04/10/2012 3:58PM

Fast 3-year-old Maiden Winners

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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. 

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

http://www.drf.com/news/under-radar-optimizer

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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.

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NOTABLES ON THE WORKTAB:

*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

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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.

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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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