01/05/2009 4:31PM

Weekend thoughts, Beyers, questions

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

*Spectacular Bid (GP):  Notonthesamepage (W. Ward/E. Trujillo) - 115

*Gallant Fox (Aqu):  Delosvientos (G. Iadisernia/E. Castro) - 106
*Hal's Hope (GP):  Delightful Kiss (P. Anderson/C. Borel) - 102

*Impressive Luck (SA):  Lucky J. H. (C. Gaines/V. Espinoza) - 98
*Kalookan Queen (SA):  Lovely Isle (R. Frankel/V. Espinoza) - 97 
*Alex M. Robb (Aqu):  R Clear Victory (S. Asmussen/S. Elliott) - 97
*New Year's Eve (Mnr):  Royale Michele (S. Kintz/D. Parker) - 97
*San Gabriel (SA):  Proudinsky - Ger (R. Frankel/R. Bejarano) - 95
*Old Hat (GP):  Gemswick Park (T. Albertrani/J. Velazquez) - 94
*Native Dancer (Lrl):  Lord Snowdon (A. Dutrow/J. Rose) - 93
*El Conejo (SA):  In Summation (C. Clement/R. Bejarano) - 92
*Bold Ego (Sun):  Goodbye Norma Jean (H. Dominguez/A. Medellin) - 91
*Swift (TuP):  Northern Soldier (D. Sowers/G. Corbett) - 90

*San Gorgonio (SA):  Tizfiz (R. DeLeon/A. Delgadillo) - 89
*Paseana (SA):  Victorina (G. Gilchrist/R. Bejarano) - 89
*Count Fleet (Aqu):  Haynesfield (S. Asmussen/R. Dominguez) - 88
*Ruthless (Aqu):  Justwhistledixie (K. McLaughlin/R. Maragh) - 88
*Minaret (Tam):  Dream Rush (W. Phipps/D. Centeno) - 87
*Monrovia (SA):  Jibboom (R. Frankel/G. Gomez) - 87
*Restored Hope (Aqu):  Awesome I Am (J. Terranova II/E. Castro) - 86
*Dixie Poker Ace (FG):  Star Guitar (A. Stall Jr./C. Lanerie) - 86
*Interborough (Aqu):  Zada Belle (T. Albertrani/R. Dominguez) - 82
*Blue Norther (SA):  Navigator (R. Ellis/V. Espinoza) - 81
*Riley Allison Futurity (Sun):  Retap (S. Asmussen/L. Contreras) - 80

*Golden Bear (GG):  Backbackbackgone (P. Miller/R. Baze) - 79
*Turfway Prevue (TP):  Loch Dubh (J. Talley/V. Lebron) - 77
*Invitational (PM):  Stealth Attack (S. Gilmour/T. Stillwell) - 77
*Louisiana Futurity (colts div.) (FG):  Leestown Gift (W. Hawley/H. Theriot II) - 74
*Albert Dominguez Memorial (Sun):  Some Ghost (J. Alley/K. Tohill) - 73
*Louisiana Futurity (filly div.) (FG):  Morning Memory (M. Burgess/D. Meche) - 70

*City of Roses (PM):  Wave Her On (B. Root/J. Crispin) - 62

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

Download NotWave.pdf

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Dan,
More work for you!!!  :-)
Can you please check with the HOL figuremakers on three Beyers from this current meeting:
Nov27HOL3 - variant 10 points lower than the 5 other 8.5f races that day.
Nov26HOL1 - variant 15 points lower than other two turn races that day (note that this race was at 9f, but the other 9f race this meeting - the Native Diver this past saturday - was given the "usual" 2-turn variant ~ -4. Otherwise, Slew's Tizzy would have received a 116 Beyer in the Native Dancer if given a similar 9f "adjusted" variant as Nov26HOL1 received.)
Nov5HOL1 - variant 11 points lower than other 8.5f race.
Here is a Google snapshot (unedited - I haven't rechecked the math) of my HOL Beyer Table with those races highlighted (background color for one vs. two-turn races):

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p0punDkqmTL7nqIq2yinwRg
THANKS FOR ASKING/CHECKING!
Alan

Here's the response I got from Rich Wroble, one of our Beyer experts in the DRF offices:

Dan,
I checked the races myself and all three were affected by very slow fractions. Andy was likely forced to rely heavily on the winners prior figures in races with more normal pace scenarios to get the best numbers. The fact that he picked up on this and gave extra scrutiny to these races makes me confident in their merit. He is very good at this.
Rich

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Dan-Could you get me the Beyers for That I Am (first Saturday) and Winchester Bay (second Sunday) I'm really anxious to see how That I Am stacks up against other Illinois route horses-there are at least 3 100K stakes for IL. breds between the 2 tracks and it would really be nice to have a horse that could be competitive in races like that.
Stephen L. Taylor


Winchester Bay
earned a 65 Beyer at Hawthorne on Sunday while That I Am received a 74 Beyer for his Saturday score.  Nice way to kick off the year!

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Dan,
Something that would many of us who are not able to get out to the tracks:   could the DRF indicate the North-South axis next to the track configuration in the "Track Information" sections at the beginning of each set of past performances?  According to Weather.com, winds are gusting out of the WNW at over 20 MPH at AQU on Sat, and it would be helpful to be able to know how that's hitting the horses during the races.
Rufus

The hard copy of the DRF Simulcast Weekly has the North-South axis next to the track configuration for venues that receive "Handicapper's Diary" reports (right now, they are Aqueduct, Calder, Fair Grounds, Santa Anita).

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Dan  noticed a few interesting Friends's Lake's horses over the weekend.  Can we take a look at his lifetime PP's?
Craig J.

Here they are:

Download FriendsLake.pdf

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I was wondering the debut beyers of several decent colts.  Naos by Lion Heart, Masala by Lion Heart, Soul Warrior By Lion Heart, and Checklist by Gone West.  Does anyone know what they are?
Sarah

Naos, a $135,000 yearling trained by Todd Pletcher, is out of the stakes-placed Miss Moonwaki (by Miswaki).  He earned a 74 Beyer for his debut win over the Aqueduct inner track on December 6.  Naos worked this morning over the Belmont training track.

Masala is a homebred trained by Pletcher out of the stakes-placed Marquetry mare Countess Marq.  There are plenty of grass influences in the female family.  Masala finished third in his career debut going six furlongs on turf at Belmont with  a 75 Beyer, then won his maiden going one mile in an off-the-turf maiden special weight at Aqueduct on November 15 with an 89 Beyer.  Masala worked on Friday morning at Palm Meadows.

Soul Warrior sold for $175,000 as a weanling, went for $95,000 as a yearling, and then was purchased by Zayat Stables for $290,000 last year.  Trained by Steve Asmussen, this half-brother to stakes-winning sprinter My Miss Storm Cat finished second in his career debut going six furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 15 with a 78 Beyer Speed Figure.  Shipped to New Orleans for his second start, Soul Warrior graduated going 1 Mile and 40 Yards on December 29 with a 77 Beyer. 

Checklist, a $400,000 yearling purchase, is trained by Pletcher.  He is the first foal to race out of the multiple Grade 2 winner Yearly Report.  Checklist won his career debut on Saturday at Gulfstream with an 89 Beyer.

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Congrats to Blackstone for finishing with the highest total in the last HandiGambling contest of 2008.  His selection to kick off 2009 is the sixth race at Santa Anita on Wednesday.  Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to make your plays.  Here are the past performances:

Download HandiGambling115.pdf

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See ya next time.

Dan

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