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Midnight Transfer, Frumious, Castaway
By Dan Illman
It's questionable whether MIDNIGHT TRANSFER will successfully stretch out around two turns, but the 3-year-old was pretty impressive in winning the $82,000 San Pedro Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs over the Santa Anita main track.
Shuffled back to last on the inside turning for home, Midnight Transfer eased out for the drive under Joel Rosario and gradually wore down pacesetting GOT EVEN to win by a head. By Hard Spun, the runner-up of the 2007 Kentucky Derby and winner of the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes at seven panels, Midnight Transfer, an $80,000 juvenile purchase, is out of Grade 3 route winner French Satin (won the Florida Oaks at 1 1/16 miles). French Satin is a half-sister to Lion Heart, the second-place finisher of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and winner of both the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity and Grade 1 Haskell Invitational around two turns. Another of her half-siblings, Connemara, won the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at nine furlongs over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields.
After the San Pedro, Midnight Transfer's trainer, Carla Gaines, indicated the Grade 2 San Felipe at 1 1/16 miles on March 10 as a possible next option.
FRUMIOUS, on the other hoof, may be headed to Dubai for the Group 1 Golden Shaheen. Perhaps he was aided by the scratch of Eclipse champion Amazombie, but Frumious blew the doors off his rivals from gate to wire in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes. Trained by Jeff Bonde, Frumious owns three wins over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate and would try that ground if he were to ship to Meydan for the Golden Shaheen.
The Bob Baffert-trained CASTAWAY has really turned things around since being stretched out around two turns. A disappointment in his first four sprint starts, Castaway finished third in his route debut on December 30 before graduating with an 89 Beyer at 1 1/16 miles over "wet-fast" ground on January 21. Castaway is by Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Kentucky Derby and Travers winner Street Sense and sold for $435,000 as a yearling. His dam (by Storm Cat) won at 5 1/2 furlongs on grass, but is a half-sister to Master Command (multiple Grade 2 winner at nine furlongs) and Aurora Lights (multiple Grade 3 route winner).
An under-the-radar sophomore is JUNEBUGRED, the winner of the $100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park for trainer David Fawkes. A $20,000 yearling purchase by Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and Metropolitan Handicap hero Corinthian, Junebugred is a half-brother to stakes-winning miler Joe Six Pack. The dam was Grade 2-placed at 1 Mile and 70 Yards for Nick Zito. If Junebugred doesn't turn out to be a classic prospect, his pedigree indicates that he could turn out to be a good middle-distance prospect.
Here are the top 25 Winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's racing action (1/16/12 - 1/22/12):
1. FRUMIOUS - 105 - Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) - 6 Furlongs - Santa Anita
2. INHERIT THE GOLD - 104 - Haynesfield Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
3. THISKYHASNOLIMIT - 101 - Louisiana Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Fair Grounds
4. GANTRY - 98 - F. W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
5. MR. VEGAS - 97 - Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Fair Grounds
6. NORVSKY - 96 - San Gabriel Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Santa Anita
6. TRULY INSPIRED - 96 - Alw 5000s - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Oaklawn
8. RED'S ROUND TABLE - 95 - OC 50k/N$Y -N - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
9. ANTELOPE RIDGE - 94 - Clm c-5000 - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Oaklawn
9. BERRY KNOLL - 94 - Alw 40500N1X - 1 Mile - Oaklawn
9. CHIEF OF AFFAIRS - 94 - OC c-35k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - Oaklawn
9. COYOTE LEGEND - 94 - Star of Texas Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Sam Houston
9. VAMO A GALUPIAR (Chi) - 94 - Megahertz Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Santa Anita
14. MIDNIGHT TRANSFER - 93 - San Pedro Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Santa Anita
14. SIMBA'S STORY - 93 - Alw 42500N1X - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
16. BIG GRANDPA - 92 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
16. INCLUDE ME OUT - 92 - La Canada Stakes (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - Santa Anita
16. INSPIRED - 92 - Pan Zareta Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Fair Grounds
16. LEAVE OF ABSENCE - 92 - OC 35k/N3L -N - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
16. QUINTONS DESTINY - 92 - Clm c-(25-22.5)N2L - 6 Furlongs - Santa Anita
21. ABSINTHE MINDED - 91 - Pippin Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Oaklawn
21. BELIEVE YOU CAN - 91 - Silverbulletday Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Fair Grounds
21. GLEAMING - 91 - American Beauty Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Oaklawn
21. MR. BOSSY PANTS - 91 - Clm c-(32-28) - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Santa Anita
21. TONTO FONTENOT - 91 - Clm 25000(25-20)N3L - 1 1/16 Miles - Fair Grounds
*FRUMIOUS' lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.
*ANTELOPE RIDGE was claimed for $5,000 by trainer Rusty Hellman from Chris Richard.
*CHIEF OF AFFAIRS was claimed for $35,000 by trainer Brad Cox from Bret Calhoun.
*QUINTONS DESTINY was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Janet Armstrong from Mike Mitchell.
*MR. BOSSY PANTS was claimed for $32,000 by trainer Robertino Diodoro from Mike Mitchell.
DAN LOVE YOUR BLOG. IN THE MID TO LATE 1970s GLEN HILD TRAINED A FILLY NAMED SHARKS JAWS ON THE EAST COAST. SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A MIX-UP AND THE WRONG HORSE RAN IN A RACE BECAUSE THE GROOM SWITCHED STALLS OF WHILE TAKING HORSES OFF THE HOTWALKING MACHINE AT KEYSTONE RACETRACK. BOTH HORSES LOOKED SIMILAR AND NEITHER HAD A LIP TATOO.SHARKS JAWS WENT ON TO BE A STAKES WINNER AND I THINK SHE PRODUCED A NICE RUNNER AS A BROODMARE, BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER ITS NAME. CAN YOU HELP ME OUT.
THANKS JIM M.
Shark's Jaws produced a few blacktype earners. Her foal of 1979, Wyetown (by Al Hattab), finished third in the Icecapade Stakes at Delaware (lifetime record of 113-18-12-14, $108,872). Two years later, she foaled Raja's Shark (by Raja Baba), a gelding that went on to win the Grade 3 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont and Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap at Aqueduct (lifetime record of 45-13-11-11, $673,977). Her foal of 1990, With a Wink, won the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap (20-6-0-4, $233,880).
With a Wink has also done well as a broodmare, foaling multiple stakes-winner Jena Jena (14-6-2-2, $272,888), stakes-winner Up Like Thunder (9-2-2-0, $113,202) and stakes-winner Win With a Wink (7-3-0-0, $126,380).
Dan, can you post pp's for Lotta Kim?
Lotta Kim's past performances are available at the bottom of this blog posting. She, of course, is best known as the dam of Rachel Alexandra.
Came Home a son of Gone West won the 10f Pacific Classic as a 3yr old over a dirt main track I think . I admit I could be wrong about that, buttZ... I don't think so ? LSD what can you tell us about the surface Came Home won the Pacific Classic over ??
Came Home only raced on dirt in his career.
Congrats to Curt V. for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise. Let's go with Thursday's sixth race at Santa Anita for this week's event.
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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.
Annie Thank you for the information and words of encouragement during these times of high anxiety. I'm actually glad to hear that they are taking their time with him (Currency Swap). Dick W
Dan / All, Apologies for my 4th post in 12 hours. but can someone please explain an oddity in the ENTRIES pages. Race 1 at Aqueduct is shown as a Claiming race (Claims $15,000). But the Purse Value is shown in £s, not Dollars, as are the claim figures against each horse. This is repeated in other races. Am I dreaming (and I have NOT been to the Pub), or have the Brits bought the DRF? Best Regards - Bernard Downes
HG268: Congrats to Ski and an interesting race. I usually do not like the rail in 7f races, but I O'Neill's numbers are good and his running style fits. I also like the 8 who is logical. I will use the 3,5,7, and 9 to fill out my wagers: $20 ex box 1,8; $3 Tri PW 1,8/1,8/3,5,7,9; $3 Tri PW 1,8/3,5,7,9/1,8; $1 Sup PW 1,8/1,8/3,9/3,9. Good luck everyone.
268 15 trifecta 5-8/5-8/139 .10 super 5-8/5-8/1-3-9/1-3-9 .10 super 5-8/5-8/1-9/1-9 5 Tummel--Race at SA was really nice in October 8 Visible Marq--Baffert maiden rounding into form Allan
A few thoughts....now i know we have a few astute hc's here, their wanting to give themselve's the best chance to win. Now, my well bred speed horse, who's dropping down, got an up and coming jock, and sneaky good trainer, pops the gate and wires the field......wow great HC. Now, my same horse, breaks two steps slow, never gets lead, and is done at the quater pole.... wow bad HC. I can HC my azz off, but if the horse is pinched back, carried five wide, don't like the track... is that bad HC, or bad luck? We use the best tool's, ths best information, are best knowledge, and then hope for the best. Is there luck in horseracing? Yea.....and alot of it. So we lose alot more race's than we win, is that bad HC or bad luck? Sometimes alittle of both. But when that seam opens up and my horse win's by a nose, is that good HC, or good luck? Sometimes a little of both. Have a lucky day.
SR Vegas, Thanks. It's always good to get props from my original "blogging buddy." In fact, since you have not taken the Facebook plunge, twitter would be the perfect spot for you to get your feet wet because it is less time consuming and you can stay up to date on the latest breaking news and follow your favorite personalities - in general or in the horse racing world.
"I rarely miss a viewing of O'Reilly..& especially Miller..." i'm always amazed that people still think miller is funny - (now that he's a bitter old suburban dad.) once upon a time he was mentioned, and rightly so, right up there with greats like Kinison and Hicks, but alas, somehow, once funny people turn republican, well, it all kind of goes away... oh well, he does, somehow, although not in any measurably funny way, make an appropriate foil for Monsieur Colbert's big Papa Bear. inglvid rogues (I kid you not, although after one captcha switcheroo)
HG I think Congrats Ski will out break the field and set a blistering pace and go wire to wire. I like Baffert's animal to run a good second closing into that speed for a nice exacta HG 100 ex 9/8
HG 268: $50 Exacta Box: 1-7. Both Midnight Con and Charley Company have the speed, and both have finished within a length of the winner. Good luck to all!!!
HG 268 Revise Just realized had the 5 and 7 horses backwards in my analysis and wagers. Please change my plays to. $12 Ex 3/5=$12 $4 Ex 3/1,7,8=$12 $12 Ex 5/3=$12 $4 Ex 5/1,7,8=$12 $2 Tri Key 3/1,5,7,8=$24 $2 Tri Key 5/1,3,7,8=$24 Just in case that I should have chosen the 8 instead of the 5. $2 Tri 3,8/3,8/5= $4