February 24 Results
Skypo Splashes by Baby Afleet
So much for a meeting on the green, instead the race was off the turf, and run on a sloppy main track. Quechee (Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) was scratched, joining much of the rest of the field. Baby Afleet (Afleet Alex - Dancen in the Sun by Regal Classic) gave it a go, as well as Come Undone (Catienus - Thunderously by Wild Again), Skypo (Sky Mesa - Post Haste by Mr. Greeley), King Prada (El Prado (IRE) - King's Interest by Kingmambo), Tiz Mine (Tiznow - Our Majestic Cat by Tabasco Cat), and Toro Santo (Holy Bull - Dynamic Reaction by Dynaformer). MTO Tiz Mine was the even-money choice, and he made a favorable impression in the paddock. Baby Afleet was 13-1. Come Undone looked good on the track. Baby Afleet was reluctant to load, but he got off to a good start. Come Undone came up the rail to set the early pace, but King Prada, Baby Afleet, and Tiz Mine were all up close. Tiz Mine made the first move on the outside. Come Undone hung tough for a time, but Tiz Mine finally put him away. However, Skypo rallied late up the rail and went by the both of them. Baby Afleet tired to 4th. Watch the Replay.
Result: February 24, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 9
Maiden Claiming ($75,000)
Other February 24 Results
Recession Proof (filly; Afleet Alex - Pert Lady by Cox's Ridge) finally got to run, after being snowed out of her last two attempts. She finished a rallying second in her Maiden Claiming race at Laurel. Watch the Replay.
Backstretch (colt; Afleet Alex - Pleasant Point by Pleasant Colony) finished second in his Maiden Claiming race at Beulah, but broke down and was vanned off after the race. I will let you know if I find out anything more about his condition.
Cutter (colt; Saint Liam - Brite Diamond by Deputy Minister) was in a good position early, but flattened out to finish 5th in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Laurel. Watch the Replay.
Lady Apple (filly; Saint Liam - Shot Gun Favorite by Eltish) was rushed up early in her Allowance race at Aqueduct, but she couldn't make up any ground on the speed-favoring muddy track, and finished 6th. Watch the Replay.
Seeking the Point (gelding; Saint Liam - So Foolish by Seeking the Gold) was done after a half in his Claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing 9th. Watch the Replay.
February 25 Entries
No Maiden Special Weight races scheduled for our horses on February 25, so I'll take a look at an interesting Allowance race at Gulfstream featuring two of our horses.
Afleet Express and Kratisto in an Allowance Battle
February 24, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 8
Post Time: 4:43 PM ET HRTV
||Windy City Cat
||Mine N Gems
Triple Crown nominated Afleet Express (Afleet Alex - Expanse by Distant View) and stakes-placed Kratisto (Afleet Alex - Torch by Risen Star) battle in this 7 furlong Allowance race at Gulfstream. Afleet Express has run twice. He broke his maiden at first asking, running 6 furlongs on a muddy Aqueduct track on December 5. He then finished 2nd in a tough 6 furlong Allowance race at Gulfstream Park on January 30, behind General Maximus. Since then, he's worked 4 furlongs in :48.40 at Palm Meadows on February 18. 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. Kratisto is making his 2010 debut. Last year, he ran 6 times. He broke his maiden in his second start, a 5.5 furlong race at Delaware Park on July 28. He then finished 2nd in the Charles Town Juvenile Stakes, 6th in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) at Arlington Park on September 5, and 6th in the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park on October 10. His last start of 2009 was in a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Laurel on November 15, where he finished 4th. He has been working at Gulfstream, including 4 furlongs in :49.85 on February 21. Kratisto sold for $130,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Torch, who earned $485,016 in a 71 race career. Torch has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Morine's Victory.
Windy City Cat (Include - Peekaboo Cat by Crafty Prospector), Triple Crown nominee Octavo (Forestry - Juke by Mr. Prospector), and Sky Venture (Sky Mesa - Honeymooner by Suave Prospect) finished 5th, 6th, and 7th, behind Afleet Express, on January 30 at Gulfstream Park. Windy City Cat won his only other start, a 6 furlong race at Hawthorne on December 23. 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. Octavo 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 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. Sky Venture has run four additional times. In three Calder starts, he finished 3rd on September 12, 8th on October 3, and won a 6.5 furlong race on November 29. He also ran on a sloppy Gulfstream Park track on January 9, finishing 5th. Stakes winner Honeymooner, dam of Sky Venture, earned $142,070. Sky Venture is her first foal.
Soaring Empire (Empire Maker - Flying Passage by A. P. Indy), who is a Triple Crown nominee, broke his maiden in his debut at 5.5 furlongs at Monmouth Park on September 26. He then ran in the grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs on November 1. He sold for $190,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Flying Passage. Flying Passage has produced one other winner. She is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade II winners Tara Roma and Waldoboro.
Triple Crown nominee Allez Reef (Indian Ocean - Miss Penn by Pentelicus) has run 5 times, winning once and finishing second three times. He broke his maiden at a mile and a 70 yards at Calder on September 5, and then finished 2nd in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes on September 26, also at a mile and 70 yards at Calder. His most recent effort came in the mile and a sixteenth Florida Stallion In Reality Stakes at Calder on October 17, where he finished 4th. Allez Reef is a half-brother to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Penn Pacific.
Bricklayer (El Corredor - Miss Brickyard by A. P. Indy) also has stakes experience. After breaking his maiden in his first start, at 4.5 furlongs at Aqueduct on April 23, he finished 5th in the Victoria Stakes at Woodbine on June 14, and 6th in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) on July 30 at Saratoga. He then ran in 2 Allowance/Optional Claiming races, finishing 3rd at 6 furlongs at Saratoga on August 21, and 4th at a mile at Monmouth on September 12. He finished 2009 with a 4th-place finish in the Pilgrim Stakes on October 4 at Belmont, behind current Derby favorite Eskendereya. This will be Bricklayer's 3-year old debut. He sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and $100,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of the winning mare Miss Brickyard. Miss Brickyard is a half-sister to grade I winner Miss Houdini.
Triple Crown nominee Latigo Shore (Malibu Moon - Carson's Vanity by Carson City) defeated Mine N Gems (Mineshaft - Flager (ARG) by Southern Halo) by 7 1/2 lengths in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight race at Calder on December 21. Latigo Shore has made one other start, finishing 4th at 6 furlongs at Aqueduct on October 31. He sold for $120,000 as a weanling and $335,000 as a yearling. He is out of the winning mare Carson's Vanity, who has produced 3 winners from 3 to run. Mine N Gems won his only other start, a 7 furlong race at Gulfstream Park on January 23. He is the first foal out of group I stakes-placed Flager, who earned $191,977. Flager is a full-sister to 3 winners, including Flirteador, a group I winner in Argentina. She is also a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Fueguino.
Roman Hall (Burning Roma - Apple Hall by Atticus) and Havanadaydream (Black Mambo - Paper Mountain by Mountain Cat) both won their only starts. Roman Hall did his running in a 6 furlong race at the Meadowlands on November 3. He sold for $40,000 as a weanling, and $85,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half-brother to the winner Casia Heights. His dam, Apple Hall, is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winners Taste the Passion and Bisbee's Prospect. Havanadaydream broke his maiden in a 6 furlong race at Gulfstream Park on January 27. He is out of the winning mare Paper Mountain. Paper Mountain is a half-sister to 2 winners.
Other February 25 Entry
Bedbug Eddy (gelding; Afleet Alex - Fighting Jet by Copelan) debuts in race 10 at Tampa Bay Downs, a 5 furlong Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 4:34 PM ET. He has been working at Tampa Bay for some time, including 4 furlongs in :51.40 on February 14. He is out of stakes winner Fighting Jet, who earned $201,490. Fighting Jet has produced 6 winners, including grade II winner Wrangler. Three of Bedbug Eddy's siblings won their debuts, including Wrangler, who earned $343,613 overall.