A Hard Spun Battle in Delaware

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News and Notes

Sweet and Lowdown (Street Sense - Mombasa by Dynaformer) did not draw in off the AE list for Race 7 at Churchill Downs. The race was taken off the turf, and run on the good main track. The winner was Givhans Ferry (Congaree - Trepidation by Seeking the Gold), who ran down Poorlittlebridgett (Indian Charlie - Marina de Chavon by Exploit) and Charming Vixen (Bernstein - Sadler's Charm by Honour and Glory). Watch the Replay.

Three-year-old colt Ronald Reagan (Henny Hughes - Refugee by Unaccounted For) debuts in race 9 at Delaware Park on Monday, June 27. I've been looking forward to this one, if only for the race call possibilities.

June 26 Result

A Whiskey Rebellion Overtakes the Midnight Vader

All nine ran on the sloppy track at River Downs. First-timer Whiskey Rebellion (Forestry - Running Debate by Open Forum) was even money. Midnight Vader (Invasor - Allou by Seattle Slew) was given a shot at 3-1. Hope Glitters (De Hero - My Bold Glitter by Glitterman) was a little wild in the post parade. Jean's Memory (Shaniko - Mispillion by Deputy Minister) made a good impression, although no one looked better than the favorite. Midnight Vader warmed up nicely. Risky Romance (De Hero - Glittering Risk by Take Me Out) was a bit reluctant to load. The start was fair. Freds Aly (Suave - Valleys Aly by Peaks and Valleys) went to the lead, but Midnight Vader was right there too. Rallying wide was Whiskey Rebellion, who rolled on by the field and kept going to win by 3 3/4 lengths. Midnight Vader was no match for Whiskey Rebellion, but he was 4 lengths in front of the rest. Somewhere, there is a win for him. Freds Aly held third over a fast-closing Risky Romance. Watch the Replay.

June 26, 2011
River Downs Race 1
Maiden Special Weight

Whiskey Rebellion
Midnight Vader  
Freds Aly  


June 27 Entry

A Hard Spun Battle in Delaware

June 27, 2011
Delaware Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

5 furlongs
2-year-old fillies
Post Time 4:24 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Filare l'Oro (KY)
2. Drebin (KY)
3. Lulu Wong (KY)
4. True Feelings (KY)
5. Softly Lit (KY)
6. Miss Pavarotti (FL)
7. Doin' Hard Time (KY)
8. Shesa Sweet Talker (FL)
9. Jaggermama (FL)
10. Brilliant Katie (KY)
11. Delonix (MD)

It's a battle of Hard Spun fillies at Delaware Park, where Hard Spun broke his maiden in 2006. Hard Spun's 11 runners have made 17 total starts, recording 6 wins, 1 second, 1 third, and $87,704 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. Filare l'Oro (filly; Hard Spun - Elusive Gold by Strike the Gold) has run twice, finishing 4th at 4.5 furlongs at Pimlico on April 15, and a closing 2nd at 4.5 furlongs at Delaware Park on June 4. She last worked on June 18, going 5 furlongs in 1:02.00 on a muddy track at Laurel. Filare l'Oro was a $18,000 yearling, and is out of Elusive Gold, who was placed at 2. Elusive Gold has produced three winners, including grade III winner Gouldings Green, who earned $682,493. One of her offspring won at 2. Elusive Gold is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Bionic Soul and grade I winner Stop Traffic. Doin' Hard Time (Hard Spun - Time's Mistress by Mr. Greeley) is making her first start. She has been working at Delaware Park, including 4 furlongs in :51.40 on June 20. A $35,000 yearling, she is the first foal out of grade III winner Time's Mistress. Time's Mistress won 2 races at 2, including her debut, and earned $260,581 overall. Time's Mistress is a half sister to 4 winners.

Miss Pavarotti (Pavarotti - Missy McKee by Silver Deputy) and Shesa Sweet Talker (Stormin Fever - Stalwart's Secret by Stalwart) finished 3rd and 4th, behind Filare l'Oro on June 4 at Delaware Park. Both were involved early in that one. Miss Pavarotti previously finished 3rd at Delaware Park on May 25. She is by freshman sire Pavarotti, whose 2 runners have made 3 total starts, recording 2 thirds and $11,480 in earnings. Miss Pavarotti is out of the winning mare Missy McKee, who has produced 6 winners, including grade II winner Umpateedle. Umpateedle was a winner at 2, and earned $726,590 overall. Four other offspring of Missy McKee won at 2, including three who won their debuts. Missy McKee is a half sister to 7 winners. Shesa Sweet Talker (Stormin Fever - Stalwart's Secret by Stalwart) has no other starts. She sold for $5,700 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Stalwart's Secret. Stalwart's Secret won 2 races at 2, including her debut, and earned $143,110 in her career. She has produced 4 winners from 5 to run. Stalwart's Secret is a half sister to 3 winners.

The only other filly with experience is Softly Lit (Latent Heat - Running Creek by Cape Town), who finished 2nd in a 5.5 furlong race on a sloppy track at Colonial Downs on June 11 in her only start. She brought $3,200 as a yearling, and is a half sister to one winner. Running Creek, dam of Softly Lit, is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner For Kisses, and grade III winner He Loves Me. Softly Lit is by freshman sire Latent Heat, whose 4 runners have made 5 starts in all, recording 1 win, 1 second, and $27,002 in earnings.

Also by Latent Heat is True Feelings (Latent Heat - Grand Charmer by Lord Avie), who brought $150,000 as a yearling. Grade III winner Grand Charmer, dam of True Feelings, won three races at 2, including the Susanna Dickerson Stakes, and made $210,087 in her career. Grand Charmer has produced 5 winners, including one who won at 2. Grand Charmer is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 7 winners, including Ring My Bell, a group II winner in Jamaica.

Jaggermama (High Cotton - Dreamy Dream by Whitney Tower) is by first-crop sire High Cotton, whose 4 runners have made 8 combined starts, recording 1 win, 2 seconds, and $36,389 in earnings. Jaggermama is out of the winning mare Dreamy Dream, who earned $103,830. Dreamy Dream is the dam of grade II stakes-placed War Fighter and stakes-placed Jaggermonster. War Fighter was a winner at 2. Dreamy Dream is a half sister to 6 winners.

Selling for $165,000 as a yearling was Brilliant Katie (Gone West - Katherine Seymour (GB) by Green Desert), who is out of group II stakes-placed Katherine Seymour. Katherine Seymour was a debut winner at 2, and has produced 2 winners, including Liberation Spirit, a full brother to Brilliant Katie. Katherine Seymour is a half sister to 3 winners.

Lulu Wong (Badge of Silver - Lovely Cool by Indian Charlie) brought $27,000 as a yearling, and $100,000 as a 2-year-old. She is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Lovely Cool. Lovely Cool is a half sister to four winners.

Delonix (Two Punch - Poinciana by Horse Chestnut (SAF)), who was a $20,000 yearling, is the second foal out of the winning mare Poinciana. Poinciana is a half sister to 4 winners, including group III winner Eishin Guymon.

Drebin (Strong Contender - My Stray Cat by Chimes Band) is out of the winning mare My Stray Cat, who has produced 2 winners. One of her offspring won at 2. My Stray Cat is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Elocat's Burglar.

Returning Workers

June 26, 2011

At Aqueduct, Takes the Gold (colt; Corinthian - Marquet Rent by Marquetry) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.83.

Channel Quest (colt; English Channel - Primequest by Coronado's Quest) worked at Monmouth, 4 furlongs in :49.00.

Optimizer (colt; English Channel - Indy Pick by A. P. Indy) worked on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs, 5 furlongs in 1:02.00.

At Hastings, Strait of Dover (colt; English Channel - Bahrain Star by Danzig) went 3 furlongs in :36.80. It was the fastest of 8 works at the distance.

Artest (colt; Hard Spun - Desire to Excel by Mt. Livermore) worked 4 furlongs in :50.38 at Aqueduct. It was his first work since breaking his maiden on June 10.

Midnight Transfer (colt; Hard Spun - French Satin by French Deputy) worked at Santa Anita, 3 furlongs in :38.60.

At Arlington Park, Invasor Beauty (filly; Invasor - She's Scrumpy by Squadron Leader) went 3 furlongs in :36.40.

Deadicated Deal (colt; Street Sense - Meadow Silk by Meadowlake) worked 3 furlongs in :39.16 at Belmont Park.

Also at Belmont Park, Miss Netta (filly; Street Sense - Dyna Peak by Dynaformer) went 3 furlongs in :36.90.

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