News and Notes
Speed Demon (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Celestial Legend by City Zip) is our first 2-year-old entrant for 2010, as he has been entered in the first race at Keeneland on April 2. A full preview of that race will be forthcoming on Thursday.
March 28 Results
Harissa (filly; Afleet Alex - Dynasty by Time for a Change) went right after early leader Hayley's Halo in the Sunland Park Oaks. Those two dueled into the stretch, when Harissa began to pull away. She went on to win by a convincing 3.5 lengths in her dirt debut. Harissa has now run 7 times, with 2 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, and earnings of $174,520. Could the Kentucky Oaks be next for Harissa? Remember Gabby's Golden Gal won this race last year, before setting the pace in the Kentucky Oaks. Granted she tired to finish 6th behind Rachel Alexandra, but Gabby's Golden Gal returned to win the grade I Acorn later that year. Then this year, Gabby's Golden Gal won the grade I Santa Monica at Santa Anita.
Watch the Sunland Park Oaks Replay. Read more about the Sunland Park Oaks here.
Storming Away from Sheltowee
Bristol Boy (A Spot of Greatnes - Rustic Kitten by Doc's Leader) was scratched. Sheltowee (Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) was favored. Also receiving attention from the bettors were Storm Lake (Quaker Ridge - Stop Stalling by Stalwart) and Pinum Eddy (Broken Vow - Too Many Holes by Touch Gold). Storm Lake, Sheltowee, and Pinum Eddy previously finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, while facing each other at Hawthorne on March 10. Pinum Eddy was a little anxious as the post parade began, but soon settled down. Alot of Honey (Buddha - Tejano Honey by Tejano Run) had some pep. Sheltowee looked good as usual. Alot of Honey and Storm Lake were out fastest. Sheltwee was at the back, as is his custom. Alot of Honey sprinted to a clear lead, pursued by Storm Lake and Rob Young (He's a Tough Cat - Baltic Pearl by Sevastopol). Sheltowee made a bid, but stalled in fourth. Storm Lake, Rob Young, and Alot of Honey hit the wire together. Storm Lake took the win by a head. Alot of Honey and Rob Young finished in a deadheat. However, Alot of Honey was disqualified and placed third for bumping Storm Lake and forcing him into Rob Young. Watch the Replay.
Result: March 28, 2010
Hawthorne Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
|Alot of Honey
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Senada Charges Home
The only scratches were the AEs and MTOs, and the turf was good. Unison
(Unbridled's Song - Melody Maiden by Saint Ballado) took the early
money, but Senada (Pulpit - Owsley by Harlan) was
favored at post time. Debuting Bail Out Kitten
(Kitten's Joy - Bail Out Becky by Red Ransom) was 5-1, and Zapparition
(Ghostzapper - Herzblatt by Cozzene), making her second start, was
14-1. Debuter Asscher Rose (Dynaformer - Rose Diamond by
Diamond Shoal (GB)) made a good first
impression in the paddock. Senada, the most experienced filly, was on
the muscle. Zapparition warmed up nicely. Voila (More
Than Ready - Viva La Viva by Crafty Prospector) was a tad reluctant at
the load. Heart Union (Dixie Union - Pleasant Heart by
Pleasant Colony) was not at all sure about the gate, and needed some
persuading. The rest were standing quietly, waiting for Heart Union to
go into her 12 hole. Zapparition went to the lead, pressed by My
Juanita (Smoke Glacken - Dynashore by Dynaformer). Bail Out
Kitten had a nice rail spot. My Juanita sprinted clear of Zapparition,
who kept on in second. Behind her, Senada and Oregon Lady
(Shamardal - Oregon Trail by Gone West) were waiting to pounce. Senada
made a move after 6 furlongs. She took the lead in the stretch, and held
off Oregon Lady for the win. Bubble Gum (Awesome Again
- River Flower by Strodes Creek) was along for third at big odds. Bail
Out Kitten ran fairly evenly, finishing 5th. Zapparition tired after her
early involvement, ending up 9th. Watch
Result: March 28, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 11
Maiden Special Weight
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Other March 28 Results
Seeking the Point (gelding; Saint Liam - So Foolish by Seeking the Gold) came rolling late to win his Claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs. He now has 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 8 starts. Watch the Replay.
Cat Ruler (Kitten's Joy - Grindstone Lassie by Grindstone) finished 5th in his Maiden Special Weight at Fonner Park.
March 29 Results
My Alexis (filly; Afleet Alex - Saint's Play by Saint Ballado) won her second race in a row, taking race 4 at Philadelphia Park. The track was sloppy for this mile Claiming race, and she just got up for the win. Watch the Replay.
Afleet Jane (filly; Afleet Alex - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake) broke her maiden in race 6 at Philadelphia Park, a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming race. She raced off the pace early, and came running in the stretch to win by 2 lengths. Watch the Replay.
March 31 Maiden Entry
Quechee Goes Long at Gulfstream
March 31, 2010
Gulfstream Race 9
Maiden Special Weight
1 3/8 miles turf
3-year-olds and up
Post Time: 5:14 PM ET HRTV
||Bay of Wicklow
||Road to Babylon
Quechee (Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) has run four times, all on the turf. He finished 7th at a mile and a sixteenth at Aqueduct on November 6, 8th at a mile on January 27 at Gulfstream Park, and 4th at a mile and an eighth at Tampa Bay on March 7. This time, he'll try a mile and three-eighths. He should have the stamina for the assignment. Since his last run, he's worked once on the turf at Palm Meadows, going 4 furlongs in :52.40. Quechee 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.
Three-year-old Ryvit (Tapit - Ryvnine by Broad Brush) finished 2nd, in front of Quechee, on the Tampa Bay Downs turf on March 7. That was Ryvit's first start of 2010. In 2009, he ran 4 times, including 3 turf starts. He finished 6th at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf on August 6, 7th at a mile and a sixteenth on the Belmont turf on October 8, and 5th at a mile on the Tampa Bay Downs turf on December 12. Ryvit sold for $120,000 as a 2-year old. He is the first foal out of the unraced mare Ryvnine. Rynvine is a full-sister to grade I winner Concern, grade III winner Tennis Lady, and 4 other winners.
Five-year-old Holy Knight (Sligo Bay (IRE) - Baby Zip by Relaunch) and AE entrant, Four-year-old Kruise Kontrol (Weekend Cruise - Dancing Goldwater by Goldwater) finished 8th and 9th in a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Gulfstream Park on March 11. Holy Knight has one other start. He finished 11th in a mile and a sixteenth turf race at Gulfstream on February 17, 2008. Holy Knight is out of stakes winner Baby Zip. Baby Zip has produced 6 winners, including grade I winner City Zip, and 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper. City Zip was also grade II stakes-placed on the turf. Kruise Kontrol has run 11 times in all, without placing. In his only other turf start, he finished 9th in a mile race at Calder on November 20, 2008. His best finish was 5th, which he achieved both on November 29, 2008 at 6.5 furlongs, and at 7 furlongs on October 24, 2009. Both starts were on the dirt at Calder. Kruise Kontrol is out of the turf winning mare Dancing Goldwater, who has produced the winner Shezabubbledancer. Dancing Goldwater is a full sister to stakes winner Gold Pirate, and a half sister to 5 winners, including turf stakes winner Formal Miss.
Three-year old Bay of Wicklow (Sligo Bay (IRE) - Light On Her Toes by Skip Away) also ran on the turf at Gulfstream on March 11, but in a different 1 1/16 mile race, where he finished 5th. In his only other turf start, he was 8th at a mile and a sixteenth at Calder on January 1. He has also run twice on sloppy tracks, finishing 6th at a mile and a sixteenth at Calder on December 4, and 2nd at a mile at Gulfstream on February 24. Bay of Wicklow is out of the placed mare Light On Her Toes. Light On Her Toes is a half-sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Danielle's Gray, who was stakes-placed on the turf.
Four-year old Tigresco (Dynaformer - Dolce Amore by Relaunch) has run 7 times in all, and 6 times on the turf. He finished second on the Aqueduct turf on November 29, 2009, and 3rd both on June 19 on the Churchill Downs turf, and on September 13 on yielding turf at Belmont. His most recent start was at a mile on the Gulfstream Park dirt, where he was 4th. That race was originally intended for the turf. Tigresco is out of the winning mare Dolce Amore. Dolce Amore has produced 4 winners, including grade III turf winner Pommes Frites, a full sister to Tigresco.
Three-year-old Road to Babylon (Concorde's Tune - Faithful City by Hooched) has run 5 times, including 4 turf starts. His best finish was 3rd in a 5 furlong turf race at Calder on December 26. His most recent start was on March 14, when he finished 5th in a mile turf at Gulfstream Park on March 14. He is out of stakes winner Faithful City. Faithful City has produced 7 winners from 8 to run, including grade III winner It's a Bird. One of Road to Babylon's siblings won on the turf.
Four-year old En Fuego (El Prado (IRE) - Meridiana (GER) by Lomitas (GB)) has run 8 times, all on the turf, finishing second twice, and third twice. One of the seconds came at this same mile and three-eighths distance, on September 6, 2009 at Saratoga. This will be his first start of 2010. En Fuego is out of Meridiana, a group I winner on the turf in Italy. Meridiana has produced turf winner Center Divider.
Four-year old Yaris (Snow Ridge - Country Morning by Country Pine) has also made 8 starts. He finished second on both December 5, 2009, and on December 18, 2009. Both races were 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy Calder track. Yaris also has run 5 times on the turf. His best finish on that surface was 4th at a mile and an eighth at Calder on October 16, 2009. His most recent start was at a mile on the Gulfstream Park turf on March 5, where he finished 11th. He is out of the winning mare Country Morning. Country Morning has produced 7 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Nar. One of Yaris' siblings won on the turf. That sibling, Stellina, is a full sister to Yaris.
Charismaticspring (Honor Glide - Saratoga Spring by Charismatic) is another four-year-old with 8 starts. He has run twice on the turf, finishing 3rd at a mile and an eighth on May 2, 2009, and 6th at a mile and a sixteenth at Gulfstream on March 19, 2010. He has also finished second twice, on January 17, 2010 and on February 27, 2010. Both of those starts were on off tracks at Gulfstream Park. In the February 27 start, he defeated Tigresco. Charismaticspring brought $21,000 as a 2-year old, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Saratoga Spring. Saratoga Spring is a half sister to turf winner Bally Buff.
Three-year-old Kindergarden Kid (Dynaformer - Amelia by Dixieland Band) finished fourth in his only start, a mile and an eighth turf contest at Gulfstream on February 20. He sold for $500,000 as a yearling, and is out of turf stakes winner Amelia, who earned $179,565. Amelia has produced turf winner Tiz True. Amelia is a half-sister to Bertolini, a group III winner on the turf.
Three-year old Jalal (Johar - Etheldreda by Diesis (GB)), the only filly in the race, has also run once, finishing 6th in a 7.5 furlong race on the Gulfstream Park turf on March 4. She is out of the turf-placed mare Etheldreda. Etheldreda has produced 7 winners, including group I turf winner Flemensfirth. Six of her offspring won on the turf, including Pastero, a full brother to Jalal.
Completing the main field is three-year old O'Shea (Irish Road - Bethastan by Local Talent). O'Shea has run 5 times without placing. He has run twice on the turf, finishing 8th at a mile on yielding turf at Calder on December 14, and 9th at a mile on firm turf at Gulfstream Park on January 13. His most recent start was at a mile on the dirt at Gulfstream Park on March 19, where he finished 8th. O'Shea was a $35,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Bethastan. Bethastan is a half-sister to 7 winners, including Swift and Sure, a group III winner on the turf.
AE entrant Ronin Justice (Skip Trial - Masara Key by Top Account), who is 5, has run 17 times in 2008 and 2009, finishing second three times, and third once. He has no turf starts. His most recent start was on October 23, 2009 at Keeneland, where he finished second in a 7 furlong race. He is out of the winning mare Masara Key. Masara Key has produced turf winner Otomai, a full sister to Ronin Justice. Masara Key is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Crafty Chris.
Henny Penny (filly; Henny Hughes - Young Star by Capote) worked 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Churchill Downs.