06/02/2008 2:04PM

Weekend thoughts, Beyers, jockey angle

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

*Californian (Hol):  Heatseeker - Ire (J. Hollendorfer/R. Bejarano) - 109
*Aristides (CD):  Indian Chant (T. Amoss/H. Theriot II) - 106
*Milady (Hol):  Zenyatta (J. Shirreffs/M. Smith) - 103
*Opening Verse (CD):  Inca King (S. Asmussen/S. Bridgmohan) - 102
*Ohio Derby (Tdn):  Smooth Air (B. Stutts Jr./M. Cruz) - 102
*Golden Gate Fields Turf (GG):  Sudan - Ire (R. Frankel/D. Flores) - 100

*Dogwood (CD):  Acoma (D. Carroll/R. Albarado) - 99
*Wolf Hill (Mth):  Our Friend Harvey (T. Hills/J. Bravo) - 99
*Changing Times (Pen):  Sonvida Red (S. Lake/J. Stisted) - 99
*Karl Boyes Memorial (PID):  Ravalo (D. Barr/M. Luzzi) - 98
*Noble Nashua (Bel):  Stud Muffin (D. Duggan/J. Velazquez) - 98
*Gallant Man (Hol):  Big Booster (M. Mitchell/R. Bejarano) - 97
*Sands Point (Bel):  Raw Silk (T. Albertrani/A. Garcia) - 97
*Satin and Lace (PID):  Bucky's Prayer (G. Bennett/L. Gonzalez) - 95
*Nassau (WO):  Callwood Dancer - Ire (R. Attfield/E. Da Silva) - 95
*Rumson (Mth):  Indy Joe (M. Shuman/J. Bravo) - 95
*Beautiful Pleasure (Bel):  All Is Vanity - Fr  (C. Clement/A. Garcia) - 94
*Sussex (Del):  Independent George (H. Motion/R. Dominguez) - 92
*Hoist Her Flag (Cby):  Pro Pink (M. Robertson/D. Bell) - 92
*Pebo's Guy (Bel):  Cannonball (W. Ward/J. Velazquez) - 91

*Plate Trial (WO):  Not Bourbon (R. Attfield/J. Jones) - 88
*Wild Rose (PrM):  Over Under (D. Stewart/T. Thompson) - 88
*Manhattan Beach (Hol):  Starry Pursuit (J. Hollendorfer/J. Rosario) - 88
*Jim Rasmussen Memorial (PrM):  Sumac (J. Hall/T. Doocy) - 88
*Roanoke (Pen):  Power by Leigh (A. Correnti/R. Alvarado Jr.) - 85
*Your Ladyship (AP):  Magnetic Miss (J. Broussard/E. Fires) - 85
*Aspen Cup (Rui):  Kuba a Noqua (H. Dominguez/O. Ceballos) - 84
*New York Stallion Spectacular Bid (Bel):  Brookhaven's Money (S. Schwartz/J. Castellano) - 83
*Michael F. Rowland Memorial (Tdn):  Catlaunch (I. Vazquez/I. Gonzalez) - 83
*Senate Appointee (Hst):  Holy Nova (T. Taylor/M. Gutierrez) - 83
*La Verendrye (AsD):  Polynesian Kitty (J. Ness/J. Olesiak) - 83 
*Fern Sawyer (Rui):  Goodbye Norma Jean (H. Dominguez/A. Martinez) - 82
*Arapahoe Park Sprint (ArP):  Artistic Moment (S. Rushton/M. Ziegler) - 81
*New York Stallion Cupecoy's Joy (Bel):  Study Abroad (R. Dutrow Jr./G. Gomez) - 81
*Ohio Valley (Mnr):  Thor's Daughter (T. Schuh/O. Pereira) - 81

*Salerno (CT):  Ghostly Thunder (D. Capuano/T. Dunkelberger) - 78
*Power by Far (Pen):  Miss Blue Tye Dye (R. Reid Jr./F. Pennington) - 76
*Pearl Necklace (Pim):  Hartigan (R. Small/J. Santana) - 75
*Green Carpet (RD):  Type A Personality (E. Reed/J. Felix) - 75
*Little Silver (Mth):  Saki to Me (S. Hough/P. Fragoso) - 74
*Nepal (Pen):  Bombed Again (A. Correnti/J. Flores) - 73
*Robellino (Pen):  Gold Stones (R. Seeger/M. Charles) - 73
*Bluegrass (Lnn):  Hot Jelly Jam (D. Coughlin/L. Ranilla) - 72

*Golden Boy (AsD):  Its Launch Time (M. Russell/D. Bryan) - 69
*Ingrid Knotts (ArP):  She's Outrageous (J. Arnett/T. Wales) - 69
*Yavapai Classic (Yav):  Mobile (M. Ortiz/V. Guerra) - 68
*ITA Sophomore Distaff (Boi):  Salsa Express (D. Hall/D. Crane) - 62

*ITA Sophomore (Boi):  Matt's Champ (M. Williams/R. Keckler) - 47


*Federal Way (EmD):  Startjumpin Marnie (J. Hollendorfer/L. Mawing) - ???


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Who says jockeys are the worst handicappers?  At Delaware, riders don't have to make their final decisions concerning their mounts until after the overnight is published.  Sometimes, you'll see Ramon Dominguez listed on three horses.  Often, he ends up making the right choice.  Handicappers keeping tabs on rider moves found a nice betting opportunity in the seventh race at Delaware on May 27. Mario Pino was listed on Devil's Betty (4-1 morning line) and Pic Isabella (20-1 morning line).  Here are their respective past performances leading into the May 27 race for $25,000 N2L claimers at About 1 1/16 miles on turf:

Download PinoPower.pdf

Devils Betty was making her turf debut after overcoming trouble to beat weak maidens at River Downs.  Pic Isabella, on the other hand, failed to finish ahead of another horse  in both starts since winning her maiden.  Pino chose Pic Isabella despite the recent poor showings, and the horse took surprising money during the early portion of the wagering.  Pic Isabella opened at 7-2, and she broke from the gate at 9-2.  Devils Betty drifted to 11-1. 

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Pic Isabella ran off the screen for Pino, and returned $11.40 to win.  Perhaps the morning line was off in a race without much recent form, but Pino's intent coupled with the early money and other handicapping angles (drop in class, second off the layoff, stretching out) made Pic Isabella worth a second glance.  Keep an eye out for these rider choices at tracks like Delaware, Pimlico, etc.

Back tomorrow with 'Cappers of the Week, and responses to your questions and comments.

Take care,

Dan