05/29/2013 4:14PM

Obviously, Souper Speedy, Joyeuse

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Very quietly, OBVIOUSLY has emerged as one of the better turf milers. 

The 5-year-old Irish bred gelding took the Del Mar Mile and Arroyo Seco Mile in successive starts last year before acquitting himself nicely in an excellent renewal of the Breeders' Cup Mile.  In the Breeders' Cup, Obviously finished third, directly behind Horse of the Year WISE DAN and Kentucky Derby winner ANIMAL KINGDOM. 

Although beaten in his seasonal debut, the Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes going down the hill at 6 1/2 furlongs, he ran very well that afternoon.  He broke poorly, rushed up to set a quick pace, and battled very gamely all the way to the wire. 

He had a much easier time of it on the lead in last week's Grade 2 American Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.  Rated on an easy early advantage by Joe Talamo, Obviously dusted his overmatched rivals when the real racing began. 

Obviously only knows one way to go and that is to go as fast as he can for as far as he can.  Whether he's up to defeating Wise Dan later in the year is another question entirely, but Obviously looks to be back in his best form for trainer Mike Mitchell.  The $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on June 29 looks to be next for Obviously, a runner that has earned triple-digit Beyers in all five route outings.

The runner-up in the American, LUCAYAN, should improve if he tackles Obviously in the Shoemaker.  Last year's upset winner of the French 2000 Guineas, Lucayan was making his North American, and seasonal, debut for trainer Neil Drysdale.  He wasn't helped when Obviously made his own pace, but ran on well for second under Julien Leparoux.

*He looks like a completely different performer than his half-brother, the long-winded Brilliant Speed, but SOUPER SPEEDY may finally be living up to his potential.  Plagued by injuries throughout his career, the 4-year-old finally broke through his first allowance condition with an authoritative sprint score at Belmont.  Although second in the nine-furlong Remsen as a 2-year-old, Souper Speedy may be more of a sprinter/miler and seems primed for a stakes outing in the near future.

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*STAKES HORSES ON THE WORKTAB:

*May 29:
Multiple G1 winner EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE, unraced since 4th in Hollywood Starlet on 12/8 (quarter cracks), worked 4F in 49.00 (20/41) at BHP.

Stakes winner FURY KAPCORI, unraced since 2nd in G1 CashCall Futurity on 12/15 (knee surgery), worked 3F in 37.00 at Golden Gate (1/2).

Grade 2 winner BIG BAND SOUND, unraced since 5th in Mt Sassafras on 10/27/12 (injured), breezed 5F in 1:02.20 at Woodbine (16/33).

*May 27:
Grade 1 winner VERRAZANO, unraced since tasting defeat for the first time in the Kentucky Derby, breezed four furlongs in 48.06 over the Belmont training track (7/69).

3-year-old Grade 3 turf winner RYDILLUC, unraced since 4th in the Blue Grass (bruised foot), breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02.57 around the dogs on the Belmont inner turf course (5/6). Scheduled to compete in the $500,000 Penn Mile on Saturday.

3-year-old Grade 1 winner JOHA, unraced since ninth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club on November 24 (undisclosed), breezed three furlongs in 38.50 at Belmont (25/34).

*May 26:
3-year-old stakes winner TIZ A MINISTER, unraced since third in the Snow Chief Stakes  on April 27 (bruised foot), worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 at Betfair Hollywood (4/11)

6-year-old RILEY RIPASSO, unraced since winning the With Approval Stakes on August 13, 2011, breezed four furlongs in 50.40 over the Woodbine turf training course (19/19).

Multiple Grade 1 winner JACKSON BEND, unraced since finishing seventh in the Forego Stakes on September 1 (originally sent to stud after back problems), worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 out of the gate at Calder (1/2).

*May 25:
Grade 1 winner PAYNTER, unraced since winning the Haskell on July 29 due to life-threatening illnesses, worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.20 out of the gate at Betfair Hollywood on May 25.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (5/20/13 - 5/26/13):

1. OBVIOUSLY (Ire.) - 108 - American Handicap (G2) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
2. SOUPER SPEEDY - 104 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 7 Furlongs - Belmont
3. HOGY - 101 - Hanshin Cup Stakes - 1 Mile (Polytrack) - Arlington
4. WARBIRD - 100 - Clm 20000(20-18) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
5. CSABA - 97 - Memorial Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Calder
5. HERBIE D - 97 - John Longden 6000 Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Hastings
5. SPA CITY FEVER - 97 - OC 75k/N3X - 1 Mile - Belmont
8. R S WATSON - 96 - Alw 40000s - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
9. EXCLUSIVE STRIKE - 95 -OC16k/SAL16k - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
9. LOVE TO RUN - 95 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
11. CONCHACER - 94 - Prairie Express Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Prairie Meadows
11. DARK COVE - 94 - Louisville Handicap (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Churchill
11. SOMETHING EXTRA - 94 - Connaught Cup Stakes (G2-C) - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - Woodbine
11. ZUCCHINI FLOWER - 94 - Monmouth Beach Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Monmouth
15. CONTROL TOWER - 93 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 1 Mile (Polytrack) - Arlington
15. DECLAN'S WARRIOR - 93 - Gygistar Stakes - 7 Furlongs - Belmont
15. SWEET MARINI - 93 - Alw 55000N1X - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
18. BEAR ALWAYS - 92 - Alw 5000s - 6 Furlongs - Arapahoe
18. BIG TOWN - 92 - Clm 50000 - 1 1/16 Miles - Churchill
18. CANDYLAND MAN - 92 - Alw 35000N2L - 6 Furlongs - Penn National
18. GHOST IS CLEAR - 92 - Alw 10000s - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill
18. ONEPOINTHREEKARATS - 92 - Winter Melody Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Delaware
18. SAY OW - 92 - Md Sp Wt 52k - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
24. COALPORT - 91 - Alw 40000N2X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
24. MR. BOWLING - 91 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 1/8 Miles - Churchill
24. NIAGARA FALLS - 91 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
24. SCHIAPARELLI - 91 - Great Lady M Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood

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

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When you get the chance, you're definitely going to want to check out the premiere episode of "Racehorse," the latest production from Jessica Pacheco, racing analyst at Arlington Park.  You can find "Racehorse" at the following links:

http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideosblogs/racehorse-video-series

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_iGRV4Iegk

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It was only a maiden race on grass at Lingfield, but JOYEUSE created a stir with her debut win.  Why?  She's a half-sister to the remarkable FRANKEL!  Check our her race at the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSBJO9_-V_c

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Dan, will you please post the top ten beyers ever earned in the Kentucky Derby, the top ten beyers in the Preakness and the top ten beyers ever in the Belmont? Should be interesting. Thanks.
Brandon Layer

Here they are (since 1992):

Kentucky Derby:

1. MONARCHOS (116, 1st, 2001)
2. SILVER CHARM (115, 1st, 1997)
2. CAPTAIN BODGIT (115, 2nd, 1997)
4. WAR EMBLEM (114, 1st, 2002)
5. GO FOR GIN (112, 1st, 1994)
5. GRINDSTONE (112, 1st, 1998)
5. CAVONNIER (112, 2nd, 1998)
8. BARBARO (111, 1st, 2006)
9. FREE HOUSE (110, 3rd, 1997)
9. STREET SENSE (110, 1st, 2007)

Preakness:

1. SILVER CHARM (118, 1st, 1997)
1. SMARTY JONES (118, 1st, 2004)
1. FREE HOUSE (118, 2nd, 1997)
1. CAPTAIN BODGIT (118, 3rd, 1997)
5. TOUCH GOLD (116, 4th, 1997)
6. FUNNY CIDE (114, 1st, 2003)
7. BERNARDINI (113, 1st, 2006)
8. AFLEET ALEX (112, 1st, 2005)
8. LOUIS QUATORZE (112, 1st, 1996)
8. TABASCO CAT (112, 1st, 1994)

Belmont:

1. POINT GIVEN (114, 1st, 2001)
2. A.P. INDY (111, 1st, 1992)
3. EMPIRE MAKER (110, 1st, 2003)
3. TOUCH GOLD (110, 1st, 1997)
3. VICTORY GALLOP (110, 1st, 1998)
3. MY MEMOIRS (GB) (110, 2nd, 1992)
3. PINE BLUFF (110, 3rd, 1992)
3. REAL QUIET (110, 2nd, 1998)
9. LEMON DROP KID (109, 1st, 1999)
9. VISION AND VERSE (109, 2nd, 1999)
9. SILVER CHARM (109, 2nd, 1997)
9. TEN MOST WANTED (109, 2nd, 2003)

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