03/23/2009 12:55PM

Weekend Beyers, etc.


We've seen some wonderful training jobs in 2009.  First, we lauded King Leatherbury for his work with the brilliant, but brittle Ah Day.  Last week, we praised Bennie Stutts Jr. for getting Smooth Air back into the winner's circle after that runner's various physical ailments.  This time, we must give Bill Mott his due.  Hold Me Back had to successfully navigate nine furlongs in his first start since the Remsen, but Mott had him cranked tight, and Hold Me Back rallied late to win the Lane's End.  The Hall of Famer also teamed up with Kent Desormeaux to win the Orchid with the talented stayer Dress Rehearsal...Nice to see a couple of stakes horses return from injury to win their races.  Noble Court reportedly suffered from a bruised foot after finishing third in the Vernon O. Underwood, but he came back strong to take the Joe Hernandez on Saturday at Santa Anita.  Secret Gypsy missed a start at Fair Grounds earlier in the year due to a swollen pastern, but she returned with a vengeance in the Distaff at the Big A. 


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

*Prima Donna (OP):  She's Our Annie (W. Fires/J. Court) - 104
*San Luis Rey (SA):  Midships (R. Frankel/V. Espinoza) - 102

*Coyote (TuP):  Goin' Dancin (T. Smith/D. Vergara) - 98
*Lane's End (TP):  Hold Me Back (W. Mott/K. Desormeaux) - 97
*Joe Hernandez (SA):  Noble Court (J. Sadler/J. Rosario) - 96
*Orchid (GP):  Dress Rehearsal - Ire (W. Mott/K. Desormeaux) - 95
*Hot Springs (OP):  Red Hot N Gold (K. Von Hemel/E. Razo Jr.), Silver Edition (D. Lukas/T. Thompson) - 94 *Dead-Heat
*Distaff (Aqu):  Secret Gypsy (R. Werner/R. Albarado) - 93
*Black Bart (TuP):  Allegre (M. Chambers/J. Barton) - 92
*Santa Ana (SA):  Belmont Cat - NZ (J. Sadler/J. Rosario) - 92
*Pan American (GP):  Buddy's Humor (B. Levine/J. Lezcano) - 92
*Sportsman's Paradise (DeD):  Headstart (S. Asmussen/R. Toups) - 90
*Golden Gate Fields Sprint (GG):  Siren Lure (S. Sherman/F. Alvarado) - 90

*Mt. Cristo Rey (Sun):  Key's Band (J. Gonzalez Jr./J. Bourdieu) - 88
*Private Terms (Lrl):  St John's Gospel (A. Gonzalez/H. Ramos) - 88
*Bourbonette Oaks (TP):  Hot Cha Cha (P. Sims/O. Mojica) - 87
*Hansel (TP):  Turfiste (R. Holthus/J. Leparoux) - 86
*Queen (TP):  Just for Keeps (M. Maker/J. Leparoux) - 85
*Rushaway (TP):  Cliffy's Future (D. Miller/J. Castanon) - 83
*Fortin (FG):  Tizaqueena (M. Stidham/H. Theriot II) - 83

*Green Oaks (DeD):  Garter Belt (K. Decker/C. Hernandez) - 78
*Zany Tactics (TuP);  Albacore Bob (L. Wells/M. Hernandez) - 76
*ITBOF Sales Graduate (Fillies) - Belong Again (J. Calvin/E. Perez) - 75
*Oregon Derby (PM):  El Cugat (P. Jarvis/M. Gutierrez) - 72

*Sydney Valentini (Sun):  Let the Musicbegin (G. Greenwood/M. Perez) - 69
*Pepsi (Fon):  Stroll By (L. Donlin/J. Ponce) - 67
*ITBOF Sales Graduate (colts) (Haw):  King Ajax (M. Cristel/L. Wade) - 62

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

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Haven't seen a work from Imperial Council since the Gotham.  A bit worried about that.  Any news on your end, Dan?
Nick Briglia

Imperial Council returned to Florida after the Gotham, and worked a half-mile in 51.80 on Saturday morning at Payson Park.  He'll likely be pointed to the Wood Memorial for a rematch with I Want Revenge.


For HandiGambling 126, I would like to select the 8th race at Oaklawn, an Allowance Optional Claiming  (OC22k/N1X) race for four year-olds and up at 1 1/16th miles on the dirt.
Van Savant

Congrats to Van Savant for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling race.   I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but 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.  I'm 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.  Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."  Here are the past performances for Wednesday's race:

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Talk to you soon,