Winning with Grace

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The race was transferred from the turf to the fast main track, so MTO Havre de Grace (Saint Liam - Easter Bunnette by Carson City) made it into the gate. The other MTO, Pleasant Fever (Pleasant Tap - National Fever by Deputy Minister), also ran. Bessie Dahlhammer (Tomorrows Cat - Spectaculaireontap by Signal Tap), Lil Indy (Anasheed - Cresta Lil by Cresta Rider), Martita Sangrita (Johar - Kschessinka by Nureyev), and Trulyagoodact (Act of Duty - Truly the Best by Sword Dance (IRE)) were scratched. Havre de Grace was the big favorite, going off at less than even money. Veil of Tears (Distorted Humor - Safe Haven by A. P. Indy) reared and broke through the starting gate, unseating Anna Napravnik. But, Veil of Tears was quickly apprehended and everyone was ok. Veil of Tears broke on top, but was overtaken quickly by Paisanita (Forestry - Sue's Last Dance by Forty Niner). Havre de Grace walked out of the gate, and trailed the field. Pleasant Fever went up to put some pressure on the leader, and Havre de Grace began to move. After 6 furlongs, Havre de Grace was up with the leaders, and she cruised on by, winning with ease. She is winner number 6 for Saint Liam. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 30, 2009
Delaware Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Havre de Grace $3.80
Pleasant Fever  

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Summer Movie Outplays Saintly Seoul

Everyone ran in the main body of the race, so AE Take a Hard Look (Rock Hard Ten - Arjunand by Diesis (GB)) was left on the sidelines. The bettors had trouble deciding between debuter Recap (Storm Cat - Tranquility Lake by Rahy), full-brother to After Market, and Erbeia (Pulpit - Corrazona by El Gran Senor). Everybody else was a nice price. Saintly Seoul (Saint Liam - Seoul by Deputy Minister) was 52-1, but he looked good in the warm-up. I also liked the look of Beau Maverick (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Chetak (IRE) by Halling). Recap was getting a little warm before the race. Royal F J (Royal Academy - Perpetual Motion by Kingmambo) was fussing as they loaded. Beau Maverick went to the lead, pursued by Summer Movie (Holy Bull - Crazy Summer Fling by Summer Squall). Also up close were Royal F J, Windwalker (Dixie Union - Spotlight Dance by Miswaki), and Saintly Seoul. Recap was at the back, rank. Erbeia was also near the back. Beau Maverick began retreating after three-quarters, as Summer Movie and Royal F J dueled. These two battled to the wire, with the outcome decided by the bob of Summer Movie's head. Three or so lengths back, there was a five-horse photo for show, which Saintly Seoul captured. Erbeia ended up 9th, and Recap finished 11th, defeating only early pacesetter Beau Maverick.

Result: September 30, 2009
Oak Tree at Santa Anita Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Summer Movie $27.80
Royal F J  
Saintly Seoul  

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Heavy Steve Settles the Score Against Elusive Saint

Settle the Score (Even the Score - Glorious Honour by Honour and Glory) was favored, but Heavy Steve (Delaware Township - Spirit of Flag by Foreign Survivor) received plenty of attention as well. Elusive Saint (Saint Liam - Adopted Daughter by Elusive Quality) was a respectable 5-1. Icy Humour (Sambuca On Ice - Miss Costello by Cobra King) went for the lead from his rail spot, but he couldn't hold off Heavy Steve, who assumed command. Wack a Troll (Roaring Fever - Wacky Miss by Miswaki) was close-up as well. Settle the Score made a run at Heavy Steve, but the latter horse prevailed by a comfortable margin. Everybody's favorite Wack a Troll ran fairly evenly to take third. Elusive Saint made up some ground late to finish 5th.

Result: September 30, 2009
Woodbine Race 1
Maiden Claiming

Heavy Steve $6.70
Settle the Score  
Wack a Troll  

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Bellflower Shows Self Reliance

Street Success (Street Cry (IRE) - Lucky Mistress by Best of Luck) took the early money, but Bellflower (Cherokee Run - Princess Par by Chief's Crown) was the overwhelming favorite when the gates opened. My McKenzie (Dixie Union - Nicarola Catrola by Deputy Minister) was kicking up her heels in the paddock. Self Reliance (Afleet Alex - Grace Avenue by Metfield) looked good out on the track. Congresionalaffair (Congressnalhonor - Sultry Rendevous by Sultry Song) and My McKenzie battled for the early lead. Bellflower was stalking these two. She made her move in the stretch and zipped past the pacesetters. Putting in a nice late move was Gin and Soto (Soto - Gin and Jazz by Taylor's Falls), who significantly reduced the winning margin, but did not seriously threaten Bellflower's victory. Self Reliance passed a few late to finish 7th. Watch the Replay.

Result: September 30, 2009
Penn National Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Bellflower $3.80
Gin and Soto  

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Lady Apple has Perserverance to be Up Up Away

October 1, 2009
Belmont Park Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
New York-breds
Post Time: 3:08 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Silver Tax
2. Freud's Notebook
3. Perserverance
4. Stellaluce
5. Downtown Hottie
6. Lady Apple
7. Sweethearts Kiss
8. Too Critical
9. My Sire's Fire
10. Karakorum Jete
11. Up Up Away

Lady Apple (Saint Liam - Shot Gun Favorite by Eltish) faces fellow-New Yorkers in her debut at Belmont Park. She has been working in New York for some time, including 4 furlongs in :49.83 on September 28 at Belmont. She sold for $20,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes winner Shot Gun Favorite. Shot Gun Favorite was placed in 2 starts at 2, and earned $202,126 in her career. She has produced the winner Shot Gun Gal. Shot Gun Favorite is also a half- or full-sister to 8 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Shotgun Fire. Saint Liam's 33 runners have made 64 total starts, recording 7 wins, 5 seconds, 8 thirds, and $228,898.

Freud's Notebook (Freud - Halo's Notebook by Notebook) was 3rd in her debut at Belmont Park on July 22, and then finished 2nd at Saratoga on August 12. She is out of the mare Halo's Notebook, who won her only race as a 2-year old. Halo's Notebook has produced 1 winner from 2 to run. Halo's Notebook is also a half-sister to 2 winners.

Stellaluce (Cuvee - Wigwam by Iron Courage) has also run twice, both times at Saratoga. She was 2nd on August 30, and 4th on September 9. A $77,000 weanling, she is out of the winning mare Wigwam. Wigwam was a winner at 2, and has produced 5 winners from 6 to run. One of Stellaluce's siblings won at 2.

Perserverance (Bwana Charlie - Irish Emotion by Precise End), who is by first-crop sire Bwana Charlie, finished 4th in her only start, on a sloppy Belmont track on June 11. Bwana Charlie's 19 runners have made 50 total starts, recording 6 wins, 6 seconds, 5 thirds, and $164,761. Perserverance is the first foal out of the winning mare Irish Emotion. Irish Emotion is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Tamberino.

The last one with experience is Too Critical (Forest Camp - Critical Chant by War Chant), who was 10th in her one and only start, on September 4 at Saratoga. She is the first foal out of the winning mare Critical Chant. Critical Chant is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade I winner Critical Eye.

Karakorum Jete (Dance With Ravens - Culet by A. P Jet) is by first-crop sire Dance With Ravens, whose 21 runners have made 42 total starts, recording 4 wins, 4 seconds, 2 thirds, and $108,141. Karakorum is the first foal out of the winning mare Culet. Culet is a full- or half-sister to 9 winners, including grade III winner Christmas Friend.

Silver Tax (Artax - Crafty Move by Silver Deputy) and Sweethearts Kiss (Artax - Valentine Kisses by Candy Stripes) are both by Artax. Silver Tax is the first foal out of the winning mare Crafty Move. Crafty Move is a half-sister to 4 winners. Sweethearts Kiss is a half-sister to the winner Dreaming Forever. Their dam, Valentine Kisses, is half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Doctor Cat.

Downtown Hottie (City Zip - Ms Global Warming by Sultry Song) is a half-sister to the winner Warm Country, who was a winner at 2. Their dam, Ms Global Warning, is a half-sister to 2 winners.

My Sire's Fire (Hook and Ladder - Perfect Design by Marquetry) is out of the winning mare Perfect Design, who was a winner at 2. Perfect Design is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Lip Sing's Affair, and a full-sister to stakes-placed winner Amature Night.

Up Up Away (Wheelaway - Tweezer by Farma Way) is the first foal out of the unraced mare Tweezer. Tweezer is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner My Mogul.

Returning Workers

September 29

Ahh (filly; Saint Liam - Ministrada by Deputy Minister) worked 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Churchill Downs.

September 30

At Philadelphia Park, Afleet Again (colt; Afleet Alex - Lucky Again by Wild Again) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.00.

At Belmont Park, Afleet Alan (colt; Afleet Alex - Madrone by Doneraile Court) went 4 furlongs in :49.67.

Afleet Jane (filly; Afleet Alex - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake) worked from the gate at Delaware Park, going 4 furlongs in :48.40.

Harissa (filly; Afleet Alex - Dynasty by Time for a Change) worked 4 furlongs in :49.20 at Santa Anita.

At Keeneland, Mountain Justice (colt; Afleet Alex - Just Fun by Dehere) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.

Bird Zapper (colt; Ghostzapper - Bird Town by Cape Town) worked at Belmont, 4 furlongs in :50.62.

At Delaware, Golden Ghost (colt; Ghostzapper - Mandy's Gold by Gilded Time) went 4 furlongs in :48.20.

I'm Surprised (filly; Ghostzapper - Wolfer by Wolf Power (SAF)) worked at Keeneland, 4 furlongs in :52.00.

In This Life (filly; Ghostzapper - Spy Novel by Broad Brush) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.14 at Belmont.

Also at Belmont, La Cloche (filly; Ghostzapper - Memories of Silver by Silver Hawk) went 4 furlongs in :50.14.

Seeking the Ghost (filly; Ghostzapper - Questress by Seeking the Gold) worked 4 furlongs in :49.46 at Belmont.

Working 4 furlongs in :48.80 on the turf at Santa Anita was grade III stakes-placed Becky's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene). Hmmm.... do I smell Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in his future?

At Woodbine, Cindy's Joy (filly; Kitten's Joy - Cindy Jean by Rubiano) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.60.

King Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Santo Mio by Southern Halo) went 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Churchill.

Shrimp Dancer (colt; Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold) worked at Belmont, 4 furlongs in :48.94.

At Churchill, Two Joys (filly; Kitten's Joy - Emily's Joy by Mr. Greeley) went 5 furlongs in 1:03.40.

Colonel Mustard (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Wave On by Caveat) went 4 furlongs in :51.20 at Hollywood Park.

Zori's Eye (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Congratulations by Mercedes Won) worked at Churchill, 4 furlongs in :51.40.

The Mailet (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Emerging Glory by Smarten) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.32 at Belmont.

At Hollywood Park, Utopian (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Storm Alert by Storm Cat) went 4 furlongs in :50.40.

I Am Indy (colt; Saint Liam - Teenage Temper by A. P. Indy) went 4 furlongs in :50.40 at Churchill Downs.

At Philadelphia Park, Liam's Dream (filly; Saint Liam - Danzig's Dreamer by Rubiano) went 4 furlongs in :48.96.

Metallic Mist (colt; Saint Liam - Wear by Arch) worked 4 furlongs in :49.40 at Albuquerque.

At Monmouth, Saint Amore (filly; Saint Liam - Amaretta by Woodman) went 7 furlongs in 1:32.40.

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