Rock Hard Baby will come Skippin' Home

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Sad news today, as stakes winner Olredlgetcha, from the first crop of Limestone, was euthanized after developing a staph infection. Olredlgetcha won the Victoria Stakes at Woodbine on June 14.

Just a reminder, please continue to comment on any impressive maiden victories that you see, whether or not they are sired by our primary stallions. I can post video replays for those tracks that we have access to, so that everyone can watch as well.

North Street beats the Recession

North Street (Street Cry (IRE)) - Starkly Arctic by North Pole) was the clear favorite in the wagering, but the entry of Fire and Forget (Forestry - Missile Bay by Yes It's True) and Pickels Pub (Freud - Daily Routine by Well Decorated) also took some money. Groovy Warrior (Desert Warrior - Sanctionize by Groovy) was an early scratch, and Estupenda (Lord At Law - Frescidia by Master Derby) was a late scratch. Fire and Forget was keyed up in the warmup, and she broke on top. She was quickly followed by the favorite, North Street. Recession Proof (Afleet Alex - Pert Lady by Cox's Ridge) was off last, many lengths behind the next horse, but she began making up ground quickly. Up front, North Street overtook Fire and Forget and moved clear. She drew off to win by better than 6. However, Recession Proof was moving well late, and picked 4 spots in the stretch to take second by a neck over Luvabull Me (This Bulls for You - Envy Me by West by West). North Street is out of stakes-placed Starkly Arctic, who has now produced 4 winners from 4 to run. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 25, 2009
Penn National Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

North Street $4.80
Recession Proof  
Lovabull Me  

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Logan Squares Gray Flash

Fappie's Princess (Fappie's Notebook - Joy Princess by It's Freezing) went for the early lead, but she was soon joined by Logan Square (Vicar - Invincible by Conquistador Cielo), who was off a step slow. Just behind these was Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat), who was wide in third. These three held their positions for a time, but gradually Logan Square took over. She drew off in the stretch to win by better than 3. Anita's Gem (First Tour - Sweetest Dream by Sir Leon), who had been just off the leaders in fourth, came running late to take second. Fappie's Princess and Gray Flash tired to 3rd and 4th. Logan Square is out of the winning mare Invincible. Invincible has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Disappearance, and Abraham Clasic, a group I winner in Mexico. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 25, 2009
Calder Race 2
Maiden Claiming ($25,000)

Logan Square $6.20
Anita's Gem  
Fappie's Princess  

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Other Results June 25

Christo (gelding; Peace Rules - Tis Me by Notebook) won a mile and a sixteenth Claiming race at Woodbine, it was his second win.

Speight the Halo (colt; Speightstown - Ballado's Halo by Saint Ballado) seemed home free in his Allowance race at Hollywood Park, leading most of the way. But, he was caught late and had to settle for second. Watch the Replay.

Little Lady Smarty (filly; Smarty Jones - Lake Lady by Salt Lake) stalked the early pace, put her head in front in the stretch, but couldn't sustain her bid, weakening late to finish 3rd in her Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs. Watch the Replay.

Conga Queen (filly; Congaree - Special Test by Hawkin's Special) dueled early, but tired to finish 5th in her Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Lone Star Park. Watch the Replay.

Long Lashes at the Curragh

In addition to the entries outlined below, the Rock Hard Ten filly, Long Lashes (Rock Hard Ten - Border Dispute by Boundary) makes her first start in the Ballygallon Stud Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. She will face 8 fillies in that one. Long Lashes sold for $95,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to grade II stakes-placed Mythical Border. Mythical Border was a debut winner at 2. Long Lashes dam, Border Dispute, is a half-sister to Just a Coincidence, who was third in this year's Wood Memorial (gr. I).

Skippin' Home with a Genuine Ruckus

June 26, 2009
Assiniboia Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

4.5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 8:05 PM ET

P Horse
1. Mondiva
2. Skippin' Home
3. Genuine Ruckus
4. Lady Eddington
5. Honorable Lady

Skippin' Home (Afleet Alex - Second Symphony by Mining), who has been working at Assiniboia, debuts at that Manitoba track on June 26. None of the 5 fillies in this one have racing experience. Skippin' Home's most recent work came on June 20, where she went 4 furlongs in :52.60. Skippin' Home is out of stakes winner Second Symphony, who earned $120,350. Second Symphony has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Secondary School and grade III winner Summer Symphony. Afleet Alex's 8 runners have made 13 combined starts, recording 2 seconds and 1 third.

Also by a freshman sire is Lady Eddington (Eddington - Miss Blues Sweep by End Sweep), by Eddington. Eddington had his first winner on June 25, when his son Silenceofthewind was victorious at Newcastle in England. Grade I winner Eddington was 2nd in his only start at 2. He earned $1,216,760 in his 17 race career, and won or placed in 10 graded stakes. Lady Eddington sold for $20,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Miss Blues Sweep. Miss Blues Sweep was a debut winner at 2, and earned $203,466 in her career. She has produced 2 winners from 2 to run.

Mondiva (Petionville - Bayou Boots by Storm Boot) sold for $18,000 at the 2009 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. She is a full-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Snake Proof. Snake Proof was a debut winner at 2. Another sibling, stakes-placed Crocodile Tuff, was a winner at 2.

Also by Petionville is Honorable Lady (Petionville - Enthusiastic by Unbridled), who is out of the unraced mare Enthusiastic. Enthusiastic is a half-sister to 3 winners, including 2008 Belmont Stakes winner Da' Tara.

Genuine Ruckus (Highland Ruckus - Satsuma by Lord Avie) brought $17,129 as a yearling. She is out of the winning mare Satsuma, who was a debut winner at 2. Satsuma has produced one winner and Mandarin, who was stakes-placed at 2.

Rock Hard Baby Woke Up Smilin after a Wild Smoocher

June 26, 2009
Lone Star Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 8:59 PM ET

P Horse
1. Wild Smoocher
2. Rock Hard Baby
3. Millenial Storm
4. Woke Up Smilin
5. Kristys Not Shy
6. Vertical Vision
7. Speedy Spice
8. Joy's Paradise
9. Reversed On Appeal

Some interesting exacta and trifecta potentials in this one. I'll leave those up to your imagination. 

Rock Hard Baby (Rock Hard Ten - Bully's Del Mar by Notebook), who was our first Rock Hard Ten worker, debuts at Lone Star Park. She has been working there since early April, including 4 furlongs in :49.40 on June 17. Rock Hard Baby brought $40,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Bully's Del Mar. Bully's Del Mar earned $109,720, and is a half-sister to 5 winners. Rock Hard Ten's only starter so far is Manners, who was 10th in her debut on June 21. 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.

Vertical Vision (Pollard's Vision - Caney Creek by Service Stripe), by first-crop sire Pollard's Vision, just missed in her debut at Lone Star, finishing second at 5 furlongs on May 24. She sold for $17,500 as a yearling, and is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare Caney Creek. Caney Creek is a half-sister to 9 winners. Grade II winner Pollard's Vision's 12 runners have made 25 total starts, recording 3 wins, 2 seconds, 9 thirds, and $86,740.

Also by first-year sires are unraced fillies Wild Smoocher (Wildcat Heir - Geeze Louise by Meadowlake),Woke Up Smilin (Woke Up Dreamin - Madison Grace by Just a Tab), and Joy's Paradise (Taste of Paradise - Coastalota by Dixieland Heat). Wild Smoocher is by grade I winner Wildcat Heir, whose 16 runners have made 21 combined starts, registering 7 wins, 5 seconds, 1 third, and $221,791. Wild Smoocher sold for $18,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to Castle Lake, who was a winner at 2. Their dam, Geeze Louise, is a half-sister to 7 winners, including 2 stakes winners. Grade II winner Woke Up Dreamin, sire of Woke Up Smilin, has had 3 runners who have made 6 total starts, recording 2 seconds. Woke Up Smilin is out of stakes-placed Madison Grace, who won two races at 2. Madison Grace has produced the winner Great Appeal, who also won 2 races at 2. Joy's Paradise is by grade I winner Taste of Paradise, sire of 6 runners who have started 10 total times, recording 2 seconds. Stakes winner Coastalota, dam of Joy's Paradise, earned $379,498 in her career. Joy's Paradise is her first foal.

Speedy Spice (Thunder Gulch - Paintball by Jules), a $52,000 yearling, has run twice. She was 5th at Lone Star on May 17, and 4th at that track on June 7. Both of those races were at 5 furlongs. Speedy Spice is out of the winning mare Paintball, who did win at 2. Paintball is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Carson's Legacy.

Kristys Not Shy (Boone's Mill - Kristy's Regency by Regal Classic) has also run twice at 5 furlongs at Lone Star Park. She finished 6th on May 28, and 9th on June 11. Kristys Not Shy is out of the winning mare Kristy's Regency. Kristy's Regency has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Mystery Classic. Three of Kristys Not Shy's siblings won at 2.

Millenial Storm (Dove Hunt - Our Millennia by Leo Castelli) and Reversed On Appeal (Successful Appeal - Family Business by Saint Ballado) are both unraced. Millenial Storm is out of Our Millennia, who won 2 races at 2, including her debut. Our Millennia has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. Reversed On Appeal sold for $18,000 as a yearling. Grade III stakes-placed Family Business, dam of Reversed On Appeal, earned $169,877 in a 20 race career. Reversed On Appeal is her first foal.

3-year old Stakes Entries June 26

Mein Fraulein (filly; Saarland - Adena's Girl by Personal Flag) will go after graded stakes glory in the 1/16 mile Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows, post time 10:45 PM ET. Mein Fraulein, who has a record of 2 wins and 3 thirds in 8 starts, last ran on June 18 at Churchill Downs, finishing 3rd in a 7 furlong Allowance race at Churchill Downs. Read more about the Iowa Oaks here.

Stakes-placed Conchacer (colt; Congaree - Eliot Chacer by Clever Trick) also runs at Prairie Meadows, in the 1 1/16 mile Iowa Derby, which has a post time of 11:17 PM ET. Last time out, Conchacer was 2nd in the Prairie Mile Stakes at Prairie Meadows on June 6. He also finished 3rd in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 16. Overall, Conchacer has run 5 times, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, and a third. Read more about the Iowa Derby here.

Shared Account (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Silk n' Sapphire by Smart Strike) is entered in the Perfect Sting, scheduled for a mile and a sixteenth on the Belmont Park inner turf course. Post time is 6:36 PM ET. Shared Account has won 3 out of 5 starts. Most recently, she won a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Delaware Park on May 27. In her previous stakes attempts, she was 6th in both the 1 1/8 mile Bonnie Miss (gr. II) and the mile Davona Dale (gr. II), both on the Gulfstream Park dirt. She has never run on turf.

Other 3-year old Entries June 26

Adina Speightstown (filly; Speightstown - Adina by Seattle Slew) faces 6 in a Maiden Special Weight at Louisiana Downs, race 4. Post time is 3:55 PM ET for this 6.5 furlong contest. Adina Speightstown last ran on March 12 at Delta Downs, finishing 4th on a sloppy track.

Sarah Cataldo (filly; Smarty Jones - Mescalina by Smarten) is a MTO entrant for an Allowance race at Monmouth, scheduled for 5 furlongs on the turf, race 8. Post time is 4:10 PM ET. Sarah Cataldo, who is 2 for 2 in her short career, is named for an 8-year old girl who had a heart transplant.

Ben's Magic (gelding; Birdstone - Sudley Springs by Exbourne) debuts in race 6 at Northlands Park, post time 9:15 PM ET. He breaks from post 1 in this 6 furlong race. Ben's Magic sold for $20,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Sudley Springs. Sudley Springs has produced 2 winners from 2 to run.

Austons Sure Cure (colt; Saarland - Miss Marta by Cure the Blues), who broke his maiden last time out on June 4, takes on Allowance company in race 10 at Churchill Downs. Post time is 10:42 PM ET as Churchill presents night racing for the second time. Austons Sure Cure breaks from the rail in this 1 1/16 mile race.

Justin (colt; Speightstown - Love At Noon by Afternoon Deelites) and Baku Breeze (colt; Smarty Jones - Dance On the Green by Green Dancer) face off in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Churchill, race 11. Post time is 11:11 PM ET for this one. Justin has run once, on November 29 of last year. He finished 5th while running 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs. Baku Breeze has also made one start, finishing 4th at Keeneland on April 23, 2009.

New Workers

June 25

Imaginary Saint (filly; Saint Liam - Imaginary Cat by Storm Cat) worked 3 furlongs in :39.05 on the Saratoga training track. Imaginary Saint sold for $325,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced mare Imaginary Cat. Imaginary Cat has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Imaginary Sailor and grade III winner Cause to Believe. Imaginary Cat is also a full-sister to grade II winner Katz Me If You Can.

Returning Workers

June 25

At Arlington Park, Fast Alex (colt; Afleet Alex - Unaffordable by Unbridled) worked 3 furlongs, recording a time of :37.40.

Kratisto (colt; Afleet Alex - Torch by Risen Star) went 4 furlongs in :49.40 at Delaware Park.

At Keeneland, Frankie Cal (colt; Ghostzapper - Lady Shari by Judge T C) went 3 furlongs in :36.40.

Also at Keeneland, King Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Santo Mio by Southern Halo) went 3 furlongs in :35.40. It was the fastest of 12 works at the distance.

Best Actor (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie by Unaccounted For) worked 4 furlongs in :48.40 at Arlington Park.

Take a Hard Look (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Arjunand by Diesis (GB)) worked at Santa Anita, 3 furlongs in :36.40.

Draw a Blank (Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.00 at Presque Isle Downs. It was her first work since finishing 3rd in her debut at Presque Isle Downs on June 14.

At Churchill Downs, Hazards of Love (Saint Liam - Spring Rush by Wild Rush) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. This was his first work since finishing 5th in his debut at Churchill Downs on June 4.

Herzog (colt; Saint Liam - Oreanda by Stravinsky) worked 4 furlongs at Santa Anita Park, recording a time of :48.00.

Westshore (colt; Saint Liam - Alexi Dancer by A. P. Indy) worked at Churchill Downs, going 4 furlongs in :51.60.

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