09/18/2013 3:41PM

Wise Dan's streak

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WISE DAN continued his string of excellent performances with an absolute tour de force in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile last weekend.

Piloted by John Velazquez, Wise Dan settled into a perfect position tracking the solid pace set by EXCAPER and DIMENSION, the 1-2 finishers of the Grade 2 Play the King Stakes at Woodbine on August 25.  Wise Dan coasted by the leaders turning into the long stretch and, under an extremely confident Velazquez, scooted to the finish line on his own, breaking the course record and receiving a 108 Beyer Speed Figure. 

The reigning Horse of the Year has now won nine straight races and has received 12 consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures. 

The Beyer stat speaks to Wise Dan's longevity, consistency, and ability.  It got me wondering about other triple-digit Beyer streaks. 

Here's what I came up with (since the introduction of Beyers in Daily Racing Form in 1992). 

1. CIGAR - 19*
1. SANDPIT - 19**
1. KONA GOLD - 19
4. SKIP AWAY - 17
5. AZERI - 16
5. BUCK'S BOY - 16
7. LITE THE FUSE - 15 
7. BEAUTIFUL PLEASURE - 14
7. PLEASANTLY PERFECT - 14*
7. SWEPT OVERBOARD - 14 
11. XTRA HEAT - 13***
11. ENGLISH CHANNEL - 13*******
11. EVENING ATTIRE - 13
11. STAR OF COZZENE - 13 
15. CAPTAIN STEVE - 12*
15, FORMAL GOLD - 12*
15. WISE DAN - 12****
15. BEST PAL - 12*****
15. AFFIRMED SUCCESS - 12
15. AFFIRMED SUCCESS - 12*******
15. CONCERN - 12
15. GENERAL CHALLENGE - 12
15. HAWKSLEY HILL - 12
15. JEWEL PRINCESS - 12 
15. LURE - 12
15. RACHEL ALEXANDRA - 12
15. SON OF A PISTOL - 12
15. TIZNOW - 12

*not counting Dubai World Cup performance in midst of streak (no Beyer given for overseas race)
**not counting two efforts in Japan Cup in midst of streak (no Beyer given for overseas race)
***not counting Dubai Golden Shaheen performance (no Beyer given for overseas race)
****current streak
*****streak began 1/18/92. Best Pal raced in 1991 and 1990 without published Beyers.
******Affirmed Success had two separate 12-race streaks.
*******not counting Dubai Duty Free in midst of streak (no Beyer given for overseas race)

This is not a ranking of great horses, although I've much enjoyed your lists over the past few days.  It's merely a fun look at horses that ran fast races over a prolonged period of time.  I'm sure I'm missing a few, but my memory isn't what it used to be.  If you see an omission, post it to the blog and I'll take a look.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (9/9/13 - 9/15/13)

1. WISE DAN - 108 - Woodbine Mile (G1-C) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Woodbine
2. WEDDING TOAST - 105 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - Belmont
3. BLACK DIAMOND CAT - 103 - Montbook Stakes - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
4. BELLAMY BREW - 101 -OC 100k/N3X -N - 1 Mile - Belmont
5. REVOCATION - 100 - Alw 72000N1X - 7 Furlongs - Belmont
6. DR. WESLEY - 99 - OC 22k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
6. GROUPIE DOLL - 99 - Presque Isle Downs Master Stakes (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle
8. LONGHUNTER (GB) - 97 - Kentucky Downs Turf Dash - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Kentucky
8. PEACE PRESERVER - 97 - Noble Damsel Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Belmont
10. I'M ALREADY SEXY - 95 - Pucker Up Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
10. KHARAFA - 95 - Ashley T. Cole Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
10. SWIDGEN - 95 - Clm 6250N2Y - 6 Furlongs - Calder
13. COALPORT - 95 - Franklin-Simpson Mile Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Kentucky
13. MINAKSHI (FR) - 94 - Canadian Stakes (G2-C) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
13. WORK ALL WEEK - 94 - Tex's Zing Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Fairmount
16. MAJOR HIGHWAY - 93 - Alw 97500N1X - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Parx
16. TEMERAINE - 93 - Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Kentucky
18. ALTERITE (FR) - 92 - Garden City Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
18. DREAMING OF SOPHIA - 92 - Judy's Red Shoes Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Calder
18. EVERYBODY'S DADDY - 92 - Clm 35000(35-30)N2Y - 6 Furlongs - Delaware
18. FORTE DEI MARMI (GB) - 92 - Northern Dancer Stakes (G1-C) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
18. MANAGED ACCOUNT - 92 - DTHA Governor's Day Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Delaware
18. THOMAS HILL - 92 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - Belmont
18. SWIFT WARRIOR - 92 - PTHA President's Cup Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Parx
18. TOO WILD FOR WORDS - 92 - Clm 12500(12.5-10) - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle
18. WELL'S GOLD - 92 - OC20k/SAL10k - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Louisiana

*Wise Dan's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

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When you get the chance, you're definitely going to want to check out "RACEHORSE," the latest production from Jessica Pacheco, racing analyst at Arlington Park.

After yet another third place finish by Workin for Hops, Red Rabbit Racing stuggles with the decision: "To Drop, or Not To Drop"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7mZdP2B6KE

Episodes 1-7 can be found here:
 
http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideosblogs/racehorse-video-series

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Dan;
Okay...gotta ask...can you post the lifetime pp's for Green Secret, please. I have a new crush, eventhough I think he is nine years old. As Father Riley said (in song) to Sy on Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage, "What have I been missing all these years?"
Later gator
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GREEN SECRET's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

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Dan or Bernhard,
True or False
I seem to remember comments about Joseph O'Brien that he wouldn't have a riding career after he "grew" older.
Just Curious.
Anderson

Anderson,
Joseph O'Brien is 6 foot tall, he can ride no lighter than 9 stone, and he is not yet 21 years old.
The fear, or do I mean expectation, is that he has not finished growing.
9 stone is the classic weight over here and if Joseph couldn't make that weight he wouldn't have much of a career ahead of him.
If that should happen he might well make the switch to becoming a jumps jockey.
Best Regards - Bernard Downes

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Does anyone know who Laura Perillo is. She is listed as trainer for Midwest Throughbreds in place of Jamie Ness at Belmont. Is Ness on suspension again and his assistant's listed or is this a new trainer for the group?
DavidM9999

DavidM9999:
Thought the same suspension angle as you when I first saw Laura Perillo listed as trainer of the Midwest Thoroughbred horses. Either Dave Grening or Mike Welsch reported on one of their daily Saratoga videos that she has been promoted from her assistant trainer position to trainer of record. Apparently Ness feels he has too many horses in the mid-Atlantic region and prefers to concentrate his full attention there. I'll have to watch her for a while to get a feel for how she operates.
Enjoyed your write up on Belmont's P6. Wonder what % of the players were toast after the bomb in the first leg? Glad I don't go anywhere near that bet. Wouldn't survive.
Yuwipi

From David Grening's column posted to drf.com on 9/5:

Perillo taking over Ness division
Beginning with the opening of the Belmont fall meet, Laura Perillo will be training the New York division for Midwest Thoroughbreds. Perillo takes over for Jamie Ness, for whom Perillo worked as an assistant the last year.
Perillo, 30, worked for Midwest’s previous trainer, Brad Cox, before joining with Ness.
“It’s time for her to take over the reins,” Ness said. “I got a lot of horses at Delaware and Maryland. I can’t get up there as much as I’d like. I wish her all the luck and hope she does good.”
“Nervous and excited,” Perillo said. “I don’t want to mess it up.”
Perillo will have 17 horses in her care, three of whom are entered on Saturday’s opening-day program. Leilani’s Ticket and Charlie’s Punch are a coupled entry in the sixth, with Luis Saez named on both, so only one may run. Cash Your Ticket is entered in the ninth.


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Congrats to Mike O. for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling contest.

Let's go with Saturday's Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx for this week's race.

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***FROM SCOREKEEPER PENN NATIONAL RICK***

I read some entries on here and there are some people who put their heart out on their picks(such as DavidM9999) and give you great analysis on who they like and why and then there are others who elect not to give any reasoning behind their entries. The rule I will implement EFFECTIVE 3/1/13 will be... any entry without ANY analysis will be ignored. We are not asking you to put out a novel, but again a sentence or two. Also, I will put communication out when Dan puts out new blogs.
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