Lady Clara is a Hard Mystery

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Both Channelofdreams (English Channel - So Soulful by Real Quiet) and Corinthia (filly; Corinthian - Mossy Bank by Smoke Glacken) were scratched from their races at Calder. Dont Meswit Goldie (Harlan's Holiday - Sea Pines by Exploit) won the 4th race (Watch the Replay), and Chilean Dreams (Repent - Everdream by Cozzene) took the 5th (Watch the Replay).

November 18 Entries

Lady Clara is a Bonjour Belle for a Rough Winter

November 18, 2011
Aqueduct Race 3

Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
2-year-old fillies
Post Time 1:21 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Bonjour Belle (KY)
2. Almusafa (KY)
3. He Loves Me More (KY)
4. Tizfirst (KY)
5. Coup (KY)
6. Rough Winter (KY)
7. Clarinda (KY)
8. Lady Clara (KY)
9. Hanalei (KY)
10. She's Striking (KY)
11. Market Princess (KY)
MTO Vacationing (KY)
MTO Sea Island (KY)

Lady Clara (Hard Spun - Victorica by Exbourne) is scheduled to make start number three in this mile contest at Belmont. This race was scheduled for the turf, but has already been taken off of that surface and moved to the main track, so it will be interesting to see if Lady Clara stays in. She finished 8th in her debut at 7 furlongs at Saratoga on September 4, and then ran in the 6 furlong Monmouth Park NATC Futurity on a muddy track on September 24, finishing 4th. She's been working regularly at Fair Hill since then, including 3 fulrongs in :37.00 on November 12. Lady Clara sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and as a 2-year-old. Stakes winner Victorica, dam of Lady Clara, won her first 2 races at 2, and earned $293,067. She has produced stakes winner King Hesperus, who earned $221,841. Victorica is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Noble Minstrel. Hard Spun's 63 runners have made 158 total starts, recording 29 wins, 21 seconds, 19 thirds, and $1,267,825 in earnings.

MTO entrant Sea Island (Pulpit - Resort by Pleasant Colony) finished 9th, behind Lady Clara, on September 4 at Saratoga. She subsequently finished 2nd in a mile race at Belmont Park on October 21, 3/4 of a length behind Lady Cohiba, who returned to win the May Night Stakes at Aqueduct on November 16. Sea Island is out of grade I stakes-placed Resort, a winner at 2, who earned $247,730 in her career. Resort is the dam of 2 winners, including grade II winner Sightseeing, a full brother to Sea Island. Sightseeing was a winner at 2, and earned $508,401 overall. Resort is a half sister to 6 winners, including grade III winner With Distinction, and grade II winner Living Vicariously.

Also on the MTO list is Vacationing (Harlan's Holiday - Seattle Qui by Seattle Slew), who was 3rd in her only start, a mile and a sixteenth race at Belmont Park on October 6. She sold for $300,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Classical Slew, who won his first 2 races at 2, including the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes. Seattle Qui, dam of Vacationing, is a half sister to 11 winners, including stakes winners Alybgood and Quartier Latin, and group II winner Que Belle.

Market Princess (After Market - Noble Idea by Deputy Minister), Hanalei (Bob and John - Bates Choice by Bates Motel), and Tizfirst (Tiznow - Number One Cat by Storm Cat) finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in a mile race on good turf at Belmont Park on October 16. Market Princess, who closed on October 16, was 8th in her previous start at a mile at Belmont on October 2. She is by freshman sire After Market, whose 38 runners have made 99 total starts, recording 16 wins, 12 seconds, 10 thirds, and $389,805 in earnings. Market Princess is a half sister to the winner Great Thought. Their dam, Noble Idea, is a half sister to 4 winners, including grade I winner Key Phrase. Hanalei also closed on October 26. She has no other starts, and sold for $18,000 as a yearling. Hanalei is out of stakes winner Bates Choice, who won 2 races at 2, including the Miss Ohio Stakes. Bates Choice has produced the winner Sheriff's Choice, who has earned $130,940. Bates Choice is a half sister to 2 winners. Hanalei is by first-crop sire Bob and John, whose 36 runners have made 97 combined starts, recording 12 wins, 8 seconds, 14 thirds, and earnings of $305,958. Tizfirst was favored on October 16, and pressed the pace before weakening. She made her only other start in the mile Junior Champion Stakes on the turf at Monmouth on September 4, finishing 3rd. She was purchased for $155,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Number One Cat. Number One Cat has produced 3 winners, including Abide, a full sister to Tizfirst. Abide was a winner at 2. Number One Cat is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Leo Getz. Her dam is grade I winner Vivid Angel.

Clarinda (Empire Maker - Miss Mary Apples by Clever Trick) made her only start at Keeneland, finishing 5th in a 7 furlong race on October 21. A $130,000 yearling, she is out of grade II stakes-placed Miss Mary Apples, a winner at 2, who earned $171,172 in her career. Miss Mary Apples is the dam of 3 winners, including stakes winners Dr. Diamonds Prize and Miss Red Delicious, a full sister to Clarinda. Both Dr. Diamonds Prize and Miss Red Delicious were winners at 2. Miss Mary Apples is a half sister to one winner.

Coup (Empire Maker - French Lady (NZ) by Entrepreneur (GB)), who is also by Empire Maker, has also made one start on the Polytrack at Keeneland, finishing 10th at 6 furlongs on October 15. Coup is out of French Lady, who was group I stakes-placed in Australia, and earned $114,150. French Lady has produced Philosopher Queen, a winner of 2 races as a 2-year-old. Philosopher Queen is a full sister to Coup. French Lady is a half sister to 2 winners.

She's Striking (Smart Strike - Top Notch Lady by Sultry Song) was 5th in her lone race, a 6 furlong contest at Parx Racing on October 2. She was purchased for $80,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of grade III winner Top Notch Lady. Top Notch Lady won three races at 2, including the Glorious Song Stakes, and earned $382,524 in her career. She is a full sister to 2 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Killer Image; and a half sister to 8 winners, including group III stakes-placed Eishin Concord.

The remaining fillies are unraced, including He Loves Me More (More Than Ready - He Loves Me by Not For Love), who sold for $175,000 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of grade III winner He Loves Me. He Loves Me won 2 races at 2, including her debut, and was also stakes-placed that season, and earned $355,698 in her career. He Loves Me is a full sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner For Kisses, and a half sister to one winner.

Grade II winner Belle Cherie, dam of Bonjour Belle (Elusive Quality - Belle Cherie by Belong to Me), won 3 races at 2, including her debut and the Miss Grillo Stakes, and earned $426,861 overall. She has produced stakes-placed Belle Cherie Mary, and stakes winners Last Best Place and Beau Choix, a full brother to Bonjour Belle. Last Best was a stakes winner at 2. Belle Cherie is a full sister to stakes winner Be Mine Tonight, and a half sister to stakes winner She Nuit All and grade I winner Octave.

Almusafa (Haafhd (GB) - Basaata by Dixieland Band) is the first foal out of stakes-placed Basaata, who was a winner at 2. Basaata's dam, Asareer, is a half sister to group II winner Gaudeamus and 6 other winners.

Rough Winter (Macho Uno - Stormy Winter by Stormy Atlantic) is the first foal out of the winning mare Stormy Winter, who was placed at 2. Stormy Winter is a half sister to 2 winners.

Hard Mystery will Dance With Gio like a Darling Bridezilla

November 18, 2011
Monmouth Race 6

Maiden Special Weight
1 mile and 70 yards
2-year-old fillies
Post Time 2:30 PM ET TVG

P Horse
1. Hard Mystery (KY)
2. Dance With Gio (NJ)
3. Dublin Rose (FL)
4. No It Isn't (KY)
5. Darling Bridezilla (FL)
6. Hotnslick (PA)

Hard Mystery (Hard Spun - Summer Rainbow by Summer Squall) faces 5 in this mile and 70 yard contest at Monmouth. She has run twice, and finished second twice, at 5.5 furlongs on August 12 at Saratoga, and at a mile and a sixteenth at Laurel on November 2. In the latter start, she led most of the race and was game once passed. She sold for $22,000 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of stakes winner Summer Rainbow, who earned $246,417. Summer Rainbow is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners. Hard Spun's 63 runners have made 158 total starts, recording 29 wins, 21 seconds, 19 thirds, and $1,267,825 in earnings.

Dance With Gio (Dance With Raves - Gracious Megan by Safe Prospect) and Hotnslick (Crafty Friend - Sweet Cali Cat by Tabasco Cat) finished 9th and 11th in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Monmouth Park on September 17. Dance With Gio subsequently finished 2nd in a mile Maiden Claiming race at Monmouth on October 10. She is out of Gracious Megan, a winner at 2, who earned $154,013 in her career. Gracious Megan has produced the winner Pasta Lover, a full brother to Dance With Gio, who has earned $230,290 through 2011. Gracious Megan is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 3 winners, including grade III winner Joey P., who has earned $1,081,167. Hotnslick has run five times in all, finishing second twice, at 5 furlongs on June 25, and at 6 furlongs in the mud on October 28, her most recent outing. All of her starts have been at Monmouth. She is a half sister to 5 winners, including Jackies Dream, who earned $143,927. Sweet Cali Cat, dam of Hotnslick, is a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winners Pineaff and Call My Bluff.

No It Isn't (Yes It's True - Carol D by High Yield) did her previous running in Canada, with 5 starts at Woodbine and one at Fort Erie. She has finished second three times and third once. Her most recent start was on October 13, when she was 4th in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Claiming Racing on the Polytrack at Woodbine. No It Isn't was purchased for $12,000 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of stakes winner Carol D, who won the Open Thoroughbred Futurity at 2. Carol D's first foal is stakes winner Red's Round Table, who won 4 races at 2, including the White Clay Creek Stakes and the Only Queens Stakes. She has earned $159,600 through 2011. Carol D is a half sister to 5 winners, including War Wolf, who was grade II stakes-placed at 2.

Dublin Rose (Smoke Glacken - Elizabethswildrose by Hennessy) has run 5 times. She finished 5th twice in two Arlington Park starts, and has made her last three starts at Monmouth, finishing 2nd at 5.5 furlongs on a muddy track on October 1, 2nd at 6 furlongs on October 15, and 3rd at 6 furlongs on November 6. Dublin Rose is out of Elizabethswildrose, who was a winner at 2. Elizabethswildrose is a half sister to 8 winners.

Darling Bridezilla (D'wildcat - Darling Bride by Unbridled) has run once, finishing 4th in a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth on October 30, after starting slowly. She is out of the winning mare Darling Bride, who has produced stakes-placed Debonair Darling. Debonair Darling has earned $193,020 in 16 starts. Darling Bride is a half sister to 7 winners.

Other November 18 Entries

The long-awaited second start for Artest (colt; Hard Spun - Desire to Excel by Mt. Livermore) occurs in race 2 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race. He is not in for a tag, and post time is 12:52 PM ET. Artest was a debut winner on June 10, winning a 5 furlong race at Belmont Park by 6 lengths. Finishing behind him was Vexor, who went on to win the Nashua Stakes (gr. II), and Finale, who won the Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT), and the Continental Mile Stakes. Artest has been back on the worktab for several months, including 6 furlongs in 1:14.01 at Aqueduct on November 11. 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.

How Do I Win (ridgling; Corinthian - Silver Crown by Distorted Humor) faces winners for the first time in race 7 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Starter Allowance. Post time is 3:17 PM ET. How Do I Win broke his maiden in his fourth start, a 6 furlong race on a sloppy track at Belmont on October 19. Previously, he had recorded one third, one fourth, and a sixth. He's worked a couple of times since his win, including 4 furlongs in :49.08 at Belmont on November 12. How Do I Win sold for $120,000 as a weanling, and for $190,000 as a yearling. He is the second foal out of stakes winner Silver Crown, who won 2 races at 2, and earned $272,486 in her career. Silver Crown's first foal, Mr. Fuzzybottom, was a winner at 2. Silver Crown is a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Silvery Topping, and grade II winner Powerful Punch.

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