Only one 2-year old result from July 31, as Alex a Fortiori (Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) and Itineris (Afleet Alex - Kafaf by Zilzal) were scratched at Charles Town. They will run instead on August 1 at Charles Town (see below).
Kate Kids with Jill's Kitten
The rains came to Saratoga and this race (and all the other turf races) were run on the sloppy main track. It'smyburtday (Stormy Atlantic - Talega by Devil's Bag), Ready to Party (More Than Ready - Miss Cap by Capote), and Tribeca (Value Plus - Littletalkintootie by Regal Affair) were scratched, while MTO entrant Rumpus Room (Eddington - Junkinthetrunk by Top Account) got to go. Favoritism bounced around between Key Quality (Elusive Quality - Forest Key by Green Forest) and the Todd Pletcher entry of Whydah (More Than Ready - Riverboat Miss by Storm Cat) and Caminadora (More Than Ready - Stoneway by Storm Boot). Jill's Kitten looked a little tentative in the paddock, while Rumpus Room was rambunctious. Alwaysinmydreams (Cat Dreams - Treatmelikealady by Distinctive Pro) looked ready to go, but Saratoga Fling (Pulpit - Cherish Destiny by Grand Slam) took my prize for best looking. Alwaysinmydreams went to the lead out of the gate, but Jill's Kitten didn't let her get much of an advantage. Also close up was Taconic Victory (Eddington - Lovely Martha by Storm Bird). In the stretch, Jill's Kitten moved to the lead, but she couldn't hold it. Taconic Victory went by first, but on the outside, Kid Kate (Lemon Drop Kid - Run Kate Run by Cherokee Run) was closing quickly. She swept by them all and pulled away for an easy win. Jill's Kitten tired to 6th. One to watch for is Saratoga Fling, who made up a lot of ground late to finish fourth. Watch the Replay.
Result: July 31, 2009
Saratoga Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
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3-year old Stakes Result
Rocket Defense (filly; Peace Rules - Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius) raced wide and finished 5th in the Femme Fatale Stakes at Penn National. Watch the Replay.
3-year old Results July 31
Maraschino Red (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry) stalked early and then took command, winning her Allowance at Saratoga by 2. Devil By Design (filly; Medgalia d'Oro - Beauty's Due by Devil His Due) was in about mid-pack early on, had some traffic problems, but finished well to take fourth. Watch the Replay.
Mona de Momma (filly; Speightstown - Society Gal by Linkage) stalked the early pace, then hit the front while racing wide to get her maiden win by 4 lengths at Del mar. Medaglia d'Amour (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Izara by Blushing John) weakened late to finish 8th.
Silent Salute (colt; Saarland - Sweet Surrender by Synastry) was far back early, made a big move, and just got up in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Santa Rosa.
Birdrun (colt; Birdstone - Run Like Martha by Jolie's Halo) relished the slop at Saratoga, winning a 1 1/8 mile Maiden Claiming event by more than 10. Watch the Replay.
Caroline B (filly; Speightstown - Miss Valid Pache by Valid Appeal) stalked the pace, but weakened a bit to finish third, while Torres Strait (filly; Birdstone - Maid of Gold by Tour d'Or) closed to fourth in their Maiden Special Weight at Hoosier Park. Watch the Replay.
Spirit Seeker (filly; Peace Rules - Wild Gal by Wild Again) chased the pace, but weakened to finish 5th in her Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Calder. Watch the Replay.
Scootin Scooter (colt; Saarland - Sarah's a Winner by Cormorant) was scratched at Penn National. He'll run instead in the Capital City Stakes at Penn National on August 1.
Looking to Draw no Blanks in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies
August 1, 2009
Mountaineer Race 4
Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies S.
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:30 PM ET
||Bronx City Girl|
||Di Colas Ex|
||Draw a Blank |
||Letter of the Law|
||Yes It's Valid|
||I Just Did It|
Since this is a stakes race, the preview will be brief.
Draw a Blank (Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) makes her first start since breaking her maiden on the Tapeta of Presque Isle Downs on July 1 (Watch the Replay.) in the 6 furlong Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Mountaineer. Post time is 3:30 PM ET. In her only other start, she was 3rd at Presque Isle on June 14. Since her victory, she has worked several times at Presque Isle, including a 5 furlong work in 1:00.60 on July 26.
Bronx City Girl (Yankee Gentleman - Carsona by Carson City) was third in the 5 furlong Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes at Prairie Meadows on July 18 in her most recent outing. Prior to that, she won a 4.5 furlong contest at Mountaineer on June 15, and finished 4th at Presque Isle on May 29, also at 4.5 furlongs.
Letter of the Law (Stormy Atlantic - Feather Boa by Saint Ballado) was a winner at Presque Isle on May 29, defeating Bronx City Girl. Before that, she had finished 3rd at Keeneland on April 24. Her most recent start came in the My Dear Stakes on June 28 at Woodbine, where she finished 11th.
The most experienced filly in this race is Lady Lannis (Wiseman's Ferry - Gilded Lady by Gilded Time), who has run 5 times. She was 7th at Keeneland on April 17, 4th at Churchill on May 7, 6th at Churchill on May 25, and 2nd at Mountaineer on June 15, before getting her maiden victory on June 26 at Mountaineer. All of her races have been at 4.5 furlongs.
Yes It's Valid (Yes It's True - Valid Forbes by Valid Appeal) has run twice, finishing 2nd at Churchill Downs on June 27, and first at Presque Isle on July 17.
The remaining fillies were all debut winners. Di Colas Ex (Gunnerside - Pinch by Regal Search) and I Just Did It (Luftikus - Lets Just Do It by Roy) both ran 4.5 furlongs at Charles Town. Di Colas Ex won on June 20, and I Just Did It on July 4.
For Royalty (Not For Love - Taft Lil Queen by Irish Open) broke her maiden at Delaware Park, going 5 furlongs on June 29.
Leslie's Ocean (Indian Ocean - Kristina's Star by Slew the Slewor), who is by first-crop sire Indian Ocean, won her start at Arlington Park, running 4.5 furlongs in a Maiden Claiming race on July 1. Indian Ocean is the sire of Tippett Stakes winner Oceans of Honey.
Delaney's d'Lite is a Justice Cowboy with Deputy Daney
August 1, 2009
Philadelphia Park Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 12:25 PM ET
||Hawk Three O Eight|
Delaney's d'Lite (Afleet Alex - Dame d'Loc by Mt. Livermore) has been working at Philadelphia Park for several months, and will now run there. He most recently went 4 furlongs in :51.00 on July 13. He is out of the winning mare Dame d'Loc, who has produced 2 winners. Dame d'Loc is a half-sister to grade III winner Sterling Pound. Afleet Alex is the sire of 20 runners which have started 35 total times, recording 2 wins, 7 seconds, 3 thirds, and $101,549.
Hawk Three O Eight (Chief Seattle - Hurricane Hannah by Southern Halo) was 4th at Philadelphia Park on July 7 while running 4.5 furlongs, the same distance as this race. He sold for $37,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Hurricane Hannah. Hurricane Hannah was a winner at 2, and has produced the winner Kalulu.
The only other entrant with experience is Gosmon (More Than Ready - Tables Turned by Petionville), who was 8th on the turf at Colonial Downs on July 18. A $95,000 yearling, Gosmon is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Tables Turned. Tables Turned is a full-sister to two winners, including grade I winner Island Fashion.
Selling for $140,000 as a yearling was Maumelle (Van Nistelrooy - Classical Code by Lost Code). He is out of the placed mare Classical Code, who has produced 4 winners from 4 to run. One of Maumelle's siblings won at 2.
Deputy Daney (Officer - No Serenading by Cure the Blues), who sold for $35,000 as a 2-year old, is a half-brother to 4 winners. His dam, No Serenading, is a half-sister to 9 winners.
John Honeyman (Gators N Bears - Canadian Halo by Halo) brought $10,500 as a weanling. He is out of the mare Canadian Halo, who was a debut winner at 2. Canadian Halo has produced 6 winners from 7 to run. Two of John Honeyman's siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner.
Justice Cowboy (Even the Score - Miss Barra by Northern Baby) is out of the winning mare Miss Barra, who won 3 races at 2. Miss Barra has produced 5 winners, including stakes-placed winners Mr. Goodbarra and Annabarr. One of Justice Cowboy's siblings won at 2.
Shananies Presence, dam of Badgers (Delaware Township - Shananies Presence by Shananie), was a debut winner at 2. She has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Shananies Song. Three of her offspring won at 2, including Shananies Song, who was a debut winner and who won the Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies Stakes at 2.
Krypton and Dublin at Saratoga
August 1, 2009
Saratoga Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 3:37 PM ET HRTV/TVG
||Run to Grand Ave. |
||Ed's Big Bet|
Krypton (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Freedom Reigns by Unbridled's Song) makes his first start, and Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) his second in this 6 furlong contest at Saratoga.
Krypton has been working at both Belmont and Saratoga, most recently going 5 furlongs in 1:00.23 at Saratoga on July 26. He is the second foal out of the unraced mare Freedom Reigns. Freedom Reigns' first foal, Sweetlandofliberty, was a winner at 2. Freedom Reigns is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Monsieur Cat and Awesome of Course, and grade II winner Imperfect World. Rock Hard Ten's 7 starters have run 9 total times, recording 2 wins, 1 second and $82,934. Both of his winners were debut winners.
Dublin finished a good fourth in his debut on June 11 at Churchill Downs (Watch the Replay). That was a very productive race. The winner was Backtalk, who took the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga on July 30. In addittion, three entrants broke their maidens next time out, and 2 others have won since then. Dubin has had several works since he ran, including a 5 furlong work on the training track at Saratoga on July 22 in 1:03.44. Dublin sold for $525,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade I winner Classy Mirage. Classy Mirage earned $716,712 in her career, and has produced 5 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Mike's Classic. Afleet Alex's 20 runners have made 35 total starts, recording 2 wins, 7 seconds, 3 thirds, and $101,549.
Discreetly Mine (Mineshaft - Pretty Discreet by Private Account) and Selfless (Forestry - Wacky Patty by Formal Dinner) met at 5.5 furlongs at Belmont on July 2. Discreetly Mine was 2nd and Selfless was 4th. It was the first and only start for both. Grade I winner Pretty Discreet, dam of Discreetly Mine, won 2 races at 2 and earned $230,423 overall. Discreetly Mine has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Pretty Wild and grade I winner Discreet Cat. Discreet Cat was a winner in his only race at 2, and earned $1,694,180 overall. Two other offspring of Discreetly Mine won at 2. Selfless was a $230,000 yearling, and is out of grade III winner Wacky Patty. Wacky Patty won 4 races at 2, including 3 stakes, and earned $306,961 in her career. Selfless is her first foal.
Hockley (A. P. Indy - Penny's Fortune by Storm Cat) was 2nd in his only start, running 4.5 furlongs at Arlington Park on June 21. He sold for $560,000 as a 2-year old, and is the first foal out of stakes winner Penny's Fortune. Penny's Fortune was a debut winner at 2, and earned $185,334 in her career. Penny's Fortune is a full-sister to stakes winner Stormica, and a half-sister to grade III winner Perigee Moon and grade II winner Old Trieste.
Finishing 3rd in his only start was Flexthegoldenpipes (Smoke Glacken - Memories of Home by Seattle Slew), who ran at Churchill Downs on June 28. Flexthegoldenpipes is a half-brother to two winners, including Real Memories, who earned $158,025. His dam, Memories of Home, is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Gibson County.
Also finishing 3rd in his first and only start was On Vacation (Harlan's Holiday - Royal Trips by Summer Squall), who ran at Philadelphia Park on July 7. He is a half-brother 3 winners, including stakes winner Certifiably Crazy. Certifiably Crazy earned $605,655 in his career.
Calvello (Tapit - Sainttwok by Saint Ballado) debuted on July 16 at Belmont, and he also finished third. He is out of the winning mare Sainttwok, who earned $186,585. Sainttwok has produced the winner Sunward Harley. Sainttwok is also a half-sister to 3 winners.
The remaining entrants are unraced, including the Zayat Stables entry of Anwar Sadat (Mr. Greeley - Chinoe Road by Old Trieste) and Maitre Salama (Distorted Humor - Atelier by Deputy Minister). Anwar Sadat sold for $220,000 as a weanling and $875,000 as a yearling. He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Chinoe Road. Chinoe Road is a daughter of champion Epitome, who is the dam of stakes winners Danjur and Faltaat and grade II winner Essence of Dubai. Maitre Salama was a $900,000 yearling, and is out of grade II winner Atelier. Atelier has produced stakes-placed Alaazo, who finished 2nd in the Greenwood Cup on July 18. Alaazo won his only race at 2, and is also owned by Zayat.
Selling for $100,000 as a 2-year old was Eightyfiveinafifty (Forest Camp - Lifeinthefastlane by Unbridled's Song). Eightyfiveinafifty is a half-brother to winner Life's Lessons, who has earned $139,864 through 2009. His dam, Lifeinthefastlane, is a half-sister to 4 winners.
Ed's Big Bet (Thunder Gulch - Ed's Holy Cow by Bet Big) sold for $35,000 as a yearling and $65,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Allude, who was a winner at 2. His dam, Ed's Holy Cow, is a half-sister to 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull.
Run to Grand Ave. (Grand Slam - Madame Ivette (CHI) by Great Regent) was a $50,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Madame Ivette. Madame Ivette has produced Yildirim, group II stakes-placed in Chile. Madame Ivette is a half-sister to grade I winner Lido Palace.
Alex a Fortiori and Itineris Deja Vu
August 1, 2009
Charles Town Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 7:15 PM ET
||Alex a Fortiori|
||In Broad Daylight|
Alex a Fortiori (Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) and Itineris (Afleet Alex - Kafaf by Zilzal) were scratched from Race 2 Friday at Charles Town, and will go instead in this one on Saturday. I like the fact that this race is 2 furlongs longer than the Friday race, since many of the Afleet Alexes break slow. 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). 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 two races at 2, including the South Carolina Presidency Race Stakes, and has earned $156,588 through 2009.
Unraced Itineris 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.
Evening Concerto (Concerto - Almost Aprom Queen by Montbrook) finished 2nd, in front of Alex a Fortiori, on July 10 at Charles Town. He sold for $50,000 as a 2-year old, and 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.
Loud Ravens (Dance With Ravens - Loud Storm by Storm Creek) has run twice, both times at 4.5 furlongs at Charles Town. He was 4th on July 4 and 5th on July 25. Loud Ravens is by first-crop sire Dance With Ravens, whose 6 runners have made 11 total starts, recording 2 wins, 3 seconds, and $46,072. Loud Ravens is out of the mare Loud Storm, who was a winner at 2. Loud Storm is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Stop and Listen.
Why Lime (Limehouse - Gala Goldie's Best by Phone Trick) and Royal Danger (Forest Danger - Royal Bean by Royal Academy) both finished 8th in their only starts at Charles Town, and both are by freshman sires. Why Lime, who sold for $15,000 as a yearling, ran on May 29. He is by Limehouse, whose 20 starters have made 31 combined starts, recording 5 wins, 6 seconds, 1 third, and $217,910. Wild Lime is out of stakes-placed Gala Goldie's Best, who won 2 races at 2. Gala Goldie's Best has produced 5 winners, one of which won at 2. Royal Danger's race was on July 8. He is by Forest Danger, whose 9 runners have made 16 combined starts, recording 1 win, 2 seconds, and $29,197. He 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.
Completing the field is unraced In Broad Daylight (Five Star Day - Broad Sound by Broad Brush), who is the first foal out of the winning mare Broad Sound. Broad Sound is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Legal Control and grade III winner Hair Spray.
3-year old Stakes entries August 1
As you might have heard, Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (gelding; Birdstone - Mining My Own by Smart Strike) takes on 5 in the 1 1/8 mile West Virginia Derby (gr. II). Post time is 5:45 PM ET. Mine That Bird was third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) last time out.
Warrior's Reward (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - For All You Do by Seeking the Gold) runs in the 1 1/8 mile Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga, post time 5:47 PM ET. Warrior's Reward was third in the Dwyer (gr. II) in his most recent start, after stumbling badly at the start.
Stakes winner Peace Town (colt; Peace Rules - Darnestown by Williamstown) and Ritzy Jones (colt; Smarty Jones - So Ritzy by Darn That Alarm) are entered in the 6 furlong East Hanover Township Stakes at Penn National, post time 8:50 PM ET. Peace Town won 3 out of 6 last year, and finished 5th in the Whirlaway in his only start this year. Ritzy Jones comes into the race off of a victory in a 7 furlong Allowance on July 21 at Philadelphia Park. Ritzy Jones is also entered in the Capital City Stakes at a mile on the turf at Penn National, post time 6:45 PM ET, where his opponents include Scootin Scooter (colt; Saarland - Sarah's a Winner by Cormorant). Scootin Scooter's last race was on June 9, when he was 3rd in a 1 1/16 mile Allowance race.
Other 3-year old entries August 1
In race 2 at Saratoga, Hoopoe (colt; Birdstone - Allou by Seattle Slew) faces 7 in a Maiden Special Weight scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. I'm skeptical about the turf part. Post time is 1:31 PM ET. Hoopoe has finished second in his last two races, including July 12 at Belmont.
Soda Jerk (gelding; Smarty Jones - Double Scoop by Seeking the Gold) runs in race 4 at Saratoga, post time 2:33 PM ET. He breaks from post 8 in this 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Soda Jerk has run twice and finished 3rd twice.
Justin (colt; Speightstown - Love At Noon by Afternoon Deelites), Richmond (colt; Smarty Jones - Big and Beautiful by Capote), and Stones Throw (colt; Birdstone - Twinkler by Benny the Dip) meet in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth, race 5. Post time is 2:50 PM ET. Justin has made 2 starts, one in 2008 and one in 2009. Most recently, he finished 12th at Churchill Downs on June 26. Richmond is unraced. He brought $250,000 as a yearling, and is out of a half-sister to grade III winners Salmon Ladder and Pico Teneriffe. Stones Throw has finished 2nd in all three of his races this year.
Presents for Berti (gelding; Congaree - Agiftfrom Bertie by Monetary Gift) is entered in race 5 at Delaware, scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 3:03 PM ET for this Allowance/Optional Claiming race.
Dark Starlet (filly; Speightstown - Flowers and Vine by Blushing John) takes on 7 in an Allowance race at Monmouth, race 8. Post time is 4:21 PM ET for this mile race. Dark Starlet was 6th last time out, running a mile and 70 yards in an Allowance race at Monmouth on June 27.
Stakes winner Congo Kaye (filly; Congaree - Palau by Kingmambo) goes in race 9 at Santa Rosa, an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest on the turf. Post time is 7:50 PM ET for this mile race. Congo Kaye has run once on the turf, finishing 2nd at Golden Gate.
At Santa Anita, Premier Cru (colt; Afleet Alex - Restored Hope by He's Bad) went 4 furlongs in :48.40.
Working 4 furlongs at Belmont was Zapster (colt; Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song), who recorded a time of :53.10.
At Keeneland, Jeremy's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Wendy's Dream by Crafty Prospector) went 3 furlongs in :36.40.
Lisa's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Chianti Red by Woodman) worked 4 furlongs in :52.11 on the Saratoga. training track.
Smilin and Dancin (colt; Kitten's Joy - De Ice by Dehere) worked at Charles Town, 4 furlongs in :50.00.
At Fort Erie, Billy's Punch (colt; Saint Liam - Slewzig by Seattle Slew) went 4 furlongs in :52.20.
Moment of Majesty (filly; Saint Liam - Lady Indy by A. P. Indy) worked 4 furlongs in :49.40.
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