News and Notes
This will probably be my last post before the Derby, so I wanted to use this opportunity to wish good luck to the Maiden Watch entrants: Stately Victor (Ghostzapper - Collect the Cash by Dynaformer), Dean's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Summer Theatre by Ide), and Dublin (Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage by Storm Bird). I'll also post a few photos of them on track at Churchill Downs. It looks like rain for Saturday, but I'll remain optimistic until the showers begin. My personal Derby pick is Ice Box (Pulpit - Spice Island by Tabasco Cat). Partially, this is a sentimental pick, as his dam, Spice Island was one of my favorites, a photo of her win in the Dowager Stakes hangs on my wall. However, I also like Ice Box because of his winning move in the Florida Derby. That was a Derby winning move, reminiscent of Monarchos both in the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby. I haven't made all of my wagering decisions yet, but I know one bet will be an exacta box of Ice Box and the Maiden Watch horses. Not scientific, but it worked last year to the tune of $1,200. My one piece of advice on playing the Derby is that if you like a horse for whatever reason, put something on him, even if your head says no. I'm not saying to bet your life savings, just a couple of dollars. It's not a sound handicapping practice to regularly bet with your heart, but anything can happen in the Derby and it might as well happen to you.
Dean's Kitten - Photo by Rick Samuels
Dublin - Photo by Rick Samuels
Stately Victor - Photo by Mathea Kelley
April 29 Results
Dynazaper has the Edge
The turf was firm for the 1 1/16 mile Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs, and Potosina, Midway Holiday, and All County were scratched. Grade I winner Negligee was favored, but Dynazaper (filly; Ghostzapper - Broad Dynamite by Broad Brush) was well regarded as well. Ambitoness got loose before the load, and was a late scratch. Dynazaper was on edge as post time approached, rearing as they attempted to lead her to the turf course. Hidden Value took the early lead, with Dynazaper tracking in second. Negligee was in the third spot, but did not want to settle. The fractions were fairly easy, and Dynazaper began to advance after 6 furlongs. She hit the front in the stretch, but Negligee was coming. Dynazaper held her off for the victory, despite a reluctance to change leads. Dynazaper now has 2 wins and 1 third in 6 starts, with earnings of $81,140. Watch the Replay.
Result: April 29, 2010
Churchill Downs Race 7
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Other Three-Year-Old Results
Trinity Run (colt; Ghostzapper - Lake Windermere by Fit to Fight) and Hazards of Love (gelding; Saint Liam - Spring Rush by Wild Rush) finished second and third in their Maiden Claiming race at Churchill Downs. Watch the Replay.
Best Actor (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie by Unaccounted For) was the heavy favorite in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Arlington Park, but came up short and finished third. Watch the Replay.
Alex a Fortiori (gelding; Afleet Alex - Channel Crossing by Deputy Minister) finished 6th in his Maiden Claiming race at Charles Town. Watch the Replay.
April 30 Three-Year-Old Entries
Doubles Partner (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Serena's Sister by Rahy) and Saint Eligius (colt; Saint Liam - Great Connection by Dayjur) meet in the American Turf Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth at Churchill Downs. Doubles Partner was last seen finishing 8th in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park on March 27. However, his two victories have come on the turf. He last worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Churchill Downs on April 23. Saint Eligius also has 2 wins on the turf, including a mile Allowance race on March 20. He has been working at Keeneland since then, including 4 furlongs in :49.40 on April 23. Setsuko, the 2nd-place finisher in the Santa Anita Derby whom many thought should be in the Derby, has received most of the attention in this race. However, the morning-line favorite is Lost Aptitude, who won the Grand Canyon Stakes on the turf at Churchill Downs in November, and finished 2nd in the Tropical Park Derby (gr. III) on the Calder turf in January. Also of interest is Workin for Hops, who won the Grindstone Stakes on the turf at Fair Grounds on March 27. Read more about the American Turf Stakes here.
Other Three-Year-Old Entries
Azurite (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Aztec Pearl by A. P. Indy) and Shirley She Can (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Party Chatter by Pleasant Colony) meet in race 2 at Churchill Downs, a mile Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 11:00 AM ET. Azurite finished second in her only start, a 6 furlong race at Fair Grounds on March 13. Since then, she's been working at Churchill Downs, including 4 furlongs in :50.00 on April 25. Shirley She Can has also run once, finishing 3rd in a 6 furlong race at Gulfstream Park on March 5. She last worked on April 24 at Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs in :48.40.
Devon Rock (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Fiddlin Devon by Deputy Minister) and Christmas for Liam (colt; Saint Liam - Gone for Christmas by Gone West) meet in race 3 at Belmont, a mile Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 2:06 PM ET. Also in this race is Brother Bird, half brother to Mine That Bird. Devon Rock is making his first start. He sold for $160,000 as a yearling, and $440,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Fiddlin Devon. Fiddlin Devon has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Bear's Swan. Devon Rock last worked 3 furlongs in :36.71 at Belmont on April 29. Devon Rock is also entered in race 5 at Belmont on May 1. Christmas for Liam has run once, finishing 3rd in a 7 furlong race at Gulfstream Park on March 27. He last worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 at Belmont on April 24.
Seeking the Point (gelding; Saint Liam - So Foolish by Seeking the Gold) runs in race 8 at Tampa Bay Downs, a mile Claiming race on the turf. Post time is 3:40 PM ET. Seeking the Point has two wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 9 starts, most recently finishing 4th in a 7 furlong Claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs on April 10. Since then, he worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 at Tampa Bay Downs on April 24.
All About Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - California Sunset by Deputy Minister) goes in race 7 at Pimlico, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight scheduled for the turf. Post time is 4:20 PM ET. All About Alex has run three times, finishing third twice, including at a mile on turf at Philadelphia Park on March 1. She's worked several times since then, including 5 furlongs in 1:00.87 at Philadelphia Park on April 23.
R Luckyghost (gelding; Ghostzapper - Downtown Blues by Seattle Song) faces 6 in race 1 at Prairie Meadows, a mile and 70 yard Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 7:30 PM ET. R Luckyghost has run twice, most recently finishing 2nd at a mile on the turf at Turf Paradise on April 7.
St Liams Halo (Saint Liam - Foolishly by Broad Brush) runs in race 9 at Arlington Park, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Post time is 7:59 PM ET. St Liams Halo has run three times, most recently finishing 2nd at 5.5 furlongs on the Fair Grounds turf on March 27. He's worked a couple of times at Keeneland since then, including 4 furlongs in :47.60 on April 18.
Joyful Friend (gelding; Kitten's Joy - Somethingtreasured by Charismatic) runs in race 7 at Indiana Downs, a mile and 70 yard Allowance race. Post time is 9:25 PM ET. Joyful Friend has one win and and one third in 7 starts. Last time out, he was 10th in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Indiana Downs on April 16.
May 1 Three-Year-Old Entries (in addition to the Kentucky Derby)
Spicer (colt; Ghostzapper - Allspice by Coronado's Quest) goes in race 2 at Churchill Downs, a mile Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 11:00 AM ET. Spicer has run twice, finishing 3rd at Keeneland on October 14, and 4th at Gulfstream Park on March 20. He last worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 at Churchill Downs on April 26.
Kathern's Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - La Cat by Mr. Greeley) is scheduled to debut in race 3 at Churchill Downs, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Post time is 11:30 AM ET. Kathern's Kitten has been working at Keeneland, including 4 furlongs in :49.80 on April 26. She is out of the winning mare La Cat, who was a debut winner. La Cat has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Picou.
Saint Spirit (filly; Saint Liam - Unbridled Spirit by Unbridled's Song) runs in race 3 at Turf Paradise, a 5 furlong Allowance race on the turf. Post time is 1:48 PM ET. Saint Spirit last ran on April 5, finishing 7th in a mile Allowance on the turf. Since then, she worked 4 furlongs in :48.80 on April 27.
Mochachino (gelding; Afleet Alex - Peacock Sally by Marquetry) makes start number 3 in race 3 at Belmont, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 2:04 PM ET. Mochachino finished 4th and 6th in his previous starts, both at 6 furlongs at Aqueduct. He most recently worked 4 furlongs in :49.97 on April 24.
Saintly Ways (filly; Saint Liam - Visual Art by Deputy Minister) faces 6 in race 4 at River Downs, a mile Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 2:30 PM ET. Saintly Ways has run 6 times, finishing third twice. Most recently, she was fourth in a mile Maiden Claiming race at River Downs on April 17.
Vezuviy (colt; Ghostzapper - My Time Now by Unbridled) runs in race 1 at Golden Gate Fields, a mile Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 2:45 PM ET. Vezuviy has run twice, most recently finishing 4th at 6 furlongs at Golden Gate on April 16. Since then, he worked 4 furlongs in :50.40 on April 24 at Golden Gate.
Devon Rock (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Fiddlin Devon by Deputy Minister) is entered in race 5 at Belmont Park, a Maiden Special Weight at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Post time is 3:08 PM ET. Devon Rock is unraced. He sold for $160,000 as a yearling, and $440,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Fiddlin Devon. Fiddlin Devon has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Bear's Swan. Devon Rock last worked 3 furlongs in :36.71 at Belmont on April 29.
Afleet Jane (filly; Afleet Alex - North Lake Jane by Meadowlake) meets 6 in race 9 at Philadelphia Park, a mile and a sixteenth Claiming race. Post time is 3:50 PM ET. Afleet Jane last ran on April 11, finishing 6th in a 6.5 furlong Starter Allowance at Philadelphia Park on April 11.
Stakes-placed Shrimp Dancer (colt; Kitten's Joy - Formal Dancer by Formal Gold) runs in race 7 at Belmont, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Post time is 4:12 PM ET for this Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Shrimp Dancer has 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds in 9 starts. Most recently, he won a mile Allowance race at Aqueduct on April 2. He's been working at Belmont since then, including 4 furlongs in :48.45 on April 24.
Gray Flash (filly; Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) is scheduled to make her first start of 2010 in race 8 at Calder, a 6 furlong Claiming race. Post time is 4:13 PM ET. Last year, Gray Flash ran 10 times, winning once, finishing second once, and third twice. She has been working at Calder, including 5 furlongs in 1:03.00 on April 25.
Stakes-placed Moment of Majesty (filly; Saint Liam - Lady Indy by A. P. Indy) faces 7 in race 8 at Woodbine, a 7 furlong Allowance race. Post time is 4:30 PM ET. Moment of Majesty is making her 2010 debut. Last year, she broke her maiden on October 11, and then finished 5th in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, and 3rd in the Ontario Lassie Stakes. All of those races were at Woodbine. She has been working at Woodbine, including 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 on April 24.
Beyondallboundarys (filly; Saint Liam - In Secure by A. P. Indy), who won her first and only start on April 2 at Hawthorne, faces 8 in race 9 at Arlington Park. Post time is 5:35 PM ET for this 6.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Beyondallboundarys last worked 4 furlongs in :46.80 at Hawthorne on April 23.
Take a Hard Look (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Arjunand by Diesis (GB)) and Premier Cru (colt; Afleet Alex - Restored Hope by He's Bad) meet in race 8 at Hollywood Park, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 5:45 PM ET for this contest for 3-year-olds and up. Take a Hard Look is making his 2010 debut. Last year, he ran twice, finishing 8th once and 3rd once. He has been working at Hollywood Park, including 6 furlongs in 1:13.00 on April 25. Premier Cru finished 4th in his only start, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita on March 27. Premier Cru last worked on April 26 at Hollywood Park, going 3 furlongs in :36.80.
Metallic Mist (colt; Saint Liam - Wear by Arch) runs in race 10 at Sunray Park, a 4.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 7:53 PM ET. This will be Metallic Mist's first 2010 start. Last year, he ran twice, finishing 8th once and 3rd once. He last worked 4 furlongs in :48.80 at Sunray Park on April 25.
Jungle Lily (filly; Kitten's Joy - Raving by Dynaformer) is scheduled to debut in race 8 at Hastings, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 8:16 PM ET. Jungle Lily has been working at Hastings for some time, including 4 furlongs in :51.60 on April 25. She is out of the winning mare Raving, who has produced the winner Lexington Loverboy. Raving is a half sister to 3 winners.
R Fast Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - R Fast Lady by Artax) worked 3 furlongs in :40.00 at Niall Brennan Stables. He is the first foal out of stakes winner R Fast Lady. R Fast Lady is a half sister to 4 winners.
Runbellamyrun (filly; Bellamy Road - Byebyebabybyebye by Glitterman) worked 3 furlongs in :39.20 at the Churchill Downs Training Center. She is a half sister to the winner Energy Center, who was a winner at 2. Her dam, Byebyebabybyebye, is a full sister to 2 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Glitman, and a half sister to 3 winners.
Repeat (filly; Bernardini - Letgomyecho by Menifee) worked 3 furlongs in :39.00 at Keeneland. Repeat sold for $300,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade II winner Letgomyecho.
Statehood (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Heavenly Humor by Distorted Humor) worked 3 furlongs in :40.00 at Niall Brennan Stables.
Break Up the Game (colt; Bernardini - Pennant Champion by Mr. Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in :37.84 at Niall Brennan Stables.
Watertown Road (filly; Bellamy Road - Earthly Angel by Crafty Prospector) worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.20 at Delaware Park.
Bluegrass Chatter (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) worked 3 furlongs in :39.20 at Pleasanton.
Champagne Tommie (filly; Henny Hughes - Champagne Sunset by Gulch), who finished 7th in her debut at Keeneland on April 16, worked 3 furlongs in :35.20 at Churchill Downs. It was the fastest of 18 works at the distance.
Peb Hughes (colt; Henny Hughes - Race Artist by Mr. Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Fair Hill.
Hurricane Harbor (colt; Rockport Harbor - Sweet Sixteen by Montbrook) worked 4 furlongs in :49.20 at Hollywood Park.
Judge This (filly; Rockport Harbor - Selina Kyle by Storm Cat) worked 4 furlongs in :53.56 at Prairie Meadows.
Let's Get Rockin (colt; Rockport Harbor - Impolite by Two Punch) worked 4 furlongs in :48.80 at Woodbine.