Breaking Through the Jam

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Two-Year-Old Results

Breaking Through the Jam

Holy Bullhive (Holy Bull - Bee Hive by Old Trieste) and Rescue Financing (Johannesburg - Lullaby by Unbridled's Song) were scratched, allowing AE entrants Convicted (First Samurai - Foxcaller by Beau Genius) and Recognize (Flatter - Golden Tour by Lac Ouimet) to run. The track was fast. No More Words (Lion Heart - Maitre Dee by Point Given) was favored, Bluegrass Jam (Bluegrass Cat - Strawberry Way by Strawberry Road (AUS)) was dismissed at more than 10-1. I thought that Joshua's Journey (Good Journey - Kimora by Navarone) looked best, but Bluegrass Jam was no slouch either. No More Words broke best, but Palace Causeway (Aragorn (IRE) - Lu Lu's Lullaby by Palace Music) went by to set the pace. Convicted and Uncle T (Pulpit - Mocha Queen by Cozzene) were not far off, and No More Words was just behind them. Bluegrass Jam was near the back. Uncle T moved up to draw even with Palace Causeway. Joshua's Journey was getting involved, as Uncle T began to retreat, and Bluegrass Jam was picking up spots. Convicted took a short lead, but he was soon overtaken by Joshua's Journey. He was looking like a winner, but Bluegrass Jam had other thoughts. He closed with a rush to nip Joshua's Journey at the wire. Bluegrass Jam is winner number 17 for Bluegrass Cat. Watch the Replay.

October 21, 2010
Hoosier Park Race 5

Maiden Special Weight

Bluegrass Jam $22.80
Joshua's Journey  
Palace Causeway  


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Lion Hall Pounces on the Dream

The track was fast, and only the AEs were out of this big field. First-timer Lion Hall (Lion Heart - Excuse Me Miss by Arch) was favored. Hammers Bullet (Bernardini - Country Melody by Gone West) was 10-1, but that was down significantly from his morning-line price of 30-1. Inhopewearesaved (Afleet Alex - Trick Again by Favorite Trick was quite rambunctious in the post parade. Praiseworthy (Pulpit - Storm Breaking by Storm Cat) caught my eye, but Hammers Bullet was looking good. The load was pretty quick, except for Our Only Hope (Forestwood - Speed You Need by Migrating Moon), who was a little stubborn. Lion Hall went to the front, but Flat Black (Flatter - Trailena by Trail Dancer) didn't let him get far away. These two dueled early, with George A. (Orientate - Quality Label by Elusive Quality) stalking. At this point, Hammers Bullet could see them all. In the stretch, Lion Hall shook free from Flat Black and George A., but there was fresh competition from Dreaminofthewin (Successful Appeal - Dreamingatdaybreak by Grand Slam). Dreaminofthewin made a good run, but at the wire, Lion Hall was a neck in front. These two were more than 6 in front of the rest, which were led by Flat Back. Hammers Bullet passed a number late to finish a promising 6th. Watch the Replay.

October 21, 2010
Remington Park Race 7

Maiden Special Weight

Lion Hall $5.60
Flat Black  


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A Rampaige Engulfs Them

There were no scratches in 12 horse field. Rampaige (Smart Strike - The in Thing by Wild Again) was favored. None of the Maiden Watches horses received much interest: Look West (Bluegrass Cat - Twirlaway by Unbridled) was 7-1, Hellcat Senior (Bluegrass Cat - On the Fritz by Mahogany Hall) was 23-1, Percussion (Bluegrass Cat - Cradlesong by Pine Bluff) was 40-1, and Knows How to Rock (Rockport Harbor - Unchained Princess by Clever Trick) was 85-1. Mr. Popps (Fusaichi Pegasus - Westlake by Honour and Glory) was on his toes in the paddock. Perfect Prospector (Perfect Soul (IRE) - Miss Illusion by Mr. Prospector) looked good as they headed to the track. Hellcat Senior looked the best of our four to me, but Percussion got a nice warmup. There was a bit of a scramble for the early lead. Mr. Popps secured it, with Percussion and Grand Idol (Grand Slam - Cozy Blues by Cure the Blues) mixing it up early as well. Mr. Popps continued to lead until the stretch, but Percussion had had enough by then. Moving into contention was Rampaige. There were about 5 or 6 with chances late, Wilkinson (Lemon Drop Kid - Tasha's Delight by Afternoon Deelites), Street Flyer (Street Cry (IRE) - Sally Slew by Slew City Slew), and Shadow Warrior (A. P. Indy - Victory Ride by Seeking the Gold) were all making runs. But, favorite Rampaige was moving best, and took the victory by a head. The Maiden Watch horses filled out the reverse superfecta, finishing 9th (Hellcat Senior), 10th (Knows How to Rock), 11th (Percussion), and 12th (Look West). At least Percussion was involved early. Look West had a rough trip, the chart for him reads, "shied, steadied, bumped." He deserves another look. Watch the Replay.

October 21, 2010
Keeneland Race 5

Maiden Special Weight

Rampaige $6.20
Street Flyer  


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Other Two-Year-Old Results

Hen Reception (filly; Henny Hughes - Court Reception by A. P. Indy) finished 7th in race 1 at Laurel, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming contest (Claiming Price $25,000). Watch the Replay.

Sacred Class (filly; Rockport Harbor - Queen Evelyn by Hennessy) finished 7th in race 4 at Calder, a 1 1/16 mile Claiming race on the turf. (Claiming Price $32,000). Watch the Replay.

Two-Year-Old Entry

Gallant Dreams and Opening Move Take Two

October 21, 2010
Belmont Park Race 3

Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles
Post Time: 2:03 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Willy Pay
2. Fad
3. Gallant Dreams
4. Caneros
5. Sinorice
6. Casanova Giant
7. Opening Move

It's a rematch for Bernardini colts Opening Move (Bernardini - Show Me the Roses by Storm Cat) and Gallant Dreams (Bernardini - Dreams Gallore by Silver Ghost), who finished 2nd and 4th in a 6 furlong race at Belmont on September 18. It was the only start for both. Bernardini's 29 runners have made 60 combined starts, recording 12 wins, 11 seconds, 7 thirds, and $809,633 in earnings. Opening Move, who set the pace in the September 18 race, most recently worked 4 furlongs in :48.17 on October 17 at Belmont. He is out of Show Me the Roses, who was placed at 2. Show Me the Roses is a full sister to 3 winners, and a half sister to 2 winners, including grade I winner Johannesburg. Gallant Dreams' most recent work was on October 13 at Belmont, when he went 4 furlong in :50.93. Grade I winner Dreams Gallore, dam of Gallant Dreams, won her first 2 races as a 2-year-old, and was also stakes-placed that season. Overall, Dreams Gallore earned $588,615, and won or placed in 7 graded stakes. She has produced one winner from two to run. Dreams Gallore is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade III winners Fateful Dream and Absent Friend.

Casanova Giant (Giant's Causeway - Marital Spook by Silver Ghost) also returns from the September 18 race. He prompted the early pace set by Opening Move, before tiring to 6th. It was his only start. Casanova Giant is a half brother to 9 winners, including stakes winner Call It Off, grade III winner Halo Homewrecker, and grade I winner Yonaguska. Three of Casanova Giant's siblings won at 2, including Yonaguska. Yonaguska won 3 races at 2, including the Flash Stakes, and the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). He was also third in the Champagne (gr. I) and the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) that year.

Sinorice (Hold That Tiger - Back to Capetown by Cape Town) has run twice, finishing 3rd in a 6 furlong race at Saratoga on August 28, and 2nd on a sloppy track at Delaware Park on October 4. Fifth in that race was J W Blue, who broke his maiden impressively in his next start on October 20 at Delaware Park. Sinorice is out of the winning mare Back to Capetown, who has produced stakes-placed Santana Six. Back to Capetown is a half sister to 4 winners.

Willy Pay (Broken Vow - Sanctified by Holy Bull) made his first 2 starts on the turf, finishing 5th on August 13, and 8th on September 6. Both of those races were at a mile and a sixteenth at Saratoga. Last time out, he was 6th in a mile and a half dirt race at Belmont on October 2. Willy Pay sold for $6,000 as a weanling, and for $50,000 as a 2-year-old. His dam, Sanctified, was a winner, and has produced the winner Four Sisters. Sanctified is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Seaquay.

Caneros (Distorted Humor - Kalookan Queen by Lost Code) was 10th in his only start, a 5.5 furlong contest at Belmont on September 25. Grade I winner Kalookan Queen, dam of Caneros, earned $1,044,474 in 25 starts. She is a full sister to grade III winner Sir Hutch, and a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Cape Royale and Klondike Strike.

Completing the race is unraced Fad (Tiznow - Tustarta by Trempolino), who brought $320,000 as a yearling. He is out of stakes-placed Tustarta, who has produced stakes winners Lickety Lemon and Cry of Freedom. Both of her winning offspring won their first 2 races at 2. Tustarta is a half sister to 6 winners.

Returning Workers

October 21

At Turfway Park, Irish Legacy (filly; Bellamy Road - Atherbest by Silver Hawk) went 4 furlongs in :50.20.

At Delaware Park, Jinjalad (colt; Bellamy Road - Maria Dolores by Prized) worked 4 furlongs in :49.20.

Fantasy Bay (filly; Bluegrass Cat - South Bay Cove by Fusaichi Pegasus) worked at Delaware Park, 4 furlongs in :49.40.

At Penn National, Systems Go (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Risk Aversion by Grindstone) went 3 furlongs in :36.00.

At Belmont, All Quiet (filly; Henny Hughes - Quiet Rumour by Alleged) went 3 furlongs in :39.66.

Drumette (filly; Henny Hughes - Endless Parade by Williamstown) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.60 at Churchill.

At Keeneland, Flounced (colt; Henny Hughes - Wild and Wonderful by Kennedy Road) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40.

Certain Appeal (colt; Rockport Harbor - African Sunrise by Tale of the Cat) worked 4 furlongs in :50.60 at Churchill Downs.

At Delaware Park, Harbor Fox (filly; Rockport Harbor - Cherokee Melody by Cherokee Run) went 4 furlongs in :49.60.

Little Sheik (colt; Rockport Harbor - Silk Sails by Ocean Crest) worked 4 furlongs in :51.80 at the Churchill Downs Training Center.

At Philadelphia Park, New House Rules (colt; Rockport Harbor - Migrate by Storm Bird) went 4 furlongs in :49.78.

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