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Happy Holidays

I will be out of town for the next week, so this will be the last Maiden Watch post for awhile. I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. I do have a homework assignment. It will soon be time to pick stallions to follow in 2010. Like last year, the 5 stallions to follow will be determined by vote, and the horses listed in the poll will be those submitted by readers. So, start submitting your suggestions. Remember, these are stallions whose oldest offspring will be 2-year olds in 2010. If you need help remembering which stallions qualify, go to the Stallion Register, and search for stallions who entered stud in 2007. Some examples include, Bernardini, Flower Alley, and Giacomo. It would also be helpful if you say why you think that horse would be a good candidate. For example, we should follow Curlin, because he was a 2-time Horse of the Year (Curlin, however, is not eligible, since his first foals will be born in 2010).

December 22 Result

Julie's Warrior Takes the Joy

Carson Connection (Cuvee - Waterwild by River Special) was favored, Joyful Friend (Kitten's Joy - Somethingtreasured by Charismatic) was 6-1. Heartofthemisson (Global Mission - New Opposition by Slew the Surgeon) and Go Tiger Jack (Victory Gallop - Hussy by Unaccounted For) battled early. Turn and Repent (Repent - Feijoada by Formal Dinner) and Julie's Warrior (Littlebitlively - Julie's Red Dancer by Odd Feller) weren't far off, while Joyful Friend was around mid-pack. Go Tiger Jack shook free from Heartofthemisson, but he couldn't hold off Julie's Warrior. Favorite Carson Connection came running late, but he couldn't catch Julie's Warrior, who was the winner by better than a length. Joyful Friend faded to 9th. Watch the Replay.

Result: December 22, 2009
Delta Downs Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Julie's Warrior $40.20
$12.60
$7.00
Carson Connection  
$3.40
$2.80
Go Tiger Jack  

$3.40

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December 23 Entries

Valentinus and Papaw Broughton, a Hawthorne Match

December 23, 2009
Hawthorne Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs
2-year olds
Post Time: 4:53 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Valentinus
2. Jimmy Got Even
3. Doodle Dandy
4. Golden Bull
5. U Hush
6. Cherokee Lord
7. Papaw Broughton
8. Flattermejim
9. Fupegbdancing
10. Windy City Cat
11. Addaway Raj

Valentinus (Afleet Alex - Cozzy Love by Cozzene) and Papaw Broughton (Saint Liam - Princess Pegasus by Fusaichi Pegasus) meet in this 6 furlong race at Hawthorne.

Valentinus is unraced. He last worked at Hawthorne on December 13, going 5 furlongs in 1:03.60. A $20,000 yearling, Valentinus is a half-brother to stakes-placed Trumpstoo. Trumpstoo was a winner at 2. Cozzy Love, dam of Valentinus, is a half-sister to 7 winners. Afleet Alex's 59 runners have made 178 total starts, recording 23 wins, 27 seconds, 22 thirds, and $945,065.

Papaw Broughton has run once, finishing 8th in a 6.5 furlong race at Churchill Downs on November 12. He was in for a $100,000 claiming tag in that one, and was claimed. He has been working at Hawthorne since the claim, including 3 furlongs in :35.00 on December 21. It was the fastest of 5 works at the distance. Papaw Broughton is the first foal out of the winning mare Princess Pegasus. Princess Pegasus is a full-sister to one winner, and a half-sister to 7 winners, including group II winner Diffident. Saint Liam's 54 runners have made 150 total starts, recording 19 wins, 16 seconds, 23 thirds, and $1,062,341.

Jimmy Got Even (Stephen Got Even - Cielo's Miss by Conquistador Cielo) and Doodle Dandy (Yankee Gentleman - I Dream a Dream by Grindstone) met at 6 furlongs at Hawthorne on November 27, finishing 3rd and 4th. Jimmy Got Even has made 4 additional starts, finishing second at Hawthorne both on October 11 and October 24, 4th on August 8 at Arlington Park, and 8th at Arlington Park on September 6. He sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and is out of the placed mare Cielo's Miss. Cielo's Miss is a half- or full-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Proper Ridge. Doodle Dandy has run 2 other times, finishing 8th at Hawthorne on October 11, behind Jimmy Got Even, and 2nd at Arlington Park on September 19. He is a half-brother to the winner Melo, who was a winner at 2. I Dream a Dream, dam of Doodle Dandy, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Ransom the Dreamer.

U Hush (Tenpins - Hush U Dreamer by Roar) has run three times, finishing 7th on the turf at Kentucky Downs on September 21, 2nd at Churchill Downs on November 13, and 6th at Woodbine on December 5. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Hush U Dreamer. Hush U Dreamer was a winner at 2, and earned $138,907 overall. Hush U Dreamer is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Timbers Two.

Fupegbdancing (Fusaichi Pegasus - Shy Princess by Irish River (FR)) has run twice at Harthorne, finishing 4th on October 24, behind Jimmy Got Even, and 7th on the turf on November 14. He sold for $100,000 as a yearling, and $95,000 as a 2-year old. Group I stakes-placed Shy Princess, dam of Fupegbdancing, was a winner at 2. Shy Princess has produced 9 winners, including group II winner Diffident and 2 full-siblings to Fupegbdancing. Three of Fupegbdancing's siblings won at 2.

The last entrant with experience is Cherokee Lord (Sir Cherokee - Sequins n' Lace by Mari's Book), who was 6th in his only start, on a yielding Arlington Park turf on August 30. He is out of the winning mare Sequins n' Lace. Sequins n' Lace has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Lacer, who has earned $281,963 through 2009. One of Cherokee Lord's siblings won at 2.

Golden Bull (Holy Bull - Golden Swallow by Affirmed) is out of the unplaced mare Golden Swallow. Golden Swallow is a half-sister to 4 winners.

Stakes-placed In Excelcis Deo, dam of Flattermejim (Flatter - In Excelcis Deo by Forty Niner), won her 2-year old debut. She has produced 7 winners from 7 to run.

Windy City Cat (Include - Peekaboo Cat by Crafty Prospector) is the first foal out of stakes-placed Peekaboo Cat. Peekaboo Cat is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Silver Expression.

Addaway Raj (Brave 'n Away - Daddy's Darlin' by Peteski) is the second foal out of the winning mare Daddy's Darlin'. Daddy's Darlin's first foal, Joy From Phoenix, is a winner. Daddy's Darlin' is a full-sister to one winner, and a half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Rocky Hi.

At Charles Town, it's Mets Magic, Afleet Jane, and Recession Proof

December 23, 2009
Charles Town Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

7 furlongs
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 9:58 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Tanivan
2. Nehalennia
3. Legendary Ridge
4. Illegal Code
5. Mets Magic
6. Rutledge's Love
7. Afleet Jane
8. D D's Colormegone
9. Smart Talk
10. Patriot Miss
AE Heavens Intrigue
AE Recession Proof
AE T. M.'s Treasure
AE Gin and Soto

Afleet Jane (Afleet Alex - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake) and Mets Magic (Saint Liam - Mescalina by Smarten) are in the main body of the race, and Recession Proof (Afleet Alex - Pert Lady by Cox's Ridge) is on the AE list for this 7 furlong contest at Charles Town.

Afleet Jane and Mets Magic met on November 16 at Philadelphia Park, with Afleet Jane finishing 3rd, and Mets Magic 5th. Afleet Jane previously ran at Delaware Park on October 19, finishing 6th. She sold for $120,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner North Lake Jane. North Lake Jane won 2 of 3 starts as a 2-year old, including the Salem County Stakes. She has produced 2 winners, including one that won at 2. North Lake Jane is a full-sister to grade III winner People's Princess and grade II winner Meadow Flight. Afleet Alex's 59 runners have made 178 total starts, recording 23 wins, 27 seconds, 22 thirds, and $945,065. Mets Magic, who despite the name has never run in New York, has made 2 additional starts. She was 8th on October 14 at Delaware Park, and 3rd at Philadelphia Park on December 5. All of her starts have been at a mile and 70 yards. She is out of the winning mare Mescalina. Mescalina has produced 7 winners, including stakes winners Astrid and Sarah Cataldo (by Smarty Jones), and grade II winner Love of Money. Astrid was a winner at 2. Saint Liam's 54 runners have made 150 total starts, recording 19 wins, 16 seconds, 23 thirds, and $1,062,341.

Recession Proof has run 8 times. Her best finish was 2nd, which she achieved both on June 25 at Penn National, and on October 31 at Laurel. She has also finished 3rd once. Her most recent start was on November 27 at Laurel, where she finished 8th on a muddy track at a mile and a sixteenth. Recession Proof sold for $40,000 at the Keeneland January 2009 Sale for Horses of all Ages, and is out of the winning mare Pert Lady. Pert Lady is the dam of grade II winner Zavata. Zavata won three races at 2, including the Saratoga Special (gr. II) and the Tremont (gr. III). Overall, he earned $346,533.

Tanivan (Wiseman's Ferry - Bid On Love by Not For Love) and Smart Talk (Oratory - Raging Smart by Smarten) finished 2nd and 3rd in a 6.5 furlong race on a muddy track at Charles Town on December 9. Tanivan previously finished 4th on November 25 and 6th on November 12, both times at Charles Town. She is out of the mare Bid On Love, who was a winner and stakes-placed at 2. Bid On Love is a half-sister to 4 winners. Tanivan is a half-sister to the winner Out of Love. Smart Talk has run 4 additional times, all at Laurel Park. She finished 2nd on a sloppy track at 7 furlongs on October 15. She is by first-crop sire Oratory, whose 23 runners have made 97 total starts, recording 18 wins, 15 seconds, 18 thirds, and $372,191. Smart Talk is out of the winning mare Raging Smart, who has produced 2 winners.

Rutledge's Love (Not For Love - Rutledge Flirt by King of Kings (IRE)) finished 3rd, behind Tanivan, on November 25 at Charles Town. In three previous Charles Town starts, she finished third twice and second once. Her only other start was in the Maryland Million Lassie Stakes, where she finished 9th. Rutledge's Love is a full-sister to the winner Flirting for Love. Their dam, Rutledge Flirt, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including grade III winner Omnia, and Sur La Tete, a grade I winner over jumps.

Illegal Code (Omega Code - Valbon by Belong to Me) did her previous running at Calder, finishing 6th on September 25, 6th on October 16, and 2nd on November 1. She is the second foal out of the unplaced mare Valbon. Valbon is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Sweep Dreams, who earned $147,448.

Legendary Ridge (Cactus Ridge - Legendary Lady by Virginia Rapids) has run once, finishing 4th in 4.5 furlong race at Charles Town on November 27. She is out of the winning mare Legendary Lady, who earned $150,163. Legendary Lady has produced the winner Sir Galahad. Sir Galahad won 2 races at 2, and has earned $151,795 through 2009.

Nehalennia (Giant's Causeway - Airwave (GB) by Air Express (GB)) has also run once, finishing 5th in a 5.5 furlong race at Mountaineer on November 10. Group I winner Airwave, dam of Nehalennia, won 3 races at 2, and earned $672,977 overall. Nehalennia is her first foal.

Completing the main field are unraced entrants D D's Colormegone (Out of Place - La Rouge by Rubiano) and Patriot Miss (Quiet American - Falling Leaves by Deputy Minister). D D's Colormegone is out of the winning mare La Rouge. La Rouge has produced 2 winners. La Rouge is also a half-sister to 5 winners. Patriot Miss is a half-sister to one winner. Her dam, Falling Leaves, is a half-sister to one winner.

AE entrant Gin and Soto (Soto - Gin and Jazz by Taylor's Falls) finished 2nd in her debut at Penn National on September 30, and then finished 6th at Philadelphia Park on November 22. 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.

Also on the AE list is Heavens Intrigue (Dehere - Wild Intrigue (IRE) by Sadler's Wells), who previously ran at Woodbine. She was 6th on October 29, and 7th on November 13. She is the second foal out of the unraced mare Wild Intrigue. Wild Intrigue is a half-sister to the winner Intriguing Humor.

Completing the AE list is unraced T. M.'s Treasure (Flatter - Treasure Lake by Salt Lake). She is out of the winning mare Treasure Lake. Treasure Lake did not run at 2, but she did win her 3-year old debut. Treasure Lake has produced 2 winners, both full-sisters to T. M.'s Treasure. Treasure Lake is a full-sister to 2 winners, and a half-sister to 5 winners.

Returning Workers

December 22

Cascabella (filly; Afleet Alex - Island Rhythm by Skip Trial) worked at Palm Meadows, 3 furlongs in :37.25.

Trinity Run (colt; Ghostzapper - Lake Windermere by Fit to Fight) worked 3 furlongs in :37.85 at Palm Meadows.

At Gulfstream, Wonderboy Roy (colt; Ghostzapper - Lady Shari by Judge T C) worked 4 furlongs in :48.60.

At Santa Anita, Hard Way Ten (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Youcan'ttakeme by He's Tops) worked 4 furlongs in :48.00.

Also at Santa Anita, Rock Solid King (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Julie's Angel by Theatrical (IRE)) went 4 furlongs in :49.80.

At Oaklawn, By n' by Lord (filly; Saint Liam - Gone Bye Bye by Smart Strike) worked 5 furlongs in 1:06.20.

Cravin Caden (colt; Saint Liam - Lacie Girl by Editor's Note) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.45 at Palm Meadows.

At Keeneland, Marvelous Monkey (filly; Saint Liam - Liberty Flag by Kingmambo) worked 4 furlongs in :50.60.

Unprecedented (colt; Saint Liam - Desert View (GB) by Sadler's Wells) worked at Gulfstream, 5 furlongs in 1:01.00.

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