10/08/2008 12:07PM

HandiGambling 105, questions


A few whatever happened to...
Maimonities-I know I misspelled
Broken Vow
I have more but cant remember now-will bring them up later
Thanks to any who can help

*Maimonides has been battling various injuries, and has been out of action since his final published workout in February.  The folks that post here from Team Zayat could probably fill you in more on his present condition, but he is on our Disabled List on the right hand side of the blog (I know, I know, I'm way behind with the DL updates.  I'll get to them).

*Powerhouse, at one time a highly-touted juvenile from the Shug McGaughey stable, may be getting close to his career debut at age three.  A Phipps homebred by A.P. Indy out of Pennant Champion, by Mr. Prospector, Powerhouse is a grandson of Personal Ensign, and worked a half-mile out of the gate on September 21 at Belmont. 

*Broken Vow has been standing at stud for the last few years.  He's at Pin Oak Stud, and is the sire of Unbridled Belle, Cotton Blossom, and some other good runners.

Here is his stallion page from Pin Oak:



Does anyone know if Indyanne is pointed to BC day?

Due to her game win in Saturday's Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland, Indyanne is guaranteed a spot in the gate.  It seems likely that she'll challenge Indian Blessing and company in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, and it would be unwise to discount her as a strong contender.  Her only career defeat came in the Victory Ride at Saratoga after breaking poorly, and then rushing up to contest a quick pace.  At Keeneland, she was very game to beat back the stretch burst of the talented Wild Gams.


If Casino Drive runs in the Classic he will have had 3 starts - has there ever been a horse race in the Classic off of 3 starts?? Any idea why they didn't race him in Japan following the Peter Pan? I don't see how you can take him as a serious contender against Curlin, Big Brown, Colonel John, Well Armed, Go Between, or the Euros

If he passes on the originally planned prep race over Pro-Ride, he'll only have two starts going into the Classic.  I'll have to do more research to see if that has ever been attempted before.  Add in his ouchy feet, and his prospects look a bit dimmer.  I'm not sure if the plan was to race him in Japan in the Belmont.  All along, I believe, the goal was to get him back there, get him healthy, and return him for the Classic.  It has been reported that his stone bruise took longer than expected to heal.


Opinions, please!
Is this statement true?
Speed is more difficult to sustain on synthetics than on dirt.

It's probably too early in the synthetic era to prove a statement like this.  There needs to be more data, and it will take several more years of synthetic racing to provide a true sample size.  Also, there has to be a more specific breakdown of synthetics.  Does speed hold better on Polytrack than Pro-Ride or Tapeta or Cushion Track? 
After the initial Polytrack meet at Keeneland, many skeptics were ready to burn the place down because you absolutely couldn't win on the lead.  The track has gotten more fair over the subsequen meetings. 
If I had to hazard a guess as to the results of future studies, I'd say that there will be less in the way of crazy speed biases at these synthetic tracks.  That doesn't mean that speed will be adversely affected, just that the best horse should win instead of the outcome being affected by meet biases.


Harlington never stayed sound enough to do much in his career. He never won a graded stakes race...

He did win the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap in 2006, but the injuries never allowed him to reach his full potential.  As for his stallion prospects, it may be worth it to wait until his first foals hit the ground.  There is the possibility that he'll pass on his infirmities to his progeny.  If that's the case, they won't sell well at auction, and Harlington will then have a difficult time getting the good mares.  With his pedigree, $10,000 seems like a bargain but, considering his injuries, it may pay to take a wait-and-see approach.


Back with more later.  Time to knock out five baby races for Keeneland.

Take care,