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Ghost Girl (Ghostzapper - Bayou Breeze by A. P. Indy) was the 1-5 choice in this one. She looked good in the paddock, ready for action. Yuma (Thunder Gulch - Notable Craft by Notebook) was a bit agitated. Saint Conga (Congaree - Saint Believe It by Saint Ballado) looked good on the track. Ghost Girl went right to the lead, but she wasn't in a big hurry. Beautiful Zora (Dance Master - Beautiful Dance by Sword Dance (IRE)) was pressing, and then moved on ahead, establishing a clear lead. In the stretch, however, Ghost Girl took over and pulled away to an easy 3 3/4 length victory. Ghost Girl became winner number 8 for Ghostzapper with this nice turf triumph. Watch the Replay.

Result: November 22, 2009
Hawthorne Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Ghost Girl $2.60
Saint Conga  
Silver Crush  


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The Prince gets by the Shore

The only scratches were the AEs. Exxel (Gulch - Colony Bay by Pleasant Colony) was favored, while Westshore (Saint Liam - Alexi Dancer by A. P. Indy) was 9-1. He was adding blinkers for this start. In Just We Trust (Forest Danger - Trust Fund by Conquistador Cielo) looked good as they went out to the track. Westshore was looking a little eager. Westshore broke well and secured a rail spot, sitting about fourth. There was a scramble up front. Longshots Almost Summer (Consolidator - Summer of Seventy by El Prado (IRE)) and Midnight Vigil (Strong Hope - Miss Moonlight by Broad Brush) were up there, as was Moonlark (Gone West - Laptop by Phone Trick). Moonlark emerged with the lead, Westshore was sitting right behind him. In Just We Trust came on the outside and went to the front. But, Westshore got through on the inside and he took the lead. However, they were both passed by Pleasant Prince (Indy King - Archduchess by Pleasant Tap), who closed with a rush for the win. Westshore held second. He seems like a grinder to me, not a great turn of foot, but trying hard. Watch the Replay.

Result: November 22, 2009
Churchill Downs Race 10
Maiden Special Weight

Pleasant Prince $27.80
In Just We Trust  


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Striking It Rich over Roca Sweet

The turf was firm, only the AEs were out. Something interesting was going on with the odds for Roca Sweet (Rock Hard Ten - Sugar N Spice by Strike the Anvil). First flash that I saw, she was 8-1. Then, she plummeted to 3-2. At post time, she was almost 7-1. It seemed like someone put a large sum of money on her. The favorite when they went in the gate was Strike It Rich (Unbridled's Song - Belle of Perintown by Dehere). Roca Sweet looked good in the paddock. Another that caught my eye was Dixie Ocean (Indian Ocean - Dixieland Event by Wild Event). At the break, Roca Sweet went right to the lead. She had some pressure from Super Girlie (Closing Argument - Beafleet by Afleet), but she shook free from that one. Strike It Rich was coming, however, and she moved by on the turn, winning by better than 4. Kate's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday - Eishin Ontario by Phone Trick) came late to get second, and Roca Sweet held third. Watch the Replay.

Result: November 22, 2009
Calder Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Strike It Rich $4.80
Kate's Holiday  
Roca Sweet  


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Other Result

Kratisto (colt; Afleet Alex - Torch by Risen Star) was scratched from his Allowance race at Calder.

Entry November 23

Trappist Monk will Stay Hip with a Wicked Tune

November 23, 2009
Philadelphia Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 2:56 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Big City Deputy
2. Key to Brooklyn
3. Sonar
4. Black Gabriel
5. Trappist Monk
6. This Ain't No Bull
7. A Little Warm
8. Your the Uno
9. Stay Hip
10. Honoring Donald
11. Wicked Tune

Trappist Monk (Saint Liam - Merengue by Broad Brush), who has been working at Laurel, debuts at 6 furlongs at Philadelphia Park. He most recently worked 4 furlongs on a sloppy track on November 15, recording a time of :48.80. Grade III winner Merengue, dam of Trappist Monk, earned $334,070 in 20 starts. Merengue has produced 3 winners, including grade III winner Point Determined. Point Determined earned $399,428 in 14 starts, including a win in the Affirmed (gr. III) and seconds in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), the San Felipe (gr. II), and the Swaps (gr. II). One of Trappist Monk's siblings won at 2. Saint Liam's 48 runners have made 120 total starts, recording 14 wins, 11 seconds, 18 thirds, and $635,859.

A Little Warm (Stormin Fever - Minidar by Alydar) has run three times. He finished 2nd at 4.5 furlongs on June 9 at Philadelphia Park, 4th at 5.5 furlongs on August 18 at Delaware Park, and 2nd at 6 furlongs at Delaware on October 10. Grade III winner Minidar, dam of A Little Warm, was a winner at 2 and earned $350,900 overall. Minidar has produced 6 winners from 7 to run.

Honoring Donald (Birdstone - On Your Honor by Louis Quatorze) has also made three starts, all at Philadelphia Park. He finished 5th at 5.5 furlongs on September 26, 8th at a mile and 70 yards on October 13, and 7th at a mile and a sixteenth on October 31. Honoring Donald is out of the unplaced mare On Your Honor, who is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Hermans Honor.

Sonar (Officer - It's an Echo by Eastern Echo) and Your the Uno (Macho Uno - Sweeping Affair by End Sweep) both finished 4th in their only starts. Sonar ran 6 furlongs on October 26 at Delaware Park. He is out of the winning mare It's an Echo, who earned $139,445 in 18 starts. It's an Echo has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, including stakes winner Sam Angelo. Sam Angelo was a winner at 2. Another sibling, Honoring, earned $225,134 in 39 starts. Your the Uno ran 5.5 furlongs at Philadelphia Park on November 6. Your the Uno sold for $45,000 as a weanling, and is out of the winning mare Sweeping Affair. Sweeping Affair has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, 3 of which won at 2.

The others are unraced, including Stay Hip (Value Plus - Race to Glory by Honour and Glory), who is by first-crop sire Value Plus. Value Plus' 37 runners have made 114 total starts, recording 13 wins, 19 seconds, 9 thirds, and $532,572. Stay Hip sold for $40,000 as a weanling, $80,000 as a yearling, and $25,000 as a 2-year old. He is the second foal out of Race to Glory, who was a winner at 2 and also stakes-placed that season. Race to Glory has produced the winner Mamma Lina, who was a debut winner at 2.

Also by a freshman sire is Key to Brooklyn (Dark Kestrel - Key of E by Skip Trial), by Dark Kestrel. Dark Kestrel's 2 runners are both winners. They have run 7 total times, recording 3 wins, 1 second, 1 third, and $61,315. Key to Brooklyn sold for $17,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Key of E. Key of E has produced 4 winners from 4 to run. Two of Key of Brooklyn's siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner at 2. Key to Brooklyn is part of an entry with Stay Hip.

Top seller in the race is This Ain't No Bull (Holy Bull - Disco Darlin' by Citidancer), who brought $320,000 as a yearling. Disco Darlin', dam of This Aint't No Bull, was a winner at 2, and also stakes-placed that season. Disco Darlin' has produced 2 winners, including Disco Indy, a debut winner at 2. Disco Indy has earned $210,677 through 2009.

Big City Deputy (Silver Deputy - Big City Dream by Horatius) sold for $115,000 as a 2-year old in training. He is out of stakes-placed Big City Dream, who earned $358,424 in 45 starts. Big City Dream has produced stakes-placed Baena, who was a winner at 2.

Black Gabriel (Put It Back - Monday Saint by Sweetsouthernsaint) sold for $13,000 as a yearling and $37,000 as a 2-year old. He is the second foal out of the unraced mare Monday Saint. Monday Saint is a full-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Synergy.

Wicked Tune (Concorde's Tune - Pretty Wicked by The Wicked North) is out of the winning mare Pretty Wicked. Pretty Wicked has produced the winner Hurricane Nikki, who has earned $124,025 through 2009. Pretty Wicked is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners To Marquet and Pretty Imposing.

New Workers

November 22

New to this blog, Charlie's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Allthewaybaby by Grand Slam) worked 3 furlongs in :40.20 at Hawthorne. Charlie's Kitten is a half-brother to stakes winner Goshawk Ken, who was a debut winner at 2 and also a stakes winner that season.

Also new to this blog, Last Hurrah (colt; Kitten's Joy - Duds by Ack Ack) worked 4 furlongs in :49.43 at Belmont Park. Last Hurrah is out of Duds, who won 3 races at 2, including her debut. Duds has produced 7 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winner Smock and grade III winner Finery.

Returning Workers

November 21

At Merryland Farm, Wilreign (filly; Saint Liam - Probable Storm by Tabasco Cat) worked 5 furlongs in 1:06.80.

November 22

Premier Cru (colt; Afleet Alex - Restored Hope by He's Bad) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Hollywood Park.

Speedy Mon (colt; Afleet Alex - Ringlet by Maria's Mon) worked 3 furlongs in :38.00 at Churchill.

At Remington Park, Tactition (colt; Afleet Alex - Natural Carma by Valiant Nature) worked 4 furlongs in :51.32.

At Hollywood Park, American Story (filly; Ghostzapper - Holiday Runner by Meadowlake) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00.

At Woodbine, Cindy's Joy (filly; Kitten's Joy - Cindy Jean by Rubiano) went 5 furlongs in 1:03.20.

Hot Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Tabby Cat by Tabasco Cat) and Scottish Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Glasgow by Menifee) worked 3 furlongs in :38.00 at Hawthorne.

Best Actor (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie by Unaccounted For) worked 4 furlongs in :48.00 at Churchill, the fastest of 52 works at the distance.

Working 5 furlongs at Churchill was Doubles Partner (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Serena's Sister by Rahy), who went in 1:01.40.

Hard Way Ten (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Youcan'ttakeme by He's Tops) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 at Hollywood Park.

The Mailet (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Emerging Glory by Smarten) worked on the turf at Hollywood Park, 5 furlongs in 1:01.00

At Aqueduct, Grade II stakes winner Buddy's Saint (colt; Saint Liam - Tuzia by Blushing John) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.17.

Eyes of a Saint (filly; Saint Liam - Eyeofthestorm by Summer Squall) worked at Remington Park, 5 furlongs in 1:02.44.

Saintly Ways (filly; Saint Liam - Visual Art by Deputy Minister) worked 4 furlongs at Churchill, recording a time of :50.20.

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