Spiting the Odds

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Medaglia d'Oro has a new home, having been purchased by Darley and relocated to Darley's farm near Lexington.

Value Plus picked up his first winner when the gelding Fenceologist won a 4.5 furlong contest at Evangeline Downs on June 4.

Good luck to Mine That Bird (Birdstone) and Summer Bird (Birdstone) in the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont Stakes is my favorite of the Triple Crown races. I think it's because it's a pedigree race, you can usually throw out three-quarters of the field because of pedigree. That makes this an unusual year, because so many of the entrants should be able to get the distance, Mine That Bird, Summer Bird, Chocolate Candy, Mr. Hot Stuff, Luv Gov, Charitable Man, Miner's Escape have the pedigree to go that far. Dunkirk is a question mark, Unbridled's Songs do not usually want to go that far, but he does get stamina from his dam. I also question Flying Private at the distance. Brave Victory would seem a little short, pedigree-wise. I also am fond of the Belmont because I usually do pretty good wagering wise. No, I didn't really like Da' Tara last year, but I did have the exacta. I boxed the field minus Big Brown because I didn't think he'd get the distance (I also had a dream about the race, but enough said).

In addition to Mine That Bird and Summer Bird in the Belmont, we also have Gabby's Golden Gal (Medaglia d'Oro) and Livin Lovin (Birdstone) in the mile Acorn (gr. I) at Belmont, Munnings (Speightstown) in the grade II Woody Stephens, Renda (Medaglia d'Oro) in the Liberada Stakes at a mile and an eighth on the Calder turf, Mein Fraulein (Saarland) in the Panther Stakes at a mile at Prairie Meadows, and Conchacer (Congaree) in the Prairie Mile Stakes at Prairie Meadows. I am especially interested to see Livin Lovin, who hasn't run since the Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct on November 2, having been off because of a chipped ankle.

Spiting the Odds in the Hill Prince

The complexion of this one changed when it came off the turf. Elmfield Boy (Medaglia d'Oro), Florentino, Heros Image, and Lime Rickey were all scratched. Despite the Odds (Speightstown) broke on top, but allowed Affirmatif to take the lead on the outside. Despite the Odds eased into the lead on the turn and then took command, pulling farther and farther away from the field. The final margin was better than seven. Watch the Replay.

Read more about the Hill Prince here.

Result: June 5, 2009
Belmont Park Race 9
Hill Prince Stakes

Despite the Odds $17.20
$6.80
$4.40
Affirmatif  
$3.90
$2.90
Dubinsky  
$3.90

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Countdown Success Inspeightof in the Chantilly

Favorite Lady Countdown took the lead from the break, pursued by Muffin's Star and Roman Anthem. Roman Anthem gave up early, but Muffin's Star stayed close until the stretch. Jakes Lady Luck made a dent in Lady Countdown's lead late, but couldn't catch her. Adventcia made a late move for third. Inspeightofsuccess (Speightstown) stalked early, then faded a bit late to finish 5th.

Result: June 5, 2009
Assiniboia Downs Race 7
Chantilly Stakes

Lady Countdown $4.40
$3.20
$2.60
Jakes Lady Luck  
$8.00
$4.90
Adventcia  
$2.80

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Nacho Friend takes Wild Saint

Favorite Mississippit Hippie and Kissy Boy dueled early. Kissy Boy put the favorite away, but he had no answer for Nacho Friend, who settled after the start and then came running. He went by Kissy Boy and won by 6. Crosswicks made up ground late to take the third spot. Wild Saint (Saint Liam) raced wide and couldn't make up any ground late, finishing 4th. The track was sloppy (sealed) and Awesome Son, Only Forthemoment, and Turf Melody were scratched.. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 5, 2009
Monmouth Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Nacho Friend $22.00
$9.20
$9.80
Kissy Boy  
$6.60
$6.80
Crosswicks  
$13.60

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Our other 2-year old, Manners (Rock Hard Ten) was scratched at Churchill Downs. That one was taken impressively by Beautician, daughter of Dehere. She settled off the pace early and then flew by them, drawing off to victory. Watch the Replay.

Other Results

Blue Haze Day (filly; Birdstone - Ice'em by Two Punch) was a debut winner at Canterbury, despite throwing her head at the start. She went right after the leader, and won by more than 4.

Speightstown Belle (filly; Speightstown - Mean Imogene by Silver Deputy) led from the start in her Allowance race at Evangeline, repulsed a challenge, and then won by better than 3, despite some shadow jumping. Watch the Replay.

Wins in the Claiming ranks included Maiden Claiming winners Verdant (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Rift Valley by Gulch) (Watch the Replay), and Christo (gelding; Peace Rules - Tis Me by Notebook) (Mission Gap by Speightstown was 3rd), and Claiming winner Christmas Parade (gelding; Congaree - Christmas Time by Gilded Time) (Watch the Replay).

Original Ink (colt; Speightstown - Red n'Gold by Tabasco Cat) finished well for 2nd in his Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs, but was 9 plus lengths behind the winner. Watch the Replay.

Also finishing second was Tannic (gelding; Saarland - Poetic Image by Perrault (GB)), who finished well in his Allowance race at Prairie Meadows. Watch the Replay.

Precisely Perfect (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - High Arch by Arch) and Greenapple Martini (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Trishyde Slew by Seattle Slew) finished together, 3rd and 4th, in their Maiden Special Weight at Woodbine.

One Hot Toddy (filly; Congaree - Crimson and Roses by El Prado (IRE)) finished 4th in her Allowance race at Calder. Watch the Replay

Royal Treaty (colt; Saarland - Itama by Tabasco Cat) made up some ground late to finish 5th in his Maiden Special Weight debut at Louisiana Downs. Watch the Replay.

Congaway (filly; Congaree - Fleeting Ways by Afleet) wasn't much of a threat in her debut on the Evangeline Downs turf, finishing 7th. Watch the Replay.

Scootin Scooter (colt; Saarland - Sarah's a Winner by Cormorant) was scratched from his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Colonial Downs, as it was taken off of the turf.

Sweet Alexander Better Go Hide for a Final Ending

June 6, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 9
Maiden Claiming ($50,000 - $45,000)

4.5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 5:00 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Activity Report
2. Vito Filitto
3. Final Ending
4. Vow Buster
5. Startingold
6. Better Go Hide
7. Sweet Alexander
8. Street Shoes Larry

Sweet Alexander (Afleet Alex - Sweet Screamer by Belong to Me) debuts at Churchill going 4.5 furlongs. All the entrants in this one are unraced. Sweet Alexander's recorded three works, including a 3 furlong work at Ellis Park in :38.40 on June 3. Sweet Alexander is out of the winning mare Sweet Screamer, who has produced the winner Dominating Cat. Dominating Cat was a winner at 2. Sweet Alexander's dam, Sweet Screamer, is a half-sister to grade III winner El Roblar. Afleet Alex's 3 runners have made 5 total starts, recording 1 second.

Also by a freshman sire is Better Go Hide (Consolidator - Hide the Bride by Runaway Groom), by Consolidator. Consolidator has had 13 runners, who have made 18 combined starts, recording 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third. Consolidator won 2 races at 2, including the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I). He earned $661,760 in his career. Grade III winner Hide the Bride, dam of Better Go Hide, earned $163,147 in her career. Hide the Bride has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including stakes winner With Affection. With Affection earned $158,690 overall.

Activity Report (Bernstein - Chandrina by Trempolino) sold for $45,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced mare Chandrina. Chandrina is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Winter Quarters.

Final Ending (Omega Code - Romaca by Kris S.) was a $25,000 yearling, and is a half-brother to the winner Romacaca. Final Ending's dam is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Stakes winner Dressed in Gold, dam of Startingold (Jump Start - Dressed in Gold by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) won 2 races as a 2-year old, including the Ellis Park Debutante Stakes. Dressed in Gold has produced 3 winners from 3 to run.

Vito Filitto (Mutakddim - Braggin Rights by Iroquois Park) is out of the winning mare Braggin Rights. Braggin Rights has produced 2 winners from two to run.

Vow Buster (Broken Vow - Jennymeg by Housebuster) is a full- or half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Smoke Buster. Two of Vow Buster's siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner at 2.

Street Shoes Larry (Crafty Shaw - Tewksbury Garden by Wolf Power (SAF)) is out of stakes-placed Tewksbury Garden. Tewksbury Garden has produced 6 winners, including one 2-year old debut winner.

Gray Flash is Charmed so Let's Rock n' Roll

June 6, 2009
Calder Race Course Race 10
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)

4.5 furlongs
2-year olds fillies
Post Time: 5:07 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Miss Olivia Rae
2. Gray Flash
3. Kristy N Change
4. Syndi's Tease
5. Let's Rock n' Roll
6. Diva Delite
7. Charmed

Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) makes her second start, after finished 8th first time out on Derby Day. In that start, she stumbled at the start and was unable to recover, as it was only a 2 furlong race. Watch the Replay. Since that start, Gray Flash has worked 3 times, including a 4 furlong gate work on June 2 at Calder in a time of :51.00. Gray Flash sold for $35,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced Storm Cat mare, Stormy Regina. Stormy Regina has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winner Sterling Cat. Three of Gray Flash's siblings won at 2. Afleet Alex's 3 runners have made 5 total starts, recording one second.

The only other experienced filly is Charmed (Hear No Evil - Katy's Quick by Tactical Advantage), by first-crop sire Hear No Evil. Charmed finished 4th in her first and only start, on May 16 at Calder while running 4.5 furlongs. Hear No Evil has had 4 starters which have made 7 total starts, recording 1 win, 1 second, and 1 third. Hear No Evil himself won 3 races as a 2-year old, including the Criterium Stakes. Overall, he earned $599,415. Charmed is the first foal out of the winning mare Katy's Quick. Katy's Quick is a full- or half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Cotton House Bay.

Also by a first-crop sire is Syndi's Tease (Heckle - Syndication by With Approval), by Heckle. Grade III winner Heckle has had one runner who has run once, finishing third. Heckle was a debut winner at 2 and won the Tremont (gr. III) that year. Syndi's Tease is out of the winning mare Syndication, who has produced the winner Cybercation. Syndi's Tease sold for $13,000 as a 2-year old.

Diva Delite (Repent - Tour Hostess by Tour d'Or) sold for $35,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes-placed Tour Hostess. Tour Hostess earned $215,356 in her career, and is a full- or half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Bay Street Gal.

Miss Olivia Rae (El Corredor - Phantom Song by Rahy) is a half-sister to winner White Slippers. Her dam, Phantom Song, is a half-sister to 10 winners, including grade III stakes winner Phantom On Tour. Phantom On Tour won 3 out of 4 races at 2, including the Best of Ohio Juvenile Stakes and the Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

Kristy N Change (Exchange Rate - Kristy Dale by Robyn Dancer) is the first foal out of the winning mare Kristy Dale, who earned $150,085. Kristy Dale is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Eagle Time and Power Strokin.

Let's Rock n' Roll (Yonaguska - Catdog by Pioneering) is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Catdog. Catdog is half-sister to 8 winners, including 3 stakes winners.

Other Entries June 6

Speight of Hand (colt; Speightstown - Hitch by Cox's Ridge) and Just Ben (colt; Speightstown - Chip by Norquestor) are in action at Belmont Park in race 2. Post time is 12:05 PM ET for this 7 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Speight of Hand was 2nd in his most recent start, a mile and a sixteenth Allowance race at Belmont on May 10. Just Ben last ran on May 16, finishing 3rd in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Belmont.

In race 3 at Belmont, Ricoriatoa (colt; Smarty Jones - Lovely Regina by Deputy Minister) will go a mile on the dirt. Post time is 12:37 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Last time out, Ricoriatoa finished 2nd at Belmont on May 9.

Pocket Patience (filly; Speightstown - Brass in Pocket by Domasca Dan) debuts in a Maiden Special Weight at Woodbine, race 2. Post time is 1:28 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. Pocket Patience is the first foal out of grade III winner Brass in Pocket.

Chef (colt; Smarty Jones - Take the Cake by Fly So Free) takes on 5 in a mile Allowance race at Monmouth, race 3. Post time is 1:50 PM ET for this one for three year olds and up. Chef was a winner at first asking on February 14 at Gulfstream, and then finished 4th in a mile and an eighth Allowance race at that track on March 6.

Point Lookout (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Potomac Bend by Polish Numbers) takes on 6 in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Monmouth Park, race 5. Post time is 2:50 PM ET for this mile and 70 yard contest. Point Lookout has run 3 times, and won twice. Last time out, he took a mile Allowance race at Delaware Park on April 28.

At Arlington Park, Amusing Plan (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Contrive by Storm Cat) makes her first start in race 5. Post time is 2:11 PM ET for this 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Amusing Plan is a half-sister to Folklore, 2005 champion 2-year old.

General Gabe (gelding Congaree - Blazing Hot by Irish River (FR)) goes in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Northlands, race 2. Post time is 3:27 PM ET, and he breaks from post 4. General Gabe has made one start, finishing 2nd at Northlands on May 24.

Spirit Seeker (filly; Peace Rules - Wild Gal by Wild Again), who broke her maiden in her most recent start, goes in a 7.5 furlong turf Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Calder, race 7. Post time is 3:40 PM ET.

Kiddari (filly; Smarty Jones - La Paz by Hold Your Peace) is on the AE list for a mile turf race at Churchill Downs, race 8. It's an Allowance race with a post time of 4:27 PM ET. Kiddari won her last start, a mile race at Churchill Downs on May 1.

Stakes-placed Fufty Too (colt; Speighstown - Cape North by Capote) goes 6.5 furlongs at Arlington in race 10. Post time is 5:42 PM ET for this Allowance race. Fufty Too has run 6 times, winning once, finishing second twice, and third once.

Palin (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - La Alleged by Alleged) is 2nd on the AE list for a 7 furlong turf race at Churchill, race 11. Post time is 6:02 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight.

Boomtown (colt; Speightstown - Day Lily by A. P. Indy) takes on a full field at 5.5 furlongs at Golden Gate, race 7. Post time is 6:15 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. This field also includes a colt called Boom Boom By Dolly. Hmmm. that's an interesting exacta proposition. Boomtown has run once, finishing 5th on a muddy Turf Paradise track on April 11.

Rocket Defense (filly; Peace Rules - Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius) goes in the 3rd at Penn National, a 6 furlong Allowance race. Post time is 7:34 PM ET. Rocket Defense is a perfect 2 for 2 in her career.

Glory Gold (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Gayla by Lord Gaylord) tries the Presque Isle Downs Tapeta in race 6, at a mile and 70 yards. Post time for this Allowance race is 7:35 PM ET. Glory Gold has run 8 times, winning once, finishing 2nd once, and third twice.

Ambraw (colt; Congaree - Fabulous Flight by Flying Continental) will go on the Indiana Downs turf at 8:20 PM in race 2. This is a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight. Ambraw, who has only run on the turf in his short 3 race career, finished 2nd last time out while running a mile on the Indiana Downs turf.

New Workers

June 5

Herzog (colt; Saint Liam - Oreanda by Stravinsky) worked 4 furlongs in :50.20 at Santa Anita. Herzog sold for $250,000 as a yearling, and is the 2nd foal out of the placed mare Oreanda. Oreanda is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Thunder Belle and grade III winner Belleski. Oreanda is also a half-sister to the Medaglia d'Oro 3-year old filly, Bella d'Oro.

Returning Workers

June 5

A Student (colt; Afleet Alex - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo) worked 3 furlongs at Canterbury Park in :39.60.

Quechee (colt; Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) worked 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Fair Hill.

Working 4 furlongs from the gate at Retama was Savona (filly; Afleet Alex - Andora Springs by Capote), who recorded a time of :49.60.

She's a Fleet (filly; Afleet Alex - Society Gal by Linkage) worked 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs, in :49.40.

Working 3 furlongs from the gate at Keeneland was Daddy Forty Nine (colt; Ghostzapper - Tuff Chick by Wild Again), who recorded a time of :36.20.

Battle Royal (colt; Saint Liam - Queen Marge by Grindstone) worked at Woodbine, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.60.

Working at Fair Hill was Cutter (colt; Saint Liam - Brite Diamond by Deputy Minister), who went 4 furlongs in :49.60.

Sheltowee (colt; Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) worked 3 furlongs at Arlington in :39.00.

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