12/16/2008 4:15AM

Stakes Beyers, etc.

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Here are the winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's stakes races:

*Queens County (Aqu):  Researcher (J. Runco/M. Luzzi) - 105
*Kenny Noe Jr. (Crc):  Yesbyjimminy (E. Plesa Jr./E. Trujillo) - 104
*Jennings (Lrl):  Broadway Producer (J. Terranova II/D. Beckner) - 101
*Fred W. Hooper (Crc):  Finallymadeit (J. Negrete/E. Nunez) - 100

*Parlay Me (Aqu):  Accredit (K. McLaughlin/A. Garcia) - 99
*La Prevoyante (Crc):  Herboriste - GB (M. Matz/J. Leparoux) - 99
*New Mexico State Racing Commission (Sun): Peppers Pride (J. Marr/C. Madeira) - 98
*W. L. McKnight (Crc):  Presious Passion (M. Hartmann/E. Trujillo) - 98
*KLAQ (Sun):  Wind Water (C. Hartman/K. Tohill) - 96
*On Trust (Hol):  Star Nicholas (P. Eurton/M. Baze) - 93
*Prairie Bayou (TP):  Canela (M. Maker/V. Lebron) - 92
*Lousiana Downs Champions Day Ladies Sprint (LaD):  Coach Mike (T. Richey/J. Jacinto) - 92
*Governor's Cup (RP):  Red Rock Creek (S. Asmussen/L. Quinonez) - 92
*Lightning City (Tam):  Game N Laughin' (B. Rhone/D. Butler) - 91
*Louisiana Downs Champions Day Ladies (LaD):  Superior Storm (R. Jackson/J. Jacinto) - 91
*You'd Be Surprised (Aqu):  Are We Dreamin (R. Persaud/S. Elliott) - 90

*Louisiana Downs Champions Day Classic (LaD):  Autobeacat (E. Heitzmann/D. Meche) - 89
*Hollywood Starlet (Hol):  Laragh (J. Terranova II/E. Prado) - 89
*Ladies (Aqu):  Borrowing Base (P. Quick/J. Castellano) - 88
*Johnie L. Jamison (Sun):  Cattleman Prospect (A. Gonzalez/A. Medellin) - 87
*Louisiana Downs Champions Day Sprint (LaD):  Star Guitar (A. Stall Jr./R. Albarado) - 86
*Louisiana Downs Champions Day Turf:  Wildrally (T. Amoss/B. Hernandez Jr.) - 86
*Louisiana Downs Champions Day Starter (LaD): Mr. Porter (S. Ducoing/P. Valenzuela) - 85
*Foil (Aqu): Distorted Passion (T. Pletcher/R. Maragh) - 84
*Silver Goblin (RP):  Okie Time (D. Von Hemel/D. Pettinger) - 84
*Black Mesa (RP):  Reel Chrome (K. Craddock/F. Wethey Jr.) - 82

*Corte Madera (GG):  Will O Way (V. Cerin/R. Baze) - 78
*Louisiana Downs Champions Day Lassie (LaD):  Master Link (M. Nicks/R. Albarado) - 77
*Louisiana Downs Champions Day Juvenile (LaD):  Break Up (B. Brinkman/C. Lanerie) - 73

*Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity (Haw): Summer's Empire (A. Mitchell/J. Campbell) - 68

*Kudzu (FG):  Slew's Quest (C. McKean Jr./J. Eads) - 46

Here are the lifetime past performances for the highest and lowest Beyer stakes performers of the week:

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"D" is so rarely used anywhere that I don't even remember the last time I saw it. It's probably not a very good sign if/when you do.
C

I second C's point that workout designations are more regional (see his December 11 post at 12:02 p.m for more).  Amazingly, we did see a couple of "D" or "Driving" workouts at Saratoga this summer, and not surprisingly, those horses didn't pan out very well.

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I believe both Formal Gold and ill-fated Prosperous Bid(1/2 brother to Best Pal) posted 112 Beyers in their debut races.
Mike G

Dan,
I think you missed one debut runner with a triple digit beyer. I think light the fuse earned a triple digit beyer. I think he earned a triple digit beyer in every start.
-nick

Prosperous Bid and Formal Gold did Beyer 112 in their career debuts, but both were three-year-olds at the time (Prosperous Bid on January 18, 1998, Formal Gold on June 12, 1996). 
Lite the Fuse received a 103 Beyer in his career debut at Saratoga, but he was also three at the time (August 3, 1994).  He earned a Beyer in every start save one (96 Beyer in the 1996 Tom Fool Handicap). 
Our list only covers juvenile debut winners.

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Dan, how often do you think front wraps are used for duplicitous purposes, i.e. the horse is fine and may be sitting on a big race but the connections put wraps on to scare away claims and keep the odds up?  Is this an angle to look for with certain...uh...shall we say.... "crafty" trainers?   
terry f

I guess anything's possible when trainers are playing the claiming game although I don't think it happens too often.  This looks like a job for Formulator if you're interested in doing the research.  Another time that "front wraps on" may not be such a bad angle is when an outfit that always uses wraps, no matter the circumstances, claims a horse from a barn that didn't apply them in previous starts.  Now, the horse shows up with front wraps, but we can't really assume physical problems since the new barn always uses them. 
Also, I tend to be more lenient with horses adding front bandages on wet tracks.  Sometimes, trainers will just play it safe, and seek more protection over the sloppy going. 

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"DRF, Equibase, and many others provide stable mail alert services that have been invaluable for a long time now. Most of them provide alerts by horse, by trainer, and even carry-over notices! One service, though, that I haven't seen offered out there is workout, entry, and results notification by sire. There are a lot of us out here who love to follow the freshman sires as their first youngsters enter into serious training and eventually start their racing careers. As we look at another year turning over, it would be nice to peruse the list of stallions whose first crops will run in 2009, and be able to pick a few to follow with the help of Stable Mail. Do you know of any outfit that is currently providing this service? If not, is it feasible for DRF to run with it? I'm clueless as to all the intricacies of putting together a thing like this.....is it really that problematic? It seems to simple-minded me that it would be easier to do sire notification than trainer. Horses change barns all the time......they never change who their daddy is! ;-) I believe this would be a very popular thing to put in place. What do you think?
Thanks as always for your comments."
Paseana80

I know that BRIS has a service where you get a notification when a certain sire's progeny is entered, but that's a pay per-name, per-day deal, and I would assume it could get quite costly when following  a popular first-crop sire with many, many babies. 
I'd love to see free Sire or Dam Watches incorporated into our current system, and I'll bring it up to the technical people here are DRF to see how difficult it would be to implement.

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That is mindboggling and I was wondering if you could confirm that figure and, perhaps, give some more information about Northern Dancer and his domination of worldwide thoroughbred racing. Thanks.
Calvin Carter

I have read that figure in more than one publication, and do believe the $1M number to be true.  Of course, the thoroughbred breeding business was booming at the time with breeders/buyers from Ireland, Japan, and the Middle East vying for the best bloodstock.  When it came to North American stallions with the most coveted progenty during that time period, you had Northern Dancer, his son Danzig, and Mr. Prospector.

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Slew,
If I remember the discussion Donnaguska was the Hawthorne runner from Hawthorne who stopped and had a coke and a hot dog, before barreling home late in her first out. Wonder what her beyers is on this one.
chicago gerry

Any clue on the beyer Dan?
Brett

Donnaguska earned a career-best 78 Beyer Speed Figure for her 'n1x' allowance win at Turfway Park on Sunday.

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By the way:

Alan, I'm still working on that Beyer question of yours.

Greg and Steve T., the DRF e-mail has apparently been on the fritz (again!), and I just received some e-mails from both of you from quite a ways back.  I'll respond ASAP!

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Would like to talk about the Breeders' Cup, our HandiGambling race, and some patterns regarding our 100+ juvenile debut Beyer list later this week.

Take care,

Dan