12/01/2008 6:11PM

Weekend thoughts, Beyers


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

*Fall Highweight (Aqu):  Fabulous Strike (T. Beattie/R. Dominguez) - 113

*Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile (Aqu):  Tale of Ekati (B. Tagg/E. Prado) - 106 (*Harlem Rocker dq'd from first and placed second
*Hollywood Turf Express (Hol):  California Flag (B. Koriner/J. Talamo) - 105
*Tenacious (FG):  Secret Getaway (M. Stidham/J. Graham) - 102
*War Chant (Hol):  Slew's Tiznow (D. O'Neill/R. Bejarano) - 102
*Clark (CD):  Einstein - Brz (H. Pitts/J. Leparoux) - 101
*Thanksgiving (FG):  Sok Sok (S. Asmussen/B. Hernandez Jr.) - 101
*Hollywood Derby (Hol):  Court Vision (W. Mott/R. Dominguez) - 100
*Citation (Hol):  Hyperbaric (J. Canani/T. Baze) - 100
*Remsen (Aqu):  Old Fashioned (J. Jones/R. Dominguez) - 100

*Golden Rod (CD):  Rachel Alexandra (H. Wiggins/C. Borel) - 99
*Playa del Rey (Hol):  Bsharpsonata (T. Pletcher/G. Gomez) - 98
*Buddy Diliberto Memorial (FG):  Classic Campaign (W. Mott/B. Hernandez Jr.) - 97
*Top Flight (Aqu):  Leah's Secret (T. Pletcher/E. Coa) - 97
*Matriarch (Hol):  Cocoa Beach - Chi (S. bin Suroor/R. Dominguez) - 96
*Cornucopia (Pha):  Cammy's Choice (E. Lehman/R. Alvarado Jr.) - 94
*Star de Lady Anne (Aqu):  A Rose for You (M. Trombetta/E. Coa) - 90
*Kentucky Jockey Club (CD):  Beethoven (J. Ward Jr./C. Borel) - 90
*West Virginia Futurity (CT):  Russell Road (J. Casey/L. Perez) - 90

*Generous (Hol):  Mr. Rod (D. Hendricks/C. Sutherland) - 89
*Holiday Inaugural (TP):  Afleet Angel (P. Bacon/W. Martinez) - 88
*Love Affair (Aqu):  Justwhistledixie (K. McLaughlin/A. Garcia) - 88
*Shopping for Love (Aqu):  Love Cove (T. Albertrani/R. Dominguez) - 88
*Falls City (CD):  Miss Isella (I. Wilkes/C. Borel) - 88
*Demoiselle (Aqu):  Springside (J. Carroll/G. Gomez) - 88
*Kamikaze Rick (Aqu):  Weathered (K. Grusmark/M. Luzzi) - 88
*Arizona Breeders' Futurity (fillies div.) (TuP):  Carlsbad (K. Lewis/D. Vergara) - 87
*Caressing (CD):  War Tigress (J. Thornbury/J. Garcia) - 87
*Squan Song (Hol):  Now It Begins (M. Trombetta/C. Forrest) - 86
*Forty Niner (GG):  Dakota Phone (J. Hollendorfer/F. Alvarado) - 85
*Zia Park Distaff (Zia):  Sassy Blend (B. Woolley Jr./A. Juarez Jr.) - 84
*Arizona Breeders' Futurity (colts div.) (TuP):  Clean Hit (R. Owens/G. Corbett) - 80
*Miesque (Hol):  Habaya (K. McLaughlin/R. Migliore) - 80

*Live Oak GTOBA Debutante (Crc):  Oilgonewile (J. Calascibetta/W. Henry) - 79
*Montauk (Aqu):  Here Comes Rita (J. Morrison/P. Fragoso) - 77
*Grand Canyon (CD):  Proceed Bee (T. Gestes/M. Mena) - 76
*Kingarvie (WO):  Parabola (B. Minshall/J. Stein) - 72

*Ontario Lassie (WO):  Milwaukee Appeal (S. Fairlie/N. Somsanith) - 66

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

Download FabAppeal.pdf:


Congrats to PaulieWalnuts for his excellent analysis of the HandiGambling 111 exercise.  As the entrant with the highest total earnings, he selected the seventh race from Aqueduct as Wednesday's HandiGambling 112 race.  Here are the past performances:

Download handigambling_112.pdf


Feeling a little bit under the weather so will call it a night.  I'm way behind on your questions and comments so will get to work bright and early tomorrow morning.

Take care,


cayman01 More than 1 year ago
Steve T., I think Xtra Heat belongs in the Top 5 somewhere. I'm pretty new to the game so i do not have the experience that others have here, but she was pretty awesome. Tinky,vicstu et al, Could it be that the breeding here in the US has gotten so speed oriented that the Elusive Quality's and Distorted Humor's of the breeding world are going to or could become the next "classic distance" studs? Take them across the pond and they would have no chance, but against the horses bred here in the US they would/will excel.Just a theory.
PGM More than 1 year ago
Steve T., How about two Maryland based lady sprinters: Safely Kept and Xtra Heat?
ktalbany More than 1 year ago
katieattherail I'm primarily a superfecta player, so I rank all of the horses in the race (because I go 8-deep in a 9-horse field, and 9-deep in a 10-horse field). In a ten-horse race for example, my selections might be as follows: key-10 contenders-1,3,5 savers-2,4,6 non-contenders-7,8,9 This would be written in shorthand at the top of my record sheet like this: 10-1-3-5 -2-4-6 (7,8,9) When the race is over, I write down the results and the payouts, but that is not nearly enough. It is absolutely critical that one has a shorthand method of describing what came in--it must stand out, and be clear and concise. When I'm testing various superfecta formulas, I might be looking through hundreds of races. Without a shorthand notation, I would be wasting many hours hunting and pecking through my record sheets. I use the following symbols: xxxx = key xxx = 2nd choice xx = 3rd choice x = 4th choice 1/2 = 5th, 6th, and 7th choices nc = 8th, 9th, and 10th choices. So if it came in key, 4th choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, my shorthand results would look like this: xxxx-x-xxx-xx If it came in 3rd choice, key, saver, non-contender, it would look like this: xx-xxxx-1/2-nc A "wacky" result would look like this: nc-xx-1/2-nc or this: nc-nc-1/2-x I write the shorthand results in red (so it stands out), at the top of my record sheet. Obviously, you can use whatever symbols you feel comfortable with-the important thing to remember is that they must be clear, concise, and easy to use.
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Riley ...let me also offer my Congatulations to you & your Dad, and the connections of Court Vision. I just caught up on race replays (courtesy of Calracing.com) and saw what a great effort he gave. He loves the Turf! Continued Good Luck! SR Vegas
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
I posted at the end of the last thread.... jim tully I liked your post. I also agree late comers will arrive after this talk is over...(another Curlin anyone?) and Big Brown had at this time last year only run on Turf, no reason to think dirt was in HIS future..but still, it's fun to be excited about any 2 yo who shows potential and can win like Old Fashioned has. So let's have FUN with it! I don't think we have any Nostradamus predictions here, only our best thoughts & opinions. I guess only time will tell. SR Vegas
tinky More than 1 year ago
On the topic of best sprinters, and with the qualification of U.S. runners since the '70's, I would include the filly Very Subtle. She was very poorly managed, but when she was at her best – as she was for the '87 Test and Breeders' Cup – she was brilliant.
eeebayou More than 1 year ago
Stole this from Steve Crist's blog...only one rider takes the prize for underrated---Maylan Studart!! http://withleather.uproxx.com/?attachment_id=12081
chicago gerry More than 1 year ago
HG 112 $1 Superfecta 1/4,7,8,10/2,4,7,8,10/4,7,8,10
jim tully More than 1 year ago
Jonny Z. I too am obsessed with the Derby trail, probably because of my utter failure to pick a straight winner since Go For Gin. However, I just can't get into it yet any more than I can the next baseall season. I just think that it's mental masturbation (I love that phrase) to waste any energy on it now. To me, the most important race right now is the next race I bet. Or the next Handigambling race, whichever comes first. As for Unbridled's Song, he is in my top 10 favorite horses of all time. I hammered him in the Juvy. He was also probably one of the most mismanaged horse of all time. He had hoof problems that hould have kept him out of the Derby but due to the ego of his owner was forced into the race. Despite wickedly fast fractions, he still finished fifth on a bum wheel. That effort seemed to knock him out and IMO he never reached his full potential. He could hav been one of the greats of all time.
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Lilly I feel your pain.. I am a college football fan also (Pac Ten) but after reading in the local paper how THEY decided who goes to the Big 12 Championship, was well, not real consistent. BCS standings or not, I'll agree beating a team on any day is worth someting. Not this "peaking" at the right time scenario... SR Vegas