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A Classical Slewing of Eze Does It

Zip Quik was looking lively in the warmups. I wasn't sure he would make to the gate with the rider intact. Eze Does It (Afleet Alex) was calm and collected. But, the best impression was made by Classical Slew, favorite in the wagering. Eze Does It broke ok, but dropped back. Going for the lead was Track N Attack, who soon built up a sizable advantage. He began to tire in the stretch, however, tumbling back into the field and eventually finishing 6th. Seizing command was Classical Slew, who had been waiting in 2nd. Grace Upon Grace ran well late and secured the place position. Eze Does It threatened to make a move late, but flattened out and was just beat out for third by Zip Quik. Coo Cachoo was a scratch. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 4, 2009
Hollywood Park Race 3
Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes

Classical Slew $4.40
Grace Upon Grace  
Zip Quik  

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It's a Grand Slam for Andre over Hazards of Love

Hazards of Love (Saint Liam) took all the early money in this one and went off as the favorite. He debuted in blinkers and went to the post without a pony. His journey to the gate was not without incident. First, there was a saddle adjustment, and then he unseated jockey Julien Leparoux. But, Julien was soon back aboard. Hazards of Love was off a little slowly, but soon made up some ground on the outside. Grand Slam Andre took to the lead, despite breaking inward. He was pursued by Marathon Moon and Leroidugazon. Marathon Moon dropped back, as Leroidugazon drew even with the leader. Just as it looked as though Leroidugazon would go on by Grand Slam Andre, that one took off again and won by better than 7. Marathon Moon came on again late to wrestle the place spot from Leroidugazon and Justamatteroftime got up for fourth. Hazards of Love ran evenly, but greenly, and finished 5th. Experience will help. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 4, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Grand Slam Andre $7.60
Marathon Moon  

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Other Results

Glorious Bird (filly; Birdstone - Primequest by Coronado's Quest) stalked the early pace, made a move in the stretch and just got up by a head in her debut at a sloppy Charles Town. You knew Birdstone's would like a mile and a half, but who would have predicted triumphs at 4.5 furlongs? View Race Details

Maoineach (filly; Congaree - Trepidation by Seeking the Gold) finished 3rd in the Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Austons Sure Cure (colt; Saarland - Miss Marta by Cure the Blues) pressed the early pace and held on late to win a Maiden Claiming contest at Churchill Downs. Watch the Replay.

Jaystone (gelding; Birdstone - Maya's Note by Editor's Note) got his 2nd win, taking a 7 furlong Claiming race for New York-breds at Belmont. Watch the Replay.

Wild Saint is Nacho Friend Only Forthemoment

June 5, 2009
Monmouth Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 2:07 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Wild Doone
2. Only Forthemoment
3. Nacho Friend
4. Mississippi Hippie
5. Kissy Boy
6. Turf Melody
7. Two Notch Road
8. Crosswicks
9. Awesome Son
10. Wild Saint

Wild Saint (Saint Liam - Wild Snitch by Forest Wildcat) debuts at Monmouth Park, where he'll go 5 furlongs. Wild Saint, who was born on March 31, 2007, has 6 official works, including 4 at Monmouth. His last work was 3 furlongs in :35.60 on May 31. He is out of grade III winner Wild Snitch, who was a debut winner at 2 and took the Sorority Stakes that year. Wild Snitch has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, one of which won at 2 at Monmouth Park. Saint Liam's 3 runners have made 4 collective starts, recording 1 third.

Kissy Boy (Alke - Caught Kissing by Lit de Justice), Crosswicks (Defrere - Ijustcalledtosay by Caller I. D.), Wild Doone (D'wildcat - Sinfully Beautiful by Sun War Dancer), and Two Notch Road (Partner's Hero - Capiana by Capote) met in a 4.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth on May 22. It was the first and only race for all. Kissy Boy finished 3rd, Crosswicks was 4th, Wild Doone 5th, and Two Notch Road finished 6th. Watch the Replay. Kissy Boy is out of the winning mare Caught Kissing. Caught Kissing has produced the winner Kisseys Luck, who did win at 2. Crosswicks is out of the winning mare Ijustcalledtosay. Ijustcalledtosay has produced 4 winners, including one 2-year old winner. Sinfully Beautiful, the dam of Wild Doone, was a winner and has produced 3 winners from 4 to run. One of Wild Doone's siblings won at 2. Two Notch Road is half-brother to 3 winners, but no 2-year old winners.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Turf Melody (Maria's Mon - Tricky Bird by Storm Bird), who brought $200,000 as a yearling. Turf Melody is a half-brother to 3 winners, including grade II winner Stanley Park.

Selling for $70,000 as a 2-year old was Mississippi Hippie (Dance Master - Debt Free by Fly So Free). His dam, Debt Free, was a winner and has produced 4 winners from 4 to run. Mississippi Hippie's siblings include stakes winner Cape Time. Another sibling was a winner at 2.

Only Forthemoment (Pulpit - Wheatly Way by Wheatly Hall), who sold for $45,000 as a yearling, is out of stakes winner Wheatly Way. Wheatly Way won 2 races at 2, including the Melaleuca Stakes. Wheatly Way is the dam of 5 winners, including grade III winner Moonlight Sonata and grade I winner Bevo. Bevo won 4 out of 5 races at 2, including his debut, the Futurity (gr. I) and the Saratoga Special (gr. II). Moonligth Sonata was also a graded stakes winner at 2. Wheatly Ways is also the dam of the unraced Smarty Jones 3-year old colt, Nafath.

Nacho Friend (Friends Lake - You'renotlistening by Kennedy Road), which is a fun name in my humble opinion, brought $30,000 as a yearling. He is out of grade III winner You'renotlistening, who earned $372,000 in 63 starts. You'renotlistening has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Your Bluffing. Two of Nacho Friend's siblings were debut winners at 2.

Awesome Son (Pure Precision - Defrills by Defrere) is the first foal out of the winning mare Defrills. Defrills is a half-sister to 7 winners.

Manners has a Sassy Image to be Future Empress

June 5, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 6:22 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Jozi's Turn
2. All About Anna
3. Everybody Lies
4. Beautician
5. Sassy Image
6. Steely Dame
7. Future Empress
8. The Underling
9. Wit Bamn
10. Aprhrodite's Tears
11. Flatter Me Weezy
12. Manners

The filly Manners (Rock Hard Ten - Turkana by Deputy Minister) is the first starter for Rock Hard Ten. Rock Hard Ten did not run at 2, but he did win his first two starts (at 3). Overall, he earned $1,870,380 and won or placed in 7 stakes, all of them graded. Manners, who was born on May 1 2007, has recorded 5 works. Her last four works have been at Churchill, including 4 furlongs in :48.60 on May 31. Manners is a half-sister to stakes-placed Turk, who finished 3rd in the 2009 San Miguel Stakes. Turk finished 2nd in his only start at 2. Manners dam, Turkana, is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Unraced Aphrodite's Tears (Offlee Wild - Empress Jessie by Red Ransom) is by first-crop sire Offlee Wild. Offlee Wild's 8 runners have made 13 total starts, recording 4 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third, and earnings of $83,352. Aphrodite's Tears is a half-sister to 3 winners, including one 2-year old winner.

All About Anna (Maria's Mon - Suzanna Anna by Tale of the Cat) and Jozi's Turn (Johannesburg - Timber Turn by Woodman) met on May 14 at Churchill Downs on a sloppy track, finishing 4th and 5th. All About Anna was a $85,000 yearling, and is a half-sister to the winner Hour Glass. Hour Glass was a winner at 2. All About Anna's dam, Suzanna Anna, is a full-sister to stakes winner Victorianna, and a half-sister to grade II winners Miss Indy Anna and Time Limit. Jozi's Turn is out of the placed mare Timber Turn. Timber Turn is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade I winner West by West.

The only other experienced filly is Everybody Lies (Yes It's True - Southern Musical by Southern Halo), who was 4th in her only start, on May 10 at Churchill Downs. A $30,000 yearling, Everybody Lies is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Everlasting Beauty. One of Everybody Lies' siblings won at 2.

Steely Dame (Purge - Mesabi Maiden by Cox's Ridge) sold for $130,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade II winner Mesabi Maiden. Mesabi Maiden earned $240,314 in her career. As a 2-year old, she was a winner and grade II stakes-placed. Mesabi Maiden has produced 2 winners.

Beautician (Dehere - Caroni by Rubinano) was a $110,000 yearling, and is the 2nd foal out of the unplaced mare Caroni. Caroni is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade II winner Kashatreya.

Selling for $42,000 a yearling was Sassy Image (Broken Vow - Ideal Image by Hennessy). Sassy Image is the 2nd foal out of the placed mare Ideal Image. Ideal Image is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Dynaman.

Grade I winner Queens Court Queen, dam of The Underling (Malibu Moon - Queens Court Queen by Lyphard), earned $808,050 overall, and was a winner and grade II stakes-placed at 2. Queens Court Queen has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Awesome Ashley. Awesome Ashley was a winner at 2, and has earned $232,093 through 2009.

Future Empress (Teton Forest - San Diego Sue by Red Ransom) is out of the winning mare San Diego Sue, who was a debut winner at 2. San Diego Sue has produced 2 winners, one of which won at 2.

Wit Bamn (Vindication - Sean's Baby by Thunder Gulch) is the 2nd foal out of stakes-placed Sean's Baby. Sean's Baby is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Flatter Me Weezy (Flatter - Social Crown by Chief's Crown) is half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner St Matthew.

Stakes Entries June 5

Hill Prince Stakes

Despite the Odds (Speightstown - Lady Aloma by Cozzene) and Elmfield Boy (Medaglia d'Oro - Lemon Dove by Forty Niner) try graded stakes turf company in the mile Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont. Despite the Odds took his debut on March 4 at Laurel by 10 lengths, and then added an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest on April 2. He then ran in the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (gr. III) on May 16 at Pimlico, finishing 8th. All of his races have been at 6 furlongs on the dirt. But, he is out of a Cozzene mare, which is a good predictor of turf prowess. Elmfield Boy broke his maiden at first asking on the turf at Newcastle (GB) on June 28 of 2008. He was imported to the U.S. and has made one additional start, winning a 6 furlong Allowance race on the Presque Isle Downs Tapeta on May 9. He has also not been beyond 6 furlongs.

Affirmatif (Unbridled's Song - Wichitoz by Affirmed) was touted by some as the next Big Brown, after winning first time out on the Gulfstream Park turf on February 28 while running a mile. But, he was caught in his next start, finishing 2nd in a mile and an eighth Allowance race on the Keeneland turf on April 5. He rebounded to win the Woodlawn Stakes on the Pimlico turf on May 16.

Heros Image (Partner's Hero - Not What I Do by Parfaitement) finished 3rd in the Woodlawn, behind Affirmatif. Prior to that, he won an Allowance race on the Tampa Bay turf on April 8. Heros Image's maiden victory was also on the Tampa Bay turf.

Lime Rickey (Lemon Drop Kid - Kootenai by Deputy Minister), who broke his maiden on November 1 on the Aqueduct turf, finished 2nd in three consecutive turf stakes this year at Gulfstream. These included the Dania Beach, the Hallandale Beach, and the Palm Beach (gr. III). Then, his connections decided to try the dirt in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), where he finished 8th. A return to the turf led to an Allowance win at a mile at Belmont on May 14.

Duke of Homberg (Dynaformer - Woodlass by Woodman) finished 5th in the Dania Beach (behind Lime Rickey), won the Hallandale Beach, and finished 6th in the Palm Beach (behind Lime Rickey), after setting the pace. He has not run since the Palm Beach. In two previous starts on the Belmont turf, Duke of Homberg finished 4th in the Pilgrim (gr. III) on October 1, and 3rd in the I Take All Stakes on October 26. Both of those efforts were on yielding turf.

Florentino (Swept Overboard - Must Be Loved (JPN) by Sunday Silence) finished 3rd in the Transylvania (gr. III) at a mile and a sixteenth on the Keeneland turf on April 3, after setting the pace. That was his most recent race. He finished first or 2nd in three other turf starts, setting the pace each time.

Conservative (Unbridled's Song - Oh What a Windfall by Seeking the Gold) was 2nd in his most recent start, in the Lexington (gr. II) on the Keeneland polytrack on April 18. He broke his maiden at a mile and a sixteenth on the Gulfstream Park turf, and finished 2nd in his only other try on the surface.

Rendezvous (Victory Gallop - Halo Babe by Southern Halo) also broke his maiden on the turf, at a mile and a sixteenth at Calder on November 6. He then won an Allowance race and an Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields. After that, he tried stakes company, finishing 3rd in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate and 4th in the Derby Trial (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on April 25. He most recently finished 3rd in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at a mile and an eighth on the Belmont turf on May 14.

Dubinsky (Toccet - Breath of Life by Tactical Advantage) is a Main Track Only entrant for the race. He has won 2 in a row, a mile Maiden race on a sloppy Aqueduct track on April 11 and a mile and a sixteenth Allowance race at Monmouth on May 9. This would be his first stakes try.

Read more about the Hill Prince here.

Chantilly Stakes

Inspeightofsuccess (Speightstown - Essence of Success by Deputy Minister), who broke her maiden in her last start, takes on 7 in the 6 furlong Chantilly Stakes at Assiniboia Downs. Inspeightofsuccess' maiden win was at 5 furlongs at this track. She has been in the money in all 4 of her starts.

Lady Countdown (Captain Countdown - Lady Showtime by Pembroke) finished 2nd in the Princess Stakes in her last start. As a 2-year old, she won the Debutante Stakes at Assiniboia. Overall, she has run 10 times, winning 3 times and finishing 2nd once.

Adventcia (Petionville - Ms. Tenacious by Buckley Boy), Roman Anthem (Came Home - Roman Song by Sultry Song), and Muffin's Star (Five Star Day - Boxing Day by Out of Place) finished 1-2-3 on May 22 at Assiniboia, in a 5 furlong Allowanc/Optional Claiming race. Adventcia had previously broken her maiden in the Buffalo Stakes for state-breds at a mile at Assiniboia on September 14. Roman Anthem's maiden win also came at Assiniboia, but at 5 furlongs on May 15. Muffin's Star was a debut winner at Assiniboia, running 4.5 furlongs on July 4.

Saleslady (Valid Wager - Powerful Launch by Relaunch a Tune) has won 2 in a row, a 3.5 furlong Maiden race at Hastings on October 13, and a 5 furlong Claiming race at Assiniboia on May 18.

I'mamaroongirl (I'madrifter - Ann's Bold Lady by Bold Badgett) has made 14 starts, winning twice, finishing 2nd once and 3rd three times. One of her thirds came in the Pepsi Stakes at Fonner Park on March 21.

Jakes Lady Luck (Formal Gold - Sweet Lady Luck by Groomstick) has won 2 races and finished 2nd once in 9 starts. She won her most recent race, a 5.5 furlong Claiming race at Assiniboia on May 20.

Other Entries June 5

Precisely Perfect (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - High Arch by Arch) and Greenapple Martini (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Trishyde Slew by Seattle Slew) go in race 1 at Woodbine, a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 1:00 PM ET. Precisely Perfect is unraced. She sold for $52,239 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Spread the News. Greenapple Martini has run 6 times. Her best finish came in her most recent race, when she finished 2nd at Woodbine on May 17 while running a mile and a sixteenth.

One Hot Toddy (filly; Congaree - Crimson and Roses by El Prado (IRE)), who finished 6th in the Regal Gal Stakes in her last start, runs in an Allowance race at Calder. Post time is 3:56 PM ET for this 6 furlong race, race 8.

Royal Treaty (colt; Saarland - Itama by Tabasco Cat) debuts in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Louisiana Downs, race 7. Post time is 5:25 PM ET, as he breaks from post 4. Royal Treaty is out of the winning mare Itama. Royal Treaty is owned by Summer Bird's connections.

Scootin Scooter (colt; Saarland - Sarah's a Winner by Cormorant) goes a mile and an eighth on the Colonial Downs turf. Post time is 7:52 PM ET for this Allowance/Optional Claiming race, race 5. Scootin Scooter has run 5 times and won twice. He has never run on the turf.

Original Ink (colt; Speightstown - Red n'Gold by Tabasco Cat) faces 6 in an Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs, race 7. Post time is 8:00 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. Original Ink has run 3 times with one win. Last time out, he was 5th at Churchill Downs on May 10 in a 7 furlong Allowance race.

Tannic (gelding; Saarland - Poetic Image by Perrault (GB)), who broke his maiden last time out at Prairie Meadows on May 23, returns to that track in an Allowance race. Post time is 8:23 PM ET for this mile race, race 3.

Blue Haze Day (filly; Birdstone - Ice'em by Two Punch) makes her first start in race 5 at Canterbury, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 9:49 PM ET for this contest for 3, 4, and 5-year olds. Blue Haze Day sold for $80,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Ice'em. Ice'em is a half-sister to 10 winners.

Unraced Congaway (filly; Congaree - Fleeting Ways by Afleet) is entered in a mile turf contest at Evangeline, race 7. Post time is 9:50 PM ET for this contest for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. She is out of the winning mare Fleeting Ways, who has produced 7 winners, including stakes winner Skipjack.

Speightstown Belle (filly; Speightstown - Mean Imogene by Silver Deputy) faces 7 in an Allowance race at Evangeline Downs, race 9. This mile race has a post time of 10:40 PM ET. Speightstown Belle, who broke her maiden in her debut on February 13, last ran on the Evangeline turf on April 30, finishing 4th.

New Workers

June 3

Karen Sue's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Citiscape by Citidancer) worked at the Churchill Downs Training Center, going 3 furlongs in :37.40. She is a half-sister to the winner Fly Over, and her dam is a half-siste to group III winner Santillana.

Returning Workers

June 4

Lady Laurie Snow (filly; Afleet Alex - Roused by Saint Ballado) worked 4 furlongs in :52.00 at muddy Churchill Downs.

R Luckyghost (colt; Ghostzapper - Downtown Blues by Seattle Song) worked from the gate at Prairie Meadows, going 4 furlongs in :51.25.

Kijo (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sunday Sport by Honour and Glory) went 4 furlongs at Calder, recording a time of :49.80.

Working 4 furlongs in :51.00 at Keeneland were Becky's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene) and Painted Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Painted Pink by Conquistador Cielo).

At Lone Star Park, Rock Hard Baby (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Bully's Del Mar by Notebook) went 5 furlongs in 1:00.00.

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