Infanta Branca Seeking Star Appeal

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Just two days after his first North American winner, Amerigo Vespucci, won at Laurel, it was announced that Henrythenavigator will standing at Coolmore Stud in Ireland in 2013. It is probably for the best, since must of his offspring have run in Europe.

Two-year-old filly Miss Patricia (Indian Charlie - Everyday Angel by Forestry) had a bit of an adventure after breaking her maiden in her debut in race 4 at Belmont Park on October 11, as she jumped a shadow after the wire. Watch the Replay.

Miss Patricia showing off her jumping style - Coglianese Photos

October 10 Result

Gentleman Battened the Hatches and Played to Win

Kitten's Gift (Kitten's Joy - Philanthropy Lady by Desert Style (IRE)), part of an entry with Gentleman's Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Imagistic by Deputy Minister), was scratched. The turf was firm. Herecomethehawks (Mr. Greeley - Grat by A. P. Indy) was the early choice, but Cairo Six (Stormy Atlantic - Tortuga Lady by Thunder Gulch) was the lukewarm choice at post time. Order of Magnitude (Henrythenavigator - Jewel Princess by Key to the Mint) was almost 30-1. He made a good first impression. Cairo Six was full of himself, really on his toes. Gentleman's Kitten looked ready for action. I was liking Batten the Hatches (Stormy Atlantic - Masada by Pleasant Tap) on the track. Indygo Prince (Indygo Shiner - Polkadot Princess by Tejano) looked like a sprinter to me. Just Play (Friends Lake - Yes Beth by Deputy Commander) wasn't particularly happy going into the gate. The start was good for everyone except Order of Magnitude, who came out a beat slow and then had to check. More than half the field went for the lead. Guess My Name (Giant's Causeway - Shades of Grace by Seeking the Gold) attempted to clear, but was hampered by his outside post. When the dust settled, it was Cairo Six and Gentleman's Kitten dueling up front, with Guess My Name and Herecomethehawks tracking. Batten the Hatches began to make up ground on the inside. Gentleman's Kitten and Cairo Six continued 1-2, with Batten the Hatches getting closer. Also near the lead were Herecomethehawks and Sayler's Creek (Bernstein - Postulant by Pulpit). Batten the Hatches moved off the rail to make a run at the leader. He had a brief lead, but Gentleman's Kitten fought back, regained the lead, and passed the line a length in front. Just Play came on to get third, as Sayler's Creek checked in in fourth, and Cairo Six tired to 5th. Order of Magnitude never overcame his difficult start, finishing 11th. Watch the Replay.

October 10, 2012
Keeneland Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Gentleman's Kitten
Batten the Hatches

Just Play


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October 11 Result

Ferjaan Holds Off Not Rigg

Admirals Walk (Tagula (IRE) - Very Race by Sri Pekam) and Sibya (Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Abunai (GB) by Pivotal (GB)) were non runners. Ferjaan (Oasis Dream (GB) - Bahja by Seeking the Gold) was favored. Not Rigg (Henrythenavigator - St. Helens Shadow by Septieme Ciel) was 3-1. The going on the All-Weather track was standard as usual. The start was conducted with just a little bumping. Ferjaan went to the lead. His closest pursuer was Marsh Dragon (Beat Hollow (GB) - Qilin (IRE) by Second Set (IRE)). The next pair were Katy Spirit (Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Katy Guest (IRE) by Be My Guest) and Not Rigg. The top two ran as a team for a time, but then Marsh Dragon began to lose some ground, as Katy Spirit got closer. Ferjaan continued to hold the lead. The only one left with a chance to defeat him was Not Rigg. He made a good try at it, but came up 3/4 lengths short at the line. Watcheroftheskies (Dutch Art (GB) - Red Heaven (GB) by Benny the Dip) led the rest of the pack, more than 4 lengths behind the top two. Watch the Replay.

October 11, 2012
Kempton Race 2
32Red/British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes


Not Rigg




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October 12 Entries

Stakes-placed Infanta Branca (filly; Henrythenavigator - Totemic by Vanlandingham) runs in the 7 furlong Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Star Appeal Stakes (Listed) on the All-Weather at Dundalk. Post time is 2:30 PM ET, and Infanta Branca has drawn the 8 hole. She is making her fourth start. She finished 2nd in her debut at 5 furlongs over good ground at Cork on April 7, and then won a 5 furlong race over soft ground at the Curragh on April 22. She then ran in the Listed Emirates Equestrian EBF Marble Hill Stakes at 5 furlongs over good ground at the Curragh on May 26, tracking the early pace before finishing third. Infanta Branca is out of grade III winner Totemic, who earned $138,438 in her career. Totemic has produced 4 additional winners, including stakes winner Art Museum, group III winner Cherokee, and grade II winner Lil's Lad. Totemic is a half sister to one winner. 

Hold Our Destiny (Midnight Lute - Perfect Charm by Charismatic) is entered in race 9 at Laurel Park, an Allowance/Optional Claiming Race scheduled for 5.5 furlongs on the turf. Post time is 5:07 PM ET, and she is in the 10 hole. Hold Our Destiny was fourth first time out at 5 furlongs on the turf at Colonial Downs on July 25, and then won a a 5.5 furlong race on the dirt at Mountaineer Park on August 13. Most recently, she was 2nd (at 38-1) in a 5.5 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming Race on the turf at Laurel on September 22, after dueling for much of the race. She's worked a couple times at Bowie since that race, including 4 furlongs in :49.20 on October 8. Hold Our Destiny was purchased for $10,000 as a yearling, and is out of the placed mare Perfect Charm. Perfect Charm has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including one turf winner. She is a half sister to 11 winners, including stakes winner Northland Belle, turf stakes winner Earth to Jackie, and grade III winner Primitive Hall, who was stakes-placed on the turf, and earned $528,022 overall. 

Returning Workers

October 10, 2012

Always Curious (colt; Big Brown - D'Enough by D'Accord) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 at Sagamore Farm.

Rich Chocolate (filly; Big Brown - Rizzi Girl by Rizzi) went 4 furlongs in :48.80 at Churchill Downs.

At Keeneland, Blue Violet (filly; Curlin - Gasia by Silver Deputy) went 3 furlongs in :35.80 went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.

At Remington Park, Curlinator (colt; Curlin - Tap Your Feet by Dixieland Band) went 4 furlongs in :50.20.

Fanfare (filly; Curlin - Magical Ride by Storm Cat) worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 at Churchill.

At Fair Hill, Harrythenavigator (colt; Henrythenavigator - Confidentially by Saratoga Six) went 4 furlongs in :50.40.

October 11, 2012

Working from the gate at Aqueduct was Absolute Beauty (filly; Big Brown - Absolute Magic by Unbridled), who went 5 furlongs in 1:02.99.

Brown Laddie (colt; Big Brown - Galway Lass by Victory Gallop) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.40 at Churchill Downs.

One Foxy Grey (filly; Big Brown - Irish Smoke by Smoke Glacken) went 3 furlongs in :37.60 at Woodbine. She is entered in a mile and a sixteenth race on Saturday, October 13.

At Woodbine, Agawa (filly; Curlin - Silver Adventure by Silver Deputy) went 3 furlongs in :38.00.

Flash Forward (filly; Curlin - Magical Flash by Miswaki) went 5 furlongs in 1:01.12 at Belmont.

At Saratoga, Naked Watch (filly; Curlin - Time Reveals All by Pulpit) went 3 furlongs in :39.38.

Socialbug (filly; Curlin - Candytuft by Dehere) went 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Hollywood Park. It was the fastest of 7 works at the distance.

At Remington Park, Igotthemoneyhoney (filly; Henrythenavigator - Her Own Way by Danzig) went 4 furlongs from the gate in :51.60.

Game Effort (colt; Midnight Lute - Glory Lane by Unbridled's Song) worked at Parx, 4 furlongs in :48.86. It was the fastest of 11 works at the distance.

Zaza (filly; Midnight Lute - Bay Barrister by Miswaki) worked 4 furlongs in :50.94 at Saratoga.

At Calder, Your Lovely (filly; The Green Monkey - I'm Angela by Kayrawan) worked 4 furlongs in :53.20.

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