06/30/2008 8:03PM

Weekend thoughts, Beyers, 'Cappers, etc.


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

*Beautiful Day (Del):  Sweet Hope (J. Jones/J. Rose) - 109

*Suburban (Bel):  Frost Giant (R. Dutrow Jr./R. Rodriguez) - 106
*Hollywood Gold Cup (Hol):  Mast Track (R. Frankel/T. Baze) - 105
*Saylorville (PrM):  Miss Macy Sue (K. Von Hemel/E. Razo Jr.) - 105
*Donald LeVine Memorial (Pha):  Eternal Star (M. Trombetta/J. Pimentel) - 103
*American (Hol):  Whatsthescript - Ire (J. Sadler/I. Enriquez) - 101
*Prairie Meadows Cornhusker (PrM):  Wayzata Bay (J. Hicklin/I. Ocampo) - 100

*Iowa Sprint (PrM):  Native Ruler (C. Richard/I. Ocampo) - 99
*King Edward (WO):  Royal Oath (M. Casse/P. Husbands) - 99
*A Gleam (Hol):  Dearest Trickski (J. Sadler/M. Smith) - 98
*Iowa Derby (PrM):  Tiz Now Tiz Then (E. Harty/M. Mena) - 98
*Beverly Hills (Hol):  Black Mamba - NZ (J. Sadler/G. Gomez) - 96
*Iowa Oaks (PrM):  Storm Mesa (W. Calhoun/E. Martin Jr.) - 96
*Caress (Bel):  Stormy West (W. Mott/K. Desormeaux) - 96
*Iowa Distaff (PrM):  Fancy Fusaichi (W. Mott/J. Leparoux) - 95
*Lighthouse (Mth):  Devil House (B. Levine/D. Centeno) - 94
*Landaluce (Hol):  Emmy Darling (J. Sadler/D. Flores) - 94
*Captain Squire (Hol):  Leonides (V. Cerin/R. Migliore) - 94
*Boiling Springs (Mth):  My Princess Jess (B. Tagg/J. Bravo) - 94
*Mother Goose (Bel):  Music Note (S. bin Suroor/J. Castellano) - 93
*Chicago Breeders' Cup (AP):  Leah's Secret (T. Pletcher/R. Douglas) - 92
*Alamedan (Pln):  Saratoga's Magic (J. Hollendorfer/R. Gonzalez) - 92
*Elmont (Bel):  I Lost My Choo (P. Serpe/E. Prado) - 91
*Heckofaralph (Crc):  Dukes Flying Tiger (K. Ziadie/C. Olivero) - 91

*Daniel Van Clief (Cnl):  Frisky Thunder (J. Murphy/E. Camacho) - 89
*Spruce Fir (Mth):  Open Skies (T. Hills/J. Bravo) - 89
*Astoria (Bel):  Bold Union (K. Breen/S. Elliott) - 89
*Cleveland Gold Cup (Tdn):  Marble Cliff (W. Cowans/L. Martinez Jr.) - 88
*Alysheba (LS):  Real Appeal (T. Amoss/M. Berry) - 87
*Liberada (Crc):  Saint Knows (J. Calascibetta/C. Olivero) - 85
*Caught in The Rain (Pha):  Tuff Partners (K. DeMasi/D. Mello) - 85
*Tacoma (EmD):  Gallon (J. Penney/J. Gutierrez) - 83
*St. Georges (Del):  Populist (G. Capuano/T. Dunkelberger) - 83
*Wild Rose (NP):  Tanika (B. Brown/S. Heiler) - 82
*San Juan County Commissioners (SRP):  Mr Charlypotatoes (T. Klenakis/R. Jaime) - 81
*Everett Nevin Alameda County Futurity (Pln):  Squallcreek (S. Miyadi/L. Martinez) - 81

*Overnight Allowance (SRP):  More Accord (J. Marr/K. Tohill) - 79
*Debutante (CD):  Garden District (T. Pletcher/R. Albarado) - 77
*Bison City (WO):  Nicki Knew (K. Attard/J. McAleney) - 77
*Tremont (Bel):  Dagnabit (R. Dutrow Jr./C. Velasquez) - 76
*Rise Jim (Suf):  Petesamassbred (C. Fontana/J. Marcano) - 74
*Dine (SRP):  Elegant Time (G. Green/A. Juarez Jr.) - 72
*Muscogee (Creek) Nation (FMT):  Reel Chrome (K. Craddock/F. Wethey Jr.) - 71

*Ruffian (ArP):  Flat Tax (A. Box/J. Barajas) - 69
*Totah Futurity (SRP):  Uptown Charlie (H. Dominguez/M. Perez) - 69
*Thoroughbred Inaugural (Wyo):  Ockley Green (M. Taylor/P. Greene) - 62
*Thoroughbred Maiden Derby (Boi):  Rockin Roman (A. Homer/R. Boyce) - 62

*Cincinnatian (RD):  Part Girlie Girl (K. Nemann/N. Solomon) - 57
*Yavapai County Arizona Breeders' Futurity (Yav):  Chikazu (J. Pickard/D. Vergara) - 56
*State Fair Futurity (Lnn):  Reach One More (D. Anderson/R. Leeds) - 53
*Early's Farm and Garden (MD):  Carson City Song (E. Seesequasis/T. Moccasin) - 52

*Prairie Meats (MD):  Truly's Finale (H. Pilon/K. Ragbirsingh) - 34

Here are the lifetime past performances for the high/low Beyer stakes-winners of the week:

Download SweetTruly.pdf


Handicapper(s) of the Week:

*James Mc. had the cold exacta ($265.50) in the Suburban as well as the late double ($589.00) at Belmont on Saturday.  Tremendous!
*Van Savant had Solar Miss ($3.80) in the first at Hollywood on Saturday, Usurp ($7.40) in the sixth, Pictural ($4.20) in the seventh, the cold exacta in the Hollywood Gold Cup, and North Rodeo ($17.00) in Hollywood's finale.
*chicago gerry had Quick Notice ($7.60) at Arlington as well as Proper Causeway ($7.00) in Arlington's finale on Saturday, Dearest Trickski ($15.80) in the A Gleam, and the cold exacta in the Hollywood Gold Cup.
*JZ picked Mostacolli Mort ($9.80) in the seventh at Hollywood on Thursday, Les Antiques ($3.90) at Belmont on Saturday, Frost Giant ($82.00) in the Suburban, Emmy Darling ($8.40) in the Landaluce,
*Steve T./Dr. Derango selected Cold Prince ($11.20) in the fourth at Hollywood on Thursday, Solar Miss ($3.80) in the opener on Saturday, and Whatsthescript ($60.20) in the American.
*PGM had the $93 cold exacta (for $2) in the Hollywood Gold Cup.
*Grey Tan or White picked Party Punch ($17.20) in the second at Hollywood on Friday, Cape Town King ($8.60) in the fifth, Obscurity ($13.40) in the third at Belmont on Saturday, Rizzi's Twist ($14.80) in the fifth, Solar Miss ($3.80) in the first at Hollywood, Yankee Station ($10.00) in the second, and Emmy Darling ($8.40) in the Landaluce.
*Supah Blitz had the cold exacta ($66.40) in the A Gleam.
*Annie mentioned Evita Argentina ($40.80) at Hollywood on Wednesday. 
*Stephen Taylor had Quick Notice in the third at Arlington on Saturday as well as Defiant Darling ($25.00) in the seventh.
*larryk had Emmy Darling in the Landaluce, Stormy Game ($6.80) in the fourth at Hollywood on Sunday, Ace High Hand ($7.00) in the sixth,
*Scott really liked Tracker Jack ($14.40) in the sixth at Hollywood on Wednesday, and Informed ($4.20) in the third at Hollywood on Thursday.
*Alan liked Emmy Darling in the Landaluce, and Music Note ($5.30) in the Mother Goose.


Since you are familiar with Euro racing I have a question regarding the use of whips, actually a couple.  Of the major Euro racing powers, are they all racing without the "aid" of the whip? Of the jurisdictions that do not allow the use of the whip in racing, is it proper to use the whip in training? Is it used to train Euro thoroughbreds? One of the arguments here is that the whip is a safety "aid" for the jockey (and horse), the horses are used to responding to this "tool" and so on. I'm just wondering if there isn't a compromise - train with it (lightly) where necessary, and race without it?Thanks.

Jockeys are equipped with whips in Europe and in most parts of the world, but the racing authorities in those countries keep stricter rules concerning their use.  Here are the whip rules for British racing:

The HRA have asked Stewards to consider holding an enquiry into any case where a Rider has used his whip in such a way as to cause them concern and publish the following examples of uses of the whip which may be regarded as improper riding:-

1. Hitting horses:
to the extent of causing injury;

with the whip arm above shoulder height;
rapidly without regard to their stride i.e. twice or more in one stride;
with excessive force;
without giving the horse time to respond.

2. Hitting horses which are:
showing no response;

out of contention;
clearly winning;
past the winning post.

3. Hitting horses in any place except:
on the quarters with the whip in either the backhand or forehand position;

down the shoulder with the whip in the backhand position;
unless exceptional circumstances prevail.

4. Hitting horses:
with excessive frequency.

More importantly, these rules are actually enforced, and strict penalties are given to riders that fail to comply.  I believe that jockeys need the whip in order to excercise some sort of control over horses that lug or drift at high speeds.  Abuse, on the other hand, cannot be tolerated, and it is the job of the stewards to monitor usage.


Marina Market was in against very tough yesterday. The winner ran HUGE - 118 beyer! What beyer did Marina Market receive for his 5th place finish?

Marina Market was beaten 36 lengths, and received a 49 Beyer Speed Figure.


...Have any Smarty Jones babies run yet?
g or g

Smarty Jones has had two starters.  Abraham Again (Smarty Jones - Settling Mist, by Pleasant Colony) is unplaced in one start in Mexico while La Equivocada (Smarty Jones - Dragonada, by Nureyev) finished sixth in his only start in Puerto Rico.


Do you not think Tiago would've won the Grade 1 Suburban had he been in N.Y. on Sat?  Why are the Mosses and Sherrifs keeping this horse out west and ruining his reputation by running him against synthetics specialists? With Curlins Licensing problems in N.Y. Tiago could clean up this summer in the handicap division.

On paper, Tiago likely would have been sent off the favorite in the Suburban, but he had some problems with the detention barn when shipped here for the Belmont Stakes, and his connections probably felt more comfortable staying at home.


Hi Dan ,
Could you please post the Beyer of the  Vindication two year old WILD PROOF?  He looked phenominal winning at Monmouth over the weekend. 
g or g

Wild Proof earned a 78 Beyer at Monmouth.  His dam won the Grade 3 Sorority as a 2-year-old.


Talk to you later,