Octogarian Rocks Hollywood

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Octogarian (Rock Hard Ten - Coronda Rose by Coronado's Quest) jumped to the lead in this one, with Rote (Tiznow - Song to Remember by Storm Cat) close behind. However, Octogarian soon built up a several length advantage on Rote. Favorite Mi Sueno (Pulpit - Madcap Escapade by Hennessy), who is out of grade I winner Madcap Escapade, put in a run in the stretch. But, Octogarian had enough to hold that one off. She took the win by an easy length. Octogarian is the first U.S. winner for Rock Hard Ten, and his 2nd winner overall. His first winner, Long Lashes, won the Ballygallon Stud Stakes in her debut on June 26 in Ireland. I apologize to those following on twitter for not tweeting during this race. Twinspires.com was crashing my Internet Explorer (or Internet Explorer was crashing my Twinspires.com), and I was having trouble watching live. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 9, 2009
Hollywood Park Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Octogarian $5.00
Mi Sueno  

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3-year old Results

July 9

Let Peace Rule (filly; Peace Rules - French Silk by French Deputy) won a Claiming race at Calder, rallying from off the pace. It was her second win. Watch the Replay.

Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) came running late to take second in his Allowance race on the Calder turf. Perfect Footprint (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Pedicure by Mr. Prospector) tired to 7th in this one. Watch the Replay.

Pleasantlysurprise (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Royal Bandita by Royal Roberto) made a steady advance in his Maiden Special Weight at Arlington to take third. Watch the Replay.

Nice race for Smart Sugar (filly; Smarty Jones - Ashraaf by Deputy Minister), in her Starter Allowance at Pleasanton. She was in a good position, seemed to be losing ground, but then closed again late to finish third.

Legacy and Lace (filly; Saarland - Preservation Hall by Dixieland Band) was eased in her Maiden Special Weight, but walked off under her own power.

Runningforspeight (colt; Speightstown - Intrigued by Lord At War (ARG)) was in a good position early, but faded to 6th in his Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs. Original Ink (colt; Speightstown - Red n'Gold by Tabasco Cat) was kind of flat, finishing 7th. Watch the Replay.

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

Three Kittens and an Alex

July 10, 2009
Belmont Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs turf
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 4:30 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Raise the Kitty
2. Key Quality
3. Ciminella
4. Alwaysinmydreams
5. Straight A Student
6. Maux Money
7. Mehndi
8. Pretty B
9. Dad's Crazy
10 Lisa's Kitten
AE Jill's Kitten

Four Maiden Watch fillies in this one: Raise the Kitty (Kitten's Joy - Elevate by Cox's Ridge), Ciminella (Afleet Alex - Bruanna by Housebuster), and Lisa's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Chianti Red by Woodman) in the main body of the race, and Jill's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Southern Barfly by Southern Halo) on the AE list. All four are unraced. Kitten's Joy's 12 runners have made 22 combined starts, recording 1 win, 5 seconds, 4 thirds, and $77,031. Afleet Alex has had 13 starters that have run 20 total times, registering 3 seconds, 1 third, and $31,622.

Raise the Kitty sold for $17,000 as a yearling, and $67,000 as a 2-year old. She is a half-sister to 2 winners, including Notovertilit'sover, group I stakes-placed in Puerto Rico. Raise the Kitty's dam, Elevate, is a half-sister to 4 winners. Raise the Kitty has been working at Saratoga, most recently going 4 furlongs in :50.23 on the dirt training track on June 29.

Ciminella, who sold for $50,000 as a yearling, has recorded 7 official works, mostly on the Belmont dirt training track. Her last work was on July 4, 5 furlongs in 1:01.43. She is out of stakes winner Bruanna, who won 2 races as a 2-year old, and earned $390,078 overall. Bruanna has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, one of which was a debut winner at 2.

Lisa's Kitten is the first foal out of the placed mare Chianti Red. Chianti Red is a half-sister to 5 winners. Lisa's Kitten has been working since mid-April. Her latest work came on July 1, when she went 5 furlongs on the Belmont dirt training track in 1:02.15.

Jill's Kitten is the first foal out of the winning mare Southern Barfly. Southern Barfly is a half-sister to 3 winners, including One More Round, group III stakes-placed on the turf. Another sibling was also a turf winner. Jill's Kitten's last work was 3 furlongs in :38.00 at Monmouth on July 1. Prior to that, she had been working at Keeneland. Lisa's Kitten and Jill's Kitten are an entry, both owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, but Lisa's Kitten is trained by Michael Maker and Jill's Kitten by Wesley Ward.

The only experienced entrant is Straight A Student (Posse - Dynamic Girl by Bold Executive), who was 4th in her only start, at 5 furlongs on the Belmont Park dirt on June 17. She sold for $57,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Dynamic Girl, who did win on the turf. Dynamic Girl has produced 2 winners.

Maux Money (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Bail Money by St. Jovite), who sold for $60,000 as a weanling, is by freshman sire Leroidesanimaux. Leroidesanimaux has had 4 runners that have made 8 combined starts, recording 1 win, 1 second, 2 thirds, and $26,229. Bail Money, dam of Maux Money, was stake-placed on the turf and earned $204,535, primarily on that surface. Bail Money has produced stakes-placed Rapid Release, who is a turf winner.

Selling for $200,000 as a yearling was Key Quality (Elusive Quality - Forest Key by Green Forest). She is out of the turf winning mare Forest Key. Forest Key has produced 5 winners, including Gaviola, a grade I winner on the turf.

Pretty B (Matty G - Pretty City by Carson City) sold for $165,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced mare Pretty City. Pretty City is the dam of two winners, including grade I winner Lear's Princess. Lear's Princess was a stakes winner on the turf, and earned $491,870 overall. Another of Pretty B's siblings, Crowned General, was a winner at 2 and on the turf.

Dad's Crazy (Langfuhr - Charismatic Lady by End Sweep) sold for $80,000 as a yearling and $150,000 as a 2-year old. She is part of an entry with Raise the Kitty. Both are trained by Todd Pletcher. Dad's Crazy is the second foal out of the winning mare Charismatic Lady, a winner at 2. Charismatic Lady is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Mehndi (Pulpit - Dubai Visit by Quiet American), a $50,000 yearling, is out of Dubai Visit, who was stakes-placed on the turf at 2. Dubai Visit has produced the winner Mutual Friend, a winner on the turf. Dubai Visit is a half-sister to China Visit, a group II winner on the turf.

Alwaysinmydreams (Cat Dreams - Treatmelikealady by Distinctive Pro) is a half-sister to 2 winners. Her dam, Treatmelikealady, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed Mariflor.

Alex a Fortiori is a Breezy Boy with an Evening Concerto

July 10, 2009
Charles Town Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

4.5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 7:15 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Alex a Fortiori
2. Breezy Boy
3. Evening Concerto
4. Beau Mec
5. Judge Dana
6. Jacoby's Treat
7. Bowdle
8. Rutledge Star

Alex a Fortiori (Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister), who has been working at Charles Town since mid-May, debuts at that track. Most recently, Alex a Fortiori went 4 furlongs in :49.60 on June 30. Alex a Fortiori is out of the winning mare Channel Crossing, who has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Liquoreux. She also produced stakes-placed Lemony Sweet. Liquoreux won his first two races at 2, including the South Carolina Presidency Race Stakes, and has earned $156,588 through 2009. Afleet Alex's 13 runners have started 20 total times, recording 3 seconds, 1 third, and $31,622.

Jacoby's Treat (Endeavouring - Aye Jacoby by Aye's Turn) was 7th in his only start, on June 20 at Charles Town while running 4.5 furlongs. Stakes winner Aye Jacoby, dam of Jacoby's Treat, won 3 races at 2, including 2 stakes. She has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Aye Robbin. Aye Robbin was a winner at 2.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Rutledge Star (Oratory - Just Dews by Radio Star), by freshman sire Oratory. Oratory's 7 runners have made 14 total starts, recording 3 wins, 1 second, 2 thirds, and $29,789. Rutledge Star is the first foal out of the unraced mare Just Dews. Just Dews is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Evening Concerto (Concerto - Almost Aprom Queen by Montbrook), who sold for $50,000 as a 2-year old, is a half-brother to the winner Ellsbury. His dam, Almost Aprom Queen, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Lady Gin and Sea of Green.

Breezy Boy (Louis Quatorze - Breezy Bray by Yarrow Brae) is the first foal out of the winning mare Breezy Bray. Breezy Bray is a full-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Five Steps. She is also a half-sister to 6 winners, including 3 stakes winners.

Beau Mec (Railway Cat - Blue Nile by King of the Nile) is out of the winning mare Blue Nile, who has produced 2 winners. One of Beau Mec's siblings was a debut winner at 2.

Judge Dana (Prime Timber - Shadyside by Golden Gear) is the 2nd foal out of the winning mare Shadyside. Shadyside's first foal, Shady Park, is a winner. Shadyside is a half-sister to stakes winner Goodtobeking and stakes-placed Rockin Roy.

Bowdle (Domestic Dispute - Ogygianna by Ogygian) is a half-brother to 4 winners, 2 of which won at 2. His dam, Ogygianna, is a half-sister to stakes winner Medford.

3-year old Entries July 10

Christmas Parade (gelding; Congaree - Christmas Time by Gilded Time), who is a perfect 2 for 2 in his career, faces 6 in a 7 furlong Starter Allowance at Calder. Carded as race 3, this one has a post time of 1:36 PM ET.

Goldfinder (gelding; Speightstown - Strongerthanpride by Proud Birdie) faces 6 in an Allowance race at Fairmont Park, race 2. Post time is 8:58 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. Goldfinder last ran on June 19, finishing 3rd in a 6.5 furlong Claiming race at Churchill Downs.

Ben's Magic (gelding; Birdstone - Sudley Springs by Exbourne) breaks from the outside in race 4 at Northlands. Post time is 9:21 PM ET for this 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Ben's Magic has run once, finishing 4th at Northlands on June 26.

Miss Seventy Five (filly; Birdstone - Grey Code by Lost Code) and Diva d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Miriah by Woodman) go a mile on the Lone Star turf in race 9, post time 11:19 PM ET. Miss Seventy Five has run twice in her career, both times on the Lone Star turf. She was 3rd on June 4, and 8th on June 19. Diva d'Oro has a record of 1 second and 2 thirds in 7 starts. Last time out, she finished 4th (in front of Miss Seventy Five), while running a mile and a sixteenth on the Lone Star turf on June 19.

Returning Workers

July 9

Afleet Maggi (Afleet Alex - Mindset by Coronado's Quest) worked at Churchill, 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.

Working at Fair Hill was Alex Le Great (colt; Afleet Alex - Colonial Glitter by Glitterman), who went 3 furlongs in :35.20.

At Lone Star, Miss Afleet Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Go Again Valid by Valid Appeal) worked 4 furlongs in :50.00.

Quick Ride (colt; Afleet Alex - Baby Lets Cruise by Tale of the Cat) worked 3 furlongs in :38.03 at Saratoga.

At Saratoga, Quick Kid (colt; Ghostzapper - Perfect Sting by Red Ransom) went 4 furlongs in :53.02.

King Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Santo Mio by Southern Halo) worked at Belmont, 3 furlongs in :36.26. It was the fastest of 11 works at the distance.

Also working 3 furlongs at Belmont was Shrimp Dancer (colt; Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold), who went in :36.63.

Scottkeith'skitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Miss Bergdorf by Old Trieste) went 5 furlongs at Belmont, recording a time of 1:00.65.

At Philadelphia Park, Katrina Katrina (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Body by Katrina by Wild Zone) went 4 furlongs in :48.42.

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

Herzog (colt; Saint Liam - Oreanda by Stravinsky) worked at Santa Anita, 4 furlongs in :48.60.

At Belmont Park, Saint Eligius (colt; Saint Liam - Great Connection by Dayjur) went 4 furlongs in :48.34.

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