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No Maiden Special Weight races for January 17, but three running in stakes races on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I will also preview a Maiden Special Weight for January 18.

January 16 Results

The Heart of a Winner

Enrichment (Ghostzapper - Sahara Gold by Seeking the Gold), part of an entry with Cheeky Charm (A. P. Indy - Caress by Storm Cat), was the only scratch. The track was fast. Class Song (Smart Strike - Theme Song by Dixieland Band) took the early money, but Shared Heart (Forestry - Seeking the Heart by Seeking the Gold) was favored at post time. She was looking good in the paddock. Dattts Cool (Bluegrass Cat - Culinary by El Amante) was 2-1, and Refugio (Bernardini - Storm Minstrel by Storm Cat) was almost 22-1. Dattts Cool looked ready, one of three with prior experience in the field. There was a scramble for the early lead. Dixie Gone Wild (Wild and Wicked - Down in Dixie by Carson City) took a turn, as did Woolley Bird (Birdstone - City of Silver by Nepal), and Dattts Cool. Refugio was close up as well. Also in the mix was favorite Shared Heart. Dixie Gone Wild, Shared Heart, Woolley Bird, and Dattts Cool separated from the pack. Dixie Gone Wild threw in the towel first, she would finish 8th. Shared Heart took the lead on the turn, and then pulled away. She was drifting out throughout the stretch, and still won by 11. Quite an impressive debut for this filly. Class Song picked up second, and Woolley Bird and Dattts Cool clocked in at 3rd and 4th. Refugio weakened to 9th after her early foot. Watch the Replay.

January 16, 2011
Gulfstream Park Race 6

Maiden Special Weight

Shared Heart $5.80
$3.80
$2.80
Class Song  
$4.60
$3.60
Woolley Bird  

$5.80

View Race Details

Other January 16 Results

Bella Palooza (filly; Bellamy Road - Steal the Show by Cat Thief) bobbled a bit at the start of race 5 at Santa Anita, a 6 furlong Claiming race (Claiming Price $40,000). Because of this, she stalked the early pace, and then made her move in the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Bella Palooza has now won 3 out of 4, while earning $50,8000. Watch the Replay.

Steinbrenner (gelding Bellamy Road - So Close by North Tower) finished 8th (last) in race 2 at Parx Racing, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $25,000). Watch the Replay.

Ruby Road (gelding; Bellamy Road - Ruby Delight by Pulpit) did not get in off the AE list for race 7 at Tampa Bay Downs, a Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $32,000) at a mile on the turf. Watch the Replay.

January 17 Entries

Stakes Entries

Fort Hughes (colt; Henny Hughes - Forty Greeta (ARG) by Roar) runs in the 6 furlong Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct. Post time is 3:45 PM ET. Fort Hughes broke his maiden in his first try, a 5.5 furlong contest at Belmont on October 10. He then returned to action in the Southhampton Stakes at Philadelphia Park on December 21, finishing just a head behind the winner in second. Watch the Replay. Since then, he worked 4 furlongs in :49.16 at Belmont on January 10. Fort Hughes is the second foal out of Forty Greeta, a group I winner in Argentina. Forty Greeta is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to one winner.

Bluegrass Bull (colt; Bluegrass Cat - La Gomera (IRE) by Hamas (IRE)) meets 6 in the mile Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Post time is 5:33 PM ET. Bluegrass Bull was a winner in his first start, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Calder on August 1. He then finished 3rd in the mile Seacliff Stakes at that track on August 28. After finishing 2nd in a 6.5 furlong Starter Allowance race on October 8 at Calder, he returned to the winner's circle in an Allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Calder on October 30. Most recently, he ran in the Springboard Mile Stakes at a mile at Remington Park on December 11, finishing 10th. He has several works at Oaklawn since then, including 6 furlongs in 1:16.80 on January 5. Bluegrass Bull sold for $100,000 as a weanling, and is out of the winning mare La Gomera, who has produced additional winner Begg's. La Gomera is a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Autonomy and grade I winner Caffe Latte. Read more about the Smarty Jones here.

Sinai (colt; Rockport Harbor - Dontgetinmyway by Machiavellian) goes in the 6.5 furlong San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita. Post time is 6:36 PM ET. Sinai won his only start, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Hollywood Park on December 18. Watch the Replay. He's worked several times since his debut, including 4 furlongs in :47.00 at Santa Anita on January 13. Sinai sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to the winner Ready to Score. Their dam, Dontgetinmyway, is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner and sire Even the Score. Even the Score is by Unbridled's Song, sire of Rockport Harbor.

Other January 17 Entries

Hugh and Me (colt; Henny Hughes - Princess V. by Memo (CHI)) goes in race 6 at Gulfstream, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000). Post time is 3:25 PM ET. Hugh and Me has 2 wins and a third in 4 starts, with earnings of $49,000. Last time out, he finished 5th in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Calder on December 11. Since then, he worked 3 furlongs in :36.00 at Palm Meadows on January 8. Hugh and Me sold for $80,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Princess V, who earned $200,209 in her career. Princess V. has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including grade I stakes-placed Roman Invasion. Princess V. is a full sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Enzo the Baker, Vito Corleone, and Random Memo; and a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner U R All That I Am.

Lady Bluegrass (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Unbridled Lady by Unbridled) is entered in race 9 at Gulfstream, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming Race on the turf (Claiming Price $75,000). Post time is 4:52 PM ET. Lady Bluegrass has run three times, and finished 5th each time, including at 5.5 furlongs on the Ellis Park turf on August 7. Her other starts were at 5 furlongs on the Arlington Park Polytrack on July 8, and at a mile and 70 yards on the dirt at Monmouth on November 14. She has been working at Gulfstream Park, including 5 furlongs in 1:01.00 on January 8. Lady Bluegrass sold for $47,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of stakes winner Unbridled Lady, who earned $196,400. Unbridled Lady has produced 2 winners, including one that won on the turf. Unbridled Lady is a half sister to 2 winners.

January 18 Entry

A Battle of Pennsylvania Rockports

January 18, 2011
Parx Racing Race 4

Maiden Special Weight
7 furlongs
3-year-olds
PA-breds
Post Time: 1:38 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Postal Surprise (PA)
2. Arlo (PA)
3. H W Goodie (PA)
4. Rock N Heart (PA)
5. Cortado (PA)
6. Harbor Kid (PA)
7. Grand Old Game (PA)
8. Instant Delivery (PA)

Pennsylvania-bred Rockport Harbor colts Rock N Heart (Rockport Harbor - Prohibido Olividar by Mister Jolie) and Harbor Kid (Rockport Harbor - Ten's Testamony by Deputed Testamony) meet at 7 furlongs at Parx Racing. Rock N Heart has run three times, finishing 4th at 4.5 furlongs on August 2, 6th at 5 furlongs on September 6, and 8th at 7 furlongs on September 25. Those starts were also at Parx Racing. He has been working at Fair Hill, including 5 furlongs in 1:02.00 on January 8. Rock N Heart is the second foal out of stakes-placed Prohibido Olividar, who earned $152,048. Prohibido Olividar is a half sister to 6 winners. Harbor Kid finished 2nd in his only start, a 6 furlong contest at Parx Racing on December 7. Since then, he worked 4 furlongs in :48.00 at Parx Racing on January 8. Harbor Kid brought $30,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to 6 winners, including grade II winner Duckhorn, who earned $747,812. Ten's Testamony, dam of Harbor Kid, is a half sister to 2 winners.

Arlo (Defrere - Crafty Compliment by Crafty Friend) and Cortado (Saarland - Cinderella Story by Dehere) finished 2nd and 3rd in a 6 furlong PA-bred Maiden Special Weight at Parx Racing on January 1. Arlo set the pace, and Cortado closed. Arlo previously finished 2nd in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Parx Racing on December 5. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Crafty Compliment. Crafty Compliment is a full sister to two winners, including grade I stakes-placed My Snookie's Boy; and a half sister to 2 winners, including the Rock Hard Ten filly Zori's Eye. Cortado has no other starts. He sold for $10,500 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Cinderella Story, who earned $118,285. Cinderella Story has produced the winner Tootainted. Cinderella Story is a half sister to three winners.

H W Goodie (Tenpins - Fappadoon by Knockadoon) has made three starts, all at Penn National. He was 3rd at 6 furlongs on November 3, 4th at 6 furlongs on November 24, and 3rd at a mile on December 8. He is the second foal out of the winning mare Fappadoon, who earned $124,760. Her first foal, Don't Turn Me Doon, is a winner. Fappadoon is a full sister to one winner and a half sister to one winner.

Instant Delivery (Stormy Atlantic - Specially by Saint Ballado) has run 4 times, all at Parx Racing, and finished 6th three times, at 5.5 furlongs on October 9, at 6.5 furlongs on October 30, and at 5.5 furlongs on November 16. He was 7th in his most recent race, at 5.5 furlongs on December 26. Instant Delivery sold for $45,000 as a weanling, and for $95,000 as a yearling. He is a half brother to two winners. His dam, Specially, is a half sister to 5 winners.

The remaining two are unraced, including the wonderfully named Grand Old Game (Grand Slam - National Pastime by Polish Numbers), who brought $45,000 as a yearling. He is out of the winning mare National Pastime, who earned $113,216 and was a debut winner. National Pastime has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. She is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade II stakes-placed winners Kettle Won and Cognac Kisses.

Postal Surprise (Polish Ride - Baccata's Surprise by Allen's Prospect) was a $10,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Baccata's Surprise. Baccata's Surprise has produced three winners, including stakes-placed Medfordexpress. Baccata's Surprise is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Ironton.

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