09/01/2011 9:02AM

Saratoga: Spa Babies for Sept. 1, Race 6

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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.

In past years, I would list the stats for each horse before writing up my analysis, selections and wagering strategy. In order to streamline the content, this year's Spa Babies will showcase written analyses of each juvenile race. Each analysis will include relevant statistical information. Following the analysis, top three selections and wagering strategy will be provided.

Race 6
6 Furlongs
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)
2-year-old fillies
Purse $29,000

Analysis:

5. LINDYHOP (Rockport Harbor - Jazzitup, by Dixieland Band, April 13, 2009 in Kentucky, Withdrawn Keeneland September yearling, $20,000 RNA Fasig-Tipton October yearling, Out Fasig-Tipton Spring May juvenile) is by a juvenile Grade 2 route winner (5-8, 324K, 4-4 at two, 2-2 sprinting) that is 10-94 (11%) with juvenile debut runners (6-47, 13%, $1.62 ROI with all debut runners in 2011, 4 juvenile debut winners, 1 at this meet). The dam was unraced and has foaled 5 winners from 5 runners (3-3 with 2yos, 1 debut winner, 2-5 with sprinters). The dam is a half-sister to stakes-placed Magic Peak (3-14, 98K, 1-1 at two, 1-7 sprinting) and multiple stakes-winner My Pal Lana (6-25, 465K, 0-4 at two, 0-2 sprinting). Trainer Eoin Harty is 0-2 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in maiden claiming dirt sprints (0-2 at Saratoga). Harty is 4-15 (26%, $2.37 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011.

1. GATTINO (Kitten's Joy - Itsallaboutamanda, by Thunder Gulch, March 16, 2009 in Kentucky, Withdrawn Fasig-Tipton October yearling) is by a multiple Grade 1 turf winner (9-14, 2.0M, 2-4 at two, 0-1 sprinting) that is 19-109 (17%) with juvenile debut runners (5-53, 9%, $1.73 ROI with all debut runners in 2011, 1 juvenile debut winner, 1 older winner out of a Thunder Gulch mare). The dam was a route winner (3-16, 41K, 0-2 at two, 0-3 sprinting) and has foaled 1 winner from 1 runner (1-1 with 2yos, debut winner, 1-1 with sprinters). The second dam is Grade 3 winner Nonies Dancer Ali (5-24, 165K, 2-3 at two, won debut, 2-10 sprinting).  Trainer Merrill Scherer is 1-33 (3%, $1.32 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in maiden claiming dirt sprints (0-6 at Saratoga). Scherer is 1-17 (5%, $0.78 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011.

3. WEEKEND WISH (Bluegrass Cat - Extraordinary Lady, by Charismatic, April 9, 2009 in Kentucky, $70,000 RNA Keeneland September yearling) is by a Grade 1 route winner (5-11, 1.7M, 3-4 at two, 1-2 sprinting) that is 13-80 (16%) with juvenile debut runners (4-43, 9%, $2.03 ROI with all debut runners in 2011 (4 juvenile debut winners, 1 at this meet). The dam was unraced and this is her first starter. The dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Sea Ditty (6-39, 233K, 1-2 at two, won debut, 1-5 sprinting), multiple stakes-winning juvenile Ticket to Houston (4-8, 147K, 4-7 at two, 3-7 sprinting) and stakes-winning router Ghost Story (2-22, 215K, 0-1 sprinting). Trainer Bob Hess is 0-3 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in maiden claiming dirt sprints (0-1 at Saratoga).  Hess is 0-13 with all debut runners in 2011.

10. DEAR OLD DONEGAL (Friends Lake - It's True Romance, by Yes It's True, April 1, 2009 in Kentucky, Withdrawn Keeneland November weanling, $10,000 Fasig-Tipton Spring May juvenile) worked 2 furlongs in 22.4 prior to the May auction.  She is by a Grade 1 route winner (3-7, 696K, 2-3 at two, 1-2 sprinting) that is 13-115 (11%) with juvenile debut runners (4-39, 10%, $2.75 ROI with all debut runners in 2011, 1 juvenile debut winner). The dam, an $110,000 weanling and $250,000 yearling, was a route winner (1-8, 13K, 0-1 at two, 0-1 sprinting) and this is her first starter.  The second dam is juvenile stakes-placed sprinter Fleta Kalem (4-32, 49K, 1-4 at two, 4-32 sprinting). Trainer Robert Reid is 0-6 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in maiden claiming dirt sprints. Reid is 1-6 (17%, $1.13 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011.

9. PURSES GALORE (Successful Appeal - Evening Stroll, by Johannesburg, April 18 in Kentucky, $20,000 Keeneland November weanling, $60,000 Keeneland September yearling) is by a multiple Grade 2 winner (8-22, 654K, 3-6 at two, 7-13 in main track sprints) that is 129-608 (21%) with juveniles.  The dam, a $135,000 weanling, was unraced and this is her first starter.  This is the female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Devil His Due (11-41, 3.2M, 2-5 sprinting). Trainer Eddie Kenneally is 1-13 (8%, $0.38 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles returning from 31-60 day layoff in maiden claiming dirt sprints (0-3 at Saratoga). Chased outside over an inside, speed-favoring surface in lone local try.  Has enough speed to be up and near the lead.

6. STREET SURPRISE (Street Sense - Sleepoverwithgreer, by A.P. Indy, March 13, 2009 in Kentucky, $55,000 Keeneland November weanling) is by a multiple Grade 1 route winner (6-13, 4.3M, 2-5 at two, 1-2 sprinting) that is 2-13 (15%, $3.92 ROI) with juvenile debut runners from his first crop of 2011 (1 at this meet). The dam was unplaced in France (0-1, 0-1 at two) and has foaled 1 winner from 1 runner (0-0 with 2yos, 1-1 with sprinters). The second dam is multiple Grade/Group 2 turf winner Lexa (6-16, 309K, 6-16 on turf). The July 28 workout went .04 slower than trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's juvenile filly For Her Eyes Only (finished fourth in career debut in $50,000 maiden claimer on August 4 with 39 Beyer; has 51 Beyer top). The August 5 workout went .04 faster than McLaughlin's juvenile Burned Bridges (finished seventh in career debut on August 13 with 59 Beyer).  McLaughlin is 0-9 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in maiden claiming dirt sprints (0-4 at Saratoga). McLaughlin is 4-28 (14%, $1.25 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011.

8. HEATHER'S FEATHER (Dixie Union - Santa Rosa Island, by Valiant Nature, April 23, 2009 in Kentucky, $67,000 Keeneland November weanling, Withdrawn Fasig-Tipton Summer July yearling, $77,000 Fasig-Tipton Select October yearling) is by a multiple Grade 1 winner (7-12, 1.2M, 4-6 at two, 5-7 sprinting) that is 117-735 (16%) with juveniles.  The dam was a sprint winner (1-10, 68K, 1-3 sprinting) and has foaled 0 winners from 5 runners (0-4 with juveniles, 0-3 with sprinters).  The second dam is juvenile Grade 1 winner Qualique (2-11, 91K, 2-9 at two).  Trainer Todd Pletcher is 9-15 (60%, $2.96 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles in maiden claiming dirt sprints (3-5, 60%, $2.06 ROI at Saratoga). Looked to be working well prior to the debut and rallied well along the inside after falling well behind early.  Fits very nicely at this level and looms the one to beat.

4. I GOT YOU (Unbridled's Song - Lady Tiz, by Tiznow, March 14, 2009 in Kentucky, $110,000 RNA Keeneland September yearling, $95,000 RNA OBS Select March juvenile, $50,000 Fasig-Tipton Spring May juvenile) worked 1 furlong in 10.3 prior to the March auction and 1 furlong in 10.3 prior to the May auction.  She is by a multiple Grade 1 route winner (5-12, 1.3M, 2-3 at two, won debut, 2-4 sprinting) that is 37-288 (13%) with juvenile debut runners (7-37, 19%, $1.19 ROI with all debut runners in 2011, 3 juvenile debut winners, 1 at this meet).  The dam, a $370,000 yearling, was unplaced (0-2, 0-1 at two, 0-1 sprinting) and this is her first starter. The dam is a half-sister to juvenile stakes-winning sprinter Queens Plaza (2-7, 92K, 2-4 at two, 2-5 sprinting).  Trainer Steve Margolis is 0-14 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in maiden claiming dirt sprints. Margolis is 1-18 (5%, $0.79 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011.

7. MY VIVA LOCA (Chapter One - Sassy Sails, by Captain Bodgit, January 29, 2009 in Florida) is by from an unraced sire that is 0-2 from his first crop of runners in 2011. The dam, a $25,000 short yearling and $30,000 yearling, was unraced and has foaled 2 winners from 3 runners (2-3 with juveniles, 2-3 with sprinters). This is the female family of Belmont Stakes winner Stage Door Johnny (5-8, 223K, 0-2 at two, 0-2 sprinting). Trainer John Quiles is 0-1 over the past five years with juveniles adding Lasix in maiden claiming dirt sprints (0-1 at Saratoga). Adds Lasix after two dull outings.

1a. WESLEY'S AUNTS (Montbrook - Catch the Ghost, by Silver Ghost, May 5, 2009 in Kentucky, $30,000 OBS Select March juvenile) worked 2 furlongs in 22.0 prior to the March auction. She is by a multiple Grade 3 sprint winner (5-8, 373K, 5-7 sprinting) that is 191-1213 (16%) with juveniles. The dam was a sprint winner (1-6, 8K, 0-2 at two, 1-5 sprinting) that has foaled 4 winners from 7 runners (2-6 with juveniles, 3-7 with sprinters). Wesley's Aunts is a full sister to juvenile stakes-winning sprinter Phantom Income (2-9, 169K, 2-5 at two, 2-8 sprinting). The dam is a half-sister to juvenile Grade 1 sprint winner City Zip (9-23, 803K, 5-11 at two, 9-16 sprinting) and multiple Grade 1 winner Ghostzapper (9-11, 3.4M, 1-2 at two, 5-7 sprinting). Trainer Merrill Scherer is 1-19 (5%) over the past five years with juveniles adding Lasix in maiden claiming dirt sprints (0-1 at Saratoga). Adds Lasix and is eligible to show speed, but she hasn't shown much staying power.

2. STAR VESTA (Master Command - Star in the Corner, by Holy Bull, March 15, 2009 in Kentucky, $14,000 RNA Fasig-Tipton Summer July yearling, $18,000 RNA Fasig-Tipton October yearling) is by a multiple Grade 2 route winner (8-17, 1.1M, 0-2 sprinting) that is 1-15 (7%, $1.00 ROI) with juvenile debut runners from his first crop of 2011.  The dam was placed on turf (0-11, 4K) and has foaled 0 winners from 1 runner (0-0 with 2yos, 0-1 with sprinters). The dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Winning Agenda (4-30, 123K, 1-3 at two, 1-9 sprinting), juvenile stakes-winning router Dixie Two Star (2-12, 61K, 2-7 at two, 0-6 sprinting) and stakes-placed Anyplace Anytime (5-39, 164K, 2-5 at two, 3-25 sprinting).  The July 18 workout matches trainer George Weaver's juvenile filly Richbelle (finished seventh in career debut on August 21 with 15 Beyer).  Weaver is 2-9 (22%, $7.17 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners in maiden claiming dirt sprints (0-5 at Saratoga). Weaver is 4-26 (15%, $2.15 ROI) with all debut runners in 2011.

Selections:
1. Lindyhop
2. Gattino
3. Weekend Wish

The Play:
Lindyhop to Win and Place at 6-1 odds or greater