer Bird (Birdstone) will also be back for the Belmont.
Despite the Odds (Speightstown) made a move wide in the Hirsch Jacob Stakes, but flattened out and finished 8th. Watch the Replay.
One Hot Toddy (Congaree) tracked the early leaders in the Regal Gal Stakes at Calder, but weakened to finish 6th. Watch the Replay.
Conchacer (Congaree) and Zigaree (Congaree) finished 3rd and 4th in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. I thought Conchacer ran a good race, tracking the duo of Capt. Candyman Can and Cash Refund, before losing a ground late. Zigaree seemed flat, defeating only a fading Dance Caller. Watch the Replay.
The Tomboy Stakes at River Downs was taken off the turf and run at a mile and a sixteenth on the sloppy dirt track. Naughtiest (Congaree) was in mid-pack early, and then ran evenly late to finish 5th.
Tasty Temptation (Medaglia d'Oro) ran a nice race in the La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine. She sat off the early pace, made a move wide on the turn and was gaining at the end even while she bore out. The winner of this one was Hooh Why, who earlier took the Ashland (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Dr. Smarty Jack (colt; Smarty Jones - Hoh Buzzard (IRE) by Alhaarth (IRE)) picked up his maiden score, with a hard fought victory on the turf at Belmont. Watch the Replay.
Pina Colada (filly; Speightstown - Foolishly by Broad Brush) and Little Lady Smarty (filly; Smarty Jones - Lake Lady by Salt Lake) finished 1-2 in their Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs. Caroline B (filly; Speightstone - Miss Valid Pache by Valid Appeal) didn't fare as well, clipping heels and falling. However, both she and the jockey got up and Caroline B ran after the field. Watch the Replay.
Girls Do Rule (filly; Peace Rules - Holy Manda by Holy Bull) won a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Churchill Downs. Watch the Replay.
Just Ben (colt; Speightstown - Chip by Norquestor) steadied early, made a move, but then weakened a bit to finish 3rd in his Allowance race at Belmont. Watch the Replay.
Midnight Break (colt; Congaree - Twilight Spectre by Imp Society) made a nice move to take the lead after 6 furlongs in his Maiden Special Weight at Presque Isle Downs, but he couldn't sustain it and finished 3rd.
Mona de Momma (filly; Speightstown - Society Gal by Linkage) finished a decent 3rd in her Maiden Special Weight at Hollywood Park. Watch the Replay.
Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) finished 4th in his Allowance race at Calder.Watch the Replay.
Too Amenable (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Lady She Is Too by Two's a Plenty) closed ground late to finish 4th in his Maiden Special Weight debut at Belmont. Watch the Replay.
Just Right (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Slewvera by Seattle Slew) was up on the pace early in his Maiden Special Weight on the turf, but weakened and finished 5th. Coal Region Kid (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Ella Eria (FR) by Bluebird) was scratched out of this race. Watch the Replay.
Jaystone (gelding; Birdstone - Maya's Note by Editor's Note) set the pace in his Allowance race at Belmont, but weakened and finished 5th. Watch the Replay.
Smart N Lonely (filly; Smarty Jones - Lonely Girl by Relaunch) finished 6th at Arlington, as her Maiden Special Weight was taken off the turf. Watch the Replay.
Pick's Express (colt; Speightstown - Program Pick by Peterhof) dueled for much of his Allowance race at Philadelphia Park, but tired in the stretch to finish 7th. Watch the Replay.
Southern Accents (filly; Birdstone - Spring Valley by Affirmed) finished 8th as the favorite in her Maiden Special Weight debut at Charles Town.
Greenapple Martini (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Trishyde Slew by Seattle Slew) finished 2nd in a Maiden Special Weight contest at Woodbine.
Soda Jerk (colt; Smarty Jones - Double Scoop by Seeking the Gold) was third in a Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs, it was his first race. Watch the Replay.
Saarinna (filly; Saarland - Rominna by Crafty Prospector) finished 5th in her debut, a Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth. Watch the Replay.
Quiet Dancer (filly; Peace Rules - Grey Ballet by Imperial Ballet (IRE)) finished 7th in a Maiden Special Weight at Belmont. Watch the Replay.
Bosco Rules (gelding; Peace Rules - Secret Sweety by Secreto) led into the stretch, but weakened to 12th in his Allowance race at Arlington Park. Watch the Replay.
Gatwick (gelding; Speightstown - Beauty Halo (ARG) by Southern Halo) finished 3rd in his debut, a Maiden Special Weight at Hastings.
First Magnitude (colt; Saarland - Fapindy by A. P. Indy) won a Maiden Claiming race on the River Downs turf.
Porto d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Above the Harbor by Petionville) led until late in her Maiden Special Weight contest at Prairie Meadows, but had to settle for 2nd when she was passed by Moneda de Oro. Despite the name, Moneda de Oro is not by Medaglia d'Oro, but by Orientate.
Torres Strait (filly; Birdstone - Maid of Gold by Tour d'Or) debuted in a Maiden Special Weight at Indiana Downs, finishing 8th.
Entries May 20
Don't You Linger (gelding; Congaree - So Long Dearie by D'Accord) faces 10 on the turf in Belmont race 6. Post time is 3:40 PM ET in this Maiden Special Weight for New York-breds. Don't You Linger has run twice without placing. Last time out, he was 6th at Aqueduct on April 25.
Shoe Stap (gelding; Birdstone - Boot Strap by Storm Boot) will go 5 furlong on the turf at Indiana Downs, race 5. This Maiden Special Weight is for 3, 4, and 5-year olds. Shoe Stap has run 6 times, finishing 2nd once. Last time out, he was 10th at Oaklawn on January 24.
Alex a Fortiori (colt; Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) worked 3 furlongs in :40.00 at Charles Town. Alex a Fortiori is out of the winning mare Channel Crossing. Channel Crossing has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Liquoreux.
She Will Rock You (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Stay Awhile by Unbridled's Song) went 2 furlongs in :25.20 at Arlington Park. She Will Rock You sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Stay Awhile. Stay Awhile is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Dance the Slew.
Self Reliance (filly; Afleet Alex - Grace Avenue by Metfield) worked at Presque Isle Downs, 4 furlongs in :47.40. Self Reliance is out of the winning mare Grace Avenue, who earned $111,260. Grace Avenue has produced two winners.
At Churchill Downs, Spicer (colt; Ghostzapper - Allspice by Coronado's Quest) worked 4 furlongs in :52.40. Grade III winner Allspice, dam of Spicer, won the Eliza Stakes at 2, and earned $317,496 overall.
Jungle Lily (filly; Kitten's Joy - Raving by Dynaformer) went 2 furlongs in :23.40 at Hastings. Jungle Lily is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Raving. Raving's first foal, Lexington Loverboy, is a winner.
Hey Big Rhonda (filly; Saint Liam - All Hollywood by War Chant) went 3 furlongs in :38.36 at Prairie Meadows. Hey Big Rhonda is the first foal out of the unplaced mare All Hollywood. All Hollywood is a half-sister to 2 winners.
A Student (colt; Afleet Alex - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo) worked 3 furlongs at Canterbury Park in :38.40. A Student was a $120,000 yearling, and is out of La Sorbonne, group I stakes-placed in Chile. La Sorbonne has produced 3 winners.
Quick Ride (colt; Afleet Alex - Baby Lets Cruise by Tale of the Cat) worked 3 furlongs in :38.25 at Saratoga. Quick Ride sold for $40,000 as a weanling and $120,000 as a yearling. He is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Baby Lets Cruise. Baby Lets Cruise is a half-sister to grade I winner Jade Hunter.
Working 2 furlongs in :26.00 at Woodbine was New Year's Baby (filly; Afleet Alex - You Again by Wild Again). New's Year Baby, who sold for $30,000 as a yearling, is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare You Again. You Again is a half-sister to grade II winner Best of Luck.
Best Actor (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie by Unaccounted For) worked 2 furlongs at Arlington in :23.80. Best Actor, who sold for $230,000 as a yearling, is out of stakes-placed Dance for Dixie, who earned $192,051. Dance for Dixie is the dam of grade III winner Summer Doldrums.
At Saratoga, Krypton (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Freedom Reigns by Unbridled's Song) worked 3 furlongs at Saratoga in :38.47. Krypton is a half-brother to the winner Sweetlandofliberty.
Liam's Dream (filly; Saint Liam - Danzig's Dreamer by Rubiano) went 4 furlongs at Philadelphia Park, recording a time of :51.86. Liam's Dream is out of the winning mare Danzig's Dreamer. Liam's Dream has produced 2 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Holdontoyourdream.
Salaam Alaykum (filly; Saint Liam - Our Legacy by Kingmambo) worked 3 furlongs in :39.76 at Saratoga. Salaam Alaykum is out of the unplaced mare Our Legacy. Our Legacy is a half-sister to grade II winner Guided Tour and stakes winner Primetimevalentine.
At Philadelphia Park, Afleet Again (colt; Afleet Alex - Lucky Again by Wild Again) went 3 furlongs in :36.62.
She Power (filly; Afleet Alex - Boogie Beach Blues by Cure the Blues) worked 3 furlongs from the gate at Crupi's New Castle Farm in :40.00.
Ghost Shadow (filly; Ghostzapper - Gracious Living by Pleasant Colony) went 5 furlongs at Hollywood Park in 1:02.40.
Zapster (colt; Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song) worked 4 furlongs on the Saratoga training track in :49.85.
Gatillo Gozo (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sweeping Cat by End Sweep) went 4 furlongs at Belmont, recording a time of :48.93.
Working 2 furlongs at Woodbine was Kid Canuck (colt; Kitten's Joy - Draxhall Jump by Tale of the Cat), who registered a time of :24.20.
Shrimp Dancer (colt; Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold) went 3 furlongs in :37.82 at Belmont Park.
Rock the Field (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Groovetta by Gilded Time) worked 2 furlongs in :25.00 at San Luis Rey Downs.
Working 3 furlongs in :38.00 at Keeneland was Baby Afleet (colt; Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic).
Ophiuchus (filly; Afleet Alex - Nymphenburg by San Romano) went 5 furlongs in 1:04.60 at Woodbine.
William Paley (colt; Afleet Alex - My Sweet Country by Bold Ruckus) worked 3 furlongs in :38.40 at Keeneland.
In This Life (filly; Ghostzapper - Spy Novel by Broad Brush) worked 3 furlongs in :37.63 on the Belmont training track.
Also worked 3 furlongs on the Belmont training track was La Cloche (filly; Ghostzapper - Memories of Silver by Silver Hawk), who recorded at time of :36.83.
At Golden Gate Fields, Vezuviy (colt; Ghostzapper - My Time Now by Unbridled) went 2 furlongs in :25.00.
Kera's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Mrs. K. by Dixieland Band) worked 4 furlongs in :48.60 at the Churchill Downs Training Center.
Also working at the Churchill Downs Training Center was William's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Blush by Menifee), who worked 3 furlongs in :35.00.
Manners (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Turkana by Deputy Minister) worked at Churchill, going 4 furlongs in :50.20.
Working 3 furlongs at Keeneland in :38.00 was Zori's Eye (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Congratulations by Mercedes Won).
Azurite (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Aztec Pearl by A. P. Indy) worked 3 furlongs at Churchill in :38.20.
Fox Hunt (filly; Saint Liam - Zorra by Silent Fox) went 4 furlongs at Monmouth Park in :51.20.
Unprecedented (colt; Saint Liam - Desert View (GB) by Sadler's Wells) worked 3 furlongs at Aqueduct in :37.51.
At Keeneland, Holiday Buzz (colt; Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.60 from the gate.
She's a Fleet (filly; Afleet Alex - Society Gal by Linkage) worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.20.
Tactition (colt; Afleet Alex - Natural Carma by Valiant Nature) worked 5 furlongs from the gate at Keeneland, recording a time of 1:04.60.
Also working at Keeneland was Hunter's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Computer Hacker by Lear Fan), who went 3 furlongs in :36.60.