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Keeneland Babies for October 23

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Welcome to Keeneland Babies! I'll analyze every juvenile contest at the meet.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

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Race 1
1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack)
Maiden Claiming ($30,000)
2-year-olds
Purse $18,000

HERO OF ORDER, kin to a pair of route winners, draws a tough post for this two-turn experience, but may have enough early speed to gain a good forward spot on the first bend.  His best race came on dirt, but he has excuses for his polytrack defeats (broke from the rail in his debut against special weight company on August 20; overmatched against a very live field on September 24).  Hero of Order made the lead in his most recent start, a $25,000 maiden claimer on dirt at this distance, and yielded grudgingly in the lane.
WASN'T ME, a $22,000 yearling buyback, is by Dixieland Band (71-404, 18%, with juvenile debut runners).  The dam was stakes-placed on grass (17-3-2-0, 83K, 0-5 at two, unraced in main track routes) and this is her first starter.  Trainer Philip Oliver is 0-39 with all debut runners since January 1, 2005.
LAUGH IT OFF, a $27,000 yearling that was bought back for $65,000 in March, drops into a maiden claimer for the first time.  He exits a very good turf heat at Arlington on September 4 (the second-, fourth-, and eighth-place finishers all returned to win) and looms the one to beat.
GREAT LIFE adds Lasix after showing improvement in his first start with blinkers.  Two of the three horses to return from that $15,000 maiden claimer at Hoosier returned to hit the board (50 Beyer top) and Great Life gets some stamina from both sides of his pedigree (dam a four-time route winner).
MORE ANON drops out of a maiden special weight and he may have been compromised a bit by the inside, speed-favoring surface on October 7.  He is a half-brother to stakes-winner C C's Pal (21-4-5-4, 316K, 2-5 at two, 3-14 in main track routes).  According to the "Keeneland Clocker Report" for October 18, More Anon gave a "nice workout, under little urging."  The third-place finisher from the debut run returned to finish fourth here as the chalk in a maiden special weight yesterday (69 Beyer).
LIGHT OF THE STORM, a $20,000 yearling buyback, has already had 10 chances to break his maiden to no avail and he hasn't gained ground from the stretch call to the wire in his last eight tries.  He's a half-brother to Grade 3 route winner Windward Passage (55-5-7-12, 299K, 1-3 at two, 5-49 in main track routes) and this will be his first start going long for a tag.
FIVE STAR DEBT has some angles in his favor as he adds Lasix and switches from grass for his second start.  By the quick Five Star Day, Five Star Debt is by a stakes-placed sprinter 23-4-6-3, 68K, 1-7 routing).  According to the "Keeneland Clocker Report" for October 13, Five Star Debut gave a "good gate move by himself."
E WALD stretches out following a dull sprint on dirt at Hoosier Park.  He should appreciate today's class relief and could be forwardly-placed from his inside post.  The fourth-place finisher from his debut returned to finish third in a maiden special weight here yesterday (69 Beyer).
MAGIC MIDDLETON, an $18,000 buyback in June, is by Slew City Slew (32-401, 8%, with juvenile debut runners).  The dam was a multiple stakes-winner (43-17-6-4, 287K, 5-14 routing) and she has foaled two winners from as many runners (0-1 with 2yos, 1-2 with main track routers).  This colt attracts Julien Leparoux, but doesn't show a published workout in the past 15 days.
DISTINCTIVE HEART is by With Distinction (10-81, 12%, with juvenile debut runners).  The dam was unplaced from seven starts (0-2 at two, 0-1 in main track routes) and she has foaled three winners from as many runners (2-3 with 2yos, 0-1 with main track routers).  Distinctive Heart is a half-brother to Grade 2 sprint winner Oprah Winney (18-7-3-5, 593K, 2-5 at two). 
BADJO BADJO BADJO is by Whywhywhy (10-145, 7%, with juvenile debut runners).  The dam was unraced and she has foaled one winner from one runner (juvenile debut winner went 1-4 in route races).  Like Magic Middleton, Badjo Badjo Badjo doesn't show a published workout in over two weeks.

Selections:
1. Hero of Order
2. Wasn't Me
3. Laugh If Off

The Play:
Hero Of Order to Win at 5-2 odds or greater

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Race 6
6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack)
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-old fillies
Purse $50,000

Analysis:
MRS. BOYD had the misfortune to tackle a pair of runaway winners in both lifetime starts on dirt at Delaware.  Last time out, she tracked the pace while three wide and was second best behind 10 1/4-length winner Lulu Wong.  According to the "Keeneland Clocker Report" for October 12, Mrs. Boyd gave a "good sharp effort." 
Despite being a maiden, GOLDEN ROCK was bet to favoritism for a listed stake going two turns on turf at Monmouth on September 4.  She certainly wasn't disgraced in that start, finishing directly ahead of next-out winner Long Face (won maiden at Santa Anita with 69 Beyer) while the runner-up, another maiden, came back to finish second in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont.  Golden Rock doesn't show a published workout in 16 days, but looms the horse to beat for top-shelf connections.
ICE CREAM SILENCE is by Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense (3-21, 14%, with juvenile debut runners from his first crop).  The dam was a stakes-winning sprinter (16-6-2-2, 257K, 6-12 sprinting) and she has foaled two winners from two runners (1-2 with sprinters).  According to the "Keeneland Clocker Report" for October 1, Ice Cream Silence "was nicely in hand against The Calypso Myth," an unraced three-year-old filly. 
FUN AND GAINS, a $30,000 yearling that resold for $88,000 in April, is by Sharp Humor (9-75, 12%, with juvenile debut runners). The dam was unplaced from two starts (0-1 sprinting) and she has foaled two winners from three runners (1-2 with 2yos, debut winner, 2-3 with sprinters).  Trainer Ian Wilkes is 1-38 (3%, $1.00 ROI) over the past two years with juvenile debut runners.
AREDHEL adds blinkers after facing males over the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs.  She finished ahead of three next-out winners that day, including Costas Fiftieth (finished sixth, returned to win by over 11 lengths with an 83 Beyer at Penn National). 
TOXIS is also by Street Sense.  The dam was a stakes-winner (20-4-8-2, 204K, 0-1 at two, 0-2 sprinting) and she has foaled three winners from four runners (0-1 with 2yos, 0-3 with sprinters).  Toxis is a half-sister to stakes-winner Ballado's Thunder (25-5-2-6, 285K, 0-2 sprinting).
BLA BLA BLA is by Stormy Atlantic (50-450, 11%, with juvenile debut runners).  The dam was a multiple Grade 3 winner on turf (22-9-2-4, 570K, 1-3 in main track sprints) and this is her first starter.  Trainer Bill Mott is 0-20 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints.
ST. JEAN is by Macho Uno (15-146, 10%, with juvenile debut runners).  The dam was a Grade 2 winner at two (5-3-1-0, 297K, 3-3 at two, 1-1 in main track sprints) and she has foaled one winner from one runner (failed at two, lone win came routing). 
CHEECHAKO, the second part of the uncoupled Wilkes duo, is by first-crop sire Invasor (0-9 with juvenile debut runners).  The dam was a sprint winner (6-2-2-0, 67K, 1-1 at two, all races sprinting) and she has foaled a winner from two runners (0-1 with 2yos, 0-2 with sprinters).
PRATEADA is by Badge of Silver (8-63, 13%, with juvenile debut runners).  The unraced dam has foaled three winners from as many runners (1-2 with 2yos, debut winner, 3-3 with sprinters).  Prateada is a half-sister to Grade 3-placed juvenile The Pharaoh (26-3-8-7, 274K, 1-5 at two, won debut, 3-23 sprinting).  According to the "Keeneland Clocker Report" for October 15, Prateada "had the better of Mountable and Charlotte's Rose from the gate."  Mountable and Charlotte's Rose are both unraced juveniles.
PROMISE ME JOY was eager in the early stages of her career debut around two turns at Arlington.  The third-finisher from that race returned to graduate on grass at Hawthorne with a 61 Beyer.  According to the "Keeneland Clocker Report" for October 19, Promise Me Joy gave a "good gate move by herself."
SILVER ARCH is by Silver Wagon (1-7, 14%, with juvenile debut runners from his first crop of 2011).  The dam was placed (6-0-2-0, 7K, 0-4 sprinting) and she has foaled two winners from three runners (2-3 with sprinters).  A $4,700 buyback as a yearling, Silver Arch was slightly outworked by Shaalaal, according to the "Keeneland Clocker Report" for October 11. Shaalaal, a juvenile gelding, earned a 20 Beyer in his only start to date.

Selections:
1. Mrs. Boyd
2. Golden Rock
3. Ice Cream Silence

The Play:
Mrs. Boyd to Win and Place at 4-1 odds or greater