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Last Week's Best Winning Beyers, HG PP's
Despite rumors to the contrary, my recent absence had nothing to do over my personal outrage that Stephanie's Kitten received a lone vote for champion juvenile filly, denying My Miss Aurelia a deserving unanimous Eclipse.
I'm not ready for the rubber room just yet, not just yet, but I would love to hear an explanation for that one.
Actually, I've had terrible troubles with my right eye over the last ten days or so. After a battery of tests, it looks (terrible pun, I know) like I'm good to go for the fore-see-able future (the puns get cornea and cornea, okay, I'll quit while I'm behind).
This blog will be shorter than the normal week-opener as I want to get this past week's leading winning Beyers, as well as the upcoming week's HandiGambling pp's out to the public as quickly as possible.
I will get to all of your questions and comments early next week.
Here are the top 25 Winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's racing action (1/9/12 - 1/15/12):
1. JACKSON BEND - 101 - Hal's Hope Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
1. RENEESGOTZIP - 101 - Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Santa Anita
3. SAN PABLO - 98 - Shots Are Ringing Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
4. TAPIZAR - 97 - San Fernando Stakes (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - Santa Anita
4. THIS ONES FOR PHIL - 97 - OC 50k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
6. PRIVATE JET (Arg) - 96 - Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Gulfstream
6. SILVER MEDALLION - 96 - Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Gulfstream
8. FORDANGSHORE - 95 - OC 40k/C -N - 7 Furlongs - Laurel
8. JOAN'S CHOICE - 95 - Hcp 25000s - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
8. LOU'S ANGEL - 95 - Wishing Well Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Turfway
8. SOARING STOCKS - 95 - Alw 50200N1X - 6 Furlongs - Gulfstream
8. SWISS TART - 95 - Alw 40000s - 6 Furlongs - Santa Anita
8. THIRTYFIRSTSTREET - 95 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Santa Anita
14. AGAVE KISS - 94 - Ruthless Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
14. IZZY RULES - 94 - OC 40k/N1X - 6 Furlongs - Santa Anita
16. WON GREAT CLASSIC - 93 - Clm c-10000B - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
17. CHEROKEE QUEEN - 92 - Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Fair Grounds
17. ELLAFITZ - 92 - Paseana Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Santa Anita
17. OPENING MOVE - 92 - Alw 62000N1X - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
20. DERIVE - 91 - Clm 12500(16-10.5) - 6 Furlongs - Turf Paradise
20. REGAL STRIKE - 91 - Clm 30000(30-25)N2L - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
20. SLIM SHADEY (GB) - 91 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Santa Anita
23. MY CUZ C J - 90 - OC 32k/N3X -N - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
23. OUTTA TUNE - 90 - Alw 10000s - 6 Furlongs - Oaklawn
23. WASH PARK - 90 - OC 17k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
*The lifetime past performances for both JACKSONBEND and RENEESGOTZIP are available at the bottom of this blog post.
*WON GREAT CLASSIC was claimed for $10,000 by trainer Chris Englehart from David Jacobson.
I'm really looking forward to the second FormBlog convention at Gulfstream Park on March 9-11. It's always great to meet and interact with some of the wonderful FormBloggers, spend a few days at the track with them to pick their brains (and hopefully learn a thing or two), and have some excellent food (I pay the tab, or else).
Laura is graciously hosting the convention and you can find more information on her excellent website at www.ironmaidensthoroughbreds.com
Congrats to NellyGCM for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise. Let's go with Friday's eighth race at Santa Anita for this week's event.
PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.
Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.
Please post your plays and analysis to the blog.
Please separate the play from the analysis and label the play "HG" with the program numbers (instead of the horse's name) for easier scoring.
In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. One entry per person please.
I reserve the right to approve or deny any entries.
I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are. I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.
Best of luck to all.
I'll be back Friday for the HG analysis and Saturday for some weekend spot plays.
HG #3 Take No Prisoners Class, Works and Distance makes this one stand out. The rest are running for minor awards. #6 Midnight Con Has a nice closing kick and has worked well over the track. Figures to sit a perfect trip. Main danger. #9 I Feel Free If Victor can avoid losing too much ground around the 1st turn will make his presence felt. Wager: $100 Tri: 3/ 6/ 9 $100
Curt V , the Dogman doesn't like me because I used two of his Mom's most famous quotes against his argument once. He was not amused and round filed it. He's a one way street. IMO as a handicapper or blogmaster he doesn't make a carbunkle on LSD's behind, buttZ... thats just my opinion. Annie , maybe those yo-yos that think horses have constitutional rights decend from tailess apes,buttZ... my ancestors were men/women. :-) Darwin died from festering boils just like Marx & Herrod. Coincidence ? I think not. :-) Ask yourself how the giraffe evolved the ability to cut the flow of blood to its head when leaning down to get a drink ? If it wasn't designed that way from the start the first giraffes heads would have exploded leaving no more giraffes to supposedly evolve. I'm not looking to tear any monkey brains out there apart in an evolution argument ,buttZ... believe me I can do it . LOL.
hey folks - first try at this Going to go against the probable fav. #3 - drop to claiming - flashed speed in last - nice work since but is on the stretch out going a mile. I like the #6 - hustled last - drops again - and speed #'s are improving #8 comes back to claiming ranks - last out was tough group in a good time - blinks back on Like the #9 off nice pressing try and the #5 as a longshot - could improve this spot Bet: $5.00 tri - #6 & #8 /w/ 3-6-8 /w/ 3-5-6-8-9 = $80.00 $10.00 to Win #6 & #8 =$20.00
HG Midnight Con: Expect a big race on the drop for hot Mullins barn and like the workouts on SA dirt. Stormy Bob: Mitchell is phenomenal with 2nd start maidens and Garcia ends up here. Sometimes you just bet Mitchell because it's Mitchell. Take No Prisoners: Obvious contender but no value. Don't like to see a Baffert go straight to the bottom rung after one race--esp. when this horse has turf breeding. The Baffert stats on MSW to MCL 2nd out are not good. The Bet: $100 Exacta 6-10
HG267 ?>I think..@SA, Me believem' the #1, Skip Tony is sitting on a front running extrvaganZa........just in case I'm using him w/the #6, Midnight Con, the drop down Slewster & the #8, War Politics, another dropper....... $25 Exacta Box> #1 with/#6 & #8=$100.00......... It's a pleasure doing business w/a reputable firm....Signore' Dan Illman........
HG SA Fri My wager $50 Tri 10/3/8,9 Good 1st time start for #10 Stormy Bob last out and just look at those trainer stats and JT stats. Outside post a blessing for him. should not encounter trouble getting started. Only wish this race was 1-1/16. but will still stick with him on top. #3 Take no prisoners is perhaps the best of the sprinters stretching out which should be preferred for him. The drop in class should put him close. Trainer O'Neil has 2 two in here. #9 I Feel Free appears to be at the right class level but why is he not running for $28000 ? Did Espinoza put on weight over the New Years ? Good luck to all Ron B
Headline from today's form: "Maker rises to forefront with Derby contender Hansen" How many of you believe that this "dual qualifier" (in Dosage terms) is likely to stay 10 furlongs? And if so, on what basis do you make the claim?
jim maloney, In the twilight of her racing career, SHARKS JAWS (25-11-1-3 $124,985) won the Conniver Handicap at Bowie, Valley Forge Handicap and Alma North Handicap at Garden State. She also placed third in the Next Move Handicap (G-3) at Aqueduct. She was traned by the infamous King Leatherbury. As a broodmare, Sharks Jaws (Mitey Prince - Viking Vixen, by Viking Spirit) was the best foal produced by her unraced dam. Accordingly, Sharks Jaws went on to be the best producer in her distaff line in about four generations. In total, she bore five foals, four raced, and three winners, two of whom were stakes winners. Sharks Jaws gelded son Raja's Shark (by Raja Baba) was the most accomplished of the two. He was a veteran of 45 races with an excellent 13-11-11 ($673,977) record. A multiple stakes winning sprinter who stretched his speed to a mile, his victories included The Sports Page Handicap, Jamaica Handicap and Coaltown Stakes, all G-3 events. Raja's Shark also placed in the G-1 Wood Memorial and Vosburgh Stakes. Sharks Jaws' daughter With A Wink (by Clever Trick) compiled a 20-6-0-4 $233,881 race record. As a three year old, With A Wink captured the Dogwood Stakes and at four, earned a victory in the Delaware Handicap (G-2). With A Wink carried on her dam's legacy in producing stakes winners. She bore nine foals, seven runners, five winners and three stakes winners. Her son Up Like Thunder (by War Chant) captured the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes. With A Wink's daughters the full sisters Jenna Jenna and Win With A Wink (by Dixieland Band) both won the Joseph A. Gimma Stakes. Jenna Jenna went on to win the Iroquois, and Bay Meadows Dash Handicaps and placed in two other stakes. Win With A Wink was in Bill Mott's barn. I remember her well, having hot walked her a time or two. She was a pleasant filly to be around, but she really didn't progress into her three year old season. Blink Twice, a full sister to Jenna Jenna and Win With A Wink, bore a stakes placed filly, Capricious (by Tiznow). Ngan Gung, a full sister to Raja's Shark, bore a stakes placed runner, Bocamis (by Miswaki) who went on to give us the stakes winner Boca Flyer (by El Prado) and stakes placed Rutledge Lion (by Lion Hearted). Hope this helps, Laura
Ah, Bernard Downes Glad you saw the post..I was wondering where you have been. I enjoyed it. Any 90 year old man reminiscing about his days, always grabs my heart. Hope the workout comments from everyone have been helpful. Cheers.
Annie: "Then we'll have the two hairiest members of FormBlog going head to head in a MDSP; CHALKY, our resident weasel, and HAIRY (I presume there's a reason for the moniker). :) Their Castaway and Holy Candy will try to break their maiden. Hmm, maybe an MKB exacta?" You presumed correctly. Unfortunately I won't be able to watch the race live on HRTV, I'll be at an pigging out oyster feed(fortunately). Hopefully Holy Candy will run well although I not sure of his derby hopes. As for the moniker, when I was a young lad in the '70's, maybe 10 years old or so, I had long hair & my neighbor friends' older brother nicknamed my Harry (hairy). So on this & one other forum, I go by Hairy. I haven't had long hair since about 1983.