Kittens in the WEBN and Allowance Tries for Alexes

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January 29 Results

Lakeside Chapel Finds Her Inner Groove Over Sambista

The turf was firm. Hot Cappucino (Medaglia d'Oro - Warm the Drum by Kingmambo) and the MTOs were scratched. AE Mama Said (Spanish Steps - Sweetness by Stormy Atlantic) got to run. The bettors had trouble settling on a favorite, with Inner Groove (Rock Hard Ten - Secret Ballad by Saint Ballado) getting the lukewarm 3-1 nod at post time. On the other hand, Sambista (Afleet Alex - French Braids by Personal Flag) went off at close to 98-1. Goalkeeper (Arch - Mood Music by Kingmambo) was feisty in the post parade. Secret Glade (Hennessy - Meadow Vista by Meadowlake) warmed up strong. Inner Groove was not happy at the load. They loaded her sans jockey, but she continued to act up. Then Secret Glade acted up. She was backed out of the gate, and was a late scratch. A couple of other horses were backed out as well, including Sambista, but they loaded them back quickly and set them on their way. Inner Groove went for the early lead, Sambista was at the back. Lakeside Chapel (Chapel Royal - Ceridwen by Lord Avie) moved alongside Inner Groove, and then took the lead. She continued to increase her advantage, as Inner Groove followed in second. It's Tea Time (Dynaformer - Prof. McGonagall by Storm Cat) and Portend (Sky Mesa - Ayers Rock by Slew the Knight) came running late, but there was no catching Lakeside Chapel. Inner Groove was just nipped for third. Sambista never got on track, running 11th the whole way. Watch the Replay.

Result: January 27, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 9
Maiden Special Weight

Lakeside Chapel $17.40
It's Tea Time  


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Bwana's Brave

The turf was firm.The Sun Demon (Closing Argument - Brand New Gator by Vicksburg) was scratched, as well as AEs Hudson Landing (Maria's Mon - Morning Star by Shotiche) and Rascallion (Hold That Tiger - Zuppa by Woodman). AE Let's Do It (El Prado (IRE) - Nephele by Deputy Commander) drew into the race. Bwana Brave (Bwana Charlie - Fire Feet by Lacotte (IRE)) took the early money, but Five Fifty Five (Loup Solitaire - Lacewings by Forty Niner) was favored at post time. He looked good in the paddock. Nicetoseey'again (Saint Liam - O K to Dance by With Approval) was 13-1. Tooth and Nail (Eddington - Acqualina by Pulpit) was on his toes. Nicetoseey'again had some pep on the track, and he was tossing his head in the starting gate. Notoriety (Maria's Mon - Wittenberg by Relaunch) and Let's Do It went for the early lead. King Prada (El Prado (IRE) - King's Interest by Kingmambo) was chasing in third. Nicetoseey'again was around mid-pack. It continued to be Let's Do It and Notoriety into the stretch, when first Toro Santo (Holy Bull - Dynamic Reaction by Dynaformer) and then Bwana Brave (Bwana Charlie - Fire Feet by Lacotte (IRE)) came running. Bwana Brave was going best between horses, and got the victory by a clear length. Nicetoseey'again finished in 7th, the leader of the second pack. He probably thinks that he won. Watch the Replay.

Result: January 27, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 4
Maiden Claiming ($75,000 - $65,000)

Bwana Brave $7.80
Toro Santo  
Let's Do It  


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Other January 29 Results

My Alexis (filly; Afleet Alex - Saint's Play by Saint Ballado) looked good breaking her maiden in race 2 at Aqueduct, a mile and 70 yard Maiden Claiming race. She sat off the early pace, and came up the rail for an easy win. Watch the Replay.

Becky's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene) gained late to finish 4th in his Allowance race on the turf at Gulfstream. Watch the Replay.

January 30 Entries

Amazingly, we have no Maiden Special Weight entries for January 30 (although I am in the process of moving horses to a different account, so it is possible that I missed someone). So, I'll preview the Stakes and Allowance entries in more depth than usual.

Kittens Clash in the WEBN

January 30, 2010
Turfway Park Race 11

1 mile
3-year olds
Post Time: 5:45 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Patti's Kitten
2. In the Paint
3. Rockin' Rockstar
4. Fish
5. Pathoki
6. Proud of Midway
7. Kera's Kitten
8. Lucky Chuck
9. Justamatteroftime
10. Big Bruin
11. Slewzoom
12. Mickejoe
AE Outclass

Patti's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Hillary Step by Chimes Band) and Kera's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Mrs. K. by Dixieland Band) are part of a big field in the mile WEBN at Turfway Park. Patti's Kitten has run twice, finishing 2nd at Keeneland on October 21, and breaking his maiden at a mile at Turfway Park on December 12 (Watch the Replay). Since then, he's been working at Turfway Park, including 5 furlongs in 1:02.40 on January 23. Patti's Kitten is a half-brother to 3 winners, including grade I winner Dawn of War. Kera's Kitten most recently ran in the Turfway Prevue Stakes on January 2 at Turfway Park. He stumbled at the break in that one, and lost all chance, finishing 7th. (Watch the Replay). Last year, Kera's Kitten won his first 2 starts, including the Skyy El Joven Stakes, before finishing 7th in the Grand Canyon Stakes on November 28. All of his 2009 starts were on the turf. Kera's Kitten has worked a couple of times since the Prevue Stakes, including 5 furlongs in 1:02.00 at Turfway on January 23.

Fish (Yonaguska - Jester by Kiri's Clown) and Lucky Chuck (Evansville Slew - Timely Rhythm by Count the Time) finished 2nd and 4th in the Turfway Prevue Stakes, in front of Kera's Kitten. Fish has made 4 additional starts, breaking his maiden in his second start, a 6 furlong race at Keeneland on October 14. He also finished 2nd in a 6.5 furlong Allowance race at Turfway Park on December 17. Fish is the first foal out of the winning mare Jester, who earned $183,600. Jester is a full-sister to 2 winners, and a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Elaine's Booboo. Lucky Chuck has 3 wins and 3 thirds in 9 starts. His victories include the Indiana Futurity at Hoosier Park on October 11. His other stakes start was in the Hillsdale Stakes at Hoosier Park on September 13, where he finished 3rd. He also won a 6.5 furlong Allowance race at Turfway Park on December 17. Lucky Chuck is out of the winning mare Timely Rhythm, who has produced 2 winners.

Slewzoom (Slew City Slew - Just Zooming by Schembechler) finished 3rd in the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity in his most recent start, on December 12 at Hawthorne. He had previously broken his maiden at Hawthorne on November 21. Overall, he has run 6 times, with 1 win, 1 second, and 2 thirds. Slewzoom is out of the winning mare Just Zooming, who is a full-sister to stakes winner Azooma.

Another with stakes experience is Pathoki (Wiseman's Ferry - United Kingdom by Danzig), who was 6th in the Cradle Stakes at River Downs on September 7. Pathoki has run 9 times in all, winning once, finishing second once (via dq, after crossing the line in front), and finishing third three times. His maiden victory came at 5.5 furlongs at River Downs on July 2. Pathoki is out of the winning mare United Kingdom, who has produced 6 winners.

The last one with a previous stakes appearance is Justamatteroftime (Taste of Paradise - Green Mill by Green Dancer), who was 9th in the Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes at Presque Isle Downs on September 26. He broke his maiden at Presque Isle Downs on September 9, and also finished 2nd on the turf at Ellis Park on July 24. His most recent start came on October 24 at Keeneland, where he was 8th in a mile Allowance race on yielding turf. Justamatteroftime's dam, Green Mill, was a winner and has produced 3 winners from 3 to run.

Proud of Midway (Proud Citizen - Lovely Morning by Cox's Ridge) has run 5 times, winning 3 times, finishing second once and third once. All of his previous starts were at Charles Town. Most recently, he won a 6.5 furlong Allowance race at that track on December 9. He is a half-brother to 2 winners.

The rest of the entrants broke their maidens in their most recent starts.

Mickejoe (Bernstein - Harmattan by Thunder Gulch) broke his maiden in his 10th start, running a mile at Mountaineer on December 29. However, prior to that he had finished second twice and third four times. Mickejoe is a half-brother to 3 winners, and his dam, Harmattan, is a half- or full-sister to 11 winners, including grade III winner Free At Last.

Rockin' Rockstar (Congaree - Ghost Prayer by Silver Ghost) has run 4 times. He finished 4th on the turf at Kentucky Downs on September 28, 3rd at Keeneland on October 21 (behind Patti's Kitten), and 8th at Churchill Downs on November 8, before breaking is maiden at 5.5 furlongs at Turfway Park on November 29. Rockin' Rockstar is out of the winning mare Ghost Prayer, who has produced 3 winners.

In the Paint (Tiznow - Copelan's Angel by Copelan) also broke his maiden at Turfway, winning a mile race on December 26. He previously finished 6th at Churchill Downs on November 28, and 5th at Keeneland on October 31. He sold for $100,000 as a weanling, and is out of grade III stake-placed Copelan's Angel. Copelan's Angel has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Fly Away Angel.

Breaking his maiden at Turfway on January 1 was Big Bruin (Vindication - Summer Mis by Summer Squall), who ran in a 6.5 furlong race. His previous running was done at Hawthorne, where he was 3rd on October 25, and 9th on the turf on November 14. Grade III winner Summer Mis, dam of Big Bruin, earned $542,662 in 23 starts. Summer Mis has produced stakes winner Summer's Empire.

AE entrant Outclass (Maria's Mon - Should Excell by Dixieland Band) is another who broke his maiden at Turfway, winning a mile race on December 31. He also finished 4th at Turfway on December 4. A $67,000 yearling, he is out of the winning mare Should Excell. Should Excell has produced stakes-placed Should Expect.

Read more about the WEBN here.

Afleet Express has a Sky Venture for a Family Holiday

January 30, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 2

6 furlongs
3-year olds
Post Time: 1:39 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Sky Venture
2. Afleet Express
3. Octavo
4. General Maximus
5. Family Holiday
6. Windy City Cat
7. Peace At Dawn

Afleet Express (Afleet Alex - Expanse by Distant View) makes his long-awaited second start, after cruising in his debut, a 6 furlong contest on a muddy Aqueduct track on December 5. Watch the Replay. He sold for $245,0000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Expanse. Expanse has produced 4 winners from 4 to run, including stakes winner Reporting for Duty.

Family Holiday (Harlan's Holiday - Balancoire by Diesis (GB)), Peace At Dawn (Peace Rules - Cajun Dawn by Awesome Again), and Sky Venture (Sky Mesa - Honeymooner by Suave Prospect) finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th in a 6 furlong Allowance race on a sloppy Gulfstream Park track on January 9. Family Holiday finished 4th in his first start, at 5.5 furlongs at Calder on October 12. He broke his maiden next time out, in a 6 furlong race at Calder. Family Holiday brought $30,000 at 2, and is a half-brother to 4 winners. Peace At Dawn was a debut winner, taking a 4.5 furlong race at Calder on June 13. He then ran in 2 stakes races, finishing 3rd in the Birdonthewire Stakes at Calder on October 17, and 4th in the Jack Price Juvenile Stakes on November 14, also at Calder. His other start was in a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Calder on December 11, where he was 5th. He sold for $15,000 as a weanling and $80,000 as a 2-year old, and is the first foal out of the placed mare Cajun Dawn. Cajun Dawn is a half-sister to 9 winners, including stakes winners Diplomat's Reward and Dispersed Reward. Sky Venture has run three additional times, finishing 3rd on September 12, 8th on October 3, and winning a 6.5 furlong race on November 29. All of those starts were at Calder. Stakes winner Honeymooner, dam of Sky Venture, earned $142,070. Sky Venture is her first foal.

Octavo (Forestry - Juke by Mr. Prospector) finished 2nd in his first two starts at Ellis Park, before breaking his maiden at Keeneland on October 16 in a 6.5 furlong race. He hasn't run since then. He sold for $150,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes-placed Juke. Juke earned $151,879 in 11 starts, and has produced 3 winners, including grade I stakes-placed Haka.

General Maximus (Freud - Modern Toughness by Good and Tough) and Windy City Cat (Include - Peekaboo Cat by Crafty Prospector) have both started once, and won once. General Maximus, whose race was 5 furlongs at Belmont on July 9, is out of the unraced mare Modern Toughness. Windy City Cat did his running at Hawthorne on December 23, in a 6 furlong race on a track labeled good. He is the first foal out of stakes-placed Peekaboo Cat. Peekaboo Cat is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Silver Expression.

A Student has an Instant Message for Big Boy Billy

January 30, 2010
Oaklawn Park Race 5
Allowance Optional Claiming

1 1/16 miles
3-year olds
Post Time: 4:03 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Westrock Gold
2. Brewer
3. Big Boy Billy
4. Buggs Pride
5. A Student
6. Prince Tyler
7. Instant Message

A Student (Afleet Alex - La Sorbonne (ARG) by Southern Halo) hasn't been seen since he won his debut back on August 16 at Canterbury Park. In that 5.5 furlong race, he started slowly, but still won impressively. He has been prepping for his return at Oaklawn, including 5 furlongs in 1:03.40 on January 16. A $120,000 yearling, A Student is out of the unraced mare La Sorbonne. La Sorbonne has produced 9 winners, including stakes winner The Student, Good Student, who was a group III winner in Argentina, and grade I stakes-placed in the U.S., and grade I stakes-placed Collegiate.

Brewer (Successful Appeal - Doctress by Dehere) is the only entrant with 2 wins. He broke his maiden in his second start, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Keeneland on October 28. He then returned to finish second in a 1 1/16 mile Starter Allowance on November 25 at Churchill Downs. However, he was placed first in that race, after the winner was disqualified. Interestingly, the disqualified winner was Pathoki, who runs in the WEBN on January 30. Subsequent to that race, he finished 5th on the turf at Fair Grounds in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race, and 2nd in a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Oaklawn Park on January 16. Brewer is a half-brother to the winner Doc Posse. His dam, Doctress, is a half-sister to 5 winners.

Big Boy Billy (Cactus Ridge - Brenna Belle by Arch) finished 5th, behind Brewer, in the Starter Allowance race at Churchill Downs on November 25. That was his most recent start. He debuted at Arlington Park, finishing third at a mile, and then won a mile and 70 yard race at Hawthorne on October 25. Big Boy Billy is out of the unplaced mare Brenna Belle. Brenna Belle is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Crafty Tricker.

Westrock Gold (Touch Gold - Gray Touch by Entropy) broke his maiden in his second start, a 5.5 furlong race at Churchill Downs on June 20. He then finished 6th in the Bashford Manor (gr. III) on July 3 at Churchill Downs, and 5th in the Tyro Stakes on July 26 at Monmouth. He last ran on October 9 at Keeneland, finishing 8th in a 7 furlong Allowance race. Westrock Gold, who sold for $200,000 as a yearling, is out of stakes-placed Gray Touch. Gray Touch is the dam of 9 winners, including stakes winner Yogi's Polar Bear.

Instant Message (Mr. Greeley - Livia B by Jolie's Halo) has run 5 times. He finished 5th in his first two starts on the turf, and then broke his maiden in start number 3, a 6 furlong race at Turfway Park on September 26. His next start was in the Sugar Bowl Stakes at 6 furlongs on December 19, where he finished 6th. He has one start this year, finishing 5th in a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race on a sloppy Fair Grounds track on January 16. A $75,000 2-year old, Instant Message is a half-brother to 5 winners.

Buggs Pride (Western Pride - Glitterball by Northern Afleet) also has stakes experience, he finished 8th in the Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park on December 13, his most recent start. His maiden score came in a mile and 70 yard race on November 6 at Remington Park. He also finished 2nd in a Maiden race at Arlington Park on July 19. Buggs Pride is a half-brother to Wonder Girl, who was grade I stakes-placed in Puerto Rico.

Prince Tyler (Early Flyer - Princess Moment by Joanie's Chief) has run twice. He won his debut, a 5.5 furlong race on a muddy Sam Houston track on December 6, and then returned to finish 3rd in an Allowance race at that track on December 31. He is out of the winning mare Princess Moment, who has produced 5 winners from 5 to run.

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