12/16/2009 4:45PM

Pleasant Storm, etc.

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We talked last week about Northern California's Sourdough Sam as a potential Kentucky Derby prospect.  Let's try to find another diamond in the rough courtesy of Remington Park.

Pleasant Storm made his career debut at Remington in a six-furlong maiden special weight on October 17 and was sent away the 8-1 third betting choice in a field that featured heavily-favored Ninilchik (30 cents to the dollar).  Ridden by Bryan McNeil for trainer Joe Petalino, Pleasant Storm stalked the pace from midpack while saving ground and advanced along the rail entering the turn.  Entering the stretch, McNeil eased Pleasant Storm to the outside and the colt wore down the leaders despite racing on his wrong lead for most of the drive.  The Beyer Speed Figure came back a light 64 but two of the horses Pleasant Storm defeated returned to graduate. 

Pleasant Storm made his first start against winners in the Oklahoma Classics Juvenile Stakes at six furlongs on November 22.  He rated patiently in midpack while the leaders duked it out through fractions of 22.17 and 45.84.  McNeil unleashed Pleasant Storm with a five wide sweep on the turn and the colt made the lead willingly in upper stretch.  He kept his advantage despite showing a bit of greenness - he drifted in once he made the front - but his final lead change seemed smoother and he was going away at the end. 

By the versatile Pleasant Tap, third in the Kentucky Derby in 1990 and a graded stakes winner between seven furlongs and 1 1/4 miles, Pleasant Storm looks like he'll appreciate longer distances. 
The dam, a daughter of Stormin Fever, only raced twice and only in sprints but she won her maiden going six furlongs at Monmouth. 
The third dam, an unraced daughter of Riverman named Burning River, is a full sister to Dowsing, the winner of the Group 1 Vernons Sprint Cup in England.  Burning River is also a half-sister to Fire the Groom, the Beverly D. heroine that produced Group 1 winner, and successful sire, Stravinsky.
Prospector's Fire (by Mr. Prospector) is Pleasant Storm's fourth dam, and she is a half-sister to Florida Derby winner Royal and Regal as well as Jamaica Handicap winner Regal and Royal.  Her dam, Native Street (by Native Dancer), won the 1966 Kentucky Oaks. 
This is not your usual Oklahoma-bred pedigree by any stretch of the imagination. 

A truly thoughtful analysis would mention the negatives.  Pleasant Storm has yet to run a truly fast race.  His Oklahoma Classic win was slower than the respective race for juvenile fillies that afternoon at Remington Park, and the competition was pretty weak.  He'll obviously have to step up his game if he is to prove a legitimate graded stakes horse next year.

Here's what Mary Rampellini wrote about Pleasant Storm in her article posted on drf.com on November 28:

Pleasant Storm remained undefeated in two starts when he closed from 10th to win the $60,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile on Nov. 22. He covered six furlongs in 1:10.80, one start after winning a maiden special weight at the same trip Oct. 17. Both races were at a distance less than optimum for Pleasant Storm.
"He's definitely going to be all two turns," said Joe Petalino, who trains Pleasant Storm. "I'm looking to stretch him out."
Petalino said Pleasant Storm's first distance test could come at Oaklawn. The track's initial route stakes for 3-year-olds is on Jan. 18, with the running of the $100,000 Smarty Jones at a mile. From there, the stakes build to the Arkansas Derby.
Pleasant Storm races for his breeder, Vickie Fixley. He is a son of the Pleasant Colony stallion Pleasant Tap.
"He's so big," Petalino said of Pleasant Storm. "He's almost 18 hands tall. He's a big 2-year-old. He towers me on level ground. I've got to look up at his withers. And he's got such a big stride to him."

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Oh, none more thing. I don't know the mechanics of how horses get on and off the Disabled List, but I noticed Compari is listed there.  Compari starts Wednesday in the 7th race feature at HOL
David H.

Horses are removed from the disabled list once they race back.  You can view the results of horses that once were on the list on the "deleted" portion of the spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet has several different categories with "Disabled horses,"  "Deleted" runners from the past two racing seasons, "Retired" runners, "Deceased" horses, and the "Where are they now" section for horses that seemed to drop off the face of the Earth. 

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Could you post pp's for Exceller, Miesque, and Davona Dale? Also, how do you get the pps? And what are the oldest ones on record? Sorry for all the questions.
charismatic

Here's what I have for the horses you requested:

Download Exceller

Download Davona Dale

Download Miesque

I am able to access the past performances through the DRF database.  I can grab lifetime past performances for horses that raced after the early 1970's as well as older past performances for special cases (champions, etc.).

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Dan,
Please let us know if you hear anything about Sam P. Who knows what could happen to him now.
Annie

From Marty McGee's article posted on drf.com on December 16:

Sam P. was pulled up by jockey Calvin Borel shortly after finishing seventh in the Prairie Bayou Stakes on Saturday at Turfway Park and was vanned off. The 5-year-old horse, however, suffered no injuries whatsoever, according to Buff Bradley, the trainer of Sam P.
"He's back training like a million dollars," Bradley said early Wednesday. "Calvin was just being cautious."
Borel did something virtually identical after a Polytrack race at the Keeneland fall meet with Warrior's Reward, dismounting shortly after the finish before the horse was vanned off. Nothing was found amiss with Warrior's Reward, either.
"I think what happens is sometimes the Polytrack balls up and their action gets a little funny," said Bradley.
Bradley, meanwhile, is headed soon to Gulfstream Park, where he will have 20 horses, including Sam P
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Dan, you're a pedigrie guru.  Have you ever though of breeding horses?  What are some horses you'd like to see bred to one another?
Also, could you post the top 10-20 Beyer speed figures of all time? 
Captain Bodgit

Unfortunately, I don't have the money nor the patience to be a breeder.  Plus, I think I'd get too emotionally attached to my homebreds and wouldn't want to put them through the auction ring.  I guess I'd have to follow the "breed the best to the best and hope for the best" maxim.

Here are the top Beyers since they were published in 1992:

128 - Ghostzapper
126 - Formal Gold
126 - Gentleman
126 - Will's Way
125 - Bertrando
125 - Formal Gold
125 - Skip Away
124 - Artax
124 - Formal Gold
124 - Ghostzapper
124 - Midnight Lute
123 - Aptitude
123 - Artax
123 - Artax
123 - Candy Ride
123 - Commentator
123 - Elusive Quality
123 - Kona Gold
123 - Midway Road
123 - Prospect Bay
123 - Saint Liam

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Dan,
I have yet another favor...
I'm handicapping FG's Saturday's card (in preparation for the NHCQualifier) and I came across Pulpit's Secret in FG2. This 2yo 2ndTS is out of Acorn winner Forest Secrets, the dam of Forest Command. What ever happened to him?  Forest Command last raced at GP in Jan09. You have him on the 'Deleted' DL from his barn injury back in Jun08, but nothing new from '09.
Thanks!!
Alan

Forest Command worked a couple of times during the Spring at Keeneland before going back on the shelf.  I haven't heard of any specific injury and I haven't heard of a retirement so I assume that he's had some problems and is getting some down time.

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Here are the latest Kentucky Derby future odds from Lucky's:

Download Lucky'sFutures

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HG163- $100 win bet on #6
I like M. Cruz staying on this one and look for current form to stay hot as the main reason for this pick.
Thanks Dan
soo sorry i took so long for HG164 but i have selected Race 12 Fairgrounds- Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes looks wide open hope everyone will enjoy this one. Sorry about it being a Sat. race. Thanks Dan and everyone for your patience!
Frankie M @ Toyota

congrats to Frankie M @ Toyota in Texas for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  Here are the past performances for Saturday's race:

Download HG164

Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."  Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualfied.  In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference.

I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's rememember 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 on 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