News and Notes
Freshman sire Discreet Cat picked up his first winner with his first starter, when filly Son de America (Discreet Cat - Elizabeth Street by Street Cry (IRE)) won the first at Santa Anita, a 2 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $100,000). Watch the Replay. Son de America sold for $11,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Elizabeth Street. Elizabeth Street is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Affirmed and Ready. Read more about Son de America here.
As the two-year-olds begin to run, I will only be listing stakes entries for three-year-olds. However, impressive maiden and allowance victories may still noted in the news and notes section. Also, please comment on any impressive maiden winner that you see regardless of age or pedigree.
Twigazuri Strait (colt; English Channel - Twigazuri by Dixieland Band) worked 3 furlongs in :38.60 at Churchill Downs. She sold for $20,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Twigazuri. Twigazuri has produced 4 winners, including grade II winner Futural. Futural was a stakes winner at 2, and earned $816,107 in his career. One of Twigazuri's offspring was a debut winner at 2.
Miss Netta (filly; Street Sense - Dyna Peak by Dynaformer) worked 3 furlongs in :36.20 at Adena Springs Farm.
April 14 Results
Safe Crossing to the Winner's Circle
The turf was firm, and only the AEs were scratched. Sex Appeal (Dynaformer - Alluring by A.P. Indy) was the 2-1 favorite. Refugio (Bernardini - Storm Minstrel by Storm Cat) was 8-1, and Littlegreatone (Bernardini - Megahertz (GB) by Pivotal (GB)) was 18-1. I thought Refugio looked really good in the paddock and on the track. Favorite Sex Appeal made a favorable impression as well. Longshot Arwen Undomiel (Aragorn (IRE) - Gentle Mind by Seattle Slew) was a little wild. Tiz an Addiction (Tiznow - Healthy Addiction by Boston Harbor) got a shove in the gate. Arwen Undomiel came out running from her outside post to take the lead. At 116-1, she was giving someone a thrill. Elusive Tara (Elusive Quality - Lenatareese by Broad Brush) went after Arwen Undomiel, who was a little headstrong. Refugio was in a nice spot in third, while Littlegreatone was at the back. The top three mixed it up for the first 6 furlongs. On the turn, Safe Crossing (Stormy Atlantic - Ava Darling by Gilded Time) came barreling down the outside. She went by everyone for a 1 1/4 length win. Also closing from the back was Maid of Heaven (Empire Maker - Heavenliness by Lord Avie). Finishing together in 3rd, 4th, and 5th were Chinook Wind (IRE) (Encosta de Lago (AUS) - Dedicated Lady (IRE) by Pennine Walk (IRE)), Barbies M (Afleet Alex - Real Doll by Known Fact), and Sex Appeal. Littlegreatone did some running late to finish 6th, and Refugio faded to 10th. Interesting that the only first-timer (Safe Crossing) came home in front. Watch the Replay.
April 14, 2011
Keeneland Race 9
Maiden Special Weight
|Maid of Heaven
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Other April 14 Results
August High (filly; Rockport Harbor - Hot August Nights by Summer Squall) closed very well in race 6 at Lone Star Park, a 7.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000) for 3, 4, and, 5-year-olds on the turf, to grab second. Looks the turf might be a good fit for her. Watch the Replay.
Dalamar (colt; Henny Hughes - Dutchess Mojo by Deputy Minister) finished third in race 3 at Oaklawn, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,000). Watch the Replay.
Speed Demon (gelding; Bluegrass Cat - Celestial Legend by City Zip) was favored in race 4 at Keeneland, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $20,000) , but finished 4th. Watch the Replay.
Latin Rocks (filly; Rockport Harbor - Latin Lynx by Forest Wildcat) finished 5th in race 2 at Aqueduct, a mile Starter Allowance. Watch the Replay.
Scoville (gelding; Bernardini - Chili Cat by Storm Cat) finished 7th in race 5 at Gulfstream, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,000) at 5 furlongs on the turf. Watch the Replay.
Henny Betty (filly; Henny Hughes - Here Comes Betty by Cox's Ridge) finished 6th in race 1 at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/8 mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,500). Watch the Replay.
April 15 Entry
Filare l'Oro Takes the First Spin
April 15, 2011
Pimlico Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 1:10 PM ET HRTV
||Dancing Anna (PA)
||Defy Gravity (KY)
||Consolidated Gold (NY)
||Forever Noble (KY)
||Ken Sing a Song (PA)
||Bluegrass Atatude (MD)
||Filare l'Oro (KY)
All eight of these fillies are unraced.
Filare l'Oro (filly; Hard Spun - Elusive Gold by Strike the Gold) is the first entrant for Hard Spun, and our first 2-year-old entrant of 2011. Grade I winner Hard Spun was 3 for 3 at 2, including wins in the Port Penn Stakes and the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes. However, he didn't make his first start until October. Overall, he earned $2,673,470 in 13 starts. Filare l'Oro only has two official works, both at Laurel. On March 19, she worked 4 furlongs from the gate in :50.00, and on March 31, she worked 4 furlongs in :51.00. I suspect that she has been working at a farm somewhere, especially since her first work was from the gate. She was a $18,000 yearling, and is out of Elusive Gold, who was placed at 2. Elusive Gold has produced three winners, including grade III winner Gouldings Green, who earned $682,493. One of her offspring won at 2. Elusive Gold is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Bionic Soul and grade I winner Stop Traffic.
Also by a first-crop sire is Forever Noble (Noble Causeway - Ioya Forever by Louis Quatorze), by Noble Causeway. Noble Causeway has had one runner, Muneca Encantadora, who has run four times in Mexico, finishing second once. Noble Causeway was placed at two, and earned $360,010 overall, including a second in the Florida Derby (gr. I), and a third in the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III). Forever Noble is out of the winning mare Ioya Forever, who earned $125,489. Ioya Forever is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade III winner Ioya Two, and grade II winner Mystery Giver.
Dancing Anna (Cuvee - Mesabu by Fred Astaire) brought $12,500 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Mesabu, who was a debut winner. Mesabu has produced the winner Astuto, and is a half sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Turfah.
Also by Cuvee is Silkystar (Cuvee - Famous Lady Ann by Salt Lake). She is out of the winning mare Famous Lady Ann, who has produced the winner Jacksonville Road. Jacksonville Road was a winner at 2. Famous Lady Ann is a half sister to 13 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Powerful Nation.
Ken Sing a Song (Werblin - Miss Dixie Dream by Dixie Brass), who is part of an entry with Silkystar, is out of the winning mare Miss Dixie Dream. She earned $144,775 and was placed at 2. Miss Dixie Dream has produced one winner, and is a half sister to 8 winners.
Defy Gravity (Bandini - Quickest by Forest Wildcat) sold for $2,500 as a weanling, and for $19,000 as a yearling. She is the first foal out of the unraced mare Quickest. Quickest is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade III winner Brethren, who runs in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, and 2010 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Super Saver.
Consolidated Gold (Consolidator - Formia by Langfuhr) is out of the winning mare Formia, who has produced the winner Selenas So Mad. Selenas So Mad is a full sister to Consolidated Gold. Formia is a half sister to 4 winners.
Bluegrass Atatude (Two Punch - Potomac Bend by Polish Numbers) was a $10,000 yearling. She is out of grade III winner Potomac Bend, who won her only race at 2, and earned $149,345 overall. Potomac Bend has produced three winners, and stakes-placed X Marks the Spot. One of her offspring was a debut winner at 2, and another was a debut winner at 3. Potomac Bend is a half sister to 5 winners.