What's in a Name: Motherly Instincts, Little Gems of Wordplay from Mamas' Names

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Scales of Justice | Coady Photography

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BLACK MAGIC WOMAN, 1-7-21 winner at Gulfstream. Dam: DAZZLING SONG. BLACK MAGIC WOMAN is a 1968 song which became a world-famous hit in a 1970 Santana arrangement, even if it was a Fleetwood Mac number originally. 6th-Gulfstream, $40,000, Msw, 1-7, 4yo/up, f/m, 1m, 1:36.42, ft, 3 3/4 lengths. BLACK MAGIC WOMAN (f, 4, Uncle Mo–Dazzling Song, by Unbridled's Song). Lifetime Record: 4-1-0-2, $41,360. O-Bass Stables, LLC; B-Ramona S. Bass, LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.

HYPOTHETICAL, 1-7-21 winner at Meydan. Dam: PEUT ETRE, French for 'perhaps', 'probably' (literally: 'it may be,' without the necessary pronoun, which makes it an adverb). 5th-Meydan, Hcp., AED105,000, NH/SH 4yo/up, 1600m, 1:38.03, ft. HYPOTHETICAL (IRE) (c, 4, Lope de Vega {Ire}–Peut Etre {Ire} {GSP-Fr}, by Whipper) Sales history: 550,000gns Ylg >18 TATOCT. Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-0, $33,277.  O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum. B-Knocktoran Stud (Ire). T-Salem bin Ghadayer.

SCALES OF JUSTICE, 1-9-2021 winner at Turfway. Dam: BALANCE. Fairness has its roots in equilibrium and symmetry, from times immemorable. 5th-Turfway, $31,190, Msw, 1-8, 3yo, 1m (AWT), 1:39.09, ft, 1/2 length. SCALES OF JUSTICE (c, 3, Uncle Mo–Balance {MGISW, $1,048,491}, by Thunder Gulch). Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $20,340. O-Andrew Warren & William K. Warren, Jr.; B-Cloros Bloodstock (KY); T-Michael W. McCarthy.

BRASSY, 1-9-2021 winner at Tampa Bay Downs. Dam: CHEEKY CHARM. Connection believed to be self-evident, as it is said of some truths. 8th-Tampa Bay Downs, $21,500, Alw, 1-9, (NW1X), 4yo/up, f/m, 1mT, 1:37.05, fm, nose. BRASSY (f, 4, Medaglia d'Oro–Cheeky Charm, by A.P. Indy). Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-0, $48,286. O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Eoin G. Harty.

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