03/27/2013 2:44PM

Strong SoCal Filly and Mare Turfers


There are some very good filly and mare turf runners in Southern California right now. 

TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, never off the board from nine starts, used her excellent tactical speed and a recency advantage to fend off the classy LADY OF SHAMROCK in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes on March 24.  Second in the Grade 1 Matriarch last November, Tiz Flirtatious ran her last three furlongs in 34.24, according to Formulator, with a final eighth in 10.94.  She got the jump on Lady of Shamrock and that may have made all the difference. 

One-run closer Lady of Shamrock, winner of the American Oaks at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 14 and the Del Mar Oaks on August 18, was one of the more underrated campaigners in 2012.  Unraced since a tough trip in her first try against older runners in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare turf, Lady of Shamrock flew home in the stretch and is capable of another big year for trainer John Sadler. 

While no match for the top two on this day, third-place finisher QUIET OASIS should improve from her effort.  This was her first race since undergoing knee surgery last July and she just missed in last year's Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Hollywood. 

Throw in the sidelined mares RHYTHM OF LIGHT and QARAABA and it should be a very interesting summer for the turf distaffers out west.

*Lost in the shadow of last week's Kentucky Derby preps was the maiden win of a potentially stakes-class sophomore sprinter. 

ZEE BROS, well-clear of the show runner when second in his career debut on February 9, graduated in gate-to-wire fashion going seven furlongs in 1:22.08 for trainer Bob Baffert.  By multiple Grade 1 route winner Brother Derek out of an unplaced half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Sweet Nanette, Zee Bros was purchased by Zayat Stables for $260,000 at OBS last April after breezing two furlongs in 21 seconds. 

He may have been aided by a Santa Anita track that was kind to speed, but Zee Bros put up a triple-digit Beyer and is very quick from the gate. 

Runner-up MASTER APPEAL may be the most talented maiden in the country.  Trained by James Cassidy, the $240,000 yearling, a full brother to Kentucky Derby runner-up Closing Argument, caught a salty group when second in his debut on March 23 and simply ran into a tiger in Zee Bros.  Master Appeal received a 96 Beyer in defeat and shouldn't be a maiden for long.

*Grade 1 winner PURE FUN, third in her 3-year-old debut in last weekend's Bourbonette Oaks, came out of the race with a fever, according to a Twitter post from her trainer, Ken McPeek.  Pure Fun is now unlikely to contest the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland and may train up to the Kentucky Oaks.


You can find the latest "Under the Radar" column here:



Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (3/18/13 - 3/24/13):

1. BIG SCREEN - 110 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 1 Mile (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
2. SKY KINGDOM - 103 - Tokyo City Stakes (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles - Santa Anita
2. TWILIGHT ECLIPSE - 103 - Pan American Stakes (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Gulfstream
4. L. A. WEEKEND - 101 - Coyote Handicap - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Turf Paradise
4. JUSTIN PHILLIP - 101 - OC 50k/N1Y -N - 6 Furlongs - Oaklawn
4. ZEE BROS - 101 - Md Sp Wt 56k - 7 Furlongs - Santa Anita
7. LAST GUNFIGHTER - 100 - Excelsior Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
7. LUCY'S BOB BOY - 100 - Alw 27000N3X - 7 Furlongs - Charles Town
9. ISN'T HE CLEVER - 98 - Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Sunland
9. MANITO - 98 - OC 32k/N3X - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
11. LAURIE'S ROCKET - 97 - Hot Springs Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
12. AWESOME VISION - 96 (DH) - Compelling Word Stakes - 1 Mile (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
12. SAGINAW - 96 (DH) - Compelling Word Stakes - 1 Mile (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
14. AMERICAN BLEND - 95 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - Santa Anita
14. BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS - 95 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Santa Anita
14. GOVENOR CHARLIE - 95 - Sunland Derby (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Sunland
14. TAPTOWNE - 95 - OC 75k/N$Y -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Oaklawn
18. DRIVEN BY SOLAR - 94 - OC c-25k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
18. MIDNIGHT LUCKY - 94 - Sunland Park Oaks - 1 1/16 Miles - Sunland
18. STOLEN CHEVY - 94 - Alw 5000s - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Laurel
21. REIN KING - 93 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 1 Mile (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
22. BAFFLE ME - 92 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Gulfstream
22. BENT MISSILE - 92 - OC 40k/N$Y - 6 Furlongs - Hawthorne
22. SILSITA - 92 - Bourbonette Oaks (G3) - 1 Mile (Polytrack) - Turfway
22. TIZ FLIRTATIOUS - 92 - Santa Ana Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Santa Anita

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

*DRIVEN BY SOLAR was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Jamie Ness from Bruce Levine.  From the same race, second-place finisher TOQUE was claimed for $25,000 by David Jacobson from Charlton Baker.


Hi Dan. I appreciate the thorough anaysis on Titletown Five. Big question marks with this horse as he heads into LA Derby this weekend, however, Lukas seems on a roll this year. Seems a lot to ask of this guy to come into this off of one 6F race and first time at 2 turns and beat this field. But I'm in agreement that this horse has a ton of talent.
Dan, is it possible to get the Kentucky Oaks Pool 2 Futures PPs and those for Govenor Charlie and Black Onyx posted here for those of us that missed them or haven't seen then? Thank you.
Stan Lottes

The past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.  Thanks for reading!


If there is a strong wind at the track, how do we use this when handicapping? What if the wind is in the horse's face on the backstretch then at their back in the stretch. And vice versa. What if the wind is across? What does the wind do to the texture of the track? It was very, very windy at Gulfstream Sunday and I have yet to figure this out

Some handicappers believe that a strong stretch tailwind will aid closers as the speed horses had to contend with a headwind on the backstretch.  To be honest, I don't particularly pay too much attention to the wind unless a pronounced bias begins to take shape.


Dan, I would love to see the complete PPs of a good ol' hard knocker, Cayambe, I believe he passed the half-million $ mark in his last start at age 9. He's been recently claimed by Gary Barber and shipped to NY from CA. I understand the economics involved - he is certainly eligible for starter allowances that seem to rarely get written anymore at SA, but I hope he stays safe in his new barn. I am concerned since he was entered back on short rest and was a vet scratch. Now I see he's entered again for the 28th. Fingers crossed.

CAYAMBE's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of the blog post.


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


Alex selected Friday's sixth race at Gulfstream for this week's event.


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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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ron Z, You asked about my Dubai bets. We are blessed (or cursed, depending on your luck), by being able to bet on the day of the event AND ante post (your futures) from home on the laptop, on the phone or by visiting the Bookmakers shop in your local High Street. They also tell me that those smartphones have apps (?) that enable you to bet on the move. The bettor has never had it so good. Best Regards - Bernard Downes
Jeanne More than 1 year ago
HG Gulfstream $100.00 to win on 7. Best record at the distance. Good luck all!! Jeanne
jimi More than 1 year ago
Annie La Tomatina is a great Spanish tradition. The opening event, the palo jamon, involves climbing a greased pole with a ham on top. Once the Keith is dropped from the pole, the tomato throwing begins. Hope you feel better soon :)
margaret Owens More than 1 year ago
HG $100 exacta 5-6 #5 looks best on paper, may be lone speed uhndr JV #6 terrible post last time and had no shot, runs better today from just off pace Margo
Gerty Golittle More than 1 year ago
Annie, A tomato fight? You have tomatoes at this time of year in Minn.? If they are anything like the imports we get here in the winter, someone could be seriously hurt!! knm
Dale Tillotson More than 1 year ago
HGGP6. 1=never got close to that 80 beyer again. 2=Decent form last fall for hall of famer Shepard. gets big peice. 3=flip a coin her best beyer would win it but that was way back. 4=Interesting race at 87-1 on Dec 12. 5=sharp last year. 6= August form puts in winners circle. 7= inactivity a concern. 9= has not seemed to win at this level. The picks. $76.00 win # 2. $2.00 exacta box 2-5-6. $2.00 trifecta box 2-5-6. good luck to all.
. Anderson More than 1 year ago
HG (Gulfstream Claiming) HG wager: $20 TRI 6/5,9/5,7,9 = 80 $5 TRI 9/5,6/5,6,7 = 20 HG analysis: 9- High Alpine is possible for top spot after the speeds fizzle out. a) 9- High Alpine a) 6- Seamless b) 5- Island Time c) 7- Jalal scr 8-Starship Shawty Happy HandiGambling! . Anderson
bornstar75 More than 1 year ago
HGGPTURF Island Time is coming up on his 3rd race, he’s taking the blinkers off and has Johnny V in the saddle. Trainer David Fawkes is 40% with first time claimers. $20 dollar exacta 5/2,7,9 $10 dollar exacta 2,7,9/5 $1 exacta box 2,7,9 $4 dollar win on 5 Bornstar 75
Okiesharp More than 1 year ago
HG GP Turf Lots of good comments on the blog this week. I agree that the 9 returning in 9 days is significant. Island Time is slowing down a bit in her old age. Jalal is an unknown quantity. Cougar at Heart is qualified. $ 1 Trifecta 9 over 2, 4, 5 = $ 6 $ 1 Superfecta 9 over 2, 4, 5 = $ 6 $ 22 Exacta box 2 with 9 = $ 44 $ 22 Exacta box 5 with 9 = $ 44 Okiesharp
Jack Thrush More than 1 year ago
jack thrush-hggpturf-$100win #2--like the price and hope it goes up-came out of the same race as Island time-