06/26/2013 3:18PM

Darwin, Top 2yo Beyers

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Perhaps DARWIN, trained by Todd Pletcher through a two-start campaign in 2012, has evolved into a good grass horse for Aidan O'Brien.

The $1.3M juvenile purchase, a son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, made his 3-year-old/European/turf debut earlier today in a three-horse race going a mile at Naas.  Ridden confidently from the rear of the field by Joseph O'Brien, Darwin forged to the front with two furlongs remaining and won "ridden out" despite hopping to his left lead nearing the finish. 

To be honest, it wasn't the strongest race in the world and Darwin was solid instead of dominant.  Still, you have to start someplace and Darwin looks like a fun horse to watch for later in the year.

*With Saratoga and Del Mar right around the corner, here are the top 20 Beyer Speed Figures for 2-year-olds in 2013:

1. BAHNAH - 91 - Md Sp Wt 44k - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Bret Calhoun
2. FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD - 82 - Debutante Stakes - 6 Furlongs Churchill - Bret Calhoun
3. CONQUEST TWO STEP - 81 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Mark Casse
4. MY CORINTHIAN - 78 - Md Sp Wt 34k - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Colonial - Dane Kobiskie
5. GHOSTLY WONDER - 77 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 4 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington - Andrew Hansen
5. SWEETMARYS SUCCESS - 77 - Md Sp Wt 36k - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Wesley Ward
5. FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD - 77 - Md Sp Wt 20k - 5 Furlongs - Lone Star - Bret Calhoun
8. WIRED BRYAN - 76 - Md Sp Wt 60k - 5 Furlongs - Belmont - Michael Dilger
8. YANKEE GAMBLER - 76 - Md Sp Wt 20k - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Lone Star - Bret Calhoun
10. D'CAJUN CAT - 75 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Steve Asmussen
*10. RIDE ON CURLIN - 75 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - William Gowan
10. UNTAPABLE - 75 - Md Sp Wt 44k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Steve Asmussen
13. YES I'M LUCKY - 74 - Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Calder - Eddie Plesa, Jr.
14. CHOCTAW CHUCK - 73 - Md Sp Wt 34k - 4 1/2 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle - Wayne Rice
**14. TAQUITO - 73 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Pimlico - Dane Kobiskie
*16. HARLAN'S SPECIAL - 72 - Md Sp Wt 44k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Gary Hartlage
16. HERE'S JOHNNY - 72 - Md Sp Wt 38k - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Churchill - Wesley Ward
16. MEADOWOOD - 72 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 5 Furlongs - Monmouth - Todd Pletcher
*16. ROPE - 72 - Md 40000(40-35) - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Pimlico - Robert McCutchen
16. SENORA BELLA - 72 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 5 Furlongs - Delaware - Hamilton Smith
16. SILVERTONGUEDTOMMY - 72 - Md 40000(40-35) - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Pimlico - Dane Kobiskie

*Finished second
**Disqualified and placed second

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*When you get the chance, you're definitely going to want to check out "RACEHORSE," the latest production from Jessica Pacheco, racing analyst at Arlington Park.  You can find "RACEHORSE" at the following links:

EPISODE 3:

In Episode 3 of RACEHORSE, follow Sugar Kate from birth to her most recent Arlington Park races as a 3 year old. Afterwards, head on over to the Rabbit Hutch with Red Rabbit Racing as they start the 2013 AP campaign of their lone horse, the lively Workin For Hops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcRfQTH7ZeQ

http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideosblogs/racehorse-video-series


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*STAKES HORSES ON THE WORKTAB:

June 25:
EBLOUISSANTE - BELMONT - 5 FURLONGS - 1:00.65B

June 24:
BALANCE THE BOOKS - SARATOGA (TRAINING) - 4 FURLONGS - 49.86B
GAME ON DUDE - SANTA ANITA - 6 FURLONGS - 1:12.60H
TAPICAT - SARATOGA (TURF TRAINING - DOGS) - 5 FURLONGS - 1:02.58B

June 23:
EMOLLIENT - BELMONT (TURF, DOGS) - 5 FURLONGS - 1:01.53B
VALID - SARATOGA (TRAINING) - 5 FURLONGS - 1:00.06B

JUNE 22:
SNAKEBITE KIT - EVANGELINE - 4 FURLONGS - 49.60B

JUNE 21:
EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE - SANTA ANITA - 4 FURLONGS - 48.00H
FURY KAPCORI - GOLDEN GATE - 5 FURLONGS - 1:00.80H
TRAVESURA - BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD (TURF, DOGS) - 6 FURLONGS - 1:12.80H

JUNE 20:
DISTINCTIV PASSION - BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD - 6 FURLONGS - 1:11.80H

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (6/17/13 - 6/23/13):

1. READTHEBYLINE - 102 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Belmont
2. CLOSE HATCHES - 101 - Mother Goose Stakes (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles - Belmont
3. IMMORTAL EYES - 100 - OC 50k/N3X - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
4. ISN'T HE CLEVER - 99 - San Juan County Commissioners Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - SunRay
5. BURBAN - 98 - Roxelana Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Churchill
5. NEW YAWKER - 98 - Alw 5000s - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Delaware
5. NIGHT MANEUVER - 98 - OC c-62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
8. ROLLING YONA - 97 - OC 50k/N3X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Monmouth
8. WHOVILLE - 97 - Clm 15000(15-12)B - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
10. BOAT TRIP - 95 - Alw 69010NC - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
10. DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN - 95 - Hollywood Oaks (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
10. LONDON LANE - 95 - Colonial Turf CUp (G2) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - Colonial
10. MY PLACE ANYTIME - 95 - Blue Sparkler Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
10. MUCHOS BESOS - 95 - Alw 57490N1X - 7 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
15. FINDING MORE - 94 - Alw 49993N1S - 7 Furlongs - Churchill
15. GOSPEL LESSON - 94 - Alw 10000s - 1 1/16 Miles - Churchill
17. STRONG IMPACT - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - Belmont
17. TRAFFIC LIGHT - 93 - Don LeVine Memorial Handicap - 7 Furlongs - Parx
19. EDGE OF REALITY - 92 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Parx
19. GRAND ARCH - 92 - OC 62k/C -N  - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
19. MINESWEPT - 92 - Clm c-5000N1X - 6 Furlongs - Delaware
22. DOUBLES PARTNER - 91 - OC 100k/N3X - 1 Mile (Turf) - Belmont
22. JAX AND JILL - 91 - Its Binn Too Long Stakes - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Charles Town
22. SWINGER'S PARTY - 91 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Calder
22. TAKE IT LIKE A MAN - 91 - OC 75k/N1X - 7 Furlongs - Churchill
22. TRUC'S LOVE - 91 - OC 40k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle

*READTHEBYLINE's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*NIGHT MANEUVER was claimed for $62,500 by trainer Gary Contessa from Carlos Martin.

*MINESWEPT was claimed for $5,000 by trainer Alejandro Reyes from Jamie Ness.

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The weekend handicapping videos should be up on the homepage later this week.

Will be back next week.  Best of luck at the races! 

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