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It looks like Hard Spun may have squeaked out a victory in the first-crop sire earnings race, with Spun Clear's 2nd-place finish at Turfway Park (see below). I say may have, because there still may be some foreign monies trickling in. Scat Daddy leads in number of winners and in number of stakes winners. However, most would agree that Hard Spun has had a banner first year, with 25 Northern Hemisphere winners. Hard Spun's offspring were led by Group II winner Red Duke, and stakes winners Hard Not to Like and Yvete Sangalo. They seemed to be able to run on anything: dirt, turf, or synthetic. My favorite Hard Spun offspring is probably Tripping, although it's hard not to like Hard Not to Like.

Although his numbers were not as flashy as Hard Spun's, Corinthian has also made a very good showing his first year at stud, with 17 winners, including stakes winner Hunt Crossing. The Corinthians seem to prefer the dirt, although some have taken to the turf. My favorite Corinthian is Knock Rock, who is still a maiden. It was that third-place finish after heading for the far rail in his second start that won me over. I am beginning to worry, however, that he is making maidenhood a career.

English Channel ended the year with 12 winners. As expected, turf runners dominated, with a smattering of synthetic and a few dirt. His dirt stats may improve as more offspring are tried on that surface. His best offspring were graded stakes-placed winners Ann of the Dance and Optimizer. The latter colt, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, will be given every chance to be a Derby contender. I think my favorite English Channel is Grace for Grace, just really like the grit that she has already shown.

Street Sense got off to a bit of a slow start, but began to come on at the end of the year, finishing with 11 winners. The Street Senses appear to favor dirt and synthetic. In a rare moment of kismet, my favorite Street Sense offspring is also one of his best, Grade III winner Motor City. Above my desk, I have a photo of Street Sense on the way to the post before the 2007 Kentucky Derby, neck bowed ready for action. In his debut in July at Ellis Park, Motor City was acting much the same way. Right then, he became my 2012 Derby horse. He had some rest after his Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) victory, and is now back in training. We shall see if he continues to channel his father.

Invasor had just 3 winners from 19 starters in 2011. Not the most flattering statistics, but his numbers should improve with distance. My favorite Invasor is stakes-placed Midnight Vader, who I saw run at River Downs. He has one win, 2 seconds, and 4 thirds in 10 starts. I see an Ohio-bred stakes win in his future.

Who are your favorite Maiden Watch horses? And, which newly turned 3-year-olds do you think will make the most noise in 2012 (Maiden Watch or otherwise)?

For now, things will pretty much stay the same at Maiden Watch, as we track the 3-year-olds of our 2011 sires. However, please start submitting suggestions for 2012 first-crop sires. We will vote on which ones to follow in a couple of weeks. To view sires whose oldest offspring are 2-years-old, go to the Stallion Register Online, and search for "2009" under "Year Entered Stud." Familiar names include Big Brown, Curlin, Midnight Lute, and Henrythenavigator.

December 31 Results

Make a Toast for the New Year

This race attracted the attention of folks around the country, as the word was that Spun Clear (Hard Spun - Diaphanous by Unbridled) needed to finish first or second in order to secure the first-crop sire earnings title for Hard Spun. Bridal Affair (Mr. Greeley - Fastbridled by Unbridled's Song) was the only scratch. Original Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Single Goer by Easy Goer) and Spun Clear drew most of the bettors' attention, with Original Kitten favored by a couple of ticks at post time. I liked Make a Toast (Cuvee - Executive Vision by Vision and Verse) on the track. Original Kitten was getting plenty of air time. Spun Clear and Original Kitten battled for the early lead. They continued to duel, as Original Kitten began to drift out, leaning on Spun Clear. This allowed Make a Toast to roll by the both of them. Original Kitten held on to second, and Spun Clear just held third over The Real McCoy (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Sanguinity by Mutakddim). This result seemed to give the freshman sire earnings title to Scat Daddy. However, the objection sign was up, as Spun Clear's jockey claimed foul against Original Kitten's. They looked this over for a long time. Finally, the results were changed, with Spun Clear placed second and Original Kitten third. Watch the Replay.

December 31, 2011
Turfway Park Race 6

Maiden Special Weight

Make a Toast
$16.60
$6.80
$3.80
Spun Clear  
$3.40
$2.20
Original Kitten


$2.60

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Romancing the Win

All 9 ran, and the track was fast. Term Loan (City Place - Appella by World Appeal) was favored, and Holy Invader (Invasor (ARG) - Mariisima (PAN) by Jed Forest) was 10-1. I liked Side Road (Street Cry (IRE) - Calla Lily by Pulpit) a bit. First-timer Espiritu Libre (Lion Heart - Zienat by Woodman) sprinted to the lead, and was soon several lengths in front. Favorite Term Loan was the nearest pursuer, as the field was strung out early. Holy Invader was mid-pack, but then began to fade. Term Loan made his move, and hit the front. But emerging from the pack on the outside was longshot Romancing the Gold (Medallist - Mass Romantic by Not For Love). He kept coming, and was 3/4 lengths in front at the wire. It was more than 6 lengths back to Quorum (Spellbinder - Justalil' Lovin by Casa Dante), who did some running late to grab third. Side Road was even in fourth, and Espiritu Libre tired to fifth. Holy Invader wound up 9th (last). Watch the Replay.

December 31, 2011
Aqueduct Race 3

Maiden Special Weight

Romancing the Gold
$85.00
$22.80
$10.00
Term Loan  
$3.80
$3.00
Quorum


$4.90

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Nothing But Pure Tactics

The turf was firm, and MTO entrant Casa de Cambio (Exchange Rate - Twilights Prayer by Allen's Prospect) was the only scratch. Mojo Workin (English Channel - Laramie Moon (ARG) by Laramie Trail) was the clear favorite. He was looking good in the prelims. I was also liking debuting Decisive Move (Awesome Again - Equilibrate by Gone West). Hero of Order (Sharp Humor - Ocean Sprite by Ocean Crest) held the early lead, chased by Swifty Uneaux (Orientate - Swifty Victress by Macho Uno). Mojo Workin was about mid-pack in the early stages. Bravo Habibi (Stormy Atlantic - Princess Sequoia by Cherokee Run), who had been tracking the early pace, made his move on the turn and took the lead. But debuting Pure Tactics, who was at the back early, came running and went by everyone for a 1 1/4 length win at 25-1. Bravo Habibi was a clear second over a weakened Hero of Order, who just held off an advancing Mojo Workin. I would expect Mojo Workin to get a little more distance to travel next out. Watch the Replay.

December 31, 2011
Fair Grounds Race 5

Maiden Special Weight

Pure Tactics
$53.40
$22.60
$16.60
Bravo Habibi  
$7.00
$6.20
Hero of Order


$12.80

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A Latent Rush

There were no scratches, and the track was fast. Totee (Forest Danger - Too Cute to Boot by Pulpit) was the tepid choice early on, but received more and more love as post time approached, and went off at 4-5. The Pizza Man (English Channel - I Can Fan Fan by Lear Fan) was respected at 3-1. Totee looked good on the track, and I was liking King David (Hat Trick (JPN) - Storm West by Gone West), who got a nice warm up. During the load, Richie's Empire (Empire Maker - Touch of Truth by Storm Cat) got stuck under the gate. They got him out, and he looked ok, but he was a late scratch. During this delay, I couldn't help but notice Latent Rush (Latent Heat - Legion of Merit by Danzig), who was standing calmly. He was involved from the break, along with Totee and Spencers Choice (Chapel Royal - Buttercup Express by Regal Classic). Also up close was De Green Light (Dehere - Brilliant Lew by Crafty Prospector). The Pizza Man was near the back. Up front, Totee began to weaken, as Latent Rush held the lead. First-timer Spencers Choice was not going away, however. In the end, Latent Rush was a head better than the longshot. It was more than 3 back to Six Gun Royal (Chapel Royal - Bratsy Girl by A. P Jet) in third, and King David ran a little late for fourth. The Pizza Man didn't do much, finishing 8th. The first-time starter may have been compromised by the delay at the start. Latent Rush is winner number 13 for Latent Heat. Watch the Replay.

December 31, 2011
Hawthorne Race 5

Maiden Special Weight

Latent Rush
$22.80
$9.80
$6.60
Spencers Choice  
$65.60
$23.80
Six Gun Royal


$4.60

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Other December 31 Results

My People (gelding; Corinthian - Last Vice by Vice Regent) jumped right to the lead in race 2 at Gulfstream, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $15,000), and never looked back. He pulled away in the stretch to win by 7 1/4 lengths. He was also claimed out of the race. Watch the Replay.

Sweet and Lowdown (filly; Street Sense - Mombasa by Dynaformer) was involved from the start of race 5 at Gulfstream, a Starter Allowance at 7.5 furlongs on the turf. She weakened a bit late, but held on to third. The winner was favorite Holiday Broad (Harlan's Holiday - Countess Godiva by Grand Slam). Watch the Replay.

Galilee (colt; Invasor (ARG) - Safeen by Storm Cat) didn't do much running in his debut in race 6 at Gulfstream, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000), and was pulled up in the stretch. Gold Policy (Giacomo - Point Me the Way by Point Given) chased the early pace, took the lead, and just held off Tiznow Mytime (Tiznow - Silk Sails by Ocean Crest) for a nose victory. Watch the Replay.

Silent Sister (filly; Corinthian - Salceda by Forestry) ran on late to pick up third at 24-1 in Race 3 at Fair Grounds, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $30,000 - $25,000) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Chamakchallo (Political Force - She Nuit All by Lost Soldier) led all the way for the win. She is the 14th winner for Political Force. Classy City Slew (filly; English Channel - Cia by Slew City Slew) did not get in the race off of the AE list. Watch the Replay.

Flame Run (filly; Hard Spun - Swept Away by Mystery Storm) was scratched from race 1 at Fair Grounds, a mile and 70 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming Race. Summer Applause (Harlan's Holiday - Summer Exhibition by Royal Academy) won the race by 7. Watch the Replay.

January 1 Entries

Power Ballad is Quite Spectacular on the Steele Road

January 1, 2012
Aqueduct Race 2

Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year-olds
Post Time 12:49 PM ET HRTV/TVG

P Horse
1. Smarty Julips (NY)
2. Inflation Target (KY)
3. Big Monster (MD)
4. Tricky Slam (KY)
5. Power Ballad (KY)
6. Quite Spectacular (KY)
7. Champagne City (KY)
8. Beggarthyneighbor (KY)
9. Rockin Boogie (KY)
10. Steele Road (KY)

Power Ballad (Corinthian - Bandstand by Deputy Minister) debuts at Aqueduct, running 6 furlongs. He had primarily been working at Churchill Downs, but his most recent work was at Belmont, going 3 furlongs in :38.44 on December 28. He is out of the winning mare Bandstand, who has produced the winner Eddie's Band. Bandstand is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Foolishly and Weather Warning.

Rockin Boogie (Rockport Harbor - Only Seventeen by Exploit), Beggarthyneighbor (Half Ours - Postulant by Pulpit), and Steele Road (Street Cry (IRE) - Ashado by Saint Ballado) finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in a 6 furlong race on a muddy track at Aqueduct on November 24. Rockin Boogie, who was favored on November 24, has run 2 additional times, finishing 4th at 5.5 furlongs at Belmont Park on July 9, and 2nd at 5 furlongs at Saratoga on August 17. He sold for $77,000 as a yearling, and for $200,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the winning mare Only Seventeen. Only Seventeen has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, including grade II winner Made for Magic, who earned $314,644. Only Seventeen is a half sister to 6 winners. Beggarthyneighbor previously finished 3rd at 6 furlongs at Belmont on October 9. A $150,000 yearling, he is out of the winning mare Postulant, who has produced 2 winners from 3 to run. Postulant is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade II winner Antrim Rd., who earned $437,888. Steele Road, who is adding blinkers, has no other starts. He is the second foal out of Ashado, who was champion 3-year-old filly in 2004, and champion older mare in 2005. Ashado won or placed in 18 graded stakes, and earned $3,931,440. She is a full sister to grade III winner Saint Stephen, half sister to 6 winners, including grade I winner Sunriver.

The others are unraced, including Inflation Target (Tapit - Prall Street by Cherokee Run), who is part of an entry with Beggarthyneighbor. Inflation Target was purchased for $200,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Prall Street, who was a debut winner. Prall Street is the dam of stakes winner Rattlesnake Bridge, a debut winner, who has earned $463,300. Inflation Target is a full brother to Rattlesnake Bridge. Prall Street is a full sister to 3 winners, and a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Bring Forth.

Selling for $52,000 as a yearling was Quite Spectacular (Bernardini - R Lady Joy by Vicar), who is the second foal out of grade II winner R Lady Joy. R Lady Joy earned $581,586 in 13 starts. She is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Lawanda.

Tricky Slam (Langfuhr - Every Trick by Grand Slam) sold for $19,500 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of stakes-placed Every Trick, who earned $129,469. Every Trick is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Whiskey Lit. 

Smarty Julips (Smarty Jones - Sweeterthan Julips by Theatrical (IRE)) is the first foal out of the unraced mare Sweeterthan Julips. Sweeterthan Julips is a half sister to 3 winners. Her dam is group III winner Sailing, who earned $146,729.

Big Monster (Fusaichi Pegasus - Mad Dash by Broad Brush) is out of the winning mare Mad Dash, who has produced 2 winners. One of her offspring was a debut winner. Mad Dash is a full sister to 4 winners, including grade III winner Broad Gains, and a half sister to 1 winner.

Champagne City (Belong to Me - Steady Glow by Halo) is a half brother to 6 winners, including Art Major, who earned $147,490. One of his siblings was a debut winner. Steady Glow, dam of Champagne City, is a half sister to 7 winners.

Courageous Ruler has the Golden Ticket to Get Right

January 1, 2012
Gulfstream Park Race 8

Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles turf
3-year-olds
Post Time 3:49 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Twin (FL)
2. Golden Ticket (KY)
3. Courageous Ruler (KY)
4. Sir Sidney (KY)
5. Into the Fray (KY)
6. Pikestar (KY)
7. Get Right (KY)
8. Finnegans Wake (KY)
9. Seve (KY)
10. Bridge Loan (KY0
11. Coach Royal (KY)
12. Saturnus (KY)

Courageous Ruler (Corinthian - La Gueriere by Lord At War (ARG)) tries turf in his second start, going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream. First-time out, he finished 7th at 6.5 furlongs on the Polytrack at Woodbine on November 26, behind the English Channel colt Strait of Dover. Courageous Ruler has a couple of works at Palm Meadows since his debut, including 5 furlongs in 1:03.02 on December 18. He was purchased for $425,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade I turf winner La Gueriere, who earned $334,628. La Gueriere has produced 7 winners, including grade II turf winner Lasting Approval, and grade I winner Icon Project, who earned $660,965, and was grade II stakes-placed on the turf. La Gueriere is a full sister to 4 winners, including group III turf winner Lord of Warriors, and a half sister to 8 winners, including turf stakes winner Born Wild, grade III turf winner Lost Soldier, and grade I turf winner Al Mamoon.

Coach Royal (Lemon Drop Kid - Pagosa Springs by A.P. Indy) and Get Right (Malibu Moon - Liberty Flag by Kingmambo) finished 4th and 5th, 2.5 lengths apart, in a mile and a sixteenth race on good turf at Aqueduct on November 5. Coach Royal has run 5 times in all, including 2 additional turf starts. He finished 4th at a mile and a sixteenth on firm turf at Saratoga on August 6, and 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth over good turf at Saratoga on August 27. In 2 dirt tries, he was 2nd at 6 furlongs on July 8, and 6th at a mile on October 29. Both of those races were on sloppy tracks at Belmont Park. Coach Royal is out of the placed mare Pagosa Springs, who has produced Barton Springs. Pagosa Springs is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Cahill's Touch, and Italy, a group II winner in Mexico. Get Right previously finished 6th at 7 furlongs on good turf at Belmont Park on September 11, and 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth over firm turf at Belmont on October 8. Most recently, he was 5th in a mile and a sixteenth race over good turf at Gulfstream on December 10. Get Right was a $250,000 yearling, and he is out of the turf-winning mare Liberty Flag, who has produced the winner Marvelous Monkey. Liberty Flag is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Gold Streamer, and grade II stakes-placed A. P. Five Hundred.

Seve (Giant's Causeway - Our Dani by Homebuilder) has finished behind Coach Royal twice previously, 6th on both August 6 and on August 27 at Saratoga. He has 4 additional starts, finishing 7th at 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs on July 3, 4th at 7 furlongs at Keeneland on October 7, 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Churchill Downs on October 30, and 9th in the mile and a sixteenth Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) on the dirt at Churchill Downs on November 26. A $140,000 yearling, Seve is out of the winning mare Our Dani. Our Dani is the dam of three winners, including grade I winner You, who earned $2,101,353 in her career. Our Dani is a half sister to 8 winners, including Tammany Doll, who was stakes-placed on the turf.

Both of the previous starts for Into the Fray (War Front - Deed I Do by Alydeed) came on the turf. He was 3rd at 6 furlongs on good turf at Belmont Park on October 14, and 7th at a mile and a sixteenth on yielding turf at Aqueduct on November 26. Into the Fray is out of grade II stakes-placed Deed I Do, who earned $216,648, and was a winner on the grass. Deed I Do has produced 3 winners, and is a half sister to 8 winners.

Twin (Omega Code - Cuchu by Storm Creek) has run 10 times in his career, finishing second three times and third three times. His placings include a 2nd in the 1 1/16 mile Florida Stallion Series In Reality Stakes at Calder on October 15, and a third in the Arthur I. Appleton Juvenile Turf Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth at Calder on November 12. That was his lone turf try. His most recent start was on December 17, when he was 4th in a mile race on the dirt at Gulfstream. Twin is a half brother to 2 winners, including stakes winner Aroma de Mujer, who was placed on the turf. Cuchu, dam of Twin, is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Aly Mar and grade III winner Saint Verre, who was grade II stakes-placed on the turf.

Golden Ticket (Speightstown - Business Plan by Deputy Minister) has run 4 times, finishing 6th at 4.5 furlongs on the dirt at Churchill Downs on June 11, 3rd at 7 furlongs on the Polytrack at Keeneland on October 7, 4th at 6.5 furlongs on that surface on October 22, and 2nd at 6.5 furlongs on the dirt at Churchill Downs on November 11. Golden Ticket sold for $100,000 as a 2-year-old. He is a full brother to one winner, and a half brother to one winner, who was a winner at 2. Business Plan, dam of Golden Ticket, is a full sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Dubai World; and a half sister to 5 winners, including turf stakes winner Grand Royale.

Finishing 6th in his only start was Bridge Loan (Empire Maker - Bridge Game by Giant's Causeway), who ran 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 26. He sold for $230,000 as a weanling, and for $300,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of grade III turf winner Bridge Game. Bridge Game earned $234,555 in her career, and is a half sister to 2 winners.

Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt (GB) - Boat's Ghost by Silver Ghost) has also run once, finishing 8th at a miile and a sixteenth on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs on November 16. He is the first foal out of stakes-placed Boat's Ghost. Boat's Ghost is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Father Wayne.

Sir Sidney (Ghostzapper - Quite a Ruckus by Richter Scale), Pikestar (Aldebaran - Whatdreamsrmadeof by Graeme Hall), and Saturnus (Any Given Saturday - Fabulous Finish by Grand Slam) are unraced. Sir Sidney is out of stakes winner Quite a Ruckus, a debut winner, who earned $219,650 in her career. From one foal to race, Quite a Ruckus has produced the winner Laurel Valley. Quite a Ruckus is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners, including grade I turf stakes-placed Excaper. Pikestar is the first foal out of grade II stakes-placed Whatdreamsrmadeof, who was a debut winner. Whatdreamsrmadeof is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Ladyecho. Saturnus sold for $200,000 as a 2-year-old, and is a half brother to one winner. Fabulous Finish, dam of Saturnus, is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Swingforthefences.

Other January 1 Entries

Photon (gelding Invasor (ARG) - Lady Bertrando by Bertrando) runs in race 1 at Gulfstream Park, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,000). Post time is 12:35 PM ET. Photon has run twice, finishing 5th at 6 furlongs at Turfway Park on September 24, and 5th at a mile and a sixteenth at Churchill Downs on November 19. He last worked on December 23, going 5 furlongs in 1:02.77 at Palm Meadows. Photon is the second foal out of stakes winner Lady Bertrando, who won 3 races at 2, including 2 stakes. Lady Bertrando's first foal is Awesome Attack, who was a winner at 2. Lady Bertrando is a half sister to stakes winner Night Power. 

Give Me the Mula (colt; Corinthian - Mula Mula by Gone West) debuts in race 9 at Parx Racing, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,500). Post time is 3:50 PM ET. He has been working at Parx, including 5 furlongs in 1:01.67 on December 24. Give Me the Mula sold for $17,000 as a 2-year-old, and is the first foal out of the placed mare Mula Mula. Mula Mula is a daughter of grade II winner Follow the Money, who earned $339,446.

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Sumiko Keay

Big Brown, Curlin and Midnight Lute for sure.

How about Ready's Image and Henrythenavigator? (Wouldn't that give us Rags to Riches' second foal?)

01 Jan 2012 3:21 PM
Sumiko Keay

I think I suggested every horse you already said!

How about Street Boss or Street Hero?

Or Tiz Wonderful?  Nobizlikeshobiz?

01 Jan 2012 3:52 PM
bellesforever

I do like Curlin,Big Brown and Tiz Wonderful..What a year for Hard Spun.He was always my favorite.I do think we shall see the others start to catch up but I also think Hard Spun babies will also get better as they get older..we missed a lot when they decided to put him and Street Sense out to stud before trying them as older horses.

02 Jan 2012 9:27 AM

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