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March 17 Results

Stakes Results

Just as he did when he broke his maiden, Street Life (colt; Street Sense - Stone Hope by Grindstone) came rolling late to win the Broad Brush Stakes. He took the race by 1/2 lengths over pacesetter Copy My Swagger (Easing Along - Danse Kongo by Petionville). Hard Facts (colt; Hard Spun - Banshee Winds by Known Fact) tracked the pace throughout, and finished third. It was an especially impressive finish for Street Life, as the fractions were slow: :25.35, :50.73, 1:15.35. It looks like the Wood Memorial or the Arkansas Derby is next for Street Life. Watch the Replay.

Street Life
Street Life catches Copy My Swagger late to win the Broad Brush - Coglianese Photo

Optimizer (colt; English Channel - Indy Pick by A. P. Indy) was dismissed at almost 28-1 in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II), but he looked amazing on the track before the race, and ran to his looks, rolling from off the pace late. He couldn't catch favoite Secret Circle (Eddington - Ragtime Hope by Dixieland Band), but he passed everyone else to finish a good second, despite not changing leads. Look for Optimizer to run back in the Arkansas Derby. With D. Wayne Lukas calling the shots, he will be given every opportunity to make the Kentucky Derby. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Rebel Stakes here.

Maiden Results

Grabbing the Ring

Hardtap (Tapit - Blinky's Girl by Silver Deputy) was the only scratch, and the track was fast. Skyring (English Channel - Violet Lady by Seattle Slew) was favored, and Cori (Corinthian - Minnie's Minister by Deputy Minister) was almost 65-1. Skyring made a favorable impression in the prelims. Boomer (Street Cry (IRE) - Salty Farma by Salt Lake) and Beer Garden (Tapit - Oldcourt Rose by Mining) battled early, with Skyring just off of these. He moved up to join the top pair on the turn. Boomer had had enough, and began to drop back. But coming on was Proper Empire (Empire Maker - Proper Cielo by Conquistador Cielo). The trio of Skyring, Beer Garden, and Proper Empire battled to the wire, while exchanging bumps. It was Skyring in the middle who got his neck up for the victory, with Beer Garden stubborn in second, a neck better than Proper Empire. Despite the bumping, there was no inquiry, and Skyring was safe with his maiden win. Cori showed some early interest, before weakening to finish 10th (last). Watch the Replay.

March 17, 2012
Oaklawn Park Race 11

Maiden Special Weight 

Beer Garden

Proper Empire


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Pushing to the Win

Entrainment (Medaglia d'Oro - Ron's Lady by Elhayq (IRE)) and First Won (Sarava - Roadofhappydestiny by Lines of Power) were scratched. The track was fast for the remaining 7. Wise Guy Charlie (Indian Charlie - Tree Pipit by Woodman) and Pushingonastring (Distorted Humor - Luna Bella (NZ) by Stravinsky) battled for favoritism, with Pushingonastring the solid choice at post time. Fortin (Invasor (ARG) - Pinta by Carson City) took a little early action, but went off at 11-1. He looked nice on the track. I was also liking Relentless Road (Bellamy Road - Relentless Storm by West Acre) a little bit, although he was acting up in the post parade. The start was decent, altough Magic Harbor (Rockport Harbor - Magic Way by Runaway Groom) was off slowly, and Fortin had to steady early. Relentless Road broke on top, but Wise Guy Charlie grabbed the early lead from his rail spot. Pushingonastring assumed a pressing position, and Fortin began to make up ground. Pushingonastring surged to the lead, and spurted away by several lengths. The only one with a chance to catch him was Fortin. He gave it a good try, but came up 1/2 length short. It was a long way back to third with Rose Brier (Mizzen Mast - Mexicali Rose by El Gran Senor) just keeping his head in front of Magic Harbor. A good win for Pushingonastring, but also a nice debut for Fortin. Watch the Replay.

March 17, 2012
Gulfstream Park Race 8

Maiden Special Weight


Rose Brier


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Hawkedon Through On the Rail

The turf was firm, and there were no scratches. Polar Coordinate (North Light (IRE) - Perfect Arc by Brown Arc) was favored at 2-1, with Nandino (Street Cry (IRE) - Mama Nadine by A.P. Indy) also getting plenty of attention from the bettors. Soapstone Prairie (Hard Spun - Stylish Storm by Storm Bird) was 23-1, and Channelofdreams (English Channel - So Soulful by Real Quiet) was 122-1. Nandino looked good in the paddock. I was liking Hawkedon (Macho Uno - Cheyenne Dream (GB) by Dancing Brave) and Horvat Clan (Purim - Sanibel Breeze by Exploit) on the track. Drunken Spider (Kipling - Frivolous Sal by Lord At War (ARG)) acted up in the gate, but he broke ok, going for the lead with Chief Redneck (Indian Ocean - Picnic Spread by Formal Dinner). It was the latter horse who claimed the advantage. Drunken Spider and Mega Boom (First Samurai - Afleet Change by Time for a Change) chased after Chief Redneck, with Hawkedon in a good spot on the rail. Nandino and Horvat Clan began to make up ground. With a final surge, Hawkedon got through on the rail to claim victory over Chief Redeck by a head, with Horavat Clan and Mega Boom settling for third and fourth. Neither Channelofdreams nor Soapstone were much involved, finishing 7th and 8th. Watch the Replay.

March 17, 2012
Tampa Bay Downs Race 8

Maiden Special Weight 

Chief Redneck

Horvat Clan


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Other March 17 Results

In the Beat (colt; Street Sense - Rhythmical Beat by Fusaichi Pegasus) finished in a deadheat for the win with Angelofdistinction (With Distinction - God's Wild Angel by Wild Wonder) in race 7 at Tampa Bay Downs, a 7 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming Race. In the Beat closed nicely in this one, and seems to be back to his earlier form. Watch the Replay.

Corinthian Leather (filly; Corinthian - Belle Excel by Gone West) finished 5th after setting the pace in race 11 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $30,000) at 7.5 furlongs on the firm turf. Topazio (More Than Ready - Gypsy Hollow by Dixieland Band) was the winner. Little Bailey (filly; Hard Spun - Laun Shaw by Relaunch) clipped heels (ironically with Corinthian Leather) and fell. Morediamondsplease (More Than Ready - Diamonds for Lil by Summer Squall) and Miracle At Sea (Indian Ocean - Miracle Miss by Unite) were also affected by Little Bailey's accident. All three fillies are ok, but you should be prepared if you want to Watch the Replay. Read more about the accident here.

Kat's Corinthian (gelding; Corinthian - Cozzy Love by Cozzene) was scratched from race 2 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,000) at 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf. The winner was favorite Cars and Trucks (Tale of the Cat - Mia Bella by Rahy). Watch the Replay.

March 18 Entries

No Maiden Special Weight races for Sunday, leaving plenty of time to enjoy some basketball.

Billy O (colt; Corinthian - Zada Rae by Unbridled's Song) is entered in race 6 at Parx Racing, a 6 furlong Claiming Race. Post time is 2:31 PM ET. Billy O broke his maiden in his second start, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race at Parx Racing on November 4.  He then finished 5th in a mile and a 70 yard Allowance race at Parx on November 28, 6th in a 6 furlong Starter Allowance at Aqueduct on January 5, and 5th in a 5.5 furlong Starter Allowance on a muddy track at Parx on January 24. He has a couple of works since then, including 4 furlongs in :48.00 at Parx on March 8. Billy O is out of the placed mare Zada Rae, who has produced 4 winners from 4 to run. Zada Rae is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Seven Four Seven, grade II winner Debutant's Halo, and grade III winner Michael's Star.   

Princess Kiha (filly; Invasor (ARG) - Princess Belle by Mr. Greeley) faces 5 in race 1 at Turf Paradise, a 7.5 furlong Claiming Race on the turf. Post time is 3:07 PM ET. Princess Kiha broke her maiden in a mile contest on the Golden Gate Tapeta on January 6, and then finished 9th in a mile Starter Allowance at Golden Gate on February 5, and 4th in a mile Claiming Race at Golden Gate on February 25. She has three previous turf tries, finishing 2nd twice and 3rd once, all at a mile at Golden Gate. Princess Kiha sold for $22,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Princess Belle, who earned $135,196. Princess Belle has produced additional winner Hishi Academy, who earned $513,402, and was a winner on the turf. Princess Belle is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Paula's Girl. 

Michael P. (gelding; Corinthian - Le Chateau by Chester House) goes in race 7 at Tampa Bay Downs, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claimng Price $32,000) at a mile on the turf. Post time is 3:14 PM ET. Michael P. has run twice previously, finishing 4th at a mile and 40 yards on the dirt on February 8, and 3rd at a mile and an eighth on the turf on February 23. Both starts were at Tampa Bay Downs. Since his last start, he worked 4 furlongs in :50.80 at Tampa Bay on March 9. Michael P. was purchased for $20,000 as a 2-year-old, and is the first foal out of stakes-placed Le Chateau, who earned $132,230. Le Chateau is half sister to 6 winners, including grade III winner Golden Sonata, who earned $288,811.

Harvard (colt; Hard Spun - You Again by Wild Again) runs in race 9 at Oaklawn Park, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $10,000) for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds at 6 furlongs. Post time is 6:11 PM ET. Harvard has run twice, finishing 12th at 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 26, and 8th at 6 furlongs at Oaklawn on February 16. He sold for $15,000 as a weanling, for $20,000 as a yearling, and for $30,000 at 2. He is a half brother to 2 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Action Ready. You Again, dam of Harvard, is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade II winner Best of Luck, who earned $616,790. 

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