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Weekend recap, Beyers
It was nice to see Gio Ponti and Einstein, the two poster boys for bad trips, get their just rewards at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon. Want to see a horse hopelessly blocked, and crying out for room to no avail? Watch Gio Ponti's run in the Hollywood Derby. How about a wide to nowhere trip around three turns? Check out Einstein's Gulfstream Park BC Handicap in 2007. Of course, one can't mention Einstein without talking about him overcoming the Trip from Hades in the 2007 Mervin Muniz at the Fair Grounds, or his very wide Big 'Cap prep in the Donn Handicap, or his losing his rider when avoiding a fallen horse in the 2007 Dixie at Pimlico. Give Gio Ponti a clear run, and he'll make that big late charge. He should certainly be a force in the grass division this year. Give Einstein a chance, and he'll run his heart out. He's simply as tough as hickory. We should probably thank the narrow-minded breeding industry for Einstein's Big 'Cap win at the ripe old age of seven. Think he'd be racing if he was a Storm Cat, or by another sire that is fashionable in the marketplace? Instead, the Brazilian-bred is a long-winded Spend a Buck, and that probably scared breeding farms away from a nice prospect. Remember, he won his first Grade 1 race three years ago...Artiste Royal was stopped cold on the inside turning for home in the Kilroe, but galloped out nicely, and will appreciate stretching back out next time...It was also pleasing to this racing fan's soul when Ah Day, plagued by multiple injuries throughout his career, came back from another malady-induced layoff to win the Toboggan. True, it wasn't the strongest field in the world, but all the credit in the world goes to legendary Mid-Atlantic horseman King Leatherbury for keeping the faith in the old boy. Of course, credit goes to the classmaster Ah Day, who doesn't understand the meaning of "quit."...I Want Revenge took the racetrack from his opponents from the very start of the Gotham, put the heat on pace rival Mr. Fantasy, and then made it look easy while pouring it on in the stretch. It was a very impressive performance from the SoCal-based three-year-old. This year's crop has certainly been fun to watch thus far, don't you think? Everywhere you look, there are solid sophomore contenders. In the Midwest, there's Old Fashioned and Friesan Fire for Larry Jones. Out West, there's Pioneerof the Nile and The Pamplemousse. At Gulfstream, there's Quality Road. Now add I Want Revenge in New York, and consider the door-knockers like Patena, Giant Oak, Flying Pegasus, Papa Clem, Dunkirk, Theregoesjojo, Hello Broadway, Beethoven, Desert Party, General Quarters, West Side Bernie, and Chocolate Candy. We're in for a heck of a ride the rest of the way to the Derby...Stardom Bound didn't run very fast, and she didn't win by very far, but she made it five Grade 1's in a row with her typical balcony sweep in the Santa Anita Oaks. Kudos to the gray filly for keeping her composure when a rival drifted in front of her in midstretch. Time for the boys? Not sure if she's up for that, but a matchup with Rachel Alexandra in the Kentucky Oaks would be a proper opening act for the long Derby weekend...Wild Promises might have finally felt the jet lag when bombing as the favorite in the Honey Fox. Scolara was trapped down on the inside at the quarter pole, and lost all chance. It wasn't a Barbaro-esque performance by any means, but Nicanor ran a much improved race in his second start. On the pace throughout, Nicanor never gave in when the favorite went by him turning for home, and was actually re-rallying a bit in the stretch. His gallop-out looked sharp, and I'll be anticipating a two-turn start, perhaps on turf or polytrack at Keeneland, as a nice maiden-breaking spot.
Here are the winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's stakes races:
*Gotham (Aqu): I Want Revenge (J. Mullins/J. Talamo) - 113
*Frank E. Kilroe Mile (SA): Gio Ponti (C. Clement/R. Dominguez) - 104
*Azeri (OP): Acoma (D. Carroll/J. Leparoux) - 100
*Santa Anita (SA): Einstein - Brz (H. Pitts/J. Leparoux) - 100
*Toboggan (Aqu): Ah Day (K. Leatherbury/S. Russell) - 97
*Honey Fox (GP): I Lost My Choo (P. Serpe/J. Lezcano) - 97
*Honest Lady (SA): Sweet August Moon (B. Koriner/J. Velazquez) - 94
*Sunshine State (GP): Hypocrite (E. Tortora/M. Cruz) - 93
*Ocala (GP): Peisinoe (I. Wilkes/J. Bridgmohan) - 93
*Allen Lacombe Memorial (FG): Gold Wonder (M. Lovell/J. Jacinto) - 92
*Wintergreen (TP): Kiss With a Twist (J. Fernandez/W. Troilo) - 92
*Razorback (OP): Let It Rock (J. Hicklin/T. Thompson) - 92
*Wide Country (Lrl): Saarlight (K. McLaughlin/R. Fuentes) - 91
*Hangonslewpyhangon (TuP): On My Dime (D. Sowers/R. Eikleberry) - 90
*Challenger (Tam): Fierce Wind (W. Phipps/D. Centeno) - 88
*Mr. G.J.G. (Aqu): Giant Moon (R. Schosberg/R. Dominguez) - 87
*Santa Anita Oaks (SA): Stardom Bound (R. Frankel/M. Smith) - 87
*China Doll (SA): April Pride - GB (J. Cassidy/D. Flores) - 85
*Gold Cup (DeD): Snug (J. Hudson/D. Saenz) - 85
*Wende (TuP): Star of Whitney (D. Sowers/R. Eikleberry) - 84
*Am Capable (Aqu): Winning Point (K. McLaughlin/R. Maragh) - 83
*Merry Colleen (Haw): Mongoose Gold (T. Domenosky/T. Riggs) - 81
*Orphan Kist (Fon): Dazzling Seville (R. Hoffman/L. Ranilla) - 67
Here are the lifetime past performances of the highest and lowest Beyer stakes performers of the week:
Does anyone know where Maylan Studart is riding? Did she leave the Big A, did she get hurt, did she get days? Thanks.
She is currently serving a 17-day suspension, and will be eligible to return to action on March 12.
Is there a way you can identify the days at SA where they were "off turf"? I would like to add that info to the Winners Running Style spreadsheet - I think it would be very illuminating
Not sure if these are all of the days, but here's a list of days where there was at least one race taken off the turf at the current Santa Anita meet:
Am looking for info on my grandfather Roger Quincy Patterson who was a jockey in Texas in the early 1900s. Am getting no where. Please help if you can.
Your best bet may be to contact the folks at the Keeneland Library. Their resources are vast, and they may be able to help you out. Here is their website:
Running the Big 'Cap on plastic is, quite honestly, a pathetic, dishearteneing sight. What I find incredible, is the silence in the face of synthetic's unpopularity. Silence on the part of horseplayers, jockeys, trainers, owners and the shill media, who apparently, can be bought for a hot dog, soda and racing form.
You mean to tell me that some of my colleagues actually hold out for hot dogs! I knew they were letting me get off easy with just the forms and sodas.
Could you see what happened to the horse THOROUGHLY at Golden Gate race #6 on Sunday.
The chart said "took several bad steps in the early stages was pulled up and vanned off"
I remember this horse when breaking his maiden as a 2 yo & put him on a Derby Watch list. He had a WOW performance & I thought held much promise. He had some type of injury & was off the radar for quite a while. Curiousity keep him on my watch list.
He resurfaced in Feb in a claimer (30K?)and beat one horse. Then dropping to the 4k claimer on Sunday, and being vanned off..
This is so sad to see, and reminds me of how fragile these animals are & how precarious a game for racing owners & trainers.
Thanks for checking it out.
I hope he is okay & if you could list his pp's (even though they may be light on action)I'd appreciate it.
I haven't heard anything yet, but will let you know when I do. Here are his past performances:
Some great picks from our posters this week. Keep up the outstanding work. Back tomorrow with a historical review as well as pp's for our HandiGambling exercise.
Regarding the prospect of the Churchill surface being souped-up on Derby Day, that's always a possibility, and it's something i look for beginning with the first race on the card. Living in Vegas, there are always props offered on the Derby running time, and you can really get a nice edge if you're able to determine early-on how fast (or slow) the track is playing. With regard to the speed of the track affecting the outcome though, the most extreme fast-track i remember on Derby Day was the year that Monarchos won, and of course he came from off the pace. So did the second-place finisher. So a fast surface doesn't automatically rule out the come-from-behind types. Especially in a race like the Derby, where the pace is generally fast and contested. Part of the reason Quality Road has so much left for the stretch run yesterday was that he was stalking fractions which were much slower than he was accustomed to. I even touched on that in my pre-race analysis. It wasn't necessarily the speed-favoring surface (though it clearly didn't hurt).
Dan; what does "Buy Back" refer to at auction? Also do the jockeys get paid anything to work a horse in the morning? Thanks, Jack
Handigambling 124: $4.00 Tri-box: 3-4-5-7 = $96.00 $4.00 win # 7
$50 Win 3 $20 Exacta Box 2,8 with 3 $1 Tri 3/8/1,2,4 $1 Tri 3/1,2,4/8 $1 Tri 2,8/3/4,8 That should be $100. Think Dream of Kaylee is on the improve here and love that 48 second blowout this week. Should be primed. Ventana is one that could either win or totally miss the board. Bet on Victor is the wild card. Rosario signs on to ride and could be tough based off that nice maiden win. Cerin gets crafty from time to time and DRF had an article saying that the horse trained better in blinkers so that's why Vlad added them on. Fu Peg He Rat looks fit and should they go to fast early, he will be mowing them down late. Supreme Summit has great connections, but not thrilled with the workout pattern since the win nor the times. Still, you have to respect. Good luck to everyone.
HG #124 .10 Supers 2/1,3,4,7/1,3,4,7/1,3,4,6,7,8 1,3,4,7/2/1,3,4,7/1,3,4,6,7,8 1,3,4,7/1,3,4,7/2/1,3,4,6,7,8 $1 Tris 2/1,3,4,7/1,3,4,6,7,8 1,3,4,7/2/1,3,4,6,7,8 1,3,4,7/1,3,4,6,7,8/2 $4 Exacta 2/1,3,4,7 $2 Exacta 1,3,4,7/2
HandiG- $10 ex 2- 4,8,10= $30 $2 Tri box 2,4,8,10=$48 $11 wp 2= 22 good luck,all
to my SOCAL friends: i saw a workout posted today for poppa clem, which was 3f in 36 and 2 on the dirt training track. is this actually a dirt track workout? is this a different track than the all-weather? i am a tad confused, and was looking for some clarification. thanks folks todd
Johnny Z, Please don't leave! We need your input. That Kempton Challenge thing and the UAE Derby are coming up. We need your info on those foreign animals. And, I want to see your updated Derby list. Help, what happened while I was out for the evening? Annie
Re: Synthetic Surfaces If we are good handicappers, we should be eager to expand our game, and take on all challenges. Where there is uncertainty, there is also opportunity, and money to be made for those that conquer the challenges. That is, IMO, the essence of a sound approach. Steve T.'s efforts and hard, continuous work to get the characteristics and nuances of synthetic surfaces across to others are not going unnoticed. Many of us that pay attention to his intelligent comments on this forum have profitted, and are looking at surface differences as a positive aspect of our game due to his efforts. The jury is still out on the safety aspects of the different types of tracks currently in use in the US. But from a handicapping aspect, the situation is not unlike the many times in the past that dirt tracks have been resurfaced or replaced. The characteristics of the new dirt track will be different than the old one. Moreover, those characteristics are not constant, and will change over time, as more horses run over the track, and as maintenance procedures and weather patterns change. The horses and trainers also adjust and adapt to the new track, and train for more endurance or more speed as required. Equipment and shoe changes also play into the problem. Polytracks change over time also, and it is up to us to figure out what is going on, and to stay ahead of the game, adapt, and use whatever info we can garner to our advantage.
GOOD GRIEF!!! NO! NO! NO! Who pissed off Steve? It is unacceptable. You cannot leave. We NEED you! Please, kiss kiss. I'll even say something nice about MHS. Just don't leave us. Annie