07/25/2008 12:00AM

Spa Babies for 7/25

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Welcome to Spa Babies! I'll break down the statistics for every juvenile contest at the meet. Hopefully, we'll end up with a tidy profit.

Thursday's results:
Race 2: Dorothy's Essence finished second
Race 5: Market At Midday finished third
Race 9: Vineyard Haven finished third

Friday, July 25, 2008

Race 2
5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-olds
Purse $62,000

1. Join in the Dance (Sky Mesa - Dance Darling, by Devil's Bag)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
- Foaled March 26, 2006 in Kentucky
- $130,000 RNA yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- $90,000 RNA juvenile (Fasig-Tipton February 2008)
- sire was a Grade 1 sprint winner at two (6-3-1-1, $633,076, 3-3 at two, unraced on turf, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 19-124 (15%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 2-32 (6%) with first-turf runners
- dam was unraced (cost $190,000 as a yearling)
- dam has two runners, no winners, two juvenile runners, no turf runners, two mud/slop runners
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winning sprinter Darling Danzig (4-4-0-0, $57,000, unraced at two, unraced on turf, unraced in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed Devoted Danzig (15-2-1-5, $77,810, 0-3 at two, 1-3 on turf, first-turf winner, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-winning router Misnomer (36-6-5-5, $320,995, 2-4 at two, 0-1 on turf, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 3-placed Grey Beard (38-3-5-0, $178,071, 1-3 at two, 0-15 on turf, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to Group 3-placed (England) Mutawassel (10-1-1-2, $31,408, 1-2 at two, turf winner)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed turf sprinter Grand Escape (12-3-3-2, $128,831, 1-2 at two, 2-5 on turf, unraced in mud/slop)
- trainer is 31-132 (23%, $1.74 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles trying turf for the first time
- trainer is 11-41 (27%, $2.01 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles trying turf for the first time at Saratoga
- worked a quarter-mile in 21.60 prior to the February sale

1A. Forest Tango (Forestry - Tenga, by Mr. Prospector)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
- Foaled May 13, 2006 in Kentucky
- half-brother to Grade 1 turf winner Startac (18-5-3-3, $703,718, 2-3 at two, won debut, 4-13 on turf, unraced in mud/slop)
- three-quarter brother to Grade 3-placed turf runner Tenga Cat (9-2-2-1, $112,178, 0-1 at two, 2-8 on turf, unraced in mud/slop)
- $100,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- $150,000 juvenile (Keeneland April 2008)
- sire was a Grade 1 sprint winner (11-7-1-2, $591,225, unraced at two, unraced on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 20-138 (14%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 19-148 (13%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 3-35 (9%, $0.77 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (two older runners on turf, one juvenile debut winner)
- Forestry - Mr. Prospector 'nick' has produced multiple stakes-winner Devereux (9-4-1-2, $184,975, 1-4 at two, unraced on turf, unraced on mud/slop)
- dam was a juvenile stakes-winner on turf in France (15-1-4-0, $69,523, 1-6 at two, all races on turf)
- Mr. Prospector is 4-30 (13%, $1.09 ROI) as the broodmare sire of all debut runners in 2008 (all older winners)
- dam has six runners, four winners, four juvenile runners, two juvenile winners, one juvenile debut winner, five turf runners, three turf winners, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winners)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winning router Royal Danzig (14-2-2-2, $43,250, 0-4 on turf, unraced at two, 1-3 in mud/slop
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Jade Flush (29-8-6-3, $481,518, 1-4 at two, 1-3 on turf, first-turf winner, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to Group 2-placed (France) Stydahar (16-4-1-3, $101,875, 1-1 at two, all races on turf)
- trainer is 14-71 (20%, $1.43 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 7-27 (26%, $1.79 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer is 14-73 (19%, $1.56 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (seven juvenile debut runners, one juvenile debut runner on turf, all winners with Lasix, one with blinkers)
- worked one furlong in 10.20 prior to the April sale

2. Charlie Trumper (Giant's Causeway - Penniless Heiress, by Pentelicus)
Trainer: William Mott
- Foaled February 9, 2006 in Kentucky
- half-brother to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Forest Heir (20-5-1-3, $166,522, 2-3 at two, unraced on turf, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- half-brother to multiple Grade 3 juvenile sprint winner Forest Heiress (17-8-3-1, $419,201, 4-5 at two, won debut, unraced on turf, 2-2 in mud/slop)
- half-brother to Grade 1 sprint winner Wildcat Heir (12-6-4-0, $424,460, 1-2 at two, won debut, unraced on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- $350,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- sire was a multiple Group 1 winner on turf in Europe (13-9-4-0, $3,078,989, 3-3 at two in Europe, 8-12 on turf in Europe)
- sire is 10-103 (10%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 18-184 (10%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 3-28 (11%, $1.37 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (all older winners, one on turf)
- dam was a sprint winner (5-2-1-0, $37,800, unraced at two, unraced on turf, unraced in mud/slop)
- Pentelicus is 5-39 (13%, $2.74 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (all older winners)
- dam has five runners, five winners, four juvenile runners, four juvenile winners, three juvenile debut winners, two turf runners, one turf winner, four mud/slop runners, three mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Regal Ties (50-10-10-7, $215,912)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2 winner On To Royalty (19-6-3-1, $318,539, 1-2 at two, won debut, unraced on turf, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Silk Stocks (18-4-2-2, $93,004, 1-3 at two, 0-1 on turf, 02- in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2 sprint winner Meritocrat (7-5-1-0, $140,125, 0-1 at two, unraced on turf, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 8-77 (10%, $0.81 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 3-23 (13%, $0.68 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer was 15-113 (13%, $1.23 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (ten juvenile debut winners, six at Saratoga, fourteen with Lasix, two with blinkers)
- May 28 workout matches entrymate Pious David
- June 3 workout went .04 faster than Pious David

2B. (MTO) Pious David (Aldeberan - Hamba, by Easy Goer)
Trainer: William Mott
- Foaled April 21, 2006 in Kentucky
- half-brother to stakes-placed turf runner Gijima (9-1-3-1, $59,037, unraced at two, unraced in main track sprints)
- half-brother to Grade 1 route winner Monba (6-3-0-0, $577,534, 2-3 at two, won debut, 1-1 in main track sprints)
- out yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select August 2007)
- $180,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 winner (25-8-12-3, $1,739,186, 1-1 at two in England, 5-11 in main track sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 3-20 (15%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 2-23 (9%, $1.17 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008(both older winners)
- dam was a sprint winner (5-2-2-0, $47,500, 0-1 at two, all races in main track sprints, unraced in mud/slop)
- dam has foaled six runners, four winners, two juvenile runners, one juvenile winner, one juvenile debut winner, no mud/slop runners
- Easy Goer is 1-15 (7%, $0.49 ROI) as the broodmare sire of all debut runners in 2008 (older debut winner)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2 juvenile route winner Silent Account (37-10-5-2, $480,475, 3-7 at two, 8-23 in main track sprints)
- dam a half-sister to Group 3 (England) juvenile winner Hadif (34-8-7-4, $398,423, 3-6 at two in England, won debut, 5-18 in main track sprints)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 1 juvenile route winner Secret Hello (22-6-3-6, $784,259, 3-4 at two, won debut, 2-4 in main track sprints)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winning router By Your Leave (9-4-2-0, $84,185, unraced at two, 0-4 in main track sprints)
- trainer is 27-237 (11%, $1.08 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 8-71 (11%, $0.90 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer was 15-113 (13%, $1.23 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (ten juvenile debut winners, seven at Saratoga, fourteen with Lasix, two with blinkers, eight for this owner)

3. Mr. Dr. Professor (Menifee - Color Me Special, by River Special)
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
- Foaled March 11, 2006 in Kentucky
- out yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- $32,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton October 2007)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (11-5-4-1, $1,732,000, 2-2 at two, unraced on turf, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 65-407 (14%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 11-128 (9%) with first-turf runners
- dam was multiple stakes-placed (33-6-5-7 (225,760, 1-4 at two, 3-17 on turf, 0-3 in mud/slop, cost $2,000 as a short yearling, and $44,000 as a juvenile)
- dam has two runners, one winner, two juvenile runners, no juvenile winners, no turf runners, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winners
- trainer is 3-15 (20%, $3.20 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles switching to turf
- July 19 workout matches barn's juvenile Tar Beach (52 Beyer on dirt)

4. Into My Soul (Pleasantly Perfect - Stop Traffic, by Cure the Blues
Trainer: Gary Contessa
- Foaled April 19, 2006 in Kentucky
- $50,000 juvenile (Fasig-Tipton February 2008)
- first-crop sire was a multiple Grade/Group 1 (USA/Dubai) route winner (18-9-3-2, $7,789,880, unraced at two, 0-2 on turf, unraced in mud/slop)
- sire is 1-4 (25%, $2.40) with juvenile debut runners in 2008
- this is sire's first turf runner
- dam was a multiple Grade 1 winner (35-12-9-5, $864,518, 1-1 at two, 2-4 on turf, 1-2 in mud/slop, cost $85,000 as a yearling)
- Cure the Blues is 7-53 (13%, $1.59 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut winners in 2008 (two juvenile debut winners)
- dam has three runners, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners, no turf runners, two mud/slop runners, one mud/slop winner
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Bionic Soul (31-6-6-5, $219,770, 0-3 at two, 0-3 on turf, 0-3 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 1-15 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 1-5 (20%, $1.34 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer is 2-33 (6%, $0.70 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (both older runners, one with Ramon Dominguez, both with Lasix, one with front bandages)
- worked one furlong in 11.00 prior to the February sale
- June 9 workout matches barn's juvenile Vinnie Van Go (finished second in career debut on dirt on July 23 with 67 Beyer, unraced on turf)
- July 4 workout matches barn's juvenile filly Hookin the Goods (finished first in dirt maiden special weight at Belmont on July 9 with 74 Beyer, unraced on turf)

5. Summit Creek (Smoke Glacken - Circle of Gold, by Royal Academy)
Trainer: Bruce Levine
- Foaled February 18, 2006 in Kentucky
- $62,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- $125,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- sire was a Grade 1 sprint winner at two (14-10-2-1, $759,560, 4-6 at two, unraced on turf, 2-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 39-228 (17%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 11-186 (6%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 4-34 (12%, $0.93 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (two juvenile debut winners)
- dam was a Group 3 (England) winner on turf at two (12-3-4-2, $128,647, 2-4 at two, all races on turf)
- Royal Academy was 6-30 (20%, $1.79 ROI) as the broodmare sire of all debut runners in 2007 (four juveniles, one juvenile at Saratoga, one older runner by Smoke Glacken)
- dam has three runners, no winners, two turf runners, no turf winners, two juvenile runners, no mud/slop runners
- dam a full sister to juvenile turf stakes-winner (Ireland) Crystal Crossing (7-1-2-0, $30,298, 1-3 at two, all races on turf)
- dam a half-sister to juvenile Group 3-placed (France) turf runner Faint Heart (8-1-3-2, $65,743, 1-5 at two, all races on turf)
- trainer is 0-2 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 0-1 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer is 2-18 (11%, $1.20 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (both older, one with Rajiv Maragh aboard, one with front bandages)

6. Unbridle's Dream (Unbridled's Song - Gaviola, by Cozzene)
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
- Foaled April 15, 2006 in Kentucky
- $210,000 RNA yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- $475,000 juvenile (Keeneland April 2008)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (12-5-4-0, $1,311,800, 2-3 at two, unraced on turf, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 100-518 (19%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 30-244 (12%) with first-turf runners
- dam was a Grade 1 turf winner (17-8-2-2, $589,142, 1-3 at two, 8-16 on turf, first-turf winner, unraced in mud/slop)
dam has two runners, no winners, one juvenile runner, no turf runners
- trainer is 1-15 (7%, $0.59 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles switching to turf
- worked two furlongs in 21.1 prior to the April sale
- June 29, July 6 works match barn's juvenile filly Ocean Colors (finished ninth in Grade 3 Schuylerville with 0 Beyer, unraced on turf)
- July 14 workout matches barn's four-year-old Zanjero (103 Beyer top on dirt, unraced on turf)
- July 21 workout matches barn's three-year-old Pyro (105 Beyer top on dirt, unraced on turf)

7. Seal Team (Trippi - Sunk, by Polish Navy)
Trainer: Albert Stall Jr.
- Foaled March 20, 2006 in Florida
- $6,000 weanling (OBS Fall October 2006)
- $18,000 yearling (OBS Open August 2007)
- $75,000 juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- sire was a Grade 1 sprint winner (14-7-1-2, $666,220, unraced at two, unraced on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 21-129 (16%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 6-89 (7%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 8-50 (16%, $1.92 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (one on turf, one juvenile debut winner)
- dam was a winner (7-2-1-1, $35,623, unraced at two, 0-1 on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- Polish Navy is 1-13 (8%, $0.38 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (juvenile debut winner)
- dam has five runners, four winners, four juvenile runners, one juvenile winner, four turf runners, no turf winners, four mud/slop runners, two mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed (France) turf runner Steamboatwillie (16-2-2-5, $42,509, 0-3 at two, 2-14 on turf, unraced in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to juvenile Group 3 (England) turf winner At Risk (6-2-0-0, $27,509, 2-3 at two, all races on turf)
- trainer is 3-9 (33%, $6.80 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 0-1 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer is 2-15 (13%, $1.76 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (one juvenile winner, both with Lasix)
- worked three furlongs in 33.40 prior to the April sale

8. Musca (Orientate - Southern Sandra, by Dixie Brass)
Trainer: Robert Barbara
- Foaled February 28, 2006 in Kentucky
- out yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2008)
$32,000 RNA juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 sprint winner (19-10-3-0, $1,716,950, 0-2 at two, 1-3 on turf, 2-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 43-293 (15%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 26-181 (14%) with turf runners
- dam was a stakes-winning sprinter (19-4-2-2, $165,917, 1-6 at two, 0-3 on turf, 2-3 in mud/slop, cost $8,000 as a yearling)
- dam has two runners, one winner, two juvenile runners, no juvenile winners, two turf runners, one turf winner, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winners
- dam a full sister to Grade 3 winner Xtreme Bid (8-4-1-0, $96,700, 1-2 at two, 0-1 on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 3-41 (7%, $1.17 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 3-7 (42%, $6.86 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles at Saratoga
- worked a quarter-mile in 22.00 prior to the April sale

9. African Storm (Johannesburg - Aly Quatorze, by Louis Quatorze)
Trainer: D Wayne Lukas
- Foaled April 29, 2006 in Kentucky
- sire was a multiple Grade/Group 1 winner (USA/Europe) at two (10-7-1-0, $1,014,585, 7-7 at two in USA/Europe, 6-7 on turf)
- sire is 7-95 (7%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 7-87 (8%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 1-35 (3%, $0.18 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (older runner)
- dam was a route winner (15-2-2-1, $88,747, 0-5 at two, unraced on turf, 1-4 in mud/slop, cost $60,000 as a yearling)
- Louis Quatorze was 2-14 (14%, $3.49 ROI) as the broodmare sire of all debut runners in 2007 (both juvenile debut winners, one on turf)
- this is dam's first runner
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Kool Humor (27-4-3-7, $242,899, 0-1 at two, 0-2 on turf, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Out for Glory (14-3-3-3, $51,841, 0-3 at two, unraced on turf, 0-1 on turf)
- trainer is 0-13 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 0-6 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer was 1-39 (3%, $0.47 ROI) with all debut runners in 2007 (one juvenile debut winner with Lasix and blinkers)

10. (MTO) Stomp (Put It Back - Looks Like a Gem, by Distant View)
Trainer: John Terranova II
- Foaled April 6, 2006 in Florida
- $14,000 RNA yearling (OBS Open August 2007)
- $65,000 juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (7-5-1-1, $232,895, 0-2 at two, 5-7 in main track sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 11-70 (16%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 5-25 (20%, $2.82 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (two juvenile debut winners)
- dam was a sprint winner (15-2-1-1, $9,969, unraced at two, unraced on turf, unraced in mud/slop)
- Distant View was 4-22 (18%, $2.77 ROI) as the broodmare sire of all debut runners in 2007 (one juvenile debut runner)
- dam has one runner, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners, no turf runners, no mud/slop runners
- trainer is 2-34 (6%, $0.27 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-4 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- worked one furlong in 10.1 prior to the April sale
- June 16 workout matches barn's three-year-old filly Shining Image (finished first in maiden special weight at Monmouth on June 19 with 87 Beyer)
-June 27 workout matches barn's juvenile Master (finished fifth in career debut at Belmont on July 3 with 37 Beyer)

Analysis:
FOREST TANGO looks like an interesting runner on turf or dirt. A Todd Pletcher-trained firster, Forest Tango is a half-brother to Startac, a Grade 1 winner on turf as well as a stakes-winner on the main track.
Stablemate JOIN IN THE DANCE may be the one to beat. This one attracts Pletcher's go-to rider, John Velazquez, and showed good early speed over the Arlington polytrack last time out. That was a key race, and the winner came right back to win a stakes race at Prairie Meadows with a 79 Beyer Speed Figure. Look for Join in the Dance to be a factor from the get-go.
SEAL TEAM is by a solid debut sire, and this barn has sent out some live runners in past Spa meets.
PIOUS DAVID scratched out of the Opening Day maiden due to track conditions, and it will be interesting to see if the Main Track Only colt will run on wet going. INTO MY SOUL shows some good workouts for Gary Contessa, but the son of Pleasantly Perfect may want more ground to work with. STOMP worked a bullet half-mile out of the gate earlier in the month, and his sire is an underrated source of debut winners. UNBRIDLE'S DREAM shows some fascinating workouts leading up to this run. He has a strong turf pedigree, and trainer Steve Asmussen has gotten off to a hot start at the meet. MR. DR. PROFESSOR showed speed in his debut before tiring, and will have to motor from the sometimes-intimidating inside post. CHARLIE TRUMPER is bred for turf and stamina on top, and speed on the bottom. MUSCA raced evenly in his debut, and will likely have to improve off that run. AFRICAN STORM is by a juvenile champion, but D. Wayne Lukas doesn't have great stats with firsters over the last year or so. SUMMIT CREEK may be an interesting longshot as he's by a speed sire, and goes out for a hot barn.

Selections:
1. Forest Tango
2. Join in the Dance
3. Seal Team

The Play:
Forest Tango - Seal Team exacta;
Forest Tango - Pious David exacta

***

Race 4
5 1/2 Furlongs
Maiden Claiming ($50,000)
2-year-olds
Purse $32,000

1. Beer Pong (Drewman - Diablo's Madam, by Diablo)
Trainer: Timothy Ritvo
-Foaled April 4, 2006 in Florida
- $18,000 juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- $19,000 RNA juvenile (OBS Open June 2008)
- sire was a multiple stakes-placed router (12-5-1-1, $188,852, unraced at two, 0-2 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 3-30 (10%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 1-15 (7%, $0.37 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (juvenile debut winner)
- dam was unraced (cost $12,000 as a yearling, and $11,000 as a juvenile)
- Diablo is 3-19 (16%, $1.57 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (one juvenile debut winner)
- dam has four runners, four winners, three juvenile runners, three juvenile winners, one juvenile debut winner, two mud/slop runners, two mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed sprinter Without Dissent (34-6-5-9, $101,146, 2-3 at two, 6-33 in main track sprints, 2-6 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to juvenile stakes-placed sprinter Forum Rules 14-3-1-1, $44,650, 1-4 at two, won debut, 2-4 in main track sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 14-145 (10%, $1.20 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 1-12 (8%, $0.58 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer was 3-36 (8%, $0.79 ROI) with all debut runners in 2007 (all juvenile debut winners, all with Lasix, one with blinkers)
- worked three furlongs in 34.3 prior to the June sale
- July 12 workout went .02 slower than entrymate Doctor Garrett

1A. Doctor Garrett (During - Legendary Peach, by Gold Legend)
Trainer: Timothy Ritvo
- Foaled March 18, 2006 in Florida
- $22,000 RNA weanling (OBS Fall October 2006)
- first-crop sire was a multiple Grade 2 route winner (22-6-3-4, $822,634, unraced at two, 1-5 in main track sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop)
- sire is 1-6 (17%, $4.33 ROI) with juvenile debut runners in 2008
- dam was a sprint winner (35-5-7-4, $93,029, unraced at two, 5-32 in main track sprints, 2-8 in mud/slop)
- this is dam's first runner
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed sprinter Peaches' Best (46-8-6-7, $147,812, 0-4 at two, 8-44 in main track sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Peach of It (53-15-12-6, $625,721, 3-6 at two, 2-8 in main track sprints, 3-11 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 14-145 (10%, $1.20 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 1-12 (8%, $0.58 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer was 3-36 (8%, $0.79 ROI) with all debut runners in 2007 (all juvenile debut winners, all with Lasix, one with blinkers)
- July 12 workout went .02 faster than entrymate Beer Pong
- May 3 workout went .02 faster than barn's juvenile In Speight of It (finished fourth in career debut at Saratoga on July 23 with 57 Beyer)
- May 31 workout went .02 slower than In Speight of It
- June 8 workout went .01 faster than In Speight of It
- June 28 workout went .02 slower than barn's juvenile filly Outstanding Henny (finished seventh in career debut at Belmont on July 16 with 8 Beyer)

2. Shoe Strap (Birdstone - Boot Strap, by Storm Boot)
Trainer: D Wayne Lukas
- Foaled March 8, 2006 in Kentucky
- first-crop sire was a multiple Grade 1 winner (9-5-0-0, $1,575,600, 2-3 at two, 1-2 in main track sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 2-15 (13%) with juvenile runners in 2008
- dam was a sprint winner in the mud (9-1-1-2, $26,760, 0-1 at two, all races in main track sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- this is dam's first runner
- second dam is a sprint-winning half-sister to Grade 1 winner Catinca
- trainer is 2-2 (100%, $7.50 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles adding blinkers while dropping into maiden claimers

3. Mitchell Park (Safe in the U S A - Smart as Scot, by Ascot Knight
Trainer: Roy Lerman
- Foaled March 1, 2006 in Florida- first-crop sire was a sprint winner (16-5-3-3, $178,350, 0-1 at two, all races in main track sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 2-4 (50%, $2.00 ROI) with juvenile debut runners in 2008
- dam was a winner (22-3-1-6, $96,272, unraced at two, 1-7 in main track sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- Ascot Knight was 3-50 (6%, $0.98 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2007 (two juvenile debut winners)
- this is dam's first runner
- trainer is 1-7 (14%, $3.94 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-1 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer was 1-3 (33%, $8.13 ROI) with all debut runners in 2007 (older winner without Lasix)
- July 12 workout matches barn's three-year-old filly Palace Cat (65 turf Beyer, unraced on dirt)

4. Grimaldi (Zavata - Swift Spirit, by Tasso)
Trainer: Richard Dutrow Jr.
-Foaled March 31, 2006 in Kentucky
- half-brother to multiple stakes-winner Friendly Spirit (18-5-3-2, $107,636, 1-3 at two, 3-13 in main track sprints, 2-5 in mud/slop)
- $50,000 claim from Steven Asmussen (June 15, 2008 at Churchill Downs)
- sire was a multiple Grade 2 sprint winner (13-5-1-1, $346,533, 3-6 at two, 5-12 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 14-99 (14%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner (13-3-0-2, $36,622, unraced at two, 3-12 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop, cost $11,376 as a yearling)
- dam has foaled four runners, three winners, four juvenile runners, two juvenile winners, three mud/slop starters, one mud/slop winner
- trainer is 6-16 (38%, $2.61 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles off the claim
- trainer is 1-3 (33%, $1.30 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles off the claim at Saratoga

5. The Spanish Life (Spanish Steps - Life's an E Ticket, by Deposit Ticket BR>Trainer: Bisnath Parboo
- Foaled January 8, 2006 in Florida
- $24,000 RNA yearling (OBS Open August 2007)
- first-crop sire was unraced
- sire is 0-6 with juvenile debut runners in 2008
- dam was stakes-placed (21-5-2-3, $142,445, 1-5 at two, 1-5 in main track sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- Deposit Ticket is 1-13 (8%, $1.12 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (older winner)
- dam has foaled one runner, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners, mud/slop runners
- June 6 workout went .02 slower than barn's three-year-old Sky Ranger (0 dirt Beyer)
- July 7 workout went .01 faster than barn's five-year-old River of Dreams (finished fifth in $20,000 'n3L' claimer at Belmont on July 19 with 65 Beyer)

6. Vinnies Wild Tale (West Acre - Royal Prairie, by Louis Quatorze)
Trainer: William Badgett Jr.
- Foaled April 15, 2006 in Florida
- $7,000 yearling (OBS Open August 2007)
- sire was unraced
- sire is 12-75 (16%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 4-15 (27%, $4.68 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008
- dam was a sprint winner (29-2-2-6, $52,248, 0-4 at two, 2-20 in main track sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop, cost $30,000 as a yearling, and $85,000 as a juvenile)
- Louis Quatorze was 2-14 (14%, $3.49 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2007 (both juvenile debut winners)
- dam has one runner, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winners
- trainer is 1-10 (10%, $0.94 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-2 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 1-7 (14%, $1.34 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (juvenile debut winner with Lasix on)

7. Nightmare Alley (West Acre - Traffic Jammer, by Theatrical)
Trainer: Linda Rice
- Foaled March 31, 2006 in Florida
- $23,000 juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- sire was unraced
- sire is 12-75 (16%) with juvenile debut runners (all older winners)
- sire is 4-15 (27%, $4.68 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008
- dam was unplaced (3-0-0-0, $408, unraced at two, 0-1 in main track sprints, unraced in mud/slop, cost $33,000 as a yearling, and $27,000 as a juvenile)
- Theatrical is 1-37 (3%, $0.56 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (older winner)
- dam has two runners, no winners, two juvenile runners, one mud/slop runner
- dam a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Chicago Six (39-16-4-2, $733,347, unraced at two, 2-8 in main track sprints, 0-4 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 15-100 (15%, $1.53 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 5-34 (15%, $1.47 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 1-10 (10%, $0.60 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (older debut winner with Lasix and front bandages)
- worked a quarter-mile in 21.3 prior to the April sale

8. Lofty Banner (Quiet American - Flattered, by Saint Ballado)
Trainer: Gary Contessa
- Foaled April 8, 2006 in Kentucky
- withdrawn weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- $30,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (12-4-3-1, $754,650, 0-1 at two in England, unraced in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 17-280 (6%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 1-18 (6%, $1.10 ROI) with all debut runners this year (older debut winner)
- dam was unraced (cost $400,000 as a yearling)
- Saint Ballado is 10-55 (18%, $3.29 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008(five juvenile debut winners)
- this is dam's first runner
- second dam was a Group 1 winner in Argentina
- trainer is 14-162 (9%, $1.50 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 2-43 (5%, $0.50 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 2-34 (6%, $0.68 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (both older winners with Lasix, one with front bandages)
- June 14 workout went .01 slower than barn's juvenile Purple Eagle (finished fifth in career debut at Belmont on July 10 with 28 Beyer)
- June 30 workout matches Purple Eagle

9. Midtown Bullet (Red Bullet - Lost Oasis, by Tale of the Cat)
Trainer: Chad Brown
- Foaled May 8, 2006 in Kentucky
- $62,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- $28,000 RNA yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- $15,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton October 2007)
- $22,000 juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- withdrawn juvenile (Fasig-Tipton Spring May 2008)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (14-6-2-2, $1,161,920, unraced at two, 4-4 in main track sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 8-40 (20%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 3-16 (19%, $3.17 ROI) with all debut runners this year (two juvenile debut winners)
- dam was a juvenile debut sprint winner (1-1-0-0, $13,800, unraced in mud/slop, cost $20,000 as a yearling)
- Tale of the Cat is 2-11 (18%, $3.05 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (both older winners)
- this is dam's first runner
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed Every Advantage (14-2-3-2, $70,580, 0-1 at two, 1-7 in main track sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed sprinter Silver Source (10-3-2-1, $125,560, 0-2 at two, 3-9 in main track sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
-trainer is 0-1 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- worked one furlong in 10.1 prior tothe April sale

10. Persian (Peace Rules - Lady Cheryl, by Williamstown)
Trainer: Charles Dickey
- FoaledApril 30, 2006 in Florida
- $32,000 yearling (OBS Select August 2007)
- first-crop sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (19-9-2-2, $3,084,278, 3-6 at two, 0-2 in main track sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 6-35 (17%) with juvenile runners in 2008
- Peace Rules - Williamstown 'nick' has produced winner Peace Town (1-1-0-0, sprint winner, unraced in mud/slop $24,000, won in main track sprint)
- dam was a multiple stakes-winner (22-7-3-5, $189,054, unraced at two, 1-2 in main track sprints, unraced in mud/slop, cost $42,000 as a yearling)
- dam has two runners, one winner, two juvenile runners, one juvenile winner, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winner
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner (Mexico) Dr. Aluminiat
- trainer is 1-8 (13%, $2.60 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles returning from 31-60 day layoffs

Analysis:
Going to take a stab with some firsters in the first juvenile maiden claiming race of the meet as the established form doesn't look all that impressive. VINNIES WILD TALE worked quickly six days ago at Belmont, and his sire shows a $4.68 ROI with all debut runners in 2008.
MIDTOWN BULLET worked best of nineteen runners over the Saratoga main trackon July 19. The dam won her only start, and the sire is clicking with 20% of his juvenile debut performers.
Like Vinnies Wild Tale, NIGHTMARE ALLEY is by high-percentage debut sire West Acre. He hasn't shown a published workout in over two weeks, however.
PERSIAN finished evenly at Churchill Downs, gets a huge rider switch, and shows a solid local breeze. GRIMALDI was claimed from Richard Dutrow Jr. at Churchill Downs, and it looks like he's found a soft spot for his new connections. Expect to see good early speed from this Zavata colt. SHOE STRAP adds blinkers, and drops from maiden special weights, and those are not only both generally big angles in maiden claimers, but Mr. Lukas has done well with these moves in the past. DOCTOR GARRETT is by first-crop sire During, and has been working steadily since early May. THE SPANISH LIFE may be in a bit steep. LOFTY BANNER may want more ground. BEER PONG shows three straight gate works, and still may be learning the machine. MITCHELL PARK is by a quick first-crop sire.

Selections:
1. Vinnies Wild Tale
2. Midtown Bullet
3. Nightmare Alley

The play:
Vinnies Wild Tale to Win and Place at4-1 or more

Meet record based on starts, wins, top pick (after scratches) in the money, and profit/loss of that day's play ($2 wager):
6-0-5 (+ 0.20)