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Sunday, January 3, 2010


Spangled Star had been gradually improving with each start. In his previous attempt, the 2-year-old faced off in what was not your average stretch duel.

Under Luis Garcia, Spangled Star led through most of the November 16 maiden special weight. Then eventual winner Bailey's Beach caught up to the Vinery colt and Garcia dropped his stick. Acting quickly, Garcia replaced his whip with a pair of his goggles. Although Spangled Star dug down, the nose of Bailey's Beach got to the wire first.

On Saturday, Spangled Star returned to the scene of his narrow defeat and made easy work of this bunch. Coming from off the pace this time, the Distorted Humor colt scampered home by 4 1/4 lengths under Jeremy Rose.

Gulfstream 2010 is here

The Hallandale Beach track opens its gates on Sunday January 3 with the feature the Grade III Hal's Hope featuring Florida Derby champion Quality Road.

Heading to the starting gate for Herringswell is Desertstormelite. The daughter of Chester House races for Mitchell Ranch in the fifth race, a $50,000 claimer on the turf.

Wednesday, Cherokee Queen will break from the rail in a non-winners of three races other than going 1-mile on the turf.

On Thursday Salsa Star (pictured) will make a return to the races. The Sagamore Farm 4-year-old was last seen at Pimlico in May when she broke her maiden impressively by 5 1/2 lengths. Making her first start on U.S soil that day, Jeremy Rose stalked the slow pace and opened up with ease. That day, Miss MVP ran third, and shows up to meet Salsa Star again. Showing her no sympathy, in her next start, Miss MVP ran fourth our own Million Seller at Colonial.

Angel's Cove will hope for a scratch to draw into Thursday's fouth race. A maiden claiming $75,000, traveling 7 1/2 furlongs on the lawn.

Jeremy Rose is named to ride all four runners.

Tale Of The Cat Colt Impresses Again

Augustin Stables' Cat Park stopped for a Coca-Cola and hot dog in the Calder grandstand before coming up just short of capturing the Grade III Tropical Park Derby. Eventual winner Fly By Phil and pace-setter Lost Aptitude began to drift, then Cat Park followed the trend. The three of them, roughly 8, 10 and 12 wide hit the wire seperated by 1-length.

Cat Park, continues to continue with grass and distance. The bottom half of the young 3-year-old's pedigree is the Dynaformer mare, Dynamic Cat. The distance on the bottom is a crafty mix with the speed on top of stallion Tale Of The Cat. This concoction is not out of the ordinary for clever breeder George Strawbridge. His 3-year-old fillies, Smart Seattle (Smart Strike) and Zilva (Successful Appeal) are strapped with distance from mares Seattle Bay and Spellmaker respectively.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Priscilla Graham's Hat Trick; 2010 Upon Us

Naturally, fresh out of Turf Melody's win in the $200,000 Springboard Mile, minds begin to wonder. Anytime a 2-year-old wins a race, whether a maiden, allowance ,or stakes minds of the connections start to imagine. Imagine the possibilities.

Two days after her Maria's Mon juvenile captured his first stakes, first time starter Dandy Waltz (Tale Of The Cat) broke his maiden at Penn National. The stocky-chestnut won the right way traveling 6-furlongs in the Tuesday night Maiden Special Weight.

Dandy Waltz arrived at Fair Hill in mid-October and never looked back from there. The 2-year-old never missed a scheduled breeze and had impressed since his arrival. The win earned Dandy Waltz $20,400.

Like clockwork, just three days after his stable mate's win, and five days after Turf Melody's Oklahoma triumph, Noah's Dream returned to the races.

With one June run under his belt, the Pulpit juvenile ran like he needed the race and more distance in his Delaware debut.
Away from the races for nearly six months, the bay colt inhaled his Philadelphia Park rivals to win impressively by more than eight lengths.

Both maiden winners were ridden by Joe Rocco Jr. Turf Melody was ridden by Jeremy Rose. While all three shared the same common denominator...The Pink silks of Priscilla Graham.

Not to be outdone by the colts, Apple Charlotte, a 2-year-old Smart Strike filly for Jack Swain dazzled in her second career start winning by more than 5-lengths at Tampa Bay Downs. Apple Charlotte, or "Manzanita", labeled by her groom has us all excited.

Coolcullen Times (pictured above) recently joined the stable at Fair Hill. An Irish-bred 3-year-old, was a three time winner in his homeland. The July Tattersalls purchase is owned by Hickory Tree Stables, who also owned Rebellion and the stakes-winning filly Leamington. The dashing colt topped the sales.

With 2010 upon us, we enter the final ten days of a successful 2009. Although we are not ready to call it a year, with still a handful of runners scheduled to head towards the starting gate. Into the final week-and-a-half, Herringswell Stables is one of just ten training organizations to have over 100 winners and more than $5,000,000 in purse money.

Jane and Marcus Motion looking cold while enjoying the snow.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Turf Melody Makes The Trek Worth It

Turf Melody made the trip from Fair Hill to Churchill Downs, like many Herringswell runners have throughout the Fall meeting at the Louisville track. Unlike the others, the 2-year-old used the Churchill as a pit-stop.

After training at the site of the Kentucky Derby for three days, the Maria's Mon colt ventured off to Remington Park in Oklahoma for the $200,000 Springboard Mile. He arrived at his final destination and took to the track on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. On Sunday night he became a stakes winner.

Sent off at 4-1, Jeremy Rose settled Turf Melody in ninth early on the two leaders moved swiftly enough in :23 and 46.40. As they approached the turn, Rose began to ask the three-time winner and he responded with a game stretch run that was good enough to nose-out Man Chester Man at the wire.

"The horse ran a game race, I didn't know if was going to get there in time,” Rose said. “We kept driving and my horse kept digging. I still think my horse wants to go further. It was a good race."

Turf Melody is owned by Priscilla Graham.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Top Winter Meets Only Weeks Away...

Nine stalls are locked in by Herringswell colored cross bars at Santa Anita. 20 (as of the moment) are secured at Palm Meadows. Both winter getaway locations are spots where the best of the best go when the northern temperature drops.

On the west coast, at "The Great Race Place", nine serious bullets fill out the barn.
2-year-old fillies, Zilva and Smart Seattle have resumed training after their efforts in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile Fillies Turf respectively.

Cherokee Artist (pictured), who has not raced since capturing the Presque Isle Mile in September, plans to make a return to the races during the Santa Anita meeting. Yorktown, an unlucky fourth in a third-level allowance also remains out west.

Fresh off her win in the Starine Stakes at Hollywood, California-bred Saucey Evening (bottom) will point towards Sunshine Millions day on January 30.

Smart Bid also comes out of a stake win. The 3-year-old Smart Strike colt looks to run in either the Grade I Malibu on December 27 or the Grade III Sir Beaufort on the same day. Smart Bid's half-brother is Deal Making. Deal Making, a 4-year-old Empire Maker gelding also will call California his winter home.
Three-year-olds Gustavian and Snowmaster round out the barn. The duo both tallied wins at the recently completed Keeneland fall meet

Of the 20 stalls at Palm Meadows, eleven are filled with 2-year-olds. Winners Cat Park, Check The Label, Peace Fire and Vamos A Ver lead the Florida string of Juveniles.
The lone runner at a Florida track up to this point is Shehashighhopes. The High Yield three-year-old comfortably broke her maiden at Calder in a Maiden Claiming $25,000.
The Gulfstream Park meeting begins Sunday January 3.