Will Cameron Shine in the Sunland?

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No Defence for Phoenix Force

The turf was yielding. Youhaveafriendinme (Roar of the Tiger - Wedding Jitters by Runaway Groom) and In for a Song (Songandaprayer - Seek by Devil's Bag) were scratched, allowing AEs Smoking the Field (Freefourinternet - Margin Note by Notebook) and Darkestbeforedawn (Stormy Atlantic - Birthright by Belong to Me) to run. Smoking the Field was favored, Syo Defenceman (Afleet Alex - Southern Sandra by Dixie Brass) went off at almost 8-1. Syo Defenceman was smacked at the start, but secured a rail spot behind the leading pair of Maximoso (Concerto - Le Nat by Dynaformer) and Toro Santo (Holy Bull - Dynamic Reaction by Dynaformer). Positions remained pretty much unchanged into the stretch, although Phoenix Force (Eddington - Ms. Isadora by Miswaki) began to move closer. Syo Defenceman got through on the inside, but was outfinished by Phoenix Force, who took the win. Phoenix Force, who paid $98.40 for the win, is winner number 16 for Eddington. This was definitely Syo Defenceman's best outing. He seems to have a future on the turf. Watch the Replay.

Result: December 14, 2009
Calder Race 2
Maiden Claiming ($40,000)

Phoenix Force $98.40
Syo Defenceman  


Bravo! Whiskey

Track was sloppy (sealed), but there were no scratches. Brigade Commander (Stormy Atlantic - Sariano by Rubiano) was favored. American Fleet (Afleet Alex - American Heiress by Quiet American) went off at close to 16-1. Edwards (Forestry - Born Perfect by Mr. Prospector) looked good in the paddock. Elle Union (Dixie Union - Onceinabluemamoon by Al Mamoon) had some bounce in his step. We were treated to an extreme close-up of American Fleet, as he loaded in the gate (you can see this on the replay). Elle Union broke on top, and Edwards was up there too, as well as Brigade Commander. American Fleet dropped to the back. Brigade Commander made a move on the outside, but flattened out. A more sustained move was made by Bravo Whiskey (Smart Strike - Spanked by Deputy Minister), who went by them all and kept on running. He ended up winning by 6. American Fleet didn't run much, but he did finish in front of favorite Brigade Commander. Watch the Replay.

Result: December 14, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Bravo Whiskey $25.00
Bwana Mojo  


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Hooten Town Hill Rocks the Mountain

The track was muddy (sealed), but everybody ran. The filly Squabble (Domestic Dispute - Case of the Blues by In Case) took all the early money, but Hooten Town Hill (Monashee Mountain - Poquito Nikawa by Parade Ground) was the choice at post time. Roll 'n Rock (Rock Hard Ten - Lady Stack by Stack) took some early money as well, but ended up going off at 23-1. Strategic Disguise (Strategic Mission - Disguisedindeed by Alydeed) kicked up his heels in the walking ring. Hooten Town Hill looked good. Roll 'n Rock was full of energy in the post parade, while Big Hearted Frank (Werblin - Kalli Xan by Temperance Hill) warmed up nicely. Roll 'n Rock broke ok, but dropped back. In front, there was a match race going on with Squabble and Mountain Legend (Defiant Lord - Meryl's Choice by Louis Quatorze). They put a good 7 lengths between themselves and the rest of the field. Squabble finally put Mountain Legend away, but Hooten Town Hill was coming. Squabble put up little resistance, as Hooten Town Hill zoomed on by. Squabble was well-clear of the rest of them. Roll 'n Rock actually did some running late, finishing just a head out of 7. Five and a half furlongs might be a little too short for him. Watch the Replay.

Result: December 14, 2009
Mountaineer Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Hooten Town Hill $5.60
Big Hearted Frank  


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Cameron will Glance Quickly and Sweep the Road

December 15, 2009
Sunland Park Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 5:13 PM ET

P Horse
1. Tiger Lil
2. Hubcity Lady
3. Glance Quickly
4. Flowers Athefinish
5. Kitty Casino
6. Cameron
7. Sweep the Road
8. Chatty Maria
9. Blackie's Crown
10. Spooky Surprise
11. Memory of Dubai

Cameron (Rock Hard Ten - Chasseresse by Jade Hunter), who has been working at Fair Grounds, debuts at 5.5 furlongs at Sunland Park. Her most recent work was on December 6, when she went 5 furlongs in 1:04.00. Cameron sold for $400,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Chasseresse. Chasseresse was a winner at 2, and earned $153,391 in her career. She has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Forest Huntress. Two of Cameron's siblings were debut winners at 2. Rock Hard Ten's 27 runners have made 77 combined starts, recording 10 wins, 6 seconds, 10 thirds, and $506,277.

Also debuting in this one are: Tiger Lil (Posse - Truth Above All by Far North), Sweep the Road (Calkins Road - Sweep the Deck by Golden Gear), Chatty Maria (Mister Phone (ARG) - Maria's Prayer by Maria's Mon), and Memory of Dubai (Essence of Dubai - Sweet Memory by Deputy Minister).

Tiger Lil, who sold for $33,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare Truth Above All. Truth Above All was a winner at 2, and has produced 10 winners, including stakes winners Prince of Gold and Cenzontle, and grade III winner Traces of Gold. Two of Tiger Lil's siblings won at 2, including Traces of Gold, who won 2 races at 2, including the Calamity Jane Stakes.

Sweep the Road is by first-crop sire Calkins Road, whose 2 runners are both winners, recording 4 wins and 1 third between them. One of those was a debut winner. Sweep the Road's dam, Sweep the Deck, was a debut winner at 2, and has produced the winner Flamingo Princess. Sweep the Deck is also a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Starry De.

Chatty Maria is the first foal out of the unraced mare Maria's Prayer. Maria's Prayer is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Smacktalker.

Memory of Dubai is a half-sister to 4 winners. Her dam, Sweet Memory, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including a group II winner in Chile.

Kitty Casino (Parker's Storm Cat - Nicky's Intuition by Unbridled's Song) and Flowers Athefinish (Grand Reward - Golden Petal by Mr. Prospector) finished 2nd and 3rd in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Race at Zia Park on November 27. It was the first start for Kitty Casino, who is out of the winning mare Nicky's Intuition. Nicky's Intuition has produced the winner Chill Wind. Chill Wind is by Malibu Moon, half-brother to Parker's Storm Cat, sire of Kitty Casino. Nicky's Intuition is a full-sister to one winner, and a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Forestier and grade III winner Unbridled Hope. Flowers Athefinish previously finished 4th on November 10, and 3rd on October 17. Both races were also 5.5 furlong races at Zia Park. She sold for $100,000 and is by freshman sire Grand Reward. Grand Reward's 72 runners have made 206 total starts, recording 23 wins, 17 seconds, 19 thirds, and $615,387. Flowers Athefinish is a half-sister to 3 winners, including grade III stakes-placed winners Honour a Bull and Golden Glen. Two of Flowers Athefinish's siblings won at 2.

Glance Quickly (Slew City Slew - One Glance by Encino) finished 7th at 5.5 furlongs at Zia Park on November 10, behind Flowers Athefinish. It was Glance Quickly's only start. Glance Quickly is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Forward Glance.

Hubcity Lady (City Street - Smoochen Squaw by Commanchero) has run twice and finished 3rd both on October 11 and on October 31. Both races were 5.5 furlongs at Zia Park. She is a full-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Chief of Thestreet. Chief of Thestreet was a winner at 2.

Blackie's Crown (Souvenir Copy - Light the Crown by Chief's Crown) has also run twice, but she did her previous running at Remington Park. She finished 2nd in her debut on August 23, while running 5.5 furlongs. She then finished 6th in a 6 furlong race on October 2. She is out of stakes-placed Light the Crown, who earned $100,315. Light the Crown has produced 2 winners, including Banglesandbaubles, a full-sister to Blackie's Crown.

Spooky Surprise (Yonaguska - Surprisingly by Bertrando) finished 8th in her first and only start, at 5.5 furlongs at Zia Park on September 13. Stakes-placed Surprisingly, dam of Spooky Surprise, earned $136,138 in her career. Surprisingly is a half-sister to 6 winners.

Returning Workers

December 14

Afleet Alan (colt; Afleet Alex - Madrone by Doneraile Court) worked at Palm Meadows, 3 furlongs in :36.90.

At Hollywood Park, Premier Cru (colt; Afleet Alex - Restored Hope by He's Bad) went 4 furlongs in :48.60.

Ghost Town Kat (filly; Ghostzapper - Keeneland Kat by Hennessy) worked 4 furlongs in :52.00 at Palm Meadows.

Inner Groove (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Secret Ballad by Saint Ballado) worked 4 furlongs in :49.25 at Palm Meadows.

At Gulfstream, Wonderboy Roy (colt; Ghostzapper - Lady Shari by Judge T C) worked 4 furlongs in :47.42. It was the 4th fastest work at the distance.

Do What U Dare (colt; Kitten's Joy - Steaming Home by Salt Lake) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.00 at Hollywood Park.

Working 4 furlongs at Hawthorne were Dont Tell Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Misinformer by Dynaformer) in :52.00 and Hot Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Tabby Cat by Tabasco Cat) in :54.60.

Also at Hawthorne, Tricky Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Tricky Partners by Phone Trick) went 3 furlongs in :40.80.

Kerouac (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Coronation Cup by Chief's Crown) worked 4 furlongs in :48.23 at Gulfstream.

Furious Run (colt; Rock Hard Ten - One Dream Cat by Storm Cat) worked 5 furlongs in 1:06.95 on the turf at Palm Meadows.

Working 4 furlongs on the turf Palm Meadows was Lyrique (filly; Rock Hard Ten - America America by Mister Baileys (GB)), who went in :53.80.

She Will Rock You (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Stay Awhile by Unbridled's Song) worked at Fair Grounds, 3 furlongs in :38.60 on a good track.

Nicetoseey'again (colt; Saint Liam - O K to Dance by With Approval) worked on the turf at Palm Meadows, 4 furlongs in :54.65.

At Turf Paradise, Saint Spirit (filly; Saint Liam - Unbridled Spirit by Unbridled's Song) went 4 furlongs in :48.60.

At Churchill Downs, Westshore (colt; Saint Liam - Alexi Dancer by A. P. Indy) went 4 furlongs in :50.20 on a muddy track.

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