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Keeneland Babies for April 6

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Welcome to Keeneland Babies! I'll break down the statistics for every juvenile contest at the meet.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Race 1
4 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack)
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-olds
Purse $50,000

Program Number:  1.
Horse Name (Pedigree):  BARISOFF (Put It Back - Miz Betty Grace, by Matty G)
Trainer:  Wesley Ward
Jockey:  John Velazquez
Morning Line:  6-5
Foal Date (State):  February 1, 2010 (Florida)
Auction History:  $42,000 yearling (Keeneland, September 2011)
Blacktype Siblings:  INDIAN GRACEY (half-sister, Grade 1-placed router at two, 6-2-2-2, 98K, 1-4 at two, 1-4 in main track sprints)
Sire Race Record:   Grade 2 sprint winner (7-5-1-1, 232K, 0-2 at two, in main track sprints)
Sire Stud Record:  26-182 (14%) with juvenile debut runners; No debut winners 2012
Dam Race Record:  Unraced ($30,000 yearling, $35,000 juvenile)
Dam Produce Record:  1 runner, 1 winner, 1 juvenile winner, 1 main track sprint winner
Broodmare Sire Info:  0 winners as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:   Dam a half-sister to VOLUPTUOUS (multiple stakes-placed, 25-2-3-2, 103K, 2-6 at two, 0-2 in main track sprints), IMPASSION (multiple stakes-placed sprinter at two, 10-1-0-4, 36K, 1-10 at two, won debut, 1-9 in main track sprints), and MISSADRYANNAATTO (stakes-placed sprinter at two, 9-1-1-2, 69K, 0-1 at two, 1-6 in main track sprints)
Trainer Stat:   19-51 (37%, $2.42 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints; 14-38 (37%, $1.97 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints at Keeneland; 1-3 (33%, $3.13 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012 (older winner with Lasix and blinkers)

Program Number:  1a.
Horse Name (Pedigree):  SKYLANDER (Bring the Heat - Heads Will Roll, by Efisio)
Trainer:  Wesley Ward
Jockey:  John Velazquez
Morning Line:  6-5
Foal Date (State):  May 10, 2010 (Kentucky)
Auction History:  None
Sire Race Record:   Stakes-placed sprinter (7-3-1-1, 121K, unraced at two, in main track sprints)
Sire Stud Record:  10-38 (26%) with juvenile debut runners; 1-2 (50%, $5.30 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012
Dam Race Record:  Grade 3 turf winner (10-4-3-2, 213K, 2-4 at two, unraced in main track sprints)
Dam Produce Record:  3 runners, 1 winner, 3 juvenile runners, 0 juvenile winners, 2 main track sprint runners, 0 main track sprint winners
Broodmare Sire Info:   0 winners as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:   Family of GORDIAN (Group 3 winner on turf in England)
Trainer Stat:   19-51 (37%, $2.42 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints; 14-38 (37%, $1.97 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints at Keeneland; 1-3 (33%, $3.13 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012 (older winner with Lasix and blinkers)
Workout Information:  "Went well, a little better than The Roofer," according to the "Keeneland Clocker Report" for April 1.  The Roofer is an unraced juvenile.

Program Number:  2.
Horse Name (Pedigree):  COUNT ON SILVER (Eurosilver - Count Sequence, by Forestry)
Trainer:  John Dyer
Jockey:  Marcelino Pedroza
Morning Line:  15-1
Foal Date (State):  April 27, 2010 (Kentucky)
Auction History:  $3,000 weanling (Keeneland, November 2010)
Sire Race Record:   Grade 2 route winner at two (12-4-4-0, 622K, 2-3 at two, 2-5 in main track sprints
Sire Stud Record:  1-86 (1%) with juvenile debut runners; 1-5 (20%, $1.44 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012
Dam Race Record:  Sprint winner (9-2-1-2, 14K, 1-5 at two, 2-8 in main track sprints, cost $47,000 as yearling)
Dam Produce Record:  2 runners, 1 winner, 2 juvenile runners, 1 juvenile winner, 2 main track sprint runners, 1 main track sprint winner
Broodmare Sire Info:  1-11 (9%, $0.85 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:   Dam a half-sister to GRATIAEN (stakes-winning router, 32-7-2-1, 288K, 4-15 in main track sprints) and CUTE COGNAC (stakes-winner on turf, 5-3-2-0, 121K, unraced at two, unraced in main track sprints)
Trainer Stat:   1-2 (50%, $5.60 ROI) over the past five years with debut runners on synthetic at Keeneland; first debut runner of 2012

Program Number:  3.
Horse Name/Pedigree:  LARRY ZIP IT (Run Away and Hide - Caught Red Handed, by Officer)
Trainer:  Larry Lay
Jockey:  James Graham
Morning Line:  5-1
Foal Date/State:  April 2, 2010 (Kentucky)   
Auction History:  $4,700 yearling (Fasig-Tipton, October 2011)
Sire Race Record:   Grade 2 sprint winner at two (3-3-0-0, 224K, 3-3 at two, 3-3 in main track sprints, cost $32,000 as yearling and $55,000 as juvenile)
Sire Stud Record:  This is first starter
Dam Race Record:  Sprint winner at two (6-1-1-0, 35K, 1-6 at two, 1-5 in main track sprints)
Dam Produce Record:  First starter
Broodmare Sire Info:    0 winners as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:  Dam a half-sister to ZIPPY SHANNON (stakes-winning sprinter, 18-7-4-2, 241K, 1-3 at two, won debut, 7-16 in main track sprints)
Trainer Stat:   2-16 (13%, $4.42 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints; 1-14 (7%, $4.44 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints at Keeneland; 0-1 with all debut runners in 2012

Program Number:  4.
Horse Name/Pedigree:  CONCHO HALO (Lydgate - Concho Valley, by Sunny's Halo) 
Trainer:   James Hunt 
Jockey:  Dean Sarvis
Morning Line:  20-1
Foal Date/State:  April 23. 2010 (Louisiana)
Auction History:  $2,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Texas, August 2011)
Sire Race Record:   Grade 3 turf winner (16-2-4-0, 139K, 0-4 in main track sprints)
Sire Stud Record:  2-37 (5%) with juvenile debut runners; 1-7 (14%, $4.51 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012
Dam Race Record:  Unraced
Dam Produce Record:  1 runner, 0 winners, 0 juvenile runners, 0 main track sprint runners
Broodmare Sire Info:    0 winners as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:   Dam a half-sister to OUR NATIVE DREAMER (multiple stakes-placed, 48-3-9-8, 96K, 1-9 at two, 0-7 in main track sprints)
Trainer Stat:   0-2 over the past five years with all debut runners; first debut runner of 2012

Program Number:  5.
Horse Name/Pedigree:  FIRE YOUR BOSS (Street Boss - Song for Annie, by Sultry Song)
Trainer:   William Bret Calhoun
Jockey:  Miguel Mena
Morning Line:  6-1
Foal Date/State:  February 9, 2010 (Florida)
Auction History:  $33,000 yearling (OBS, August 2011)
Blacktype Siblings:  SUCCESSFUL SONG (half-brother, multiple stakes-winning router, 20-5-3-3, 232K, 1-3 at two, 0-2 in main track sprints)
Sire Race Record:   Multiple Grade 1 sprint winner (13-7-3-1, 831K, unraced at two, 7-13 in main track sprints)
Sire Stud Record:  This is first starter
Dam Race Record:  Multiple turf stakes-winner (23-6-4-2, 272K, 0-1 at two, 0-1 in main track sprints)
Dam Produce Record:  5 runners, 4 winners, 3 juvenile runners, 2 juvenile winners, 4 main track sprint runners, 2 main track sprint winners
Broodmare Sire Info:    1-5 (20%, $1.64 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:   Dam a half-sister to D J'S RAINBOW (Grade 3 winner, 40-11-4-9, 192K, 0-5 at two, 0-11 in main track sprints), OK BY ME (multiple Grade 3 winner, 33-7-3-6, 553K, 2-5 at two, 1-4 in main track sprints) and HE'S CRAFTY (stakes-placed on turf, 27-8-8-3, 298K, unraced at two, 1-3 in main track sprints).  Dam a full sister to THE GREAT CARUSO (Grade 3-placed, 31-3-3-3, 200K, unraced at two, 1-15 in main track sprints)
Trainer Stat:   2-19 (11%, $1.01 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints; 0-6 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints at Keeneland; 4-26 (15%, $1.62 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012 (all older winners with Lasix)
Workout Information:

Program Number:  6.
Horse Name/Pedigree:  GREENGRASSOFYOMING (Quest - Flick, by Dehere)
Trainer:  Dwight Preston
Jockey:  Matthew Straight
Morning Line:  12-1
Foal Date/State:  May 3, 2010 (Kentucky)
Auction History:  $3,000 yearling (Keeneland, September 2011)
Sire Race Record:   Grade 2 route winner (23-6-4-4, 768K, unraced at two, 2-2 in main track sprints)
Sire Stud Record:  5-21 (24%) with juvenile debut runners; No debut winners in 2012
Dam Race Record:   Stakes-winning sprinter at two (5-2-1-1, 86K, 2-4 at two, 2-5 in main track sprints, cost $95,000 as yearling)
Dam Produce Record:  2 runners, 1 winner, 2 juvenile runners, 0 juvenile winners, 2 main track sprint runners, 1 main track sprint winner
Broodmare Sire Info:    1-5 (20%, $6.32 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:   Dam a half-sister to CINEMINE (Grade 3 winner, 29-12-5-3, 506K, 2-3 at two, won debut, 8-15 in main track sprints)
Trainer Stat:   0-1 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic sprints; first debut runner of 2012

Program Number:  7.
Horse Name/Pedigree:  I’MGONNAKNOCKUOUT (Quest - Poltapenny, by Wagon Limit)
Trainer:  Thomas Short
Jockey:  Marcelino Torres
Morning Line:  10-1
Foal Date/State:  April 9, 2010 (Kentucky)
Auction History:  $1,000 yearling (Keeneland, September 2011)
Sire Race Record:   Grade 2 route winner (23-6-4-4, 768K, unraced at two, 2-2 in main track sprints)
Sire Stud Record:  5-21 (24%) with juvenile debut runners; No debut winners in 2012
Dam Race Record:  Unraced
Dam Produce Record:  4 runners, 4 winners, 2 juvenile runners, 0 juvenile winners, 4 main track sprint winners
Broodmare Sire Info:    0 winners as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:  Dam a half-sister to PRINCESS SYBIL (multiple stakes-winner, 38-14-8-2, 256K, unraced at two, 13-32 in main track sprints), NEVER SPEAKING (stakes-winning sprinter at two, 95-13-21-20, 246K, 1-9 at two, 13-74 in main track sprints) and ALANNAN (multiple Grade 2 sprint winner, 23-6-1-7, 584K, 1-3 at two, won debut, 6-18 in main track sprints)
Trainer Stat:   0-4 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints at Keeneland; 1-1 (100%, $68.80 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012 (older winner with Lasix on synthetic)

Program Number:  8.
Horse Name/Pedigree:  HIGH DIVER  (Sky Diving - Ft. Mann, by Fort Chaffee)
Trainer:   Wayne Catalano
Jockey:  Gabriel Saez
Morning Line:  5-1
Foal Date/State:   March 18, 2010 (Illinois)
Auction History:  None
Sire Race Record:   Multiple stakes-placed router (17-3-3-1, 212K, 0-3 at two, 0-6 in main track sprints)
Sire Stud Record:  This is first starter
Dam Race Record:   Stakes-placed sprinter (30-7-5-8, 199K, 1-1 at two, 7-26 in main track sprints, cost $12,000 as weanling)
Dam Produce Record:  2 runners, 2 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 0 juvenile winners, 2 main track sprint winners
Broodmare Sire Info:    0 winners as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:   Second dam is LADY OF MANN (stakes-placed on turf in England at two)
Trainer Stat:   10-45 (22%, $1.61 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints; 0-5 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints at Keeneland; 2-9 (22%, $8.36 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012 (both older winners with Lasix, 1 winner with blinkers, 1 winner on synthetic)
Workout Information:

Program Number:  9. 
Horse Name/Pedigree:  SKILLTOPAYTHEBILLS  (Sir Shackleton - Mane Special Gal, by Bates Motel)
Trainer:   Thomas Short
Jockey:  Alberto Pusac
Morning Line:  10-1
Foal Date/State:   January 27, 2010 (Kentucky)
Auction History:  $1,000 yearling (Keeneland, September 2011)
Sire Race Record:   Grade 2 sprint winner (20-7-2-3, 1.05M, unraced at two, 4-7 in main track sprints)
Sire Stud Record:  0-18 with juvenile debut runners; No debut winners in 2012
Dam Race Record:  Unraced
Dam Produce Record:  2 runners, 0 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 1 main track sprint runner
Broodmare Sire Info:    0 winners as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2012
Female Family Notes:   Family of TOO MUCH IRISH (stakes-winner, 94-11-11-5, 65K, 0-12 at two)
Trainer Stat:   0-4 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in synthetic maiden special weight sprints at Keeneland; 1-1 (100%, $68.80 ROI) with all debut runners in 2012 (older winner with Lasix on synthetic)

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Analysis:
Let's take a bit of a stab in the opener with GREENGRASSOFYOMING, a son of Quest (24% juvenile debut winners from limited runners) out of Flick (won the Pontalba Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs at Fair Grounds).  Flick is a half-sister to Cinemine, an eight-length debut winner at two that went on to take the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at six furlongs. 
Wesley Ward usually dominates these juvenile maiden races at the Keeneland spring meeting and he sends out the coupled entry of BARISOFF and SKYLANDER.  The former, the lone filly entered in this heat, is a half-sister to Indian Gracey (two-time winner on synthetic that finished third in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf last year). 
Skylander is by Bring the Heat, a top juvenile debut sire that has had great success with babies going 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland.  Neither would be a surprise in the slightest although the expected short price is unappetizing.
I'MGONNAKNOCKUOUT, also by Quest, is out of an unraced half-sister to Alannan, the winner of both the Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes and Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap at seven furlongs.  Alannan won first-out here going 4 1/2 furlongs at two. 
LARRY ZIP IT shows sharp workouts in preparation for his career debut.  This barn scored with juvenile debut winner Larry Zip (30-1 odds) at last year's sprint meet.  The first-crop sire won all three of his lifetime starts (all sprinting at two), including his debut at 4 1/2 furlongs over the Keeneland polytrack. 
HIGH DIVER is a son of first-crop sire Sky Diving, the runner-up in both the Turf Paradise Derby and the WinStar Derby at Sunland Park.  Trainer Wayne Catalano does good work with young horses.
FIRE YOUR BOSS is from the first crop of Street Boss, a juvenile debut winner over the Del Mar polytrack.  Street Boss reeled off five straight wins sprinting over synthetic in Southern California, including scores in the Grade 1 Triple Bend and Grade 1 Bing Crosby.  Fire Your Boss is a half-brother to Successful Song, a multiple stakes-winner around two turns.
SKILLTOPAYTHEBILLS, like the top selection, doesn't show a published workout in 15 days, but the March 22 workout at The Thoroughbred Center may have gone in company with Greengrassofyoming. 
CONCHO HALO, a Louisiana-bred, cost $2,000 at auction and shows a 16-day gap between his last two drills.
COUNT ON SILVER boasts some quick works and may be a forward factor from the rail.  His sire is not known for his prowess with juvenile debut runners, however.

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Selections:
1.  GREENGRASSOFYOMING
2.  SKYLANDER (part of entry)
3.  I'MGONNAKNOCKUOUT

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The Play:
Greengrassofyoming to Win and Place (6-1 odds or greater)

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* Meet record based on starts, wins, top pick (after scratches) in the money, and profit/loss of that day's play ($2 wager, scheduled surface only): 0-0(0)