Alex was a Wee Bit Better Than Midnight Vader

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June 8 Result

Alex was a Wee Bit Better Than Midnight Vader

All 6 ran on the firm turf. There was an abbreviated post parade on account of the heat. Three race veteran Win for Morgan (Forest Grove - Stormy Bliss by Thunder Gulch) was even money at post time, and Midnight Vader (Invasor - Allou by Seattle Slew) grabbed some attention at 2-1. He became a little agitated in the paddock, as the rider got on. But, he settled down once on the track. The filly Lemon Drop Blossom (Lemon Drop Kid - Sharaiji Blossom by Saint Ballado) made a favorable impression. It was easy to see how first-timer Wee Alex (Afleet Alex - Jules for A. J. by Jules) got his name, as he is a little thing. When they started to load, Light of the Storm (North Light (IRE) - Storm Runner by Miswaki) attempted to get away. An assistant starter made a nice save, and then avoided some well-aimed feet. The start was fair. Win for Morgan went for the lead with Freds Aly (Suave - Valleys Aly by Peaks and Valleys) nearby, Light of the Storm was at the back. Midnight Vader made a move and hit the front. But, Wee Alex came through on the inside and zipped to the lead. He went on to win by 8 1/4 lengths over Midnight Vader. However, the margin was a little deceptive, as Midnight Vader bobbled a bit late, and was under a hold at the finish. Light of the Storm came on for third, Win for Morgan and Freds Aly tired to fourth and fifth, and Lemon Drop Blossom brought up the rear. Watch the Replay.

June 8, 2011
River Downs Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Wee Alex
$10.00
$5.80
$4.60
Midnight Vader  
$4.00
$2.80
Light of the Storm  

$5.40

June 9 Entry

Big Girl has the Power of Nine for Forever Rules

June 9, 2011
Golden Gate Fields Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

4.5 furlongs
2-year-old fillies
Post Time 5:51 PM ET

P Horse
1. Yuma Thurman (CA)
2. Im Tops (WA)
3. Power of Nine (CA)
4. Big Girl (KY)
5. Mahalo Princess (CA)
6. Forever Rules (CA)
7. Munnings Sister (KY)
8. Tribal Delight (CA)
9. Jule's Gold (CA)

Big Girl (Street Sense - Quiet Celerity by Quiet American) is the third starter for Street Sense, all have been fillies. Street Survivor finished 8th at Churchill Downs on May 13, and Sweet and Lowdown finished third at Presque Isle Downs on May 25. Street Sense won 2 races at 2, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and was named 2006 champion 2-year-old colt. Overall, he earned $4,383,200, including victories in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Travers Stakes (gr. I), Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), and Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III). Big Girl has primarily been working at Pleasanton, but most recently worked 4 furlongs from the gate at Golden Gate Fields in :50.40 on June 3. Big Girl sold for $6,500 as a weanling, and is out of the winning mare Quiet Celerity, who has produced the winner Quintons Flash. Quiet Celerity is a half sister to 11 winners, including grade III winner Tahkodha Hills.

Yuma Thurman (Sea of Secrets - Queens Over Jacks by K One King), Jule's Gold (Best Minister - Aunt Polly by Raise a Champion), and Im Tops (He's Tops - Summer Sails by In Excess (IRE)) finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, separated by 3/4 of a length and a neck, in a 4.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight race at Golden Gate on May 19. It was the first and only race for all three. Yuma Thurman is the second foal out of stakes-placed Queens Over Jacks, who won three races at 2. Queens Over Jacks is a half sister to 2 winners. Jule's Gold is out of stakes-placed Aunt Polly, who has produced three winners, including stakes-placed King Mobay. King Mobay was a winner at 2, and earned $325,542 in his career. Another of Aunt Polly's offspring also won at 2. Aunt Polly is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to three winners, including stakes winner Guiding Force. Im Tops is out of the winning mare Summer Sails. Summer Sails has produced 2 winners, including stakes-placed Windy Sails. Windy Sails was a winner at 2. Summer Sails is a half sister to 3 winners.

Power of Nine (Capsized - Position of Power by Lord Carson) also ran on May 19 at Golden Gate, but in a 4 furlong Maiden Claiming race, where she finished second. It was her only start. She is the first foal out of the winning mare Position of Power. Position of Power is a half sister to one winner.

The others are unraced, including three fillies by Tribal Rule: Mahalo Princess (Tribal Rule - I'm a Lil Princess by Lil Tyler), Forever Rules (Tribal Rule - High Rise Rita by Santiago Peak), and Tribal Delight (Tribal Rule - Creole Delights by Bertrando). Stakes winner I'm a Lil Princess, dam of Mahalo Princess, won 2 races as a 2-year-old, including the Bam's Penny Stakes. She has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including stakes-placed Patriotic Prince, who was a debut winner at 2. I'm a Lil Princess is a full sister to 2 winners. Forever Rules is out of the winning mare High Rise Rita, who was a winner at 2. High Rise Rita has produced 7 winners, including one that was a debut winner at 2. High Rise Rita is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Forever a Blurr and Rising Writer. Tribal Delight was a $7,500 yearling, and is the second foal out of the placed mare Creole Delights. Creole Delights is a full sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Lacquaria; and a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Wild Lightning and Minnetonka Mist. 

Completing the field is Munnings Sister (Speightstown - La Comete by Holy Bull). She is a half sister to one winner, and a full sister to grade II winner Munnings. Munnings was a debut winner at 2, and earned $742,640 in his career. La Comete, dam of Munnings Sister, is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade II winner Lasting Approval and graded I winner Icon Project.

New Workers

June 8, 2011

Street Life (colt; Street Sense - Stone Hope by Grindstone) worked 2 furlongs in :25.00 at Adena Springs Farm. He sold for $130,000 as a weanling and a yearling, and is the second foal out of the winning mare Stone Hope. Stone Hope has produced Hope Chant, who won 2 races at 2. Stone Hope is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner Brilliant.

Street Surprise (filly; Street Sense - Sleepoverwithgreer by A.P. Indy) worked 3 furlongs in :37.14 at Belmont Park. She sold for $55,000 as a weanling, and is a half sister to two winners. One of her siblings won at 2. Sleepoverwithgreer, dam of Street Surprise, is a half sister to 2 winners.

Returning Workers

June 8, 2011

Be With Me (filly; Corinthian - Sonoma Song by Unbridled's Song) worked at Belmont, 3 furlongs in :36.43.

At the Ocala Training Center, Cheerful Heart (filly; Corinthian - Glacken's Mark by Smoke Glacken) went 4 furlongs in :51.00.

Clearly Wicked (filly; Corinthian - Tzara Band by Dixieland Band) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.80 at Churchill Downs.

Takes the Gold (colt; Corinthian - Marquet Rent by Marquetry) went 4 furlongs in :48.19 at Aqueduct.

Ann of the Dance (filly; English Channel - Dans La Ville (CHI) by Winning) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 at Arlington Park.

At Monmouth Park, Channel Quest (colt; English Channel - Primequest by Coronado's Quest) went 4 furlongs in :50.40.

At Hollywood Park, English Puddin (filly; English Channel - Go for Puddin by Go for Gin) worked 4 furlongs in :49.80.

Hard Spun Secrets (filly; Hard Spun - No Secrets by El Corredor) worked 4 furlongs in :49.20 at Pleasanton.

Here Comes Hambone (colt; Hard Spun - Light From Above by A.P. Indy) worked at Santa Anita, 4 furlongs in :48.60.

Safely Spun (colt; Hard Spun - Safely by Unbridled) worked from the gate at Delaware Park, 3 furlongs in :35.60.

At Arlington, Invasor Beauty (filly; Invasor - She's Scrumpy by Squadron Leader) worked 3 furlongs in :36.80.

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Fran Loszynski

Oh My gosh!  WEE ALEX. Did everyone see at the last pole the kick he gave. I was watching his Dad again Afleet Alex! YEEEEEHAAAWWWH! Here we come Alex fans. AWESOME.

09 Jun 2011 8:46 AM
Oldie

What a nice win by Wee Alex, and you are correct, he is very aptly named!  He looked like a miniature as they rounded the final turn!  Lovely little fellow, I hope he continues to do well - Fran you must be so happy to have watched this :)

09 Jun 2011 10:25 AM
Karen in Texas

Wee Alex was really moving! He is small--reminds me of Rahy's daughter, Exotic Wood--tiny, but very fast.

09 Jun 2011 10:32 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Funny, I was watching the race with a friend of mine and she said, "who's that, he's little." And I said, "that's Wee Alex of course."

I'm wondering if Big Girl (Street Sense), who runs at Golden Gate today, is also aptly named.

09 Jun 2011 3:43 PM
Criminal Type

Big Girl is in fact a really BIG girl. Zenyatta like in stature. When they were in the gate the track announcer said wow, Big Girl is a big girl look at how much higher her rump is then the rest. There was a blanket finish for place, show and the rest. She finished fourth. and looked like she needed more ground and experience. The winner Power of Nine was making her second start. I expect Big Girl will improve off this race.

Wee Alex reminded me in stature of Little Current. Nothing wrong with small horses, remember Northern Dancer ? He was so short they had a depression in the breeding shed floor where they would place the mares so he could reach them.

09 Jun 2011 7:59 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Criminal Type - I noticed that Big Girl really dwarfed the pony. It was definitely a good effort, and a pretty well-matched field.

09 Jun 2011 8:35 PM
Fran Loszynski

Sorry have to add this for Wee Alex-from Seabiscuit, Toby Maguire:

"He be little, but he is fierce!"

"He's going to look even smaller when you're running behind him!"

Love those quotes and true to Wee Alex.

10 Jun 2011 8:24 AM

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