12/06/2011 7:55PM

Juveniles to Watch, "Company" Workout, Top Beyers

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*Todd Pletcher unveiled a promising juvenile at Gulfstream last Saturday.  DISCREET DANCER, a son of first-crop sire Discreet Cat and a half-brother to Grade 2 Swale Stakes winner Travelin Man, broke the track record for 5 1/2 furlongs with a romping victory.  Discreet Dancer earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure and he is one of only four juveniles in 2011 to reach the triple-digit Beyer plateau (Pletcher trains three of them).  Discreet Dancer probably didn't beat much in the weak maiden, however, and his pedigree is geared to speed.  He may be more of a sprinter or miler than a true horse for the spring Classics.

*On the juvenile filly front, Al Stall sent out APPLAUDING to win an entry-level allowance at Fair Grounds on December 2.  Applauding, a $50,000 yearling that resold for $370,000 in February, scored by six lengths with a 91 Beyer Speed Figure.  This followed up her debut victory over the Keeneland polytrack on October 14 (won by nine lengths with a 92 Beyer).  Applauding is by Congrats out of an unraced half-sister to the fleet Grade 2 winner Crafty C. T. (won the San Rafael around two turns, but was primarily a sprinter/miler).  Applauding is fast out of the gate and looks stakes-bound.

*Although she's not near a start just yet, Zenyatta's little sister, EBLOUISSANTE, worked three furlongs in 38.40 on December 2 over the Hollywood cushion track.  Eblouissante, like Zenyatta, is trained by John Shirreffs.  This was her first work back after getting sick and she may find a race early in 2012. 

*Great ride by Garrett Gomez aboard KETTLE CORN in the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood.  Go-Go saved ground every step of the way while tracking pacesetter TRES BORRACHOS.  Kettle Corn found a seam along the rail in upper stretch and wore down the game veteran in the final 150 yards.  The  Native Diver was Kettle Corn's first crack in stakes competition. 

*New York-bred COMPLIANCE OFFICER made it six wins from his last seven starts with a facile tally in the Claiming Crown Emerald Stakes at Fair Grounds.  The scourge of the statebred turf division in the Empire State this year, Compliance Officer tried the big guns to no avail in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile, but got back on the beam at the Claiming Crown.  Taken for $25,000 by trainer Bruce Brown on May 14, Compliance Officer has to be considered one of the best claims of 2011. 

*Not sure if he's top, top class just yet, but ANCIENT ROME was very game in taking down the Spectacular Bid Stakes for juvenile sprinters at Gulfstream.  A son of Roman Ruler, the $35,000 yearling ($62,000 juvenile RNA) refused to lose for trainer Tony Dutrow and jockey Joe Rocco Jr.  Ancient Rome is out of the multiple stakes-winning sprinter Wish It Were (by Is It True)

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Here are the top 25 Winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (11/28/11 - 12/4/11):

1.  EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH - 103 - Jennings Handicap - 1 Mile - Laurel
2.  DISCREET DANCER - 100 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Gulfstream
2.  KETTLE CORN - 100 - Native Diver Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
4.  IT HAPPENED AGAIN - 97 - Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Fair Grounds
5.  SILVER MEDALLION - 96 - Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Calder
6.  ATTHEBUZZER - 95 - Claiming Crown Express Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
6.  COMPLIANCE OFFICER - 95 - Claiming Crown Emerald Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Fair Grounds
6.  GORGEOUS MELODY - 95 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
9.  PEDROLINO - 94 - Claiming Crown Iron Horse Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Fair Grounds
10. BEAR TOUGH TIGER - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Woodbine
10. CASABLANCA SMILE (Chi) - 93 - La Prevoyante Handicap (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Calder
10. DATA LINK - 93 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Gulfstream
10. DR. DISCO - 93 - Vodka Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
10. FLASH MASH - 93 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Fair Grounds
10. WILLYCONKER (Ire) - 93 - Clm 40000(40-35 - 1 Mile (Turf) - Hollywood
10. ZERO RATE POLICY - 93 - Sunshine State Stakes - 7 Furlongs - Gulfstream
17. ANCIENT ROME - 92 - Spectacular Bid Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Gulfstream
17. ELLAFITZ - 92 - Bayakoa Handicap (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
17. MCKENNA'S JUSTICE - 92 - Zia Park Distance Championship Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - Zia
20. APPLAUDING - 91 - OC 50k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
20. AQUITANIA - 91 - OC 50k/N$Y -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Laurel
20. C C'S PAL - 91 - Garland of Roses Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
20. EAGLE POISE - 91 - Valedictory Stakes (G3-C) - 1 3/4 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
20. KENS CAPE - 91 - OC c-25k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
20. MAP OF THE WORLD - 91 - Alw 8000s - 5 Furlongs - Parx
20. SWEETSOUTHERNMOON - 91 - Alw 16000s - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds

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

*Kens Cape was claimed for $25,000 by King Leatherbury from trainer Dane Kobiskie.

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I know that some of our posters have enjoyed the Cloudy's Knight documentary directed by Jessica Pacheco, the racing analyst for Gulfstream and Arlington.  If you haven't seen it yet, check out the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj54fTOc8HA

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Laura, Calvin , Dan our Man ...anyone?
a 2 yo question
I'm looking at the entries for todays HLWD race# 8
MR NEWTON caught my eye. (as a 2 yo, he looks like a Zenyatta wanna' be without the white blaze) but he has Long Legend on both the sire and dam side. Who also was in Street Sense pedigree.
His dam Society Gal is 1/2 to Mr Greeley , who is the Sire of El Corredor and Long Legend was Mr Greeley's dam.
http://www.pedigreequery.com/mr+newton2
..could he be a diamond in the rough?
Many thanks!
SR Vegas

The ridgling has been a disappointment thus far, finishing off-the-board in all four races.  He sold for $3,000 as a weanling and for $48,000 as a yearling before going to the Brother Derek owner-trained combination of Cecil Peacock and Dan Hendricks for $110,000 in March.  As SR Vegas noted, it's an interesting pedigree as he's by a son of multiple Grade 3 winner Mr. Greeley (El Corredor) out of a half-sister to Mr. Greeley.  Mr. Newton is a half-brother to Grade 1 sprint winner Mona de Momma, stakes-placed sprinter Treasure Hunt and multiple Grade 3-placed sprinter Jigadee.  He has some speed.  Perhaps he'd improve with blinkers as he has some early zip but that inbreeding is a bit too close for my liking.

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Dan,
Could you check the archives for Northern Dancer PP's.
As always, thank you
sal agro

Northern Dancer's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post

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Do you think there is any shot Wise Dan could be up for a nomination for older male in the Eclipse awards? Just curious. We are obviously very proud of what he has accomplished this year. You know that is the first time he has ever won on a fast dirt surface?
amy lopresti

He's had an excellent year, but it may be a longshot for him to get a nomination for champion older male.  Horses like Game On Dude, Acclamation and Tizway figure to receive a good amount of votes. 

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In a previous post, Clinton asked about some broodmares.

Here is a list of foals out of Perfect Arc, the winner of the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in 2005.

1999:  KEPPLER (by Spinning World) - 16-4-1-1, $55,013
2000:  No Report
2001:  THEARTOFPERFECTION (by Peintre Celebre) - 12-1-1-1, $23,800
2002:  CELESTIAL ARC (by Southern Halo) - 7-0-0-2, $5,347
2003:  PERFECTLY WILD (by Forest Wildcat) - Unraced
2004:  ARCTIZ (by Tiznow) - 20-1-0-3, $18,806
2005:  PERFECT PUSSYCAT (by Forest Wildcat) - 6-0-0-0, $2,751
2006:  No Report
2007:  PERFECT SHARC (by Johar) - 1-0-0-0, $118
2008:  No Report
2009:  POLAR COORDINATE (by North Light) - Unraced (worked a bullet out of the gate at Payson Park on November 4

Rogues Walk, the winner of the 1995 Reeve Schley Jr. Stakes, doesn't have any registered foals.

Lottsa Talc, who won the a pair of Grade 2 sprint races in 1996, has foaled:

1998:  LOTTSA LUCK (by Unbridled's Song) - Unraced (died as a yearling)
1999:  SYNONYM (by Wild Again) - 31-3-8-4, $80,147
2000:  SEXY STOCKINGS (by Tabasco Cat) - 7-2-2-1, $42,420 (dam of multiple stakes-winner Garter Belt and Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend)
2001:  Aborted foal (by Southern Halo)
2002:  No Report
2003:  LOTTSA FIZZ (by Slew Gin Fizz) - 32-3-2-4, $56,170
2004:  Aborted foal (by Outflanker)
2005:  HIGH SOCIETY GAL (by Monsieur Cat) - 3-0-0-0, $336
2006:  COOTER'S POND (by Monsieur Cat) - 2-0-0-0, $510
2007:  EVIL POWDER (by Hear No Evil) - 22-4-2-3, $57,769
2008:  Barren (bred to Awesome of Course)
2009:  FORT LOUDON (by Awesome of Course) - 8-4-0-2, $333,485, multiple stakes-winner
2010:  Bred to Awesome of Course
2011:  Unnamed (by Consolidator)
2012:  Bred to Awesome of Course

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Some questions.
Recently I read the "closer look" portion of the online form and noticed there were at least three if not four different prognosticators for Hollywood Park. Why not just have one person do them all and be an expert on Hollywood or do those three or four just do Hollywood and split up the work due to time constraints?
I also emailed a racetrack recently requesting where I could find the show photo of a race. Of course, I was pablummly? directed to their photo finish site and only the win photo was there. When I re requested the show photo I was ignored. But that got me to thinking. How does the chart caller note in the chart that the 6th place finisher beat the 7th place finisher by a nose and they were both beaten by 23 and 3/4 lengths? Seems like it has to be a photo.
Also: Aqueduct, 11-25, 2nd race on turf. The live video was saying "yielding -2" I didn't see anything explaining this on the NYRA site. I believe Australia and Europe are going to some kind of a rating system of the "off" turf races. Will the DRF be noting these new turf designations? Do you think it makes any difference, these further refinements?
Thanks
RonZ

The Closer Looks are split up due to time constraints.  Tracks draw at different times and we want to get the material out as quickly as possible in order to make the print deadline. 

Chart-callers may use photos, but they also can use the video replays to determine beaten lengths at each point of call. 

I'm not sure about the "-2" designation.  Could it be, and this could be way, way off, that the "-2" is simply listing the race number?

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Dan,
Any reason DRF doesn't provide entries for Gulfstream Park? And in the case of this Wednesday, any reason Gulfstream Park doesn't provide entries for Gulfstream Park?
TheVanGogh

Gulfstream isn't conducting live racing this Wednesday. 

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Dan our Man
How to you find workouts for horses working in conjuction with one another ?
 as C and you previously noted, an older established horse working with a younger 2 yo, or lightly raced horse, and how they compare ...can be a good bit of information.
Thank you.
SR Vegas

Several racetracks list "house workouts" on their website where the trainer of record is noted next to the time of each worker.  The following link will take you to Hollywood Park's website:

http://hollywoodpark.com/racing-workouts

Click on the December 2 icon for Hollywood Park and head down to PASTORIA (scheduled to make career debut in the fifth race on December 8).  You'll note that both Pastoria and DON PERICO are both trained by Martin Jones and both worked five furlongs in 1:03.40 handily.  Thus, we can make the educated guess that they both worked in company.  But, how do we know if Don Perico is any good? By clicking on the trainer's name in Formulator Web, you will get an alphabetical listing of every horse the trainer has sent out over the past five years.  Scroll down to Don Perico and  click on his name.  You'll see that he is a 4-year-old gelding, has a lifetime record of 6-1-1-1 and boasts a lifetime best Beyer of 83. 

For tracks that don't utilize these house workouts, rooting out "company" works can be more time-consuming.  You'll have to match up horses by times and then search the trainer database to see if the "matched-up" horse is even trained by the same conditioner.

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Congrats to Annie for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  Let's go with Hollywood's eighth on Thursday for this week's race.

PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.
 
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