News and Notes
Stay Thirsty (Bernardini - Marozia by Storm Bird) received an 81 Beyer for his 5+ length maiden victory at Saratoga on August 14.
As predicted, Biondetti (colt; Bernardini - Lyphard's Delta by Lyphard) did not run in the 7 furlong group III Acomb stakes at York. The winner was Waiter's Dream (GB) (Oasis Dream (GB) - Sarah Georgina (IRE) by Persian Bold (IRE)). He is a half brother to 5 winners, including stakes winner Lord Jim and group III winner Audacieuse. Waiter's Dream sold for $141,426 as a yearling.
The named 2-year-old lists have all been updated. My favorite addition is the Bernardini filly Sophia's Curves, out of grade I winner Miss Loren.
Best named winner of the day in my opinion: 2-year-old filly On a Jet Plane (The Bold Bruiser - Littlemishonkytonk by Wave as You Go By), who broke her maiden in her first start, a 5 furlong race at my old stomping ground Fairmount Park.
Too Shmooz for Cat Sweep
There were no scratches, and the Tapeta was fast, as always. First-timer Rescue Financing (Johannesburg - Lullaby by Unbridled's Song) was favored at 4-5, but Cat Sweep (Bluegrass Cat - Nany's Sweep by End Sweep) and entrymate Inspector Morse (Consolidator - One Eye Love by Quiet American) received some respect at almost 3-1. Cat Sweep looked ready. Grunt (Proud Citizen - Voisey Bay by Crafty Prospector) made a good appearance in the paddock, although the Proud Citizens usually look good to me. Debuter Suave Fox (Suave - Shesastonecoldfox by Foxhound) caught my eye on the track. The load was pretty smooth. Zealous Yankee (Yankee Gentleman - Zealous Folia by Unreal Zeal) went to the front, with Shmooz Talker (Bernstein - Let's Shmooz by French Deputy) and Suave Fox pressing. Cat Sweep secured a nice spot from his inside post. Favorite Rescue Financing was not far off, but he was wide. Zealous Yankee began to weaken in the stretch, as Shmooz Talker assumed command. Cat Sweep was angled out to make his bid. He was gaining on Shmooz Talker, but the wire came up too quickly. Shmooz Talker got the win, with Cat Sweep a neck back in second. These two were more than 5 ahead of third-place Zealous Yankee. I didn't see any excuse for the favorite Rescue Financing. He just didn't seem to be able to quicken when the real running began, and finished 5th. The bettors seem to be enamored of horses who have prepped out of town (Rescue Financing had been training at Arlington), but experienced Presque Isle runners filled the superfecta. Watch the Replay.
Result: August 17, 2010
Presque Isle Downs Race 1
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Gold Pearl (colt; Henny Hughes - Gold Pattern by Slew o' Gold) is entered in the 6 furlong Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes (Eng-II) at York. He has drawn the 6 hole, and the post time is 9:50 AM ET. Gold Pearl has run twice. He finished finished 2nd in a 5 furlong race at Nottingham on June 2, and then broke his maiden at 5 furlongs at Windsor on August 9. Gold Pearl brought $65,000 as a yearling, and $137,124 as a 2-year old. He is out of the winning mare Gold Pattern, who earned $138,465. Gold Pattern has produced 2 other winners, including group III winner Arch Swing, who was 2 for 2 as a 2-year-old.
Zoebear (filly; Bellamy Road - Inthemiddleofitall by Proper Reality) worked 3 furlongs in :41.20 at Fairmount Park. She sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Slew Motion and Concerto's Crown, a grade I winner in Puerto Rico. Three of Zoebear's siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner that year.
At Mountaineer, Miss Maddy Moo (filly; Bellamy Road - Rajadiddle by Raja's Revenge) went 4 furlongs in :49.00.
At Del Mar, Grade III stakes-placed A Z Warrior (filly; Bernardini - Carson Jen by Carson City) went 4 furlongs in :47.60.
Buffum (colt; Bernardini - Storm Beauty by Storm Cat) worked 4 furlongs in :48.04 at the Greentree Training Center.
At Presque Isle Downs, Did Not Stutter (filly; Bernardini - She Says It Best by Stormy Atlantic) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60.
Bluegrass Dream (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Dreambride by Unbridled's Song) worked at the Churchill Downs Training Center, 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.
Bluegrass Jet (colt; Bluegrass Cat - License Free by Miswaki) worked at Saratoga, 4 furlongs in :50.56.
At Churchill Downs, Hoosier Kitten (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Brooklynsangel by Aggressive Chief) went 4 furlongs in :49.40.
At Delaware Park, Kissing Bandit (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Lofty Lizzy by Unbridled's Song) went 3 furlongs in :38.80.
At Keeneland, Look West (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Twirlaway by Unbridled) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.
Systems Go (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Risk Aversion by Grindstone) worked at Penn National, 5 furlongs in 1:02.80.
Kerfuffle (filly; Henny Hughes - Stormy Blues by Cure the Blues) worked at Saratoga, 5 furlongs in 1:03.12.
Paging Penelopy (filly; Rockport Harbor - Liberada by Spend a Buck) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.60 at Delaware Park.
May Day Rose (filly; Rockport Harbor - May Day Bluff by Pine Bluff), who was scratched from her August 15 start after getting loose on the track, went 4 furlongs in :46.40 at Del Mar. It was the fastest of 26 works at the distance. Hmmm... maybe running off was the best thing for this filly.
Rocky Harbor (colt; Rockport Harbor - Long Drive Home by Linkage) worked at Delaware Park, 4 furlongs in :48.40.