February 9 Results
Afford (colt; Street Sense - Unaffordable by Unbridled) trailed early in race 7 at Fair Grounds, a mile and 70 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming Race, and then came rolling on the outside for a determined nose victory over Tiz Moe, despite being pushed out by that rival in the stretch. Watch the Replay. Personally, I was more impressed with Afford than Fed Biz (see below), but I may be a bit biased. Afford now has 2 wins and 2 thirds in four starts, with earnings of $52,904.
Blueskiesnrainbows (colt; English Channel - Cho Cho San by Deputy Minister) finished third in race 2 at Santa Anita, a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming Race, behind 5 3/4 length winner Fed Biz (Giant's Causeway - Spunoutacontrol by Wild Again) and 2nd-place Consulado (More Than Ready - Goodbye Stranger by Broad Brush), who was 6 1/2 lengths in front of Blueskiesnrainbows. Watch the Replay. Read more about Fed Biz here.
Gagne (filly; Invasor (ARG) - Walk On Broadway by Broad Brush) was scratched from race 9 at Laurel Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000). The winner was Anita Job (A.P. Warrior - Rockpaperscissors by Precise End), who came from off the pace. Watch the Replay.
February 10 Entries
Skyring is On the Loose Again
February 10, 2012
Oaklawn Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight
1 1/16 miles
3, 4, and 5-year-olds
Post Time: 5:17 PM ET TVG
||Courtroom Drama (KY)
||Il Mostro (KY)
||Byrd William (KY)
||On the Loose Again (KY)
||Spin Zone (KY)
Skyring (English Channel - Violet Lady by Seattle Slew) makes his second start, after finishing 5th at 5.5 furlongs on a muddy track at Oaklawn on January 26. He did make up some ground late in that race. This time, he'll be facing 3 and 4-year-olds. Since his debut, he worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.80 on a good track at Oaklawn on February 3. Skyring is a half brother to 7 winners, including stakes winner Caballero Negro, and grade II winner Greenspring, who earned $205,780. Violet Lady, dam of Skyring, is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Real Bear.
Four-year-olds Spin Zone (Candy Ride (ARG) - Harve de Grace by Boston Harbor), Il Mostro (Tapit - Life Is Beautiful by De Niro), and Drogue (Victory Gallop - Blu Spur by Northern Spur (IRE)) finished 2nd, 4th, and 6th in a 6 furlong contest at Oaklawn Park on January 22. Spin Zone, who was off slowly and closed well on January 22, previously ran at Delaware Park in 2011, finishing 6th at a mile and 70 yards on June 7, and 5th at 6 furlongs on May 11. A $340,000 yearling, he is out of the winning mare Harve de Grace. Harve de Grace has produced 2 winners, including grade II winner Concord Point, who earned $669,260. Harve de Grace is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Deb's Charm, and grade III winner Tasha's Miracle. Deb's Charm is the dam of the English Channel 3-year-old gelding English Major. Il Mostro also has 2 additional starts, both last year. He finished 6th at 7 furlongs at Churchilll Downs on November 24, and 3rd at a mile at Turfway Park on December 10. A $130,000 yearling, Il Mostro is a half brother to stakes winner A Classic Life, who earned $201,285. Their dam, Life Is Beautiful, is a daughter of stakes winner Tax Holiday. Drogue finished 4th in his only other start, a 1 1/16 mile turf race at Arlington Park on June 5, 2011. He is the second foal out of stakes-placed Blu Spur, who earned $143,405. Blu Spur is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes-placed Mayomast.
The only other 4-year-old in the race is Byrd William (Bellamy Road - Gracious Granny by Lost Code), who is an old friend, as he was one of our Maiden Watch horses in 2010. He ran once that year, finishing 7th in a 6.5 furlong race on the Polytrack at Keeneland on October 30. He has one other start, a 2nd-place finish in a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming Race at Oaklawn Park on January 16 of this year. A $30,000 yearling, Byrd William is out of stakes winner Gracious Granny, who earned $264,521. Gracious Granny has produced 4 winners from 5 to run, including stakes winner Last Gran Standing, who earned $345,668. Gracious Granny is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 6 winners.
Three-year-old Followyourdaddy (Dehere - Just Cozy by Cozzene) has run twice, finishing 4th at a mile and a sixteenth at Remington Park on December 7, and 2nd at that same distance at Oaklawn Park on January 14. He is a full brother to one winner, and a half brother to 2 winners. Just Cozy, dam of Followyourdaddy, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes-placed Princess Hailey.
Also three is Courtroom Drama (Doneraile Court - Awesome Frances by Awesome Again), who was third in his only race, a mile contest at Oaklawn Park on January 28. He is out of the winning mare Awesome Frances, who has produced 3 winners from 4 to run, including stakes winner El Cugat. Awesome Frances is a half sister to 7 winners.
Completing the field is unraced 3-year-old On the Loose Again (Jump Start - French Lady by French Deputy). He was purchased for $33,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to 5 winners, including grade III winner Deputy G, who earned $175,597 and was a debut winner. French Lady, dam of On the Loose Again, is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Shay.
Other February 10 Entries
Hardened Wildcat (gelding; Hard Spun - Wild Snitch by Forest Wildcat) is the 3-5 morning line choice in race 3 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming Race. Post time is 1:21 PM ET. Hardened Wildcat finished 5th in his debut at 6 furlongs at Aqueduct on December 3 while running wide, and then returned to break his maiden by 3 1/4 lengths at 6 furlongs at Aqueduct on January 14. He's worked a couple of times since then, including 3 furlongs in :38.66 on February 7. Hardened Wildcat is out of grade III winner Wild Snitch, who earned $152,200. She has produced 5 winners from 5 to run, including stakes winner Vengeful Wildcat, who has earned $232,750. Wild Snitch is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Sonofawildcat.
Hard Nosed (gelding; Hard Spun - Katy Kat by Forest Wildcat), who was last seen finishing last in the mile Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on January 16, runs in a more realistic spot, the 2nd race at Oaklawn, a 1 1/16 mile Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000). Post time is 2:57 PM ET. Hard Nosed broke his maiden in his second start, a 5.5 furlong contest at Suffolk Downs on September 3. He then finished 6th in the 6 furlong Lord Henribee Stakes at Aqueduct on November 6, and 7th in a mile and 70 yard Allowance/Optional Claiming Race at Fair Grounds on December 8. He last worked on January 29, going 4 furlongs in :48.80 at Oaklawn. He is out of stakes winner Katy Kat. Katy Kat, who earned $210,788. She has produced 5 winners from 5 to run, including stakes winner Katy Now, who has earned $225,012. Katy Kat is a full sister to stakes winner Yaddo Cat, and a half sister to 5 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Kombat Kat.
Stakes-placed Midnight Vader (colt; Invasor - Allou by Seattle Slew) makes his 2012 debut in race 5 at Beulah, a 6 furlong Allowance Race for Ohio-breds, 3 years old and up. Midnight Vader is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Post time is 3:07 PM ET. Last year, Midnight Vader ran 10 times, with 1 win, 2 seconds, 4 thirds, and earnings of $30,025. Among his placings, were thirds in both the Hoover Stakes and the Juvenile Stakes. Midnight Vader is out of the placed mare Allou, who has produced 2 other winners. Allou is a half sister to 5 winners, including grade I winner Funny Moon.
Caps Lady (filly; Hard Spun - Nasaieb (IRE) by Fairy King) is entered in race 9 at Aqueduct, a 6 furlong Claiming Race (Claiming Price $20,000). Post time is 4:15 PM ET. Caps Lady broke her maiden in her third start, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Aqueduct on December 9. She then returned to finish second in a 6 furlong Claiming Race at Aqueduct on January 19. Since then, she worked 4 furlongs in :49.56 at Belmont Park on February 1. A $100,000 yearling, Caps Lady is out of stakes-placed Nasaieb. Nasaieb has produced 6 winners from 6 to run, including group II stakes-placed Kissing Lights. Nasaieb is a half sister to 5 winners, including group III winner Raise a Grand.
Lady Ederle (filly; English Channel - Bright Generation (IRE)) faces 5 in race 1 at Turfway Park, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $30,000). Post time is 5:30 PM ET. Lady Ederle has three previous starts, finishing 3rd at a mile on the dirt at Calder on November 19, 8th at a mile on the turf at Gulfstream Park on December 9, and 9th at a mile on the turf at Gulfstream Park on January 6. She last worked on February 7 at Turfway Park, going 3 furlongs in :39.60 from the gate. Lady Ederle is out of group III winner Bright Generation, who earned $244,796 in her career. Bright Generation has produced 7 winners, including group III winner Fathayer, who earned $203,128. Bright Generation is a half sister to 5 winners.