01/24/2009 2:15AM

Stakes horses, questions

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Dan,
look forward to seeing you and your crowd on Sunday.
Question I have noticed at Oaklawn that they are running races for 3Yo's and up. Isn't it awful early in the year to be throwing these horses against older foes? How would you assess the chances for a 3YO versus older horses at this time of the year? When I first saw it last weekend I figured you throw out the youngsters and just play the older horses and lost.
mpm101

Actually, the three-year-olds vs. older angle may be one of the "myths" that Alan can attempt to expose if he does decide to write his book.  'C' hit it the nail on the head with his post at 1:27 am on Friday moring.  I've been following this condition at Oaklawn for several years now, and the three-year-olds usually whip the older horses at this time of the season.  The class levels for these races are very weak, and the older horses usually are made up of proven losers while the "youngsters" have at least some upside potential.  I'd advise to keep notations of the results of these races, but would have absolutely no trouble playing a three-year-old against elders at those class levels.

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does anyone know what Asbeautifulasyou's beyer for her maiden win today was?  She romped by over 20 in 1:36 for a mile. 
Sarah

Asbeautifulasyou, an Irish-bred four-year-old filly by A.P. Indy out of Grade 2 winner Santa Catarina (by Unbridled) ,won her maiden in her third lifetime start at Laurel for trainer Todd Pletcher.  She earned a career-best 87 Beyer Speed Figure.

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Anyone know what Pinckney Hill's connections have planned?  Looked very impressive in maiden going a mile on the turf - 1:34 and change.  By A.P. Indy, has to get the owners thinking about a prep race on the synthetics.
The Beyer?
ajkreider

Pinckney Hill, a three-year-old half-brother to mutliple turf stakes-winner English Colony, received a n 88  Beyer Speed Figure for his debut win at Gulfstream on Thursday. While it's certainly possible his connections could get Derby fever off this promising performance, he may remain on turf in the near future.

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Have a great weekend, and let's keep our fingers crossed for our FormBloggers in Las Vegas!

Take care,

Dan