Making a Point to Kathmanblu
The turf was turf, so MTOs Sky Hosoya (Bluegrass Cat - T. K. O. Lady by Two Punch) and Let's Get Fiscal (Bandini - Bouvet by Touch Gold) were scratched. Also scratched was Dos Lunas (Hennessy - Mi Luna Nueva by El Prado (IRE)), who finished second in the Junior Champion Stakes at Monmouth on August 29. Maiden Believe in A. P. (A. P. Indy - I Believe in You by Pleasant Tap) opened up at 3-2. She drifted up to 2-1 at post time, but was still the favorite. Arch Support (Arch - Two Ninety Jones by Sir Harry Lewis), who had finished in front of Believe in A. P. last time out, was almost 7-1. She made a good impression in the paddock. Kathmanblu (Bluegrass Cat - Abba Gold by Devil's Bag) was dismissed at almost 16-1, but she looked good to me. Plus, I thought that they must have a reason for trying a stakes at Saratoga after her maiden score at Ellis Park. Fancy Point (Point Given - Fancy Clancy by Rahy) had some spunk in the paddock, and dumped jockey Javier Castellano before the load. But, she came out running and went to the front. Kathmanblu got off to a rough start, lunging and then bumping with Lauren Byrd (Arch - Strike the Sky by Smart Strike), and trailed the field. Fancy Point put some lengths between herself and the field, with Pleine Forme (Grand Slam - Why Worry (FR) by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)) leading the rest of the pack. Both Pleine Forme and Lauren Byrd made runs at Fancy Point in the stretch, but she bounded away from them. Suddenly, Kathmanblu emerged on the scene. She weaved her way through the fillies to move into contention. She couldn't catch pacesetter Fancy Point, who broke her maiden with this stakes win, but Kathmanblu flew past the rest to add stakes-placed to her resume. Watch the Replay.
Fancy Point breaks her maiden in the P. G. Johnson Stakes.
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Result: September 1, 2010
Saratoga Race 8
P. G. Johnson Stakes
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All 6 ran, and the track was fast. First-timer Commander (Broken Vow - Pout by Deputy Minister) was the buzz horse, taking all the early money. But, Sky Wars (Sky Mesa - Kiss Me Twice by Kissin Kris) also received some of the bettors' attention. Jinjalad (Bellamy Road - Maria Dolores by Prized) was almost 18-1. The load was pretty smooth. Jinjalad and Sky Wars went for the lead. Jinjalad won that battle, but Sky Wars was pressuring. Jinjalad was a little rank. Commander was just behind the top two. After 6 furlongs, both Sky Wars and Commander went by Jinjalad. Sky Wars hung with Commander for a time, but Commander began to pull away. He got the victory, despite running greenly in the stretch. We may be hearing more about this one. Finishing together in second and third were Big Mack Daddy (Johannesburg - Hooked On Niners by Mr. Greeley) and Argentine Talisman (Dehere - Tifonica (ARG) by Equalize), who both finished well. Jinjalad tired to 5th. Watch the Replay.
Result: September 1, 2010
Delaware Park Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
|Big Mack Daddy
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A Side-By-Side Battle for Scoville and Cane Garden Bay
September 2, 2010
Saratoga Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 4:23 PM ET HRTV/TVG
||It's Truly Ahvee
||Above the Drama
||Cane Garden Bay
Scoville (Bernardini - Chili Cat by Storm Cat) and Cane Garden Bay (Rockport Harbor - Trav n' Kris by Snow Chief) break side-by-side in this 5.5 furlong contest at Saratoga. Scoville set the pace in his only start, a 5.5 furlong race at Belmont Park on July 15, before tiring to fourth. Second in that race was Stay Thirsty, who returned to break his maiden easily next time out. Scoville has worked several times since his debut, including 4 furlongs in :49.85 on the dirt training track on August 24. He is the first foal out of stakes-placed Chili Cat. Chili Cat is a half sister to 2 winners, including grade I winner Pine Island. Bernardini's 18 runners have made 25 total starts, recording 6 wins, 6 seconds, and $179,032 in earnings. Cane Garden Bay is unraced. He last worked on August 26, going 4 furlongs in :47.11 from the gate at Saratoga. He sold for $25,000 as a yearling, and for $180,000 as a 2-year-old. Grade II stakes-placed Trav n' Kris, dam of Cane Garden Bay, has produced 4 winners, including grade I stakes-placed Bear in the Woods, who earned $210,200. Two of Cane Garden Bay's siblings won at 2. Rockport Harbor's 26 runners have made 46 total starts, recording 4 wins, 4 seconds, 7 thirds, and $168,292 in earnings.
It's Truly Ahvee (Yes It's True - Vision Quest by Seeking the Gold) finished 3rd in his only start, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga on August 19. He sold for $52,000 as a weanling, and for $100,000 as a yearling. It's Truly Ahvee is the second foal out of the unraced mare Vision Quest. Vision Quest is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 3 winners, including grade III winner Voodoo.
Technique (Speightstown - Chatique by Deputy Minister) was 4th in his lone start, a 5.5 furlong contest at Delaware Park on August 3. He is a half brother to the winner Tahitian Warrior. Their dam, Chatique, is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade III winner Fantastic Fellow.
Plainview (Street Cry (IRE) - Butterfield by Unbridled's Song) and Derivative (Mr. Greeley - Erica's Smile by Williamstown) both finished 8th in their first and only runs. Plainview ran 6.5 furlongs at Saratoga on August 7. He is a half brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Kettle Hill, who earned $151,986. Butterfield, dam of Plainview, is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Goodbye Earl. Derivative went 5.5 furlongs on a good track at Saratoga on July 24. He sold for $375,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Erica's Smile, who was a winner at 2. Erica's Smile has produced the winner Smileforamile. Erica's Smile is a half sister to 6 winners, including grade III winner Purely Cozzene.
The others are unraced, including City Cool (City Zip - Stylish Manner by Touch Gold), who sold for $25,000 as a yearling, and for $190,000 as a 2-year-old. He is a half brother to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Super Robusto. His dam, Stylish Manner, is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Kiss the Devil.
Above the Drama (Forestry - Diva by A. P. Indy) sold for $140,000 as a 2-year-old, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Diva. Diva is a full sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Full Mandate; and a half sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Newfoundland.
High Plains (Tale of the Cat - Our Tune by Concorde's Tune), who was a $17,000 weanling, is the second foal out of stakes winner Our Tune. Our Tune earned $240,505 in 25 starts, and has produced the winner El Tune. Our Tune is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to grade I stakes-placed Secret Flag.
Modest (Pulpit - Song of Silence by Unbridled's Song) is the first foal out of stakes-placed Song of Silence.
Other Two-Year-Old Entries
Wilaya (filly; Bernardini - Tanzania (IRE) by Alzao) makes her first start in a 6 furlong contest for maiden fillies at Salisbury. Post time is 10:15 AM ET. She has drawn the 4 hole in the 18 horse race. Owned by Jordan's Princess Haya, Wilaya brought $100,000 as a yearling. She is out of the winning mare Tanzania. Tanzania is the dam of 4 winners, including grade I winner Amorama, who earned $794,353. Amorama won 2 races at 2. Bernardini's 18 runners have made 25 total starts, recording 6 wins, 6 seconds, and $179,032 in earnings.
Lady Lak (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Summerwood by Boston Harbor) makes her fourth start, and her second start at a mile, facing 8 in race 2 at Calder, a Maiden Claiming contest (Claiming Price $12,500). Post time is 1:38 PM ET. Lady Lak finished 7th in a 4.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race on July 2, 10th in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight on July 17, and 7th in a mile Maiden Claiming race on August 22. She sold for $1,500 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Summerwood. Summerwood has produced stakes-placed Leceile. Summerwood is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade III winner Firm Pledge, and Sur La Tete, a grade I winner over jumps. Bluegrass Cat's 35 runners have made 77 total starts, recording 13 wins, 10 seconds, 11 thirds, and $441,225 in earnings.
Three-Year-Old Stakes Entries
Shirley She Can (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Party Chatter by Pleasant Colony) and Go Ask Alex (filly; Afleet Alex - Dominique's Joy by Strawberry Road (AUS)) both run in the Riskaverse Stakes at a mile on the Saratoga turf, but there are not in the same race, as this contest has been split into 2 divisions. Shirley She Can runs in the 1st division, with a post of 2:41 PM ET. Go Ask Alex runs in the second division, with a post of 5:31 PM ET. Among her opponents is undefeated Lisa's Booby Trap (Drewman - Ennuhway by Notebook).
At Remington Park, Vintaggrace (filly; Bellamy Road - Fast Lover by Not For Love) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.98.
Arthur's Tale (colt; Bernardini - Owsley by Harlan) worked 4 furlongs in :51.73 at Saratoga.
Eltheeb (colt; Bernardini - El Raabi by Fusaichi Pegasus) worked at Saratoga, 4 furlongs in :50.00.
Golden Triumph (colt; Bernardini - Golden Sonata by Mr. Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in :36.89 at the Greentree Training Center.
Opening Move (colt; Bernardini - Show Me the Roses by Storm Cat) worked at Saratoga, 5 furlongs in 1:01.06.
Villa (filly; Bernardini - Critical Crew by Dr. Blum) worked 3 furlongs in :38.74 at the Greentree Training Center.
Acadian Blues (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Dancing Gulch by Gulch) worked at Saratoga, 3 furlongs in :37.30. It was the fastest of 8 works at the distance.
At Delaware Park, Bluesy Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Belsay by Leo Castelli) worked 4 furlongs in :49.80.
At Laurel, Celestial Fields (colt; Bluegrass Cat - May Star by Unbridled) went 4 furlongs in :49.60.
(filly; Bluegrass Cat - Wear by Arch) worked at Saratoga, 4 furlongs in :49.70.
Fantasy Bay (filly; Bluegrass Cat - South Bay Cove by Fusaichi Pegasus) worked at Delaware Park, 5 furlongs in 1:03.20.
Flounced (colt; Henny Hughes - Wild and Wonderful by Kennedy Road) worked 3 furlongs in :38.41 at the Greentree Training Center.
Fort Hughes (colt; Henny Hughes - Forty Greeta (ARG) by Roar) went 4 furlongs in :49.14 at Saratoga.
At Delaware Park, Bryan's Jewel (filly; Rockport Harbor - Saphiria by Touch Gold) went 6 furlongs in 1:16.00.
La La Pazusa (filly; Rockport Harbor - Azusa by Flying Paster) worked 4 furlongs in :48.90 at Saratoga.
At Churchill, Majestic Harbor (colt; Rockport Harbor - Champagne Royale by French Deputy) worked 4 furlongs in :50.20.