A New Star

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Sad news today, as stakes winner Fort Hughes (colt; Henny Hughes - Forty Greeta (ARG) by Roar) was euthanized after breaking down during a breeze on March 13. Fort Hughes had run three times, with 2 wins and 1 second, and earnings of $84,600. His big win came in the in the 6 furlong Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct. Let's remember him by watching the replay of that race, where he stopped the timer in 1:08.33.

March 13 Results

A New Star

Earthly Reserves (Smart Strike - Back to Earth by Theatrical (IRE)) was scratched, along with the AEs, including Gharbiah (Bernardini - Cuando Quiere by Affirmed), and the turf was firm. Seamless (Arch - Sanserif (IRE) by Fasliyev) was favored, and Bellamy Star (Bellamy Road - Swift Star by Theatrical (IRE)) was respected little at more than 14-1. But, she went to the lead. She was accompanied by Paulette Caveat (Greatness - Princess Caveat by Caveat), Angel Wind (Mancini - Peachy Miss by Saucy Token) and Bateleur (Gone West - Soaring Softly by Kris S.). Bellamy Star continued to show the way, with Paulette Caveat continuing to chase. They stayed that way to the finish, with Bellamy Star staying a length ahead of her rival for the win. Closing well was Frontaine (Lemon Drop Kid - Canavakiss by Rakeen), who just missed second. Watch the Replay.

March 13, 2011
Tampa Bay Downs Race 8

Maiden Special Weight

Bellamy Star $31.40
$12.40
$6.60
Paulette Caveat  
$4.40
$2.80
Frontaine  

$2.80

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Heavenly Drive

All 11 fillies ran. Heavenly Pride (Sky Mesa - Forgotten Secret by Secret Slew) was the lukewarm 7-2 choice. Graceontour (Henny Hughes - Shappy by Really Secret) was 7-1, but she looked good in the prelims, and she went straight to the front. How She Rolls (Dixie Union - Edge Sweep by End Sweep) was pressing, and Heavenly Pride was right there. Graceontour continued to lead into the stretch, with How She Rolls still applying the pressure. But, Heavenly Pride had had the perfect trip, and she swept by the duelers for a 3/4 length win. How She Rolls got by Graceontour late for second money, but it was a good debut for Graceontour, and she should move forward. Watch the Replay.

March 13, 2011
Gulfstream Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Heavenly Pride $9.40
$5.20
$3.60
How She Rolls  
$6.40
$4.40
Graceontour  

$4.80

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A Precious Win

By Chance (Marquetry - Lucky Lineage by Storm Cat) was the only scratch, leaving 10 fillies, including 8 first-timers, on the fast track. Naughty Or Nice (Bernardini - Evil by Hennessy) was favored at 5-2, Dattts Cool (Bluegrass Cat - Culinary by El Amante) was 3-1, and Rockport Picture (Rockport Harbor - Truart by Yes It's True) was 22-1. Dattts Cool and Rockport Picture were the only two with experience coming into the race. Precious Soul (Distorted Humor - Love That Jazz by Dixieland Band) went for the lead. Vegas Trip (Aldebaran - Nawal (FR) by Homme de Loi (IRE)) and Naughty Or Nice were right there, and Dattts Cool wasn't far off. The positions remained the same in the stretch, but Precious Soul began to pull away. She crossed the wire 2 1/2 length in front. Vegas Trip finished a head better than Dattts Cool in second, and Naughty Or Nice tired a bit to finish fourth. However, not a bad debut for her. Rockport Picture was bumped at the start and never had much say, finishing 8th. Dattts Cool certainly is a consistent sort, with 2 seconds and 2 thirds and earnings of $28,350 in 5 starts. Watch the Replay.

March 13, 2011
Gulfstream Race 9

Maiden Special Weight

Precious Soul $9.20
$5.60
$4.00
Vegas Trip  
$10.00
$6.20
Dattts Cool  

$2.60

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Blimey!

There were no scratches, and the track was fast. The million dollar yearling California (A.P. Indy - Madcap Escapade by Hennessy) was favored. Cobalt Cat (Bluegrass Cat - Afternoon Dreams by Afternoon Deelites) was 15-1. California set the pace, with African Gold (Maria's Mon - Pember by Theatrical (IRE)) and Blimey (Limehouse - Scorch by Cox's Ridge) up close. California put a little daylight on the field, but 4-year-old Blimey was making steady progress on the rail. He blew by California, to win by 3 1/2 lengths. California was the best three-year-old in the race, besting fellow sophomore Sinorice (Hold That Tiger - Back to Capetown by Cape Town) by 1 3/4 lengths. Cobalt Cat was in a decent spot early, but plunged to the back of the pack, finishing 9th (last). Watch the Replay.

March 13, 2011
Gulfstream Race 4

Maiden Special Weight

Blimey $7.40
$4.00
$3.00
California  
$3.20
$2.60
Sinorice  

$4.00

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Other March 13 Results

Cassy Sue (filly; Bluegrass Cat - She's a Jewel by Successful Appeal) finished 6th in race 9 at Sunland, a 6 furlong Allowance. Watch the Replay.

Steinbrenner (gelding Bellamy Road - So Close by North Tower) finished 8th in race 9 at Parx Racing, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming (Claiming Price $25,000) for Pennsylvannia-bred 3-year-olds. Watch the Replay.

March 14 Entries

Knows How To Rock is Skipping the Score for Devine Revelation

March 14, 2011
Mountaineer Park Race 3

Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
Three-year-olds and up
Post Time: 7:50 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Devine Revelation (KY)
2. Knows How to Rock (KY)
3. Bullinachinashop (KY)
4. Grey Prince (VA)
5. Skipping the Score (KY)
6. Gracean (KY)
7. Exclusive Dan Sir (ON)

Knows How to Rock (Rockport Harbor - Unchained Princess by Clever Trick) will see if a change of venue helps his chances, as he makes his first start at Mountaineer. In his previous 7 starts, his best finish was third at a mile at Turfway Park on January 8. His most recent start was at a mile and an eighth at Turfway, where he finished 6th on February 21. In two previous dirt starts, he finished 8th at 6 furlongs on November 4, and 10th at a mile and a sixteenth on November 27. Those races were at Churchill Downs. Knows How to Rock brought $13,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Unchained Princess. Unchained Princess has produced 10 winners, including stakes winner Unchained Storm.

Also three are Gracean (Harlan's Holiday - Gracie Lady (IRE) by Generous (IRE)) and Skipping the Score (Even the Score - Skip the Fuss by Skip Away), who finished 5th and 6th, behind Knows How to Rock, on January 8 at Turfway Park. Gracean also faced Knows How to Rock at a mile at Turfway Park on February 5, with Knows How to Rock finishing 4th and Gracean 8th. Gracean finished 7th in his only other start, a 6 furlong contest at Churchill on November 28. He is a half brother to 4 winners, including Great Opinions, who earned $203,598. His dam, Gracie Lady, is a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winners No Pasaran, Lasting Grace, and No Lies, group III winner Once in My Life and group I winner No Pass No Sale. Skipping the Score also ran against Knows How to Rock at a mile and a sixteenth on January 22 at Turfway Park, with Skipping the Score finishing 6th and Knows How to Rock 10th. That was Skipping the Score's most recent start. He also ran twice at Turfway in December 2010, finishing 9th at 6 furlongs on the 4th, and 2nd and a mile and a sixteenth on the 18th. Skipping the Score is out of the winning mare Skip the Fuss, who has produced the winner Naiche.

Three-year-old Bullinachinashop (Brahms - Spanish Garden by El Prado (IRE)) has run three times, all in 2010. He was 7th at a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt at Churchill Downs on November 17, 4th at a mile on the Polytrack at Turfway on December 3, and 8th at a mile and a sixteenth at that track on December 27. He is the second foal out of the unplaced mare Spanish Garden. Spanish Garden is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed I'm Unforgettable.

The final 3-year-old is Devine Revelation (Bandini - Illumination by Devil's Bag), who has run twice. He finished 9th at 5.5 furlongs at Turfway on September 12, and 6th at 6 furlongs at Oaklawn on February 20. He sold for $4,000 as a yearling, is a half brother to 3 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Samba Rooster. Illumination, dam of Devine Revelation, is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade I winner Heartlight No. One.

Four-year-old Grey Prince (Stormin Fever - Minicolony by Pleasant Colony) did his previous running in Russia and Poland. In 2009, he ran three times in Russia, finishing third all three times. In 2010, he finished second once and third once in five starts in Poland. He sold for $10,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Suzy Smart. Minicolony, dam of Grey Prince, is a full sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner Colonial Minstrel; and a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Unrestrained and grade III winner Minidar.

Five-year-old Exclusive Dan Sir (Domasca Dan - Press Exclusive by Press Card) has run 16 times, finishing second three times and third three times. He has one previous 2011 start, finishing 4th at 5 furlongs on a sloppy track at Mountaineer on March 5. He is out of the winning mare Press Exclusive, who earned $436,810. Press Exclusive has produced 3 winners, and is a half sister to 10 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Fleet Pirate.

Other March 14 Entry

Tidwell (colt; Bellamy Road - Back It Up by Mt. Livermore) is scheduled to make his 2011 debut in race 3 at Parx Racing, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $12,500). Post time is 1:12 PM ET. Last year, Tidwell ran 4 times at Delaware Park, finishing third three times. All of his third-place finishes were at 6 furlongs. Tidwell sold for $7,500 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of the placed mare Back It Up. Back It Up is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Tactical Move and stakes-placed Exemplary.

March 15 Entry

Cybergrass has a Black Mandate to be Best Camper

March 15, 2011
Penn National Race 1

Maiden Special Weight
5.5 furlongs
Three-year-old fillies
Post Time: 5:00 PM ET

P Horse
1. Classe Signora (KY)
2. Sophia's So Sassy (FL)
3. Cybergrass (KY)
4. Freshcat (FL)
5. Black Mandate (FL)
6. He Watches Over Me (KY)
7. Best Camper (ON)

Cybergrass (Bluegrass Cat - Promoted Deputy by Deputy Minister) makes her second start in this mile contest at Penn National. Her debut came at 6 furlongs on March 1 at Penn National after many cancellations. She finished 5th in that race after being squeezed by the eventual first and second-place finishers. They were both disqualified, and Cybergrass was placed third. Cybergrass is the second foal out of the winning mare Promoted Deputy. Promoted Deputy's first foal, Sir Deputy, is a winner. Promoted Deputy is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 2 winners.

Sophia's So Sassy (Three Wonders - Sophia Sez So by Wild Event) and Best Camper (Forest Camp - Flying Stuka by Stuka) were the 1-2 finishers in the March 1 race at Penn, who squeezed Cybergrass and were placed 4th and 5th. Sophia's So Sassy has three additional starts, all at 6 furlongs at Penn National. Her best previous finish was 3rd on December 21. Sophia's So Sassy is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Proud Zoe, who has earned $234,328 through 2011. Sophia Sez So, dam of Sophia's So Sassy, is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade II winner My Cousin Matt. Best Camper has run 11 times in all. She has finished third three times, including in a 5.5 furlong Claiming race at Penn National on January 4. Note that that was a Claiming race versus winners. She is out of the winning mare Flying Stuka, who earned $130,320. Flying Stuka has produced the winner Whos Hot Now. Flying Stuka is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade III winner Love Avie.

He Watches Over Me (Songandaprayer - Keesler by Gilded Time) set the pace in the March 1 race, before finishing fourth (placed second) She has one previous start, finishing 6th in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Parx Racing on October 25. He Watches Over Me brought $25,000 as a weanling, and is the first foal out of stakes winner Keesler, who earned $216,512. Keesler is a half sister to 3 winners.

Freshcat (With Distinction - Cowgirl Lucky by Stephen Got Even) finished 4th, in front of Sophia's So Sassy, in a 6 furlong race at Penn National on December 10. She has three additional starts. Her most recent start was on December 30 at Penn, when she was 7th at a mile. Freshcat was a $5,000 2-year-old, and is the first foal out of the placed mare Cowgirl Lucky. Cowgirl Lucky is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Cherokee Path, who earned $192,612.

Classe Signora (Bernstein - Angeltown by Cape Town) was second in her only start, a 6 furlong race at Penn National on January 14. She is the second foal out of the unraced mare Angeltown. Angeltown is a half sister to 4 winners.

Completing the field is unraced Black Mandate (Full Mandate - Sunday Slew by Slew Gin Fizz). She is out of unraced Sunday Slew, who is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade III winner Mayakovsky.

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