04/27/2009 5:12PM

Derby thoughts, Beyers


*Friesan Fire's bullet workout of 57.80 for five furlongs this morning was very fast, but also extremely predictable.  It's just the Cowboy's way.  Jones was criticized for working Hard Spun five panels in 57.60 just five mornings prior to the 2007 Derby.  Hard Spun, by the way, ran just fine. 

Here's Jay Privman's piece regarding Hard Spun's quick Derby drill:


The Hard Spun workout isn't the only example of a Jones-trained Derby hopeful working quickly before the big dance.  The ill-fated Eight Belles breezed five furlongs in a spritely 58.20 before her runner-up effort last year.

Clockers caught Friesan Fire's fractions at 11.20, 22.20, 33.60, 45.20, 57.80, and out six furlongs in 1:14.00.

*According to a press release from Churchill Downs, I Want Revenge has some abrasions on his left knee. 

"He got cast in his stall the night before his first work here," said Jeff Mullins in the press release."  You can see the scrapes on his head and everywhere else.

*It's a shame that Quality Road won't be competing in the Derby, but it's the best thing for the horse to get a break.  When one as good as Quality Road tells you it's time to take a step back, you do so.  More often than not, the horse will reward the patient connections in the long run.

*The "hype" horse this year was supposed to be the lightly-raced phenom Dunkirk, but he has yet to arrive at Churchill Downs for trainer Todd Pletcher.  Anyone else get the feeling he's going to swoop down on these hallowed Twin Spires with a big run on Saturday?

*Clockers caught Rachel Alexandra's work in fractions of 11.60, 23.20, 34.80, 46.40, and out five furlongs in 58.40, and six panels in 1:10.60.  The Kentucky Oaks favorite continues to impress onlookers at Churchill Downs, and has scared many a filly away from the historic race.

"Man, she just looks fantastic," said rival trainer Bob Baffert in a Churchill Downs press release.  "What a racemare.  She's a superstar."


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

*Richland Hills (LS):  Kays and Jays (M. Mitchell/J. Lezcano) - 105
*Irving Distaff (LS):  Hotlantic (D. Keen/J. Figueroa) - 103
*Withers (Aqu):  Mr. Fantasy (K. McLaughlin/R. Migliore) - 102
*Fifth Third Elkhorn (Kee):  Spice Route - GB (R. Attfield/R. Douglas) - 101
*Miami Mile (Crc):  Wesley (M. Hennig/J. Castellano) - 101
*Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial (Del):  Acting Zippy (W. Bennett/D. Cohen) - 100

*San Francisco Mile (GG):  Mr Napper Tandy (J. Carava/J. Garcia) - 99
*Jacques Cartier (WO):  Disfunction (J. Carey/E. Ramsammy) - 98
*Texas Mile (LS):  Jonesboro (R. Morse/M. Berry) - 97
*Sumter (Crc):  Motovato (M. Wolfson/E. Trujillo) - 97
*Inglewood (Hol):  Madeo (J. Shirreffs/M. Smith) - 96
*La Prevoyante (Crc):  Criticism - GB (T. Albertrani/J. Castellano) - 95
*King's Point (Aqu):  Wishful Tomcat (R. Dutrow Jr./R. Dominguez) - 95
*Milwaukee Avenue (Haw):  Stonehouse (J. Broussard/P. Compton) - 94
*B. Thoughtful (Hol):  Waveline (B. Cecil/R. Bejarano) - 94
*Woodstock (WO):  Bearcatt (R. Baker/E. Wilson) - 92
*Goldfinch (PrM):  Don'ttalktome (J. Hicklin/T. Thompson) - 92
*Derby Trial (CD):  Hull (D. Romans/M. Mena) - 92
*Snow Chief (Hol):  Compari (M. Jones/G. Gomez) - 91
*Tiznow (Hol):  Liberian Freighter (N. Drysdale/R. Bejarano) - 91
*TVG Khaled (Hol):  Unusual Smoke (A. Avila/M. Garcia) - 91

*Harry Henson (Hol):  Backbackbackgone (P. Miller/R. Bejarano) - 89
*Fran's Valentine (Hol):  Bootleg Annie (K. Walsh/R. Bejarano) - 89
*Bosselman/Gus Fonner (Fon):  Budge Man (K. Gorder/J. Ponce) - 89
*Sandra Hall Grand Canyon (TuP):  Hidden Character (W. Rarick/M. Hernandez) - 89
*Grey Memo (Hol):  Tribal Justice (J. Sadler/R. Bejarano) - 89
*Grey Goose Bewitch (Kee):  Winter View (J. Sheppard/J. Leparoux) _ 88
*Emergency Nurse (Crc):  Annabill (Mi. Wolfson/J. Sanchez) - 87
*Governor's Lady (Haw):  Nicks (C. Janks/L. Wade) - 87
*Henry S. Clark (Pim):  Brickell (E. Maher/H. Vega) - 86
*Dwight D. Patterson (TuP): Instantly (R. Diodoro/M. Hernandez) - 86
*Peach of It (Haw):  Home's the Best (B. Williamson/L. Wade) - 84
*Daylight Sprint Thoroughbred (Sun):  Dos and Don'ts (J. Nall/C. Lambert) - 82
*Robert S. Molaro (Haw):  Mighty Rule (C. Janks/J. Campbell) - 82
*Melair (Hol):  Pretty Unusual (B. Abrams/R. Bejarano) - 82
*Wando (WO):  Awesome Rhythm (J. Ross/J. McAleney) - 80
*Joanne Dye (TuP):  Racetrack Barbie (J. Guerra/V. Guerra) - 80

*Land of Lincoln (Haw):  Agnostic (B. Williamson/L. Wade) - 79
*Ann Owens Distaff (TuP):  Beacon Falls (S. Gann/A. Morales) - 79
*Tony Sanchez Memorial Mile (Man):  Mr. Grumpy Stripes (J. Lara/J. Collier) - 79
*Auburn (EmD):  Noosa Beach (D. Harwood/J. Gutierrez) - 79
*Warren's Thoroughbreds (Hol):  Rule the Storm (G. Vallejo/V. Espinoza) - 77
*Grand Prairie Turf Challenge (LS):  Southern Region (S. Asmussen/C. Landeros) - 77
*White Rino (TuP):  Capt. Joe Blow (L. Sharp/M. Hernandez) - 72
*Pretty Jenny (Haw):  Bow Tie Pasta (T. Dorris/E. Razo Jr.) - 71
*Russell and Hellen Foutz Distaff (SRP):  Let the Musicbegin (C. Greenwood/M. Perez) - 71

*Inaugural (EmD):  Ladyledue (B. Jenne/R. Frazier) - 66

*Arizona Breeders' Derby (TuP):  French Hit (R. Owens/J. Barton) - 54
*Manor Downs Thoroughbred Futurity (Man):  Man Chester Man (C. Asmussen/D. Pettinger) - 52

Here are the lifetime past performances for the highest and lowest Beyer stakes horses of the week:

Download Highlow


Dan (or anybody else),
This might take some time to figure out, but how many horses have even ran in the Kentucky Derby off a layoff of more than 5 weeks in the last 15 years? Other than HARD SPUN, i can't think of any other horse that did.

I went back 14 years, and found these names:

Adriano ran off a 42 day layoff in last year's Derby. 
Hard Spun ran off a 42 day layoff in 2007.
Circular Quay ran off a 55 day layoff in 2007.
Read the Footnotes ran off a 49 day layoff in 2004.
Friends Lake ran off a 49-day layoff in 2004.
Birdstone ran off a 42 day layoff in 2004.
Perfect Drift ran off a 42 day layoff in 2002.
Request for Parole ran off a 42 day layoff in 2002.
Essence of Dubai ran off a 42 day layoff in 2002.
Express Tour ran off a 42 day layoff in 2001.
China Visit ran off a 42 day layoff in 2000.
Curule ran off a 42 day layoff in 2000.
Worldly Manner ran off a 233 day layoff in 1999.
Rock and Roll ran off a 41 day layoff in 1998


Given Touch Gold won the 1997 Belmont with a patched foot from a quarter crack, any chance we can see the past performances for him before the big dance next Saturday? 
Touch Gold

Here they are:

Download TouchGold


Hi All-
Can someone please help me find the come home times of the last set of derby preps.  I used to be able to find them the the Courier-Journal website but I don't see the C-J Derby Track feature this year.  Papa Clem seems like a horse one the improve, but he was being gained on by Summer Bird and Win Willy.  Based on this I'm thinking his come home time was subpar??  Thanks
Joey D

Here are some come-home times according to Formulator Web:

Arkansas Derby:
Papa Clem - final eighth 12.26, final three-eighths 37.16
Summer Bird - 11.86, 36.97
Win Willy

Blue Grass:
General Quarters - 11.94, 35.87
Hold Me Back - 11.77, 35.97
Join in the Dance - 12.09, 36.80

Advice - final 2 1/2 furlongs in 29.53.
Square Eddie - 30.55


Back later.

Take care,