Corinthia is All a Twitter for a Great Escape

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July 27 Results

Stakes Result

Red Duke (colt; Hard Spun - Saudia by Gone West) finished third in the 7 furlong group II Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. He settled mid-pack early on, but was blocked when the real running began. The winner was Chandlery (Choisir - Masai Queen by Mujadil), who led most of the race. It's hard to say whether Red Duke would have caught Chandlery, if he had gotten free, but he surely didn't get a chance. Richard Hannon trains the winner, and three other horses that were in the race, and his charges were doing much the blocking of Red Duke. However, it seemed to me that Kieren Fallon did not deliver the best ride on Red Duke to be caught unawares by the maneuvering of his rivals. Watch the replay.

Showing Some Pride

There were no scratches, and the track was fast. J C's Pride (Henny Hughes - Hi Lili by Silver Deputy), second behind Overdriven on July 24, was the overwhelming favorite. Mr. Style (Bluegrass Cat - Number One Girl by Tiznow) received some respect at 9-2. Hard Nosed (Hard Spun - Katy Kat by Forest Wildcat) was 11-1. J C's Pride looked good in the paddock, and Ventura Bar (Officer - Ventura Hotel by Grand Slam) caught my eye. J C's Pride sprung to the front at the break. Mr. Style and Hard Nosed were chasing. J C's Pride was steady on the lead, and Mr. Style continued to chase. J C's Pride was running easily, but began to pull away. He was 3 1/4 lengths in front at the wire. Mr. Style was clear in second, 8 3/4 lengths in front of third-place Delta Ranger (Mr. Greeley - Ever Hopeful by With Approval), who was just in front of Ventura Bar. Chalybeate Springs (Dynaformer - Chaposa Springs by Baldski) checked in fifth, and Hard Nosed was 6th, after his early involvement. J C's Pride stopped the clock in :56.54, a new track record for 5 furlongs. Watch the Replay. Read more about the race here.

July 27, 2011
Saratoga Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

J C's Pride
Mr. Style  
Delta Ranger


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A Winning State of Play

Both halves of the entry of Politicallycorrect (Kitten's Joy - Exceedexpectations by Tale of the Cat) and Ten W Forty (Kitten's Joy - Heavenly Oil by Golden Missile) were scratched, leaving 8 to run on the good turf. Doctor Chit (War Front - True Gritz by Yes It's True) was favored. Sark (English Channel - November Snow by Storm Cat), the only entrant with experience, was 3-1. Arthur (Artie Schiller - Janeian (NZ) by The Jogger) looked good at first glance. Sark looked ready to go in the post parade, and State of Play (War Front - Valeta by Procida) got a nice warmup. The start was good. Woods Hole (Kitalpha - Divine Wine by Father Steve) was on the lead, but Sark was right there, and State of Play was not far off. State of Play swung wide coming into the stretch, and went to the lead. Sark continued on in second, as Woods Hole retreated. State of Play ran on, winning by 2 1/2 lengths. Sark held second over a closing Arthur. Tiger Walk (Tale of the Cat - Majestic Trail by Kris S.) made up some ground to take fourth. Favorite Doctor Chit checked in 6th. Watch the Replay.

July 27, 2011
Saratoga Race 5
Maiden Special Weight

State of Play


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July 28 Entry

Corinthia is All a Twitter for a Great Escape

July 28, 2011
Calder Race 6
Maiden Claiming ($40,000)

4.5 furlongs
2-year-old fillies
Post Time 2:56 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Gold Knife (KY)
2. Whimsical Gal (FL)
3. Tanasi (FL)
4. Elegance Girl (FL)
5. All a Twitter (FL)
6. Diplomatic Gal (FL)
7. Great Escape (FL)
8. Corinthia (ON)
9. Conway Two Step (FL)

Corinthia (Corinthian - Mossy Bank by Smoke Glacken) makes her second start in this 4.5 furlong race at Calder. First time out, she had a short lead late, before drifting and finishing third in a 4.5 furlong race at Calder on July 3. That was also a Maiden Claiming race, but the claiming price was $32,000. Since that race, Corinthia worked 3 furlongs in :36.60 at Calder on July 19. She sold for $5,000 as a yearling, and for $11,000 as a 2-year-old, and is the first foal out of Mossy Bank, who was placed at 2. Mossy Bank is a half sister to 9 winners, including grade III winner Best Friend Stro, and grade II winner Turnofthecentury. Corinthian's 10 runners have made 13 combined starts, recording 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and earnings of $25,505.

Conway Two Step (Spanish Steps - Nancy's Glitter by Glitterman) and All a Twitter (D'wildcat - Disclaimed by Affirmed) finished 3rd and 9th in a 4.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Calder on June 25. All a Twitter showed speed before fading, and Conway Two Step, who was favored, closed. Conway Two Step subsequently finished 8th in a 6 furlong race at Calder on July 17. Stakes winner Nancy's Glitter, dam of Conway Two Step, won 5 races at 2, including 4 stakes, and earned $477,971 in her career. She has produced 4 winners, including stakes-placed winners Glittering Tax and Jane's Kid. Two of her offspring won at 2. Nancy's Glitter is a half sister to 5 winners. All a Twitter has no other starts. She sold for $12,000 as a yearling, and for $20,000 as a 2-year-old, and is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes-placed Call Fiorello. Five of her siblings won at 2, including Call Fiorello, who earned $249,482. Disclaimed, dam of All a Twitter, is a half sister to 3 winners.

Tanasi (High Cotton - Apache Pines by Pancho Villa) was fourth in her only race, a 5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Calder on July 17. She is by freshman sire High Cotton, whose 14 runners have made 24 total starts, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, 4 thirds, and $88,814 in earnings. Tanasi sold for $17,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Choctaw Ridge, who earned $320,609. Three of her siblings won at 2. Apache Pines, dam of Tanasi, is a half sister to 4 winners.

Finishing 8th in her only start was Elegance Girl (Purge - Danseur Chaud by Joyeux Danseur), who ran in a 5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Calder on July 16. She was off slowly, and passed a few late in that race. Elegance Girl brought $7,500 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Leave of Absence. Both of her winning siblings won at 2. Her dam, Danseur Chaud, is a full sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Bogangles; and a half sister to 2 winners, including grade II winner Belle of Perintown.

The remaining fillies are unraced, including Diplomatic Gal (Montbrook - Attache Gal by Atticus) and Great Escape (Montbrook - Dignified Woman by World Appeal), who are both by Montbrook. Diplomatic Gal is a half sister to three winners, including one who won at 2. Her dam, Attache Gal, is a half sister to 6 winners, including grade III winner Hesanoldsalt, and grade I winner Mongoose. Great Escape sold for $15,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Dignified Woman, a winner at 2, who earned $167,515. Dignified Woman has produced 7 winners, including three whio won at 2. Three of her offspring are full siblings to Great Escape, including stakes winner Oilgonewile and grade III stakes-placed Seize the Day, who were both debut winners at 2. Dignified Woman is a half sister to 10 winners, including grade II winner Christmas Boy.

Gold Knife (Touch Gold - House of Cheer by Housebuster) sold for $3,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare House of Cheer, who was a winner at 2. House of Cheer has produced the winner Giddy Up N Cheer. House of Cheer is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Tommy Cat and Natalicat.

Whimsical Gal (Sabre d'Argent - Tiz a Dancer by West Acre) is out of stakes-placed Tiz a Dancer, who has produced the winner Musical Dream. Tiz a Dancer is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to three winners, including stakes-placed He's a Charm, who earned $295,803.

Returning Workers

July 27, 2011

Buccella (filly; Corinthian - Western Tempest by Gone West) worked at Saratoga, 3 furlongs in :36.88.

At Woodbine, Cheerful Heart (filly; Corinthian - Glacken's Mark by Smoke Glacken) went 4 furlongs in :48.60.

One Slick Dude (colt; Corinthian - Easabeau Fille by Capote) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.11 at Saratoga.

Physical Gold (colt; Corinthian - Duchess Zea by Ascot Knight) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.65 at Saratoga.

Jonathan C (colt; English Channel - Laurafina by Cozzene) went 5 furlongs in 1:06.80 at Delaware Park.

La Malaguena (filly; English Channel - Brazilian by Stravinsky) worked at Hollywood Park, 5 furlongs in 1:02.00.

Working 4 furlongs in :50.09 at Saratoga was Manx (colt; English Channel - Supreme Council by Rahy).

Midnight Transfer (colt; Hard Spun - French Satin by French Deputy) worked at Del Mar, 5 furlongs in 1:04.80.

Working 5 furlongs from the gate at Saratoga was Seeker (colt; Hard Spun - Classic Olympio by Olympio), who went in 1:02.66.

Tripping (filly; Hard Spun - Mississippi Lights by Majestic Light) worked at Arlington Park, 4 furlongs in :51.00.

At Monmouth, Imminent Invasion (colt; Invasor - Lily Charmer by Seattle Slew) went 3 furlongs in :40.00.

At Golden Gate, Big Girl (filly; Street Sense - Quiet Celerity by Quiet American) worked 3 furlongs in :36.20. It was the fastest of 8 works at the distance.

Motor City (gelding; Street Sense - Shawgatny by Danzig Connection) worked at Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs in :49.00.

Port Conway (colt; Street Sense - Madison's Quest by Deputy Minister) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at the Greentree Training Center.

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