News and Notes
I hope everyone had a good holiday. I have returned after a week's absence, slowly acclimating again. I will use this post to update results from that period, as well as previewing a race for Sunday. I'll try to do a Year End post on Sunday or Monday.
The Best Monkey (The Green Monkey - Dandy Dulce by Dixieland Heat) finished 4th, and Electromagnetic (gelding; Henrythenavigator - Wind in My Wings by Sligo Bay (IRE)) finished 7th in Race 9 at Gulfstream Park, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,000) on the firm turf. Boy of Summer (Exclusive Quality - Melancholy Baby by Maudlin) won by a neck. Watch the Replay.
Chongo Verdi (gelding; The Green Monkey - Tiz Spanish by Tiznow) won Race 2 at Gulfstream Park, a 6 furlong Starter Optional Claiming Race, by 13 3/4 lengths. Watch the Replay. Chong Verdi now has 2 wins, 1 second, 3 thirds, and earnings of $42,730 in 8 starts. He was claimed out of the race, and will now be trained by Michael Maker for Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
Federal Agent (colt; Curlin - Gwenjinsky by Seattle Dancer) finished 2nd in Race 6 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Special Weight at 1 1/8 miles on the firm turf. He was gaining at the finish, but just couldn't catch favorite Prado Cat (Kitten's Joy - Vineyard Vines by Rahy), who led all the way. Watch the Replay.
Neat Package (filly; Big Brown - Miss Loren (ARG) by Numerous) was second in Race 6 at Tampa Bay Downs, a Maiden Special Weight at about 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf. Time Is Forever (The Cliff's Edge - Tabadabado by Gilded Time) was up late for the win. Watch the Replay.
Your Lovely (filly; The Green Monkey - I'm Angela by Kayrawan) was involved early, but faded to finish 8th in Race 5 at Gulstream Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,500). Distinctlybella (With Distinction - Awanda by Awad) set the pace, and won the race. Watch the Replay.
Irish Lute (filly; Midnight Lute - Shaniowa by Storm Boot) closed to finish second in the Letellier Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds behind Finding More (Trickey Trevor - Greenmountain Girl by Green Dancer). Watch the Replay. Stakes-placed Irish Lute now has one win and 2 seconds in three starts, with earnings of $44,060.
Ground Transport (colt; Big Brown - Extry by Broad Brush) set the pace in his debut in Race 11 at Fair Grounds, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight, but couldn't hold off Departing (War Front - Leave by Pulpit), finishing second. Watch the Replay.
Grade III stakes-placed Mylute (colt; Midnight Lute - Stage Stop by Valid Expectations) was a 10 3/4 length winner in Race 7 at Fair Grounds, a mile and 70 yard Allowance Optional Claiming Race. Watch the Replay. He now has 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 7 starts, with earnings of $213,695.
Winner's Legacy (filly; Midnight Lute - Very Very by Royal Academy) finished 2nd in her debut in Race 3 at Gulfstream Park, a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $75,000) on the firm turf. Watch the Replay. The winner was Sharapova Slams (Cowtown Cat - Next to Nothing by Doneraile Court), who is the 14th winner for Cowtown Cat.
Preponderate (colt; Big Brown - Santaria by Star de Naskra) was 5th in Race 1 at Tampa Bay Downs, a mile and 40 yard Maiden Special Weight on the good track. Midnite Poppa (Unbridled's Song - Island Sand by Tabasco Cat) was favored, and won by 1 1/4 lengths. Watch the Replay.
On the Fence (gelding; Henrythenavigator - Seaquoia Blue by Forestry) finished 9th in his debut in Race 6 at Santa Anita, a 6.5 furlong Maiden Special Weight on the fast dirt. Favorite Belvin (Empire Maker -Midway Squall by Storm Bird) was the winner. Watch the Replay.
Current Event (filly; Curlin - Grand Merger by A.P. Indy) finished 3rd in Race 4 at Aqueduct, a mile and 70 yard Maiden Special Weight on a sloppy track. Frosty Bay (Frost Giant - Baymont by Wild Again) was the winner. Watch the Replay. Freshman sire Frost Giant, sire of Frosty Bay, now has 12 winners out of 15 runners.
Rowdy Friends (filly; Henrythenavigator - King Shooting Star by Storm Cat) was third in Race 8 at Turfway Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $30,000). Majestique (Majestic Warrior - Quiet Word by Quiet American) won the race by 5 lengths. His sire, Majestic Warrior, now has 29 winners in his first crop. Watch the Replay.
Inmyfathersimage (colt; Curlin - Friendly Michelle by Artax) was third in his debut in Race 2 at Aqueduct, a mile Maiden Special Weight on a good track. Favorite Revolutionary (War Pass - Runup the Colors by A.P. Indy) was an impressive 8 1/2-length winner. Watch the Replay. Revolutionary is the 10th winner for War Pass.
Classy and Serene (filly; The Green Monkey - Time for Jackie by Unbridled Time) finished 3rd in Race 1 at Gulfstream Park, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $12,500), but was placed second upon the disqualification of the 2nd-place finisher. Bin Elusive (Elusive Quality - Binavicar by Vicar) was a 5 1/2-length winner. Watch the Replay.
Brenda's Bar (gelding; Midnight Lute - Les Cocos by Honour and Glory), who has yet to win a race, was 4th in the 6.5 furlong Lost in the Fog Juvenile Stakes at Turf Paradise at odds of 70-1. Glenco Kid (Repent - Wavering Girl by Wavering Monarch) closed well late for the win. Watch the Replay.
Midnight Music (colt; Midnight Lute - Forest Whispers by Forestry) was 6th in his debut in Race 2 at Gulfstream Park, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $50,000), after breaking inward at the start. Favorite Pepe (Harlan's Holiday - City Fire by Carson City) was the one length winner. Watch the Replay.
Curlamorous (filly; Curlin - Glamorous Lady by Kingdom of Spain) didn't seem to handle the sloppy track in Race 5 at Laurel, a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming Race, and was eased late, finishing 6th. Majestic Marquet (Proud Accolade - Marquet Niche by Marquetry) won by 5 1/2 lengths. Watch the Replay.
December 30 Entries
World Class is a Speed Goddess seeking a Holiday Kiss
December 30, 2012
Fair Grounds Race 8
Maiden Special Weight
About 5.5 furlongs turf
Post Time: 5:25 PM ET HRTV
||Speed Goddess (ON)
||Crazy Lucky (KY)
||Foxy Syd (KY)
||World Class (KY)
||Boss Barney's Babe (KY)
||Distinct Sparkle (FL)
||Russkiy Lemon (KY)
||Holiday Kiss (KY)
||Annie Bellum (FL)
||Natty Boh (KY)
World Class (Curlin - Highest Class by Mineshaft) makes her debut in this contest scheduled for 5.5 furlongs on the turf. They were off the turf today at Fair Grounds, so I'm not sure the surface will hold. World Class has been working at Fair Grounds, including 5 furlongs in 1:02.40 on December 21. She is the first foal out of grade II stakes-placed Highest Class, who won 2 races at 2, and earned $120,996 overall. Highest Class is a half sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Approval Rating, and grade III turf winner Gulch Approval, who earned $593,004. Curlin's 46 runners have made 109 total starts, recording 17 wins, 24 seconds, 15 thirds, and earnings of $650,277.
Boss Barney's Babe (Street Boss - Jezebella by Wild Again) is a veteran of 4 starts, finishing 3rd at 6 furlongs at Hoosier Park on September 19, 5th at 7 furlongs at Keeneland on October 17, 4th at 6.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 15, and 2nd at 6 furlongs at Fair Grounds on December 6. This will be her first turf start. Boss Barney's Babe was a $25,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Jezebella. Jezebella is the dam of three winners, including Balian, a stakes winner on the turf and dirt, who earned $310,923, and was a winner at 2. Another offspring of Jezebella was also a winner at 2. Jezebella is a half sister to one winner. Boss Barney's Babe is by first-year sire Street Boss, whose 56 runners have made 170 total starts, recording 25 wins, 18 seconds, 18 thirds, and earnings of $840,355.
Crazy Lucky (Henny Hughes - Hidden Assets by Mt. Livermore) placed in both of her previous starts, on the Keeneland Polytrack on October 11, and on the dirt at Churchill on November 2. Both races were 6 furlongs. She is out of grade III winner Hidden Assets, who earned $298,313. Hidden Assets has produced 6 winners from 7 to run, including stakes winner Good Deed, and turf stakes winners Due Date and Country Day. One of Hidden Asset's offspring won at 2. Hidden Assets is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 7 winners, including grade III turf winner Smooth Runner, who earned $402,963.
Distinct Sparkle (With Distinction - Constant Sparkle by Mr. Sparkles) has also run twice, finishing 4th at 5 furlongs on September 4 at Evangeline Downs, and 7th at 7.5 furlongs at Delta Downs on October 19. She is a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Secret Scheme, who earned $153,550, and was a winner on the turf. One of Distinct Sparkle's siblings won at 2.
Finishing 6th in her only start was Russkiy Lemon (Lemon Drop Kid - Spring Season (GB) by Dansili (GB)), who ran 6 furlongs at Fair Grounds on November 25. She was purchased for $35,000 at the Keeneland Association January 2012 Horses of All Ages Sale. She is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Spring Season. Spring Season is a half sister to 4 winners, including grade I turf winner Midday, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. I) in 2009.
The others are unraced, including Annie Bellum (Wildcat Heir - Dare I Dream by Delaware Township), who was a $62,000 yearling. She is a half sister to the winner Courageousandbold, who was placed at 2. Dare I Dream, dam of Annie Bellum, is a half sister to 6 winners, including turf stakes winner Devil's Tail.
Holiday Kiss (Harlan's Holiday - Madison's Quest by Deputy Minister) was purchased for $25,000 as a yearling, and is a half sister to 4 winners, including grade I turf winner Request for Parole, who earned $1,372,224. Two of her siblings won at 2, including Request for Parole. Madison's Quest, dam of Holiday Kiss, is a half sister to 2 winners.
Foxy Syd (Successful Appeal - Clearly Foxy by Volponi) was purchased for $20,000 as a weanling, and is the first foal out of grade III turf winner Clearly Foxy, who won her first 2 races at 2, both on the turf, including the Natalma Stakes (Can-III). Clearly Foxy is a half sister to 2 winners.
Natty Boh (Bluegrass Cat - Eventually by Affirmed) was purchased for $20,000 as a yearling, and is out of the unplaced mare Eventually. Eventually has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including one who was a winner at 2. Eventually is a half sister to 4 winners.
Speed Goddess (Johannesburg - Athena's Gift by Fusaichi Pegasus) is the first foal out of the turf-winning mare Athena's Gift, who was placed at 2. Athena's Gift is a half sister to 9 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Rushin' to Altar, who was stakes-placed on the turf.
Other December 30 Entries
Melody Lin (filly; Curlin - Melody Que (IRE) by Sadler's Wells) breaks from the rail in Race 3 at Aqueduct, a mile Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,000). Post time is 1:26 PM ET. Melody Lin has four previous starts, finishing 4th at a mile on the turf at Belmont Park on September 13, 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth on good turf at Aqueduct on November 14, 3rd at a mile on the dirt at Aqueduct on November 29, and 3rd at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Aqueduct on December 7. She was purchased for $70,000 as a weanling, and is out of the unplaced mare Melody Que. Melody Que is a full sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Ballarat and Hijaz, and a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Savethidanceforme and Lady Eclair, and group II winner Crimson Quest. Curlin's 46 runners have made 109 total starts, recording 17 wins, 24 seconds, 15 thirds, and earnings of $650,277.
Midnight Officer (colt; Midnight Lute - Against the Law by Officer) debuts in Race 2 at Turf Paradise, a 5.5 furlong Maiden Optional Claiming Race for Arizona-breds. Post time is 3:00 PM ET. Midnight Officer has been working at Turf Paradise, including 4 furlongs in :46.60 on December 22. It was the second fastest of 39 works at the distance. He is the first foal out of stakes winner Against the Law, who won 4 races at 2, including three stakes, and earned $106,780 overall. Against the Law is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes winner Sunday Geisha, who earned $242,640. Midnight Lute's 40 runners have made 98 total starts, recording 14 wins, 15 seconds, 13 thirds, and earnings of $685,111.