11/21/2012 2:00PM

Impressive Debut Winners

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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.

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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.

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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.
Brandon

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

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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.

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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.

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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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