Kid Canuck to be a Crown Ruler at Woodbine

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News and Notes

At Bellewstown in Ireland, Humor Me Rene (filly; Kitten's Joy - Star of Humor by Distorted Humor) finished a decent third, after leading early on.

Grand Reward picked up his first winner, when the colt Angus Kahn (Grand Reward - Diablo River by Diablo) was victorious in the first race at Presque Isle Downs. Watch the Replay. Read more here.

The 2-year old Medaglia d'Oro colt, McKenna's Justice (Medaglia d'Oro - Regretfully by Lit de Justice) turned in an impressive performance in his 2nd start, and first turf try. He made up a ton of ground late and came through on the inside to take the 7.5 furlong race easily. He is trained by my favorite Lone Star trainer, Danny Pish. Watch the Replay.

Also at 7.5 furlongs on the Lone Star turf, 2-year old debuter Prince Eddington (Eddington - Queen Mama by Seattle Slew) by freshman sire Eddington, came from off the pace to win a blanket finish, despite running green down the stretch. Watch the Replay.

Queen Over Gray Flash

Favoritism went to Maneuver (Concorde's Tune - Waitryst (NZ) by Bassenthwaite (GB)), who certainly looked the part. Also getting some attention at the windows was Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat). But at the break, Drive Me West (West Acre - Drivemecrazy by Sword Dance (IRE)) shot to the lead. La Guereja (Cashel Castle - Do Ya Wannago by Ago) went after the leader, and the two of them dueled for the time. In the stretch, Drive Me West drifted out, taking La Guereja with her. Coming through that generous opening was Queen La Turka (Southern Image - La Turka by Turkoman), who drew off winning by better than 4. La Guereja pulled away from Drive Me West to take second. Gray Flash was off slow again, and made up some ground late to get fourth. Just Me N You (Untuttable - American Dreams by Runaway Groom), Ms. Chiquilla (Mr. Livingston - Kirgizia by Palace Music), and Popular Act (Act of Duty - Super Popular by Langfuhr) were scratched. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 2, 2009
Calder Race 3
Maiden Claiming

Queen La Turka $11.60
La Guereja  
Drive Me West  

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3-year old Results July 2

Rocket Defense (filly; Peace Rules - Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius) took her 4th race without a defeat, winning an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Penn National. Watch the Replay. 

I'll Show Them (gelding; Smarty Jones - Top Rung by Seattle Slew) stalked early in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the Hollywood turf, then took the lead in the stretch and held off all comers. Cleisthenes (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Do the Mambo by Kingmambo) closed some ground to finish 5th in this one. Watch the Replay.

Chattertown (filly; Speightstown - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) set a pressured pace in her Allowance race at Charles Town and pulled away for the victory. Also in this one was Glory Gold (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Gayla by Lord Gaylord), was in a good position, but couldn't do better than 4th.

Pick's Express (colt; Speightstown - Program Pick by Peterhof) set the early pace in his Allowance race on the Penn National turf, but he tired and finished 5th. Watch the Replay.

Itaint'over (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Let's Escape by Ogygian) was off slow, advanced to the lead in the stretch, but couldn't hold it and finished 5th in his Allowance race at Churchill Downs. Just behind Itaint'over was Senor Fuego (Speightstown - Vasquez by Coronado's Quest), who finished 6th. Watch the Replay.

Qualia (filly; Saarland - Amalake by Meadowlake) was scratched from her Maiden Special Weight on the Belmont Park turf.

Kid Canuck to be a Crown Ruler at Woodbine

July 3, 2009
Woodbine Race 2
Maiden Claiming ($62,500)

4.5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 1:28 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. General Staff
2. Chain Reaction
3. Rocketman Rob
4. A Kiss in the Park
5. Outofthedepths
6. Kid Canuck
7. Too Fast Jack
8. End of My Rope
9. Crown Ruler

Kid Canuck (Kitten's Joy - Draxhall Jump by Tale of the Cat), who has been working since early May at Woodbine, debuts going 4.5 furlongs at that track. Most recently, he worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.00 on June 27. He is the first foal out of the placed mare Draxhall Jump. Draxhall Jump is a full-sister to one winner and a half-sister to one winner. Kitten's Joy's 11 runners have made 21 total starts, recording 1 win, 5 seconds, and 3 thirds, and $70,922.

End of My Rope (Unforgettable Max - Fappaburst by Fappiano), Rocketman Rob (State City - Irish Starlet by Irish River (FR)), and Outofthedepths (Friends Lake - Simplytruth by Halissee) met on June 18 at Woodbine in a 4.5 furlong race. End of My Rope was 2nd, Rocketman Rob was 3rd, and Outofthedepths finished 5th. End of My Rope sold for $10,000 as a yearling, and $20,000 as a 2-year old. He is by freshman sire Unforgettable Max, full-brother to Afleet Alex. Stakes winner Unforgettable Max has had two runners (including End of My Rope), which have made 3 total starts, recording one second. Grade II stakes winner Fappaburst, dam of End of My Rope, was a winner at 2 and earned $308,504 in her career. Fappaburst has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Fappa Fire. Rocketman Rob sold for $30,000 as a 2-year old, and and is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Irish Fantasy. One of Rocketman Rob's siblings won at 2. Outofthedepths also ran on May 10 at Woodbine in a 4.5 furlong race, finishing 7th. He is out of the winning mare Simplytruth, who won 2 of 3 at 2. Simplytruth is a half-sister to one winner.

A Kiss in the Park (Ecton Park - Sensorious Kiss by Kissin Kris) was 6th in his one and only start, at 4.5 furlongs at Woodbine on May 24. He is the first foal out of the placed foal Sensorious Kiss. Sensorious Kiss is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Muhib.

The last one with experience is Crown Ruler (Peace Rules - Crown the Queen by Gulch), who was 7th in his debut, on April 29 at Churchill Downs. A $25,000 yearling, he is a half-brother to the winner Stormin Princess, a winner at 2, who has earned $105,320 overall.

Chain Reaction (Act of Duty - Fine Fashion by Louis Quatorze) and Too Fast Jack (Act of Duty - Joyful Pat by Northern Jove) are both 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. Chain Reaction is the first foal out of unplaced mare Fine Fashion. Fine Fashion is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Consideration. Too Fast Jack is out of the winning mare Joyful Pat, who was a winner at 2. Joyful Pat has produced winner Tanqueray Time.

General Staff (Dixie Union - Duet by Allied Forces) sold for $6,000 as a yearling, and $25,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of stakes-placed Duet, a winner at 2, who earned $124,258 overall. Duet is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Gonetofarr, and grade III stakes-placed winners Beach Flag and Hallowed Flag.

3-year old Stakes Entries July 3

Stakes-placed Fufty Too (colt; Speightown - Cape North by Capote) faces 7 in the Dean Kutz Stakes at a mile on the Canterbury Park turf. Post time is 9:01 PM ET. Fufty Too has a record of 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 7 starts. Last time out, he won a 6.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Arlington Park on June 6.

Other 3-year old Entries July 3

Ourwingman (colt; Peace Rules - Inner Circle by El Gran Senor) is on the AE list for a mile turf race at Calder, race 5. Post time is 2:28 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Ourwingman has run 5 times without placing. Last time out, he was 8th at Calder on May 24.

Illegal Purse (filly; Saarland - Censored by In Excess (IRE)) takes on 8 in race 3 at Louisiana Downs, a 5 furlongs turf contest. Post time is 3:25 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Illegal Purse was 8th on the Evangeline Downs turf on June 20, her most recent effort.

Esperanza d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Seasonal by Deputy Minister) runs in race 8 at Belmont, an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest. Post time is 4:44 PM ET for this mile race. She was 2nd in a mile and 70 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Belmont on June 12.

Birdrun (colt; Birdstone - Run Like Martha by Jolie's Halo) faces 7 on the turf at Churchill Downs in race 6. Post time is 5:22 PM ET for this 1 1/8 mile turf Maiden Special Weight. Birdrun was 5th in his last start, running 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs. This will be his first turf start.

Tannic (gelding; Saarland - Poetic Image by Perrault (GB)) goes a mile at Prairie Meadows in race 4. Post time is 7:20 PM ET for this Allowance race. Tannic finished 2nd both on June 5 and on June 19, both Allowance races at Prairie Meadows.

Arabian Peace (gelding; Peace Rules - Memory Rock by Sheikh Albadou (GB)) and Austons Sure Cure (colt; Saarland - Miss Marta by Cure the Blues) go a mile at Presque Isle Downs in race 7. Post time is 8:00 PM ET for this Allowance race. Arabian Peace finished 2nd in his last start, running a mile and 70 yards in an Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs on May 24. Austons Sure Cure broke his maiden in his most recent start, a 1 1/16 mile contest at Churchill Downs on June 4.

In race 6 at Prairie Meadows, Luvthat d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Uluvitnunoit by Evansville Slew) makes her third start. Post time is 8:14 PM ET for this mile and 70 yard Maiden Special Weight. Luvthat d'Oro most recently was 4th on June 8 at Prairie Meadows, running 6 furlongs.

Paid Preview (colt; Speightstown - Starring Monique by Risen Star) goes 1 1/16 miles on the Colonial Downs turf in race 6. Post time is 8:20 PM ET for this Allowance race. I have to mention one of my favoritely named horses who is also in this one, Ham and Ernie. Paid Preview was 5th last time out, in a 6.5 furlong Claiming race on a sloppy Charles Town track.

Inspeightofsuccess (filly; Speightstown - Essence of Success by Deputy Minister), who finished 5th in the Chantilly Stakes at Assiniboia Downs in her last start, returns to that track to run in an Optional Claiming race, race 7. Post time is 11:23 PM ET for this 6 furlong race.

New Workers

July 2

New to this blog, Grecian Maiden (filly; Ghostzapper - Willa On the Move by Two Punch) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 at Fair Hill. Grecian Maiden is out of grade II stakes winner Willa On the Move. Willa On the Move earned $363,940 in 12 starts. She has produced one winner.

Returning Workers

June 30

Alex a Fortiori (colt; Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) worked 4 furlongs from the gate at Charles Town in :49.60.

July 2

Working at Arlington was Fast Alex (colt; Afleet Alex - Unaffordable by Unbridled), who went 4 furlongs in :49.00.

Dynazaper (filly; Ghostzapper - Broad Dynamite by Broad Brush) worked on the training track at Saratoga, going 4 furlongs in :48.95.

Working 4 furlongs from the gate at Churchill was Ghost Girl (filly; Ghostzapper - Bayou Breeze by A. P. Indy), who went in :50.80.

At Saratoga, Quick Kid (colt; Ghostzapper - Perfect Sting by Red Ransom) went 3 furlongs in :39.67 on the training track.

Stately Victor (colt; Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) worked 5 furlongs at the Churchill Downs Training Center in 1:02.60.

Take a Hard Look (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Arjunand by Diesis (GB)) worked 4 furlongs in :48.00 at Santa Anita.

Also at Santa Anita, Herzog (colt; Saint Liam - Oreanda by Stravinsky) went 4 furlongs in :47.60.

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