Dean and Zapster on the Belmont Turf

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News and Notes

Humor Me Rene (filly; Kitten's Joy - Star of Humor by Distorted Humor), who was third last time out on July 2 at Bellewstown in Ireland, goes to the Curragh on July 11 to make her 4th start.

Mehni Tames the Kittens and Ciminella

With the scratch of Straight A Student (Posse - Dynamic Girl by Bold Executive), all 4 Maiden Watch horses made it into the race. Raise the Kitty (Kitten's Joy - Elevate by Cox's Ridge) was part of the favored entry with Dad's Crazy (Langfuhr - Charismatic Lady by End Sweep), which hovered around 2-1. The Ramsey entry of Lisa's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Chianti Red by Woodman) and Jill's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Southern Barfly by Southern Halo) was around 5-1, while Ciminella (Afleet Alex - Bruanna by Housebuster) was in the double-digits. Lisa's Kitten made a very good impression in the paddock and in the post parade. Key Quality (Elusive Quality - Forest Key by Green Forest) also was a nice looker, but looked as though she might do better stretching out. Mehndi (Pulpit - Dubai Visit by Quiet American) was on her toes and ready for action. Lisa's Kitten and Jill's Kitten broke on top, but Alwaysinmydreams (Cat Dreams - Treatmelikealady by Distinctive Pro) took the early lead. Jill's Kitten began to fade in the stretch, but Lisa's Kitten stayed with it. Dad's Crazy made a move into second, but tired a bit late. Finishing full of energy on the outside was Mehndi, who motored by them all to win several lengths. Pretty B (Matty G - Pretty City by Carson City) moved late to take 2nd away from Lisa's Kitten. Lisa's Kitten ran a nice race, finishing 3rd, despite steadying on the turf. Our other runners did not fair as well. Jill's Kitten tired to 9th, and neither Raise the Kitty nor Ciminella were involved much, finishing 8th and 10th. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 10, 2009
Belmont Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Mehndi $40.40
$17.00
$7.60
Pretty B  
$9.60
$5.90
Lisa's Kitten  
$4.10

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Rutledge Stars Over Alex a Fortiori

Breezy Boy (Louis Quatorze - Breezy Bray by Yarrow Brae) objected to the saddling, rearing in his stall. Alex a Fortiori (Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) looked good in the paddock, and had some spring in his step. He had his rider up and they were just giving Breezy Boy's jockey a leg up, when everything stopped. The reason soon became clear, a loose horse. For once, it wasn't one of ours. Instead, Jacoby's Treat (Endeavouring - Aye Jacoby by Aye's Turn) had gotten away in the paddock and headed out to the track. He was a late scratch. After this delay, they all loaded into the gate fairly easily. It was after the break that the trouble began. First, Beau Mec (Railway Cat - Blue Nile by King of the Nile) came out of the gate awkwardly and spotted the field several lengths, and Alex a Fortiori was also off slowly. Then, the saddle slipped on Breezy Boy as he was establishing position on the inside. His jockey, J. D. Acosta hit the deck, but he got up and walked off and appeared to be ok. Breezy Boy certainly seemed fine, as he went on with the race. Bowdle (Domestic Dispute - Ogygianna by Ogygian) led those with riders in the early going, but Rutledge Star (Oratory - Just Dews by Radio Star) made a big move on the turn to sweep into the lead. Evening Concerto (Concerto - Almost Aprom Queen by Montbrook) moved into second while racing wide, and Alex a Fortiori was along late to take third. A good debut for Alex a Fortiori, who made up a lot of ground in this 4.5 furlong contest. By the way, the riderless Breezy Boy was right with the winner at the finish, despite going very wide. Watch that one next time out. Rutledge Star is the third winner for freshman sire Oratory. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 10, 2009
Charles Town Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Rutledge Star $7.00
$3.40
$3.00
Evening Concerto  
$3.40
$3.20
Alex a Fortiori  
$7.60

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3-year old Results

July 10

Goldfinder (gelding; Speightstown - Strongerthanpride by Proud Birdie) stalked the early pace, and then pulled away for the win in his Allowance race at Fairmount Park.

Diva d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Miriah by Woodman) closed in her Maiden Special Weight on the Lone Star turf, but could do no better than second. Miss Seventy Five (filly; Birdstone - Grey Code by Lost Code) was bumped at the start and didn't show much afterwards, finishing 8th. Watch the Replay.

Christmas Parade (gelding; Congaree - Christmas Time by Gilded Time) was gaining on the leader at the finish, but had to settle for second in his Starter Allowance at Calder. Watch the Replay.

Ben's Magic (gelding; Birdstone - Sudley Springs by Exbourne), who was favored in his Maiden Special Weight at Northlands, trailed throughout and finished 6th (last).

Dean and Zapster on the Belmont Turf

July 11, 2009
Belmont Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs turf
2-year olds
Post Time: 3:08 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Mill Pond
2. El Commodore
3. Gray
4. Cause I Can
5. Dean's Kitten
6. Billions Boy
7. Zapster
8. Novel Notion
9. Halo Coco
10 Mississippi Hippie
11. Sneaking Suspicion
MTO Green Bananas

Dean's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Summer Theatre by Ide) makes his second start, and Zapster (Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song) his debut, in this 6 furlong turf contest at Belmont. Dean's Kitten was 3rd in his first start, back on April 9 at Keeneland, while running 4.5 furlongs. He's been working steadily since that start, including a 5 furlong work in 1:04.44 at Belmont on June 15. Dean's Kitten adds blinkers for this start. He is out of the winning mare Summer Theatre, who has produced 2 winners. Kitten's Joy's 15 runners have made 25 combined starts, recording 1 win, 5 seconds, 5 thirds, and $81,675. Zapster sold for $180,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Extend. Extend was a winner at 2, and earned $436,856 overall. Extend has produced the turf winner Kelliher. Zapster has been working at Saratoga, including a 4 furlong turf work in :48.50 on June 24. Ghostzapper's 3 runners have made 4 total starts without a placing.

The only other entrant with experience is Mississippi Hippie (Dance Master - Debt Free by Fly So Free), who finished 7th on June 5 at Monmouth, while running 5 furlongs on a sloppy track. He sold for $70,000 as a 2-year old. His dam, Debt Free, was a winner and has produced 4 winners from 5 to run. Mississippi Hippie's siblings include stakes winner Cape Time, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Another sibling was a winner at 2.

Billions Boy (Johannesburg - Royal Wonder by Kingmambo) sold for $250,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Royal Wonder. Royal Wonder is a half-sister to grade I turf winner Wonder Again, and group I turf winner Grass Wonder, and 4 other winners.

Selling for $150,000 as a yearling was Cause I Can (More Than Ready - Silver Rail by Dispersal). He is out of turf stakes winner Silver Rail, who earned $321,449. Silver Rail has produced 2 winners from 2 to run.

Novel Notion (Tale of the Cat - Mini Chat by Deputy Minister), who sold for $140,000 as a yearling, is a half-brother to grade I Dixie Chatter. Dixie Chatter is also a grade II winner on turf, and won 2 races at 2. Overall, he earned $464,606.

Mill Pond (Friends Lake - Sunday Play by Defensive Play) was a $130,000 yearling, and is a half-brother to one winner and a full-brother to one winner. His dam, Sunday Play, is a half-sister to 7 winners, including group III turf winner Perfect Sunday.

El Commodore (El Prado (IRE)) - Fancy Clancy by Rahy) is out of turf winner Fancy Clancy. Fancy Clancy has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Fancy Fusaichi. Two of her offspring won on the turf.

Gray (Unbridled's Song - Cautious Cat by Storm Cat) is out of the mare Cautious Cat, who was a debut winner at 2. Cautious Cat is a half-sister to 5 winners, including Indy Vidual, who was 3rd in the 1998 grade I Man o'War on the Belmont turf.

Attico, dam of Halo Coco (More Than Ready - Attico by Atticus), was a stakes winner on the turf who earned $161,865. Attico has produced one winner from one to run.

On the Main Track Only list for this race is Green Bananas (Eurosilver - Avide by Wall Street Dancer), by freshman sire Eurosilver. Eurosilver's 8 runners have made 13 total starts, recording 1 second, 5 thirds, and $22,964. Green Bananas sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to 3 winners, including grade III winner Monashee. Monashee was a winner at 2, and earned $693,675 in her career.

3-year old Stakes Entries July 11

Grade III winner Despite the Odds (colt; Speightstown - Lady Aloma by Cozzene) and stakes-placed Rapid Redux (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Thiscatsforcaryl by Storm Cat) meet in the 1 1/16 mile Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth. Post time is 4:50 PM ET. Despite the Odds, who has won 3 out of 4 in his career, won the Hill Prince Stakes (gr. III) on June 5 at Belmont in his last start. Rapid Redux has run one time this year, finishing 5th in an Allowance race at Monmouth on a sloppy track on June 21. This field includes Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Papa Clem. Read more about the Long Branch here.

Stakes-placed Cassidys Pride (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Cassidy by Jolie's Halo) goes 6 furlongs in the Azalea Stakes (gr. III) at Calder. Post time is 3:25 PM ET. Cassidy's Pride has 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 8 starts. Last time out, she was 6th in the 6 furlongs Leave Me Alone Stakes on June 13 at Calder.

Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) and maiden Ourwingman (colt; Peace Rules - Inner Circle by El Gran Senor) are entered in the American Dreamer Stakes, scheduled for 1/16 miles on the Calder turf, post time 5:22 PM ET. I am a little skeptical as to whether either will participate, as Medaglia d'Onore ran on July 9, finishing 2nd at Calder, and Ourwingman has been scratched from his last couple of starts and is still a maiden. However, you never know.

Other 3-year old Entries July 11

Unraced Pappy's Double H (gelding; Birdstone - Charmed Aura by Halo) is entered in race 2 at Belmont. Post time is 1:32 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. Pappy's Double H is a half-brother to 5 winners, including stakes winner Ora.

Dance the Cha Cha (gelding; Congaree - Garden Dance by El Prado (IRE)) faces 8 in a Maiden Special Weight at Thistledown, race 7. Post time is 3:20 PM ET for this 6 furlong contest. Dance the Cha Cha has a record of 1 second and 2 thirds in 7 starts. Last time out, he was 6th at Presque Isle Downs on June 17.

Blue Haze Day (filly; Birdstone - Ice'em by Two Punch), who broke her maiden in her first and only start on June 5 at Canterbury, returns in Allowance/Optional Claiming company at Arlington Park. This 7 furlong race is carded as race 8, and has a post time of 4:38 PM ET.

Sarah Cataldo (filly; Smarty Jones - Mescalina by Smarten) is entered in race 9 at Delaware Park, a 5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Post time is 4:51 PM ET. Sarah Cataldo, who is 2 for 2 in her short career, is named for an 8-year old girl who had a heart transplant.

Arcodoro (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Northern Gulch by Gulch), who last time out finished 2nd in the Cinema Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park on June 21, is back against maidens in race 4 at Hollywood. Post time is 5:30 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight, scheduled for a mile on the turf. His odds will probably be a bit lower this time out.

The Cat Rules (colt; Peace Rules - Hey Bob a Reba by Cox's Ridge) debuts and Adam's Nay (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Senorita Spike by El Gran Senor) makes his 5th start at Penn National in a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight, race 1. Post time is 6:45 PM ET. The Cat Rules sold for $39,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-brother to one winner. Adam's Nay has finished 2nd in his last three races, including a 1 1/16 mile turf Maiden Special Weight at Penn National on June 27.

Returning Workers

July 10

Afleeting Lady (filly; Afleet Alex - Oatsee by Unbridled) went 3 furlongs in :38.40 at Monmouth.

Go Ask Alex (Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)) worked at Keeneland, 4 furlongs in :48.60.

At Calder, My Alexis (filly; Afleet Alex - Saint's Play by Saint Ballado) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00.

Working 4 furlongs from the gate at the Thoroughbred Center was Macedon (colt; Afleet Alex - True Love by Affirmed), who recorded a time of :50.40.

Maddie's Odyssey (filly; Kitten's Joy - Personal Odyssey by Lemon Drop Kid) worked 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Turfway. It was her first work since breaking her maiden on June 14.

Rock the Field (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Groovetta by Gilded Time) worked 5 furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs in 1:01.40.

Working 4 furlongs at Delaware Park was Cutter (colt; Saint Liam - Brite Diamond by Deputy Minister), who went in :49.20.

At Saratoga, Imaginary Saint (filly; Saint Liam - Imaginary Cat by Storm Cat) went 3 furlongs in :37:72.

Saint Hubert (colt; Saint Liam - Warren's Whistle by Wolf Power (SAF)) went 4 furlongs in :51.20 at the Thoroughbred Center.

At Keeneland, Tribecky (Saint Liam - Double Jeopardy by Horse Chestnut SAF)) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60.

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