From Sea to Shining Sea

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News and Notes

Break Up the Game (Bernardini - Pennant Champion by Mr. Prospector) and Bellamy Flyer (Bellamy Road - Highland Tootsie by Highland Blade) were both scratched from the 7th at Belmont Park. Joe Vann (Silver Deputy - Polish Flower by Danzig) was the heavy favorite, but Brother in Arms (Yes It's True - She's a Rebel Too by Two Punch) dueled him into submission and got the victory. One to keep an eye on is Dominus (Smart Strike - Cuando by Lord At War (ARG)), who finished second despite stumbling at the break. Watch the Replay.

Two-Year-Old Results

Stakes Result

Blue 'Em Away (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Alcina by Kingmambo) was in a decent spot in the early going of the Winnipeg Futurity at Assiniboia Downs, but he couldn't keep up when the real running began and finished 5th. The winner was filly Little Widow Maker (Orientate - In Love Again by Awesome Again). I've become quite fond of Little Widow Maker, who now has three wins and 2 seconds in 5 starts, while earning $76,165. The wins were all stakes victories.

Working Some Magic

There were no scratches in the 6 horse field, and the track was fast. Distorted Appeal (Distorted Humor - Jealous Forum by Open Forum) was favored, Peb Hughes (Henny Hughes - Race Artist by Mr. Prospector) was well respected at 2-1. Distorted Appeal was lively in the paddock. Peb Hughes made a good impression. Thankfulness (Congrats - Pelicus Affair by Pentelicus) warmed up nicely. The break was decent, Meridian Magic (Mineshaft - Copelan's Angel by Copelan) went to the front. Argentine Talisman (Dehere - Tifonica (ARG) by Equalize) held his rail spot for a time, but then dropped. back. Distorted Appeal set after Meridian Magic. Meridian Magic couldn't escape his shadow Distorted Appeal, but neither could that one catch him. At the wire, it was Meridian Magic by 3/4 lengths. Interesting that Meridian Magic, who was the morning-line favorite, paid $17.00. Argentine Talisman came on again to finish third. Peb Hughes made a move in the stretch, but began drifting out and lost all chance. He finished 5th. Watch the Replay.

September 18, 2010
Delaware Park Race 3

Maiden Special Weight

Meridian Magic $17.00
$8.20
$2.40
Distorted Appeal  
$3.40
$3.00
Argentine Talisman  

$3.40

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Dreaming of a Win

All 12 ran on the fast track. Rockport Star (Rockport Harbor - Christmas Lights by Citidancer) opened as the lukewarm favorite, but was almost 5-1 at post time. Floating Dream (Ghostzapper - Tina Dynamite by Dynaformer) was the choice when they broke. She looked good to me. Longshot Ventaja (Flying Chevron - Artesania by Count On Steve) was getting a little wild in the paddock. Rockport Star began to get a little edgey. The jockeys finally got up with 3 minutes to post, Rockport Star had some bounce on the track. Circumstance (Vindication - Scapegoat by Forty Niner) made a good appearance. Mean Reversion (Gulch - Lady Buckpasser by Touch Gold) went to the front, with Floating Dream chasing. Circumstance stumbled at the start. Floating Dream took the lead in the turn, and pulled away. She won by more than three. Hard Rock Candy (Wildcat Heir - D. D. Rocks by Tactical Advantage) and Circumstance were going well late to finish second and third. Hard Rock Candy has now finished 2nd in all 4 of her starts. Rockport Star was never really involved, finishing 8th. Watch the Replay.

September 18, 2010
Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park Race 6

Maiden Special Weight

Floating Dream $7.80
$4.20
$4.00
Hard Rock Candy  
$6.00
$4.20
Circumstance  

$14.80

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Justin Phillip Negates the Opening Move

Blue Rock (Pomeroy - Royal Rhythm by Rhythm) was scratched, the track was fast. Justin Phillip (First Samurai - Ava Knowsthecode by Cryptoclearance), one of two experienced entrants, was favored. Gallant Dreams (Bernardini - Dreams Gallore by Silver Ghost) was 18-1, and Opening Move (Bernardini - Show Me the Roses by Storm Cat) was 6-1. Mythical Truth (Yes It's True - Misty Light Air by Miswaki) was a head turner in the paddock. Both of the Bernardinis looked good on the track. Opening Move looked particularly good warming up, ready for action. But, I was still liking Mythical Truth. Opening Move was a little stubborn at the load. Then, Justin Phillip didn't want to go in. At the break, Mythical Truth tried to wheel, wiped out Wonway Street (Street Cry (IRE) - Toll Taker by Bernstein), and pretty much came to a stop. Up front it was Opening Move setting the pace, prompted by Casanova Giant (Giant's Causeway - Marital Spook by Silver Ghost). They were going pretty quick up there. Justin Phillip was watching this duel in third. Opening Move put Casanova Giant away, but he had to hold off Justin Phillip. He couldn't, as Justin Phillip went by to win by 2 3/4 lengths. Amazingly, finishing third was Mythical Truth. He was no threat to the top 2, but what a recovery. Gallant Dreams ran fairly evenly to finish 4th. There was an inquiry into the start, but the results stood. Very nice debut for Opening Move, who should be stronger next time out. Also, not a bad first start for Gallant Dreams, who picked up some valuable experience. But, the big story was Mythical Truth's finish, which had everyone buzzing. He will likely be odds-on next time out. Justin Phillip is the 6th winner for First Samurai. Watch the Replay.

September 18, 2010
Belmont Park Race 5

Maiden Special Weight

Justin Phillip $4.60
$2.90
$2.30
Opening Move  
$5.90
$4.10
Mythical Truth  

$3.60

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A Winning Cat Tale

Shelly's Hope (Strong Hope - Beloved by All by Rubiano) was scratched, the track was fast. Gypsy Lou (Elusive Quality - Win's Fair Lady by Dehere) was favored, Bryan's Jewel (Rockport Harbor - Saphiria by Touch Gold) was 17-1. Full Moon Blues (Petionville - Taurus Moon by Hesabull) and Corleone (Indian Charlie - Fast an Sexy by Mining) looked good to me. Dream Big (Awesome Again - Mandy's Gold by Gilded Time) went to the front from her rail position. Full Moon Blues and Gypsy Lou were in the early mix. Dream Big began to weaken, and it looked like a race between Full Moon Blues and Gypsy Lou. However, coming on strong was debuter Cat Tale (Tale of the Cat - Queen Inca by Capote). She nipped Full Moon Blues at the wire for the win. Also going well late was Bryan's Jewel, who finished 4th. He galloped out in front of the winner, if you put any value in that. There was an inquiry into the stretch drive, as Cat Tale ran this way and that way, but no change was made. Watch the Replay.

September 18, 2010
Delaware Park Race 8

Maiden Special Weight

Cat Tale $42.00
$15.60
$5.80
Full Moon Blues  
$5.80
$4.00
Gypsy Lou  

$3.00

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Other Two-Year-Old Results

Jaridh (colt; Bernardini - Mansfield Park (GB) by Green Desert) finished 2nd, coming up just a nose short, in a mile Maiden contest at Wolverhampton. It was his first start. The winner was Biographical (Dynaformer - Tell It by Storm Cat). Jaridh is out of stakes-placed Mansfield Park, who was a winner at 2. Mansfield Park has produced 2 winners, both of which won at 2. Mansfield Park is a full sister to stakes winner Great Britain and group I winner Cape Cross, and a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Phoenix Park and group III winner Vincennes. Thanks to Betsy for alerting me to this entry. View Race Details.

Gold Pearl (colt; Henny Hughes - Gold Pattern by Slew o' Gold) finished 4th in the Dubai Duty Free Nursery at 6 furlongs and 8 yards at Newbury. The winner was Invincible Ridge (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Dani Ridge (IRE) by Indian Ridge). Watch the Replay (note that the replay page defaults to the most recent race. The easiest way to find the race is probably to use "Search By Horse" tab under the video screen.). View Race Details.

Rockport Radiance (filly; Rockport Harbor - Saint Kaytie by Captain Bodgit) dueled for the early lead in her Maiden Claiming race at Philadelphia Park, but lost that battle and ended up 5th. Watch the Replay.

Real Rockport (filly; Rockport Harbor - Newhall Road by Dixieland Band) was in a good spot early in her Maiden Claiming race at Fairplex, but had a little trouble manipulating the turns and weakened to 8th.

Three-Year-Old Stakes Result

Stakes winner Beyondallboundarys (filly; Saint Liam - In Secure by A. P. Indy) finished 6th in the  Charles Town Oaks. Watch the Replay.

Two-Year-Old Entries

Stakes Entry

Wealthy Aviator (colt; Henny Hughes - Jera by Jeblar) runs in the 6.5 furlong Barretts Juvenile Stakes at Fairplex. Post time is 8:10 PM ET. Wealthy Aviator was a winner in his only start, a 6 furlong race at Golden Gate Fields on August 29. He started slowly in that one, but was rolling late. Since that victory, he worked 4 furlongs in :47.00 at Fairplex on September 13. Stakes winner Jera, dam of Wealthy Aviator, won 2 races at 2. She has produced 3 other winners, including grade II winner Jeranimo.

Able Bellamy will be Closingtothewire Like One Brave Warrior

September 19, 2010
Belmont Park Race 2

Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
2-year-olds
New York-breds
Post Time: 1:31 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Disco Capote
2. Captain Fertoli
3. Closingtothewire
4. Spyglass
5. Memory Motel
6. Able Bellamy
7. Our Brave Warrior
8. Tap Attack
9. Beau de Beaupre

Able Bellamy (Bellamy Road - Double Entendre by Double Negative) is scheduled to debut at 6 furlongs chasing his fellow New York-breds. He has been working at Aqueduct, including 4 furlongs in :50.19 on September 10. He is out of the winning mare Double Entendre, who was placed at 2. Double Entendre has produced 2 winners, including Double Understand, who was a winner at 2, and grade I stakes-placed in Puerto Rico that season. Double Entendre is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Gene Propp's Dream and Cajoleuse's Speed, a grade I winner in Puerto Rico. Bellamy Road's 21 runners have made 47 combined starts, recording 8 wins, 7 seconds, 4 thirds, and $295,190 in earnings.

Beau de Beaupre (Holy Bull - Cassette Case by Mighty Magee), Memory Motel (Alysweep - Respond by Distorted Humor), and Our Brave Warrior (First Samurai - Midway Gal by Midway Circle) finished 3rd, 4th, and 7th in a 6 furlong contest at Saratoga on August 21. It was the first and only start for all three. Beau de Beaupre is the first foal out of Cassette Case, who was a winner at 2 and who earned $151,674 in her career. Cassette Case is a half sister to one winner. Memory Motel is a full brother to the winner El Sindico C. Their dam, Respond, is a half sister to 5 winners. Our Brave Warrior is by first-crop sire First Samurai, whose 19 runners have made 43 total starts, recording 8 wins, 6 seconds, 10 thirds, and $293,913 in earnings. Our Brave Warrior sold for $170,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Midway Gal, who earned $236,370. Midway Gal has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner I'm a Numbers Guy. Three of Our Brave Warrior's siblings won at 2.

Disco Capote (Disco Rico - Dr. Capote by Capote) finished 3rd in his only start, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race run on a sloppy track at Saratoga on August 22. He is the second foal out of Dr. Capote, who was placed at 2. Dr. Capote's first foal, Dance Tim Dance, who is a full brother to Disco Capote, won his only race at 2. Dr. Capote is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Dance Gal Dance. Dance Gal Dance is by Disco Rico, sire of Disco Capote.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including the entry of Captain Fertoli (Cherokee Run - Deputy Dear by Deputy Minister) and Spyglass (Midas Eyes - Crafty Potion by Crafty Prospector). Captain Fertoli sold for $35,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to 7 winners, including stakes-placed Bond Arbitrage. Three of Captain Fertoli's siblings won at 2, and two were debut winners that year. Deputy Dear, dam of Captain Fertoli, is a half sister to 10 winners, including stakes winners Copper Mount and Currency Arbitrage, and grade I winner Without Feathers. Spyglass also brought $35,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Crafty Potion. Crafty Potion is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade III stakes-placed So Long Sonoma.

Selling for $13,000 as a 2-year-old was Closingtothewire (Closing Argument - Evil Empress by Devil His Due), who is the second foal out of the winning mare Evil Empress. Evil Empress's first foal, Evil Commander, was a winner at 2. Evil Empress is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Skeet and grade III winner Dancing Rhythm.

Tap Attack (Tapit - Hot Chipotle by Victory Gallop), who brought $7,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare Hot Chipotle, who has produced the winner Nicole H. Hot Chipotle is a half sister to 4 winners, including grade I stakes-placed Miss Norman.

Ice Crystal has a Need to Know on Pleasantfriday

September 19, 2010
Woodbine Race 3

Maiden Special Weight
1 mile and 70 yards
2-year-old fillies
Post Time: 1:57 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Charismatically
2. Ice Crystal
3. Lisvernane
4. Pleasantfriday
5. Grisaille
6. Cabriole
7. Need to Know
8. Wyomia
9. Good Lady

Ice Crystal (Henny Hughes - Seek by Devil's Bag) makes her third start in this mile and 70 yard affair at Woodbine. She was 8th at 5.5 furlongs on July 17, and 7th at a mile and 70 yards on August 26. Those starts were also at Woodbine. She's worked a couple of times since her last race, including 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 on September 12. Ice Crystal sold for $85,000 as a weanling, and for $65,000 as a yearling. She is a half sister to the winner Borasco, who was a winner at 2. Seek, dam of Ice Crystal, is a full sister to one winner; and a half sister to 8 winners, including grade III winner Discover. Henny Hughes has had 33 runners, which have made 63 total starts, recording 7 wins, 9 seconds, 6 thirds, and $167,170 in earnings.

Charismatically (Cozzene - Just Like a Woman by Charismatic) and Grisaille (El Prado (IRE) - Dress to Impress by Formal Gold) finished in a deadheat for second in the August 26 race at Woodbine in front of Ice Crystal, and Good Lady (Good Reward - Lady Kilkeelan by Lil's Lad) was only a nose behind this pair. Grisaille and Good Lady also met on August 13 on the Woodbine turf, with Grisaille finishing 4th and Good Lady 8th. Charismatically also has previous turf experience, finishing 6th at 7 furlongs on the turf at Woodbine on August 2. She sold for $17,000 as a weanling, and for $27,852 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of the winning mare Just Like a Woman. Just Like a Woman is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Musical Dancer. Grisaille has one additional start, finishing 3rd at 6 furlongs on the Woodbine Polytrack on July 24. She sold for $40,000 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of stakes-placed Dress to Impress, who was a winner at 2. Dress to Impress's first foal, Bank Loan, is a winner. Good Lady is by freshman sire Good Reward whose 25 runners have made 67 combined starts, recording 9 wins, 6 seconds, 7 thirds, and earnings of $165,130. Good Lady sold for $45,000 at 2, and is out of the winning mare Lady Kilkeelan, who has produced the winner Night. Lady Kilkeelan is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Copingwithvictory.

Need to Know (Aragorn (IRE) - Nani Rose by Peteski) and Wyomia (Vindication - Beyond the Sun by Kingmambo) finished 4th and 5th at 7 furlongs on the Woodbine turf on August 28. Need to Know also ran 7 furlongs on the Woodbine turf on July 31, finishing 5th. Her only other start was on the Woodbine Polytrack, where she finished 2nd in a 6 furlong race on July 9. She sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Nani Rose. Nani Rose has produced 2 winners, including one that won at 2. Need to Know is by freshman sire Aragorn, whose 27 runners have made 65 combined starts, recording 7 wins, 11 seconds, 12 thirds, and $226,895 in earnings. Wyomia has no other starts. She sold for $145,00 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Beyond the Sun. Beyond the Sun has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Carnera and grade I winner Red Giant.

Lisvernane (Arch - Owenahincha by Distant View) finished 4th, in front of Need to Know, on the Woodbine turf on July 31. She also finished 4th in the 5.5 furlong Shady Well on the Woodbine Polytrack on July 18. Lisvernane is the first foal out of the winning mare Owenahincha. Owenahincha is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Moomtazz.

Cabriole (Flatter - Storm Dancer by Always a Classic) has run twice, finishing 3rd in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Saratoga on August 6, and 2nd in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Woodbine on August 27. She sold for $12,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Storm Dancer. Storm Dancer has produced stakes winner Smuggler's Hold, who won 2 races at 2. Storm Dancer is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Field Cat and Estevan.

Pleasantfriday (Pleasant Tap - Ruby Friday by Distinctive Pro) finished 3rd in her only start, a 6 furlong contest at Woodbine on September 10. She is out of stakes winner Ruby Friday, and sold for $18,568 as a yearling. Ruby Friday was a winner at 2, and earned $211,927 in 24 starts. She has produced 2 winners. Ruby Friday is a full sister to stakes-placed Distinctive Ruby; and a half sister to 11 winners, including stakes winner Ruby Hill.

Runninglikeanangel is a Dixie Dear on a Dynamic Holiday

September 19, 2010
Belmont Park Race 5

Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles turf
2-year-old fillies
Post Time: 3:07 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Mount Holiday
2. Mirimichi Babe
3. Holidaysatthefarm
4. Triune
5. Globe Trot
6. Runninglikeanangel
7. Allure d'Amour
8. Dynamic Holiday
9. Dixie Dear
10. War Clan
AE Litigating

Runninglikeanangel (Rockport Harbor - Rosthern by Broad Brush) makes her debut on the turf at Belmont. She has been working at Fair Hill, including 4 furlongs from the gate in :48.00 on September 11. She sold for $210,000 as a yearling, and is out of Rosthern, who was grade II stakes-placed on the turf and earned $273,060. Rosthern has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, one of which won at 2, and one of which won on the turf. Rosthern is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Etude. Rockport Harbor's 39 runners have made 73 total starts, recording 7 wins, 6 seconds, 10 thirds, and $327,879 in earnings.

Also unraced are Globe Trot (A. P. Indy - Trip by Lord At War (ARG)) and Allure d'Amour (Giant's Causeway - Salut d' Amour (IRE) by Danehill Dancer (IRE)). Globe Trot sold for $100,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Trip, who was a winner on the turf, and also grade III stakes-placed on that surface. Trip has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including stakes winner Passport. Both of her winning offspring won at 2, including Passport, who won his first 2 races at 2, and who has earned $261,989 through 2010. Allure d'Amour is the first foal out of turf stakes winner Salut d' Amour, who was a winner on the turf at 2. Salut d' Amour is a half sister to 4 winners, including group III turf winner Regime. I find it kind of interesting that the debuting fillies break from the 5, 6, and 7 holes.

Mirimichi Babe (Milwaukee Brew - Newsontherun by Cherokee Run) and Holidaysatthefarm (Smarty Jones - Qualatative by Woodman) finished 2nd and 3rd in a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Saratoga on August 27. Mirimichi Babe has no other starts. She sold for $160,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of Newsontherun, who was placed at 2. Newsontherun has produced 2 winners, including a full sister to Mirimichi Babe. Newsontherun is a half sister to 9 winners, including turf stakes winner Fredericktown. Holidaysatthefarm has 2 additional starts, finishing 5th at 5 furlongs on the Arlington Polytrack on July 5, and 5th at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf on July 30. She is out of the turf-winning mare Qualatative. Qualatative has produced 2 winners, including grade III turf winner Rich in Spirit, who was a stakes winner on the turf at 2, and earned $606,066 in his career. Qualatative is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 4 winners.

Triune (E Dubai - Triple Act by Theatrical (IRE)) and Mount Holiday (Eddington - Mt. Kobla by Mt. Livermore) finished 2nd and 3rd at a mile and a sixteenth on good turf at Saratoga on August 25. It was the first and only start for both. Triune (E Dubai - Triple Act by Theatrical (IRE)) brought $29,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Triple Act. Triple Act has produced 2 winners, including one that won on the turf. Triple Act is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade II winner Desert Hero and grade I winner Corinthian. Mount Holiday (Eddington - Mt. Kobla by Mt. Livermore) is out of the winning mare Mt. Kobla, who has produced 2 winners, including group II turf stakes-placed King Ledley. Both of Mount Holiday's siblings won at 2.

Dynamic Holiday (Harlan's Holiday - Dynamic Cat by Dynaformer) and War Clan (War Front - Ashley's Clan by Seattle Slew) also met in a mile and a sixteenth turf race at Saratoga, with Dynamic Holiday finishing 2nd and War Clan third. Dynamic Holiday was second in her only other start, a 5 furlong race on the Tapeta at Presque Isle on June 25. She is out of turf stakes winner Dynamic Cat, who has produced Cat Park, grade III stakes-placed on the turf. Dynamic Cat is a half sister to 3 winners. War Clan made her previous start at Churchill Downs, finishing 9th at 6 furlongs on the dirt. She is by freshman sire War Front, whose 25 runners have made 73 combined starts, recording 10 wins, 13 seconds, 15 thirds, and $388,908 in earnings. War Clan sold for $95,000 as a weanling, and is the second foal out of the turf winning mare Ashley's Clan. Ashley's Clan is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade II winner Greater Good and grade I turf winner Pure Clan.

Dixie Dear (Dixie Union - Seattle Weekend by A. P. Indy) made her only start at 6 furlongs on the dirt at Saratoga on August 15, finishing 6th. She sold for $75,000 as a yearling, and is a full sister to the winner Fleet Warrior. Seattle Weekend is a half sister to 9 winners, including turf stakes winner Shuailaan and grade II winner Bite the Bullet.

AE entrant Litigating (Point Given - Mediation (IRE) by Caerleon) has run twice, both times on the turf. She was 6th at 6 furlongs on the Belmont turf on July 9, and 6th at a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf on September 3. Turf stakes winner Mediation, dam of Litigating, was a winner at 2, and earned $194,843, exclusively on the turf. Mediation has produced 7 winners, all of which won on the turf and one of which won at 2. Her offspring include grade I winner Go Between, a full brother to Litigating. Go Between was a grade II winner on the turf, and earned $2,908,880 in his career.

Bellamy's Boss has Hope for Today with Pants On Fire

September 19, 2010
Monmouth Park Race 7

Maiden Special Weight
1 mile and 70 yards
2-year-olds
Post Time: 3:35 PM ET

P Horse
1. Gambaru
2. Serendipper Moon
3. Bowman's Causeway
4. Shine Box
5. Mucho Macho Man
6. Bellamy's Boss
7. Tapizar
8. Furia d'Oro
9. Pants On Fire
10. Lucky Lewis
11. Dr. Kenney
12. Hope for Today
AE West Birch

Bellamy's Boss (Bellamy Road - Divine Shadow by Capote) makes his second start in this mile and 70 yard contest at Monmouth. First time out, he finished 8th at 5.5 furlongs at Monmouth on August 8. He didn't do much running in that one. Third in that race, was Brother in Arms, who broke his maiden on September 18 at Belmont. Since his debut, Bellamy's Boss worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.78 at Philadelphia Park on September 10. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Divine Shadow. Divine Shadow is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners. Bellamy Road's 21 runners have made 47 total starts, recording 8 wins, 7 seconds, 4 thirds, and $295,190 in earnings.

Pants On Fire (Jump Start - Cabo de Noche by Cape Town) and Serendipper Moon (Malibu Moon - Sweet Serendipity by Salt Lake) finished 2nd and 3rd in a 5 furlong contest at Philadelphia Park on September 6. Pants On Fire has no other starts. He is the second foal out of the winning mare Cabo de Noche. Her first foal was a winner at 2. Cabo de Noche is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Key Hunter and Hatfield. Serendipper Moon has 2 additional starts, finishing 2nd on June 26, and 3rd on July 16. Those starts were at 4.5 furlongs at Philadelphia Park. He sold for $82,000 as a yearling, and for $75,000 as a 2-year-old. He is a half brother to 2 winners. His dam, Sweet Serendipity, is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Sorceror and grade I winner Anees.

Gambaru (Pure Prize - Royal Tromp'e by Cozzene) and Dr. Kenney (Tiznow - Expect Becky by Valid Expectations) finished 7th and 8th in a mile turf race at Monmouth on September 4. They also met at a mile and 70 yards on a sloppy track at Monmouth on August 22, with Gambaru finishing 5th and Dr. Kenney 9th. Gambaru also ran in a 5 furlong dirt race at Monmouth on June 6, finishing 4th. He is the first foal out of the placed mare Royal Tromp'e. Royal Tromp'e is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Basemah. Dr. Kenney is a full brother to stakes-placed Believeinmenow, who won 2 races at 2, and who has earned $221,173 through 2010. Dr. Kenney is also a half brother to 2 winners, including stakes winner Becky's Exchange and a 2-year-old winner. Expect Becky, dam of Dr. Kenney, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Thatsusintheolbean and Valid Belfast.

Tapizar (Tapit - Winning Call by Deputy Minister) finished 3rd at a mile and 70 yards at Monmouth on August 22, in front of Gambaru and Dr. Kenney. He is out of the winning mare Winning Call, who has produced 4 winners from 5 to run. One of her offspring won at 2. Winning Call is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Twisted Tale.

Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno - Ponche de Leona by Ponche) has run twice, finishing 2nd in a 6 furlong race at Calder on July 17, and 3rd in a 7 furlong race at Saratoga on August 21. He is the second foal out of stakes winner Ponche de Leona. Ponche de Leona won 4 races at 2, including the Anoakia Stakes. She earned $260,870 in her career. Ponche de Leona is a half sister to 5 winners.

Lucky Lewis (Forest Camp - Holy Wish by Lord At War (ARG)) was third in his only start, a 5 furlong contest at Penn National on August 7. He is out of Holy Wish, who was a winner at 2. Holy Wish has produced 7 winners, including stakes winner Uncle T Seven and grade III winner Wishful Tomcat, both of which won at 2.

Hope for Today (Flatter - Morning in Seattle by Seattle Dancer) has also run once, finishing 4th in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Monmouth on August 21. He is out of the winning mare Morning in Seattle. Morning in Seattle has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Proud Chincha. Both of her winning offspring won at 2. Morning in Seattle is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade III winner Jambalaya Jazz.

The remaining three are unraced, including Furia d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro - Rich Find by Exploit), who is part of an entry with Serendipper Moon. Furia d'Oro sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and for $110,000 as a 2-year-old. He is the second foal out of stakes winner Rich Find, who was a winner at 2. Rich Find is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Away.

Bowman's Causeway (Giant's Causeway - Victory Encounter by Victory Speech) also brought $110,000 as a 2-year-old. Grade I winner Victory Encounter, dam of Bowman's Causeway, earned $430,887 in 14 starts.

Shine Box (Tapit - Chapskick by Hansel) sold for $115,000 as a weanling, and for $35,000 as a yearling. He is out of the winning mare Chapskick, who has produced 3 winners. Chapskick is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Toot's Tonya and Mo Hotta Mo Betta.

On the AE list is unraced West Birch (Gone West - Greathearted by Giant's Causeway), who is part of an entry with Shine Box. West Birch sold for $250,000 as a 2-year-old, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Greathearted. Greathearted is a half sister to 6 winners, including grade II winner Rossini, and grade III winner and sire Elusive Quality. Elusive Quality is by Gone West, sire of West Birch.

Rocky's Quest is a Rainier Missile with Showtime At Nine

September 19, 2010
Emerald Downs Race 4

Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
2-year-olds
Post Time: 6:18 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Showtime At Nine
2. Rocky's Quest
3. Code Dudley
4. Showme Yourfriends
5. Murray the Cop
6. Rainier Missile
7. Codys a Bobcat

Rocky's Quest (Rockport Harbor - Silver Echo by Eastern Echo) debuts at Emerald Downs, where he has been working. Most recently, he went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 at Emerald Downs on September 5. Rocky's Quest sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Silver Echo. Silver Echo was a winner at 2, and also stakes-placed that year. Silver Echo has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including stakes winners Cherokee Echo and Notoriously, both of which were debut winners at 2. Silver Echo is a half sister to 6 winners, including 2yo Henny Hughes filly Debbie's Ferrari. Rockport Harbor's 39 runners have made 73 total starts, recording 7 wins, 6 seconds, 10 thirds, and $327,879 in earnings.

Also unraced are Showme Yourfriends (Delineator - Raise a Moon by Chisos) and Codys a Bobcat (Posse - Touriga by Friendly Lover). Showme Yourfriends is out of the winning mare Raise a Moon, who has produced 4 winners from 4 to run. Raise a Moon is a half sister to 6 winners. Codys a Bobcat is out of stakes-placed Touriga, who has produced Coastal Express, a winner at 2. Touriga is a full sister to stakes winner Jade Eyed, and a half sister to 4 winners.

Code Dudley (City Zip - Video Starlet by Bertrando) and Snowtime At Nine (Jump Start - Mayapple by Miner's Mark) finished 4th and 6th in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Emerald Downs on August 28. It was the first and only start for both. Code Dudley sold for $3,000 as a weanling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Video Starlet. Video Starlet is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner Cover Gal. Snowtime At Nine brought $82,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Mayapple, who was placed at 2. Mayapple has produced stakes winner Jack Spratt, who was a winner at 2. Mayapple is a half sister to 4 winners.

Rainier Missile (Golden Missile - Gaslight Gossip by Woodman) and Murray the Cop (Tapit - Storming Way by Summer Squall) finished 2nd and 3rd in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Emerald Downs on August 22. Rainier Missile previously finished 2nd at 5.5 furlongs on August 8, and 6th at 4.5 furlongs on June 13. Those races were also Maiden Claiming contests at Emerald Downs. Rainier Missile sold for $4,500 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Gaslight Gossip. Gaslight Gossip is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Gold Case. Murray the Cop has no other starts. He sold for $14,000 as a yearling, and is out of Storming Way, who was a winner at 2. Storming Way has produced the winner Our Tekela Rose. Storming Way is a half sister to 5 winners.

Other Two-Year-Old Entry

This Time (filly; Henny Hughes - Switch Lanes by Deerhound) runs in race 4 at Hoosier Park, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $15,000). Post time is 2:18 PM ET. This Time did her previous running at Woodbine. She finished 7th at 5 furlongs on August 21, and 6th at 6 furlongs on September 10. Those were Maiden Special Weight races. This Time sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of stakes winner Switch Lanes, who earned $450,926 in 45 starts. Switch Lanes is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Heister Cat. Henny Hughes' 33 runners have made 61 total starts, recording 7 wins, 9 seconds, 6 thirds, and $165,125 in earnings.

Returning Workers

September 18

Byrd William (colt; Bellamy Road - Gracious Granny by Lost Code) worked at the Thoroughbred Center, 4 furlongs in :51.20.

At Turfway Park, Irish Legacy (filly; Bellamy Road - Atherbest by Silver Hawk) went 4 furlongs in :52.60.

Littlegreatone (filly; Bernardini - Megahertz (GB) by Pivotal (GB)) worked 4 furlongs in :50.20 at Fair Hill. She is entered on the turf at Laurel on September 23.

Toby's Corner (colt; Bellamy Road - Brandon's Ride by Mister Frisky) worked from the gate at Delaware Park, 4 furlongs in :47.60.

Victoria's Wildcat (filly; Bellamy Road - Flaming Mirage by Woodman) worked at Hollywood Park, 5 furlongs in 1:01.20.

At Woodbine, Achieving (filly; Bernardini - Teeming by Storm Cat) and Blindsidehit (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Heart Lake by Unbridled) went 2 furlongs in :26.00.

At Remington Park, Texas Tempest (filly; Bernardini - Copelan's Bid Gal by Copelan) went 4 furlongs in :52.50.

Bluegrass Bull (colt; Bluegrass Cat - La Gomera (IRE) by Hamas (IRE)) worked at Calder, 5 furlongs in 1:03.60.

At Hollywood Park, Bluegrass Chatter (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20.

Bluegrass Dreamer (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Spring Flight by Miswaki) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 at Woodbine.

Bluegrass Jam (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Strawberry Way by Strawberry Road (AUS)) worked at Arlington Park, 4 furlongs in :49.20.

Going 5 furlongs in 1:03.06 at Belmont was Bluegrass Jet (colt; Bluegrass Cat - License Free by Miswaki).

At Fairplex, Deluxe Bus (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Byzantine by Quiet American) went 3 furlongs in :37.80.

Percussion (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Cradlesong by Pine Bluff) worked 4 furlongs in :48.40 at Keeneland.

At Calder, Starship Conquest (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Sunset Kisses by Sky Classic) went 4 furlongs in :50.20.

Trix Are for Katz (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Every Trick by Grand Slam) worked at Hoosier Park, 3 furlongs in :39.80.

At Arlington Park, Calvados (colt; Henny Hughes - Morning Time by Gilded Time) went 4 furlongs in :47.80.

Bracket Buster (colt; Henny Hughes - Code of Love by Cryptoclearance) went 4 furlongs in :50.20 at Churchill Downs.

Henny Penny (filly; Henny Hughes - Young Star by Capote) worked at Keeneland, 4 furlongs in :50.00.

Henny's Hurricane (filly; Henny Hughes - Amarillo by Crafty Prospector) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Churchill Downs.

Jargon (colt; Henny Hughes - Christmas Affair by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) worked 4 furlongs in :48.81 at Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park.

At Delaware Park, Just to Think (filly; Henny Hughes - Great Fun by Farma Way) went 4 furlongs in :48.80.

At Churchill Downs, Quartermaster (gelding; Henny Hughes - Life in Seattle by Unbridled) went 4 furlongs in :52.60.

At Keeneland, Cane Garden Bay (colt; Rockport Harbor - Trav n' Kris by Snow Chief) went 4 furlongs in :47.60.

Casco Bay (filly; Rockport Harbor - Way Beyond by Ordway) went a mile in 1:46.01 at Belmont Park..

At Laurel, Country First (filly; Rockport Harbor - Honour Old Glory by Honour and Glory) went 5 furlongs in 1:03.80.

Knows How to Rock (colt; Rockport Harbor - Unchained Princess by Clever Trick) worked 3 furlongs in :37.80 at the Thoroughbred Center. It was the fastest of 16 works at the distance.

At Louisiana Downs, Little Sheik (cotl; Rockport Harbor - Silk Sails by Ocean Crest) went 4 furlongs in :50.00.

Rockport Missile (gelding; Rockport Harbor - Bienandanza by Bien Bien) worked 3 furlongs in :36.80 at Woodbine.

Rocky Shore (colt; Rockport Harbor - Summer Flash by Belong to Me) worked at Belmont, 4 furlongs in :49.11.

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Betsy

I suspect Mythical Truth will lose next time out............

I was ultra impressed with Opening Move, who just shot out of the gate and dueled the Pletcher colt into defeat. How frustrating that the race set up perfectly for the winner, but Opening Move tried to fight back before succumbing, so that was also encouraging. Gallant Dreams didn't really do any running, but I would imagine he wasn't fully cranked for this

19 Sep 2010 11:12 AM
Betsy

Oh, you're very welcome about Jaridh! I'm going to catch the replay now; losing by a nose is frustrating, but the colt sure had a flying finish and should win next out.  

19 Sep 2010 11:14 AM
Betsy

The replay is, unfortunately, not available.

I tried this yesterday, but even searching by date, nothing comes up for Wolverhampton. I don't know why.............

19 Sep 2010 11:22 AM
Don from PA/Delaware

My eyes were popping out when I saw odd for Meridan Magic/Zito....nice price.....The Lukas "Cat Tale" huge, didn;t have that went with Motion..The Cat may be back!

19 Sep 2010 3:18 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Don - The odds in Meridian Magic's race were very strange, upside down from the morning-line. Our old friend Peb Hughes was really menacing, before drifting out. I don't like to speculate, but I wonder if he has some back issues.

19 Sep 2010 3:26 PM
Abbie Knowles

Hi

Thanks for all your hard work and research as ever.

Betsy you sound to be as big a fan of Bernardini as I am!  I too was impressed with Opening Move and he was so brave.  Gallant Dream will improve on that too.

Jaridh's race was so exciting and he absolutely flew inside the final furlong after looking like he took a while to get the hang of things.  He is the image of Bernardini and as he is with Godolphin is in very good hands.

A replay of the race is on the Attheraces website (try Google - www.attheraces.com - the videos of past races are free if you join the website which is an excellent one and also free)and it is well worth watching the race.

Biographical is a lovely colt too but I think the best horse was 2nd on this occasion!

I hope that it is ok to mention Attheraces!

God Bless you, all on this blogsite and at The Bloodhorse.

Best wishes

Abbie

19 Sep 2010 10:37 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

I'm not doing a blog tonight because there are no North American entries tomorrow. However, Flodden (Henny Hughes) and Plattsburgh (Bernardini) run at Kempton: http://bit.ly/acoNEi

19 Sep 2010 11:16 PM
Betsy

Abbie, I'm a HUGE Bernardini fan. I am still not over the fact that Godolphin retired him before he could really show his stuff at age 4. That was a big mistake, I think. Oh well - he's really off to a terrific start as a sire, so that helps.

I listened to Jaridh's race on the radio, and the announcer had said something to the effect that now the colt was learning was racing was about. Therefore, I assumed that he was a bit green early in the race.  If he's the spitting image of his sire, that's a good thing, because Bernardini is a beauty.

Thanks for the tip about the site - I'm going to check that out now.

Hopefully Plattsburgh will improve  but now I'm counting the days until Theyskens' Theory runs in the Fillies Mile.

19 Sep 2010 11:31 PM
Betsy

Abbie, wow. I have to say that Jaridh looked wonderful - he really closed like a shot. I'm sure Godolphin was thrilled with his performance. By the way, I'm unfamiliar with his jock - O'Donohue?  Does he often ride for Godolphin? Thanks!

19 Sep 2010 11:39 PM
Abbie Knowles

Hi Betsy,

Daragh O Donoghue usually rides for Sheikh Mohammed's brother Sheikh Hamden.  He is his number two jockey, Richard Hills is his number one.  But Sheikh Hamden is part of Godolphin too.  

A lot of jockeys  ride for Godolphin/Darley and they are all good or they would not be riding for them!  Sheikh Mohammed is a superb horseman himself and so is his wife Princess Haya of Jordan who is an Olympic Class show jumper.  

Princess Haya owned the winner and the jockey on him was William Buick - the next "Frankie Dettori" in terms of riding ability!

Jaridh is wonderful and so is Thysken's Theory!  Can't wait to see her strutt her stuff on Saturday!

BERNARDINI rules ok!

God Bless

Best wishes

Abbie

20 Sep 2010 5:04 AM
Hoofbeats

Really, not one word about TWELVE PACK SHELLY?

20 Sep 2010 9:44 AM
Betsy

Abbie, thanks for the info! I remember after Treasury Devil won his first race, I asked who William Buick was. Then I saw a pic of him and I was floored - he's a baby, lol.

The Fillies Mile will be tough as White Moonstone has been supplemented, but I'm confident in Theyskens' Theory.

Have a good day!

20 Sep 2010 2:09 PM
Abbie Knowles

Hi Betsy,

Yes William Buick is young but so was Frankie when he shot to fame!  Frankie started off with the brilliant Luca Cumani then went to John Gosden and Sheikh Mohammed.  William started off with the brilliant Andrew Balding, son of Ian Balding who trained Mill Reef, and is now with John Gosden riding a lot for Princess Haya of Jordan.  There are a lot of parallels!

White Moonstone is beautiful too but i share your confidence in Theysken's Theory!

William Buick may be young but he has good mentors and has always had a wise head on young shoulders!

Hope you are having a good day.

Watch out for Makfi and Poet's Voice at Ascot too. Both are sons of Dubawi!  Makfi should win but Poet's Voice is a very good colt as well.

20 Sep 2010 4:24 PM
Betsy

Abbie, I hope Martin Dwyer is ok. I read that he was in a nasty accident........poor guy. It didn't sound good as for his chances to ride Theyskens' Theory in the Mile.  Any idea who Meehan would get to ride the filly in case Dwyer can't go?

Buick seems like a good kid, so I wish him the best of luck. I hope he has a long, successful career.

I will try and get up early to listen to the races on-line, but the time difference is a killer when it comes to getting a good night's sleep, lol.  

I hope for good weather at Ascot and for all the horses to come home safely.

Have a good night!

20 Sep 2010 10:25 PM
Abbie Knowles

Hi Betsy,

Yes poor Martin Dwyer has broken his right thumb and left elbow and is out for the rest of our Flat season.  It really is so sad.  He is a great jockey and a lovely man.

Ryan Moore rides Thysken's Theory at Ascot.  A great jockey.  Champion in the UK last year so she is in good hands.

Am hoping Brian Meehan will let Martin Dwyer keep the ride on Thysken's Theory next season.  Maybe she will win the 1000 Guineas for them!  I hope so!

Yes I hope for good weather at Ascot too and safety for the horses and jockeys.

Hope you are well and having a good day.

God Bless

Best wishes

Abbie

21 Sep 2010 2:58 PM

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