Raconteur Knocks Five Sixteen

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The Last Meow (Storm Cat - Richwoman by Successful Appeal) was a winner in her debut, breaking on top and never looking back, pulling away for a 7.5 furlong win. Looks like there is more to add to the legacy of Storm Cat. Watch the Replay.

January 6 Results

Raconteur Knocks Five Sixteen

All five ran on the fast track. Five Sixteen (Invasor - Third Street by Salt Lake) and Knock Rock (Corinthian - Lady Cozzette by Cozzene) were both announced as new geldings. Ranconteur (A. P. Indy - Miss Kate by Storm Cat) was the overwhelming favorite. Knock Rock was 8-1, and Five Sixteen was 12-1. Five Sixteen looked good in the paddock. Red Bendel (Street Cry (IRE) - Magicalmysterycat by Storm Cat) appeared a little tentative moving on to the track. Knock Rock was trying to eat his pony. It was hard to find fault with the appearance of favorite Ranconteur. Knock Rock was a little reluctant to load. There was a bit of a scramble for the early lead, with Red Bendel taking a brief advantage. Five Sixteen and Raconteur were right there as well. This pair moved by Red Bendel to set the pace. They were not threatening any speed records out there: :24.54, :51.85, and 1:17.98. Knock Rock made a move to get into third. Raconteur pulled away in the stretch, but Five Sixteen reeled him in. He made it close at the finish, but Raconteur was safely home, a neck in front. It certainly seems like Five Sixteen gets better the farther they go. Are there any 1 1/4 mile maiden races at Aqueduct? Knock Rock was a little more than 4 lengths behind the top pair in third. Considering he finished 12 lengths behind Raconteur last time out, it was an improvement. Lawyer Dave (Lawyer Ron - Noworriesforme by El Corredor) was never involved, finishing fourth, and Red Bendel tired to fifth. Watch the Replay.

January 6, 2012
Aqueduct Race 3

Maiden Special Weight

Raconteur
$2.40
$2.30
$2.10
Five Sixteen  
$5.70
$3.30
Knock Rock


$2.70

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Tetradrachm Gets a Proper Win

There were no scratches, and the track was fast. Sir Bond (Street Sense - Emmaus by Silver Deputy) opened at 1-2. He drifted up a bit, but was still even money at post time. Money Only (Malibu Moon - Snit by Fit to Fight) looked nice leaving the paddock. Sir Bond and Tetradrachm (Badge of Silver - Igraine by Cherokee Run) looked best in the post parade. First-timer Perfectlyunchecked (Perfect Soul (IRE) - Unchecked by Unbridled) was a little bit interesting, and veteran Dancing Leaf (Theatrical (IRE) - Lyphdum by Lyphard) was worked up on the track. The start was good, Money Only grabbed the early lead. He was pursued by Speargun (Badge of Silver - Woodland Sprite by Woodman) and Tetradrachm. Speargun moved alongside Money Only, and then took the lead. Tetradrachm was still close, and Sir Bond and Proper Empire (Empire Maker - Proper Cielo by Conquistador Cielo) were coming. Sir Bond took a brief lead, but hung badly. Tetradrachm took the victory by a neck over Proper Empire, who was wide and drifting. Sir Bond had to settle for third. He definitely has some talent, but lacks that finishing kick. Perhaps blinkers are in his future. Watch the Replay.

January 6, 2012
Fair Grounds Race 7

Maiden Special Weight 

Tetradrachm
$29.00
$8.40
$4.60
Proper Empire  
$4.20
$2.60
Sir Bond


$2.10

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Other January 6 Results

Princess Kiha (filly; Invasor (ARG) - Princess Belle by Mr. Greeley) made her 6th start a winning one, pulling away in the stretch for a 8 length victory. She now has one win, three seconds, and two thirds in her career. (be warned that Jule's Gold fell late in this race). Watch the Replay.

Corinthian Leather (filly; Corinthian - Belle Excel by Gone West) was favored in race 8 at Gulfstream Park, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000), but stalled and finished 6th. The winner was 61-1 Legalized (Henny Hughes - Boston Symphony by Boston Harbor) by a head over Casalinga (Dehere - Never Out by Take Me Out). Both Legalized and Casalinga were making their first starts. Watch the Replay.

Lady Ederle (filly; English Channel - Bright Generation (IRE)) got in off the AE list for race 10 at Gulfstream, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,000) at a mile on the firm turf, but didn't run much, finishing 9th. Senator Buck (Artie Schiller - Go for a Dip by Benny the Dip) hit the gate, lugged in in the stretch, but still won the race by 1/2 length. Watch the Replay.

January 7 Entries

Stakes Entries

Hard Spun fillies Sweet Seventeen (Hard Spun - Play Ballado by Saint Ballado) and Lady Clara (Hard Spun - Victorica by Exbourne) meet in the 1 mile and 70 yard Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct. Post time is 3:09 PM ET. Sweet Seventeen is the 8-5 morning line favorite for the Busanda. She won her first 2 starts, a 5.5 furlong Maiden race at Laurel on September 10, and a 7 furlong Allowance race at Keeneland on October 7. She then finished 2nd in the 7 furlong Glorious Song at Woodbine on November 13. She last worked on December 31, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 at Fair Hill. Sweet Seventeen is the second foal out of stakes winner Play Ballado, who earned $190,270 in her career. Play Ballado is a half sister to one winner. Lady Clara broke her maiden in her third and most recent start, a mile contest at Aqueduct on November 18. She does have previous stakes experience, having finished 4th in the 6 furlong Monmouth Park NATC Futurity on September 24. She has been working at Far Hill since her win, including 3 furlongs in :37.00 on January 3. Lady Clara sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and as a 2-year-old. Stakes winner Victorica, dam of Lady Clara, 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.

How Do I Win (ridgling; Corinthian - Silver Crown by Distorted Humor) faces 6 in the 1 mile and 70 yard Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct. Post time is 3:37, and he is in the 2 hole. How Do I Win broke his maiden in his fourth start, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race on a sloppy track at Belmont Park on October 19. He then won a 6 furlong Starter Allowance at Aqueduct on November 18. Since then, he has been working at Belmont, including 5 furlongs in 1:01.90 on January 1.  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 earned $272,486 in her career. Silver Crown's first foal, Mr. Fuzzybottom, is also a winner. Silver Crown is a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Silvery Topping, and grade II winner Powerful Punch. Read more abou the Count Fleet here.

Hierro (Hard Spun - Brief Bliss by Navarone) runs in the mile Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. Post time is 4:31 PM ET, and he is in post 3, as he faces Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle (Eddington - Ragtime Hope by Dixieland Band) and 4 others. All three of Hierro's previous starts were at 7 furlongs. He finished 5th at Churchill Downs on September 3, 2nd in the mud on October 1 at Belmont, and won on November 9 at Churchill Downs. Interestingly, How Do I Win finished 6th in the October 1 race. Hierro has been working at Santa Anita, including 4 furlongs in :47.60 on January 1. Hierro was purchased for $350,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of grade III stakes-placed Brief Bliss. Brief Bliss has produced 6 winners from 6 to run, including stakes-placed Sam's Bliss, and stakes winner Cherokee Triangle, who earned $330,294 in 25 starts. Brief Bliss is a half sister to 5 winners. Read more about the Sham Stakes here.

Thessalonian, He's Spectacular as the Trusted Choice

January 7, 2012
Gulfstream Park Race 6

Maiden Special Weight
1 mile
3-year-olds
Post Time 2:53 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Dixie Dice (KY)
2. Unbridled Minister (KY)
3. He's Spectacular (FL)
4. Charlie in Charge (KY)
5. Tiz Yankee (KY)
6. Teeth of the Dog (KY)
7. Thessalonian (KY)
8. Trusted Choice (KY)
9. King Archibald (KY)
10. Twill Be (KY)
11. Street Talk'n (KY)

Thessalonian (Corinthian - Clear Destiny by Deputy Minister), who may be the most beautiful Corinthian, makes his second start, running a mile at Gulfstream. In his first start, a mile race at Aqueduct on November 26, Thessalonian was on the pace early before tiring to finish fourth. He's worked a couple of times at Palm Beach Downs since then, including 5 furlongs in 1:03.00 on January 1. Thessalonian sold for $40,000 as a weanling, and for $80,000 as a yearling. He is out of stakes winner Clear Destiny, who earned $193,667 in her career. Clear Destiny has produced 2 winners, including Clear Cut, who has earned $112,003. Clear Destiny is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Sydenham, and Gemologist, who is 3 for 3, including a victory in the 2011 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).

Tiz Yankee (Tiznow - Petite Chatte by Storm Cat) and King Archibald (Arch - Queena Coleena by Lemon Drop Kid) finished 2nd and 7th in a 7 furlong race at Churchill Downs on November 26. It was the first and only start for both. Tiz Yankee, who had a brief lead in the stretch on November 26, sold for $165,000 as a yearling. He is a half brother to 2 winners. His dam, Petite Chatte, is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Saintly Persuasion. King Archibald was purchased for $190,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Queena Coleena. Queena Coleena is a half sister to stakes winner Nepenthe, who earned $249,056. Their dam is stakes winner Estrella Fuega, who earned $156,296.

Charlie in Charge (Indian Charlie - Cariada by Seeking the Gold) also ran at Churchill Downs on November 26, but in a mile and a sixteenth race, where he finished 3rd. Previously, he was 4th in a 6 furlong race at Churchill on October 30. He sold for $300,000 at 2, and is a half brother to 2 winners, including Majestic Blue, who has earned $126,240. Cariada, dam of Charlie in Charge, is a half sister to 2 winners, and a full sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Treasureinmyhand, who earned $135,681.

Trusted Choice (Langfuhr - Cascade Rose by Giant's Causeway) has run three times, finishing 3rd at 5.5 furlongs on a sloppy track at Saratoga on September 5, 2nd at 6 furlongs at Belmont Park on October 9, and 7th at 6.5 furlongs at Aqueduct on November 12. He sold for $80,000 as a weanling, and for $220,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of stakes-placed Cascade Rose. Cascade Rose is a half sister to grade III stakes-placed Sea Level Drive, who earned $104,368.

Teeth of the Dog (Bluegrass Cat - Deputy Reality by Deputy Minister) finished 3rd in his only start, a 6 furlong race at Gulfstream Park on December 8. He was a $80,000 yearling, and is the second foal out of the unplaced mare Deputy Reality. Deputy Reality is a half sister to 2 winners, including grade III stakes-placed A. P. Reality.

Twill Be (Tiznow - Little Bonnet by Coronado's Quest) has also run once, finishing 9th in a 6 furlong race on the Polytrack at Turfway Park on December 2. He sold for $190,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Little Bonnet. Little Bonnet earned $143,716, and has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, including grade I winner Boys At Tosconova, who has earned $628,360. Little Bonnet is a half sister to 5 winners.

The others are unraced, including Dixie Dice (Dixie Union - Lerici by Woodman), who was purchased for $400,000 as a yearling. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Lerici. Lerici is a half sister to 3 winners.

Selling for $150,000 at 2 was Unbridled Minister (Unbridled's Song - Arabis by Deputy Minister), who is out of stakes winner Arabis. Arabis earned $204,407, and has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Paseo Alegro. Two of Arabis' winning offspring are full siblings to Unbridled Minister, including Paseo Alegro. Arabis is a full sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner Atelier; and a half sister to 4 winners, including grade I winner Aldiza.

He's Spectacular (Alphabet Soup - Westmoreland Girl by Fortunate Prospect) sold for $3,200 as a yearling, and for $32,000 at 2. He is out of Westmoreland Girl, a grade III winner in Puerto Rico, who earned $113,880. Westmoreland Girl has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including Soupa Mon, a full brother to He's Spectacular. Westmoreland Girl is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed El Bendinat.

Street Talk'n (Street Cry (IRE) - Kimchi by Langfuhr) is the second foal out of stakes winner Kimchi, who earned $519,047. Kimchi's first foal, Unbridled Kimanchi, is a winner. Kimchi is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed winners Deputy Jazz and King of Jazz.

Goingoingone is Spoiled Rotten as a Koda King

January 7, 2012
Fair Grounds Race 8

Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year-olds
Post Time 4:55 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Koda King (KY)
2. Scat Chief (KY)
3. Razzo Succo (VA)
4. Castlepost (KY)
5. Goingoingone (KY)
6. Collymore Place (FL)
7. Smoke It Over (KY)
8. Spoiled Rotten (FL)
9. Hero of Order (KY)

Goingoingone (Corinthian - Clifton Bay by Gone West) faces 8 at Fair Grounds. He has run twice previously, finishing 4th at 5 furlongs at Hoosier Park on August 4, and 7th at 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 26 behind the Street Sense colt In the Beat, who runs in an Allowance/Optional Claiming Race at Gulfstream Park on January 7 (see below). Goingoingone has been working at Fair Grounds since his last start, including 4 furlongs in :50.20 on January 4. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Clifton Bay. Clifton Bay is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Sarawat, and grade III winner Windrush, who earned $219,532. 

The veteran of the race is Hero of Order (Sharp Humor - Ocean Sprite by Ocean Crest), who has run 8 times. His best finish was 2nd in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Claiming Race at Hawthorne on October 14. Most recently, he was third in a 5.5 furlong turf race at Fair Grounds on December 31. Hero of Order was purchased for $3,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to two winners. Ocean Sprite, dam of Hero of Order, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Dinner Break, and grade I winner Things Change, who earned $330,188.

Smoke It Over (Cherokee Run - Clary Sage by Shadeed) has run twice, and finished 2nd twice, at 4.5 furlongs at Keeneland on April 27, and at 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on May 19. He is out of the winning mare Clary Sage, who has produced 2 winners, including Remoulade, who earned $113,277. Clary Sage is a half sister to 6 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Beat, stakes winner Lord Florey, and grade I winner Too Chic.

The only other entrant with experience is Spoiled Rotten (Congrats - Brouhaha by Mecke), who was 3rd in his only start, a 5.5 furlong contest at Hoosier Park on September 15. He is the first foal out of the winning mare Brouhaha. Brouhaha is a half sister to four winners, including stakes winner Deputy Daney.

Razzo Succo (Indian Charlie - Cryptos' Best by Cryptoclearance) sold for $130,000 as a yearling, and for $325,000 as a 2-year-old. He is out of stakes winner Cryptos' Best, who earned $158,090. Cryptos' Best has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including stakes winner Well Fashioned, who was a debut winner. Cryptos' Best is a half sister to 4 winners.

Castlepost (Lion Heart - Diamond Tiara by Mr. Greeley) was purchased for $51,000 as a yearling, and for $260,000 at 2. He is out of the winning mare Diamond Tiara, who earned $127,020 in 11 starts. Diamond Tiara has produced 2 winners from 2 to run, including grade II stakes-placed Hawahiana, who was a debut winner. Diamond Tiara is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 5 winners.

Koda King (First Samurai - Spring Morning by Mr. Prospector) was sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and for $49,000 at 2. He is a half brother to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Acajou, and Silverado Trail, who earned $184,729. Spring Morning, dam of Koda King, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Raggedy Edge, and grade III winner Natural Nine, who earned $182,925.

Selling for $20,000 as a yearling was Scat Chief (Scat Daddy - Heart of a Chief by Tabasco Cat), who is out of stakes-placed Heart of a Chief. Heart of a Chief was a debut winner, and has produced 3 winners, including 2 debut winners. Heart of a Chief is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed Sky Copper.

Collymore Place (Graeme Hall - Collymore Hall by Concerto) is out of Collymore Hall, a debut winner, who earned $170,757 in her career. Collymore Hall has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including Indian Reservation, who has earned $116,485. Collymore Hall is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 4 winners.

Hard Facts has Clear Reason to be Audacious Dixie

January 7, 2012
Charles Town Race 2

Maiden Special Weight
7 furlongs
3-year-olds
Post Time 7:46 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Hard Facts (KY)
2. Clear Reason (KY)
3. Good's Letter (TX)
4. Audacious Dixie (NY)
5. With Out Papers (NY)
6. Gagman (KY)
7. Chief Mango (FL)
8. Deuterium (WV)

Hard Facts (Hard Spun - Banshee Winds by Known Fact) makes start number 2, going 7 furlongs at Charles Town. In his first start, he ran on late to finish 4th in a 5.5 furlong race at Laurel on December 9. He last worked on December 28 at Fair Hill, going 4 furlongs in :49.00. Hard Facts was purchased for $150,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade II stakes-placed Banshee Winds, who earned $106,291. Banshee Winds is the dam of 7 winners, including stakes winner Unbridled Wind, and 1998 Champion 3-year-old filly Banshee Breeze, who earned $2,784,798. Banshee Winds is a full sister to one winner. 

Clear Reason (Vindication - Killoe by Kris S.), Chief Mango (Concerto - Mango Lassie by Montreal Red), and With Out Papers (Liberatedbyforce - Beverly's Best by Reign Road) finished 3rd, 5th, and 6th in a 6.5 furlong race at Charles Town on December 17. Clear Reason and Chief Mango also faced off in a 4.5 furlong race at Charles Town on November 30, with Clear Reason finishing 4th and Chief Mango 5th. Clear Reason closed on December 17. He sold for $6,000 as a 2-year-old, and is a half brother to the winner Blue Grass Music. Their dam, the placed mare Killoe, is a half sister to 6 winners, including grade III stakes-placed winners Perfect Copy and Stealin' Kisses. Chief Mango was part of a favored entry on December 17, and set the pace before weakening. He has one additional start, finishing 8th at 4.5 furlongs on a sloppy track at Charles Town on August 27. He is the third foal out of the winning mare Mango Lassie. Mango Lassie is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Collymore Hall, who earned $170,757. Collymore Hall's 3-year-old colt Collymore Place debuts Saturday at Fair Grounds (see above). With Out Papers, who was 1/2 length behind Chief Mango on December 17, has no other starts. He is out of the winning mare Beverly's Best, who is a half sister to 7 winners.

Good's Letter (Got the Goods - Chain Letter by Tank's Number) has run twice, and finished second twice, at 4.5 furlongs on November 17, and at 7 furlongs on December 3. Both of those races were at Charles Town. He is out of the winning mare Chain Letter, who has produced the winner Tank's Letter. Chain Letter is a half sister to 3 winners.

Gagman (Canadian Frontier - Psych by Mazel Trick) finished 5th in his debut at 4.5 furlongs on a sloppy track at Charles Town on November 23, and then finished 2nd in a 7 furlong race at Charles Town on December 11. He is out of the winning mare Psych, who earned $137,426. Psych has produced the winner Tell Tale Friend. She is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Charming Ruckus and Vegas Flyer.

Audacious Dixie (Dixieland Band - Miz Audacious by Miswaki) has run three times, finishing 10th at 5.5 furlongs on the turf at Saratoga on August 5, 4th at 6 furlongs on a sloppy track at Belmont Park on October 27, and 4th on a fast track at Aqueduct on December 2. He is a half brother to the winner Brown Indian. Their dam, Miz Audacious, is a half sister to 3 winners.

Deuterium (Runaway Macho - Desert Gift by Messenger of Song) was 8th in his only start, a 4.5 furlong contest at Charles Town on December 28. He didn't do much running in that one, hence the quick return. He is a half brother to 2 winners. His dam, Desert Gift, is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winners Luck Galore and Right Luck.

Other January 7 Entries

In the Beat (colt; Street Sense - Rhythmical Beat by Fusaichi Pegasus) faces 8 in race 7 at Gulfstream Park, a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming Race. Post time is 3:21 PM ET, and he is not in for a tag. In the Beat broke his maiden in his third and most recent race, coming up the rail to win a 6 furlong race at Churchill Downs on November 26. He has been working at Palm Meadows, including 4 furlongs in :50.93 on January 4. In the Beat was purchased for $180,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Rhythmical Beat. Rhythmical Beat is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner and sire Mutakddim, and grade I stakes-placed Smooth Charmer, who earned $163,720. 

Channel Quest (gelding; English Channel - Primequest by Coronado's Quest) and Slinger (colt; Hard Spun - Binavicar by Vicar) meet in race 11 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $75,000) scheduled for a mile on the turf. Post time is 5:13 PM ET. Channel Quest has run four times, including three turf tries. His best finish was 2nd in the Continental Mile Stakes on the turf at Monmouth on August 20, behind future grade III winner Finale. Most recently, he was 7th in a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $75,000) on the turf at Gulfstream Park on December 8. He last worked on January 3, going 4 furlongs in :49.40 on the turf at Palm Meadows. Channel Quest sold for $29,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to four winners. Three of his siblings won on the turf. Primequest, dam of Channel Quest, is a half sister to 4 winners, including group III turf winner Maltese Superb, and grade II winner Prime Directive. Slinger has run once, finishing 5th at a mile on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs on November 27. Since his debut, he has been working at Palm Meadows, including 4 furlongs in :50.02 on January 4. Slinger is the second foal out of the winning mare Binavicar. Binavicar's first foal, Liberty Cap, is a winner on the turf. Binavicar is a half sister to stakes winner Smokin' Legend, who has earned $147,006, and Bonnano, who was group II stakes-placed in Panama. 

Big Girl (filly; Street Sense - Quiet Celerity by Quiet American) runs in race 4 at Golden Gate Fields, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $20,000) on the Tapeta. Post time is 5:18 PM ET. Big Girl has run 5 times, all at Golden Gate. In four races on the Tapeta, she has finished 2nd once, 3rd once, and 4th twice. Her most recent race was at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf versus the boys on December 4, where she finished 5th. She has worked several times since that race, including 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 on December 29. Big Girl sold for $6,500 as a weanling, and is out of the winning mare Quiet Celerity, who has produced the winner Quintons Flash. Quiet Celerity is a half sister to 12 winners, including grade III winner Tahkodha Hills, who earned $548,274. 

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