Savanna La Mar is a Tough Lady for Oriental Romance

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Trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole unveiled another good one in race 3 at Belmont Park, as 2-year-old colt Onetwentyeight (Discreet Cat - Box of Joy by Concerto) won his debut, pulling away to win the 5.5 furlong race by 5 lengths after dueling early. Watch the Replay. Discreet Cat had two 2-year-old winners at Belmont Thursday, as colt Slot Play (Discreet Cat - Sweeet Vision by Southern Halo) went gate-to-wire to win race 6, restricted to New York-breds. Watch the Replay. Also at Belmont Park, J Be K picked up his first winner when filly Baby J (J Be K - Lavender Baby by Rubiano) won the 2nd race. Watch the Replay. Read more about Baby J here.

Some entries on the horizon, as Brown Eyes Blue (filly; Big Brown - Golden Lips by Silver Ghost), whose initial entry was lost to the Thursday heat, is entered at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Hoot'a Loot (colt; Midnight Lute - It's True Romance by Yes It's True) runs Sunday at Lone Star Park. For tomorrow, we'll go back across the ocean for Savanna La Mar (filly; Curlin - Soft Morning by Pivotal (GB)) at Chester.

June 28 Results

Rocky Ground Proves Best

The turf was good to firm, and all 10 ran. Debuting Rocky Ground (Acclamation (GB) - Keriyka (IRE) by Indian Ridge (IRE)) was favored, and Santo Prince (Henrythenavigator - Sally Wood by Woodman) was 9-1. He was off a bit slowly. Also slow to start was Echo of Silence (Sandwaki - Statia (FR) by Anabaa). To the lead went Plexolini (Multiplex (GB) - Beverley Bell (GB) by Bertolini). Marvelous Miss (Captain Marvelous (IRE) - Abbeyleix Lady (IRE) by Montjeu (IRE)) was up on the pace as well, but she was rank. Not far off were Rocky Ground and A Certain Romance (Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Tiger's Gene (GER) by Perugino). Rocky Ground surged to the lead with a couple of furlongs to go, as Plexolini began to fade. A Certain Romance continued to chase, but Rocky Ground was home free, winning by 4 lengths. Running well late after his tardy start was Echo of Silence, who picked up third. Bartack (Acclamation (GB) - Bentley's Bush (IRE) by Barathea (IRE)) and Santo Prince did some running at the end to finish fourth and fifth.

June 28, 2012
Yarmouth Race 1
Bet In-Play At Maiden Stakes 

Rocky Ground

A Certain Romance


Echo of Silence


The Privilege of Winning

All nine ran on the Cushion Track. Executiveprivilege (First Samurai - Refugee by Unaccounted For) opened at 2-5, and didn't budge much from those odds. Irish Presence (Midnight Lute - Proper Form by Deputy Minister) was 62-1. I liked the look of Awesome Annie (Awesome Gambler - Cars and Cigars by Mane Minister), and Beholder (Henny Hughes - Leslie's Lady by Tricky Creek) and Travesura (Limehouse - Tempestra by Tale of the Cat) were catching my eye. I thought Irish Presence might need a race. Executiveprivilege was restless in the gate, and broke a little slowly. Irish Presence was also near the back.  It's Aine (Swiss Yodeler - La Fresa by Cozzene) held the early lead, but she was soon joined by Renee's Queen (After Market - Mighty Renee by Maria's Mon), who came through on the inside. Awesome Annie was getting involved as well, and Beholder made up some ground. Beholder moved into second, with Renee's Queen still on top. But, Executiveprivilege was coming. She flew by the others with ease, pulling away for a 4 1/2 length win, as good as advertised. Renee's Queen was secure in second, with Travesura overtaking Beholder late for third. Irish Presence made up some spots late to finish 5th. Watch the Replay.

June 28, 2012
Betfair Hollywood Park Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

Renee's Queen



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June 29 Entry

Savanna La Mar is a Tough Lady Seeking Oriental Romance

June 29, 2012
Chester Race 1
Tetley's Bitter Maiden Fillies' Stakes
7 furlongs
2-year-old fillies
Post Time: 1:15 PM ET

PP Horse
1. Her Royal Empress (GB)
2. Lady Margaeux (IRE)
3. Oriental Romance (IRE)
4. Pira Palace (IRE)
5. Savanna La Mar (KY)
6. Singapura (KY)
7. Tough Lady (IRE)
8. Windsor Rose (IRE)

Savanna La Mar (Curlin - Soft Morning by Pivotal (GB)) makes her second start, after finishing 2nd at 7 furlongs on the All-Weather track at Kempton on June 20. She showed some greenness in that one, so there is definitely hope for improvement. This time, she'll try 7 furlongs over the good turf at Chester. Savanna La Mar is the first foal out of stakes winner Soft Morning, who was placed at 2, and earned $121,978 in her career. Soft Morning is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Souvenance and Sourire, and group III winner Songerie. Curlin has had 5 starters, which have run 6 times in all, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, and earnings of $5,514 (note that Russian earnings may not be complete).

Lady Margaeux (Redback (GB) - Storm Lady (IRE) by Alhaarth (IRE)) placed in both of her previous starts, finishing 3rd on June 5 at 6 furlongs over good to firm ground at Redcar, and 2nd, just a neck from the win, on June 18 over good to soft ground at Carlisle. Lady Margaeux is a half sister to Paker, a stakes winner at 2. Their dam, Storm Lady, is a half sister to the winner Bay Willow, who earned $196,731.

Windsor Rose (Windsor Knot (IRE) - Rose of Battle (GB) by Averti (IRE)) is the most experienced filly in the field, with four starts. Her first two starts were on the All-Weather surface at Wolverhampton, where she finished fourth both on April 4, and on April 14. Both of those races were at 5 furlongs. She then finished 7th at 6 furlongs over good to firm turf at Yarmouth on June 5, and 4th at 6 furlongs over good to soft turf at Thirsk on June 19. Windsor Rose was purchased for $9,759 as a yearling, and is out of Rose of Battle, who was a winner at 2. Rose of Battle has produced Pendle Lady, who was a winner at 2. Rose of Battle is a half sister to 3 winners, including group II stakes-placed Orpen Grey.

Tough Lady (Iffraaj (GB) - Frivolous (IRE) by Green Desert) has run twice, finishing 4th at 6 furlongs over good to firm turf at Hamilton on June 7, and 9th at 5 furlongs over soft ground at York on June 15. She sold for $19,912 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Frivolous. Frivolous is a half sister to 2 winners.

Finishing fourth in her only start was Pira Palace (Acclamation (GB) - Takrice (GB) by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)), who ran 6 furlongs over the All-Weather course at Kempton on May 28. She is out of group III stakes-placed Takrice, who was a winner at 2. Takrice has produced 2 winners from 3 to run, one of which won at 2. Takrice is a half sister to three winners.

Oriental Romance (Elusive City - My Funny Valentine (IRE) by Mukaddamah) has also run once, finishing 7th at 7 furlongs over good to soft ground at Musselburgh on June 15. She is out of stakes winner My Funny Valentine, who won her first 4 starts at 2, and earned $238,446 in her career. My Funny Valentine has produced 5 winners, including Murbeh, a full brother to Oriental Romance. Two of her offspring won at 2, including Murbeh. My Funny Valentine is a half sister to three winners.

Singapura (Street Cry (IRE) - Burmilla by Storm Cat) was 9th of 10 in her only race, a 6 furlong contest run over soft ground at Newmarket on June 8. She is the second foal out of grade II winner Burmilla, who earned $170,285. Burmilla is a half sister to one winner, and a full sister to 3 winners, including group III stakes-placed Tsumujikaze, and grade II winner Magicalmysterycat, who earned $363,172.

Her Royal Empress (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - Aurelia (GB) by Rainbow Quest) ran her only race on May 17, finishing 10th of 13 at 6 furlongs over good to firm ground at Newmarket. She was purchased for $28,118 as a yearling, and is out of Aurelia, a winner at 2. Aurelia has produced 2 winners, including one that won at 2. She is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes-placed Flying Heights.

New Worker

June 28, 2012

Federal Agent (colt; Curlin - Gwenjinsky by Seattle Dancer) worked 3 furlongs in :39.05 at Belmont Park. He is a half brother to 6 winners, including stakes winners Capejinsky and Prize Catch, and grade II winner Lead Story, who earned $842,031. Three of his siblings won at 2, including Lead Story. Gwenjinsky, dam of Federal Agent, is a half sister to 3 winners, including grade I winners Glitter Woman and Unbridled Elaine.

Returning Workers

June 28, 2012

Brown Almighty (colt; Big Brown - Gone Goodbye by Gone for Real) worked from the gate at Arlington Park, 5 furlongs in 1:03.00.

At Pleasanton, Lovely Daughter (filly; Big Brown - Bobbie Use by Not For Love) went 3 furlongs in :36.20.

Moulin de Mougin (filly; Curlin - Cambiocorsa by Avenue of Flags) worked 4 furlongs in :50.20 at Santa Anita.

Midnight Moves (colt; Midinight Lute - Easy Pass by Easy Goer) worked at Golden Gate Fields, 3 furlongs in :37.60. 

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