07/06/2009 5:55PM

Weekend Beyers, 3yo sprinters

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Don't look now, but the three-year-old sprint division has exploded in recent weeks.  Munnings, so dominant in winning the Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes day, put up another huge number in beating older foes in the Tom Fool at Belmont on Sunday.  Zensational, a freakishly-fast runner from Bob Baffert's barn, left his elders in the dust in the Triple Bend over Hollywood's cushion track.  Custom for Carlos strutted to a 6 1/4 length score in the Jersey Shore Stakes for trainer Eddie Kenneally. They join Capt. Candyman Can as legitimate prospects for the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.  And what do we make of Kensei, a late-developing son of Mr. Greeley trained by Steve Asmussen?  He won the "tweener" Dwyer Stakes around a one-turn 1 1/16 miles, and has plenty of options on the summer schedule.  Will we see him return to sprint distances (second in the Derby Trial, third in the Woody Stephens), or will he stretch out for races like the Jim Dandy, Haskell, or Travers?
Munnings has become a force since learning to rate and finish, and Zensational would likely improve even more if he learns to relax coming out of the gate.  He won the Triple Bend despite pulling Victor Espinoza out of the saddle leaving the stalls, and racing greenly most of the way.  His early speed cannot be questioned. 
Presious Passion is one of the gamest, and least appreciated, runners in North America, and his gate-to-wire tour de force in the United Nations was a neat trick by Elvis Trujillo.  The splits were fast, but Presious Passion gets very, very brave when unpressured on the lead, and he held off Lauro by a diminishing two lengths at the wire of the 11-furlong event.  Where were the closers?  Lauro and Brass Hat, the second- and third-place finishers of the United Nations, were second and third all the way around.  Spice Route picked up a few horses late after breaking poorly, but it didn't seem that anyone ran other than the extremely capable winner.
Craig Dollase seems to have Monterey Jazz back on his best game.  When right, the speedy performer is capable of huge races on dirt as in the 2008 Texas Mile.  He may have begun his second career as a middle-distance turf runner over the weekend as he blitzed his American Handicap foes into the ground with a daring display of speed. 
Informed Decision will run on broken glass, and is in the very caring hands of Jonathan Sheppard.  No offense to Indian Blessing, but she may be the best older filly sprinter in the country.
Cat Moves won the war in the Prioress at Belmont Park, but her entrymate, Light Green, opened eyes with her game runner-up effort.  Light Green did some serious battling every step of the way, and understandably faltered late.  If she can stretch her speed another furlong, Light Green can be a dangerous contender in the Test at the Spa.

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Here are the winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's stakes races:

*Tom Fool (Bel):  Munnings (T. Pletcher/J. Velazquez) - 111

*Salvator Mile (Mth):  Coal Play (N. Zito/J. Bravo) - 109
*Jersey Shore (Mth):  Custom for Carlos (E. Kenneally/E. Castro) - 106
*United Nations (Mth):  Presious Passion (M. Hartmann/E. Trujillo) - 106
*Dwyer (Bel):  Kensei (S. Asmussen/E. Prado) - 105
*Triple Bend (Hol):  Zensational (B. Baffert/V. Espinoza) - 105
*American (Hol):  Monterey Jazz (C. Dollase/T. Baze) - 104
*Dominion Day (WO) - Marchfield (M. Casse/P. Husbands) - 102
*Firecracker (CD):  Mr. Sidney (W. Mott/K. Desormeaux) - 102
*Suburban (Bel):  Dry Martini (B. Tagg/E. Prado) - 101
*Alamedan (Pln):  Sierra Sunset (J. Bonde/W. Antongeorgi III) - 101

*Mr. Prospector (Mth):  Go Go Shoot (B. Levine/E. Castro) - 99
*Chicago (AP):  Informed Decision (J. Sheppard/J. Leparoux) - 99
*American Oaks Invitational (Hol):  Gozzip Girl (T. Albertrani/K. Desormeaux) - 97
*Don Jack (Bel):  Sal the Barber (C. Clement/R. Dominguez) - 97
*Lieutenant Governor's (Hst):  Teide (D. Condilenios/C. Hoverson) - 97
*Prioress (Bel):  Cat Moves (A. Dutrow/R. Dominguez) - 96
*Locust Grove (CD):  Closeout (T. Proctor/R. Albarado) - 95
*Sweet Briar Too (WO): Simply Splendid (G. Cox/C. Sutherland) - 95
*Attaway Darbonne Memorial Starter (EvD):  Classy Deelites (D. Moran Sr./C. Bourque) - 94
*Dale Baird Memorial (Mnr):  Bernie Blue (M. Feliciano/R. Feliciano) - 93
*Pola Benoit Memorial (EvD):  Star Guitar (A. Stall Jr./C. Bourque) - 93
*Independence Day (Mnr):  Timeless Fashion (T. Drury Jr./H. Rosario Jr.) - 92
*Governor's (EmD):  Atta Boy Roy (V. Lund/J. Crispin) - 91
*Spangled Jimmy (NP):  Zuri Mwana (G. Amthor/S. Beauregard) - 91
*Miss Liberty (Mth):  American Border (J. Servis/E. Trujillo) - 90
*Caress (Bel):  Jazzy - Arg (M. Hennig/A. Garcia) - 90
*Choice (Mth):  Laureate Conductor (C. Clement/J. Bravo) - 90
*J. Archie Sebastien Memorial (EvD):  Superior Storm (R. Jackson/L. Quinonez) - 90
*Wadsworth Memorial (FL):  Sweetnorthernsaint (S. Klesaris/J. Davila Jr.) - 90

*Western Canada (NP):  Casey's On Call (R. Rycroft/P. Winters) - 89
*Pierre LeBlanc Memorial Sprint (EvD):  Coach Mike (T. Richey/J. Jacinto) - 89
*King County (EmD):  Elusive Horizon (D. Harwood/J. Gutierrez) - 89
*Ontario Damsel (WO):  Mullins Beach (M. Pierce/E. Da Silva) - 89
*Firecracker (Mnr):  Beautiful Venue (B. Beagle/R. Stokes III) - 88
*Junius Delahoussaye Memorial Sprint (EvD):  Brother Bean (V. Arceneaux/B. Patin) - 87
*Wandering Cloud (Bel):  Dance Gal Dance (T. Ritvo/R. Maragh) - 87
*Wolverine (Pnl):  Fiery Lake (E. Griffin/J. Delgado) - 87
*Flawlessly (Hol):  Strawberry Tart (J. Bonde/M. Garcia) - 87
*Dean Kutz (Cby):  Fufty Too (M. Robertson/S. Stevens) - 84 (*Big Push finished 1st with 85 Beyer, but was disqualified and placed 2nd)
*Chris Loseth (Hst):  El Cugat (T. Taylor/M. Gutierrez) - 83
*Blair's Cove (Cby):  Joni's Justice (M. Robertson/D. Butler) - 81
*State Fair Board (Lnn):  Roaring Home (J. Lambert/M. Ziegler) - 80

*Bashford Manor (CD):  Backtalk (T. Amoss/M. Mena) - 79
*D. S. Shine Young Memorial Futurity (fillies) (EvD):  Happyfromthegitgo (S. Asmussen/L.
Quinonez) - 79
*Connie Ann (Crc):  Rate of Exchange (M. Wolfson/E. Nunez) - 79
*B. B. Sixty Rayburn Memorial (EvD):  Break Up (B. Brinkman/G. Melancon) - 77
*Front Range (ArP):  Get Thee Hence (T. Rushton/J. Rochabrun) - 76
*Vancouver Sun (Hst):  Holy Nova (T. Taylor/M. Gutierrez) - 76
*Mervin Muniz Memorial Starter (EvD):  High Toned (K. Bourgeois/D. Saenz) - 74
*Joe Joyce Memorial Independence Day (Wyo):  Merle T (K. Newby/U. Dominguez) - 74
*Clarendon (WO):  Who's Big Daddy (S. Fairlie/G. Olguin) - 74
*Cleveland Gold Cup (Tdn):  Hurley's Way (W. Cowans/R. Prescott) - 73
*Northbound Pride (Cby):  Sirrah (M. Biehler/J. Ferrer) - 73
*Supernaturel (Hst):  Tierra Del Feugo (B. Heads/P. Alvarado) - 71

*Everett Nevin Alameda County (Pln):  Excessive Passion (J. Bonde/O. Figueroa) - 69
*Evanston Speed (Wyo):  Vibod (M. Hanson/D. Crane) - 69
*Brookmeade (Cnl):  Rap Tale (B. Brown/L. Garcia) - 68
*Canada Day (AsD):  Preservata (C. Willson/T. Nelson) - 67
*Niagara (FL):  Sezzana (H. Bond/J. Grabowski) - 67
*Frank A. Buddy Abadie Memorial (EvD):  Seven Seventythree (S. Asmussen/G. Melancon) - 66

*Isadorable (Suf):  Ask Queenie (L. Lockhart/D. Panell) - 56
*D. S. Shine Young Memorial Futurity (colts) (EvD):  Heavenville (S. Asmussen/F. Torres) - 55

*CTBA Derby (ArP):  Dance to the Star (K. Gleason/A. Ramos) - 49
*Frank Arnason Sire (AsD):  Percolating (C. Torevell/R. Singh) - 49
*North Dakota Derby (AsD):  Copper Badges (B. Miller/A. Cuthbertson) - 45
*Breeders' Special Fillies (Lnn):  Apple Crumble (J. Wise/J. Olesiak) - 45

Here are the lifetime past performances for the highest and lowest Beyer stakes performers of the week:

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Interesting post about CR and Yonaguska. I realize your post was about males, but Earth Living is a nice Yonaguska filly (out of a Tobasco Cat mare) that finished 2nd in the UAE 2000 Guineas (8.5 furlongs or so). I do not think she has run since (injury) but if she returns it will be interesting.
vicstu

After finishing second in both the UAE Guineas on February 6, and the UAE Oaks on February 26, Earth Living returned to Japan to run fourth in the listed Shoryu Stakes on May 23. 

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How many 1 3/8 mile races have been run on the turf since it was renovated?  Not many, right? 
Blue Horseshoe

There have only been five races at 11 furlongs on the turf at Monmouth since the track installed the new grass course.  Four of those races were runnings of the United Nations.  The other was the 2007 Omnibus Stakes for fillies and mares.

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Haven't heard from jerrry concerning his pick for this week's HandiGambling exercise.  Let's give him another day, but if we don't hear from him, we'll have cayman01, our scorekeeper, make the race selection.

Talk to you soon,

Dan