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I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, no matter how you celebrate. I am on vacation beginning tomorrow, December 21, so this will be my last blog post for awhile. I will return before the end of the year with some comments about 2011. I will check comments while I'm out, so feel free to post about any interesting horses that you see.

December 18 Results

Corderosa Can't Be Denied

All seven ran on the fast track. Brilliant Autumn (Yes It's True - Mimi's Tizzy by Cee's Tizzy) was favored, with newcomer Marvelous Margaret (Put It Back - Port Isabel by Time to Explode) also receiving attention from the bettors. Street Dreams (Street Sense - Honorable Cat by Honor Grades) was 5-1. Debuting Corderosa (Aldebaran - Danzing Celtic by Danzig) went to the lead from her inside post, but Brilliant Autumn was right with her. Chasing these were Marvelous Margaret ad Really Bullish (Holy Bull - Really Ameadowstar by Meadowlake). Street Dreams had a couple beat early, and Mo Fuzzy Cat (Tale of the Cat - Gulch Girl by Gulch) was off slowly. Corderosa and Brilliant Autumn continued to duel, but in the stretch it was the first-timer who pulled away, and Corderosa went on to post a 5 1/4 length win. Brilliant Autumn was more than 7 in front of third-place finisher Really Bullish, who was well clear of Marvelous Margaret. Melissa Song (Political Force - Mrs. Debbie M by War Chant), Street Dreams, and Mo Fuzzy Cat completed the strung out field. Watch the Replay.

December 18, 2011
Aqueduct Race 2 

Maiden Special Weight

Brilliant Autumn  
Really Bullish


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Other December 18 Results

Patrice Merion (filly; English Channel - Scrofa by Unusual Heat) was the even-money choice in race 5 at Gulfstream Park, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,000) on firm turf, and didn't disappoint, pulling away in the stretch for a 1 1/4 length win, despite drifting out. She is winner number 12 for English Channel. English Beauty (filly; English Channel - Preservation Hall by Dixieland Band) was bumped by Patrice Merion at the start, finishing 5th. Watch the Replay.

Seaside Magic (filly; Hard Spun - Enduring Will by Arch) took the lead in the stretch of race 4 at Parx Racing, a 6.5 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000), but couldn't hold off winner Gabby's Miracle (Officer - Elusive Melody by Elusive Quality), finishing second. Watch the Replay.

Corinthian Leather (filly; Corinthian - Belle Excel by Gone West) was favored in race 3 at Gulfstream Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000), but hit the gate at the start, and had an abundance of traffic issues throughout, finishing 4th. The winner was All a Twitter (D'wildcat - Disclaimed by Affirmed). Watch the Replay.

Cheerful Heart (filly; Corinthian - Glacken's Mark by Smoke Glacken) was bumped at the start of race 8 at Gulfstream, a mile Allowance on the firm turf, but did make up some spots late to finish 5th. Sandy Key Gal (Put It Back - Atlantic Frost by Stormy Atlantic) led the whole way, to win by a neck. Watch the Replay.

December 19 Result

The Winning Jump Shot

There were no scratches, and the track was fast. Five Star Brew (Storm Brewing - Five Star Mallory by Five Star Day) was favored, and Clearly Wicked (Corinthian - Tzara Band by Dixieland Band) was almost 6-1. Golden Capers (Pride of Burkaan - Golden Carousel by Candi's Gold) took the lead at the break, but her advantage was short-lived. She retreated, leaving the front to Key Keys Jump Shot (Jump Start - Only by Salt Lake). Up with her were Barbara Please (Gentlemen (ARG) - Broken Tiara by Broken Vow) and Duchess of Spain (Proud Citizen - Royal Illusion by Louis Quatorze). Clearly Wicked was near the back early. Key Keys Jump Start continued to show the way, and pulled clear in the stretch for a 3 3/4 length win. Duchess of Spain was a clear second over favorite Five Star Brew, who was running on late. Clearly Wicked ended up 7th. This was an uncharacteristic flat performance from Clearly Wicked. Perhaps she needs a break. Watch the Replay.

December 19, 2011
Mountaineer Race 1

Maiden Special Weight

Key Keys Jump Shot
Duchess of Spain  
Five Star Brew


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December 20 Results

English Rhythm (filly; English Channel - Golden Rhythm by Rhythm) was involved from the start in her debut in race 2 at Turf Paradise, 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $20,000), making a bid for the lead, but came up short and finished second. Still, a nice debut. The winner was Our New Tale (Our New Recruit - Tale of the Scale by Tale of the Cat). Watch the Replay.

Tiara (filly; Corinthian - Fusaichi Lady by Fusaichi Pegasus) finished 6th in race 7 at Parx Racing, a 7 furlong Allowance, after being close early. The winner was Love Contract (Consolidator - Option Contract by Forty Niner). Preach Easy (filly; Corinthian - Maypole Dance by Northern Raja) was scratched. Watch the Replay.

December 21 Entries

Love Letter (filly; Corinthian - Script by Storm Cat) runs in race 5 at Tampa Bay Downs, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $32,000) scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Post time is 2:17 PM ET. Love Letter has run three times, finishing 6th at 6 furlongs on September 30, 5th at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf on October 24, and 2nd at 7 furlongs on November 26. All of her previous races were at  Calder. Love Letter sold for $20,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the turf winning mare Script. Script has produced the turf winner Stonestreet Star. Script is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 6 winners, including grade turf III winners Good Mood and Statuette, and grade II turf winner Academy Award.  Corinthian's 57 runners have made 171 combined starts, recording 22 wins, 24 seconds, 27 thirds, and earnings of $991,352.

Jack Seabrook (colt; Hard Spun - Fontal (ARG) by Southern Halo) debuts in race 2 at Charles Town, a 4.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $10,000). Post time is 7:46 PM ET, and he is on the outside of the 8 horse field. He most recently worked at Bowie on December 17, going 3 furlongs in :37.20. He was purchased for $100,000 as a yearling, and is out of Fontal, a group III winner in Argentina, who was a stakes winner in the United States. Fontal was a winner at 2, and earned $236,851 in her career. She has produced 3 winners, including stakes winner Fond, who earned $113,661. Fond won 2 races at 2, including the Open Mind Stakes. Fontal is a full sister to 2 winners, including group I winner First One, and a half sister to 2 winners. Hard Spun's 75 runners have made 203 total starts, recording 33 wins, 32 seconds, 22 thirds, and earnings of $1,658,839.

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