A Battle Royal at Woodbine

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May 23 Results

Tannic (gelding; Saarland - Poetic Image by Perrault (GB)) got his maiden victory, winning by better than 10 at Prairie Meadows.

Peace Rumor (gelding; Peace Rules - Seattle Cyrina by Bold Ruckus) was a winner too, taking a Maiden Claiming contest at Louisiana Downs by better than 3.

Jersey Town (colt; Speightstown - Jersey Girl by Belong to Me) wasn't far off the pacesetters in his Allowance race at Monmouth, came running in the stretch, but drifted out badly and finished 2nd. Not sure he would have caught the winner anyway, but the drifting didn't help. Watch the Replay.

Hoopoe (colt; Birdstone - Allou by Seattle Slew) was in a good spot early in his Maiden Special Weight at Belmont, made up some ground on the outside, but flattened out late and finished 5th. Colors Flying, first foal of Storm Flag Flying, was ignored at the windows (26-1), but made a good run in the stretch, finishing 3rd. Watch the Replay.

Perfect Edge (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Winner's Edge by Seeking the Gold) had no speed early in his mile turf Allowance at Pimlico. He came running wide, but weakened and finished 6th. Watch the Replay.

La Equivocada (filly; Smarty Jones - Dragonada by Nureyev) set the pace in her Allowance race at La Equivocada, but was swallowed up by practically the whole field late. She finished 6th by my reckoning. You can watch the replay here (she is the number 5 in the 5th race on May 23). If you watch the replay, note that the early camera work focuses on the horses chasing and doesn't even show La Equivocada on the lead.

C O Peace (filly; Peace Rules - Carson's Cat by Mountain Cat) picked up a DNF at the Lincoln State Fair in her Maiden Special Weight debut, when she ducked into the gap and unseated her rider. She was the favorite in the race, so hopefully she will return.

A Battle Royal at Woodbine

May 24, 2009
Woodbine Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

4.5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 3:30 PM ET

P Horse
1. Dant
2. Part of the Action
3. Bowdini
4. Uatintseenalligot
5. Kirkland Lake
6. A Kiss in the Park
7. Battle Royal
8. Fearless Cowboy
9. Southern Legend
10. Essence Hit Man
AE Atlantic Key
AE Canadian Wish

Battle Royal (Saint Liam - Queen Marge by Grindstone) debuts at Woodbine, going 4.5 furlongs on the Polytrack. He has 5 official works to his credit, one at Keeneland and the last 4 at Woodbine, including 4 furlongs in :52.20 on May 20. Saint Liam has had two starters, which have run three total times recording one third-place finish. Stakes-placed Queen Marge, dam of Battle Royal, won her only race at 2. Queen Marge is a half-sister to grade I winner Shadow Cast.

The most experienced entrant is Uaintseenalligot (Forestry - Uaintseennothinyet by Gone West), who has already run three times in his 2-year old career. He was 3rd at Gulfstream Park both on April 3 and April 26, and then finished 5th at Woodbine on May 10 while running 4.5 furlongs. Uaintseenalligot sold for $90,000 as a 2-year old, and is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare Uaintseennothinyet. Uaintseennothinyet is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Dant (Offlee Wild - Golden Diva by Gold Fever) finished 3rd, in front of Uaintseenalligot, on May 10 at Woodbine. It was his first and only start. Dant is by first-crop sire Offlee Wild, whose 6 runners have made 9 combined starts, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third. Dant is the first foal out of the winning mare Golden Diva. Golden Diva is a half-sister to 3 winners, and a full-sister to grade II stakes-placed Wacky for Love.

Fearless Cowboy (El Corredor - Fearless Wildcat by Forest Wildcat) has also run once at Woodbine, finishing 5th in a 2 furlong race on April 26. He is a full-brother to the winner Hartmann. Fearless Cowboy's dam, Fearless Wildcat, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winners Tres Coronas and Descapate.

The other entrant with experience is Part of the Action (Ecton Park - Faux Pas (IRE) by Sadler's Wells), who was 8th in his only race, at Keeneland on April 16. Part of the Action is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Sans Souci Island. One of his siblings won at 2.

Top seller in the race is Southern Legend (Mr. Greeley - Bailonguera (ARG) by Southern Halo), who brought $130,000 as a yearling. He is out of Bailonguera, a group II winner in Argentina. Bailonguera was a winner at 2, and has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. One of Southern Legend's siblings won at 2.

Bowdini (Langfuhr - Show Special by Smarten) sold for $15,929 as a yearling. Stakes-placed Show Special, dam of Bowdini, was 2 for 2 at 2, and earned $159,451 in her career. Show Special has produced 3 winners, one of which won at 2.

Kirkland Lake (Pioneering - Miss Nureyev by Nureyev) is a half-brother to stakes-placed Fanlight Fanny, who was a winner at 2. Their dam, Miss Nureyev, is a half-sister to 3 winners.

A Kiss in the Park (Ecton Park - Sensorious Kiss by Kissin Kris) is the first foal out of the placed foal Sensorious Kiss. Sensorious Kiss is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Muhib.

Essence Hit Man (Speightstown - El Prado Essence by El Prado (IRE)) is by Speightstown, one of our 2008 first-crop sires. El Prado Essence, dam of Essence Hit Man, was a grade III winner in Canada, and was a debut winner at 2.

On the AE list for the race are Atlantic Key (Stormy Atlantic - Silca Key Service (GB) by Bering (GB) and Canadian Wish (Canadian Frontier - Take Time for Lisa by Lyphard's Wish (FR)). Atlantic Key, who sold for $20,614 as a yearling, is out of stakes winner Silca Key Service. Silca Key Service has produced 2 winners, one of which was a debut winner at 2. Canadian Wish is out of the winning mare Take Time for Lisa, who was a winner at 2. Take Time for Lisa is the dam of 4 winners, including stakes winner Shiloh Bound. Two of Canadian Wish's siblings won at 2, including Shiloh Bound, who was 2 for 2 that year.

Other Entries May 24

Esperanza d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Seasonal by Deputy Minister) is entered in a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Monmouth, race 3. Post time is 1:50 PM ET, and she breaks from post 3. Esperanza d'Oro has run 3 times, winning once and finishing 2nd twice. She last ran on April 11 at Keeneland, where she was 2nd in a mile and a sixteenth Allowance race.

The Gang of Four (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - One Tough Cat by Mountain Cat) faces 7 at Churchill Downs, race 5. Post time is 2:53 PM ET for this 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. This will be Gang of Four's first race in 2009. Last year, he ran three times, finishing 2nd twice.

Collegiate (filly; Saarland - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo), who finished 3rd in the Spinaway (gr. I) at 2, makes her 3-year old debut at Belmont. She'll take on 5 in a 7 furlong Allowance race, race 6. Post time is 3:48 PM ET.

Danceyoursocksoff (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Come Dancing by Two Punch), Gold d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Gold Canyon by Mr. Prospector), and Life's Precious (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Precious Clare by Red Ransom) are entered in a mile and an eighth Maiden Special Weight on the Belmont turf, race 7. Post time is 4:22 PM ET. Danceyoursocksoff has run 4 times without placing. She most recently finished 6th at Gulfstream on April 22, while running a mile and a sixteenth on the firm turf. Gold d'Oro has run 4 times, and placed second once. The second place finish came in her most recent start, at a mile and an eighth on the Keeneland Polytrack. Life's Precious has run once, finishing 6th on the Belmont turf on May 7.

Party Hard (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Keys to the Heart by Wild Again) faces five in a Maiden Special Weight at Hollywood Park, race 2. Post time is 4:30 PM ET for this mile and a sixteenth contest. Party Hard has run 4 times, finishing second twice and third once. He last ran on April 29 at Hollywood, finishing 2nd while going a mile and a sixteenth.

Min d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Min Elreeh by Danzig) is fourth on the AE list for race 9 at Calder, an Allowance race scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 4:42 PM ET. Min d'Oro last ran on May 7 on the Calder turf, finishing 5th.

Our Golden Dream (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Adorahy by Rahy) and Exclusive Scheme (filly; Saarland - Pyramid Scheme by Distant View) face off in race 8 at Belmont, post time 4:56 PM ET. This one is a New York-bred Allowance contest scheduled for a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Our Golden Dream last ran on April 19, where she was 2nd in a turf Allowance race at Aqueduct. Exclusive Scheme's most recent start resulted in a victory in a mile and a sixteenth Claiming race on the Aqueduct turf on April 26.

Prime Time (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Sioux City by Carson City) goes in a full field (14 in the race and 2 on the AE list) at 6 furlongs at Woodbine. Post time is 5:39 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Prime Time last ran on May 3 at Woodbine, finishing 11th.

General Gabe (gelding; Congaree - Blazing Hot by Irish River (FR)) debuts at Northlands Park, taking on 9 in race 7. Post time is 5:42 PM ET for this 6 furlong race. General Gabe sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Blazing Hot. Blazing Hot has produced 4 winners.

Silent Salute (colt; Saarland - Sweet Surrender by Synastry) will go a mile on the Golden Gate turf in an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest. This race, race 8, has a post time of 7:45 PM ET. Silent Salute won his debut on February 21 at Golden Gate and has finished 3rd and 5th in two Allowance/Optional Claiming races since then. This is his first turf try.

Arabian Peace (gelding; Peace Rules - Memory Rock by Sheikh Albadou (GB)) makes his third start, going a mile and 70 yards at Presque Isle Downs. Post time is 8:00 PM ET for this Allowance contest. Arabian Peace won his debut on March 27, and then finished 7th at Aqueduct on April 25. Those two starts were on the turf.

New Workers

May 23

Klea (filly; Afleet Alex - Del Rae by Formal Gold) went 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs in :51.20. Klea's birthday is February 27, and she is out of the winning mare Del Rae. Del Rae was a winner at 2. Klea is her second foal. Her first foal is the Birdstone colt Bird Island, who was placed at 2.

Laheen (filly; Ghostzapper - Assess by Seattle Slew) worked 3 furlongs at Keeneland in :39.60. Laheen previously worked 3 furlongs at Keeneland on May 1, recording the same time of :39.60. Laheen is out of the winning mare Assess, who was a winner at 2.

Raise the Kitty (filly; Kitten's Joy - Elevate by Cox's Ridge) worked 3 furlongs in :39.67 at Saratoga. Raise the Kitty, who was born on April 21, 2007, sold for $67,000 as a 2-year old. Raise the Kitty is a half-sister to 2 winners, including Notovertilit'sover, who was group I stakes-placed in Peru.

At Saratoga, Kerouac (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Coronation Cup by Chief's Crown) worked 3 furlongs in :38.11. Kerouac sold for $100,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Coronation Cup. Coronation Cup has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Colorado Kid.

Hazards of Love (colt; Saint Liam - Spring Rush by Wild Rush) worked 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs in :48.40. Hazards of Love also worked 3 furlongs at Churchill in :36.20 on May 19. Hazards of Love sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of stakes winner Spring Rush.

Returning Workers

May 23

Afleet Again (colt; Afleet Alex - Lucky Again by Wild Again) worked 3 furlongs in :38.51 at Philadelphia Park.

Afleet Maggi (filly; Afleet Alex - Mindset by Coronado's Quest) worked 4 furlongs in :52.00 at Keeneland.

At Monmouth Park, Profiteroles (filly; Afleet Alex - Rietondale by Dynaformer) went 3 furlongs in :37.00.

Gray Flash (filly; Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat), who was 8th in her debut at Calder on May 2, worked 3 furlongs at Calder in :37.60.

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.

Self Reliance (filly; Afleet Alex - Grace Avenue by Metfield) worked 4 furlongs from the gate at Presque Isle Downs, recording a time of :48.00.

At Hollywood Park, Ghost Shadow (filly; Ghostzapper - Gracious Living by Pleasant Colony) went 4 furlongs in :50.60 from the gate.

Working 3 furlongs from the gate at Belmont Park was La Cloche (filly; Ghostzapper - Memories of Silver by Silver Hawk), who recorded a time of :37.24.

Spicer (colt; Ghostzapper - Allspice by Coronado's Quest) worked at Churchill, 4 furlongs in :49.80.

Zapster (colt; Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song) worked 4 furlongs in :50.83 at Saratoga.

Cater to Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Olinka by Wolfhound), who ran twice at Keeneland in April and finished 2nd on April 3, worked at Belmont. He went 4 furlongs in :50.88.

Kid Canuck (colt; Kitten's Joy - Draxhall Jump by Tale of the Cat) went 3 furlongs at Woodbine in :37.00.

Rock Hard Baby (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Bully's Del Mar by Notebook) was at Lone Star Park, working 5 furlongs in 1:01.40.

Rock the Field (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Groovetta by Gilded Time) worked 3 furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs in :37.40.

At Aqueduct, Unprecedented (colt; Saint Liam - Desert View (GB) by Sadler's Wells) worked 4 furlongs in :51.02.

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