07/21/2011 4:56PM

Saratoga: Spa Babies for July 22, Race 7

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Welcome to Spa Babies! I'll break down the statistics for every juvenile contest at the meet and hope for a tidy profit.

Race 7
5 1/2 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight (New York Breds)
2-year-old fillies
Purse $40,000

Analysis:

PROUD AND CHARMING (Proud Citizen - Dynamism, by Dynaformer, May 9, 2009, $40,000 Fasig-Tipton Preferred) is by a Grade 2 route winner (1-4 at two, 2-9 sprinting) that is 14-133 (11%) with juvenile debut runners (3-22, 14%, $1.39 ROI with all debut runners in 2011, 1 juvenile debut winner). The dam, a $20,000 yearling, was placed on turf and has foaled 2 runners that did not win.  The dam is a half-sister to stakes-winner Pepita Ramoje (8-23, 259K, 0-2 at two, 1-4 sprinting) and Grade 2-placed turfer Kappa King (4-14, 194K). Mark Hennig is 1-8 (13%, $1.70 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011. The May 8 workout went .04 faster than Hennig's juvenile filly Sally's Dream (finished fourth in career debut at Belmont with 43 Beyer).

THE FUNKY EXPRESS (Freud - The Rodeo Express, by Rodeo, March 9, 2009, Withdrawn Fasig-Tipton Select yearling) is by a Grade 2-placed turf runner that is 20-146 (14%) with juvenile debut runners (0 debut winners in 2011). The Funky Express is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed juvenile sprinter Funky Munky Mama (1-7, 53K, won for this trainer at Saratoga last year).  The dam was stakes-placed (6-21, 151K, unraced at two, 2-9 sprinting) and hails from the female family of juvenile stakes-placed sprinter Stormy La Reine. Trainer Gary Gullo is 1-40 (2%) since January 1, 2006 with debut runners.

PROJECT RUNAWAY (Friends Lake - Project Liberty, by Mr. Prospector, February 9, 2009) is by a Grade 1 route winner (2-3 at two, 1-2 sprinting) that is 12-108 (11%) with juvenile debut runners (3-27, 11%, $3.80 ROI with all debut runners in 2011). The unraced dam has foaled 2 winners from 2 runners (1 juvenile winner) and is a half-sister to Grade 3 turf winner Khancord Kid (3-10, 167K, 1-3 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints). Trainer Ramon Hernandez is 1-35 (3%) since January 1, 2007 with all debut runners.

KIBOSH (Discreet Cat - Kaskazi, by Kris S., February 20, 2009) is by a first-crop sire that was a Grade 1 winner at a mile (1-1 at two, 2-3 sprinting) and is 2-12 (17%, $1.37 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011. The winning dam, a $300,000 yearling purchase (1-5, 30K, all races on turf), has foaled one prior starter that did not win.  The dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 turf winner Namaqualand (4-13, 165K, 1-4 at two, 0-1 sprinting) and stakes-placed Lemon Dove (2-13, 58K, 2-5 at two, 1-9 sprinting). Trainer John Kimmel was 2-26 (7%, $1.96 ROI) since January 1, 2010 with debut runners.  Kimmel was 1-41 (2%) last year at Saratoga.

CINNAMON STICK (Freud - Super Blue, by Single Dawn, April 8, 2009) is by a sire that was Grade 2-placed on grass (73-465, 16% with juvenile runners).  The dam was a stakes-winner on grass in Chile (4-16, 27K, 2-3 at two) and has foaled one sprint winner from three runners.  The dam is a half-sister to Chilean Group 2 winner Rivaldo (3-19, 39K, 2-3 at two).  Since January 1, 1991, trainer Colum O'Brien is 0-62 with first-time blinkered runners.

SING LIKE A BIRD (Lawyer Ron - Birthday Wire, by Birdonthewire, March 9, 2009, $40,000 Keeneland November weanling, $80,000 Fasig-Tipton Summer yearling, $225,000 Fasig-Tipton February juvenile) worked a furlong in 10.2 prior to the February auction. The first-crop sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (3-10 at two, 1-3 sprinting) and is 2-9 (22%, $1.16 ROI) with juvenile debut runners this year. Sing Like a Bird is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Wiredfortwotwenty (6-15, 230K, 5-12 sprinting).  The unraced dam is a half-sister to stakes-winner Nice to Know (19-92, 421K, 2-11 at two, 4-28 sprinting), stakes-winning sprinter Cheers and Tears (5-18, 170K, 2-4 at two, won debut) and Grade 2-placed router Brave Victory (2-23, 1-5 at two, 2-12 sprinting). Trainer Peter Pugh's only debut runner this year, 4-year-old Persian Lime, graduated at first asking at 9-1 odds at Gulfstream.  It is noteworthy that Ramon Dominguez takes the mount.

WILDCAT'S SMILE (Forest Wildcat - Serenity's Smile, by Dixie Brass, April 9, 2009) is by a multiple Grade 3 sprint winner (2-5 at two) that is 48-384 (13%) with juvenile debut runners (3-23, 13%, $0.69 ROI with all debut runners this year, 3 juvenile debut winners).  Wildcat's Smile is a half-sister to juvenile stakes-winning router Stormy's Smile (1-5, 73K, 0-2 sprinting) and multiple stakes-placed router Johannesburg Smile (4-15, 190K, 0-3 at two, 0-2 sprinting).  The dam was multiple stakes-placed (11-30, 178k, unraced at two, 4-13 sprinting) and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Raf's Society Girl (11-38, 147K, 0-1 at two, 1-9 sprinting).  Trainer Dominic Galluscio is 1-2 (50%, $3.45 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011.

KARMA POLICE (Consolidator - Putbacktheglider, by Put It Back, May 15, 2009, $1,700 Keeneland September yearling, $20,000 OBS Spring juvenile) worked a furlong in 10.1 prior to the April auction.  The sire was a Grade 1 route winner at two (1-6 sprinting) that is 8-105 (8%) with juvenile debut runners (2-33, 6%, $2.08 ROI with all debut runners in 2011). Karma Police is the first starter out of a dam that was placed routing (0-6, 0-1 at two, 0-3 sprinting). The dam is a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 sprint winner Friendly Lover (22-66, $1.2M, 3-5 at two, won debut). Trainer Eoin Harty is 3-11 (27%, $1.60 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011.

PURE GOSSIP (Pure Prize - Dixieland Achiever, by Dixieland Band, March 25, 2009) is by a Grade 2 route winner (1-3 at two, 0-4 sprinting) that is 15-134 (11%) with juvenile debut runners (0 debut winners in 2011).   The Pure Prize - Dixieland Band breeding "nick" has produced stakes-winning sprinter American Prize (2-5, 84K, all races at two).  Pure Gossip is a half-sister to juvenile stakes-winner Lady Vi (2-7, 135K, 1-6 sprinting).  The unraced dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 turf winner Street Game (3-7, 139K, 0-1 at two, 0-1 sprinting).  Trainer Phil Serpe is 1-21 (5%) since January 1, 2010 with debut runners.

LENDERS WAY (Hook and Ladder - Stellar Maiden, by Raffie's Majesty, April 6, 2009) is by a Grade 2 sprint winner (1-1 at two) that is 16-113 (14%) with juvenile debut runners (2-22, 9%, $0.75 ROI with all debut runners in 2011, both juvenile debut winners).  The dam went 1-10 for 75K (0-2 sprinting) and has foaled 1 sprint winner from 1 runner.  The dam is a full sister to stakes-placed Raffie's Dream (4-20, 170K, 0-3 sprinting) and stakes-winner Mt. Majesty (12-68, 224K, 6-41 sprinting). Trainer James Ryerson is 1-8 (13%, $0.71 ROI) with debut runners in 2011.

BARREL OF JOY (Disco Rico - Wide Barrel, by Broad Brush, March 22, 2009) is by a multiple Grade 3 sprint winner (2-3 at two) that is 7-55 (13%) with juvenile debut runners (1-6, 17%, $1.47 ROI with all debut runners in 2011).  Barrel of Joy is a half-sister to stakes-winning router Love Abroad (4-36, 265K, unraced at two, 0-12 sprinting).  The dam went 1-8 for 45K (unraced at two, 0-1 sprinting) and is from the female family of Grade 1 winner Firm Stance.  Trainer John Hertler is 1-40 (2%, $1.53 ROI) since January 1, 2008 with debut runners.

Selections:
1. Proud and Charming
2. The Funky Express
3. Project Runaway

The Play:
Proud and Charming to Win and Place at 6-1 odds or greater.

The Play:
Gypsy Robin to Win at 2-1 odds or greater

More Spa Babies for July 22:
Race 5
Race 9