News and Notes
Since we have no Maiden Special Weights for Wednesday, March 2, I'll preview a race for Thursday and then not do a blog tomorrow.
March 1 Results
An Ominous Beginning for Cybergrass
Freshcat (With Distinction - Cowgirl Lucky by Stephen Got Even) was the only scratch, and the track was fast. The entry of Ominous Sky (Sky Classic - Financial Risk by Not For Love) and Coming Up Roses (Touch Gold - Roseboom by Affirmed) was held at less than even money. Primp (Bernardini - Runway Model by Petionville), who was adding blinkers, was 12-1, and debuting Cybergrass (Bluegrass Cat - Promoted Deputy by Deputy Minister) received little respect at 34-1. She looked like she might need a race. Sophia's So Sassy (Three Wonders - Sophia Sez So by Wild Event) made a good impression in the paddock. First-timer Idol's April Song (Song of the Sword - Shes Not Idol by Northern Idol) had some spring in her step, but may have been using up a little too much energy. He Watches Over Me (Songandaprayer - Keesler by Gilded Time) took the early lead, with Best Camper (Forest Camp - Flying Stuka by Stuka) pressing. Cybergrass was not far off of these in third. Ominous Sky moved up to join the fray, and Primp trailed. Best Camper took a short lead, but Sophia's So Sassy was making a big move on the outside. She came in on Cybergrass, just as Best Camper came out, sandwiching Cybergrass, and forcing her to check. Sophia's So Sassy went on to finish 1 1/4 lengths in front of Best Camper. Cybergrass started running again late, but could do no better than 5th. There was a stewards' review into the stretch run, as well as numerous jockey objections. After the longest review I can ever remember, both Sophia's So Sassy and Best Camper were disqualified for interfering with Cybergrass, and placed fourth and fifth. The official order of finish was: Ominous Sky, He Watches Over Me, and Cybergrass. I am not impartial, but I would say that Cybergrass definitely deserved that placing. Sophia's So Sassy was probably the best horse, but it's hard to ignore how violently Cybergrass had to check. Primp ran like a tired horse, last the whole way round. Watch the Replay.
March 1, 2011
Penn National Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
|He Watches Over Me
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Other March 1 Result
Harbor Kid (colt; Rockport Harbor - Ten's Testamony by Deputed Testamony) looked good in the prelims of race 4 at Parx, a 6 furlong Allowance, and he went after the early lead along with Caribbean Beau. Then, Tap Star joined in the action. Caribbean Beau dropped back, but Harbor Kid and Tap Star battled to the wire, with Tap Star taking it by a short neck. Nice effort from Harbor Kid. Watch the Replay.
March 2 Entry
Royale Harbor (filly; Rockport Harbor - Michele Royale by Groovy) runs in race 9 at Tampa Bay Downs, an Allowance/Optional Claiming race scheduled for a mile on the turf. Royale Harbor has run four times, with a victory at 6 furlongs at Hawthorne on October 13. Last time out, she finished 5th in a 5 furlong Allowance race on a wet fast track at Tampa Bay on February 6. That race was originally scheduled for the turf. Royale Harbor sold for $80,000 as a yearling, and is out of turf stakes-placed Michele Royale, who earned $107,704. Michele Royale has produced 5 additional winners, including grade II winner Royale Michele, who has earned $231,365. One of Michele Royale's offspring was a winner on the turf.
March 3 Entries
Another Go for Acadian Blues and Iscar
March 3, 2011
Aqueduct Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles
3-year-olds and up
Post Time: 2:35 PM ET
||Storm 'n Indian (KY)
||Acadian Blues (KY)
||Magnificent Moon (KY)
||Savannah Bay (KY)
||Harlan's Hello (KY)
It's another deja vu race, as Acadian Blues (Bluegrass Cat - Dancing Gulch by Gulch) and Iscar (Bernardini - Crimson Palace (SAF) by Elliodor (FR)), whose last attempt to meet was lost to the wind, will try again to face off at Aqueduct. Acadian Blues was third in his only race this year, a mile and 70 yard contest at Aqueduct on January 8. Last year, he ran three times at a mile, finishing 11th on the turf at Belmont on October 10, 3rd on the dirt at Belmont on October 30, and 6th on the dirt at Aqueduct on December 2. He last worked on February 27 at Belmont, going 3 furlongs in :37.15. Acadian Blues sold for $160,000 as a weanling, and for $195,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of stakes winner Dancing Gulch. Dancing Gulch earned $215,753, and has produced the winner Winning Aptitude. Dancing Gulch is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade II winner and sire Distorted Humor. Iscar has run three times, finishing 10th at a mile on the turf on November 21, 4th at a mile on the dirt on December 18, and 5th at a mile on the dirt on January 28. All of his starts have been at Aqueduct. Since his last race, he's worked a couple of times, including 4 furlongs in :48.55 at Belmont on February 27. Iscar is out of grade I winner Crimson Palace, who earned $663,278. Crimson Palace is a full sister to 3 winners, and a half sister to 3 winners.
Finishing second, in front of Acadian Blues, on January 8 at Aqueduct was 3-year-old Storm 'n Indian (Storm Cat - Fleet Indian by Indian Charlie), who is part of an entry with Iscar. Storm 'n Indian was 8th in his only other start, a 7 furlong race at Belmont on October 7. He brought $2,050,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of champion Fleet Indian, who earned $1,704,513 in her career. Fleet Indian is a half sister to 2 winners.
Magnificent Moon (Malibu Moon - Bossi (IRE) by Sadler's Wells), who is also 3, was second on January 28 at Aqueduct, in front of Iscar. He has run two other times, finishing 6th on December 11, and 3rd on January 2. Both of those races were 6 furlongs at Aqueduct. The winner of the January 2 race was the Crossbow. Magnificent Moon is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Bossi. Bossi is a half sister to stakes-placed Ahlaain and Fusaichi Hokutosei, group II stakes-placed in Japan.
Three-year-old Harlan's Hello (Harlan's Holiday - Princess Hello by Secret Hello) finished 5th, behind Magnificent Moon, on January 2 at Aqueduct. He has run twice since then, finishing 3rd on January 15, and 6th on February 16. The February 16 race was an Allowance/Optional Claiming race versus winners. All of his races have been 6 furlongs at Aqueduct. Harlan's Hello sold for $19,000 as a weanling, for $10,000 as a yearling, and for $25,000 as a 2-year-old. He is a half brother to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Wham, who earned $118,263. Princess Hello, dam of Harlan's Hello, is a half sister to 4 winners, including 1982 Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo.
The only non-three-year-old in the race is five-year-old Savannah Bay (Mineshaft - Casual Look by Red Ransom), who has run 8 times. His best finish came in his most recent start, when he finished 2nd in a mile race at Aqueduct on January 30. Savannah Bay sold for $1,200,000 as a yearling, and is out of group I winner Casual Look, who earned $602,657. Casual Look has produced 2 winners. She is a full sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Shabby Chic; and a half sister to 5 winners. One of her winning half siblings is by Mineshaft, sire of Savannah Bay.
Other March 3 Entries
Systems Go (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Risk Aversion by Grindstone) is entered in race 1 at Laurel, a mile Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $25,000) for fillies and mares 3 years old and up. Post time is 12:35 PM ET. Systems Go has run 5 times, finishing third four times, and second once. The second-place finish came in her most recent race, a mile Maiden Special Weight at Penn National on January 24. Systems Go last worked on February 26, going 4 furlongs in :51.40 at Penn National. She is a half sister to 2 winners, including grade III winner Control System, who earned $368,844. Risk Aversion, dam of Systems Go, is a half sister to 6 winners.
Jinjalad (gelding; Bellamy Road - Maria Dolores by Prized) faces 5 in race 2 at Laurel, a mile Claiming race (Claiming Price $25,000). Post time is 1:03 PM ET. Jinjalad has run 8 times, with 2 wins and 2 thirds. He last ran on February 12, finishing third in a 7 furlong Allowance at Charles Town. Jinjalad sold for $7,500 as a yearling, and is a half brother to the winner Pescadito. Their dam, Maria Dolores, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Blu Taxidoo.
Miss Crabtree (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Biogio's Beauty by Distorted Humor) runs in race 6 at Aqueduct, a mile Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $12,500) for fillies and mares 3 years old and up. Post time is 3:39 PM ET. Miss Crabtree has run 10 times without placing. Most recently, she was 6th in a mile and 70 yard Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $16,000) at Aqueduct on February 20. Miss Crabtree sold for $40,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Biogio's Beauty. Biogio's Beauty is a half sister to 3 winners.