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A Crushing Roman Invasion

The race came off the turf and was run on the fast main track. This led to the scratching of Bourbon Barrel (Purge - Cool Dixie by Dixieland Band) and Raven's Choice (Dance With Ravens - Millashand by Regal Intention). On the other hand, MTO Spangled Star (Distorted Humor - Spangled by Kris S.) got to run. Roman Invasion (Roman Ruler - Princess V. by Memo (CHI)) was favored, but Furious Run (Rock Hard Ten - One Dream Cat by Storm Cat) was given a good chance at 5-2. Roman Invasion went right to the lead. He was getting out a little on the first turn, but was put back on the right track. Thunder Brew (Milwaukee Brew - Cindy Woo Who by Thunder Gulch) was his closest pursuer, while Furious Run was in a good spot on the rail in third. Roman Invasion put up some fairly soft fractions (:23.59, :48.45, 1:13.65), and then pulled free in the stretch. He poured it on late, winning by better than 10 lengths, to become the 17th winner for Roman Ruler. Bach (Medaglia d'Oro - Miss Indy Anna by Apalachee) and Parthian (Giant's Causeway - Inny River by Seattle Slew) ran some late to finish 2nd and 3rd, while Furious Run tired to 4th. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 29, 2009
Delaware Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Roman Invasion $4.80
$4.00
$3.00
Bach  
$7.20
$6.20
Parthian  
$4.80

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Havre de Grace has a Pleasant Fever to be Trulyagoodact

September 30, 2009
Delaware Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile and 70 yards turf
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:03 PM ET

P Horse
MTO Havre de Grace
2. Trulyagoodact
3. Veil of Tears
4. Martita Sangrita
MTO Pleasant Fever
6. Bessie Dahlhammer
7. Lil Indy
8. Itsagiantcauseway
9. Paisanita

Havre de Grace (Saint Liam - Easter Bunnette by Carson City) is an MTO entry for this one, scheduled for 1 mile and 70 yards on the Delaware turf. But, it's been awhile since they have run on the turf at Delaware Park, so there is hope that she'll get in. She made her only start on August 24 at Delaware Park, finishing 3rd in a mile race. Since then, she's worked a couple of times, including 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 on September 25 at Delaware. A $380,000 yearling, Havre de Grace is out of the winning mare Easter Bunnette. Easter Bunnette is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade III stakes-placed winners The Bink and Devil's Egg. Saint Liam's 32 runners have made 61 combined starts, recording 6 wins, 5 seconds, 7 thirds, and $194,539.

Also on the MTO list is unraced Pleasant Fever (Pleasant Tap - National Fever by Deputy Minister). She is a half-sister to two winners. Her dam, National Fever, is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Roaring Fever, grade III winner Stormin Fever, and grade I winner Raging Fever.

Paisanita (Forestry - Sue's Last Dance by Forty Niner) finished 2nd in her only start, running 5.5 furlongs on the Laurel turf on September 16. She is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade I winner Island Sand. All 6 of her winning siblings won at 2.

Bessie Dahlhammer (Tomorrows Cat - Spectaculaireontap by Signal Tap) has made 4 starts, including one turf start. Her best finish came in her most recent outing, when she was 3rd at Timonium on September 6. Her turf start came on July 11 at Colonial Downs, where she was 5th. She is out of Spectaculaireontap, who was a winner and stakes-placed on the turf, while winning $177,165 overall. Spectaculaireontap has produced the winner Hit Or Miss.

Another with turf experience is Veil of Tears (Distorted Humor - Safe Haven by A. P. Indy), who was 5th in her only start, at 1 1/16 miles on the Saratoga turf on September 25. She is the first foal out of the winning mare Safe Haven. Safe Haven did not run at 2, but she did win her 3-year old debut. Safe Haven is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Finishing 6th in her only start was Martita Sangrita (Johar - Kschessinka by Nureyev), who ran on the dirt at Saratoga on August 30. She is the first foal out of the winning mare Kschessinka. Kschessinka is a half-sister to 3 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Doppio.

Lil Indy (Anasheed - Cresta Lil by Cresta Rider) was 8th at a mile on August 19 at Delaware, her only start. She is out of Cresta Lil, who won 4 races at 2, including 2 stakes races on the turf. Cresta Lil has produced 8 winners, including stakes winners Our Best Man and Flat Out. Our Best Man was also stakes-placed on the turf. Our Best Man was a winner on the turf, and Flat Out won at 2.

Completing the field are unraced fillies Trulyagoodact (Act of Duty - Truly the Best by Sword Dance (IRE)) and Itsagiantcauseway (Giant's Causeway - Countervail by Seeking the Gold). Trulyagoodact is by first-crop sire Act of Duty, whose 23 runners have made 62 total starts, recording 6 wins, 5 seconds, 7 thirds, and $144,939. Trulyagoodact is a half-sister to P. Vee's Thunder, a winner at 2. Their dam, Truly the Best, is a half-sister to 4 winners, and a full-sister to 4 winners, including turf stakes winner Demi's Bret and grade II winner Blazing Sword, who was also grade I stakes-placed on the turf. Itsagiantcauseway, who sold for $80,000 as a 2-year old, is the first foal out of the turf-placed mare Countervail. Countervail is a half-sister to 10 winners, including stakes winner Alternate and grade I winner Peaks and Valleys.

Take a Hard Look at Saintly Seoul

September 30, 2009
Oak Tree at Santa Anita Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile turf
2-year olds
Post Time: 6:38 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Quietly Waiting
2. Beau Maverick
3. Summer Movie
4. Worth a Punt
5. Rapid Heat
6. Windwalker
7. Erbeia
8. Guiltbyassociation
9. Recap
10. Ironmann
11. Saintly Seoul
12. Royal F J
AE Take a Hard Look

Saintly Seoul (Saint Liam - Seoul by Deputy Minister) is in the main body of the race, and Take a Hard Look (Rock Hard Ten - Arjunand by Diesis (GB)) is on the AE list for this mile turf contest.

Saintly Seoul finished 9th at Del Mar on August 29 in his only start. Since then, he's worked several times, including two works on the dirt training track at Santa Anita. Most recently, he went 5 furlongs in 1:02.00 on September 23. He is out of the winning mare Seoul. Seoul is the dam of 3 winners, including grade II turf winner Rush Bay. Rush Bay was a winner at 2, and earned $742,847 in his 18 race career. Saint Liam's 32 runners have made 61 combined starts, recording 6 wins, 5 seconds, 7 thirds, and $194,539.

Take a Hard Look also ran at Del Mar in his first start, finishing 8th at a mile on September 5. His most recent work was on September 27, when he went 3 furlongs in :35.80 at Santa Anita. Take a Hard Look sold for $130,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 5 winners, including stakes winners Dynamist and Dyna's Destiny. Two of Take a Hard Look's siblings won at 2. His dam, Arjunand, is a half-sister to stakes winner Binalong, and a full-sister to stakes winner Songlines. Rock Hard Ten's 17 runners have made 34 combined starts, recording 3 wins, 4 seconds, 2 thirds, and $185,389.

Summer Movie (Holy Bull - Crazy Summer Fling by Summer Squall) finished 7th, in front of Saintly Seoul, on August 29 at Del Mar. He sold for $37,000 as a weanling, $75,000 as a yearling, and $120,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of the turf winning mare Crazy Summer Fling. Crazy Summer Fling is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Crazy Deputy (Strangely enough, Crazy Summer Fling actually has two siblings called Crazy Deputy. The stakes-placed Crazy Deputy is a horse born in 1999. There is also an Australian-bred Crazy Deputy who was born in 2005. That one is a filly.)

Erbeia (Pulpit - Corrazona by El Gran Senor) ran against Take a Hard Look on September 5 at Del Mar, finishing 3rd. Previously, he was 8th at Del Mar on August 15. Grade I turf winner Corrazona, dam of Erbeia, earned $518,218 in her career. She was also 2 for 2 on the turf at 2. Corrazona has produced 5 winners, including turf stakes-placed Seeking the Heart, turf stakes winner Slow Down and grade III winner Olmodavor. Olmodavor is by A. P Indy, grandsire of Erbeia. Olmodavor earned $706,540 in three years of racing.

Worth a Punt (Mutakddim - Finally (AUS) by Snaadee) and Beau Maverick (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Chetak (IRE) by Halling) met at a mile on the Del Mar turf on August 28, with Worth a Punt finishing 4th and Beau Maverick 7th. Worth a Punt previously finished 6th at Del Mar on August 1, and 4th at Hollywood Park on July 5. Worth a Punt sold for $19,000 as a yearling, and is out of turf stakes winner Finally. Finally has produced 2 winners, one of which won on the turf. Beau Maverick is by first-crop sire Leroidesanimaux, whose 13 runners have made 28 total starts, recording 3 wins, 3 seconds, 6 thirds, and $103,593. Beau Maverick is the first foal out of the turf winner Chetak. Chetak is a full-sister to An Tadh, a group III winner on the turf.

Ironmann (Serazzo - Prized Package by Zinov) finished 2nd in his debut, at 7.5 furlongs on the Lone Star turf. He then ran in the Bart Heller Stakes at Golden Gate on September 12, finishing 6th. He is out of stakes winner Prized Package, who earned $174,670 in her career. Prized Package has produced 6 winners, including 2 that won at 2.

Rapid Heat (Unusual Heat - Chairwoman by Corporate Report) finished 3rd in his only start, a 6 furlong race on the Del Mar Polytrack on August 20. He sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Chairwoman. Chairwoman has produced 4 winners, all full-siblings to Rapid Heat. Rapid Heat's siblings include stakes winner Mr. Chairman, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Two of Rapid Heat's siblings won on the turf.

Windwalker (Dixie Union - Spotlight Dance by Miswaki) finished 6th in his first and only start, on September 7 at Del Mar. He is a half-brother to 3 winners, including turf stakes winner Playapart. Playapart was a winner on the turf at 2. Windwalker's dam, Spotlight Dance, is a half-sister to 5 winners, including turf stakes winner Left Court, and grade I winners Sewickley and Shared Interest.

Royal F J (Royal Academy - Perpetual Motion by Kingmambo) also finished 6th first time out, running 5.5 furlongs at Del Mar on August 22. He sold for $110,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to Missile Gold, who was a winner at 2. Royal F J's dam, Perpetual Motion, is a half-sister to turf stakes winner Eternity Range, turf grade III winner Eternal Reve, and Eternity Star, a grade I winner on the turf.

Finishing 7th in his only start was Guiltbyassociation (Birdstone - Gracinha by Siphon (BRZ)), who ran at Del Mar on August 1. He brought $35,000 as a weanling, and $105,000 as a yearling. Guiltbyassociation is out of the unplaced mare Gracinha, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Coco Belle. Coco Belle is also stakes-placed on the turf.

Quietly Waiting (Quiet American - Lady in Waiting by Woodman) finished 11th in his only race, running 6.5 furlongs at Del Mar on August 15. He sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and $80,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of Lady in Waiting, who was stakes-placed on the turf and dirt. Lady in Waiting has produced 5 winners, including grade III winner Kid Grindstone, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Lady in Waiting is a daughter of champion Princess Rooney. Three of Quietly Waiting's siblings won at 2, and 4 won on the turf.

Completing the field is unraced Recap (Storm Cat - Tranquility Lake by Rahy), who is a full-brother to After Market, a multiple-grade I winner on the turf who earned $903,685. Recap is also a full-brother to grade II winner Jalil and grade II turf winner Courageous Cat. Recap's dam, Tranquility Lake, was a multiple-grade I winner on the turf who earned $1,662,390.

Elusive Saint has a Vicar's Vision to Settle the Score

September 30, 2009
Woodbine Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($25,000)
5 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 6:45 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Icy Humour
2. Beau Brummie
3. Elusive Saint
4. Wack a Troll
5. Molinaro Comparo
6. Vicar's Vision
7. Settle the Score
8. Blind Respect
9. Heavy Steve

Elusive Saint (Saint Liam - Adopted Daughter by Elusive Quality) debuts at 5 furlongs at Woodbine. He most recently worked on September 21, going 3 furlongs in :37.80 at Woodbine. Elusive Saint is the first foal out of stakes winner Adopted Daughter, who was 2 for 2 at 2, and who earned $255,850 overall. Adopted Daughter is a half-sister to three winners, including stakes-placed Harts Gap. Saint Liam's 32 runners have made 61 combined starts, recording 6 wins, 5 seconds, 7 thirds, and $194,539.

Wack a Troll (Roaring Fever - Wacky Miss by Miswaki) and Icy Humour (Sambuca On Ice - Miss Costello by Cobra King) met in a 5 furlong race at Fort Erie on July 26. Wack a Troll finished 2nd, and Icy Humour was 7th. Wack a Troll has made 3 additional starts, finishing 4th on August 11, 2nd on August 31, and 3rd on September 11. Those races were all at Finger Lakes. Wack a Troll is a half-brother to 3 winners, one of which won at 2. His dam, Wacky Miss, is a half-sister to 8 winners. Icy Humour made his only other start at Woodbine on September 6, where he finished 9th. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Miss Costello, who was a winner at 2, and who earned $177,284 overall. Miss Costello is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Abbott Hall.

Blind Respect (February Storm - Ritta by Rizzi) has run three times, all at Woodbine. He was 7th on July 2, 4th on July 31, and 4th on September 10. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Ritta, who earned $139,313. Ritta is a half-sister to 2 winners, and a full-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Rich Celebration.

The last one with experience is Heavy Steve (Delaware Township - Spirit of Flag by Foreign Survivor), who was 6th in his only start on September 11 at Woodbine. He is out of stakes winner Spirit of Flag. Spirit of Flag is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Settle the Score (Even the Score - Glorious Honour by Honour and Glory) sold for $16,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes-placed Glorious Honour, who was a debut winner at 2. Glorious Honour has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, 2 of which won at 2.

Beau Brummie (Parisianprospector - Princess Mikela by Regal Intention) is out of the winning mare Princess Mikela, who is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Nikey Missile.

Closing Remarks, dam of Molinaro Comparo (Compadre - Closing Remarks by Ascot Knight), was a debut winner at 2. She is a half-sister to 4 winners, and a full-sister to 1 winner.

Vicar's Vision (Vicar - Allie North by Northern Baby) is out of the winning mare Allie North, who has produced 3 winners. Allie North is also a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Key Echo.

Self Reliance will go through Clean Mud for Street Success

September 30, 2009
Penn National Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 7:09 PM ET

P Horse
1. Venus Starfire
2. Street Success
3. Toot Z Roll
4. Congressionalaffair
5. My McKenzie
6. Red Bandera
7. Self Reliance
8. Clean Mud
9. Gin and Soto
10. Bellflower

Self Reliance (Afleet Alex - Grace Avenue by Metfield), who finished 2nd in her only start on July 12 at Presque Isle Downs, makes her second start, this time at Penn National. She has been working at Penn National for the past month, including 4 furlongs in :49.60 on September 24. Self Reliance is out of the winning mare Grace Avenue, who was a winner at 2. Grace Avenue has produced 2 winners, both of which won at 2. Afleet Alex has had 39 starters which have made 95 total starts, registering 9 wins, 16 seconds, 9 thirds, and $512,277.

Bellflower (Cherokee Run - Princess Par by Chief's Crown) was 2nd in her only start, at 6 furlongs on a sloppy track at Penn National on August 29. She is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Crown Prince.

Street Success (Street Cry (IRE) - Lucky Mistress by Best of Luck) has also run once, finishing 4th at Belmont on September 13. A $32,000 2-year old, Street Success is the first foal out of the unraced mare Lucky Mistress. Lucky Mistress is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Rosencrans.

Finishing 6th in her only start was Venus Starfire (Indian Ocean - Starbrow by End Sweep), who ran 5 furlongs at Penn National on July 24. First-crop sire Indian Ocean, sire of Venus Starfire, has sired 23 runners which have run 61 total times, recording 11 wins, 9 seconds, 7 thirds, and $251,045. Venus Starfire is out of the winning mare Starbrow, who has produced the winner Cove Star. Starbrow is also a half- or full-sister to 6 winners.

Clean Mud (Full Mandate - Mudalloverme by Open Forum) has run twice, finishing 11th on the Colonial Downs turf on July 25, and 7th at Penn National on August 15. Clean Mud is the first foal out of the placed mare Mudalloverme. Mudalloverme is a full-sister to one winner, and a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Frisco Star.

The remaining fillies are unraced, including My McKenzie (Dixie Union - Nicarola Catrola by Deputy Minister), who sold for $40,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of the unraced mare Nicarola Catrola. Nicarola Catrola is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Gin and Soto (Soto - Gin and Jazz by Taylor's Falls) sold for $6,200 as a yearling, and $30,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of the winning mare Gin and Jazz, who was a debut winner at 2. Gin and Jazz has produced 4 winners from 4 to run. Two of Gin an Soto's siblings won at 2.

Toot Z Roll (Catienus - Crafty Spender by Crafty Prospector) is out of the winning mare Crafty Spender. Crafty Spender has produced 2 winners. She is also a half-sister to 6 winners.

Stakes winner Jolie's Julia, dam of Red Bandera (Lion Hearted - Jolie's Julia by West by West), won 2 races at 2, including one stakes. She has produced the winner Braulio.

Returning Workers

September 26

Cuqui's Love (filly; Afleet Alex - Chilukki Cat by Storm Cat) went 4 furlongs in :50.40 at Camarero.

Also at Camarero, Yala Yala Bull (colt; Saint Liam - Maltese Indy by A. P. Indy) went 4 furlongs in :50.00.

September 29

Holiday Buzz (colt; Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) went 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 at Arlington.

Klea (filly; Afleet Alex - Del Rae by Formal Gold) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 at Churchill Downs.

Also at Churchill, Lady Laurie Snow (filly; Afleet Alex - Roused by Saint Ballado) went 5 furlongs in 1:05.60.

Magic Bullet (colt; Afleet Alex - Magical Mood (GB) by Forestry) went 5 furlongs in 1:03.80 at Churchill.

At Philadelphia Park, Comical (colt; Ghostzapper - Abby Girl by Meadowlake) went 4 furlongs in :48.38.

Working 5 furlongs from the gate at Churchill was Spicer (colt; Ghostzapper - Allspice by Coronado's Quest), who went in 1:03.80.

Trinity Run (colt; Ghostzapper - Lake Windermere by Fit to Fight) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.00 on a muddy Delaware Park track.

Foot Fault (colt; Kitten's Joy - Lovely Cozzene by Cozzene) worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.40 at Churchill.

At Arlington Park, Looks Purrrfect (colt; Kitten's Joy - On Broadway by Rubiano) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.80.

Wild Pearl (filly; Kitten's Joy - Modena Bay (NZ) by Volksraad (GB)) went 5 furlongs in 1:06.60 at Churchill.

At Hollywood Park, Hard Way Ten (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Youcan'ttakeme by He's Tops) went 3 furlongs in :37.40.

Roulette Winner (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Clever Monique by Clever Trick) went 5 furlongs in 1:05.04 at Belmont.

Marvelous Monkey (filly; Saint Liam - Liberty Flag by Kingmambo) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at the Mercury Equine Center.

At Laurel, Trappist Monk (colt; Saint Liam - Merengue by Broad Brush) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.80.

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