Anticipation for Zapster and Dean's Kitten

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Tapitsflies to P. G. Johnson Victory

Unraced I Do That (Wheelaway - Cat in Deed by Alydeed) and Mehndi (Pulpit - Dubai Visit by Quiet American) were scratched. Smart Seattle (Smart Strike - Seattle Bay by Opening Verse) was favored, and she looked good. Lisa's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Chianti Red by Woodman) was on her toes, and Maddie's Odyssey (Kitten's Joy - Personal Odyssey by Lemon Drop Kid) got a strong warm-up. Smart Seattle balked a bit at the load, but broke well. However, Tapitsfly (Tapit - Flying Marlin by Marlin) went to the lead. Write When Ready (More Than Ready - Epistle by Deputy Minister) was pressing, with Lucky to Be Me (Bernstein - Belle Erzulie by Pulpit) and Smart Seattle not far off. Lisa's Kitten and Maddie's Odyssey were at the back, but the pack was pretty compact at that point. Smart Seattle made a move to draw even with Tapitsfly, but Tapitsfly pulled away again, to win by more than a length in her first turf start. Beautiful Song (Unbridled's Song - She's a Beauty by Storm Cat) moved well late to take third from Lucky to Be Me. Maddie's Odyssey and Lisa's Kitten didn't run much, finishing 5th and 6th. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 3, 2009
Saratoga Race 3
P. G. Johnson Stakes

Tapitsfly $6.50
Smart Seattle  
Beautiful Song  

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Crossfirehurricane Blows Past Raise the Kitty

In Te Domine (Freud - Luminate by A. P. Indy), part of an entry with Eager Leader (More Than Ready - Off Guard by Red Ransom), was scratched, allowing Raise the Kitty (Kitten's Joy - Elevate by Cox's Ridge) to draw into the race off of the AE list. She was the pick of the wagering crowd, going off at close to even money. She looked good in the walking ring, and even better out on the track. The other one that caught my eye was Crossfirehurricane (Eurosilver - Wind in My Eyes by Mr. Greeley). Flower Exchange (Exchange Rate - Rose of Galway by Irish River (FR)) took the lead early, despite stumbling at the start, but she was hard pressed by Crossfirehurricane. Raise the Kitty was back in 7th. Flower Exchange tired in the stretch, and Never Dream (Vindication - North Dream by Unbridled's Song) took up the chase. She was coming at the end, but Crossfirehurricane held on for the win. She is the 6th winner for freshman sire Eurosilver. Raise the Kitty made a 5-wide move, but could get no closer than 5th, finishing 6th. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 3, 2009
Saratoga Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Crossfirehurricane $86.00
Never Dream  
Angel's Cove  

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Anticipation for Zapster and Dean's Kitten

September 4, 2009
Saratoga Race 3
With Anticipation Stakes (gr. III)

1 1/16 miles turf
2-year olds
Post Time: 3:36 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Mississippi Hippie
2. Paddy O'Prado
3. Two Notch Road
4. Zapster
5. Red Rally
6. Dean's Kitten
7. Jung Man Scott
8. Interactif
9. Golly Day
10. Strike the Tiger
AE Quick Money
MTO Aikenite
MTO Turf Melody

Dean's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Summer Theatre by Ide) and Zapster (Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song) take on a big field in the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Saratoga. These two met on July 11 on the Belmont turf, with Dean's Kitten finishing 3rd and Zapster 4th at 6 furlongs. Since then, Dean's Kitten was a winner at 1 1/16 miles on the Saratoga turf on August 5, and Zapster finished second under those same conditions on August 6. Dean's Kitten, who also finished 3rd on the Keeneland Polytrack on April 9, has worked twice since his win. Most recently, he went 5 furlongs in 1:02.44 on the tracking track at Saratoga on August 27. He is out of the winning mare Summer Theatre, who has produced 3 winners. Zapster has also worked twice since running, last going 4 furlongs in :51.46 at Saratoga on August 31. He sold for $180,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Extend. Extend was a winner at 2, and earned $436,856 overall. Extend has produced the turf winner Kelliher.

The winner of the July 11 six furlong turf race at Belmont over Dean's Kitten and Zapster was Mississippi Hippie (Dance Master - Debt Free by Fly So Free). Since that race, he ran in the Continental Mile at a mile on the Monmouth Park turf on August 15, finishing 2nd. His only other start was on a sloppy Monmouth Park track on June 5, where he finished 7th. He sold for $70,000 as a 2-year old. His dam, Debt Free, was a winner and has produced 5 winners from 5 to run. Mississippi Hippie's siblings include stakes winner Cape Time, who was stakes-placed on the turf.

Two Notch Road (Partner's Hero - Capiana by Capote) was the winner of the Continental Mile over Mississippi Hippie. It was his first race on the turf. In three previous dirt races, he had never finished better than 6th. Two Notch Road is half-brother to 3 winners.

Strike the Tiger (Tiger Ridge - R Lucky Strike by In Excess (IRE)) and Red Rally (Reformer Rally - Premium Red by Thirty Six Red) met in the Chenery Stakes at 5.5 furlongs on the Colonial Downs turf on July 25, with Strike the Tiger winning and Red Rally finishing second. Strike the Tiger is 3 for 3 in his career. He debuted in a Maiden Claiming race in the slop at Churchill Downs on April 28, and then took the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 16, before running in the Chenery. He is out of the winning mare R Lucky Strike, who is a half-sister to one winner. Red Rally (Reformer Rally - Premium Red by Thirty Six Red), who is by freshman sire Reformer Rally, broke his maiden in his second start, running 5 furlongs on June 27 at Churchill Downs. Most recently, he won a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race on a sloppy track at Saratoga on August 21. Red Rally sold for $90,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-brother to grade I winner Premium Tap and 3 other winners.

Interactif (Broken Vow - Broad Pennant by Broad Brush) also has stakes experience. After breaking his maiden in his debut, at 5 furlongs at Monmouth Park on July 5, he ran in the grade II Sanford Stakes at Saratoga on July 30, finishing 8th. This would be his first turf try. He is a half-brother to 4 winners, including turf stakes winner Stretching and Wingspan, who was grade III stakes-placed on the turf.

Jung Man Scott (Freud - Plinking by Talkin Man) has run twice, finishing 3rd on the dirt at Belmont on July 9, and winning a 5.5 furlong race on the turf at Saratoga on August 6. He is out of the turf winning mare Plinking. Plinking is half-sister to grade III winner Wishful Tomcat, who was also a stakes winner on the turf, and stakes winner Uncle T Seven, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Uncle T Seven, who is entered in the Saranac Stakes (gr. III) on the Saratoga turf on September 6, is by Freud, sire of Jung Man Scott.

Golly Day (Lion Heart - Wake Up Kiss by Cure the Blues) has run once and won once, taking a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Saratoga on August 20. He sold for $125,000 as a yearling, and is out of turf stakes winner Wake Up Kiss. Wake Up Kiss has produced A Shin Forward, stakes-placed on the turf.

Completing the main body of the race is maiden Paddy O'Prado (El Prado (IRE) - Fun House by Prized), who has run twice. He finished 2nd, behind Dean's Kitten, at 1 1/16 miles on the Saratoga turf on August 5. Prior to that, he had finished 7th on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs on July 4. Paddy O'Prado sold for $105,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade II turf winner Fun House. Fun House was a winner at 2, and earned $432,922 in her career.

AE entrant Quick Money (City Zip - What a Price by Repriced) has run once, on August 31 on the turf at Saratoga. He was the even money favorite in that race, but finished 8th. He sold for $50,000 as a weanling, and is out of What a Price, who was grade III stakes-placed on the turf. What a Price has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, one of which won at 2.

On the MTO list are Aikenite (Yes It's True - Silverlado by Saint Ballado) and Turf Melody (Maria's Mon - Tricky Bird by Storm Bird). Aikenite won his only start, a 6 furlong race at Saratoga on August 9. He sold for $60,000 as a yearling, and $225,000 as a 2-year old. Aikenite is a half-brother to the winner Mareana, and his dam, Silverlado, is a half-sister to stakes winner Clover Hunter and grade III winner Love of Silver. Turf Melody has run three times. He broke his maiden second time out, running 7 furlongs on the dirt at Colonial Downs on June 26. He then ran in the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington Park on August 8, finishing 3rd. He brought $200,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to 3 winners, including grade II winner Stanley Park.

Read more about the With Anticipation Stakes here.

Manners is a Just Heavenly Renaissance Girl

September 4, 2009
Woodbine Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

1 mile turf
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 4:25 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Supertunia
2. Stormy Shay
3. Bay Point Countess
4. Manners
5. Kinnabari
6. Renaissance Girl
7. Honey Crisp
8. Just Heavenly
9. Lantana Lady
10. Sing Sing Cindrela
11. Milford Bay
12. Former Flame
AE Sorocaba
MTO Dazzling Countess

Manners (Rock Hard Ten - Turkana by Deputy Minister) will attempt again to make her turf debut at Woodbine, after her last start came off the turf and was run on the Polytrack. She finished 6th in that July 25 contest. Her only previously start was on June 21 at Churchill Downs, where she finished 10th. Manners is a half-sister to stakes-placed Turk, who finished 3rd in the 2009 San Miguel Stakes. Turk finished 2nd in his only start at 2. Manners' dam, Turkana, is a half-sister to 3 winners. Rock Hard Ten's 15 runners have made 23 total starts, recording 3 wins, 4 seconds, and $169,189.

Lantana Lady (Lion Heart - Modest Melody by Unbridled's Song) and Honey Crisp (Pulpit - Ginger Gold by Golden Gear) finished 3rd and 4th, in front of Manners, on July 25 at Woodbine. Lantana Lady subsequently finished 8th on August 14, also on the Woodbine Polytrack. She brought $40,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Modest Melody. Modest Melody's dam, grade III winner Humble Clerk, earned $503,545 and was stakes-placed on the turf. Honey Crisp has run 3 additional times, including 2 turf starts. She was 6th on a firm course at Woodbine on July 12, and 2nd at Woodbine, on a track labeled good, on August 22. Ginger Gold, dam of Honey Crisp, was a grade III winner on the turf, who earned $1,065,448.

Milford Bay (Cherokee Run - Get It Straight by Black Minnaloushe) and Renaissance Girl (Bernstein - Artiste by Norquestor) met at 6 furlongs on the Woodbine Polytack on August 9, with Milford Bay third and Renaissance Gal 6th. Milford Bay made two previous starts, finishing 10th on the Woodbine Polytrack on June 20, and 5th on the Woodbine turf on July 12. She sold for $100,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Get It Straight. Get It Straight is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Dixie Premiere and grade II winner Bending Strings. Renaissance Girl sold for $32,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Artiste. Ariste has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Leedle Dee. Two of Renaissance Girl's siblings won at 2, and one won on the turf.

Sing Sing Cindrela (Singspiel (IRE) - Purple Princess by Carson City) has run three times, including a 2nd place finish on a yielding turf course on August 22 at Arlington Park. She is out of Purple Princess, who was a winner and stakes-placed at 2. Purple Princess has produced 2 winners.

Stormy Shay (Stormy Atlantic - Sashaying Slew by Seattle Slew) was 9th in her only start, on August 8 on the Woodbine Polytrack. She is out of the winning mare Sashaying Slew, who has produced the winner Slewlantic. Sashaying Slew is a hafl-sister to three winners, and a full-sister to Slewvera, grade II stakes-placed on the turf.

The remaining fillies in the main body of the race are unraced, including Just Heavenly (North Light (IRE) - Diablo's Closer by Diablo), by freshman sire North Light. North Light's 13 runners have made 33 total starts, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, 3 thirds, and $26,250. Just Heavenly is out of stakes winner Diablo's Closer, who was a winner at 2. Diablo's Closer has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Ablo. Ablo won 2 races as a 2-year old, including the Coronation Futurity.

Selling for $30,000 as a yearling was Bay Point Countess (Bernstein - Fighting Countess by Ringside), who is out of stakes winner Fighting Countess. Fighting Countess won her first 2 races as a 2-year old, and was also stakes-placed that year. Fighting Countess has produced 6 winners from 6 to run, including turf stakes winner Dawn Princess. Three of Bay Point Countess' siblings won on the turf and 2 won at 2.

Heliotrope, dam of Supertunia (War Chant - Heliotrope by Northern Score), was a grade III winner on the turf, and earned $665,291 overall. Heliotrope has produced the turf winner Royal Magenta.

Kinnabari (Devil His Due - Genska by Appealing Skier) is out of the turf winning mare Genska. Genska is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Country Diva.

On the AE list is Sorocaba (Stormy Atlantic - Sayabec by Foxhound), who has run three times on the Woodbine Polytrack. She was 7th on June 27, 8th on July 24, and 5th on August 20. 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.

On the MTO list is Dazzling Countess (Roman Ruler - Dazzling Contrast by General Meeting), by first-crop sire Roman Ruler. Roman Ruler has had 37 starters which have run 84 total times, recording 16 wins, 12 seconds, 15 thirds, and $380,469. Dazzling Countess finished 2nd at Woodbine on July 25, as well as 2nd on August 14 at Woodbine. In her August 14 start, she finished in front of Lantana Lady. She is out of the winning mare Dazzling Contrast, who has produced stakes-placed Hug It Out, by Medaglia d'Oro. Hug It Out was a winner at 2.

Returning Workers

September 3

At Calder, My Alexis (filly; Afleet Alex - Saint's Play by Saint Ballado) went 4 furlongs in :50.20.

Working 4 furlongs on the training track at Saratoga was Quick Ride (colt; Afleet Alex - Baby Lets Cruise by Tale of the Cat), who went in :51.22.

Almooriq (colt; Ghostzapper - Dash for Money by General Meeting) worked 5 furlongs on the training track at Saratoga, recording a time of 1:01.40.

At Del Mar, Move On Up (colt; Ghostzapper - Fluid Move by Nureyev) went 5 furlongs in 1:00.20.

Deanaallen'skitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Miss Carmella (IRE) by Carmelite House) worked on the turf training track at Saratoga, 5 furlongs in 1:01.43.

At Belmont, Tenplus (colt; Rock Hard Ten - One Beautiful Lady by Broad Brush) went 4 furlongs in :51.25.

At Monmouth, Saint Eligius (colt; Saint Liam - Great Connection by Dayjur) went 4 furlongs in :48.80.

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