Hoping for an Upgrade for Trinity Run and Joyce's Angel

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News and Notes

Sad news to report, as I received confirmation that Backstretch (colt; Afleet Alex - Pleasant Point by Pleasant Colony) was euthanized due to the severity of his injuries. Backstretch finished second in a Maiden Claiming race at Beulah on February 24, but broke down after the race.

The under tack show was today for the Fasig-Tipton Calder Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Several offspring of our 2010 stallions worked. Their times and pedigrees are listed below. The sale is on March 2.

Bernardini
Hip# sex Pedigree Distance Time
31 c Bernardini - Class On Class by Jolie's Halo 1/8 :11.1
119 c Bernardini - Marozia by Storm Bird 1/8 10.4
130 c Bernardini - Miss Kate by Storm Cat 1/8 10.2
212 f Bernardini - Tap Your Heels by Unbridled 1/8 11.1
229 c Bernardini - Western League by Forty Niner 1/8 :10.4

Bluegrass Cat
Hip# sex Pedigree Distance Time
237 f Bluegrass Cat - Wood of Bin by Woodman 1/8 10.2

Henny Hughes
Hip# sex Pedigree Distance Time
9 c Henny Hughes - American River by Forty Niner 1/8 10.3
60 c Henny Hughes - Flapper Dancer by Fappiano 1/8 10.2
73 f Henny Hughes - Go For It Lady by Mr. Prospector 1/8 10.2
82 c Henny Hughes - Hedonic by Gone West 1/8 10.4
133 c Henny Hughes - Miss Shoplifter by Exuberant 1/4 22.2
147 f Henny Hughes - Open Window by Trempolino 1/8 10.3
159 c Henny Hughes - Playcaller by Saratoga Six 1/8 10.3
166 c Henny Hughes - Refugee by Unaccounted For 1/8 10.2

Rockport Harbor
Hip# sex Pedigree Distance Time
63 c Rockport Harbor - Flexible Princess by Honour and Glory 1/8 10.3
164 c Rockport Harbor - Really Quick by In Reality 1/8 11.0
191 c Rockport Harbor - Southern Tour by Tour d'Or 1/8 11.0
205 f Rockport Harbor - Sutter Sutter by Sutter's Prospect 1/8 10.4

For more information on the sale, including videos of the works, visit fasigtipton.com

February 26 Results

Stakes Result

Laheen (filly; Ghostzapper - Assess by Seattle Slew) was the heavy favorite in the Green Oaks Stakes, which was run on a muddy track at Delta Downs. She was involved from the beginning and seemed poised to take control, but weakened and finished 4th. The winner was Sheer Beauty (Mizzen Mast - Vertical Ascent by Lear Fan). Watch the Replay.

Maiden Results

Thunder Finds a Way

True (Yes It's True - Beat Your Feet by Dixieland Band) was scratched, along with AEs Maple Heights (Powerscourt (GB) - Shambles by Majestic Light), Baby Come Home (Broken Vow - Tussle by Kris S.), and Couric (Arch - Adelantada by Rahy). The turf was firm. Cave In (Mineshaft - Quick Tip by Unaccounted For) was favored, while Tenacious Allison (Rock Hard Ten - Allison P. by Unbridled) was 6-1. She looked good in the paddock. You're Beingplayed (Speightstown - Unbridled Run by Unbridled) took early action at the window, but went off at nearly 7-1. First-timer Thunder Way (Thunder Gulch - Chestnut Way by Horse Chestnut (SAF)) was a bit of a handful as they made their way to the track. Cave In looked good to go. You're Beingplayed went to the front, followed by Phonyville (Pollard's Vision - Proud Little Phony by Phone Trick). Also up close was La Bien Rose (Smoke Glacken - Just Say So by Green Dancer). Tenacious Allison was sitting around 6th or 7th. There was a gang of fillies coming late, including Tenacious Allison. Forthelonghaul (Ben Bulben - Blue Iris by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) took a brief lead, but she couldn't hold it. Rallying on the inside was Thunder Way, who came home a winner in her first try. Taking the outside route was Flirty Girty (Even the Score - Fast Move by Hickman Creek), who had to settle for second. Tenacious Allison weakened a little late, and ended up 5th. Watch the Replay.

Result: February 26, 2010
Fair Grounds Race 7
Maiden Claiming ($40,000 - $35,000)

Thunder Way $22.00
$13.20
$7.20
Flirty Girty  
$19.00
$9.00
Forthelonghaul  

$3.60

Keilana Captures the Fox

The turf was firm, scratched were Put On the Ritz (Put It Back - Flautist (GB) by Lion Cavern), Tribeca Royality (Chapel Royal - She's a Tattletale by Tale of the Cat), and AEs Why I Love You (Whywhywhy - Sweetly Decorated by Well Decorated), Ludacia (Royal Academy - Lady Bristol by Dispersal), and Blake'sluckypenny (Full Mandate - Bring Me Luck by Pentelicus). AE Divine Sophia (Lightnin N Thunder - Street Style by Lucky Lionel) drew into the race. Keilana (Tripp - L'Emeraude (FR) by Vert Amande) was favored, Fox Hunt (Saint Liam - Zorra by Silver Fox) was 65-1. Great Inspiration (Albert the Great - Divinely Inspired by Glitterman) looked good to me. Keilana outbroke the field, and soon established a several length lead. Fox Hunt and Finalmont (Exchange Rate - Snappy Tale by Tale of the Cat) were the closest pursuers. Keilana continued to lead into the stretch. Finalmont, Great Inspiration, and Very Very Clever (North Light (IRE) - Knot So Clever by Twining) were all moving well late, but they couldn't catch the free-running Keilana. Fox Hunt tired in the stretch. She ended up 7th, but it wasn't a bad turf debut. She was involved for the majority of the race. Watch the Replay.

Result: February 26, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 9
Maiden Claiming ($35,000 - $30,000)

Keilana $7.40
$4.80
$3.40
Finalmont  
$7.20
$4.20
Great Inspiration  

$3.80

Other February 26 Results

Syo Defenceman (colt; Afleet Alex - Southern Sandra by Dixie Brass) makes it 2 in a row, with a nice off the pace score in his 1 1/16 mile Starter Allowance on the Gulfstream turf. Finishing second to Syo Defenceman was Strike the Tiger (Tiger Ridge - R Lucky Strike by In Excess (IRE)), famous as the winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Ascot. Syo Defenceman is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Watch the Replay.

Glorious Memory (filly; Kitten's Joy - Glorious Linda (FR) by Le Glorieux (GB)) came running late and got through on the rail to win her mile and a sixteenth Maiden Claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs. Watch the Replay.

Fed Up (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Perdition by Dixieland Band) set the pace, but Speedy Solution (gelding; Afleet Alex - Perfect Solution by Seeking the Gold) was running best late in their mile and 40 yard Maiden Claiming race at Fair Grounds. Speedy Solution got the win, and Fed Up tired to 6th. However, Fed Up was claimed out of the race. I wouldn't be surprised if moves up in class. Watch the Replay.

Ghost Town Kat (filly; Ghostzapper - Keeneland Kat by Hennessy) showed brief speed in her 7 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Gulfstream, but weakened and finished 9th. Watch the Replay.

Scottkeith'skitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Miss Bergdorf by Old Trieste) didn't have much punch in his mile Claiming race on the turf at Gulfstream, finishing 9th. Watch the Replay.

February 27 Entries

Stakes Entry

WEBN winner Kera's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Mrs. K. by Dixieland Band) tries to take the next step in the 1 1/16 mile John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park. Post time is 5:45 PM ET. In addition to the WEBN on January 30 at Turfway Park, Kera's Kitten also won the Skyy El Joven Stakes on the turf at Retama on October 24. Overall, he has 3 wins in 5 starts and earnings of $104,585. Kera's Kitten most recently worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 at Turfway Park on February 20.

Maiden Entries

Trinity Run Seeks an Upgrade

February 27, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

1 mile
3-year olds
Post Time: 1:44 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Merensky Reef
2. Keeneland Breeze
3. Vanishing Buck
4. Game On Dude
5. Nadal
6. Trinity Run
7. Upgrade
8. Scuba Diver
9. Our Dark Knight
10. Patrol Leader

Trinity Run (Ghostzapper - Lake Windermere by Fit to Fight) debuts, and Upgrade (Saint Liam - Emily Ring by Fit to Fight) makes his second start in this mile contest at Gulfstream. Trinity Run has been working at Palm Meadows, including 4 furlongs in :49.50 on February 21. He brought $250,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Lake Windermere. Lake Windermere is the dam of 2 winners, including grade I winner Greg's Gold. Greg's Gold earned $1,067,923 in 25 starts. Lake Windermere is a half-sister to stakes winner Double O J. Upgrade finished 9th in his only start, a mile and a sixteenth turf race at Aqueduct on November 28. He has also been working at Palm Meadows. His most recent work was on February 18, 4 furlongs in :48.50. Upgrade sold for $170,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Emily Ring. Emily Ring earned $363,125 in 33 starts, and has produced the winner Pearl Ring. Emily Ring is a half-sister to stakes winner Danish Deal.

Also scheduled to debut in this one are Merensky Reef (A. P. Indy - Platinum Tiara by Cozzene), Scuba Diver (Mineshaft - Coral Sea by Rubiano), and Patrol Leader (Forestry - Scoutingaround by Deputy Minister). Merensky Reef brought $700,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Platinum Tiara, who earned $608,785. Platinum Tiara has produced one winner from one to run. Scuba Diver sold for $220,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Coral Sea, who earned $129,1010. Coral Sea has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Kathleens Reel and grade II winner Cool Coal Man, a full-brother to Scuba Diver. Cool Coal Man has earned $690,631 through 2010. Patrol Leader is the second foal out of the unraced mare Scoutingaround. Scoutingaround is a half-sister to 2 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Back in Shape.

Vanishing Buck (Point Given - Our Honoree by Danzig) is the veteran of the race. He has run 8 times, finishing 2nd twice and 3rd three times. Most recently, he was 8th in a mile and an eighth race on the Gulfstream turf on February 10. In two other 2010 starts, he was second at a mile and an eighth at Gulfstream on January 22, and 3rd at a mile and 70 yards at Calder on January 1. Vanishing Buck is a half-brother to 3 winners. His dam, Our Honoree, is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade I winner Qualify.

Nadal (Grand Slam - My Sea Castles by Polish Navy) has made 3 starts. He finished 3rd both at 6 furlongs at Delaware Park on October 26, and at 7 furlongs at Gulfstream Park on January 14. His last start was also at 7 furlongs at Gulfstream, as he finished 4th on February 6. Nadal brought $80,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner My Sea Castles, who earned $173,504. My Sea Castles has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed My Dream Castles.

Game On Dude (Awesome Again - Worldly Pleasure by Devil His Due) also ran 7 furlongs at Gulfstream last time out, finishing second on January 23. It was his only start. He is out of stakes winner Worldly Pleasure, who has produced one winner.

Our Dark Knight (Medaglia d'Oro - Drifa by Tabasco Cat), who is part of an entry with Scuba Diver, also finished second in his only start. He ran 6 furlongs on a sloppy Saratoga track back on August 29. He was a $160,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Drifa. Drifa has produced 2 winners, including the stakes-placed filly Mindy Sue. Drifa is a half-sister to grade III winner Whimsy and 5 other winners.

Keeneland Breeze (A. P. Indy - Taegu by Halo) was 9th in his only start, a 7 furlong race at Saratoga on September 5. He was left at the start in that one. He sold for $1.5 million as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Taegu. Taegu has produced 2 winners, including grade II winner Classic Elegance.

Joyce's Angel will be Gracious with an Intervention

February 27, 2010
Tampa Bay Downs Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

7 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 3:16 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Sassy Minx
2. Hali's Swan
3. Yournotthebossofme
4. Entomology
5. Gracious
6. Dakota Dim
7. Intervention
8. Joyce's Angel
9. Murky
10. Valentine Daisy
11. Secret Glade
12. Castleintheclouds

Joyce's Angel (Afleet Alex - Aim for the Moon by Deputy Minister) debuts at 7 furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs, where she has been working. She most recently went 4 furlongs in :48.40 on February 21. She brought $60,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-sister to 2 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Bear's Rocket. Bear's Rocket has earned $163,708. Joyce's Angel's dam, Aim for the Moon, is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Amos. Joyce's Angel is owned by Fantasy Lane Stable, who also own Uptowncharlybrown. Joyce's Angel is named for a daughter of a close friend of one of the Fantasy Lane Partners. The filly's namesake died of cancer last year. Read more about Joyce's Angel and how she got her name here.

Sassy Minx (Awesome Again - Folly Dollar by Digression), Dakota Dim (Mutakddim - Miss Dakota by Never Wavering), and Murky (Purge - Mari's Thunder by Thunder Gulch) are also unraced. Sassy Minx sold for $60,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Folly Dollar. Folly Dollar was a debut winner, and earned $317,523 in her career. Folly Dollar has produced 2 winners, including grade II winner Springside. Dakota Dim is the second foal out of stakes winner Miss Dakota, who earned $148,600. Miss Dakota is a full-sister to 2 winners. Murky is the first foal out of the unraced mare Mari's Thunder. Mari's Thunder is a half-sister to 2 winners, including grade I winner Congaree.

Intervention (Alke - If We Only Knew by Deputy Minister) and Valentine Daisy (Desert Warrior - Vany's Gold by Goldwater) finished 2nd and 3rd in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs on February 11. It was the first and only start for both. Intervention is out of the winning mare If We Only Knew, who has produced 3 winners. If We Only Knew is a full-sister to grade III winner Da Dean, and a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Ifyouprefersilver. Valentine Daisy is out of the winning mare Vany's Gold. Vany's Gold has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Slashin Tiger.

The most experienced entrant is Entomology (Yankee Gentleman - Bugsy Mae by Zen), who has run 8 times. She has finished second twice and third twice. Her most recent start was in a mile and a sixteenth turf race at Tampa Bay on February 7, where she was second. She was a $20,000 yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Bugsy Mae. Bugsy Mae earned $310,377 in a 77 race career. She has produced 3 winners, including Bugsy Park, who has earned $147,930.

Yournotthebossofme (Johannesburg - Beauty Is by Personal Flag) has made 5 starts, finishing 2nd once and third twice. One of the third-place finishes came in the Sandpiper Stakes at 6 furlongs on December 26 at Tampa Bay Downs. In her only start this year, Yournotthebossofme finished 5th in the 7 furlong Gasparilla Stakes on January 16 at Tampa Bay Downs. She is out of the winning mare Beauty Is. Beauty Is has produced grade II winner Wayzata Bay, who earned $718,895.

Castleintheclouds (Cashel Castle - Curious Granny by How Curious) has run 3 times, all at Tampa Bay Downs. She was 6th in a mile and a sixteenth turf race on December 16, 4th in a 7 furlong race on January 30, and 2nd in a mile Maiden Claiming race on the turf on February 18. She is a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Curious Tiger. Curious Granny, dam of Castleinthclouds, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner I Know Ryno.

Hali's Swan (Halifax - Gut Approval by With Approval) debuted at Woodbine on October 2, finishing 10th in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race. She then finished 7th in 5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Fort Erie. This will be her first start as a 3-year old. She is a half-sister to 2 winners. Her dam, Gut Approval, is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Gracious (Elusive Quality - Gaily Egret by Storm Cat) finished 5th in her lone start, a 6 furlong contest at Tampa Bay Downs on January 15. Gaily Egret, dam of Gracious, was group III winner in Japan, earning $1,785,348. Gaily Egret is a half-sister to 5 winners, including grade III winner Nite Light and group II winner Saddad.

Secret Glade (Hennessy - Meadow Vista by Meadowlake) has also run once, finishing 9th in a 6 furlong race at Gulfstream Park on January 6. Grade III stakes-placed Meadow Vista, dam of Secret Glade, earned $202,895 in 20 starts. Meadow Vista has produced 4 winners, including stakes winner Bachata.

Other February 27 Entries

Stakes-placed Quick Ride (colt; Afleet Alex - Baby Lets Cruise by Tale of the Cat) goes in race 3 at Gulfstream Park, a mile Allowance race. Post time is 2:12 PM ET. Six of the seven horses in this one are nominated to the Triple Crown, including Quick Ride. The field includes grade I winner Homeboykris, group II winner Radiohead, stakes winner Gesu, and General Maximus, who defeated Afleet Express last time out. Quick Ride has run 5 times, with one win, a 6 furlong race at Belmont on September 12. He also finished 3rd in the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park on October 10, and 5th in the Nashua Stakes on November 7 at Aqueduct. Most recently, he was 4th in a mile Allowance race at Gulfstream on January 7. He's worked several times since then, including 4 furlongs in :48.00 on February 23.

Daddy Forty Nine (gelding; Ghostzapper - Tuff Chick by Wild Again) faces 10 in race 8 at Oaklawn, a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Post time is 5:33 PM ET. Daddy Forty Nine has run 8 times, with 4 wins and 2 thirds, and earnings of $55,840. Last time out, he finished 4th in a mile and 40 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Fair Grounds on February 1. Since then, he's worked twice, including 4 furlongs in :51.00 at Fair Grounds on February 18.

Afleet Jane (filly; Afleet Alex - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake) runs in race 5 at Philadelphia Park, a mile and 70 yard Maiden Claiming race. She is the 8-5 morning-line choice. Post time is 2:04 PM ET. Afleet Jane has run 4 times, finishing second twice and third once. She finished second in both of her 2010 starts, including a mile and 70 yard Maiden Claiming race at Philadelphia Park on January 22. Her last work was at Delaware Park on February 22, when she went 3 furlongs in :38.40.

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