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First time starter Zilva (Successful Appeal - Spellmaker by Storm Cat) was taking all of the early money. But, three race veteran Wild Hare (Wild Zone - Rabbit by Clever Trick) was the favorite as the gates opened. Nita's Magic (David Copperfield - Canberra by Silver Hawk) and Two Wonders (Three Wonders - Royal Advantage by Regal Classic) were scratched. Draw a Blank (Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) was virtually ignored by the bettors (16-1), despite her good debut. As in Draw a Blank's debut on June 14, Golden Guilder (Aptitude - Ruby Rubles by Scarlet Ibis) broke on top, pursued by Draw a Blank. These two began to put daylight between themselves and the rest fairly quickly. In the stretch, Draw a Blank moved to the lead. Golden Guilder fought back, but Draw a Blank prevailed by a long neck.  Golden Guilder was a good 3 lengths in front of third-place Wild Hare. Picking up lots of ground late was the early favorite Zilva. She's definitely one to watch next time out. Watch the Replay.

I think the difference in this race (compared with June 14) was the start. In the June 14 race, Draw a Blank broke outward and then was rushed up to press. Here, she broke much better. Also, there was no Maddie's Odyssey waiting to run them both she and Golden Guilder down. Speaking of Maddie's Odyssey, I think this result flatters her since not only did she defeat Golden Guilder and Draw a Blank on June 14, but she also finished in front of Wild Hare on May 29.

Draw a Blank is the first U.S. winner for Saint Liam. She is a half-sister to stakes winners Parole Board and Remain Silent. Saint Liam did have a winner in Russia in June, the colt Invest (Saint Liam - Impending Bear by Farma Way). However, that win does not seem to be recognized by the Jockey Club as yet. I assume this is a communication issue? They do report Invest's importation to Russia. Does anyone know how long it takes Russian victories to be recognized?

Result: July 1, 2009
Presque Isle Downs Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Draw a Blank $34.60
Golden Guilder  
Wild Hare  

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3-year old Results July 1

Gatwick (gelding; Speightstown - Beauty Halo (ARG) by Southern Halo) chased the leaders early, then took the lead in the stretch to break his maiden at Hastings.

Persian (gelding; Peace Rules - Lady Cheryl by Williamstown) was in a good position, but didn't have much impact late, finishing 4th in his Allowance/Optional Claiming contest on the Delaware Park turf. Watch the Replay.

Pitched Perfectly (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister) was scratched from the Don Jack Stakes at Belmont Park. The winner was Sal the Barber. Watch the Replay.

Gray Flash will Maneuver towards a Popular Act

July 2, 2009
Calder Race 3
Maiden Claiming ($16,000)

5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 1:44 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Drive Me West
2. Queen La Turka
3. Sade Dream
4. Gray Flash
5. Ono Wonder
6. La Guereja
7. Ms. Chiquilla
8. Maneuver
9. Just Me N You
10. Popular Act

Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) certainly is our most active 2-year old, if not our most successful. She has run 4 times, all at Calder. In her first start on May 2, she stumbled at the start and finished 8th. Next time out, on June 6, she came on late to get third. She was 4th in her last two starts, on June 14 and June 25. Gray Flash sold for $35,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced Storm Cat mare, Stormy Regina. Stormy Regina has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winner Sterling Cat. Three of Gray Flash's siblings won at 2. Afleet Alex's 11 runners have made 16 total starts, recording 2 seconds and 1 third.

Ms. Chiquilla (Mr. Livingston - Kirgizia by Palace Music) finished 10th, behind Gray Flash, on June 25 at Calder. Previously, she was 8th on June 19, 2nd on May 22, and 7th on May 16, all while running at Calder. Ms. Chiquilla is out of the winning mare Kirgizia. Kirgizia has produced 6 winners from 7 to run. However, none of her offspring won at 2.

Ono Wonder (Three Wonders - Pyrite Grand Slam by Grand Slam) finished 8th, behind Gray Flash, on June 14 at Calder. She has made two additional starts, finishing 6th at Calder on May 17, and 6th at Gulfstream Park on April 9. Ono Wonder is a half-sister to stakes-placed Pyrite Score, who was a winner at 2.

Sade Dream (Gimmeawink - Reverie by Nijinsky II) faced Ono Wonder on May 17 at Calder, finishing 9th. It was her first and only start. She is a half-sister to 4 winners, including two that won at 2.

The final filly with experience is Queen La Turka (Southern Image - La Turka by Turkoman), who was 5th in her one and only start, running on June 6 on a sloppy Calder track. She is out of stakes winner La Turka, who earned $327,348. La Turka has produced 4 winners, including one 2-year old winner.

Popular Act (Act of Duty - Super Popular by Langfuhr), who sold for $15,000 as a 2-year old, is by first-crop sire Act of Duty. Act of Duty has had one runner, who has started twice, finishing 3rd once. Act of Duty is a half-brother to grade II winner and sire Northern Afleet, and grade I winner Tap to Music. Popular Act is a half-brother to 2 winners, one of which won at 2.

Drive Me West (West Acre - Drivemecrazy by Sword Dance (IRE)) is the first foal out of the winning mare Drivemecrazy, who did win at 2. Drivemecrazy is a full-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Demi's Bret and grade II winner Blazing Sword. She is also a half-sister to 5 winners.

La Guereja (Cashel Castle - Do Ya Wannago by Ago) is a half-sister to the winner Halo's Pride, who has earned $116,992 through 2009.

Maneuver (Concorde's Tune - Waitryst (NZ) by Bassenthwaite (GB)) is out of grade I stakes-placed Waitryst, a winner at 2. Waitryst has produced 2 winners, both of which one at 2, and one which was a debut winner at 2.

Just Me N You (Untuttable - American Dreams by Runaway Groom) is out of the winning mare American Dreams. American Dreams is a full-sister to stakes winner Runaway Choice, and a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Guess.

Humor Me Rene at Bellewstown

At Bellewstown in Ireland, Humor Me Rene (filly; Kitten's Joy - Star of Humor by Distorted Humor) faces 11 in an open maiden race (8 fillies and 4 males total). This will be Humor Me Rene's third start. She finished 15th on June 6, and 8th on June 18.

3-year old Entries July 2

Qualia (filly; Saarland - Amalake by Meadowlake) debuts in race 1 at Belmont Park, at 6 furlongs on the turf. Post time is 1:00 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Qualia sold for $160,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Pick's Express (colt; Speightstown - Program Pick by Peterhof) faces 7 in race 1 at Penn National, a 5 furlong contest on the turf. Post time is 6:45 PM ET for this Allowance race. Pick's Express has run 7 times, winning three races and finishing third once. He last ran on June 11 at Penn National, winning a 6 furlong race.

I'll Show Them (gelding; Smarty Jones - Top Rung by Seattle Slew) and Cleisthenes (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Do the Mambo by Kingmambo) face off in a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the Hollywood Park turf, race 7. Post time is 7:00 PM ET, I'll Show Them won his first and only start on June 13 at 6.5 furlongs on the Hollywood Park cushion track. Cleisthenes also won his only start, running 6 furlongs on the turf in England. Also in this race is stakes winner Backbackbackgone and stakes-placed Winning Vow.

Undefeated Rocket Defense (filly; Peace Rules - Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius) takes on 9 in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Penn National, race 5. Post time is 8:23 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. Rocket Defense, a perfect 3 for 3 in her career, last ran on June 6 at Penn National, winning a 6 furlong Allowance race by 4 lengths.

Stakes-placed Chattertown (filly; Speightstown - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) and Glory Gold (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Gayla by Lord Gaylord) meet at Charles Town in race 7, a 6.5 furlong Allowance race. Post time is 9:39 PM ET. Chattertown was fourth in her most recent start, a 6 furlong Allowance race on a sloppy track at Delaware Park. Glory Gold finished 3rd in her last start, a 6 furlong Allowance race at Aqueduct on March 5.

At Churchill Downs, Itaint'over (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Let's Escape by Ogygian) and Senor Fuego (Speightstown - Vasquez by Coronado's Quest) go a mile on the dirt in race 10, an Allowance race for 3-year olds and up. Post time is 10:42 PM ET, as night racing moves to Thursday. Itaint'over broke his maiden in his most recent start, a 7 furlong race at Churchill Downs on June 7. Senor Fuego finished 4th in his last race, a 7 furlong Allowance race at Churchill Downs on June 12. A familiar name in this one is grade II stakes-placed Blackberry Road.

New Workers

July 1

New to this blog, Bunky (colt; Afleet Alex - Madam Lagonza by Kingmambo) worked 4 furlongs on the Saratoga training track in :50.03. Bucky was a $260,000 yearling. He is a half-brother to 2 winners, including grade III winner Woodlander.

New to this blog, Pugaboo (colt; Afleet Alex - Incircle Miss by Dayjur) worked 3 furlongs at Delaware in :38.20. Pugaboo sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Incircle Miss. Incircle Miss has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Harmony Hall.

New to this blog, Saint Eligius (colt; Saint Liam - Great Connection by Dayjur) worked 4 furlongs in :50.09 at Belmont Park. Saint Eligius is out of the winning mare Great Connection, who has produced 4 winners, including stakes winners Guana and Great News.

Returning Workers

June 30

Tactition (colt; Afleet Alex - Natural Carma by Valiant Nature) worked 4 furlongs in :51.40.

July 1

At Assiniboia Downs, Charge the Fleet (gelding; Afleet Alex - Seefinn (GB) by Night Shift) worked 4 furlongs in :52.60.

Daddy Forty Nine (colt; Ghostzapper - Tuff Chick by Wild Again) worked 4 furlongs from the gate at Churchill Downs, recording a time of :50.20.

At Monmouth, Jill's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Southern Barfly by Southern Halo) and King Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Santo Mio by Southern Halo) worked 3 furlongs in :38.00.

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

Liam's Dream (filly; Saint Liam - Danzig's Dreamer by Rubiano) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.81 at Philadelphia Park.

Naturaliste (colt; Saint Liam - Goldina by Rahy) worked 3 furlongs in :36.00 at Santa Anita.

Working 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs was Westshore (colt; Saint Liam - Alexi Dancer by A. P. Indy), who went in :51.00.

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