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2012 Stallion Poll

The polls are now open to determine which stallions to follow in 2012. You can vote for up to 5 horses. I have tried to include all the stallions that were suggested by readers. If I have forgotten someone, or if there is someone else that you would like to add, please let me know in the comments. Also feel free to list your choices with reasons in the comments, and to lobby others to vote the same. If you need additional information about the horses, the Stallion Register is an excellence reference. The poll will remain open for a week.

January 16 Results

Stakes Result

Junebugred (colt; Corinthian - Dixie Melody by Dixieland Band) was bumped a bit at the start of the 1 mile Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park, but secured a good spot on the rail, as Laurie's Rocket (Bluegrass Cat - Clay's Rocket by American Chance), No Spin (Johannesburg - Dash for Money by General Meeting), Jake Mo (Giacomo - Credit Approval by With Approval), and favored filly On Fire Baby (Smoke Glacken - Ornate by Gilded Time) traded punches in front of him. Junebugred had some traffic problems, as jockey Joe Bravo tried to go between horses. But then, a hole opened up on the rail, and Junebugred went on through to take the lead. He held off Reckless Jerry (Cactus Ridge - Miss Moneywise by Crafty Prospector) for a neck win. On Fire Baby had to settle for third. Optimizer (colt; English Channel - Indy Pick by A. P. Indy) ran evenly, finishing 6th. Time to go back to the turf? Hard Nosed (gelding; Hard Spun - Katy Kat by Forest Wildcat) was never involved, finishing 12th (last). Junebugred now has two wins and a third in three starts, with earnings of $95,400. He is the second stakes winner for Corinthian. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Smarty Jones here.

Junebugred wins the Smarty Jones over Reckless Jerry - Photo by Coady Photography/Oaklawn Park

Other January 16 Results

Artest (colt; Hard Spun - Desire to Excel by Mt. Livermore) came from off the pace, was green in the stretch, but won his turf debut by a length in race 7 at Gulfstream Park, a 5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming Race. Watch the Replay. Artest now has 2 wins, a second, and a fourth in 4 starts, with earnings of $74,550. 

Easy Crossing (colt; English Channel - Humoristic by Sefapiano) stalked the early pace, and then came running, to win his debut by 1 1/4 lengths in race 10 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $75,000) at a mile and a sixteenth on the firm turf. Watch the Replay.

Patrice Merion (filly; English Channel - Scrofa by Unusual Heat) had a brief lead in race 3 at Gulfstream Park, a Starter Allowance at a mile on the firm turf, but couldn't hold off Glamour N Glory (Gulch - Glencoe Church by Capote). Tripping (filly; Hard Spun - Mississippi Lights by Majestic Light) set the early pace, before weakening to finish 9th. Watch the Replay.

Little Bailey (filly; Hard Spun - Laun Shaw by Relaunch) finished 5th in race 1 at Gulfstream Park, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $50,000), but was placed 4th due to the disqualification of Evandear (Lemon Drop Kid - Unifier by Deputy Minister), who bumped Little Bailey. The winner was Twitter Pie (Harlan's Holiday - Bird Chatter by Birdonthewire) by 5 3/4 lengths. Watch the Replay.

Montford Park (colt; Invasor (ARG) - Altos de Chavon by Polish Numbers) was scratched from race 6 at Oaklawn Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. The winner was My Silver Bear (Mizzen Mast - Rocajul by Abel Prospect) by a neck over Night Seeker (Harlan's Holiday - Tamina by Dixie Union). Watch the Replay.

January 17 Results

The Devil Overtakes Rumack

Lady Olivia (Silver Deputy - Uncanny Ability by Cryptoclearance) and Across the Track (Istan - Down the Street by Ghazi) were scratched, and the track was sloppy. Devil's Decision (Repent - Fly With Sunny by Sam's Sunny Hour) was favored. Rumack (Corinthian - Lillybuster by Housebuster) was 10-1, but she made a favorable pre-race impression. Darling Bridezilla (D'wildcat - Darling Bride by Unbridled) went to the front, with Rumack in pursuit. Robinera's Afleet (Northern Afleet - Robinera by Robin des Pins) showed some speed for a time, and then retreated. Hip Notic (Medallist - For Your Love by Not For Love) was not far off. Rumack made her move, and put away Darling Bridezilla to take the lead. However, favorite Devil's Decision was making up ground on the outside. She left Rumack behind, and went on to post a 4 1/2 length win. Rumack was three in front of Darling Bridezilla, who was better than 5 clear of Hip Notic. Nice win for Devil's Decision, but another good effort for Rumack. Both of her starts have been on off tracks. I wonder if a dry track would improve her performance. Watch the Replay.

January 17, 2012
Parx Racing Race 4

Maiden Special Weight 

Devil's Decision


Darling Bridezilla


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Other January 17 Results

Give Me the Mula (colt; Corinthian - Mula Mula by Gone West) finished 7th after setting the pace in race 2 at Parx Racing, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claimng Race (Claiming Price $12,500). He should be stronger next time out. The winner was 21-1 Maggie's Diner (Patton - Texas Stripe by Service Stripe). Watch the Replay.

Seaside Magic (filly; Hard Spun - Enduring Will by Arch) missed by a nose to Derwin's Wildcat (Wildcat Heir - Dana's Lucky Lady by Lucky Lionel) in race 7 at Parx, a 6.5 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000). Tiara (filly; Corinthian - Fusaichi Lady by Fusaichi Pegasus) finished 6th. Watch the Replay.

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