12/21/2011 4:06PM

Some Happy Returns


Nice to see some solid stakes-quality performers successfully return from injury-induced layoffs. 

*TRICKMEISTER, plagued by cannon bone and tibia issues, emerged from a 15-month layoff to whip five foes in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream.  Trickmeister has never been headed in five lifetime starts and seems on his way to the Grade 1 Donn Handicap for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. 

*ADIOS CHARLIE, the Jerome winner in April at Aqueduct, came back from some hind leg issues to take an 'n2x' optional claimer in professional fashion.  The Sunshine Millions Classic may be next for the Stanley Hough-trained 3-year-old.

*RENEESGOTZIP made quite the impression in winning her career debut at Hollywood Park on December 18.  Trained by Peter Miller, the juvenile filly zipped right to the front under Corey Nakatani, carved out fractions of 22.22 and 45.34, and finished up her six furlongs in 1:09.05.  The daughter of City Zip earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure.  Reneesgotzip only sold for $3,500 as a yearling, but was purchased for $45,000 earlier this year by the Lanni Family Trust after she worked an eighth of a mile in 10.1 seconds.  She is out of No Dress Code, a sprint-winning Distorted Humor mare that is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Emmaria (32-4-7-4, $62,774).  The second dam, Westfold Vale (by Flying Paster), was a stakes-winner at Albuquerque and is a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 sprint winner Big Jag, the third-place finisher in the 1999 Breeders Cup Sprint and winner of the 2000 Dubai Golden Shaheen.

*SPIRIT RULES, a juvenile gelding by Tribal Rule, was nosed out for the win in his career debut at Hollywood on November 19.  He improved 20 Beyer points (to a 93) for trainer Paul Aguirre second-out, winning a Cal-bred maiden special weight on December 16 by 8 1/4 lengths. An $8,500 short yearling buy, Spirit Rules was purchased for $20,000 at the Barretts auction in October, 2010 and is a half-brother to Watch Over Me, the runner-up in the 2003 California Breeders' Champion Stakes.

*RADIANT TALENT, a homebred trained by Steve Margolis, finished second in his first two starts at Churchill Downs, but finally reached the winner's circle with an 89 Beyer score at Fair Grounds on December 17.  The juvenile won by 4 3/4 lengths under Shaun Bridgmohan.  He is by Johannesburg out of Dignified Diva, a sprint-winning mare by Meadowlake.  Radiant Talent is a half-brother to A Little Gem, the winner of the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth in 2007.

*Guess who wound up on the worktab at Gulfstream the other day?  It was none other than the popular PRESIOUS PASSION, who breezed five furlongs on December 18 in 1:03.65.  Trained by Mary Hartmann, the soon-to-be 9-year-old gelding reportedly underwent throat surgery since his most recent start, a fifth-place finish in the Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita way back on January 29.  He's been getting his head straight on the farm in recent months and it will be interesting to see where he resurfaces.

Other recent workers of note:

CAPT. CANDYMAN CAN - 5F - 1:01.45B - Palm Meadows
AWESOME MARIA - 4F - 50.55B - Palm Meadows
EBLOUISSANTE (Zenyatta's sister) - 3F - 37.40H - Hollywood (Cushion Track)
JAYCITO - 6F - 1:13.00H - Hollywood (Cushion Track)

*I did some digging concerning the recent inquiry regarding Godolphin's MASTERY.  After winning the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase to close out his 2010 campaign, Mastery returned to Europe, but some physical issues knocked him out of training for the first part of the year.  His connections were hoping that he would return for the second half, but it never happened.  According to a source at Darley, Mastery "retired from Racing at the end of September and was sold privately by us for Stud Duties."  Hopefully, an announcement will be made soon regarding where he'll stand and for what fee.

Here are the top 25 Winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (12/12/18 - 12/20/11):

1.  FAST ALEX - 100 - Tenacious Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Fair Grounds
2.  WILLYCONKER (Ire) - 99 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 Mile (Turf) - Hollywood
3.  RENEESGOTZIP - 98 - Md Sp Wt 45k - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
4.  CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE - 97 - Bonapaw Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Fair Grounds
4.  MENSA HEAT - 97 - On Trust Handicap - 7 1/2 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
6.  BEAT THE BLUES - 96 - Alw 48000NC - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
7.  FRAZIL - 94 - Gravesend Handicap - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
7.  MEGASTAR - 94 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
7.  SAN PABLO - 94 - Flying Chevron Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
7.  TIZ THE ARGUEMENT - 94 - Let Me Linger Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
7.  TRICKMEISTER - 94 - Harlan's Holiday Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Gulfstream
12. SPIRIT RULES - 93 - Md Sp Wt 47k - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
13. ADIOS CHARLIE - 92 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
13. SOLDIERS POINT - 92 - Alw 42332NC - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
13. THE DIRECTOR - 92 - Md c-(20-18) - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
16. CAPITAL PLAN - 91 - Alw 52000N2X - 1 1/18 Miles (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
16. IRON LOU - 91 - Clm c-25000B - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
16. LIAISON - 91 - CashCall Futurity (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
19. BAMBI BOUND - 90 - Clm 25000B - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
19. BLUEGRASS REWARD - 90 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
19. HILLSWICK - 90 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
19. LATIN ROCKS - 90 - Clm 30000(30-25)B - 6 Furlongs - Gulfstream
19. MARQUET CAT - 90 - Clm 50000 - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Gulfstream
19. ZEHNER'S ZENNA - 90 - Alw 40000s - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
25. BAHIA BEACH - 89 - Alw 29000N2X - 7 Furlongs - Charles Town
25. BUG JUICE - 89 - OC 50k/N1X - 6 Furlongs (Inner Track) - Aqueduct
25. CHUKCHI SUNRISE - 89 - Clm 25000(25-22.5) - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
25. HYPER - 89 - Alw 25000s - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Gulfstream
25. MCKENZIES WAY - 89 - Alw 48988N1X - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Hollywood
25. PROCEED BEE - 89 - Prairie Bayou Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles (Polytrack) - Turfway
25. RADIANT TALENT - 89 - Md Sp Wt 38k - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
25. THOMAS GOT EVEN - 89 - OC 32k/N3X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Laurel

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

*THE DIRECTOR, a four-year-old colt by Mr. Greeley that sold for $350,000 as a weanling and for $750,000 as a yearling, was claimed for $20,000 by Doug O'Neill from Bob Baffert.  The Director's dam is a half-sister to Cigar.

*IRON LOU, a three-year-old gelding by Grand Slam that sold for $5,000 as a yearling, was claimed by Dominic Galluscio from Richard Dutrow Jr. for $20,000 following a runner-up performance on December 9.  A New York-bred, Iron Lou won six days later for $25,000 and was taken by Dale Romans.  Iron Lou's dam, Along Came Mary, won four stakes races and $311,202 in earnings. 


thank you for the answers you gave me. question: do you have people that help you reading all the questions or do you do it all yourself. just wondering because if you do it all your case load must be huge most days.

No interns for me.  It's my pleasure to read over all of the questions and I do my best to respond to each query.  Sometimes I may miss one or two due to the volume of posts (and I thank each and every FormBlogger for contributing so much to our community), but I think it's worked out pretty well thus far.


Hey Dan,
Why hasn't Vengeful Wildcat raced since Preakness day? When will he be returning to racing?

Haven't heard anything about VENGEFUL WILDCAT although I'd have to assume there was some sort of physical problem.  If I find out anything, I'll post it to the blog.


Annie, Thanks for my horse in the MKB drawing! I like him. I bet he does better than Key Lime Guy. Here is Dan's analysis from Spa babies. He finished 10th on Sept. 3, 2011 at the Spa. He must have just raced recently because Da Vinci is a new listed in Wynn's future derby odds. opened recently at 125-1 and is now 100-1. I am still looking for that race. WATCH OUT FOR MY SON OF A. P. INDY

It wasn't exactly a masterpiece, but DA VINCI broke his maiden second-out in a maiden special weight on dirt at Calder on November 26.  Sent off at 5-2 odds for his first race on the main track, Da Vinci was away slowly, but rallied from stalking range to win by a half-length.  He completed a mile in 1:41 2/5 and received a 73 Beyer Speed Figure.


HG262, oops!!HG261. oops!! HG262..Now, which one is it ? LoL......{Your heading & 1st sentence}.........You're excused pardner.......
Seriously, now I that I just witnessed R3 @the Gulf, I must say I just saw Entry 1 & 1A for the '12 Derby, barring injuries..Those Slewsters sure can run. Consortium just ran into a Pletcher buzzsaw, in Algorithms. Consortium knocked almost 2 full seconds off his 1st race. They smoked a 1:09 flat split. Finished up in 1:15.2..He got beat 1/2 length. I smell some Big Beyer Figs..He tried to get the jump down the lane. He didn't quit, he just got beat.
1}What were the Beyer Figs, please......I can't wait..
2}What's up w/last years best horse horse ?{'10}--Eskendereya....ThanX......
Slip-Sliding Slew ........
Curt V.

ALGORITHMS, a $170,000 son of Bernardini and a half-brother to graded winners Justin Phillip, Successful Mission and Keyed Entry, returned from a minor hock injury to make it two-for-two for Pletcher.  He received an 88 Beyer Speed Figure.  CONSORTIUM, a Bernardini homebred from the Darley outfit, is out of multiple Grade 3 winner Marietta.  Consortium received an 86.  Both look stakes-bound.
ESKENDEREYA stood his first stud season in 2011 at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky.  His fee was $30,000 in 2011.  This coming year, his fee is $25,000 ($22,500 if booked by November 1). 


Congrats to Adam Campobasso for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  Let's go with for Friday's sixth at Gulfstream for this week's event.

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Best of luck to all.

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