News and Notes
Sorry for being neglectful of late, it's that time of year, when Kentucky Derby duties take the bulk of my time. Speaking of the Derby, if Optimizer does not make the field, this will be the first year since Maiden Watch began that we will not have an entry in the Derby. Optimizer is currently 21st on the list. I do not wish anyone ill will, but all we need is one more defection to get him into the field.
Freshman sire Street Hero picked up his first winner with his first starter, when Street Magic (filly; Street Hero - Choral Belle by Numerous) won a 4.5 furlong contest at Calder on Sunday, April 22. Watch the Replay. Read more about Street Magic here.
Zaza (filly; Midnight Lute - Bay Barrister by Miswaki) worked 3 furlongs in :38.00 at Fair Hill. She sold for $125,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Bay Barrister, who earned $102,487. Bay Barrister has produced 5 winners, one of which won at 2. Bay Barrister is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winners Pas by Pas and Go to the Ink.
Theogony (filly; Curlin - Upcoming Story by Tale of the Cat) worked 2 furlongs in :25.00 at Woodbine.
Blazing Lute (colt; Midnight Lute - Blazing Bartok by Bartok (IRE)) went 2 furlongs in :26.00 at Turf Paradise.
Due to the Storm (filly; Midnight Lute - Wasted Wisdom by Gold Fever) worked 2 furlongs in :24.80 at Hollywood Park.
Poker of Eight (filly; Midnight Lute - Klepto Cat by Cat Thief) worked at Calder, 3 furlongs in :37.40.
April 22 Two-Year-Old Result
Infanta Branca Navigates a First
The turf was yielding, and all 7 ran. Infanta Branca
(Henrythenavigator - Totemic by Vanlandingham) was favored. She went right to the front, tracked by Leitir Mor
(Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - Christinas Letter (IRE) by Galileo (IRE)). Following the top two was Dorothy Parker
(filly; Mujadil - Najaaba by Bahhare). Infanta Branca continued to lead. Leitir Mor was steady in second, but she couldn't catch Infanta Branca, who came home 1/2 length in front to become the first winner for Henrythenavigator. Read more about Infanta Branca here
April 22, 2012
Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden
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None of our 2-year-olds are in action on Thursday, so I'll preview a 2-year-old race at Keeneland.
Undrafted Sunset Time at the Brazilian Court
April 26, 2012
Keeneland Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
Post Time 1:05 PM ET TVG
||Fitz Is Dancing (KY)
||Alls Im Saying (KY)
||Good Tickled (KY)
||Plime Blank (FL)
||Brazilian Court (FL)
||Sunset Time (KY)
||Samurai Zip (PA)
Joha (Johar - Mujado (IRE) by Mujadil), Alls Im Saying (Taste of Paradise - Miss Imagination by Halo's Image), I'mgonnaknockuout (Quest - Poltapenny by Wagon Limit), and Fitz Is Dancing (Seattle Fitz (ARG) - Dancing Deborah by Northern Park) finished 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 9th in a 4.5 furlong race at Keeneland on April 12. Only I'mgonnaknockuout has additional experience, as he finished 5th at 4.5 furlongs at Keenalnd on April 6. Joha had a lead in the stretch on April 12, before being outfinished. He is out of stakes winner Mujado, who was a winner at 2. Mujado has produced 3 winners from 4 to run, including Surfer Rosa, a full sister to Joha. Surfer Rosa was a winner at 2. Mujado is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Limanda. Alls Im Saying made up some ground on April 12. He is the third foal out of the winning mare Miss Imagination. Miss Imagination is a half sister to 3 winners, including Sky Class, who was grade I stakes-placed in Puerto Rico. I'mgonnaknockuout was purchased for $1,000 as a yearling, and is a full brother to 1 winner, and a half brother to 3 winners, including King Bo Bo, who earned $135,468. Poltapenny, dam of I'mgonnaknockuout, is a half sister to 10 winners, including stakes winners Princess Sybil and Never Speaking, and grade II winner Alannan, who earned $581,141. Fitz Is Dancing never got going in his debut. He brought $1,600 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Dancing Deborah, who was placed at 2. Dancing Deborah has produced 3 winners, including stakes-placed Cat and a Half, who earned $189,585. Dancing Deborah is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Deborah's Review, stakes-placed Moosekabear, who earned $199,213.
Skilltopaythebills (Sir Shackleton - Mane Special Gal by Bates Motel) finished 9th at 4.5 furlongs at Keeneland on April 6, in front of I'mgonnaknockuout. It was his only start. Skilltopaythebills sold for $1,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unraced mare Mane Special Gal. Mane Special Gal's dam, Mane Spruce, is a half sister to 2 winners.
The rest of the field is unraced, including the only filly in the race, Sunset Time (Johannesburg - Call the Thunder by Thunder Gulch). She was purchased for $52,000 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of the winning mare Call the Thunder, who was placed at 2, and earned $109,430 overall. Call the Thunder is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner After the Tone.
Selling for $105,000 as a yearling was Good Tickled (Flatter - Varus by Vicar), who is out of the unraced mare Varus. Varus has produced 2 winners, one of which won at 2. Varus is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes-placed Cape Good Hope, who earned $228,611.
Undrafted (Purim - French Jeannette by French Deputy) was purchased for $50,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare French Jeannette, who earned $137,262. French Jeannette was a winner at 2, and has produced 2 winners from 2 to run. She is a half sister to 3 winners, and full sister to 2 winners.
Plime Blank (El Corredor - Noon Time Dancer by Afternoon Deelites) was a $15,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Noon Time Dancer. Noon Time Dancer has produced 2 winners, and is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winners Indian War Dance and Bare Dancer.
Peteizum (Safe in the U S A - Rare Air by Labeeb (GB)) sold for $6,500 as a yearling, and is a full brother to 2 winners. One of his siblings won at 2. Rare Air is a half sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Real Ruckus, and stakes-placed Fresh Air, who earned $244,343.
Samurai Zip (First Samurai - Caught Inthe Zip by City Zip) brought $3,500 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Caught Inthe Zip, who was a winner at 2. Caught Inthe Zip has produced the winner Rachel's Girl, a full sister to Samurai Zip. Caught Inthe Zip is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Mom's Little Guy and End of the Hill.
Brazilian Court (Harlan's Holiday - Devotedness by Anet) is a half brother to 3 winners, including stakes winner Devoted Wildcat. Two of his siblings won at 2, including Devoted Wildcat. Devotedness, dam of Brazilian Court, is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 2 winners, including grade III winner Joint Effort, who earned $791,465.
Strait of Dover (colt; English Channel - Bahrain Star by Danzig) took the lead at the starts, and held them all off to win his 2012 debut in race 9 at Woodbine, a 7 furlong Allowance Race. Watch the Replay.
Miss Corinthian (filly; Corinthian - Miss General by Posse) ran well late to finish second race 4 at Golden Gate Fields, a 6 furlong Starter Allowance, behind favorite Lady Rochelle. Watch the Replay.
R Next Gem (filly; English Channel - Jewels N Gems by Acceptable) was favored in race 4 at Tampa Bay Downs, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $8,000), but finished second behind Joe's Doubledanndi (Double Honor - Falcarius by Montbrook). R Next Gem was claimed out of the race. Watch the Replay.
Billy O (colt; Corinthian - Zada Rae by Unbridled's Song) finished 6th after setting the early pace in race 6 at Parx Racing, a 5.5 furlong Claiming Race. Chief Wild Eagle (Wild Desert - Bella Bolchina by Beau Genius) was the winner. Billy O was claimed. Watch the Replay.
Chestnut Moon (filly; Corinthian - Dance Special by Theatrical (IRE)) finished 6th (last) in race 1 at Santa Anita, a Maiden Special Weight at a mile on the firm turf. Miss Pippa (Master Command - Scootin' Girl by Dumaani) led all the way for the win. Watch the Replay.
Jack Seabrook (gelding; Hard Spun - Fontal (ARG) by Southern Halo) finished 7th behind first-timer My Boy Jimmy (Teton Forest - Summer Star by Siberian Summer) in race 4 at Pimlico, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,500). Watch the Replay.
Lightly Wound (colt; Hard Spun - Frolicing by Royal Academy) won a mile Claiming Race at Penn National. Watch the Replay.
English Notes (filly; English Channel - Notable Career by Avenue of Flags) and Adamas (Corinthian - In the Limelight by Polish Navy) finished 3rd and 9th in race 4 at Keeneland, a Maiden Claiming Race at a mile and a sixteenth on the Polytrack. Adamas was the pacesetter. Rena Starlight (Star Dabbler - Sistine Light by Light of Morn) came from off the pace for the win. Watch the Replay.
Cherishd Obsession (Corinthian - Silver Wench by Silver Ghost) had a brief lead in race 8 at Hawthorne, an Allowance/Optional Claiming Race at a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt, but couldn't hold off the closers, finishing third. The winner was Shesabronxbomber (Afleet Alex - Beppin by Forest Wildcat). Watch the Replay.
Sweet and Lowdown (filly; Street Sense - Mombasa by Dynaformer) set the pace in race 8 at Keeneland, a 5.5 furlong Allowance on the firm turf, but tired late and finished fourth. Icon Ike (Yes It's True - Robbie's Gal by Straight Man) came from off the pace for the win. Watch the Replay.
English Beauty (filly; English Channel - Preservation Hall by Dixieland Band) is on the rail for race 2 at Calder, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $25,000) at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Post time is 1:20 PM ET. English Beauty has three previous starts, finishing 5th at a mile on December 18, 9th at a mile and an eighth on January 22, and 8th at a mile and a sixteenth on February 19. All three starts were on the turf at Gulfstream Park. English Beauty last worked on April 20 at Calder, going 4 furlong in :50.40. She sold for $5,000 as a 2-year-old, and is a half sister to 2 winners. Her dam, Preservation Hall, is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Emanating, who was grade II stakes-placed on the turf; and grade I winner Gold Fever.
Sicklinghall (colt; Invasor (ARG) - Frigidette by It's Freezing) debuts in race 2 at Pimlico, a Maiden Special Weight at a mile and a sixteenth. Post time is 1:38 PM ET. Sicklinghall has been working at Fair Hill, including 4 furlongs in :48.20 on April 19. He was purchased for $55,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Frigidette. Frigidette has produced 7 winners, including stakes winner North Coast Ltd., and grade II winner Windsor Castle, who earned $591,715. Two of her offspring won their debuts. Frigidette is a half sister to 7 winners.
Street Fantasy (filly; Street Sense - Rich Fantasy by Richter Scale) and Chokoloskee (filly; Corinthian - Devils Lake by Lost Code) meet in race 4 at Keeneland, a Maiden Special Weight at a mile and three sixteenths on the turf. Street Fantasy has run 5 times. She has finished second twice, at 5.5 furlongs on the turf at Fair Grounds on January 22, and at a mile and 70 yards in the mud at Fair Grounds on March 9. Most recently, she finished 10th in a 7 furlong race on the Polytrack at Keeneland on April 6. She last worked on April 18, going 5 furlongs in 1:03.40 at the Churchill Downs Training Center on April 18. Street Fantasy was purchased for $9,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes winner Rich Fantasy, who earned $323,514 in 18 starts. Street Fantasy is her first foal. Rich Fantasy is a full sister to 2 winners, and a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Tyzach. Chokoloskee has run twice before, finishing 6th at a mile on the Polytrack at Turfway Park on February 17, and 8th at a mile on the turf at Hawthorne on April 7. Chokoloskee has been working at the Highpoint Farm and Training Center. His latest work was on April 18, when he went 4 furlongs in :50.40.
Kollos (colt; Invasor (ARG) - Kolinsky by Forest Gazelle) runs in race 2 at Prairie Meadows, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,500). Post time is 7:56 PM ET. Kollos has run three times, finishing 10th at 5 furlongs at Fair Grounds on December 23, 9th at 7.5 furlongs on the turf at Fair Grounds on January 21, and 12th at 6 furlongs at Keeneland on April 11. He last worked on April 25, going 3 furlongs in :36.70 at Prairie Meadows. Kollos was purchased for $1,000 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of the placed mare Kolinsky. Kolinsky is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade I winner Spoken Fur, who earned $675,880.