05/05/2008 3:37PM

Derby recap, Beyers, 'cappers


Here are the winning Beyer Speed Figures for last week's stakes races:

*Westchester (Bel):  Divine Park (K. McLaughlin/A. Garcia) - 111
*Kentucky Derby (CD):  Big Brown (R. Dutrow Jr./K. Desormeaux) - 109
*Churchill Downs (CD):  Elite Squadron (J. Baker/J. Velazquez) - 105
*Turf Classic (CD):  Einstein - Brz (H. Pitts/R. Albarado) - 103
*Nassau County (Bel):  Zaftig (J. Jerkens/J. Chavez) - 101
*Alysheba (CD):  Giant Gizmo (R. Frankel/R. Bejarano) - 100

*Inglewood (Hol):  El Roblar (R. Mandella/V. Espinoza) - 99
*Humana Distaff (CD):  Intangaroo (G. Sherlock/A. Quinonez) - 99
*Bouwerie (Aqu):  Northern Nettie (R. Baker/E. Coa) - 99
*Kentucky Oaks (CD):  Proud Spell (J. Jones/G. Saez) - 99
*Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (CD):  Bayou's Lassie (D. Romans/E. Prado) - 98
*Turf Sprint (CD):  Mr. Nightlinger (W. Calhoun/H. Theriot II) - 98
*Sumter (Crc):  Imawildandcrazyguy (W. Kaplan/M. Cruz) - 97
*Mamzelle (CD):  Just for Keeps (M. Maker/G. Gomez) - 97
*Chris Thomas Turf Classic (Tam):  Revved Up (C. Clement/D. Centeno) - 97
*George Royal (Hst):  True Metropolitan (T. Jordan/M. Gutierrez) - 97
*La Troienne (CD):  Game Face (T. Pletcher/J. Velazquez) - 96
*Queenston (WO):  Not Bourbon (R. Attfield/J. Jones) - 96
*Dashing Beauty (Del):  Cash's Girl (T. Ritchey/P. Morales) - 95
*Shot of Gold (Cby):  Tytus (J. Ness/P. Nolan) - 95
*Jackie Wackie (Crc):  Fearless Eagle (E. Plesa Jr./M. Aguilar) - 94
*Louisville (CD):  Ginger Punch (R. Frankel/R. Bejarano) - 94
*Tony Gatto Dream Big (Atl):  Hesa Big Star (H. Wolfendale/H. Karamanos) - 94
*James B. Tafel Illinois Owners (AP):  Lord Carmen (F. Kirby/R. Zimmerman) - 94
*Panhandle (Mnr):  Bettin On M J (J. Cartagena/G. Almodovar) - 93
*Prairie Rose (PrM):  Sole of the City (R. Brueggemann/I. Karlsson) - 93
*Hawthorne (Hol):  Tough Tiz's Sis (B. Baffert/A. Gryder) - 93
*Tellike (EvD):  Classify (S. Asmussen/D. Meche) - 92
*Need for Speed (EvD):  John Charles (S. Breaux/G. Melancon) - 92
*Route 66 (WRD):  Sumfun (W. Calhoun/C. Kimes) - 92
*American Turf (CD):  Tizdejavu (G. Fox/G. Gomez) - 92
*Seattle (EmD):  Nationhood (M. Chambers/R. Frazier) - 91
*Hasta La Vista (TuP):  Mighty Bodacious (D. Vannorsdel/R. Eikleberry) - 90

*Timeless Native (AP):  Coragil Cat (G. Geier/D. Sanchez) - 87
*Philmont (Pha):  Monsoor (A. Velazquez/A. Prado) - 87
*Prairie Express (PrM):  Magnus One (R. Brueggemann/I. Ocampo) - 86
*Naked Greed (Crc):  Successful Love (M. Azpurua/D. Coa) - 86
*Music Prince (Bel):  Mohegan Sky (L. Rice/A. Garcia) - 85
*Kentucky (CD):  Run Away and Hide (R. Werner/R. Albarado) - 85
*Double Delta (AP):  Dreaming of Liz (W. Catalano/E. Fires) - 84
*Edgewood (CD):  Zee Zee (W. Mott/K. Desormeaux) - 84
*ATBA Sales (TuP):  Big Bug Creek (K. Lewis/S. Gann) - 83
*Babst/Palacios Memorial (Beu):  Catlaunch (I. Vazquez/I. Gonzalez), Dooze (M. Maker/V. Lebron) (*DEAD-HEAT) - 83
*Hookedonthefeelin (Pim):  Dicey D J (L. Rice/A. Napravnik) - 81
*Jack Cole (SrP):  Cattleman Prospect (R. Gonzalez/A. Medellin) - 80

*Angenora (Tdn):  Pay the Man (M. Feliciano/A. Ramgeet) - 79
*Desert Sky (TuP):  Bitterbutsweet (D. Morgan/D. Vergara) - 79
*President's (StP):  Ballintoy (R. Chabot/S. Heiler) - 78
*Al Swihart Memorial (Fon):  Salty Attraction (M. Kirby/L. Delorme) - 78
*Wilma Mankiller (WRD):  Stormin Quality (D. Barton/C. Kimes) - 78
*Mt. Royal (StP):  Dancing Allstar (T. Jordan/Q. Welch) - 77
*Snurb (Crc):  Freedom Afleet (H. Collazo/W. McCauley) - 76
*Inaugural (Boi):  Tracfurtogafur (R. Hyde/D. Crane) - 74
*Alyssa (Beu):  Demanding (C. Vecchio/E. Paucar) - 73

Here are the lifetime past performances for Divine Park:

Download divine_park.pdf


Handicapper(s) of the Week:

Nevertheless, I'll be keying BB on top of Tri's and Super's on top of --
(in order) Coloinel John, Denis of Cork, Pyro, Bob Blackjack, Gayego, Eight Belles, Smooth AIr, and Z Fortune.

I have Big Brown winning. I realize that makes me one of the few here at the Blog, but when a colt has done the things he has done, he just may be that good. That does not mean I am not looking for value, as I am. Just cannot toss the winner. And I feel just about as strongly about Colonel John. The first dirt trip is a concern, as is BB's 3 starts, but good horses can overcome that in the Derby against this field. CJ and BB have worked well over the track.
River Flyer,
Name me the other horse who won from the 12 hole at GP at 9 panels, set fractions of 22 and change and 45 and change, and won going away by 5...Didn't think so. And BTW, Big Brown wasn't even pushing in the stretch, ears were pricked, bit hanging out of his mouth...
BB has come home in the final 5/16 in 28.40 seconds, and he did that in his maiden race. Final 1/16 in 5 flat. My biggest concern is that he has never been challenged.
BB and Col John over and under in my exotics.
Court Vision, Eight Belles, Pyro and Gayego.
Denis of Cork is my live longshot. Borel up and very nice works. Has to step way up. Also like Visionaire to pick up some of the pieces if the pace is strong.
Underneath also will include Z Fortune, and possibly Monba (although I do not know what to make of the BGS).
And I have a bunch of show tickets on several horses, from Cool Coal Man to Recapturetheglory...and a few in between.
My chief bet is a $48 tri-partial wheel 10+20/ 5+9+10+20/ 4+5+6+8+9+10+16+19.
Also playing  an exacta p/wheel and a super p/w.

Big Brown
Eight Belles
chicago gerry

chicago gerry, vicstu and Calibob made some wonderful selections on this year's Derby, and were handsomely rewarded.  Excellent handicapping, and thanks for sharing with the group!!!

Proud Spell-her workout the other day, 58:2, I think-was really good, and her post position, 8, is my lucky number
Big Brown-He's been my Derby crush recently, and maybe he'll have enough speed to get out of the gate quick and get a good position.
Eight Belles-Gotta love any fillies, and she's BIG.  Gary Stevens compared her to Winning Colors, and that's got to accout for something.

Exacta Box A. Chic, Country 
Star, and Golden Doc A.
Trifecta of AC,CS and GDA
over those three plus Pure
Clan, Proud Spell and Bsharp.
Oaks/Derby Double:
The above six with Colonel
John, Big Brown,Pyro,Gayego,
Monba, Bob Black Jack.I'll
also play Country Star and
Awesome Chic with ALL in the
Derby, and then become the
biggest Anak Nakal fan if one
of those two win.
Louisville: Lear's Princess does NOT like the slop.She'll scratch out of this race. GINGER PUNCH loves the slop.
Easy win for her here.
GIANT GIZMO Stalks the upfront duel and then cruises past WB and Jonesboro to get the win over Chelokee and late coming Prom Shoes.
Crown Royal:Hmmmmm, I get 30-1 on Go-Go? have to put a play on TIZDEJAVU. Ascending  speed figures, Go Go, and good stalking position makes this my Dr. Derango Pick.
Aegon: Mr Nightlinger wire to wire.

Chase gave out the Oaks-Derby double cold!  cayman01 also hit the Oaks-Derby double, scored with the Bobby Frankel duo of Ginger Punch and Giant Gizmo, and gave out an excellent longshot winner in Tizdejavu.

My Oaks Day Picks:
- Aegon Turf Sprint: I can't get past the two favs (6)Mr Nightlinger & (8)Indian Ashton
- Louisville: Again, I can't get past the two favs (2) Lear's Princess and (7)Ginger Punch
- Humana Distaff (Race 8)- With (1)Hystericallady on the inside she will be forced to GO. There is a lot of pace in this race and I like (9)Intangaroo to pick up the pieces. I will use (3)Graeme Six, (5)Sugar Swirl and (4)Miss Macy Sue prominently on all tickets too.

8th CD -- Intangaroo is suited by this distance, gets a good pace setup; but she does get the worst of the weights. Also 12-1 ml

Several nice selections here including longshot Intangaroo in the Humana Distaff.

CD7 Edgewood150K (8.5fT 3yoFil): #1 Zee Zee (ML:7/2) -> 2nd-off layoff and back to turf; 1st-off was not bad 5th in G2 Beaumont; 2nd to NowNowNow in the WithAnticptn  on Spa turf last summer. Alan

Zee Zee rode the speed-favoring turf course to a nice victory for the Zayat/Mott team.

KY OAKS: Proud Spell, Pure Clan, Bsharpsonata, Little Belle.

billg gave out the winner of the Kentucky Oaks, and had the triple boxed as well.

Race 8: Absolutely LOVE #5 Giant Gizmo (5/1 ML) today.  In his last race at Santa Anita, he beat 2007 Lexington Stakes winner Slew's Tizzy and San Juan Capistrano runner up Warning Zone that day.  He has a touch of class off that and has a bullet workout for this.  Rafael Bejarnao-Frankel are very good together.  2-2 at the distance helps, too.
Mike Bench

R8: LOVE Giant Gizmo also (5-1). Synth to dirt, bullet breeze, sit off the anticipated fast pace.
R6: Game Face (7-2) will probably win but there should be a fast pace and I'll figure out which way to use Tiz to Dream and Minewander.

Giant Gizmo ran down the speeds at a $12.60 mutuel. 

EINSTEIN as my key play

I really like Einstein here. He’s been O-fer at Churchill but now’s the time to turn it around. Let’s hope he likes the turf, Albarado, and is the speed of light for some cash.
To keep it quick, my players in the Derby are:
20 - Big Brown...


When Einstein is right, he's one of the best turf horses in the country. 

After reading and then going back/forth/back/forth/sideways/over/twisted/arrrrgggh
ok....I think you get the picture.
For better or worse, I'm going to stick with my earlier picks.
(they are also RTTR driven)
Big Brown...
SR Vegas

Derby Note:
Pyro working this AM in bar shoes? On the ground reports have this as fact. Is he racing in those? Shades of Scat Daddy...

Toss for the win for sure.
I like BB...

May 3: Big Brown eagerly pulls his way to the lead leaving the first turn, & is still on top as they turn for home in the Derby. Then, running greenly and getting leg-weary in deep stretch, he barely holds off the cavalry charge of Pyro, Colonel John, and Denis of Cork to win by a narrowing length.

What can 'Brown do for Hasenji,  SR Vegas and svhill?  Win the Derby, that's what!

R6 Louisville - Ginger Punch

5-6,8,3,4 (Mr. Nightlinger)
12-3,2,11,9 (Pious Ashley)
larry k

La Troienne: Game Face

English 1000 Guineas:

Nice picks by the entire group this weekend.  Thanks for posting!


Be back Wednesday with a Past Champion Retrospective, and a look ahead to the Preakness.