Preponderate is Chasing the Roses for the Balance of Power

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January 23 Result

No Restraint

Only AEs Hoke's Run (Littleexpectations - Tense Exchange by Red Ransom) and Klozer (Private Vow - Harbor Chief by Boston Harbor) were left out, and the track was fast. Sweetwhiskeybrown (Capitalimprovement - La Vita's Infinity by Timeless Native) was favored. Also getting plenty of play was Prior Restraint (Doneraile Court - Notrestraintable by Belek). Kiss My Monkey (The Green Monkey - Smoochem by Friendly Lover) was 37-1. I liked the look of first timer Yonadixie (Yonaguska - Shes Dixies Eskimo by Eskimo), but favorite Sweetwhiskeybrown and Six K Vow (Private Vow - Winning Lady by Boyish Charm) made favorable impressions. Yonadixie acted up at the load. It was a sharp break for Prior Restraint, and he went up to set the pace. Six K Vow and Sir Realist (Serengeti Song - Buckley by State Dinner) applied some pressure, and Sweetwhiskeybrown was just off the leaders. As they went into the turn, Prior Restraint opened up by several lengths. Sir Realist and Six K Vow were still the closest competition. This pair moved closer as they entered the stretch, but Prior Restraint surged ahead once more. He went on to win by 3 lengths. Sir Realist outfought Six K Vow for second, and they were better than 3 lengths in front of fourth-place finisher Sweetwhiskeybrown. Kiss My Monkey plodded along at the back, finishing 9th. Watch the Replay.

January 23, 2013
Delta Downs Race 3
Maiden Special Weight

Prior Restraint
Sir Realist

Six K Vow


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January 24 Entries

Preponderate is Chasing the Roses for the Balance of Power

January 24, 2013
Tampa Bay Downs Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
1 mile and 40 yards
Post Time: 1:05 PM ET HRTV/TVG

PP Horse
1. Preponderate (KY)
2. Above the Bar (KY)
3. Country Lyric (VA)
4. Chasing the Roses (KY)
5. Balance of Power (KY)
6. Forward Thinker (PA)

Preponderate (Big Brown - Santaria by Star de Naskra) makes his first start of the year in this mile and 40 yard contest at Tampa Bay Downs. His most recent start was at this same track and distance, when he finished 5th (of 5) on December 26. His previous starts were at Calder, where he finished 4th at a mile and 70 yards on November 24, 7th at a mile on the yielding turf on October 17, 6th at a mile and a sixteenth on good turf on September 26, and 2nd at a mile on a sloppy track on September 3. He last worked on January 13, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.80 at Tampa Bay. Preponderate is out of stakes winner Santaria, who earned $266,937 in her career. Santaria has produced 6 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Formidable, and grade II winners Air Commander and Medallist, who earned $421,375. Santaria is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Action Mutante. 

Country Lyric (Stephen Got Even - Caramel Custard by Chief Honcho) finished 3rd, in front of Preponderate, on December 26 at Tampa Bay Downs after pressing the pace. Previously, he was third in a 7 furlong Maiden Claiming Race at Tampa Bay Downs on December 1. He is out of stakes winner Caramel Custard, who earned $147,757. Caramel Custard has produced 3 winners from 4 to run. She is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Blue Hills, who earned $309,029.

Forward Thinker (Indian Charlie - Initiation by Deputy Minister) is making his first start on dirt, having finished 2nd at 6 furlongs on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs on September 26, and 7th at 7 furlongs on the Polytrack at Keeneland on October 20. He is the first foal out of stakes winner Initiation, who earned $121,463. Initiation is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winners Elope, Silver City, and Inspired. Inspired has earned $439,785 in 22 starts.

Above the Bar (Majestic Warrior - Thundercup by Thunder Gulch) finished 6th in his only start, a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming Race at Churchill Downs on November 2. He was purchased for $100,000 as a yearling, and is the second foal out of the unraced mare Thundercup. Thundercup is a half sister to 8 winners, including grade II winner Rare Blend, who earned $657,785.

Balance of Power (Silver Train - Woodman's Dancer by Woodman) is also a veteran of one Churchill Downs start, finishing 11th in a mile and an eighth turf race on November 24, where he trailed throughout. He is out of grade II stakes-placed Woodman's Dancer, who earned $298,486. Woodman's Dancer is the dam of 5 winners, including stakes winner Run Sully Run, and grade I winner Archarcharch, who earned $832,744. Woodman's Dancer is a full sister to one winner, and a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Seattle Pattern and Total Bull.

Finishing 8th in his only race was Chasing the Roses (Bernardini - Goodness by Hennessy), who ran 6 furlongs at Gulfstream Park on January 10. He is out of stakes winner Goodness, who has produced the winner That's Grand. Goodness is a half sister to 5 winners. Her dam is grade III winner Darby Shuffle, who earned $525,925.

Other January 24 Entry

Midnight Aria (colt; Midnight Lute - Shebandowana by Mt. Magazine) faces 9 in Race 4 at Gulfstream Park, a Maiden Claiming Race (Claiming Price $35,0000) at a mile and an eighth on the turf. Post time is 2:09 PM ET, and he is in the outside post (10). Midnight Aria has run twice, finishing 6th in a 5.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race on the dirt at Calder on November 1, and 3rd in a 7.5 furlong turf race at Gulfstream Park on January 4. He last worked on January 17, going 5 furlongs in 1:03.60 at Calder. Midnight Aria was purchased for $80,000 as a yearling, and is out of the turf winning mare Shebandowana. Shebandowana has produced 5 winners, including turf stakes-placed How Far Is Heaven, and grade III winner Wanna Runner, who earned $656,570. One of her offspring won on the turf. Shebandowana is a half sister to 9 winners, including stakes winner Victorianna, and grade II winners Time Limit and Miss Indy Anna. Miss Indy Anna was also a stakes winner on the turf.

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