News and Notes
I'll be at Rolex Saturday and Sunday (my first Saturday off in a very long time), so I'm not sure when the next blog will be posted. For Saturday, I'll preview a 2-year-old race at Hollywood Park. No starts on the horizon for our 2-year-olds as of today, but the works are heating up (see below), so should be more soon.
April 29 Result
Catching the Winning Reys
Hill Road (Bellamy Road - How Could You by Boundary) was scratched, leaving 11 fillies to battle. Sweet Moonbeam (Bring the Heat - My Outlet by Montbrook), 3rd in a 2.5 furlong race at Gulfstream on April 17, was favored. The buzz horse was Hannah's Holiday (Kafwain - Miss Holiday Inn by Tactical Cat), off at 5-2. Jazil's Song (Jazil - Song of Confidence by Confide), the first runner for 2006 Belmont winner Jazil, was 13-1. Piskacha (Master Command - Trick Question by Confide), daughter of freshman sire Master Command, was almost 33-1. Sugar Kuwalski (Sharp Humor - Deep Woods by Forest Wildcat) caught my eye in the paddock, but she was a little skittish on the track. Tapit to Me (Tapit - My Miss Emily by Regal Intention) had some spring in her step, and Hannah's Holiday looked good. The load was pretty smooth, especially for two-year-old fillies. Sweet Moonbeam went for the lead, but Sugar Kuwalski grabbed it. Sweet Moonbeam was right there, along with Rahy Girl (Eddington - Rahy Connection by Rahy). Catching Reys (Rey de Cafe - Taint True by Saint Ballado) was not far off of these. Sweet Moonbeam wrestled the lead away from Sugar Kuwalski, but Rahy Girl was still right there. Coming on from the back was Piskacha. Catching Reys came through on the inside to finish a neck in front of Piskacha for the win. Sweet Moonbeam was between these two in third, while Rahy Girl was back in fourth. As is befitting a daughter of Jazil, Jazil's Song ran well late, finishing 5th. Sugar Kuwalski tired after her earlier involvement, finishing 10th. Hannah's Holiday didn't have much of an impact. She was in mid-pack early, and then tired to 9th. Catching Reys did not want to be caught for the trip to the Winner's Circle, wheeling away from the outrider. Watch the Replay.
Catching Reys (right) gets her head in front at the finish. Photo by Mathea Kelley
April 29, 2011
Keeneland Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
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Bluegrass Chat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Reason to Talk by Sabona) won the 6th race at Charles Town, a 6.5 furlong Allowance Race. Watch the Replay. He now has two wins in three starts, with earnings of $32,185.
April 30 Entry
It's Uncommon Sense to be Lucky and Tough for Jeffery's Pride
April 30, 2011
Hollywood Park Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time 4:31 PM TVG
||Pend Oreille (CA)
||Es Luna (CA)
||Wise Guise (CA)
||Smoking G (KY)
||Jeffery's Pride (CA)
||Sheriff Hutton (CA)
||Uncommon Sense (CA)
||Lucky and Tough (CA)
||Super Candy (FL)
The only entrant with experience is Super Candy (Candy Ride (ARG) - Zuppa by Woodman), who finished 8th (last) in a 2 furlong race at Santa Anita on April 14, after starting slowly. He sold for $10,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company 2010 January Mixed Sale, and for $2,500 at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He is a full brother to one winner, and a half brother to 7 winners, including stakes winner Red At the Helm, and stakes-placed Toorah Laura La, who earned $185,809. His dam, Zuppa, is a half sister to 4 winners.
Smoking G (Smoke Glacken - Whitewashed by Broad Brush) sold for $6,000 as a yearling. He is out of Whitewashed, who was a winner at 2, and also stakes-placed that season. Whitewashed earned $120,848 overall, and has produced 2 winners. One of her offspring won at 2. Whitewashed is a half sister to three winners.
Stakes-placed Pride and Power, dam of Lucky and Tough (Lucky Pulpit - Pride and Power by Raise a Champion), earned $165,195 in 16 starts. She has produced four winners from four to run, including Power Tripper, who was placed at 2, and earned $121,008 overall. Pride and Power is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 2 winners.
Sheriff Hutton (Memo (CHI) - Red Hot Girl by Red Ransom) is out of the winning mare Red Hot Girl. Red Hot Girl has produced 8 winners, including Real Cool Dude, a full brother to Sheriff Hutton. Six of her offspring won at 2, including Real Cool Dude, and two were debut winners at 2. Red Hot Girl is a half sister to 7 winners.
Pend Oreille (Swiss Yodeler - Belle Michelle by Gulch) is a full brother to four winners, including one that was a debut winner at 2. His dam, Belle Michelle, is a half sister to 2 winners.
Es Luna (Royal Legacy - Maestria by Gentlemen (ARG)) is out of the winning mare Maestria, who was a winner at 2. Maestria has produced the winner La Hijo Maestria, a full sister to Es Luna, who won her only race at 2. Maestria is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 3 winners.
Wise Guise (Kafwain - Guise Cliff by Distant View) is out of the winning mare Guise Cliff, who was placed at 2. Guise Cliff has produced the winner Run Kitty Run, and is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Fifteen Love.
Jeffery's Pride (Snow Chief - Paris Pride by Leestown) is the second foal out of stakes winner Paris Pride, who was placed at 2. Paris Pride is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Super Ride.
Uncommon Sense (Terrell - San Diego Skyhawk by Leo Castelli) is a full brother to one winner, and a half brother to one winner. His dam, San Diego Skyhawk, is a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winners Lulu and Find Our Star.
Cerce Cay (filly; Hard Spun - Timely Legend by Navarone) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Churchill Downs. She is out of the winning mare Timely Legend. Timely Legend has produced 5 winners, including stakes winners Celluloid Hero and Song of Navarone, and grade III stakes-placed Reel Legend. Celluloid Hero and Song of Navarone both won at 2, and Song of Navarone was a debut winner at 2. Timely Legend is a half sister to 2 winners.
Hard Drive (colt; Hard Spun - Indy Flash by A.P. Indy) worked at Bowie, 3 furlongs in :37.60. He was a $60,000 yearling, and is a half brother to 4 winners, including stakes winner Galloping Gal and grade III stakes-placed Khalia. Galloping Gal won three races at 2, including her debut and the Jessamine County Stakes, and earned $348,269 overall. Indy Flash, dam of Hard Drive, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Bright Asset and grade III winner Bright Again.
Spinning Wildcat (filly; Hard Spun - Hollywood Wildcat by Kris S.) worked 3 furlongs in :36.00 at Keeneland. She brought $310,000 as a yearling, and is out of champion Hollywood Wildcat. Hollywood Wildcat won her first 4 races at 2, and earned $1,432,160 in her career. She has produced 6 winners, including stakes winners Double Cat and Ministers Wild Cat, group II winner Ivan Denisovich, and grade I winner War Chant. Three of her offspring won at 2, and War Chant was a debut winner at 2.
English Code (colt; English Channel - Mystery Code by Lost Code) worked at Prairie Meadows, 4 furlongs in :50.25.
Filare l'Oro (filly; Hard Spun - Elusive Gold by Strike the Gold) was back on the worktab for the first time since finishing 4th at Pimlico on April 15, going 5 furlongs in 1:03.00 at Laurel Park.
Hardbody (filly; Hard Spun - Zaheemah by El Prado (IRE)) worked 3 furlongs in :37.80 at Emerald Downs.
Lucky Pursuit (colt; Hard Spun - Inda by A.P. Indy) worked 4 furlongs in :52.30 at Adena Springs.
Soft Rock (colt; Hard Spun - Laun Shaw by Relaunch) went 3 furlongs in :38.00 at Crupi's New Castle Farm.
Five Sixteen (colt; Invasor (ARG) - Third Street by Salt Lake) worked 3 furlongs in :38.70 at Crupi's New Castle Farm.
Heroic Invasion (filly; Invasor (ARG) - Deputy's Hero by Deputy Minister) worked 3 furlongs in :36.60 at Santa Anita.
Midnight Vader (colt; Invasor - Allou by Seattle Slew) worked 4 furlongs in :55.60 at Beulah.