Crossing the Stakes

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Allthewayyeah (Corinthian - Royal Reserves by Forty Niner) was scratched from the 7 at Monmouth, which was run on a muddy track. The winner was My Adonis (Pleasantly Perfect - Silent Justice by Elusive Quality) by 4 3/4 lengths. Watch the Replay.

September 24 Results

Stakes Results

Hunt Crossing (colt; Corinthian - Silver Lace by Silver Deputy) was the heavy favorite in the 6 furlong Monmouth Park NATC Futurity at Monmouth Park. He stalked the early pacesetter Dangerous Trick (Forest Danger - Tuffer Trick by Western Trick), and then took over, winning by 3 lengths. Hunt Crossing now has 2 wins in three starts, with earnings of $110,417. He is the first stakes winner for Corinthian. Watch the Replay

Hunt Crossing
Hunt Crossing files home in the NATC Futurity - Photo by EQUI-PHOTO

Hunt Crossing
Hunt Crossing after the win - Photo by EQUI-PHOTO

Lady Clara (filly; Hard Spun - Victorica by Exbourne) trailed for most of the 6 furlong Monmouth Park NATC Futurity - Filly Division at Monmouth Park, but did beat one late to finish fourth. The winner was My Due Process (Henny Hughes - Easy Action by Crafty Prospector), who led throughout, and won by 3 1/4 lengths. Watch the Replay.

Maiden Results

Prince Raphael Gets the Crown

The race was taken off the turf, and run at 7 furlongs on the Polytrack. Toasting Mia (Exchange Rate - Ruby Martini by Rubiano) and Afleet Trini (Afleet Alex - Heaven's Symphony by Maria's Mon) were scratched from the main field, as well as AE entrants Dead On (Awesome Again - Split the Arrow by Smart Strike) and Hurry Up Alan (Southern Image - Summer Trip by Trippi). AE entrant Sky's Prize (Sky Classic - Bonnie's Prize by Prized) got to run. Saturday Classic (Any Given Saturday - Classic Approval by With Approval) was favored, Wicked Hard (Hard Spun - Pennant Winner by Crafty Prospector) was 32-1. Prince Raphael (Shakespeare - Yankee Town by Cape Town) looked good in the paddock, Saturday Classic had some spring in his step, and Wicked Hard made a good impression. Designator (Silver Train - Designing Miss by Notebook) kept catching my eye on the track. Malibu Tide (Malibu Moon - Hello Lucky by Lucky Lionel) encountered some trouble getting to the track, requiring a jockey change. He was delayed coming out, and the race was delayed a few minutes. First-timer I Cat (Bluegrass Cat - Talullah by Twining) acted up at the load. Designator broke running, going to the front. Exchange Can Rate (Exchange Rate - Interruption by Conquistador Cielo), Saturday Classic, and Wicked Hard were up close. Designator continued to lead with Exhange Can Rate chasing, but then Prince Raphael came up the rail and went on by. He opened up, winning by 6 3/4 lengths. Malibu Tide outfinished Exchange Can Rate for second, and Stormy Revenge (Stormy Atlantic - Firebaby by Marquetry) rallied for fourth. Wicked Hard finished 11th (last) after his early activity. Prince Raphael is winner number five for Shakespeare. Watch the Replay.

September 24, 2011
Woodbine Race 4

Maiden Special Weight

Prince Raphael
Malibu Tide  
Exchange Can Rate


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A Gem of a Win

Eleven ran on the Polytrack. Favoritism volleyed between Gemologist (Tiznow - Crystal Shard by Mr. Prospector) and Thomas Jefferson (Mr. Greeley - Milago by Danzig), with Gemologist the 2-1 choice at post time. Photon (Invasor (ARG) - Lady Bertrando by Bertrando) was respected at 5-1. As they came on to the track, Mr Supernova (Aldebaran - Memory Work by Synastry) dumped his rider and was loose. He was soon apprehended. Ninja Cat (First Samurai - Senora Cat by Cozzene) made a favorable appearance on the track, and Photon is a good looker. Ninja Cat unseated his rider during the load. Gemologist broke on top, pursued by Fifty Five South (Cuvee - Greyciousness by Miswaki). Also up close were Zoom Zoom Zap (Noble Causeway - Mil Kilates by Gold Alert) and Ninja Cat. Photon was near the back early. Fifty Five South moved even with Gemologist, as Thomas Jefferson began to get involved. Gemologist shook off the challenge from Fifty Five South, and pulled away for a 5 length win. Fifty Five South held second, over a closing Got Zip (City Zip - Got Pizazz by Lion Cavern). Thomas Jefferson weakened to fourth, and Photon passed some to finish fifth. Mr Supernova hit the gate and was eased. Watch the Replay.

September 24, 2011
Turfway Park Race 12

Maiden Special Weight

Fifty Five South  
Got Zip


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September 26 Entry

No entries for Sunday, September 25, so I'll preview a Monday race.

Midnight Vader is a Grudgeholder with a License to Bling

September 26, 2011
Thistledown Race 5

1 mile
Post Time 3:54 PM ET

P Horse
1. Midnight Vader (OH)
2. License to Bling (OH)
3. Not an Altar Boy (OH)
4. Brass Buckle (OH)
5. Doctor Diego (OH)
6. Grudgeholder (OH)
7. Freds Aly (OH)

Although he is still a maiden, stakes-placed Midnight Vader (Invasor - Allou by Seattle Slew) runs in a mile Allowance at Thistledown. It is restricted to Ohio-breds, and several of these horses are familar to Midnight Vader. He will be getting blinkers off for this race. Midnight Vader has run 5 times, finishing second twice (on June 8 and on June 26) and third twice (on July 10 and July 24). His only off-the-board finish came in his most recent start, when he was 9th in the 6 furlong Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes at Thistledown on August 6. All of his other starts have been at River Downs, including a third-place finish in the 5.5 furlong Hoover Stakes on July 10. He last worked on September 19 at River Downs, going 5 furlongs in 1:03.94. Midnight Vader is out of the placed mare Allou, who has produced 2 winners. One of her offspring won at 2. Allou is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade I winner Funny Moon. Invasor's 12 runners have made 23 total starts, recording 1 wins, 4 seconds, 5 thirds, and earnings of $32,817.

Not an Altar Boy (Teuflesberg - Laird's Honor by Honor Grades) broke his maiden in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at River Downs on July 24. Midnight Vader was third in that race. Not an Altar Boy had previously finished 2nd in the Hoover Stakes, and subsequently finished 6th in the Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes, both times finishing in front of Midnight Vader. Not an Altar Boy is by first-crop sire Teuflesberg, whose 11 runners have made 28 total starts, registering 4 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, and $101,823 in earnings. Not an Altar Boy is out of the winning mare Laird's Honor. Laird's Honor has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including Even, who has earned $112,923. Laird's Honor is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Royal Cup, who earned $141,750.

The only other winner in the field is License to Bling (Too Much Bling - Awesome Eve by Awesome Again), who won a 5.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight at River Downs on August 26. He previously had finishing 5th in the Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes, in front of Not an Altar Boy and Midnight Vader. License to Bling is the first foal out of the winning mare Awesome Eve. Awesome Eve is a half sister to one winner.

Freds Aly (Suave - Valleys Aly by Peaks and Valleys) and Grudgeholder (Don't Get Mad - Cold Play by Souvenir Copy) finished 5th and 6th, behind License to Bling, on August 26 at River Downs. Freds Aly has run 8 times in all. He finished 3rd on June 26 at River Downs (behind Midnight Vader), and 3rd on August 11 at River Downs. He also ran in the Hoover Stakes, finishing 7th, behind Not an Altar Boy and Midnight Vader. His most recent start was on September 14, when he was 4th in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Thistledown. Freds Aly is the first foal out of the winning mare Valleys Aly. Valleys Aly is a half sister to three winners. Grudgeholder has made 5 total starts, including a 5th behind Midnight Vader on July 24, a 4th behind Freds Aly on August 11, and an 8th in the Hoover Stakes on July 10, behind Not an Altar Bay, Midnight Vader, and Freds Aly. His most recent race was on September 16, when he finished 7th in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Turfway Park. Grudgeholder is the second foal out of the winning mare Cold Play. Her first foal, Old Harley, is a winner. Cold Play is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Sweetheart Deal and Sweet Madeline.

Doctor Diego (Honour and Glory - Thedoctorscat by Tale of the Cat) finished 3rd, in front of Freds Aly, on September 14 at Thistledown. His only other start was on July 16, when he finished 7th at 5 furlongs on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs. He sold for $6,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare Thedoctorscat. Thedoctorscat is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Fiddlers Afleet, who has earned $473,725.

Completing the field is unraced Brass Buckle (Proud Citizen - Barnsy by Langfuhr), who is part of an entry with License to Bling. Brass Buckle is out of stakes winner Barnsy, who was a debut winner at 2, and also stakes-placed that season. She earned $154,420 in her career, and has produced the winner Prime Time Dancer. Prime Time Dancer did not run at 2, but was a debut winner at 3. Barnsy is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Ready for Roses and Littlebitabling, and grade II winner Too Much Bling, sire of License to Bling. Barnsy is also a half sister to the Hard Spun 2-year-old filly Singavictorysong.

New Worker

Closerwalk (colt; Street Sense - Cool Pussycat by Tabasco Cat) worked at Keeneland, 2 furlongs in :25.80. He was purchased $17,000 as a yearling, and for $125,000 as a 2-year-old. He is a half brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner A True Pussycat. Two of his siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner at 2. Cool Pussycat, dam of Closerwalk, is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 7 winners, including grade III winners Rotsaluck and Chilly Rooster.

Returning Workers

September 24, 2011

Angel Love (filly; Corinthian - Open Story by Open Forum) worked at Churchill Downs, 4 furlongs in :51.80 on a good track.

At Woodbine, Cheerful Heart (filly; Corinthian - Glacken's Mark by Smoke Glacken) went 4 furlongs in :48.80. 

Debits and Credits (colt; Corinthian - Congratulations by Mercedes Won) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.60 at Santa Anita.  

Fire Wise (filly; Corinthian - Smoke Chaser by Smoke Glacken) went 5 furlongs in :59.40 at Santa Anita.

At Turfway, Prettygood and You (filly; Corinthian - Ketchmewhereyoucan by Distorted Humor) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40.  

Van Tassel (gelding; Corinthian - Adorahy by Rahy) worked at Fair Hill, 4 furlongs in :48.80. He is entered Wednesday at Belmont Park.

Blueskiesnrainbows (colt; English Channel - Cho Cho San by Deputy Minister) went 5 furlongs in :58.80 at Santa Anita. It was the 3rd fastest of 76 works at the distance.  

English Lace (filly; English Channel - Sandi M by Silver Hawk) worked at Emerald Downs, 4 furlongs in :51.60. 

At Woodbine, Eye of the World (colt; English Channel - Chris' Rocket Girl by Seattle Dancer) went 4 furlongs in :50.60.

La Malaguena (filly; English Channel - Brazilian by Stravinsky) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80 at Hollywood Park.  

Lady Ederle (filly; English Channel - Bright Generation (IRE) by Rainbow Quest) worked at Calder, 5 furlongs in 1:03.00. 

At Woodbine, Queen of the Waves (filly; English Channel - Clearly a Queen by Lucky North) worked 4 furlongs in :50.60.

At Belmont, Marco's Bon Vivant (colt; Hard Spun - Staraway by Star de Naskra) went 4 furongs in :50.58.

Senor Hambone (colt; Hard Spun - Light From Above by A.P. Indy) worked 3 furlongs in :36.40 at Hollywood Park. It was the fastest of 11 works at the distance.

At Fair Hill, Galilee (colt; Invasor - Safeen by Storm Cat) went 5 furlongs in 1:02.20.  

Avie's Sense (filly; Street Sense - Fly for Avie by Lord Avie) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 at Woodbine.

Jampera (filly; Street Sense - La Rein by Roy) wernt 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 at Woodbine.  

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