03/27/2012 3:19PM

Bourbon Courage, Longview Drive, On the Worktab

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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:

http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-derby-2012-under-radar-longview-drive

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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)

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*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.

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ON THE WORKTAB: 

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

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Dan,
Do you have the past performances of Capitan Futuro?
CalvinLCarter

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.

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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.
P_Ensign

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

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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.

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L6Ne8MowzU&feature=colike

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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.

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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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