Sorry for the silence of the past week, but with all the activities of the Kentucky Derby, I had to let the blog slide in order to preserve my sanity. I hope that everyone had a good Derby. Personally, I didn't cash a ticket. I liked Animal Kingdom a bit, and used him in some exactas and trifectas, but had a block when it came to Nehro. I just couldn't see him hitting the board. Maiden Watch's only Derby entrant, Stay Thirsty (Berndardini), finished 12th. It looks like he will not be running in the Preakness, but may be in the Belmont Stakes. Our only Kentucky Oaks runner, Kathmanblu (Bluegrass Cat) finished 6th. We did have a three-year-old graded stakes winner over the weekend, as Victoria's Wildcat (Bellamy Road) took the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) on Friday, May 6, by a nice-looking 2 1/4 lengths. Watch the Replay. Victoria's Wildcat now has three wins and a second in 7 starts, with earnings of $151,571.
The most important event for Maiden Watch on Derby Day, was the first winner for Hard Spun, as Mabroor (colt; Hard Spun - Mayfield by Exploit) won his first start at Haydock Park in England. The 6 furlong Try Totequickpick If Youre Feeling Lucky Maiden Stakes was run over good turf. Mabroor was off well, and was in a good position early, just off the leaders. The speed seemed to get away from him a bit at the halfway point, but he reeled them in, and came through on the inside for the victory. He looked a little green out there, but got the job done. Watch Replay. Mabroor sold for $150,000 as a weanling, and for $300,000 as a yearling. He is out of the winning mare Mayfield, who has now produced 3 winners from 3 to run. Mayfield's offspring include stakes-placed Angels in Arms. Mayfield is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 10 winners, including stakes winners Daimon, Jack Wilson, Twin Propeller, and Hope Rises; and grade II winner Penny's Reshoot. Read more about Mabroor here.
None of our other stallions have had a starter yet, but the works continue to come in. The new workers from the past week are listed below, but I am not listing returning workers from that period. I also updated the Named 2-year-old lists for all five stallions today.
May 1, 2011
Wrinkle Room (filly; English Channel - Golden Prospect by Mr. Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in :39.80 at Santa Anita. She sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 2 winners. Golden Prospect, dam of Wrinkle Room, is a half sister to 8 winners, including grade I winner Dublin.
May 4, 2011
Zoila (filly; Invasor (ARG) - Stormy Regina by Storm Cat) worked 3 furlongs in :37.40 at Churchill Downs. A $57,000 yearling, she is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Sterling Cat. Four of her siblings won at 2, including Sterling Cat, who was 2 for 2 at 2.Zoila's dam, Stormy Regina, is a half sister to 4 winners.
May 5, 2011
Beer Run (filly; Hard Spun - Perfect Probe by Mr. Prospector) worked 4 furlongs from the gate at Prairie Meadows in :49.72. She sold for $22,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 8 winners, including grade/group III winners Tokio Perfect and Perfect Cat. Four of her siblings won at 2, and two were debut winners at 2. Perfect Probe, dam of Beer Run, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Seattle Sangue.
May 7, 2011
Takes the Gold (colt; Corinthian - Marquet Rent by Marquetry) worked 3 furlongs in :38.62 at Aqueduct. Takes the Gold also worked on May 10, going 4 furlongs in :51.19 at Aqueduct. He brought $140,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Marquet Rent, who earned $189,790. Marquet Rent has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, grade II stakes-placed Hopeful Image and stakes winner Dashing Debby. Both won at 2, and Dashing Debby was a debut winner at 2. Marquet Rent is a full sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Leave a Legacy, and a half sister to 7 winners.
Monahee (colt; Hard Spun - Monashee by Wolf Power (SAF)) worked 2 furlongs in :24.80 at Hastings. Grade III winner Monashee, dam of Monahee, was a winner at 2, and earned $693,675 in her career. Monahee is her first foal. Monashee is a half sister to 3 winners, and stakes-placed Angels R Watching.
May 8, 2011
Hope Still Springs (colt; Corinthian - Restored Hope by He's Bad) worked 3 furlongs in :38.04 at Belmont. He sold for $110,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Restored Hope. Restored Hope did not run at 2, but was 3 for 3 at three. Overall, she earned $286,232. She is the dam of 6 winners, including grade III winner Sabellina, who earned $531,237. Restored Hope is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners.
May 9, 2011
Queen of England (filly; English Channel - Babae (CHI) by Barkerville) worked 3 furlongs in :39.81 at Saratoga. Grade III winner Babae, dam of Queen of England, was a winner at 2, and earned $755,334. She has produced 2 winners. Babae is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Queen of Hearts and Zorro Rojo, a group I winner in Peru.
May 10, 2011
Budget Deficit (colt; Corinthian - Charm a Gendarme by Batonnier) worked 3 furlongs in :39.88 at Saratoga. He sold for $220,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Charm a Gendarme. Charm a Gendarme earned $224,305, and was a debut winner at 2. She as produced 9 winners from 9 to run, including grade III winner Forest Grove and grade I winner Tout Charmant. Two of her offspring won at 2, including Tout Charmant, who earned $1,781,879 overall. Charm a Gendarme is a full sister to stakes winner Charmonnier, and a half sister to stakes-placed Charmalotta.