Rumba with a Concert Pianist and a Mizzen Miss

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A. P. Indy picked up two winners from his last crop on November 16, as Patent (colt; A.P. Indy - Issaqueena by Mr. Prospector) won a mile and a sixteenth maiden race on the turf at Aqueduct {Watch the Replay), and Arethusa (filly; A.P. Indy - Miss Coronado by Coronado's Quest) broke her maiden in the 1 1/16 mile Sharp Cat Stakes on the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park (Watch the Replay). Overall, A.P. Indy has 6 winners from his final crop, with Arethusa his first stakes winner from that crop.

Arethusa breaks her maiden in the Sharp Cat Stakes. Benoit Photo

November 16 Results

Sheikin Home

Q Two (Quiet American - Quality Gift (GB) by Last Tycoon (IRE)) and Ship to Shore (Majestic Warrior - Quintessa by Touch Gold) were scratched. Sheikinator (Curlin - Im a Dixie Girl by Dixie Union) took the early money, but Thunder Run (Colonel John - La Defense by Wild Again) was favored at post time. I was liking Dynamic Impact (Tiznow - Featherbed by Smart Strike). Tall Boy (Tale of the Cat - Quiet Now by Tiznow) was a little wet on a cool night. Thunder Run was full of pep in the post parade. Dynamic Impact was a little reluctant to load. There was a lot of bumping on the inside at the break. Bro Rodrigeaux (Tale of the Cat - Com Easy by Halo's Image) went to the lead, with Tall Boy also off to a quick start. Thunder Run had the rail spot in third early. He was pulling hard, with Julien Leparoux trying to restrain him. Bro Rodrigeaux continued to lead. Leparoux could not hold Thunder Run back any longer, as he took after the leader. Tall Boy was still there, along with Dynamic Impact. The latter horse found a gap on the rail and made a move on the leader. However, Bro Rodrigeaux continued to lead them. A new threat came from Sheikinator, who was rolling on the outside. Bro Rodrigeaux fought hard, but he couldn't hold off Sheikinator, who won by 1/2 length. The next four finished together, with Match Up (Broken Vow - Change Up by Distorted Humor) in third by a nose, over Quick Indian (Indian Charlie - Quick Temper by A.P. Indy), who was a neck in front of Thunder Run, who had a head advantage on Dynamic Impact. Bylia (Bandini - Defuhr by Langfuhr) and Tall Boy completed the field. Thunder Run was his own worst enemy in this one. Whether the result would have been different if Leparoux had just let him go, it is difficult to say, but he definitely needs to relax. Watch the Replay.

November 16, 2013
Churchill Downs Race 6
Maiden Special Weight

Bro Rodrigeaux

Match Up


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Showing Some Fortitude

Chitu (Henny Hughes - Sea Gift by A.P. Indy) was scratched. Pimpernel (Elusive Quality - Xtra Heat by Dixieland Heat) was the heavy favorite, and Fulmerized (Dunkirk - Beautiful Honor by Double Honor) was 9-2. Three Point Luke (Empire Maker - Western Princess by Gone West) caught my eye early. Fulmerized made a favorable appearance, but was looking around a bit. He was feisty in the post parade. Top Fortitude (Top Hit - French Debutante by French Deputy) looked good. Wrightwood (Elusive Quality - Grace Anatomy by Aldebaran) was away slowly. Fulmerized broke on top, but the favorite had speed too, and Pimpernel went by to set the pace. Fulmerized assumed a pressing position. Also involved early were Anxious Times (Tiznow - Dream Time by Storm Cat), Top Fortitude, and Melatonin (Kodiak Kowboy - Yanquee Reign by Yankee Victor). As they moved into the turn, Melatonin took over second, and Fulmerized began to drop back. Pimpernel and Melatonin dueled into the stretch, but looming on the outside was Top Fortitude. He wore down the top 2 for a 2 3/4-length victory. Melatonin captured second by better than 4 over favorite Pimpernel, who didn't help himself by ducking out late. It didn't cost him a placement, but it did make things a little interesting. Pimpernel was followed by Big Medicine Man (Indian Charlie - Upside by Unaccounted For), Fuzzy Logic (Into Mischief - Deal Us In by Mister Baileys (GB)), Wrightwood, Anxious Times, Fulmerized, and Three Point Luke. Fulmerized certainly tired after his early involvement, but hopefully he learned something. Watch the Replay.

November 16, 2013
Hollywood Park Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

Top Fortitude



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November 17 Entry

Rumba with a Concert Pianist and a Mizzen Miss

November 17, 2013
Churchill Downs Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

6.5 furlongs
2-year-old fillies
Post Time: 3:36 PM ET HRTV

PP Horse
1. Rumba (KY)
2. Concert Pianist (KY)
3. Avicii (KY)
4. Unbridled Forever (KY)
5. Brendamargaretsbiz (KY)
6. Resistivity (KY)
7. Chocolate On Tap (KY)
8. Mizzen Miss (KY)

Rumba (Dunkirk - Shawnee Moon by Forestry) makes her second start in this 6.5 furlong contest at Churchill Downs. First time out, she finished 7th in a 6 furlong race on the Polytrack at Keeneland on October 12 after being part of the early pace. Second in that race was the Dunkirk filly Kala Ryan, who returned to break her maiden at Churchill Downs on November 10. Rumba has worked a couple of times at Churchill since her debut, including 4 furlongs in :50.20 on November 12. She was a $100,000 yearling, and is the first foal out of the placed mare Shawnee Moon. Shawnee Moon is a half sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Megan's Halo, and grade III winner Indian Ocean, who earned $176,460. Dunkirk's 40 runners have made 92 combined starts, recording 17 wins, 13 seconds, 11 thirds, and earnings of $1,151,579.

Resistivity (Student Council - Lake Travis by Seattle Slew) ran in a different 6 furlong race at Keeneland on October 12, finishing 5th. Resistivity has no other starts. She is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Orange Crush, and grade II stakes-placed High Quail, who earned $157,143, and was placed at 2. Lake Travis, dam of Resistivity, is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Monarchoftheglen, and a full sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Devine, and grade I winner Lakeway, who earned $965,330.

Concert Pianist (Any Given Saturday - Glorificamus (IRE) by Shinko Forest (IRE)) is the veteran of the race with 4 starts. She finished 7th at 5.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on June 20, 2nd at 5.5 furlongs at Ellis Park on August 18, 6th at 6.5 furlongs on the turf at Kentucky Downs on September 11, and 4th at 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs on September 28. She was a $25,000 yearling, and is second foal out of stakes winner Glorificamus. Glorificamus's first foal is the winner Fasnacloich, who is a full sister to Concert Pianist. Glorificamus is a half sister to 3 winners.

Avicii (City Zip - Beech Bag by Devil's Bag) made her only start on the Polytrack at Woodbine, finishing 2nd at 5.5 furlongs on September 27. She was purchased for $26,000 as a yearling. She is a half sister to 2 winners, and a full sister to 1 winner. One of her siblings was a winner at 2. Her dam, Beech Bag, is a half sister to 7 winners. Beech Bag's dam is stakes winner C. R. B. Beech.

Mizzen Miss (Mizzen Mast - Abbeyville Miss by Grand Slam) has also run once, finishing 3rd in a 6 furlong race at Churchill Downs on October 27. She is the second foal out of the unraced mare Abbeyville Miss. Abbeyville Miss is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes-placed More of the Best, and grade I stakes-placed Unbridled Express

Unbridled Forever (Unbridled's Song - Lemons Forever by Lemon Drop Kid) also ran at Churchill Downs on October 27, but in a mile race where she finished 5th. It was her only start. She is out of grade I winner Lemons Forever, a winner at 2, who earned $648,940. Lemons Forever is the dam of the winner Forever Perfect. Lemons Forever is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Critikal Reason.

Brendamargaretsbiz (Nobiz Like Shobiz - Sonnet by Composer) and Chocolate On Tap (Tapit - Countess Godiva by Grand Slam) are unraced. Brendamargaretsbiz is out of the winning mare Sonnet. Sonnet is a half sister to 3 winners. Chocolate On Tap was a $260,000 yearling, and is out of the unraced mare Countess Godiva. Countess Godiva is the dam of the winner Holiday Broad, who won 2 races at 2. Countess Godiva is a half sister to 7 winners, including grade III winners Grafin, Genovefa, and Miss Turkana. Miss Turkana earned $508,281 in 36 starts.

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