Smart Seattle Raises the Kitty
Crimson Glory (Ghostzapper - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag) was scratched, as was Neenie's House (Limehouse - Tellum Texan by Eastern Echo), and MTO entrant Capitalism At Risk (Bull Market - Stock Price by Relaunch). First-time starter Hatheer (Storm Cat - Golden Apples (IRE) by Pivotal (GB)), daughter of champion Golden Apples, was favored. But, Raise the Kitty (Kitten's Joy - Elevate by Cox's Ridge), who was part of an entry with Lyrical Note (Unbridled's Song - Thiscatsforcaryl by Storm Cat), also received a lot of attention. Ready to Party (More Than Ready - Miss Cap by Capote) and Lyrical Note were a little on edge before the race. The load was pretty smooth, although Hatheer required a little prodding. She broke on top, but Raise the Kitty went with her. Those two dueled into the stretch, putting up some ambitious fractions (21:63, :44.66, :56.43). That speed took its toll, as Smart Seattle (Smart Strike - Seattle Bay by Opening Verse) came flying late to overtake the pacesetters. Hatheer pulled free from Raise the Kitty to take second, while Raise the Kitty held off Miss Matzo (Royal Academy - Ballet Partner (GB) by First Trump (GB)) to secure third. The final time was 1:02.43, which compares favorably with the track record of 1:00.66. Watch the Replay.
Result: August 13, 2009
Saratoga Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
|Raise the Kitty
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Cat Bells Rings Over She's a Fleet
Inventory (Consolidator - Identify by Halo) was scratched, while Cat Bells (City Zip - Annihilator by Vying Victor) was the big favorite. She's a Fleet (Afleet Alex - Society Gal by Linkage) wasn't getting any love at 21-1. Mardi Gras Indy (Pulpit - Saphiria by Touch Gold) was strutting her stuff in the paddock, and continued to make a good impression on the track. Stormin Bon (Stormin Fever - Irridescent by Seeking the Gold) looked ready to go. The load was pretty quick. Running Shoes (Wildcat Shoes - Everleaner by Sawbones) came out running, with Stormin Bon close behind. Not far off of these was favorite Cat Bells. She's a Fleet secured a spot on the rail. Stormin Bon gave way in the stretch, as Running Shoes built up a 4 length lead. But, the troups were coming. Cat Bells was going best, and charged by to win on the outside. Also making good moves were St. Rose (Lion Heart - Rose Tiara by St. Jovite) on the inside, and Mardi Gras Indy. She's a Fleet didn't have much punch and finished 7th. By the way, Mardi Gras Indy was claimed by Maggi Moss. I would not be surprised to see her in Maiden Special Weight company next time around. Watch the Replay.
Result: August 13, 2009
Arlington Park Race 1
|Mardi Gras Indy
3-year old Results August 13
Just Ben (colt; Speightstown - Chip by Norquestor) took the advantage from the start of his Allowance/Optional Claiming contest and survived some pressure to win comfortably. Ritzy Jones (colt; Smarty Jones - So Ritzy by Darn That Alarm) sat off the pace, made a move, but didn't really get involved, finishing 5th. Watch the Replay.
Spirit Seeker (filly; Peace Rules - Wild Gal by Wild Again) looked good in her Starter Allowance at Calder, leading from the break, and drawing off in the stretch to win by 7. This is the third win for Spirit Seeker. Watch the Replay.
Pleasantlysurprise (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Royal Bandita by Royal Roberto) got going late, and took third by a nose in his Maiden Special Weight at Arlington Park. Watch the Replay.
Lujack will Dance All the Way
August 14, 2009
Louisiana Downs Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
7.5 furlongs turf
Post Time: 4:55 PM ET HRTV
||Why Not Be Perfect|
||Big Buddy Smith|
||Dance All the Way|
||Joey's Mizzen Mast|
||Center Court Star|
||Boss Hogg Who|
Lujack (Rock Hard Ten - To the Rainbow (FR) by Rainbow Quest) makes his debut on the Louisiana Downs turf. He has been working since early April, including a 3 furlong work in :37.60 at Louisiana Downs on August 12. Lujack sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to Blue Moon, who was grade II winner on the turf. Blue Moon was also a debut winner at 2 on the turf. Lujack's dam, To the Rainbow, is a half-sister to Big John, a group III winner on the turf. Rock Hard Ten's 9 runners have made 15 total starts, recording 3 wins, 2 seconds, and $134,219. His offspring include Long Lashes, a group III winner on the turf.
The only other unraced entrant is Grants Decision (Crowning Decision - Just a Babe by Goodbye Doeny), who is the first foal out of the winning mare Just a Babe. Just a Babe is a half-sister to the winner Coushatta.
Joey's Mizzen Mast (Mizzen Mast - Spare That Tree by Woodman), Roar Cat (Forest Wildcat - Raise a Roar by Academy Award), and Center Court Star (Wimbleton - Expect a Star by Valid Expectations) met on July 23 at Louisiana Downs, going 7 furlongs on the dirt. Joey's Mizzen Mast was 2nd, Roar Cat was 4th, and Center Court Star finished 6th. Joey's Mizzen Mast finished third in two previous starts, including a 5 furlong turf contest at Louisiana Downs on June 25. He is out of the unraced mare Spare That Tree. Spare That Tree is full- or half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner East Is East and group III winner Susurration. Roar Cat's previous start was on the Lone Star Park turf on July 2, where he finished 7th. He is the second foal out of stakes-placed Raise a Roar, who was a winner at 2. Raise a Roar is a half-sister to 3 winners, including Carte Sauvage, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Center Court Star is out of the winning mare Expect a Star. Expect a Star has produced the winner Expect a Flyer, who was a winner at 2.
Rich Elm (Olmodavor - Precocious by Exploit) finished 4th on the Lone Star Park turf on July 2, in front of Roar Cat. Rich Elm is the first foal out of stakes-placed Precocious. Precocious is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Naughty and Siberian Hobby, a group I winner in Japan. She is also a half-sister to the Congaree 3-year old filly, Naughtiest.
Big Buddy Smith (Parade Ground - Bold Sharday by Bold Navy) finished 10th on the the Louisiana Downs turf on June 25, and 3rd on the Louisiana Downs dirt on July 30. His dam, Bold Sharday, was a winner, and has produced 2 winners.
Dance All the Way (Eddington - Stacy's Squaw by Indian Charlie), by freshman sire Eddington, has run once, finishing 9th on the Louisiana Downs turf on July 25. That race was at 7.5 furlongs, the same distance as this race. Eddington's 19 runners have run 32 total times, recording 6 wins, 6 seconds, 2 thirds, and $116,358. Stakes-placed Stacy's Squaw, dam of Dance All the Way, was a winner at 2 and earned $116,156. Dance All the Way is her second foal. Her first foal, Council Ring, is a winner.
Uncle Booty (Thunder Gulch - Marie's Pride by Saratoga Six) has run twice, both times on the dirt at Lone Star Park. He was 4th on May 22 and 8th on June 6, in the TTA Sales Futurity. Uncle Booty sold for $12,500 as a yearling, and 48,000 as a 2-year old. His dam, Marie's Pride, was a winner. Marie's Pride has produced 7 winners, including stakes-placed Living Lavida Lisa and stakes winner Itsacryingshame. Itsacryingshame was a winner at 2 and on the turf. Three other siblings of Uncle Booty won at 2, and one was a turf winner.
Why Not Be Perfect (Whywhywhy - Perfect Time by Matchlite) has made one start, finishing 6th on the dirt at Louisiana Downs on August 2. Why Not Be Perfect is out of the winning mare Perfect Time, who was a winner at 2. Why Not Be Perfect is a half-brother to the winner Norm's Princess.
On the AE list is Boss Hogg Who (Lion Heart - Dancin Dottie by Demidoff), who sold for $11,000 as a yearling. He finished third in his only start, at 5 furlongs on the Evangeline Downs turf on July 16. He is the first foal out of stakes-placed Dancin Dottie. Dancin Dottie is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Leva Mae.
3-year old stakes entries August 14
Stakes-placed Al Khali (ridgling; Medaglia d'Oro - Maya by Capote) and Midnight Mischief (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Western Reel by Gone West) meet in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Saratoga. Al Khali was 2nd in his most recent start, the A Gift Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the Belmont turf on July 19. Midnight Mischief was a winner last time out, in a 1 1/16 mile Allowance on the Woodbine Polytrack. He has never run on the turf. Read more about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes here.
3-year old entries August 14
Shoe Strap (gelding; Birdstone - Boot Strap by Storm Boot) will go 5.5 furlongs in race 4 at Hoosier Park. Post time is 2:03 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Shoe Strap ran third on the turf at Indiana Downs in his last start, on July 10.
Devil by Design (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Beauty's Due by Devil His Due) is in race 3 at Saratoga, a 7 furlong Allowance Post time is 2:06 PM ET. Devil by Design last ran on July 31 at Saratoga, finishing 4th on a sloppy track.
Christo (gelding; Peace Rules - Tis Me by Notebook) takes on 6 in a 1/16 mile Allowance at Woodbine, race 4. Post time is 2:29 PM ET. Christo finished 6th at 7 furlongs on August 1, in his most recent start.
Thornwood Road (gelding; Medaglia d'Oro - La Joconde by Red Ransom) faces 11 in race 5 at Woodbine, a Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Post time is 3:01 PM ET for this mile race. Thornwood Road has run once, finishing third at Woodbine on July 18.
Pearl Esque (filly; Peace Rules - Crown the Queen by Gulch) will go 5 furlongs on the Calder turf in race 7. Post time is 3:26 PM ET for this Allowance contest. Pearl Esque has won 2 in a row, including a 5 furlong Claiming race at Calder on July 19.
Stakes-placed Cassidys Pride (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Cassidy by Jolie's Halo) faces 5 in race 9 at Calder. Post time is 4:27 PM ET for this 7 furlong Allowance Optional Claiming contest. Cassidys Pride was 7th in the Azalea Stakes last time out, on July 11 at Calder.
Smart Sugar (filly; Smarty Jones - Ashraaf by Deputy Minister) breaks from the outside in race 8 at Golden Gate, a 6 furlong Starter Allowance. Post time is 8:15 PM ET. Smart Sugar was third in a Starter Allowance at Pleasanton in her last start, on July 9.
High Tower (gelding; Congaree - Prairie Music by Affirmed) runs in race 5 at Grand Prairie, a 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 9:20 PM ET. Last time out, High Tower was 5th in the Grand Prairie Derby on August 1.
Gatwick (gelding; Speightstown - Beauty Halo (ARG) by Southern Halo) is in race 4 at Hastings, a 6.5 furlong Optional Claiming. Post time is 9:39 PM ET. Gatwick was 5th in an Allowance race at Hastings on July 19 last time out.
La Gran Bailadora (filly; Afleet Alex - Affirmed Dancer by Affirmed) went 5 furlongs at Keeneland, recording a time of 1:04.40.
On the training track at Saratoga, Magic Bullet (colt; Afleet Alex - Magical Mood (GB) by Forestry) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.94.
Quechee (colt; Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) worked at Fair Hill, 4 furlongs in :49.40.
Working 3 furlongs from the gate at Saratoga was Almooriq (colt; Ghostzapper - Dash for Money by General Meeting), who went in :36.12.
Daddy Forty Nine (colt; Ghostzapper - Tuff Chick by Wild Again) worked 3 furlongs in :37.40 from the gate at Churchill Downs. He is entered in a race at Arlington on August 15.
Best Actor (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie by Unaccounted For) worked 5 furlongs in :59.00 at Arlington. It was the fastest of 33 works at the distance.
At Keeneland, Lyrique (filly; Rock Hard Ten - America America by Mister Baileys (GB)) went 4 furlongs in :48.40.
Also at Keeneland, Saintly Ways (filly; Saint Liam - Visual Art by Deputy Minister) went 4 furlongs in :49.40.
Westshore (colt; Saint Liam - Alexi Dancer by A. P. Indy) worked at Saratoga, 4 furlongs in :48.56.
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