News and Notes
Crown the King netted his first winner as a sire, when Leon Ayala (ridgling; Crown the King - Kiri Te by Romanov (IRE)) won the second race at Santa Anita on April 8.
The Heir Apparent
Unfortunately, I was busy and missed the prelims for this one. No More Yogi's (Salt Lake - Yogi's Polar Bear by Lucky Lionel) was scratched. Her entry-mate, Aroyalsweet (Chapel Royal - Zamsweet by Zamindar), was favored. Also getting attention from the bettors was Ridem Up (Candy Ride (ARG) - Halo Tyra by Sunny's Halo). Grand Distraction (Artie Schiller - Deal Us In by Mister Baileys (GB)), the first runner for Artie Schiller, was 29-1. Aroyalsweet broke best and established a clear lead. However, She'll Heir (Wildcat Heir - The Tricks On Me by Favorite Trick) came rolling 4-wide, caught, and then passed, the leader. She pulled away for a fairly easy 1 1/2 length victory. Aroyalsweet was well-clear of third-place Ridem Up. Grand Distraction broke slowly and passed one to finish 5th. Watch the Replay.
Result: April 9, 2010
Keeneland Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
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Other April 9 Results
Maddie's Odyssey (filly; Kitten's Joy - Personal Odyssey by Lemon Drop Kid) made it 2 in a row, with a victory in race 3 at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/16 mile Starter Allowance on the turf. Watch the Replay.
Also winning for the second time in a row was Dont Tell Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Misinformer by Dynaformer), who took a Claiming race on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs. Watch the Replay.
Ghostbustin' (gelding; Ghostzapper - Shebelongstoyou by Belong to Me) went off 48-1, broke from the 14 hole, and had to survive a claim of foul by an opposing jockey, but still got his maiden win in race 4 at Evangeline Downs, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race. On a personal note, I'm mighty glad that I decided he was worth $2 across the board. Watch the Replay.
Grecian Maiden (filly; Ghostzapper - Willa On the Move by Two Punch) was no match for the winner in race 6 at Keeneland, but finished a decent second in her debut at 6 furlongs in Maiden Special Weight company. Watch the Replay.
Wicked Charm (filly; Ghostzapper - Belva by Theatrical (IRE)) ran some late to finish 6th in her Maiden Special Weight on the turf at Gulfstream Park. Watch the Replay.
Out of Print (colt; Kitten's Joy - Lettertotheeditor by Editor's Note) finished 8th in his Maiden Claiming race at Penn National. Watch the Replay.
Crimson Glory (filly; Ghostzapper - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag) was scratched from race 8 at Woodbine, a 5 furlong Allowance race.
April 10 Entries
Dean's Kitten (colt; Kitten's Joy - Summer Theatre by Ide) has already punched his Derby ticket, let's see if some other Maiden Watch horses will be joining him in the field.
Stately Victor (colt; Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) faces 8 in the 1 1/8 mile Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. Post time is 5:30 PM ET. The last time Stately Victor was in a stakes race, he finished 6th in the mile and a sixteenth Dixiana Breeders' Futurity on October 10, also at Keeneland. Overall, he has a record of 1 win and 1 second in 7 starts. This year, he has run 3 times without placing, including a 5th-place finish at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Gulfstream on March 7, his most recent start. He's been working at the Churchill Training Center since then, including 4 furlongs in :49.80 on April 6. Read more about the Blue Grass here.
Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) and New Madrid (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)) meet in the 1 1/8 mile Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park. Post time is 5:48 PM ET. Dublin is a grade I winner, having won the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes in 2009. This year, Dublin has run twice, finishing second in the mile Southwest Stakes (gr. III) on February 20, and third in the 1 1/16 mile Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 13. Both of those races were at Oaklawn. Since the Rebel, he's worked twice at Oaklawn, including 5 furlongs in 1:01.80 on April 4. New Madrid broke his maiden in his third and most recent start, a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight at Oaklawn Park on March 13. Since then, he's worked a couple of times at Oaklawn, including 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 on April 3. Read more about the Arkansas Derby here.
Other April 10 Entries
Bishop's Head (gelding; Saint Liam - Blue Sky Princess by Conquistador Cielo), who broke his maiden last time out on March 20 at Laurel, faces winners in race 3 at that track. Post time is 1:31 PM ET for this 5.5 furlong Claiming race. Since his win, he's worked 4 furlongs in :48.60 at Bowie on April 3.
Trappist Monk (gelding; Saint Liam - Merengue by Broad Brush) faces 7 in race 4 at Laurel, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 2:00 PM ET. Trappist Monk has run 3 times without placing. Last time out, he finished 7th in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight at Laurel on January 2. Trappist Monk has been working at Laurel since then, including 4 furlongs in :49.60 on April 7.
Wilreign (filly; Saint Liam - Probable Storm by Tabasco Cat) debuts in race 5 at Philadelphia Park, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 2:04 PM ET. Wilreign has been working at Philadelphia Park, including 4 furlongs in :50.03 on April 6. She sold for $130,000 as a weanling, and is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Cajun Conquest.
By n' by Lord (filly; Saint Liam - Gone Bye Bye by Smart Strike) goes in race 5 at Oaklawn, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight for fillies and mares, 3, 4, and 5 years old. Post time is 3:23 PM ET. By n' by Lord has run three times. Most recently, she finished 2nd in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Oaklawn on March 18. She's worked once since then, going 4 furlongs in :50.40 on April 2.
Seeking the Point (gelding; Saint Liam - So Foolish by Seeking the Gold) takes on 8 in race 9 at Tampa Bay, a 7 furlong Claiming race. Post time is 4:10 PM ET. Seeking the Point has 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 8 starts. In his last race, he won a 6 furlong Claiming race at Tampa Bay on March 28.
Syo Defenceman (colt; Afleet Alex - Southern Sandra by Dixie Brass) and Who We Gunna Call (colt; Ghostzapper - Touch Dial by Phone Trick) meet in race 7 at Gulfstream Park, a mile and a sixteenth turf Allowance. Post time is 4:12 PM ET. Syo Defenceman has 2 wins and 1 second in 5 starts. Last time out, he won a 1 1/16 mile Starter Allowance on the turf at Gulfstream on February 26. Second in that race was Strike the Tiger, who subsequently finished second in the Transylvania Stakes (gr. III) on the turf at Keeneland on April 2. Syo Defenceman has been working at Calder, including 4 furlongs in :49.60 on April 4. Who We Gunna Call broke his maiden in his second start, a mile and 40 yard race at Tampa Bay Downs on February 18. Since then, he's worked several times, including 5 furlongs in 1:01.80 at Payson Park on April 2.
Raven Hawk (colt; Afleet Alex - Spinning Wind by Dehere) debuts in race 7 at Oaklawn Park, a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. Post time is 4:31 PM ET. Raven Hawk has been working at Oaklawn and Sam Houston, including 4 furlongs in :50.00 at Oaklawn on April 4. He is out of the winning mare Spinning Wind, who was a debut winner. Spinning Wind has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including stakes-placed Catale Wind.
Unraced Hunters Bay (colt; Ghostzapper - Smok'n Frolic by Smoke Glacken) and Gaucho (colt; Ghostzapper - Fashion Cat by Forest Wildcat) meet in race 8 at Gulfstream Park, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 4:43 PM ET. Hunters Bay is the second foal out of grade II winner Smok'n Frolic. Her first foal is a winner. Hunters Bay has been working at Palm Meadows, including 4 furlongs in :47.60 on April 6. Gaucho is making his second start. First time out, he finished 11th in a 7 furlong race at Gulfstream Park on February 20. Since then, he's worked several times, including 4 furlongs in :49.00 on April 6 at Palm Meadows.
Upgrade (colt; Saint Liam - Emily Ring by Fit to Fight) runs in race 10 at Gulfstream, a mile and an eighth turf Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 5:45 PM ET. Upgrade has run twice and finished third in his most recent start, a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Claiming race on the Gulfstream Park turf on March 18. He's worked several times since then, including 3 furlongs in :37.85 at Palm Meadows on April 7.
La Gran Bailadora (filly; Afleet Alex - Affirmed Dancer by Affirmed) faces 9 in race 10 at Keeneland, a mile Allowance on the turf. Post time is 5:58 PM ET. 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.
Seaman Harbor (filly; Rockport Harbor - Everything by Geiger Counter) worked 3 furlongs in :39.00 at Woodbine. Seaman Harbor sold for $57,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Everything, who earned $238,912. Everything has produced 2 winners, and is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Exciting Flash.
Blue Right By (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Shades of Grace by Seeking the Gold) worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 at Churchill Downs.