07/13/2016 4:43PM

Two sprinters to follow

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*PURE SENSATION is in career form right now and must be considered one of the top turf sprinters in the country. After motoring to a gate-to-wire victory in the 6-furlong, Grade 3 Jaipur Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard, the Christophe Clement-trained gray gelding went right back to work in last Saturday's Grade 3 Parx Dash at five panels over yielding turf. 
Pure Sensation showcased his usual early zip and outsprinted the speedy ROCKET HEAT to the front after an opening quarter of 22.50. Rocket Heat, winner of the Grade 3 Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby afternoon, soon cracked, and Pure Sensation was on his way. Graded winners POWER ALERT and the venerable 10-year-old BEN'S CAT took up the chase, but Pure Sensation had too much of a head start. He streaked across the finish line 2 1/4 lengths better than Power Alert and completed the distance in 57.35 seconds. Pure Sensation received a 103 Beyer Speed Figure.  
In seven turf sprints, Pure Sensation boasts a record of 5-0-0 with four stakes wins, three graded, on his record. Considering his pedigree, it's no surprise that he excels in these shorter-distance events. Pure Sensation's sire, Zensational, grabbed three Grade 1 sprints over synthetic surfaces in 2009. The dam, Pure Disco, captured six stakes races in New Jersey. 
Pure Sensation also isn't strictly a frontrunner. In his turf debut, the $100,000 Quick Call Stakes during the summer of 2014 at Saratoga, Pure Sensation rallied from midpack. It's likely we'll see him next at Saratoga as he continues his march to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. 
*Moving to the dirt, Bob Baffert's POWER JAM showed a great deal of promise when breaking the traack record in an entry-level optional claimer last Sunday at Santa Anita. A gray ridgeling by Concord Point, Power Jam went right to the lead under Stewart Elliott, put up fractions of 21.60 and 44.14 while chased by ROCKET FUEL and kept right on going. Power Jam's final time of 1:01.71 for the 5 1/2-furlong distance was good enough for a 103 Beyer. 
Power Jam, a 4-year-old by Baffert's West Virginia Derby winner Concord Point, made his career debut on Valentine's Day 2015 at Santa Anita. He won impressively at six furlongs as the 2 to 5 favorite, prompting Baffert to tell track publicity that Power Jam is simply "a really fast horse."
Some physical problems kept Power Jam from realizing his potential at three. He only raced once more that season, finishing second by a nose as the 3 to 5 chalk against entry-level optional claiming rivals traveling 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on November 8. After that race, Power Jam again went to the sidelines and wasn't seen until last Sunday.
The questions surrounding Power Jam's future do not concern ability. Clearly, he has that in spades. It's whether Baffert can keep him sound enough to complete a lengthy campaign. Expect to see Power Jam at Del Mar, if he's right.
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*Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 7/6/16 - 7/12/16:
1. MASOCHISTIC - 107 - OC 75k/C -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 8Jul16-7SA 
2. EFFINEX - 104 - Suburban Handicap (G2) - 1 1/4 Miles - 9Jul16-9BEL
3. POWER JAM - 103 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 10Jul16-9SA 
3. PURE SENSATION - 103 - Parx Dash (G3) - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 9Jul16-8PRX
5. A. P. INDIAN - 102 - Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) - 7 Furlongs - 9Jul16-11BEL
6. CATCH A GLIMPSE - 100 - Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 9Jul16-10BEL
7. CONQUEST COBRA - 99 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 Mile - 9Jul16-4SA 
8. CRACKERJACK JONES - 98 - Alw 26614NC - 6 Furlongs - 6Jul16-8FL 
8. TWILIGHT ECLIPSE - 98 - Alw 88200N$Y - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 8Jul16-1BEL
8. WAKE UP IN MALIBU - 98 - Saginaw Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 8Jul16-3BEL
11. FISH TRAPPE ROAD - 97 - Dwyer Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile - 9Jul16-7BEL
11. KASAQUI (ARG) - 97 - Arlington Handicap (G3) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - 9Jul16-7AP 
11. SONGSATIONAL - 97 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - 9Jul16-5BEL
14. TROUBLE KID - 95 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 6 Furlongs - 12Jul16-9PRX
14. WAY STRIKING - 95 - Alw 30000N1X - 1 1/16 Miles - 10Jul16-9CBY
16. DEAUVILLE (IRE) - 94 - Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 9Jul16-8BEL
16. GREENGRASSOFYOMING - 94 - Stars N Stripes (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 9Jul16-6AP 
16. TALE OF FANCY - 94 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 10Jul16-8BEL
19. CONNEMARA COAST - 93 - OC 40k/N3X - 1 Mile - 10Jul16-8LRL
19. GHOST HUNTER - 93 - OC 40k/N3X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 10Jul16-7LRL
19. GUAPAZA (CHI) - 93 - River Memories Stakes - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 10Jul16-3BEL
19. JIMBO FALLON - 93 - Alw 90000N1X - 7 Furlongs - 9Jul16-3BEL
19. PROMISE ME SILVER - 93 - Valor Farm Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 9Jul16-6LS 
19. UNSINKABLE (IRE) - 93 - Alw 25000C - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 10Jul16-1PRX
25. FAUFILER (IRE) - 92 - Modesty Handicap (G3) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - 9Jul16-4AP 
25. FINAL CHAPTER - 92 - Alw 77000N1X - 1 Mile (Turf) - 10Jul16-6BEL
25. KEEPTHEDREAMALIVE - 92 - Alw 77000N1X - 1 Mile (Turf) - 10Jul16-6BEL
25. REAL SMART - 92 - Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (G3) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 9Jul16-7DEL
*Masochistic's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of the blog post. 
*Congrats to Rick for winning last week's HandiGambling challenge.
Rick M and SR VEGAS' HG scoreboard spreadsheet is available at the bottom of this blog post. 
Let's go with Saturday's Yellow Ribbon from Del Mar for this week's exercise.
SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to update all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...
HANDIGAMBLING version 2016:
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 SPARE A SENTENCE OR TWO outlining your HANDICAPPING ANGLES and/or THOUGHT PROCESSES about WAGERING.
1. Start your post with HG or HANDIGAMBLING to find your entry in a thread.
2. You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose that is available for that HG race. Anyone going over the $100 limit will be DISQUALIFIED.
3. Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog prior to the start of the designated race. SIGN OFF WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF YOUR 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 identify who you are.
4. (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.
5. Separate your analysis from the wager and use the PROGRAM # in your wager. Just like you would do in a real wager. No horse names.
6. If any of the rules listed above aren't met, the wager is subject to review which can lead to disqualification of your entry.
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 2016
The speed in this race are #1 Alpha, #2 Beta, and #8 Ocho. I like the works for layoff horse #5 Cinco who can sit off the pace. Lots of speed in here, so this could set up for a closer like  #6 Six Flags and I like the trainer's stats in these conditions. I’ll put the closer over the speed.
HG wager:
$10 EX   6 /   1,2,5, 8  = $40
$5 TRI   6 /   1,2,5,8  /  1,2,5,8  =  $60
Total $100
Thanks Dan!


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