04/10/2012 4:58PM

Fast 3-year-old Maiden Winners


A Todd Pletcher-trained runner received last week's top Beyer Speed Figure for a 3-year-old.  It wasn't GEMOLOGIST for his 98-Beyer victory in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. 

Instead, the big-figure colt was GRAYDAR, a son of Unbridled's Song that took his career debut by 8 1/2 lengths going a one-turn mile at Gulfstream on April 8.  An $85,000 RNA as a yearling, Graydar sold for $260,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale after breezing a furlong in 10.2.  A half-brother, Star of David, was Grade 3-placed on both turf and dirt at one mile.  Another half-brother, Union Course, was Grade 2-placed sprinting on dirt at two.  The dam, Sweetest Smile (by Dehere), was a sprint winner on dirt. The second dam (by Conquistador Cielo) was a multiple stakes-winning sprinter at two.

*Another impressive sophomore debut winner was JOHANNES, trained by Reade Baker.  Racing in a five-furlong maiden special weight over Woodbine's polytrack, Johannes scored by 11 1/2 lengths with a 96 Beyer Speed Figure.  Johannes sold for $18,000 as a short yearling, was a $52,000 RNA as a yearling and was purchased for $190,000 at OBS April last year after breezing a furlong in 10.1.  He is a half-brother to Devereux, a multiple stakes-winning sprinter.  The dam (by Mr. Prospector) was unraced, but she sold for $3,600,000 as a yearling.  This is the female family of Grade 3 winner General Meeting. 


Here's the latest "Under the Radar" column:



Here are the top 25 winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (4/2/12 - 4/8/12):

1.  JACKSON BEND - 109 - Carter Handicap (G1) - 7 Furlongs - Aqueduct
2.  AMAZOMBIE - 105 - Potrero Grande Stakes (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Santa Anita
3.  ESSENCE HIT MAN - 104 - Jacques Cartier Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Woodbine
3.  SAGINAW - 104 - Hcp 25000s - 1 Mile - Aqueduct
5.  IT'S ME MOM - 101 - Hilton Garden Inn Sprint Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Tampa Bay
5.  TAPTOWNE - 101 - Cryptoclearance Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Hawthorne
7.  FAST TIME - 100 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 5 Furlongs - Gulfstream
7.  GRAYDAR - 100 - Md Sp Wt 46k - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
9.  GEMOLOGIST - 98 - Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - Aqueduct
10. RIVER BEAR - 97 - OC 80k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Hawthorne
11. FANTASTICAL - 96 - Clm 20000(20-15)N3L - 1 1/16 Miles - Oaklawn
11. JOHANNES - 96 - Md Sp Wt 60k - 5 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Woodbine
11. SCOTUS - 96 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Keeneland
14. AL KHALI - 95 - Alw 66872C - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Keeneland
14. BROADWAY'S ALIBI - 95 - Comely Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile - Aqueduct
14. FIDDLERS AFLEET - 95 - OC c-40k/N1X - 1 Mile - Santa Anita
17. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER - 94 - Santa Anita Derby (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - Santa Anita
17. SILVER MAX - 94 - Transylvania Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Keeneland
17. TRINNIBERG - 94 - Bay Shore Stakes (G3) - 7 Furlongs - Aqueduct
20. BEN'S CAT - 93 - Mister Diz Stakes - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Pimlico
20. HE'S A DANCE STAR - 93 - Clm 40000(40-35) - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Santa Anita
20. IT HAPPENED AGAIN - 93 - OC 62k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Oaklawn
20. SOLAR ROCKET - 93 - Clm 16000(16-14) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Santa Anita
24. ELSAROARIN - 92 - OC 25k/N2X - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Aqueduct
25. GOOD DEED - 91 - Prima Donna Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Oaklawn
25. PLASMA BEAM - 91 - Alw 5000s - 1 Mile - Mountaineer
25. RACE TO URGA - 91 - Wait a While Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Gulfstream
25. REGAL STRIKE - 91 - Alw 47590N1X - 6 Furlongs - Parx
25. VALLEY CAT - 91 - Alw 58350N1X - 1 Mile - Santa Anita

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

*FIDDLERS AFLEET was claimed for $40,000 by trainer John Sadler from Peter Eurton.



*ACCLAMATION (bruised right front foot) - 7F - 1:29.00B (turf, dogs) - Santa Anita - April 5
*ALL STAR HEART (splint right front leg) - 4F- 49.00H (turf, dogs) - Santa Anita - April 5
*AWESOME GEM (Hind-end) - 4F - 48.60H - Santa Anita - April 3
*BRIDGETOWN (undisclosed) - 4F - 49.80B - Keeneland - April 8
*B SHANNY (knee chip) - 3F - 36.03B - Belmont (training track) - April 5
*CELTIC PRINCESS (splint bone foreleg) - 6F - 1:13.20H - Santa Anita - April 7
*DULLAHAN (popped splint) - 5F - 57.50H - Keeneland - April 8
*EXCESSIVE PASSION (right foreleg) - 5F - 1:00.00H - Pleasanton - April 4
*FIFTY PROOF (filling in leg) - 3F - 37.20B - Woodbine - April 7
*GYPSY ROBIN (Undisclosed) - 5F - 1:01.00B - Keeneland - April 3
*HEAD HONCHO (undisclosed) - 4F - 51.00B - Woodbine - April 7
*JOHN SCOTT (non-displaced condylar fracture left hind leg) - 6F - 1:12.40H - Santa Anita - April 4
*JUNIPER PASS (bruised cannon bone) - 4F - 48.80H - April 5
*LA NEX (non-displaced condylar fracture hind leg) - 6F - 1:13.40H - Santa Anita - April 6
*MAJOR ART (strained tendon) - 6F - 1:13.40H - Santa Anita - April 6
*OVERDRIVEN (cannon bones) - 4F - 49.74B - Palm Meadows - April 7
*PRESIOUS PASSION (throat surgery) - 8F - 1:44.00B - Gulfstream - April 7
*RAIL TRIP (grabbed quarter) - 4F - 48.40H - Hollywood - April 5
*SASSY IMAGE (torn quarter left front foot, non-displaced chip right hind ankle) - 5F - 58.00B - Churchill Downs - April 7
*SMILING TIGER ("jarred up") - 5F - 59.00H - Hollywood - April 4
*SURREY STAR (suspensory ligaments right front leg) - 4F - 50.40H - Santa Anita - April 8
*TAKE CONTROL (sore shins) - 4F - 49.60H - Santa Anita - April 5
*ZAZU (inflamed shoulder) - 5F - 1:01.60H - Santa Anita - April 8


Dan Illman,
This time I watched your & Beers video of the Fla. Derby recap in it's entirety. I agree w/99% of what you said. However, if I watched it correctly, & I could be wrong, buttZ:at least I remember quite clearly that Mr. B. said, it wasn't Laparoooooski's fault{the ride}. Now, I am quite sure you concurred. If I'm wrong, then I agree w/you 100%.
All I can say or ask is::::::How the heck is it NOT the jocks fault ? You can't possibly blame the horse ? Or, can you ? That was a remake of the "Boston Strangler".......
I've seen worse traffic jams at 3AM in you name it, Ghost Town, USA........or Romania..
Curt V.

Other than hustling Union Rags harder out of the gate, I'm not sure what more Leparoux could have done.  He was being race-ridden, plain and simple, by Castellano.  He wasn't going to bull his way out of the box to bump another horse and risk a disqualification, or even an injury to his colt.  He had to wait.  Perhaps he could have moved six wide turning for home, but he decided to stay near the rail.  Union Rags fans are disappointed that he got beat, but the horse ran very well in defeat.


Congrats to BYANOSE for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  Let's go with Keeneland's seventh for this week's race.


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CalvinLCarter More than 1 year ago
Keith L., I like your Blue Grass trifecta but believe that Dullahan and Prospective will have to improve their game considerably to beat Howe Great. If Bodemeister lives up to his breeding and continues to move forward off of his last race he should win the Arkansas Derby. Isn't He Clever, Najjaar and Optimizer are good long shots.
Joe More than 1 year ago
Hg Kee Give joe (joecem). Zero.
Piranha PE More than 1 year ago
Nasty weather, no grass. Tread lightly for me. See you guys tomorrow AM, Piranha
Piranha PE More than 1 year ago
Okay now all 3 of my top picks in R7 are scratched. Nice. This late 4 now is a bummer. I understand that happens but I have to reconfigure now which I don't have time for. Oh well, good luck today to all in HG Piranha
Piranha PE More than 1 year ago
As I was writing my post #2 in R7 became a late scratch so I'll sub Starship Flare.
Piranha PE More than 1 year ago
Santa Anita Friday R1- Somebody has seconditis. I just can't take 7-5 or lower on this one. Ke Kukui is coming out of a key race although at a lower level, Cook Inlet scored in a starter allowance Sun and Stonewall Jackson who was well behind top three won next out too. Tiznow stretching out. Jolly Days should improve with more ground, faced a pair a tough Baffert horses in debut including #1 in R7 today and was ridden by "caretaker" Smith who trainers often put on nice firsters to give them a good experience, Eswan will be much busier. I like 5-2 R2- If R Vicarious Girl wins 90% of P4 and 5 tix stay alive. The numbers and connections are solid. I spent a while trying to figure out a scenario where this one loses. In all my right brained-ness I was still hard pressed to find a way. I'm going to use Musical Grace and Burley's Lap on some tickets. 2------3-1 R3- Scratch the outside two and you have a fairly contentious little field. Did I accidentally buy the PP's for Golden Gate? 4 fields of 5 in a row. The Lemon drop on the outside gamely beat Warren's Venedalucy who dominated Sunday, while Sweet Nectar was visually impressive in debut, Belvoir saw fit to claim. Puype is on fire and if you are singling in R2 might as well use all 4. Knapp is ice cold, horses don't like him. Picks 5-1-2 R4- I don't get the 6-5 ML on Jack o Lyn. There are two common race sets in here, 1 and 3, 2 and 5, I prefer team 2-5. West is good on the claim (Mensa Heat?) I'm going to try and beat Mullins although I applaud him getting rid of the mullet. 5-2-1 for me R5- Another prohibitive ML fave in all important R5. Going to use, but there are possible upsetters. Ron Ellis jaw reminds me of Quagmire from Family Guy (giggity) but he is a heck of a horseman. The Grans might be able to turn the tables. The 1 with Quinonez is a possible ticket cracker, Vonn Nez is not for me. 4-5-9 R6- The 1 is the pick in here for me, but 2,3 make the tickets as well. The Teasing Bernie race the 7 is coming out of produced the winner in yesterday's finale Run for Miles, but I covered the race that the 2 is coming out of yesterday which is much stronger. R7- My Selection and Bobina will take quite a bit of cash in today's penultimate race, but check out the 3 foreign breds all with top notch grass riders. I've cashed so many good tickets on races like this and the pace should set up fine. 6-2-7 on my big ticket----1-4 on alt tix R8- This is a pretty interesting Maiden claimer. My top picks in here are the 2 and 5 but I'll include one of my dreaded Warren animals as well in the 4. This race could produce a bomb, I've hit a couple extra tickets lately by adding a cheap chalk/chalk/chalk/all ticket to my plays. In this case it would be 4/2/1-4/all for $9. Late 4 9-4-5//1-2-3//6-2-7//2-5-4 $40.50 as well as the $9 ticket above $49.50 Piranha PE
Conrad More than 1 year ago
HG ENTRY: Coalport crushes them at 10-1 $100 WIN: #7
Conrad More than 1 year ago
Okay, mayyyyyybe not 10-1 LOL
Chalk Eating Weasel More than 1 year ago
Can you believe Lady Diva Gaga just won at Keeenland. Gag me please. It's not often I get to play afternoon races during the week, but here I am taking a little time away from the grindstone and doing what I like the best. Betting horses! Here is my late P4 for keeneland. A horses Race 7: 3,7,8 Race 8: 5.7 Race 9: 6 Race 10: 7,10 B horses Race 7: 4,10 Race 8: 4 Race 9: 1,5 Race 10: 3,8 C horses Race 7: 1 A note about race 9 the Maker's Mark Mile: I think pace will really make this race. If the 5 Get Stormy has his way early, he can go wire to wire. If someone hooks up early, I'm thinking of the Australian sprinter Pressday, then the pace favors #6 Turallure. If we get something in between then #1 Doubles Partner seem the likely beneficiary to me. I have 136 $0.5 combos at a total cost of $68.00 I will also play a Pick 3 starting with the 8th race flopping #6 Turallure with #5 Get Stormy so that I can be alive to more B's should the pace scenario go GS's way. Hope this gets moderated in time to be of use to anyone. Jeff
Anonymous One More than 1 year ago
I like your picks Jeff! I was leaning towards Turallure, but it seems speed has been doing real well. However, that 4 horse just came on to win like a runner from a stalking position. This 7th race will tell us a lot. If the 8 runs well on the lead. I think I will bet Get Stormy! If a closer runs good, I will bet Tellalure. Speaking of get stormy, we are about to get pounded witht he storms here in Oklahoma city! With my luck, I will loose electric and not get to see it. Byanose
Joe More than 1 year ago
HG Kee Like asmussen here, first out dirt a stinker , goes last to First on turf. I suppose he gets the idea he might be Good so tries dirt Again to find out. Havnt seen him since But a steady stream of decent works, back on The right track. ....... The bet 20 ex box 6 9 5 tri box 4-6-9 5tri. 6/4,5,9/4,5,9
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HG play $5 tri key 6/3,5,7,8,9/3,5,7,8,9 Like the way the 6 ran in his only turf start. Can't blame him for loss against winners. Been a bunch of horses that couldn't make up any ground at that meet. Will need to improve to win though. Robert