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Just had to comment on a couple of great names that I saw amongst the day's maiden results. How about the 2-year old colt, Blame the Jockey (Posse - Miss Terasita by Prized), who won at Emerald Downs. Or the 3-year old colt, Capt Obvious (Came Home - Enlightening by Cozzene), who won on the turf at Arlington Park.

Just Gettin Close to Gray Flash

A full field went forward in this one in the rain at Calder, with no scratches. The favorite was Golden Honey (Olmodavor - Golden Toast by Hennessy), who had finished 3rd in her only previous start. Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) was 12-1 as the gates opened. Brilhante (City Zip - Midnite Mistress by Honour and Glory) and Naughty Visions (Omega Code - Visions of Viv by Wild Escapade) battled early, but Gray Flash was coming from her outside post. Brilhante tired, but the other two went on with it. Gray Flash hit the lead, but Just Gettin Close (Margie's Wildcat - No Beans by Unreal Zeal), who had been tracking the early pace, moved by to get the win. 55-1 shot Empress Maria (Western Pride - Due the Empress by Devil His Due) was along late for third. It was a much improved effort for Gray Flash. It was good to see her involved from the start. Margie's Wildcat, sire of Just Gettin Close, has had two starters, and both of them have won. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 19, 2009
Calder Race 3
Maiden Claiming

Just Gettin Close $10.60
Gray Flash  
Empress Maria  

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Grillete Gets a Break Over Yala Yala Bull

It was raining again in Puerto Rico, and the track was labeled muddy. Grillete (Tenpins - Hearts Delight by Clever Trick) was the big favorite on the board, which made sense since he had defeated everyone first time out, except the new player Yala Yala Bull (Saint Liam - Maltese Indy by A. P. Indy). Do Re Mi Concerto (Concerto - Glitter Lady by Glitterman) made a good impression in the warmup. Yala Yala Bull missed the break and was several lengths behind quickly. That was pretty much all she wrote for him. Currutaco (Three Wonders - Mines in Gear by Golden Gear) took the lead early, but he had no answer for Grillete, who swept into the lead and won easily. Do Re Mi Concerto ran on for second and Currutaco held on for third. Wild Candy (Candy Ride (ARG) - Miss Joker by Wild Again) took fourth. Watch the Replay (July 19, race 4).

Result: July 19, 2009
Camarero Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Grillete $2.80
Do Re Mi Concerto  

Auspicious Risks to Look Purrrfect

Beenie (Gone West - Santona (CHI) by Winning) and Our Second Fitz (Seattle Fitz (ARG) - Evening Shadows by Dixieland Band) were scratched from this one. Mt. McSauba (Pulpit - Summer Home by Easy Goer) was the favorite. Looks Purrrfect (Kitten's Joy - On Broadway by Rubiano) is a striking gray. A number of these looked good in the warmup including the favorite Mt. McSauba, Protection Game (Harlan's Holiday - Silks of Gold by Golden Act), and Auspicious Risk (Successful Appeal - Gambling Girl by Secret Claim). Looks Purrrfect broke on top, but soon dropped back. Okie Ride (Candy Ride (ARG) - Tic Tic by Geiger Counter) took the first call, with Protection Game pressing. Auspicious Risk was just behind these in third. Auspicious Risk overtook the leaders in the stretch and got the victory. Buggs Pride (Western Pride - Glitterball by Northern Afleet) and favorite Mt. McSauba made up ground late to take 2nd and 3rd. Looks Purrrfect finished 6th, but he learned a lot. He was on the rail basically the whole way and galloped out strong. Put your money down on this one next time out. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 19, 2009
Arlington Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Auspicious Risk $11.20
Buggs Pride  
Mt. McSauba  

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3-year old Stakes Result July 19

Pitched Perfectly (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister) pressed the pace early in the Barbaro Stakes (gr. III), but couldn't keep pace and faded to 9th. The pacesetter, Our Edge went on to win by 7. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Barbaro Stakes here.

Anaan (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Parisian Deputy by French Deputy) set the early pace in the A Gift Stakes at Belmont, but weakened and finished 5th. On the other hand, Al Khali (ridgling; Medaglia d'Oro - Maya by Capote) closed well and was getting to the winner at the end, but settled for second. The winner was Courageous Cat, a full-brother to grade I winner After Market. Watch the Replay.

Livin Lovin (filly; Birdstone - Nurse Margaret by Captain Bodgit) was scratched from the Delaware Handicap (gr. II), so I guess we'll see her in the Coaching Club American Oaks next Saturday at Belmont. The winner of the Delaware Handicap was Swift Temper.

Other 3-year old Results July 19

A special mention for Col. Wease (gelding; Birdstone - Tango Red by High Brite), who broke down in his Allowance race at Philadelphia Park. I do not have any information, except that it was reported to be a right front injury. In tribute to Col. Wease, here is his Maiden Win.

Pearl Esque (filly; Peace Rules - Crown the Queen by Gulch) won her 2nd race in a row, taking a Claiming race at Calder by better than 3. Watch the Replay.

Baku Breeze (colt; Smarty Jones - Dance On the Green by Green Dancer) beat everyone except the runaway winner, finishing 2nd in his Maiden Special Weight at Mountaineer. Watch the Replay.

Gatwick (gelding; Speightstown - Beauty Halo (ARG) by Southern Halo) passed one late to finish 5th in his Allowance race at Hastings.

Port Morsbey (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Rendezvous Point by Kingmambo) broke slowly in his Maiden Special Weight on the Philadelphia Park turf and didn't have much impact after that, finishing 7th. Watch the Replay.

Hardrock Kid (colt; Birdstone - Eugapae by El Prado (IRE)) showed a little speed in his debut at Colonial Downs, but faded to 8th. Watch the Replay.

Legendary Peace (filly; Peace Rules - Red Mischief by Thirty Six Red) didn't draw into his race at Fort Erie, even though it came off the turf.

Toxaway (filly; Congaree - Doradoradora by Runaway Groom) did not draw into her Allowance race at Woodbine.

3-year old Entries July 20

Stakes-placed Runningforspeight (colt; Speightstown - Intrigued by Lord At War (ARG)) faces 6 in an Allowance race at Thistledown, race 3. Post time is 2:18 PM ET for this 6 furlong race. Runningforspeight was 6th in his last start, a 6 furlong Allowance race at Presque Isle on July 9.

3-year old Entries July 21

Ritzy Jones (colt; Smarty Jones - So Ritzy by Darn That Alarm) and In Speight of It (colt; Speightstown - Honest Deceiver by Is It True) meet in a 7 furlong Allowance at Philadelphia Park, race 7. Post time is 2:56 PM ET. Ritzy Jones finished 4th in his most recent race, a 5.5 furlong Allowance race at Philadelphia Park on July 4. In Speight of It last ran on June 9 at Philadelphia Park, finishing 3rd in an Allowance race.

Point Lookout (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Potomac Bend by Polish Numbers) will take to the turf in race 6 at Delaware, a mile and 70 yard Allowance contest. Post time is 3:30 PM ET. Point Lookout last ran on June 6 at Monmouth, finishing 6th.

Pick's Express (colt; Speightstown - Program Pick by Peterhof) takes on 7 in an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Philadelphia Park, race 9. Post time is 3:50 PM ET for this 6 furlong race. Pick's Express has run 8 times, recording 3 wins and 1 third.

New Worker

Seeking the Ghost (filly; Ghostzapper - Questress by Seeking the Gold) worked 3 furlongs in :38.45. Seeking the Ghost was purchased for $475,000 as a yearling. She is out of the winning mare Questress, who did win at 2. Questress is the dam of 5 winners, including grade I winner Pomeroy.

Returning Workers

July 19

Working at Canterbury was A Student (colt; Afleet Alex - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo), who went 3 furlongs in :37.40.

Bunky (colt; Afleet Alex - Madam Lagonza by Kingmambo) worked at Saratoga, 4 furlongs in :50.12.

At Arlington Park, Holiday Buzz (colt; Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60.

It's the Big Cat (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sweeping Cat by End Sweep) worked 5 furlongs at Belmont, with a time of 1:01.19.

A bunch of Kittens worked 3 furlongs at the Churchill Downs Training Center, Jeff's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sweet Baby Jane by Kingmambo) and Kelly's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - No Deadline by Skywalker) went in :39.60, and Ken's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Cruise Line (GB) by Rainbow Quest) and Patti's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Hillary Step by Chimes Band) went in :36.60.

Kid Canuck (colt; Kitten's Joy - Draxhall Jump by Tale of the Cat) worked 4 furlongs in :47.20 at Woodbine.

Shrimp Dancer (colt; Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold) worked at Belmont, 4 furlongs in :49.10.

At Philadelphia Park, King Rock (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Queen Mindy by King of Kings (IRE)) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.31.

We Will Rock (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Di's Delight by French Deputy) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.00 at Hollywood Park.

Working 5 furlongs at Arlington was Beyondallboundarys (filly; Saint Liam - In Secure by A. P. Indy), who went in 1:01.00.

Draw a Blank (Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.00 at Presque Isle Downs.

Westshore (colt; Saint Liam - Alexi Dancer by A. P. Indy) went 4 furlongs in :52.60 at Churchill Downs.

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