News and Notes
It's official, New Madrid (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)) is out of the Belmont. Look for him in an Allowance race on the dirt.
May 21 Results
Dixieland Bulls Her Way by Your Momma
There were no scratches. Hughes Your Momma (Henny Hughes - With Flair by Broad Brush) opened at 3-5, and went off as a slight favorite over Explosive Elle (Forest Danger - Explosive Beauty by Proudest Romeo). Hughes Your Momma looked good in the paddock, but got a little aggravated as they moved to the track. Rider Kirk LeBlanc was off for a time, and she was swishing her tail furiously during the warm-up. El Rebecca (El Corredor - Judaea by Relaunch) looked good in the post parade. The load took forever, not unexpected with a field of mostly unraced 2-year-old fillies. Hughes Your Momma balked a little, but was soon in. Red Hot Deal (Ore Deal - Biscuit Eater by Kentucky Jazz) and Explosive Elle were more trouble. Finally, they were off. Dixieland Bull (Holy Bull - Placid Star by Placid Fund) made for the front, followed by Hughes Your Momma and Candi's Kitten (Osidy - Heavenly Psalm by Distorted Humor). Ironically, the only filly with prior racing experience, Shesatop Ridge (Ben's Ridge (GB) - Shesatop Spender by Spend a Buck) hesitated at the start and trailed. Candi's Kitten moved by Hughes Your Momma to engage Dixieland Bull. These two dueled for much of the stretch. On the scene late was El Rebecca, who rallied up the rail. Dixieland Bull finished a head in front of El Rebecca, who was another head in front of Candi's Kitten. The trio was better than 3 lengths in front of fourth place Hughes Your Momma. Watch the Replay.
Result: May 21, 2010
Louisiana Downs Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
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Sheltowee (gelding; Saint Liam - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) lingered at the back in the early stages of race 3 at Arlington Park, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight, as is his custom. He was swung wide for the stretch run and ran them all down for a nice victory. I guess start number 11 was the charm. I think the key was that jockey Eddie Perez waited until the last possible moment, as we know that Sheltowee has a tendency to hang. Watch the Replay.
Hunters Bay (colt; Ghostzapper - Smok'n Frolic by Smoke Glacken) went right to the front in race 6 at Belmont Park, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight, and never looked back. The winning margin was an impressive 8.5 lengths. This one was especially satisfying, as the announcers were doubting his chances before the race. They were unimpressed with his debut, and stated that Ghostzappers were only doing well on turf and Polytrack. Watch the Replay.
Jungle Lily (filly; Kitten's Joy - Raving by Dynaformer) grabbed the lead at the start of race 4 at Hastings, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race, and never looked back, breaking her maiden in her first try.
Ophiuchus (filly; Afleet Alex - Nymphenburg by San Romano) finished 4th in race 2 at Woodbine, a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight. Watch the Replay.
Furious Run (colt; Rock Hard Ten - One Dream Cat by Storm Cat) made up some ground late to finish 4th in race 7 at Arlington Park, a Claiming race taken off the turf and run at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track. Watch the Replay.
La Cloche (filly; Ghostzapper - Memories of Silver by Silver Hawk) and Fantasma (filly; Ghostzapper - Cindy's Hero by Sea Hero) were both scratched from race 9 at Belmont Park, a Maiden Special Weight at a mile on the turf.
Trinity Run (colt; Ghostzapper - Lake Windermere by Fit to Fight) was scratched from race 11 at Churchill Downs, a mile Allowance on the turf.
May 21 Entries
Speed Demon Tries for a Par Four
May 22, 2010
Delaware Park Race 9
Par Four Stakes
Post Time: 4:51 PM ET
||Dr. Mont E. Brook
||Just Like Daddy
After breaking his maiden on April 28 at Churchill Downs, Speed Demon (Bluegrass Cat - Celestial Legend by City Zip) will jump into stakes company in the 4.5 furlong Par Four Stakes at Delaware Park. This will be his third start overall. He finished 3rd in his debut at Keeneland on April 2. Both of his starts were at 4.5 furlongs. 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.
Happytheman (Cape Canaveral - Stay With Bruce by Grey Dawn II) has also run twice. He finished 2nd at Laurel on April 8, and won on May 1 at Pimlico. Both of those start were at 4.5 furlongs. Happytheman sold for $5,500 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Stay With Bruce. Stay With Bruce has produced 5 winners, including grade III winner Danthebluegrassman.
Firepole (Hook and Ladder - Talamanca by St. Jovite) won his only start, a 4.5 furlong contest at Keeneland on April 8. He sold for $50,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of stakes-placed Talamanca. Talamanca has produced 7 winners from 7 to run, including stakes-placed Myakka.
Affluence (Zavata - Irish Crystal by End Sweep) was also a winner in his first and only start, a 4.5 furlong contest at Delaware Park on May 4. He is out of the winning mare Irish Crystal, who has produced 2 winners. Irish Crystal is a half sister to 3 winners.
The rest are unraced, including Just Like Daddy (The Daddy - Surely Early by Yankee Victor), who is the first runner for freshman sire The Daddy, and the only filly in the field. Grade II winner The Daddy did not run at 2, but he did win his debut at 3, and earned $517,700 in his career. Just Like Daddy is the first foal out of the unraced mare Surely Early. Surely Early is a half sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Sharp Impact and 3-year-old Ghostzapper filly Entranced.
Argentine Talisman (Dehere - Tifonica (ARG) by Equalize) sold for $45,000 as a yearling. He is out of stakes-placed Tifonica, who earned $140,381. Tifonica has produced Haimish Hy, who finished 2nd in the 2010 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III). Haimish Hy was a winner at 2. Tifonica is a full sister to 3 winners, and a half sister to 5 winners, including Tifosi, a group I winner in Argentina.
Herecomesthe Storm (Grand Reward - Marfa's Girl by Marfa) brought $14,000 as a yearling, and $17,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half brother to the winner Miss Linny. Marfa's Girl, dam of Herecomesthe Storm, is a half sister to 13 winners, including stakes winner Star Idol.
Dr. Mont E. Brook (Montbrook - Dr. Zachary Mason by Rexson's Hope) is out of the winning mare Dr. Zachary Mason, who was a winner at 2. Dr. Zachary Mason has produced 6 winners from 6 to run, including one full sibling to Dr. Mont E. Brook. Three of Dr. Mont E. Brook's siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner that season.
Minutesandtouches has the Ammunition to be a Gangster of Love
May 22, 2010
Golden Gate Fields Race 8
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 7:22 PM ET
||Gangster of Love
Minutesandtouches (Rockport Harbor - Flexible Princess by Honor and Glory) makes his debut at Golden Gate Fields. He is the third starter for Rockport Harbor, after Let's Get Rockin finished 5th (placed 4th) at Woodbine on May 9, and Judge This was 4th at Prairie Meadows on May 13. Rockport Harbor was 4 for 4 at 2, including victories in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) and the Nashua Stakes (gr. III). Overall, he earned $324,800. Minutesandtouches sold for $87,000 as a yearling, and $140,000 as a 2-year old. He is the second foal out of stakes-placed Flexible Princess, who was 2 for 2 as a 2-year-old. Flexible Princess's first foal, Zacatlan, is a group I winner in Mexico. Flexible Princess is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed Our Colors.
The only entrant with experience is Gangster of Love (Momentum - Exit for Ever (FR) by Exit to Nowhere), who has run twice. He finished 5th at 2 furlongs on April 8, and 3rd at 4 furlongs on April 30. Both starts were at Golden Gate. He is out of the winning mare Exit for Ever, who won 2 races at 2. Exit for Ever has produced 3 winners. Exit for Ever is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Last Empress.
Selling for $115,000 as a yearling was American Wildcat (Forest Wildcat - Gingham and Lace by Kris S.). He is the first foal out of Gingham and Lace, who was a winner at 2 and stakes-placed at 3. Gingham and Lace is a half sister to 7 winners.
Ammunition (Red Bullet - Leah's Angel by Caller I. D.) sold for $22,000 as a yearling, and for $80,000 as a 2-year old. He is a half brother to 4 winners, including grade III winner Expect an Angel. Two of Ammunition's siblings won their debuts at 2, including Expect an Angel, who earned $236,799 in her career. Another sibling, stakes-placed Tontine Too, was a debut winner at 3.
Bobsong Forana (Siberian Summer - Brandi's Song by Whitney Tower) is the third foal out of the unplaced mare Brandi's Song. Brandi's Song is a half sister to four winners, including grade II winner Unfinished Symph.
Quick Caper (Score Quick - It's a Stick Up by Swiss Yodeler) is the first foal out of the unraced mare It's a Stick Up. It's a Stick Up is a half sister to 2 winners.
Mrshortytoyou (Emerald Creme - Chipeta Slew by Coverallbases) is out of the unraced mare Chipeta Slew. Chipeta Slew is a half sister to the winner Saumee Secret.
Go Ask Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)) runs in the American 1000 Guineas Stakes at a mile on the Arlington Park turf. Post time is 6:14 PM ET. Last time out, Go Ask Alex set new track record in the mile Indiana Downs Distaff Stakes on the turf at Indiana Downs on May 5. Overall, she has 2 wins and 1 third in 8 starts, with earnings of $97,456. Prior to the Indiana Downs Distaff Stakes, Go Ask Alex finished 7th in the Appalachian Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland on April 15. Grade III winner Bay to Bay was second in the Appalachian, and grade III winner Orchestrator was 4th. They also run in the American 1000 Guineas Stakes. Read more about the American 1000 Guineas Stakes here.
Other Three-Year-Old Entries
Afleet Express (colt; Afleet Alex - Expanse by Distant View) meets 5 in race 3 at Belmont, a 7 furlong Allowance. Post time is 2:04 PM ET. Afleet Express has one win and one second in three starts. Last time out, he was 5th in a 7 furlong Allowance at Gulfstream Park on February 25.
Kid Canuck (gelding; Kitten's Joy - Draxhill Jump by Tale of the Cat) goes in race 4 at Woodbine, a 6 furlong Allowance on the turf. Post time is 2:26 PM ET. Kid Canuck has 3 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 10 starts, with earnings of $130,208. He last ran on May 9, finishing 2nd in a 6 furlong Allowance on the Polytrack at Woodbine.
Kijo (gelding; Kitten's Joy - Sunday Sport by Honour and Glory) runs in race 6 at Belmont, a Maiden Claiming race scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 3:40 PM ET. Kijo has run 6 times, finishing second twice. He last ran on January 15 at Gulfstream Park, finishing 10th at a mile on the turf.
Tenacious Traci (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Treize by Alysheba) breaks from the rail in race 8 at Pimlico, a 5 furlong Maiden Special Weight on the turf. Post time is 4:38 PM ET. Tenacious Traci has run twice, once in 2009 and once in 2010. She finished 7th at 6 furlongs on November 28, and 8th at 7 furlongs on January 9. Both starts were at Laurel.
Gray Flash (filly; Afleet Alex - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) runs in race 9 at Calder, a 6 furlong Claiming race. Post time is 4:47 PM ET. In her only race of 2010, Gray Flash finished 3rd in a 5.5 furlong Claiming race at Calder on May 2.
Gaucho (colt; Ghostzapper - Fashion Cat by Forest Wildcat) goes 5 furlongs on the turf in race 12 at Calder. Post time is 6:04 PM ET for this Maiden Special Weight. Gaucho has run twice, finishing 11th at 7 furlongs on February 20, and 4th at 6.5 furlongs on April 10. Both starts were at Gulfstream Park.
Joyful Friend (gelding; Kitten's Joy - Somethingtreasured by Charismatic) meets 6 in race 3 at Indiana Downs, a 7.5 furlong Allowance on the turf. Post time is 7:45 PM ET. Joyful Friend has one win and one third in 8 starts. Last time out, he was 5th in a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Indiana Downs on April 30.
I Am Indy (colt; Saint Liam - Teenage Temper by A. P. Indy) goes in race 5 at Indiana Downs, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 8:35 PM ET. I Am Indy has run 6 times without placing, including most recently finishing 5th in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Claiming race at Churchill Downs on April 25.
Alex's Vision (colt; Afleet Alex - Urban Dancer by Citidancer) is entered in race 7 at Penn National, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 8:59 PM ET for this contest for PA-breds. Alex's Vision has run three times, finishing third once. His last start was on May 5 at Delaware Park, where he was 4th in a mile and 70 yard Maiden Special Weight.
A Z Warrior (filly; Bernardini - Carson Jen by Carson City) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Santa Anita. A Z Warrior is out of stakes-placed Carson Jen, who is the dam of three winners, including stakes winner J Z Warrior and grade III winner E Z Warrior.
Scoville (colt; Bernardini - Chili Cat by Storm Cat) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Keeneland. Scoville is the first foal out of stakes-placed Chili Cat. Chili Cat is a half sister to grade I winner Pine Island and one other winner.
Face Card (colt; Henny Hughes - Watchfull by Notebook) worked 3 furlongs in :36.00 at Keeneland. Face Card sold for $160,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Watchfull. Watchfull won 3 races at 2, including her debut and the Irish Sonnet Stakes. She has produced 5 winners from 5 to run, including grade III winner Watchmon.
Quick to Strike (colt; Henny Hughes - Flapper Dancer by Fappiano) worked 3 furlongs in :39.65 at Saratoga. Quick to Strike sold for $250,000 at 2, and is out of the winning mare Flapper Dancer, who has produced 10 winners.
Harbor Chimes (filly; Rockport Harbor - Piano Chimes by Chimes Band) worked 3 furlongs in :40.80 at Finger Lakes. Harbor Chimes is out of stakes-placed Piano Chimes, who has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. Piano Chimes is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Swear to It.
At Finger Lakes, Motion to Appeal (colt; Bellamy Road - You'll B Impressed by Valid Appeal) worked 3 furlongs in :36.60.
Break Up the Game (colt; Bernardini - Pennant Champion by Mr. Prospector) worked at Belmont, 4 furlongs in :52.67.
Working 4 furlongs in :35.20 at Keeneland was Bluegrass Dreamer (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Spring Flight by Miswaki). It was the fastest of 8 works at the distance.
Also at Keeneland, Hysterical Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Then She Laughs by Distorted Humor) went 3 furlongs in :36.00.
Bracket Buster (colt; Henny Hughes - Code of Love by Cryptoclearance) worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 at Churchill Downs.
Night Brigade (filly; Rockport Harbor - Speaking of Time by Gilded Time) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Monmouth Park.
At Suffolk Downs, Jewel of Rockport (filly; Rockport Harbor - Box of Jewels by Half a Year) worked 3 furlongs in :37.40. It was the fastest of 15 works at the distance.