Bear's Future Looks Bright

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Stakes Results

Bear's Future (colt; Rockport Harbor - Prairie Pie by Belong to Me) was odds on in the Swynford Stakes at Woodbine, and he looked the part in the post parade. He stalked the early pace and then moved even with Something Extra in the stretch. Something Extra hung in for awhile, but Bear's Future pulled away to win by an easy 3 1/2 lengths. Even though it was only a 5 horse field, you had to like the way Bear's Future did it. Bear's Future now has 2 wins in 2 starts, with earnings of $119,725. He is the first stakes winner for Rockport Harbor. Trainer Reade Baker said that the 1 1/16 mile Grey Stakes (Can-III) is next for Bear's Future, and if all goes well, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Watch the Replay.

Bear's Future cruises in the Swynford. Photo by Michael Burns.

Bellamy Jones (colt; Bellamy Road - Kind Lena by Seneca Jones) came running late in the Hillsdale Stakes at Hoosier Park, but he couldn't catch the filly What About Ruby (Silver Deputy - Emerald Rain by Johannesburg), who is now a perfect 2 for 2. Watch the Replay.

Maiden Results

Displaying Wicked Speed

The track was sloppy. Ms Ribato (Act of Duty - Richmond Rebel by Personal Flag) and Amadorable (Peace Rules - Amaday by Dayjur) were scratched. AE entrant Wicked Speed (Macho Uno - Sararegal by Regal Classic) drew into the race. First-timer Potenza Bella (Holy Bull - Golden Honoree by Double Honor) took the early money, but Joyous Music (Bellamy Road - Pyrite Queen by Wavering Monarch) was favored at post time. She had shown speed in the past, and I was hoping that the slop would help her carry it. Wicked Speed looked nice on the track. Ginny G (Exchange Rate - Doc's Doll by Out of Place) needed some persuading to enter the gate. Wicked Speed was a little reluctant. The break was pretty even, except for The Marikutana (Congrats - Grazettes by Alydeed), who was off slowly and trailed. Joyous Music went to the front, with Many Crowns (Deputy Wild Cat - Vesuvio by Broad Brush) keeping her company. Broadway Marquee (Put It Back - Reflected Image by Farma Way) was just off these in third. Joyous Music shook free from Many Crowns, but Broadway Marquee was still a threat. Coming from off the pace were Ridge Kitten (Monsieur Cat - Nizy by Cox's Ridge) and Wicked Speed. Ridge Kitten took a brief lead, but she couldn't hold off Wicked Speed, who took the win. Picking up third late was The Marikutana, who made up lots of ground late after her poor start. Joyous Music ended up 7th. Although it was true that the rail was not the place to be at Calder today, it may be time to find a different strategy for Joyous Music. Watch the Replay.

September 12, 2010
Calder Race 7

Maiden Special Weight

Wicked Speed $17.80
Ridge Kitten  
The Marikutana  


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Too Much Lucknfame for R Fast Cat

There were no scratches. The Bluegrass Cat entry of R Fast Cat (Bluegrass Cat - R Fast Lady by Artax) and Statehood (Bluegrass Cat - Heavenly Humor by Distorted Humor) was favored at even money. Eric's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Mrs. K. by Dixieland Band) made a good impression, and filly Proud Lil Sis (Proud Citizen - Delil by Dehere) caught my eye. Double Clutch (Consolidator - Sweet Bernadette by Jules) outbroke the field and set the pace. Tale of Lucknfame (Tale of the Cat - Luck and Fame by Western Fame) was his nearest pursuer. R Fast Cat got off to a good start, and was in third early. Statehood was near the back. Tale of Lucknfame put his head in front, as Double Clutch began to fade. R Fast Cat came through on the inside to join Tale of Lucknfame. But, Tale of Lucknfame was able to hold R Fast Cat off for the victory. It was more than 7 lengths back to the the rest of the field, heading by Proud Lil Sis and Eric's Kitten, who both were gaining late. Statehood didn't show much, finishing 8th. Watch the Replay.

September 12, 2010
Turfway Park Race 7

Maiden Special Weight

Tale of Lucknfame $10.20
R Fast Cat  
Proud Lil Sis  


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A Powerful Upper East Sider

Nice Stuff (Greeley's Galaxy - Pierpont Account by Private Account) and MTO Lady Maureen (Desert Warrior - Movin Along by D'Accord) were scratched. The turf was firm. Eden Is Burning (Hook and Ladder - Perfect Design by Marquetry), the only filly with turf experience, attracted the attention of the majority of the bettors, and was 2-5 at post time. All Quiet (Henny Hughes - Quiet Rumour by Alleged) was almost 9-1, Miss Crabtree (Bluegrass Cat - Biogio's Beauty by Distorted Humor) was 28-1, and La La Pazusa (Rockport Harbor - Azusa by Flying Paster) was 11-1. All Quiet looked ready. The load was pretty smooth. Vintage Heirloom (Thunder Gulch - Bonnie Dares by Arch) and Oatka Idas Rose (Closing Argument - Oatka Idas Destiny by A. P Jet) both broke a little slowly. Lady Activator (Around the Cape - Camden Bay by Two Punch) and Eden Is Burning went for the lead. Lady Activator snagged it, and Eden Is Burning assumed a pressing position. Miss Marla (Bwana Charlie - Holy Freud by Freud) and Upper East Sider (Forest Wildcat - Upper Noosh by Red Ransom) weren't far off. Eden Is Burning put her head in front in the stretch, but Upper East Sider was looming. She kicked into gear and pulled away to win by 8. Oatka Idas Rose closed from nowhere to snatch second from Eden Is Burning. None of our three showed much, with La La Pazusa finishing 6th, All Quiet 7th, and Miss Crabtree 9th (last). Watch the Replay.

September 12, 2010
Belmont Race 7

Maiden Special Weight

Upper East Sider $26.60
Oatka Ida Rose  
Eden Is Burning  


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Other Two-Year-Old Result

Let's Get Rockin (gelding; Rockport Harbor - Impolite by Two Punch) finished 3rd in his Maiden Claiming race at Woodbine. Watch the Replay.

Two-Year-Old Entries (Note that these entries are for September 14)

Shady Oaks is a Talented Dabbler as Goodasgone

September 14, 2010
Zia Park Race 7

Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
2-year-old fillies
Post Time: 4:51 PM ET

P Horse
1. Rig's Royal
2. Shady Oaks
3. Talented Dabbler
4. Jenna's Pride
5. Goodasgone
6. Miss Slewtoyou
7. Peaknatacat
8. Coolmon Kitty
9. Angel At Home

Shady Oaks (Rockport Harbor - Pulled Together by Woodman) debuts going 5.5 furlongs at Zia Park. She has been working at Ruidoso Downs, including 4 furlongs in :52.48 on August 26. Shady Oaks was a $20,000 yearling, and is a half sister to the winner Fourth Chapter. Pulled Together, dam of Shady Oaks, is a full sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Lahint and grade I winner Hansel; and a half sister to 2 winners. Rockport Harbor's 36 runners have made 63 combined starts, recording 7 wins, 5 seconds, 9 thirds, and earnings of $318,434.

Rig's Royal (Chapel Royal - Classy Con by Fast Play) has run 3 times, finishing 6th in a 5 furlong Maiden Claiming race on June 27, 6th in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Ruidoso Downs on July 30, and 5th in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Ruidoso Downs on August 21. She is out of the winning mare Classy Con, who has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Cordilleran Ice. Cordilleran Ice was a winner at 2. Classy Con is a half sister to 7 winners.

The only other filly with experience is Peaknatacat (Peak a Bootrando - Clickety Cat by Mountain Cat), who was 4th in a 5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Prairie Meadows on August 2. She is the only runner so far for her sire Peak a Bootrando. Peak a Bootrando earned $149,198 in 23 starts. Peaknatacat is the second foal out of the winning mare Clickety Cat, who earned $229,375. Clickety Cat's first foal, Perfecto Cat, was a winner at 2. Clickety Cat is a full sister to 3 winners, and a half sister to 2 winners.

Talented Dabbler (Star Dabbler - Naturally Talented by Aptitude) is by freshman sire Star Dabbler, whose 6 runners have made 15 total starts, registering 2 wins, 2 seconds, 4 thirds, and $61,524 in earnings. She is the first foal out of the winning mare Naturally Talented, who was a winner at 2. Naturally Talented is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Doc Calls Her Kate and My Lady Avie.

Jenna's Pride (Unbridled Native - Theresa's Memo by Memo (CHI)) is a full sister to the winner Kaylie's Joy. Their dam, Theresa's Memo, is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winners Excessive Theresa, Lesters Boy, and Theresa's Year, and grade III winner Theresa's Tizzy.

Goodasgone (Halory Hunter - Double Gainer by Gilded Time) is out of the winning mare Double Gainer, who has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Smacker. One offspring, who won at 2, is a full sister to Goodasgone. Double Gainer is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Evil Eye Aly.

Miss Slewtoyou (Sam Again - Celestial Slew by Slew the Coup) is out of Celestial Slew, who was a debut winner at 2. Celestial Slew is a half sister to one winner.

Coolmon Kitty (Touch Tone - Cool Mon by Maria's Mon) is out of the unraced mare Cool Mon. Cool Mon is a half sister to the winner Over the Gulch, who earned $334,442.

Stakes winner Missy Cherub, dam of Angel At Home (Seeking a Home - Missy Cherub by Corwyn Bay (IRE)), was a winner at 2. Missy Cherub has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner Hi Teck Man. Hi Teck Man won 4 races at 2, including 2 stakes.

Other Two-Year-Old Entry

Parvenu (filly; Rockport Harbor - Last Toots by Concern) takes on the boys in race 9 at Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park, a 5.5 furlong Allowance contest. Post time is 3:50 PM ET, and she breaks from post 2. Parvenu won her only start, a 4.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Philadelphia Park on August 1. Since her win, she worked 5 furlongs at Philadelphia Park on September 3 in 1:01.55. Parvenu, who was the first winner for Rockport Harbor, is the first foal out of stakes-placed Last Toots, who earned $164,305. Last Toots is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Toot's Tonya and Mo Hotta Mo Betta.

Returning Workers

September 12

Working 5 furlongs in 1:04.00 from the gate at Woodbine was Northern Miss (filly; Bellamy Road - Varus by Vicar).

Break Up the Game (colt; Bernardini - Pennant Champion by Mr. Prospector) worked at Belmont Park, 4 furlongs in :50.03.

Acadian Blues (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Dancing Gulch by Gulch), who was scratched from a mile race at Belmont on September 11, worked 7 furlongs in 1:30.05 at that track.

At Churchill Downs, Alexandria Wa (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Two Halos by Saint Ballado) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.00.

At Hollywood Park, Bluegrass Chatter (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) worked 4 furlongs in :51.60.

Blue Right By (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Shades of Grace by Seeking the Gold) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 at Churchill Downs. It was the fastest of 15 works at the distance.

Gran La Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Gran Latour (CH) by Hussonet) worked at Emerald Downs, 4 furlongs in :48.00.

She Cat (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Fortune Pending by Fortunate Prospect) worked 5 furlongs in 1:05.00 at Monmouth.

At Emerald Downs, Zayda (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Winter Solstice by Unbridled) worked 4 furlongs in :48.00.

Hughes Next (colt; Henny Hughes - Offtheoldblock by A. P. Indy) worked at Monmouth, 4 furlongs in :48.80.

At Woodbine, Ice Crystal (filly; Henny Hughes - Seek by Devil's Bag) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.20.

Quick to Strike (colt; Henny Hughes - Flapper Dancer by Fappiano) worked 4 furlongs in :50.50 at Saratoga.

Miss Tiny Rolecks (filly; Rockport Harbor - Tiny Watch by Paramount Jet) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.04 at Belmont.

Real Rockport (filly; Rockport Harbor - Newhall Road by Dixieland Band) worked 4 furlongs in :47.60 at Hollywood Park.

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