05/27/2015 12:11PM

Red Vine blooming on dirt

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RED VINE certainly hasn't eclipsed his stablemate, TONALIST, just yet, but the 5-year-old bay continues to move forward in his "second career" as a dirt performer.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Red Vine made it 3 for 3 on the main track with a workmanlike victory in last Saturday's $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes traveling 1 Mile and 70 Yards at Monmouth.

Ridden by Joe Bravo, who earlier on the card became the 31st rider in history to win 5,000 career races, favored Red Vine took a light bump coming out of the gate in the field of five. Arguably, Bravo won the race going into the first turn as he eased Red Vine back from in between rivals and settled into a comfortable spot tracking the pace along the rail.

Up front, the hard-knocking Grade 2 winner VALID set legitimate fractions of 23.17 and 46.22. After six furlongs in 1:10.08, Bravo eased Red Vine off the inside and set sail after the pacesetter. Red Vine showed good agility on the turn, collared Valid turning for home and drew off to a comfortable two-length victory. Red Vine completed the distance in 1:40.51 and received a career-best 106 Beyer Speed Figure.

"I had a beautiful trip," Bravo told track publicity after the Majestic Light. "Christophe (trainer Clement) told me this morning to just guide the horse into a good position and he will do the rest. All I had to do was be a passenger and the horse answered the call when I asked. He keeps on improving with each start.”

Bred by Alastar Thoroughbred Co., Red Vine was foaled in Kentucky on March 13, 2010. By the undefeated multiple Grade/Group 1 winner Candy Ride (123 Beyer when hammering Medaglia d'Oro in the Pacific Classic on dirt at Del Mar in 2003), Red Vine sold for $200,000 as a yearling, and was a $290,000 RNA the following spring at Fasig-Tipton.

Considering the pedigree, it isn't a surprise that the connections raced Red Vine exclusively on turf at the beginning of his career. The dam, Murky Creek (by Storm Creek), won twice on grass and is a half-sister to millionaire Fort Prado, a multiple Grade 3 winner routing on the lawn. The second dam, Fort Pond (by Fortunate Prospect), was a stakes-winner on turf and dirt at five furlongs.

While Red Vine was no slouch on turf - he received a 99 Beyer Speed Figure when second in an 'n2x' optional claimer at Belmont last spring - he was more of a nibbler that was having trouble getting through his conditions. When an optional claiming event at Aqueduct was washed off the grass on December 4, Clement allowed Red Vine to compete on dirt and the horse showed a new killer instinct. He handled that field without much fuss, and then beat the solid KID CRUZ in Red Vine's seasonal debut at the Big A on April Fool's Day.

Considering Red Vine's recent string of successful efforts, it's hard to imagine him even looking at the turf for the near future. A race like the Grade 3 Salvator Mile Stakes at Monmouth on July 5 is one possibility for his next assignment.

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Here are the top WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 5/19 - 5/25:

1. RED VINE - 106 - Majestic Light Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 23May15-11MTH
2. LEDOLOL - 105 - OC 62k/C - 7 Furlongs - 21May15-7GP
3. ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR - 102 - Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 24May15-3SA
4. BOBCAT JIM - 100 - Ed Skinner Memorial Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 23May15-8PRM
5. MAJESTIC CITY - 99 - Lone Star Park Handicap (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 25May15-9LS
6. BIRDLOVER (GB) - 98 - Mizdirection Stakes - About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 22May15-7SA
6. DISTINCTIV PASSION - 98 - Los Angeles Stakes (G3) - 6 Furlongs - 25May15-3SA
6. G. G. RYDER - 98 - All American Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Tapeta) - 25May15-8GG
6. LUBASH - 98 - Kingston Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 25May15-8BEL
6. RELOAD - 98 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 22May15-8BEL
11. ROOM FOR ME - 97 - OC 100k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - 24May15-3BEL
11. STACKED DECK - 97 - OC 80k/C -N - 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 22May15-7WO
13. DONITA'S RULER - 95 - My Juliet Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 23May15-8PRX
13. EMPIRE DREAMS - 95 - Commentator Stakes - 1 Mile - 25May15-3BEL
13. KENZADARGENT (FR) - 95 - Miss Liberty Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 25May15-10MTH
16. AMMAROO - 94 - OC 30k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - 21May15-8PRM
16. SKY TREASURE - 94 - Nassau Stakes (G2-C) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 23May15-8WO
18. DYNAMIC STRIKE - 93 - OC 32k/N3X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 23May15-9PIM
18. EL SEVENTYSEVEN - 93 - Honor the Hero Stakes - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 25May15-7CBY
18. HARD NOT TO LIKE - 93 - Gamely Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 25May15-8SA
21. ATOMIC RULE - 92 - Clm 40000(40-35) - 1 1/16 Miles (Tapeta) - 22May15-6GG
21. IRON FIST - 92 - Md Sp Wt 57k - 1 Mile - 25May15-5SA
21. MORNING CALM - 92 - Raymond Earl Stakes - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 25May15-6GP
21. POINT PIPER - 92 - Alw 22000N3L - 1 Mile - 25May15-8LS
25. BAGG O'DAY - 91 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 22May15-7CD
25. BARREL OF LOVE - 91 - OC c-40k/N2X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 20May15-8BEL
25. CANDY WALTZ - 91 - DnKMemrial30k - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 23May15-6IND
25. HAZARDS OF LOVE - 91 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 1/8 Miles - 24May15-8CD
25. HEY PRETTY BOY - 91 - Clm c-5000B - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 25May15-4AP
25. SEA SHADOW - 91 - Winter Melody Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 20May15-8DEL
25. THE TRUTH OR ELSE - 91 - OC 80k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 22May15-7BEL

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

*BARREL OF LOVE was claimed for $40,000 by trainer Diane Balsamo from Chad Brown.

*HEY PRETTY BOY was claimed for $5,000 by trainer John Haran from Larry Rivelli.

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Norm,
I sent a file to Dan to post that shows the track layout of Gulfstream and Churchill side-by-side (from the Breeders Cup website). It is pretty apparent how much tighter CD is than GP when you look at them next to each other. Which makes sense because GP is a 9F track with an 898' stretch (90' width) and Churchill is a one mile track with a 1234.5' stretch (80' width).
Steve T

That file is available at the bottom of this blog post.

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Let's go with Saturday's Californian from Santa Anita for this week's exercise.

PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.

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HG 2014
The speed in this race goes to  horses # 1, 4 ,6 ..Ennie , Meenie, and Mo
Since it's a sprint I don't see any closers catching them.. like # 9 Miney.
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HG wager
50$ Ex box 1-6
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Harpo
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