Seeking Moonshine Magic

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Condolences to the connections of Buddy's Saint, who broke down in a workout on November 14. Buddy's Saint's first start certainly was memorable, as he finished first in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Belmont Park on September 26, 2009, but was disqualified and placed second (Watch the Replay). Many did not agree with the disqualification, and Buddy's Saint flaunted his talent by winning the Nashua Stakes (gr. II) (Watch the Replay) and the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) (Watch the Replay) in his next two starts. Buddy's Saint had a bone chip removed in spring of this year, and had returned to training in July. I know that I wasn't the only one eagerly awaiting his return.

November 14 Results

Dancing to the Winner's Circle

The track was fast. Moonshine Magic (Bluegrass Cat - Rhum by Go for Gin) was scratched. She'll run instead on November 16 at Philadelphia Park (see below). Also scratched was Pots and Pans (Two Punch - Scullery Maid by Broad Brush). Dance Quietly (A. P. Indy - Quiet Dance by Quiet American) was the heavy favorite, and Nicky's Way (First Samurai - Bunting by Private Account) received a little attention at the windows. Lady Bluegrass (Bluegrass Cat - Unbridled Lady by Unbridled) was 16-1. Dance Quietly stumbled a bit at the start, but soon went up to battle for the lead with Green's Hard Ten (Rock Hard Ten - Greenberg by Royal Academy). Nicky's Way was just behind the dueling pair in third. Lady Bluegrass was saving ground, and had one beat. Green's Hard Ten began to weaken, as Nicky's Way went up to join Dance Quietly. Those two fought to the wire, with Dance Quietly getting the win by a neck. Lady Bluegrass finished 5th. Watch the Replay.

November 14, 2010
Monmouth Park Race 1

Maiden Special Weight

Dance Quietly $2.80
Nicky's Way  
Empire Diva  


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Striking the Front

For a seven horse race, this one had plenty of pre-race action. The bettors eyes were mostly on Strike the Moon (Malibu Moon - Star Kell by Star de Naskra), who was 1-9 early on. She drifted up a bit, but still was the heavy choice at post time. Third Row Center (Rockport Harbor - Retained by Star of the Crop) was respected at 7-2. Truly Devoted (Fusaichi Pegasus - Act Devoted by A. P. Indy) was acting up in the paddock, and the horses were late leaving that area. It was about 3 minutes to post when they finally made it to the track. Kitness (Storm Cat - Firmness by Devil's Bag) was showing some spirit. Maybe a little too much spirit, she dumped her rider and took off. She was caught rather quickly, but required an equipment adjustment after her antics. She loaded ok, but acted up when Truly Devoted balked. On the other hand, Third Row Center walked right in. I thought she might benefit from loading last. Strike the Moon broke on top and was soon lengths in front. Truly Devoted made a run at Strike the Moon, but Strike the Moon scampered away again. Really moving well late was Kitness, who still had plenty of energy after her pre-race antics. She was no threat to winner Strike the Moon, but was ridden out past the wire, and is one to watch for next time. Third Row Center broke out, was in a decent position early, but was eased late in the race. The original post time for this race was 12:56, they broke at 1:03. That's 2-year-old fillies for you. Watch the Replay.

November 14, 2010
Aqueduct Race 2

Maiden Special Weight

Strike the Moon $3.10
Truly Devoted  


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Getting the Last Word

The turf was firm.Psalm Twenty Three (Giant's Causeway - Meadow Flyer by Meadowlake) was scratched, allowing AE Celestial Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Heavenly Glory by Honour and Glory) to run. The other AEs and the MTO were scratched. The public had trouble deciding on a favorite. Hungry Island (More Than Ready - Flying Passage by A. P. Indy) was the tepid 7-2 choice at post time, but Celestial Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Heavenly Glory by Honour and Glory) and Parting Words (Artie Schiller - Lost Love by Lost Code) were just a couple of ticks higher. On the other hand, Flowerming (Bellamy Road - Red Sonnet by Red Ransom) was 51-1. Celestial Kitten looked good in the paddock. I liked Vex (Eurosilver - Silver Wand by Silver Hawk) and Inflation Hedge (Badge of Silver - Royal Veagess by Rock Royalty) on the track, but overall it was a nice looking bunch. This field of 12 mostly experienced fillies loaded much quicker than the earlier 2-year-old filly race at Aqueduct. It was a decent break, except Parting Words smacked her neighbor pretty hard and was near the back. Up front, Mountain Rose (Distorted Humor - Secret Thyme by Storm Cat) and Saucy Jade (Rock Hard Ten - Nureyev's Encore by Nureyev) led the charge. Celestial Kitten and Vex were not far off this duel. Celestial Kitten made a move on the outside, but Parting Words was coming too. Parting Words outfinished Celestial Kitten to get the victory by a length. Hungry Island was on the scene late to take third. Flowerming didn't do much running, passing a couple of tired ones to finish 8th. Interestingly, the two early pacesetters, Mountain Rose and Saucy Jade finished in a deadheat for fifth. Vex might be one to watch next time. She had loads of trouble in the race. Watch the Replay.

November 14, 2010
Aqueduct Race 4

Maiden Special Weight

Parting Words $9.50
Celestial Kitten  
Hungry Island  


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Other Results

Paging Penelopy (filly; Rockport Harbor - Liberada by Spend a Buck) finished 3rd in race 4 at Philadelphia Park, a mile and 70 yard Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $25,000). She was over 15 lengths behind the top 2. Watch the Replay.

Field of Clover (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Zuri Ridge by Cox's Ridge) closed well on the outside to finish fourth in race 1 at Woodbine, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $32,000). She was claimed out of the race. Watch the Replay.

Lady Lak (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Summerwood by Boston Harbor) was part of the pace early, but finished 12th in race 10 at Calder, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $12,500). Watch the Replay.

Great Exuma (colt; Bernardini - Elusive Diva by Elusive Quality) was scratched from race 4 at Churchill Downs on November 14, a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $30,000). He is entered again on November 17 at Churchill Downs.

Hellcat Senior (colt; Bluegrass Cat - On the Fritz by Mahogany Hall) was scratched from race 5 at Churchill Downs.

November 16 Entry

Seeking Moonshine Magic

November 16, 2010
Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park Race 7

Maiden Special Weight
1 mile and 70 yards
2-year-old fillies
Post Time: 3:01 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Daring Reality
2. Mackerel Snapper
3. Green's Hard Ten
4. Moonshine Magic
5. Christmas Cove
6. Kawaii Kat
7. Palmetto Lane
8. Enhancing
9. Raffie's Escape
10. Aquapazza
11. Cofachiqui

Moonshine Magic (Bluegrass Cat - Rhum by Go for Gin), who was scratched November 14 at Monmouth, will run instead at Philadelphia Park. She has run three times. She was 6th at 5 furlongs at Monmouth on July 16, and then finished third in two mile and 70 yard races, on August 28 at Monmouth, and on October 9 at Philadelphia Park. The winner of that last race was Believe in A. P, who finished 4th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Since her last start, Moonshine Magic has worked several times, including 5 furlongs in 1:04.00 on November 7. Moonshine Magic is out of stakes winner Rhum, who earned $306,234 in her career. Rhum has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Song of Pirates. Two of Moonshine Magic's siblings won at 2. Rhum is a half sister to grade II winner Private Emblem, and 9 other winners. Bluegrass Cat's 61 runners have made 172 total starts, recording 22 wins, 20 seconds, 28 thirds, and $1,136,925 in earnings.

Green's Hard Ten (Rock Hard Ten - Greenberg by Royal Academy), who is part of an entry with Moonshine Magic, did run in the November 14 race at Monmouth (finishing 4th) and will be scratched from this contest.

Enhancing (Forestry - Heavenly Prize by Seeking the Gold) finished 2nd, in front of Moonshine Magic, and Mackerel Snapper (Lemon Drop Kid - Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado) finihsed 4th, behind Moonshine Magic, on October 9 at Philadelphia Park. Enhancing was 4th in her only other start, a 5.5 furlong contest at Monmouth on August 29. Champion Heavenly Prize, dam of Enhancing, won her first 2 races at 2, including the Frizette Stakes (gr. I). She also finished 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) that season. Overall, she earned $1,825,940 in 18 starts. Heavenly Prize has produced 6 winners, including stakes winner Cosmic, grade II winner Pure Prize, and grade I winner Good Reward. Two of Enhancing's siblings won at 2. Mackerel Snapper also has one other start, as she finished 8th in a 6 furlong turf race at Belmont on September 11. She is out of stakes winner Charitabledonation, who is the dam of 2 winners, including grade II winner Charitable Man. Charitable Man, who is a full brother to Mackerel Snapper, was 2 for 2 at 2, including a win in the Futurity Stakes (gr. II). Charitable Man has earned $475,800 through 2010.

Cofachiqui (Indian Charlie - Three of a Kind by Carson City), Palmetto Lane (Flower Alley - Pieria by Atticus), and Christmas Cove (More Than Ready - Wiscasset by Kris S.) finished 4th, 5th, and 9th in a 5.5 furlong contest at Delaware Park on October 25. It was the first and only start for all three. The winner of that race was Strike the Moon, who broke her maiden next time out at Aqueduct on November 14. Cofachiqui is out of the winning mare Three of a Kind, who was a winner at 2. Three of a Kind has produced 8 winners from 9 to run, including stakes winner Zada Belle, a full sister to Cofachiqui. Three of Cofachiqui's siblings won at 2, including Zada Belle, who earned $247,899 in her career. Palmetto Lane is by Flower Alley, whose 35 runners have made 69 combined starts, registering 6 wins, 10 seconds, 10 thirds, and $223,464 in earnings. Palmetto Lane brought $40,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Pieria. Pieria has produced 2 winners, including stakes winner One Smokin' Lady, who has earned $283,620 through 2010. Pieria is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner U. S. Deputy and grade III winner Surprising Fact. Christmas Cove is a half sister to 2 winners, including grade III winner Coal Play. Both of her winning siblings won at 2, including Coal Play, who earned $528,068 overall. Wiscasset, dam of Christmas Cove, is a half sister to grade III winner Cappuchino and grade I winner Serra Lake.

Daring Reality (Include - Miz Emmalou by Well Decorated) has run twice, finishing 4th on September 18, and 2nd on October 29. Both starts were at 5.5 furlongs at Philadelphia Park. She brought $25,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of Miz Emmalou. Miz Emmalou won 2 races at 2, and was also stakes-placed that season. Overall, she earned $153,816. Miz Emmalou has produced 4 winners, including stakes-placed Timely Impulse. Timely Impulse was a winner at 2.

Another with two starts is Kawaii Kat (Two Puinch - Kiati by Waquoit), who was 6th at a mile and 70 yards on a wet fast track on October 20, and 2nd in a Maiden Claiming race at 6 furlongs on a sloppy track a week later. Both of these races were at Delaware Park. Kawaii Kat is the first foal out of the winning mare Kiati, who earned $112,488. Kiati is a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winners Saturday Affair and P. J. Higgins.

Aquapazza (Stormy Atlantic - Seeinsbelieven by Carson City) also did her previous running at Delaware Park. She was 8th in a 5.5 furlong contest on August 4, and 3rd at 7.5 furlongs on the turf on August 30. A $50,000 weanling, she is the first foal out of the winning mare Seeinsbelieven, who won her only race at 2. Seeinsbelieven is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade III winner Coragil Cat and grade II winner Softly.

Raffie's Eclipse (Raffie's Majesty - Scobey Girl by Lil Fappi) has run three times, all at Monmouth Park. She was 8th at 5 furlongs on July 24, 8th at a mile and 70 yards on August 28, and 4th at 6 furlongs on November 6. She is out of Scobey Girl, who was a winner at 2. Scobey Girl has produced 2 winners, and is a full sister to one winner and a half sister to 2 winners.

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