12/21/2009 7:17PM

Mr. Baffert's Loaded...Stymie, Saratoga Winning Posts

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We all know about Bob Baffert's Lookin At Lucky, the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby after cementing his status as 2009's best juvenile in Saturday's CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, but Baffert unveiled a couple of other interesting prospects last week. 

Tiz Chrome, a son of Tiznow out of a half-sister to Grade 1 turf winner Designed for Luck (109 Beyer Speed Figure in Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile), made it 2-2 after a 97 Beyer score in the restricted Stuka Stakes going 6 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood on December 19. 
A $9,000 RNA as a yearling, Tiz Chrome was purchased privately after winning his career debut at Churchill Downs on November 1 for trainer Allen Crupper. 
In his first start for Team Baffert, Tiz Chrome tracked the early leader from the two path, made a three-wide bid midway on the far turn, and it was soon all over.  The striking bay with a big white blaze accelerated away from his rivals in the stretch to win by four lengths under Garrett Gomez. 
The dam, a $250,000 yearling purchase by Woodman, earned her only career victory at one mile at Arlington Park.  Her dam, Fantastic Look (by Green Dancer), won the Grade 1 Fantasy Stakes in 1989.  Third dam Fantastic Girl (by Riva Ridge) was a stakes-winner as well.
You never know until they try, but Tiz Chrome's pedigree whispers that the horse may appreciate longer distances. 

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Tiz Chrome handles Cushion Track just fine in the Stuka
(Benoit Photo)
 
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Baffert also sent out a sharp debut winner named Clutch Player.  The son of Malibu Moon sold for $170,000 as a yearling, and for the exact same amount at Fasig-Tipton over the spring.  His second dam, Alcovy (by Salutely), won a pair of Grade 3 races en route to earnings of almost $900,000. 
Clutch Player broke sharply under Martin Garcia, cleared to the lead and the rail after a quarter-mile, and was never threatened.  He completed the six furlongs in 1:08.91.

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Lookin At Lucky nailed down the 2-year-old Eclipse in the CashCall Futurity, but the Beyer was light, and future book players must ask whether he's worth the short price considering his lack of synthetic experience.  He is a good, good juvenile, but this was the slowest CashCall Futurity since Beyers were given to the race in 1992 (highest Afternoon Deelites, 111; previous low PioneeroftheNile, 86). 
Noble's Promise ran well despite losing ground on both turns, but additional distance may be too much for him to handle considering his pedigree (Cuvee out of a Clever Trick mare).

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Lookin At Lucky gives another professional performance in the CashCall Futurity
(Benoit Photo)

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Blind Luck may have been a little bit late to make her final lead switch in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet on Sunday, but it didn't matter.  She put the boots to her field turning for home, and poured it on to win by seven lengths with a career-high 93 Beyer Speed Figure. 

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Blind Luck romps in the Hollywood Starlet
(Benoit Photos)
 
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Speaking of two-year-olds, here are the latest future odds from Lucky's:

Download Lucky'sFutures
 



Here are the top 25 winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's racing action:

Here are the lifetime past performances for last week's top Beyer earner:

Download Country Day

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Hi Dan,
Could you post the lifetime pps of Stymie, the "working class hero" whose money record broke Big Cy in the Hollywood Gold Cup, I have read he was classy and have a lot of stamina and ran 135 times!!!
Thank you a lot!
Jose Iglesias Garcia

Here are the lifetime past performances of Stymie, voted Best Handicap Horse of 1945:

Download Stymie

Let's go back through the pages of the 1945 American Racing Manual, and look at the description of Stymie:

"The season's premier stayer, this grandson of the immortal Equipoise, a line-bred Domino, with a double cross to Man o' War and another to Broomstick, may be described as an intensified specimen of inbreeding the three great American lines of blood - and his performances as the perfect answer to the contention that we must seek foreign ones to strengthen (?) them.   Individually, he lives up to the same standard.  It is, therefore, no wonder that in 1945 he posted a new world's record for money-winnings by a four-year-old, though the mark he was asked to beat had been set by no less a horse than Whirlaway."

"The story of Stymie - bred in Texas by the Great King Ranch and by its young stallion, Equestrian, out of Stop Watch, by On Watch, with both his paternal and maternal grandams by Man o' War - has become familiar.  How he was raced in his breeders' colors with little success several times, then tossed into a selling race at a price of $1,500 and bought by trainer Hirsch Jacobs, in whose wife's name he has since been campaigned."

"Not all 'story-book horses,' and he is among the most notable, have in their personalities fitly illustrated their strange careers, but of Stymie that cannot be said.  On the contrary, when he stands in the winner's enclosure after one of his sensational finishes, his appearance matches his achievement."

"His lines are those of the typical stayer.  At a glance they reveal the fact that sprinting never was his forte.  They are those of an organism constructed for flights long-sustained, over great distances, and with speed not sudden and as suddenly exhausted but, beginning slowly, that increases as the miles are covered to close with cyclonic irresistibility, as one after another of his opponents are cut down with remorseless strides."

"Bred as he is, Stymie could not help being a chestnut and of a handsome shade, with considerable red in its pigmentation, yet with blonde fringes in his mane and tail.  His only mark is an irregular and somewhat undecided blaze in his face, reminding one of that of his grandsire, the 'Chocolate Soldier.'"

"His head is of striking beauty, rather small for a horse of his size, very lean and clean and blood-like.  His neck is long and equally clean and blood-like, his shoulder magnificent, breast both broad and deep, barrel rather long and slim, but very round.  Over the hips he is Equipoise over again; his quarters are not particularly powerful, but his stifles immensely so.  His limbs are slender, their extremities evern daintily chiseled and their investiture of muscle and tendon slim and light.  He is, in short, as one studies him with critical appreciation, the very beau-ideal of the Cup horse."

stymie's news from the "Summary of 1945 Turf News" in the 1946 ARM:

May 29 - Mrs. E. D. Jacobs' Stymie wins the feature race at Jamaica, the Rancocas Graded Handicap

June 16 - Greentree Stable's Devil Diver breaks first and sails under the wire first in the fifty-ninth renewal of the mile and a quarter Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.  Mrs. E. D. Jacobs' Stymie is second by a neck over William Helis' Olympic Zenith.  Great Rush completed the field. 

July 4 - Mrs. E. D. Jacobs' Stymie stymies the highly regarded Devil Diver and seven other handicap stars to win Aqueduct's mile and a quarter Brooklyn Handicap run at Belmont Park and earns $39,120 for his owner. 

July 28 - Mrs. Ethel D. Jacob's Stymie captures his third important stake race of the year, the Butler Handicap, run at Jamaica.  Mrs. E. Mulrenan's First Fiddle is second and William Helis' Rounders is third. 

August 15 - Trymenow, coupled with Pavot, is an easy victor in Saratoga's Whitney Stakes, run at Belmont Park.  Pavot is second and Stymie third in the mile and a quarter run. 

August 18 - William Helis' Olympic Zenith scores the most important victory of his career in the $50,000 added Saratoga Handicap, run at Belmont Park...The Helis colorbearer, away next to last, slips past First Fiddle, Ariel Flight, Megogo, Bright Gallant, Stymie and four other top-flight handicap stars to win the Saratoga by two solid lengths. 

August 25 - Stymie breezes to a three-length triumph in the sixty-fifth session of the $25,000 added mile and six furlongs Saratoga Cup.

September 27 - Pot o' Luck scintillates in this year's two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup. The Calumet colorbearer holds his own down Belmont Park's long stretch to gain a nose decision over Havahome Stable's Eurasian.  Stymie, Isology, Bankrupt and Aera are strung out from 6 to 23 lengths behind the two charging leaders.

November 3 - Stymie, last away in the mile and three-sixteenths Westchester Handicap at Jamaica, closes in whirlwind fashion to nip the pacesetter, Buzfuz, at the wire and earn $38,735 for his effort.  It is Stymie's third $50,000 added purse victory of the season.

November 17 - Calumet Farm's Armed is easily the best in this year's running of the Pimlico Special.  First Fiddle is second, Stymie is third and Gallorette is fourth.  War Date, Polynesian and Pot o' Luck complete the field, largest in the nine runnings of the famed international feature. 

November 24 - Stymie, running last at the half mile, comes on to win a narrow decision over First Fiddle in the $25,000 added Riggs Handicap, second feature of the day at Pimlico.

November 30 - In the second feature of the closing day of the highly successful Pimlico meeting, Mrs. E. D. Jacob's Stymie becomes a contender for the handicap honors of the year when he scores an eight-length victory in the two and one-half mile Pimlico Cup Handicap under 128 pounds over a track that is heavy and holding.  Calumet Farm's Pot o' Luck is runner-up, and Walter M. Jefford's Trymenow is third. 

Of the thirty votes for Best Handicap Horse of 1945, Stymie earned 13 to Armed's 6, Devil Diver's 4, First Fiddle's 3, Busher's 2, and Thumbs Up's 2.

Here's is Stymie's page from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame:

http://www.racingmuseum.org/hall/horse.asp?ID=142

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dan, i know im way of base here but during this lull of racing i have time to upgrade my tool box so dan if you would please give me the  results of this years post positions @ saratoga
  dirt sprints
 dirt routes
  turf sprints
 turf routes
thank you again dan & happy holidays to you & yours...
$bill

Let's break down the post positions at the 2009 Saratoga meet:

Dirt Sprints:

1.  20-161 (12%)
2.  19-161 (12%)
3.  18-161 (11%)
4.  17-160 (11%)
5.  20-160 (13%)
6.  18-152 (12%)
7.  21-132 (16%)
8.  13-100 (13%)
9. 8-64  (13%)
10.   4-36  (11%)
11.   3-19  (16%)
12.   0-7   (0%)
13.   0-1   (0%)
14.   0-1   (0%)

Dirt Routes:

1.  8-40 (20%)
2.  6-40 (15%)
3.  5-40 (13%)
4.  5-40 (13%)
5.  5-39 (13%)
6.  5-35 (14%)
7.  5-28 (18%)
8.  1-15  (7%)
9.   0-7   (0%)
10. 0-3   (0%)
11  0-1   (0%)

Turf Sprints (sprints conducted on Mellon Turf course only)

1.  1-43  (2%)
2.  6-43 (14%)
3.  2-43  (5%)
4.  8-43 (19%)
5.  5-43 (12%)
6.  8-43 (19%)
7.  2-40  (5%)
8.  3-37  (8%)
9.  3-31 (10%)
10. 2-19 (11%)
11. 3-10 (30%)
12. 0-5   (0%)

Turf Routes (Mellon Turf)

1.  5-41 (12%)
2.  4-41 (10%)
3.  6-41 (15%)
4.  2-41  (5%)
5.  4-41 (10%)
6.  6-41 (15%)
7.  3-40  (8%)
8.  5-35 (14%)
9.  3-32  (9%)
10. 2-18 (11%)
11. 1-6  (17%)
12. 0-4   (0%)

Turf Routes (Inner Turf)

1.  3-74   (4%)
2.  16-74 (22%)
3.  9-74  (12%)
4.  10-74 (12%)
5.  7-74   (9%)
6.  11-74 (15%)
7.  5-72   (7%)
8.  2-70   (3%)
9.  6-60  (10%)
10. 5-37  (14%)
11.  0-3   (0%)
12.  0-2   (0%)

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Congrats to kelley_belles for finishing first in last week's HG contest.  I believe we should choose a Wednesday race if possible so post one to the blog when you get a chance.