07/20/2009 11:00PM

Stormin Maggy earns herself a stakes shot


Stormin Maggy and Vito Filitto emerged as 2-year-olds to follow in this region last week. Stormin Maggy won at Lone Star Park and Vito Filitto at Louisiana Downs.

Stormin Maggy, a half-sister to champion Afleet Alex, took a maiden special weight at Lone Star by 6 1/2 lengths. She raced with the pace early in the 5 1/2-furlong race last Friday night, dropped back, then came on again when seemingly beaten at the quarter pole. It was the second career start for Stormin Maggy, a daughter of Storm Cat.

"I think the filly has some talent," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Stormin Maggy.

Asmussen said he liked the strong gallop-out from Stormin Maggy, and as a result she has been nominated to the $100,000 La Senorita, a two-turn stakes at Retama Park. To be run at a mile on turf, the La Senorita is one of the top races of the Retama meet. The La Senorita is restricted to 2-year-old fillies, and will be run Oct. 24.

Stormin Maggy is a homebred who races for the Grace Stables of Barbara Banke, wife of prominent owner Jess Jackson. Jackson campaigned two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and co-owns current Horse of the Year candidate Rachel Alexandra.

Vito Filitto has returned to his Churchill Downs base after becoming a stakes winner in the $50,000 Minstrel at Louisiana Downs last Saturday. He stalked the pace and went on to cover five furlongs on turf in a sharp 57 seconds. For the effort, Vito Filitto earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 72.

"He looked really good to me," said Bernie Flint, who co-bred, co-owns, and trains Vito Filitto. "He was a little closer to the front than I thought he would be. But he's a nice horse, and we always suspected he could be a nice grass horse."

Flint has not yet made plans for Vito Filitto, who is now 2 for 3 following the Minstrel and a maiden win at 4 1/2 furlongs at Churchill in June.

"I'm going to give him some time, and when he gets over this one, we'll take a look and see what's there. I would like to see him run a little further. I'm hoping that he'll get a mile, but that's down the road."

Vito Filitto is by Mutakddim. His dam, Braggin Rights, is a full sister to Ultimate Warrior, a multiple sprint stakes winner of $547,221.

Perfect season for Waylay

Waylay set a Lone Star record for wins by a horse at a Lone Star meet when he collected his sixth victory last Sunday. The previous mark of five wins was set by Saf Link in 2005.

Waylay drove home by five lengths in a $15,000 claiming route Sunday, for his sixth straight win during a streak that began in a $7,500 conditioned claimer at Lone Star on April 16. He changed hands via the claim box a couple of times this meet, and on Sunday he won for the second time for owner-trainer Darrell Bravenec.

"He's a nice horse," said Bravenec. "For a $4,000 claim, you can't beat him."

Bravenec said it was Waylay's determination that led him to claim the horse for $4,000 in June. Waylay won a $7,500 claimer one start later, then dominated in the $15,000 claiming race Sunday. He now will be pointed for starter allowance races at Remington Park, said Bravenec.

Waylay is based at Bravenec's farm near Dallas. Part of his routine includes training on a Eurosizer, an exercise machine that works somewhat like a merry-go-round. A horse is allowed to be loose in one of a number of compartments, with the direction and speed which he travels controlled.

Waylay was a $120,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland in September 2006. He began his career with a third-place finish in a maiden special weight sprint at Mountaineer Park in 2007 and seemed to step up his game when he began racing around two turns on a regular basis. Waylay is a 4-year-old gelded son of Johannesburg.

Return of Foreign Production

Foreign Production, a stakes winner at Louisiana Downs who also won last fall's $60,000 Old Hickory at Fair Grounds, will make his first start since December in Thursday's fourth race at Louisiana Downs. Stakes winner Bertsgoldenmissile is also entered in the seven-furlong allowance for 3-year-olds.

Foreign Production last raced on Dec. 27, finishing second by three-quarters of a length in the $60,000 Calcasieu at Delta Downs. He shows a strong series of works for his return, the latest being a bullet five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on July 12. Carlos Gonzalez has the mount for Foxwood Plantation and trainer James Hodges.

* Lone Star's announcer, John Lies, was due back in Dallas for Thursday night's races after being at Del Mar earlier this week to work as a paddock host for the Southern California track's opening-day program Wednesday. Lies has made every opening day at Del Mar since 1985. Upon the close of the Lone Star meet this Sunday, he will return to his role as paddock host at Del Mar.

* Lone Star-based jockey Jose Medina has been suspended 30 days for admitted use of marijuana after testing positive last Saturday, according to a ruling issued by the stewards. Medina, 23, waived his right to a hearing, and his suspension began on Sunday.