02/07/2012 4:40PM

Emcee Tops Weekly Beyer List


Here are the top 25 Winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's racing action (1/30/12 - 2/5/12):

1.  EMCEE - 107 - Alw 42500N1X - 7 Furlongs - Gulfstream
2.  CALIBRACHOA - 105 - Toboggan Stakes (G3) - 6 Furlongs (inner track) - Aqueduct
3.  BOUBRON COURAGE - 103 - Md Sp Wt 38k - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
4.  GAME ON DUDE - 102 - San Antonio Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - Santa Anita
5.  ALTERNATION - 100 - Essex Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Oaklawn
5.  MR. COMMONS - 100 - Arcadia Stakes (G2) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Santa Anita
7.  ARLO - 99 - Alw 40000N1X - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Penn National
8.  CANONIZE - 98 - Alw 63000C - 7 Furlongs - Santa Anita
8.  FALAAH - 98 - OC 17k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs (inner track) - Aqueduct
8.  ULTIMATE EAGLE - 98 - Strub Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - Santa Anita
11. CROSSBOW - 97 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs (inner track) - Aqueduct
11. LUNAR VICTORY - 97 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards (inner track) - Aqueduct
13. CYBER SECRET - 96 - OC 65k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Oaklawn
13. ENDORSEMENT - 96 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Gulfstream
13. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER - 96 - Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - Santa Anita
13. IZZY RULES - 96 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Santa Anita
17. WIKI - 95 - Hcp 30000 - 1 1/16 Miles - Tampa Bay
18. SPEEDACIOUS - 93 - Louisiana Bred Premier Night Matron Stakes - 5 Furlongs - Delta
18. SETSUKO - 93 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Santa Anita
18. TEMECULA CREEK - 93 - Hcp 10000s - 6 Furlongs (inner track) - Aqueduct
21. CLOSING VISION - 91 - OC 25k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - Parx
21. DANCE TO BRISTOL - 91 - Marshua Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
21. KENS CAPE - 91 - OC 32k/N3X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Laurel
21. ROYAL HILL - 91 - OC 32k/N2X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Tampa Bay
21. SOUTHERN DUDE - 91 - OC 40k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
21. STAR GUITAR - 91 - Louisiana Bred Premier Night Championship Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Delta

*EMCEE, a four-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, made it two-for-two after a six-length romp in an entry-level allowance race at Gulfstream on February 3.  Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Emcee is a half-brother to Spring Party, winner of the Wintergreen Stakes at one mile over Turfway's polytrack surface.  Emcee's dam is a half-sister to Awesome Humor, the winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes going seven furlongs at Saratoga. 

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

*CALIBRACHOA looked like a million bucks during the post parade prior to the Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct on February 4.  Trained by Todd Pletcher, the reformed claimer is now 4-4 over the Aqueduct inner track after a sharp triple-digit Beyer score.  Calibrachoa's recent Beyer Speed Figures look something like this: 


Pattern handicappers will likely expect a regression when Calibrachoa shows up next in the entries.

*Derby Fever is a common affliction this time of year and it will be interesting to see if the connections of BOURBON COURAGE come down with the malady after their colt won his career debut going six furlongs at Fair Grounds with a 103 Beyer Speed Figure.  A $15,000 yearling purchase, Bourbon Courage is by Lion Heart out of a placed Carson City mare that sold for $525,000 as a weanling.  The second dam is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Chief's Crown.

*After watching GAME ON DUDE demolish his outclassed opposition in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes on February 5, I was ready to compose a lengthy paean in honor of the Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up.  Sometimes, however, fewer words do greater justice.

Game On Dude's performance = Awesome

*The horse that Game On Dude nosed out in the 2011 Big 'Cap, SETSUKO, also reached the winner's circle on Saturday.  Making his first start as a gelding, the Richard Mandella-trained son of Pleasantly Perfect handled 10 rivals in an entry-level optional claimer at 1 1/16 Miles.  Mostly a bridesmaid throughout the early portion of his career, Setsuko may have matured enough to the point where he now knows how how to finish the job.

*MR. COMMONS' winning trip in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes on February 4 was a virtual carbon copy of the journey he received en route to capturing the Sir Beaufort on December 26.  He knifed his way between horses under Mike Smith to post a facile win over a game WILLYCONKER.  Mr. Commons is a very good turf runner and it will be fun to see how he stacks up against tougher competition.

*While Game On Dude and Mr. Commons proved popular winners at Santa Anita, TAPIZAR disappointed when the beaten favorite in the Strub Stakes.  It seems that Tapizar is a headstrong, one-dimensional front-runner with some distance limitations.  Perhaps races like the Carter Handicap or Metropolitan Handicap, both contested around one turn back in New York, would fit this Asmussen-trainee better than nine-furlong routes.

*STAR GUITAR, the king of the Louisiana-breds, keeps on rolling along.  The seven-year-old son of Quiet American won his eighth straight race in the Louisiana Bred Premier Night Championship Stakes at Delta Downs on February 4.  Star Guitar has now won 22 of 28 starts for trainer Al Stall Jr.


DAN: could you please post pp's of Black Caviar and Rapid Redux.
south florida tom

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


A strange and possibly goofy question for Calvin , Laura or LSD .
I'm seeing two colts dropped by Squall Linda in 2009 . Groovin' Solo & Crafty John. Twins ?
I know it happens sometimes. Red Means Go / Green Means Stop or whatever their names were comes to my mind.
Is this a Typo or are they actually Twins ???
Thanks in advance if one of you knows the answer.

It's a typo.  Groovin' Solo was the only foal produced by Squall Linda in 2009. 


Dan, anyone,
Do you know the current status of Brother Francis, who ran third in the Cash Call. His latest work that I could find was on 1/5 at Santa Anita. What's going on????

Brother Francis, third in the CashCall Futurity as a maiden, scratched on January 14 due to sickness.  Hopefully, he'll be back in the entries before long.


There appears to be a clerical error in the form regarding the 4th race at GP on January 6th. The running line has Currahee Assault as finishing a half-length behind the 3rd place finisher Book Review, when in fact, she was a good 5-6 lengths behind that one. The accompanying Beyer also reflects this inaccuracy. I have no idea what it is you can do about it (or even care to do about it), but I thought it should be called to everyone's attention.

I forwarded your post to our people in the Quality Assurance department and they will look into it.  Thanks.


Hi Dan,
Could you please post the pps of the recent retired Japs champs Buena Vista and Victoire Pisa?, and what's your opinion about Orfevre?, the way he smashed a very strong field in the Arima Kinen made him one favorite for the next Dubai WC, I hope he'll run against Animal Kingdom and So You Think.
thank you so much!
José Iglesias García

The past performances you requested are available at the bottom of the blog post.  After Victoire Pisa's success in last year's Dubai World Cup, I would give any Japanese or European turf runner a long look over that Tapeta surface.  I'm not sure that's the best footing for America's top handicap performers. Orfevre, as of this moment, is unlikely to contest any of the World Cup races.  His major goal in 2012 is the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.


Dan--I’m going to try to make this a quick story but it may get longer than I want. After reading the blog today I clicked on the video of the race of the day with you and Beer talking about the 6th at Portland Meadows for a MSW with a purse of $5,400. I couldn’t help but smile about some of your comments trying to justify the importance of the race ie. “Well, it looks like if you have a horse with 26 Beyer he can compete for the win in this race.” “Mike, you like a horse who has been beaten by a combined 59 lengths in his last two races.” And other comments like, “look this horse has a bullet work on OCTOBER 31!”
Anyway, I went to meet Ahl (the guy who was with me at Arlington for the FormBlog Convention) at our local OTB for a beer. Ahl had a PM program and the 6th was coming up so I looked at the PPs. I remembered that you had picked #1 (who ended up going off a 50-1) and Beer picked #8 (who ended going off a 11-1). I was going to box your two picks but decided to bet a WP on Beer’s selection instead. Beer’s pick came in second and paid $9.80 (this was my only casher of the three bets I made today:-(
Just wanted to let you know I saw your video and was wondering if you two drew the “short straw” in having to handicap that race for the Race of the Day:)

First off, I'm happy that you cashed.  Second, them's slim pickins' on Mondays especially when one has to select the race a week ahead of time.  I wouldn't call it the "short straw," but it's what happened to shake out.  Hopefully, next Monday's race (I believe we're going to Turf Paradise) is a bit more interesting.


Hi Dan. Like your articles and blogs. But I can't see how you have placed El Padrino in your Under The Radar for the Derby. This guy's in the Top 5 currently if you ask me and I doubt he's flying under the radar. Let's see where his odds end up in Futures Pool 1. I guess that will tell us. Very safe pick for your classification.

Thanks for the kind words and many thanks for reading.  I totally understand where you're coming from as El Padrino is currently trading between 25 and 30 to 1 in the Derby Futures and he will likely be the favorite in the Risen Star Stakes.  On the other hand, however, he failed to crack Mr. Watchmaker's top 10 in his recent "Watchmaker Watch" and one could argue that, hypewise, he is currently Pletcher's third-string (behind Algorithms and Discreet Dancer). 


When you get a chance, check out the video feature on jockey Abigail Fuller that was produced and directed by Jessica Pacheco, the racing analyst at Gulfstream and Arlington. 



Congrats to Grisham for finishing first in this week's HandiGambling exercise.  Let's go with Thursday's sixth race at Santa Anita for our next contest.

 Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."
 Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.
 Please post your plays and analysis to the blog.
 Please separate the play from the analysis and label the play "HG" with the program numbers (instead of the horse's name) for easier scoring.
 In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. One entry per person please.
 I reserve the right to approve or deny any entries.
 I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are. I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.

Best of luck to all.

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