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La Cloche (Ghostzapper - Memories of Silver by Silver Hawk) was scratched from the 2nd race at Saratoga. That one was taken by Hatheer (Storm Cat - Golden Apples (IRE) by Pivotal (GB)), daughter of champion Golden Apples, and full-sister to grade III winner Habaya. Watch the Replay.

Like Father Like Son

Surprisingly, Dublin (Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) was the favorite at post time. He stumbled at the start, but recovered rather quickly to race in mid-pack. Up front, One Note Samba (Grand Reward - Combanchera by Seattle Slew) and Flatter Than Me (Flatter - Hannah's Doll by Boston Harbor) were dueling, with Prince Rooney (Tale of the Cat - Rooneys Princess by Deputy Minister) and Liston (Storm Cat - Rings a Chime by Metfield) involved early as well. Westover Wildcat (Forest Wildcat - Bronze Abe by Two Punch) was the first to move, and he grabbed a brief lead. But, Dublin was already advancing on the outside. He gained the lead, despite drifiting out, and increased his advantage when straightened. It was an easy 2 length win. Aspire (Tale of the Cat - Mamselle Nanette by Southern Halo) and Aikenite (Yes It's True - Silverlado by Saint Ballado) both closed well to take 2nd and 3rd. Backtalk (Smarty Jones - Apasionata Sonata by Affirmed) made a move just behind Dublin, but flattened out and finished 4th. Dublin becomes the first stakes winner for Afleet Alex, by winning the same race that his sire won in 2004. Watch the Replay.

Read more about the Hopeful here.

Result: September 7, 2009
Saratoga Race 10
Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes

Dublin $8.20

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A Gleam of Hope in the Cradle

I was second guessing my decision to go to the Cradle when the rains came even before I left home. However, I checked the weather in Cincinnati and there seemed a possibility that the race would remain on the turf, so off I went. Arriving at River Downs, I was met by ominous clouds, but no rain, and the news that the although all the rest of the races were on the main track, the Cradle was still on the turf. However, as post time for the main event came closer, the word began to spread that the Cradle was off the turf as well. Despite this change of surface, the only scratch was Fantastico Roberto (Refuse to Bend (IRE) - Fantastic Account (GB) by Fantastic Light). Scottkeith'skitten (Kitten's Joy - Miss Bergdorf by Old Trieste) made a positive appearance in the walking ring. He's a big, flashy chestnut with a white blaze covering most of his face. Strike the Tiger (Tiger Ridge - R Lucky Strike by In Excess (IRE)), conquerer of Royal Ascot also looked good, as did Gleam of Hope (City Zip - Victorious Vice by Vice Regent), who had taken the local prep for the Cradle. Eddie Set Go (Eddington - Glittering Tax by Artax) and Marathon Moon (Malibu Moon - Showcase by Storm Cat) dueled early, with Guys Reward (Grand Reward - Beach View by Mr. Greeley) and Strike the Tiger stalking. Gleam of Hope made his move in the stretch, getting through on the inside to take the victory. Guys Reward held second, while Harrods Creek (Langfuhr - Float and Sting by Two Punch) closed well for third. Scottkeith'skitten came home last. I think he had better stick with the turf.

Read more about the Cradle here.

Scottkeith'skitten in the paddock before the Cradle.

Result: September 6, 2009
Saratoga Race 2
Budweiser Select Cradle Stakes

Gleam of Hope $6.60
Guys Reward  
Harrods Creek  

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C O Ringo Rules the Cat

Bumper (Blumin Affair - Bumperette by Rupert's Wing) and Larrupin's Glory (Larrupin' - Sunny's Glory by Sunny Feet) were scratched. C O Ringo (Woke Up Dreamin - Lost Command by Lost Code) was favored, while Cat Ruler (Kitten's Joy - Grindstone Lassie by Grindstone) and entrymate Boxers or Briefs (Eddington - Catchy by Storm Cat) were respected at 7-2. Filly Sheza Possebility (Posse - Royal Sweetpea by Favorite Trick) sprinted to the lead, gaining a quick 4 length advantage. C O Ringo was the nearest pursuer, and he caught the pacesetter on the turn, and then rolled on by to win by 7. Cat Ruler came wide, approaching the winner, but was hindered by lugging in and finished second. His entrymate, Boxers Or Briefs, closed a lot of ground to take third. C O Ringo is the 4th winner for his sire Woke Up Dreamin.

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

C O Ringo $4.60
Cat Ruler  
Boxers Or Briefs  

Showing Pure Class over Saint Isabelle

Seriously (Gulch - Mutton Maniac by Wolf Power (SAF)) was favored at 2-1, but Pure Class (Purge - Twining Star by Twining) was a close second-choice. Saint Isabelle (Saint Liam - Fortyniner Fever by Forty Niner) set the early pace on the rail. She was caught in the stretch by Pure Class, but fought back to stay in contention. Eventually, however, Pure Class pulled free to get the win by 5 lengths. Dixie's Sandals (Dixieland Band - Pink Sandals by Arch) moved into second, and Star of Sapphire (Tapit - Rhumb Line by Mr. Greeley) snatched third from a tiring Saint Isabelle. Interestingly, Saint Isabelle closed first time out and set the pace this time. Maybe, she can find a happy medium next time out and get the win. Pure Class is the seventh winner for freshman sire Purge. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 7, 2009
Del Mar Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Pure Class $6.60
Dixie's Sandals  
Star of Sapphire  

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William Paley is a Wild Flirt the First Nite

September 8, 2009
Delaware Park Race 2
Maiden Claiming ($40,000 - $30,000)

6 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 1:42 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Champ Tony
2. First Nite
3. Gustauf
4. Cherokee Empire
5. Baileys Beach
6. Stefani's Surprise
7. Mr Sammy G
8. William Paley
9. Wild Flirt

William Paley (Afleet Alex - My Sweet Country by Bold Ruckus) makes his second start, after finishing 10th at a mile at Delaware Park on August 5. Since that race, he's worked a couple times at Belmont, including 5 furlongs in 1:02.63 on August 31. He sold for $300,000 as a weanling, and $375,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare My Sweet Country. My Sweet Country has produced 7 winners including stakes winner Patriot Love and Deputy Country, and grade II stakes-placed Riley Tucker. Afleet Alex's 35 runners have made 74 total starts, recording 8 wins, 13 seconds, 9 thirds, and $459,593.

Champ Tony (Limehouse - Toe in the Water by Bertrando), by first-crop sire Limehouse, has run twice, finishing 6th on July 25, and 2nd on August 19. Both races were Maiden Claiming contests at Delaware Park. Limehouse has had 29 runners who have made 57 combined starts, recording 9 wins, 11 seconds, 8 thirds, and $357,898. Champ Tony, who sold for $21,000 as a yearling, is a half-brother to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Wye. One of his siblings won at 2. His dam is a half-sister to grade III winner Canon Can and grade II winner Queenie Belle.

Cherokee Empire (Cherokee Run - Top Marks by Marquetry) has run 4 times, finished 4th three times, and 7th once. He sold for $125,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes winner Top Marks. Top Marks has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Dean's List. One of Cherokee Empire's siblings was a winner at 2.

First Nite (Black Tie Affair (IRE) - Mittens by Storm Boot) finished 6th in his only start, on August 9 at Laurel. He is out of the winning mare Mittens, who has produced the winner Fur Lined. Mittens is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Oswayo.

Gustauf (Dance With Ravens - Aroma by Fortunate Prospect), by freshman sire Dance With Ravens, was 7th in his only start, at Charles Town on August 28. Dance With Ravens has had 14 starters, which have run 24 combined times, recording 3 wins, 3 seconds, and $66,183. Gustauf is out of the mare Aroma, who was a winner at 2. Aroma has produced the winner Panera, who was a winner at 2. Aroma is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed Fortuesque.

Also finishing 7th in his only start was Wild Flirt (Forest Wildcat - Open Flirt by A. P. Indy), who ran at Laurel on August 14. Wild Flirt brought $40,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the placed mare Open Flirt. Open Flirt is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Jena Jena, Up Like Thunder, and Win With a Wink.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Mr Sammy G (Maria's Mon - St. John Dress by Richter Scale), who sold for $37,000 as a 2-year old. He is the first foal out of St. John Dress, who was a winner at 2. St. John Dress is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner A Lot of Mary and grade III winner Native Heir.

Baileys Beach (Out of Place - Mexicali Rose by El Gran Senor) is out of Mexicali Rose, who was a a debut winner at 2. Mexicali Rose has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including two that won at 2.

Stefani's Surprise (Stephen Got Even - Happy Numbers by Polish Numbers) is out of the winning mare Happy Numbers. Happy Numbers is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Class.

Cutter will be Forever Awesome in Tuxedo Park

September 8, 2009
Delaware Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

1 mile and 70 yards turf
2-year olds
Post Time: 2:36 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Parthian
2. Tuxedo Park
3. Jorge Loco
4. Cutter (MTO)
5. All Mighty John
6. Auhh Man
7. Yukon Pete
8. Imperial Gin
9. Gold Medallion (MTO)
10. Forever Awesome
11. Thunder Brew
12. Icelus

Cutter (Saint Liam - Brite Diamond by Deputy Minister) is a Main Track Only entrant for this race, scheduled for a mile and 70 yards on the Delaware Park turf. Cutter has run twice, both times at Delaware Park. He was 3rd on July 14, and 5th on August 18. Cutter is the first foal out of the winning mare Brite Diamond. Brite Diamond is a half-sister to grade I winner Fowda and 2 other winners. Saint Liam's 28 runners have made 52 total starts, recording 5 wins, 1 second, 7 thirds, and $117,007.

Also on the MTO list is Gold Medallion (Medaglia d'Oro - Supah Gem by Gold Meridian), who has made one start, finishing 4th at Delaware Park on August 18. Gold Medallion sold for $45,000 as a yearling, and $120,000 as a 2-year old. Grade I winner Supah Gem, dam of Gold Medallion, won 4 races at 2, including the Gardenia Breeders' Cup Stakes. Supah Gem has produced 5 winners, including 2 that won at 2.

Parthian (Giant's Causeway - Inny River by Seattle Slew), All Mighty John (Repent - All Nighter by Notebook), Imperial Gin (Go for Gin - Polish Empress by Polish Navy), and Yukon Pete (Gilded Time - Estatically by In Excess (IRE)) met at a mile on the dirt at Delaware Park on August 25. Parthian finished 3rd, All Mighty John was 5th, Imperial Gin was 7th, and Yukon Pete finished 8th. Parthian has run 5 times, and finished 3rd 4 times. All of his races have been on the dirt at Delaware Park. Parthian sold for $200,000 as a weanling and $300,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 6 winners, including stakes winner Welcome Inn and group II turf winner Montgomery's Arch. Three of Parthian's siblings won at 2, and 4 won on the turf. All Mighty John has run 4 total times, all on the dirt, once at Aqueduct and 3 times at Delaware Park. His best finish was the 5th on August 25. All Mighty John is out of the winning mare All Nighter, who has produced 5 winners from 6 to run. One of her offspring won on the turf, and two won at 2, including stakes winner All Night Labor. All Night Labor has earned $376,334 through 2009. Imperial Gin has made 5 starts, including 2 turf starts at Colonial Downs, where he finished 3rd both on July 7 and July 26. He is out of the winning mare Polish Empress, who has produced 4 winners. Two of Imperial Gin's siblings won at 2, and one won on the turf. Yukon Pete sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and $20,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 3 winners, one which won at 2, and one which won on the turf. His dam, Estatically, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Oly Ogy and grade III winner T. V. of Crystal.

Jorge Loco (El Corredor - Heir to the Queen by King of Kings (IRE)) and Tuxedo Park (Gilded Time - Loon Lake by Cryptoclearance) finished 4th and 6th in a mile race on the Laurel dirt on August 23. Jorge Loco has run two additional times, finishing 6th on the Colonial Downs dirt on June 26, and 4th on the Colonial Downs turf on July 26. He sold for $25,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to winner Fit for a Fight, who was a winner at 2 and on the turf. His dam, Heir to the Queen, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade I winner K. J.'s Appeal and Slew Valley, a grade II winner on the turf. Tuxedo is out of the winning mare Loon Lake. Loon Lake is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Auhh Man (El Corredor - Try N Sue by Sir Harry Lewis) has run twice on the dirt at Penn National, finishing 5th on August 14 and 7th on August 27. Try N Sue, dam of Auhh Man, was a stakes winner on the turf and dirt, and a winner at 2. She has produced 3 winners from 4 to run, 2 of which won on the turf.

The remaining entrants are unraced.

Forever Awesome (Awesome Again - Caprice Miss by Golden Missile) is the first foal out of the winning mare Caprice Miss. Caprice Miss is a half-sister to 2000 champion grass mare Perfect Sting.

Thunder Brew (Milwaukee Brew - Cindy Woo Who by Thunder Gulch) is the first foal out of the unraced mare Cindy Woo Who. Cindy Woo Who is a half-sister to 6 winners, including turf stakes winner Jeb's Wild.

Crystal Sea, dam of Icelus (Ecton Park - Crystal Sea by Sea Hero), was a stakes winner on the turf, who earned $367,108. Crystal Sea is a half-sister to 4 winners, and a full-sister to turf stakes winner Midwatch.

Returning Workers

September 7

Baby Afleet (colt; Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic) and Klea (filly; Afleet Alex - Del Rae by Formal Gold) both worked 4 furlongs on a muddy Churchill Downs track, Baby Afleet in :49.00, and Klea in in :49.20.

Backstretch (colt; Afleet Alex - Pleasant Point by Pleasant Colony) worked at Arlington Park, 4 furlongs in :53.60.

At Woodbine, New Year's Baby (filly; Afleet Alex - You Again by Wild Again) worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.60 on the dirt training track.

Quick Breeze (filly; Ghostzapper - Quick Temper by A. P. Indy) worked 4 furlongs in :51.20 on a sloppy Churchill Downs.

On the turf training track at Saratoga, Wicked Charm (filly; Ghostzapper - Belva by Theatrical (IRE)) went 4 furlongs in :48.74.

Kenneth's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Shortstop Sal by Ghazi) worked at the Churchill Downs Training Center, 4 furlongs in :50.00.

In the slop at Churchill, Wild Pearl (filly; Kitten's Joy - Modena Bay (NZ) by Volksraad (GB)) went 4 furlongs in :50.80.

Kerouac (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Coronation Cup by Chief's Crown) worked 4 furlongs in :48.69 at Belmont.

At Saratoga, Buddy's Saint (colt; Saint Liam - Tuzia by Blushing John) worked 6 furlongs in 1:15.62.

Elusive Saint (colt; Saint Liam - Adopted Daughter by Elusive Quality) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Woodbine.

At Monmouth, Girlsasaint (filly; Saint Liam - Honky Tonk Pat by High Yield) worked 4 furlongs in :50.40.

Imaginary Saint (filly; Saint Liam - Imaginary Cat by Storm Cat) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.42 at Belmont Park.

Sheltowee (colt; Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) worked 4 furlongs in :49.40 at Arlington Park.

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