08/25/2011 5:18PM

Watch Out For Sister Moon!

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*SISTER MOON a $57,000 RNA at OBS April, earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure winning first-out by almost ten lengths for trainer John Sadler.  Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Sister Moon is by Dixie Union out of a half-sister to Indiana Derby winner Cielo Gold.  She was sent right to the front under Joel Rosario, rattled off splits of 22.03 and 44.96 before completing 5 1/2 panels over the Del Mar polytrack in 1:02.70.   

*BRIDGETOWN earned last week's best Beyer Speed Figure in his first start since finishing a disappointing twelfth in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.  Trained by Todd Pletcher, Bridgetown prompted the early pace of WILDCAT FRANKIE through splits of 22.26 and 45.40 before drawing away in the stretch despite flipping back to his wrong lead in the stretch.  Bridgetown finished fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint as a 3-year-old and is likely to point to that race as his long-term goal.  Although an open-lengths winner of the Troy, Bridgetown must do better if he is to prevail under the Twin Spires this fall.

*CEASE, a 4-year-old gelded son of War Chant, won his maiden at Saratoga by over 13 lengths on August 21.  Trained by Al Stall Jr., Cease relished the muddy track, stalking the pace from the outside before taking over on the far turn.  He faced no competition in the stretch, but he changed back to his left lead late and may find things more difficult against winners on dry footing.

*WHERE'S STERLING is an improved sort for trainer Nick Canani and he earned a hard-fought victory in the Grade 3 Iselin at Monmouth.  The Iselin was weaker than it has been in recent years, however, and Where's Sterling may regress next time following this tough effort. 

*Fans of speed were heartened to see a pair of aggressive rides pay off on the grass.  After the late scratch of FIFTY PROOF, KARA'S ORIENTATION loomed the lone pacesetter in the Grade 2 Sky Classic at Woodbine.  Ridden by Emile Ramsammy, Kara's Orientation opened up an 18-length lead down the backstretch through fractions of 25.78, 48.54 and 1:12.64 before having just enough to last the 10 furlongs. 

At Del Mar, the talented SUMMER SOIREE moved to the fore at the half-mile pole of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks under Gabriel Saez, drew clear on the turn and held off late-runners STAR BILLING and NEREID. 

*Really liked EVE GISELLE's victory in the six-furlong, Grade 3 Endine Stakes at Delaware.  Trained by Tim Ritchey, the favorite prompted the pace from the outside, made the front turning for home and had enough to turn away longshot Sassy City.  Eve Giselle has won six of nine starts, has never finished off the board and looks like a sleeper in the Filly and Mare Sprint division. 

*UNION RAGS made it 2 for 2 after winning the Grade 2 Saratoga Special despite racing greenly in the lane.  Word has it that trainer Michael Matz is very, very high on this son of Dixie Union. 

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Here are the top 25 Winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (8/13 - 8/20):

1.  BRIDGETOWN - 103 - Troy Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Saratoga
2.  CEASE - 102 - Md Sp Wt 51k - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga
3.  WHERE'S STERLING - 100 - Phillip H. Iselin (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Monmouth
4.  AWESOME GEM - 98 - Longacres Mile (G3) - 1 Mile - Emerald
4.  KARA'S ORIENTATION - 98 - Sky Classic (G2) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
4.  MY STAR RUNNER - 98 - Louisiana Cup Sprint - 6 Furlongs - Louisiana
4.  RAVALO - 98 - Remington Park Sprint Cup - 6 Furlongs - Remington
8.  ROYAL DELTA - 97 - Alabama Stakes (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles - Saratoga
8.  SUMMER SOIREE - 97 - Del Mar Oaks (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
10. CAIXA ELETRONICA - 96 - Hcp ---s - 6 Furlongs - Saratoga
10. EVE GISELLE - 96 - Endine Stakes (G3) - 6 Furlongs - Delaware
12. JUST JEBICAH - 95 - H.P.B.A. Sprint Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Canterbury
12. RAETODANDTY - 95 - Green Flash Handicap - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Delaware
12. STARS TO SHINE - 95 - Belle Mahone Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
12. UNION RAGS - 95 - Saratoga Special (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Saratoga
16. DAPHNE ANGELA - 94 - Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint - 6 Furlongs - Louisiana
16. ELDAAFER - 94 - Alw 45420C - 1 1/16 Miles - Delaware
16. SHEDIAK (Fr) - 94 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Delaware
19. COMPLIANCE OFFICER - 93 - West Point Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
19. FARLEY STAR (GB) - 93 - Alw 40000s - 1 Mile (Turf) - Del Mar
19. LA REINE LIONNE - 93 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Saratoga
19. TANDA - 93 - Rancho Bernardo Handicap (G3) - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar
23. DAVOS - 92 - Alw 30200NC - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Emerald
23. RYAN'S GIFT - 92 - Alw 25000NC - 6 Furlongs - Finger Lakes
23. SISTER MOON - 92 - Md Sp Wt 64k - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar

Bridgetown's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog posting. 

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Congrats to Alan for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  This week's race will be Sunday's Pacific Classic at Del Mar. 

PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.
 
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Best of luck to all

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Again, I'd like to thank everyone for being so patient with me during the Saratoga meet.  If I survive it, I'm going to take a week off to recharge the batteries and then I'll return to answer your questions and comments and field your PP requests. 

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