Boogeying to the Winner's Circle


Three-Year-Old Stakes Result

Harissa (filly; Afleet Alex - Dynasty by Time for a Change) made a nice move to take the lead in the Iowa Oaks (gr. III), but she couldn't hold off Seeking the Title, and finished second. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Iowa Oaks here.

Two-Year-Old Results

Boogeying to the Winner's Circle

There were no scratches. For the Rest of Us (Matty G - Our Mt. of Love by Mt. Livermore) was favored, Boogie to Seattle (Bluegrass Cat - Exogenetic by Unbridled's Song) was 3-1. Flight of a Dream (Silver Train - Gouge by Repriced) looked good on the track. Bell Adieu (Tribunal - Campanita by Son of Briartic) warmed up nicely. Boogie to Seattle looked ready, and she got a little push into the gate. It was a pretty fair start for all, except favorite For the Rest of Us who was off slowly. Boogie to Seattle went to the front, along with Ms Golden Gardens (Stolen Gold - Matzo Ball by Stravinsky). Those two dueled for the first several furlongs, and then Boogie to Seattle pulled free. She continued to increase her lead, winning by 6 lengths. She is winner number 7 for Bluegrass Cat, who has now gone over the $200,000 mark in progeny earnings. Bell Adieu and Flight of a Dream both ran on for second and third. Ms Golden Gardens weakened to fifth. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 26, 2010
Emerald Downs Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($30,000)

Boogie to Seattle $8.00
Bell Adieu  
Flight of a Dream  


Beatnik Sweeps by the Cat

The unraced horses, Beatnik (Kitten's Joy - Silla by Gone West) and Y Not Tony (Tomorrows Cat - Unknown Fact by Known Fact), received most of the bettors' attention. Cat Sweep (Bluegrass Cat - Nany's Sweep by End Sweep) was 5-1. I kind of liked the look of Hurricane Denton (War Front - Summer Exhibition by Royal Academy). Zulu Prince (Cetewayo - Princess Letitia by Dynaformer) got a shove in the gate. Lots of trouble at the start, as Cat Sweep was forced into the gap when the runners left the shoot. Y Not Tony took the early lead, with Hurricane Denton pressing. Cat Sweep recovered from his adventurous start, and began to get involved. Hurricane Denton and Cat Sweep battled in the stretch, but Beatnik came along and went by the both of them. Cat Sweep outfinished Hurricane Denton for the second spot. A nice win by Beatnik, but it was hard not to be impressed with Cat Sweep. Despite all his trouble, he kept coming and coming. There was a stewards inquiry into the activity at the start, but no change was made. Either they couldn't tell who the instigator was, or it was someone other than Beatnik. Since Cat Sweep took the bulk of the trouble, a change probably would have only been made if Beatnik caused the trouble, since Cat Sweep finished in front of the others. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 26, 2010
Presque Isle Downs Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Beatnik $6.40
Cat Sweep  
Hurricane Denton  


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Tiz Blushing by Bluegrass Chatter

There were no scratches, and the track was fast. Alpine Z (Swiss Yodeler - Queenie Z by Nostalgia's Star) was favored, while Bluegrass Chatter (Bluegrass Cat - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) was a respectable 8-2. Tiz Blushing (Tizbud - Winning Blush by Iron Cat) caught my eye in the paddock, and Bluegrass Chatter looked good. Bluegrass Chatter was squeezed at the start, and rank early. Goddess Isis (Suances (GB) - Geri's Princess by Siyah Kalem) set the pace, with Alpine Z chasing. Bluegrass Chatter began to make up a little ground. Alpine Z took the lead in the stretch. Bluegrass Chatter was coming, but closing faster was Tiz Blushing. She came up the rail for a nice victory. Bluegrass Chatter outfought Alpine Z to take second. 

Result: June 26, 2010
Pleasanton Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Tiz Blushing $12.60
Bluegrass Chatter  
Alpine Z  


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A Quiet Assault on Actual Size

There were no scratches in this 6 horse field. Devour (Lion Heart - Chosen Ticket by Deposit Ticket) was favored at even money. He looked good in the paddock, but was using up some energy. Actual Size (Bluegrass Cat - Lady Melesi by Colonial Affair), who is a flashy chestnut, was 6-1. Baby Tate (Orientate - Book Babe by Alydeed) was acting up a bit in the post parade. Soon after the break, Actual Size clipped heels with Lucky Sis (Cayoke (FR) - Biker's Sis by High Brite), who came out. Actual Size went to his nose, and almost went down. The race was pretty much over for him at that point. On the other hand, Lucky Sis set the pace. Quiet Assault (Quiet American - Quality Gift (GB) by Last Tycoon (IRE)) joined Lucky Sis at the front, pressing her early. In the stretch, Quiet Assault moved ahead. Clubhouse Ride (Candy Ride (ARG) - Seeking Results by Seeking the Gold) chased him home, but had to settle for second. Devour was along late for third. Actual Size finished last, but was placed 5th, when Lucky Sis was disqualified on account of her behavior at the start and placed last. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 26, 2010
Hollywood Park Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Quiet Assault $17.00
Clubhouse Ride  


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The Winning Connection

The track was fast, and the only scratches were the AEs. Well Connected (Dynaformer - Indy Groove by A.P. Indy) took the early money, but Werkman (Silver Deputy - Talega by Devil's Bag) was favored at post time. Lord Hennyson (Henny Hughes - Ran for the Dough by Bertrando) was 13-1. Most of the horses were kept in their stalls in the paddock. However, Grigio (Stormy Atlantic - Underworld by Unbridled's Song) looked good strolling around. But, he was a tad rambunctious when the rider got aboard. Werkman and Lord Hennyson both looked good in the post parade, as did Well Connected. The load was pretty deliberate, with a big field and so many first-timers. Ready to Taunt (More Than Ready - Taunt by Deputy Minister) balked a bit at the gate. Lord Hennyson and Singingmyhymnsong (Songandaprayer - Start the Thunder by Thunder Gulch) went for the early lead. There was traffic trouble for several, Sol Caribe (Senor Amigo - Spirits Girl by Muhtafal) and Grigio took the worst of it. Lord Hennyson and Singingmyhymnsong continued to duel as they approached the stretch, but Well Connected was looming in third. He flew by them, and pulled away for a nice 1 3/4 length victory. There was a cluster battling for the minor awards. Werkman was a head in front of the deadheat pair of Simmstown (Limehouse - Ruler's Charm by Cape Town) and Why Pretend (Whywhywhy - Pretend by Gulch). Lord Hennyson weakened to 7th, but he should be stronger next time out. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 26, 2010
Churchill Downs Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

Well Connected $9.40

Why Pretend    

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Snow Survives a Trial

Princabella (Exchange Rate - Remora by Tactical Advantage), part of an entry with Ayoumilove (Gibson County - Charms Way by Salt Lake), was scratched, as well as Rock'in the Halls (Graeme Hall - Gin Rummy by Slew Gin Fizz). The track was fast. Truly Classy (Silver Train - Interruption by Conquistador Cielo) took all the early money, opening up at 3-5. However, when they went in the gate, Luna Grande (Mass Media - Dream Lady Dream by Fortunate Prospect) was favored. Sacred Class (Rockport Harbor - Queen Evelyn by Hennessy) was almost 5-1, and Joyous Music (Bellamy Road - Pyrite Queen by Wavering Monarch) was 22-1. Truly Classy was bouncing in the paddock. Joyous Music and Sacred Class both made favorable impressions in the post parade, but I thought Sacred Class might need more distance. Snow Trial (Trippi - Pretty Springs by Wekiva Springs), a striking gray, was looking good. The Maiden Watch fillies were bookends at the start; Joyous Music broke running and went for the lead, Sacred Class hopped at the start and trailed. Ayoumilove took after Joyous Music, and those two ran 1-2 for a time. Watching this action was Snow Trial, who took over in the stretch. She had no time to relax, however, as Delightful Dawn (Act of Duty - Dakota Light by Colony Light) was flying up the rail. Snow Trial held on for the victory. Truly Classy gained a little late for third. Joyous Music weakened to 7th, and Sacred Class passed a couple to finish 8th. Watch the Replay.

Result: June 26, 2010
Calder Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Snow Trial $40.80
Delightful Dawn  
Truly Classy  


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New Workers

June 26

Red Road (colt; Bellamy Road - Red Cherries Spin by With Approval) worked 4 furlongs in :51.40 from the gate at Charles Town. He sold for $2,500 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Red Cherries Spin, who was a winner at 2. Red Cherries Spin is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 2 winners.

Red Tabby (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Redmond by Red Ransom) worked 3 furlongs in :37.10 at Belmont. Red Tabby sold for $165,000 as a weanling, and for $425,000 as a yearling. She is out of stakes-placed Redmond, who was a winner at 2. Redmond is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade III winner Ommadon.

Jamin Justice (filly; Rockport Harbor - Kiwi Sunshine by Java Gold) went 3 furlongs in :38.20 at Cain's Thoroughbred Training Center. She is out of stakes winner Kiwi Sunshine, who has produced 7 winners.

Returning Workers

June 25

Malicious (colt; Rockport Harbor - My Allegiance by Exploit) worked 4 furlongs in :50.20 at the Ocala Training Center.

June 26

Bellamy Blues (filly; Bellamy Road - Sara Six Pack by Saratoga Six) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 at Woodbine.

Working from the gate at Pinnacle was My Bellamy (filly; Bellamy Road - Holiday Rates by Concorde's Tune), who went 4 furlongs in :48.80.

Cher Dini (colt; Bernardini - Rare Opportunity by Danzig Connection) worked 4 furlongs in :47.60 at Woodbine.

At Thistledown, Did Not Stutter (filly; Bernardini - She Says It Best by Stormy Atlantic) worked 4 furlongs in :51.20 from the gate.

Blindsidehit (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Heart Lake by Unbridled) worked 3 furlongs in :39.60 at Woodbine.

Dattts Cool (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Culinary by El Amante) worked at Monmouth, 4 furlongs in :49.00.

At Saratoga, Hysterical Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Then She Laughs by Distorted Humor) worked 4 furlongs in :48.80.

Look West (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Twirlaway by Unbridled) worked at Keeneland, 4 furlongs in :48.60.

At Calder, Passionate Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Love At Noon by Afternoon Deelites) worked 4 furlongs in :53.00.

R Fast Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - R Fast Lady by Artax) worked 3 furlongs in :39.00 at Keeneland.

Retail (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Jill Robin L by Precocity) worked at Santa Anita, 5 furlongs in 1:01.80.

Stakes-placed Speed Demon (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Celestial Legend by City Zip) worked 4 furlongs in :50.60 at Churchill Downs.

Hughes Your Daddy (colt; Henny Hughes - Alycheer by Alydeed) worked at Woodbine, 5 furlongs in 1:04.00.

Star Dance M D (colt; Henny Hughes - Dance Alexa by Southern Halo) went 4 furlongs in :54.00 at the Pegasus Thoroughbred Training Center.

At Charles Town, Annapolis Harbor (filly; Rockport Harbor - Hallow Wean by Clever Trick) worked 4 furlongs in :52.40.

No Three Words (filly; Rockport Harbor - Valentine Verse by Dynaformer) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Monmouth Park.

At Delaware Park, Paging Penelopy (filly; Rockport Harbor - Liberada by Spend a Buck) went 3 furlongs in :38.40.

At Fair Hill, Rock N Heart (colt; Rockport Harbor - Prohibido Olividar by Mister Jolie) worked 4 furlongs in :50.00.


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Manuel Rodriguez

Do you have any info on Afleet Alex's fillie Avatar Day that raced in Italy.  Did she win her first race before trying the

Premio Primi Passi a group III race.

28 Jun 2010 10:13 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Manuel Rodriguez - I only see one star for Avatar Day, who is a 2yo colt by Afleet Alex, he finished second in the Premio Primi Passi on June 20. It is possible that the Italian statistics are incomplete.

28 Jun 2010 11:21 AM

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