03/27/2012 3:19PM

Bourbon Courage, Longview Drive, On the Worktab


BOURBON COURAGE, a son of Lion Heart, blitzed entry-level optional claimers at Fair Grounds to the tune of a 101 Beyer Speed Figure on March 24.  That's two starts, two wins and two triple-digit Beyers for the $15,000 yearling.  Kellyn Gorder trains Bourbon Courage, a fascinating sophomore sprint prospect that may be headed to the Derby Trial around a one-turn mile at Churchill Downs.

On the filly side of the 3-year-old ledger, AUBBY K, a beautifully-bred daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, received a 100 Beyer in winning an entry-level optional claimer at Gulfstream on March 25.  Aubby K is out of Grade 3 winner Lilly Capote and has won both of her sprint races by a combined 25.25 lengths.  Her lone defeat came in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at one mile.  Trainer Ralph Nicks may point his budding star to the Acorn around a one-turn mile at Belmont.

Speaking of three-year-olds, here's the latest "Under the Radar" column:



Here are the top 25 winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (3/19/12 - 3/25/12):

1.  BOURBON COURAGE - 101 - OC 50k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
2.  AUBBY K - 100 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Gulfstream
2.  DADDY NOSE BEST - 100 - Sunland Derby (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Sunland
4.  NEWSDAD - 99 - Pan American Stakes (G2) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Gulfstream
5.  DERIVE - 98 - Coyote Handicap - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Turf Paradise
6.  TEMECULA CREEK - 97 - Hcp 10000s - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
6.  TWELVE TWENTY TWO - 97 - Harry Henson Handicap - 1 Mile - Sunland
8.  BOURBON BAY - 96 - San Luis Rey Stakes (G2) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Santa Anita
8.  TATAO'S WIDCAT - 96 - OC50k/SAL - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
8.  WESTERN PROSPECTOR - 96 - OC c-62k/N2X - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Gulfstream
11. CENTRALINTELIGENCE - 95 - Alw 60700N2X - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Santa Anita
11. TAPPININTOVICTORY - 95 - Clm c-10000 - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
13. DYNAMIC HOST - 94 - Tokyo City Stakes (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles - Santa Anita
13. SOLAR ROCKET - 94 -  Clm c-(12.5-10.5)N2L  - 6 Furlongs - Santa Anita
15. EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH - 93 - Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Laurel
15. HOGY - 93 - Hansel Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Turfway
15. INDY SCENT - 93 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Aqueduct
15. INSPIRED - 93 (DEAD-HEAT) - Happy Ticket Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
15. RISKY RACHEL - 93 - Broadway Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
15. SPEEDACIOUS - 93 (DEAD-HEAT) - Happy Ticket Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
21. IMCO SPIRIT (Ire) - 92 - Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Sunland
21. IRISH ART - 92 - OC 62k/N2X -N - About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Santa Anita
21. OUTTA TUNE - 92 - OC 62k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - Oaklawn
21. STAR OF NEW YORK - 92 - OC 75k/N3X - 1 Mile - Aqueduct
21. WENT THE DAY WELL - 92 - Spiral Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Polytrack)


*BOURBON COURAGE's past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*WESTERN PROSPECTOR was claimed for $62,500 by trainer David Fawkes from Jamie Ness.

*TAPPININTOVICTORY was claimed for $10,000 by trainer Christos Gatis from Luis Carvajal Jr.

*SOLAR ROCKET was claimed for $12,500 by trainer Mark Glatt from Bob Baffert.



HAIMISH HY (ankle filling) - 4F - 48.20H - Hollywood - March 25
ST. JOHN'S RIVER (surgery to correct breathing problems) - 5F - 59.80B - Fair Grounds - March 25
ACCLAMATION (bruised right front foot) - 4F - 53.00H (turf, dogs) - Santa Anita - March 24
ZAZU (inflamed shoulder) - 3F - 35.40B - Santa Anita - March 24
OVERDRIVEN (cannon bones) - 4F - 51.42B - Palm Meadows - March 24
ROGUE ROMANCE (fractured left front foot) - 4F - 48.15B - Gulfstream - March 24
PRESIOUS PASSION (throat surgery) - 4F - 48.05B - Gulfstream - March 24
RAIL TRIP (grabbed quarter) - 3F - 37.00B - Hollywood - March 23
LA NEZ (non-displaced condylar fracture hind leg) - 5F - 1:00.40H - Santa Anita - March 23
MAJOR ART (strained tendon) - 5F - 1:00.60H - Santa Anita - March 23
JUNIPER PASS (bruised cannon bone) - 4F - 49.60H (turf, dogs) - Santa Anita - March 23
THIRTYFIRSTSTREET (stitches left stifle) - 6F - 1:13.40H - Hollywood - March 22
RUMOR (bled) - 4F - 47.60H - Santa Anita - March 22
SUCCESSFUL DAN (strained suspensory) - 6F - 1:13.00B - Keeneland - March 21
EXCESSIVE PASSION (off right foreleg) - 4F - 48.00H - Pleasanton - March 21
AWESOME GEM (hind-end) - 6F - 1:14.00H - Santa Anita - March 21
CELTIC PRINCESS (splint bone foreleg, surgery) - 4F - 46.80H - Santa Anita - March 21
DANCING RAVEN (condylar fracture, surgery) - 3F - 35.60B - Fair Grounds - March 21
PACIFIC OCEAN (undisclosed) - 4F - 48.40B - RQHS Mile - March 20
SMILING TIGER ("jarred up" - J. Bonde) - 4F - 46.80H - Hollywood - March 20
GOLDSVILLE (undisclosed) - 4F - 48.60H - Hollywood - March 20
NIGHT TIDE (bone chip knee) - 6F - 1:12.40 - Hollywood - March 20
KEVLAR KID (bone chip ankle) - 4F - 47.80H - Santa Anita - March 20
JOHN SCOTT (non-displaced condylar fracture left hind leg) - 5F - 59.80H - Santa Anita - March 20


Do you have the past performances of Capitan Futuro?

I don't have anything yet on Capitan Futuro, a Dalakhani colt recently purchased by Team Valor.  He won a maiden race in Italy and will be pointed for the Italian Derby by his new trainer, John Hammond.


Dan, a request sir, as one of my old faves Lalo's Baby Bear pulled off another win and was claimed yesterday - would love to see the lifetime pps of all the little guy's races, if not too much trouble.

His past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.


Hey Dan,
I was having a conversation with a buddy of mine and we came to talking about the infamous "The Green Monkey". We're wondering what's going on with him and maybe if you could offer a little background for people who are not familiar with who he is...that would be great. Thanks!!
Penn National Rick

The Green Monkey was foaled in Florida on February 4, 2004.  By Forestry out of a winning half-sister to multiple Grade 2 sprint winner Magicalmysterycat, The Green Monkey sold for $425,000 as a yearling.  Pinhooked to the Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale in March of 2006, The Green Monkey wowed the buyers with a sizzling one-furlong workout in 9.80 seconds and was purchased for a world record $16,000,000 by Coolmore.  Sent to trainer Todd Pletcher, The Green Monkey proved more simian than equine on the racetrack.  He failed to start at two and was the beaten favorite in all three of his starts (his past performances are available at the bottom of this blog entry).  He entered stud in 2009 at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Florida and currently stands for a $5,000 fee.  His first foals race this year.


In honor of this weekend's Florida Derby, check out Jessica Pacheco's new video feature on Barbaro and Union Rags:



Congrats to Belvedere for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  Let's go with Friday's seventh race at Santa Anita for the next race.


Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.
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I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are. I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.

Best of luck to all.


I'll be absent for the remainder of the week as Mike Beer and I are headed to Gulfstream for the track's Florida Derby morning seminar.  Our stakes handicapping previews for this huge weekend of racing should be up on Friday.

Have fun!

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Meathead More than 1 year ago
keith L thanks for the horses I jotted them down for sure. Ill be traveling friday this week so will have to find a computer on saturday morn for my plays on PH. good luck to all who play and you keith as well. MH01 MH01
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Bernard Downes Thank you for the Epsom Derby notes. The more information, to me, the better! SR Vegas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura (and Curt): Nice to see the firey stamp of the spike heeled lovely foot, and then the quickkick to Curtis V Slewster's shin on the leg he doesn't have to take a steady stand on. I'll bet your color was up in your cheeks, and those lucious lips pursed tightly when with dark eyes snapping you typed those last two replies to the Slewster Without a Cluester as to conformation issues, and the old chauvinist male Italian from Philly thing of insisting on speaking for a woman! ROTFLMAO! As to the continued controversary on the El Padreino vs Union Rags Fla Derby's runs, have a bit of a look at Steve Haskins take on the subject in his analysis of Contender 2nd fav Union Rags in his Derby Dozen (now a top 20 listing) on Bloodhorse.com today. Steve cogently states that "after El Padreino..left Union Rags (before the 3rd call as I see the race), Laparoux "was sitting on the back of his saddle and pulling hard on his horse" (to keep him under a hard hold). Matz hopes Laparoux got something learned about his horse (his lack of nimbleness perhaps?) out of the race. But like Ricky Bobbie learned in the NASCAR spoofed movie Talledega Nights, the only things "Frenchie" got right were Mayonaise, The Statue of Liberty, and the Manage au Trois! Oh yes, good milers...good milers...good milers! Keith L.
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
Sorry Annie, I forgot to X out of the reply comment box after I had to log in....... I'm glad you acknowledged it wasn't you. Afterall, it was you who told me to stop doing it in the 1st place. Then I followed your cogent advice. I'm just a follower, you know what I mean ? "I'm the Pied Piper.........".......... Curtis V Slewster -for you.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SR Vegas (and Calvin), You asked Calvin and myself for comments on possible Epsom Derby horses. The 5/2 favourite Camelot has all the right credentials, but I am currently looking at some big price horses for the equivalent of your Win/Place/Show. Two horses being watched by Calvin, Mandaean and Swedish Sailor, were recently given very positive reports by their trainer, Al Zarooni, the Dubai World Cup winning trainer. Both horses are currently 25/1. Another Al Zarooni horse, Encke, made a big impression on me in his second and final run last year. He is not attracting any support in the betting, currently 33/1, but I look foward to seeing him whenever he makes his debut run this year. I love Galileo as a middle distance sire and he has Noble Mission, one of several of his entered in the Derby. Noble Mission, currently 40/1, is another horse given a positive report by his trainer, the well respected Henry Cecil (Frankel's trainer). The horse ran 2nd to the above-mentioned Swedish Sailor, but he hated the soft ground. Did Wrote run okay at Meydan? Not sure he had any excuses (surface? distance?), but I haven't given up on him just yet. 50/1 looks a fair price. Finally, is a repeat victory possible for trainer Andre Fabre? I have no idea what his plans are, but he has Master Stroke entered and I like the 2 yr old form, and I like the breeding. He is 90/1 in the betting. If you are going to catch the best value you will need to make a choice before the Derby trials, starting with the 2000 Gns on the 5th May and generally considered to finish with the Dante Stakes on 17th May. I am sure this is more info than you wanted to see, but the truth is I have yet to form a a firm view. Over to you Calvin. Best Regards - Bernard Downes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dan: Thanks for the vote of confidence on ISN'T HE CLEVER with your excellant Under the Radar collumn this week. Unforunately, you missesd the boat for Najjaar in the last couple of weeks, but next week you can make up for that by focusing on him then, before he jumps to top contender status by taking home the lion's share of the Aarkansas Derby on the 14th. Keith L.
P_Ensign More than 1 year ago
Yes, I'll agree there was some luck involved in the rainbow - 6 hit, but frankly, there's luck involved every time a horse leaves the gate cleanly, doesn't fall or break down, another horse doesn't ram into him, etc.. I personally think it was a darn impressive ticket, whether it was one of several or many that the player used, or was the one shot at glory. i'd been watching the bet for days - people had been playing it like a mini p-6, happy to collect the 52% of the pool that pays if more than one ticket hits, and with over $100k going in and people hitting decent payoffs, most people weren't concerned, imo, with getting the jackpot. The $150 horse really didn't look much worse than the rest of that mottley crew, and only the 1/80something jockey and 0'fer trainer kept me from tossing a stronaching dime on him. other than that, the ticket singled two 5/2 shots and a 5/1 shot, going "deep" in the three races that produced the $18 and $26 horses along with the mega-ball. in my mind, easily the closest thing we're likely to see next to LilChok's achievement at the NHC for a long time to come...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bernard, I know. Being a new MKB owner can be rough. You get a horse that is doing so well and you get all excited, and then something goes wrong. Hopefully, TIGER WALK will give you a little fun still. Good luck with him! Annie
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
Laura, Maybe you didn't notice my comments were laden full of LoL's & Roflmao's ? Obviously you didn't. Don't fret anymore about me mentioning your name in humor or any other way. Done deal...... I've owned horses my entire life. As far as conformation goes, I am well informed. So, your side jab insinuation doesn't fly w/me either. I was born late at night, not last night. Either way, I was only alluding to the wire to wire win, as I called him Take Charge Slewster. I could care less about horse conformation when it comes to picking winners. You really read a whole lot of nothing into my comment. Then again, I don't really care. Curt V.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And let's not forget the Transylvania at KEE on Friday: LAURA & OWENIZED'S State of Play will be the only MKB among the 7 entered. And he gets Johnny V!!!! Good luck! Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TBTA, LOL! I wish you had won the MegaMillions. Would have loved to see the Blue Thong silks. :) When I heard there was a winner in Illinois, I was hoping it was you. Oh, getting the first three numbers is like having the first three in a gigantic pick 6 carryover and then it all goes downhill from there. Annie