And the Winners Are...

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The results are in, and the stallions that we will be following in 2010 are: Bernardini, Bluegrass Cat, Bellamy Road, Henny Hughes, and Rockport Harbor. Thanks to everyone for voting and special thanks to those who suggested stallions. Beginning today, I will no longer be reporting workouts from our 3-year olds. I will continue to preview 3-year old races, until we get our first 2-year old starter. At that time, the 3-year olds will be moved to the "Other Entries" section.

January 24 Results

Hearted Beats Faster than Deanaallen'skitten

The turf was firm, Inmyheartforever (Medaglia d'Oro - Gerri n Jo Go by Top Command), Jersey Rambler (Stroll - Charmedandangerous by Northern Spur (IRE)), Goalkeeper (Arch - Mood Music by Kingmambo), and Lakeside Chapel (Chapel Royal - Ceridwen by Lord Avie) were scratched. AEs So Very Happy (Elusive Quality - Ingot's Dance Away by Gate Dancer) and Wickedology (Wild and Wicked - Ecology by Unbridled's Song) drew into the race. So Very Happy took the early money, but Deanaallen'skitten (Kitten's Joy - Miss Carmella (IRE) by Carmelite House) was the 7-5 choice at post time. The rest of the fillies were pretty much ignored by the bettors. Deanaallen'skitten and Harlan's Princess (Harlan's Holiday - Pocketbook Passion by Siphon (BRZ)) both received strong warm-ups. Twilight Memory (Smart Strike - Southern Swing by Dixieland Band) made a good impression as they moved onto the turf course. So Very Happy was a tad reluctant to load. No one seemed to want the lead, Hearted (Grand Reward - Shakespearean by Theatrical (IRE)) took it, followed by Alluring Power (Milwaukee Brew - Appealing Power by Valid Appeal). Deanaallen'skitten was unhurried, near the back. Twilight Memory and Cocktail Cruise (Hennessy - Ocean Queen by Zilzal) both took a stab at the leader, but Hearted continued up front. Alluring Power made a run at her late, but came up a head short. Deanaallen'skitten was really flying late, made up a ton of ground, but couldn't do better than third. Watch the Replay.

Result: January 24, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 10
Maiden Special Weight

Hearted $20.40
$11.20
$6.20
Alluring Power  
$10.00
$4.80
Deanaallen'skitten  

$2.60

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Other January 24 Results

Upgrade (Saint Liam - Emily Ring by Fit to Fight) was scratched from his Maiden Claiming race at Gulfstream Park. The winner was Magic Lion (Lion Heart - Magic Melody by Gulch), by an impressive 5 1/4 lengths. Watch the Replay.

January 27 Entries

Saintly Seoul Saw Perfection in an Outlaw Man

January 27, 2010
Santa Anita Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

1 1/8 miles turf
3-year olds
Post Time: 5:03 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Saw Perfection
2. Saintly Seoul
3. Body Builder
4. Ready for Change
5. Hockley
6. King of Kendall
7. Rock Solid Charm
8. Outlaw Man
9. Seize Power

This one looks familiar, as the entrants are almost identical to a race carded for January 18, which was lost due to the cancellation at Santa Anita.

Saintly Seoul (Saint Liam - Seoul by Deputy Minister) has run 6 times, including 5 turf starts. He finished 3rd three times on the turf, at Santa Anita on September 30 and October 24, and at Hollywood Park on November 15. His last start was at a mile on the turf at Santa Anita on December 27, where he was 5th. He's worked once since then, going 5 furlongs in 1:04.00 on January 9. Saintly Seoul is out of the winning mare Seoul. Seoul is the dam of 3 winners, including grade II turf winner Rush Bay. Rush Bay earned $742,847 in his 18 race career.

Hockley (A. P. Indy - Penny's Fortune by Storm Cat) and Body Builder (Horse Chestnut (SAF) - Work Out Queen by Fit to Fight) finished 2nd and 3rd, in front of Saintly Seoul, and Rock Solid Charm (Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) - Olympic Charmer by Olympio) finished 10th, behind Saintly Seoul, at a mile on the Santa Anita turf on December 27. Hockley has run 4 additional times, finishing second twice and third once, all on the dirt. He also finished 7th in the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) on the Keeneland Polytrack on October 10. He sold for $560,000 as a 2-year old. Hockley is the first foal out of turf stakes winner Penny's Fortune, who earned $185,334 in her career. Penny's Fortune is a full-sister to stakes winner Stormica, who was stakes-placed on the turf, and a half-sister to group III turf winner Perigee Moon and grade II winner Old Trieste. Old Trieste was by A. P. Indy, sire of Hockley. Body Builder finished 5th, behind Saintly Seoul on the Hollywood Park turf on November 15. He also ran on the Santa Anita turf on October 17, finishing 4th. He is out of the winning mare Work Out Queen. Work Out Queen has produced 2 winners, one of which won on the turf. Rock Solid Charm has finished behind Saintly Seoul in all 4 of his starts (all on the turf). His best finish was 7th on the Hollywood Park turf on December 6. He is out of Olympic Charmer, a grade II winner, who was also a stakes winner on the turf. Olympic Charmer earned $499,036 in her career. Olympic Charmer is the dam of Charm the Giant, a grade III winner on the turf, Charming Legacy, grade II stakes-placed on the turf, and Rock the Rock, a full-brother to Rock Solid Charm, who is a turf winner.

Outlaw Man (Forest Wildcat - Pier Sixty Six by Cozzene), Seize Power (Mizzen Mast - Palisade by Gone West), King of Kendall (Smart Strike - Lan Kwai Fong (AUS) by Bluebird), and Ready for Change (A. P. Indy - Ajina by Strawberry Road (AUS)) finished 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th in a different mile turf race at Santa Anita on December 27. Outlaw Man previously finished 4th at a mile and an eighth on the Churchill Downs turf on November 28, and 5th on the dirt at Saratoga on August 22. He sold for $50,000 as a weanling and $150,000 as a yearling. He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Pier Sixty Six. Pier Sixty Six is a half-sister to 5 winners, including turf stakes winner Broadway View, and Misty Sixes, a stakes winner on the turf and dirt. Seize Power previously was 4th on the Hollywood Park turf on November 15, behind Saintly Seoul. He is out of the turf winning mare Palisade. Palisade has produced 3 winners, including Jibboom, a grade II winner on dirt and a grade III winner on the turf. Jibboom has earned $487,600, and is a full-sister to Seize Power. Seize Power's other winning siblings also won on the turf. King of Kendall has no other starts. He sold for $475,000 as a yearling, and is out of Lan Kwai Fong, a group I winner on the turf in Australia. Lan Kwai Fong has produced the turf winner Aussie Bird. Ready for Change, who is part of an entry with Hockley, did his previous running on the main track, finishing 6th at Saratoga on August 17, 7th on a sloppy track at Belmont on September 11, and 11th on the Keeneland Polytrack on October 10. Champion Ajina, dam of Ready for Change, earned $1,327,915 in her career. Ajina has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Manchurian, and turf stakes-placed Jinni, a full-sister to Ready for Change.

The only horse who wasn't entered in the January 18 race is Saw Perfection (Pleasantly Perfect - Saw Her Shadow by Wild Again). He has made one start, finishing 6th at 6.5 furlongs on the Santa Anita turf on January 9. He is a half-brother to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Wild Union, who has earned $188,476 through 2010. Two of Saw Perfection's siblings won on the turf. His dam, Saw Her Shadow, is a full-sister to Keys to the Heart, a grade III winner on the dirt, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Saw Her Shadow is also a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Avie's Shadow and turf stakes winner Nastassia.

Quechee vs. Charlie's Kitten on the Grass at Gulfstream

January 27, 2010
Gulfstream Race 9
Maiden Special Weight

1 mile turf
3-year olds
Post Time: 5:14 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Southwestern
2. They Call Me Giant
3. Quechee
4. Hurricane Day
5. Remittance
6. El Kingdom
7. Fu San
8. Bergerac
9. Plead
10. Charlie's Kitten
11. Mutiny
12. Ready to Dazzle
MTO Marching Tune
AE Firefighter
AE Key to the Empire
AE Maximoso

Quechee (Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) makes his second start, and Charlie's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Allthewaybaby by Grand Slam) his first, in this race at Gulfstream scheduled for a mile on the turf. Quechee made his debut at 1 1/16 miles on the Aqueduct turf on November 6, finishing 7th. Most recently, he has been working at Palm Meadows, where he recorded three turf works, including 4 furlongs in :55.80 on January 20. He is a half-brother to 4 winners, including turf stakes winner Auction Watch. His other 3 winning siblings also won on the turf. His dam, Tarika, is a full-sister to 2 winners, including grade I turf winner Tikkanen, and a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Greenville and group I turf winner Turgeon. Charlie's Kitten has been working at Tampa Bay Downs, including 4 furlongs in :49.40 on January 21. He is a half-brother to Goshawk Ken, a stakes winner on the turf. His dam, Allthewaybaby, is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Remittance (Unforgettable Maz - Wife's Objection by Slewpy) has made 4 starts, including his last 3 on the turf. In those turf races, he finished 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth at Belmont on October 8, 3rd at a mile and a sixteenth at Aqueduct on October 31, and 3rd at a mile and a sixteenth at Aqueduct on November 28. Second in that race was Lentenor, a winner next time out. Remittance sold for $42,000 as a weanling, and $330,000 as a yearling, and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Hehasnosay. Remittance's dam, Wife's Objection, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade II winner Kingdom Found.

AE entrant Key to the Empire (Empire Maker - Distinctive Code by Lost Code) and Ready to Dazzle (More Than Ready - Eye Dazzler by Boundary) finished 7th and 8th at a mile on a sloppy Gulfstream track on January 9. Key to the Empire had run 3 times previously, his best finish was 3rd on a sloppy track at a mile and 70 yards at Monmouth on September 12. He sold for $60,000 as a yearling and $100,000 as a 2-year old. Stakes winner Distinctive Code, dam of Key to the Empire, earned $262,460 in a 25 race career, and was also stakes-placed on the turf. She is the dam of the winner Clash of Arms. Ready to Dazzle finished 2nd and 4th in his other two starts, both on the dirt. He is out of grade I stakes-placed Eye Dazzler. Eye Dazzler has produced the winner Dazzling Look. Eye Dazzler is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Mutiny (Military - Stormy Blast by Kayrawan) finished 4th in his lone start, at 7 furlongs at Belmont on July 24, a race originally scheduled for the turf. He is a half-brother to 3 winners. His dam, Stormy Blast, is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Field Cat and Estevan. Field Cat was a stakes winner on the turf, and Estevan was stakes-placed on that surface. Another sibling, Storm Dancer, was also stakes-placed on the turf.

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.

Plead (Langfuhr - High Court (BRZ) by Blush Rambler) has also run once, finishing 7th at a mile on the dirt at Aqueduct. He is the first foal out of the turf winning mare High Court. High Court was a group I winner on the turf in Brazil, and grade III turf stakes-placed in the U.S.

The remaining entrants in the main field are unraced, including Southwestern (Gone West - Sweet Alabama by Kris S.), who sold for $310,000 as a yearling. He is the second foal out of the unplaced mare Sweet Alabama. Sweet Alabama is a half-sister to 3 winners, including grade III winner Evil Minister.

Selling for $270,000 as a yearling was They Call Me Giant (Giant's Causeway - Aishah by Alydar), who is out of grade II winner Aishah. Aishah has produced 7 winners, including stakes winner Arabis, grade II winner Atelier, and grade I winner Aldiza. One of They Call Me Giant's siblings was a debut winner.

Hurricane Day (Stormy Atlantic - Boxing Day by Out of Place) sold for $62,000 as a yearling, and $100,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 2 winners, including one debut winner. His dam, Boxing Day, is a half-sister to 6 winners.

Madam Sandie, dam of Fu San (Fusaichi Pegasus - Madam Sandie by Our Native), was grade III stakes-placed on the turf. Madam Sandie has produced 7 winners, including Gritty Sandie, a grade III winner on the turf. Gritty Sandie earned $536,445, while running primarily on the turf. One of Fu San's siblings was a debut winner.

Bergerac (Rahy - Freedom of Speech by Danzig) is a full-brother 2 winners, including T. D. Vance, grade II winner on the turf, who was a debut winner. Bergerac is also a half-brother to 4 winners. Overall, three of his siblings won on the turf (including both full-siblings) and 2 were debut winners.

AE entrant Firefighter (Forest Danger - Flaming Mirage by Woodman) is also unraced. He brought $110,000 as a weanling, $170,000 as a yearling, and $130,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to 5 winners, including Kinsale King, recent winner of the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita. One of Firefighter's siblings won on the turf.

Completing the AE list is Maximoso (Concerto - Le Nat by Dynaformer), who has run 6 times. He finished 3rd at a mile on yielding turf on December 14 at Calder, and 2nd at 7.5 furlongs on the Gulfstream turf on January 8. He also finished third on a sloppy track at Calder on December 4. He is out of the turf winning mare Le Nat, who earned $115,490 overall. Le Nat has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, including turf stakes winner Midwife.

The only MTO entrant is Marching Tune (Malibu Moon - Itama by Tabasco Cat), who finished 5th in his only start, a 6 furlong race at Aqueduct on November 27. He sold for $240,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Itama. Itama has produced the winner Royal Treaty. Itama is a half-sister to grade II winner My Boston Gal.

Joyful Friend has Southern Values to be a Cajun Thief

January 27, 2010
Delta Downs Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 8:42 PM ET

P Horse
1. Thekingoftexas
2. Old Man Who
3. Tropical Rush
4. Southern Values
5. Cajun Thief
6. Run Lunarpal
7. Big Vinnie
8. Big Bopper
9. Alcazar
10. Joyful Friend

Joyful Friend (Kitten's Joy - Somethingtreasured by Charismatic) runs for the fourth time in this 5 furlong race at Delta Downs. He was 3rd in his debut on December 4 at 5 furlongs, then finished 9th at 6.5 furlongs, both on December 22 and on January 13. All of his races have been at Delta Downs. He is the first foal out of the placed mare Somethingtreasured. Somethingtreasured is a half-sister to 3 winners, including Insolito, a group II winner in Panama.

Old Man Who (Stormy Atlantic - Wild Attraction by Wild Rush) finished 2nd, in front of Joyful Friend, on December 4 at Delta Downs. Previously, he was 7th at 5 furlongs on the turf on July 16 at Evangeline Downs. He sold for $29,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-brother to the winner Wild Indiscretion. Wild Attraction, dam of Old Man Who, is a half-sister to 6 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Saratoga Prince.

Thekingoftexas (Stormy Atlantic - Souvenir Doll by Souvenir Copy) finished 5th on the Evangeline Downs turf on July 16, in front of Old Man Who. He has run three additional times. His best finish was 3rd at 4.5 furlongs on the dirt at Evangeline Downs on June 4. Most recently, he was 9th in the John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes at 5.5 furlongs at Evangeline Downs on August 1. He is out of the winning mare Souvenir Doll. Souvenir Doll is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Alcazar (De Guerin - Coronation Bay by Eskimo) has run three times. He was 10th in a 5 furlong race at Delta Downs on October 23, 4th at Fair Grounds on December 19, and 3rd at Fair Grounds on January 16. Both of his Fair Grounds starts were at 5.5 furlongs. He is out of the winning mare Coronation Bay, who has produced 6 winners from 7 to run.

Southern Values (Value Plus - Boston Maggie by Boston Harbor) finished 2nd in his only start, at 5 furlongs at Delta Downs on December 18. He is the first foal out of the placed mare Boston Maggie. Boston Maggie is a half-sister to 2 winners.

Tropical Rush (Stormy Atlantic - Eishin Berry by Winrightt) made his only start at Sam Houston on December 12, finishing 3rd in the mud at 6 furlongs. He sold for just $1,500 as a yearling, but for $40,000 as a 2-year old. He is out of the winning mare Eishin Berry, who has produced the winner Superior Thief. Eishin Berry, dam of Tropical Rush, is a full-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Miss Gibson County and Charlies Paradis and grade III winner Big Jewel, and a half-sister to 6 winners.

Big Bopper (Songandaprayer - Hollow Sky by Yet It's True) has also run once, finishing 8th in a 6 furlong race at Fair Grounds on November 22. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Hollow Sky. Hollow Sky is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner He's Got Grit. He's Got Grit is by Songandaprayer, sire of Big Bopper.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Big Vinnie (Vindication - French Buster by Housebuster), who sold for $65,000 as a yearling and $20,000 as a 2-year old. Stakes winner French Buster, dam of Big Vinnie, earned $139,460 in 18 starts and was a debut winner. French Buster has produced the winner King of Tarts. French Buster is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Alyrob.

Cajun Thief (Entrepreneur - Halo Kitty Kat by Cat Thief) is the second foal out of the unraced mare Halo Kitty Kat. Halo Kitty Kat is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III stakes-placed The Goo.

Run Lunarpal (Lunarpal - Run Little Prissy by Comstock Lode) is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Run Little Prissy. Run Little Prissy is a half-sister to one winner.

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Don from Delaware

Wonderfully nice watches, thanks so much for your overviews and comments so many of appriciate....Don

27 Jan 2010 6:23 AM
LadyValtaya

Woo hoo!! Yay Rocky!!! I can't wait to see all of your beautiful babies run!!

27 Jan 2010 8:08 AM
Annem

I have enjoyed this blog but care little about any of the stalions selected other than Bluegrass Cat.

The really good ones were not chosen and apparently this is a popularity contest not one looking seriously at stallions who might succeed. Look at last year where Pollard's vision and Roman Ruler were 2nd and 3rd on the Freshman sire list. I doubt that Rockport Harbor or Henny Hughes (mediocre runners at best) will do anything.

27 Jan 2010 9:48 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

AnneM - Of course, it is partially a popularity contest. People want to hear about the offspring of horses that they remember from the track. I hope you find something to like in the blog, even though your choices were not picked.

Who are the really good ones, in your opinion?

27 Jan 2010 10:03 AM
Jay

Can't wait to see Bernardini and Bluegrass cat's offspring run. I sort of agree with AnneM how could you not involve Roman Ruler last year but I thought Eddington would have had a better first year I can't even find one of his horses worth putting into my road to the roses stable next week when it hopefully starts but I have at least two Roman Ruler horses Maximus Ruler and first out Maiden winner Rule By Night.  

27 Jan 2010 10:31 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Jay - we picked the stallions last year the same way as this year. Roman Ruler finished 7th in the poll: cs.bloodhorse.com/.../who-to-follow-in-2009.aspx

By the way, Eddington was 6th.

27 Jan 2010 10:43 AM
Virgil Fox

Really enjoy this blog.

Thank you for hosting.

- Peace

27 Jan 2010 11:20 AM
MK in FL

I think this is a great list, I don't know why there are complaints. Bernardini was the most accomplished 3 year old his year. Henny Hughes, Rocky and Bellamy Road were all precocious and you would think they would throw good two year olds. I do wish Badge Of Silver was on the list though.

27 Jan 2010 11:35 AM
Larissa

I LOVE your blog, but where are the westcoast horses?  You couldn't throw a Kentucky derby winner in there named Giacamo?  Just one please.  It has been a true joy watching Rock Hard Ten on this blog.  Please Please.

27 Jan 2010 11:51 AM
AnneM

Artie Schiller and Aragorn were much better race horses then Henny Hughes and Rockport Harbor and certainly sounder....

27 Jan 2010 12:07 PM
Larissa

Agreed!  I would have loved aragorn!  But then again there seems to be an east coast bias...

27 Jan 2010 12:58 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Larissa - hmmm... folks from the west coast were just as free to vote as those from the east.

27 Jan 2010 1:05 PM
AnneM

Larissa - that is sooo true. I live on the West Coast and over and over again see West Coast horses ignored. It is really sad.

27 Jan 2010 2:51 PM
Nicole

Is there any way to post a picture of Hearted, the winner of the 10th at Gulfstream on Jan 24?  If it's the filly I'm thinking of, her facial marking is something to see...

27 Jan 2010 2:58 PM
Dave

I have waited to see how Bernardini's offspring would do since they day they retired him. In my opinion he will be the foremost sire of his generation.  Regal breeding, combined with near perfect conformation, and almost unequaled ability spell greatness for Bernardini.

27 Jan 2010 3:31 PM
Nicole

Found a picture of Hearted- are we allowed to post links here?  It's from the Saratoga Times Union:

blog.timesunion.com/.../3915

So sweet... :)

27 Jan 2010 4:42 PM
mz

Nicole: if you get the Thoroughbred Daily News on-line(sorry, Blood Horse staff!), they have a picture of Hearted showing the actual heart shaped "star" on her forehead.  It's the most amazing thing! An actual heart!

27 Jan 2010 4:45 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Nicole - you may also want to look at the replay, posted above.

27 Jan 2010 4:53 PM
MK in FL

I know Artie Schiller and Aragorn were sounder race horses, but what is this blog about? I think people want to follow the stallions that have the best shot at siring some exciting two year olds this coming year and I think the voters got it right. I have seen the foals by these stallions at the sales and most of them look the part and their prices reflect it. If I want to know who the best sire of five year old turf runners are, then we can start a new blog in three years.

27 Jan 2010 4:58 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

MK in FL - good question. I see the purpose of this blog as a way of discovering new talent in maiden races - regardless of who the sire is. That is why I give info about all the horses in the race, not just those by our sires. However, the stallions chosen provide a starting point and it's much more exciting when one of their offspring succeed, since we have followed them since their first works.

Regarding the stallion chosen, I would expect people to vote for the stallions whose offspring they are most interested in seeing perform. They may have loved the horse as a racehorse, loved his yearlings at the sales, or think he is a shoe-in for top freshman sire. The reasons may vary, but the votes indicate that these are the stallions whose offspring people are interested in. Only time will tell what kind of sires they are.

27 Jan 2010 5:53 PM
Betsy

Yay! I can't believe Bernardini already has 2 year olds. I think he's going to be a terrific sire (I hope he's a lot better than Mineshaft, who has disappointed me a great deal). It still bothers me that Bernardini was retired before we could see what he was truly capable, but hopefully his offspring will carry on his legacy.  

27 Jan 2010 6:44 PM
AnneM

I for one, could care less about a flashy two year old out of a sire who was so fragile he only ran 7 or 8 times. I want to see offspring of sound, durable horses. I would like them to show promise at two but still be sound and running at 4 or 5.

27 Jan 2010 8:32 PM
Cathy

Rockport Harbor had another horse step on him and caused a huge gash that bothered him the rest of his career. He still came back and won a graded stakes race at 4. I would rather breed my sound, durable (40 starts) graded stakes placed mare to a FAST, precocious stallion and hope for the best!

28 Jan 2010 9:24 AM
Ranagulzion

Dont Get Mad would've been an interesting stallion to follow.  Its a pity he didn't make the list.

28 Jan 2010 3:36 PM

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