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Congratulations to all the Eclipse Award winners, and especially Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who first appeared on this blog on May 5, 2008, and Champion 3-year old male Summer Bird, who made his first appearance on Maiden Watch on May 13, 2008.

Who to Follow in 2010?

Today the voting begins to determine which stallions to follow in 2010. I have tried to include all the stallions that were suggested by readers. If I have left any out, please note them in the comments. I will leave the poll open for a week, closing it on Tuesday, January 26 at 5:00 PM. It will be included it in any blogs between then and now. Please note that you can only vote for 5 stallions. Feel free to lobby for your picks. I'm glad that you are doing the voting, this is a tough decision. If you need information about the stallions, the Stallion Register is an excellent source.

January 18 Results

Tempted to Tapit Laughs at Comical

The track was muddy, and there were no scratches. Tempted to Tapit (Tapit - Tempting Note by Editor's Note) was the choice of the bettors. He looked good in the prelims, and was adding blinkers for this start. Comical (Ghostzapper - Abby Girl by Meadowlake) and entrymate Poseidon (Friends Lake - Witness Post by Gone West) were 5-1. Comical looked ready to go, as they moved on to the track. Deflationary Fears (Value Plus - Free of Charge by Tour d'Or) warmed up nicely. Comical was off a little awkwardly. Deflationary Fears and Tempted to Tapit battled for the early lead, with Calvello (Tapit - Sainttwok by Saint Ballado) also involved. Comical was in 4th, about 6 lengths behind the leading trio. Tempted to Tapit easily moved clear of the other 2, and began moving farther and farther away. Comical moved into 3rd, and then second, but was no threat to the winner. It was an impressive 11 1/2 length victory for Tempted to Tapit, but also a nice debut for Comical, who was 10 1/4 lengths in front of the rest. Tempted to Tapit's victory was marred by the breakdown of Freefourme (Freefourinternet - Straight Country by Straight Man) in the stretch of the race. He was euthanized on the track. Jockey Gabriel Saez escaped injury. Watch the Replay.

Result: January 18, 2010
Aqueduct Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Tempted to Tapit $3.50
$2.30
$2.10
Comical  
$3.50
$2.40
Calvello  

$3.60

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Other January 18 Results

Saintly Seoul (colt; Saint Liam - Seoul by Deputy Minister) was left on the sidelines when Santa Anita racing was cancelled on January 18.

Nicetoseey'again (colt; Saint Liam - O K to Dance by With Approval) also stayed in the barn, as he didn't draw in off the AE list for his Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream.

January 20 Entry

Rock America is a Person of Interest, a Bigshot

January 20, 2010
Gulfstream Race 9
Maiden Special Weight

1 1/16 miles turf
3-year olds
Post Time: 5:14 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Lentenor
2. Parthian
3. Christopher'simage
4. Rock America
5. One Sky
6. Quando Quando
7. Sarkar
8. Person of Interest
9. Bigshot
10. Alcomatch
11. Rascallion
12. Dixie Summer's
AE Don Cavallo
AE My Kingdom Come
AE El Kingdom
AE Vanishing Buck

Rock America (Rock Hard Ten - Girl Scout by Meadowlake) is scheduled to debut in this 1 1/16 mile turf contest at Gulfstream. He has been working for some time, most recently going 5 furlongs at Payson Park in 1:02.80 on January 12. Rock America sold for $75,000 as a weanling, and is a half-brother to the winner Meggie P. His dam, Girl Scout, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including turf stakes winner Tiva's Little Sis and Whitmore's Conn, a grade I winner on the turf, who earned $740,426.

Also unraced are Quando Quando (El Prado (IRE) - Valid Victress by Valid Appeal) and Alcomatch (Smart Strike - Vilia by Royal Academy). Quando Quando is out of stakes winner Valid Victress. Valid Victress has produced 4 winners, including 2000 Champion Grass Mare Perfect Sting. Perfect Sting was a debut winner, and earned $2,202,042, while racing primarily on the turf. Alcomatch is the first foal out of the unraced mare Vilia. Vilia is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Passion Flower, grade II winner C'Est L'Amour, and Banjo Man, grade I stakes-placed over jumps.

Lentenor (Dynaformer - La Ville Rouge by Carson City) and One Sky (Orientate - Southern Letters by Capote) finished 2nd and 6th at 1 1/16 miles on the Aqueduct turf on November 28. Lentenor previously finished 3rd at 7 furlongs on the Keeneland Polytrack on October 31. He is a full-brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. Barbaro was also a stakes winner on the turf. Another full-brother, Nicanor, is a winner on the turf. A half-sibling, Holy Ground, is a stakes winner on the dirt and stakes-placed on the turf. La Ville Rouge, dam of Lentenor, was grade II stakes-placed on the turf. For more about Lentenor, visit the Tracking Barbaro's Brothers Blog. One Sky has also run one other time, finishing 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf on August 16. He is out of the winning mare Southern Letters. Southern Letters has produced 8 winners from 9 to run.

AE Vanishing Buck (Point Given - Our Honoree by Danzig), Christopher'simage (Halo's Image - Glass Slipper by Katowice), and Person of Interest (Tapit - Oriole Way by Cahill Road) finished 3rd, 5th, and 6th in a mile and 70 yard dirt race at Calder on January 1. Vanishing Buck has run 5 additional times, finishing 2nd once and third twice. One of the thirds came at a mile on the Calder turf on November 15. He is a half-brother to 3 winners. His dam, Our Honoree, is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade I winner Qualify. Christopher'simage also finished 2nd once and third twice in his previous 4 starts, all on the dirt. The second-place finish came in the Seacliff Stakes on August 29 at Calder. He also ran in the Florida Stallion In Reality Stakes on October 17, finishing 5th. Christopher'simage sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is a full-brother to stakes-placed Charming Image. He is also a half-brother to 2 winners. Person of Interest has no other starts. He sold for $13,000 as a yearling, and $20,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 5 winners, including turf stakes-placed Savage Beauty. Three of Person of Interest's siblings won on the turf.

Parthian (Giant's Causeway - Inny River by Seattle Slew) has run 9 times, finishing second once and third six times. All of his starts have been at Delaware Park. He was third in his only turf try, a mile and 70 yard race on September 8. His most recent race came on October 26, when he finished 7th at 6 furlongs. Parthian sold for $200,000 as a weanling and $300,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 6 winners, including stakes winner Welcome Inn and group II turf winner Montgomery's Arch. Four of Parthian's siblings won on the turf.

Rascallion (Hold That Tiger - Zuppa by Woodman) has made 5 starts, including his last three on the turf at Laurel, where he was 7th at a mile and a sixteenth on September 19, 3rd at 5.5 furlongs on October 9, and 2nd at 5.5 furlongs on October 23. Rascallion is a half-brother to 5 winners, including stakes winner Red At the Helm, and turf stakes-placed Toorah Laura La. Three of his siblings won on the turf.

Bigshot (Limehouse - Regal Snicker by Regal Classic) has run twice on the Polytrack at Keeneland, finishing 5th on April 16 and 8th on October 10; and twice on the turf, finishing 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth at Saratoga on August 27, and 3rd at a mile and an eighth at Churchill Downs on November 28. Bigshot sold for $57,000 as a weanling, and $180,000 as a yearling. He is out of stakes-placed Regal Snicker, who has produced stakes-placed Serious Vow and Regal Officer, who was stakes-placed on the turf.

All three previous starts by Dixie Summer's (Grand Reward - Vopo by Theatrical (IRE)) came on the turf. He finished 8th at a mile and a sixteenth at Saratoga on September 5, 10th at a mile at Belmont on October 3, and 10th at a mile and a sixteenth at Aqueduct on November 6. He is the first foal out of the turf winning mare Vopo. Vopo is a half-sister to 3 winners, including Mercenac, stakes-placed on the turf.

Sarkar (Lightnin N Thunder - No Dispute by Skip Trial) was 8th in his only start, a 5 furlong turf contest at Calder on December 10. He is the first foal out of the winning mare No Dispute. No Dispute is a full-sister to stakes winner Crucial Trial, and a half-sister to 10 winners, including turf stakes winners Cool Review and Sultan's Gem.

AE El Kingdom (El Prado (IRE) - Rabiadella by Dynaformer) was 6th in his only start, a 5.5 furlong at Monmouth on September 26. He sold for $450,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of grade III turf winner Rabiadella. Rabiadella earned $263,450 in 24 mostly turf starts. Rabiadella has produced 5 winners, including grade II turf winner Diadella. All 5 of El Kingdom's winning siblings won on the turf.

AE My Kingdom Come (Smart Strike - Sister Queen by Irish River (FR)) has also run once, finishing 8th at a mile and a sixteenth on the Churchill Downs dirt on November 28. He is out turf stakes winner Sister Queen, who earned $182,092. Sister Queen has produced 2 winners. Sister Queen is a half-sister to grade I winners Queens Court Queen and Mr Purple.

On the MTO list is Don Cavallo (El Prado (IRE) - Transcendental by Mt. Livermore), who is part of an entry with Quando Quando. Don Cavallo has run twice on the dirt, finishing 9th at 7 furlongs at Belmont on October 17, and 5th at a mile at Aqueduct on November 28. He is out of grade I stakes-placed Transcendental, who earned $381,976. Transcendental is a half-sister to 3 winners, including group III winner Admiral's Cruise.

Returning Workers

January 18

La Gran Bailadora (filly; Afleet Alex - Affirmed Dancer by Affirmed) worked at Fair Grounds, 4 furlongs in :51.40.

At Hollywood Park, Premier Cru (colt; Afleet Alex - Restored Hope by He's Bad) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.80.

Speedy Mon (colt; Afleet Alex - Ringlet by Maria's Mon) worked from the gate at Fair Grounds, 5 furlongs in 1:02.20. He is entered Saturday, January 23 at Fair Grounds.

At Turf Paradise, R Luckyghost (colt; Ghostzapper - Downtown Blues by Seattle Song) worked 4 furlongs in :48.80.

Deanaallen'skitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Miss Carmella (IRE) by Carmelite House) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Palm Meadows.

At Oaklawn, New Madrid (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.20.

She Will Rock You (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Stay Awhile by Unbridled's Song) worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.40 at Fair Grounds.

At Turfway Park, I Am Indy (colt; Saint Liam - Teenage Temper by A. P. Indy) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.80.

January 19

Afleeting Lady (filly; Afleet Alex - Oatsee by Unbridled) worked at Palm Meadows, 5 furlongs in 1:03.00.

At Fair Grounds, Go Ask Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00.

Ophiuchus (filly; Afleet Alex - Nymphenburg by San Romano) worked 4 furlongs in :52.00 at Payson Park.

Straw Flower (filly; Afleet Alex - Arlucea by Broad Brush) worked from the gate at Palm Meadows, 4 furlongs in :51.00.

At Payson Park, Fantasma (filly; Ghostzapper - Cindy's Hero by Sea Hero) worked 4 furlongs in :51.80.

At Fair Hill, Grecian Maiden (filly; Ghostzapper - Willa On the Move by Two Punch) worked 4 furlongs in :52.00.

Stately Victor (colt; Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) worked at Gulfstream, 6 furlongs in 1:14.00.

Trinity Run (colt; Ghostzapper - Lake Windermere by Fit to Fight) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.60 at Palm Meadows.

At Payson Park, Who We Gunna Call (Ghostzapper - Touch Dial by Phone Trick) worked 4 furlongs in :52.80.

Becky's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene) worked at Gulfstream, 5 furlongs in 1:01.80.

Dean's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Summer Theatre by Ide) worked 6 furlongs at Gulfstream, in 1:14.20.

Working 4 furlongs at Gulfstream Park were Jill's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Southern Barfly by Southern Halo) in :49.00 and Love That Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Littlebitoflove by High Yield) in :48.65.

At Penn National, Out of Print (colt; Kitten's Joy - Lettertotheeditor by Editor's Note) worked 4 furlongs in :51.00.

Scottkeith'skitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Miss Bergdorf by Old Trieste) worked 3 furlongs at Gulfstream, recording a time of :36.60.

William's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Blush by Menifee) worked 4 furlongs in :47.35 at Gulfstream. It was the fastest of 64 works at the distance. He is expected to run in Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream. Entries out are tomorrow.

At Palm Meadows, Christmas for Liam (colt; Saint Liam - Gone for Christmas by Gone West) worked 4 furlongs in :50.60.

Draw a Blank (filly; Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.05 at Gulfstream.

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