A Dead Heat Dash for Golden Ghost

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I will be out of town for the next few days, so the next update will not come until Friday, August 28. I will try to check comments periodically, so please continue to post about the Maiden Watch horses or any other maidens of interest.

A Dead Heat for Golden Ghost in the First State Dash

Toboggan Slide went to the front, but Golden Ghost (Ghostzapper - Mandy's Gold by Gilded Time) was in a good spot. He rushed up to join the leader, and they dueled to the finish. Golden Ghost took a slight lead, but Toboggan Slide fought back. It was a long way back to the rest of the field. At the wire, the heads were bobbing. I thought that Toboggan Slide might have gotten the better bob, but they looked at the photo a long, long time. Finally, the announcement came, a dead heat, and Ghostzapper not only had his first winner, but his first stakes winner in the same instance. Selfishly, I was very glad to see Ghostzapper get his first winner, as I was certain that it would come while I was out of town. Watch the Replay. Listen for the announcer calling the wrong horse's name, as Golden Ghost makes his move. Read more about Golden Ghost's victory here.

Result: August 22, 2009
Delaware Park Race 9
First State Dash Stakes

Toboggan Slide $8.20
Golden Ghost $5.40
Phil's Prospect  

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Winslow Homer gets a Stately Victor(y)

Lots of changes in this one, originally scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. It was taken off the turf, and run at 7 furlongs on the dirt. Scratched were Becky's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene) (who runs tomorrow at Saratoga), El Commodore (El Prado (IRE)) - Fancy Clancy by Rahy), I've Got the Fever (Stephen Got Even - Music Fever by Gold Fever), Mint Maker (Unbridled's Song - Shawklit Mint by Air Forbes Won), Modern Cowboy (Tiznow - Western Woman by West by West), Saint Eligius (Saint Liam - Great Connection by Dayjur) (who ran at Monmouth), Tee Em Arr (Powerscourt (GB) - Heavenly Hindu by Smoke Glacken), Ulterior Motive (Distorted Humor - Indy Jazz by A. P. Indy), and Vamos a Ver (Smart Strike - Spring Star by Deputy Minister). Winslow Homer (Unbridled's Song - Summer Raven by Summer Squall), who drew into the race off of the MTO list, was favored. Stately Victor (Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) made a good impression in the paddock and during the warmup. Asphalt (War Chant - Island Fire by Island Whirl) protested at the load. On Vacation (Harlan's Holiday - Royal Trips by Summer Squall) broke on top, but Winslow Homer was not far off. Stately Victor got off to a slow beginning, but started moving almost immediately. On Vacation and Winslow Homer dueled into the stretch, where Winslow Home took command. Stately Victor closed steadily, but there was too much ground to make up and he finished 2nd. He definitely should benefit from some more distance. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 22, 2009
Saratoga Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Winslow Homer $4.30
Stately Victor  
On Vacation  

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City Trooper Stops Shrimp Dancer

The track was muddy, but there were no scratches. Fenway Faithful (Grand Slam - Lemon Tart by Deputy Minister) was favored, Shrimp Dancer (Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold) went off at a cool 27-1. City Trooper (City Zip - Such Grace by Polish Numbers) made a good impression in the paddock, as did Cats Kitty (Tomorrows Cat - Moneymakinmamma by In Excess (IRE)). Shrimp Dancer looked calm. City Trooper balked at the gate. He broke away from the assistant starter, but didn't get far. At the break, Fenway Faithful went right to the front. Never Give Up (Sunday Break (JPN) - Augustness by Capote) went with him for a time, but he didn't last long. City Trooper had more staying power, as he moved even with Fenway Faithful, and then went on by for the win. Shrimp Dancer was squeezed at the start, raced wide throughout, but never stopped trying, finishing 5th. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 22, 2009
Saratoga Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

City Trooper $7.00
Fenway Faithful  
Bishop of Nola  

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No Shenanigans Here

The track was sloppy at Monmouth, and Consort (Yes It's True - Romantic Summer by On to Glory) was a scratch. No Shenanigans (Value Plus - Western Resolve by West by West) was heavily favored, and looked the part. Nicetoseey'again (Saint Liam - O K to Dance by With Approval) was bouncing on the track, maybe showing a little too much energy. He was wet by loading time. Saint Eligius (Saint Liam - Great Connection by Dayjur) made a good appearance. No Shenanigans went to the lead, but he had company from Saint Eligius. They stayed like this into the stretch, when Saint Eligius weakened and No Shenanigans bounded away. Cactus Charlie (Not For Love - Holiday Ball by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) reduced the margin late, but No Shenanigans was home free. Nicetoseey'again made up some ground late, just missing 4th. Saint Eligius finished 6th. No Shenanigans is the 7th winner for Value Plus. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 22, 2009
Monmouth Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

No Shenanigans $3.20
Cactus Charlie  

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Discreetly Mine takes a Quick Ride

Discreetly Mine (Mineshaft - Pretty Discreet by Private Account) was the big favorite in this one. Double O Uno (Macho Uno - Flirtacious Girl by Excavate) looked good in the paddock. Discreetly Mine went right to the lead, although he was off the rail. Gathering Cloud (Tapit - Aly's Crown by Chief's Crown) tried to go with him, but he soon dropped back. A more persistant chaser was Super Saver (Maria's Mon - Supercharger by A. P. Indy). Quick Ride (Afleet Alex - Baby Lets Cruise by Tale of the Cat) made a move to get into contention, but he weakened and finished 5th. No one was catching Discreetly Mine anyway, as he drew off to win by more than 6. I actually thought that Discreetly Mine looked better after the race than before or during. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 22, 2009
Saratoga Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

Discreetly Mine $3.70
Super Saver  

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Other 2-year old Result

Gray Flash (Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) finished 3rd in her Claiming race at Calder, her first try versus winners. Watch the Replay.

3-year old Stakes Result August 21

Sarah Cataldo (filly; Smarty Jones - Mescalina by Smarten) came from off the pace to take the Tax Free Shipping Distaff Stakes at Delaware Park. Watch the Replay.

Other 3-year old Results August 21

Stone Skipper (gelding; Birdstone - Anna K. by Boston Harbor) made a bid in the stretch and hit the front, but couldn't hold off the closer and finished 2nd in his Maiden Special Weight on the Louisiana Downs turf. Watch the Replay.

Perfectly Pleasant (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Beaux Arts Ball by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) stalked the pace, and seemed poised to make a move, but faltered a bit, finishing 4th in her Maiden Special Weight at Laurel. Watch the Replay.

Glory Gold (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Gayla by Lord Gaylord) lost some ground late to finish 5th in her Allowance race at Presque Isle Downs. Watch the Replay.

Silent Salute (colt; Saarland - Sweet Surrender by Synastry) picked up a few spots late to finish 5th in his Allowance/Optional Claiming contest at Golden Gate. Watch the Replay.

Oconee (gelding; Congaree - Chenoa by Wild Again) was in a good spot in his Allowance race at Woodbine, but weakened and finished 7th.

Rocket Defense (filly; Peace Rules - Seemslikearocket by Beau Genius) was scratched from her Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Laurel.

Miracle Baby (filly; Smarty Jones - Heritage of Gold by Gold Legend) was scratched from her Maiden Special Weight at Ellis Park.

2-year old Allowance Entry

Hey Big Rhonda (Saint Liam - All Hollywood by War Chant), who broke her maiden at first asking at 5 furlongs on July 4 at Prairie Meadows, returns to face winners in an Allowance race at Remington Park. Post time is 5:12 PM ET for this 5.5 furlong race. Since her victory, she's had several works at Remington Park, including 4 furlongs in :51.58 on August 16.

A Furious Run for Becky's Kitten

August 23, 2009
Saratoga Race 2
Maiden Claiming ($75,000)

1 1/16 miles turf
2-year olds
Post Time: 1:33 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Luckylead
2. J'boy
3. Straight Talk
4. Furious Run
5. Cypress Point
6. Wow wow wow
7. Lemon Mambo
8. Grand Rapport
9. Becky's Kitten
10. Tiger Willie
AE Sequoya Mountain

Becky's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene), who was scratched at Saratoga on August 22 when his race came off the turf, will try again in this Maiden Claiming contest. This time, his opponents include unraced Furious Run (Rock Hard Ten - One Dream Cat by Storm Cat). Becky's Kitten was 3rd in his debut on May 22 at Churchill Downs, 4th on June 20 at that track, and 5th at Belmont on July 24. The Belmont race was scheduled for the turf, but was run on the main track. He's had two works on the Saratoga turf training track since his last race, most recently going 4 furlongs in :46.44. Becky's Kitten is the first foal out of the turf winning mare Caterette. Caterette is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Enduring Will, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Kitten's Joy's 26 runners have made 56 total starts, recording 8 wins, 11 seconds, 10 thirds, and $290,510. Four of his offspring have won on the turf. Furious Run sold for $45,000 as a yearling, and $120,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of the unplaced mare One Dream Cat, who is a daughter of 1994 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner One Dreamer, who earned $1,266,067. One Dreamer has produced winner W. L.'s Legend. Furious Run has been working at Saratoga for some time, including works on the turf training course. Most recently, he went 4 furlongs in :49.42 on the turf training track. Rock Hard Ten's 12 runners have made 18 total starts, recording 3 wins, 3 seconds, and $140,839.

Luckylead (Harlan's Holiday - Ashwood C C by Cryptoclearance) finished 7th, behind Becky's Kitten on June 20 at Churchill Downs. Since then, he has run on the turf twice, finishing 2nd at Ellis Park on July 16, and 6th at Saratoga on August 5. The Saratoga race was at 1 1/16 miles. Luckylead was a $52,000 yearling purchase. Stakes winner Ashwood C C, dam of Luckylead, was a winner at 2 and earned $581,329 overall. Luckylead is her first foal.

Straight Talk (Macho Uno - No Foul Play by Great Gladiator) also has experience at 1 1/16 miles on the Saratoga turf, finishing 4th under those conditions on August 6. His previous races were at Arlington Park, where he was 5th on June 21, and 3rd on May 28. Straight Talk sold for $190,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner No Foul Play. No Foul Play was grade II stakes-placed on the turf. No Foul Play won 2 races at 2, including the Glorious Song Stakes, and earned $545,419 overall. No Foul Play is the dam of 4 winnners, including grade III winner Temporary Saint. Temporary Saint was a winner at 2, and has earned $405,101 through 2009.

Tiger Willie (Tiger Ridge - Willie Brook by Montbrook) finished 5th in his only start, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Saratoga on August 7 at Saratoga. He sold for $19,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Willie Brook. Willie Brook has produced 4 winners, including stakes-placed Peachy Kiss. One of Tiger Willie's siblings won at 2.

Wow Wow Wow (Broken Vow - Caged Glory by Honour and Glory) was 7th in his only race, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga on August 3. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Caged Glory. Caged Glory is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Ninth Client. Caged Glory's dam, Bird Cage, is half-sister Birdstone

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Grand Rapport (Grand Reward - Dance Moccasin by Native Uproar), by first-crop sire Grand Reward. Grand Reward's 30 runners have made 58 total starts, recording 5 wins, 2 seconds, 6 thirds, and $131,038. Grand Rapport sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Dance Moccasin. Dance Moccasin was a winner at 2. She has produced 4 winners, including Chance Dance, a stakes winner on the turf and dirt. Another sibling was a winner at 2.

Selling for $60,000 as a yearling was Cypress Point (Holy Bull - Reason to Ransom by Red Ransom), who is out of the winning mare Reason to Ransom. Reason to Ransom has produced the winner Acting Out.

Lemon Mambo (Lemon Drop Kid - Lilac's Star by Deputy Minister), a $40,000 yearling, is out of stakes-placed Lilac's Star. Lilac's Star earned $222,920 and has produced 8 winners from 8 to run. Lemon Mambo's siblings include Queen of Millbrook, who was a debut winner and won the Lady Finger Stakes that year, and Titan of Industry, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Two other siblings of Lemon Mambo won on the turf, including one that won on the turf at 2.

J'boy (Vindication - Golden Symphony by Mr. Prospector) is out of the unplaced mare Golden Symphony. Golden Symphony is a half-sister to 4 winners, and a full-sister to grade III winner Golden Sonata. Golden Sonata was also a winner on the turf, and earned $288,811 overall.

On the AE list for the race is Sequoya Mountain (Parker's Storm Cat - Aspen Mountain by Chief Seattle), who is the first foal out of the placed mare Aspen Mountain. Aspen Mountain is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Golden Sunray.

Hazards of Love Looks Purrrfect for Sheltowee

August 23, 2009
Arlington Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

1 mile turf
2-year olds
Post Time: 5:10 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Sheltowee
2. Mint Chip
3. Hazards of Love
4. Family Foundation
5. Looks Purrrfect
6. Woodman's Charm
7. Our Douglas
8. Sahm Like It Hot
9. Fantastic Deal
10. Malibu Vice
11. Protection Game
12. Seco
AE Wordly
AE Jimmy Got Even

The Saint Liam colts Hazards of Love (Saint Liam - Spring Rush by Wild Rush) and Sheltowee (Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) take on Looks Purrrfect (Kitten's Joy - On Broadway by Rubiano), and a full field in this mile race on the Arlington turf. None of the three has run on the turf.

Hazards of Love has run three times, he was 5th in his debut at Churchill Downs on June 4, 3rd at Arlington Park on July 16, and 2nd at a mile at Arlington on August 6. In that race, he went right to the front. Since that contest, he's worked 3 furlongs in :37.60 at Churchill Downs. Hazards of Love sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Spring Rush. Spring Rush won 2 races at 2, and earned $226,475 overall. Hazards of Love is her first foal.

Sheltowee was 4th in his debut at a mile at Arlington Park on August 2. In that race, he hit the gate and trailed the field for much of the race, but finished just a nose out of third. Since that race, he's worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.40 at Arlington Park. Sheltowee is out of grade III winner Crafty Oak, who earned $442,155 in her career. Crafty Oak has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including turf stakes winner Giant Oak and stakes winner Apple Martini, who is also stakes-placed on the turf. Five of Sheltowee's siblings won on the turf, and three won at 2. Sheltowee is also the name given to Daniel Boone by his Shawnee captives, when he was adopted into the tribe. It means Big Turtle. Saint Liam's 21 runners have made 39 total starts, recording 4 wins, 1 second, 5 thirds, and $92,729.

Looks Purrrfect was 6th in his only start on July 19 at Arlington Park. He galloped out strongly in that one. Since that race, he's had several works, including a 4 furlong work at Arlington on August 18 in :50.80. Looks Purrrfect sold for $35,000 as a yearling, and $170,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of the winning mare On Broadway. On Broadway has produced 3 winners, including stakes winners Kathern's Cat and Lights of Broadway. Both Kathern's Cat and Lights of Broadway won stakes as 2-year olds. Kitten's Joy's 26 runners have made 56 total starts, recording 8 wins,11 seconds, 10 thirds, and $290,610.

Protection Game (Harlan's Holiday - Silks of Gold by Golden Act) was 4th in Looks Purrrfect's debut on July 19 at Arlington Park. He sold for $125,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Silks of Gold. Silks of Gold was a winner at 2 and on the turf. Silks of Gold has produced 3 winners, including one that was a winner at 2, and another that won on the turf.

Sahm Like It Hot (Sahm - Hip Huggers by Magloire) finished 5th, behind Sheltowee on August 2 at Arlington Park. He had previously finished 5th at Arlington on July 12. Sahm Like It Hot is out of stakes-placed Hip Huggers, who was a winner and stakes-placed at 2. Hip Huggers has produced 3 winners, including turf stakes winner Love Handles. Love Handles, who has earned $262,501 through 2009, is a full-sister to Sahm Like It Hot.

Malibu Vice (Malibu Moon - Small Vices by With Approval) faced Hazards of Love on August 6 at Arlington Park, finishing 7th. It was his first and only start. Malibu Vice is out of the winning mare Small Vices, who was a winner on the turf at 2. Small Vices has produced 2 winners, both of which won on the turf.

AE entrant Jimmy Got Even (Stephen Got Even - Cielo's Miss by Conquistador Cielo) and Fantastic Deal (Vindication - Chateaubaby by Nureyev) met in a 6 furlong race at Arlington on August 8, with Jimmy Got Even finishing 4th and Fantastic Deal 10th. Jimmy Got Even 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. Fantastic Deal is a half-brother to 6 winners, including grade III turf winner Fantastic Fellow. Fantastic Fellow was a winner on the turf at 2, and earned $633,369 overall. Four other siblings won on the turf, and 2 won on the turf at 2.

Woodman's Charm (Woodman - Bold Princesita by Silver Charm) is the only entrant with turf experience, as he finished 4th on the Ellis Park turf on July 16. He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Bold Princesita. Bold Princesita is a half-sister to 10 winners, including stakes winner Poulain d'Or.

Family Foundation (Repriced - Deep Discount by Relaunch) finished 6th in his only start, at Arlington on July 5. He is a full-brother to turf stakes-placed Final Discount, turf stakes winner Bricks and Ivy, and grade III turf winners Capital Request and Closeout. He is also a half-brother to one winner. One of his siblings won at 2.

Also finishing 6th in his only start was Seco (Awesome Again - Lentil by Alphabet Soup), who ran at Presque Isle Downs on July 30. His dam, Lentil, was a stakes winner on the turf, who earned $242,788. Seco is her first foal.

Completing the main body of the race are unraced entrants Mint Chip (Johar - Leaning Tower by Theatrical (IRE)) and Our Douglas (Stormy Atlantic - Golden Disk by Diesis (GB)). Mint Chip is a half-brother to 3 winners, including Karelian, a grade III winner on the turf, who was also a winner at 2. His two other winning siblings both won on the turf, and one was a winner at 2. Our Douglas is a half-brother to two winners, one of which won on the turf at two.

The other AE entrant is Worldly (A. P. Indy - Urbane by Citidancer), who was 2nd in his debut at Churchill Downs on July 4 on a sloppy track. Grade I winner Urbane, dam of Worldly, won her first two races at 2 and earned $1,018,568 in her career. Urbane has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, including grade II winner Suave. Suave was a winner at 2, and earned $1,348,423 in his 27 race career.

3-year old stakes entries August 23

Stakes winner Mullins Beach (filly; Speightstown - Treasure Beach by Silver Deputy) faces 4 in the Belle Geste Stakes at 7 furlongs on the Woodbine turf. Post time is 2:29 PM ET. Mullins Beach finished 2nd in a mile Allowance race on the Woodbine turf on August 7 in her most recent start. Overall, she's run 9 times, with 4 wins, 1 second, 2 thirds, and earnings of $237,526, including a win this year in the Ontario Damsel Stakes on the Woodbine turf. The Belle Geste field includes Glitter Rox, winner of the Royal North Stakes (Can-III) on the Woodbine turf on August 1.

Other 3-year old entries August 23

Baku Breeze (colt; Smarty Jones - Dance On the Green by Green Dancer) breaks from post 8 in race 1 at Arlington Park. Post time is 2:00 PM ET for this 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Baku Breeze finished 2nd at Mountaineer on July 19, his most recent start.

Maraschino Red (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry by Irish Open) goes in race 3 at Saratoga, at 7 furlongs. Post time is 2:06 PM ET for this Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Maraschino Red won her last start, a 6 furlong Allowance race at Saratoga on July 31.

Pitched Perfectly (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Musical Minister by Deputy Minister), who was last seen finishing 9th in the Barbaro Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park on July 19, faces 6 in the 4th at Saratoga. Post time is 2:39 PM ET for this 1 1/8 mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race.

Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band), who has finished 2nd four times this year (including his most recent race on August 8 at Calder), goes 7 furlongs at Calder. Post time is 3:40 PM ET for this Allowance race.

Learn the Sport (colt; Saarland - Missionary Hope by Missionary Ridge (GB)) faces 7 in race 5 at Del Mar. Post time is 7:00 PM ET for this 1 1/16 mile turf Maiden Special Weight. Learn the Sport has finished 3rd in his last two races, both 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming races on the Del Mar Polytrack.

In race 7 at Del Mar, Sweet Golden Carol (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Turn and Sparkle by Danzatore) will go a mile. Post time is 8:00 PM ET for this Allowance/Optional Claiming contest. Sweet Golden Carol finished 6th in the Delaware Oaks on July 18 in her most recent start.

Returning Workers

August 22

At Churchill Downs, Baby Afleet (colt; Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic) went 4 furlongs in :50.80.

Go Ask Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)) worked at Del Mar, 5 furlongs in 1:00.20.

At Del Mar, Harissa (filly; Afleet Alex - Dynasty by Time for a Change) went 6 furlongs in 1:12.60.

New Year's Baby (filly; Afleet Alex - You Again by Wild Again) went 4 furlongs in :49.40 at Woodbine.

At Santa Anita, American Story (filly; Ghostzapper - Holiday Runner by Meadowlake) went 3 furlongs in :36.60.

Bear's Hard Ten (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Playforme by Gone West) went 5 furlongs in 1:05.00 at Woodbine.

On the training track at Saratoga, Defender (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Small Promises by Carson City) went 5 furlongs in 1:00.66.

At Louisiana Downs, Lujack (colt; Rock Hard Ten - To the Rainbow (FR) by Rainbow Quest) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80.

Lyrique (filly; Rock Hard Ten - America America by Mister Baileys (GB)) worked at Keeneland, 4 furlongs in :48.00.

Zori's Eye (Rock Hard Ten - Congratulations by Mercedes Won) went 4 furlongs in :49.40 at Churchill Downs.

Ahh (filly; Saint Liam - Ministrada by Deputy Minister) went 4 furlongs in :51.80 at Churchill.

At Woodbine, Elusive Saint (colt; Saint Liam - Adopted Daughter by Elusive Quality) went 4 furlongs in :49.60.

At Keeneland, Saintly Ways (filly; Saint Liam - Visual Art by Deputy Minister) went 4 furlongs in :49.40.

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