Graduation Day for A Student

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Tribecky (Saint Liam - Double Jeopardy by Horse Chestnut (SAF)) was scratched from her race at Mountaineer. That one was won by Power Grace (Out of Place - Twilightinthe City by Star de Naskra). Watch the Replay.

Graduation Day for A Student

Favoritism wavered between R El Jefe (Benchmark - Mirabilia by Never Tabled) and A Student (Afleet Alex - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo). A couple of them looked pretty wet in the warm-up including Magical Storm (Storm and a Half - Magicalparisbreeze by Well Decorated) and Ran the Man (Storm and a Half - Polly's Rumor by Spread the Rumor), who was not happy. A Student was calm and collected. Ran the Man was relunctant to load. At the break a familiar story, A Student spotted the field several lengths. I thought that was it for him. Paragrin (Champali - Pushtoon by Pioneering) took the lead. He was pressured by Stormin Celebrity (Storm and a Half - Saratoga Celebrity by Saratoga Six). A Student began to make up some ground, but he was still way out of it. The filly, St. Mawes (Storm and a Half - Impetuous Molly by Idabel), put in a big run and moved past the leader. Suddenly, A Student appeared on the scene. He powered past them all to get the victory. R El Jefe came along for second. A Student is the 5th winner for Afleet Alex, and his second debut winner.

Result: August 16, 2009
Canterbury Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

A Student $5.80
R El Jefe  
St. Mawes  

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Bank Merges Afleet Again

Afleet Again (Afleet Alex - Lucky Again by Wild Again) was favored, bet down from his morning line odds of 10-1. Killoquah (Mineshaft - Bird Cage by Kris S.) looked good in the paddock, but a little unsettled in the warm-up. Scavezzato (Wheelaway - Teedleewinks by Badger Land) seemed unsure about the riders up command. Afleet Again looked ready. He was a little relunctant to load, which gave Bank Merger (Consolidator - Lucrative by Seeking the Gold) ideas as well. At the break, Afleet Again was near the back. Up front, Lil Snitch (Bernstein - Sparkler by Carson City) and Mister Dish (City Place - Atticus's Woman by Atticus) were dueling, setting fairly fast fractions. They both paid the price for the speed tiring to finish back in the field. Wild in Shoes (Wildcat Heir - Rhythm in Shoes by Rhythm) and Putmeupfront (Put It Back - Stormin' Haze by Stormin Fever) both put in runs, but Bank Merger was moving best of all, and he drew away on the outside. Afleet Again also made up a lot of ground, but he had too much to do, and settled for 4th. Bank Merger is the 9th winner for Consolidator. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 16, 2009
Monmouth Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Bank Merger $9.80
Wild in Shoes  

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A Winning Mission for Seattle over Steve's Kitten

The only scratches were the MTOs, as everyone else went in this turf contest. Steve's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Cat's Prize by Golden Missile) was favored. He looked a little fidgety in the paddock. Epicurus (More Than Ready - Kinlin by Unbridled) made a positive impression, as did Seattle Mission (Strategic Mission - Seattle Moon by Seattle Dancer). Drosselmeyer (Distorted Humor - Golden Ballet by Moscow Ballet) was a handful, rearing as they moved out to the track, and bucking a bit during the load. Steve's Kitten went to the lead at the break. He was pressed by Seattle Mission, but the fractions were comfortable (:24.18, :49.11, 1:13.74). Even so, Steve's Kitten gave way in the stretch, tiring to finish 8th. Seattle Mission inherited the lead, and looked as though he would get caught by someone, namely One Sky (Orientate - Southern Letters by Capote), Drosselmeyer, or Chairman Now (Tiznow - Lady From Shanghai by Storm Cat), but the New York-bred held them all off for the win. Seattle Mission is owned by Sackatoga Stable, famous as the owners of Funny Cide. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 16, 2009
Saratoga Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Seattle Mission $16.40
One Sky  

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It Tiz Seriously

Seriously (Gulch - Mutton Maniac by Wolf Power (SAF)), another Baffert runner, was favored, but not as heavily as Marcello yesterday. It Tiz (Tiznow - Star of the Woods by Woodman) acted up as they went to the track, and Star of Sapphire (Tapit - Rhumb Line by Mr. Greeley) was unsettled. Vivacious Anna (Afleet Alex - Petite Chatte by Storm Cat) was looking anxious, I was hoping the jockey would take her away from the pony. She did settle down a little before the load, although she was reluctant going in. However, the race was pretty much over for her at the break, as she stumbled badly. Imperatriz (Chapel Royal - Devils River by Devil His Due) went to the lead, closely followed by Linda Surprise (Yes It's True - Squall Linda by Summer Squall). Those two dueled into the stretch. Watching this action were favorite Seriously and It Tiz. They both moved, but It Tiz got the jump and the victory. Vivacious Anna did pass early pacesetter Linda Surprise to finish 6th. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 16, 2009
Del Mar Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

It Tiz $11.00
Dixie's Sandals  

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Other 2-year old Result

Draw a Blank (filly; Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) hit the lead in the stretch of her Allowance race at River Downs, but she couldn't hold it and weakened to 4th.

3-year old Results August 16

Amusing Plan (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Contrive by Storm Cat) pressed early, and then took control to get her Maiden victory by 7 lengths at Ellis Park. Antigone Jones (filly; Smarty Jones - Oedy's Appeal by Valid Appeal) made up some ground late to finish 4th.

Torres Strait (filly; Birdstone - Maid of Gold by Tour d'Or) ran evenly to finish 3rd in her Maiden Special Weight at Mountaineer. Uno (filly; Congaree - Silver Jorden (GB) by Imp Society) struggled throughout, and wasn't perserved with late. Watch the Replay.

Southern Accents (filly; Birdstone - Spring Valley by Affirmed) dueled in her race at Charles Town, but weakened to finish 4th. Watch the Replay.

Dark Starlet (filly; Speightstown - Flowers and Vines by Blushing John) steadied a bit, but then didn't respond, finishing 7th in her Allowance race on the Monmouth turf. Watch the Replay.

Hug It Out (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Dazzling Contrast by General Meeting) had good speed early in her Allowance/Optional Claiming contest that was taken off the turf at Arlington Park, but the jockey tried to hold her back. When told to go, she had nothing left, and finished 8th. Watch the Replay.

Pleasant Sister (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Jaded by Gone West) was in tight in her Maiden Special Weight on the turf at Saratoga, and actually brushed the rail. She ended up finishing last. Watch the Replay.

Blue Haze Day (filly; Birdstone - Ice'em by Two Punch) was scratched from her Allowance race at Canterbury.

Bunky is Ready for Change, a Successful Score

August 17, 2009
Saratoga Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

7 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 1:33 PM HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Successful Score
2. Tuvia's Force
3. Exhi
4. Indian Council
5. Highveldt Storm
6. Antenna
7. Bunky
8. Ready for Change

Bunky (Afleet Alex - Madam Lagonza by Kingmambo), who debuts at 7 furlongs, has been working at Saratoga for some time, including a 6 furlong work on August 9 in a time of 1:15.12. I always like to see 6 furlong works, especially for 2-year olds. Bunky was purchased for $260,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to two winners, including grade III winner Woodlander. Woodlander earned $330,374 in a 25 race career. Another sibling, Miss Ocean City, was a debut winner at 2. Afleet Alex has had 29 starters which have run 57 total times, recording 5 wins, 11 seconds, 6 thirds, and $207,210.

Successful Score (Successful Appeal - Big Score by Grand Slam) has run twice and finished second twice. His debut was at 5.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on June 20, and he then ran 6 furlongs at Belmont on July 19. Successful Score was purchased for $180,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes winners Big Score. Big Score won 3 out of 4 as a 2-year old, including the Kindergarten Stakes. Big Score has produced the winner Mighty Score.

Exhi (Maria's Mon - Soldera by Polish Numbers) finished 2nd in his only start, running 7 furlongs at Belmont on July 24. Stakes winner Soldera, dam of Exhi, was a winner at 2. She has produced the winner Perfectionism, a Pleasantly Perfect 3-year old colt.

Indian Council (Indian Charlie - Noble Cause by Diesis (GB)) and Antenna (Tale of the Cat - Miss Moonwaki by Miswaki) were third in their only starts. Indian Council ran at Churchill Downs June 20, finishing behind Successful Score. He sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III stakes-placed Noble Cause. Noble Cause has produced 4 winners, one of which won at 2. Antenna's race was at 5.5 furlongs at Saratoga on July 29. Stakes-placed Miss Moonwaki, dam of Antenna, has produced 6 winners from 7 to run. One of her offspring was a winner at 2. Miss Moonwaki is also a half-sister to my favorite horse, Mr. Freeze.

The remaining three are unraced.

Tuvia's Force (Mineshaft - Jazz Tradition by Dixieland Band) brought $32,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Jazz Tradition. Jazz Tradition has produced the winner Chaldee Funky, a winner at 2. Jazz Tradition is also a half-sister to 2 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Charmed Gift.

Highveldt Storm (Johannesburg - Hayley's Dancer by Mr. Greeley) who sold for $260,000 as a yearling, is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Alexsayso.

Champion Ajina, dam of Ready for Change (A. P. Indy - Ajina by Strawberry Road (AUS)), earned $1,327,915 in her career. As a 2-year old, she won three races, including the Tempted (gr. III) and the Demoiselle (gr. II). Ajina has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Manchurian, and stakes-placed Jinni. Jinni was a debut winner at 2, and is a full-sister to Ready for Change.

3-year old entries August 17

Dear Marylou (filly; Birdstone - Call Your Bid by Spectacular Bid) is on the MTO list for race 6 at Saratoga, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Post time is 3:48 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Dear Marylou last ran on July 5 at Belmont, finishing 4th in a 5.5 furlong race.

Country Day (colt; Speightstown - Hidden Assets by Mt. Livermore) faces 10 in race 9 at Delaware Park, a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Post time is 4:51 PM ET. Country Day broke his maiden last time out, going 6 furlongs at Delaware Park on July 18.

New Workers

August 16

Backstretch (colt; Afleet Alex - Pleasant Point by Pleasant Colony) worked at Arlington Park, 4 furlongs in :50.60. Backstretch is out of Pleasant Point, who was a winner and stakes-placed at 2. Pleasant Point has produced the winner Pointed Home.

Doilookfatnthese (filly; Saint Liam - Big Tease by Gold Token) went 3 furlongs in :40.40 at Arlington. Doilookfatnthese sold for $20,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Big Tease.

Returning Workers

August 16

Afleet Pegasus (colt; Afleet Alex - Countess Peggy by Fusaichi Pegasus) worked 4 furlongs from the gate on the training track at Saratoga, recording a time of :50.45.

Also on the training track at Saratoga, Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.55.

Working 5 furlongs from the gate at Del Mar was Harissa (filly; Afleet Alex - Dynasty by Time for a Change), who recorded a time of 1:02.40.

Holiday Buzz (colt; Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) worked 4 furlongs in :51.00 at Arlington.

At Hastings, Jungle Lily (filly; Kitten's Joy - Raving by Dynaformer) went 4 furlongs in :48.40.

Going 3 furlongs at Churchill in :37.00 were Karen Sue's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Citiscape by Citidancer) in :37.00 and Kenneth's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Shortstop Sal by Ghazi).

Working 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs were Kelly's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - No Deadline by Skywalker) in 1:02.00 and Kera's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Mrs. K. by Dixieland Band) in 1:02.60.

On the Saratoga training track, Lisa's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Chianti Red by Woodman) went 4 furlongs in :50.45.

At Belmont, Shrimp Dancer (colt; Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold) went 4 furlongs in :49.11.

Doubles Partner (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Serena's Sister by Rahy) worked 5 furlongs at Belmont Park in 1:03.01.

Rock Hard Baby (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Bully's Del Mar by Notebook) worked at Remington Park, 4 furlongs in :49.82.

Courtesy Title (colt; Saint Liam - Ling by Fusaichi Pegasus) worked at Saratoga, 5 furlongs in 1:02.56.

Hey Big Rhonda (filly; Saint Liam - All Hollywood by War Chant) worked 4 furlongs in :51.58 at Remington Park.

At Arlington, Sheltowee (colt; Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) went 5 furlongs in 1:03.40.

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