Bear's Hard Ten (Rock Hard Ten - Playforme by Gone West) and his entrymate Bear's a Winnah (Tapit - Lyd's a Winnah by Outflanker) were favored at 2-1. Powermouse (Kitten's Joy - Spent Gold by Unaccounted For) got little respect at 39-1. Bear's Hard Ten broke well, but Kirkland Lake (Pioneering - Miss Nureyev by Nureyev) took the early lead. Also up close were Giant's Tomb (Awesome Again - Song of the Wild by Gone West) and Devilwood (Devil His Due - Glory's Story by Defensive Play). Powermouse settled at the back. Bear's Hard Ten moved even with Kirkland Lake on the turn, and then powered on by. Big Time (Kafwain - Northglen by St. Jovite) put in a run, but Bear's Hard Ten was gone. Closing a lot ground late was Powermouse, who took third. Bear's Hard Ten has a huge stride, looks like he'll run all day. The seven furlongs didn't seem to take much out of him. Bear's Hard Ten is the third winner for Rock Hard Ten, and I've yet to see one of them live. However, I have seen most all of the losing efforts. Therefore, I think it might be my fault he doesn't have more winners. Watch the Replay.
Result: October 2, 2009
Woodbine Race 8
Maiden Special Weight
|Bear's Hard Ten
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Senor Rutledge Knows the Way by Itineris
Jack o' Roses (Domestic Dispute - Raffle by Polish Numbers) was scratched. Itineris (Afleet Alex - Kafaf by Zilzal) was the heavy favorite, going off at less than even money. Itsalladream (Hennessy - Dream Profit by Deputy Minister) looked good in the paddock, while Chief Silverhills (Eurosilver - Perfectly Awesome by Awesome Again) was a little anxious. Senor Rutledge (Johannesburg - Indy Ama by A. P. Indy) looked ready. Chief Silverhills was given a strong warm-up. There was a scramble for the lead as the gates opened. Theseus (Holy Bull - Bluff's Dividend by Sunny Clime) grabbed it, but he was soon overtaken by longshot D K's Wildcat (D'wildcat - Free Prospect by Fortunate Prospect). D K's Wildcat built up a sizable lead into the stretch, but he began lugging out, and the pack was catching up. Senor Rutledge was moving best, and he overtook D K's Wildcat for the victory. Surprisingly, D K's Wildcat held on for second. There were three in the photo for third, which Lucky Ten (Tenpins - Lucky Date by Pleasant Tap) took. Itineris was fourth. I think the fractions were a little slow for Itineris. He seems to need some pace to run at. Watch the Replay.
Result: October 2, 2009
Charles Town Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
|D K's Wildcat
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Other 2-year old Result
Battle Royal (gelding; Saint Liam - Queen Marge by Grindstone) set the early pace in his Allowance race at Woodbine, but tired and finished 6th. Watch Replay.
New Year's Baby is a Perfect Angel to be In the Money
October 3, 2009
Woodbine Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($20,000)
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 1:00 PM ET TVG
||You Are Current|
||Dance the Way Home|
||Glenn's Love Tap|
||New Year's Baby|
||In the Money|
New Year's Baby (Afleet Alex - You Again by Wild Again) debuts in a big field at Woodbine. She has been working at Woodbine, including 4 furlongs in :51.20 on September 27. She sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced mare You Again. You Again is a half-sister to 2 winners, including grade II winner Best of Luck. Afleet Alex's 39 runners have made 97 total starts, recording 9 wins, 16 seconds, 9 thirds, and $513,677.
Myah's Flight (Victory Gallop - Brook's Approval by Montbrook), Archess (Trajectory - Spectral Arc by Dr. Carter), Sorocaba (Stormy Atlantic - Sayabec by Foxhound), Mrs. Cleaver (Broken Vow - Falling Snow by Deputy Minister), and Rodeo Kitten (Catahoula Parish - Rodeo Princess by Inspired Prospect) met in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Woodbine on September 17. Myah's Flight was 3rd, Archess was 4th, Sorocaba finished 5th, Mrs. Cleaver was 6th, and Rodeo Kitten was 9th. Myah's Flight previously was 10th on August 14 at Woodbine, and 4th at Presque Isle Downs on July 29. She is the second foal out of the mare Brook's Approval, who was a winner at 2. Brook's Approval is a half-sister to 5 winners. Archess made her only other start on September 4 at Woodbine, finishing 6th. She is out of the winning mare Spectral Arc, who was a winner at 2. Spectral Arc has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed I'm Spectral. I'm Spectral is a full-brother to Archess. One of Archess' siblings won at 2. Sorocaba has made 5 total starts without placing, 4 on the Woodbine Polytrack and one on the turf at Woodbine. 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. Mrs. Cleaver is out of the mare Falling Snow, who was a winner at 2. Falling Snow has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, including one 2-year old winner. Rodeo Kitten has made 3 additional starts, all at Woodbine. Her best finish was 6th on June 13. She is a half-sister to the winner Gina L. Her dam, Rodeo Princess, is a half-sister to 6 winners.
Sister Friend (Mineshaft - My Pal Lana by Kris S.) also ran on September 17 at Woodbine, but in a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming race, where she finished 7th. She earlier finished 7th on August 22, and 6th on August 8. All of her starts were on the Woodbine Polytrack. Sister Friend is the first foal out of stakes winner My Pal Lana, who earned $465,538. My Pal Lana is a full-sister to one winner, and a half-sister to 4 winners.
You Are Current (Alex's Pal - She's Unreal by Unreal Zeal) and AE entrant Myah's Summer (Eurosilver - Ceely's Classic by Always a Classic) finished 2nd and 6th in a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Woodbine on September 18. You Are Current previously finished 8th at Woodbine on September 9, and 4th at Woodbine on August 21. She is out of the winning mare She's Unreal. She's Unreal has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Incredible Bulk. Two of You Are Current's siblings won at 2, including Incredible Bulk. Myah's Summer, who is part of an entry with Myah's Flight, also finished 6th on August 21 at Woodbine, and 5th on July 24 at Woodbine. She is by first-crop sire Eurosilver, whose 38 runners have made 97 total starts, recording 8 wins, 8 seconds, 19 thirds, and $210,035. Myah's Summer is out of the winning mare Ceely's Classic, who is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Just Call Me Carl.
In the Money (Buddha - Made of Money by Mt. Livermore) has run 3 times. Her debut was on the turf at Woodbine on July 12, where she finished 4th. She then finished 6th and 4th in 2 Woodbine Polytrack starts. She is out of the unraced mare Made of Money. Made of Money is a half-sister to 7 winnners, including stakes winner Acres.
Finishing 6th in her only start was Perfect Angel (Richter Scale - Double Halo by Southern Halo), who ran at Woodbine on September 7. She is out of the winning mare Double Halo.
Glenn's Love Tap (One Way Love - Versionofthetruth by Tethra) has also run once, finishing 7th at Woodbine on September 12. She sold for $11,285 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Versionofthetruth. Versionofthetruth is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Mips.
Completing the main body of the race is unraced Dance the Way Home (Cat's At Home - Bold Courant by Bold n' Flashy). She is out of the winning mare Bold Courant, who has produced 2 winners.
Also unraced is AE entrant Creemore (Whiskey Wisdom - Lake Mills Lady by Cryptoclearance). She is a half-sister to 5 winners, one of which won at 2. Her dam, Lake Mills Lady, is a half-sister to 10 winners, including stakes winners Addy's Appeal and Winning Move.
Roulette Winner will receive a Krypton Reward
October 3, 2009
Belmont Race 5
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile turf
Post Time: 2:47 PM ET HRTV/TVG
||Well Excuuuze Me|
||Wow Wow Wow|
||One Brave Cat|
Romans Reward (Kitten's Joy - Knock Off by Fit to Fight) and Roulette Winner (Rock Hard Ten - Clever Monique by Clever Trick) make their second starts, and Krypton (Rock Hard Ten - Freedom Reigns by Unbridled's Song) his third, in this contest scheduled for 1 mile on the turf.
Romans Reward is the only one of our three with turf experience. He ran at 5 furlongs on the Churchill Downs turf on June 27, finishing 4th. His most recent work was at Belmont on September 28, when he went 5 furlongs in 1:02.01 on the Belmont training track. Romans Reward sold for $120,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Knock Off. Knock Off was a winner at 2, and has produced 4 winners. Three of her offspring won on the turf, including turf stakes winner Art Fan, who won on the turf as a 2-year old. Kitten's Joy's 33 runners have made 87 combined starts, recording 16 wins, 15 seconds, 13 thirds, and $640,028.
Roulette Winner was 8th in his debut, running 5.5 furlongs at Saratoga on September 2. Since then, he's worked twice at Belmont, including 5 furlongs in 1:05.04 on September 29. Roulette Winner is a half-brother to 8 winners, including stakes winner Honest Deceiver and grade I winner Yes It's True. Honest Deceiver won her first 2 races as a 2-year old, including the Eliza Stakes. Yes It's True won 5 races at 2, including the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III), and the Sapling (gr. III). One of Roulette Winner's siblings won on the turf.
Krypton finished 11th in his debut on August 1 and 7th on September 5. Both races were on the dirt at Saratoga. Since then, he's worked a couple of times, including a 5 furlong work in 1:01.20 on the training track at Saratoga on September 26. Krypton is the second foal out of the unraced mare Freedom Reigns. Freedom Reigns' first foal, Sweetlandofliberty, was a winner on the turf at 2. Freedom Reigns is a half-sister to 4 winners, including turf stakes winner Monsieur Cat, stakes winner Awesome of Course, and Imperfect World, a grade II winner on the dirt and a group III winner on the turf. Rock Hard Ten's 17 runners have run 35 total times, recording 4 wins, 4 seconds, 2 thirds, and $221,389.
Extraextraordinary (Giant's Causeway - Scoop by Gone West) and Dixie Summer's (Grand Reward - Vopo by Theatrical (IRE)) met at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf on September 5, with Extraextraordinary finishing 2nd and Dixie Summer's 8th. Winning that race, was the Ghostzapper colt Stately Victor, who is being mentioned as a contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile turf. Grade III winner Scoop, dam of Extraextraordinary, was a winner at 2 and earned $337,170 overall. Scoop has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including stakes winner Coolwind. Coolwind was a winner at 2. Dixie Summer's is by freshman sire Grand Reward, whose 48 runners have run 108 total times, recording 11 wins, 6 seconds, 10 thirds, and $304,397. Dixie Summer's is the first foal out of the turf winning mare Vopo. Vopo is a half-sister to 3 winners, including Mercenac, stakes-placed on the turf.
The only other entrant with turf experience is Wow Wow Wow (Broken Vow - Caged Glory by Honour and Glory), who finished 5th at 1/16 miles on the Saratoga turf on August 27. He had previously run on the dirt at Saratoga, finishing 7th on August 3. Wow Wow Wow is the first foal out of the winning mare Caged Glory. Caged Glory is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III turf stakes-placed Ninth Client. Caged Glory's dam, Bird Cage, is a half-sister to Birdstone.
One Brave Cat (Lion Heart - Ma Kitty by Meadowlake) ran twice on the dirt at Monmouth, and finished 6th both on August 8 and August 27. He sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Ma Kitty. Ma Kitty is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Miss Dominique and Sagasious, a grade II winner on the turf.
The remaining horses in the main body of the race are unraced, including Formulaforsuccess (Broken Vow - Swimmingly by Nashwan), who sold for $45,000 as a yearling and $80,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of the turf winning mare Swimmingly, who has produced 2 winners, including Eishin Sullivan, a group III winner in Japan on the turf. Eishin Sullivan was also a debut winner at 2 on the turf.
Glorious Charm (Five Star Day - Strawberry's Charm by Strawberry Road (AUS)) brought $63,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Strawberry's Charm. Strawberry's Charm has produced 7 winners, including Five Star Charm, a full-brother to Glorious Charm, and stakes winner Strawberry Morn. One of Glorious Charm's siblings won at 2, and one won on the turf.
Well Excuuuze Me (Lion Heart - Pardon My Sarong by Souvenir Copy) is the first foal out of the winning mare Pardon My Sarong. Pardon My Sarong is a daughter of the winning mare Sarong, a half-sister to grade I winner Smile.
Ntombi, dam of Habana (Dynaformer - Ntombi by Quiet American), was a winner in her first turf start at 2, and a stakes winner on the turf at 3. Ntombi is a half-sister to Cetewayo and Dynaforce, both grade I winners on the turf.
On the MTO list for this race are: Annawon (Smart Strike - Cuyahoga by Theatrical (IRE)), Flexthegoldenpipes (Smoke Glacken - Memories of Home by Seattle Slew), Baatesh (Pulpit - Doppio Espresso by Java Gold), Rule (Roman Ruler - Rockcide by Personal Flag), and Ice Box (Pulpit - Spice Island by Tabasco Cat).
Baatesh (Pulpit - Doppio Espresso by Java Gold), who is part of an entry with Krypton, finished 5th, in front of Roulette Winner, on September 2 at Saratoga. He brought $400,000 as a yearling, and is out of Doppio Espresso. Doppio Espresso was a winner at 2, and finished 2nd in the Astoria Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) that season. Doppio Espresso has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, including stakes winner Resplendency. Resplendency was a winner at 2, and earned $329,217 in her career.
Rule finished 2nd, in front of Krypton, on September 5 at Saratoga. He had previously finished 3rd at Belmont on July 19. Rule is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Rockcide. Roman Ruler's 48 runners have started 116 total times, recording 22 wins, 18 seconds, 18 thirds, and $569,997. Rockside is a half-sister to 2 winners, including 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. Funny Cide was 3 for 3 as a 2-year old.
Flexthegoldenpipes is the most experienced of the MTOs. He was 3rd at Churchill Downs on June 28, 5th at Saratoga on August 1, and 3rd at Saratoga on August 22. The August 22 race was won by Discreetly Mine, who subsequently finished 2nd in the Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont on September 19. Flexthegoldenpipes is a half-brother to two winners, including Real Memories, who earned $158,025. His dam, Memories of Home, is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Gibson County.
Ice Box has run twice, finishing 7th on August 9, and 5th on September 5. Both races were at Saratoga. Ice Box, who is part of an entry with Extraextraordinary, sold for $125,000 as a yearling. Grade II winner Spice Island, dam of Ice Box, earned $487,376 in 28 starts. However, much of her earnings came on the turf. Spice Island is one of my all-time favorites, but I would prefer to see this one on the turf.
Completing the MTO list is unraced Annawon (Smart Strike - Cuyahoga by Theatrical (IRE)), who is part of an entry with Habana. He is out of stakes winner Cuyahoga. Cuyahoga is a full-sister to one winner and a half-sister to stakes winner Lindelaan and grade III winner Classic Campaign.
Other 2-year old Entry
Yala Yala Bull (colt; Saint Liam - Maltese Indy by A. P. Indy) faces 10 in a Maiden Claiming race at Camarero, race 5. Post time is 4:45 for this 6 furlong race. Yala Yala Bull has run 4 times without placing. He last ran on September 11 in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Camarero, finishing 7th.
Alex's Sis Casey (filly; Afleet Alex - Pose by Nureyev) worked at Philadelphia Park, 4 furlongs in :49.45.
At Saratoga, Conspicuous (filly; Ghostzapper - Kalahari Cat by Cape Town) went 3 furlongs in :36.55.
At Belmont, Muhaaseb (colt; Ghostzapper - Ticket to Houston by Houston) went 4 furlongs in :49.11.
Also at Belmont, Quick Kid (colt; Ghostzapper - Perfect Sting by Red Ransom) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.33.
Zapster (colt; Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song) went 4 furlongs on the turf training track at Saratoga, recording a time of :49.83.
At Santa Anita, Do What U Dare (colt; Kitten's Joy - Steaming Home by Salt Lake) went 3 furlongs in :37.80.
Kid Canuck (colt; Kitten's Joy - Draxhall Jump by Tale of the Cat) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.80.
Nittany Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Teach by Pine Bluff) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.60 at Penn National.
Also at Penn National, Out of Print (colt; Kitten's Joy - Lettertotheeditor by Editor's Note) went 4 furlongs in :49.40.
At Fort Erie, Three Inthe Kitty (filly; Kitten's Joy - Blues On Parade by Cure the Blues) worked 3 furlongs in :36.40.
Tom Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Coax Classic by Caveat) worked 4 furlongs in :49.93 on the turf training track at Saratoga.
At Turfway Park, Mystic Crystal (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Meadow Mystic by Meadowlake) went 4 furlongs in :49.40.
Tenplus (colt; Rock Hard Ten - One Beautiful Lady by Broad Brush) worked 4 furlongs in :51.02.
At Monmouth, Fox Hunt (filly; Saint Liam - Zorra by Silent Fox) went 4 furlongs in :50.40.
At Keeneland, Saintly Ways (filly; Saint Liam - Visual Art by Deputy Minister) went 4 furlongs in :49.80.
Sillium (colt; Saint Liam - Silla by Gone West) worked 3 furlongs in :38.40 at Fair Hill.
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