Long Lashes (Rock Hard Ten - Border Dispute by Boundary) sat off the early pace and then wore down the leaders to win the 7 furlong Group III Skybet.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket. It was her first start for Godolphin, and her second start overall. In her first start, she won the Balanchine Ballygallon Stud Stakes at the Curragh on June 26. Read more about her win here.
Graemy is Recession Proof
Favoritism bounced around in this one. First, it was Smooth Talking (Dixie Union - Gin Talking by Allen's Prospect). But, at post time, Frozen Cocktail (Purge - Frozen Rope by Clever Trick) was favored. Also getting plenty of action was Citi Dispute (Domestic Dispute - Basha's Charm by Citidancer). Recession Proof (Afleet Alex - Pert Lady by Cox's Ridge) was 17-1. Frozen Cocktail made a favorable impression, while Ada Belle (Oratory - Zill Bear's Secret by Secret Firm) seemed a little reluctant. As post time approached, Smooth Talking was looking a little impatient, and she was restless after being loaded, and had to be backed out. After an equipment adjustment for Smooth Talking, everyone was ready and the start was pretty even. Ada Belle broke on top, with Graemy (Graeme Hall - Catchy Patton by Patton) pressing. Smooth Talking was also involved early. Stalking these was Citi Dispute, while Recession Proof settled off the pace. In the stretch, Graemy took control. She continued to increase her lead, despite lugging in, winning by better than 8. Frozen Cocktail moved into second, while Recession Proof got going late to just get third. Another decent effort for Recession Proof, who doesn't seem to get going until the winner has already passed the wire. Hopefully, she'll get more distance soon. Watch the Replay.
Result: August 8, 2009
Laurel Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
Oak Motte gets Baby Afleet
Leroidugazon (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Captive Miss by Acaroid) was scratched. Oak Motte (Valid Expectations - Raven's Bride by Cherokee Colony), one of the experienced entrants, was favored. Baby Afleet (Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic) was adding blinkers for this start, and went off at better than 20-1. He looked good in the prelims, but not as good as This Is My House (Limehouse - Tango Red by High Brite), by first-crop sire Limehouse. Fantastic Deal (Vindication - Chateaubaby by Nureyev) was acting up a little in the paddock and when they loaded, but nothing major. Baby Afleet broke ok, but This Is My House broke best of all and went to the lead. Also up close were Oak Motte and The A. T. M. (Trippi - Regal Debutante by Vice Regent). Oak Motte dropped back slightly to let the other two battle it out. He then came running late to get the victory over a green, but game, This Is My House, with The A. T. M. just behind in third. Baby Afleet made up some ground late to finish 6th. Watch the Replay.
Result: August 8, 2009
Arlington Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
|This Is My House
|The A. T. M.
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Lady Eddington Goes Skippin' Home
Officer Mission (Officer - Fantasy Quest by Coronado's Quest) was scratched. First-timer Fabulous Fifty (Fabulous Champ - Marcy Jo Ann by Circulating) made a good impression. Queenofthepulpit (Holy Bull - Stargaze by Pulpit) was a little rambunctious. Favoritism jumped around a little, but finally settled on Lady Eddington (Eddington - Miss Blues Sweep by End Sweep). Skippin' Home (Afleet Alex - Second Symphony by Mining) got some attention at 5-1. As they loaded, Fabulous Fifty acted up, and then Green Destiny (Monashee Mountain - Green Boulevard by Green Forest). Skippin' Home stayed out of the chaos, and loaded like a pro. Lady Eddington broke on top, but Let's Rocket (Golden Missile - Caribbean Sol by Woodman) slipped to the lead. Those two dueled dueled for a time, but then Lady Eddington took control and drew off by better than 4. Green Destiny slipped through to take second. Skippin' Home ran evenly, in fourth the whole race. Lady Eddington is the 6th winner for freshman sire Eddington.
Result: August 8, 2009
Maiden Special Weight
3-year old Stakes Results August 8
Conchacer (colt; Congaree - Eliot Chacer by Clever Trick) stalked the pace set by Fufty Too (colt; Speighstown - Cape North by Capote) in the Forward Pass at Arlington Park, and then drew clear late for the win. Fufty just lost 2nd late. Zigaree (gelding; Congaree - Zigabout by Danzig) finished 4th. Watch the Replay.
The John Hettinger Stakes at Saratoga stayed on the turf, so Kiddari (filly; Smarty Jones - La Paz by Hold Your Peace) and Gemswick Park (filly; Speightstown - Queen's Park by Relaunch) scratched. Our Golden Dream (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Adorahy by Rahy) had all kinds of traffic problems. She checked and then had no place to go, but she never stopped trying. She finally got clear, but couldn't crack the top 3, finishing 4th. Watch the Replay.
Other 3-year old Results August 8
Exclusive Scheme (filly; Saarland - Pyramid Scheme by Distant View) bided her time early and then came 5-wide to go by everybody to win her Allowance race on the Saratoga turf. I have to admit that Exclusive Scheme is one of my favorites, because she always tries so hard. She now has 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 15 starts, with earnings topping the $100,000 mark. Watch the Replay.
Medaglia D'onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band) stalked the early pace, but couldn't get to the lead, finishing 2nd in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the Calder turf. It was the fourth time this year that Medaglia D'onore finished 2nd. Perfect Footprint (gelding; Pleasantly Perfect - Pedicure by Mr. Prospector) stalked early, but tired a little to finish fourth. Watch the Replay.
Blue Haze Day (filly; Birdstone - Ice'em by Two Punch) set the pace early in her Allowace/Optional Claiming race at Arlington Park, but weakened late to finish 4th. Watch the Replay.
Congor Bay (colt; Speightstown - Pico Teneriffe by Red Ransom) didn't have much punch late in his Allowance race on the Woodbine turf, finishing 4th. Watch the Replay.
Exile (colt; Speightstown - Ruff by Clever Trick) was involved from the beginning in his debut at Del Mar, but couldn't break into the top 3, finishing 4th. Watch the Replay.
Min d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Min Elreeh by Danzig) got going late in her Allowance/Optional Claiming race on the Calder turf, but couldn't get closer than 5th. Watch the Replay.
Perfectly Pleasant (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Beaux Arts Ball by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) was up close early, but dropped back some late to finish 5th in her Maiden Special Weight at Charles Town. Watch the Replay.
Keith's Kitten is an Exquisite Miss with Deterrence
August 9, 2009
Ellis Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile turf
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:38 PM ET TVG
||Sahmba La Vista|
||Miss Iron Lady|
||J J Gulch|
Keith's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Silent Emotion by Ghazi) makes her 4th start in this 11 horse field at Ellis Park. She has finished 2nd on the turf (at 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on June 28) and 2nd at a mile (at Ellis Park on July 17), now we'll see how she does at a mile on the turf. In her only other start, she ran at Keeneland on April 24, finishing 5th. Turf stakes winner Silent Emotion, dam of Keith's Kitten, was a winner at 2, and earned $209,993 in her career. Silent Emotion has produced 3 winners, including turf stakes winner Unspoken Word. Unspoken Word has earned $332,123 through 2009. Another offspring of Silent Emotion also won on the turf. Kitten's Joy has sired 23 starters, which have run 48 total times, recording 8 wins, 11 seconds, 7 thirds, and $277,453. He's had 4 turf winners, including 2 on the Ellis Park turf.
Autumn Bells (Unforgettable Max - Bellah's Star by Risen Star) finished 4th, and Exquisite Miss (Buddha - Exquisite Mistress by Nasty and Bold) was 6th at Ellis on July 17, behind Keith's Kitten. Autumn Bells previously finished 5th at Churchill Downs on June 26, and 6th at Keeneland on April 24. This will be her first turf try. Autumn Bells is by freshman sire Unforgettable Max, full-brother to Afleet Alex. Unforgetable Max has had 5 runners which have made 8 total starts, recording 1 second, 1 third, and $16,080. Autumn Bells is a half-sister to 4 winners, 2 of which won at 2, and one of which won on the turf. Exquisite Miss previously ran on the Churchill Downs dirt on July 4, finishing 7th. Stakes winner Exquisite Mistress, dam of Exquisite Miss, was a winner at 2. Exquisite Mistress has produced 6 winners, including Go Scotty, a stakes winner on the turf and dirt, and Ready's Gal, a grade II winner on the turf. One of Exquisite Mistress' offspring won at 2, and 4 won on the turf.
Sparky's Dream (Giant's Causeway - Lady Carson by Carson City) faced Keith's Kitten on the Churchill Downs turf on June 28, finishing behind that filly in 8th. She sold for $100,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Lady Carson. Sparky's Dream is a full-sister to Followmyfootsteps, who was stakes-placed on the turf. She is also a half-sister to three winners, including Jacqui's Promise, a winner at 2, who later won on the turf.
Cattacular (Milwaukee Brew - Enterprizing Cat by Storm Cat) has run twice on the Ellis Park turf, finishing 7th on firm turf on July 11, and 6th on good turf on July 26. She is a half-sister to winner Unknown Variable. Her dam, Enterprizing Cat, is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Silver Bird and stakes-placed Glorious Again.
Nurse Donna (Vindication - Swingtime Music by Woodman) ran on the Ellis Park dirt on August 2, finishing 4th. She is out of the winning mare Swingtime Music. Swingtime Music has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Seven Nation Army, who was a stakes-placed winner at 2. Nurse Donna's other winning sibling also won at 2.
Deterrence (Action This Day - Salt de Tere by Salt Lake) was 5th in her only start, running 7 furlongs on the Arlington Polytrack on July 15. Deterrence was a $85,000 yearling, and is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed M Lee. M Lee was a winner at 2, and stakes-placed that year.
Miss Iron Lady (Runaway Groom - Iron Miss by Fit to Fight) has also run once, finishing 6th on the Presque Isle Tapeta on July 26. She is a full-sister to the winner Iron Legacy, who was a winner at 2 on the turf. Miss Iron Lady's dam, Iron Miss, is a half-sister to 10 winners, including stakes winners An Affirmation and turf stakes winner Nityo.
The remaining fillies are unraced, including J J Gulch (Gulch - Mine Alone by Belong to Me), who sold for $23,000 as a yearling. She is the first foal out of the turf winning mare Mine Alone. Mine Alone is a full-sister to Lucky Roberto, who won the Hopeful (gr. I) as a 2-year old.
Dewberry Hill (Arch - Royal Dove (IRE) by Royal Academy) sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and is out of Royal Dove, who was a winner at 2 and on the turf. Royal Dove has produced 4 winners. Three of Dewberry Hill's siblings won on the turf, and one won on the turf at 2.
Sahmba La Vista (Sahm - Raes Irish Queen by Minneapple) is the first foal out of the winning mare Raes Irish Queen. Raes Irish Queen is a half-sister to 3 winners.
Saint Isabelle should Go Ask Alex
August 9, 2009
Del Mar Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 7:30 PM ET TVG
||Go Ask Alex|
||The Great Atlantic|
Go Ask Alex (Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)), who scratched out of the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) on Friday, will face maidens instead (although it was Mi Sueno, a maiden going into the Sorrento, who took that race). Among those she faces is Saint Isabelle (Saint Liam - Fortyniner Fever by Forty Niner), who is making her first start. Go Ask Alex has 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. She is out of Dominique's Joy, a grade III winner, who earned $264,643. Dominique's Joy is the dam of grade III winner Orthodox. Afleet Alex has sired 24 runners which have made 46 total starts, recording 4 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and $156,146. Saint Isabelle has been working since early June, including a 5 furlong work on August 2 at Del Mar, when she went in 1:02.00. She sold for $135,000 as a weanling, and $150,000 as a yearling. She is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Bold Angel and grade III winner Texas Fever. Texas Fever won 2 races at 2, including the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III). Saint Isabelle's dam, Fortyniner Fever, is a half-sister to 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. Saint Liam's 20 starters have run 33 total times, recording 4 wins, 1 second, 5 thirds, and $87,379.
Champagne d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Champagne Glow by Saratoga Six) debuted on May 1 at Hollywood Park finishing 2nd. She then ran in two stakes at Hollywood Park, finishing 3rd in the Cinderella on June 11 and 4th in the Landaluce on July 12. Champagne d'Oro was purchased for $210,000 as a yearling. She is out of stakes winner Champagne Glow, who won the Schuylkill Stakes at 2. Champagne Glow has produced 8 winners, including two that won at 2.
The Great Atlantic (Stormy Atlantic - Miss Quick City by Carson City) and Pulpit Magic (Pulpit - Wilderness Area by Deputy Minister) met on July 26 at Del Mar in a 5.5 furlong race, with The Great Atlantic finishing 4th and Pulpit Magic 8th. It was the debut for both fillies. The Great Atlantic sold for $100,000 as a 2-year old, and is the second foal out of the winning mare Miss Quick City. Miss Quick City is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Unrullah Bull. Pulpit Magic is out of the unplaced mare Wilderness Area. Wilderness Area is a half-sister to to 5 winners, including grade I winner Circle of Life. Circle of Life was a debut winner at 2, and won the Spinaway (gr. I) that year. Wilderness Area is also a half-sister to the 2-year old Calipari, who ran on the turf at Saratoga on August 5.
The last filly with experience is Miss Peanut (Freespool - Mattaboutyou by Matty G), who finished 6th at Hollywood on July 18. Miss Peanut is the first foal out of the unraced mare Mattaboutyou. Mattaboutyou is a half-sister to one winner.
Selling for $200,000 as a yearling was Stockings (Hennessy - Chitka by Jade Hunter), who is out of stakes winner Chitka. Chitka earned $203,612 in a 22 race career. She did not run at 2, but she did win her debut at 3. Chitka has produced 2 winners.
Hondo's Way (Giant's Causeway - Zepa by Theatrical (IRE)) brought $190,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner Nothing But Fun. Nothing But Fun earned $455,500 in 13 starts. She didn't win at 2, but she won the first 4 races of her career.
Pure Class (Purge - Twining Star by Twining), who is by first-crop sire Purge, was purchased for $105,000 as a 2-year old. Purge's 25 runners have made 35 combined starts, recording 3 wins, 5 seconds, 2 thirds, and $97,115. Twining Star, dam of Pure Class, was a winner at 2 and finished third in the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) that year.
Softly Singing (Holy Bull - Victory Roll by Deerhound) sold for $70,000 as a yearling, and $135,000 as a 2-year old. She is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Hungarian Boatbaby. Both of her winning siblings won at 2, including Hungarian Boatbaby, who won the Lewes Overnight Stakes at 2.
3-year old entries August 9
Jaystone (gelding; Birdstone - Maya's Note by Editor's Note) is on the MTO list for race 1 at Saratoga, scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 1:00 PM ET for this Allowance for New York-breds. In his most recent start, Jaystone was 9th on July 30 at Saratoga.
Gold d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Gold Canyon by Mr. Prospector) breaks from the rail in race 2 at Saratoga, a Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Post time is 1:33 PM ET for this 1 1/8 mile race. Gold d'Oro last ran on June 19, finishing 4th at Belmont at 1 1/8 miles.
Senor Fuego (colt; Speightstown - Vasquez by Coronado's Quest) and Speight of Hand (colt; Speightstown - Hitch by Cox's Ridge) meet in a 7 furlong Allowance at Saratoga, race 3. Post time is 2:06 PM ET. Senor Fuego finished 6th last time out, running in a mile Allowance at Churchill Downs on July 2. Speight of Hand finished 2nd in his most recent start, a 7 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Belmont on June 6.
Christmas Parade (gelding; Congaree - Christmas Time by Gilded Time) faces 6 in a Starter Allowance at Calder, race 8. Post time is 4:07 PM ET for this 6.5 furlong race. Christmas Parade has 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third, in 4 starts.
Cedros (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Wayward Bound by Mr. Prospector) makes his fourth start, facing 9 in a Maiden Special Weight at Del Mar, race 5. Post time is 7:00 PM ET for this 1 mile turf race. Cedros was 8th in his last start, running on the Del Mar turf on July 26.
Oriental Sunshine (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Kristi's Sunshine by Miswaki) goes in race 3 at Mountaineer, a 7 furlong turf Allowance race. Post time is 7:50 PM ET and she breaks from post 9. Oriental Sunshine most recently finished 6th in the Firecracker Stakes on the Mountaineer turf on July 4.
Daddy Forty Nine (colt; Ghostzapper - Tuff Chick by Wild Again) worked at Churchill Downs, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.40.
Ghost Shadow (filly; Ghostzapper - Gracious Living by Pleasant Colony) worked 5 furlongs at Del Mar in 1:04.20.
At Monmouth, Ghost Town Kat (filly; Ghostzapper - Keeneland Kat by Hennessy) worked 4 furlongs in :48.00.
Working 4 furlongs from the gate at Charles Town was Inthenickoftime (colt; Ghostzapper - Savorthetime by Gilded Time), who went in :50.00.
Quiet Class (filly; Kitten's Joy - Balancing Act by Spectacular Bid) went 3 furlongs at Churchill Downs in :39.00.
At Charles Town, Smilin and Dancin (colt; Kitten's Joy - De Ice by Dehere) worked 4 furlongs in :48.40.
Also at Churchill, William's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Blush by Menifee) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20.
Bear's Hard Ten (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Playforme by Gone West) worked at Woodbine, 4 furlongs in :49.40.
At Louisiana Downs, Lujack (colt; Rock Hard Ten - To the Rainbow (FR) by Rainbow Quest) worked 6 furlongs in 1:17.60.
Lyrique (filly; Rock Hard Ten - America America by Mister Baileys (GB)) worked at Keeneland, 4 furlongs in :49.20.
Tenacious Traci (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Treize by Alysheba) went 5 furlongs at Bowie in 1:03.40.
Working 3 furlongs at Churchill Downs was Ahh (filly; Saint Liam - Ministrada by Deputy Minister), who went in :37.60.
Cravin Caden (colt; Saint Liam - Lacie Girl by Editor's Note) worked 4 furlongs at Saratoga in :50.06.
At Woodbine, Elusive Saint (colt; Saint Liam - Adopted Daughter by Elusive Quality) went 3 furlongs in :37.00.
Also at Woodbine, Moment of Majesty (filly; Saint Liam - Lady Indy by A. P. Indy) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60.
Hey Big Rhonda (filly; Saint Liam - All Hollywood by War Chant) worked 3 furlongs in :40.41 at Remington Park.
Honor the Hero (colt; Saint Liam - Are You Up by Eagle Eyed) worked 4 furlongs in :48.40 at Keeneland.
Saintly Seoul (colt; Saint Liam - Seoul by Deputy Minister) worked at Del Mar, 5 furlongs in :59.20.
Also at Keeneland, Saintly Ways (filly; Saint Liam - Visual Art by Deputy Minister) went 4 furlongs in :49.40.
At Saratoga, Westshore (colt; Saint Liam - Alexi Dancer by A. P. Indy) worked 3 furlongs in :38.45.
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