Rock Is King

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Marine Major (Toccet - Crystal Gem by Affirmed) and Cat Nip Denny (Fantasticat - Widow Women by Synastry) were scratched. King Rock (Rock Hard Ten - Queen Mindy by King of Kings (IRE)) was 12-1 at first flash, but went off favored at 5-2. Hardly Dark Out (Speightstown - Dijon by French Deputy) and Big City Deputy (Silver Deputy - Big City Dream by Horatius) also received some attention from the bettors. The horses were in the paddock until 5 minutes to post, ah the joys of winter racing. King Rock looked good once they got to the track. Walt's Whiz (Sky Mesa - Fourth Daughter by Smoke Glacken) went for the early lead. Bring You Down (Dance With Ravens - Broach by Our Emblem) and Confidence Crisis (Vindication - Cariada by Seeking the Gold) were chasing. King Rock wasn't far off, saving ground. He was full of run, but had no place to go. In the stretch, Big City Deputy (Silver Deputy - Big City Dream by Horatius) came running and hit the front. But, King Rock finally found a way through, and wore down Big City Deputy for a professional victory. Watch the Replay.

Result: January 9, 2010
Philadelphia Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

King Rock $7.20
Big City Deputy  
Confidence Crisis  


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Quiet All American Scores

The track was sloppy and the weather was miserable. Marching Tune (Malibu Moon - Itama by Tabasco Cat) and Morethanatale (More Than Ready - Dream Street by Tale of the Cat) were scratched. Cravin Caden (Saint Liam - Lacie Girl by Editor's Note) was the slight favorite at post time, but Desert Lord (Elusive Quality - Desert Queen by Wavering Monarch) received plenty of support as well. Kerouac (Rock Hard Ten - Coronation Cup by Chief's Crown) was 26-1. He certainly is his father's son, he is one big boy. There was quite a tussle for the early lead: Quiet All American (Forest Camp - Quiet Summernight by Quiet American), Systemic Risk (Tapit - Despot by Wavering Monarch), and Ready to Dazzle (More Than Ready - Eye Dazzler by Boundary) were all involved. Cravin Caden was about mid-pack, and Kerouac was off to a slow start. Quiet All American maintained the lead into the stretch. Desert Lord made a run at him, but came up a neck short. Moe Man (Yes It's True - Maya by Capote) just grabbed third from Cravin Caden. Kerouac finished 6th. After his slow start, he was involved for a time, then tired late. He'll be stronger next outing. Watch the Replay.

Result: January 9, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

Quiet All American $23.80
Desert Lord  
Moe Man  


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Gary D, that's Who We Gunna Call

It was raining, but the track was fast. Cavalli (Songandaprayer - Andante by Sky Classic) and Guiding Missile (Golden Missile - Bolshoi Ballerina by Theatrical (IRE)) were scratched (Guiding Missile was a late scratch). Who We Gunna Call (Ghostzapper - Touch Dial by Phone Trick) was favored early, but Wicked Tune (Concorde's Tune - Pretty Wicked by The Wicked North) was the post-time choice. Ink (Unbridled's Song - Queen of Spirit by Deputy Minister) looked good in the post parade. Who We Gunna Call was eager. Who We Gunna Call hesitated a bit at the load, Forestry Type (Forestry - Adel by Strawberry Road (AUS)) needed more persuading. Forestry Type and Gary D (Successful Appeal - Harford Ghost by Silver Ghost) dueled early, Who We Gunna Call was off slow. Gary D pulled away from Forestry Type and went on to a more than 6 length win. Interestingly, he was the only entrant with prior Tampa Bay experience. Who was that coming late, taking 4th in a photo? None other than Who We Gunna Call, who made up a ton of ground in the stretch. Watch the Replay.

Result: January 9, 2010
Tampa Bay Downs Race 9
Maiden Special Weight

Gary D $19.60
Forestry Type  
Wicked Tune  


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Using Major Momentum over Crimson Glory

The race was taken off of the turf and run on the main track, which was listed as good at post time. But, it didn't look that good and was changed to sloppy after this race. Nehru (Mingun - Run Early Run Fast by Cherokee Run) and Assorted Colors (Snow Ridge - Melody of Colors by Concorde's Tune) were scratched. Crimson Glory (Ghostzapper - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag) was favored, close to even money. Major Momentum (Speightstown - Major Wager by Valid Wager) was looking lively. Montana Knight (Seattle Fitz (ARG) - Watch That Girl by Deposit Ticket) looked good in the post parade, and warmed up strong. Anwar Sadat (Mr. Greeley - Chinoe Road by Old Trieste) was reluctant to load. Crimson Glory went right to the lead from her rail spot. Top Yank (Yankee Gentleman - Primequest by Coronado's Quest) went after her, and Major Momentum (Speightstown - Major Wager by Valid Wager) joined in the fun as well. Crimson Glory started going backwards at the quarter pole. She ended up 6th. Major Momentum put Top Yank away, and then drew off to a sparkling 6 1/2 length win. Not sure if it was the surface or the rail, which was dead all day, that did Crimson Glory in, but we'll throw this one out and wait for another day. Watch the Replay.

Result: January 9, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Major Momentum $6.60
Punta Nizuc  
Montana Knight  


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Other January 9 Results

Marvelous Monkey (filly; Saint Liam - Liberty Flag by Kingmambo) stalked early, but faded to 7th in her Maiden Claiming race at Turfway Park. Watch the Replay.

Tenacious Traci (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Treize by Alysheba) was bumped at the start and weakened, finishing 8th in her Maiden Claiming race at Laurel. .Watch the Replay.

Stakes Entry

Harissa (filly; Afleet Alex - Dynasty by Time for a Change) faces 5 in the 1 1/16 mile Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. Post time is 7:07 PM ET. Harissa broke her maiden in her third and most recent start, a mile and a sixteenth contest at Hollywood Park on November 19. She's been working at Santa Anita since then, including 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 on January 7. Read more about the Santa Ysabel here.

Sheltowee will be Tenplus

January 10, 2010
Fair Grounds Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

1 mile and 40 yards
3-year olds
Post Time: 4:55 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Tenplus
2. Down With Dixie
3. Stern
4. Bwana Moja
5. Sheltowee
6. Spoon River Lew
7. Northern Giant
8. Elle Union
9. Mine Train
10. Endorsement
11. Grandad Bud
AE Island Soul

Tenplus (Rock Hard Ten - One Beautiful Lady by Broad Brush) and stakes-placed Sheltowee (Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) face off in this mile and 40 yard contest at Fair Grounds. Tenplus is making his debut. He has been working at Fair Grounds since late December, including 3 furlongs in :37.20 on January 7. Tenplus brought $200,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to the winner Casas Caballo. His dam, One Beautiful Lady, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Dancing Gulch and grade II winner and sire Distorted Humor. Sheltowee has run 6 times. He finished second in his last three races, including his most recent start in the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity at Hawthorne on December 12. All three of those races were at a mile and a sixteenth at Hawthorne. He last worked on January 4 at Fair Grounds, going 4 furlongs in :49.80. Sheltowee is out of grade III winner Crafty Oak, who earned $442,155 in her career. Crafty Oak has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winners Giant Oak and Apple Martini.

AE entrant Island Soul (Perfect Soul (IRE) - Copper Belle by Carson City) and Grandad Bud (Closing Argument - Palace Emblem by Our Emblem) finished 2nd and 5th in a mile and 40 yard race at Fair Grounds on December 19. Island Soul previously finished 3rd at 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 15. He sold for $40,000 as a yearling, and $230,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of Copper Belle, who won 4 races. Copper Belle has produced the winner Maltese Copper. Copper Belle is also a half-sister to 3 winners. Grandad Bud also has one other start, finishing 3rd in a mile and 70 yard race at Remington Park on November 6. He sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to the winner Summer Palace, who earned $188,733. Palace Emblem, dam of Grandad Bud, is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Retaliation.

Bwana Moja (Limehouse - Afleet Would by Afleet) and Elle Union (Dixie Union - Onceinabluemamoon by Al Mamoon) met in a 6 furlong race on a sloppy Fair Grounds track on December 14, with Bwana Moja finishing 2nd and Elle Union 4th. It was the first and only start for both. Bwana Moja sold for $40,000 as a yearling, and $50,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of stakes-placed Afleet Would, who earned $171,767. Afleet Would has produced 2 winners. Afleet Would is also a full-sister to 1 winner, and a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade I winner Vaudeville. Elle Union sold for $180,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade II winner Onceinabluemamoon. Onceinabluemamoon earned $429,023 in her career, and has produced 3 winners from 4 to run, including stakes winner One Union, a full-brother to Elle Union.

Northern Giant (Giant's Causeway - Jessi Take Charge by War Chant) has made 4 starts. His best result was in his last start, a mile and a sixteenth race on a sloppy Fair Grounds track on December 7. A $150,000 yearling, Northern Giant is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare Jessi Take Charge. Jessi Take Charge is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Eventail and Commendation, and grade I winner Take Charge Lady.

Down With Dixie (Purge - Dixie Sue by Dixieland Band) has run 5 times. His best finish also came in his most recent race, when he finished 3rd at a mile and a sixteenth at Churchill Downs on November 28. Down With Dixie is the second foal out of the unplaced mare Dixie Sue. Dixie Sue is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Tropical Blossom and Barbette, and grade II winner Diamond On the Run.

Spoon River Lew (Maria's Mon - Stolen Pleasures by Marfa) finished 7th in his debut on October 22 at Keeneland, and then finished 5th twice, at a mile and a sixteenth at Churchill Downs on November 8, and at a mile and 40 yards at Fair Grounds on November 28. He sold for $80,000 as a weanling, and is a half-brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Pirate of Penzance.

Endorsement (Distorted Humor - Charmed Gift by A. P. Indy) finished 7th in his only start, a 6 furlong contest at Churchill Downs on November 26. A $450,000 yearling, he is out of grade III stakes-placed Charmed Gift, who earned $256,454. Charmed Gift has produced Vistoso, a group I winner in Mexico.

Completing the field are unraced entrants Stern (Dynaformer - Don't Be Silly by Lord At War (ARG)) and Mine Train (Mineshaft - Taste the Passion by Wild Again). Grade III winner Don't Be Silly, dam of Stern, earned $330,708 in 39 starts. Don't Be Silly has produced 3 winners. Mine Train sold for $160,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Taste the Passion. Taste the Passion was a debut winner, and earned $142,210. Taste the Passion has produced stakes winners Shampoo and Smarty Deb. Smarty Deb was a debut winner.

Other January 10 Entry

Kenneth's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Shortstop Sal by Ghazi) faces 9 in race 7 at Turfway Park. Post time is 3:56 PM ET for this 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming race. This will be Kenneth's Kitten's second start. First time out, he finished 2nd at a mile in a Maiden Claiming race at Turfway Park on December 28.

Returning Workers

January 9

Baby Afleet (colt; Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic) worked 4 furlongs in :50.90 at Palm Meadows.

Conspicuous (filly; Ghostzapper - Kalahari Cat by Cape Town) worked at Palm Meadows, 4 furlongs in :50.05.

Do What U Dare (colt; Kitten's Joy - Steaming Home by Salt Lake) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 at Santa Anita.

At Calder, Kijo (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sunday Sport by Honour and Glory) worked 4 furlongs in :50.60 on a sloppy track.

Working at Belmont was Tom Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Coax Classic by Caveat), who went 4 furlongs in :51.62.

Hard Way Ten (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Youcan'ttakeme by He's Tops) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 at Santa Anita.

At Santa Anita, Saintly Seoul (colt; Saint Liam - Seoul by Deputy Minister) worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.00.

Unprecedented (colt; Saint Liam - Desert View (GB) by Sadler's Wells) worked at Gulfstream, 6 furlongs in 1:15.80.

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