11/21/2012 2:00PM

Impressive Debut Winners


Zenyatta won first-out at 6 1/2 furlongs over the cushion track with an 87 Beyer en route to becoming one of the most beloved horses in memory.

*Zenyatta's little half-sister, EBLOUISSANTE, made a fine debut at Betfair Hollywood Park last week.  Equipped with blinkers, Eblouissante, by champion Bernardini, rallied from the back of the pack to score at 1 1/16 miles with an 85 Beyer Speed Figure.  The sophomore filly is the fourth debut winner foaled by Vertigineux and seems destined for stakes races down the road. 

*In New York, a gray 3-year-old named COUSIN ADAM ran a hole in the wind in a statebred maiden special weight at Aqueduct.  Cousin Adam, trained by Mike Hushion, was dismissed at 21-1 odds for his coming-out party but soon sped to the front under Ariel Smith.  Cousin Adam dismissed 11-10 favorite Cousin Michael on the turn and drew off to win by 7 1/2 lengths with a 92 Beyer.  A homebred owned by Barry Schwartz, Cousin Adam is by Star Dabbler, the winner of the Grade 2 Indiana Derby at 1 1/16 miles and runner-up in the seven-furlong King's Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.  The dam has also dropped Nedjma, a multiple stakes-placed performer on grass and this is the female family of Big 'Cap winner Sir Beaufort.

*Hushion also unveiled MY WANDY'S GIRL, a multiple Grade 1 winner in Puerto Rico, in the $75,000 Pentelis Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs.  Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, My Wandy's Girl scored by a length and received a 93 Beyer for her ninth consecutive victory.  Lifetime, she has won 14 of 18 races and has prevailed at distances ranging from 5-9 furlongs.

*LEA might be a turf horse to follow in 2013.  Trained by Al Stall, Lea took the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs with a career-best 93 Beyer.  An impressive winner at Saratoga over the summer, Lea finished a troubled third in his stakes debut, the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby, on October 13.  The son of First Samurai is still lightly-raced and may have a bit more upside.  His dam is kin to multiple Grade 2 turf winner Grassy.


Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (11/12/12 - 11/18/12):

1. HILLSWICK - 103 - OC 32k/N3X -N - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
2. ATTA BOY ROY - 98 - OC 30k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Turf Paradise
2. CALLED TO SERVE - 98 - Discovery Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Aqueduct
2. GIG HARBOR - 98 - Alw 37940NC - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
2. P J'S MAGICAL WINK - OC50k/SAL50k - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
2. RIGBY - 98 - OC 50k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
7. CAPTAIN GENIUS - 97 - Sophomore Sprint Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Mountaineer
8. SAGINAW - 96 - Fourstars Allstar Stakes - 1 Mile - Aqueduct
8. SELF CONTROL - 96 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Parx
10. ACT ONE SCENE ONE - 95 - Clm 15000B - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
11. D'TIGER - 94 - Clm 15000B - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Aqueduct
12. AIN'T NO OTHER - 93 - Alw 69440C - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
12. GREEN SECRET - 93 - Alw 22000NC - 7 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Turf Paradise
12. LEA - 93 - Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Churchill
12. MY WANDY'S GIRL - 93 - Pentelis Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Aqueduct
12. TONTO FONTENOT - 93 - OC 32k/N3X -N - 1 Mile - Laurel
17. COUSIN ADAM - 92 - Md Sp Wt 52k - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
17. KILLER BEAR - 92 - On Trust Handicap - 7 1/2 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
17. SERVICE FOR TEN - 92 - OC25k/SAL25k - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
17. SWEET CASSIOPEIA - 92 - OC 100k/C -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Churchill
17. THE TRUTH AND K G - 92 - Md 25000(35-25) - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
22. CENTRE COURT - 91 - Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Churchill
23. DOMINANT JEANNES - 90 - OC 50k/N2X - 1 Mile (Turf) - Aqueduct
23. ELDARION - 90 - Alw 7500s - 6 Furlongs - Penn National
23. GOLDEN GULCH - 90 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Churchill
23. MR. VALENTINE - 90 - Alw 40320N1X - 6 Furlongs - Penn National

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


Dan, will you please post the pp's for Fort Larned, Drosslemeyer, Blame, Zenyatta and Curlin for just the years they won the Classic? I think there is a pattern in their races leading up to their Classic wins. I'm thinking all five had a race in early to mid August followed by a small layoff, then a race in late September/early November. Thanks.

The past performances you requested are available at the bottom of this blog post.


Dan, Wondering if you can post lifetime PPs for a grand old mare from the NY/NJ circuit named Macha of Ulster. Cashed many times on her when I was a kid betting on my dad's phone wagering account. Curious to see if she was truly as much a win machine as I recall. Thanks in advance!
Michael Slezak

Macha of Ulster's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.


Dan - Memory challenges the best of us. Things aren't always what we remember. But I seem to remember quite a few years back a horse running at Belmont named Country Be Gold who, my shaky memory says at one point progressed through N1X, N2X, N3X conditions (when they were still running those events) in rapid succession. Can you post Country Be Gold's lifetime PP's? He was one of my favorite horses running @ that time and I'd like to find out if my memories are correct. Thanks!
Bill Duncliffe

Country Be Gold's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.


Congrats to VQ for winning last week's HandiGambling exercise.

Penn National Rick's scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

Let's take a Thanksgiving break from HandiGambling and we'll pick it up next week.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Fort Larned 2012.pdf54.88 KB
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AlydarandEasy, I believe I can help with your European football questions. Re your first question, ALL European teams compete in their national leagues. For example, the Bundesliga in Germany, La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy and the Premier League in England and Wales. In addition, the best of those teams also compete in European wide competition. The best teams in the Champions League; the next level down in he Europa League. The European matches take place midweek, the national leagues mostly at the weekend. So yes, Man Utd and Arsenal will compete in both the Premier League and the Champions League. Absolutely the same Clubs, and same squads of players, but some players may be rested as the Managers see fit. Now it gets a little complicated. In England and Wales we have two ADDITIONAL competitions - the FA Cup and the League Cup. Whereas the Premier League is a season long competition (Aug thru May), with 20 teams playing each other twice (home and away) to make 38 matches and the winners are the team with the most points, the 2 Cup competitions are strictly knockout. Lose once and you are out.. The matches are drawn in confidence from a black bag and the winner is the team that wins the final match. Incidentally, the FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the World, with the first one taking place in 1872. I hope it all makes sense. Please let me know If I can explain anything more. Best Regards - Bernard Downes
Dick W More than 1 year ago
Annie, S R Vegas and Squirrley Girl (aka Jeanne) Thank you for the belated BD wishes and accompanying comments :-) Squirrley Girl I miss our little back and forth banter from the Fantasy Capping contest. And I also hope you are doing well in the aftermath of Sandy Dick W (aka the ancient one)
AlydarandEasy More than 1 year ago
Bernard Downes I used to think that I knew European Football, but a couple of things have occurred, that has given me pause. I glanced at the Premiere League standings in the paper the other day, and just below it was the Champions League standings, (arranged in various groups, ala the World Cup). Two teams---Arsenal (who I like), and Manchester United (who I loathe), appeared in both standings. Are they the same team, but with different players, or are they the same team with the same players? In the U.S., the New York Giants play exclusively in the N.F.L. When the season ends, they don't play again until next year. Could you please elaborate on this situation---Which teams are eligible, the general format, etc.. Also, I always thought that the F.A Cup was the trophy given out for winning the Premiere League Championship---kind of like the Stanley Cup in Hockey, or the Ryder Cup in Golf. However, someone recently informed me that the F.A. Cup was yet another Football competition! Is this true? Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Jeanne Thank you! ...I hope you, Dad and bird are drying out and doing well :) SR Vegas
Keith More than 1 year ago
Another interesting late MSW 2 yr old to come out of yesterday's Churchill 2 yr old extravaganza is OXBOW, sent out by none other than D.Wayne Likas. This son of BC Classic and Hawthorne Gold Cup Classic distance winner and Travis Stakes Show finisher AWESOME AGAIN, also has a little Slewster in him by way of the dam sire Cee's Tizzy's dam's second generation. This one got off to a rough start debutting at Saratoga in mid August, when he was pulled up in the early going and vanned off in his debut at 5&1/2f. But he was back in action in 7f sprints in mid-Oct and on, showing good early speed and a tendency to fade a bit in 4th and then 3rd place finishes while leading the first two calls in his next outings. Works remained solid, and he sure was visually impressive wiring the field and pulling away by 4 lenghs under 4X winning jock on the day Joe Rocco in his 7f maiden breaker Sunday in the 8th Race. Has the look of a serious racehorse for the old Master's barn I think. Keith L.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, I read the article on the point system for the Derby, and the only race left this year to gain any points is the CashCall Futurity on Dec. 15th. But, it will start right up again on 1/5 with the Sham. The important thing about this system is that the big points start coming for the Risen Star (50 for first), and really gets going with the Florida Derby (100 points for first). You potential MKB owners should probably print up that chart (link in article on homepage), since like the owners that shelled out big bucks for these horses, you will be eagerly watching for your horses performance in these races in hopes of accumulating enough points to get in the Derby Gate. :) Good luck to all of you! And, if you haven't signed up for the MKB, it's not too late. The draw is completely random, so you have just as much chance of getting the Derby winner as anyone else. Just think, on Dec. 16th, when you see the name of your horse here on the blog, you can began anticipating what it would be like to own a Kentucky Derby winner. But, you can't have that unless you have a horse. So sign up now! Annie
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Annie , Dick W Thank you for the wishes and Annie , umm I'm a bit north of 29 ...LOL ! Dick W .. in part you posted: "I try to treat each day as a gift because that is exactly what it is " I totally agree with that :) SR Vegas
Jeanne More than 1 year ago
Happy Birthday Dick W and Den Mom!!!!! LOL Ok, it's belated, sorry for that!! Jeanne
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ned Daly, You are absolutely correct, betting on the exchanges requires a tremendous understanding of the prices on offer. If the traditional Bookies are offering 10/1 about a horse, and someone on Betfair is offering 20/1, what does it mean? Has that someone got information that the Bookies are not aware of? Or have they simply handicapped the race differently? And if they have done so, have they spotted a negative issue that others have missed? Two contrary points also have to be taken into account when betting in Britain and Ireland, - we have the advantage that most bets over here are made well before the off, so you can usually benefit from a higher price than starting price. - we have the major disadvantage that virtually all training is done in private, so bettors have to rely on the opinions of regional journalists who monitor each of the major training centres. Good job its all fun. Best Regards - Bernard Downes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both of you, Dick W and SR Vegas!!!! Let's see, SR, you must be about 29 now? :) Dick, I like your thought that each day is a gift. For all of us, no matter what our age. Life is too short to waste on pettiness and thumbiness. Annie