News and Notes
Feels like a million years since I wrote a blog post. It hasn't been that long, but I did have a couple of days off. The big news during that period was Wilburn (colt; Bernardini - Moonlight Sonata by Carson City), who starred at the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training, selling for $625,000.
He was purchased by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables. Read more about Wilburn here.
Three Maiden Watch 3-year-olds have been entered in Kentucky Derby preps this weekend: Stately Victor (colt; Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, and Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) and New Madrid (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)) in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Grade I winner Dublin has plenty of graded earnings, but the other two need some earnings if the Derby is a possibility.
Since we don't have any two-year-olds running tomorrow, I'll look at the two-year-old race scheduled for Keeneland. Among the entries is the first runner for Silver Train. I'll also catch up on results for the three-year-olds and workouts for the two-year-olds.
April 4 Results
Ghost Girl (filly; Ghostzapper - Bayou Breeze by A. P. Indy) took third late in her Allowance contest on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita. Watch the Replay.
Kaysa Deeya (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Pleasant Emily by Pleasant Tap) finished 5th (last) in her Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita. Watch the Replay.
My Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Sung in Tune by Unbridled's Song) finished 6th (last) in her debut, a Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. Watch the Replay.
April 5 Results
Entranced (filly; Ghostzapper - Fast and Early by Carson City) went right to the lead in her Maiden Special Weight at Mountaineer, increasing her advantage throughout. The winning margin was 11 1/4 lengths. Watch the Replay.
Saint Spirit (filly; Saint Liam - Unbridled Spirit by Unbridled's Song) set the early pace, and then weakened to 7th in her Allowance race on the turf at Turf Paradise.
April 7 Results
R Luckyghost (colt; Ghostzapper - Downtown Blues by Seattle Song) finished 2nd in race 5 at Turf Paradise, a mile Maiden/Optional Claiming race on the turf.
Quick Ride (colt; Afleet Alex - Baby Lets Cruise by Tale of the Cat) finished 4th in race 3 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Allowance. Watch the Replay.
Becky's Kitten (gelding; Kitten's Joy - Caterette by Cozzene) finished 5th in race 5 at Keeneland, a 1 1/16 mile Allowance on the turf. Watch the Replay.
April 8 Entries
I Wanna Run with a Stringer Bell at a Saturday Dance
April 8, 2010
Keeneland Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 1:35 PM ET TVG
||I Wanna Run
||Double Down Brown
Double Down Brown (Max's Pal - Kissintobeclever by Kissin Kris) is an old friend, as he finished 6th in Speed Demon's debut on April 2. That race was also at 4.5 furlongs at Keeneland, and was Double Down Brown's first start. He is out of the winning mare Kissintobeclever. Kissintobeclever has produced one winner from two to run. That winner, Don Telladaga, is a full brother to Double Down Brown. Kissintobeclever is a half sister to 3 winners.
The rest of the entrants are unraced, including Stringer Bell (Silver Train - Thara by Hennessy), who is the first runner for freshman sire Silver Train. Silver Train was a winner at 2, and earned $1,259,345 in 17 starts. Stringer Bell sold for $11,000 as a yearling. He is the second foal out of the unraced mare Thara. Thara is a half sister to 2 winners, including grade III winner Arch Swing.
The only filly in the race is Aroyalsweet (Chapel Royal - Zamsweet by Zamindar), who brought $22,000 as a yearling. She is the second foal out of the unraced mare Zamsweet. Zamsweet is a half sister to 6 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Tactical Side, who earned $313,313.
Madman Diaries (Bring the Heat - Harper N Abbey by Outflanker) is part of a Wesley Ward-trained entry with Aroyalsweet. Madman Diaries is a full brother to the winner Yogaroo, who was a winner at 2 in April at Keeneland in 2009. Harper N Abbey, dam of Madman Diaries, is a daughter of the great sprinter Meafara, who finished 2nd twice in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Firepole (Hook and Ladder - Talamanca by St. Jovite) sold for $50,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of stakes-placed Talamanca. Talamanca did not run at 2, but was a debut winner at 3, and earned $102,480 in 13 starts. Talamanca has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes-placed Myakka. Two of Firepole's siblings won at 2.
Saturday Dance (Roman Ruler - Sweetstorm Amy by Lemon Drop Kid) brought $27,000 as a weanling, and $6,000 as a yearling. He is the second foal out of the unraced mare Sweetstorm Amy. Sweetstorm Amy is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Sungold Skippy.
I Wanna Run (Werblin - Loyalambic by Loyal Pal) sold for $9,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Loyalambic. Loyalambic has produced 5 winners from 5 to run, including stakes-placed winners Song Song Blue and Archery. Three of I Wanna Run's siblings won at 2. Loyalambic is a half sister to grade III winner Learned Jake.
Stakes-placed Yes It's Gold, dam of Voyles (Officer - Yes It's Gold by Yes It's True), was a debut winner at 2, and earned $168,222 in 22 starts. Voyles is her first foal. Yes It's Gold is a half sister to 3 winners.
Other April 8 Entries
Rock America (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Girl Scout by Meadowlake) runs in race 7 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Special Weight scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Post time is 4:12 PM ET. Rock America has run twice, most recently finishing 3rd in a mile and an eighth turf race at Gulfstream on February 20. He's been working at Payson Park since then, including 4 furlongs in :48.60 on March 30.
It's the Big Cat (colt; Kitten's Joy - Sweeping Cat by End Sweep) breaks from the rail in race 9 at Aqueduct, a Maiden Special Weight scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 4:55 PM ET. It's the Big Cat has run 6 times with one second and one third. The turf might be just the thing to get his maiden win. He finished 5th last time out, in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Aqueduct on March 10.
La Gran Bailadora (filly; Afleet Alex - Affirmed Dancer by Affirmed) is on the AE list for race 9 at Keeneland, an Allowance scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 5:05 PM ET. La Gran Bailadora is also entered Saturday at Keeneland in an identically conditioned race. La Gran Bailadora broke her maiden last time out, in a mile and 40 yard Maiden Special Weight at Fair Grounds on February 7. She has several works since then, including 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 at Keeneland on April 2.
Hard Call (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Call Me Up by Miner's Mark) faces 10 in race 11 at Oaklawn Park. Post time is 7:15 PM ET for this mile Maiden Special Weight. Hard Call has finished second twice and third twice in her four starts. Last time out, she was 2nd at a mile at Oaklawn on March 19.
Blue Orleans (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Sheila Purple (BRZ) by Purple Mountain) went 3 furlongs in :37.20 at Palm Meadows. Blue Orleans sold for $80,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Sheila Purple, who was a debut winner at 2. Sheila Purple has produced 5 winners, including gr. I winner Pico Central. Pico Central, who earned $1,283,145, was also a debut winner at 2.
New to this blog, Sky Hosoya (filly; Bluegrass Cat - T. K. O. Lady by Two Punch) worked 3 furlongs in :37.20 at Palm Meadows. She previously worked 3 furlongs in :38.20 at Palm Meadows on March 28. She was a $50,000 yearling, and is out of the unraced mare T. K. O. Lady. T. K. O. Lady has produced 3 winners, including stakes winners The Lady's Groom and Marina de Chavon.
Blindsidehit (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Heart Lake by Unbridled) worked 3 furlongs in :37.80 at Payson Park. She is a half sister to 2 winners, one of which was a debut winner at 2. Her dam, Heart Lake, is a half sister to two stakes winners.
Itsabeautifulthing (filly; Henny Hughes - Jolie Boutique by Northern Jove) worked 2 furlongs in :26.40 at Adena Springs Farm. She sold for $275,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Millennium Storm. Millennium Storm was a winner at 2.
Hurricane Harbor (colt; Rockport Harbor - Sweet Sixteen by Montbrook) went 3 furlongs in :36.00 at Hollywood Park.