02/17/2009 4:15PM

Weekend recap, Beyers, Derby top 10


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

*General George (Lrl):  True Quality (J. Campo Jr./C. Lopez) - 107
*Chou Croute (FG):  Smart Surprise (J. Carroll/R. Albarado) - 105
*Hurricane Bertie (GP):  Any Limit (H. Jerkens/C. Velasquez) - 103
*Daytona (SA):  Desert Code (D. Hofmans/A. Gryder) - 102
*Sam F. Davis (Tam):  General Quarters (M. Miller/J. Lopez) - 100
*Phoenix Gold Cup (TuP):  Peace Chant (D. O'Neill/A. Quinonez) - 100

*Martha Washington (OP):  Rachel Alexandra (H. Wiggins/C. Borel) - 99
*Santa Maria (SA):  Santa Teresita (E. Guillot/J. Talamo) - 98
*John B. Campbell (Lrl):  Richard's Kid (R. Small/J. Joubert) - 97
*La Canada (SA):  Life Is Sweet (J. Shirreffs/G. Gomez) - 96
*Barbara Fritchie (Lrl):  Royale Michele (S. Kintz/G. Garcia) - 96
*Dust Commander (TP):  Timeless Fashion (T. Drury Jr./H. Rosario Jr.) - 96
*Fred "Cappy" Capossela (Aqu):  Not for Silver (M. Trombetta/R. Dominguez) - 94
*Southwest (OP):  Old Fashioned (J. Jones/R. Dominguez) - 93
*Endeavour (Tam):  Ballymore Lady (E. Kenneally/J. Lezcano) - 92
*Dearly Precious (Aqu):  Dream Play (K. McLaughlin/E. Castro) - 92
*Richter Scale Sprint (GP):  How's Your Halo (B. Prichard/J. Leyva) - 92
*Buena Vista (SA):  Jibboom (R. Frankel/G. Gomez) - 92
*Curribot (Sun):  Song of Navarone (H. Dominguez/A. Castanon) - 92
*Jim's Orbit Texas Stallion (Ret):  Valid Stripes (A. Laborde/C. Lanerie) - 92
*Turf Paradise (TuP):  Bingham (K. Lewis/G. Corbett) - 90
*El Camino Real Derby (GG):  Chocolate Candy (J. Hollendorfer/R. Baze) - 90
*Florida Thoroughbred Charities (OTC) - Dukes Flying Tiger (K. Ziadie/J. Lezcano) - 90

*Coconut Grove (GP):  Gozzip Girl (T. Albertrani/K. Desormeaux) - 89
*La Zanzara (SA) - Caprice - Ger (H. Motion/R. Bejarano) - 88
*San Vicente (SA):  Evita Argentina (J. Sadler/G. Gomez) - 88
*Darley OBS Championship (filly div.) (OTC) - Fitz Just Right (K. McLaughlin/A. Garcia) - 88
*Hallandale Beach (GP):  Duke of Homberg - GB (T. Albertrani/A. Garcia) - 87
*Governor's Speed (PM):  Ex Mountain Cop (J. Nance/C. Jones) - 87
*Pippin (OP):  French Kiss (G. Hartlage/J. Johnson) - 86
*McCann's Mojave (GG):  El Gato Malo (C. Dollase/R. Baze) - 85
*Sun City (TuP):  She's Sensational (J. Martin/K. Kaenel) - 84
*Santa Teresa (Sun):  Stealth Cat (S. Asmussen/L. Contreras) - 82
*Darley OBS Championship (colt div.) (OTC):  Cape Royale (W. White/C. Velasquez) - 80
*Suncoast (Tam):  Rock Candy (M. Zwiesler/J. Lezcano) - 80

*Bold Accent (Fon):  Miss Missile (C. Smith/D. Leeds) - 76
*Darley OBS Sprint (colt div.) (OTC) - Pray for Action (R. Werner/E. Trujillo) - 75
*Darley OBS Sprint (filly div.) (OTC) - R Brown Sugar (K. Ziadie/J. Lezcano) - 75
*Two Altazano Texas Stallion (Ret):  Tiffany Royal (S. Asmussen/J. Shepherd) - 75

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

Download true_quality.pdf


Again, I apologize for the frustrations that the blog has caused over the last few days.  I got in touch with a Typepad representative, and I'm not sure whether I was lied to, or if the person simply hasn't an idea of how the product worked in the past:

In my past blog postings, all of the comments (up to a few hundred) would be displayed on one page. For my most recent posting, there are only a couple of dozen followed by a "previous" and "next" link. Is there any way the blog could revert to the original setting where all the comments are posted on one page?
Thank you for your time.
Dan Illman
FormBlog - drf.com

On Feb 12, 2009 6:46:54 PM, TypePad Customer Support said:
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At Weblogs > Configure > Feedback, you can increase the number of comments set to display on each page up to 50. There isn't an option to display all comments on a single page, but we are looking into increasing the limit. Would 100 comments per page better meet your needs?
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As we all know, the blog HAS had more than 50 comments on a single page at a given time so I have no idea what they're talking about when they say "there isn't an option to display all comments on a single page."  If you think it would help, e-mail your complaints to Typepad.  I'm ripping my hair out just thinking about this situation.


where can I find the current odds for the derby futures pool?
thanks, tbone



Re: Jose Adan
Did anyone see the Jose Adan turf sprint (6.5 furlongs I think) race yesterday from Dubai?
Jose Adan (the former Catalano runner who was disqualified from first in the Arlington Washington Futurity at AP last Sept.) was the post-time favorite (5-2) and finished out of the money. He is one of my favorites (I have a $2 Derby future wager on him through somebody who has figured out how to include more than 24 betting interests). I tried to watch a video of the race, but could not make out anything. I hope it was just a poor comebock effort and he will continue to progress.
Midwest Ed

You may be able to find a replay of the race on the "Race Videos" section of the Emirates Racing website:   http://emiratesracing.com/era/index.cfm

The "Stewards' Report" for the race indicated that "Jose Adan had difficulty in obtaining clear running."

The Racing Post reported that "The winner's stablemate Jose Adan, who's also ex-US, got messed about a bit in the straight, but that was basically as a result of him failing to take the gaps, and this was disappointing first run for Godolphin."

The official comment for the race is: "Mid-division on rail, not much room 2f out, ran on one pace final 1 1/2f"


On the CHRB Vet’s List, there are four classifications: Sick, Injured, Medication, and Unsound.  Other than obvious “injured” (pulled up, lame, or vanned off) or “sick” horses, how do the horses get on the list?   Mike Mitchell has many more horses listed for “Medication” than any other trainer, but who determines that, and what does it mean?

From the CHRB website:

"The Official Veterinarian shall maintain a Veterinarian's List of those horses determined to beunfit to compete in a race due to physical distress, unsoundness or infirmity. When a horse is placed on the Veterinarian's List, the trainer of such horse shall be notified within 72 hours. Ahorse placed on the Veterinarian's List shall be removed from the List only after having demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Official Veterinarian or the Racing Veterinarian that thehorse is then raceably sound and in fit physical condition to exert its best effort in a race. Ahorse may be required to perform satisfactorily in a work-out or qualifying race to demonstrateits physical fitness, and if so a blood and/or urine post-work test sample shall be taken from the horse and the provisions of this article shall apply to such official work-out in the same manneras to a scheduled race. NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 19440 and 19562, Business and Professions Code. Reference:Sections 19440 and 19562, Business and Professions Code. HISTORY: 1. New rule filed 2-9-84; effective 2-9-84. 2. Amendment filed 12-16-85; effective 1-15-86."

It has been reported that any horse given steroids would be put on the list, but I don't know whether that is the reason that any specific horses are on the current posting.


Also missing, Majormotionpicture - wonder what happened to him?

According to our Disabled List (on the right hand side of the blog), Majormotionpicture is recovering from a foot abscess, and trainer Michael Machowsky remarked that he was "jarred up behind."  By the way, wonderful pick in the Santa Maria with Santa Teresita!


Congrats to slew for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  He has selected the seventh race at Gulfstream on Wednesday for our next challenge.  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:

Download HandiGambling121.pdf


Dan (or others),
I'm tracking some horses for a friend, and was able to find out the information on some.  Others...I need some help.  However, all of these appeared at the January mixed ages Keeneland sale.
Here's the first third.
--She's All Eltish
(4 y/o, won G2 Bonnie Miss.  Disappeared after listed CRC stakes)
(9 y/o, Broodmare or still active?)
--Another Aleyna
(4 y/o, was in SoCal then went east on the DL)
--Smart Wildcat
(4 y/o, appeared in a minor Iowa Stakes)

She's All Eltish was sold for $280,000 to Katsumi Yoshida, and will probably head to Japan as a broodmare.  Almonsoon sold for $950,000 to Southern Equine Stables, and will likely join their broodmare band.  Another Aleyna went for $100,000 to Mulholland Springs Farm in Kentucky, and also will become a broodmare.  Smart Wildcat sold for $95,000 to Westbury Stables, a breeding and racing operation in Florida.  I'm not positive if she's been retired, but it's likely.


Time for the weekly Derby top ten:

1.  Hello Broadway (B. Tagg) - Gets major two-turn test in Tampa Bay Derby.
2.  Old Fashioned (J. Jones) - Solid run in Southwest has us wanting more.
3.  The Pamplemousse (J. Canani) - Speedy runner must handle dirt.
4.  Friesan Fire (J. Jones) - His wonderful tactical speed is a tremendous asset.
5.  Desert Party (S. bin Suroor) - Sanford winner has turned it up a notch in Dubai
6.  Pioneerof the Nile (B. Baffert) - Showed huge kick in Robert B. Lewis.  Must prove himself on dirt
7.  General Quarters (M. Miller) - Won Sam F. Davis in fast time.  Must prove it wasn't a fluke.
8.  Bear's Rocket (R. Baker) - Ran a big one on the engine in first start on dirt. 
9.  West Side Bernie (K. Breen) - Outside post did him no favors in Holy Bull
10. Take the Points (T. Pletcher) - Won two in a row at Gulfstream.  Ready for stakes next.

Take this list for what it's worth.  It's from a hack that can't get a Typepad rep to admit that there was a time where we could get more than 50 comments on a single page.  Sigh!

Back for more tomorrow.



Carol W. More than 1 year ago
HG 121 I really like the #2 horse, Chapel Run in this spot. Though just a maiden winner last out, has faced stronger than these while bouncing between trainers. Will try to key over #4- connections #5- honest efforts except on turf and #6- trainer is jock & owner? $30 W #2 $10 EX 2/4,5,6 $2 TRI 2/456/4568 $1 TRI 456/2/4568 $.10 SUP 2/456/456/189 $.10 SUP 456/2/189/456 Good Luck to all! Carol W.
Annie More than 1 year ago
Steve T, Geez, all that excitement over a horse running down a bunch of tiring MAIDENS! I probably don't have to worry anyway. Mr. Hot Stuff probably won't be able to get in CC's races. They do have requirements, you know. They won't leave out a Stakes winner so he can get in. Look for a nice NW2L. Annie
Causeways37 More than 1 year ago
Also on Dubai Race 3, Honour Devil to Tiz Now Tiz Then could be a cold exacta. No value, but might be a shot to take advantage of it.
Causeways37 More than 1 year ago
Correction on the Dubai Race 7 that I mentioned earlier. Imbongi actually ran second to Hatta Fort but he had the far outside post last time out and lost by a nose. Should be much sharper this time. Him with Summit Surge could be a cold box.
robertSD More than 1 year ago
Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts about having to suspend something I was very proud of -- my web site. I have had the suspension page up for less than 12 hours and I am seriously having withdrawls. I didn't realize how much (even though it was a lot work in terms of hours) I enjoyed the process. Hope the feeling subsides. - robertSD
Causeways37 More than 1 year ago
Annie, Yes you are correct about the jk = joke. Or it can be used as j/k. By the way, be sure to bring floaties for CC. :) Literally! Did you see that soaked rubber stuff they were running on monday! sheesh! lol. And it was hailing this morning! Am I really in So Cal? It's not supposed to rain over here! I feel like i'm back in the bay area again! Oh, I went back and watched the El Camino again...wow, CC made a 3-4 moves in that race. I'm becoming more impressed with him. But he's down 1-0 to POTN. :(
JP.FL More than 1 year ago
$1 Super 8,9/4,5,8,9/2,4,5,6,7,/2,4,5,6,7 $88.00 $2 TRI BOX 4 8 9 $12.00
Van Savant More than 1 year ago
Folks; Nice article on the finest Jockey in modern times: http://www.latimes.com/sports/horseracing/la-sp-dwyre-horse17-2009feb17,0,6061652.column Enjoy.
berdie More than 1 year ago
hg sorry cancel bet wrong race
Van Savant More than 1 year ago
HandiGambling 121; TEXAS HEDGE (#9) has the best chance to win this race given his apparent affinity for the track, the distance, and history with Jockey Bravo. Breaking from the outside post will allow him to be placed just about anywhere depending on how the race unfolds. He will probably go postward at an underlaid 2/1 or so, unfortunately. DEALING LUCKY (#6) has the look of a solid longshot in this field given his history of races within this relative class-level. Save for his turf and slop efforts, he has performed creditably, and may move forward today. CHAPEL HILL (#2) has a bit of speed, and should work out a good trip. His win last time out at this track is also a plus. HE’S LONG GONE (#4) comes from an outfit with very good trainer percentages, and jockey/trainer combo percentages. He should be fit, and appreciate the switch to a dirt surface. My Play: $1 Superfecta box – 2,4,6,9 ($24) $1 Trifecta box – 2,4,6,9 ($24) $2 Exacta box – 2,4,6,9 ($24) $5 Exacta box – 6,9 ($10) $9 Win/Place – 6 ($18) That’s a hondo (for those who have graduated from The Van Savant Institute for Applied Mathematics).