The Biogio's Rose was a Hard Mystery

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2012 Stallion Poll Update

I have closed the 2012 Stallion Poll, and the winners are: Curlin, Big Brown, Henrythenavigator, Midnight Lute, and TBD. I am going to create a new poll to determine the fifth stallion, because the votes were very close, and because some stallions were added to the poll late. I'll open the new poll on Monday or Tuesday. Until then, please look over the list and see if whether you believe any other stallions should be added. And, thanks for voting!

January 19 Results

Some of the replays were not working last night, but I left the links in in case it was a temporary outage. I'll check on them tomorrow.

Stakes Result

Hard Mystery (filly; Hard Spun - Summer Rainbow by Summer Squall) stalked the early pacesetters in the Biogio's Rose Stakes at Aqueduct, and then hit the front, getting the jump on favorite Bourbonstreetgirl (Langfuhr - Amaretta by Woodman) to outfinish that opponent by 2 3/4 lengths. Watch the Replay. Hard Mystery now has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 5 starts, with earnings of $77,830. She is the fourth stakes winner for Hard Spun.

Hard Mystery
Hard Mystery pulls away in the Biogio's Rose Stakes - Coglianese Photos

Stealing Away

There were no scratches, and the track was fast. Big John B (Hard Spun - Baldomera by Doneraile Court) was the early favorite, but Stealcase (Lawyer Ron - Steal the Show by Cat Thief) was the choice when they broke. Big John B went off at 4-1. I was liking Slamit (Grand Slam - Excedius by Seattle Dancer) a bit early, and Windsurfer (Speightstown - Surf Light by Malibu Moon) in the warmup. The start was good. Big Creek (Indian Charlie - Major Idea by Cherokee Run) got the lead from his rail position. Slamit was with him, and Big John B was not far off. The pack was pretty tight. Big Creek, Slamit, and Big John B continued in the front, with Windsurfer getting involved as well. Slamit began to retreat, as Stealcase came on from the back. Windsurfer went by to take the lead, taking Stealcase with him. Those two left the others behind, with Stealcase getting up late for a 1 1/2 length win. It was a long way back, 8 1/4 lengths, to Big Creek in third. Big John B weakened to fourth. Watch the Replay.

January 19, 2012
Gulfstream Park Race 6

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Big Creek


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Spanish Officer Passes Bye Bye

Warrioroftheroses (A.P. Warrior - Miss Savannah Rose by Strategic Mission) was the only scratch, and the track was fast. Johnny La Rue (Harlan's Holiday - Moonlit Mistress by Deputy Minister) was favored, and he looked good in the paddock. Cytherean (Street Sense - Venusberg (ARG) by Southern Halo) received no attention from the bettors early, but went off at 2-1. Spanish Officer (Officer - Perilous Night by Coronado's Quest) made a good impression going to the track. First-timer Pass You Bye Bye (Rock Slide - Pie I'd by You and I) was taking some money, and had some spring in his step on the track. Wilhelm (Langfuhr - Lifes Passage by Caveat) was off slowly, the rest got away well. Pass You Bye Bye went to the lead, chased by Spanish Officer, and Tuscany's Express (M Eighty - Miss Tuscany by Allen's Prospect). Pass You Bye Bye continued to lead, as Cytherean moved up into third. Spanish Officer ran at Pass You Bye Bye, and wore that one down late for a 3/4 length win. Cytherean kept third over Johnny La Rue, who was compromised when the hole closed up on the insdie. Watch the Replay.

January 19, 2012
Laurel Park Race 7

Maiden Special Weight 

Spanish Officer
Pass You Bye Bye



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Square Market Value

The turf was good, and only the AEs, including Street Fantasy (Street Sense - Rich Fantasy by Richter Scale), were scratched. Beautiful Affair (Rock Hard Ten - Beau Blush by Rahy) was favored, and Spun Ribbon (Hard Spun - Take the Ribbon by Chester House) was almost 22-1. Market Square (After Market - Banyan Street by Gone West) looked really nice in the paddock. On the track, Dazzletown (Speightstown - Dazzle by Slewacide) looked ready, and La Belle Cat (Tale of the Cat - La Belle Danse by Beau Genius) kept catching my eye. Market Square was a handful at the load, but they finally got her in. Sid's Kid (Smart Strike - Unbridled Sidney by Unbridled's Song) set the early pace, with Unbridled Birthday (Unbridled's Song - Hardy Har Har by Storm Cat) and Spun Ribbon up close. Sid's Kid continued to lead, but was green. Spun Ribbon was sticking close, and Market Square was making up ground. Market Square pulled away to a clear lead. Flying from the back Tola (Bluegrass Cat - Heart Warmer by Devil's Bag). She was gobbling up ground late, but came up a head short to Market Square. La Belle Cat and Part the Seas (Stormy Atlantic - Go Marching Thru by Smart Strike) were also going well late to take third and fourth. Spun Ribbon tired to 9th. Watch the Replay.

January 19, 2012
Fair Grounds Race 8

Maiden Special Weight 

Market Square

La Belle Cat


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Other January 19 Results

Channel Lady (filly; English Channel - Queen Supreme by King of Kings (IRE)) stalked the early pace, and then came running on the outside to win race 2 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $75,000) at 1 1/16 miles on the fim turf by 2 1/2 lengths. Watch the Replay.

Photon (gelding; Invasor (ARG) - Lady Bertrando by Bertrando) was favored in race 3 at Gulfstream, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,500), and was never far off, pulling away late for a 1 1/4 length win.  Watch the Replay.

Caps Lady (filly; Hard Spun - Nasaieb (IRE) by Fairy King) was favored in race 6 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $16,000), but had to settle for second, unable to run down Supsa (Smoke Glacken - Kura by Strawberry Road (AUS)). Watch the Replay.

I Sense Your Luck (filly; Street Sense - Racing Luck by Out of Place) stumbled at the start of race 3 at Santa Anita Park, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $16,000), but was running late, finishing 3rd. The winner was Maryjean (D'wildcat - Fan Friendly by Tour d'Or). I Sense Your Luck was claimed out of the race. Watch the Replay.

Hard Bourbon (colt; Hard Spun - Leona's Knight by Suave Prospect) hit the gate at the start of race 3 at Fair Grounds, a mile and 70 yard Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $30,000), and was wide throughout, finishing 5th. The winner was Black Wing (Istan - Keepit to Yourself by Siphon (BRZ).  Watch the Replay..

January 20 Entries

No Maiden Special Weights for Friday, so just brief entries. Previews will return for Saturday's races.

Gagne (filly; Invasor (ARG) - Walk On Broadway by Broad Brush) makes her second start in race 5 at Laurel Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $40,000). Post time is 2:28 PM ET, and she is in the 2 hole. In her first start, Gagne was 4th in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race at Laurel Park on December 17. She's worked several times since then, including 4 furlongs in :50.40 on January 14 at Laurel. Gagne sold for $30,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Walk On Broadway. Walk On Broadway is a half sister to stakes-placed Danseur's Gold.

Blueskiesnrainbows (colt; English Channel - Cho Cho San by Deputy Minister) faces 5 in race 1 at Santa Anita, a mile Starter Allowance Race. Post time is 4:00 PM ET. Blueskiesnrainbows broke his maiden in his third, and most recent start, a 6 furlong contest on the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park on December 1. He has been working at Hollywood Park since then, including 5 furlongs in :59.60 on January 12. Blueskiesnrainbows sold for $33,000 as a yearling, and is out of the placed mare Cho Cho San. Cho Cho San has produced 4 winners from 4 to run. Cho Cho San is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Gold Colony, and grade II stakes-placed Big Prairie, who earned $256,417. 

Winston C (colt; Corinthian - The Happy Hopper by El Prado (IRE)) is in the main field, and Jonathan C (colt; English Channel - Laurafina by Cozzene) is on the AE list for race 10 at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/16 Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,000 - $30,000) on the turf. Winston C has run four times, all on the turf, finishing 9th at a mile and a sixteenth at Saratoga on August 6, 5th at a mile and a sixteenth at Saratoga on September 3, 4th at a mile at Belmont Park on October 10, and 5th at a mile on December 8 at Gulfstream Park. He last worked on January 14 at Gulfstream Park, going 5 furlongs in 1:02.15. Winston C is out of The Happy Hopper, a stakes winner on the dirt, who was grade III stakes-placed on the turf, who earned $801,017 in her career. The Happy Hopper has produced 2 winners, and is a half sister to 3 winners. Jonathan C finished 6th in his debut at a mile on a sloppy track at Delaware Park on August 9, and then ran three times on the turf. He was 7th in a 7.5 furlong race at Delaware Park on September 21, 10th at a mile at Laurel Park on November 3, and 10th at a mile and an eighth on December 26. Jonathan C sold for $7,000 as a 2-year-old, and is the second foal out of grade III turf winner Laurafina, who earned $167,118. Laurafina is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 3 winners, including turf stakes winner Beautiful Venue, who earned $388,203. 

Honey Im Home (filly; Hard Spun - Sixtyone Margaux by Cozzene) debuts in Race 10 at Turfway Park, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $15,000). Post time is 9:51 PM ET. Honey Im Home has been working at Churchill Downs, including 5 furlongs in 1:04.20 on December 30. She is out of stakes winner Sixtyone Margaux, who earned $147,890. Sixtyone Margaux has produced three winners from three to run, including Auxerrois, who has earned $907,612. Sixtyone Margaux is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 4 winners.

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