Zapster will be Just Alright, Reward Pending

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June 10, 2009

Delaware Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 3:03 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Bossy Mo
2. Just Alright
3. Monty's Appeal
4. Zapster
5. R B Applause
6. Jack in the Pulpit
7. Bellissima Luna
8. Royal Troon
9. Parthian
10. Reward Pending
11. Turf Melody

Ok, enough of resting on laurels from our 2008 stallions, let's get some winners from the 2009 stallions. Zapster (colt; Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song) is the second entrant for Ghostzapper. His first runner, Ghost Shadow, finished 6th in her only start, May 31 at Hollywood Park. 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. Zapster is currently my favorite Ghostzapper, based solely on name. Leave it to Dogwood to come up with a great moniker. Zapster is part of a Dogwood entry with Jack in the Pulpit and the same jockey (Abel Castellano) is named on both, so it is likely that only one will enter the starting gate. Zapster sold for $180,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Extend. Extend was a winner at 2, and earned $436,856 overall. Extend has produced the winner, Kelliher. Zapster has recorded 9 official works, most recently working 4 furlongs in :51.62 on the Saratoga training track on June 2.

The other half of the Dogwood entry, Jack in the Pulpit (Pulpit - Ramatuelle (CHI) by Jeune Homme), is also unraced. He brought $300,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Ramatuelle. Jack in the Pulpit is Ramatuelle's first foal. Ramatuelle is a half-sister to 5 winners, including Vitra, a group II winner in Chile.

Parthian (Giant's Causeway - Inny River by Seattle Slew), R B Applause (Closing Argument - Lisa's Approval by Farma Way), and Bellissima Luna (Malibu Moon - Easy Action by Crafty Prospector) met on May 20 at Delaware Park in a 4.5 furlong contest, finishing 3rd, 4th, and 5th. It was the first and only start for all three. Parthian sold for $200,000 as a weanling, and $300,000 as a 2-year old. Parthian is a half-brother to 6 winners, including stakes winner Welcome Inn and group II winner Montgomery's Arch. Three of Parthian's siblings won at 2. R B Applause is by first-crop sire Closing Argument, whose 5 runners have made 7 total starts, recording 1 win, 2 seconds, and 1 third, and earnings of $45,890. Grade III Closing Argument himself won 2 races as a 2-year old, including the NATC Futurity. Overall, he earned $986,984 and won or placed in 7 stakes, including victory in the Holy Bull (gr. III) and 2nd in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). R B Applause is the first foal out of stakes-placed Lisa's Approval, who earned $101,498. Selling for $190,000 at 2 was Bellissima Luna. He is out of Easy Action, who won 2 races at 2 and earned $149,840 overall. Easy Action has produced 2 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Kong's Revenge. Both of her winners won at 2.

The only other experienced entrant is Reward Pending (Grand Reward - Road Affair by Cahill Road), who was 5th in his only start, on April 23 at Aqueduct, while running 4.5 furlongs. Reward Pending is by freshman sire Grand Reward. Grand Reward, who is out of the great filly Serena's Song, has had 6 runners. They have made 8 collective starts, recording 1 second and 1 third. Grade II winner Grand Reward was a winner at 2 and earned $545,844 in his career. Reward Pending is a half-brother to 2 winners.

Also by a first-crop sire is Bossy Mo (Bwana Charlie - Mofus by Forest Wildcat), by Bwana Charlie. Bwana Charlie's 5 starters have made 6 total starts, registering 2 wins and a third, and $49,472. Bwana Charlie did not win at 2, but he was in the money in all 5 of his starts that year. Bwana Charlie earned $388,850 overall, and won or placed in 6 stakes, including wins in the Amsterdam (gr. II) and the Lafayette Stakes (gr. III). Bossy Mo is out of the winning mare Mofus. Mofus is the dam of 2 winners from two to run. One of Bossy Mo's siblings won at 2.

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

Selling for $60,000 as a 2-year old was Monty's Appeal (Montbrook - Valid Silk by Valid Appeal). He is out of the winning mare Valid Silk, who has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Rocky River. Rocky River won 2 races as a 2-year old, including the Spectacular Bid Stakes.

Just Alright (Awesome Again - Marina Light by Colony Light) is the first foal out of the winning mare Marina Light. Marina Light is a half- or full-sister to 8 winners, including stakes-placed Believe in Prayer.

Royal Troon (Graeme Hall - Royal Damsel by More Royal) is out Royal Damsel, who was a winner at 2 and 3. Royal Damsel is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Other Entries June 10

She's A Wow (filly; Speightstown - Venetian Glass by Deputy Minister) seeks her third win in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Delaware Park, race 8. Post time is 4:24 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. She's A Wow last ran on May 25, when she won a 6 furlong Allowance race at Delaware Park.

Dukes Alley (colt; Speightstown - Mount Hillaby by Colonial Affair) is entered in a 7 furlong turf race at Belmont, race 9. Post time is 5:17 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Dukes Alley has run 4 times and finished second twice. He last ran on April 4 finishing 6th on the Gulfstream Park turf at a mile.

Catalina Way (filly; Congaree - Sound of the West by West by West) faces 10 in a mile Maiden Special Weight at Presque Isle Downs, race 8. Post time is 8:25 PM ET. Catalina Way last ran on May 14 at Arlington Park, finishing 6th at a mile.


June 8

Luvthat d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Uluvitnunoit by Evansville Slew) made up some ground late to take third in her Maiden Special Weight at Prairie Meadows. Watch the Replay.

Iron Fortitude (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Viaduct by Thunder Gulch) didn't show much interest in his Allowance race at Delaware Park, finishing 7th. Watch the Replay.

Elmfield Boy (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Lemon Dove by Forty Niner) and Rule of Motion (colt; Peace Rules - Poetic Motion by Green Dancer) both tired in their Allowance race on the Delaware turf, finishing 9th and 10th. Watch the Replay.

Run Smart One (colt; Smarty Jones - Literary Light by Ide) won a Claiming race at Delaware Park. Watch the Replay.

June 9

Scootin Scooter (colt; Saarland - Sarah's a Winner by Cormorant) took third in his off the turf Allowance race at Philadelphia Park. The winner of this one was Summer of Summers, half-brother to Summer Bird. Contrary to Summer Bird, Summer of Summers led from the start. Watch the Replay.

Run Carly Run (filly; Speightstown - Royal Sweep by End Sweep) made a move on the turn, but couldn't get closer than 3rd in her Allowance race at Delaware Park. Watch the Replay.

Also finishing third was In Speight of It (colt; Speightstown - Honest Deceiver by Is It True), who ran in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Philadelphia Park. Watch the Replay.

Boo Bear (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Spectacular Day by Carson City) finished 5th in her Maiden Special Weight at Philadelphia Park, which was taken off of the turf. Watch the Replay.

New Workers

June 8

Kratisto (colt; Afleet Alex - Torch by Risen Star) worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 at Delaware Park. Kratisto sold for $130,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Torch. Torch was a winner at 2 and earned $485,016 overall. Torch has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Morine's Victory.

Golden Ghost (colt; Ghostzapper - Mandy's Gold by Gilded Time) worked 3 furlongs from the gate at Delaware Park in :36.40. Grade I winner Mandy's Gold, dam of Golden Ghost, won her only race at 2 and earned $1,081,744 in her career. Mandy's Gold is also the dam of the 3-year old colt Smarty's Gold, by Smarty Jones.

Smilin and Dancin (colt; Kitten's Joy - De Ice by Dehere) worked at Charles Town, going 3 furlongs in :38.20. Smilin and Dancin is out of the winning mare De Ice, who has produced 2 winners from 2 to run.

June 9

Mochachino (colt; Afleet Alex - Peacock Sally by Marquetry) worked 3 furlongs on a muddy Belmont training track, recording a time of :39.77. His dam, Peacock Sally, is a half-sister to grade II winner Magna Graduate.

My Alexis (filly; Afleet Alex - Saint's Play by Saint Ballado) worked 3 furlongs in :37.60 at Calder. My Alexis sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Saint's Play.

Returning Workers

June 7

Tactition (colt; Afleet Alex - Natural Carma by Valiant Nature) worked 5 furlongs from the gate at Arlington, recording a time of 1:05.60.

June 8

On the dirt training track at Woodbine, New Year's Baby (filly; Afleet Alex - You Again by Wild Again) worked 3 furlongs in :38.60.

Quick Ride (colt; Afleet Alex - Baby Lets Cruise by Tale of the Cat) went 4 furlongs on the training track at Saratoga in :50.43.

Speedy Mon (colt; Afleet Alex - Ringlet by Maria's Mon) went 3 furlongs in :38.20 at Churchill Downs.

Working 4 furlongs in :48.40 at Churchill was Ghost Girl (filly; Ghostzapper - Bayou Breeze by A. P. Indy).

Also working 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs was Quick Breeze (filly; Ghostzapper - Quick Temper by A. P. Indy), who recorded a time of :47.20.

At Saratoga, Kathern's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - La Cat by Mr. Greeley) worked 4 furlongs in :53.02.

Also at Saratoga, Raise the Kitty (filly; Kitten's Joy - Elevate by Cox's Ridge) went 4 furlongs in :52.23.

Romans Reward (colt; Kitten's Joy - Knock Off by Fit to Fight) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 at Churchill Downs.

Scottkeith'skitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Miss Bergdorf by Old Trieste) worked at Belmont, going 4 furlongs in :49.43.

Azurite (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Aztec Pearl by A. P. Indy) went 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs in :47.20. It was the fastest of 17 works at the distance.

At Monmouth, Fox Hunt (filly; Saint Liam - Zorra by Silent Fox) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.

Working at Santa Anita was Naturaliste (colt; Saint Liam - Goldina by Rahy), who went 3 furlongs in :37.40.

Tribecky (filly; Saint Liam - Double Jeopardy by Horse Chestnut (SAF)) worked at Keeneland, going 4 furlongs in :47.60.

June 9

At Delaware Park, Comical (colt; Ghostzapper - Abby Girl by Meadowlake) worked 4 furlongs in :49.80.

Jill's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Southern Barfly by Southern Halo) and Steve's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Cat's Prize by Golden Missile) worked 4 furlongs in :48.60 at Keeneland.

Working 4 furlongs at Keeneland was Zori's Eye (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Congratulations by Mercedes Won), who recorded a time of :49.00.

Havre de Grace (filly; Saint Liam - Easter Bunnette by Carson City) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Delaware.

Liam's Dream (filly; Saint Liam - Danzig's Dreamer by Rubiano) went 4 furlongs at Philadelphia Park in :49.90.

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