News and Notes
Nittany Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Teach by Pine Bluff) was scratched from his Maiden Claiming race at Penn National on October 6.
Ciminella is Alwaysinmydreams as a Moonwalk Beauty
October 7, 2009
Belmont Park Race 5
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)
6 furlongs inner turf
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:08 PM ET HRTV/TVG
||Lights Out Lisa|
||Straight A Student|
Ciminella (Afleet Alex - Bruanna by Housebuster) is an MTO entrant for this Maiden Claiming race scheduled for 6 furlongs on the turf. Considering that the turf course was quite the bog this weekend, there is a good chance she will run. Ciminella was 10th in her debut at 6 furlongs on the Belmont turf on July 10. She then ran in 2 dirt Maiden Claiming races, finishing 3rd on July 18, and 2nd on August 20. She's been working at Belmont to prepare for this one, including 4 furlongs in :48.90 on September 20. Ciminella is out of stakes winner Bruanna, who won 2 races as a 2-year old, and earned $390,078 overall. Bruanna has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, one of which won at 2. Afleet Alex's 40 runners have made 99 collective starts, recording 9 wins, 17 seconds, 9 thirds, and $518,037.
Also on the MTO list is Roman Chestnut (Roman Ruler - Silverdew by Silver Deputy), who is by first-crop sire Roman Ruler. Roman Ruler's 48 runners have started 121 total times, recording 22 wins, 19 seconds, 20 thirds, and $600,837. Roman Chestnut has run twice, finishing 11th in a Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga on July 30, and 3rd in a Maiden Claiming race at Saratoga on September 3. Silverdew, dam of Roman Chestnut, earned $158,962 in a 22 race career. Silverdew has produced 3 winners, including grade II winner Not for Silver. Not for Silver won his only race at 2, and has earned $248,980 through 2009.
Ms. Thanksgiving (Formal Dinner - Dance On the Green by Green Dancer), Straight A Student (Posse - Dynamic Girl by Bold Executive), Kittylicious (Tactical Cat - Never Faulty by Faltaat), and Alwaysinmydreams (Cat Dreams - Treatmelikealady by Distinctive Pro) met in 1 1/16 mile turf race at Saratoga on August 26. Ms. Thanksgiving was 2nd, Straight A Student finished 4th, Kittylicious was 5th, and Alwaysinmydreams finished 8th. Ms. Thanksgiving previously finished 3rd on July 17 at Ellis Park and 6th at Churchill Downs on June 21. Both of those races were on the dirt. Ms. Thanksgiving was a $50,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Dance On the Green. Dance On the Green has produced 6 winners, including Formal Miss, who won or placed in 20 turf stakes. Formal Miss is a full-sister to Ms. Thanksgiving. Two additional offspring of Dance On the Green won on the turf, and two won at 2. Straight A Student has run 4 total times. Her most recent effort was at a mile and a sixteenth on the Belmont turf on September 25, where she was 7th. That was a Maiden Special Weight contest. Straight A Student sold for $57,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Dynamic Girl, who did win on the turf. Dynamic Girl has produced 2 winners. Kittylicious made her most recent start at Saratoga on September 7, where she was 7th in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Her only other start was at Saratoga on August 7, when she was 6th in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race on the dirt. Kittylicious is out of the winning mare Never Faulty, who has produced stakes-placed Easy Start. Never Faulty is a half-sister to 3 winners. Alwaysinmydreams previously finished 7th on a sloppy track at Saratoga on July 31, and 6th at 6 furlong on the Belmont turf on July 10 (in front of Ciminella). She is a half-sister to 2 winners. Her dam, Treatmelikealady, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed Mariflor.
Key Quality (Elusive Quality - Forest Key by Green Forest) finished 7th on July 10 on the Belmont turf (in front of Ciminella and behind Alwaysinmydreams), and then was 10th on a sloppy track at Saratoga on July 31 (again behind Alwaysinmydreams). Her most recent effort was at 7 furlongs on the Belmont turf on September 16, where she finished 5th. Key Quality sold $200,000 as a yearling, and is out of the turf winning mare Forest Key. Forest Key has produced 5 winners, including Gaviola, a grade I winner on the turf.
The rest of the fillies are unraced, including Lion Cub (Lion Heart - High Margin by Repriced), who sold for $50,000 as a weanling. She is out of High Margin, who was a stakes winner on the turf and dirt. High Margin won 2 races at 2, and has produced the winner Tizmar. Tizmar was a winner on the turf.
Maria's Jubilee (Maria's Mon - Summer Walk by Gone West) is out of the winning mare Summer Walk, who has produced 2 winners. One of Summer Walk's offspring won at 2. Summer Walk is also a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Kilderry.
Lights Out Lisa (Menifee - Another Rage by Farma Way) is a full-sister to 4 winners, and a half-sister to 1 winner. One full-sibling won at 2 and one won on the turf. Lights Out Lisa's dam, Another Rage, is a half-sister to 7 winners, including champion Artax.
Moonwalk Beauty (Black Minnaloushe - Groovy's Fairest by Groovy) is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes-placed Everythings Groovy. One sibling won at 2, and another won on the turf. Groovy's Fairest, dam of Moonwalk Beauty, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including turf stakes winner Kevin's Decision and I Lost My Choo, a grade III winner on the turf.
Holiday Buzz for Sheltowee
October 7, 2009
Hawthorne Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles
Post Time: 3:47 PM ET
||Toss and Turn|
Holiday Buzz (Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) and Sheltowee (Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) both make their third starts in this mile and a sixteenth contest at Hawthorne. It will be the first dirt start for both.
Holiday Buzz has run twice at a mile on the Polytrack at Arlington, finishing 4th on August 6, and a hard-closing 2nd on September 6. Since then, he's worked twice at Arlington, most recently going 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 on September 29. Holiday Buzz sold for $35,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Dixie Holiday. Dixie Holiday has produced 5 winners from 6 to run, including 2-year old stakes winner Holiday Runner. Afleet Alex's 40 runners have made 99 collective starts, recording 9 wins, 17 seconds, 9 thirds, and $518,037.
Sheltowee finished 4th at a mile on the Arlington Polytrack on August 2 , and 8th at a mile on a yielding turf course at Arlington on August 23. He's had several works since that race, including 4 furlongs in :52.20 at Hawthorne on October 3. Sheltowee is out of grade III winner Crafty Oak, who earned $442,155 in her career. Crafty Oak has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winners Giant Oak and Apple Martini. Giant Oak most recently finished 2nd in the Indiana Derby on October 3. Three of Sheltowee's siblings won at 2. Saint Liam has sired 35 runners, which have made 72 total starts, recording 8 wins, 6 seconds, 10 thirds, and $269,871.
Master Sergeant (Thunder Gulch - Vivid Sunset by Mt. Livermore) was 3rd, and Mister Thayer (Victory Gallop - Wavering Rhythm by Flying Pidgeon) was 9th in Holiday Buzz' September 6 race. Master Sergeant also finished behind Holiday Buzz on August 6, when he was 6th. He sold for $170,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade II stakes-placed Vivid Sunset, who earned $243,842. Vivid Sunset is also a half- or full-sister to 6 winners, including grade III winner Early Warning and grade II winner Wanderin Boy. Mister Thayer is out of the winning mare Wavering Rhythm, who earned $110,535. Wavering Rhythm has produced the winner Mizzen the Rhythm. Wavering Rhythm is half- or full-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Skeet and grade III winner Dancing Rhythm.
Toss and Turn (Strong Hope - One Wild Ride by Southern Halo) ran once at Arlington Park on September 13, finishing 6th in a 6 furlong race. He sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to 2 winners. His dam, One Wild Ride, is a half-sister to 2 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Banshee Winds. Banshee Winds in the dam of champion Banshee Breeze.
Discretionary (Hennessy - Suitably Discreet by Mr. Prospector) was also 6th in his only start, but in a 7 furlong race at Ellis Park on September 7. He sold for $220,000 as a weanling, and $260,000 as a yearling. Discretionary is a half-brother to 3 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Capital Exposure. Capital Exposure was a winner at 2. His dam, Suitably Discreet, is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Hidden Cat and grade II winner Century City. Suitably Discreet's dam is Alywow, who was 1994 Canadian Horse of the Year.
Completing the field is unraced Boulevard Blackie (Tiznow - Smuggle by Lord Avie), who brought $27,000 as a yearling. He is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner Code of Ethics and grade III winner One and Twenty. One and Twenty won 2 races at 2, including the Natalma Stakes. Boulevard Blackie's dam, Smuggle, is a half-sister to grade III winner Careless Heiress, and 4 other winners.
New to this blog, Five Afleet
(colt; Afleet Alex - Nickel Classic by Regal Classic) worked 4 furlongs in :51.80 at the Thoroughbred Center. Five Afleet sold for $110,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Nickel Classic, who earned $234,713. Nickel Classic has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Classic Neel and Budge Man.
Afleet Again (colt; Afleet Alex - Lucky Again by Wild Again) worked 4 furlong in :50.31 at Philadelphia Park.
Afleet Alan (colt; Afleet Alex - Madrone by Doneraile Court) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.84 at Belmont.
At Delaware Park, Afleet Jane (filly; Afleet Alex - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.60.
At Santa Anita, Harissa (filly; Afleet Alex - Dynasty by Time for a Change) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60.
Working 4 furlong from the gate at Churchill was Lady Laurie Snow (filly; Afleet Alex - Roused by Saint Ballado), who recorded a time of :51.60.
Mountain Justice (colt; Afleet Alex - Just Fun by Dehere) worked at Keeneland, 5 furlongs in 1:00.80.
In This Life (filly; Ghostzapper - Spy Novel by Broad Brush) worked 5 furlongs in :59.84 at Belmont Park.
At Belmont, Seeking the Ghost (filly; Ghostzapper - Questress by Seeking the Gold) went 5 furlongs in 1:00.24.
At Hollywood Park, Subsidized (filly; Ghostzapper - Oh Nellie by Tilt the Stars) went 3 furlongs in :35.80.
Working 5 furlongs from the gate at Churchill was Spicer (colt; Ghostzapper - Allspice by Coronado's Quest), who went in 1:00.80.
Foot Fault (colt; Kitten's Joy - Lovely Cozzene by Cozzene) went 4 furlongs in :49.20 at Churchill Downs.
At Keeneland, Looks Purrrfect (colt; Kitten's Joy - On Broadway by Rubiano) went 4 furlongs in :51.60.
At Hawthorne, Aditsan (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Dixie Bay by Dixieland Band) went 3 furlongs in :37.20. It was the fastest of 13 works at the distance.
Ahh (filly; Saint Liam - Ministrada by Deputy Minister) went 4 furlongs in :48.40 at Churchill.
Also at Churchill, Hazards of Love (colt; Saint Liam - Spring Rush by Wild Rush) went 4 furlongs in :49.20.
Saint Spirit (filly; Saint Liam - Unbridled Spirit by Unbridled's Song) worked at Turf Paradise, 3 furlongs in :36.00.
At Laurel, Trappist Monk (colt; Saint Liam - Merengue by Broad Brush) worked 4 furlongs i n:49.80.
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