04/20/2017 5:34PM

Classy Class back in form

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Although multiple Grade 3-placed going two turns as a 3-year-old, CLASSY CLASS returned from a lengthy layoff last fall as a sprinter and it appears trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has found the veteran's niche.
 
Last week, Classy Class earned a career-best 101 Beyer Speed Figure after wiring three others in an 'n3x' optional claimer at Aqueduct. It was a rock-solid performance that should immediately propel him into stakes competititon.  Breaking from the rail as the 3 to 2 favorite, Classy Class set a rated opening quarter of 23.98 while hounded from the outside by BIG GUY IAN. LIFE IN SHAMBLES made a three-wide bid on the far turn to prompt the leaders after a half-mile in 46.76, but Classy Class soon scooted away. Kept to his business by Rajiv Maragh, Classy Class completed 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.74. 
 
The victory began a big three-day stretch for McLaughlin as the trainer compiled a 5-0-1 record from eight starters including victories in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes with DICKINSON and the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes with WATERSHED. McLaughlin mentioned to DRF's David Grening that the Diablo Stakes at Belmont on May 7 and/or the Grade 2 True North on the Belmont Stakes undercard are possible next races for Classy Class.
 
A $120,000 weanling purchase that resold for $250,000 as a yearling, Classy Class is by Discreetly Mine, a sire that now stands in South America after a stint at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. Discreetly Mine's son, Senior Investment, won the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes last week and could be headed to the Preakness. 
 
The dam, Collegiate (by Saarland), placed third in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes traveling 7 furlongs at Saratoga, and is a half-sister to Grade 3 winning dirt sprinter Good Student (in Argentina) and multiple stakes-winning dirt sprinter The Student. 
 
Despite his sprint-oriented pedigree, Classy Class showed enough in his career debut, a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight win at Aqueduct, to briefly join the Kentucky Derby trail. He picked up minor checks in the Remsen, Withers and Gotham before placing fifth in the Blue Grass. Classy Class won two races around one-turn during the remainder of his 3-year-old campaign, then missed over a year's worth of racing due to injury.
 
Since his comeback, he has stayed at shorter distances while utilizing a stalking style. Earlier in his career, Classy Class showed big speed and it's heartening to see that he's reverted to that successful style in his last few races. Keep an eye on him as an exotics threat, at the very least, in upcoming sprint stakes races. 
 
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Hello Dan with Big D retired can we get a final look at Dormunds Lifetime Past Performances.
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Dortmund's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post. 
 
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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 4/12/17 - 4/18/17:
 
1. AMERICAN PATRIOT - 101 - (G1) Maker's 46 Mile - 1 Mile (Turf) - 14Apr17-9KEE
1. CLASSY CLASS - 101 - OC 100k/N3X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 13Apr17-7AQU
1. LORD SIMBA - 101 - (G3) Los Angeles Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 15Apr17-4SA 
4. DICKINSON - 100 - (G1) Jenny Wiley Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 15Apr17-10KEE
4. WHITMORE - 100 - (G3) Count Fleet Sprint Handicap - 6 Furlongs - 15Apr17-7OP 
6. INSIDE STRAIGHT - 99 - (G2) Oaklawn Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - 15Apr17-9OP 
7. AMERICAN DUBAI - 97 - Sunland Park Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - 16Apr17-9SUN
7. LADY AURELIA - 97 - Giant's Causeway Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 15Apr17-8KEE
7. PINK LLOYD - 97 - Jacques Cartier Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 15Apr17-8WO
7. WATERSHED - 97 - (G3) Ben Ali Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - 15Apr17-7KEE
11. PAY ANY PRICE - 96 - OC25k/SAL16k - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 14Apr17-8GP 
11. PEE WEE REESE - 96 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 15Apr17-2SA 
13. CLASS AND CASH - 95 - OC35k/SAL35k - 7 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 14Apr17-4GP 
13. CONQUEST WINDYCITY - 95 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 13Apr17-6KEE
13. FELLOWSHIP - 95 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs - 16Apr17-8LRL
13. LIGHT AND PARIS (IRE) - 95 - Plenty of Grace Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 15Apr17-7AQU
13. RECRUITING READY - 95 - Bachelor Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 13Apr17-9OP 
18. CLASSIC EMPIRE - 94 - (G1) Arkansas Derby - 1 1/8 Miles - 15Apr17-11OP 
18. MARK MY STYLE - 94 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 14Apr17-6AQU
18. STELLAR WIND - 94 - (G1) Apple Blossom Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - 14Apr17-9OP 
18. ZENNOR - 94 - Alw 69579N2X - 1 Mile (Turf) - 15Apr17-6KEE
22. DIVINE SHIFT - 93 - Md Sp Wt 80k - 6 Furlongs - 14Apr17-7OP 
22. LANGDARMA - 93 - OC 20k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 14Apr17-10OP 
22. SHUFFLE UP - 93 - Alw 63650N1X - 1 Mile - 14Apr17-3AQU
22. STAR CONTENDER - 93 - OC16k/SAL12k - 7 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 12Apr17-9GP 
 
*The lifetime past performances for American Patriot, Classy Class and Lord Simba are available at the bottom of this blog post.
 
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Congrats to Alfredo for winning the most recent HandiGambling challenge.
 
Rick M and SR VEGAS' HG scoreboard spreadsheet is available at the bottom of this blog post. 
 
Alfredo selected Saturday's Mizdirection Stakes from Santa Anita as this week's exercise. 
 
PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.
 
 
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HG 2016
The speed in this race are #1 Alpha, #2 Beta, and #8 Ocho. I like the works for layoff horse #5 Cinco who can sit off the pace. Lots of speed in here, so this could set up for a closer like  #6 Six Flags and I like the trainer's stats in these conditions. I’ll put the closer over the speed.
 
HG wager:
$10 EX   6 /   1,2,5, 8  = $40
$5 TRI   6 /   1,2,5,8  /  1,2,5,8  =  $60
Total $100
Thanks Dan!
Harpo
 
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