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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.


Leave a Comment:

Don from PA/DE

Hi Chris, I am very shocked with disappointment that you have neglected to include "Circular Quay" (CQ) on this ballot? Maybe I read it wrong, it is early in the morning, however, if I have I had made an initial case for this awesome horse on on of your first columns when this subject first surfaced a few weeks here is what I have to say again with some additional info to share to your readers...I was shocked with amazement when I read his bio on the stallion registry... CQ won over $1.5 MILLION lifetime, with 5 wins and 2 seconds in 13 starts...and at age 2, 5 starts,

3 wins, 2 seconds...were are looking for "maiden watch winners here"...he also competed and beat the best as a 2 yr old wond Grade 1 Hopeful defeating "Scat Daddy" by over 4 lenghts, 2nd to Street Sense in Bessemer Trust Breeders Cup Juvenille,and defeated Street Sense in Lane Ends Breeders Futurity, coming in 2nd....If what I am sharing makes any sense, I really hope you will reconsider and repost this ballot with CQ to give him a fair chance at the starting gate, in my opinion he is the 3rd best dirt horse on your list (beaten by BB and C) who will surely win in top five, and being such a superior early winner, what is there to even question his potential to be at the top or near the top of the sire wins/earnings as these 2 yr olds begin to race...? As I mentioned I did comment about him to you previously and if you did read and consider your readers input I really fail to understand or accept neglecting him being at least listed on this poll? Hope this was just an oversight, and if not please educate me real fast. I can't even quote William James on this one, "The art of being wise, is the art of knowing what to overlook"  I just can't overlook not commenting on this....Don

18 Jan 2012 7:19 AM
Don from PA/DE

PSS: After double checking this ballot, nope, CQ is not there...all I can additionally share is that if this was a race and all these wonderful horses are included in the starting gate, and not CQ, if I am watching the race I see both the "Inqiry" and "Objection" signs flashing before the race begins...Don

18 Jan 2012 7:40 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Don - Circular Quay has been added.

18 Jan 2012 9:02 AM
Don from PA/DE

Wow Chris, on behalf of your readers thank you for the quick response and including Circular Quay on this ballot,,I hope your readers take the time to read my input as well as the data on each of these sire a Librarian for over 35 years I enjoy sharing and encouraging 'knowledge - based information' in life and decision making, and I am not a breeder or horse owner or trainer, but looking at CQ very appears to be very reasonable stud fee, which I predict will sky rocket if his offspring start winning....I will be following him regardless of the selected 5...may be an intersting comparative study in any case, on the sidelines, a reader picking a sire that does not make the list? Or putting several readers on the sidelines with their picks? Thanks again....on another note in today's column, just loved "Junebugred" in SJ and he didn't disappoint, either did the (Jersey Boy Joe) "Bravo" ride to win...also "Artest" was on my list as a winner on turf sprint, love this boy as well....enjoy, Don

18 Jan 2012 10:22 AM

The Green Monkey?  Who in heck suggested that one??  

Curlin, Henrythenavigator, and Midnight Lute are the obvious choices.  Everybody else is just ok, in my opinion.  I would expect that there won't be a ton of Raven's Pass horses running here, or am I wrong?

18 Jan 2012 12:02 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

greengirl - Good point about Raven's Pass. I do see a smattering of Kentucky-breds at first glance, but most will probably run in Europe.

18 Jan 2012 12:48 PM
Criminal Type

I think Big Brown and Curlin are givens. Ravens Pass deserves to be on the list, Earnings of over 3.6 million. Breeders Cup classic winning 3 year old, by Elusive Quality?  Forgive tbe pun, but We shouln't take a pass on him. After all, we had plenty of Street Sense, Hard Spun and Scat Daddy 2 yr olds racing in Europe in 2011. I'm willing to bet we see quite a few Curlins and Big Browns racing over there too. Midnight Lute, Two time Breeders Cup winner, nuff said. I think Henrythenavigator gets on the list too. I love his pedigree. I Really like Showing Up but I doubt he will make the list since he didnt make your list. He won the Secretariat, The Colonial Turf Cup, Hollywood Derby and set a new track record at Gulfstream Park for 8 furlongs (134.0)in 2006. Gotta Keep an eye on The Green Monkey just because of his price tag.

18 Jan 2012 2:59 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Criminal Type - I can add Showing Up. It isn't my list, it's names suggested in the comments. I apologize if I missed the Showing Up suggestion previously.

18 Jan 2012 3:12 PM
Criminal Type

Chris, Thanks for the offer, but I would rather have Ravens Pass on the list then Showing Up. I can watch his on my own since He only has 20 registered 2010 foals as of right now.  I see TT is listing new foals already. The Pamplemousse, Looking at Lucky, SuperSaver, Desert Party, Concord Point and Temple City's first foals have been born...Fillies all.

20 Jan 2012 8:26 AM

At the top of this article is the statement that the poll will be open a week, and it was posted on 1/17/2012, yet today, the 21st, the poll is closed.  I am disappointed and wonder if I am the only one who can commonly only spend time at the BloodHorse website over the weekend.

21 Jan 2012 9:19 AM
Blood-Horse Staff

Oldie - I closed the poll early, (see note on: because the top 4 spots were firmly established. I am going to have a run-off poll to determine the fifth spot. That poll will begin on Monday or Tuesday and run for a week. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

21 Jan 2012 9:56 AM

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