News and Notes
The 5th race at Belmont stayed on the turf, so MTO Ciminella (Afleet Alex - Bruanna by Housebuster) stayed in the barn. The winner was Ms. Thanksgiving (Formal Dinner - Dance On the Green by Green Dancer), who went pretty much gate-to-wire and won by 5.
The Buzz Delivers
Discretionary (Hennessy - Suitably Discreet by Mr. Prospector) took the early money, but Holiday Buzz (Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) was favored at post time. Sheltowee (Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) was 16-1. Holiday Buzz was a little jumpy in the post parade, Master Sergeant (Thunder Gulch - Vivid Sunset by Mt. Livermore) looked good. Toss and Turn (Strong Hope - One Wild Ride by Southern Halo) went for the early lead, pressed closely by Discretionary (Hennessy - Suitably Discreet by Mr. Prospector). Holiday Buzz secured a nice spot on the rail in fourth, with Sheltowee almost directly behind him. Mister Thayer (Victory Gallop - Wavering Rhythm by Flying Pidgeon) made the first move, coming wide around the turn to pass the pacesetters and take the lead. But, Holiday Buzz was moving too. He came between horses, and then drew off to a nice 2 length win. Sheltowee, who still seems to be running kind of green out there, was 4th. Holiday Buzz is the 9th winner for Afleet Alex. Watch the Replay.
Result: October 7, 2009
Hawthorne Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
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Zapster tries the Precipice Trail with Mystic Fever
October 8, 2009
Belmont Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles turf
Post Time: 2:36 PM ET HRTV/TVG
Zapster (Ghostzapper - Extend by Unbridled's Song), who was last seen finishing 5th in the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. III) at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf on September 4, returns to maiden company in this mile and a sixteenth turf contest at Belmont. Zapster's prior two starts were also on the turf. He finished 4th at 6 furlongs at Belmont on July 11, and 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth at Saratoga on August 6. Zapster has had several works since the With Anticipation, including 4 furlongs in :49.83 on the turf training track at Saratoga on October 2. He sold for $180,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Extend. Extend was a winner at 2, and earned $436,856 overall. Extend has produced the turf winner Kelliher. Ghostzapper's 16 runners have made 30 total starts, recording 5 wins, 5 seconds, 5 thirds, and $200,057.
Ryvit (Tapit - Ryvnine by Broad Brush) finished 6th, behind Zapster, in a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Saratoga on August 6. He then finished 11th in a 6.5 furlong race on the Saratoga dirt on August 22. Ryvit sold for $120,000 as a 2-year old. He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Ryvnine. Rynvine is a full-sister to grade I winner Concern, grade III winner Tennis Lady, and 4 other winners.
Mystic Fever (Stormin Fever - Dream Wish by Kingmambo) and AE Montesquieu (Maria's Mon - Incredulous (FR) by Indian Ridge (IRE)) finished 4th and 5th in a 7 furlong turf race at Belmont on September 20. It was the first and only start for both. Mystic Fever is out of stakes-placed Dream Wish. Dream Wish was a winner at 2. Dream Wish has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Star Worship. Montesquieu is out of the turf winning mare Incredulous. Incredulous has produced 3 winners, including Sir Gerry, a group II winner on the turf. All of Montesquieu's winning siblings won on the turf, and 2 were winners at 2 on the turf.
Precipice Trail (Giant's Causeway - Manoa by Seeking the Gold) also ran on September 20 at Belmont, but in a mile and a sixteenth turf race, where he finished 6th. Previously, he was 10th in a mile and a sixteenth turf race at Saratoga on August 5. Precipice Trail is a full-brother to grade I winner Carriage Trail, who was a stakes winner on the turf. Overall, Carriage Trail earned $746,628. Precipice Trail's dam, grade III stakes-placed Manoa, has also produced Forest Trail, grade III stakes-placed on the turf.
Tiger Willie (Tiger Ridge - Willie Brook by Montbrook) has made three starts, all in Maiden Claiming company. Most recently, he finished 2nd in a 6 furlong race on the turf at Belmont on September 18. Tiger Willie sold for $19,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Willie Brook. Willie Brook has produced 4 winners, including stakes-placed Peachy Kiss. One of Tiger Willie's siblings won at 2.
AE entrant Trippo (Trippi - Reely Risky by Reel On Reel) and Mint Maker (Unbridled's Song - Shawklit Mint by Air Forbes Won) met in a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Saratoga on September 7. Trippo was 7th, and Mint Maker finished 9th. Trippo, who is part of an entry with Zapster, previously finished 5th at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf on August 16, and 6th at 6 furlongs on the Belmont dirt on July 19. He brought $28,000 as a weanling and $45,000 as a yearling. He is out of stakes winner Reely Risky, who earned $159,244. Reely Risky has produced 4 winners from 5 to run. Mint Maker's only other start was also at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf, where he finished 7th on August 27. Grade II winner Shawklit Mint, dam of Mint Maker, earned $464,654 in her 29 race career. She has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, one of which won at 2 on the turf.
Remittance (Unforgettable Maz - Wife's Objection by Slewpy), who is the third member of the entry with Zapster and Trippo, was 6th in his only start, running 7 furlongs on the dirt at Saratoga on August 22. He sold for $42,000 as a weanling, and $330,000 as a yearling. Remittance is by first-crop sire Unforgettable Max, full-brother to Afleet Alex. Unforgettable Max has sired 14 runners, which have made 25 total starts, recording 3 seconds, 4 thirds, and $38,630. Remittance is a half-brother to stakes-placed Hehasnosay, who won 2 races at 2. Remittance's dam, Wife's Objection, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade II winner Kingdom Found.
Ticondero (Cherokee Run - Gal of Mine by Mining) made his only start on September 12 at Belmont, finishing 6th in the mud in a 6 furlong race. He sold for $40,000 at 2, and is a half-brother to two winners, including stakes winner America America. America America was a stakes winner at 2, and stakes-placed on the turf at 2. At 3, she was a stakes winner on the turf. Ticondero's dam, Gal of Mine, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Oop's the Red.
Hero's Empire (Empire Maker - Marozia by Storm Bird) finished 9th in his first and only start, a 7 furlong dirt contest at Saratoga. He brought $140,000 as a yearling, and is out of the turf winning mare Marozia. Marozia has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, including stakes winner Superfly and grade III winner Andromeda's Hero. Two of Hero's Empire's siblings won at 2, and 2 won on the turf.
Completing the field is unraced My Tapit (Tapit - My Allegiance by Exploit), who sold for $30,000 as a yearling. My Tapit is the second foal out of the placed mare My Allegiance. My Allegiance is a half-sister to stakes winner Colonial Glitter and grade III winner Fight for Ally.
At Keeneland, La Gran Bailadora (filly; Afleet Alex - Affirmed Dancer by Affirmed) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.00.
Magic Bullet (colt; Afleet Alex - Magical Mood (GB) by Forestry) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Churchill Downs.
She Power (filly; Afleet Alex - Boogie Beach Blues by Cure the Blues) worked 4 furlongs in :51.60 at Crupi's New Castle Farm.
At Santa Anita, Becky's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 on the turf.
Two Joys (filly; Kitten's Joy - Emily's Joy by Mr. Greeley) went 4 furlongs in :50.20 at Churchill.
Bird Zapper (colt; Ghostzapper - Bird Town by Cape Town) went 4 furlongs in :50.74 at Belmont.
I'm Surprised (filly; Ghostzapper - Wolfer by Wolf Power (SAF)) went 4 furlongs in :52.40 at Keeneland.
At Delaware, Trinity Run (colt; Ghostzapper - Lake Windermere by Fit to Fight) went 5 furlongs in 1:03.40.
At Hollywood Park, Colonel Mustard (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Wave On by Caveat) went 4 furlongs in :49.80.
Utopian (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Storm Alert by Storm Cat) worked at Hollywood, 4 furlongs in :47.80. It was the fastest of 26 works at the distance.
Brake Lights (colt; Saint Liam - Miss Golden Circle by Crafty Prospector) worked 4 furlongs in :48.22 at Belmont Park.
At Remington Park, Eyes of a Saint (filly; Saint Liam - Eyeofthestorm by Summer Squall) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.18.
At Philadelphia Park, Liam's Dream (filly; Saint Liam - Danzig's Dreamer by Rubiano) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.01.
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