12/07/2009 4:50PM

Zardana, Kinsale Kid, Rule, etc.


She has a long way to go before she can be spoken in the same breath as Zenyatta, or Life Is Sweet for that matter, but Zardana earned another graded success for a John Shirreffs-trained female after winning the Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood on Saturday. 

Once a one-dimensional speed freak on turf under the tutelage of Ron McAnally, Zardana has matured this form cycle with a pair of wins from just off the pace.  In the Bayakoa, the Brazilian-bred Zardana allowed defending champion Briecat and the Todd Pletcher-trained invader, Lucky Copy, to battle through fractions of 23.65, and 46.80.  Zardana tracked the leaders patiently from the inside before pouncing on Briecat when the real running began.  Silver Swallow, the second choice in the wagering, and making her second start since being sidelined with body soreness, rallied belatedly for second. 
The winner, Shirreffs' fifth in the Bayakoa, is scheduled to remain in training next season. 

Zardana streaks across the wire in Saturday's Bayakoa Handicap 
(Benoit Photo)


After Machismo broke awkwardly in the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood Handicap at Hollywood on Sunday, the early lead was Kinsale King's for the taking.  After setting moderate splits of 23.23, 46.53, the sharp Kinsale King, a recent entry-level allowance winner with a 101 Beyer Speed Figure, had more than enough in the tank to hold off pace-pressing Delta Storm.  South American invader Mr. Cacht chased in third all the way around the track while late-runners Noble Court and Paul's Hope seemed to be compromised by the lack of pace.  Talkin to Mom Roo was vanned off with a possible suspensory injury.
Give credit to Kinsale King's trainer, Carl O'Callaghan, who has gotten Kinsale King so sharp following an almost ten month layoff. 

Kinsale King 
Kinsale King fends off Delta Storm and Mr. Cacht in the Vernon O. Underwood
(Benoit Photo)



Rule showed an abundance of speed and heart in winning the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot on Friday night, but what that means for next year's Kentucky Derby is anyone's guess.  The Delta Jackpot is contested at night around a bullring oval, and nothing save a synthetic prep race is further from the conditions that will be presented to Rule should he reach the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. 

Here are some statistics to consider when evaluating Rule's performance as it pertains to the Derby:

Track data
Delta Downs - 6 furlong oval
Churchill Downs - 1 mile oval

Length of stretch
Churchill Downs - 1,234 1/2 feet
Delta Downs - 660 feet

Closing Argument almost pulled off the Jackpot-Derby double (he finished second in both races), but I have a feeling that the 2010 Derby winner is still lurking under the radar.


Gonna change things up a little bit with the Beyer listing.  Instead of listing only stakes-winners, I'm going to show the top 25 winning Beyers of the week.  If I'm missing any stakes races, head on over to this link for more information:


Well Positioned was mentioned as a possible Kentucky Derby prospect after winning his maiden in his second start at two last November at 31-1 with a 91 Beyer Speed Figure.  He disappointed badly in two allowance races at Gulfstream for trainer Pat Reynolds before being transferred by owner Paul Pompa Jr. to Team Dutrow.  He finished second in his first start off the layoff on November 11 before running away to win by seven over "good" going on Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct.  A $340,000 juvenile purchase, Well Positioned boasts Grade 1 Spinster winner Hail a Cab as his third dam. 

Here are his lifetime past performances:

Download Well Positioned


Dan, any updates on I Want Revenge? It's been nearly 7 months since he scratched out the Derby, and I would have expected to see him back in training by now.
David H

The original, optimistic goal was to have him ready for this year's Breeders' Cup, but that was a longshot on paper.  He hasn't been officially retired so a 2010 campaign is a possibility.


Matt Hegarty is reporting that the winners and placed horses in 3 Pennsylvania graded stakes run in 2009 will not receive black type.  I believe he means graded black type (or whatever the term is).  Winners and placed horses in listed stakes receive black type.  He is correct in his reporting?  Thanks.
Ray Manley

I believe you're correct.  The affected horses won't receive graded status, but they should still earn blacktype if the race is regarded as a listed stakes races.


Does anyone know if 1:45:2 is a track record at DeD????
Mike A

The track record for 1 1/16 miles at Delta Downs is 1:43 1/5.


I guess I have to watch my predjudice against Arizona-breds. Rule wasn't hard to figure, but I just didn't trust Uh Oh Bango. (Isn't there a trainer named Bango?)

Our database has an inactive trainer named George A. Bango.  His most recent starter was in 2007 at your home track of Canterbury Downs.  Lifetime, Bango shows 2329 starts, 233 wins, 242, seconds, and 277 thirds for a win percentage of 10%, a ROI of $0.64, and career earnings of $1,421,240.


Hi Dan, do you think Gio Ponti and Presious Passion could make a good performance in the Dubai WC next year in the synthetic new course of Meydan?? and can you post the pps of Precisionist, Bet Twice and Giant's Causeway? Thank you so much!
Jose Iglesias Garcia

If Gio Ponti retains his good form after an arduous 2009 campaign, he can certainly be a strong contender in the 2010 World Cup over the new Tapeta surface.  Presious Passion is more likely for one of the big grass races instead of the World Cup on the main track.  Considering his speed and determination, he looms a threat as he would very likely get the firm going he desires, but the competition from across the globe would be steep indeed.

Here's what I have for the horses you requested:

Download HandicapStars


Whatever happened to a NYRA horse this year called Love My Monday's  was 2 for 2 and then vanished.
Also can you get (old time Oscar charges) Satan's Charger and Shifty Shiek and Thunder Bridge's pp's?...and also..I can't remember the name of the horse (I believe it was a mare...that won 6 races in a span of maybe 30 days?..starting with..I think a T or S?

Love My Mondays finished tenth after setting the pace in a 'n2x' optional claimer (third lifetime start) at Belmont on October 12.  He last worked on November 18, breezing four furlongs in 49.23 over the Belmont training track. 

From the IEAH website:


Here's what I have for the runners you requested (don't remember the mystery Barrera horse):

Download Oscar Magic

Here's an interesting piece on Barrera from Andy Beyer:


I see F. Jara is riding at Aqueduct.  Anyone know what his story has been .  Haven't seen much of him since his Invasor glory days.

From David Grening posted on drf.com on November 13:

Jose Santos, the Hall of Fame jockey who retired in July 2007 due to injuries suffered in a spill here earlier that year, will return to New York this week and become the agent for jockey Fernando Jara, who also plans a return to New York this winter to resuscitate his once-promising career.
Jara, 21, became the regular rider of Invasor in 2006 and guided that horse to Grade 1 victories in the Suburban, Whitney, and Breeders' Cup Classic en route to Invasor earning Horse of the Year honors. Jara also won the 2006 Belmont Stakes aboard Jazil.
But success appeared to spoil Jara, who in 2007 - despite winning the Donn and Dubai World Cup aboard Invasor - began to fall out of favor with New York horsemen. By August 2007, Jara had moved his tack to Southern California, where he had no success before moving back to Panama. Jara tried to make a comeback in North America this year, riding at Arlington during the summer. He won 27 races from 185 mounts before again moving back to Panama at the end of August.
As of Friday, Jara was still in Panama, according to Santos, but he was expected to arrive in New York on Thursday.
"Success came too early for him," Santos said Friday from Florida. "With my experience, we're going to try and do things differently. I'm very excited to come back to New York, it's a place that I love and I'll be working. I need to work."

Jara rode in Dubai during last winter's Racing Carnival, and won the 2008/2009 riding title there with 24 victories.


Hey Dan,
You need a MKB horse too! 

I'll take one if there are any left over.  Don't want to deprive any posters of their chance to "own" the Derby winner!