Pussycat and Ciminella in Play

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AE entrant Kaila Ann's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - One Lucky Storm by Tale of the Cat) did not go in the seventh race at Saratoga, as no one scratched from the main body of the race. The winner was first-timer House of Grace (Limehouse - Gracility by Known Fact), who sat off the quick pace set by Dad's Crazy (Langfuhr - Charismatic Lady by End Sweep), and drew off to win by 5. Beautiful Song (Unbridled's Song - She's a Beauty by Storm Cat) was best of the rest of them. House of Grace is the 8th winner for Limehouse. Watch the Replay.

Serena is Home in Front

The track was sloppy at Camarero, and Home Serena (Came Home - Vevina by Rahy) was the big favorite at 4-5. Cuqui's Love (Afleet Alex - Chilukki Cat by Storm Cat) was a respectful 3-1. Guerrilla Warfare (Wind Whipper - Qillion by Saint Ballado) emerged with the lead early. She was followed by a pack that included Cuqui's Love, Vuelve Elene R. (Indian Ocean - Land Lady by Zamindar) and favorite Home Serena. Vuelve Elene R and Home Serena went after Guerrilla Warfare in the stretch, and Home Serena pulled away to a clear win. Bethia (Victory Gallop - Awesome Joy by Awesome Again) came on late to take the place spot. Cuqui's Love flattened out a bit, and ended up 5th. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 19, 2009
Camarero Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Home Serena $3.60
Vuelve Elene R.  

3-year old Stakes Result August 19

Gemswick Park (filly; Speightstown - Queen's Park by Relaunch) and River Fancy (filly; Congaree - Go Baby Go (IRE) by Lion Cavern) both closed ground, to finish 3rd and 4th in the From New York to Old York Stakes on the turf at Saratoga. Watch the Replay.

Other 3-year old Results August 19

Iqbaal (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Queen's Lady by Storm Cat) was wide on the turn, but then moved to the lead and kept on going, breaking his maiden by better than 4 lengths at Monmouth. Stones Throw (colt; Birdstone - Twinkler by Benny the Dip) finished 2nd for the 5th time in a row. Watch the Replay.

Perfect Cup of Tea (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Mycupoftea by Williamstown) was scratched from her Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Arlington Park.

Megalia d'Amour (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Izara by Blushing John) was scratched from her Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga.

Playful Pussycat seeks the Right Reward for Small Talk

August 20, 2009
Woodbine Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($20,000)

7 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 1:00 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. It Hurts
2. Conjob
3. G T's Gone Dancing
4. Ho Masubi
5. Small Talk
6. Wellies
7. Zorayda Castle
8. Right Reward
9. Playful Pussycat
10 Sorocaba

Playful Pussycat (Kitten's Joy - Feisty Ferdinand by Ferdinand), who has been working at Woodbine, debuts in a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming contest at that track. Her most recent work was on August 17, when she went 3 furlongs in :37.60. Playful Pussycat is out of Feisty Ferdinand, who was a winner at 2. Feisty Ferdinand has produced 6 winners, including Castrovirreyna, who was group II stakes-placed in Peru. One of Playful Pussycat's siblings won at 2. Kitten's Joy's 24 runners have made 54 starts, recording 8 wins, 11 seconds, 10 thirds, and $288,758.

Conjob (Burning Roma - Wild Bubbles by Wild Event) and Sorocaba (Stormy Atlantic - Sayabec by Foxhound) met on July 24 at Woodbine, in a 5 furlong Maiden Claiming race. Conjob was 6th and Sorocaba was 8th. Conjob's dam, Wild Bubbles, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Brandy Rules and grade III winner Barbara O'Brien. Sorocaba previously ran at Woodbine on June 27, finishing 7th. She is out of the winning mare Sayabec, who was a winner at 2. Sayabec is also a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Solihull.

It Hurts (Peaks and Valleys - Holy Hour by Holy Bull) has run 3 times, finishing 3rd at Fort Erie on July 12, 6th at Woodbine on July 23, and 8th at Woodbine on August 6. She is a half-sister to 2 winners, including one that won at 2.

Another veteran of three starts is Ho Masubi (Southern Image - Maltese Baby by Tale of the Cat), who finished 9th at Woodbine on May 29, 6th at that track on June 25, and 8th on the Woodbine turf on July 12. She is the first foal out of the placed mare Maltese Baby. Maltese Baby is a half-sister to 2 winners.

G T's Gone Dancing (Dance to Destiny - G. T.'s Gone West by West by West) has made two starts at Woodbine at the Maiden Special Weight level. She was 4th on June 13 and 5th on June 27. Both races were at 4.5 furlongs. She is the second foal out of the winning mare G. T.'s Gone West. G. T.'s Gone West's first foal, Go West G T Go, was a winner at 2.

Right Reward (Grand Reward - So Right by Affirmed), who is by freshman sire Grand Reward, has run twice, both times at Woodbine. She was 8th on May 29 and 5th on August 7. Grand Reward's 29 runners have made 56 combined starts, recording 5 wins, 2 seconds, 6 thirds, and $130,638. Right Reward is a half-sister to 5 winners, two of which won at 2.

Zorayda Castle (Kafwain - Castle Mey by With Approval), who sold for $32,914 as a yearling, finished 4th in her only start, running at Woodbine on July 26. She is a half-sister to 4 winners, 2 of which won at 2.

Wellies (Storm Boot - Seattle Paige by Seattle Song) was 4th in her first and only start, on August 6 at Woodbine, while running 6 furlongs. She is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Saratoga Seven and grade II stakes-placed Sweet Sondra.

Small Talk (Toccet - Just for the Money by Mystery Storm) was 6th in her lone start, at 5.5 furlongs at Woodbine on July 25. Small Talk is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Theglow. One of her siblings won at 2.

Ciminella seeks a Grand Decision with an Olive Eye

August 20, 2009
Saratoga Race 2
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)

6 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 1:35 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Kaffie's Doll
2. Olive Eye
3. Mywifenosevrything
4. Red Zinn
5. Economic Tsunami
6. Ciminella
7. Grand Decision
8. Lucy N Thunder

Ciminella (Afleet Alex - Bruanna by Housebuster) makes her third start, after finishing 10th on the Belmont turf on July 10, and 3rd just 8 days later on the Belmont dirt. The latter race was a Maiden Claiming contest. Since that race, she's worked a couple of times, including 4 furlongs in :51.66 at Belmont on August 11. Ciminella is out of stakes winner Bruanna, who won 2 races as a 2-year old, and earned $390,078 overall. Bruanna has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, one of which won at 2. Afleet Alex's 29 runners have made 57 total starts, recording 5 wins, 11 seconds, 6 thirds, and $207,210.

Olive Eye (Maria's Mon - Rapidamente by Dixieland Band) finished 4th, behind Ciminella, on July 18 at Belmont. She is out of the winning mare Rapidamente. Rapidamente has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Now More Than Ever. Now More Than Ever, who earned $204,361 in her career, is a full-sister to Olive Eye.

Economic Tsunami (Fappie's Notebook - Nature Coast by Conveyor), Lucy N Thunder (Lightnin N Thunder - L. D. Operator by Caller I. D.), and Kaffie's Doll (Kafwain - Dotsie's Doll by Allen's Prospect) met in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Saratoga on August 7. Economic Tsunami was 2nd, Lucy N Thunder was 3rd, and Kaffie's Doll finished 4th. Economic Tsunami is the second foal out of the winning mare Nature Coast. Nature Coast is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Dinner Pardner. Lucy N Thunder sold for $22,000 as a 2-year old. She is a half-sister to 2 winners, one of which won at 2. Her dam, L. D. Operator, is also a half-sister to 2 winners. Kaffie's Doll, who sold for $35,000 as a 2-year old, is out of the winning mare Dotsie's Doll. Dotsie's Doll has produced 2 winners, including a full-sister to Kaffie's Doll.

Grand Decision (Pulpit - Grands Jetes by Nureyev) finished 5th in her only start, a 5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Belmont on July 15. She is a half-sister to 6 winners.

The remaining fillies are unraced, including the interestingly named Mywifenosevrything (Najran - Rose Jade by Jade Hunter). She is a half-sister to 3 winners. Her dam, Rose Jade, is a half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Go Not A' Ramblin and grade III winners Cliveden and Assert Oneself.

Stakes winner Ride Her Out, dam of Red Zinn (Broken Vow - Ride Her Out by Stormy Atlantic), won 2 races as a 2-year old, and was also stakes-placed twice that year. She is also a half- or full-sister to 4 winners. Red Zinn is her first foal. Red Zinn is part of an entry with Ciminella.

3-year old stakes entries August 20

Stakes winner Peace Town (colt; Peace Rules - Darnestown by Williamstown) and Speight the Halo (colt; Speightstown - Ballado's Halo by Saint Ballado) meet in the Solomon Northup Stakes, at 5.5 furlongs on the Saratoga turf. Peace Town was 6th in the 6 furlong East Hanover Township Stakes at Penn National on August 1, his last start. He has not run on the turf. Speight the Halo has not run on the turf either. He most recently finished 5th in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Saratoga on July 29.

Other 3-year old entries August 20

Esperanza d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Seasonal by Deputy Minister) faces 5 in an Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Saratoga, race 3. Post time is 2:08 PM ET for this 1 1/18 mile race. Esperaza d'Oro finished 10th last time out in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race on a yielding Saratoga turf course.

Stakes-placed Rapid Redux (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Thiscatsforcaryl by Storm Cat) is in race 7 at Monmouth, a 6 furlong Allowance race. Post time is 3:28 PM ET. Rapid Redux most recently finished 9th in a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Monmouth on August 2.

Valid Rule (gelding; Peace Rules - Valid Bonnet by Valid Appeal) will go 5 furlongs on the Monmouth Park turf. Post time is 3:56 PM ET for this one, race 8. Valid Rule was third in a 6 furlong Claiming race at Monmouth on August 6, his most recent race.

Double Espresso (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Second Strike by Fast Play) goes in race 6 at Presque Isle Downs, a mile Allowance race. Post time is 7:35 PM ET. Double Espresso has won 2 out of 4 starts. She was 10th in the Indiana Downs Distaff Stakes in her most recent start on July 6.

New Worker

August 18

New to this blog, Serene Palace (filly; Afleet Alex - Serene Place by Out of Place) worked 4 furlongs in :52.00 at Highpoint Farm and Training Center. Serene Palace is out of the winning mare Serene Place, who is a half-sister to grade II winner T. D. Vance.

August 19

I Am Indy (colt; Saint Liam - Teenage Temper by A. P. Indy) worked 3 furlongs in :38.20 at Elloree Training Center. A $37,000 yearling, I Am Indy is the first foal out of the winning mare Teenage Temper. Teenage Temper is a daugher of grade III winner Pleasant Temper.

Returning Workers

August 19

At Fair Hill, Alex Le Great (colt; Afleet Alex - Colonial Glitter by Glitterman) went 4 furlongs in :48.00.

Viking Fleet (colt; Afleet Alex - Ellieonthemarch by Old Trieste) worked at Fort Erie, 5 furlongs in 1:03.20.

Working a mile at Arlington was Ghost Girl (filly; Ghostzapper - Bayou Breeze by A. P. Indy), who recorded a time of 1:44.60.

Trinity Run (colt; Ghostzapper - Lake Windermere by Fit to Fight) worked 5 furlongs at Belmont in 1:02.42.

At Fair Hill, Wicked Charm (filly; Ghostzapper - Belva by Theatrical (IRE)) went 4 furlongs in :50.00.

At Churchill Downs, Patti's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Hillary Step by Chimes Band) went 4 furlongs in :49.80.

Best Actor (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie by Unaccounted For) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Arlington Park. Best Actor is entered on Friday at Arlington Park.

New Madrid (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)) worked at Belmont, 4 furlongs in :51.09.

At Arlington, She Will Rock You (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Stay Awhile by Unbridled's Song) went 3 furlongs in :36.40.

Battle Royal (colt; Saint Liam - Queen Marge by Grindstone) worked at Woodbine, 5 furlongs in 1:01.80.

Naturaliste (colt; Saint Liam - Goldina by Rahy) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.40 at Santa Anita.

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