06/19/2012 1:01PM

Royal Ascot and Royal Delta


Simply fabulous.

*FRANKEL, arguably the world's best racehorse and undoubtedly a superstar, gave an all-world performance in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes going a mile at Royal Ascot earlier Tuesday.  The undefeated son of Galileo, now 11 for 11 in his amazing career, nestled in behind his pacesetter, BULLET TRAIN, while racing in between horses for the first three furlongs before edging out and delivering his patented burst of speed.  In a matter of strides, the race was over.  Frankel scored by 11 lengths with the hard-luck EXCELEBRATION, now beaten five times by the champion, a distant and non-threatening second. 
Frankel's trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, firmly believes that Frankel, who has yet to race at distances longer than a mile, will stay a 10-furlong trip.  Racing fans here in the United States are unlikely to see Frankel in person, however, as Cecil's major goals this season are historic Group 1 races in Europe.

WROTE, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf last season, could only muster a fourteenth-place finish after setting the pace at 33-1 odds in the Group 1 St. James's Palace Stakes.  Favored POWER, winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas in his previous start, had traffic trouble as the beaten favorite.  The race belonged to MOST IMPROVED, a maiden winner that finished fourteenth in his seasonal debut in the French Derby after losing both front shoes.  It is doubtful that any of these 3-year-old milers will threaten Frankel at that trip later this season.

The European sprinters take turns beating one another and punters looking for a stranger were rewarded when Hong Kong's Group 2 winner Little Bridge pulled off the 12-1 upset.  ORTENSIA, the winner of the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup evening, finished ninth as the co-favorite. 

The main event on Wednesday's card at Royal Ascot is the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at 1 1/4 miles.  The American hopeful, BIG BLUE KITTEN is currently listed as a 66-1 chance for trainer Chad Brown.  In his most recent start, Big Blue Kitten finished second to Wise Dan in the Ben Ali Stakes over the Keeneland polytrack.  He'll likely have to run the race of his life to upend the globe-trotting SO YOU THINK, a nine-time Group 1 winner and logical betting favorite. 

Thursday's Group 1 is the Gold Cup for stayers at 20 furlongs.  Defending champion FAME AND GLORY heads the field for O'Brien.  Fillies take center stage in Friday's Coronation Stakes, but the eyes of the racing world will be firmly fixated on BLACK CAVIAR as the Australian flash, 21 for 21 in her career, starts in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at six furlongs. 


*ROYAL DELTA, winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic in 2011, made it back to the winner's circle in style in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.  Last year's champion 3-year-old filly, Royal Delta tracked the leaders before taking command with a sweeping move on the far turn.  Racing the final two furlongs under virtually no urging by Mike Smith, Royal Delta won by eight lengths and received a 110 Beyer. 
"She’s just a monster," Smith told Churchill Downs publicity.  "I could have ridden her backwards today and she still would have won."

The vastly underrated RON THE GREEK, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year, rallied furiously in the stretch to nip a dead-game WISE DAN in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster.  Trained by Bill Mott, who also sent out Royal Delta to her win, Ron the Greek may now be freshened with the Jockey Club Gold Cup a logical prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
"He seems like he's an improving horse and you'd have to say he's one of the top handicap horses in the country," Mott told track publicity after the Foster. 

Wise Dan has nothing to be ashamed of as he chased a solid pace set by NATE'S MINESHAFT and eventually wore that one down only to be pipped on the wire.  Jockey John Velazquez didn't think Wise Dan saw Ron the Greek coming up the rail and that may have made the difference. Wise Dan will likely head to Saratoga for races like the Whitney and Woodward.


*If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  LOVE THEWAY YOUARE had lost 11 stakes races in a row before last Saturday's Vanity Handicap, but owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho kept the faith.  He was rewarded with an upset win as favored INCLUDE ME OUT seemed to hit the wall inside the final furlong. 


Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (6/11/12 - 6/17/12):

1.  ROYAL DELTA - 110 - Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - Churchill
2.  NECK 'N NECK - 102 - Matt Winn Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - Churchill
2.  TURBULENT DESCENT - 102 - Desert Stormer Handicap - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
4.  PEB HUGHES - 100 - OC 16k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Calder
4.  RON THE GREEK - 100 - Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - Churchill
6.  BEN'S CAT - 98 - Parx Dash Handicap - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Parx
6.  MASTER CHEF - 98 - Clm c-(20-18) - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
8.  CAPT. BULLET BOB - 97 - White Oak Handicap - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
8.  HARDSHELL - 97 - OC 10k/N1X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Finger Lakes
8.  LOVE THEWAY YOUARE - 97 - Vanity Handicap (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
8.  R KING OF THE ROAD - 97 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs - Belmont
12. I'LL SHOW THEM - 96 - Shot Of Gold Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Canterbury
12. KEY DECISION (Arg.) - 96 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
12. LOVE AND PRIDE - 96 - Obeah Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Delaware
15. ABDEL'S GHOST - 95 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Calder
16. ASSOCIATE - 94 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Belmont
16. SHRUG - 94 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
16. SILVER MAX - 94 - Oliver Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Indiana
19. CARDIFFBYTHESEA - 93 - Alw 32580N1X - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
19. JOHANNESBURG SMILE - 93 - Lemon Drop Kid Stakes - 1 Mile - Belmont
19. MIDNIGHT MEDIC - 93 - Alw 40795N1X - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle Downs
19. THIRD CHANCE - 93 - Isaac Murphy Handicap - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
19. TIZ RISING - 93 - OC 25k/N1Y - 5 Furlongs - Lone Star
19. UNBRIDLED'S NOTE - 93 - OC 75k/N1X -N - 7 Furlongs - Churchill
25. HOMERUN BERTI - 92 - OC c-50k/N2X - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Churchill
25. INSPIRED - 92 - Fort Monmouth Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Monmouth
25. MAUI MARK - 92 - Hcp 20000s - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
25. TURBO COMPRESSOR - 92 - Colonial Turf Cup - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - Colonial

*ROYAL DELTA'S lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*MASTER CHEF was claimed for $20,000 by trainer Mark Glatt from trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

*HOMERUN BERTI was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Joe Woodard from trainer Michael Maker.


NOTABLES ON THE WORKTAB (6/11/12 - 6/17/12):

*ATLANTIC HURRICANE (poor blood tests) - 5F - 1:02.00B - Woodbine - June 13
*BANNER BILL (sick) - 3F - 36.70B - Belmont - June 16
*BEAR IT'S TIME (undisclosed) - 4F - 49.80B - Woodbine (training) - June 14
*BOURBON BAY (unspecified setback) - 6F - 1:16.80 (turf, dogs) - Betfair Hollywood - June 17
*CASUAL TRICK (breathing problems) - 4F - 48.73 - Saratoga (training) - June 12
*CELTIC PRINCESS (splint bone foreleg, surgery) - 7F - 1:26.80H - June 16
*ERIN ROSE (sore) - 3F - 35.64B - Belmont - June 16
*EXCAPER (EPM) - 5F - 58.80H - Woodbine (turf training) - June 17
*FORMAGGIO (cut right hind heel) - 4F - 49.60B - Churchill - June 17
*HANSEN (low blood count) - 5F - 1:00.60B - Churchill Training - June 16
*HOME SWEET ASPEN (displaced palate) - 4F - 48.20H - Betfair Hollywood - June 15
*IN LINGERIE (cut right front leg) - 4F - 49.76B - Belmont - June 17
*JOHN JOHNY JAK (colic surgery) - 6F - 1:13.00H - Betfair Hollywood - June 16
*JUNEBUGRED (bone chip left front ankle, surgery) - 3F - 39.00B - Monmouth - June 17
*MY MISS AURELIA (shin) - 3F - 39.20 - Churchill - June 15
*OPEN WATER (bone crack shin) - 6F - 1:13.80H - Santa Anita - June 15
*POOL PLAY (torn tendon) - 5F - 1:01.20B - Woodbine - June 15
*RAVALO (quarter crack, bruised foot) - 5F - 1:02.60BG - Laurel - June 11
*RULE (bruised left hind foot) - 5F - 1:01.97B - Belmont - June 17
*RULER ON ICE (sore) - 4F - 49.60B - Monmouth - June 17
*STARS TO SHINE (condylar fracture) - 5F - 1:01.40B - Woodbine (training) - June 17
*STEPHANOATSEE (chipped pastern right foreleg, surgery) - 4F - 51.20 - Fair Hill (all weather training) - June 14
*TAHITIAN WARRIOR (sore hind foot) - 5F - 1:02.60B - Belmont - June 16


Please check out the latest video production from Jessica Pacheco, Racing Analyst at Arlington Park.  It's Part 4 of the "Behind the Silks" video series following jockey Tim Thornton through his ups and downs at this year's Arlington meet.

"Father's Day"
In this week's episode, get to know a more personal side of Tim, as he talks both about his Father and being a Father himself. Tim then takes you through Brothers Nicholas's most recent win - up close and personal - with some help from the Helmet Camera.




Request: Would you please list the past Kentucky Derby winners and their points (where applicable) based on the new proposed point system?
Thank You,
Marilyn Keller

Let's go back 20 years.

2012:  I'll Have Another - 110 points
2011:  Animal Kingdom - 50 points
2010:  Super Saver - 61 points
2009:  Mine That Bird - 15 points
2008:  Big Brown - 100 points
2007:  Street Sense - 102 points
2006:  Barbaro - 110 points
2005:  Giacomo - 36 points
2004:  Smarty Jones - 160 points
2003:  Funny Cide - 80 points
2002:  War Emblem - 0 points
2001:  Monarchos - 140 points
2000:  Fusaichi Pegasus - 150 points
1999:  Charismatic - 34 points
1998:  Real Quiet - 72 points
1997:  Silver Charm - 60 points
1996:  Grindstone - 140 points
1995:  Thunder Gulch - 174 points
1994:  Go for Gin - 80 points
1993:  Sea Hero - 20 points


Dan I like mission impazible in the SF @ CD. Needed last has 2 good 2nds at CD including last years SF. Dan, this is Fri GGF Marc & can I get pp's for this horse pair of aces? Thanks & come back to GGF next year.

Marc, good to hear from you.  Say hello to the guys at the track. 
Pair of Aces' past performances are available at the bottom of this blog entry.


Congrats to MJTetzlaff for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.

Penn National Rick's results spreadsheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

Let's go with Friday's eighth race at Belmont for this week's event.


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 disqualified.
Please post your plays and analysis to the blog.

Please separate the play from the analysis and label the play "HG" with the program numbers (instead of the horse's name) for easier scoring.

In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. One entry per person please.
I reserve the right to approve or deny any entries.
I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember 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 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 to all.

I'll be back next week. 

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