Gray Flashes to Victory

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In addition to the entries below, stakes winner Long Lashes (Rock Hard Ten - Border Dispute by Boundary) is entered in the Group III Skybet.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket. She'll face 9 in this 7 furlong contest on the turf. Long Lashes broke her maiden in her debut in the Balanchine Ballygallon Stud Stakes on June 26 at the Curragh.

Victorystart (Jump Start - Golden Victress by Carson City) won a Maiden Special Weight race at Mountaineer to become the 8th winner to emerge from the June 11 maiden race at Churchill Downs that was won by Backtalk. This was the race in which Dublin (Afleet Alex) was 4th. Dublin broke his maiden on August 1.

Curly worked at Arlington Park, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.20.

Gray Flashes to Victory

Golden Honey (Olmodavor - Golden Toast by Hennessy) was favored, and she broke on top. But, Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) didn't let her get too far away. Breaking in the air at the start was Valorous (Value Plus - Tethys by Topsider), who was never involved after that. Up front, Golden Honey and Gray Flash pulled away from the rest. On the turn, Gray Flash moved even with Golden Honey, and then drew off. Burning Flirt (Burning Roma - Short Skirt Flirt by Pentelicus) and Ivory Tickle (Crown Delite - Emerging Cloud by Smoke Glacken) came running late to take 2nd and 3rd, but Gray Flash had enough left for the win. I guess the 8th time was the charm for Gray Flash, who wins in her 8th start to become Afleet Alex's 4th winner. Watch the Replay.

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

Gray Flash $8.80
$5.20
$3.80
Burning Flirt  
$4.60
$3.40
Ivory Ticklet  
$2.80

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Mi Sueno Overwhelms Octogarian

Go Ask Alex (Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)) was scratched from the Sorrento Stakes. She'll run against fellow-maidens on Sunday, August 9 at Del Mar instead. Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes winner Necessary Evil (Harlan's Holiday - Song and Danz by Unbridled's Song) was the big favorite, going off at less than even money. Octogarian (Rock Hard Ten - Coronda Rose by Coronado's Quest) looked good. Well Deserved (Cactus Ridge - Lodden Blue by Coronado's Quest) was a little keyed-up. Laura's Pleasure (Cactus Ridge - Doubleyourpleasure by Double Negative) broke best, but Well Deserved took the early advantage. Laura's Pleasure assumed the pressing role. Octogarian was just off of these. Necessary Evil had trouble at the start and was well behind the leaders. Octogarian seemed poised to make a move on the turn, but instead she weakened and ended up sixth. Laura's Pleasure also weakened. Rolling on the outside was Mi Sueno (Pulpit - Madcap Escapade by Hennessy), who hit the lead and kept on going. She broke her maiden in style, winning the Sorrento by more than 6 lengths. Necesary Evil recovered to finish 2nd, but she was no threat to the top filly. Well Deserved held well for third. Watch the Replay.

Read more about the Sorrento here.

Result: August 7, 2009
Del Mar Race 8
Sorrento Stakes

Mi Sueno $18.60
$5.20
$3.20
Necessary Evil  
$2.80
$2.20
Well Deserved  
$3.40

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3-year old Results August 7

Mullins Beach (filly; Speightstown - Treasure Beach by Silver Deputy) drew clear in the stretch of her Allowance race at Woodbine, but couldn't hold off Lady Shakespeare. Mullins Beach did hold 2nd. Watch Replay.

Original Ink (colt; Speightstown - Red n'Gold by Tabasco Cat), Austons Sure Cure (colt; Saarland - Miss Marta by Cure the Blues) and Lovemelovesmenot (gelding; Congaree - Casanova Consort by Silver Ghost) finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in their Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs. Watch the Replay.

Broadway Bertie (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Alltheway Bertie by Alwuhush) ran evenly to finish fourth in her Allowance race at Ellis Park.

Luvthat d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Uluvitnunoit) chased the pace, and finished fourth in her Maiden Special Weight at Prairie Meadows. Watch the Replay.

Party Hard (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Keys to the Heart by Wild Again) was scratched from his Maiden Special Weight at Del Mar.

Baby Afleet seeks a Fantastic Deal for Target Practice.

August 8, 2009
Arlington Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 2:37 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Sky Tiger
2. Hakamiah
3. Target Practice
4. Fantastic Deal
5. Leroidugazon
6. Baby Afleet
7. Jimmy Got Even
8. Down With Dixie
9. Laughing Charlie
10. Oak Motte
11. The A. T. M.
12. This Is My House

Baby Afleet (Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic) makes his second start, running 6 furlongs at Arlington Park, First time out, Baby Afleet finished 10th on a sloppy Churchill Downs track on July 4. Since that race, he's worked three times at Churchill Downs, including going 4 furlongs in :48.40 on August 2. Baby Afleet is out of stakes-placed Dancen in the Sun, who earned $313,215 in her career. Baby Afleet is Dancen in the Sun's 2nd foal. Her first foal, Catching the Sun, is a winner. Dancen in the Sun is also a half-sister to 4 winners. Afleet Alex's 24 runners have made 43 total starts, recording 4 wins, 8 seconds, 3 thirds, and $152,466.

Oak Motte (Valid Expectations - Raven's Bride by Cherokee Colony) and Laughing Charlie (Indian Charlie - Fa Mulan by Artax) met on July 5 at 4.5 furlongs at Arlington Park, with Oak Motte 2nd and Laughing Charlie 4th. It was the first and only race for both. Oak Motte is a half-brother to one winner, who was a winner at 2. His dam, Raven's Bride, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including grade II winner Afto. Laughing Charlie is the first foal out of the winning mare Fa Mulan. Fa Mulan is a half-sister to 2 winners, including one by Indian Charlie, sire of Laughing Charlie.

Leroidugazon (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Captive Miss by Acaroid) has run twice, finishing 3rd on the Churchill Downs dirt on June 4, and 3rd on the Churchill Downs turf on June 27. He is by first-crop sire Leroidesanimaux, whose 6 runners have made 12 total starts, recording 1 win, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and $45,292. Grade I winner Captive Miss, dam of Leroidugazon, earned $386,693 in her career. Captive Miss has produced 4 winners, including stakes-placed Captive Audience. Leroidugazon sold for $25,000 as a yearling.

The final entrant with experience is The A. T. M. (Trippi - Regal Debutante by Vice Regent), who was 3rd in his only race, running 4.5 furlongs at Arlington Park on June 21. He sold for $40,000 as a 2-year old. The A. T. M. is a half-brother to 6 winners, including Pigricia, a group I winner in Peru. One of The A. T. M.'s siblings won at 2.

This Is My House (Limehouse - Tango Red by High Brite) sold for $62,000 as a 2-year old. He is by first-crop sire Limehouse, whose 20 starters have run 35 total times, registering 6 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds, and $238,027. Stakes winner Tango Red, dam of This Is My House, was a winner at 2. Tango Red is the dam of 5 winners, including Col. Wease. Two of This Is My House's siblings won at 2.

Selling for $30,000 as a yearling was Down With Dixie (Purge - Dixie Sue by Dixieland Band), who is by freshman sire Purge. Purge's 24 runners have made 33 combined starts, recording 3 wins, 4 seconds, 2 thirds, and $90,373. Interestingly, 2 of Purge's winners won at Arlington Park. Down With Dixie is the second foal out of the unplaced mare Dixie Sue. Dixie Sue is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Tropical Blossom and Barbette, and grade II winner Diamond On the Run.

Also by a first-crop sire is Target Practice (Medallist - Good Shot by Fantastic Fellow), by Medallist. Medallist's 10 runners have run 19 total times, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, 3 thirds, and $60,049. Target Practice is the first foal out of the unraced mare Good Shot. Good Shot is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Premium Wine and grade II winner Magnolia Jackson.

Jimmy Got Even (Stephen Got Even - Cielo's Miss by Conquistador Cielo) sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and is out of the placed mare Cielo's Miss. Cielo's Miss is a half- or full-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Proper Ridge.

Sky Tiger (Sky Mesa - Tigresa by Tejano) is out of stakes-placed Tigresa, who earned $163,001. Tigresa has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner War Tigress. War Tigress won 3 of 4 races as a 2-year old, including her debut.

Hakamiah (Came Home - Episode by Kris S.) is out of the winning mare Episode. Episode has produced 3 winners, including grade III winner Vestrey Lady. Vestrey Lady was a winner at 2, and earned $490,754 overall.

Fantastic Deal (Vindication - Chateaubaby by Nureyev) is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade III winner Fantastic Fellow. Fantastic Fellow is the broodmare sire of Target Practice, also in this race. Fantastic Fellow was a debut winner at 2, and earned $633,369 overall. Another of Fantastic Deal's siblings was also a winner at 2.

Recession Proof tries Smooth Talking with a Frozen Cocktail

August 8, 2009
Laurel Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:37 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Smooth Talking
2. Recession Proof
3. Frozen Cocktail
4. Baltimore Belle
5. Ada Belle
6. Graemy
7. Citi Dispute

Recession Proof (Afleet Alex - Pert Lady by Cox's Ridge) makes her third start, after finishing 2nd at Penn National on June 25, and 5th at Delaware Park on July 12. She has worked once since then, 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Laurel on August 4. Recession Proof sold for $40,000 at the Keeneland January 2009 Sale for Horses of all Ages. She is out of the winning mare Pert Lady. Pert Lady is the dam of grade II winner Zavata. Zavata won three races at 2, including the Saratoga Special (gr. II) and the Tremont (gr. III). Overall, he earned $346,533. Afleet Alex's 24 runners have made 43 total starts, recording 4 wins, 8 seconds, 3 thirds, and $152,466.

Frozen Cocktail (Purge - Frozen Rope by Clever Trick) finished 4th, in front of Recession Proof, on July 12 at Delaware Park. She sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Frozen Rope, who was a winner at 2. Frozen Rope has produced 8 winners, including stakes winner Knot So Clever and the Smarty Jones' 3-year old filly, Smarty Marty. Four of Frozen Cocktail's siblings won at 2. Frozen Cocktail is by freshman sire Purge. Purge's 24 runners have made 33 combined starts, recording 3 wins, 4 seconds, 2 thirds, and $90,373.

Citi Dispute (Domestic Dispute - Basha's Charm by Citidancer) was 2nd in her only start, running back on April 9 at Laurel at 4.5 furlongs. She is the first foal out of the winning mare Basha's Charm. Basha's Charm is a full-sister to one winner and a half-sister to one winner.

Ada Belle (Oratory - Zill Bear's Secret by Secret Firm) finished 4th in her only race, a 4.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Charles Town on June 20. She is by first-crop sire Oratory. Oratory's 10 starters have run 22 total times, recording 4 wins, 2 second, 3 thirds, and $58,539. Ada Belle is the first foal out of the mare Zill Bear's Secret, who was a winner at 2. Zill Bear's Secret is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Graemy (Graeme Hall - Catchy Patton by Patton) and Smooth Talking (Dixie Union - Gin Talking by Allen's Prospect) both finished 6th in their debuts. Graemy ran 5 furlongs on the Colonial Downs turf on July 25. She sold for $8,000 as a yearling, and $20,000 as a 2-year old. Her dam, Catchy Patton, was a winner at 2. Catchy Patton has produced stakes winner Bovell Road, who won 2 races as a 2-year old, including the Colleen Stakes. Smooth Talking's start was at 5 furlongs at Delaware Park on July 26. Grade III winner Gin Talking, dam of Smooth Talking, was 4 for 4 at 2, including 3 stakes wins. Overall, Gin Talking earned $348,206. She is the dam of three winners, including grade III winner Dixie Talking. All three winners won at 2.

Completing the field is unraced Baltimore Belle (Bowman's Band - Gabby's Love by Perkin Warbeck). She is out of stakes-placed Gabby's Love, who earned $108,276. Gabby's Love has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Gabianna. One of Baltimore Belle's siblings was a debut winner at 2.

Skippin' Home has a Green Destiny for Fabulous Fifty

August 8, 2009
Assiniboia Downs Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 8:28 PM ET

P Horse
1. Fabulous Fifty
2. Queenofthepulpit
3. Officer Mission
4. Let's Rocket
5. Lady Eddington
6. Green Destiny
7. Skippin' Home

Skippin' Home (Afleet Alex - Second Symphony by Mining) makes her 3rd start, after finishing 4th first time out on a muddy track at Assiniboia Downs on June 26, and 5th at Assiniboia Downs on July 24. Skippin' Home is out of stakes winner Second Symphony, who earned $120,350. Second Symphony has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Secondary School and grade III winner Summer Symphony. Afleet Alex's 24 runners have made 43 total starts, recording 4 wins, 8 seconds, 3 thirds, and $152,466.

Let's Rocket (Golden Missile - Caribbean Sol by Woodman) finished 2nd, in front of Skippin' Home, on July 24 at Assiniboia Downs. Previously, she was 4th at that track on July 4. Let's Rocket sold for $12,500 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Wild Celebration.

Lady Eddington (Eddington - Miss Blues Sweep by End Sweep) met Skippin' Home on June 26 at Assiniboia, finishing 3rd. She was also third in the Debutante Stakes at ASD on July 17. Lady Eddington is by freshman sire Eddington, whose 16 runners have made 27 total starts, recording 5 wins, 4 seconds, 2 thirds, and $99,558. Lady Eddington sold for $20,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Miss Blues Sweep. Miss Blues Sweep was a winner at 2, and earned $203,466 in her career. She has produced 2 winners from 3 to run.

The final experienced filly is Queenofthepulpit (Holy Bull - Stargaze by Pulpit), who was 5th in her lone start at July 11 at Assiniboia Downs. She is the second foal out of the unplaced mare Stargaze. Stargaze is a half-sister to 2 winners, including grade II winner Quest.

Stakes-placed Marcy Jo Ann, dam of Fabulous Fifty (Fabulous Champ - Marcy Jo Ann by Circulating), has produced stakes-placed Jimmijazz. Marcy Jo Ann is a half- or full-sister to 10 winners, including stakes winners One Night Lover and Slnkylady.

Officer Mission (Officer - Fantasy Quest by Coronado's Quest) is out of the winning mare Fantasy Quest. Fantasy Quest has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including one that won at 2. Fantasy Quest is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Mi Chiamano Mimi.

Green Destiny (Monashee Mountain - Green Boulevard by Green Forest) is out of the winning mare Green Boulevard. Green Boulevard has produced three winners.

3-year old Stakes entries August 8

Stakes winner Our Golden Dream (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Adorahy by Rahy) is in the main field, and Kiddari (filly; Smarty Jones - La Paz by Hold Your Peace) and Grade III winner Gemswick Park (filly; Speightstown - Queen's Park by Relaunch) are on the MTO list for the John Hettinger Stakes, scheduled for a mile on the turf at Saratoga. Post time is 4:42 PM ET. Our Golden Dream won the Dam Little Stakes on the Belmont turf on July 17 in her most recent start. Kiddari was 4th in the Jersey Girl Stakes last time out on July 15. Gemswick Park finished 3rd in the Dearly Precious Stakes on July 18 at Monmouth last time out.

Stakes winner Zigaree (gelding; Congaree - Zigabout by Danzig), Stakes winner Fufty Too (colt; Speighstown - Cape North by Capote) and stakes-placed Conchacer (colt; Congaree - Eliot Chacer by Clever Trick) meet in the 7 furlong Forward Pass at Arlington Park, post time 2:09 PM ET. Zigaree was 6th last time out, running in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Churchill Down on July 5. Fufty Too won the Dean Kutz (via dq) in his most recent start, at Canterbury Park on July 3. Conchacer finished 8th in the Iowa Derby in his most recent outing.

Other 3-year old entries August 8

Stakes winner Congor Bay (colt; Speightstown - Pico Teneriffe by Red Ransom) faces 5 in an Allowance race at Woodbine, race 3. Post time is 1:56 PM ET for the 6.5 furlong turf contest. Congor Bay was 4th in the Charlie Barley Stakes at Woodbine on June 20.

Min d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Min Elreeh by Danzig) goes 7.5 furlongs on the turf at Calder in race 4. Post time is 2:14 PM for this Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Min d'Oro was a winner last time out, winning a 5.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Calder on May 30.

Exclusive Scheme (filly; Saarland - Pyramid Scheme by Distant View) goes in race 6 at Saratoga, a mile Allowance on the turf. Post time is 3:37 PM ET for this contest for New York-breds. Exclusive Scheme most recently finished 3rd in a 1 1/16 mile Allowance race on the Belmont turf on July 12.

Medaglia D'onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) and Perfect Footprint (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Pedicure by Mr. Prospector) meet in race 9 at Calder, a mile and 70 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming contest on the turf. Post time is 4:46 PM ET. Medaglia D'onore was 6th last time out, but finished second his previous three races. Perfect Footprint finished 7th in his most recent start, at Calder on July 9.

Blue Haze Day (filly; Birdstone - Ice'em by Two Punch) goes in race 10 at Arlington Park, a 6.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Post time is 6:20 PM ET. Blue Haze Day was 10th in her most recent start, running 7 furlongs in an Allowace/Optional Claiming race on July 11.

Perfectly Pleasant (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Beaux Arts Ball by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) meets 8 at 6.5 furlongs in race 1 at Charles Town. Post time is 7:15 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Perfectly Pleasant was 7 in her last start, running 6 furlongs at Delaware Park on July 27.

Exile (colt; Speightstown - Ruff by Clever Trick) debuts in race 7 at Del Mar, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 8:00 PM ET. Exile sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Ruff. Ruff is the dam of 2 winners, including grade III winner Mr Gruff.

Returning Workers

August 7

Working 4 furlongs from the gate at Charles Town was Fleet Special (filly; Afleet Alex - Dance Alexa by Southern Halo), who went in :47.60.

Crimson Glory (Ghostzapper - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag) worked 4 furlongs on the turf training track at Saratoga in :48.85.

Becky's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene) and Steve's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Cat's Prize by Golden Missile)worked 4 furlongs on the turf training track at Saratoga. Becky's Kitten in :48.86 and Steve's Kitten in :49.03.

At Woodbine, Powermouse (colt; Kitten's Joy - Spent Gold by Unaccounted for) went 3 furlongs in :36.40, fastest of 20 works at the distance.

The Mailet (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Emerging Glory by Smarten) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.05 at Belmont.

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