Artest Seeks a Perfect Trippi in the Finale

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June 9 Result

Too Much Power of Nine for Big Girl

Nine ran on the Tapeta. Big Girl (Street Sense - Quiet Celerity by Quiet American) was a tepid 3-1 at first flash, but steadily decreased to approach even money. This decrease in odds was probably due to her connections of jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She looked attentive in the paddock, and yes, she is a pretty big girl. Munnings Sister (Speightstown - La Comete by Holy Bull) is a flashy chestnut, like her brother, grade II winner Munnings. I liked the look of Im Tops (He's Tops - Summer Sails by In Excess (IRE)) on the track. The load was fairly smooth. Tribal Delight (Tribal Rule - Creole Delights by Bertrando) was a mite stubborn, and Mahalo Princess (Tribal Rule - I'm a Lil Princess by Lil Tyler) acted up in the gate. Yuma Thurman (Sea of Secrets - Queens Over Jacks by K One King) broke best, but she was joined by Power of Nine (Capsized - Position of Power by Lord Carson) and Munnings Sister. Big Girl had a good spot in fourth. Power of Nine and Yuma Thurman pulled away from Munnings Sister, and then Power of Nice shook free from her rival. She went on to post a 2 1/4 length victory. The next 6 finished together, with Tribal Delight closing to capture second, a neck in front of Yuma Thurman, who was a head in front of Big Girl, who was a neck better than Im Tops. Im Tops had a whole 1/2 length on Jule's Gold (Best Minister - Aunt Polly by Raise a Champion), who was a neck better than Munnings Sister. Finally, there was a break to Mahalo Princess (Tribal Rule - I'm a Lil Princess by Lil Tyler), and a bigger break to Forever Rules (Tribal Rule - High Rise Rita by Santiago Peak), who checked at the start and trailed throughout. Big Girl ran fairly evenly, learned some things, and should improve. Watch the Replay.

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

Power of Nine
$11.40
$5.40
$3.20
Tribal Delight  
$18.60
$7.40
Yuma Thurman  

$4.20

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June 10 Entry

Artest Seeks a Perfect Trippi in the Finale

June 10, 2011
Belmont Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2-year-olds
Post Time 2:00 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Vexor (FL)
2. Perfect Trippi (FL)
3. Finale (KY)
4. Jet Set Cat (NY)
5. Artest (KY)
6. Ullapool (FL)
7. Freudian Therapist (NY)

Artest (Hard Spun - Desire to Excel by Mt. Livermore) makes his first start going 5 furlongs at Belmont, if the heat subsides a bit. Belmont Park had to cancel their card on June 9 on account of the high temperatures. Artest has been working for several months, most recently going 4 furlongs in :48.17 from the gate at Aqueduct on June 3. He is the first foal out of stakes winner Desire to Excel, who won her first two races at 2, including the Astoria Stakes. Overall, Desire to Excel earned $175,543 in 7 starts. She is half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Sky Diving, who earned $212,793. Hard Spun's 5 runners have made 8 total starts, recording 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third, and $32,552 in earnings. Grade I winner Hard Spun was 3 for 3 at 2, including wins in the Port Penn Stakes and the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes. Overall, he earned $2,673,470 in 13 starts.

The only entrant with experience is Finale (Scat Daddy - Twinkle by Lively One), who finished third at 5 furlongs on a muddy track at Belmont Park on May 5, after hitting the gate and starting slowly. Finale is by freshman sire Scat Daddy, whose 6 runners have made 7 starts in all, recording 1 win, 1 second, 1 third, and earnings of $46,708. Scat Daddy won three races at 2, his debut, the Champagne Stakes (gr. I), and the Sanford Stakes (gr. II). Overall, he earned $1,334,300. Finale sold for $175,000 as a weanling, and is out of Twinkle, a winner at 2. Twinkle has produced 4 winners, including grade III winner Bright One, who earned $594,294. Two of her offspring won at 2. Twinkle is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Tiddelytrick.

Perfect Trippi (Trippi - Roger's Sue by Forestry) sold for $150,000 as a 2-year-old, and is a half brother to three winners, including grade I winner Turbulent Descent. Two of his siblings won at 2, including Turbulent Descent, who was 3 for 3 at 2, including victories in the Moccasin Stakes and the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I). Turbulent Descent, who is scheduled to run in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, has earned $618,350 in 6 starts with 5 wins and 1 second. Roger's Sue, dam of Perfect Trippi, is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to three winners, including grade III stakes-placed Bonay.

Ullapool (Langfuhr - Grey Traffic by Numerous), who is the only filly in the race, is out of grade II stakes-placed Grey Traffic. Grey Traffic, who earned $134,300, has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. One of her offspring won at 2. Grey Traffic is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Lord Beshara.

Jet Set Cat (One Nice Cat - Jet Set Jazz by A. P Jet) and Freudian Therapist (Freud - Jazzy Discovery by Regal Discovery) are a New York-bred entry. Jet Set Cat is out of the winning mare Jet Set Jazz, who has produced the winner Jet to Classics. Jet to Classics was a winner at 2. Jet Set Jazz is a half sister to 10 winners, including stakes winner Ma Femme. Freudian Therapist is a half brother to the winner Discover Jets. Their dam, Jazzy Discovery, is a half sister to 11 winners, including stakes winner Ma Femme, and Jet Set Jazz, dam of Jet Set Cat.

Vexor (Wildcat Heir - Real Clever Trick by Yes It's True) brought $10,000 as a weanling, and $90,000 as a yearling. He is a half brother to Atomic Flea, who was a debut winner at 2. Their dam, Real Clever Trick, is a full sister to stakes winner Bathed in Blue, and a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes-placed Miss Blues Sweep, who earned $203,466.

Returning Workers

June 9, 2011

Angel Love (filly; Corinthian - Open Story by Open Forum) worked 4 furlongs in :49.80 at the Churchill Downs Training Center. It was her first work since finishing 5th at Churchill Downs on May 26.

My People (colt; Corinthian - Last Vice by Vice Regent) worked 4 furlongs in :48.00 at Keeneland. It was his first work since finishing 5th at Churchill Downs on May 19.

At Arlington, Ravin's Rich Girl (filly; Corinthian - Betz Brush by Broad Brush) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.60.

Wrinkle Room (filly; English Channel - Golden Prospect by Mr. Prospector) worked at Santa Anita, 4 furlongs in :50.40.

Wicked Hard (colt; Hard Spun - Pennant Winner by Crafty Prospector) worked from the gate at Woodbine, 4 furlongs in :50.20.

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