April 7 Results
Too Liberating for Infanta Branca
All ten ran, and the turf was good. Infanta Branca (Henrythenavigator - Totemic by Vanlandingham) was favored. Desert Fantasy (Oasis Dream (GB) - Juno Marlowe (IRE) by Danehill) set the early pace, tracked by Liberating (Iffraaj (GB) - Ros The Boss (IRE) by Danehill). Liberating made her move, and hit the front. Infanta Branca was in 4th midway through the race, and then began to show some interest. She tried to mount a challenge to Liberating, but that rival was never threatened, as she posted a 2 1/2 length win. However, Infanta Branca was 2 lengths clear of third-place Watsdachances (Diamond Green (FR) - High Finance (IRE) by Entrepreneur (GB)).
April 7, 2012
Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden
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Barisoff Pulls it Off
Jody Dream (Master Command - Unbridled Dream by Unbridled's Song) was scratched, as well as Lignite (Run Away and Hide - Internal Affair by Orientate), half of the Wesley Ward-trained entry. The other half of the entry, Barisoff (Put It Back - Miz Betty Grace by Matty G) was made the favorite. I kind of liked the look of Angel Socks (Eurosilver - Snow Angel by Alphabet Soup), who had to return to the paddock for an equipment change. Miz Martini (Mizzen Mast - West Sider by Gone West) kept catching my eye. The load and break were fairly smooth. Barisoff went to the lead, but Emma's Holy Bee (Defer - Whateverwillbwillb by Western Expression) and All Day Donna (Value Plus - Kiss the King by Roman Ruler) set after her. Second choice Quiet Success (Successful Appeal - Silenzia by Quiet American) was off slowly, and trailed early. Barisoff began to pull away in the stretch, as Quiet Success and Angel Socks made up some ground. Barisoff drew off to score a 8 1/4 length win, with Angel Socks outfinishing Quiet Success for second. I would suggest watching Quiet Success next out. But, I am probably not alone in that observation, and she will probably be favored. Watch the Replay.
April 7, 2012
Keeneland Race 3
Maiden Special Weight
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Star Channel (colt; English Channel - Reach the Top by Cozzene) was pinched back at the break, and then blew everyone away in the stretch to win the Dayton Andrews Dodge Sophomore Turf Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths. Watch the Replay.
Hardened Wildcat (gelding; Hard Spun - Wild Snitch by Forest Wildcat) and How Do I Win (ridgling; Corinthian - Silver Crown by Distorted Humor) finished 2nd and 3rd in the Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, but they were no match for winner Trinniberg (Teuflesberg - Bella Dorato by Goldminers Gold). Watch the Replay. Read more about the Bay Shore here.
Hard Not to Like (filly; Hard Spun - Like a Gem by Tactical Cat) couldn't catch pacesetter Karlovy Vary (Dynaformer - The Right Pew by Pulpit) in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I), but she finished a very good second, defeating (among others) Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Stephanie's Kitten. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Ashland here.
Blueskiesnrainbows (colt; English Channel - Cho Cho San by Deputy Minister) set the pace in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), was passed by I'll Have Another (Flower Alley - Arch's Gal Edith by Arch) and Creative Cause (Giant's Causeway - Dream of Summer by Siberian Summer), but fought on, finishing in third, just a nose and 1/2 length behind. Midnight Transfer (colt; Hard Spun - French Satin by French Deputy) didn't have much rally, finishing 7th. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Santa Anita Derby here.
Skyring (colt; English Channel - Violet Lady by Seattle Slew) stumbled at the start of the Illinois Derby (gr.III), made up some ground, but stalled and finished 7th. Done Talking (Broken Vow - Dixie Talking by Dixieland Band) came from off the pace for the win. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Illinois Derby here.
Other Three-Year-Old Results
Heavy favortie Silverette (filly; Street Sense - Holy Lightning by Holy Bull) shook free from the early pressure, and then pulled away late for a 3 /12 length win in race 2 at Aqueduct, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Watch the Replay.
Easter Gift (colt; Hard Spun - Angel Gift by Allen's Prospect) fought hard in race 10 at Gulfstream Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight on a sloppy track, for a neck win in his initial start. Watch the Replay.
Ravin's Rich Girl (filly; Corinthian - Betz Brush by Broad Brush) went right to the lead in race 10 at Hawthorne, a Maiden Special Weight at a mile on the turf, and kept going, breaking her maiden by 2 3/4 lengths. Chokoloskee (filly; Corinthian - Devils Lake by Lost Code) finished 8th. Watch the Replay.
Michael P. (gelding; Corinthian - Le Chateau by Chester House) got up for a neck victory in race 12 at Tampa Bay Downs, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $32,000) at a mile on the firm turf. Watch the Replay.
Tripping (filly; Hard Spun - Mississippi Lights by Majestic Light) was no match for favorite Lemons to Lemonade (Lemon Drop Kid - Lake Placid (IRE) by Royal Academy, but she beat everyone else in race 8 at Gulfstream Park, a Claiming Race at 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf. Interestingly, both Lemons to Lemonade and Tripping were claimed out of the race. Watch the Replay.
Spin Out (colt; Hard Spun - Island Queen by Ogygian) and Al Aqsa (colt; Invasor (ARG) - Khalila by Elusive Quality) finished third and fourth behind Guyana Star Dweej (Eddington - Special Feeling by Pine Bluff) in race 3 at Aqueduct, a mile Maiden Special Weight for three year olds and up. Spin Out was on the lead early, and Al Aqsa made up some ground. Watch the Replay.
Aqua Revelation (colt; English Channel - Alozaina (IRE) by Perugino) was involved early, but was a bit rank, and weakened to finish 4th in Race 5 at Santa Aniita, a Maiden Special Weight at a mile on the firm turf. Risky Reward (Good Journey - Kind Friends by River Flyer) won by 2 1/4 lengths. Watch the Replay.
Closerwalk (colt; Street Sense - Cool Pussycat by Tabasco Cat) was favored in race 6 at Keeneland, an Allowance Race at About 7 furlongs on the Polytrack, and was involved early, but tired to 6th. Summer Breezing (Langfuhr - Summer Solstice (IRE) by Caerleon) led all the way for the win. Watch the Replay.
Safely Spun (colt; Hard Spun - Safely by Unbridled) made a bit of a move, but then flattened out and finished 6th in race 7 at Keeneland, a 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Mop Head (Artie Schiller - Skyward Exchange by Exchange Rate) got the victory from his outside post. Watch the Replay.
Dover Crossing (filly; English Channel - Mighty Frio by Pulpit) finished 6th (last) in race 1 at Golden Gate Fields, a Starter Allowance at a mile on the good turf. Jewel Seeker (Sought After - Red Table by Red Ransom) flew late for the win. Watch the Replay.
Jack Seabrook (gelding; Hard Spun - Fontal (ARG) by Southern Halo) led through the first 6 furlongs in race 3 at Pimlico, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $7,000), but weakened and finished 7th. Sweep First (Go for Gin - Champagne Sweep by End Sweep) came from off the pace for the win. Watch the Replay.
Tarsus (gelding; Corinthian - Takeaway by Fly So Free) was off slowly in race 11 at Santa Anita, a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $30,000), and finished 9th. Ron Burgundy (Harlan's Holiday - Early Vintage by Jump Start) won a hard-fought victory by a nose. Watch the Replay.
April 8 Entries
May Island (filly; Hard Spun - Brandy Lake by Meadowlake) and Horseshoe Hill (filly; Street Sense - Leaveminthedust by Danzig) meet in Race 4 at Woodbine, a 5 furlong Maiden Special Weight on the Polytrack. Post time is 2:25 PM ET. These two have met twice before, both times on the Woodbine Polytrack. In a 5 furlong race on June 25, May Island was 6th and Horseshoe Hill was 12th. Then, at 5.5 furlongs on November 24, May Island was 2nd and Horseshoe Hill was 6th. Those were the only 2 races for both fillies. May Island has been working at Payson Park, including 4 furlongs in :52.00 on March 28. She also had a 2 furlong work at Woodbine on April 6, recording a time of :24.00. May Island sold for $90,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Brandy Lake, who has produced the winner Sotique. Brandy Lake is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Dark Hours, who earned $408,417. Horseshoe Hill has been working at Woodbine. Most recently, she went 4 furlongs in :48.80 on April 4. She is out of the placed mare Leaveminthedust, who has produced the winner Back in a Flash. Leaveminthedust is a half sister to grade III winners Philanthropist and Defer.
Fortin (colt; Invasor (ARG) - Pinta by Carson City) runs in race 4 at Gulfstream Park, a mile Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 2:35 PM ET. Fortin is making his second start. He debuted on March 17 running a mile at Gulfstream Park, finishing in second, just a neck behind favorite Pushingonastring. Fortin last worked on April 3, going 4 furlongs in :48.40 at Calder. He is a half brother to 5 winners, including stakes-placed Saintly Rose, and grade II winner Rojo Toro, who earned $269,545. Both Saintly Rose and Rojo Toro were debut winners. Pinta, dam of Fortin, is a half sister to 5 winners.
Hard Spun Secrets (filly; Hard Spun - No Secrets by El Corredor) faces 7 in race 7 at Golden Gate Fields, a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming Race. Post time is 6:45 PM ET. Hard Spun Secrets finished 2nd in her debut at 6 furlongs on March 4, and then won a 5.5 furlong race on March 25. Both of those races were also over the Tapeta at Golden Gate. Hard Spun Secrets was purchased for $130,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the unraced mare No Secrets. No Secrets is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Speak Wisely, grade III winners Direct Line and Rapport, and a full sister to grade I winner Adieu, who earned $907,934.
April 9 Entry
Love Letter (filly; Corinthian - Script by Storm Cat) runs in race 5 at Calder, a mile Allowance Race on the turf. Post time is 2:43 PM ET. Love Letter broke her maiden in her 7th and most recent start, a 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming Race on the turf at Gulfstream Park on March 16. She's worked several times at Calder since then, including 4 furlongs in :50.20 on April 4. Love Letter sold for $20,000 as a 2-year-old, and is out of the turf winning mare Script. Script has produced additional turf winner Stonestreet Star. Script is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 6 winners, including grade III turf winners Good Mood and Statuette, and grade II turf winner Academy Award.