07/23/2008 6:02PM

Opening Day - Spa, Filly Beyers, Bob Black Jack


Do you know what beyer figure Oconee got for his maiden win on Saturday? He ran faster than Southern Exchange did the day before, and everyone seems to hold Southern Exchange in high regard. Also, whats the highest beyer figure for a 2yo so far this year?

Oconee earned a 72 Beyer for his maiden win at Woodbine on July 20.  Southern Exchange is undefeated in three starts, and that one received an 87 Beyer winning the Colin at Woodbine on July 19. 
Notonthesamepage, the likely favorite in tomorrow's Sanford Stakes at Saratoga, holds the high Beyer for two-year-olds.  He received a 104 speed figure winning his second start at Churchill Downs on April 30. 


Topic: Best Beyers by fillies and mares. I have a partial list of certain fillies and mares, but want to know if anyone else remembers others.
1. Princess Rooney- 120 Beyer for 1984 BC Distaff.
1. Xtra Heat- 120 for Sweetn'Sassy(Delaware,ungraded)
1.(?) Mariah's Storm- I think she got a 120 winning the 95' Turfway Breeders Cup by 5 over Serena's Song.
1.(?) Go For Wand- 120(?) in either or both the Test and Alalbama.
5. Miesque- 119. 88' BC Mile.
5. Inside Information- 119. 95' BC Distaff.
5. Hidden Lake- 119. 97' Hempstead.
5. Akinemod- a 118 or 119 when winning the 90' El Encino by 18 lengths!
5.(?) Go For Wand- 119(?). I believe she earned a 119 when winning the 90' Beldame by nearly 5 in 1:45 and 4 (just 2/5ths off Secretariat's track record). The day before Fly So Free won the Champagne in 1:35 and 3(translates to 1:48 and 3 for 1mile and eighth which would be 15 lengths slower than Go For Wand), Meadow Star won the Frizette in 1:35 and 2, and Flying Continental took the Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2:00 and 3 for a 117 Beyer. Projecting Go For Wand's time to 10 furlongs, it would be around 1:59 and 2 (13 and 3 last eighth). Of course track conditions can change from one day to another, but it's a good approximation.
10. Xtra Heat. 118. 01' BC Sprint.

Here are the highest filly Beyers by individual categories:

Two-year-old fillies:   
Chilukki - 109 (career debut - she would earn a 110 later in her career)
Silent Sighs - 107
Tempera - 107
You - 107
Olympic Charmer - 107

3-year-old fillies:
Xtra Heat - 120
Xtra Heat - 118
Xtra Heat - 117

Xtra Heat - 120
Xtra Heat - 118  (lost Breeders' Cup)
Xtra Heat - 117

I don't have numbers pre-1992  so I can't verify Princess Rooney, Go for Wand, or Miesque, etc.

Other notable filly Beyers:
Jewel Princess got a 116 in the Vanity (twice received 114)
Banks Hill received a 112 in the Filly and Mare Turf. 
Ridgewood Pearl took home a 114 in the Breeders' Cup Mile. 


I've been looking for info on Bob Black Jack, and finally found some on your site (thank you!), but it has me asking more questions-sitting a horse for almost 8 months for a minor cut? I was hoping to see the fastest horse in the world in this year's B. Cup Sprint. Got any additional info?
Kevin Morris

From Steve Andersen's DRF column posted on June 6:

"Bob Black Jack, the world-record holder at six furlongs who was 16th in the Kentucky Derby on May 3, has been turned out after failing to train well in recent weeks, trainer James Kasparoff said Friday.
Bob Black Jack will be given three months off with the intention of a return for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, Kasparoff said.
"I breezed him on Sunday, and I didn't like the way he came back," Kasparoff said Friday. "He'd lost some weight with the Kentucky deal. I wasn't happy with the horse. I thought the time off would be the way to go. I had to send him to the farm a couple of days ago."
Kasparoff said that Bob Black Jack was not injured.
"It's preventative maintenance," he said. "There is no injury. I felt like it was time for it. We'll try to focus on bringing him back in the Malibu."
Bob Black Jack set the pace to the final turn in the Kentucky Derby before fading from contention. After the Kentucky Derby, Kasparoff said the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood on June 15 was a goal.
Owned by Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff, Bob Black Jack has won 3 of 8 starts and $442,925. He set a six-furlong world record of 1:06.53 in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Santa Anita in January and later finished second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.
Bob Black Jack's defection makes him the second major 3-year-old to be pulled out of training in California this week. Trainer Craig Dollase said on Wednesday that El Gato Malo, a three-time stakes winner, is out until the fall because of "wear and tear.""


Excellent picks by some of our FormBloggers today!

Talk to you soon,


Big Red More than 1 year ago
Top 10 Horses of the last 20 years: 1. Ghostzapper 2. Curlin 3. Cigar 4. Inside Information 5. Skip Away
Kevin Collins More than 1 year ago
Can someone please post the race by race past performances for champion mare "Inside Information" -Thanks!
Phil More than 1 year ago
How could anyone not get a little sentimental after looking back on Evening Attire's incredible career? Look at his third career race... the 1/1 (DH)/3 finishers are all top SIRES and he's out there still doing it! GO EA!
C More than 1 year ago
I'm standing against Wait A While in the Diana. She just returned to training last month after a bad knee injury. She's 2-for-2 at Saratoga, but this is a totally different situation compared to past years. She's a terrible favorite to me. I have to use Lady Dingby, who may have turned the corner. Will not ignore Criminologist, Rutherienne, or Vacare in the P4 either. In the Vanderbilt, the mere presence of Black Seventeen (and Gryder) here implies he may be over his foot problems. He could win this. Abraaj may get a nice setup if the speedy, but green, Sammarco can push Bustin Stones beyond his limits. Bustin Stones is a good one, but he's no single for me today. Ginger Punch is just better than these. Copper State ran a very game second to Unbridled Belle last time and could offer some value underneath or as a P4 alternate. May use Inside Passage and Runway Rosie in the same capacity. I just hate eating chalk in any leg of these huge P4 pools at Saratoga. The Whitney is totally wide-open, in my opinion. Honestly, I don't think it's a very strong field. I'm going pretty deep here.
larryk More than 1 year ago
slewofdamascus: No need to apologize. Its nice to see the passion you have for the game come out. That Oneunion was all game. And I liked the HF runner as well. But, I was looking more at the horses that ran b 4 and not the chalk. The 12 made a big move and then flattened out. It was a good race just like the feature.
scianc22 More than 1 year ago
Alan, Here are my Picks. I cant belive I have go to work tommorow:( But at least its Time and a half. Diana: Chestoria Vanderbilt: Thor's Echo. Sorry Steve V. but I dont want to jinx your horse. I hope he wins. Go for Wand: Moon Catcher. Id rather lose $4 then win .40. Whitney: Grasshopper I really like Chestoria in the Diana at a huge price. I know she is stepping up but she has improved with every start this year. I think there are a lot of question marks with the favs in this race, especially with the possible soft turf. So Im going to take a stab here and Play Chestoria WP with Rutherienne, Vacare, and Bit of Whimsey. If she happens to win, take a small amount of your winnings and bet my good friend's harness horse Chronicle Hanover in the 13th race at the Meadowlands tonight. He is in post 1 and is 15-1. Hey you never know, you know.
Steve T More than 1 year ago
Alan's Contest Picks: Diana - Chestoria Vanderbilt - Bustin Stones Go for Wand - Copper State Whitney - Rising Moon
RobertSD More than 1 year ago
Speaking of jockeys. I have one major criticism of young jockey Joe Talamo -- he can't rate a speed horse on the turf when I need it ever -- a prime example was DMR R6 today with California Flag. He opens up on the field going a mile on turf with ridiculous fractions of 21.07 44.54 1:09.45 -- and he was still involved in deep stretch after those suicidal fractions. If he simply gets 22 change 45 change it may well have been a totally different outcome. It's not like he was on Relaunch! I have seen him lose control of many a front runner on the turf and unfortunately today it involved my runner. I don't like when they strangle a horse but I have seen him make this same mistake just too many times for my taste. Any thoughts? - RobertSD
laura More than 1 year ago
Ivan, It isn't so much the time or the speed figure that Desert Party received, it's how he won the race. He was blocked in and had to steady. He didn't get rank or spit the bit when he was steadied, didn't mind mud in his face and showed the bravery and maturity of an older horse to come through on the inside to win.
Steve T More than 1 year ago
PGM (1981) and Slew (1964) - come talk to me when that first number starts with a "5". Uncle Steve (1955) P.S. I would send a copy of my birth certificate but clay tablets don't scan well. P.S.S Anyone who was born in 1990 - would you please keep it to yourself, I am getting older by the minute. Where's my damn nurse? It's time for my medication (and a nap).