Jill's Kitten at Saratoga & Charles Town Alexes

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Piscitelli is Nicetoseeagain

Everyone was feeling good before this one. Persistant Fella (E Dubai - Acting Proud by Proud Birdie) was a little obnoxious in the walking ring. Scavezzato (Wheelaway - Teedleewinks by Badger Land) was not safe to be behind. Nicetoseey'again (Saint Liam - O K to Dance by With Approval) was looking good. Favoritism was between Piscitelli (Victory Gallop - Rayelle by Relaunch) and No Shenanigans (Value Plus - Western Resolve by West by West). Once they got onto the track, Nicetoseey'again was bucking and kicking. I would have liked to see him settle down. Two Notch Road (Partner's Hero - Capiana by Capote) was off best, while Nicetoseey'again was a little slow at the break. No Shenanigans stalked the pacesetter, and then moved to the lead on the turn. He looked home free, but Piscitelli was coming. He switched to the inside and rallied to the front. Nicetoseey'again made up some ground to take 5th. Doc Thunderbolt (Chapel Royal - Lake Barataria by Meadowlake) was scratched. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 30, 2009
Monmouth Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Piscitelli $4.40
No Shenanigans  
Narbona Pass  

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Habanera Moves Past Gray Flash

Track was sloppy, and Stariana (El Corredor - Marietta's Charm by Wolfhound) was a scratch. Since it was nasty out there, I didn't get much of a look at the participants, who stayed in the stalls. Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) was favored, off of her 2nd place finish last time out. Brisk Tide (Fast Play - Marhaba by Turkoman) was looking pretty eager. No one appeared to really hate the mud. Brisk Tide acted up in the gate, but broke on top. She didn't stay there long, however, as Habanera (Concerto - Passion Slayer by Tactical Advantage) took over after a half. There was no catching her, as she won by better than 3. Gray Flash was chasing 3-wide, but weakened to 9th. Not sure if it was the sloppy track or the outside post, or a combination of the two that caused her sub-par performance. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 30, 2009
Calder Race 3
Maiden Claiming

Habanera $20.00
Princess Yona  

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Kinsey is Awesome over Salaam Alaykum

The track was fast. Cape Cod Carrie (Purge - Bet by Go for Gin) and Snap Happy (Lion Heart - Snappy Little Tune by Spanish Drums) were program scratches. This meant that AE entrant The Underling (Malibu Moon - Queens Court Queen by Lyphard) got to run, and she was made the favorite. Salaam Alaykum (Saint Liam - Our Legacy by Kingmambo) looked pretty leggy to me in the paddock, which made the rail post even more of a concern. Go for Jan (Distorted Humor - Glimmer by Deputy Minister) made a favorable appearance, but Hidden Value (Value Plus - Raw Gold by Rahy) really caught my eye. However, she got pretty wet once they got on the track, and I thought she might have wasted some energy. Another one who looked good was Awesome Maria (Maria's Mon - Discreetly Awesome by Awesome Again). Let's face it, it's Saratoga, most everybody looks good. One who was agitated was Roman Chestnut (Roman Ruler - Silverdew by Silver Deputy), who dumped her rider in the post parade. She also needed a push to get in the gate. Once they broke, Atrea (Storm Cat - New Dice by Capote) and Kinsey (Delaware Township - Raspberry Eggcream by Time for a Change) dueled. Awesome Maria and Hidden Value were just behind these. Kinsey pulled away from Atrea, but Awesome Maria took up the chase. Kinsey was all out to hold off Awesome Maria, who looks to have a good future. Closing a lot of ground late was Ailalea (Pulpit - Wood Sprite by Woodman), who picked up third. Salaam Alaykum was rushed up from her rail spot, swung outside, and then weakened. She beat just one home, but I'd give her another shot. She was really compromised by the inside post. Not surprisingly, Roman Chestnut was rank throughout and finished last. Watch the Replay.

Result: July 30, 2009
Saratoga Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Kinsey $17.60
Awesome Maria  

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3-year old Results July 30

Becky's Express (gelding; Congaree - Becky Virtue by Strokes Creek) won a 1 1/16 mile Claiming race at Arlington Park. Watch the Replay. He has now run 10 times, winning 5 times and finishing second once.

River Fancy (filly; Congaree - Go Baby Go (IRE) by Lion Cavern) closed well in her Allowance race at Monmouth, finishing 2nd. Watch the Replay.

Palin (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - La Alleged by Alleged) was involved from the beginning in her Maiden Special Weight at River Downs. She took a short lead, but couldn't hold off the closing favorite and finished 2nd.

Race 7 at Calder came off the turf, so both Christmas Parade (gelding; Congaree - Christmas Time by Gilded Time) and Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) ran. Both stalked the early pace, Christmas Parade was gaining at the end and finished 3rd. Medaglia d'Onore weakened to 6th. Watch the Replay.

Jill's Kitten is Ready to Party on a Saratoga Fling

July 31, 2009
Saratoga Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs turf
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 4:09 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Just Parker
2. Key Quality
3. Kid Kate
4. It'smyburtday
5. Tribeca
6. Ready to Party
7. Alwaysinmydreams
8. Saratoga Fling
9. Whydah
10. Caminadora
11. Jill's Kitten
12. Taconic Victory
MTO Rumpus Room

Jill's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Southern Barfly by Southern Halo) debuted at 6 furlongs on the Belmont turf on July 10. She showed early speed in that one before fading to 9th (Watch the Replay). Since that race, she had a 4 furlong work in :48.44 at Saratoga on July 23. 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. Kitten's Joy's 22 runners have made 40 total starts, recording 5 wins, 10 seconds, 7 thirds, and $202,677. He's had two winners on the turf.

Alwaysinmydreams (Cat Dreams - Treatmelikealady by Distinctive Pro) and Key Quality (Elusive Quality - Forest Key by Green Forest) ran against Jill's Kitten on July 10 at Belmont, finishing 6th and 7th. It was the first and only start for both. Alwaysinmydreams is a half-sister to 2 winners. Her dam, Treatmelikealady, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed Mariflor. Key Quality sold $200,000 as a yearling. 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.

The only other filly with experience is Caminadora (More Than Ready - Stoneway by Storm Boot), who finished 8th on a sloppy Churchill Downs track on July 5. She was a $150,000 yearling, and is out of stakes winner Stoneway. Stoneway won two races as a 2-year old, including her debut. Stoneway is a half-sister to 3 winners, and the unraced Saint Liam 2-year old colt, Gaelic Will.

Taconic Victory (Eddington - Lovely Martha by Storm Bird) and MTO entrant Rumpus Room (Eddington - Junkinthetrunk by Top Account) are both by freshman sire Eddington. Eddington has had 12 starters, who have run 20 total times, registering 5 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and $76,469. Taconic Victory is a half-sister to 2 winners, including Sand Springs, a grade I winner on the turf. Sand Springs was also a winner in her 2-year old debut, which was on the turf. Overall, she earned $1,270,058, primarily on the turf. Taconic Victory's other winning sibling also won on the turf. Rumpus Room sold for $120,000 as a yearling, but $90,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of the winning mare Junkinthetrunk, who has produced stakes winner Desert Phantom. Desert Phantam won three straight races at 2, including his debut.

Also by a first-crop sire is Tribeca (Value Plus - Littletalkintootie by Regal Affair), by Value Plus. Value Plus has sired 17 runners who have started 35 total times, recording 6 wins, 7 seconds, 3 thirds, and $153,588. Tribeca sold for $60,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Littletalkintootie. Littletalkintootie has produced the winner Captain Tommy G, who was a winner at 2. Littletalkintootie is a half-sister to 8 winners, including 2 stakes winners.

Whydah (More Than Ready - Riverboat Miss by Storm Cat) sold for $290,000 as a yearling, and is a full-sister to the winner More to the Story, who won a 6 furlong turf race at Belmont on July 2 of this year.

Saratoga Fling (Pulpit - Cherish Destiny by Grand Slam) sold for $120,000 as a weanling, and $210,000 as a yearling. She is out of stakes winner Cherish Destiny, who was a winner at 2. Cherish Destiny is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed winners Silver Chele and Princess Hiawatha.

Selling for $100,000 as a yearling was Ready to Party (More Than Ready - Miss Cap by Capote), who is out of the winning mare Miss Cap. Miss Cap is a full-sister to one winner, and a half-sister to 2 winners. Ready to Party is a full-sister to Sangre Frio, who was a winner at 2.

Just Parker (Forest Camp - Motel Lass by Bates Motel) sold for $60,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Motel Lass. Motel Lass has produced 3 winners, including turf stakes winner Stormin' Lyon.

Kid Kate (Lemon Drop Kid - Run Kate Run by Cherokee Run) is a half-sister to the winner Meetmeatthechapel, who did win at 2. Kid Kate's dam, Run Kate Run, is a half-sister to 2 winners.

It'smyburtday (Stormy Atlantic - Talega by Devil's Bag) is a half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes winners Extra Bend and Illybilly. Extra Bend was also stakes-placed on the turf. Four of It'smyburtday's siblings won at 2, and four won on the turf.

Alex a Fortiori and Itineris take on Charles Town

July 31, 2009
Charles Town Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

4.5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 7:39 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Western Woods
2. Gateway Wish
3. Choctaw Pride
4. Bowdle
5. Royal Danger
6. Alex a Fortiori
7. Don't Take Me
8. Wilting Daisy
9. Monkey Dance
10. Chief Silverhills
AE Itineris

Alex a Fortiori (Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) and Itineris (colt; Afleet Alex - Kafaf by Zilzal) are entered in Race 2 Friday at Charles Town, but they are also entered in Race 1 on Saturday at Charles Town, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. We'll see if either or neither run on Friday. Afleet Alex's 20 runners have made 35 total starts, recording 2 wins, 7 seconds, 3 thirds, and $101,549.

Alex a Fortiori finished third in his debut on July 10 at Charles Town, after starting slowly (Watch the Replay). That race was also at 4.5 furlongs. Since then, he worked 5 furlongs in 1:06.00 on July 25 at Charles Town. 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.

Unraced Itineris is on the AE list for Friday's race. He sold for $36,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Kafaf. Kafaf has produced 6 winners from 6 to run, including grade II stakes-placed Littlebitofzip.Two of Itineris' siblings won at 2. Itineris has been working at Bowie to prepare for his debut, most recently going 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 from the gate on July 24.

Bowdle (Domestic Dispute - Ogygianna by Ogygian) finished 5th behind Alex a Fortiori, on July 10 at Charles Town. It was his only start. He is a half-brother to 4 winners, 2 of which won at 2. His dam, Ogygianna, is a half-sister to stakes winner Medford.

Finishing third in his only start was Choctaw Pride (Exchange Rate - Jiving Beauty by Editor's Note), who ran at Penn National on July 8. He sold for $28,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to 2 winners, one of which won at 2. His dam, Jiving Beauty, is a half-sister to 10 winners, including stakes winner Riley's Heat.

Monkey Dance (Kafwain - Maid of Cognac by Hennessy) was 6th in his only start, on the Colonial Downs turf on July 18. He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Maid of Cognac. Maid of Cognac is half-sister to 3 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Mary Alex. She is a full-sister to stakes-placed Save the Profit.

The last one with experience is Royal Danger (Forest Danger - Royal Bean by Royal Academy), who was 8th in a 4.5 furlong race at Charles Town on July 8. Royal Danger is by freshman sire Forest Danger, whose 9 runners have made 16 combined starts, recording 1 win, 2 seconds, and $29,197. Royal Danger is the first foal out of grade III stakes-placed Royal Bean, who was a winner at 2. Royal Bean is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Lenatareese.

Also by a first-crop sire is Chief Silverhills (Eurosilver - Perfectly Awesome by Awesome Again), by Eurosilver. Eurosilver's 16 starters have run 29 total times, registering 1 win, 3 seconds, 7 thirds, and $52,223. Chief Silverhills is the first foal out of the winning mare Perfectly Awesome. Perfectly Awesome is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Don't Take Me (Concorde's Tune - Backtothebooks by Notebook) sold for $52,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Backtothebooks. Backtothebooks has produced 2 winners.

Western Woods (Came Home - Hickory Heifer by Forestry) is the first foal out of the placed mare Hickory Heifer. Hickory Heifer is a half-sister to the winner Alluring Tune.

Gateway Wish (Endeavouring - Takitforgranit by Believe It) is a half-brother to 4 winners. All of his winning siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner.

Wilting Daisy (Is It True - Wise N Valid by Valid Expectations) is the first foal out of the winning mare Wise N Valid. Wise N Valid is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Wise Sweep, Smoking Wise, and Grand Champion.

3-year old Stakes entry July 31

Rocket Defense (filly; Peace Rules - Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius) takes on 9 in the 6 furlong Femme Fatale Stakes at Penn National. Post time is 8:23 PM ET. Rocket Defense is 4 for 4 in her career, most recently winning a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Penn National on July 2.

Other 3-year old entries July 31

Torres Strait (filly; Birdstone - Maid of Gold by Tour d'Or) and Caroline B (filly; Speightstown - Miss Valid Pache by Valid Appeal) meet in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Hoosier Park, race 1. Post time is 12:45 PM ET, as they break side-by-side in posts 1 and 2. Last time out, Torres Strait finished 8th on the Indiana Downs turf on July 13. Caroline B finished fourth in her most recent start, running 6 furlongs at ChurSchill on June 14.

Spirit Seeker (filly; Peace Rules - Wild Gal by Wild Again) runs in race 9 at Calder, a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Post time is 4:27 PM ET. Spirit Seeker finished 2nd in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race on July 16, her most recent outing.

Devil By Design (filly; Medgalia d'Oro - Beauty's Due by Devil His Due) and Maraschino Red (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry) meet in race 6 at Saratoga, a 6 furlong Allowance. Post time is 5:15 PM ET. Devil By Design has one start this year, finishing 6th back on January 29 at Gulfstream in a 6 furlong Allowance race. Maraschino Red's last start was in a 6 furlong Allowance race on June 28 at Belmont, where she finished second.

Scootin Scooter (colt; Saarland - Sarah's a Winner by Cormorant) breaks from the rail in race 2 at Penn National, scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 7:09 PM ET for this Allowance/Optional Claiming contest. Scootin Scooter's last race was on June 9, when he was 3rd in a 1 1/16 mile Allowance race on June 9.

Silent Salute (colt; Saarland - Sweet Surrender by Synastry) goes 6 furlongs at Santa Rosa in race 8. Post time is 7:15 PM ET for this Allowance/Optional Claiming contest. Silent Salute most recently finished 7th on Golden Gate turf on May 24.

Mona de Momma (filly; Speightstown - Society Gal by Linkage) and Medaglia d'Amour (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Izara by Blushing John) face off at 6 furlongs at Del Mar in race 6. Post time is 8:30 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Mona de Momma has run twice, finishing 3rd on May 16 and 2nd on June 14. Both starts were at Hollywood Park. Medagla d'Amour is making her first start. She is out of the winning mare Izara, who has produced 4 winners.

New Worker

July 30

Speedy Solution (colt; Afleet Alex - Perfect Solution by Seeking the Gold) worked 3 furlongs in :38.00 at the Mercury Equine Center. Speedy Solution is a half-brother to winner Splendid Solution.

Returning Workers

July 30

Alex Le Great (colt; Afleet Alex - Colonial Glitter by Glitterman) Quechee (colt; Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) both worked 5 furlongs at Fair Hill. Alex Le Great in 1:03.20 and Quechee in 1:04.00.

Magic Bullet (colt; Afleet Alex - Magical Mood (GB) by Forestry) worked in the mud on the training track at Saratoga, 5 furlongs in 1:04.11.

Working at Arlington was Ghost Girl (filly; Ghostzapper - Bayou Breeze by A. P. Indy), who went 4 furlongs in :48.00.

At Woodbine, Bear's Hard Ten (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Playforme by Gone West) went furlongs in :36.00.

Naturaliste (colt; Saint Liam - Goldina by Rahy) worked 4 furlongs in :51.80 at Santa Anita.

Sheltowee (colt; Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) worked at Arlington, 4 furlongs in :49.40.

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