Finally starting to recover from the Breeders' Cup. I hope you had a good Breeders' Cup weekend. For this blog, I'll share some photos of Maiden Watch horses, from the Breeders' Cup and elsewhere.
On Breeders' Cup Friday, 37-1 Colonel Joan (filly; Colonel John - Live 'n Laugh by Dixieland Band) closed to finish 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I). Colonel Joan, who is still a maiden, was mid-pack for much of the race, and was able to save ground on the rail. She moved between horses to pick up third late, just three lengths behind winner Chriselliam (Iffraaj (GB) - Danielli (IRE) by Danehill). Watch the Replay.
It was tough to find a photo of Colonel Joan from the race, but that's her on the left in the pink. Skip Dickstein Photo
Here are a couple of photos of her from Breeders' Cup week.
Rick Samuels Photo
Chad Harmon Photo
Anne M. Eberhardt Photo
Saturday began with Concave (Colonel John - Galadriel by Ascot Knight) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). She had to take up sharply to avoid the fallen Secret Compass, and was not persevered with late, finishing last. Here are a couple of photos from her in the morning.
Concave looking picturesque with the San Gabriel Mountains behind her. Chad Harmon Photo
Anne M. Eberhardt Photo
The best Maiden Watch finish at the Breeders' Cup came from Havana (colt; Dunkirk - Missy Turtle by Kyle's Our Man). He was favored in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and had a 2-length lead in the stretch, but was passed late by New Year's Day (Street Cry (IRE) - Justwhistledixie by Dixie Union), and finished second. This was only Havana's third start, so there is plenty of room for improvement, and I wouldn't count him out for next year's Triple Crown Trail. Watch the Replay.
Havana leading the pack. Dave Harmon Photo
Up close with Havana. Chad Harmon Photo
However, the best Maiden Watch performance of last weekend came from Cairo Prince (colt; Pioneerof the Nile - Holy Bubbette by Holy Bull), who rolled to victory in the 1 mile Nashua Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct on November 3. Cairo Prince is now a perfect 2 for 2, and has earned $192,000. Watch the Replay.
Cairo Prince in control in the Nashua. Coglianese Photos
Cairo Prince and Luis Saez after victory in the Nashua. Coglianese Photos
In other stakes news, grade III winner Dunkin Bend (colt; Dunkirk - Misty Run by Vindication) finished fourth in the 7 furlong Clevor Trevor Stakes at Remington Park on November 8. Watch the Replay.
November 9 Entries
Strangely, we have no Maiden Watch horses running in Maiden Special Weights on November 9, but we do have a couple of stakes entries.
Stakes-placed E Equalsmcsquared (filly; Einstein (BRZ) - Prairie Spring by Conquistador Cielo) faces 5 in the 7 furlong Moccasin Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park. Post time is 4:00 PM ET, and she is in the 3 hole. E Equalsmcsquared broke her maiden in her second start, a 4.5 furlong Maiden Claiming Race at Lone Star Park on May 18. She then finished 2nd in the 6 furlong Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 13, 4th in the 6.5 furlong Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar on August 7, and 5th in the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes on the turf at Del Mar on September 2. Most recently, she was 2nd in the Anoakia Stakes at 6 furlongs on the dirt at Santa Anita on October 13. She most recently worked on November 3, going 5 furlongs in :59.60 at Santa Anita. E Equalsmcsquared was purchased for $7,000 as a yearling, and is out of stakes-placed Prairie Spring, who earned $114,272. Prairie Spring is the dam of additional winner At First Asking. Prairie Spring is a half sister to 4 winners.
Stakes-placed Here's Johnny (gelding; Colonel John - Bon Caro by Bon Point (GB)) runs in the Juvenile Turf Stakes, scheduled for a mile on the turf at Gulfstream Park. Post time is 5:15 PM ET, and he has post 6. Here's Johnny was a winner in his debut at 5 furlongs on the turf at Churchill Downs on June 14, and then ran in the 5 furlong Prix de la Vallee d'Auge on the turf at Deauville, France, where he finished 4th. He then finished 2nd in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes at 7 furlongs on the turf at Kentucky Downs on September 14, and won a mile and a sixteenth Allowance race on the Polytrack at Keeneland on October 6. The October 6 race was originally scheduled for the turf. He last worked on November 4, going 4 furlongs on the turf at Palm Meadows. Here's Johnny was purchased for $40,000 as a weanling, and for $220,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to 4 winners, including grade III stakes-placed Wild Forest Cat, and stakes winner Glitter City, who earned $207,854. Bon Caro, dam of Here's Johnny, is a half sister to 4 winners, including turf stakes-placed Search for Reality.