Buddy's Saint Finishes First, But...

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Long Lashes (filly Rock Hard Ten - Border Dispute by Boundary) finished 8th in the group I Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile at Ascot. The winner was Hibaayeb, who was a maiden before her win today. Read more about the race here.

Pugaboo (Afleet Alex - Incircle Miss by Dayjur) was scratched from the 9th race at Delaware Park. The winner was Citrus Kid (Lemon Drop Kid - Orange Ice by Ginistrelli), who led from the start. Watch the Replay.

Buddy's Saint Finishes First, But...

Sensationalist (Trippi - Sensational Saint by Moon Prospector) was scratched. Global Force (Giant's Causeway - Debit Account by Mr. Prospector), the $1.2 million yearling, was favored. This was a nice looking bunch, including the 2 Saint Liams: Gaelic Will (Saint Liam - Golf Girl by Kingmambo) and Buddy's Saint (Saint Liam - Tuzia by Blushing John). Mawaaqef (Mr. Greeley - Khazayin by Bahri) was given a strong warm-up. Gaelic Will was a little stubborn at the gate. Buddy's Saint waited patiently for Galic Will to go in, so that he could take his place. Then, Ritual (Pulpit - Furlough by Easy Goer) protested. Global Force and Magic Lion (Lion Heart - Magic Melody by Gulch) broke quickest, but then Gaelic Will moved up the rail to get to the front. He dueled with Magic Lion, as Global Force dropped back. Buddy's Saint rallied on the outside. Global Force went with him. Those two separated themselves from the rest and battled to the end. At the wire, Buddy's Saint was in front by a head. But, there was a steward's inquiry into the stretch drive. It looked pretty mutual to me, but they were looking at it a long time. In the end, Buddy's Saint was disqualified and placed second. Despite the dq, he showed a lot of ability and hopefully won't be a maiden for long. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 26, 2009
Belmont Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Global Force $4.60
Buddy's Saint  
Magic Lion  

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Truth and Justice Runs Away from Maggi

Draw a Blank (Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) was scratched, as well as Wild Hare (Wild Zone - Rabbit by Clever Trick). Sorority winner Truth and Justice (Yes It's True - Sala de Oro by Expelled) was favored. Afleet Maggi (Afleet Alex - Mindset by Coronado's Quest) was 12-1. Truth and Justice went right to the lead, but a large group swarmed up to join her. When the dust settled, however, Truth and Justice was still in front. She set some pretty quick fractions up there (:21.43, :43.98), but kept on going. Greeley's Rocket (Mr. Greeley - Clay's Rocket by American Chance) rallied into second, but there was no catching Truth and Justice, who took the victory. Afleet Maggi made up some ground late to just miss 3rd by a nose. She certainly didn't show the speed that she had showed in her last start, but that might have been a good thing considering how fast Truth and Justice was going. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 26, 2009
Presque Isle Downs Race 8
Presque Isle Debutante Stakes

Truth and Justice $4.20
Greeley's Rocket  
Jonmil's Edge  

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Lots of Hoopla

Wildcat Gamble (Best of the Rest - Mensa Mom by Forest Wildcat) and Mr Postman (Orchard Park - Fire Queen by Fire Dancer) were scratched. Kijo (Kitten's Joy - Sunday Sport by Honour and Glory) was the big favorite. Nervous Marvin (Closing Argument - Mesmerizing by Touch Gold) was also getting plenty of attention at the windows. Hoopla (Trippi - Hi Avie by Lord Avie) made a good impression, although he had finished behind Kijo in his last start. Kijo moved away from his pony in the post parade, ready for action. Nervous Marvin was briefly on the lead on the break, but a mob went past him, and Kijo took the lead. Hoopla was his nearest pursuer. Hoopla moved to the front, and a resurgent Nervous Marvin joined him. Kijo dropped back. Hoopla pulled away from Nervous Marvin to get the win. Kijo ended up 4th. It was a strange race for Kijo, who seemed rushed early. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 26, 2009
Calder Race 3
Maiden Claiming

Hoopla $8.40
Nervous Marvin  
Smoking the Field  

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Imagine Victory Now

The public had trouble picking a favorite in this one. Cactus Cadillac (Cactus Ridge - Plum Country by Country Pine) was the slight choice at 3-1, but Cat Magic (Tale of the Cat - Royal Fair by Deputy Minister), All Star Heart (Arch - Gift of the Heart by Ascot Knight), and Bull Alley (Holy Bull - Klair Alley by Well Decorated) also garnered attention. Native Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Native Belle by Forestry) was a cool 24-1. I liked the look of Bull Alley, and she went to the lead early. All Star Heart, Creasting (Eddington - Offshore News by Boston Harbor), and Miss N. V. (Sky Mesa - Fairy West by Gone West) were all involved as well. Cactus Cadillac and Imagine Now (Tale of the Cat - My Ira by Whitesburg) both moved from off the pace and swept by the early leaders. Imagine Now outfinished Cactus Cadillac to win by a nose. Native Kitten stumbled, and was squeezed at the start. She passed a couple late to finish 9th. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 26, 2009
Turfway Park Race 15
Maiden Special Weight

Imagine Now $27.80
Cactus Cadillac  

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Spirit Flying will use Major Moves to Loveyouallthetime

September 27, 2009
Woodbine Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 1:28 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Major Moves
2. Styner
3. Loveyouallthetime
4. Grey Whizz
5. Spirit Flying
6. Dixie Trouper
7. Bear in Control

Spirit Flying (Ghostzapper - Adorned by Val de l'Orne (FR)) makes his first start at Woodbine, where he has been working. His most recent work was on September 20, when he went 5 furlongs in 1:01.00. Stakes winner Adorned, dam of Spirit Flying, earned $203,695 in 23 starts. Adorned has produced 5 winners, including stakes winners Archers Bay and Foregone, and grade III winner Nashinda. Three of Spirit Flying's siblings won at 2, and 2 were debut winners at 2, including Nashinda. Nashinda won 2 races at 2, including the My Dear Stakes. Overall, Nashinda earned $438,843 in 9 starts. Ghostzapper's 14 runners have made 26 total starts, recording 3 wins, 5 seconds, 4 thirds, and $151,937.

The only entrant with experience is Loveyouallthetime (Not For Love - Boldest of All by Bold Executive), who has run twice at Woodbine. He finished 2nd on August 6, and 3rd on August 28. A $75,000 yearling, he is the first foal out of stakes winner Boldest of All. Boldest of All was a stakes winner at 2, and earned $249,864 overall. Boldest of All is also a full-sister to one winner, and a half-sister to one winner.

Styner (Stephen Got Even - Bayou Mist by Silver Deputy) sold for $10,000 as a weanling, and $84,330 as a yearling. He is out of the winning mare Bayou Mist, who has produced stakes winner Selva. Selva was 3 for 3 at 2, including victories in the Sorority and the Glorious Song Stakes. Selva, who also won the Mardi Gras Stakes at 3, has earned $267,199 through 2009.

Selling for $54,350 as a 2-year old was Dixie Trouper (Dixieland Band - Toula by Bold Executive). Dixie Trouper is out of the mare Toula, who was a debut winner at 2. Toula is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade III winner Sweetest Thing.

Major Moves (Officer - Fairway Freedom by Langfuhr), who brought $45,000 as a yearling, is out of the unraced mare Fairway Freedom. Fairway Freedom is a half-sister to three winners, including stakes-placed Taianna.

Grey Whizz (Najran - Pearl E by En Tete) is out of the placed mare Pearl E. Pearl E. is a half- or full-sister to 7 winners, including stakes-placed winners Last Bid or Lust and Arracada.

Stakes winner Controlled, dam of Bear in Control (Stephen Got Even - Controlled by In Excess (IRE)), won 4 races as a 2-year old, including her debut and 3 stakes. She has produced stakes winner Controlled Meeting and grade II winner Bear Now.

Daddy Forty Nine is Never Better with a Grand Row

September 27, 2009
Arlington Race 2
Maiden Claiming ($30,000 - $25,000)

1 mile turf
2-year olds
Post Time: 2:27 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Airtight
2. Daddy Forty Nine
3. Cast a Cold Eye
4. Bogue Sound
5. Big Boy Billy
6. Max Me Out
7. Grand Row
8. Never Better
9. Da Mule

Daddy Forty Nine (Ghostzapper - Tuff Chick by Wild Again) makes his third start overall, and his first start on the turf in this Arlington contest. Daddy Forty debuted at Arlington on August 15, finishing 3rd on the Polytrack. He then tried the Turfway Polytrack on September 12, and finished 3rd there as well. Since then, he's worked 4 furlongs in :53.00 at Turfway on September 24. Daddy Forty Nine sold for $75,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes winner Tuff Chick, who was also stakes-placed on the turf. Tuff Chick was a winner on the turf at 2, and earned $385,683 overall. Tough Chick has produced the winner Macho Tough, who was a winner at 2. Ghostzapper's 14 runners have made 26 total starts, recording 3 wins, 5 seconds, 4 thirds, and $151,937.

The only first-timer in the field is Big Boy Billy (Cactus Ridge - Brenna Belle by Arch), who is out of the unplaced mare Brenna Belle. Brenna Belle is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Crafty Tricker.

Cast a Cold Eye (Teton Forest - Share a Moment by Pine Bluff) has run three times, finishing 2nd at Arlington on May 10, 2nd at Prairie Meadows on May 23, and 4th at Arlington on May 31. All of his races were at 4.5 furlongs. He is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Share a Moment. Share a Moment is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Fisher Pond and Bon Jovi Girl, and grade I turf winner Gio Ponti.

Bogue Sound (Crafty Shaw - Carolina Blue by Victory Gallop) has made two starts, both on the Arlington Polytrack. He was 4th on August 20 and 3rd on September 10. Bogue Sound is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Carolina Blue. Carolina Blue is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Call'er Incredible and Incredible Carson.

Grand Row (Grand Reward - Legdrive by Holy Bull), who is by freshman sire Grand Reward, has run three times on the Arlington Park Polytrack. He was 4th on July 12, 6th on July 26, and 7th on September 7. Grand Reward's 47 runners have made 102 total starts, recording 10 wins, 6 seconds, 9 thirds, and $299,233. Grand Row is out of the unraced mare Legdrive, who is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Never Better (During - Liege by Theatrical (IRE)) was 5th in his only start on the Presque Isle Tapeta on September 4. He is out of the winning mare Liege, who has produced the winner Petit Four. Liege is a half-sister to 6 winners.

Max Me Out (Max's Pal - Tambien Me Voy by Orono) has also run once, finishing 6th at Hoosier Park on August 20. He is out of stakes winner Tambien Me Voy. Tambien Me Voy was a winner at 2 on the turf, and stakes-placed on the turf that season. Tambien Me Voy has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes-placed Funky Pirate. One of Max Me Out's siblings won at 2 and another won on the turf.

Airtight (Smarty Jones - Gammon by Crafty Prospector) made his first and only start on September 13 on the Arlington Polytrack, finishing 7th. He sold for $110,000 as a weanling, and is the first foal out of the turf winning mare Gammon. Gammon is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Sweet Relish, and Wherethewestbegins, who was grade III stakes-placed on the turf.

Da Mule (Grindstone - Dancin Emi by Summer Squall) finished 10th on August 14 at Arlington Park in his only start. He is out of the winning mare Dancin Emi. Dancin Emi has produced 2 winners, including one turf winner.

New Workers

September 26

Ghost Ride (colt; Ghostzapper - Victory Ride by Seeking the Gold) went 3 furlongs in :39.60 at Hollywood Park. Ghost Ride sold for $925,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade I winner Victory Ride, who has produced grade II stakes-placed Magical Ride and one other winner.

Also working 3 furlongs in :39.60 at Hollywood Park was Ghostbustin' (colt; Ghostzapper - Shebelongstoyou by Belong to Me). Both colts are owned by Southern Equine Stables. Ghostbustin' brought $100,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of sw Shebelongstoyou, who earned $204,140.

Do What U Dare (colt; Kitten's Joy - Steaming Home by Salt Lake) went 3 furlongs in :36.80 at Santa Anita Park. Do What U Dare brought $125,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes winner Steaming Home. Steaming Home has produced the winner No Speed Limit.

Returning Workers

September 26

Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) went 6 furlongs in 1:14.60 on a sloppy track at Churchill.

Zapster (colt; Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song) worked 4 furlongs in :51.32 on the training track at Saratoga.

At Fairmount Park, Joyful Friend (colt; Kitten's Joy - Somethingtreasured by Charismatic) went 3 furlongs in :38.60.

Nine Lifes (filly; Kitten's Joy - Silver Captive by Red Ransom) worked 3 furlongs in :36.80 at the Nelson Jones Farms and Training Center.

Out of Print (colt; Kitten's Joy - Lettertotheeditor by Editor's Note) went 3 furlongs in :36.20 at Penn National.

Krypton (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Freedom Reigns by Unbridled's Song) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 on the training track at Saratoga. It was the fastest of 16 works at the distance.

At Keeneland, Lyrique (filly; Rock Hard Ten - America America by Mister Baileys (GB)) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.00.

At Churchill, New Madrid (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)) went 4 furlongs in :49.40.

Angels in Arms (filly; Saint Liam - Mayfield by Exploit) worked 4 furlongs in :48.60 at Delaware Park.

Courtesy Title (colt; Saint Liam - Ling by Fusaichi Pegasus) worked at Belmont, 4 furlongs in :49.88.

Also at Delaware Park, Mets Magic (filly; Saint Liam - Mescalina by Smarten) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20.

At Arlington, Sheltowee (colt; Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.

At Monmouth, Fox Hunt (filly; Saint Liam - Zorra by Silent Fox) went 4 furlongs in :51.60.

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