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April 10 Results

Making a Statement

Stately Victor (colt; Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer) was a cool 40-1 in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (I), but he had some pep in his step in the post parade. Interactif was favored, with Paddy O'Prado also getting plenty of play. Pleasant Prince and Aikenite made good appearances in the paddock. Odysseus and Paddy O'Prado battled for the early lead, with First Dude and Aikenite not far off. Stately Victor was about mid-pack. Paddy O'Prado sprinted away from Odysseus in the stretch. Odysseus faded, and ended up last. Paddy O'Prado seemed home free, but emerging from the pack was Stately Victor. He ran down Prado O'Prado, and kept on running. The final margin was 4 1/4 lengths. Stately Victor now has 2 wins and 1 second in 8 starts, with earnings of $493,213, and it looks like he will be going on to the Derby. Interestingly, he is trained by Mike Maker, who also trains Dean's Kitten. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Blue Grass here.

Stately Victor goes by a stunned crowd at Keeneland.
Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt

Result: April 10, 2010
Oaklawn Race 9
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I)

Stately Victor $82.20
Paddy O'Prado  
First Dude  


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The Line of David Cannot be Crossed

Dublin (colt; Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird) was one of the top picks of the bettors in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), going off at 5-2. Only Noble's Promise was lower odds. On the other hand, New Madrid (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)) was 30-1. Super Saver looked good in the post parade, and Noble's Promise was on his toes. New Madrid was standing calmly as he awaited post time. California shipper Line of David sped to the lead, setting some rather ambitious fractions: 22.65, :46.26. He was tracked by Super Saver and Dublin. New Madrid was sitting off the pace. Line of David continued to lead into the stretch. Both Super Saver and Dublin made runs at him, and it looked like Dublin would go by for the win. But, Line of David kept his neck in front. Super Saver was another neck in front of Dublin. New Madrid ran pretty evenly, finishing 6th. Knowing D. Wayne Lukas, I expect Dublin to go on to the Kentucky Derby. However, New Madrid will look for a little easier spot. Watch the Replay Read more about the Arkansas Derby here.

Result: April 10, 2010
Oaklawn Race 9
Arkansas Derby (gr. I)

Line of David $36.60
Super Saver  


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Other April 10 Results

Raven Hawk (colt; Afleet Alex - Spinning Wind by Dehere) was off slowly in his debut at Oaklawn, as is common with Afleet Alex first-timers. But, he came rolling late to finish second. This one won't be a maiden for long. Watch the Replay.

Syo Defenceman (colt; Afleet Alex - Southern Sandra by Dixie Brass) couldn't catch the winner in his Allowance race on the turf at Gulfstream, but finished a decent second. Who We Gunna Call (colt; Ghostzapper - Touch Dial by Phone Trick) trailed for much of the race, but did pass a couple late to finish 6th. Watch the Replay.

La Gran Bailadora (filly; Afleet Alex - Affirmed Dancer by Affirmed) was dismissed at the windows in her turf Allowance at Keeneland, but she came running late to finish a strong second. If she hadn't been forced wide while making her move, she might have threatened the winner. Watch the Replay.

Upgrade (colt; Saint Liam - Emily Ring by Fit to Fight) chased the leader throughout his turf Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream, but couldn't quite catch him, finishing a good second. Watch the Replay.

Wilreign (filly; Saint Liam - Probable Storm by Tabasco Cat) was fractious in the gate of her debut at Philadelphia Park in Maiden Special Weight company, but still managed to finish a respectable 3rd. Watch the Replay.

By n' by Lord (filly; Saint Liam - Gone Bye Bye by Smart Strike) loomed on the outside of her Maiden Special Weight at Oaklawn, but flattened out and finished third. Watch the Replay.

Bishop's Head (gelding; Saint Liam - Blue Sky Princess by Conquistador Cielo) was no match for the top 2, but finished a decent 3rd at 31-1 in his Claiming race at Laurel. Watch the Replay.

Trappist Monk (gelding; Saint Liam - Merengue by Broad Brush) finished 4th in his Maiden Claiming race at Laurel. Watch the Replay.

Gaucho (colt; Ghostzapper - Fashion Cat by Forest Wildcat) set the early pace in race 8 at Gulfstream, a 6.5 Maiden Special Weight, but tired to fourth. On the other hand, Hunters Bay (colt; Ghostzapper - Smok'n Frolic by Smoke Glacken) lingered at the back early, but made up ground late to finish 5th. Watch the Replay.

Seeking the Point (gelding; Saint Liam - So Foolish by Seeking the Gold) passed some late to finish 4th in his Claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs. Watch the Replay.

April 11 Entries

Afleet Jane (filly; Afleet Alex - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake), who broke her maiden last time out in a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Philadelphia Park on March 29, returns to that track to take on winners. Post time is 12:46 PM ET for her 6.5 furlong Starter Allowance (race 2).

I Am Indy (colt; Saint Liam - Teenage Temper by A. P. Indy) faces 5 in race 1 at Keeneland, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 1:05 PM ET. I Am Indy has run 4 times without placing. Most recently, he finished 6th at a mile at Turfway Park on March 20. He's worked a couple of times since then, including 3 furlongs in :39.40 at Churchill Downs on April 9.

Hey Hey Mama (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Gemilli by Lemon Drop Kid) debuts in race 3 at Gulfstream Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 2:12 PM ET. She has been working at Palm Meadows, including 4 furlongs in :50.40 on April 3. Hey Hey Mama sold for $240,000 as a 2-year-old, and is the first foal out of stakes-placed Gemilli. Gemilli is a half sister to 3 winners.

Draw a Blank (filly; Saint Liam - Forget About It (IRE) by Be My Guest) goes in race 7 at Keeneland, a 6 furlong Allowance race. Post time is 4:05 PM ET. Draw a Blank has one win, one second, and one third in 7 starts. Last time out, she finished 6th in a 5 furlong turf Allowance at Gulfstream on March 14. She most recently worked on April 5, going 4 furlongs in :48.40 at Keeneland.

April 12 Entries

Delaney's d'Lite (gelding; Afleet Alex - Dame d'Loc by Mt. Livermore) meets 7 in race 6 at Philadelphia Park, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 2:31 PM ET. Delaney's d'Lite has run 3 times without placing. Most recently, he finished 4th in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Philadelphia Park on March 20.

Saint Spirit (filly; Saint Liam - Unbridled Spirit by Unbridled's Song) goes in race 4 at Turf Paradise, an about 5 furlong turf Allowance. Post time is 5:19 PM ET. Saint Spirit finished 7th last time out, at a mile on the turf at Turf Paradise on April 5. She usually sets the pace, so the cut-back in distance may change her fortune.

New Workers

April 10

Watertown Road (filly; Bellamy Road - Earthly Angel by Crafty Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in :37.40 at Delaware Park. She is out of the unraced mare Earthly Angel, who has produced 5 winners from 5 to run. Two of Watertown Road's siblings won at 2, including Gallatin Forest, who was also stakes-placed that season.

Actual Size (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Lady Melesi by Colonial Affair) worked 3 furlongs in :37.80 at Santa Anita. Actual Size sold for $280,000 as a weanling, and $220,000 as a yearling. He is out of stakes winner Lady Melesi, who earned $389,190. Lady Melesi has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Roman Emperor and grade II stakes-placed Doc Cheney. Two of Actual Size's won at 2, including Doc Cheney, who was 2 for 2 at 2.

Returning Worker

April 10

Bluegrass Phenom (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Reboot by Rubiano) worked 4 furlongs in :46.40 at Keeneland.

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