07/15/2015 1:08PM

Turf sprinter to follow


LADY SHIPMAN obliterated seven rivals in the $60,000 Klassy Briefcase Stakes traveling 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Monmouth last Sunday.

A 3-year-old filly facing elders for the first time, Lady Shipman sped to the front under veteran jockey Eduardo Nunez. She scraped the paint throughout and drew off impressively to win by 6 1/4 lengths in 1:01.59 over the firm going. That final clocking was good enough for a whopping 104 Beyer Speed Figure.

Among the older horses left behind Lady Shipman were multiple stakes-winner JEWEL OF A CAT, stakes-winner and beaten favorite JOYA REAL, and stakes-winners MONSTER SLEEPING, STORMY NOVEL and AQUINNAH.

"She was really impressive today," winning trainer Kathleen O'Connell told track publicity following the race. "I know she’s a real nice filly and taking on older horses for the first time today she really showed how good she is.  The best thing with her is her mind.  She doesn’t let anything bother her.  She ships well and does everything perfectly.”

Bred by Randall E. Lowe, Lady Shipman was foaled in Kentucky on April 14, 2012. She is from the first crop of juvenile champion Midshipman, winner of both the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile over synthetic surfaces. As a 3-year-old, Midshipman finished third in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile over the now-defunct Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita.

Lady Shipman joins the fleet YIANNIS as stakes-winners sired by Midshipman. Another colt, FRAMMENTO, placed third in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes.

Lady Shipman's dam, Sumthingtotalkabt (by Mutakddim), won five races from 22 outings. She scored at distances ranging from 5 to 7 furlongs and was victorious on both turf and dirt. Sumthingtotalkabt is a half-sister to stakes-winning dirt router Rules of War and multiple Grade 3-placed turf sprinter Nanogram. The second dam, Nannetta (by Falstaff), was a stakes-winner at 6 1/2 furlongs on both turf and dirt.

Lady Shipman was consigned to the OBS Spring auction of 2-year-olds in training in 2014. Despite working a furlong in a speedy 9.4 seconds, she was a $35,000 RNA.

Trained by O'Connell for Ranlo Investments, Lady Shipman finished third in her career debut at Gulfstream West on October 18, 2014, a 5 1/2-furlong dash on dirt. The following month, Lady Shipman graduated by 11 1/4-lengths at five furlongs on turf, and she backed that race up with an entry-level allowance victory on New Year's Day at Gulfstream.

"She’s a pretty special filly," O'Connell told track publicity following the second win at five furlongs on the green. "“I think she’s an all-terrain filly. I think she can run on anything. She worked well at OBS on Poly and she’s worked well on dirt, and of course, she’s run really well on turf. Honestly, I think she’s an all-terrain filly.”

O'Connell was proven correct when Lady Shipman ventured northward for an eight-length win in track record time in the $50,000 OBS Sprint Stakes at six furlongs on the Ocala Safe-Track surface.

Before Lady Shipman's next start, the $100,000 Stormy Blue Stakes at Pimlico on April 18, O'Connell described her filly to track publicity. "She seems to be the complete package. She’s got brains and she’s got talent. She’s been a really nice filly to have."

Sent off at 1 to 2 in the five-furlong turf sprint, Lady Shipman won by five lengths with a 92 Beyer Speed Figure. After the race, O'Connell targeted the $98,000 Wait a While Stakes on turf at Belmont on May 16. The seven-furlong distance proved a bit far for the filly, however, and she faded to third, two lengths behind the winner.

Cut back to 5 1/2 furlongs for the $60,000 Crank It Up Stakes on the Monmouth sod on June 6, Lady Shipman returned to her winning ways with a gate-to-wire score. "She just broke perfectly from the gate and went out to the lead,” winning jockey Nunez told track publicity. “She does her best running out front. She had plenty left in the tank heading for home. She answered the call beautifully.”

Never off the board from eight starts and a winner in six of her last seven races, Lady Shipman seems headed for bigger and better. The $100,000 Coronation Cup at Saratoga (5 1/2 furlongs, turf) on August 3 is a possibility. If that race comes back too quick, then the $60,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at Monmouth on August 15 would suit just fine.


Here are the WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 7/7/15 - 7/13/15:

1. KING KREESA - 105 - Forbidden Apple Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 11Jul15-9BEL
2. LADY SHIPMAN - 104 - Klassy Briefcase Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 12Jul15-11MTH
3. ANCHOR DOWN - 101 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 12Jul15-3BEL
4. QUIET FORCE - 100 - Arlington Handicap (G3) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - 11Jul15-6AP
4. RUNHAPPY - 100 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - 7Jul15-8IND
6. MAL GUAPO - 99 - OC 40k/N2X - 1 1/16 Miles - 10Jul15-3IND
7. TIGHTEND TOUCHDOWN - 97 - Parx Dash Handicap (G3) - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 11Jul15-8PRX
8. FANTASTIC STYLE - 96 - Great Lady M Stakes (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 11Jul15-8LRC
8. FREESTYLER - 96 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 1 Mile - 11Jul15-7PRX
10. CLASSY CLASS - 95 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs - 9Jul15-8BEL
10. DELTA BLUESMAN - 95 - OC 20k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - 11Jul15-7MTH
10. HEAR THAT TUNE - 95 - OC 16k/N1X -N - 7 Furlongs - 11Jul15-8GP
10. IRONICUS - 95 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 8Jul15-3BEL
10. W. B. SMUDGE - 95 - OC 20k/N1Y -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 10Jul15-7TDN
15. WALK CLOSE - 94 - Modesty Handicap (G3) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - 11Jul15-7AP
16. PUMPKIN RUMBLE - 93 - Mystic Lake Mile Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 11Jul15-9CBY
17. CALAMITY KATE - 92 - Delaware Oaks (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 11Jul15-10DEL
17. CRAFTY CONCORDE - 92 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 12Jul15-8PRX
17. THE PIZZA MAN - 92 - Stars and Stripes Stakes (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 11Jul15-8AP
20. GALIANA - 91 - Dashing Beauty Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 11Jul15-4DEL
21. CITY'S FAST LANE - 90 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 11Jul15-6PRX
21. CONNEMARA COAST - 90 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 11Jul15-2LRL
21. FORIN SEA - 90 - OC10k/SAL5k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 12Jul15-8RUI
21. TOKEN OF LOVE (GB) - 90 - OC 80k/C -N - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - 10Jul15-6BEL
25. CEISTEACH (IRE) - 89 - Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (G3) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 11Jul15-9DEL
25. GOODTIMEHADBYALL - 89 - Clm 40000 - 1 1/16 Miles - 10Jul15-7BEL
25. S'MAVERLOUS - 89 - Clm c-35000N3L - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 10Jul15-2BEL

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

*S'MAVERLOUS was claimed for $35,000 by trainer Diane Balsamo from Rudy Rodriguez.


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Congrats to nancyb for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling tournament.

Let's go with Saturday's Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes at Delaware for this week's exercise.


SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to streamline all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...

With so many new people attending Dan's Formblog we thought it would be a good time to update the Handigambling Guidelines and Rules as we go forward in 2014.

Let's remember WHY we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses and why we're betting them the way we are. We are not asking for a novel but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.


Please start your post with  HG or HANDIGAMBLING to better recognize and find your entry.

-  You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose and that is available for that HG race.
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.

- Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF THE POST.  Remember that posts may start as 'anonymous' or an 'alternate name'. You MUST sign yourself at the end (even if it is the same) This enables the scorekeeper to recognize you .

- (1) ONE ENTRY per person for the Handigambling contest. If you have multiple email addresses, use just ONE for contest purposes.  Multiple entries will be cause for disqualification.

- Separate your analysis from the wager and use the horses # in your wager. Just like you would do in a real wager. No horse names.

-In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. Dan reserves the right to approve or deny any entries.

- The winner will receive a "60-Card Quarterly Formulator Past Performance Plan"

As an example :

HG 2014
The speed in this race goes to  horses # 1, 4 ,6 ..Ennie , Meenie, and Mo
Since it's a sprint I don't see any closers catching them.. like # 9 Miney.
I think trainer Groucho with the #6 Mo has the best stats in this condition, route to sprint.. just a gut feeling at large odds ML 20-1

HG wager
50$ Ex box 1-6
total $100

Thanks Dan!




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