07/18/2012 12:47PM

Hymn Book and Richard's Kid Primed for Better

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GAME ON DUDE and MUCHO MACHO MAN looked good winning the Hollywood Gold Cup and Suburban Handicap, respectively, but handicappers may want to zero in on the runner-up finishers in both races for future consideration.

The Hollywood Gold Cup didn't feature much in the way of quality pace opposition for Game On Dude and the classy runner took over the lead over the speed-friendly cushion track after six furlongs.  Meanwhile, his uncoupled stable mate, RICHARD'S KID, was lagging, as usual, near the tail end of the field.  It's quite possible that Game On Dude is simply a superior animal and the tactical advantage he owns over Richard's Kid is great, but Richard's Kid ran hard for second money and seems to be returning to his best form for Baffert after a disastrous 14-month trial in Dubai.  Richard's Kid looks primed for a good run in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic over the Del Mar polytrack.  He won the race in 2009 and 2010 and seems to relish the surface. 

Meanwhile, HYMN BOOK was up against it in the Suburban as he attempted to rally from last over a speed-favoring Belmont surface.  While Mucho Macho Man enjoyed a comfortable trip up close to pacesetter TRICKMEISTER, Hymn Book broke poorly and had to rally against the grain of the track.  Hymn Book has already shown his class in races like the Grade 1 Donn and he looms a strong contender in Saratoga spots such as the Woodward and Whitney. 

Richard's Kid and Hymn Book are late-runners that are dependent on race and pace luck, but seem in excellent form for top outfits.

Speaking about pace, BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS was the lone speed in the Grade 2 Swaps on July 4, and he made his six rivals pay after doling out fractions of 24.15, 48.18 and 1:12.88 on the front end.

REDEEMED may be the top "marathoner" in the country after taking the Greenwood Cup at Parx racing at odds of 1-10.  Previously, he took the Brooklyn Handicap at 12 furlongs and his combination of speed and stamina is especially potent at these elongated dirt distances.  It will be interesting to see if trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. gets a bit more ambitious with this good performer and tests the waters in races like the Jockey Club Gold Cup. 

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (7/2/12 - 7/8/12):

1.  GAME ON DUDE - 108 - Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
1.  MUCHO MACHO MAN - 108 - Suburban Handicap (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - Belmont
3.  GANTRY - 104 - Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) - 6 Furlongs - Calder
4.  BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS - 103 - Swaps Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
4.  FORT LOUDON - 103 - Carry Back Stakes (G3) - 6 Furlongs - Calder
6.  DON TITO - 101 - OC 62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
6.  GUN BOAT - 101 - Alw 52936N1X - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
6.  RULE - 101 - Monmouth Cup (G2) - 1 Mile - Monmouth
6.  TURBO COMPRESSOR - 101 - United Nations Stakes (G1) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - Monmouth
10. COYOTE LEGEND - 99 - Assault Stakes - 1 Mile - Lone Star
10. MUSICAL ROMANCE - 99 - Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) - 6 Furlongs - Calder
10. ROYAL CURRIER - 99 - Mr. Prospector Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
13. BAILOUTTHEMINISTER - 98 - Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap - 6 Furlongs - Pleasanton
13. FIDDLERS AFLEET - 98 - Chasin' Wimmin Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
15. SAINT LEON - 97 - Arlington Sprint Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Arlington
16. DOCTOR CHIT - 96 - Western Larla Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
16. ESPORON - 96 - Alw 42000N1X - 1 Mile - Monmouth
16. SCORPION STRIKE - 96 - Alw 8000s - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Suffolk
16. TOMMY'S MEMORY - 96 - Alw 25000NC - 6 Furlongs - Finger Lakes
20. CLEAR ATTEMPT - 95 - Poker Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Belmont
20. CREPUSCOLO - 95 - Alw 30000s - 1 Mile - Monmouth
20. DUTY BLUES - 95 - Alw 25000s - 7 Furlongs - Calder
20. PAR0DY - 95 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 1 Mile - Penn National
20. SMART AND SINGLE - 95 - Md Sp Wt 51k - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
25. AZAFRAN - 94 - Alw 28000N1X - 7 Furlongs - Calder
25. EMMA'S ENCORE - 94 - Victory Ride Stakes (G3) - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
25. GET SERIOUS - 94 - Red Bank Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Monmouth
25. JIMMY CREED - 94 - Md Sp Wt 51k - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
25. MARKETING MIX - 94 - Dance Smartly Stakes (G2-C) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine

The lifetime past performances of MUCHO MACHO MAN and GAME ON DUDE are available at the bottom of this blog post.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (7/9/12 - 7/15/12):

1.  GRACE HALL - 103 - Delaware Oaks (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - Delaware
2.  ANGELICA ZAPATA - 101 - Nancy's Glitter Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Calder
2.  IOYA BIGTIME - 101 - Stars and Stripes Stakes (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
4.  SECRET COMMANDER - 100 - OC16k/SAL10k - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
5.  REDEEMED - 99 - Greenwood Cup (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles - Parx
6.  POINT OF ENTRY - 98 - Man O'War Stakes (G1) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
7.  RAHYSTRADA - 96 - Arlington Handicap (G3) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
8.  DHAAMER (Ire) - 95 - Sunset Handicap (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
8.  KIP BERRIES - 95 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Arlington
8.  LUCKY PRIMO - 95 - Alw 66240N2X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
11. DON'T SAY NO - 94 - OC 16k/N1X - 5 Furlongs - Calder
11. IT HAPPENED AGAIN - 94 - Golden Bear Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Indiana
13. HERBIE D - 93 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Hastings
14. ROMACACA - 92 - Modesty Handicap (G3) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
15. DIXIE STRIKE - 91 - Prince of Wales Stakes - 1 3/16 Miles - Fort Erie
15. ST. MAXIMUS GATO - 91 - Alw 60001NC - 6 Furlongs - Indiana
17. BOBBY HANDY - 90 - Clm 22000(22-20) - 1 Mile - Northlands
17. LADY OF SHAMROCK - 90 - American Oaks (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
17. MR. VALENTINE - 90 - Alw 40000N1X - 6 Furlongs - Penn National
17. SEQUOIA WARRIOR - 90 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 7 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
21. BEAR TOUGH TIGER - 89 - Alw 40000s - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Woodbine
21. DONATO - 89 - Clm 22500(25-22.5) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
21. FRANCOIS - 89 - Clm 16000N3L - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
21. MOONSTRUCK MAYA - 89 - Alw 55000N2X - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
21. STRING KING - 89 - Alw 29300NC - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Louisiana
21. SWITCH - 89 - A Gleam Handicap (G2) - 7 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood

GRACE HALL'S lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

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Please check out the latest video production from Jessica Pacheco, Racing Analyst at Arlington Park.  It's Part 7 and 8 of the "Behind the Silks" video series following jockey Tim Thornton through his ups and downs at this year's Arlington meet.

Part 7 - "Every Morning"
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a jockey working horses at the track at 5:30 am? In episode 7 of "Behind the Silks," join Tim for the ultimate backside tour as he takes you with him out on the track and into the barns of trainers Mike Reavis and Larry Rivelli.

http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideos ... hind-silks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a6RuasziEM


"Pace Makes the Race"
In episode 8, travel with Tim to Canterbury as he rides the favorite in a Stake and hangs with his best bud, jockey Tanner Riggs. Back at Arlington Park, Tim meets with a group of handicappers from Pace Advantage, and explains how pace affects a race's outcome. Afterwards, 8 year old Luke Johnston joins up with Tim for a visit to the Jock's Room.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs7-VzwfvB0&feature=plcp

http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideosblogs/behind-silks

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Johns Call's career was backward . He was a jumper when he was young and a Gr I flat racer when he was very old. His PPs would probably look pretty cool if you have them LSD ?
BSB Jaws

John's Call's past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

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Turbo Compressor masterfully handled by Bravo. Pedestrian fractions and this thing was over. 25.14; 24.83, 25.11; 24.31; 22.22; 11.27. Will be fun to see Moss Pace figures on this thing. (Dan ?)
DavidM9999

The Moss Pace Figures are not currently computed for turf races, but may be produced sometime in the future.

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Hey Dan - have a great vacation. What with Ascot over and Del Mar and Saratoga beyond the horizon, I can't imagine any kind of busman's holiday -- hope it's beaches and rum drinks with paper umbrellas.
When you get back I want to hear your take on the NYRA edict for field size of 2 yr old maiden sprints. I can see that one of the projected benefits -- getting enough entrants for nw1 allowances for 2 year olds-- would also mean that there will be more 2 yr old races to get these graduates into the pipeline.
Since you have so much expertise about these maiden races, I'm curious if you think there will be less trouble with the reduced field size and will the results be more predictable?
Regards,
nancyb

The limit for field sizes in juvenile races at Saratoga is a good public relations move to promote "better safety" on the racetrack, although I doubt we'll have enough data at the conclusion of the experiment to prove whether that truly is the case.  We should have more baby races due to the limit.  On opening day, the juvenile maiden for fillies was split into two divisions.  Without the limit, one race for 12 would have been written.  Instead, we have two heats with eight apiece (including an also-eligible for each).  It helps the racing secretary's job in that there won't be a problem filling cards.  If other races look like they're not going to go, we'll see more juvenile maiden races.  Theoretically, there should be less traffic trouble in races with fewer horses.  Whether the results will be more predictable, time will tell.  It gives the big barns a bit of an edge in that they don't have to race two babies against one another (note Pletcher with a runner in each of the divisions on Friday).  From a gambler's perspective, I'm not a big fan of the shorter fields.  Twelve-horse races are infinitely more interesting to speculate on than eight-horse affairs.  It will be interesting to see if handle declines in these races although the addition of another division each day could equal things out.

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Dan
You and Mike (¿did I see him smirk) dismissed the Italian raced Facoltoso pretty quickly from the Race of the Day, but he is well bred and gets Lasix and Gomez for Callaghan Simon. I know you know (You Know I Know is a scratch) that it's Gomez' 2nd call (and you don't give much *weight* to the jockey when handicapping) but the Oceanside always splits. My question is what did Mr Winner pay for him? Or does one just have to *know*.
How about it 10cent? ;
jimi

Facoltoso was a private purchase, but I will go out on a limb and say that Mr. Winner paid considerably more than the $1,335 he brought at the 2010 Tattersalls yearling sale.  The first division of today's Oceanside is such a wide-open race that no result would surprise me.  My thoughts were that the Italian stakes races are generally considered quite inferior to their British, French and Irish counterparts and that Facultoso seemed like a solid, if not spectacular, runner in Italy.  Certainly, he could win.  The race is that wide open.

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Let's go with Friday's sixth race from Del Mar for this week's HandiGambling event.

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