News and Notes
The big news of the day is that Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro) will get a vacation and not run in the Belmont. This means that Calvin Borel will be able to ride Mine That Bird (Birdstone). On a related note, Rachel will be featured in the August issue of Vogue magazine.
Ocean Colors, the 3-year old daughter of Winning Colors, returns to action in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Churchill Downs, race 7. She last ran on April 18 at Keeneland, where she finished 4th in a 6 furlong Allowance race.
The Law Ends Maddie's Odyssey
All were fairly well behaved in the post parade for 2-year old fillies. Jade Warrior was a little aggravated, but nothing serious. At the break, Maddie's Odyssey (Kitten's Joy) broke a tad inward, bumping with Blackwell. She soon recovered and settled in third. Letter of the Law sped to the lead, despite bobbling at the start. Wild Hare was chasing. Maddie's Odyssey made her move in the stretch, coming on the inside. She moved past Wild Hare into 2nd and put a dent in Letter of the Law's lead. She couldn't catch that one, but she was running well at the end. Definite improvement for Maddie's Odyssey, who went off at 39-1. She may have moved up on the Tapeta, but it's also likely that she benefitted from having run before. Experience paid in this one, as the top 3 had all raced previously. Watch the Replay.
Result: May 29, 2009
Presque Isle Downs Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
|Letter of the Law
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Other Results May 29
D'oro Diablo (gelding; Medaglia d'Oro - Dancehall Floozy by Paramount Jet) dueled early, but Midnight Mischief (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Western Reel by Gone West) got the last word, drawing off by 7 to win their Maiden Special Weight at Woodbine (scheduled for the turf, but run on the main track).
Presents for Berti (gelding; Congaree - Agiftfrom Bertie by Monetary Gift) finished 5th in his Allowance race on the turf at Churchill Downs. He never looked comfortable in this one. He was acting up going in the gate and was fighting the rider a bit. He settled at the back and made a run, but couldn't make much headway. I have to say that the winner, Reb, really caught my eye as they moved onto the turf course. He would have won by more, except he couldn't decide whether to bite Skipadate in the stretch or go by him. Watch the Replay.
Capitol Limited (colt; Saarland - Radiantly by Mountain Cat) was wide for much of his Allowance race at Lone Star. He put in a bit of a move in the stretch to finish 5th. This one ended with a really tight photo. The stewards studied it for a long time, before putting up 1-2 Cheese Factory over 10-1 Pete's Pride. Watch the Replay.
Gallery Sculpture (filly; Birdstone - Mona Lisa Lady by El Prado (IRE)) did not want to leave the gate in her Maiden Special Weight at Canterbury (officially "dwelt"). Having spotted the field many lengths, she trailed throughout.
Pitched Perfectly tries to Spend a Buck
May 30, 2009
Monmouth Park Race 8
Spend a Buck Stakes
1 mile 70 yards
Post Time: 4:20 PM ET TVG
||It Happened Again|
Pitched Perfectly (Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister), who was last seen finishing 5th in the mile and a sixteenth Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) on April 18 at Keeneland after setting the pace, returns to action in the Spend a Buck stakes at Monmouth. Pitched Perfectly has won 2 races in his career, both at a mile and 70 yards and both on the lead. He's had a couple of works since the Lexington, including a 4 furlong bullet on April 28 at Belmont.
Santana Six (Hold That Tiger - Back to Capetown by Cape Town) finished 7th in his most recent start, the grade II Derby Trial at Churchill Downs on April 25. Prior to that, he won twice and finished 2nd once. The 2nd was to Dunkirk in that horse's maiden victory. Santana Six has been a pace factor in his victories. He has worked several times since the Derby Trial, including two consecutive 4 furlong bullets on the Saratoga training track on May 14 and May 23.
It Happened Again (Proud Citizen - Quiet Lucky by Quiet American) began this year by winning the 7 furlong Triple Sec Stakes at Delaware Park on January 16. He then finished 10th in the Risen Star (gr. III) on February 7, and 4th in the Northern Spur on April 11. He returned to the winner's circle in his last start, a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Delaware Park on May 11. He's worked once since then. It Happened Again has primarily stalked the early pace in his races.
Aspiring Nick (Graeme Hall - Aspiring Sue by Proof) and Bunker Hill (Trippi - Never Yield by High Yield) met in the mile and a sixteenth Dover Stakes at Delaware Park back on October 11. Aspiring Nick was a winner by a nose. They also faced off in two previous stakes starts in 2008, the Go for the Green Juvenile Stakes and the Continental Mile Stakes. Bunker Hill won both of those. Aspiring Nick has not run since the Dover, but he has been working since early April. Bunker Hill has started twice in 2009, finishing second in the 7 furlong Blue and Gold Stakes at Charles Town on April 18, and 8th in the American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT), at a mile and a sixteenth on the Churchill Downs turf on May 1. He's worked three times at Monmouth since then, including a bullet 5 furlong work on May 18.
Lord Justice (A. P. Indy - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag) set the early pace in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) on April 4 at Aqueduct, before finishing 7th. Prior to that, he broke his maiden by 10 at Philadelphia Park on September 27, and won a mile and a sixteenth Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Aqueduct on March 6. He went gate-to-wire in that one. Lord Justice has had several works since the Wood Memorial, including three at Monmouth.
Seal Team (Trippi - Sunk by Polish Navy) finished 4th in the Federico Tesio Stakes in his most recent start, at a mile and an eighth on May 2 at Pimlico. He has made 7 additional starts, winning three times and finishing second twice. Two of his wins were at a mile and 70 yards. He's worked 3 times since the Tesio.
Sabi Sabi (Songandaprayer - Shal Pal by Time for a Change) finished 5th in the 7 furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream on March 28 in his most recent start. Overall, he has run 9 times, recording 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third. He has 6 stakes starts, including a third in the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes at 2, and a 2nd in the Darley Ocala Breeders' Sale Championship Stakes earlier this year. He has recorded 5 works since the Swale.
Runningforspeight on the Green Carpet
May 30, 2009
River Downs Race 11
Green Carpet Stakes
1 1/16 miles turf
3-year olds, registered Ohio-breds
Post Time: 4:40 PM ET
||Raise the Reward|
||Lipstick 'N Lace|
Runningforspeight (Speightstown - Intrigued by Lord At War (ARG)), who broke his maiden by 8 in his most recent start on May 1 at Thistledown, returns to stakes company in the Green Carpet Stakes. Runningforspeight previously ran in the Howard B. Noonan Stakes on April 11 at Beulah, where he finished 2nd. Since his victory, he's had a couple of works. This will be his first start farther than 6 furlongs and his first turf try. Runningforspeight has worked twice since his win.
Halmi (Prized - Laura Lynn by Captain Bodgit) and Raise the Reward (Parents' Reward - Jump Raise by I'll Raise You One) also ran in the Howard B. Noonan, finishing 4th and 6th (behind Runningforspeight). These two also met in the Best of Ohio Juvenile Stakes on October 4 of 2008, with Raise the Reward 2nd and Halmi 3rd. Halmi has run once since the Howard B. Noonan, winning a state-bred mile Allowance race at River Downs by more than 5 on May 5. Halmi has never raced on grass. However, he did work on the surface on May 19. Raise the Reward has also won a state-bred Allowance since the Howard B. Noonan. His race was at a mile at River Downs on Apil 25. Like Halmi, he has no turf experience. He's worked twice since his win, including a 4 furlong bullet on May 11.
Popular Dude (Popular Leader - Honey Bee Mine by Saratoga Six) was 5th in Halmi's recent Allowance triumph. Since then, Popular Dude was 8th in a 6 furlong Allowance race at River Downs on May 19. His only victory was on April 19 at River Downs, where he won a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight for Ohio-breds.
Bold Captain (Bold Truth - Pyrite Captain by Magesterial) was the winner of the Best of Ohio Juvenile Stakes over Raise the Reward and Halmi. He then took on open company, finishing 8th in the Inaugural Stakes on December 27, and 4th in the Pasco (behind Musket Man and General Quarters) on January 17. Both of those races were at Tampa Bay. He then tried the Tampa Bay turf, finishing 6th at 5 furlongs on April 25. His most recent effort was an Allowance/Optional Claiming race for Ohio-breds (3-year olds and up) on May 11 at Thistledown. He finished 4th in that one. Since that race, he's recorded two bullet works at Thistledown.
The only other entrant with turf experience is the Maiden Crossed Sabres (E Dubai - Sangreal by Pleasant Colony), who was 9th in a mile Maiden race on the Indiana Downs turf on May 5. His best finish overall was 3rd in a Maiden Claiming race at Fair Grounds on December 22. He's worked once since his last race. This will be his first attempt against Ohio-breds.
Also making his first Ohio-bred start is Hurley's Way (Siphon (BRZ) - Moon Bright by High Brite), who did his previous running in California. Most recently, he was 5th in a 7 furlong Claiming race at Hollywood Park on April 23. His maiden win came on March 29 at Santa Anita, while going 7 furlongs. He's had one River Downs work since his last race.
Completing the field is the filly Lipstick 'N Lace (De Hero - Black Tie 'N Lace by Black Tie Affair (IRE)). She tried to run on the turf last time out in the mile and a sixteenth Tomboy Stakes on May 16, but that race was taken off the turf and run on the main track at River Downs. Lipstick 'N Lace finished 2nd in that one, after setting the pace. Previously, she broke her maiden by better than 9 while running 6 furlongs at River Downs on May 2. This is not her first time facing the boys. She debuted in a Maiden race on September 1 at River Downs in open company, finishing 2nd.
Other Entries May 30
Hornung (gelding; Speightstown - Deb's Charm by Silver Charm) goes in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Woodbine, race 2. He'll break from post 5 at around 1:28 PM ET. Hornung finished 2nd last time out, in a 5.5 furlong Allowance race at Woodbine on April 18.
Saarinna (filly; Saarland - Rominna by Crafty Prospector) faces 5 in a Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth, race 3. Post time is 1:50 PM ET for this mile and a sixteenth contest. This will be Saarinna's 2nd start. First time out, she was 5th in a Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth on May 17.
Keep Me in Mind (colt; Smarty Jones - Bells Are Ringing by Sadler's Wells) takes on 5 in a Starter Allowance at Philadelphia Park, race 6. Post time is 2:31 PM ET for this mile contest. Keep Me in Mind was 2nd in his most recent race, a mile Claiming race on the turf at Delaware Park.
Joy of Compounding (filly; Saarland - Joying by Storm Cat) faces 8 in race 6 at Monmouth, a Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Post time is 3:20 PM ET for this mile and a sixteenth contest. Joy of Compounding has run once, finishing 7th on the Gulfstream Park dirt on April 9.
Min d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Min Elreeh by Danzig) runs in race 8 at Calder, a 5.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming contest. Post time is 4:16 PM ET for this 6 horse race. Min d'Oro, who has one win and one third to her credit, last ran on May 7 on the Calder turf, finishing 5th.
At 4:30, Arcodoro (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Northern Gulch by Gulch) will face 9 in a mile and sixteenth Maiden Speical Weight turf race at Hollywood Park. Arcodoro has run 3 times without placing. Most recently, he was 5th at Hollywood on May 9. This is his first turf start.
Saarman (colt; Saarland - Mil Kilates by Gold Alert) makes his first start of 2009, facing 8 in a Maiden Special Weight at Lone Star Park, race 6. Post time is 4:55 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. Saarman's only previous start came on July 25 of 2008, where he was 3rd on the Lone Star turf.
Double Espresso (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Second Strike by Fast Play), who broke her maiden last time out in a 7 furlong dirt contest at Churchill Downs, is entered in a mile and a sixteenth Allowance race on the Churchill turf. Carded as race 9, this one has a post time of 4:59 PM ET.
Stakes-placed Cassidys Pride (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Cassidy by Jolie's Halo) faces 5 in a 6.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Calder. This is race 10, with a post time of 5:08 PM ET. Last time out, Cassidys Pride was third in the Snurb Stakes at Calder on May 2. Overall, she has run 6 times, winning twice, finishing 2nd once, and 3rd once.
Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) goes in a mile Allowance contest on the turf at Calder, race 11. Post time is 5:34 PM ET, and he'll break from post 6. Medaglia d'Onore last ran on May 16 at Calder, finishing 4th. He has never run on the turf.
Pax (colt; Smarty Jones - Radiant Glow by War Chant) is entered in race 10 at Belmont, a Maiden Special Weight scheduled for a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Post time is 5:49 PM ET. Pax has run 3 times, finishing 3rd once.
Illegal Purse (filly; Saarland - Censored by In Excess (IRE)) will go 6 furlongs at Evangeline Downs, race 3. Post time is 8:10 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight contest. Illegal Purse has run once, finishing 2nd in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Fair Grounds on March 19.
Old Man Bill (colt; Speightstown - Be Happy My Love by Formal Gold) goes 4.5 furlongs at Charles Town in race 5. Post time is 8:51 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Old Man Bill has run 4 times, finishing second twice and third once. Last time out, he was 5th at 4.5 furlongs while running on a sloppy Charles Town track on May 3.
Lady Laurie Snow (filly; Afleet Alex - Roused by Saint Ballado) worked 4 furlongs in :52.20 at Churchill Downs. Lady Laurie Snow is out of the winning mare Roused, who did win at 2. Roused has produced the winner Dobra.
Kijo (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sunday Sport by Honour and Glory) worked 3 furlongs at Calder in :36.80. Kijo is the second foal out of the winning mare Sunday Sport.
Gray Flash (filly; Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat), who was 8th in her debut at Calder on May 2, worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 at that track.
In the Crosshairs (colt; Afleet Alex - Parisian Deputy by French Deputy) worked 1 furlong in :12.80 at the Pegasus Thoroughbred Training Center.
Miss Afleet Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Go Again Valid by Valid Appeal) worked at Lone Star, going 3 furlongs in :35.60.
At Fair Hill, Quechee (colt; Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) worked 4 furlongs in :51.00.
Savona (filly; Afleet Alex - Andora Springs by Capote) worked at Retama, going 4 furlongs in :54.40.
King Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Santo Mio by Southern Halo) worked 3 furlongs in :36.00 at Keeneland.
At Churchill Downs, Romans Reward (colt; Kitten's Joy - Knock Off by Fit to Fight) worked 4 furlongs in :49.40.
Cutter (colt; Saint Liam - Brite Diamond by Deputy Minister) went 4 furlongs at Fair Hill, recording a time of :50.00.
Hazards of Love (colt; Saint Liam - Spring Rush by Wild Rush) worked 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs in 1:00.00, fastest of 24 works at the distance.
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