Maiden Watch captures the 2009 Triple Crown, as offspring by our 2008 Stallions took all three legs. Birdstone grabbed the Kentucky Derby (Mine That Bird) and the Belmont Stakes (Summer Bird), while Medaglia d'Oro accounted for the Preakness (Rachel Alexandra). Some would say it was dumb luck, and I do admit that one reason that I chose Birdstone as a stallion to follow was to contrast him with Smarty Jones (on the other hand, I will take full credit for choosing Medaglia d'Oro, whom I chose not only because I liked his versatility as a race horse, but because I liked the look of his yearlings), but dumb luck or not, we had it. Let's hope that these three continue their stakes prowess the rest of the year.
Summer Bird excited us from his first start, a 4th place finish at 6 furlongs at Oaklawn Park (Watch the Replay). Comments included:
"I'm keeping an eye on Summer Bird. He should have won the race but he broke last and was 6 wide. He definately looked like the best horse of the race."
"I just put Summer Bird in my Equibase virtual stable - He does look like one to watch. Also his broodmare sire is the wonderful Summer Squall - A very underated race horse and sire...."
He defeated a familiar foe in his Maiden Win, Luv Gov. This is what I wrote, "It's nice when you think that a horse showed promise first-time out, and then in their second start they deliver. That certainly was the case with Summer Bird (Birdstone)." Watch the Replay.
His next start was the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), where he finished a closing third. Watch the Replay. I can't resist repeating what I wrote that day, "..personally I can't wait to see him on those wide turns at Belmont." The rest, as they say, is history.
Stakes Success for Maiden Watch graduates on June 6 wasn't limited to the Belmont Stakes. Munnings (Speightstown) lived up to his earlier promise, blowing the field away in the Woody Stephens and Gabby's Golden Gal (Medaglia d'Oro) escaped from Rachel's shadow to pick up a grade I victory in the Acorn Stakes. That victory was also good for the pocketbook, as she paid $28. Gabby did suffer from heat exhaustion after the race and didn't get her picture taken, but she responded well to the cold water treatment and walked off the track. Livin Lovin (Birdstone) finished 4th in the Acorn, her first race back after injury. She ran a decent race, just tired a bit.
In our other Saturday stakes action, Renda (Medaglia d'Oro) was 4th in an off-the-turf Liberada Stakes, Conchacer (Congaree) was 2nd in the Prairie Mile Stakes, and Mein Fraulein (Saarland) was scratched from the Panther Stakes also at Prairie Meadows.
The stakes activity continued on Sunday, June 7, although the results were not as spectacular. Tasty Temptation (Medaglia d'Oro) finished 2nd in the Woodbine Oaks, after a horrendous start. Retraceable (Medaglia d'Oro) was a good third in the Alywow Stakes, also at Woodbine. And, River Fancy (Congaree) and Prosecca (Speightstown) were 10th and 11th in the Oakley Stakes on the Colonial Downs turf.
Two-Year Old Results
Vito Flits Over Sweet Alexander
Sweet Alexander (Afleet Alex) reared in the gate before the start and then came out slowly. Activity Report and Vow Buster were dueling up front. Activity Report surged to a clear lead, but lugged out leaving an open lane on the rail. Vito Filitto zipped through to get up be a neck. Better Go Hide bore out badly, ending up closer to the outside rail. Sweet Alexander ran some late to finish 4th. Watch the Replay.
Vito Filitto (Mutakddim - Braggin Rights by Iroquois Park) is out of the winning mare Braggin Rights.
Result: June 6, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 9
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)
Gray Flash Gets Rocked
Sloppy track at Calder, Charmed and Diva Delite scratched. Gray Flash (Afleet Alex) broke ok, but was steadied and dropped back. Let's Rock n' Roll went to the lead. Syndi's Tease gave her some company for awhile, but Let's Rock n' Roll soon left them all behind, winning by 6. Kristy N Change ran on late to take second, and Gray Flash picked it up and got third. Watch the Replay.
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.
Result: June 6, 2009
Calder Race 10
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)
|Let's Rock n' Roll
|Kristy N Change
Just Ben (colt; Speightstown - Chip by Norquestor) got the day off to a rousing start, with a 13 length victory at Belmont, reminscent of his 7 length maiden score. And, Speight of Hand (colt; Speightstown - Hitch by Cox's Ridge) splashed along in second to complete the Maiden Watch exacta. Watch the Replay.
Rocket Defense (filly; Peace Rules - Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius) is now 3 for 3, adding an Allowance win at Penn National to her resume. Watch the Replay.
General Gabe (gelding Congaree - Blazing Hot by Irish River (FR)) was a winner at Northlands, going to the lead and pulling away in the stretch to win by more than 4.
Fufty Too (colt; Speighstown - Cape North by Capote) wore down the competition late to pick up an Allowance win at Arlington. Watch the Replay.
Jazzi Dawn (filly; Saarland - Mountain Dawn by Mountain Cat) picked up her Maiden victory in Maiden Claiming company at Northlands Park.
A special congratulations to Persian (gelding; Peace Rules - Lady Cheryl by Williamstown), who is my favorite Peace Rules. It took 12 tries, but Persian got his first win sprinting on the turf at Churchill. Watch the Replay.
Ricoriatoa (colt; Smarty Jones - Lovely Regina by Deputy Minister) set the pace in his Maiden race at Belmont. He couldn't hold off favorite Convocation, but did hold well for second. Watch the Replay.
Dancin Perfect (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Dancewiththebride by Belong to Me) closed well to take second in her Allowance race on the turf at Lone Star. Watch the Replay.
Chef (colt; Smarty Jones - Take the Cake by Fly So Free) went to the front in his Allowance race at Monmouth, but weakened late to finish 4th. Watch the Replay.
Ambraw (colt; Congaree - Fabulous Flight by Flying Continental) stalked, but couldn't gain and ended up 4th in his Maiden Special Weight on the Indiana Downs turf.
Amusing Plan (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Contrive by Storm Cat) was off slowly, but was gaining late in her debut at Arlington Park to take 5th. Watch the Replay.
Pocket Patience (filly; Speightstown - Brass in Pocket by Domasca Dan) beat one as the favorite in his debut at Woodbine.
Point Lookout (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Potomac Bend by Polish Numbers) dueled early, but tired late finishing 6th in his Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Monmouth. Watch the Replay.
Boomtown (colt; Speightstown - Day Lily by A. P. Indy) ran evenly, finishing 8th in his Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate. Watch the Replay.
Palin (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - La Alleged by Alleged) was up close early, but faded to 10th in his Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs. Watch the Replay.
Spirit Seeker (filly; Peace Rules - Wild Gal by Wild Again) was scratched, as her race came off the turf.
Kiddari (filly; Smarty Jones - La Paz by Hold Your Peace) didn't draw into her turf Allowance race at Churchill Downs.
Glory Gold (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Gayla by Lord Gaylord) was scratched from her Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs.
Itain'tover (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Let's Escape by Ogygian) pressed early and then took over in his Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs. Moon Town (colt; Speightstown - Vauxhall by Theatrical (IRE)) debuted in this one, finishing 6th. Watch the Replay.
King Congo (gelding; Congaree - Hansel's Star by Hansel) was a Maiden Claiming winner at Emerald Downs
Costa de Oro (colt; Medaglia - Capote's Katarina by Capote) took a Maiden Claiming at Lone Star. Watch the Replay.
Soda Jerk (colt; Smarty Jones - Double Scoop by Seeking the Gold) finished 3rd and Birdrun (colt; Birdstone - Run Like Martha by Jolie's Halo) 5th in their Maiden Special Weight at Churchill. Watch the Replay.
Legacy and Lace (filly; Saarland - Preservation Hall by Dixieland Band) finished 5th in her 2009 debut in a Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate. Watch the Replay.
Entries June 8
Elmfield Boy (Medaglia d'Oro - Lemon Dove by Forty Niner) and Rule of Motion (colt; Peace Rules - Poetic Motion by Green Dancer) take on the Delaware turf, in race 8. Post time is 4:24 PM ET for this contest at about a mile. Elmfield Boy, who was scratched out of the Hill Prince Stakes on June 5 at Belmont (after it was taken off of the turf), 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. Rule of Motion has finished first 3 times and second 3 times in 9 starts.
Also at Delaware Park, Iron Fortitude (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Viaduct by Thunder Gulch) goes in a mile Allowance race, race 9. Post time is 4:51 for this 11 horse field. Iron Fortitude broke his maiden in his last start, a mile Maiden Special Weight at Philadelphia on May 12.
Luvthat d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Uluvitnunoit by Evansville Slew) faces 6 in a Maiden Special Weight at Prairie Meadows, race 3. Post time is 5:23 PM ET for this 6 frulong race.Luvthat d'Oro has run once, finishing 5th at Prairie Meadows on May 22 in a 6 furlong race.
Magic Bullet (colt; Afleet Alex - Magical Mood (GB) by Forestry) worked at Santa Anita, going 3 furlongs in :38.80. Magic Bullet is a half-brother to the winner Magic Wand.
Close to My Heart (colt; Ghostzapper - Love n' Kiss S. by Kris S.) worked 3 furlongs in :38.20 at Fair Hill. Grade III winner Love n' Kiss S., dam of Close to My Heart, earned $383,150 in her career.
At Monmouth, Ghost Town Kat (filly; Ghostzapper - Keeneland Kat by Hennessy) worked 3 furlongs in :37.80. Ghost Town Kat is the first foal out of stakes winner Keeneland Kat, who won 2 races at 2, including her debut and the Sorority Stakes.
Katrina Katrina (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Body by Katrina by Wild Zone) worked 3 furlongs in :36.31 at Philadelphia Park. Katrina Katrina sold for $16,000 as a 2-year old, and is the first foal out of stakes winner Body by Katrina, who was a winner at 2.
Working 3 furlongs in :36.60 at Hollywood Park was Rock Solid King (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Julie's Angel by Theatrical (IRE)). Rock Solid King is a half-brother to grade II winner Zappa.
Nicetoseey'again (colt; Saint Liam - O K to Dance by With Approval) worked 3 furlongs in :37.80 at Monmouth. He sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner O K to Dance. O K to Dance was a winner at 2, and has produced 2 winners.
Afleet Maggi (filly; Afleet Alex - Mindset by Coronado's Quest) worked 4 furlongs from the gate at Churchill Downs in :48.80.
Also working 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs was Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird), who recorded a time of :47.40.
Alex a Fortiori (colt; Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) worked 4 furlongs from the gate at muddy Charles Town in :49.60.
Working from the gate at Keeneland was Baby Afleet (colt; Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic), who went 4 furlongs in :50.40.
In the Crosshairs (colt; Afleet Alex - Parisian Deputy by French Deputy) worked 2 furlongs at the at the Pegasus Thoroughbred Training Center in a time of :25.80.
Ophiuchus (filly; Afleet Alex - Nymphenburg by San Romano) worked 3 furlongs in :38.20 from the gate at Woodbine.
William Paley (colt; Afleet Alex - My Sweet Country by Bold Ruckus) went 4 furlongs from the gate at Keeneland in :49.20.
Also working 4 furlongs at Keeneland was Laheen (filly; Ghostzapper - Assess by Seattle Slew), who went in :51.00.
Stately Victor (colt; Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) worked 5 furlongs at the Churchill Downs Training Center in 1:04.20.
Working 5 furlongs at the Churchill Downs Training Center was Keith's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Silent Emotion by Ghazi), who recorded a time of 1:01.40.
Honor the Hero (colt; Saint Liam - Are You Up by Eagle Eyed) worked 4 furlongs in :48.20 at Keeneland.
On the turf at Vinery Stable, Sillium (colt; Saint Liam - Silla by Gone West) went 3 furlongs in :38.80.
At Philadelphia Park, Afleet Again (colt; Afleet Alex - Lucky Again by Wild Again) went 4 furlongs in :52.01.
Cascabella (filly; Afleet Alex - Island Rhythm by Skip Trial) worked 3 furlongs in :37.65 at Saratoga.
Working at Arlington Park was Holiday Buzz (colt; Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band), who went 4 furlongs in :53.00.
Miss Afleet Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Go Again Valid by Valid Appeal) worked at Lone Star, 4 furlongs in :50.80.
Remarkable Rocket (filly; Afleet Alex - Bold World by Fortunate Prospect) worked 3 furlongs at Monmouth in :36.00.
At Presque Isle Downs, Self Reliance (filly; Afleet Alex - Grace Avenue by Metfield) worked 5 furlongs from the gate in 1:03.00.
Deanaallen'skitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Miss Carmella (IRE) by Carmelite House) and Kaila Ann's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - One Lucky Storm by Tale of the Cat) worked 3 furlongs in :38.93 at Saratoga.
At Belmont, Gatillo Gozo (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sweeping Cat by End Sweep) worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.31.
Best Actor (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie by Unaccounted For) worked 3 furlongs in :39.60 at Arlington.
Beyondallboundarys (filly; Saint Liam - In Secure by A. P. Indy) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Arlington Park.
Working 4 furlongs in :51.00 at Saratoga was Doubles Partner (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Serena's Sister by Rahy).
Draw a Blank (filly; Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.30 at Presque Isle Downs.
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