12/11/2013 3:52PM

Star Harbour, Giancarlo

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STAR HARBOUR, claimed for $35,000 at Saratoga, may prove to be a bargain for trainer Bobby Dibona.

The speedy son of Indian Charlie earned the fourth triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure (103) of his career while handling a solid field of sprinters in last Sunday's seven-furlong Sunshine Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park. 

Breaking from post four in the six-horse Sunshine State, Star Harbor immediately skipped to the lead and the rail under Paco Lopez.  He was soon confronted by rank outsider CAT FIVE HURRICANE, a 45-1 shot that would eventually be eased and vanned off.  After shooing away Cat Five Hurricane through an opening quarter of 22.36, Star Harbour repelled the three-wide challenge of BAHAMIAN SQUALL and entered the stretch with a comfortable lead.  Star Harbour completed the opening half in 44.76 and had just enough to fend off JACKSON BEND's late surge.

A half-brother to stakes-placed turf performer LEMON POINT, a juvenile filly scheduled to compete in an allowance race on grass at Gulfstream on Friday, Star Harbour is out of the Boston Harbor mare Snug Harbour, a stakes-winner on dirt at 1 1/16 miles. 

Star Harbour's original trainer, Bill Mott, had high hopes for the bay after he finished second in an 'N1X' allowance at Aqueduct on November 19.  But, he floundered in three starts over the inner track that winter and thoughts of future stakes successes were put on the back burner. 

Star Harbour looked super in his return to the main track, wiring an 'n2L' allowance by 8 1/2 lengths on April 21, 2012 and wasn't disgraced in his subsequent appearance, a fourth-place finish behind the stakes-caliber Buffum at a one-turn mile on May 28, 2012.  In his final two starts that season, Star Harbour popped triple-digit Beyers (102, 103) when rambling through his 'n2x' and 'n3x' conditions. 

Star Harbour failed to build off those races in his first three starts of 2013, however, and was dangled for $35,000 at Saratoga on August 29.  He won by 12 lengths that day, earned a 108 Beyer, and was taken by Dibona in a five-way shake.  In his first start for the new connections (racing under trainer David Nunn's name), Star Harbour finished third behind the double-tough Caixa Eletronica in the $100,000 Duck Dance Stakes at Belmont. 

Star Harbour was training well leading up to the Sunshine State.  According to DRF Clocker Michael Vesce in the Gulfstream Park Workout Report available on the homepage, Star Harbour "Was asked for a lot more today [November 30] than previous work, producing a very strong five eighths in company with lesser mate Trading Secrets, pulled away late by five widening lengths with some mild coaxing, zipped :58.22 over a pretty quick track,  his final quarter in :23 with a mild tailwind. Rating: B+"

Star Harbour projects to start next in the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream on January 18.

*BROKEN SWORD earned a big number in taking the Grade 2 Bayakoa Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, but I wonder if that effort is as good as it looks on paper.  Broken Sword grabbed an easy early lead, took virtually no pressure throughout and skipped home ahead of a mostly lackluster group.

*GIANCARLO, a 2-year-old colt by Tapit, earned a huge 98 Beyer Speed Figure in winning at six-furlong maiden special weight at Calder last Saturday.  Trained by Efren Loza Jr., Giancarlo is out of a sprint-winning half-sister to Great Hunter, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity going long on polytrack as well as the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on dirt at Santa Anita. 

Second in his career debut (80 Beyer) on November 17, Giancarlo tracked pacesetter Mystical Myles from the two-path before asserting himself for good in upper stretch.  He drew away to win by 6 1/2 lengths, but, before we get too deep into Derby dreams, it must be noted that it took him until just outside the sixteenth pole to make his final lead change and there was nobody else running at the end of the race (Mystical Myles was 7 3/4 lengths clear of third).  For now, let's mark him down as a sprinter/miler with some potential.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (12/2/13 - 12/8/13):

1. BROKEN SWORD - 103 - Bayakoa Stakes (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
2. CSABA - 101 - Fred W. Hooper Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Calder
2. STAR HARBOUR - 101 - Sunshine State Stakes - 7 Furlongs - Gulfstream
4. L. A. WEEKEND - 100 - Caballos Del Sol Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Turf Paradise
5. POINT FINISH - 99 - Claiming Crown Iron Horse Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Gulfstream
6. EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH - 98 - Broad Brush Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Laurel
6. GIANCARLO - 98 - Md Sp Wt 24k - 6 Furlongs - Calder
6. SPEAKING OF WHICH (Ire) - 98 - Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Gulfstream
9. COMPLIANCE OFFICER - 97 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 Mile (Turf) - Aqueduct
9. FORTIFY - 97 - Alw 77000N1X - 1 Mile - Aqueduct
9. GOODTIMEHADBYALL - 97 - Claiming Crown Rapid Transit Stakes - 7 FUrlongs - Gulfstream
9. ULTIMATE DESTINY - 97 - Sir Barton Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
13. CENTRIQUE - 96 - Claiming Crown Glass Slipper Stakes - 7 Furlongs - Gulfstream
13. MOONLIGHT SONG - 96 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs - Aqueduct
13. MY PLACE ANYTIME - 96 - OC 62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
16. BOAT TRIP - 95 - Hollywood Turf Express Handicap - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
16. DUBAI YOU X Y Z - 95 - OC 80k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
16. GROUPTHINK - 95 - Md Sp Wt 60k - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
16. ULLAPOOL - 95 - Garland of Roses Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
20. AMAZING HEARTED - 94 - Clm 50000(50-45) - 7 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
20. LITTLE JERRY - 94 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
20. SPA CITY FEVER - 94 - OC 100k/N3X - 7 Furlongs - Aqueduct
20. WILLYCONKER (Ire) - 94 - Clm 40000(40-35) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
24. COUGAR RIDGE - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/8 Miles - Aqueduct
24. MOONSHINE BAY - 93 - Alw 34000NC - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate

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

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I have asked Dan to post my Gulfstream "Race Book" for all of the turf races held at Gulf last year during the "championship meet" on the next blog turnover (Wednesday). It is all the stats from December 1st to April 5th, including rail position. If you bet turf races at Gulf it is probably worth your while to download it.
AZ Wildcat


I've attached it at the bottom of this blog post.  Take a look!


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Hi Dan,
Haven't heard anything about Revolutionary since Derby if I'm not mistaken. Whats up with him?
Also could we get Lifetime PPS for City Zip?
Thanks
Dom DiNatale

CITY ZIP's past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post. 

After REVOLUTIONARY finished fifth in the Belmont Stakes, it was announced that he was being put away for the rest of the year in order to fully mature.  He has been working steadily since late November at Palm Meadows and breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 on Tuesday morning.


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Friends,

It looks as if we'll have our annual FormBlog Convention at Gulfstream Park early next year.  For more details, head on over to Laura's excellent website

http://ironmaidensthoroughbreds.com/Formblog.html

It's always a blast so come on out if you can.


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The weekend handicapping previews should be available on the site soon.


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Congrats to Meathead for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling contest.

Let's go with Friday's fifth race at Betfair Hollywood for this week's exercise.


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


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***FROM SCOREKEEPER PENN NATIONAL RICK***

I read some entries on here and there are some people who put their heart out on their picks(such as DavidM9999) and give you great analysis on who they like and why and then there are others who elect not to give any reasoning behind their entries. The rule I will implement EFFECTIVE 3/1/13 will be... any entry without ANY analysis will be ignored. We are not asking you to put out a novel, but again a sentence or two. Also, I will put communication out when Dan puts out new blogs.
My intent is not to be jerk on this, but what's fair is fair. I'm not taking away from this week or past winners regarding all of this, but we do need to make the change.
If you have any questions/concerns...please send an email to FORMBLOG@DRF.COM and it will get forwarded to me.
Thank You!
Rick

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