News and Notes
I have been suffering from a bit of a Breeders' Cup hangover, but I'm ready to get back into the Maiden Watch fire. I'll recap the stakes from the past weekend, including the Breeders' Cup races, and preview a couple of races for Thursday, including a heavenly pair at Laurel.
I went out to Keeneland today to see Blame. He certainly looks good. He started getting restless with all the people, however, and we were treated to a nice display of front feet off the ground. I had visions of the Breeders' Cup Classic champ romping through the barns, but they wisely put him away. Interestingly, the Bluegrass Cat colt Look West (Bluegrass Cat - Twirlaway by Unbridled) was stabled nearby. He worked a bullet at Keeneland today, 4 furlongs in :46.60. We then went over to the Open House at Lane's End and saw Quality Road (among others).
Breeders' Cup Results
Friday, November 5
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. II)
The day started out well for Maiden Watch, as Kathmanblu (Bluegrass Cat - Abba Gold by Devil's Bag) finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. II). Despite having to steady repeatedly, and then lacking room to run, she finished willingly, just a head behind favorite Winter Memories. The winner was More Than Real (More Than Ready - Miss Seffens by Dehere). The future looks bright for Kathmanblu, who has now run 5 times, recording 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third, and earnings of $221,206. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Juvenile Fillies Turf here.
Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I)
Theyskens' Theory (Bernardini - Heat Lightning by Summer Squall) was on the lead early in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and stayed in contention until the stretch, when she faded to 6th. A Z Warrior (Bernardini - Carson Jen by Carson City) steadied early on, while racing off the pace, and retreated from there. She was eased, finishing 12th (last). According to the Daily Racing Form, she came out of the race with a slight foot problem, but may run again this year. The winner was Awesome Feather (Awesome of Course - Precious Feather by Gone West), who is now a perfect 6 for 6. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Juvenile Fillies here.
Saturday, November 6
Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. 1)
Bernardini colts Biondetti (Bernardini - Lyphard's Delta by Lyphard) and Stay Thirsty (Bernardini - Marozia by Storm Bird) finished 4th and 5th in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. 1). They both made middle moves, but tired. The winner was Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie - Playa Maya by Arch) by an impressive 4 1/4 lengths in front of Boys At Tosconova (Officer - Little Bonnet by Coronado's Quest), who was another 6 lengths in front of the rest. It certainly looks like those two are at the head of the 2-year-old class, but we'll see what happens when the distances increase. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Juvenile here.
Other Stakes Results
To Honor and Serve (colt; Bernardini - Pilfer by Deputy Minister) was the heavy favorite in the Nashua Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, and cruised to an easy victory. He only defeated 4, but looked good doing it. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Nashua here. To Honor and Serve has 2 wins and a second in three starts, with earnings of $144,640.
Wealthy Aviator (colt; Henny Hughes - Jera by Jeblar) finished 7th in the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park. The winner was Comma to the Top (Bwana Charlie - Maggies Storm by Stormy Atlantic), who went gate-to-wire and won by 6 1/4 lengths. He is the first stakes winner for Bwana Charlie. Watch the Replay.
May Day Rose (filly; Rockport Harbor - May Day Bluff by Pine Bluff) went right to the front of the Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park, and won by 4 1/4 lengths. Watch the Replay. She has come a long way since being scratched from her first start, after running off in the post parade. In three starts, she now has 2 wins and a second, with earnings of $100,000. She is the second stakes winner for Rockport Harbor.
Since so much time as elapsed since the last time I updated the blog, I thought that I would just list the winning results from that period.
Bluegrass Jet (colt; Bluegrass Cat - License Free by Miswaki) broke his maiden in his second start, at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Belmont Park on October 31. Seventh in the race was the Bluegrass Cat gelding Cat Sweep. Watch the Replay.
Hugh and Me (colt; Henny Hughes - Princess V. by Memo (CHI)), who broke his maiden on October 10 at Monmouth, added an Allowance/Optional Claiming victory on November 2 at Delaware Park. Watch the Replay.
Hillary's Harbor (filly; Rockport Harbor - Mrs. Debbie M by War Chant) won her second race in a row, taking a 6.5 furlong Claiming race at Charles Town on November 3.
Watch the Replay.
Let's Get Rockin (gelding; Rockport Harbor - Impolite by Two Punch) broke his maiden at Woodbine, winning a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race on November 4.
Watch the Replay.
Passionate Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Love At Noon by Afternoon Deelites) won his second race, a 5.5 furlong Claiming race at Calder on November 6.
Watch the Replay.
Rockabyebaby (filly; Rockport Harbor - Ho Baby by Gilded Time) was a winner in her first start, a 5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Woodbine on November 10. Watch the Replay.
November 11 Entries
Minutesandtouches in the Rockin Harbor
November 11, 2010
Hollywood Park Race 1
Maiden Claiming ($50,000 - $40,000)
Post Time: 3:30 PM ET TVG
||Call Me Later
||Miles Long Gone
||Run Mark Run
Rockport Harbor geldings Minutesandtouches (Rockport Harbor - Flexible Princess by Honor and Glory) and Rockin Harbor (Rockport Harbor - Java Jolt by Hennessy) face off in this 6.5 furlong contest at Hollywood Park. Post time is 3:30 PM ET. Rockport Harbor's 56 runners have made 132 total starts, recording 18 wins, 13 seconds, 16 thirds, and $583,390 in earnings.
Minutesandtouches has run 6 times, finishing third three times. One of his thirds came in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III). Most recently, he was 5th at a mile on the Hollywood Park turf on October 11. Since then, he worked a couple of times, including 5 furlongs in 1:00.00 at Hollywood Park on November 4. Minutesandtouches sold for $87,000 as a yearling, and $140,000 as a 2-year old. He is the second foal out of stakes-placed Flexible Princess, who was 2 for 2 as a 2-year-old. Flexible Princess's first foal, Zacatlan, is a group I winner in Mexico. Flexible Princess is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed Our Colors.
Rockin Harbor is unraced. He most recently worked at Fairplex on November 4, going 4 furlongs in :47.80. Rockin Harbor sold for $140,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to grade II stakes-placed True Addiction. True Addiction was a debut winner at 2, and earned $115,510 overall. Java Jolt, dam of Rockin Harbor, is a half sister to 3 winners.
Also unraced is Run Mark Run (Benchmark - Magic Fantasy by Pirate's Bounty), who sold for $3,700 as a yearling. He is out of Magic Fantasy, who was 2 for 2 at 2, and earned $134,194 in her career. Magic Fantasy has produced 4 winners, including two full brothers to Run Mark Run. Magic Fantasy is a full sister to 3 winners, including stakes winners Echo of Yesterday and Caribbean Pirate; and grade I winner Pirate's Revenge. She is also a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Sweet Life. Sweet Life is the dam of grade I winners Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet.
Call Me Later (Old Topper - Classical Lady by Bartok (IRE)) has run 5 times, finishing 4th twice and second three times. Most recently, he was 2nd in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Hollywood Park on October 21. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Classical Lady, who earned $172,049. Classical Lady is a half sister to 3 winners.
Miles Long Gone (Candy Ride (ARG) - Carter's Lady by Banker's Gold) has run twice, finishing 7th at 5.5 furlongs on August 28, and 4th at 6 furlongs on October 10. Both of his starts were at Hollywood Park. A $27,000 yearling, he is the first foal out of the winning mare Carter's Lady. Carter's Lady is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Horah for Bailey.
Air Union (Dixie Union - Ocean Air by Pleasant Colony) finished 8th in his only race, a 5.5 furlong contest at Hollywood Park on October 16. He is out of stakes-placed Ocean Air, who has produced 6 winners, including a full brother to Air Union. Three of Air Union's siblings won at 2.
Father Hughes in the Celestial Fields
November 11, 2010
Laurel Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 3:53 PM ET HRTV
Celestial Fields (Bluegrass Cat - May Star by Unbridled) and Father Hughes (Henny Hughes - Ms. Patty B. by Grey Dawn II) meet in race 8 at Laurel, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 3:53 PM ET. Both colts are unraced. Celestial Fields has been working at Laurel, including 4 furlongs in :50.20 on November 8. He sold for $170,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced mare May Star. May Star is a full sister to grade I winner Unbridled's Song, and a half sister to 3 winners. Bluegrass Cat's 60 runners have made 164 combined starts, recording 22 wins, 20 seconds, and $1,124,810 in earnings.
Father Hughes has primarily been working at Fair Hill, including 4 furlongs in :49.20 on November 6. A $60,000 yearling, he is out of the winning mare Ms. Patty B. Ms. Patty B has produced 8 winners, including grade III winner Aunt Henny, who is by Hennessy, sire of Henny Hughes. Two of Father Hughes' siblings won at 2. Henny Hughes has had 40 runners, which have made 103 starts in all, registering 13 wins, 12 seconds, 11 thirds, and $335,230 in earnings.
Kodiak Song (Domestic Dispute - The Best Sister by Salem Drive)
is the veteran of the race, having run 5 times. He finished 6th in his first three races, at Delaware Park on July 15, at Timonium on September 3, and at Delaware Park on September 7. His last two starts were at Laurel, where he finished 4th at a mile on October 7, and 2nd at 5.5 furlongs on October 28. Kodiak Song is the second foal out of the winning mare The Best Sister. The Best Sister is a full sister to stakes winner Bragadocious; and a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Cashmere Miss, and grade III winner Stonehouse.
Couldbeaghostrider (Mutakddim - Sporty Girl by Trapp Mountain) and Quiet Victory (Vindication - Silentlea by Cherokee Run) finished 5th and 6th in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Laurel on October 22. It was the first and only start for both. Couldbeaghostrider was a $10,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare
Sporty Girl. Sporty Girl has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, three of which won at 2. Silentlea, dam of Quiet Victory, won 2 races at 2, including the Astarita Stakes (gr. II). She has produced 3 winners from 4 to run.
The others are unraced, including Makelovenotwar (War Front - Gatherindy by A. P. Indy), who is by first-crop sire War Front. War Front's 31 runners have made 111 starts in all, recording 16 wins, 24 seconds, 20 thirds, and $824,028 in earnings. Makelovenotwar brought $30,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Indian Camp. Indian Camp was a winner at 2, and earned $151,963. Gatherindy, dam of Makelovenotwar, is a half sister to 8 winners, including grade II winner Greater Good and grade I winner Pure Clan.
Afleet Kopper (Northern Afleet - Ultra Tech by Maria's Mon) brought $30,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Ultra Tech. Ultra Tech was a winner at 2, and earned $102,400. She is a half sister to 10 winners.
Regal Revenge (Petionville - Regal Boot by Storm Boot), who sold for $8,500 as a yearling, is the second foal out of stakes-placed Regal Boot. Her first foal, stakes winner Haitian Hero, is a full brother to Regal Revenge. Haitian Hero was a winner at 2. Regal Boot is a full sister to stakes winner Blue Blood Boot, and a half sister to one winner.
Lionofwallstreet (Consolidator - Cold Chick by Unbridled) is a half brother to 3 winners. His dam, Cold Chick, is a half sister to 8 winners, including grade III winners Rotsaluck and Chilly Rooster.
Complete Dyno (Dynaformer - Complete Number by Polish Numbers) is out of stakes-placed Complete Number, who was a winner at 2 and an earner of $145,125. Complete Number has produced stakes-placed Complete Zen. Complete Number is a half sister to 3 winners.
Electric Boots (filly; Bellamy Road - Lalka by Dynaformer) is third on the AE list for race 7 at Churchill Downs, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 3:34 PM ET. She is also entered in a 6.5 furlong race at Churchill on Saturday. Electric Boots is unraced. She has been working at Churchill, including 4 furlongs in :49.60 on November 5. A $125,000 yearling, she is a half sister to 3 winners. One of her siblings was 2 for 2 at 2. Lalka, dam of Electric Boots, is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Buffalo Jump and Gumboots. Bellamy Road's 33 runners have made 85 total starts, recording 13 wins, 11 seconds, 13 thirds, and $469,287 in earnings.