08/01/2008 6:20PM

Weekend Stakes, Claiming Crown, etc.

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I don't even know if these exist, but it seems a number of posters are planning to play the Claiming Crown on Saturday.  Are there Beyer Pars for any of these races?  I'm guessing not, but if there are, would you mind posting them?
Danny B


Let's take a look at the history of the Claiming Crown:

Iron Horse (1 1/16 Miles):
1999:  A Point Well Made -  82
2000:  Gingerboy - 96
2001:  Secret Squall - 80
2002:  Ruskin - 90 (run at Philly Park)
2003:  Ghoastly Prize - 87
2004:  Superman Can - 88
2005:  My Extolled Honor - 80
2006:  Distinct Vision - 80
2007:  Bargainwiththedevil - 94 (run at one mile at Ellis Park)

Express (six furlongs):
1999:  Pioneer Spirit - 92
2000:  Spit Polish - 82
2001:  The Maccabee - 102
2002:  Talknow - 101 (run at Philly Park)
2003:  Landler - 95
2004:  Chisholm - 91
2005:  Onlynurimagination - 104
2006:  Castello d'Oro - 87
2007:  Golden Hare - 91 (run at Ellis Park)

Glass Slipper (six furlongs):
1999:  You're a Lady - 95 (run at 1 1/16 miles)
2000:  A Lot of Mary - 86 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2001:  French Teacher - 93 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2002:  Won Moro - 83 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs at Philly Park)
2003:  Mum's Gold - 85 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2004:  Banished Lover - 84 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2005:  Ells Editor - 76 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2006:  Funny Woman - 89
2007:  Adore You - 85 (run at Ellis Park)

Rapid Transit (six furlongs):
1999:   Aplomado - 100 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2000:  Teddy Boy - 86 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2001:  Sassy Hound - 100 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2002:  Risen Warrior - 94 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs at Philly Park)
2003:  Pioneer Boy - 102 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2004:  Heroic Sight - 98 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2005:  Procreate - 101 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs)
2006:  Crafty Schemer - 107
2007:  Neverbeendancin' - 85 (run at Ellis Park)

Tiara (1 1/16 miles - turf):
1999:  Taffy - 85 (run at 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt)
2000:  Look to the Day - 86
2001:  No Race
2002:  No Race
2003:  No Race
2004:  No Race
2005:  Inhonorofjohnnie - 80
2006:  Tens Holy Spirit - 84
2007:  Unplugged - 78 (run at Ellis Park)

Emerald (1 1/16 miles - turf):
2000:  P. D. Lucky - 90
2001:  Al's Dearly Bred - 92
2002:  Nowrass - 102 (run at Philly Park)
2003:  Image - 92
2004:  Stage Player - 98
2005:  Mr. Mabee - 96
2006:  Al's Dearly Bred - 86
2007:  One Eyed Joker - 90 (run at Ellis Park)

Jewel (1 1/8 miles):
1999:  One Brick Shy - 101
2000:  B Flat Major - 93
2001:  Sing Because - 90
2002:  Truly A Judge - 106 (run at Philly Park)
2003:  Daunting - 103
2004:  Intelligent Male - 94
2005:  Desert Boom - 103
2006:  Me My Mine - 93
2007:  Miami Sunrise - 91 (run at Ellis Park)

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Great call on Double Domino. I have a dime on him to win and he looked much the best all the way even though he was steadied to begin, then pulled by Johnny V, then three wide around the turn and he still won by three. This horse might have something in the future. What did you think of his race?
Brett

I think he may have a future as well.  He was a little eager leaving the gate, but showed a great deal of agility to extricate himself from a tight spot entering the turn.  He was then spun three wide around the bend, but kicked it in once more turning for home, and won pretty nicely.  By Stormy Atlantic, it will be interesting to see if Pletcher keeps him on the turf, or gives him a shot on the main track.

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Does anyone think there will be a horse under 5 years old entered in this year's Breeder's Cup Marathon?  So far it looks like it will be an old timer's race with Zappa(6) and Evening Attire (7).  Who do you think other potential contenders will be?  I think other than perhaps the Distaff, it is the race I am personally looking forward to the most. 
Rogi

Delosvientos (6-year-old) and Nite Light (5-year-old) may be strong contenders from the East Coast. 

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I just read that Zenyatta weighed out at 1206 pounds yesterday and is 17 hands, that is one big filly, but she doesn't look it at all. I don't remember her half sister Balance being that big.
Vertigineux has a 2006 filly by the name of Treasure Trail by Pulpit. Is she on her way to blue hen status? She has had four daughters (no sons) - Balance, Zenyatta, Treasure Trail and Where's Bailey. Balance is over a million, Zenyatta is at $735K and Where's Bailey is at $116K.
Treasure Trail had been working at Saratoga up until the 16th of June, but no works since.
Does anyone know whether Vertigineux has been bred back to Street Cry?
Steve T

Vertigineux has a Giant's Causeway yearling colt, a Thunder Gulch weanling, and was bred to Bernardini.

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Does anyone know anything about Arashi Cat? I can not get any pedigree info on him to come up. He is listed in the AE at DMR sat. with Potts aboard. 
Lane

Lane,
Here ya go:
ARASHI CAT (Fusaichi Pegasus - A Chance of Storm, by Storm Cat)  Arashi Cat is a half brother to Grass World, a Group 3 winner in Japan. Dam is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner, November Snow and Grade 3 winner Scatmandu. Fourth dam is Blue Hen (superior female) Blue Denim, whose dam sire was Man O' War. Sire has the Rasmussen Factor, (inbred to a superior female within 5 gen.)  to Almahmoud  through daughters Natalma and Cosmah Blue hens are an indication of class in the pedigree. This colt should have serious speed and be able to carry it past a mile on all surfaces.
Laura


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Dan-
Can you post the PPs for Lava Man
Tim


Here they are:

Download lava_man.pdf

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Dan,
Can you provide the lifetime pp for one of the all time greats at Saratoga, Fourstardave?
KYL Syndicate

Here are the past performances for a Spa fan favorite:

Download Fourstardave.pdf

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Dan,
With the retirement of Lava Man, and with Evening Attire and Perfect Drift getting up there in age, do you think we will ever see such iron horses again in the modern era. I grew up watching old warriors such as Silver Survivor, Peanut Butter Onit, Solar Splendor, Fourstardave, Cardmania and many others. Even though they were often a cut below the best handicap horses, they were always fan favorites because they gave EVERYTHING they had on the track. These are the type of horses that will fight tooth and nail to win a photo finish for fourth place.  Racing needs these kinds of horses to survive, everyone loves to pull for the underdog.
Mark

I think those days are long gone.  The breeding industry has too much influence.  If a colt shows any kind of ability, he will be lured to stud by stallionmasters looking to turn a quick profit.  Any filly that earns "blacktype" (don't get me started about the ridiculous overabundance of stakes races - just look at the Saratoga cards) will be bred, and then sold at auction to an uninformed buyer that is mesmerized by that third-place finish in The Green Monkey Stakes (Restricted, $75,000 Purse, for Non-Winner of a Sweepstakes in 2007 and 2008). 
The occasional gelding like Commentator and Evening Attire will fall through the cracks, but the days of non-gelded horses running at top levels through the age of five is probably over.

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Some great selections and comments from our posters over the last few days.  Excellent job!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Take care,

Dan