The First Ghost

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Summer Bird (Birdstone) had his last work before the Belmont Stakes, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.89 at Belmont Park. Kent Desormeaux was up and he'll have the mount in the Belmont.

Ocean Colors, the 3-year old daughter of Winning Colors, finished 3rd in her Allowance race at Churchill Downs after setting the pace. Watch the Replay.

Lord Justice is Perfectly Pitched in the Spend a Buck

Lord Justice sped right to the lead in the Spend a Buck, pursued by Santana Six and Seal Team. Lord Justice ticked off comfortable fractions and no one could catch him, although Santana Six kept up the pressure throughout. It Happened Again made up ground late to take third. Pitched Perfectly (Pleasantly Perfect) was in mid-pack early, but lost position and finished up 8th (last). Pitched Perfectly just doesn't seem to be the same animal when he doesn't get the lead. Watch the Replay.

Result: May 30, 2009
Monmouth Park Race 8
Spend a Buck Stakes

Lord Justice $15.60
Santana Six  
It Happened Again  

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Halmi Runs for Speight in the Green Carpet

The filly Lipstick 'n Lace took the early lead, pressed by Crossed Sabres. Runningforspeight (Speightstown) and Hurley's Way were not far off, stalking the pacesetters. The scene changed after 6 furlongs, as the early speed retreated and Halmi began his run. Hurley's Way seized the lead, but it was short-lived as Halmi joined him. Those two battled to the wire, with Halmi surging to get the win. Raise the Reward made a move to get into third, but couldn't get any closer, running evenly late. Runningforspeight appeared to be in the perfect position, but we couldn't make up any ground late and finished 5th. A mile and a sixteenth may be a little too far for Runningforspeight.

Result: May 30, 2009
River Downs Race 11
Green Carpet Stakes

Halmi $17.60
Hurley's Way  
Raise the Reward  

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Other Results May 30

Cassidys Pride (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Cassidy by Jolie's Halo) romped in her Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Calder, taking the lead soon after the break and gearing down late. Watch the Replay.

Min d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Min Elreeh by Danzig) dueled from the start, put favorite Bella Bella away, and then held off closer Star Tracer to pick up her 2nd win in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Calder. Watch the Replay.

Arcodoro (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Northern Gulch by Gulch) seemed to take to the turf, as he went right to the lead in his Maiden Special at Hollywood Park. He was passed late and had to settle for 2nd, but it was a much improved effort. Watch the Replay.

Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) came from off the pace to made a run wide, but he couldn't keep pace with the runaway winner, Duke of Mischief. Medaglia d'Onore did hold well for 2nd. Watch the Replay.

Keep Me in Mind (colt; Smarty Jones - Bells Are Ringing by Sadler's Wells) broke slowly, but showed some late interest to pick up third in his Starter Allowance at Philadelphia Park. Watch the Replay.

There was no change of position in the top 3 spots in Old Man Bill's (colt; Speightstown - Be Happy My Love by Formal Gold) Maiden Special Weight at Charles Town. He started in third and finished in third, but he did finish strongly.

Hornung (gelding; Speightstown - Deb's Charm by Silver Charm) made a bit of a move in his Allowance race at Woodbine, but flattened out and finished 4th.

Illegal Purse (filly; Saarland - Censored by In Excess (IRE)) pressed the early pace, made a move, but couldn't sustain it and finished 4th in her Maiden Special Weight at Evangeline Downs.

Saarman (colt; Saarland - Mil Kilates by Gold Alert) bumped at the start, raced near the back and made up a few positions late to finish 5th in his Maiden Special Weight at Lone Star. Watch the Replay.

Pax (colt; Smarty Jones - Radiant Glow by War Chant) set the pace for 6 furlongs in her turf Maiden Special Weight at Belmont, but tired late and finished 6th. Watch the Replay.

Saarinna (filly; Saarland - Rominna by Crafty Prospector) hopped at the start, was along for awhile, but weakened and finished 6th in her Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth. Watch the Replay.

Double Espresso (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Second Strike by Fast Play) didn't draw in off of the MTO list for her Allowance race at Churchill Downs.

Joy of Compounding (filly; Saarland - Joying by Storm Cat) was scratched from her Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth.

The First Ghost

May 31, 2009
Hollywood Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 5:30 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Ghost Shadow
2. Gambling Pokerface
3. Magic Yodeler
4. Rote
5. Necessary Evil
6. Mi Sueno
7. Lena Miss
8. Laura's Pleasure
9. Win for M'lou

Ghost Shadow (Ghostzapper - Gracious Living by Pleasant Colony) is the first entrant for Ghostzapper. 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper won his 2-year old debut, and earned $3,446,120 with only one out of the money finish in 11 starts. Ghost Shadow sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to the winner Rochioli. Ghost Shadow's dam, Gracious Living is a daughter of grade I winner Fantastic Find, and a half-sister to grade I winner Finder's Fee and grade II winner Tax Ruling. Ghost Shadow has recorded 8 works in preparation for her debut, all at Hollywood Park. Most recently, she went 4 furlongs in :50.60 on May 23.

Only one filly with experience, Win for M'lou (Gilded Time - Take the Picture by Doneraile Court), who was 4th in her debut at Hollywood on May 1 while running 4.5 furlongs. Win for M'lou is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare Take the Picture. Take the Picture is a half-sister to the winner Suspicious.

No other first-crop sires represented in this one, but Lena Miss (Peace Rules - Sinsie by Capote) is by one of our 2008 first-crop sires, Peace Rules. She sold for $12,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to the winner Betty's Boop. Lena Miss' dam, Sinsie, is a half-sister to grade II winner Dance Floor and 5 other winners.

Top-seller in this one is Mi Sueno (Pulpit - Madcap Escapade by Hennessy), who sold for $1,700,000 as a weanling. Mi Sueno is the first foal out of grade I winner Madcap Escapade. Madcap Escapade, who earned $1,052,852 in her career, did not run at 2, but she did win her first 4 races at 3. Those victories included the Forward Gal (gr. II) and the Ashland (gr. I). She also finished 3rd in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) that year. Madcap Escapade is also a half-sister to grade I winner Dubai Escapade.

Necessary Evil (Harlan's Holiday - Song and Danz by Unbridled's Song) brought $160,000 as a yearling. She is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Song and Danz. Song and Danz is a half-sister to stakes winner Forest Danz. Forest Danz won the Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash as a 2-year old.

Selling for $150,000 as a yearling was Rote (Tiznow - Song to Remember by Storm Cat). Rote is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade I winner Magnificent Song. Magnificent Song was a winner at 2, and earned $445,732 in her career.

Gambling Pokerface (Popular - Gamblingisavirtue by Wall Street Dancer) is out of the winning mare Gamblingisavirtue, who earned $204,094 in her career. Gamblingisavirtue is also a half-sister to 4 winners.

Magic Yodeler (Swiss Yodeler - Magic Rythm by Cahill Road) is a full-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Oberwald. Three of Magic Yodeler's siblings won at 2.

Stakes-placed Doubleyourpleasure, dam of Laura's Pleasure (Cactus Ridge - Doubleyourpleasure by Double Negative), was a winner at 2 and earned $135,197 in her career. Doubleyourpleasure has produced stakes winner Sea of Pleasure. Sea of Pleasure was 2 for 2 at 2, and has earned $131,281 through 2009. In his most recent start, he was 3rd in the El Segundo Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 21.

By the way, I am going to be out of town tomorrow, so I'm not sure when I will be able to post the recap of this race.

Other Entries May 31

Run Smart One (colt; Smarty Jones - Literary Light by Ide) takes on 5 in a Starter Allowance race at Philadelphia Park, race 2. Post time is 12:46 PM ET for this mile and 70 yard race. In his career, Run Smart One has won 2 races, finished second once and third once. In his last start, he won a mile and 70 yard Claiming race at Delaware Park on May 12.

Me You and Her (filly; Smarty Jones - Toi Et Moi by Deputy Minister) goes in race 8 at Philadelphia Park, a mile and 70 yard Allowance race on the turf. Post time is 3:22 PM ET for this big field. Me You and Her was unplaced as a 2-year old, but she's 3 for 3 in 2009. This will be her first turf try.

Diva d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Miriah by Woodman) breaks from post 7 in race 3 at Lone Star, a Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Post time is 3:31 PM ET for this mile race. Diva d'Oro last ran on May 3 on the Lone Star turf, finishing 2nd.

Conga Queen (filly; Congaree - Special Test by Hawkin's Special) faces 5 in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Lone Star Park. Post time is 3:59 PM ET for this one for three year olds and up. Conga Queen has run 8 times, she's won twice, finished 2nd twice, and 3rd once.

Gatwick (gelding; Speightstown - Beauty Halo (ARG) by Southern Halo) makes his 2nd start, facing 7 at Hastings. Post time is 4:53 for this 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. First time out, Gatwick was 3rd at Hastings on May 18.

Cedros (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Wayward Bound by Mr. Prospector) debuts on the turf at Churchill Downs in race 10. Post time is 5:28 PM ET for this mile Maiden Special Weight. Cedros is out of the winning mare Wayward Bound, who has produced 5 winners.

Phu Bird (filly; Birdstone - Phu Cat by Tabasco Cat), who won her only start back on September 20, faces winners in a 5 furlong turf Allowance contest at Louisiana Downs, race 8. Post time is 5:55 PM ET, and she breaks from post 4.

I'll Show Them (gelding; Smarty Jones - Top Rung by Seattle Slew) debuts in race 8 at Hollywood Park, a 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight. He'll break from post 7 around 7:30 PM ET. I'll Show Them sold for $600,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade II winner Top Rung.

New Workers

May 30

Seeking the Point (colt; Saint Liam - So Foolish by Seeking the Gold) worked 3 furlongs at the Ocala Training Center in :36.00. It was the fastest of 13 works at the distance. Seeking the Point sold for $13,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare So Foolish. So Foolish is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Returning Workers

May 30

Afleet Maggi (filly; Afleet Alex - Mindset by Coronado's Quest) worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 at Churchill Downs.

Alex a Fortiori (colt; Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) worked 3 furlongs at Charles Town in :39.20.

Daddy Forty Nine (colt; Ghostzapper - Tuff Chick by Wild Again) worked at Keeneland, going 3 furlongs in :38.40.

Laheen (filly; Ghostzapper - Assess by Seattle Slew) also worked 3 furlongs at Keeneland, in a time of :37.80.

At the Churchill Downs Training Center, Keith's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Silent Emotion by Ghazi) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.

Battle Royal (colt; Saint Liam - Queen Marge by Grindstone), who was scratched out of a race at Woodbine on May 24, worked 5 furlongs at that track in 1:03.00.

At Vinery Stable, Sillium (colt; Saint Liam - Silla by Gone West) worked 3 furlongs, recording a time of :39.00.'

Wilreign (filly; Saint Liam - Probable Storm by Tabasco Cat) worked 2 furlongs at Merryland Farm in :26.80. It was the fastest of 13 works at the distance.

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