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The 2011 Stallion Pages have been posted: Corinthian, English Channel, Hard Spun, Invasor, and Street Sense. Links to the pages are also on the left sidebar, under the heading 2011 Stallions. Please feel free to leave comments about the stallions on the these pages, including comments about any offspring that you have seen or any that you are looking forward to seeing. Note that only the named 2-year-olds for each stallion are listed. These represent only a percentage of the total registered 2-year-olds. More are being named every day, and I will update the lists approximately once a week. Overall, Hard Spun leads the way with 224 registered 2-year-olds (including Southern Hemisphere), Street Sense has 206 (including Southern Hemisphere), Corinthian has 138, English Channel 117, and Invasor 59.

January 24 Results

No Kidding Around

Instant Delivery (Stormy Atlantic - Specially by Saint Ballado) was scratched, leaving 6 to run on the frozen track. Most of the money was on Harbor Kid (Rockport Harbor - Ten's Testamony by Deputed Testamony), and he looked the part. Cortado (Saarland - Cinderella Story by Dehere) caught my eye in the paddock. Very little warmup in this one, horses pretty much went straight to the gate. Arlo (Defrere - Crafty Compliment by Crafty Friend) went to the front. He was followed by Cortado. Harbor Kid was fourth early on, but quickly began moving up. He came through on the inside to press Arlo. Harbor Kid then eased to the lead, and pulled away for an easy 4 length lead. Cortado and Grand Old Game (Grand Slam - National Pastime by Polish Numbers) finished together in second and third, and Arlo tired to fourth. Although this race was restricted to Pennsylvania-breds, you had to like the way that Harbor Kid delivered the win. Watch the Replay.

January 24, 2011
Parx Racing Race 4

Maiden Special Weight

Harbor Kid $2.80
Grand Old Game  


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Joyce Jenkins Shows Systems Go

J's Hot Shot Lady (Badge of Silver - Hold the Spirit by Hold Your Peace) and Sophia's So Sassy (Three Wonders - Sophia Sez So by Wild Event) were scratched. The track was fast. Systems Go (Bluegrass Cat - Risk Aversion by Grindstone) was favored, Just to Think (Henny Hughes - Great Fun by Farma Way) was almost 7-1. She went to the lead from her outside post, with Pure Strike (Pure Prize - Free Strike by Smart Strike) and Joyce Jenkins (Afleet Alex - Seattle Bay by Opening Verse) in pursuit. Systemes Go was near the back early, but soon got involved. Just to Think gave it up after 6 furlongs, ending up 5th. Joyce Jenkins took the lead, but Systems Go was right with her. These two pulled away from the field. Joyce Jenkins put away a drifting Systems Go late for a length victory. Watch the Replay.

January 24, 2011
Penn National Race 1

Maiden Special Weight

Joyce Jenkins $8.80
Systems Go  
Pure Strike  


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January 26 Entries

Bracket Buster (colt; Henny Hughes - Code of Love by Cryptoclearance) runs in race 3 at Gulfstream Park, a mile Claiming race on the turf (Claiming Price $50,000). Post time is 1:58 PM ET. Bracket Buster broke his maiden in his third and most recent start, a mile Maiden Claiming race at Churchill Downs on November 17. He last 5 furlongs in 1:01.70 on January 19 at Palm Meadows. Bracket Buster is out of the winning mare Code of Love. Code of Love has produced 8 winners from 8 to run, including stakes winner Casino Evil. Code of Love is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 9 winners, including grade II winner Lemhi Go.

Rachel Lee (filly; Rockport Harbor - Mas O Meno (IRE) by Catrail) debuts in race 9 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $35,000) scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Post time is 4:52 PM ET. Rachel Lee has been working at Palm Meadows, including 5 furlongs in 1:03.00 on January 19. She is out of stakes-placed Mas O Meno, who has produced 2 winners, including Bear Bullet Too. Bear Bullet Too earned $214,862 in 20 starts. Mas O Meno is a half sister to three winners, including grade II stakes-placed Mr Lightfoot, who earned $276,009.


Leave a Comment:

Don from PA/DE

I agree Harbor Kid was impressive and with his bloodline should eat up more ground in future races is he stays sound, not a big Scott Lake fan but he may have a promising 3yr old, time will tell.Don

26 Jan 2011 9:09 AM
Don from PA/DE

PS: Chris, just noticed that HK was born 5/24/08 and in his first race at Parx 12/7/10 he fought hard and was beat by Sir Cadian who steadied and just missed in his nextrace on 1/15/11...more promising...Don

26 Jan 2011 9:22 AM

I loved Duckhorn, so I am happy to see his brother win like that!

26 Jan 2011 11:07 AM

I would just like to thank everyone who gave English Channel their vote.  We need to keep on top of the turfistes as well as the dirters(?).

26 Jan 2011 11:21 AM

Thanks for listing the pedigrees, I own a half sister to the scratched J's Hot Shot Lady (Badge of Silver - Hold the Spirit by Hold Your Peace) She was a high class mare in So. Cal.a turf mare, she is foal to Decarchy now.

26 Jan 2011 12:00 PM
Jean in Chicago

MZ:  I agree.  Turf horses just don't seem to get much respect here in the US.  People keep saying horses should keep racing longer rather than being rushed off to the breeding shed as 3yo.  so that they could build up a following.  Well, turf horses do run as older horses, but maybe this is just because their stud fees seem to be so low compared dirt runners.  (I'm still trying to figure out why Red Giant is so cheap.)  And maybe this is because most turf races have lower purses and less media coverage.  I don't know, it all just seems like a vicious circle.  

26 Jan 2011 12:58 PM
Criminal Type

I've been a big fan of Hard Spun since his first race. He is a great looking horse that showed his heart and desire to win every time he stepped on the track. Larry Jones did a great job with him (and many others, glad he is back in the game.) I believe Hard Spun will prove to be the best of Danzig's sons in the years to come. I've seen several of his foals in the auction ring, all good looking yearlings Many of thier looks scream HARD SPUN. One filly of his in particular was drop dead gorgeous. I think she was out of a Copelan mare. IEAH has the half brother to Lost in the Fog, who I have not seen, that I am extremely interested in. Of course only time will tell.

26 Jan 2011 2:01 PM

Our Southern Hemisphere boys were quite busy, weren't they? I'm so excited for this crop! I tried to start a list of all of Lawyer Ron's foals, and it's a hard chore tracking all of them down, so I admire your tenacity. Please, if anyone comes across any pictures of these babies (the selected stallions, I mean), please post links!

26 Jan 2011 4:59 PM

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