News and Notes
Note that new and returning 2-year-old workers have moved to the bottom of the blog post.
April 15 Results
Showing Some Atatude
All eight ran, including the entry of Ken Sing a Song (Werblin - Miss Dixie Dream by Dixie Brass) and Silkystar (Cuvee - Famous Lady Ann by Salt Lake). The track was fast. Bluegrass Atatude (Two Punch - Potomac Bend by Polish Numbers) took all the early money, but Forever Noble (Noble Causeway - Ioya Forever by Louis Quatorze), by first-crop sire Noble Causeway, was the slight choice at post time. Filare l'Oro (Hard Spun - Elusive Gold by Strike the Gold) was 20-1. She made a decent appearance, but looked as though 4.5 furlongs might not far enough. Bluegrass Atatude definitely looked ready. She bumped with Filare l'Oro at the start, and Silkystar broke outward. Dancing Anna (Cuvee - Mesabu by Fred Astaire) was briefly on top, but Defy Gravity (Bandini - Quickest by Forest Wildcat) went by to set the pace. Silkystar entered the picture in third. These three separated from the field. Bluegrass Atatude began to make up some ground. She was green, but she was really running, and ended up winning easily. She was 2 lengths in front at the wire. Dancing Anna and Defy Gravity finished together, separated by a nose in second and third. Filare l'Oro finally got going late, claiming the fourth spot. She gained some valuable experience, and should be better next time. Watch the Replay.
Readers Criminal Type and the Treblocs were at Pimlico to witness Filare l'Oro's debut. Criminal Type will be sending pictures for us to enjoy. Read Criminal Type's and Mrs. Trebloc's comments on the race here (scroll down).
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April 15, 2011
Pimlico Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
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Other Two-Year-Old Results
The first two-year-old race of the year in New York was held at Aqueduct, a 4.5 furlong contest. Lord Chelsie (Noble Causeway - Chelsie's House by Housebuster), by freshman sire Noble Causeway, was favored. The race also featured the first runner for Sunriver, Suntorious (Sunriver - Gratorious by Honor Grades). But the winner was Distinctly Donovan (With Distinction - Hopi by Cox's Ridge), who went all the way on the lead. Lord Chelsie was third and Suntorious finished fifth. Watch the Replay. Distinctly Donovan sold for $10,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Hopi. Hopi has produced three additional winners, and is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Chickasaw. View Race Details.
At Keeneland, Purim's first runner, Wish to Opine (Purim - Flying Gal by Flying Chevron) lead most of race 1, a 4.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight for fillies. But, she was passed late by favorite Judy the Beauty (Ghostzapper - Holy Blitz by Holy Bull). More Discreet (Discreet Cat - Absolute Magic by Unbridled) finished third for first-year stallion Discreet Cat, who picked up winner number one yesterday. And in fourth, was Where Is Wilder (Half Ours - Me and Myun by Relaunch), the first runner for Half Ours. Watch the Replay. Judy the Beauty sold for $20,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Holy Blitz. Holy Blitz has now produced four winners. She is a half sister to one winner. View Race Details.
April 16 Entries
Three-Year-Old Stakes Entries
Texas Tempest (filly; Bernardini - Copelan's Bid Gal by Copelan), May Day Rose (filly; Rockport Harbor - May Day Bluff by Pine Bluff), and Harbor Fox (filly; Rockport Harbor - Cherokee Melody by Cherokee Run) meet in the 1 mile Instant Racing Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Post time is 5:05 PM ET. Texas Tempest has run twice this year, finishing 6th in the 6.5 furlong El Paso Times Stakes on January 23, and 8th in the 1 mile Island Fashion Stakes on February 27. Both of those races were at Sunland Park. Last year, she ran five times, with one win, one second, and one third. She has been working at Oaklawn, including 4 furlongs in :50.20 on April 10. Texas Tempest is out of stakes winner Copelan's Bid Gal. Copelan's Bid Gal has produced 6 winners from 6 to run, including stakes winner Namaste's Wish and grade I winner Purge. Copelan's Bid Gal is a half sister to grade II winner Valid Wager, and 7 other winners. Grade III winner May Day Rose has also run in nothing but stakes this year. She won the 1 1/16 mile Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) on January 9, finished 4th in the mile Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) on February 5, and 5th in the 1 1/16 mile Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) on March 5. Those starts were all at Santa Anita. In 2010, she had 2 wins, a second, and a fourth in 4 starts. One of the wins was in the 1 1/16 mile Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park on November 7. Her most recent work was on April 11 at Santa Anita, when she went 5 furlongs in :59.00. May Day Rose sold for $220,000 as a 2-year-old, and is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner May Day Vow, who earned $166,285. May Day Bluff, dam of May Day Rose, is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Burger Day, grade III winner Roza Robata and Go Underground, a group III winner in Japan. Harbor Fox is making her stakes debut. She broke her maiden first time out in a mile and 70 yard race at Fair Grounds on January 30, and then returned to finish 5th in an Allowance/Optional Claiming Race at that same track and distance on February 25. She last worked on April 9, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 at Oaklawn Park. Harbor Fox sold for $5,000 as a yearling, and for $67,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Cherokee Melody. Cherokee Melody has produced additional winner Sneak Peek. Cherokee Melody is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 2 winners, including grade III winner Crash Course.
Hark the Herald will Getupwiththesun to do it Her Way
April 16, 2011
Pimlico Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time: 1:10 PM ET HRTV
||Cafe Komodo (MD)
||Her Way (PA)
||Hark the Herald (MD)
Since we have no two-year-olds running on Saturday, how about another juvenile race from Pimlico?
The only filly in the race is Her Way (Service Stripe - Hill Keys by Ten Keys). She was a $13,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Hill Keys, who earned $122,500. Hill Keys has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner D Day, who won the Shine Again Stakes at Pimlico on April 2. D Day was a winner at 2, and has earned $160,066 through 2011. Hill Keys is a half sister to one winner.
Threeanddonedan (Dance With Ravens - So Smashing by Two Punch) and Getupwiththesun (Dance With Ravens - Winnie D. by Crafty Prospector) are both by Dance With Ravens. Threeanddonedan sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare So Smashing. So Smashing has produced three winners from three to run, including stakes winner Twelve Pack Shelly. Two of her offspring won at 2, including Twelve Back Shelly. Twelve Back Shelly won 4 races at 2, including her debut and 2 stakes races. So Smashing is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners. Stakes winner Winnie D., dam of Getupwiththesun (Dance With Ravens - Winnie D. by Crafty Prospector), was a debut winner at 2, and earned $167,300 in her career. Winnie D. has produced four winners, including one that won at 2. Winnie D. is a half sister to 9 winners, including 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull.
Cafe Komodo (Kafwain - Cafe Espresso by Cryptoclearance) is the second foal out of the winning mare Cafe Espresso. Her first foal is a winner. Cafe Espresso is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Runaway Ab and Cara Regina, a group I winner in Brazil.
Squish (Friends Lake - Racene by Miner's Mark) brought $5,200 as a yearling, and is out of grade III stakes-placed Racene, who earned $128,740. Racene has produced three winners from four to run, including one that won at 2. Racene is a half sister to one winner.
Hark the Herald (Gators N Bears - Holly Jolly by Horatius) sold for $3,200 as a yearling. He is out of stakes-placed Holly Jolly, who won 2 races at 2. Holly Jolly has produced the winner Merry Berry, who was a winner at 2. Holly Jolly is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Greenspring Willy and Glide Path, a group III winner in Sweden.
Angel Love (filly; Corinthian - Open Story by Open Forum) worked 3 furlongs in :37.60 at Churchill Downs. Angel Love's dam, Open Story, broke her maiden at 2 in the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes. She has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Love Buzz. Both of her winning offspring won at 2, and Love Buzz was a debut winner that season. Open Story is a half sister to 5 winners.
Heroic Invasion (filly; Invasor (ARG) - Deputy's Hero by Deputy Minister) worked 2 furlongs in :24.60 at Santa Anita.
Midnight Vader (colt; Invasor - Allou by Seattle Slew) worked at Beulah, 3 furlongs in :37.00.