La Gran Victory

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The Triple Crown nominations came out today, so let's take look at those on the list by our 2009 stallions. You can view the complete list on the Triple Crown Mania portion of the site and also sort by sire, trainer, owner, and other information.

Afleet Alex - 8 nominees

Afleet Express (Afleet Alex - Expanse by Distant View)
Won his debut on December 5 at Aqueduct, and then finished second in an Allowance race at Gulfstream on January 30. He has never been beyond 6 furlongs.

Alex Le Great (Afleet Alex - Colonial Glitter by Glitterman)
Has run twice, finishing 4th on September 5 at Saratoga, and 2nd on October 25 at Belmont. Both races were at 7 furlongs.

Alex's Vision (Afleet Alex - Urban Dancer by Citidancer)

Dublin (Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird)
Won the grade I Hopeful at 2. Overall, 2 wins in 5 starts with earnings of $228,623. Dublin has been working at Oaklawn.

Fast Alex (Afleet Alex - Unaffordable by Unbridled)
Broke his maiden in his second start, at a mile and a sixteenth at Fair Grounds on February 6. Finished third in his debut.

Lights Out Lidge (Afleet Alex - Cervante (AUS) by King's Theatre (IRE))
Unraced. Working at Oaklawn

Quick Ride (Afleet Alex - Baby Lets Cruise by Tale of the Cat)
Broke his maiden in his second start, at 6 furlongs at Belmont on September 12. Ran 3rd in the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park on October 10, and 5th in the Nashua Stakes (gr. II) on November 7. Most recently, he was 4th in a mile Allowance race at Gulfstream on January 7.

Will's Afleet (Afleet Alex - Prairie Maiden by Badger Land)
Unraced. Working at Oaklawn

Ghostzapper - 5 nominees

Daddy Forty Nine (Ghostzapper - Tuff Chick by Wild Again)
8 starts, 4 wins and 2 seconds, and earnings of $55,840. Most recently finished 4th in a mile and 40 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Fair Grounds on February 1.

Gaucho (Ghostzapper - Fashion Cat by Forest Wildcat)
Unraced. Working at Palm Meadows

Golden Ghost (Ghostzapper - Mandy's Gold by Gilded Time)
Stakes winner, won the 5 furlong First State Dash Stakes on August 22 at Delaware. Also finished 2nd in the 6 furlong Bold Lad Stakes on October 25 at Belmont. Six furlongs is the longest distance he's run.

Spicer (Ghostzapper - Allspice by Coronado's Quest)
Finished 2nd in his only start at 6 furlongs on October 14 at Keeneland.

Stately Victor (Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer)
Stately Victor broke his maiden at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf, and then finished 6th in the Breeders' Futurity (gr. I). His most recent race was a mile and eighth Allowance at Gulfstream on January 31, where he was 5th.

Kitten's Joy - 3 nominees

Dean's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Summer Theatre by Ide)
Finished 4th in the Hallandale Beach Stakes on February 7 on the turf at Gulfstream. In 2009, he won the Vision Stakes on the turf at Belmont. Dean's Kitten also finished 4th in the With Anticipation Stakes on the turf at Saratoga, and 6th in both the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. II) and the Grand Canyon Stakes at Churchill Downs on November 28. Dean's Kitten's only dirt start was in the Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont on October 4, where he was 5th.

Shrimp Dancer (Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold)
Shrimp Dancer has run 6 times, winning once, finishing second once, and third three times. He broke his maiden at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, but is stakes-placed on both the turf and dirt. He finished 3rd in the Vision Stakes on the Belmont turf on October 25, and 3rd in the Damon Runyon at Aqueduct on December 6. Shrimp Dancer most recently ran second in a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Aqueduct on January 21.

William's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Blush by Menifee)
William's Kitten broke his maiden on the turf, but then won the off-the-turf Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs on September 19. It's been nothing but stakes since then, highlighted by a second-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on November 28, and a third in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at a mile at Gulfstream Park on January 23.

Rock Hard Ten - 5 nominees

Best Actor (Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie by Unaccounted For)
Best Actor broke his maiden in his 4th start, at a mile at Gulfstream on January 7. He then ran 3rd in a tough 1 1/8 mile Allowance race at that track on January 31.

Colonel Mustard (Rock Hard Ten - Wave On by Caveat)
Unraced. Colonel Mustard was entered at Santa Anita on January 23, but scratched, probably because it was the first day back for Santa Anita after canceling. He has been working at Hollywood Park.

Doubles Partner (Rock Hard Ten - Serena's Sister by Rahy)
Broke his maiden in his 4th start, at a mile and an eighth on the Churchill Downs turf on November 28.

New Madrid (Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)
Has one start, finishing 6th in a 7 furlong race at Churchill Downs on November 15. He has been working at Oaklawn.

Utopian (Rock Hard Ten - Storm Alert by Storm Cat)
Unraced. Utopian was entered at Santa Anita on January 23, but scratched, probably because it was the first day back for Santa Anita after canceling. He has been working at Hollywood Park.

Saint Liam - 2 nominees

Buddy's Saint (Saint Liam - Tuzia by Blushing John)
Grade II winner has finished 3rd in all three of his starts, but was disqualified in his debut and placed second. Undaunted, he won the Nashua (gr. II) on November 7 and the Remsen (gr. II) on November 28. Both races were at Aqueduct. He is at the top of many early Derby lists, and is scheduled to run next in the Fountain of Youth.

Westshore (Saint Liam - Alexi Dancer by A. P. Indy)
Westshore has run 4 times. His best finish was 2nd at a mile at Churchill Downs on November 22. His most recent start was on January 7 at Gulfstream, where he finished 7th in a mile race.

February 7 Results

Stakes Result

Dean's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Summer Theatre by Ide) was rank early in the Hallandale Beach Stakes at Gulfstream. He did start running late and just missed third, finishing 4th. The winner was Bim Bam over big favorite Interactif. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Hallandale Beach here.

La Gran Victory

The track was fast, Hottie Dancer (Distorted Humor - Pike Place Dancer by Seattle Dancer) was the only scratch. Between Raindrops (A. P. Indy - Beaucette by Mr. Prospector) was favored. La Gran Bailadora (Afleet Alex - Affirmed Dancer by Affirmed) was 7-1, and Go Ask Alex (Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)) was 11-1. First-timer Wild Soiree (Fusaichi Pegasus - Nice Dancing by Bering (GB)) made a good impression. Go Ask Alex looked ready, La Gran Bailadora was calm, cool, and collected. Between Raindrops was acting up a bit in the gate, but she got away well. She went to the lead, but Go Ask Alex was right with her. Church View (Quiet American - Holy Belle by Holy Bull) was watching the duel in third, while La Gran Bailadora had a nice rail spot. Church View made her move in the stretch, and hit the lead. But, La Gran Bailadora, who had been switched to the outside, was coming. She swept by the leaders, and won by better than 2-lengths. I was really glad to see her get the win. I've had a soft spot for La Gran Bailadora ever since her debut, when she was kicking up a storm at the load. They have been using a blanket on her in the gate since then, and it seems to have really helped. Go Ask Alex tired to 5th, but a decent effort from her as well. Watch the Replay.

Result: February 7, 2010
Fair Grounds Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

La Gran Bailadora $17.60
Church View  
Sheryl's Melody  


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A Taconic Victory

The track was fast and there were no scratches. Star of Sapphire (Tapit - Rhumb Line by Mr. Greeley), who is one of those pretty gray Tapits, was favored. Seeking the Ghost (Ghostzapper - Questress by Seeking the Gold) was 6-1, and Straw Flower (Afleet Alex - Arlucea by Broad Brush) went off at 72-1. Straw Flower is a delicate-looking thing. Entwine (Empire Maker - Flute by Seattle Slew) made a good impression. There was some buzz about Seeking the Ghost, who was 15-1 on the morning-line. The break was eventful, Souma (Mr. Greeley - Mountain Bonfire by Mt. Livermore) ducked through the temporary rail leaving the gap and lost Joe Bravo. She seemed fine, galloping along with the pack. Among those still in the race, Seeking the Ghost was on top, pressed by Entwine and Star of Sapphire. Entwine began to fade, but Seeking the Ghost and Star of Sapphire continued on. However, they were powerless against Taconic Victory, who rallied wide for an easy victory. Cat Be Nimble (Tale of the Cat - Capote's Niner by Capote) and So Explosive (Mineshaft - Awesome by Storm Cat) gained late to pick up second and third, while Seeking the Ghost faded to fourth. Straw Flower didn't show much, trailing early and then finishing 5th, but she did beat favorite Star of Sapphire. Watch the Replay.

Result: February 7, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Taconic Victory $11.60
Cat Be Nimble  
So Explosive  


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A Dynamic Run for Barbie

The turf was good and the only scratches were the Also-Eligibles. Hot Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Tabby Cat by Tabasco Cat) was the early tepid favorite, but Go Gone Girl (Eurosilver - Beech Baby by Dixie Brass) got the nod at post time. Rochelle Rochelle (Mizzen Mast - Slewville by Petionville) objected to being saddled. Blazing Sasha (Langfuhr - Blazing Kadie by Our Native) made a favorable impression. Tuscan Moon (Mizzen Mast - Secret Pact by Private Account) looked good on the track. Go Gone Girl protested at the load. The rider hopped off and she loaded. Hot Kitten stumbled slightly at the start, and trailed the field. My Sister Jess (Sligo Bay (IRE) - Jewell of Jewels by Pleasant Colony) took a slight lead, hounded by Go Gone Girl. That one had the lead by the second call. She sprinted away to lead by several lengths. Hot Kitten was way back, but she was running. Dynamic Barbie (Roman Ruler - Tale of a Dream by Tale of the Cat) made a move from back in the pack and rolled by the pacesetter. She won by more than 4, despite trying to get to the outside rail. Entomology (Yankee Gentleman - Bugsy Mae by Zen) also finished well to end up second. Hot Kitten wound up 5th. Watch the Replay.

Result: February 7, 2010
Tampa Bay Downs Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Dynamic Barbie $47.40
Go Gone Girl  


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Other February 7 Results

Move On Up (colt; Ghostzapper - Fluid Move by Nureyev) had to work a little harder than a 3-5 shot should, but he got his maiden win in a Maiden Claiming race at Santa Anita. Watch the Replay.

Ghost Town Kat (filly; Ghostzapper - Keeneland Kat by Hennessy) finished 4th in her Maiden Claiming race at Gulfstream. Watch the Replay.

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