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Friday, February 13, 2009


Thank you to trainer Steve Owens who sent a letter about the late Jasmine Baggerman to Thoroughblog (see the comments section from yesterday)

(UAE GUINEAS from WHR's video channel)


DESERT PARTY won the UAE GUINEAS wrapped up yesterday in Dubai and is the one to beat in the UAE DERBY next month.
The story of the race was the fizzle of VINEYARD HAVEN through the long stretch run in his 3yo debut. The grey colt was bought for $12 million by Godolphin from Bobby Frankel and was a Grade 1 winner at 2 last year.
But Frankie Dettori stayed with Dodolphin's DESERT PARTY (you can find out why in the excerpt below from, and the Lexington Herald Leader).

Desert Party won the Sanford Stakes last year. He is by STREET CRY out of the Tabasco Cat mare SAGE CAT. He was bred by Steven Sinatra and David Smith.

Here's an EXCERPT:
Horse racing: Desert Party wins Derby prep in Dubai; Vineyard Haven 4th
Vineyard Haven fades to fourth place
By Alicia Wincze -

The strength of Sheikh Mohammed's 3-year-olds was on full display Thursday as Godolphin Racing's Desert Party collared stablemate Regal Ransom in deep stretch to win the Group III UAE 2,000 Guineas by 43/4 lengths at Nad al Sheba in Dubai.

Although much of the pre-race attention focused on Godolphin's multiple Grade I winner Vineyard Haven, the $12 million private purchase who was making his season debut, it was Desert Party who made his case as the top 3-year-old in Sheikh Mohammed's lineup.

After chasing Redding Colliery and Regal Ransom in the early going of the 1,600-meter (about one mile) race, Desert Party overtook Regal Ransom with about 200 meters remaining and drew off handily under jockey Frankie Dettori, covering the distance in 1:37.62.

Regal Ransom held for second ahead of Redding Colliery while Vineyard Haven, who was making his first start since winning the Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont last October, lacked any response in the stretch and faded to fourth.

"Obviously I had the gray horse (Vineyard Haven) to beat but the vibes in the stable were that he perhaps needed the race tonight so I kept on this fellow," Dettori told TVG following the race. "I like him, he's improving and he's uncomplicated. He's got a good stride and he's got a good heart. That's most important in good horses."

A winner of two of three starts last year, Desert Party has seen his talents further blossom while in Dubai.

Purchased for $2.1 million by Sheikh Mohammed last February, Desert Party also defeated Regal Ransom in a 1,400-meter (6.95-furlong) race on Jan. 22 at Nad al Sheba.

"We knew he had come out of his last race very well and improved from that run," Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor said of the son of Street Cry. "This extra distance was never going to be a concern and, all being well, he will be UAE Derby bound."

The $2 million UAE Derby will be contested on March 28 as part of the undercard for the $6 million Dubai World Cup.

Big win by City Style, out of Canadian mare Brattothecore

Out in British Columbia yesterday there was some celebration when CITY STYLE scored a very impressive and explosive win on the Dubai card.
The City Zip gelding, who was third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf last fall at Santa Anita, is out of the Canadian bred mare BRATTOTHECORE, who herself was bred by Bill and Susan Stewart's Black Canyon Thoroughbreds.
Brattothecore raced for Jam Jay and trainer John Ross and won the Bison City and Ontario Lassie Stakes in her career (2002, 2003).

Brattothecore is by Katahaula County out of Sweet Leader.
City Style, bred by Stonerside, originally raced by Stonerside and now owned by Godolphin, is the first foal for Brattothecore

City Style won the 'about' 6 1/2 furlong turf race despite a bit of traffic trouble amd Frankie Dettori rode.

The Stewarts reported from British Columbia yesterday that they own a half-sister to Brattothecore, Sweet Windsong, by Aptitude and that she is expecting her first foal, by Mutakkdim.

Canadians elsewhere

MARCH TO VICTORY, a Dixieland Band 5yo out of Frayne bred by Bill Graham, won a turf allowance at GUlfstream yesterday.
It was the canadian-breds first race since October. The colt, trained by Christophe BoldClement, was once a Queen's Plate contender two years ago.

Jockey GERRY OLGUIN won a race at Santa Anita yesterday, less than 2 months away from the strat of the Woodbine meeting.
Olguin rode 11 to 1 shot UNUSUAL STRIKE for Barry Abrams to win a maiden allowance race over big favourite SOLO PIANO who was 50 cents on the dollar.


Canadian champion GINGER BREW, third in her season debut at Gulfstream, is a contender in the Endeavour Stakes at Tampa tomorrow - Valentine's Day.

$125,000 Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT, Race 4:17, 6 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey

1. Elusive Lady (FL), 116, Joe Bravo
2. Grand in Grey (PA), 116, (No Rider)
3. Jaunty Gale (FL), 116, (No Rider)
4. Ballymore Lady (KY), 118, Jose Lezcano
5. Impressionism (KY), 116, Rosemary B. Homeister Jr.
6. Ginger Brew (ON), 116, Rene R. Douglas
7. Sousaphone (OH), 116, (No Rider)
8. Stormy West (KY), 122, Kent J. Desormeaux
9. American Border (KY), 118, Daniel Centeno
10. Audacious Chloe (KY), 116, John R. Velazquez
11. Cozzi Capital (KY), 116, Pascacio Lopez
12. Zip Trick (FL), 118, Juan C. Leyva
AE Awesome Moment (KY), 116, (No Rider)
AE Kitty Cat Express (FL), 116, James S. Vail


There are a few locally based horses in Ocala for the Darley Festival on Monday. For full details, see yesterday's post but SKIPADATE, SOUTHERN EXCHANGE are on the card for trainers Mark Casse and Greg de Gannes respectively.
You can watch the OBS races at beginning at 1:30.


The Horseplayers Association of North America has rated 65 tracks and recently had a TOP TEN countdown that was reported daily on

Yesterday, KEENELAND was rated number one of all the tracks.

The rating system involved takeout rate, field size and other calculations.

ALL 65 TRACKS RATED will be on the Hana website in the coming week.Bold


1. Keeneland
2. Kentucky Downs
3. Remington Park
4. Hoosier Park
5. Churchill Downs
6. Evangeline Downs
7. Retama Park
8. Hawthorne Racecourse
9. Oaklawn Park
10. Turfway Park
11. Tampa Bay Downs
12. Fair Grounds Race Course
13. Santa Anita
14. Del Mar
15. Gulfstream Park
16. Louisiana Downs
17. Delta Downs
18. Fonner Park
19. Sunland Park
20. Sam Houston

You can read more at the HANA blog site:


  • At 10:36 AM, Blogger Handride said…

    Harlem rocker is a little under the weather heard he's going abck to the farm for 30 days to recoup. he hadn't had a break since starting last year, so well deserved.


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