He Knows How to Rock

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News and Notes

A couple of offspring by our 2011 sires sold today during the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-old. Street Sense had two sell: Hip #151, colt (Street Sense - Meadow Silk by Meadowlake) brought $195,000, and hip #226 colt (Street Sense - Regally Appealing by Valid Appeal) went for $380,000. One sold for Hard Spun: Hip #51, filly (Hard Spun - Global Finance by End Sweep) brought $35,000. A first-crop sire was responsible for the highest price, as Scat Daddy is the sire of hip #137, colt (Scat Daddy - Madagascat by Tale of the Cat) that brought $400,000. Read more about the results here. The sale continues tomorrow.

Returning Worker

One Slick Dude (colt; Corinthian - Easabeau Fille by Capote) went 2 furlongs in :24.72 at Crupi's New Castle Farm.

March 14 Results

He Knows How to Rock

There were no scratches, as all seven ran on the fast track. Skipping the Score (Even the Score - Skip the Fuss by Skip Away) was favored. Knows How to Rock (Rockport Harbor - Unchained Princess by Clever Trick) was close to 4-1. Exclusive Dan Sir (Domasca Dan - Press Exclusive by Press Card) broke on top, but Knows How to Rock went through on the inside to set the pace. Grey Prince (Stormin Fever - Minicolony by Pleasant Colony) was right with him. Devine Revelation (Bandini - Illumination by Devil's Bag) soon came up to join these two. Knows How to Rock continued to set the pressured pace. However, they weren't going tremendously fast up there: :24.61, :48.70. Skipping the Score began to move up on the turn. He put his head in front, but Knows How to Rock wasn't done. He fought on to the finish, stretching his neck out for the victory. Skipping the Score was another 5 in front of Grey Prince. I wasn't surprised that Knows How to Rock won the race, but the way that he did it was a little unexpected, as he hadn't shown much speed in the past. Watch the Replay.

March 14, 2011
Mountaineer Park Race 3

Maiden Special Weight

Knows How to Rock $9.60
$3.80
$2.80
Skipping the Score  
$3.80
$2.60
Grey Prince  

$2.40

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Other March 14 Result

Tidwell (colt; Bellamy Road - Back It Up by Mt. Livermore) hadn't run since November 2, but he looked good, wearing down the leader for a 1/2 length victory in race 3 at Parx Racing, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $12,500). Watch the Replay.

March 15 Result

The Class of the Race

There were no scratches in the 7 horse race, and the track was fast. Classe Signora (Bernstein - Angeltown by Cape Town) took the early money, but He Watches Over Me (Songandaprayer - Keesler by Gilded Time) was the slight favorite at post time. Cybergrass (Bluegrass Cat - Promoted Deputy by Deputy Minister), who was adding blinkers, was 7-1. She looked ready for action. Sophia's So Sassy (Three Wonders - Sophia Sez So by Wild Event) looked good on the track. First-timer Black Mandate (Full Mandate - Sunday Slew by Slew Gin Fizz) was off slowly, but the rest were away well. Cybergrass was up with the pace, along with Clases Signora and Best Camper (Forest Camp - Flying Stuka by Stuka). These three continued to battle into the stretch, but Classe Signora began to shake free. She pulled away for a sharp 4 3/4 victory. Cybergrass outfinished Best Camper to take the place spot. Perhaps she remembered that Best Camper was one of the horses who smacked into her during her last start on March 1. Watch the Replay.

March 15, 2011
Penn National Race 1

Maiden Special Weight

Classe Signora $6.80
$4.00
$3.00
Cybergrass  
$7.00
$4.60
Best Camper  

$2.80

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March 16 Entries

Percussion will be Quick to Strike the Opening Move

March 16, 2011
Aqueduct Race 2

Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
Three-year-olds and up
Post Time: 1:31 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Gold It Is (PA)
2. D J's Revenge (MD)
3. Kidd (GER)
4. Percussion (KY)
5. Opening Move (KY)
6. Quick To Strike (KY)
7. Copy Editor (KY)

Percussion (Bluegrass Cat - Cradlesong by Pine Bluff), Opening Move (Bernardini - Show Me the Roses by Storm Cat), and Quick to Strike (Henny Hughes - Flapper Dancer by Fappiano) meet in this 6 furlong contest at Aqueduct. Percussion has one start this year, a 3rd-place finish in a 6 furlong race at Aqueduct on February 26. Last year, he ran twice, finishing 11th at 7 furlongs on October 21 at Keeneland, and 3rd at 6.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 12. He last worked on March 9, going 4 furlongs in :51.66 on the training track at Belmont. 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. Opening Move is making his first start of 2011. In 2010, he ran three times, finishing 2nd at 6 furlongs at Belmont on September 18, 7th at a mile and a sixteenth at Belmont on October 22, and 3rd at 6 furlongs at Aqueduct on November 7. Gallant Dream, who finished third in the Timely Writer Stakes on March 12, was the winner in the October 22 race. Opening Move has been working at Palm Meadows and Belmont Park, including 3 furlongs in :36.88 at Belmont on March 13. He is out of the placed mare Show Me the Roses. Show Me the Roses is a full sister to 3 winners, and a half sister to 2 winners, including grade I winner Johannesburg. Quick to Strike finished 3rd in his only start, a 5.5 furlong race at Aqueduct on February 13. He last worked on March 2, going 4 furlongs in :49.26 at Belmont. He sold for $60,000 as a yearling, and for $250,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Flapper Dancer. Flapper Dancer has produced 11 winners, including stakes-placed Virginia Pride, who earned $331,375. Flapper Dancer is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Ruling and Carezza, and group I winner Tap Dance City.

The only non-three-year-old in the race is German-bred Kidd (Dashing Blade (GB) - Kombita (GER) by Lomitas (GB)), who is 4. Kidd finished 8th (last) in his only start, a 5.5 furlong turf race at Saratoga on August 4, 2010. Interestingly, Kidd ran for purse money in that race. There was an error on his foal papers, which was corrected, but not before he was scratched. He was allowed to run, but for purse money only, since he had already been announced as a scratch. Kidd is the second foal out of the unraced mare Kombita. Kombita is a full sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Konqueror, and a half sister to 5 winners, including group III winner Key Royal.

The remaining entrants are unraced, including Copy Editor (Unbridled's Song - Journalist (IRE) by Night Shift), who is part of an entry with Opening Move. He is out of group III stakes-placed Journalist, who was a debut winner. Journalist has produced 4 winners from 4 to run, including Paper Talk, a full brother to Copy Editor, who earned $116,388. Journalist is a half sister to group II winner Sheer Viking.

D J's Revenge (Two Punch - Miss Quackers by Favorite Trick) sold for $17,000 as a yearling, and for $60,000 as a 2-year-old. He is out of the placed mare Miss Quackers. Miss Quackers is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Strike It Smart.

Gold It Is (Touch Gold - Kris Is It by Kris S.) brought $32,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of stakes-placed Kris Is It. Kris Is It has produced 4 winners. She is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Outrigger and Select Green, a group III winner in Japan.

Other March 16 Entries

Calvados (colt; Henny Hughes - Morning Time by Gilded Time), who was a winner at 6 furlongs at Parx Racing on February 15, faces winners for the first time in race 6 at that track. Post time is 2:31 PM ET for this 6 furlong Starter Allowance. Calvados last worked on March 9 at Parx, going 4 furlongs in :49.59. He is a half brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner Morner, who earned $262,002. Morning Time, dam of Calvados, is a half sister to 8 winners, including grade III winners Le Famo and Casual Lies.

Jinjalad (gelding; Bellamy Road - Maria Dolores by Prized) goes in race 6 at Laurel, a 6 furlong Claiming race (Claiming Price $16,000). Post time is 2:56 PM ET. Jinjalad has run 9 times with 2 wins, 2 thirds, and earnings of $37,670. He last ran on March 3, finishing 4th in a mile Claiming race at Laurel. 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.

Passionate Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Love At Noon by Afternoon Deelites) is scheduled to make his first start of 2011 in race 9 at Tampa Bay Downs, a 6 furlong Claiming race (Claiming Price $8,000). Post time is 4:18 PM ET. In 2010, Passionate Cat ran 8 times, with 2 wins, 1 second, and 3 thirds. Passionate Cat is out of grade I stakes-placed Love At Noon, who earned $132,675. Love At Noon has produced 4 winners. She is a half sister to 12 winners, including grade III winner Gins Majesty and grade I winner Dancing in Silks.

Kindersley (filly; Bernardini - Home Court by Storm Cat), who broke her maiden in her third and most recent start, a mile contest at Gulfstream Park on February 16, is an MTO entrant for race 8 at Gulfstream, an Allowance race scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 4:25 PM ET. Grade III stakes-placed Home Court, dam of Kindersley, has produced additional winner West Court. Home Court is a full sister to stakes winner One Nice Cat, and a half sister to one winner. Her dam is champion Jewel Princess.

Sacred Class (filly; Rockport Harbor - Queen Evelyn by Hennessy) is an AE entrant for race 9 at Gulfstream, a Claiming race (Claiming Price $20,000) scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 4:55 PM ET. Sacred Class has run 16 times, with 1 win and 1 second. She most recently ran on March 11, finishing 6th in a mile Claiming race at Gulfstream Park. Sacred Class is a half sister to 2 winners. Her dam, Queen Evelyn, is a full sister to 1 winner, and a half sister to 7 winners, including grade III winner Belong to Me.

Miss Crabtree (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Biogio's Beauty by Distorted Humor) runs in race 9 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $10,000). Post time is 5:15 PM ET. Miss Crabtree has run 11 times without placing. Last time out, she was 8th at a mile at Aqueduct on March 9. That race had a claiming price of $12,500. 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.

Tanit (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Miss Marcia by Mr. Greeley) is entered in race 10 at Delta Downs, a mile Maiden Claiming race (Claiming Price $10,000). Post time is 10:58 PM ET. Tanit has run 6 times without placing. Last time out, she was 4th in a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Delta Downs on February 27. Tanit is out of grade II stakes-placed Miss Marcia, who has produced the winner Silk Thunder. Miss Marcia is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winners Always Running and Hooks a Tiger, and grade III winner Marcie's Ensign.

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anna

ok. how in the world can a horse be allowed to run when they was already declared to be a scratch from said race?

16 Mar 2011 1:37 AM
NancyC

what happens to the 2yr olds that don't sell?? Will they still race?

16 Mar 2011 4:54 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

anna - It is a strange case. The articles that I found didn't have much info. But, it seems like Kidd was going to be scratched if his papers didn't arrive. However, he was announced as a scratch before the time expired. Since his papers did arrive, he was allowed to run, but he had already been announced as a scratch, so he couldn't be part of the betting in order to be fair to the bettors. Does that make sense or cause more confusion? I guess those who wanted to bet him were glad that he finished last.

16 Mar 2011 9:24 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

NancyC - Many of the 2yos that don't sell will still race. Some will sell privately, some will be raced by their current owners. On the other hand, sometimes the big sellers don't race. It's not a sure thing either way.

16 Mar 2011 9:29 AM
Betsy

I'm very glad Opening Move won, but I can't believe McLaughlin shipped him up to NY from Florida. I guess they've lost some faith in his ability, but this horse has had a wacky career. First he runs a great 2nd in his debut; then at 1-9, he falls coming out of the gate. In his next start, possibly too soon after that traumatic experience, he runs poorly to Leave of Absence. Maybe now he can get on a roll because he's a fast colt.

16 Mar 2011 2:21 PM
anna

ok why was kidd even allowed on the track to begin with? i thought that you needed the registeration papers and a form saying the horse was negative for coggins, etc. so how could you know for certain if kidd was actually the one registered as according to the forms? the whole thing to me kinda seems like a racefixing thing.

16 Mar 2011 9:59 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

anna - I wasn't there. I don't have all the details. There was an issue with his papers that was cleared up before he was allowed to race. According to drf, it was because his markings didn't match: www.drf.com/.../saratoga-youve-got-be-kidd-ing.

By the way, he finished last back in August and today.

16 Mar 2011 10:16 PM

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