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Appian Way (Bellamy Road - Roman Jet by Roman Diplomat) was scratched from race 6 at Aqueduct. The winner was Fulton Street (Hook and Ladder - Screen Happy by Brunswick) Watch the Replay. Appian Way will run instead in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race on January 9, (see below).

There is still time to vote in the poll to determine who we should follow in 2011, included at the bottom of this post.

January 8 Results

Stakes Results

Cane Garden Bay (colt; Rockport Harbor - Trav n' Kris by Snow Chief) was unhurried early in the Spectacular Bid Stakes. He started moving late and got his nose up to claim the third spot. The winner was Determinato (Closing Argument - Twilight Mirage by Jeblar). Closely stoutly for second was Leave of Absence (Harlan's Holiday - Danseur Chaud by Joyeux Danseur). Favored Gangsterontherun (City Zip - Bridge to Cross by Phone Trick) set the pace, but tired to fourth. Cane Garden Bay has now run 4 times, with 1 win, 1 second, 1 third, and earnings of $53,051, and can add stakes-placed to his resume. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Spectacular Bid Stakes here.

Bluegrass Dreamer (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Spring Flight by Miswaki) was the best of the rest in the Turfway Prevue Stakes at Turfway Park, finishing third behind Inhisglory (Pure Prize - Belle Erzulie by Pulpit) and Banjammer (Candy Ride (ARG) - Right Time Matty by Matty G). That pair finished just a nose apart, with favored Inhisglory getting the win. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Turfway Prevue Stakes here.

Maiden Special Weight Results

Sweeping to Victory

Doodleman (Hennessy - Marq of Beauty by Marquetry) was scratched, leaving 6 to run on the fast track. Storm 'n Indian (Storm Cat - Fleet Indian by Indian Charlie) was favored, but Cat Sweep (Bluegrass Cat - Nany's Sweep by End Sweep) was well-respected as well at 2-1. Acadian Blues (Bluegrass Cat - Dancing Gulch by Gulch) was almost 7-2. He looked good in the paddock. Cat Sweep looked ready as usual. It was a good start. Cat Sweep went to the lead. Storm 'n Indian went after Cat Sweep early, but then backed off. Ahgogo (Borrego - Dearest Gulch by Gulch) moved up to join the top pair. He was a little rank. Cat Sweep continued to lead, as Acadian Blues began to get involved. But, Cat Sweep had plenty left and pulled away for a easy 4 length victory. Storm 'n Indian came on again to secure second over Acadian Blues. This was Cat Sweep's 8th start, and his dirt debut, maybe he should stick to the surface (well, if he is wintering in New York, he doesn't really have a choice). Watch the Replay.

January 8, 2011
Aqueduct Race 2

Maiden Special Weight

Cat Sweep $6.30
Storm 'n Indian  
Acadian Blues  


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R Fast Cat Does Know How to Rock

There were no scratches, as all 10 ran on the Polytrack. Kathern's Jewel (El Corredor - Shining Jewel by Gulch) was a slight favorite over R Fast Cat (Bluegrass Cat - R Fast Lady by Artax) and Street Swagger (Street Cry (IRE) - Etiole by Atticus). Knows How to Rock (Rockport Harbor - Unchained Princess by Clever Trick) was almost 26-1, but he was less than half that in the early wagering. He looked decent on the track, and R Fast Cat made a good impression. Charlie's Rainman (Woodman - Racin' the Rainbow by Meadowlake) was reluctant to load. R Fast Cat broke quickly (maybe too quickly, the chart says, "out broke rider."), but Skipping the Score (Even the Score - Skip the Fuss by Skip Away) got to the front from his rail spot. Campton (Orientate - Bolshoi Ballerina by Theatrical (IRE)), Charlie's Rainman, and R Fast Cat, weren't far off. R Fast Cat was up to the front before long, with Skipping the Score still involved, and Street Swagger right there as well. R Fast Cat began to pull free in the stretch, and went on to post a 3 1/2 length victory. Kathern's Jewel came out of the pack to secure second, and Knows How to Rock was up for third. Nice win for R Fast Cat, but also a good effort from Knows How to Rock, whose previous best was 8th. Watch the Replay.

January 8, 2011
Turfway Park Race 8

Maiden Special Weight

R Fast Cat $7.20
Kathern's Jewel  
Knows How to Rock  


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Other January 8 Results

Another Silver Oak (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Off the Richter by Richter Scale) took the lead in race in race 3 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Starter Allowance, despite being bumped. He shook free from early company, and then kept his nose in front at the wire. Another Silver Oak now has 3 wins and a third in 6 starts, with earnings of $81,550. Watch the Replay.

McDuffie (filly; Henny Hughes - Jetinto Houston by Houston) finished third, just missing second, with a late run in race 9 at Santa Anita, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $30,000). Watch the Replay.

Champagne Tommie (fillly; Henny Hughes - Champagne Sunset by Gulch) finished fourth in race 1 at Fair Grounds, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,500). Watch the Replay.

January 9 Entries

Stakes Entry

Bluegrass Chatter (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Chatter Chatter by Lost Soldier) and May Day Rose (filly; Rockport Harbor - May Day Bluff by Pine Bluff) meet in the 1 1/16 mile Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. May Day Rose is the probably favorite for the race. Post time is 4:31 PM ET. Bluegrass Chatter broke her maiden in her third and most recent start, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight at Hollywood Park on December 2. In her only dirt start, she was 2nd in a 5 furlong race at Pleasanton on June 26. She last worked on December 31 at Santa Anita, going 6 furlongs in 1:15.40. Bluegrass Chatter is out of stakes winner Chatter Chatter, who earned $393,940. Chatter Chatter has produced stakes-placed Chattertown and stakes winner That's How I Roll. Chatter Chatter is a half sister to 6 winners, and a full sister to stakes-placed Chit Chatter. May Day Rose has recorded 2 wins and a second in four starts, with earnings of $124,555. She broke her maiden in her second start, a 5.5 furlong race at Del Mar on September 4, and then won the 1 1/16 mile Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park on November 7. Most recently, she was 4th in the 1 1/16 mile Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) behind Turbulent Descent on December 11. Since then, she worked 4 furlongs in :47.40 at Santa Anita on December 28. May Day Rose sold for $220,000 as a 2-year-old, and is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner May Day Vow, who earned $166,285. May Day Bluff, dam of May Day Rose, is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Burger Day, grade III winner Roza Robata and Go Underground, a group III winner in Japan. Read more about the Santa Ysabel Stakes here.

Appian Way will Hold That Memory as a Dragon Fighter

January 9, 2011
Aqueduct Race 3

Maiden Claiming ($50,000)
6 furlongs
New York-breds
Post Time: 1:25 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Haya's Boy
2. Seattle Louie
3. Diannedoesthebooks
4. Dragon Fighter
5. Appian Way
6. Hold That Memory

Since we have no Maiden Special Weight entries for January 9, I'll preview Appian Way's race, which is a $50,000 Maiden Claiming race. Appian Way (Bellamy Road - Roman Jet by Roman Diplomat) scratched out of a Maiden Special Weight race on January 8 to run in this spot instead. He finished 7th in his debut, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight for New York-breds at Aqueduct on December 18. Interestingly, two horses that finished in front of him that day ran on January 8 at Aqueduct, finishing first and fourth. Since Appian Way's debut, he worked 4 furlongs in :50.03 on the dirt training track at Belmont on December 31. Appian Way is a half brother to 6 winners. His dam, Roman Jet, is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Free of Charge.

Dragon Fighter (Hook and Ladder - Fire Breath by Salt Lake) finished 8th, behind Appian Way, on December 18 at Aqueduct. It was his only start. He sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Fire Breath. Fire Breath has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed All Fired Up, a full brother to Dragon Fighter. Fire Breath is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Swede.

Seattle Louie (Chief Seattle - Royal Prairie by Louis Quatorze) and Hold That Memory (Werblin - Seductively Smooth by Cape Canaveral) finished 2nd and 10th in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Belmont Park on October 31. Hold That Memory was part of the pace before fading, while Seattle Louie gained ground late. Seattle Louie has two previous starts, finishing 2nd in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race on October 21, and 7th in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight on October 3. Those starts were also at Belmont. He is out of the winning mare Royal Prairie, who has produced 2 winners. Royal Prairie is a half sister to 5 winners. Hold That Memory has four additional starts. His best finish came in his most recent race, when he was 2nd at Aqueduct on December 4. All of his races have been 6 furlong Maiden Claiming races. Hold That Memory sold for $1,200 as a yearling, and for $25,000 as a 2-year-old. He is the second foal out of the winning mare Seductively Smooth. Seductively Smooth is a half sister to one winner.

Haya's Boy (Langfuhr - Lady Manolo by Meadowlake) has run twice, finishing 8th at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Saratoga on September 2, and 10th at a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt at Belmont on October 7. A $15,000 yearling, he is a half brother to 2 winners, including Quick and Easy, who has earned $150,971. Lady Manolo, dam of Haya's Boy, is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to stakes-placed Askara, who earned $262,257.

Completing the field is unraced Diannedoesthebooks (Desert Warrior - Karakorum Kiss by Lord Carson), who brought $11,000 as a yearling, and $25,000 as a 2-year-old. He is out of the winning mare Karakorum Kiss, who has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, both of which are full siblings to Diannedoesthebooks. One offspring, stakes-placed Kiss and Fly, earned $166,471.

Other January 9 Entry

Irish Legacy (filly; Bellamy Road - Atherbest by Silver Hawk) goes in race 5 at Turfway Park, a mile Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $7,500). Post time is 3:06 PM ET. Irish Legacy has run three times without placing. Most recently, she finished 5th in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Turfway on January 2. Irish Legacy sold for $2,200 as a weanling, and is out of the winning mare Atherbest. Atherbest has produced 2 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Gran Botija. Atherbest is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Best Minister.

January 10 Entry

Paging Penelopy (filly; Rockport Harbor - Liberada by Spend a Buck) runs in race 4 at Parx Racing, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $25,000). Post time is 1:38 PM ET. She has run twice, finishing 4th at 5 furlongs on a sloppy track at Delaware Park on September 27, and 3rd at a mile and 70 yards at Parx Racing on November 14. She's worked several times since then, including 5 furlongs in 1:03.02 on December 30. Paging Penelopy sold for $70,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Liberada, who earned $258,825. Liberada has produced 6 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Silver Squire.

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