03/21/2007 11:00PM

Horse of the day for 3/23


Gulfstream Park - Race 5
6 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight
Purse $44,000.

JAZZ HALL is by a 15% debut sire that already has a first-out winner in 2007, and trainer Ralph Nicks sent out debut winner Tensas Yucatan (also with Lasix) at Fair Grounds on January 15. The Grand Slam - Dixieland Band "nick" is responsible for multiple Grade 2 winner Limehouse, and the multiple sprint-winning dam (cost 170K as a yearling) is a full sister to stakes-winner (and debut winner) Dixie Pearl (414K in earnings). The second dam was a multiple stakes-winner on turf so there is some back class in this pedigree as well. Jazz Hall shows some quick workouts for his debut, and may offer a bit of value.
PUTNAM COUNTY's March 12 workout matches up with trainer George Weaver's Greeley's Legacy, a four-year-old that returned to win a 'n2x' optional claimer on March 19 with a 93 Beyer. The dam was a stakes-winning sprinter, and Dixieland Band clicks with 19% of his first-time starters. Weaver has won with only one of his last 64 firsters, however. OISTINS BAY is certainly the horse to beat for the always-dangerous Todd Pletcher, and he broke poorly over a speed-favoring track in his career debut. The winner of that race earned a whopping 99 Beyer Speed Figure that day, and Oistins Bay should be up on the pace with an alert break. He's the first foal out of a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Left Bank, and is extremely logical, but will likely take most of the support at the mutuel windows, and will offer little in the way of value. SUNDAY WHISKEY goes out for a red-hot barn that already has a pair of debut winners at this meet. The Forest Wildcat - Affirmed "nick" has produced stakes-winner Our Wildcat (over 430K in earnings). Sunday Whiskey sold for 150K as a yearling before being purchased for 200K last March. LEAP DAY must deal with the sometimes-intimidating inside post position for his debut, but the dam was a Group 1 winner in her native Chile, and trainer Michael Hushion has done good work with firsters (23% wins, $3.05 ROI over the past three years). If Leap Day runs well, you may want to take a longer look at workmate Papa Bear in race nine.
CONQUISTADOR MUNDO shows very fast works for the resurgent Allen Jerkens barn (sent out debut winner Blue Bullet earlier in the meet). He's a half-sister to stakes-placed So Welcome (154K). MONTAUK's trainer, James Jerkens, has a pair of debut winners to his name at this meet, but his charge is bred for turf and distance on the bottom of his pedigree.

The selection: Jazz Hall to win and place (4-1 or more)

YTD record based on starts, wins, top pick in the money, and profit/loss of that day's selection: 25-4-9 (+$42.80)