Taking Flight

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How about a blast from the past, here is my account of Persistently's maiden victory:

Amanwella took the early lead, with State Treasure the closest pursuer. Danceyoursocksoff (Pleasantly Perfect) came out of the gate ok, and secured a rail position. However, Danceyoursocksoff had to steady and then went steadily backwards, ending up 9th and last. Meanwhile, Persistently, who had trailed the field early, began moving on the outside. She zipped by them all to win going away. Yes, Amawella was tiring, but Persistently looks like the real deal. Can she maintain this kick when the distances get longer? Smoke Glacken on top says no, but plenty of stamina on the bottom. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 17, 2008 
Saratoga Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

State Treasure  


Two-Year-Old Results

Taking Flight

Game Event (Game Plan - La Contessa (GB) by Robellino) was the only scratch, leaving a field of 10. McCovey Cove (Grand Slam - Serela by Holy Bull) was favored, but Jerry's Fever (Stormin Fever - Jerry Bomb by Explosive Bid), who finished in front of McCovey Cove last time out, also received plenty of attention. Wealthy Aviator (Henny Hughes - Jera by Jeblar) started at 7-1, but fell to 4-1 when folks realized that Russell Baze was riding. Jerry's Fever caught my eye as they went to the track. Wealthy Aviator made a good appearance on the track, but so did the favorite. There was a little reluctance at the load from McCovey Cove, and a little more from Adriatic Princ (Benchmark - Dalmation Princess by Stalwart). There was a scramble up front for the lead, Jerry's Fever, Steppinginthelight (Hold That Tiger - Forever Rainbows by Deputy Minister), and McCovey Cove were all up close, but it was Pray to Win (Songandaprayer - Kanerrerr by Danzig) who got to the lead. Wealthy Aviator was far from this scrum, having gotten started slowly. However, he was already beginning to get involved. In the stretch, McCovey Cove moved on the rail and Jerry's Fever came on the outside to overtake Pray to Win. But, Wealthy Aviator was coming on the outside, and he eased on by the both of them. Nice debut victory for Wealthy Aviator, who is the fifth winner for Henny Hughes. And, nice to have a Hall of Fame jockey up, who let him settle and didn't rush after the slow start. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 29, 2010
Golden Gate Race 7

Maiden Special Weight

Wealthy Aviator $10.20
McCovey Cove  
Jerry's Fever  


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The Train Derails the Dream

There were no scratches, 10 ran on the firm Woodbine turf. Bear's Godfather (North Light (IRE) - Mambo Italiano by Wild Rush) was favored. Bluegrass Dreamer (Bluegrass Cat - Spring Flight by Miswaki) was respected at 4-1. Bluegrass Dreamer was adding blinkers, and looked amazing in the paddock. Actually, a number of these looked really nice, including Moonshine Mullin (Albert the Great - Mullen Road by Distant View) and Bear's Godfather. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a future star in this field. Celestial Fire (Distorted Humor - Nashinda by Silver Deputy) balked in the post parade and acting up at the load, causing the rider to bail. Bluegrass Dreamer hesitated a tad. Energized (Lemon Drop Kid - High Potential by Pleasant Colony) was off slowly. Midway Train (Silver Train - Wave Her Home by Grand Slam) went to the lead, but Bluegrass Dreamer went with him. Bear's Godfather and Moonshine Mullin were also up close. Midway Train and Bluegrass Dreamer continued to duel. Bluegrass Dreamer took a short lead, but Midway Train battled back, and was a neck in front at the wire. Celestial Fire finished a good third, especially considering his pre-race antics. Midway Train is the 9th winner for Silver Train. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 29, 2010
Woodbine Race 3

Maiden Special Weight

Midway Train $18.00
Bluegrass Dreamer  
Celestial Fire  


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After Later Winner

No Three Words (Rockport Harbor - Valentine Verse by Dynaformer) was scratched, leaving Night Brigade (Rockport Harbor - Speaking of Time by Gilded Time) as the lone Rockport Harbor/MaidenWatch entrant. The track was fast. Hard Rock Candy (Wildcat Heir - D. D. Rocks by Tactical Advantage) and After Later (Orientate - Time for Jazz by Kentucky Jazz) both took money, with After Later favored at post time. Night Brigade (Rockport Harbor - Speaking of Time by Gilded Time) was almost 6-1. Hard Rock Candy had some spunk on the track. After Later looked good, but balked at the load. Night Brigade went to the front, but she had company in the form of Queen Nefertiti (Salt Lake - Fairytale Life by Event of the Year). After Later was watching this duel in third. After Later made her move as the entered the stretch, and bam she was gone. She crossed the line 7 1/4 lengths in front. Hard Rock Candy came running late and outfought Empire Diva (Empire Maker - Mooji Moo by Jeblar) for second. Night Brigade tired to 6th. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 29, 2010
Monmouth Park Race 1

Maiden Special Weight

After Later $4.40
Hard Rock Candy  
Empire Diva  


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Daddy Holds the Key to Victory

The AEs Tell Tale Friend (Harlan's Holiday - Psych by Mazel Trick) and Sky Wars (Sky Mesa - Kiss Me Twice by Kissin Kris) stayed on the sidelines. Favoritism settled on Federal Exchange (Exchange Rate - Poitrine by Gulch). Hughes Next (Henny Hughes - Offtheoldblock by A. P. Indy) was 15-1. He looked decent in the post parade, as did the favorite. Trueamericanpride (With Distinction - Obligation North by Valley Crossing) got a nice warmup. Pants On Fire (Jump Start - Cabo de Noche by Cape Town) was a late scratch, after getting loose on the track (funniest call of the day, "Pants On Fire is loose on the track."). There was a little bit of a delay, as they wrangled Pants On Fire. The load was pretty smooth. Financier (Pulpit - Grand Gala by Dixieland Band) was off slowly, and Keystone Daddy (The Daddy - Hunter's Slew by Jade Hunter) went to the lead. Federal Exchange and Trueamericanpride set out after Keystone Daddy. Hughes Next was near the back, but picking up some spots. Keep the Money (Roar of the Tiger - Keep the Profit by Darn That Alarm) was eased soon after the start. Keystone Daddy continued on top. Value Added Tax (Wildcat Heir - All Two One by Henbane) tried to get to him, but came up 3/4 lengths short. Federal Exchange weakened to third. Hughes Next didn't do a whole lot of running, but still managed to finish 6th. Keystone Daddy is the third winner for The Daddy. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 29, 2010
Monmouth Park Race 5

Maiden Special Weight

Keystone Daddy $28.60
Value Added Tax  
Federal Exchange  


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Uncle Wayne's Day

Lightning Blue (Aldebaran - Kerry Blue by Cure the Blues) and Costilla Range (Indy Snow (GB) - Perpetual by Timeless Moment) were scratched, as well as the AEs. Wayne Catalano's owned, trained, and bred namesake Uncle Wayne (Malabar Gold - One Other Than by Forestry) was favored. Road to War (Bellamy Road - Crusading Time by Count the Time) was over 19-1. Forbidden Forest (Forest Grove - Hyde the Gold by Fast Gold) looked good in the post parade, Icee Fire (Bandini - Defuhr by Langfuhr) was on edge. Uncle Wayne went right to the front. Lo Me (Garcon Rouge - Lo Let by Grand Rivulet) and Gibby's Tornado (Bright Launch - Crafty Ana by Crafty Friend) took after him. Road to War was near the back. Uncle Wayne was cruising up front, building up a 6 length lead. Forbidden Fear dented this lead by half at the finish, but Uncle Wayne was home free. Road to War came home in 7th. Watch the Replay.

Result: August 29, 2010
Arlington Park Race 7

Maiden Special Weight

Uncle Wayne $5.80
Forbidden Forest  
Gibby's Tornado  


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Two-Year-Old Entry

Plattsburgh (colt; Bernardini - Saranac Lake by Smart Strike) is scheduled to debut at just over a mile at Bath. Post time is 10:15 AM ET. The Godolphin colt has drawn the 4 hole in the 16 horse race. Plattsburgh was a $320,000 yearling, and is out of group III winner Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake won 2 races at 2, and earned $125,326 in her career. She has produced the winner Lake Placid, who was a winner at 2. Bernardini's 17 runners have made 24 total starts, recording 6 wins, 6 seconds, and $179,032 in earnings.

New Worker

Harbor Fox (filly; Rockport Harbor - Cherokee Melody by Cherokee Run) worked 4 furlongs in :51.25 at Aqueduct. She sold for $5,000 as a yearling, and for $67,000 as a 2-year-old. She is out of the winning mare Cherokee Melody, who was a winner at 2. Cherokee Melody has produced the winner Sneak Peek. Cherokee Melody is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 2 winners, including grade III winner Crash Course.

Returning Workers

August 29

At Delaware Park, Tidwell (colt; Bellamy Road - Back It Up by Mt. Livermore) went 4 furlongs in :53.60.

Grade III stakes-placed A Z Warrior (filly; Bernardini - Carson Jen by Carson City) went 6 furlongs in 1:13.40 at Del Mar.

At Woodbine, Cher Dini (colt; Bernardini - Rare Opportunity by Danzig Connection) worked 4 furlongs in :49.80.

At Remington Park, Texas Tempest (filly; Bernardini - Copelan's Bid Gal by Copelan) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.80.

Another Silver Oak (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Off the Richter by Richter Scale) worked at Belmont, 5 furlongs in 1:02.88.

At Del Mar, Bluegrass Chatter (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) worked 3 furlongs in :36.20.

Boogie to Seattle (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Exogenetic by Unbridled's Song) went 4 furlongs in :49.80 at Emerald Downs.

Hoosier Kitten (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Brooklynsangel by Aggressive Chief) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.80 at Churchill Downs.

She Cat (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Fortune Pending by Fortunate Prospect) worked at Monmouth, 4 furlongs in :49.40.

Sky Hosoya (filly; Bluegrass Cat - T. K. O. Lady by Two Punch) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.74 at Saratoga.

At Emerald Downs, Zayda (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Winter Solstice by Unbridled) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.20.

At Monmouth, Hugh and Me (colt; Henny Hughes - Princess V. by Memo (CHI)) went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80.

Midnight Visit (filly; Henny Hughes - Open Window by Tempolino) worked at Belmont, 3 furlongs in :38.05.

This Time (filly; Henny Hughes - Switch Lanes by Deerhound) worked at Woodbine, 5 furlongs in 1:01.80.

Bear's Future (colt; Rockport Harbor - Prairie Pie by Belong to Me) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 on the dirt training track at Woodbine.

At Hollywood Park, Hurricane Harbor (colt; Rockport Harbor - Sweet Sixteen by Montbrook) went 6 furlongs in 1:14.80.

Miss Tiny Rolecks (filly; Rockport Harbor - Tiny Watch by Paramount Jet) worked 4 furlongs in :52.22 at Belmont. Interesting that this filly, who broke her maiden at Calder, worked at Belmont.

Rockport Lover (filly; Rockport Harbor - Irish Lover (BRZ) by Spend a Buck) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.00 at Saratoga.

At Arlington Park, Royale Harbor (filly; Rockport Harbor - Michele Royale by Groovy) worked 5 furlongs in 101.80.

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