Rock Hard Lashes

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Long Lashes (Rock Hard Ten - Border Dispute by Boundary) went to post as a longshot in the Ballygallon Stud Stakes at the Curragh, but at the end of the running she was an easy winner, and in the process became Rock Hard Ten's first winner and first stakes winner. She was never far out of it, challenged between horses, and finished well in the 6 furlong contest on the soft turf. Read more about Long Lashes' here.

Honorable Lady Skips Home

Lady Eddington (Eddington - Miss Blues Sweep by End Sweep) and Skippin' Home (Afleet Alex - Second Symphony by Mining) took most of the attention at the windows, going off at 3-5 and 5-2 respectfully. I was struck by the saddle cloths all the same color. I didn't know that there were tracks in North America that didn't use the multi-color saddle cloths. Interestingly enough, the saddle cloths on the tote board were the accustomed colors. Mondiva (Petionville - Bayou Boots by Storm Boot) was keyed up in the post parade, and broke on top. Honorable Lady (Petionville - Enthusiastic by Unbridled), the other Petionville in the race, was tracking throughout, and she pulled by in the stretch to win, as the longest shot on the board. Favorite Lady Eddington did make up some ground late to finish third. Skippin' Ground ran evenly in fourth the whole way round.

Result: June 26, 2009
Assiniboia Downs Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Honorable Lady $23.60
$6.70
$2.90
Mondiva  
$5.00
$2.90
Lady Eddington  
$2.40

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A Vertical Vision Rocks the Baby

Rock Hard Baby (Rock Hard Ten - Bully's Del Mar by Notebook) took a little money early on, but the big favorite was the Pollard's Vision filly, Vertical Vision (Pollard's Vision - Caney Creek by Service Stripe). Wild Smoocher (Wildcat Heir - Geeze Louise by Meadowlake) and Kristys Not Shy (Boone's Mill - Kristy's Regency by Regal Classic) were scratched. Rock Hard Baby was bucking and feeling good in the post parade. Vertical Vision broke on top and took the early lead. Rock Hard Baby broke well and kept her spot on the rail. She was was rushed up to press the pace, but couldn't stay with Vertical Vision. That filly took off, drawing away to win by better than 6. Speedy Spice (Thunder Gulch - Paintball by Jules) chased to get second, and Woke Up Smilin (Woke Up Dreamin - Madison Grace by Just a Tab) made up some ground late to get third. Rock Hard Baby faded to 5th. This wasn't a bad effort for Rock Hard Baby, despite the final placing. She had to break from the dreaded rail spot, with the scratch of Wild Smoocher and was rushed up to duel with the more experienced Vertical Vision. Next time out, there should be a better outcome. Watch the Replay.

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

Vertical Vision $3.20
$2.20
$2.10
Speedy Spice  
$3.20
$2.80
Woke Up Smilin  
$3.60

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3-year old Stakes Results June 26

Shared Account (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Silk n' Sapphire by Smart Strike) was rank early and had to steady, but came running late to finish a good third in the Perfect Sting at Belmont Park. Watch the Replay.

Mein Fraulein (filly; Saarland - Adena's Girl by Personal Flag) ran her heart out in the Iowa Oaks (gr. III). She pressed pacesetter Don'ttalktome from the break. Then, she moved ahead of that one on the far turn. But, she just couldn't hold off the closers, tiring to 5th. A mile and a sixteenth may be a little far for her, but she certainly doesn't lack guts. Watch the Replay.

Conchacer (colt; Congaree - Eliot Chacer by Clever Trick) was involved early in the Iowa Derby, but started retreating after a half to finish well behind the field. Watch the Replay.

Other 3-year old Results June 26

A special congratulations to Saarlandisourland (filly; Saarland - Crypto Kate by Tabasco Cat), a favorite around the Blood-Horse, who picked up her maiden win at Belmont Park. She took the 7.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race by better than 10. Watch the Replay.

Conga Gold (filly; Congaree - Added Gold by Gilded Time) picked up her third win, with an 8 length Claiming victory at Penn National. Watch the Replay.

Baku Breeze (colt; Smarty Jones - Dance On the Green by Green Dancer) missed the break and was way back early, but he rallied to finish third in his Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs. Justin (colt; Speightstown - Love At Noon by Afternoon Deelites) tried to get involved early, but tired to finish 12th (last). Watch the Replay.

Ben's Magic (gelding; Birdstone - Sudley Springs by Exbourne) made up a lot of ground late to finish 4th in his Maiden Special Weight debut at Northlands Park.

Adina Speightstown (filly; Speightstown - Adina by Seattle Slew) finished 6th in her Maiden Special Weight at Louisiana Downs. Watch the Replay.

MTO entrant Sarah Cataldo (filly; Smarty Jones - Mescalina by Smarten) did not draw into her Allowance race at Monmouth.

Austons Sure Cure (colt; Saarland - Miss Marta by Cure the Blues) was scratched from his Allowance race at Churchill Downs.

Romans Reward and William's Kitten Try the Turf

June 27, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs Turf
2-year olds
Post Time: 3:25 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Instant Message
2. Championship Point
3. Romans Reward
4. Startingold
5. Under Like Thunder
6. No Truth Told
7. Moon Over Goshen
8. Henry's Time
9. Red Rally
10. William's Kitten
11. Leroidugazon
12. Bridgetown
AE Cry
AE Mickejoe
AE Codoy

Unraced Kitten's Joy's colts Romans Reward (Kitten's Joy - Knock Off by Fit to Fight) and William's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Blush by Menifee) face off on the turf at Churchill Downs. One would expect offspring of 2004 champion grass horse Kitten's Joy to excell on that surface. Overall, Kitten's Joy has had 9 runners which have run 17 total times, recording 1 win, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds. He's had one turf starter, the filly Humor Me Rene, who has run twice in Ireland without placing. Kitten's Joy's only winner came on the Tapeta of Presque Isle Downs. Romans Reward sold for $120,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Knock Off. Knock Off was a debut winner at 2, and has produced 4 winners. Three of her offspring won on the turf, including turf stakes winner Art Fan, who won on the turf as a 2-year old. Romans Reward has been working at Churchill Downs since mid-April. Most recently, he worked 4 furlongs in :48.60 on the dirt on June 22. William's Kitten is out of the turf-winning mare Blush. Blush is a full-sister to the winner Maroon, who has earned $169,181 through 2009, mostly on the turf. William's Kitten has been working at the Churchill Downs Training Center since early April. His last work was on June 20, when he went 5 furlongs in 1:04.40.

Leroidugazon (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Captive Miss by Acaroid) finished 3rd in his only start, on the dirt at Churchill Downs on June 4. As he is by freshman sire Leroidesanimaux, who was 2005 champion grass horse, one would also expect him to take to the turf. Leroidesanimaux's 3 runners have made 5 total starts, recording 1 second and 1 third. Grade I winner Captive Miss, dam of Leroidugazon, earned $386,693 in her career. Captive Miss has produced 4 winners, 3 of which won on the turf, including turf stakes-placed Captive Audience. Leroidugazon sold for $25,000 as a yearling.

Also by a freshman sire is Red Rally (Reformer Rally - Premium Red by Thirty Six Red), by Reformer Rally. Reformer Rally, a son of Dynaformer, has had three runners which have run 4 collective times, recording three thirds. Red Rally has run once, finishing third on the dirt at Churchill Downs on June 11. Red Rally sold for $90,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-brother to grade I winner Premium Tap, and 3 other winners. Premium Tap was a winner at 2, and earned $2,569,352 in his career.

Startingold (Jump Start - Dressed in Gold by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) was also third in his first and only start, running on a fast track at Churchill on June 6. Stakes winner Dressed in Gold, dam of Startingold, won 2 races as a 2-year old, including the Ellis Park Debutante Stakes. Dressed in Gold has produced 3 winners from 4 to run, but no winners on the turf.

The remaining horses in the main body of the race are unraced including Henry's Time (Hennessy - Since Time Began by Rubiano), who sold for $320,000 as a yearling. He is out of the winning mare Since Time Began, who did win at 2. Since Time Began is the dam of grade III winner Victorina, who was grade III stakes-placed on the turf, and 3 other winners. Victorina was 2 for 2 at 2, and has earned $672,455 through 2009. Two other offspring of Since Time Began won on the turf.

No Truth Told (Tale of the Cat - Belle's Bluff by Pine Bluff) sold for $160,000 as a yearling. His unraced dam, Belle's Bluff, is a half-sister to grade III winner Strolling Belle, grade II stakes-placed Hasslefree, and stakes-placed Miss Belle O.

Under Like Thunder (Exchange Rate - Stage Door Honey by Theatrical (IRE)) sold for $75,000 as a weanling and $100,000 as a yearling. He is out of the turf winning mare Stage Door Honey, who has produced 3 winners. One of Under Like Thunder's siblings won on the turf, and another won at 2. The third sibling was a debut winner on the turf as a 2-year old.

Instant Message (Mr. Greeley - Livia B by Jolie's Halo), a $75,000 2-year old, is a half-brother to 5 winners. One sibling won his 2-year old debut on the turf, and another won his 2-year old debut on the dirt.

Championship Point (Point Given - Pulla Surprise by A. P. Indy), who sold for $35,000 as a yearling, is a half-brother to 3 winners. One of his siblings was a winner on the turf at 2.

Search the Sea, dam of Moon Over Goshen (Malibu Moon - Search the Sea by Seeking the Gold), was a stakes winner on the turf, who was also a debut winner at 2. Search the Sea has produced 3 winners, including turf stakes winner Atlantic Fury, who was a debut winner on the turf at 2. Another offspring, stakes-placed Terra Nova, was a winner at 2.

Bridgetown (Speightstown - Ellesmere by Tabasco Cat) is out of the turf winning mare Ellesmere, who was also a winner at 2. Ellesmere has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including stakes winner Carnacks Choice, a winner at 2.

On the AE list are Mickejoe (Bernstein - Harmattan by Thunder Gulch), Codoy (Bernstein - Puype's Dream by Kris S.), and Cry (Cryptoclearance - Resist Risk by Roanoke). Mickejoe is the only experienced one of the trio, having run three times. He was 2nd at Keeneland on April 16, 6th at Churchill on April 29, and 4th at Presque Isle Downs on May 30. Mickejoe is a half-brother to 3 winners. Also by Bernstein is Codoy, who brought $105,000 as a yearling. Codoy is a half-brother to 2 winners. One sibling was a debut winner at 2, another was a turf winner. Cry is a half-brother to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Revolver Two. Three of Cry's siblings won at 2.

Hey Big Rhonda Tax Me After the Blizzard

June 27, 2009
Prairie Meadows Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

4.5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 7:30 PM ET

P Horse
1. Alex W
2. Hey Big Rhonda
3. Mr. Frosty Cat
4. Glittering Par
5. Eddie Set Go
6. Tax Me
7. After the Blizzard

Hey Big Rhonda (Saint Liam - All Hollywood by War Chant) takes on the boys, as the lone filly in this 4.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Prairie Meadows. Hey Big Rhonda is the first foal out of the unplaced mare All Hollywood. All Hollywood is a half-sister to 2 winners. Hey Big Rhonda has recorded 5 works at Prairie Meadows, most recently going 3 furlongs in :35.00 on June 22. Saint Liam's 7 runners have made 8 total starts, recording 2 thirds.

The only entrant with experience is Alex W (E Dubai - K Sera by Flying Continental), who was 4th in his only start, while running 4.5 furlongs at Prairie Meadows on May 23. He is out of the winning mare K Sera. K Sera has produced 2 winners and Ainsley D, who was stakes-placed at 2.

Eddie Set Go (Eddington - Glittering Tax by Artax), by first-crop sire Eddington, sold for $32,000 at 2. Eddie Set Go is the first foal out of the stakes-placed mare Glittering Tax, who was a winner at 2. Glittering Tax is a daughter of stakes winner Nancy's Glitter, who earned $477,971 in 20 starts. Eddington has had 4 runners, which have had 5 combined starts, recording 1 win and 1 third. The win was achieved by Silenceofhewind in England.

Mr. Frosty Cat (Doug Fir - Riverbye's Frosty by Frosty the Snowman) is the first foal out of the winning mare Riverbye's Frosty. Riverbye's Frosty is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Glittering Par (Winter Glitter - Par's Party Doll by Parfaitement) is out of an unraced mare, who is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners.

Tax Me (Wild Invader - Kate d'Kate by D'Accord) is out of the winning mare Kate d'Kate. Kate d'Kate has produced stakes winner Kate's Main Man. Kate's Main Man was a winner at 2, and has earned $211,949 through 2009.

After the Blizzard (Alyten - Northern Energy by Northern Trend) is out of the winning mare Northern Energy. Northern Energy was a winner at 2, and earned $231,775 overall. Northern Energy has produced one winner from one to run.

3-year old Stakes Entries June 27

As most everyone knows by now, Grade I winner Rachel Alexandra (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Lotta Kim by Roar) makes her first start since her triumph in the Preakness (gr. I), running in the 1 1/8 mile Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, race 9. Post time is 5:17, and she faces 4 opponents. Read more about the Mother Goose here.

Stakes winner Renda (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ten Carats by Capote) goes in the LuLu's Ransom Stakes, scheduled for 7.5 furlongs on the Calder Turf. Post time is 2:41 PM ET, and she breaks from post 3. In her most recent start, Renda was 4th in the 1 1/8 mile Liberada Stakes on a sloppy Calder track.

Stakes winner Congo Kaye (filly; Congaree - Palau by Kingmambo), who hasn't won since she broke her maiden in her debut in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes on July 6, 2008, tries stakes company again in the 6 furlong Sweepida Invitational Stakes at Stockton. Post time is 8:15 PM ET.

Other 3-year old Entries June 27

Grade III winner C. S. Silk (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Remember the Day by Settlement Day) is entered in a 1 1/16 mile turf Allowance at Churchill Downs, race 4. Post time is 2:21 PM ET. C. S. Silk is part of an entry with the same jockey named on both, so one will probably be scratched. In her last start, C. S. Silk finished 5th in the Eight Belles Stakes on May 2. She has never run on turf.

In Speight of It (colt; Speightstown - Honest Deceiver by Is It True) and Iron Fortitude (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Viaduct by Thunder Gulch) meet in a mile Allowance race at Philadelphia Park, race 6. Post time is 2:31 PM ET. In Speight of It last ran on June 9 at Philadelphia Park, finishing 3rd in a 6 furlong Allowance race. Iron Fortitude finished 7th in a mile Allowance race at Delaware Park on June 8 in his most recent start.

Sommelier Smarty (gelding; Smarty Jones - Boozin' Susan by French Deputy) debuts at Belmont Park in race 5, a Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Post time is 3:08 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. Sommelier Smarty sold for $240,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of stakes winner Boozin' Susan.

Stone Skipper (gelding; Birdstone - Anna K. by Boston Harbor) and Royal Treaty (colt; Saarland -Itama by Tabasco Cat) face off in a Maiden Special Weight at Louisiana Downs, race 4. Post time is 3:55 PM ET for this 6.5 furlong race. This will be Stone Skipper's first start in 2009. Last year, he ran 4 times, finishing 2nd twice. Royal Treaty has run once, finishing 5th at Louisiana Downs on June 5.

Dark Starlet (filly; Speightstown - Flowers and Vines by Blushing John) goes a mile and 70 yards in race 8 at Monmouth. Post time is 4:20 PM ET for this Allowance contest. Dark Starlet won her debut on April 11 at Gulfstream, and then finished 6th in the Deceit Stakes at Belmont on May 13.

Spirit Seeker (filly; Peace Rules - Wild Gal by Wild Again), who finished a good third in a Starter Allowance race at Calder on June 18, returns to that track to face Allowance company in race 9. Post time is 4:42 PM ET for this mile turf contest.

One Hot Toddy (filly; Congaree - Crimson and Roses by El Prado (IRE)) goes 5.5 furlongs in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Calder, race 10. Post time is 5:08 PM ET. One Hot Toddy finished 4th on a sloppy Calder track last time out, while running 6 furlongs on June 5.

The Gang of Four (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - One Tough Cat by Mountain Cat) faces winners for the first time in race 11 at Churchill Downs. Post time is 5:58 PM ET for this 6.5 furlong Allowance race. The Gang of Four's maiden win came on May 24 at Churchill, going 5.5 furlongs.

Adam's Nay (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Senorita Spike by El Gran Senor) and Port Morsbey (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Rendezvous Point by Kingmambo) meet in a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight on the turf at Penn National, post time 6:45 PM ET. This is the first race on the card. Adam's Nay has run 3 times, and finished 2nd in his last two. Port Morsbey is making his debut. He is the first foal out of the turf winning mare Rendezvous Point

Bella d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Rangoon Belle by Alysheba) faces 11 in race 7 at Hollywood Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 7:00 PM ET for this contest for 3-year olds and up. Bella d'Oro last ran on May 3 at Hollywood Park, finishing 3rd at 7 furlongs.

Unraced Dahlia d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - My Lady Avie by With Approval) and one-time runner Southern Accents (filly; Birdstone - Spring Valley by Affirmed) are entered in race 9 at Charles Town, a 7 furlong contest. Post time is 10:27 PM ET. Dahlia d'Oro is out of stakes winner My Lady Avie, who has produced the winner Golden Spirits. Southern Accents finished 8th in her lone start on May 16 at Charles Town.

New Worker

June 26

The Mailet (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Emerging Glory by Smarten) worked 4 furlongs in :50.25 at Belmont Park. The Mailet sold for $75,000 as a yearling, is out the 2-year old winning mare Emerging Glory. Emerging Glory has produced 3 winners, including the Speightstown 3-year old Town Glory.

Returning Workers

June 26

At Monmouth, Afleeting Lady (filly; Afleet Alex - Oatsee by Unbridled) worked 3 furlongs in :37.40.

Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) went 4 furlongs in :49.00 on a sloppy Churchill Downs track.

Also working 4 furlongs at sloppy Churchill was Magic Bullet (colt; Afleet Alex - Magical Mood (GB) by Forestry), who went in :49.60.

My Alexis (filly; Afleet Alex - Saint's Play by Saint Ballado) worked at Calder, 4 furlongs in :51.20.

Quechee (colt; Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) went 4 furlongs at Fair Hill in :50.40.

Playful Pussycat (filly; Kitten's Joy - Feisty Ferdinand by Ferdinand) worked 3 furlongs in :38.60 at Woodbine.

Also at Woodbine, Elusive Saint (colt; Saint Liam - Adopted Daughter by Elusive Quality) went 4 furlongs in :52.20.

Feather Nestin' (filly; Saint Liam - Prairie Princess by Rocky Mountain) went 4 furlongs in :49.76 at Belmont Park.

At Aqueduct, Unprecedented (colt; Saint Liam - Desert View (GB) by Sadler's Wells) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.71.

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