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Although the venerable Lava Man's improbable comeback from ankle injuries ended after only one race in 2009, his younger half-brother, Enriched, may keep the blacktype flowing for their dam, the Nostalgia's Star mare Li'l Ms. Leonard.
Enriched has placed in five stakes races, but his most impressive performance came in a one-mile allowance race last Saturday over Hollywood's turf course. Sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the field of five, Enriched tracked the runaway speed of multiple stakes-winner Liberian Freighter through torrid fractions of 22.40 and 44.72. Enriched ranged up to Liberian Freighter's flank after six furlongs in 1:08.45 and drew away in the stretch to win by 9 1/4 lengths in 1:33.32. Aided in part by that fast pace, Enriched received a 110 Beyer Speed Figure, easily the best of his career and six points faster than any turf runner has earned in North American in 2010.
Like his more famous and accomplished sibling, Enriched has proven to be a successful claim. Lava Man was taken for $50,000 by trainer Doug O'Neill out of a runner-up finish at Del Mar in 2004 while Enriched was gobbled up by O'Neill for $32,000 last November following a narrow win in a downhill turf race at Oak Tree.
Enriched is by 12-time stakes-winner High Brite, a son of Best Turn that earned over a million dollars racing mostly in sprints. Trained by Wayne Lukas, High Brite began his career in claiming races before winning such graded events as the True North, Roseben, Sport Page, and Gravesend Handicaps. High Brite was also versatile enough to win at nine furlongs. A leading sire in California, High Brite has seen his progeny do their best racing at distances up to 1 1/16 miles.
A two-time claim, Li'l Ms. Leonard won eight of 18 races in California. All of her career victories came in sprint races.
Enriched reportedly had some physical issues that delayed his career debut until January of his four-year-old year. Starting for breeder-owner Carol Lingenfelter and trainer Craig Dollase, Enriched tasted defeat in his first three races in maiden special weights restricted to California-breds.
Dollase dropped Enriched into an $80,000 maiden claimer going 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood on May 8, 2009 and Enriched responded with a big victory. A bit eager leaving the gate under jockey Joel Rosario, Enriched settled down after the first two furlongs and set the pace along the inside. He put some distance between himself and the rest of the field while under no urging on the far turn and never felt the sting of the whip while drawing away to win by 7 3/4 lengths. The race was validated when two of the well-besten horses came back to immediately graduate.
Enriched was off for almost two months following his maiden score but he was sharp upon his return, taking an entry-level optional claimer for California-breds at one mile over the Hollywood turf course. This time, Enriched showed that he could stalk and finish, pouncing three wide on the final turn to win by over a length despite being a tad late to make his final lead change.
After a second-place effort behind open-lengths winner Mr. Big in an open 'n1x' allowance over the Hollywood main track on July 19, Enriched utilized his good positional speed to take a similar event over the Del Mar turf course on August 21. After breaking a beat slowly, Enriched pulled himself into pace-tracking position while outside the early leader. He took over with a quarter-mile to go and gamely held off the closers to win by a diminishing head.
Enriched made his stakes debut in the California Cup Mile on turf at Oak Tree on October 3 and ran a solid third behind the razor-sharp The Usual Q. T. Three horses returned from the Cal Cup Mile to win including Enriched, who was surprisingly entered for the $32,000 tag in an entry-level optional claimer for statebreds on November 1. Racing with front bandages while trying the tricky downhill turf course at Santa Anita for the first time, Enriched relaxed nicely in third position before setting sail for loose pacesetter Trail Mix on the turn. Enriched wasn't fazed by crossing over the dirt patch and gamely wore down Trail Mix at the shadow of the wire.
It took new trainer O'Neill seven races to get Enriched to the winner's circle but the gelding certainly paid his way, finishing second in the On Trust Handicap at 7 1/2 furlongs over cushion track, second in the down-the-hill Sensational Star Handicap on New Year's Day at Santa Anita, and second again in the Crystal Water Handicap at one mile over the Santa Anita sod. Sandwiched among those races was a tiring fifth in the Grade 1 Citation Handicap after setting the fractions.
Enriched scored in a nine-furlong, 'n2x' optional claimer over the Santa Anita turf course on March 19. He seemed lathered up around the neck going to post but broke beautifully under jockey Michael Baze. For a moment, it appeared as if Enriched would be stuck in a speed duel with Gothic Samurai, but Enriched professionally responded to Baze's rating hold and backed off the leader. Enriched patiently tracked the legitimate fractions of 22.16, 46.83, and 1:09.58 before engaging Gothic Samurai turning for home. He put that one away and then held off the rallying next-out winner Riviera Cocktail despite failing to complete his final lead change until inside the sixteenth marker.
Enriched was entered in the Charles Town Classic, but failed to break in from the also-eliglbe list. Instead, he made his dirt debut in the Grade 3 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Oaks undercard. He ran an even third as the longest shot on the board behind multiple graded winner Arson Squad.
In this day and age of early retirements to the breeding shed, it could be argued that our best racing prospects, save for geldings, never reach full maturity on the track. Lava Man did win the Derby Trial at Fairplex at three but he really came to hand between his four- and six-year-old seasons, winning Grade 1 races on dirt, synthetic, and turf including three straight victories in the prestigious Hollywood Gold Cup. Perhaps Enriched is just hitting his best stride in the spring of his five-year-old campaign.
Combining the tactical speed and versatility that made Lava Man a household name, Enriched seems poised to tackle graded competition. (Performance of the Week is now a weekly feature in National Simulcast Weekly)
Hey Dan, I saw that Enriched (Lava Man's little half-bro) received a beyer speed figure of 110 in a romp on turf, Saturday's first race at Hollywood Park. Beyer speed figures in excess of 110 seem to be extremely rare. Can you remind me what figures Goldikova received for her two BC wins? And who was the last to post a 110+? Thanks in advance.
Goldikova received a 107 in 2008 and a 109 in 2009. The last Breeders' Cup Mile winner with at least a 110 Beyer was Artie Schiller in 2005 (110).
Here are the horses with 110+ Beyers in 2010:
Quality Road - Donn Handicap - 121
Understatement - Evening Attire Stakes - 115
Hollywood Hit - Vigil Stakes - 114 (Polytrack)
Enriched - Allowance - 110 (Turf)
Before Enriched, the last two horses to reach a 110 or greater Beyer on turf were Conduit (116) and Eagle Mountain (113) in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Turf.
BTW, what is up with American Lion these days. Is he on a break or something?
American Lion reportedly is heading for the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows on June 26, but hasn't worked since the Kentucky Derby.
What about Stately Victor in the Belmont? He did beat the Derby and Preakness 2nd place finishers in the Blugrass.
I'd never dissuade anyone from betting on a longshot, but I'm still leaning to the theory that Stately Victor will eventually prove more effective on turf and synthetics than on dirt.
a general note.
While checking the MKB workouts, I thought Zapster 0:37.00 Breezing
would have been a Bullet.
But that went to WELL CONNECTED 0:35.00 Breezing.
I looked up pedigreequery.com,
and I THINK this is the colt..
Curious, as a 2 yo I put him on my HW.
Could he be a diamond in the rough to watch ?
I would love to hear any comments, about fast works for 2 yo, or pedigree.
Well Connected is a juvenile colt by Dynaformer out of Indy Groove, by A.P. Indy. He was foaled on March 11, 2008 in Florida and was bred by Glen Hill Farm. He only has two published workouts:
Tampa Bay - April 27, 2010 - 3F - 37.60B (9/11)
Churchill Downs - May 20, 2010 - 3F - 35.00B (1/12)
I'm not 100% sure, but will guess that his trainer is Thomas Proctor. Well Connected's dam won the Grade 3 Arlington Matron Handicap going 1 1/8 miles on dirt in 2005. She won her debut at five furlongs, but really did her best running going long on the main track. The second dam, Niner's Home (by Forty Niner), won the Grade 3 Arlington Heights Oaks in 1995. She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Home At Last.
Dan, Can you post PPs for a horse I loved to see run at Monmouth Park, Amber Pass. Thank you sir!
Here's what I have for Amber Pass:
Dan (or Phildelphia shooters):
Phildelphia Park has something they call a Play 123 wager each day, and the reported payoff results are based on a point system. Is that strictly an on-site wager? I don't see any info on their webstie about this kind of bet.
For more information on the wager, check out the following link:
As we begin to wrap up the Triple Crown my eye always drifts towards prospects for the Breeders Cup.
I've been getting acquainted with some of the European stars and was wondering if you'd be able to post the PP's of the fabulous Hannon miler trio (Paco Boy, Canford Cliffs, Dick Turpin)
Here's what I have for the trio of talented European runners:
What Beyer did WENDEN receive for his second place finish yesterday?
Wenden received a career-best 88 Beyer.
Congrats to Dr. Pick for a huge HandiGambling score last week at Woodbine. He selected the seventh race at Belmont on Wednesday for this week's exercise. Here are the past performances:
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. 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.
Back Wednesday with my HG analysis and the Beyers of the Week spreadsheet.
HG 187: three of my horses scratched so I'll go this way........ $50 TRI KEY 8/3,10/3,10
Dan, I would really appreciate it if you could post PPs for Congaree. He never won an Eclipse Award, so they're not available in "Champions", and I'd really love to see the picture of his career. Congaree was a terrific racehorse, and I always felt that he has been a tad underrated, but maybe that's because I was such a huge fan. What did you think of him, Dan? Thanks.
HG 187 $5 Superfecta 8/1,3,5/3,5,10/3,5,10 =$50 $5 Superfecta 1,3,5/8/3,5,10/3,5,10 =$50 Thanks,
SR Vegas, Could not agree with you more regarding missing the mom and pop Mexican restaurants in So Cal. I finally found a few tolerable ones in No Cal, but it took awhile. BTW for those discussing Deli's - Brent's Deli in Northridge, CA is excellent.
HG 187 Redux OK, my horse scratched out and I'm not sure if this has already been bet, but I'm too lazy to check: $100 TRI 8/3/9
Well Bummer! Lots of Scratches. HG *EDIT* $100 Trifecta 8 with 3 with 10
Uncle Steve, You lucky dog!
REVISED HG: With the scratches, the only thing that can probably win this is a $100 straight Tri: $100 TRI 8/3/7 Annie
HG 187 With 4 scratches, we now have a field of 6. Who to eliminate from top spot consideration? Leatherhead is the trifecta of incompetence. Again, just barely, but jock, trainer and horse are all below 10% proficiency level. This leaves us 5 contestants for the top spot (4 who have never turfed in the past). Other than no turf starts, Franny Freud has brilliant connections, impressive Beyers and bullet works. What could possibly go wrong? One thing: Terranova is 0 for 19 with firsters on the turf. If we pass on any runner who cannot break the Beyer level of 70 on turf, dirt or synthetic, we wind up with the above mentioned Franny Freud, Make Note and Game Token as contenders for the top position on the ticket. Maybe we stretch the Beyer to 69 to include Belongs to Sheila. A big return on the HG budget seems unlikely and will require a leap of faith to go against the consensus. To attempt to win the contest, the favorite will have to be limited in consideration for the top spot based on no turf starts, the above mentioned hole in Terranova’s resume and a tendency for finishes on dirt and synthetic that do not conform to the rapid final 1/8th mile needed for turf wins. The ROI numbers for Belongs to Sheila are not impressive and I cannot endorse the marginal win % for the connections. However, he does tend to run late and won his last race on turf. I will key him under the more logical contenders and save with him on top. $7.00 Exacta -# 10 WT # 3,6,7,8,9 $35.00 $3.00 Trifecta -# 3,6,7,8,9 WT # 10-WT # 3,6,7,8,9 $60.00 $5 cold trifecta 8-10-3
Fanny is going to "murder" them for this HG 187. I have to concede the race to her, even if she is running against boys. #3 fits on class, but is making his turf debut, so I'll lean toward #1 to improve 10 beyer points with maturity from last summer and just get up for the place. $100 TRI 8-1-3