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Tomorrow is the Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale Preview Day. I'm going to try to make it over there to get some photos of Wilburn (colt; Bernardini - Moonlight Sonata by Carson City) and other offspring by our 2010 stallions. The preview show will be streamed at Keeneland.com.

March 31 Result

Kindergarden Kid Plays on the Grass

The turf was good. Road to Babylon (Concorde's Tune - Faithful City by Hooched) was the only scratch from the main field, and AE entrant Ronin Justice (Skip Trial - Masara Key by Top Account) was also out. The other AE, Kruise Kontrol (Weekend Cruise - Dancing Goldwater by Goldwater), got to run. Kindergarden Kid (Dynaformer - Amelia by Dixieland Band), fourth in his first and only start, was the big favorite. Quechee (Afleet Alex - Tarika by Cozzene) took a little action at 9-1. Tigresco (Dynaformer - Dolce Amore by Relaunch) was catching my eye in the paddock. En Fuego (El Prado (IRE) - Meridiana (GER) by Lomitas (GB)) was getting blinkers off. Quechee is a striking gray, he looked good on the track. However, it was hard to fault the favorite on appearance. Holy Knight (Sligo Bay (IRE) - Baby Zip by Relaunch), a 5-year-old half brother to Ghostzapper and City Zip, making just his third start; was a little reluctant to load. Kindergarden Kid broke on top, but didn't want the lead. Charismaticspring (Honor Glide - Saratoga Spring by Charismatic) went to the front, but blew the first turn, taking Kruise Kontrol (Weekend Cruise - Dancing Goldwater by Goldwater) with him. Even so, those two continued in front. Quechee was in mid-pack, but secured a good position. Kruise Kontrol took a brief two length lead, but was soon overtaken by Bay of Wicklow (Sligo Bay (IRE) - Light On Her Toes by Skip Away). He led into the stretch, but the troops were coming. Kindergarden Kid, En Fuego, Ryvit (Tapit - Ryvnine by Broad Brush), and Quechee were all closing. Kindergarden Kid was the clear winner, but the minor award winners were separated by a nose and a neck. Nice run for Quechee, who also galloped out strong. I think distance may be his game. Any two mile turf Maiden Special Weights on the horizon? Watch the Replay.

Result: March 31, 2010
Gulfstream Park Race 9
Maiden Special Weight

Kindergarden Kid $3.80
$2.40
$2.10
En Fuego  
$3.20
$2.60
Ryvit  

$4.00

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April 1 Entries

Wicked Charm will be Even Sweeter for a Giant Success

April 1, 2010
Gulfstream Race 6

Maiden Special Weight

1 mile turf
Fillies and Mares 3-year-olds and up
Post Time: 3:42 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Lyrical Note
2. Giant Success
3. Shake Baby Shake
4. Too Divine
5. Even Sweeter
6. Sounds Familiar
7. Doo Woppa Do
8. Quippery
9. Very Expensive
10. Flutter Bird
11. Dyani
12. Red Carpet Lady
AE Wicked Charm
AE Cavallo Murano
AE Desert Witch
AE Little Red Rider

Wicked Charm (Ghostzapper - Belva by Theatrical (IRE)) is first on the AE list for this mile turf race for fillies and mares, age 3-year-old and up. She has made one start, finishing 6th in a mile turf race at Gulfstream Park on March 7. Since then, she's worked 4 furlongs in :54.00 on the Palm Meadows turf on March 24. Wicked Charm sold for $190,000 as a 2-year old, and is a half-sister to champion English Channel and grade II stakes-placed Sedgefield. English Channel won or placed in 12 graded stakes on the turf, earned $5,319,028 in 23 starts, and was named champion grass horse in 2007.

Three-year-olds Very Expensive (Johannesburg - Kelly Bag by Devil's Bag) and Lyrical Note (Unbridled's Song - Thiscatsforcaryl by Storm Cat) finished 8th and 10th in a mile dirt race at Gulfstream Park on March 13, a race that was originally intended for the turf. Very Expensive has no other starts. She is out of turf stakes-placed Kelly Bag, who earned $101,854. Kelly Bag has produced 2 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Red Birkin. Both of Very Expensive's winning siblings won on the turf. Lyrical Note previously finished 8th at 5.5 furlongs on the firm Saratoga turf on August 13. She sold for $210,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 4 winners, including the stakes-placed Pleasantly Perfect colt, Rapid Redux. She is also a full sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Be Like Mike. One of her siblings won on the turf.

Four-year olds Red Carpet Lady (Theatrical (IRE) - Lyphdum by Lyphard), Dyani (Dynaformer - Richer by Love by Clever Trick), Too Divine (Jade Hunter - Target Price by Nijinsky II), and Even Sweeter (Even the Score - Sweet Run by Miswaki) finished 4th, 6th, 10th, and 12th in a mile and a sixteenth turf race at Gulfstream Park on March 5. Red Carpet Lady has run 6 times, placing twice. She finished 2nd in a mile turf race at Ellis Park on August 22, 2009, and 3rd in a 5.5 furlong dirt race at Ellis Park on July 17. She is out of the turf winning mare Lyphdum. Lyphdum has produced 3 winners, including turf stakes-placed October Winds. All three of her winning offspring won on the turf. Dyani has also run 6 times. She finished third three times, all while running a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. She is a full sister to turf winner Tanalian. Richer by Love, dam of Dyani, is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade I winner Perfect Drift. Perfect Drift is by Dynaformer, sire of Dyani. Too Divine has run 12 times. She finished second once, in a mile turf race at Hawthorne on October 1, 2009. She is out of the turf winning mare Target Price. Target Price has produced 8 winners, including stakes-placed winners Resident Rogue and Aroarable. One of Too Divine's siblings won on the turf. Even Sweeter has made one other start, finishing 2nd in a mile turf race at Gulfstream Park on February 7 of this year. She sold for $32,000 as a weanling, for $50,000 as a yearling, and for $30,000 as a 2-year old. Sweet Run, dam of Even Sweeter, was a winner on the turf, and earned $259,381 overall. Sweet Run has produced 5 winners, including one turf winner.

Three-year-olds Sounds Familiar (Grand Slam - The Real Melody by Unbridled's Song) and Quippery (Forest Wildcat - Habiboo by Unbridled's Song) finished 5th and 7th in a 5 furlong turf race at Gulfstream on February 27. It was the first and only start for both. Sounds Familiar is out of the unraced mare The Real Melody. The Real Melody is a half sister to 10 winners, including turf stakes winners Penn Fifty Three and Duck Trap. Quippery brought $340,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of grade II stakes-placed Habiboo. Habiboo is a half sister to grade I winner Street Boss.

Four-year-old Doo Woppa Do (Medaglia d'Oro - Doo Wop by Dynaformer) has run 9 times without placing, all in 2009. In her only turf start, she finished 5th at 5.5 furlongs at Ellis Park on August 30. Her best finish was 4th on the Polytrack at Turfway Park on September 24. Doo Woppa Do sold for $240,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 2 winners, one of which won on the turf. Her dam, Doo Wop, is a half-sister to grade III turf winner Darby Shuffle and 7 other winners, and a full-sister to turf stakes winner Beat All.

Three-year-old Giant Success (Giant's Causeway - Simadartha by Gone West) finished 8th in a mile and a sixteenth turf race at Gulfstream Park on February 5, her only start. She sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of the turf winning mare Simadartha. Simadartha has produced the turf winner Top Class. Simadartha is a half-sister to 4 winners, including Way of Light, a group I winner on the turf.

Completing the main field are unraced three-year-olds Shake Baby Shake (El Corredor - Carr Shaker by Carr de Naskra) and Flutter Bird (Milwaukee Brew - Golden Corona by Gulch). Shake Baby Shake is out of stakes-placed Carr Shaker. Carr Shaker has produced 6 winners, including grade III winner Dewars Rocks. Dewars Rocks was a debut winner, and earned $314,861 in 23 starts. Two of Shake Baby Shake's siblings won on the turf. Golden Corona, dam of Flutter Bird, was a winner on turf and also grade II stakes-placed on that surface. Golden Corona is a half sister to 4 winners, including group II turf stakes winner Daiwa Carson, and grade III winner Mark One, who was also grade II stakes-placed on the turf.

Also unraced are AE fillies Cavallo Murano (Elusive Quality - Venetian Glass by Deputy Minister) and Desert Witch (Exchange Rate - Rainbow Smile by El Prado (IRE)), who are also both 3-year-olds. Cavallo Murano sold for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of turf-placed Venetian Glass. Venetian Glass has produced the winner She's a Wow. Venetian Glass is a half sister to 9 winners, including turf stakes winner Red Monsoon, grade II winner Esteemed Friend and grade II turf winner Badouizm. Desert Witch is out of the turf winning mare Rainbow Smile, who has produced the winner Smile of Success. Rainbow Smile is a half sister to 4 winners.

Completing the AE list is three-year old Little Red Rider (Limehouse - Ridinghood by Red Ransom), who finished 3rd in her only race, a mile and a sixteenth turf race at Gulfstream Park on January 15. She sold for $30,000 as a weanling, and is out of the turf-placed mare Ridinghood. Ridinghood has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winner Percy Hope. Two of Little Red Rider's siblings won on the turf.

Other April 1 Entry

Stakes-placed Kratisto (colt; Afleet Alex - Torch by Risen Star) faces 5 in race 2 at Laurel Park, an about one and one sixteenth miles Claiming race. Kratisto has run 8 times, winning once and finishing second once, while earning $47,540. The second came in the Charles Town Juvenile Stakes on August 15. Last time out, he finished 5th in a mile Allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 14. Since then, he's worked four furlongs in :50.40 at Laurel on March 28.

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