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3-year-old Filly Sprinter to Watch
She won't be anywhere near the Twin Spires when the top 3-year-old fillies in the land line up for next month's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, but Our Lesmis looks like a promising sprint prospect.
Undefeated from two starts, Our Lesmis, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Yes It's True, captured her seasonal debut in stylish fashion last Tuesday at Parx. Ridden by Frankie Pennington for trainer Cathal Lynch, Our Lesmis was sent away the 2-5 favorite in the four-horse field of statebred 'n1x' performers.
Taken off the inside during the first quarter-mile in order to avoid muddy kickback, Our Lesmis advanced on pacemaker Red Velvet after that Todd Pletcher-trained miss set fractions of 22.29 and 46.05 over the sealed track. Our Lesmis collared Red Velvet turning for home and was hand-ridden through the stretch to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:11.29. Our Lesmis polished off her final eighth in a solid 12.77 seconds and received an 87 Beyer Speed Figure.
Our Lesmis made her career debut for Lynch Racing and Two Hands LLC on September 24, 2013 in a 5 1/2-furlong, statebred maiden special weight at Parx. There wasn't anything fancy about her effort as she simply beat the gate under Pennington. She cleared to the lead on the backstretch and drew away after being a bit late to make her final lead change. Our Lesmis earned a 74 Beyer for that performance, a good number for a debuting juvenile filly. The third-place finisher, favored Disco Chick, returned to graduate 25 days later with a 79 Beyer.
Our Lesmis showed a couple of gears in this race. Not only did she display excellent gate speed, but she kicked clear of the chasers entering the turn, put away Disco Chick when that one ranged up after three furlongs, and drew out again in the final 70 yards.
Bred by Gunsmith Stables, Our Lesmis was foaled on February 7, 2011. Her sire was a crack sprinter, winning half of his 22 starts with lifetime earnings of over a million dollars. Yes It's True scored eight graded sprint events, including the Grade 1 Frank J De Francis Memorial Dash at six furlongs.
Trained by Wayne Lukas for Padua Stables, Yes It's True won six of seven starts between March 13, 1999 (Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream, 103 Beyer) and July 17, 1999 (De Francis, 106 Beyer). One of those victories was a 118-Beyer eruption in the Grade 3 Maryland Handicap at Pimlico. Yes It's True prevailed at distances ranging from 4 1/2 to 7 Furlongs and was 0-3 in route races.
Yes It's True has been a rock-steady stallion with 48 stakes winners (11 graded) from 11 crops of racing age. He is the sire of Grade 1 Champagne Stakes winner Proud Accolade, multiple Grade 2 sprint winner Aikenite, and Grade 3 winners Yesbyjimminy, Actin Good, Off Duty, Nordic Truce, Chandtrue, and Yes He's the Man.
Our Lesmis is a half-sister to Our Fantene, a fourth-generation stakes-winner for Gunsmith that won the $115,000 Sorority and $61,000 New Jersey Futurity as a juvenile filly of 2006. Another half-sister, Our Eponene, is a multiple sprint winner that finished second in the 2009 New Jersey Juvenile Stakes.
Their dam, Our Cozzette (by Cozzene), won her first two starts at two, including the New Jersey Futurity en route to being named New Jersey-bred champion 2-year-old filly of 2001. Our Cozzette is a half-sister to St Averil, hero of the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes at 1 1/16 miles (102 Beyer).
The second dam, Avie's Fancy (by Lord Avie) earned 10 victories from 21 starts for $402,909 in lifetime earnings. Her big triumph came in the Grade 2 Matchmaker Stakes at 1 3/16 miles on turf at Atlantic City. The third dam, Fancy Pan (by Paavo), notched the $35,000 Omnibus Stakes at Monmouth and the $60,000 Lady Baltimore Handicap at Pimlico.
There is a good amount of speed and class in this pedigree and Our Lesmis profiles as a filly that will perform best at distances up to one mile. She has done nothing wrong in her short career and deserves a spot on watch lists for future reference.
I don't think there are any points for the Illinois Derby, I could be wrong but I remember reading that somewhere. Dan?
There will be no Derby points given for the Illinois Derby. Saturday's Lexington Stakes at Keeneland is worth 10 points to the winner, 4 points for second, 2 for third, and 1 for fourth.
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Jackson Jackson, I am one of the old geezers you refer to, and I take no offense. I got involved with facebook when a woman I was seeing asked me to become a FB friend. I do not pay much attention to FB, and after several reminders will check it weekly; I have chosen not to participate in other forms of "social media." They seem too invasive to me and it appears that people e often think I care about what they are doing every second of the day. I am happy to email people, but I screen my email addresses before responding. I have even gone so far as not to keep contacts within my email address book due to the potential for viruses. I do enjoy your comments and am very happy you have chosen to participate in Dan's blog. ST (Spartan Tom)
Pat Gavin, I agree with your comments. We are not fools, but I have always considered "trainer intentions" an important part of handicapping. It is especially rewarding when you recognize a trainer's intention or pattern and can capitalize upon this recognition (puns intended). ST
I never e-mail . It's a personal policy decision . You want a secure method of communication ? Try telepathy ! I understand most of you old geezers on formblog have never stared at goats before :) You've probably never caused an object to move without touching it . You probably can't levitate ? ( to be truthful I never could levitate worth a darn myself :) Seeing the neutrinos ? Most of you probably can't see them . YOU CAN DO TELEPATHY !!! Can do.. can do.. the guy says the folks can do.... I'll give you guys & dolls a lesson in telepathy .... I'll be the transmitter and you be the receiver .... I'm sending out a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaave... a wavelength... well I'm puttin' out a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....aaaavelength ... Don't help them Van Savant .... This is a scientific experiment !!! .... I already know you know what I think about e-mails , rumors of e-mails and preparations for discussions about rumors of e-mails . JJ
Jackson Jacksón; He was a 1 +, huh? I have a better term, but I won’t use it here… Actually, I harbor no ill-feelings toward the horse, as he just happened to be the carrier of the individual whom I used to call a “scoundrel”, but have since stopped. The days of me referring to Billy Patin as a scoundrel, a cheat, and a highwayman are over. I make nice now, despite the fact that this individual whom I used to call a scoundrel took a machiná to him. Poor Valhol. He coulda been a contenda… Later gator vs
Van Savant, Thank you, Sir! Annie
Ooops, NAR'S Blue Grass winner was DANCE WITH FATE. Annie
MKB UPDATE: After becoming an MKB, the horses have won 21 Stakes: They have won: Eddie Logan (Turf) Jerome Sham San Pedro Holy Bull Robert B. Lewis El Camino Real San Vicente Southwest Risen Star San Felipe Rebel Spiral Pasadena (Turf) Sunland Derby Florida Derby Louisiana Derby Bay Shore Wood :) Santa Anita Derby Blue Grass Nice job, MKBs!!!! Interestingly, only two horses have won more than one stakes race (only races won after becoming an MKB are counted): RON ZUERCHER and ANCIENT ONES STABLE'S California Chrome (San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby) YUWIPI'S Enterprising (Eddie Logan (Turf) and Pasadena (Turf). He gets a chance to win another one on Saturday (La Puente (Turf). Guess you got a turfer there, Yuwipi. :) The Ancient Ones Stable actually had three stakes wins, with Bernard Downes' COUP DE GRACE taking the Bay Shore. A new MKB owner, NAR, who is KNM's not a rental husband, won two stakes with two different horses: VICAR'S IN TROUBLE won the Louisiana Derby and the Blue Grass. Other MKB owners with one stakes win: CURTIS V SLEWSTER KATIEATTHERAIL PHIL D RICK NED DALY PENN NATIONAL RICK DANNY B CALVIN CARTER OKIESHARP ALYDARANDEASY KEITH L and JEANNE ALFREDO PROFESSOR MOLESAP and ME :) Annie
Van Savant -- Valhol was a 1 + :)
MKB Odds: Friday, Race 3 at KEE - 5-1/2F Allowance on Turf: BODINE'S Laddie Boy 10-1 Sat. Illinois Derby: KATIEATTHERAIL'S Midnight Hawk 4-5 Favorite RODNEY'S King Cyrus 8-1 STELLA'S Global Strike 15-1 (If he goes here rather than the Lexington) Sat. SA LaPuente on Turf: YUWIPI'S Enterprising 8-5 Favorite PIPPEN'S Diamond Bachelor 5-2 Good luck to all of you!!! Annie
Vicstu. I probably should have worded it differently. Drifting out is not quite right. I would tend to say the G-Forces( or a better term of force) of moving on the turn to the straightaway "moves" them off the rail naturally. To hug the rail takes EFFORT from the jock and the horse that some(most) would probably say takes away the staying power down the lane. They just let them move there as to not further tire the horse. Let me say this about "chicanery". Does it exist? Sure. Do I dwell on it and blame it every time I lose?? No freaking way. IF I(and all of us) thought the game is totally fixed than are we not foolish for attempting to play it???? I just can't believe that about myself, I am not a fool. I have told the story about how I thought I handicapped a harness race "out of the box". It turned out that 3 guys went to jail(Northfield) in the race that I hit a $100+ winner. But most races are not fixed. It happens but there just can't be a great "cabal" of trainers, jockey's, jockey agents writing scripts like the WWF. And on a lighter note... When you were involved with the greyhounds How many of those MONKEY jockeys did you have to suspend for fixing the dog races? Thieving little monkey's. If you missed it, I fooled some drunk guy at Naples/Ft Meyers this spring into thinking that the dogs had tiny little monkeys on their backs that the tracks "hid" from the public.