Scottkeith'skitten Gets Zapster

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The race stayed on the turf, and only Mint Maker (Unbridled's Song - Shawklit Mint by Air Forbes Won), was scratched from the main body. This meant that Buffalo Runner (Aldebaran - Tropic Depression by Storm Cat) drew in off the AE list, while fellow-AEs Rock America (Rock Hard Ten - Girl Scout by Meadowlake) and Steve's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Cat's Prize by Golden Missile) stayed on the sideline. Also waiting for another day were MTOs Cutter (Saint Liam - Brite Diamond by Deputy Minister) and Remittance (Unforgettable Maz - Wife's Objection by Slewpy). Zapster (Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song) and his entrymate Buffalo Runner grabbed most of the bettors' attention, going off at 8-5. Petecarol (Not For Love - Diva Girl by Saint Ballado) and Novel Notion (Tale of the Cat - Mini Chat by Deputy Minister) also got a little love at the windows, while Scottkeith'skitten (Kitten's Joy - Miss Bergdorf by Old Trieste) was a cool 12-1. However, he looked best to me in the paddock, and out on the track. Straight Talk (Macho Uno - No Foul Play by Great Gladiator) was given a rousing warmup. Zapster broke on top, but Petecarol took the early lead. Scottkeith'skitten sat off of these in 3rd. Charter Flight (Maria's Mon - Prop by Unbridled's Song) was alongside him. Zapster and Petecarol continued to duel into the stretch, when Zapster pulled free and Petecarol began to drop back. Would this be the first winner for Ghostzapper? Not this time, Scottkeith'skitten came running, and wore down Zapster for a 1/2 length victory. Buffalo Runner and Straight Talk closed for 3rd and 4th. Scottkeith'skitten is the 8th winner for Kitten's Joy. By the way, the time of the race was 1:43.42, bettering Dean's Kitten's time of 1:43.95 from yesterday. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 6, 2009
Saratoga Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Scottkeith'skitten $26.60
Buffalo Runner  

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Bert Comes by Hazards of Love and Holiday Buzz

Key Largo (Fusaichi Pegasus - Mary by Cat Thief) was the only scratch. Herecomesbert (Purge - Star Quality (ARG) by Southern Halo) was favored, but not by much over Hazards of Love (Saint Liam - Spring Rush by Wild Rush). Holiday Buzz (Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) was 10-1. I liked the look of Workhard Playhard (Eurosilver - Sybarite by Holy Bull), but thought he might need a race. Hazards of Love went to the lead out of the gate. He was soon joined by Workhard Playhard. That one put his head in front, but Hazards of Love fought back and regained the lead. However, he couldn't hold off favorite Herecomesbert, who came rolling from off the pace to take the win by 3. Hazards of Love did keep 2nd over Dual Forecast (Woke Up Dreamin - Sniffy by Repriced). Holiday Buzz got going late to pick up the fourth spot. Herecomesbert is the third winner for his sire Purge, as freshmen sires accounted for the first 5 spots in this race. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 6, 2009
Arlington Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Herecomesbert $7.60
Hazards of Love  
Dual Forecast  

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Jung Man Scott Too Much for the Big Cat

The only scratches in this one were the AEs, as everyone in the main body of the race stayed in. Jung Man Scott (Freud - Plinking by Talkin Man), third in his debut, was the big favorite, going off at less than even money. He looked good on the track, although it was Mine Over Matter (Mineshaft - Hansel's Girl by Hansel), who kept catching my eye. It's the Big Cat (Kitten's Joy - Sweeping Cat by End Sweep) wasn't getting much air time. Thundering Roar (Roaring Fever - Fabulous Gin by Go for Gin) was a problem child. One wonders what he was like before he was gelded. All Zipped Up (City Zip - Flippant by Thunder Puddles) was also bucking a bit. The gate crew really earned their pay loading this group, Mine Over Matter balked, Juicy Jacklyn (Cappuchino - Little Cupcake by Hansel) resisted, Wana Play (Bwana Charlie - Catbird Creek by Storm Creek) was backed out. After all that, the race was rather anticlimatic. Favorite Jung Man Scott went right to the lead. Jerico Rules (Tomorrows Cat - Bingo Lil by Time for a Change) was pressing, while It's the Big Cat was at the back of the leading group. Jung Man Scott pulled away in the stretch, to win by better than 8. Wana Play took second, and Thundering Roar moved into third. It's the Big Cat ended up 6th. Thundering Roar might be one to keep an eye on, considering how much energy he used before the race. He also drifted out in the stretch. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 6, 2009
Saratoga Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Jung Man Scott $3.40
Wana Play  
Thundering Roar  

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3-year old Results August 6

Stark's a Smarty (filly; Smarty Jones - A Stark Is Born by Graustark) finished a good third in her Maiden Special Weight at Canterbury.

One Hot Toddy (filly; Congaree - Crimson and Roses by El Prado (IRE)) finished 6th after being very rank early in her Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the Calder turf. Watch the Replay.

Adina Speightstown (filly; Speightstown - Adina by Seattle Slew) set the pace in her Maiden Special Weight on the turf at Evangeline Downs, but tired and finished 7th. Watch the Replay.

Peace Reigns (filly; Peace Rules - Diamond Dottie by Eagle Eyed) steadied at the start of her Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the turf at Louisiana Downs, and trailed afterwards. Watch the Replay.

Octogarian will Go Ask Alex in the Sorrento

August 7, 2009
Del Mar Race 8
Sorrento Stakes

6.5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 9:32 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Well Deserved
2. Go Ask Alex
3. Camille C
4. Laura's Pleasure
5. Octogarian
6. Southern Fireball
7. Washington Bridge
8. Necessary Evil
9. Mi Sueno

Impressive maiden winner Octogarian (Rock Hard Ten - Coronda Rose by Coronado's Quest) and Go Ask Alex (Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)), who is still a maiden take on the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar. Octogarian's maiden score came in her first start, on July 9 at Hollywood Park (Watch the Replay). Since that race, she's worked twice at Del Mar. Most recently, she went 3 furlongs in :35.00 on August 3. Rock Hard Ten has had one stakes performer, Long Lashes, who won the Balachine Ballygallon Stud Stakes in Ireland. Go Ask Alex has also run once, finishing 9th in a 5 furlong turf race at Churchill Downs on June 28. She showed some early speed in that one (Watch the Replay). She's had several works since that race, including a 4 furlong work at Del Mar in :47.00 on August 3. Go Ask Alex is also entered in a Maiden Special Weight at Del Mar on Sunday, August 9.

Necessary Evil (Harlan's Holiday - Song and Danz by Unbridled's Song) was a debut winner at Hollywood on May 31, and then she defeated the boys in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III) on July 12 at Hollywood Park. Since then, she's had one work at Del Mar, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 on July 31.

The only other stakes winner in the field is Well Deserved (Cactus Ridge - Lodden Blue by Coronado's Quest). Well Deserved was also a debut winner, winning at Hollywood Park on May 1. She then took the Cinderella Stakes at that track on June 11. In her most recent start, she finished 2nd in the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 12. Well Deserved has worked twice since then, most recently going 6 furlong in 1:13.40 on August 2 at Del Mar.

Southern Fireball (Southern Image - Hot Moon by Carson City) finished 3rd in the Cinderella behind Well Deserved on June 11 at Hollywood Park. Prior to that, she was third at Hollywood in a Maiden Special Weight on May 1, and then broke her maiden on May 14 at that track. Her most recent work was on July 31 at Del Mar, as she went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60.

Washington Bridge (Yankee Gentleman - Stirling Bridge by Prized) broke her maiden in her debut, on May 23 at Golden Gate Fields. She then ran 4th in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at Pleasanton on July 11. She has worked twice at Del Mar since that race, including a 4 furlong work in :48.40 on July 29.

Camille C (Roman Dancer - Paris Operetta by Rahy) and Laura's Pleasure (Cactus Ridge - Doubleyourpleasure by Double Negative) come into the Sorrento off of their maiden victories. Camille C has run four times. She was 2nd at Santa Anita on April 8, 2nd at Hollywood on May 10, and 3rd at Hollywood on June 4, before breaking her maiden on July 18 at Hollywood. Camille C has one work since her win, going 4 furlongs at Del Mar on July 29 in 48.80. Laura's Pleasure has run twice, both times at Hollywood Park. She was 5th in her debut on May 31, behind Necessary Evil and Mi Sueno, and then was victorious on July 2. She has worked 3 times at Del Mar since then, including a 5 furlong work on July 30 in 1:01.00

Maiden Mi Sueno (Pulpit - Madcap Escapade by Hennessy) has been keeping good company. She was 2nd to Necessary Evil on May 31 at Hollywood, in that filly's maiden win. And then, she finished 2nd behind Octogarian on July 9 at Hollywood. A 1.7 million weanling, Mi Sueno is out of grade I winner Madcap Escapade. She most recently worked 4 furlongs in :49.80 at Del Mar on July 24.

Read more about the Sorrento here.

Gray Flash is a Burning Flirt for Just Me N You

August 7, 2009
Calder Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($16,000)

6 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 12:40 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Rohini
2. Paris Weekend
3. Just Me N You
4. Ivory Tickle
5. Neverendingpower
6. Golden Honey
7. Valorous
8. Gray Flash
9. Burning Flirt

Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) makes her 8th start, going 6 furlongs at Calder. She has finished 2nd once, 3rd once, and 4th three times. All of her races have been at Calder. Last time out on July 30, she finished an uncharacteristic 9th on a sloppy track. In the race immediately proceeding that one, she was 2nd on July 19. She'll get blinkers off for this try. Gray Flash sold for $35,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced Storm Cat mare, Stormy Regina. Stormy Regina has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winner Sterling Cat. Three of Gray Flash's siblings won at 2. Afleet Alex's 24 runners have made 42 combined starts, recording 3 wins, 8 seconds, 3 thirds, and $146,166.

Neverendingpower (Unbridled Time - Unseen Power by Notebook), Golden Honey (Olmodavor - Golden Toast by Hennessy), and Rohini (Running Stag - The Next Storm by Future Storm) faced Gray Flash on July 19, finishing behind her in 6th, 7th, and 8th. Neverendingpower is the second foal out of the winning mare Unseen Power. Unseen Power is a full-sister to one winner, and a half-sister to 2 winners. Golden Honey previously finished 3rd at Calder on July 5. He is the 2nd foal out of the placed mare Golden Toast. Golden Toast's dam, Soft Senorita, was a stakes winner who earned $179,051. Rohini sold for $10,500 as a 2-year old. She is the second foal out of the winning mare The Next Storm. The Next Storm's first foal, Elloree Warrior, is a winner. The Next Storm is a half-sister to stakes winner Don't Touch Lil and grade III winner Gold Fleece.

Valorous (Value Plus - Tethys by Topsider) has also faced Gray Flash previously. They met on June 14, with Gray Flash finishing 4th and Valorous 5th. Valorous has made 2 additional starts, finishing 4th on May 31 and 6th on July 12. Those races were also at Calder. Valorous, who sold for $20,000 as a yearling, is by first-crop sire Value Plus. Value Plus has had 18 starters, who have run 39 total times, recording 6 wins, 8 seconds, 5 thirds, and $187,511. Valorous is out of group III stakes-placed Tethys. Tethys has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including 2 that won at 2.

Just Me N You (Untuttable - American Dreams by Runaway Groom) and Ivory Tickle (Crown Delite - Emerging Cloud by Smoke Glacken) have both run once at Calder, and both finished 6th. Just Me N You, who ran on July 3, is out of the winning mare American Dreams. American Dreams is a full-sister to stakes winner Runaway Choice, and a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Guess. Ivory Tickle ran on July 5. She is a half-sister to winner Hal's Kat, who was a winner at 2. Her dam, Emerging Cloud, is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Jewels N Gems.

Paris Weekend (Full Mandate - Viya in Paris by Copelan) and Burning Flirt (Burning Roma - Short Skirt Flirt by Pentelicus) are both unraced. Paris Weekend is out of the winning mare Viya in Paris, who has produced 5 winners. Two of Paris Weekend's siblings won at 2. Burning Flirt is out of the winning mare Short Skirt Flirt. Short Skirt Flirt is a half-sister to 2 winners, and a full-sister to grade III stakes-placed Pentelicus Dance.

3-year old entries August 7

Stakes winner Mullins Beach (filly; Speightstown - Treasure Beach by Silver Deputy) faces 5 at a mile on the Woodbine turf in race 3. Post time is 1:58 PM ET for this Allowance race, which has a purse of $101,100. Mullins Beach won the Ontario Damsel Stakes in her most recent start, on the Woodbine turf on July 5.

Broadway Bertie (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Alltheway Bertie by Alwuhush) runs in race 6 at Ellis, a mile Allowance. Post time is 2:35 PM ET. Broadway Bertie was 3rd on the Churchill Downs turf last time out, on July 3.

Original Ink (colt; Speightstown - Red n'Gold by Tabasco Cat), Lovemelovesmenot (gelding; Congaree - Casanova Consort by Silver Ghost), and Austons Sure Cure (colt; Saarland - Miss Marta by Cure the Blues) meet in a mile Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs, race 4. Post time is 6:45 PM ET. Original Ink finished 7th last time out, at Presque Isle Downs on July 9. Lovesmelovesmenot broke his maiden in his most recent race, a mile contest at Presque Isle Downs on July 26. Austons Sure Cure ran third in a mile Allowance at Presque Isle Downs on July 23 in his last race.

Go Cong (colt; Congaree - Strawberry's Charm by Strawberry Road (AUS)) is entered in a 5.5 furlong turf race at Laurel, race 9. Post time is 7:19 PM ET. This will be Go Cong's second start. He was 9th in his debut on July 14, running 1 1/8 miles on the Philadelphia Park turf.

Party Hard (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Keys to the Heart by Wild Again), who has finished 2nd four times and third twice in his seven starts, runs in race 4 at Del Mar. Post time is 7:30 PM ET for this 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight.

At Prairie Meadows, Luvthat d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Uluvitnunoit) faces 10 in race 3. Post time is 8:24 PM ET for this 1 mile and 70 yard Maiden Special Weight. Last time out, Luvthat d'Oro finished 4th in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight on July 13 at Prairie Meadows.

Returning Workers

August 4

Speedy Solution (colt; Afleet Alex - Perfect Solution by Seeking the Gold) worked 3 furlongs in :38.60 at the Mercury Equine Center.

August 6

Magic Bullet (colt; Afleet Alex - Magical Mood (GB) by Forestry) worked 4 furlongs in :49.67 on the training track at Saratoga.

Premier Cru (colt; Afleet Alex - Restored Hope by He's Bad) was on track at Santa Anita, working 4 furlongs in :48.80.

At Fair Hill, Quechee (colt; Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.00.

Rock Solid King (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Julie's Angel by Theatrical (IRE)) worked at Del Mar, 3 furlongs in :36.00.

Working 4 furlongs in :51.76 at Saratoga was Roulette Winner (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Clever Monique by Clever Trick).

Pacific Ocean (colt - Ghostzapper - Miss Salsa by Unbridled) went 4 furlongs in :49.44 at Saratoga.

At Saratoga, Saint Eligius (colt; Saint Liam - Great Connection by Dayjur) worked 5 furlongs, recording a time of 1:03.23.

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