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,