08/10/2007 12:00AM

Spa Babies for 8/11

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

Friday’s result:
Race 2: Upper Level finished second in a race that was washed off the turf

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Race 2
6 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-olds
Purse $62,000

1. Ship’s Piano (Storm Boot – Strictly Ballroom, by Fred Astaire)
Trainer: Neil Howard
- Foaled March 25, 2005 in Kentucky
- sire was a stakes-placed sprinter (14-4-3-1, $70,510, unraced at two, 4-13 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 36-307 (12%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has two older debut winners this year
- dam was a turf winner (6-1-4-1, $40,381, unraced at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- dam has three foals of racing age, two runners, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Powerjay (13-5-0-4, $139,282, unraced at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 3-54 (6%, $0.59 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-13 with debuting Spa Babies
- June 6 workout matches barn’s 4-year-old Cozt Aside (91 Beyer top on dirt)
- July 13 workout matches barn’s juvenile filly Press Leak (finished fourth in career debut on turf on July 30 with 73 Beyer)

2. The Leopard (Storm Cat – Moon Safari, by Mr. Prospector)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
- Foaled February 23, 2005 in Kentucky
- $1,000,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- $2,500,000 juvenile (Fasig-Tipton February 2007 (***sales-topper)
- sire was a Grade 1 winner at two (9-4-3-0, $570,610, 3-6 at two, 3-4 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 260-1080 (24%) with juvenile runners
- Storm Cat – Mr. Prospector ‘nick’ has produced turf stakes-winner Serena’s Cat (11-4-2-0, $130,979, 1-3 at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints), Group 2-placed juvenile turfer One Great Cat (1-3 at two, unraced in dirt sprints), multiple Group 1 juvenile turf winner One Cool Cat (4-5 at two, unraced in dirt sprints), Group 1 juvenile turf winner Denebola (10-2-2-2, $338,658, 2-4 at four, unraced in dirt sprints), multiple Grade 1 winner Finder’s Fee (27-7-4-5, $708,126, 3-8 at two, 5-17 in dirt sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop), etc.
- dam was Group 3-placed on turf in Ireland (7-1-1-2, $29,389, 1-5 at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- this is dam’s first foal
- dam a full sister to multiple Grade 1 route winner Scan (16-5-6-2, $727,680, 3-5 at two, 2-6 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed juvenile Camcorder (19-3-2-3, $101,365, 2-7 at two, 1-4 in dirt sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 73-264 (28%, $1.71 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juvenile starters
- trainer is 19-62 (31%, 2.43 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies
- worked a quarter-mile in 21.40 prior to the March sale

3. Verify (Vindication – Twosies Answer, by Two’s a Plenty)
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
- Foaled February 26, 2005 in Kentucky
- $450,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- $800,000 juvenile (Fasig-Tipton February 2007 (***T10th highest priced)
- half-brother to Grade 1 juvenile route winner Answer Lively (14-4-4-0, $938,296, 4-7 at two, 3-5 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop), and stakes-winning router Kiss Me Twice (25-5-2-5, $146,361, unraced at two, unraced in dirt sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 1 route winner at two (4-4-0-0, $680,590, 4-4 at two, 2-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 5-17 (29%) with juvenile debut runners
- of the sire’s five debut winners, one was trained by Steven Asmussen
- dam was a multiple stakes-winner (18-9-3-1, $192,067, unraced at two, 7-16 in dirt sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- dam has six foals of racing age, five runners, four winners, three juvenile runners, one juvenile winner
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed juvenile Canadian Quote (61-9-4-3, $49,955)
- dam a full sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Erica’s Dream (48-16-9-6, $641,467, 3-8 at two, won debut, 4-16 in dirt sprints, 0-4 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 121-573 (21%, $2.08 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 7-27 (26%, $1.57 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has 26 debut winners this year (one at this meet for this owner, one by Vindication, 25 with Lasix, one with blinkers, eight with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, 21 juvenile debut winners)
- worked a furlong in 10.40, and a quarter-mile in 21.20 prior to the February sale

4. Saada (Thunder Gulch – Wicked Mama, by Devil’s Bag)
Trainer: William Mott
- Foaled January 10, 2005 in Kentucky
- $20,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2007)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (16-9-2-2, $2,915,086, 2-6 at two, 1-3 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 19-228 (8%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has four debut winners this year (one juvenile debut winner)
- dam was a stakes-winner (10-4-2-2, $132,113, unraced at two, 2-3 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop, cost $50,000 as a yearling)
- dam has seven foals of racing age, five runners, three winners, three juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- second dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Palm Reader (25-5-7-2, $150,375), and Group 3-placed turfer Nadeed (in Australia)
- Devil’s Bag is the broodmare sire of five debut winners this year
- trainer is 17-204 (8%, $0.95 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
trainer is 5-60 (8%) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has 10 debut winners this year, three at this meet, nine with Lasix, two with blinkers, four with Kent Desormeaux aboard, five juvenile debut winners, five for this owner)
- July 23 workout matches barn’s juvenile filly Sunday Holiday (finished second in career debut on August 5 with 63 Beyer)

5. Lieutenant (Ger) (Black Sam Bellamy – La Calia, by Dashing Blade)
Trainer: Bernardo Callejas
- Foaled March 19, 2005 in Germany
- first-crop sire was a multiple Group 1 winner on turf (18-4-2-3, $680,472, unraced at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- this is sire’s first North American juvenile runner
- sire has one winner in Germany
dam was unraced
- this is dam’s first foal
- trainer is 0-3 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners

6. Big Stick (Grand Slam – Jeanne Jones, by Nijinsky II)
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
- Foaled May 17, 2005 in Kentucky
- $60,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-brother to multiple stakes-placed sprinter Beautiful Gem (20-4-4-2, $155,051, unraced at two, 3-13 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 winner at two (15-4-5-2, $971,292, 3-5 at two, won debut, 1-4 in dirt sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 30-231 (13%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has four older debut winners this year
- dam was a Grade 1 winner (18-5-5-2, $694,900, 1-4 at two, won debut, 2-6 in dirt sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- dam has nine foals of racing age, seven runners, five winners, three juvenile runners, no juvenile wnners
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2-placed juvenile sprinter Avenue of Flags (3-2-1-0, $53,550, 1-2 at two, won debut, all races in dirt sprints), and stakes-placed Beautiful Crown (14-6-3-2, $193,825, unraced at two, 6-11 in dirt sprints)
- Nijinsky II is the broodmare sire of one debut winner this year
- trainer is 9-57 (9%, $1.57 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 2-21 (10%, $0.87 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has four older debut winners this year (all with Lasix)

7. Immortal Eyes (Greatness – Private Eyes, by Private Terms)
Trainer: Richard Violette Jr.
- Foaled January 27, 2005 in Florida
- $18,000 short yearling (OBS January 2006)
- $80,000 yearling (OBS August 2006)
- $220,000 juvenile (OBS February 2007)
- out juvenile (OBS March 2007)
- first-crop sire was a sprint winner (10-2-1-2, $79,590, unraced at two, all races in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 1-14 (7%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner (7-4-1-0, $36,384, 0-1 at two, all races in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop, sold for $100,000 as a yearling)
- dam has two foals of racing age, two runners, one winner, two juvenile runners, one juvenile winner
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed juvenile turfer Karen Sweet (in Italy), and multiple stakes-placed dirt sprinter Ms. Glacken (13-2-4-2, $60,103, 2-5 at two, all races in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 22-87 (25%, $2.64 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 2-15 (13%, $4.77 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies
- worked a furlong in 10.60 prior to the February sale

8. Working Man Blues (Colony Light – Taint True, by Saint Ballado)
Trainer: George Arnold II
- Foaled April 2, 2005 in Florida
- sire was a Grade 1-placed router (10-2-3-1, $136,956, 0-2 at two, 1-2 in dirt sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 11-143 (8%) with juvenile debut runners
- dam was unplaced (3-0-0-0, $440, 0-2 at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints)
- dam has two foals of racing age, one runner, no winners, no juvenile runners
- second dam a placed half-sister to stakes-placed Daytime Friend (63-8-10-11, $117,677, 0-4 at two, 1-19 in dirt sprints, 1-6 in mud/slop), stakes-winner Kafiristan (33-6-4-6, $96,326, 0-2 at two, 2-13 in dirt sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop), and multiple Grade 1-placed router Future Pretense (16-5-4-1, $234,262, 0-1 at two, 1-3 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop
-Saint Ballado is the broodmare sire of two debut winners this year
- trainer is 12-70 (17%, $3.12 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 2-20 (10%, $3.54 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has three debut winners this year (two juveniles, one at this meet, one with Lasix)
- June 23, July 7, July 14 workout matches barn’s juvenile Wicked Style (won career debut on July 21 at Arlington with 62 Beyer), and three-year-old filly Sirocco Dream (finished fourth in career debut on grass at Ellis on July 5 with 49 Beyer)
- August 2 workout matches barn’s juvenile filly Morakami (won career debut on August 5 with 68 Beyer)

9. Aquarian (Fusaichi Pegasus – No Knocks, by A.P. Indy)
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
- Foaled January 23, 2005 in Kentucky
- $685,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2005)
- $525,000 RNA yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (9-6-2-0, $1,994,400, 0-1 at two, 1-2 in dirt sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 11-86 (13%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has three debut winners this year (two juvenile debut winners, one at this meet)
- Fusaichi Pegasus – A.P. Indy ‘nick’ has produced Grade 3 route winner Ravel (3-2-1-0, $96,100, 1-2 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints), and stakes-placed router Time Squared (8-2-2-1, $80,740, 0-1 at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- dam was unraced
- this is dam’s first foal
- dam a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Pleasant Tap (32-9-9-5, $2,721,169, 1-5 at two, 5-10 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop), and Grade 1 winner Go for Gin (19-5-7-2, $1,380,866, 3-5 at two, 0-5 in dirt sprints, 3-5 in mud/slop)
- A.P. Indy is the sire of five debut winners this year
- trainer is 21-177 (12%, $1.62 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 12-64 (19%, $2.68 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has three debut winners this year, one juvenile debut winner at this meet, all with Lasix, one for this owner

10. Legacy Thief (Cat Thief – Broad Legacy, by Broad Brush)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
- Foaled April 1, 2005
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (30-4-9-8, $3,951,012, 2-7 at two, 1-7 in dirt sprints, 0-5 in mud/slop)
- sire is 12-98 (12%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has one juvenile debut winner this year
- Cat Thief – Broad Brush ‘nick’ has produced multiple stakes-placed Ethan’s Car (10-2-4-1, $85,889, 1-3 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints)
- dam was a sprint winner (4-1-0-1, $25,565, unraced at two, 1-3 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop, cost $25,000 as a yearling)
- dam has four foals of racing age, three runners, two winners, three juvenile runners, one juvenile winner
- dam a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Catinca (20-9-5-4, $864,775, 0-1 at two, 4-12 in dirt sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- Broad Brush is the broodmare sire of 10 debut winners this year
- trainer is 18-199 (9%, $0.95 ROI) with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-33 with debuting Spa Babies
- June 9, July 3 workout matches barn’s juvenile filly Tazarine (finished fifth in career debut on August 2 with 64 Beyer)
- July 10 workout matches barn’s three-year-old Del Castillo Diaz (70 dirt Beyer)
- July 17 workout matches barn’s three-year-old Bird Talk (finished third in 15K maiden claimer at Ellis on August 1 with 59 Beyer)

Analysis:
THE LEOPARD is a racing rarity as he was purchased twice for seven figures at public auction. He broke well from the tricky inside post in his career debut, and was shuffled back just a bit going into the turn. He was outsprinted on the bend, but rallied nicely in the rail, and galloped out past the winner. He offers no value in this spot, but should benefit from his debut run, and looms the one to beat for Pletcher and Velazquez.
SHIP’S PIANO shows some interesting works for his career debut, but may want a bit more distance, and trainer Neil Howard doesn’t usually have them completely revved up first-out. IMMORTAL EYES was scratched from the Opening Day maiden won by impressive firster Sargent Seattle. He was outfinished by The Leopard in his career debut, and should be a strong pace factor once again.
VERIFY is a half to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Answer Lively, and Steve Asmussen is one of the best in the business in getting his babies into the winner’s circle first-out. AQUARIAN has a beautiful pedigree, and Nick Zito’s runners have been live at the meet. LEGACY THIEF and WORKING MAN BLUES show decent workouts, but both catch a tough field

Selections:
1. The Leopard
2. Ship’s Piano
3. Immortal Eyes

The play: No play

Race 5
6 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight (New York-breds)
2-year-olds
Purse $56,000

1. Midnight Slammer (Officer – Midnight Rhapsody, by Grand Slam)
Trainer: Dominic Galluscio
- Foaled February 28, 2005
- $25,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2005)
- $82,000 yearling (OBS August 2006)
- out juvenile (OBS February 2007)
- $82,000 juvenile (OBS March 2007)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2007)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner at two (9-6-1-1, $804,090, 5-8 at two, 5-5 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 36-159 (23%) with juvenile runners
- dam was stakes-placed (16-1-4-2, $59,022, 0-2 at two, 1-11 in dirt sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop, cost $125,000 as a yearling)
- this is dam’s first foal
- second dam is a winning half-sister to Grade 3-placed Early Echoes (84-16-20-15, $332,667, 0-1 at two, 0-7 in dirt sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop), stakes-placed turfer Kris’ Pine Sticks (8-2-1-1, $60,000, 1-1 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints), and stakes-placed Pine for Me (17-4-2-3, $115,369, 1-3 at two, 3-8 in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 8-40 (20%, $4.76 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 2-7 (29%, $2.21 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies
- worked a furlong in 10.20 prior to the March sale

1a. Yukon Gold Rush (Gold Fever – Calm At Sunset, by Candi’s Gold)
Trainer: Dominic Galluscio
- Foaled April 19, 2005
- withdrawn yearling (Fasig-Tipton October 2006)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (18-7-4-1, $480,712, 3-6 at two, 4-9 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 52-464 (11%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a winner (47-6-1-5, $84,343, 1-5 at two, 4-30 in dirt sprints, 1-14 in mud/slop)
- dam has three foals of racing age, three runners, two winners, three juvenile runners, two juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to juvenile stakes-placed Jeep Shot (42-9-9-4, $110,683, 3-7 at two, 4-22 in dirt sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 8-40 (20%, $4.76 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 2-7 (29%, $2.21 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies

2. Psychotic Summer (Freud – Yesterdays Gone, by Summer Squall)
Trainer: John Toscano Jr.
- Foaled April 23, 2005
- $37,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- withdrawn juvenile (OBS March 2007)
- sire was Group 2-placed on turf in Ireland (12-1-2-1, $44,016, 0-3 at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- sire is 27-171 (16%) with juvenile runners
- dam was unplaced (2-0-0-0, $0, unraced at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints)
- dam has three foals of racing age, three runners, one winner, three juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- dam a half to juvenile turf stakes-winner Clever Day (in France, 39-14-6-5, $172,812, lost at two overseas, 0-2 in dirt sprints), and multiple stakes-placed Signoir Valery (38-10-8-8, $143,178, 0-1 at two, 10-36 in dirt sprints, 1-7 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 0-14 over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 0-1 with second-time Spa Babies

3. Be Bullish (Pure Prize – Smart Holly, by Smarten)
Trainer: Scott Schwartz
- Foaled February 25, 2005
- sire was a Grade 2 route winner (17-5-5-2, $475,459, 1-3 at two, 0-4 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in slop/mud)
- half-brother to multiple stakes-winner Tom’s Thunder (53-8-17-4, $463,485, 0-6 at two, 3-21 in dirt sprints, 0-8 in mud/slop)
- sire is 5-34 (15%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has three debut winners this year (one juvenile debut winner)
- dam was a sprint winner (51-7-15-11, $187,229, unraced at two, 7-39 in dirt sprints, cost $17,500 as a juvenile)
- dam has four foals of racing age, three runners, one winner, three juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- second dam is stakes-winner Fast Holly (23-8-6-2, $188,278)
- Smarten is the broodmare sire of two debut winners this year
- trainer is 1-37 (3%, $0.19 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 1-14 (7%, $0.51 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- July 21 workout went .03 faster than barn’s six-year-old Pay Attention (won ‘n2x’ optional claimer on July 26 with 90 Beyer)

4. The Truffle Man (Precise End – Double Doubleville, by Mt. Livermore)
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati
- Foaled April 14, 2005
- $19,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Open August 2006)
- $25,000 juvenile (OBS April 2007)
- sire was a Grade 3 sprint winner (9-4-1-4, $225,941, 3-7 at two, 3-6 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 16-69 (23%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has one juvenile debut winner this year
- dam was stakes-placed sprinting at two (24-2-5-3, $63,849, 1-7 at two, 2-22 in dirt sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop, cost $30,000 as a yearling)
- dam has six foals of racing age, five runners, four winners, two juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- second dam a sprint-winning full sister to stakes-winner Lady Lush (45-11-11-4, $153,236, 0-4 at two, 0-12 in dirt sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop)
- second dam a half-sister to stakes-placed juvenile sprinter Freight Trainer (29-6-2-2, $51,971, 1-3 at two, 5-27 in dirt sprints, 3-6 in mud/slop)
- Mt. Livermore is the broodmare sire of four debut winners this year
- trainer is 2-25 (8%, $3.38 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-4 with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has two older debut winners this year (one in a statebred maiden special weight, one with Lasix, both with front bandages)
- worked a furlong in 10.60 prior to the April sale
- June 10 workout went .03 slower than barn’s three-year-old Love Mert (32 Beyer top)
- June 17, July 8 workouts match barn’s juvenile Five Cases (finished sixth in career debut at Belmont on July 20 with 52 Beyer)

5. Wishful Tomcat (Tactical Cat – Holy Wish, by Lord At War)
Trainer: Gary Contessa
- Foaled March 10, 2005
- entered yearling (Fasig-Tipton July 2006)
- $47,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton Preferred August 2006)
- withdrawn juvenile (OBS February 2007)
- sire was a Grade 1 winner at two (12-4-3-2, $480,067, 3-9 at two, won debut, 3-8 in dirt sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 19-120 (16%) with juvenile debut winners
- sire has two debut winners this year (one juvenile debut winner)
- dam was a juvenile sprint winner (3-1-1-1, $22,830, all races sprinting at two)
- dam has seven foals of racing age, five runners, four winners, two juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- second dam is a sprint-winning half-sister to juvenile Grade 1 sprint winner Papal Power (11-3-3-2, $274,390, 2-6 at two, 3-6 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- Lord At War is the broodmare sire of eight debut winners this year
- trainer is 16-156 (10%, $1.15 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 4-39 (10%, $1.46 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has five debut winners this year (three in statebred maiden special weight, four with Lasix, two with front wraps, one with Ramon Dominguez aboard, one juvenile debut winner)

6. Alabama’s Jumpin (Jump Start – Ms. Jaguar Type, by Gilded Time)
Trainer: Thomas Bush
- Foaled April 11, 2005
- $105,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Preferred August 2006) (***T10th highest priced)
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner at two (5-2-1-0, $221,265, all races at two, won debut, 2-3 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 6-66 (9%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has four debut winners this year (two juvenile debut winners)
- dam was a sprint winner (21-3-3-4, $72,834, 0-2 at two, all races in dirt sprints, cost $34,000 as a weanling, $36,000 as a yearling, and $35,000 as a juvenile)
- dam has four foals of racing age, two runners, one winner, one juvenile runner, one juvenile winner
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Cameo Type (23-4-2-4, $76,565, 2-7 at two, won debut, 2-12 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- Gilded Time is the broodmare sire of 11 debut winners this year
- trainer is 5-50 (10%, $2.03 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 1-13 (8%, $2.92 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has three older debut winners this year (two in statebred maiden special weight, all with Lasix, on with front wraps, two with Norberto Arroyo Jr. aboard)
- June 15, June 27, July 4, July 20 workouts match barn’s juvenile Another Gulch (finished sixth in career debut on July 27 with 48 Beyer)
- June 27 workout went .04 faster than barn’s juvenile filly Buona Sera (finished third in career debut on July 26 with 66 Beyer)
- June 27 workout went .04 slower than barn’s juvenile filly Vain Vixen (finished sixth in career debut on August 8 with 3 Beyer)
- August 7 workout matches barn’s four-year-old filly Milk Town (73 dirt Beyer top; 81 on turf)

7. Dos Hombres (Top Account – Morning Galaxy, by Morning Bob)
Trainer: Dominick Schettino
Foaled May 11, 2005
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (30-10-5-4, $466,819, 1-3 at two, 7-22 in dirt sprints, 2-5 in mud/slop)
- sire is 30-279 (11%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner (16-1-0-1, $20,360, 0-3 at two, 1-4 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam has eight foals of racing age, seven runners, one winner, four juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- unraced second dam sold for $25,000 as a yearling, and for $100,000 as a juvenile
- trainer is 3-27 (11%, $1.30 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 0-3 with second-time Spa Babies

8. Alexandros (Mayakovsky – Aristie, by Loustrous Bid
Trainer: Del Carroll II
- Foaled April 4, 2005
- half-brother to juvenile stakes-placed Stellianos (74-11-11-14, $413,251, 1-7 at two, 2-16 in dirt sprints, 0-16 in mud/slop), multiple stakes-placed Levendis (72-8-7-10, $338,670, 0-5 at two, 0-10 in dirt sprints, 2-14 in mud/slop), and stakes-placed Thanasi (47-3-4-5, $186,809, unraced at two, 0-6 in dirt sprints, 0-8 in mud/slop)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 3 route winner (9-3-1-0, $275,200, 1-2 at two, won debut, 1-4 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 0-4 with juvenile debut runners
- dam was a multiple stakes-winner at two (6-3-0-0, $116,250, all races at two, 2-5 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop, cost $6,000 as a juvenile)
- dam has six foals of racing age, five runners, five winners, four juvenile runners, two juvenile winners
- second dam an unraced half-sister to juvenile stakes-winning sprinter Consuming Passion (4-2-1-0, $15,511, all races at two, 2-3 in dirt sprints)
- Loustrous Bid is the broodmare sire of one debut winner this year
- trainer is 1-18 (6%, $1.76 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 1-7 (14%, $4.51 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has two older debut winners this year (both in statebred maiden special weights with Lasix, one with Javier Castellano aboard)

9. Backtosquareone (Silver Ghost – Mando Commando, by Cojak)
Trainer: Michael Lauer
- Foaled March 13, 2005
- $2,300 yearling (Fasig-Tipton October 2006)
- sire was a sprint winner (6-3-1-1, $42,400, unraced at two, 3-4 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 43-294 (15%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has one older debut winner this year
- dam was stakes-placed sprinting at two (12-1-1-3, $17,479, 1-4 at two, won debut, 1-11 in dirt sprints)
- dam has five foals of racing age, four runners, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed juvenile K. C.’s Treasure (52-3-2-7, $35,712, 0-4 at two, 0-17 in dirt sprints, 0-6 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 3-35 (9%, $1.58 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-1 with debuting Spa Babies
- June 9 workout matches barn’s juvenile filly Hey There Cupcake (finished third in career debut in 30K maiden claimer at Churchill on June 14 with 44 Beyer)
- June 18 workout matches barn’s juvenile filly Black Dress (finished sixth in 30K maiden claimer at Churchill on June 28 with 33 Beyer), and juvenile filly Nevercomingback (finished third in maiden special at Arlington on June 23 with 42 Beyer)
- July 20 workout matches barn’s three-year-old Mor Chances (finished fourth in maiden special weight on July 28 with 64 Beyer)

10. Carms Gold Warrior (Desert Warrior – Serna’s Song, by Formal Gold)
Trainer: James Ferraro
- Foaled February 26, 2005
- first-crop sire was multiple Grade 3-placed (16-4-1-2, $171,783, 2-8 at two, won debut, 4-11 in dirt sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop)
- sire is 1-6 (17%) with juvenile debut runners
- dam was unraced
- this is dam’s first foal
- second dam is an unraced half-sister to French juvenile turf stakes-winner Mendocino (7-2-0-1, $43,503, unraced in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 1-16 (6%, $5.06 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-3 with Spa Babies
- May 27 workout matches barn’s three-year-old Come With the Wind (43 Beyer top)

11. Gentleman Scholar (Wiseman’s Ferry – Foot Pick, by Benny the Dip)
Trainer: Niall O’Callaghan
- Foaled May 6, 2005
- $19,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton Preferred August 2006)
- $10,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton October 2006)
- first-crop sire was a multiple Group 3 route winner (16-4-3-2, $825,266, 1-6 at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 2-14 (14%) with juvenile runners
- dam was unplaced (1-0-0-0, $0, lost in dirt sprint at two)
- dam has two foals of racing age, two runners, no winners, one juvenile runner
- dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Footing (32-7-7-3, $309,219, 2-6 at two, 4-15 in dirt sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop), and multiple stakes-placed Forty Love (11-3-3-1, $55,776, 2-2 at two)
- trainer is 0-16 over the past five years with juveniles adding blinkers

Analysis:
Dominic Galluscio gears his babies up for the Saratoga meet, and his MIDNIGHT SLAMMER heads a strong entry. The Officer colt sat a pretty good trip behind a three-ply speed duel in his career debut before faltering late, but that race was quicker than an open maiden special weight run earlier on the July 20 card. A repeat of that 82 Beyer is going to make him tough to beat at low odds.
BE BULLISH goes out for barn that sent out juvenile debut winner Smash ‘Em Sammy at last year’s Saratoga meet. He shows steady works for his debut, and may offer some value. GENTLEMAN SCHOLAR was no match for multiple stakes-placed Robbing the Bank at Churchill Downs, but he hasn’t been out since early June, loses Bejarano to YUKON GOLD RUSH, and is stuck with the outside post.
ALEXANDROS goes out for a sneaky-good first-out barn. Last year at the Spa, Del Carroll sent out juvenile debut winner Distinct Pleasure (14-1 odds). Two years ago, his firster, Phillip X., finished second at 38-1. In 2004, firster Exalted Cat finished second at 15-1. YUKON GOLD RUSH just missed in career debut, and adds lots of muscle to the Galluscio entry. It’s good to see him wheeled back on short notice for this. ALABAMA’S JUMPIN sold very well at auction last year, and shows a bullet workout from the gate.

Selections:
1. Midnight Slammer
2. Be Bullish
3. Gentleman Scholar

The play: No play

Meet record based on starts, wins, top pick (after scratches) in the money, and profit/loss of that day's play ($2 wager): 23-3-9 (-$23.80