Florida Stakes and Percussion

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Aqueduct canceled racing on February 25 due to high winds, so Acadian Blues (Bluegrass Cat - Dancing Gulch by Gulch) and Iscar (Bernardini - Crimson Palace (SAF) by Elliodor (FR)) will wait for another day.

I missed an entry for Light the Hughes (filly; Henny Hughes - Light Show by Pleasant Colony) at Tampa Bay Downs. I thought perhaps she wasn't in my stable, but I checked and she is, so I guess something was lost in cyberspace. I recap her race below.

February 25 Results

Definitely Worth It

There were no scratches, as 8 ran on the fast track. First-timer Pretty Holy was favored, and Light the Hughes (filly; Henny Hughes - Light Show by Pleasant Colony), who was also making her first start, was respected some at 4-1. Light the Hughes reared at the load, and that seemed to set off a chain reaction, as Shock Me (Graeme Hall - Synergistic Effex by Concerto) and Pretty Holy were also reluctant. Shock Me was also hesitant to start the race, and trailed the field by some lengths early. Having no troubles beginning was Becausei'mworthit (Indian Express - Because a Bonnie by Eastover Court), who shot out of the gate. She was soon 5 lengths in front. Picadilly Street (Quest - Pretty Ditty by Islefaxyou) and Silver Shimmer (Tale of the Cat - Silver Reserve by Silver Deputy) took up the chase, but it was futile. Becausei'mworthit went on to win by an eye-catching 10 3/4 lengths in 1:03.99. The track record at Tampa Bay Downs for the 5.5 furlong distance is 1:03.55. Light the Hughes did not show much, and ended up last. Watch the Replay.

February 25, 2011
Tampa Bay Downs Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Becausei'mworthit $8.00
$4.80
$3.20
Picadilly Street  
$19.20
$10.20
Silver Shimmer  

$4.00

View Race Details

Other February 25 Results

Great Exuma (colt; Bernardini - Elusive Diva by Elusive Quality) finished 3rd in race 2 at Oaklawn, a mile Claiming race. Watch the Replay.

Harbor Fox (Rockport Harbor - Cherokee Melody by Cherokee Run) and The Real Mayo (filly; Bernardini - Mayo On the Side by French Deputy) finished 5th and 6th in race 8 at Fair Grounds, a mile and 70 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Harbor Fox was favored and The Real Mayo was 18-1, but neither had much impact. Watch the Replay.

Lady Bluegrass (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Unbridled Lady by Unbridled) finished 6th in race 2 at Gulfstream, a mile Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $12,500), after being bumped at the start. Watch the Replay.

Metra's Rogue (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Vogue Girl by Souvenir Copy) finished 8th after starting slowly and steadying in race 6 at Gulfstream, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $25,000). Watch the Replay.

February 26 Entries

Stakes Entries

Crossbow (Bernardini - Forest Heiress by Forest Wildcat) is entered in the 7 furlong Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream, which has a post time of 4:52 PM ET, but trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is making noises about skipping the race, and waiting for the March 5 Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct. The Gotham is 1 1/16 miles. Crossbow has run three times, with 2 wins and one third. Last time out, he won a 7 furlong Allowance at Gulfstream Park on January 29. He has a couple of works since then, including 4 furlongs in :48.70 on February 19 at Palm Meadows. Grade III winner Forest Heiress, dam of Crossbow, won or placed in 9 stakes, and earned $419,201. She has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including stakes-placed Forest Prince, who has earned $123,689. Forest Heiress is a full sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Forest Heir, and grade I winner and sire Wildcat Heir. Forest Heiress is also a half sister to 3 winners. Read more about the Hutcheson here.

Grade II winner To Honor and Serve (Bernardini - Pilfer by Deputy Minister) is the headliner in the 1 1/8 mile Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, where he'll face 7 others including grade III winner Gourmet Dinner and Soldat, a grade III winner on the turf. Post time is 5:26 PM ET. To Honor and Serve finished 2nd in his debut at 7 furlongs at Belmont Park on September 4, and then won 3 straight, including the mile Nashua Stakes (gr. II) on November 6, and the 1 1/8 mile Remsen Stakes (gr. II) on November 27. Both of those races were at Aqueduct. He has been prepping for his 2011 debut at Payson Park, including 4 furlongs in :48.20 on February 20, which was the fastest of 23 works at the distance. To Honor and Serve sold for $250,000 as a weanling, and for $575,000 as a yearling. He is the second foal out of stakes winner Pilfer. Pilfer is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner India. Read more about the Fountain of Youth here.

Percussion has the Wright Rendezvous Inspeightofmyself

February 26, 2011
Aqueduct Race 2

Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year-olds and up
Post Time: 12:58 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Doodleman (KY)
2. Vamel (KY)
3. Inspeightofmyself (KY)
4. Wright Rendezvous (KY)
5. Que Posse (KY)
6. Percussion (KY)
7. Not Now Ashley (KY)

Percussion (Bluegrass Cat - Cradlesong by Pine Bluff) makes his first start of 2011 in this contest for 3-year-olds and up at Aqueduct. Last year, he ran twice, finishing 11th in a 7 furlong race at Keeneland on October 21, and 3rd at 6.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 12. He has been preparing for this race at Aqueduct and Belmont, most recently working 5 furlongs in 1:01.64 at Belmont on February 18. Percussion sold for $200,000 as a weanling, and is a half brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner Slew by Slew, who has earned $236,364 through 2011. Cradlesong, dam of Percussion, is a half sister to 6 winners, including grade III winners Symphony Sid and High Cotton.

Five-year-old Vamel (Fusaichi Pegasus - I'm an Issue by Cox's Ridge) has run 21 times in three years, recording one third. This year, he has run twice, finishing 5th both on January 20 and on February 13. Both races were 6 furlong Maiden Claiming races at Aqueduct. Vamel sold for $335,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare I'm an Issue. I'm an Issue has produced 3 winners, including group I winner Nuclear Debate. One of her offspring is a full brother to Vamel. I'm an Issue is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Sunny Issues.

Que Posse (Posse - Lavender Baby by Rubiano), who is four, has run three times. Last year, he finished second twice in two 6 furlongs races at Aqueduct, on November 12 and on December 9. This year, he finished 4th in a mile race at Aqueduct on January 5. Que Posse brought $40,000 as a weanling, $110,000 as a yearling, and $115,000 as a 2-year-old. He is the second foal out of the winning mare Lavender Baby, who earned $139,830. Lavender Baby's first foal is stakes winner Laureate Conductor, who has earned $211,486. Lavender Baby is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Big Will, who earned $171,010.

The others in the race are 3-year-olds, including Not Now Ashley (Tiznow - Ashley Darling by Storm Creek), who finished 4th in his only start, a 6 furlong race at Aqueduct on January 29. He brought $165,000 as a 2-year-old, and is a half brother to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Defiant Darling, who has earned $142,036 through 2011. Ashley Darling, dam of Not Now Ashley, is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes-placed Iceanwater.

Doodleman (Hennessy - Marq of Beauty by Marquetry), Inspeightofmyself (Speightstown - Sweet Fourty by Sweetsouthernsaint), and Wright Rendezvous (Even the Score - Last Rendezvous by Bates Motel) are unraced. Doodleman is out of stakes winner Marq of Beauty. Marq of Beauty won her debut and earned $147,770 overall. She has produced one winner, and is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner Tricky Code. Inspeightofmyself was a $75,000 yearling, and is the first foal out of stakes winner Sweet Fourty. Sweet Fourty was a debut winner, who earned $210,160 in her career. She is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to stakes-placed Longford Arms. Wright Rendezvous is the first foal out of the unraced mare Last Rendezvous. Last Rendezvous is a full sister to 3 winners, including stakes winners Secret Rendezvous and Our Dear Helen; and a half sister to 7 winners.

Other February 26 Entries

Gavilan (gelding; Rockport Harbor - Christmas Party by Wild Again) makes his 2011 debut in race 3 at Hawthorne, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $15,000). Post time is 3:28 PM ET. Gavilan ran 8 times in 2010, recording 2 seconds and 2 thirds. His second-place finishes both came in 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming races at Hawthorne, on December 4 and December 16. He last worked on February 19, going a mile in 1:44.40. Gavilan is out of stakes-placed Christmas Party, who has produced 2 winners. Christmas Party is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner Will He Shine and grade I winner Cuvee.

Triple Crown nominee Lumberyard Jack (gelding; Bellamy Road - Shellys Terms by Private Terms) is entered in race 5 at Fair Grounds, a mile and 70 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming race. Post time is 3:41 PM ET. Lumberyard Jack has run twice, finishing 4th on December 30, and first on January 22. Those starts were also at a mile and 70 yards at Fair Grounds. He has had several works since his last race, including 4 furlongs in :47.60 on February 22, the fastest of 20 works at the distance. Lumberyard Jack is the first foal out of the winning mare Shellys Terms. Shellys Terms is a half sister to stakes-placed Angela Marjorie.

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