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Who to Follow in 2011?

Today the voting begins to determine which stallions to follow in 2011. I have tried to include all the stallions that were suggested by readers. If I have left any out, please note them in the comments. Giacomo was not included, because his first crop raced in 2010. I will leave the poll open for a week, closing it on Thursday, January 13 at 5:00 PM. It will be included it in any blogs between then and now. Please note that you can only vote for 5 stallions. Feel free to lobby for your picks. If you need information about the stallions, the Stallion Register is an excellent source.

January 6 Results

Glackety Delivers a Message

All nine ran, and the track was fast. Listen Dear (Bernardini - Listen Now by Storm Bird), Magical Point (Point Given - Magical Broad by Broad Brush), and Art of the Hunt (Lion Hearted - Tamayo by Tamayaz) volleyed for favoritism, with Magical Point getting the slight nod at post time. Glackety (Smoke Glacken - Shawnee Legend by Miswaki) was almost 7-1, although she had finished just behind Listen Dear (and in front of Art of the Hunt) last time out. Art of the Hunt stumbled at the start, and debuting Grenadine (Touch Gold - Devine Will by Saint Ballado) was slow to get going. There was a scramble up front, with Magical Point emerged with the early lead. Glackety and Sweet Lil Cherokee (Arch - Oui Oui Cherokee by Louis Quatorze) were close up, and Art of the Hunt, having recovered from her stumble, was getting involved as well. Listen Dear was well off the pace. Magical Point continued to lead, but Glackety was getting closer. She moved to the lead, and pulled away for a 2 3/4 length victory. Yoko (Say Florida Sandy - Heart Spring by Lear Fan) was coming on late to take second, while Magical Point hung around for third. Listen Dear did pick the pace a bit to take fourth. Watch the Replay.

January 6, 2011
Laurel Race 3

Maiden Special Weight

Glackety $15.40
$7.20
$3.80
Yoko  
$8.40
$3.20
Magical Point  

$3.00

View Race Details

Other January 6 Results

Watertown Road (filly; Bellamy Road - Earthly Angel by Crafty Prospector) finished second as the favorite, and Tanit (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Miss Marcia by Mr. Greeley) was 7th in race 2 at Fair Grounds, a mile and 70 yard Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $15,000). Watch the Replay.

Lady Bluegrass (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Unbridled Lady by Unbridled) did not draw in off the AE list for race 9 at Gulfstream, a Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $65,000 - $75,000) at 7.5 furlongs on the turf.

January 7 Entries

A Four-Way at Gulfstream

January 7, 2011
Gulfstream Race 7

Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
3-year-old fillies
Post Time: 3:52 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Carrietta
2. Startling Beauty
3. Ipswich Bay
4. R Gypsy Gold
5. Introvert
6. Malibu Spice
7. Kindersley
8. Irish Wedding
9. Gypsy Preacher
10. Mending Hearts
11. Mae Ruler
12. Gift List

Four Maiden Watch fillies are set to battle in this one, including three by Bernardini: Ipswich Bay (Rockport Harbor - Bolaro by Sandpit (BRZ)), R Gypsy Gold (Bernardini - Broadway Gold by Seeking the Gold), Kindersley (Bernardini - Home Court by Storm Cat), and Gift List (Bernardini - Private Gift by Unbridled). Ipswich Bay has run twice, finishing 7th at 6 furlongs at Keeneland on October 24, and 2nd at a mile at Churchill Downs on November 28. She last worked on January 3 at the Scanlon Training Center, going 3 furlongs in :37.80. Ipswich Bay is out of stakes winner Bolaro, who earned $103,536. Bolaro is a half sister to stakes winner Baba Gonzo and grade III winner Big Bambu. R Gypsy Gold is unraced. She has been working at Palm Meadows, including 4 furlongs from the gate in :49.60 on January 2. She is the second foal out of stakes winner Broadway Gold, who was a debut winner. Broadway Gold earned $166,645, and is a half sister to 4 winners, including recent impressive maiden winner Dialed In. Kindersley finished 2nd in her only start, a 6 furlong contest at Delaware Park on August 26. She has been prepping for her return at Palm Meadows, most recently going 4 furlongs in :48.20 from the gate on January 2. Grade III stakes-placed Home Court, dam of Kindersley, has produced the winner West Court. Home Court is a full sister to stakes winner One Nice Cat, and a half sister to one winner. Her dam is champion Jewel Princess. Gift List finished 8th in her lone start, a mile race on the turf at Aqueduct on November 24. She has been working at Gulfstream, including 4 furlongs in :48.60 on December 31. She is the first foal out of stakes winner Private Gift, who earned $212,248. Private Gift is a half sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Alumni Hall and grade I winner Secret Status.

Mending Hearts (Street Cry (IRE) - Satin Cat by Storm Cat) and Mae Ruler (Roman Ruler - Wha'pa by Victory Gallop) finished 3rd and 4th in a mile race on the turf at Calder on December 17. Mending Hearts has one additional start. She was 2nd in a 5 furlong race on the dirt at Calder on November 25. She is out of the winning mare Satin Cat, who has produced 2 winners. Satin Cat is a half sister to 8 winners, including grade III winner Mending Fences and grade II winner Tropicool. Mae Ruler has run 5 times, all at Calder. Her best finish was third, which she achieved at 6 furlongs on October 23, and at 5.5 furlongs on December 3. She is the second foal out of the winning mare Wha'pa. Wha'pa's first foal is a winner. Wha'pa is a half sister to 4 winners.

Malibu Spice (Malibu Moon - Buxton Spice by Bold Ruckus) and Carrietta (Stephen Got Even - King's Raemali by Dehere) met in a 7 furlong race at Belmont on October 3, with Malibu Spice finishing 4th and Carrietta 10th. Malibu Spice previously ran at Saratoga on September 6, finishing 3rd in a 7 furlong race. She brought $40,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of stakes winner Buxton Spice, who earned $212,719. Buxton Spice has produced 7 winners from 8 to run, including Utmost Respect, who has earned $263,506. Buxton Spice is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Zitkala. Carrietta also has one other start, a 4th-place finish in a mile race at Belmont Park on October 30. She is a half sister to two winners, including Go Jersey Ginny, who earned $120,320. King's Raemali, dam of Carrietta, is a half sister to 4 winners.

Startling Beauty (Johannesburg - Gold Streamer by Forty Niner), who is part of an entry with Gift List, finished 4th in her lone start, a 7 furlong contest at Churchill Downs on November 27. She is out of stakes winner Gold Streamer, who earned $182,385 in 19 starts. Gold Streamer has produced 4 winners. Gold Streamer is a half sister to 3 winners.

Irish Wedding (Johannesburg - Cross Your Heart by Miswaki) has also run once, finishing 8th in a 6.5 furlong race at Churchill Downs on November 11. She sold for $60,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Cross Your Heart. Cross Your Heart has produced 4 winners from 5 to run. Cross Your Heart is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to four winners, including stakes winner Threshold and grade II winner Broken Vow.

Another veteran of one start is Gypsy Preacher (Tapit - Citi Sounds by Citidancer), who was 10th in a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Aqueduct on November 14. She sold for $185,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Citi Sounds. Citi Sounds has produced 7 winners, including stakes winner Frankiefourfingers.

Completing the field is unraced Introvert (Smarty Jones - Shy Greeting (ARG) by Shy Tom), who is out of stakes-placed Shy Greeting. Shy Greeting has produced 3 winners, including Forty Greeta, a group I winner in Argentina. Forty Greeta was a debut winner. Shy Greeting is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 5 winners.

Other January 7 Entries

Latin Rocks (filly; Rockport Harbor - Latin Lynx by Forest Wildcat) runs in race 4 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $35,000). Post time is 1:53 PM ET. Latin Rocks has run twice, finishing 5th on November 28, and 8th on a sloppy track on December 12. Both starts were in 6 furlong races at Aqueduct. She last worked on December 31, going 6 furlongs in 1:17.44 on the inner track at Aqueduct. Latin Rocks sold for $42,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Latin Lynx. Latin Lynx has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed W W American. Latin Lynx is a half sister to 5 winners.

Fillies Shoe Penny (Henny Hughes - Unbridled Glory by Unbridled), Thatagirl (Henny Hughes - Miss Bridget Jones by Peaks and Valleys), and Sky Hosoya (Bluegrass Cat - T. K. O. Lady by Two Punch) meet in race 7 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $27,500 - $32,500). Post time is 3:17 PM ET. Shoe Penny has run twice, finishing 6th at 5.5 furlongs at Belmont on October 14, and winning a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Aqueduct on November 26. She's worked a couple of times since her victory, including 4 furlongs in :50.54 at Belmont on December 31. Shoe Penny is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Boston Glory. Her dam, Unbridled Glory, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Lucky Pulpit. Thatagirl finished third in Shoe Penny's maiden win, and then won a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Aqueduct on December 17. She has run 4 additional times, including a 2nd-place finish at 5.5 furlongs on a muddy track at Saratoga on August 16. She last worked on December 31 at Aqueduct, going 4 furlongs in :49.84 on the inner track. Thatagirl is out of stakes winner Miss Bridget Jones, who earned $146,652 in her career. Miss Bridget Jones is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to one winner. Sky Hosoya broke her maiden in her second start, in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Saratoga on July 29. She then finished 8th in the 7 furlong Spinaway (gr. I) at Saratoga on September 5, and 7th in the 6 furlong Sweet Patootie Stakes at Belmont on October 31. Most recently, she was second in a 6 furlong Starter Allowance race at Aqueduct on November 24. She last worked 4 furlongs in :49.36 at Belmont on December 31. Sky Hosoya brought $50,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winners The Lady's Groom and Marina de Chavon. T. K. O. Lady, dam of Sky Hosoya, is a full sister to grade II winner Punch Line.

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Phil

Hard Spun from the Danzig line should be dangerous in any short race on any surface, but especially the poly. Hard Spun skipped over that Turfway surface, but never raced on grass. I look forward to his offspring the most.

06 Jan 2011 10:39 PM
AnneM

What a nice group of Stallions to choose from - I wish Lawyer Ron was still with us.....

06 Jan 2011 11:07 PM
Betsy

I love all the Bernardini fillies in this race, but I'm particularly interested in Gift List. She ran on the turf in her debut (my guess is that Shug just wanted to get a two turn race into her) and she ran well - beaten only 5 lengths with a tough trip. She's working well on the dirt, but has a terrible post. I think she might be scratched already, but I can't confirm this.

06 Jan 2011 11:12 PM
Old Warhorse

Everybody loves Street Sense and Jazil.  I tried to find value in my selections, and a couple of interesting, unusual pedigrees to watch.  Hat Trick is unique, as is Invasor.  English Channel brings turf to the picture.  Don't just vote for the BMOC, look into the possibilities!

07 Jan 2011 4:07 AM
Don from PA/DE

Thanks for selections Chris, will have to take a closer look before voting. Just loved Kindersley atDP on 8/26 she ran good first time 2nd to a good one, even track announcer said "watch this one" I hope Matz has her primed she showed true grit, not sure of the competition but at  ML 8-1 she may impress..I hope so, new jock too. Don

07 Jan 2011 6:21 AM
Criminal Type

I am 100% behind HARD SPUN. Anyone who's read my comment's often enough knows I love this horse. I watched him from day one and win or lose this colt put his heart on the line every single time he stepped on the track. He is destined to be another of the great sire son's, perhaps the best son, of Danzig. Also on my list are Street Sense.(I hear he and Hard Spun are still racing each other, slthough now it's along the fence line at Darley.)Discreet Cat, Invasor and After Market.

07 Jan 2011 7:15 AM
Larissa

Invasor!  Can't wait!

07 Jan 2011 7:25 AM
Seezhorses

I too wish Lawyer Ron was still with us, what a beauty he was!

07 Jan 2011 8:24 AM
Slew

Wow..it was tough to narrow down..wish you allowed 6.  I picked 5 immediately, but really also wanted Lawyer Ron.

07 Jan 2011 9:30 AM
mz

Afer Hard Spun, who I agree should make a mighty fine sire, and after Invasor (bring back the days of Forli!), we need some truf blood, guys: Shakespeare and English Channel.

And Corinthian (Seattle Slew / Special -- what's not to like?)

07 Jan 2011 10:15 AM
AnneM

Old War Horse - this is basically a popularity contest - so name recognition is everything. I voted for a couple that will make it but often people don't think beyond the obvious.

There is a new sire contest on TB times - you can choose your own stallions (6 total) and follow their earnings throughout the year. It is lots of fun.

07 Jan 2011 10:46 AM
Toral

Of all the stallions on that list I'm really interested to see how Hat Trick's offspring will do, followed by Invasor, English Channel, Hard Spun, and Sunriver, the latter again for the sire line.

07 Jan 2011 11:05 AM
anna

theres just so many top racehorses that we want to see them become top sires, which hard spun is almost a given with him being by danzig and the same goes for corinthian as well, bob and john, after market discreet cat, street sense, hat trick and invasor all looks like they'd sire some nie fillies but it's so difficult to choose only 5 when you really want to pick 10.

07 Jan 2011 11:15 AM
Cathy J

Half Ours is not on the list. I realize he was shipped to Louisiana after his first crop was born, but he bred a book of quality mares while standing at Taylor Made, and his foals were well received by the market place.

07 Jan 2011 1:44 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Cathy J - Half Ours has been added.

07 Jan 2011 2:10 PM
Criminal Type

OOPs my bad, I meant English Channel, Not After Market. I really hope The Pamplemousse does well at stud I would like to see him in Kentucky one day. I love his sire, Kafwain. YEA Hard Spun...I saw some of his yearlings at the sales and they were all very nice looking horses. I can't wait to see them on the track, especially the half brother to Lost in the Fog.

07 Jan 2011 4:21 PM
Alex

I look foreword to seeing hard spun's foals race.   1 because he was my favorite racehorse of 2007. And 2 because he carry's the bloodline of the great Canadian racehorse Northern Dancer.

07 Jan 2011 7:33 PM
Michelle

Anxiously awaiting the Hard Spun babies.  Love that horse.  

08 Jan 2011 12:11 AM
Criminal Type

I just did a little checking and was really disappointed to learn IEAH bought the half brother to Lost In The Fog that I am so anxiously awaiting. I hope he doesn't end up going the way of Big Brown (classic wins aside), Stardom Bound and Kip Deville. I really do not have a high opinion of that bunch. Hopefully the colt will have enough brains and heart to do well in spite of it's connections.

08 Jan 2011 11:33 AM
John

Shakespeare, his foals all look incredible.  He is the heir apparent to become the next monster turf sire in North America.  He needs to be added to the maiden watch list without a doubt!

10 Jan 2011 12:42 AM
Grande Dame

Noble Causeway is missing from your list. A son of Giant Causeway, he has a legitimate chance to make some noise with his first two year olds this year!

10 Jan 2011 10:44 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Grande Dame - Noble Causeway has been added.

10 Jan 2011 10:50 AM

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