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I happened to catch an impressive maiden score by Blind Luck (Pollard's Vision - Lucky One by Best of Luck), running 4.5 furlongs at Calder. In this her first start, she chased the early pace and then romped by more than 13 lengths. Watch the Replay.

Dixie Band Overwhelms Tactition

Hockley (A. P. Indy - Penny's Fortune by Storm Cat), who sold for $560,000 as a 2-year old, took most of the attention at the windows. Also getting notice from the bettors were The A. T. M. (Trippi - Regal Debutante by Vice Regent), the experienced one Straight Talk (Macho Uno - No Foul Play by Great Gladiator), and Dixie Band (Dixie Union - Tutorial by Forty Niner). Visually, Straight Talk looked best to me. Tactition (Afleet Alex - Natural Carma by Valiant Nature) looked a tad agitated in the post parade. At the start, Tactition broke into Bungee (The Cliff's Edge - Foramusementonly by Silver Deputy). Although Bungee seemed to take the worst of it, neither horse was a factor after that, finishing 8th (Bungee) and 9th (last, Tactition). Up front, favorite Hockley went to the lead, but Dixie Band went right after him. Those two separated themselves from the rest. In the stretch, Dixie Band took command, winning by better than 3. Hockley was another 3 in front of The A. T. M. and Okie Ride (Candy Ride (ARG) - Tic Tic by Geiger Counter), who brushed each other in the stretch. Jumpin Jack Cat (Newfoundland - Adoraday by Dayjur) was scratched. Dixie Band sold for $60,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of stakes winner Tutorial, who earned $198,217. Tutorial is a half-sister to stakes winner Oxford Scholar and grade II winner Seeking Regina.Watch the Replay.

Result: June 21, 2009
Arlington Park Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Dixie Band $14.20
The A. T. M.  

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Sassy Image has no Manners

At the first flash of the tote, Manners (Rock Hard Ten - Turkana by Deputy Minister) was the favorite. Things evened out later, as two of the experienced horses, Sassy Image (Broken Vow - Ideal Image by Hennessy) and Truly a Myth (Yes It's True - Amber Myth by Holy Bull) went off as the favorites. Miss Dixie Rose (Dixieland Band - Tigress Woods by A. P. Indy) took a brief lead at the break, but was soon passed by Truly a Myth and Sassy Image. Those two dueled for awhile, but Sassy Image soon took control. She continued to increase her advantage through the stretch, winning by better than 5. Miss Dixie Rose outfinished Truly a Myth for second, but it didn't hold up. The stewards determined that Miss Dixie Rose interferred with Tapachula (Tapit - Love U Fran by Phone Trick), and Miss Dixie Rose was disqualified from 2nd and placed 4th. Write When Ready (More Than Ready - Epistle by Deputy Minister) might be one to keep an eye on. She dumped her rider in the post parade and ran off a bit, got off to a slow start, and ended up beating more than half the field in finishing 5th. Manners didn't run much, beat one horse. But, she did follow the rail practically the whole way round, so it was a good learning experience. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 21, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

Sassy Image $5.80
Truly a Myth  

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Stakes Results

Arcodoro (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Northern Gulch by Gulch) is still a maiden, but now he's grade III stakes-placed, as he ran a great race in the Cinema Handicap on the Hollywood Park turf. He went to the lead and set all the fractions, but just couldn't hold off Oil Man. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Cinema here.

Tasty Temptation (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Parisia by Tethra) finished a decent 4th in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine. She couldn't stay with the top three, Eye of the Leopard, Mr. Foricos Two U, and Milwaukee Appeal, but she was well clear of the rest of the 13 horse field. I think her post position may have hurt a little, as she was wide for most of the race. Read more about the Queen's Plate here.

Other June 21 Results

Free Beer (gelding; Medaglia d'Oro - P J Floral by Baldski) at Hollywood Park! After not hitting the board in his previous 5 starts, Free Beer drops down in class, and gets the win. Watch the Replay.

Party Hard (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Keys to the Heart by Wild Again) closed nice ground late to finish 3rd in his Maiden Special Weight at Hollywood Park. Watch the Replay.

Outta Speight (colt; Speightstown - Winter Garden by Roy) was way back early, but closed fast late to pick up 3rd in in his Maiden Special Weight at Lone Star. Watch the Replay.

Phu Bird (filly; Birdstone - Phu Cat by Tabasco Cat) dueled early, but weakened a little late, finishing 3rd in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Louisiana Downs. Watch the Replay.

General Gabe (gelding; Congaree - Blazing Hot by Irish River (FR)) had an adventurous trip in his Allowance race at Northlands Park. He angled out at the start, and then ducked in at the gap. He pressed the pace early, but tired to 4th.

Rapid Redux (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Thiscatsforcaryl by Storm Cat) set the pace in his Allowance race at Monmouth, but tired finishing 5th. Jersey Town (colt; Speightstown - Jersey Girl by Belong to Me) broke outward and didn't show much, finishing 6th. Watch the Replay.

Dear Marylou (filly; Birdstone - Call Your Bid by Spectacular Bid) was scratched out of her Maiden Special Weight at Belmont.

Christo (gelding; Peace Rules - Tis Me by Notebook) was scratched from his Allowance race at Woodbine.

Pitched Perfectly (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister) was scratched from his Allowance/Optional Claiming at Belmont.

Pappy's Double H (gelding; Birdstone - Charmed Aura by Halo) was scratched from his Maiden Special Weight at Belmont.

Entries June 22

Footcandles (colt; Speightstown - Show Me the Stage by Slew the Surgeon) faces 7 in a Starter Allowance contest at Philadelphia Park, race 6. Post time is 2:31 PM ET for this 6 furlong race. Footcandles is 2 for 2 in 2009, winning a 6 furlong Starter Allowance race at Monmouth on May 25 in his most recent start.

Returning Workers

June 21

She's a Fleet (filly; Afleet Alex - Society Gal by Linkage) went 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Churchill Downs.

At Arlington, Holiday Buzz (colt; Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80.

Self Reliance (filly; Afleet Alex - Grace Avenue by Metfield) worked at Presque Isle Downs, 4 furlongs in :50.80.

Working 3 furlongs on the training track at Saratoga was Almooriq (colt; Ghostzapper - Dash for Money by General Meeting), who went in :39.23.

Also working 3 furlongs on the training track at Saratoga was Muhaaseb (colt; Ghostzapper - Ticket to Houston by Houston), who recorded a time of :38.91.

Kathern's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - La Cat by Mr. Greeley) worked 4 furlongs in on the training track at Saratoga, recording a time of :50.84.

Salaam Alaykum (filly; Saint Liam - Our Legacy by Kingmambo) worked 4 furlongs in :49.90 at Saratoga. It was the fastest of 7 works at the distance.

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