A Reward for Romans

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News and Notes

Best race call of the day came in the fourth at Churchill Downs, when Mark Johnson said that Naughty Bits was slightly squeezed. By the way, the 100-1 Naughty Bits ran a credible race after that start, finishing 4th. The winner was Aqualane Shores. Watch the Replay.

Stakes Result

Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) finished 7th in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, never really seemed to get involved. The winner was Thiskyhasnolimit (Sky Mesa - Lovely Regina by Deputy Minister). Watch the Replay. Read more about the Iroquois here.

Allowance Result

Holiday Buzz (colt; Afleet Alex - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) finished a good second in his Allowance race at Churchill Downs, coming up just a neck short to Callide Valley (Indian Charlie - Cheri Chardoneigh by Hennessy). Stately Victor (colt; Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) took all the money at the windows, but he did a half-stumble out of the gate and didn't show much after that, finishing 7th. Watch the Replay.

Maiden Results

A Reward for Romans

The turf was firm and the only scratch from the main body of the race was Ticondero (Cherokee Run - Gal of Mine by Mining). This allowed AE Coffee Break (A. P. Indy - Java (GB) by Rainbow Quest) to run. The Dale Romans trained Romans Reward (Kitten's Joy - Knock Off by Fit to Fight) was heavily favored, going off at even money. Furious Run (Rock Hard Ten - One Dream Cat by Storm Cat) was 10-1. Lake Pleasant (Friends Lake - Pleasant Kaye by Pleasant Colony) was a little on edge, Furious Run looked ready, and Romans Reward looked magnificent. The break was fair for all. Romans Reward went right to the front. He set comfortable fractions and then spurted away in the stretch. Bascom Hall (Mizzen Mast - Victorian Woman by Jeblar) made a run late, but Romans Reward was home free. Visually, this was a pretty impressive victory. Romans Reward is the 16th winner for Kitten's Joy. Furious Run put in a bid on the outside, but flattened out and finished 10th. Watch the Replay.

Result: November 1, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Romans Reward $4.00
Bascom Hall  
Dual Forecast  

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Iron is the Champ over Sheltowee

Euromillion (Eurosilver - Vermilion Sea by Boundary) was scratched. Candy Van (Van Nistelrooy - Candy Cane Delight by Temperence Hill) was favored and looked the part. Sheltowee (Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) was respected at 5-2. I thought he looked attentive in the paddock. Osage Iron (Nassau Hall - Twist N Stroll by Oliver's Twist) was off slowly. Mr. Alanzo (Mizzen Mast - I Can Fan Fan by Lear Fan) went to the lead, but Candy Van was right with him. Candy Van put Mr. Alanzo away and established a clear lead. Iron Champ (Champali - Iron Brat by Grindstone) was almost sideways, on the wrong lead, but he was coming and went by Candy Van. Sheltowee was coming too, but he couldn't catch Iron Champ, who finally straightened out late. Win Brother Pins (Tenpins - Valiant Queen by Lord Avie) who was fractious in the gate, closed to get third at 134-1, paying $29.20. Watch the Replay.

Result: November 1, 2009
Hawthorne Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Iron Champ $26.20
Win Brother Pins  

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Whoopty Whoopty Got the Ghost

No scratches in this one. Whoopty Whoopty (Distorted Humor - Spring Meadow by Meadowlake), who was 2nd in her debut, was favored. Seeking the Ghost (Ghostzapper - Questress by Seeking the Gold) was 9-1. She was pretty hyper in the post parade. Stormandaprayer (Songandaprayer - Stormy Pick by Storm Creek) broke on top, but Razzlemedazzleme (French Envoy - Our Golden Gal by Golden Gear) assumed a slight lead. This did not last long, as Stormandaprayer went by to lead. Whoopty Whoopty was just off the pace. She came running in the stretch and pulled away to an easy victory. Hearted (Grand Reward - Shakespearean by Theatrical (IRE)) came late to take second in a nice debut. Seeking the Ghost was fairly green and did well to finish 5th. Watch the Replay.

Result: November 1, 2009
Aqueduct Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Whoopty Whoopty $3.60

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Tiz Chrome Tiz Gone

Henceforth (Hennessy - Mil Kilates by Gold Alert) and Spooky Hollow (Forest Danger - Little Bonnet by Coronado's Quest) were scratched. AE Silver Craft (Value Plus - Crafty Casa by Crafty Prospector) drew into the race. First-timer Mister Minister (Songandaprayer - Cherylville Slew by Evansville Slew) was the buzz horse, going off at near even money. Gaelic Will (Saint Liam - Golf Girl by Kingmambo) was 17-1 at post time. Debuter Mayor Tom (Limehouse - Bluster by Storm Cat) was acting up as Francisco Torres tried to get aboard, and Midnight Vigil (Strong Hope - Miss Moonlight by Broad Brush) was rearing in the paddock. He continued to act up on the track. Gaelic Will looked calm and collected. Mayor Tom and Halo Casper (Silver Ghost - Toot's Classic by Well Decorated) broke slowly, the rest were off well. Tiz Chrome (Tiznow - Woodland Shadow by Woodman) went to the lead. Mister Minister and Henry's Time (Hennessy - Since Time Began by Rubiano) were chasing. Silver Craft (Value Plus - Crafty Casa by Crafty Prospector) took a run at the leader, but Tiz Chrome kept on going, an impressive 3+ length debut win. Gaelic Will made a run on the outside, but flattened out and finished 9th. Watch the Replay.

Result: November 1, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Tiz Chrome $32.20
Chasing Ted  
Henry's Time  

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Other Maiden Results

Playful Pussycat (filly; Kitten's Joy - Feisty Ferdinand by Ferdinand) finished 8th in her Maiden Claiming race at Woodbine.

Maiden Entry

Profiteroles seeks Secret Jazz in an Age of Humor

November 2, 2009
Meadowlands Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 2:45 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Secret Jazz
2. Mandira
3. La Belle Vie
4. Profiteroles
5. Winsomeforme
6. Gin and Soto
7. Age of Humor

Profiteroles (Afleet Alex - Rietondale by Dynaformer), who has been working at Monmouth, debuts at 6 furlongs at the Meadowlands. She most recently worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 on October 23. Profiteroles sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Rietondale. Rietondale is a full-sister to grade I winner Dynaforce, who is scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Rietondale is also a half-sister to 11 winners, including stakes winner Ntombi, grade II winner Bowman Mill, and grade I winner Cetewayo. Afleet Alex's 49 runners have made 137 total starts, recording 14 wins, 22 seconds, 16 thirds, and $700,936.

The most experienced filly is Winsomeforme (Ten Most Wanted - Let's Get Risky by Cryptoclearance), who has run 4 times. She finished 4th in her debut on July 17 at Monmouth, and then finished 3rd three times. Her most recent start was at 6 furlongs at the Meadowlands on October 22. She is a half-sister to 3 winners. Her dam, Let's Get Risky, is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Rabiadella.

The only other entrant with experience is Gin and Soto (Soto - Gin and Jazz by Taylor's Falls), who was 2nd in her only start, on September 30 at Penn National. She 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 winner at 2. Gin and Jazz has produced 4 winners from 5 to run. Two of Gin and Soto's siblings won at 2.

Mandira (Indian Charlie - Hollywood and Wine by Tactical Cat) brought $155,000 as a weanling, $200,000 as a yearling, and $425,000 as a 2-year old. She is the first foal out of stakes winner Hollywood and Wine, who was a debut winner at 2. Hollywood and Wine is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Age of Humor (Distorted Humor - Age of Silver by Silver Deputy) sold for $180,000 as a yearling. She is a full-sister to 2 winners, and a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Coach Ryan. One of Age of Humor's siblings was a debut winner at 2. Age of Silver, dam of Age of Humor, is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner From Time to Time and grade III winner Timely Broad.

Selling for $120,000 as a yearling was La Belle Vie (Speightstown - Dither by Housebuster), who is out of the winning mare Dither. Dither has produced 4 winners, including stakes winners Swither and How 'bout No. Three of La Belle Vie's siblings won at 2 and 2 were debut winners at 2.

Secret Jazz (Smooth Jazz - Prospect's Secret by Northern Prospect) is a half-sister to 2 winners. Her dam, Prospect's Secret, is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Returning Workers

October 31

Bedbug Eddy (gelding; Afleet Alex - Fighting Jet by Copelan) worked 4 furlongs in :52.00 from the gate at Suffolk.

November 1

Klea (filly; Afleet Alex - Del Rae by Formal Gold) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 at Churchill Downs.

At Hollywood Park, American Story (filly; Ghostzapper - Holiday Runner by Meadowlake) went 3 furlongs in :36.60.

Spicer (colt; Ghostzapper - Allspice by Coronado's Quest) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 at Churchill Downs.

Working 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 at Churchill was New Madrid (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)).

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