Two-Year-Olds at Keeneland; Must be Spring

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It was a beautiful day for Preview Day for the 2010 Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. I got to see some Rockport Harbors, some Bluegrass Cats, and of course Wilburn (colt; Bernardini - Moonlight Sonata by Carson City), who worked three-eighths of a mile just after the first track renovation break. I did not see any Henny Hughes workers. They must have hit the track after I had to leave. I also saw offspring by other first-crop sires like Aragorn, First Samurai, and Silver Train. Other interesting workers were a half brother to Eight Belles, a filly out of grade I winner Spain, and a colt out of champion Xtra Heat. Also of interest was hip #145, a filly by Officer. Named Goodeveningofficer, she merely galloped, as she is scheduled to run at Keeneland on Saturday. Luckily, I persuaded our chief photographer Anne Eberhardt to snap a few photos, so you don't have to endure my lack of skills in that department.


Wilburn shows his stuff. Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt.


Hip #144 Colt; Bluegrass Cat - Alxina by Kingmambo
Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt.

Times for the offspring of our stallions are listed below:

Bernardini
Hip# sex Pedigree Distance Time
73 c Bernardini - Moonlight Sonata by Carson City 3/8 33.4
Bluegrass Cat
Hip# sex Pedigree Distance Time
45 c Bluegrass Cat - Lady Cruella by Capote 1/8 10.2
61 c Bluegrass Cat - Maid's Broom by Deputy Minister 1/4 22.2
95 c Bluegrass Cat - Princess Pietrina by Spectacular Bid 1/8 10.1
143 f Bluegrass Cat - Airizon by Boston Harbor 1/4 21.3
144 c Bluegrass Cat - Alcina by Kingmambo 1/8 10.2
Henny Hughes
Hip# sex Pedigree Distance Time
6 f Henny Hughes - Endless Parade by Williamstown 1/8 10.3
111 c Henny Hughes - Silver Lure by Silver Charm 1/4 :21.2
Rockport Harbor
Hip# sex Pedigree Distance Time
36 c Rockport Harbor - Java Jolt by Hennessy 1/8 10.3
50 f Rockport Harbor - Liberada by Spend a Buck 1/8 10.3
52 c Rockport Harbor - Limestone Landing by Red Ryder 1/4 :21.4
63 c Rockport Harbor - Mama Bear by Forestry 1/8 11.0
129 c Rockport Harbor - Unchained Princess by Clever Trick 1/4 22.4

Visit Keeneland.com for complete results of Preview day and to view videos of the works.

April 1 Results

Kratisto (colt; Afleet Alex - Torch by Risen Star) was taken up sharply out of the turn in his Claiming race at Laurel, but recovered to win by more than 2 lengths. Kratisto now has 2 wins and 1 second in 9 starts, with earnings of $62,360. Watch the Replay.

Wicked Charm (Ghostzapper - Belva by Theatrical (IRE)) did not get into race 6 at Gulfstream off of the AE list. So, she'll wait for another day. The winner was four-year old Red Carpet Lady (Theatrical (IRE) - Lyphdum by Lyphard) Watch the Replay.

April 2 Entries

We have our first 2-year-old race of the year, so that means that for now the 3-year-old entries will be moved to "Other Entries." The 3-year-olds will eventually be phased out, but we'll continue to track them for a time. As a reminder, this year's stallions are: Bellamy Road, Bernardini, Bluegrass Cat, Henny Hughes, and Rockport Harbor. These stallions were picked by reader vote. Each Maiden Special Weight race featuring one of our 2-year olds will be previewed. Although more attention will be given to the entrants by our stallions, information about every horse in the race will be presented in some detail. As always, please feel free to comment on any maidens, whether they are by the chosen stallions or not.

Speed Demon is a Gangsterontherun seeking Gold for Cash

April 2, 2010
Keeneland Race 1

Maiden Special Weight

4.5 furlongs
2-year-olds
Post Time: 1:05 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Speed Demon
2. Gangsterontherun
3. Weekend Wildcat
4. Sweet William
5. Nacho Man
6. Gold for Cash
7. Wetzel
8. Double Down Brown

None of the entrants have experience.

Speed Demon (Bluegrass Cat - Celestial Legend by City Zip) breaks from the rail in the first race of the day, on opening day at Keeneland. He is our first 2-year-old runner, and Bluegrass Cat's first runner. Bluegrass Cat won 3 out of 4 races at 2, including the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) and the Nashua Stakes (gr. III), but finished 8th in his debut. Speed Demon is the first foal out of stakes winner Celestial Legend, who was 4 for 4 at 2, including wins in the Holly Stakes and the Toddler Stakes. Celestial Legend is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Amie's Legend. Speed Demon, whose birthday is January 4, has been working at Sam Houston Park, where he most recently went 4 furlongs in :49.40 on March 18.

Gangsterontherun (City Zip - Bridge to Cross by Phone Trick) and Sweet William (Bring the Heat - Wish for a Jeanne by Roar) are a Wesley Ward-trained entree. Gangsterontherun brought $24,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced mare Bridge to Cross. Bridge to Cross has produced 7 winners from 7 to run, including stakes-placed winners Purgatory and Bridge to Gold. Four of Gangsterontherun's siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner at 2. Sweet William is a full brother to One Hot Wish, who was a debut winner at 2. Their dam, Wish for a Jeanne, is a half sister to 4 winners.

Weekend Wildcat (Lion Heart - Blushing Double by Candy Stripes) sold for $10,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to the winner Slam Slam.

Nacho Man (Limehouse - Top Cappelletti by Capote) is out of the winning mare Top Cappelletti, who was a debut winner at 2. Top Cappelletti is a half-sister to one winner.

Gold for Cash (Eurosilver - Carib Gal by Awesome Again) is the second foal out of the unraced mare Carib Gal. Carib Gal's first foal, Freddie's Girl, is a winner. Carib Gal is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Deodar and Bema.

Wetzel (Successful Appeal - Lady Carmen by Yankee Victor) is the first foal out of stakes-placed Lady Carmen, who was a winner at 2. Lady Carmen is a half sister to 2 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Hawkinsville, who earned $209,287.

Double Down Brown (Max's Pal - Kissintobeclever by Kissin Kris) is out of the winning mare Kissintobeclever. Kissintobeclever didn't run at 2, but was a debut winner at 3. Kissintobeclever has produced one winner from one to run. That winner, Don Telladaga, is a full brother to Double Down Brown. Kissintobeclever is a half sister to 3 winners.

Other April 2 Entries

Gray Flash (filly; Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) is scheduled to make her first start of 2010 in race 1 at Gulfstream, a 6.5 furlong Claiming race. Post time is 1:15 PM ET. Last year, Gray Flash ran 10 times, winning once, finishing second once, and third twice. She has been working at Calder, including 3 furlongs in :36.60 on March 31.

Crimson Glory (filly; Ghostzapper - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag) faces 4 in race 2 at Woodbine, a 5 furlong Allowance. She is the only filly in the field. Post time is 1:32 PM ET. Crimson Glory has one win and one second in 4 starts. In her last start, she finished 5th at 5 furlongs on the Gulfstream Park turf on March 14. That race was also versus the boys. Her most recent work was at Keeneland, when she went 4 furlongs in :48.80 on March 27.

Doilookfatnthese (filly; Saint Liam - Big Tease by Gold Token) makes start number 4 in race 4 at Tampa Bay Downs, a 1 1/8 mile turf race. Post time is 1:55 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Doilookfatnthese's best finish was third in a 6 furlong race at Tampa Bay on February 13. However, she also finished 4th in her most recent outing, a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Tampa Bay Downs on March 5. She's worked a couple of times since then, including 4 furlongs in :51.02 on March 27 at the Clouston Training Center.

Speedy Mon (colt; Afleet Alex - Ringlet by Maria's Mon) is in race 3 at Keeneland, a 1 1/8 mile Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 2:05 PM ET. Speedy Mon has run twice without placing. Most recently, he was 10th in a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Fair Grounds on February 21. Since then, he's worked a couple of times. Most recently, he went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 at Churchill Downs on March 27.

Krypton (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Freedom Reigns by Unbridled's Song) runs in race 8 at Keeneland, a 7 furlong Allowance. Post time is 4:35 PM ET. Krypton has run 6 times with one win and one second. Last time out, he was 4th in a mile and an eighth Allowance on the turf at Gulfstream on February 17. Since then he's worked several times, including 4 furlongs in :50.90 on the turf at Palm Meadows on March 26.

Stakes-placed Shrimp Dancer (colt; Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold) is entered in race 9 at Aqueduct, an Allowance scheduled for one mile on the turf. However, races have already been taken off of the turf for Friday. Post time is 4:55 PM ET. Shrimp Dancer has one win, two seconds, and three thirds in 8 starts. Last time out, he finished 5th in the Gotham (gr. III) on the dirt at Aqueduct on March 6. Since then, he's worked 4 furlongs in :48.15 at Belmont. It will be interesting to see if Shrimp Dancer stays in this race, because it seems like the intention was to get him back on the turf, where he broke his maiden.

Sambista (filly; Afleet Alex - French Braids by Personal Flag) makes start number 2 in race 10 at Gulfstream, a Maiden Claiming race scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 5:45 PM ET. First time out, she was 11th in a mile turf Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream on January 29. She's worked several times since then, including 4 furlongs in :51.40 at Calder on March 22.

Unraced Beyondallboundarys (Saint Liam - In Secure by A. P. Indy) is entered in race 9 at Hawthorne, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 6:22 PM ET. She is out of stakes winner In Secure, who was a debut winner. In Secure is a half-sister to 2 winners. Beyondallboundarys most recently worked at Hawthorne, going 3 furlongs in :36.40 on March 29.

Returning Workers

At Pleasanton, Milky May (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Cabo Sunrise by Elusive Quality) went 2 furlongs in :24.40.

Primp (filly; Bernardini - Runway Model by Petionville) worked at Keeneland, 3 furlongs in :37.00.

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