Kratisto to be Strong in Delaware

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Greeley Rockets over Keith's Kitten and Go Ask Alex

This one was an adventure before they even got in the gate. Air Guard (Maria's Mon - Missile Defense by Unbridled), who had been acting up in the paddock, unseated jockey Larry Melancon once they moved to the track. Melancon decided that he had enough, and they had to find another rider. So, back to the paddock for that one. The rest of the jockeys dismounted and the fillies waited. Keith's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Silent Emotion by Ghazi), who was on her toes throughout the prelims, escaped and was running loose on the track (I actually had just tweeted, "This may be a test of which 2-year old filly keeps her cool," when Mark Johnson announced that Keith's Kitten was loose. Next tweet was: "It's not Keith's Kitten, who is loose."). The outrider cornered Keith's Kitten fairly quickly, and she didn't seem to be very sweaty. Go Ask Alex (Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)) was keeping fairly calm.

After what seemed like an eternity, Air Guard came back onto the track with her new rider (Robert May) and the rest of the jockeys remounted. Hard Lesson (Dynaformer - Hard to Copy by Mr. Prospector) seemed the most upset by the delay, but it was Strong Evidence (Strong Hope - Hard Evidence by Alleged) who threw a bit of a fit as they loaded. I thought that this must be a gate crew's nightmare, twelve mostly unraced 2-year old fillies after a delay, but they got everyone in without too much trouble. Greeley's Rocket (Mr. Greeley - Clay's Rocket by American Chance) leaped out of the gate and was soon 2 lengths clear. But, Keith's Kitten and Shesa Bucker (Came Home - Siru by Silver Deputy) soon closed on the leader to make a race of it. Go Ask Alex was close up too, but she tired and would end up finishing 9th. In the stretch, Greeley's Rocket pulled away from her pursuers, winning by better than 5. Keith's Kitten finished second, despite drifting out in the stretch. Even though this was only 5 furlongs, you have to wonder if her earlier adventures took something out of her. Regardless, I can't wait to see both of our fillies back on the turf. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 28, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Greeley's Rocket $11.80
Keith's Kitten  
Shesa Bucker  

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3-year old Stakes Results June 28

Retraceable (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Embraceable by Dehere) was blocked for much of the Bison City Stakes at Woodbine, and once she got free, seemed to lack punch. She ended up finishing 6th. This race ended with an exciting finish, as just a nose separated longshots Dance for Us, and Flashy Got Even. Read more about the Bison City Stakes here.

Libby Rules (filly; Peace Rules - Jive Talker by Time for a Change) was scratched from the Crank it Up Stakes, at 5.5 furlongs on the Monmouth Park turf. The winner was Girlfriendontheside.

Other 3-year old Results June 28

Peace Be With You (filly; Peace Rules - Gold Parody by Java Gold) went gate-to-wire to take a Claiming race at Delaware Park. Watch the Replay.

Jaystone (gelding; Birdstone - Maya's Note by Editor's Note) dueled early, and then drew off to take a Claiming race at Belmont Park. Watch the Replay.

Clever Rules (gelding; Peace Rules - Clever Actress by Theatrical (IRE)) sat right of the early pace, and then moved away in the stretch to win his Claiming race at Woodbine.

Barbie Girl (Congaree - Holywood Picture by Holy Bull) finished first (by a nose) in her Maiden Claiming race at on the turf at Belmont, but was disqualified for bumping and placed second. Watch the Replay.

Maraschino Red (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry by Irish Open) couldn't catch the gate-to-wire winning favorite in her Allowance race at Belmont, but she bested the others and finished 2nd. Watch the Replay.

Glorious Bird (filly; Birdstone - Primequest by Coronado's Quest) was closing, closing, closing in her Allowance race at Charles Town, but came up short, finishing 2nd to the pacesetter.

Sensational Gold (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Flowing Melody by Eternal Prince) set the pace in her Maiden Special Weight on the turf at Arlington Park, but was outnodded at the wire and finished second. Watch the Replay.

Bedtime Story (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Fairy Tale by Seattle Slew) was in a good position in her Allowance race at Woodbine, but lost some ground when the running really started and finished 4th.

Lovesmelovesmenot (gelding; Congaree - Casanova Consort by Silver Ghost) raced wide in his Maiden Special Weight at Presque Isle, lacked punch late and finished 4th. Watch the Replay.

Exclusive Scheme (filly; Saarland - Pyramid Scheme by Distant View) came running wide late in her Allowance race on the turf at Belmont Park, finishing 4th. Watch the Replay.

Katolak Cowboy (colt; Saarland - Tide Cat by Storm Cat) picked up a lot of places late to finish 6th in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Arlington Park. Watch the Replay.

Perfect Edge (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Winner's Edge by Seeking the Gold) was wide in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the turf at Colonial Downs, and finished 6th. Watch the Replay.

Cedros (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Wayward Bound by Mr. Prospector) ran fairly evenly in his Maiden Special Weight on the turf at Churchill Downs, finishing 6th. Watch the Replay.

Live the Dash (colt; Peace Rules - Western Resolve by West by West) was scratched from his Allowance race at Woodbine.

Kratisto to be Strong in Delaware

June 29, 2009
Delaware Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 3:57 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Harlan's Tune
2. Just Alright
3. Cherokee Empire
4. Royal Troon
5. Stormy Ocean
6. Parthian
7. Phil's Prospect
8. Kratisto
9. Noah's Dream

Kratisto (Afleet Alex - Torch by Risen Star) debuts at 5 furlongs at Delaware Park, where he has been working. Most recently, he went 4 furlongs in :49.40. 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 in a 71 race career. Torch has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Morine's Victory. Afleet Alex's 10 runners have made 15 total starts, recording 2 seconds and 1 third. By the way, kratisto is Greek for strongest.

Royal Troon (Graeme Hall - Royal Damsel by More Royal), Parthian (Giant's Causeway - Inny River by Seattle Slew), and Just Alright (Awesome Again - Marina Light by Colony Light) met on June 10 at Delaware Park running 5 furlongs. Royal Troon was second, Parthian third, and Just Alright finished 8th. Royal Troon is out of Royal Damsel, who was a winner at 2 and 3. Royal Damsel is a half-sister to 4 winners. Parthian also finished 3rd on May 20 at Delaware Park, while running 4.5 furlongs. Parthian sold for $200,000 as a weanling and $300,000 as a 2-year old. He 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. Just Alright 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.

Cherokee Empire (Cherokee Run - Top Marks by Marquetry) finished 4th in his only start on a sloppy Monmouth track on June 20. He sold for $125,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes winner Top Marks. Top Marks has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Dean's List. One of Cherokee Empire's siblings was a winner at 2.

The others are unraced, including Noah's Dream (Pulpit - Freeroll by Touch Gold), who sold for $190,000 as a yearling. Stakes winner Freeroll, dam of Noah's Dream, won 2 races at 2, and earned $213,619 overall. Noah's Dream is her first foal. Freeroll is also a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Avalon Gold.

Harlan's Tune (Harlan's Holiday - Changed Tune by Tunerup) sold for $110,000 as a weanling, and is out of stakes winner Changed Tune. Changed Tune earned $315,170 in 29 races. She has produced 5 winners, including stakes-placed Unchanged Melody. Three of Harlan's Tune's siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner at 2.

Stormy Ocean (Stormy Atlantic - Our Royal Dancer by Roy), a $75,000 yearling, is out of stakes winner Our Royal Dancer. Our Royal Dancer was a winner at 2, and earned $195,070 overall. She is a half- or full-sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Successful Dan. Successful Dan has a perfect 3 for 3 record, including a victory in the Northern Dancer (gr. III) on June 13.

Phil's Prospect (Soto - Hyatt Road by Allen's Prospect) is out of the winning mare Hyatt Road, who earned $106,085. Hyatt Road has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including stakes winner Rock On Justin. Rock On Justin won 2 races at 2, and took the Miracle Wood Stakes this year.

3-year old Entries June 29

Dr. Smarty Jack (colt; Smarty Jones - Hoh Buzzard (IRE) by Alhaarth (IRE)) and Moving Violation (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Talk Me Again (ARG) by Mutakddim) break side-by-side in a 7.5 furlong turf contest at Philadelphia Park, race 7. Post time is 2:56 PM ET for this Allowance contest. Dr. Smarty Jack broke his maiden in his last start, a 7 furlong turf race at Belmont on May 16, and has scratched out of a couple starts that have come off of the turf. Moving Violation won a mile and 70 yard Starter Allowance at Philadelphia Park on May 26. He has never run on the turf.

New Worker

June 28

New to this blog, Lady Apple (filly; Saint Liam - Shot Gun Favorite by Eltish) worked 3 furlongs in :39.42 at Belmont. Stakes winner Shot Gun Favorite, dam of Lady Apple, earned $202,126 in her career.

Returning Workers

June 28

At Arlington Park, Holiday Buzz (colt; Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.00.

Mochachino (colt; Afleet Alex - Peacock Sally by Marquetry) worked on the Belmont Park training track, going 4 furlongs in :50.36.

At Santa Anita, Premier Cru (colt; Afleet Alex - Restored Hope by He's Bad) went 3 furlongs in :37.60.

It's the Big Cat (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sweeping Cat by End Sweep) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.88 at Belmont.

Working at Saratoga was Kathern's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - La Cat by Mr. Greeley), who went 4 furlongs in :51.04.

Kijo (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sunday Sport by Honour and Glory) worked at Calder, 5 furlongs in 1:03.00 on a good track.

Two Joys (filly; Kitten's Joy - Emily's Joy by Mr. Greeley) worked 4 furlongs in :48.00 at Presque Isle Downs.

Lujack (colt; Rock Hard Ten - To the Rainbow (FR) by Rainbow Quest) worked 3 furlongs at the Benton Training Center, going 3 furlongs in :38.60.

At Saratoga, Shirley She Can (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Party Chatter by Pleasant Colony) worked 4 furlongs in :49.93.

Brake Lights (colt; Saint Liam - Miss Golden Circle by Crafty Prospector) worked 4 furlongs in :48.25 at Belmont Park.

At Delaware, Havre de Grace (filly; Saint Liam - Easter Bunnette by Carson City) went 4 furlongs in :48.80.

At Belmont, Salaam Alaykum (filly; Saint Liam - Our Legacy by Kingmambo) worked 4 furlongs in :50.43.

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