08/16/2007 11:00PM

Spa Babies for 8/18

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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 results:
Race 2: Sherif finished sixth
Race 4: Hidden Glance finished third

Saturday, August 18, 2007
Race 2
7 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-olds
Purse $62,000

1. I Am Awesome (Awesome Again – I Certainly Am, by Affirmed)
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
- Foaled April 12, 2005 in Florida
- half-brother to Grade 3 juvenile winner Certainly Classic (41-4-9-0, $371,754, 1-4 at two, unraced in dirt sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop), French Group 3 turf winner Mahfooth (32-4-5-4, $139,729, 0-1 at two, 1-11 in dirt sprints), Grade 3-placed juvenile sprinter Chinook Cat (25-4-4-4, $104,000, 1-5 at two, 4-22 in dirt sprints, 0-6 in mud/slop), and stakes-placed sprinter Letussoupriseyou (8-2-3-2, $53,270, unraced at two, 2-7 in dirt sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (12-9-0-2, $4,374,590, unraced at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints, 2-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 9-123 (7%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 6-35 (17%, $1.49 ROI) with debut runners in 2007
- of sire’s six debut winners this year, one was a juvenile, four came in conventional dirt sprints, five in maiden special weights
- dam was a turf winner (5-1-0-0, $11,100, unraced at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam has seven runners, six winners, five juvenile runners, three juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Really Flashy (12-4-2-4, $92,354), Italian Group 2 turf winner Medi Flash, Grade 1 turf winner Laugh and Be Merry (26-9-7-3, 482,937, unraced at two, unraced in dirt sprints), and Grade 3 turf winner Look Daggers (14-4-6-0, $204,640, 1-2 at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- Affirmed is 9-59 (15%, $2.77 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners this year
- trainer is 23-185 (12%, $1.68 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 14-71 (20%, $2.76 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer is 5-29 (17%, $2.66 ROI) with debut runners in 2007
- of trainer’s five debut winners this year, two came at this meet, all came in conventional dirt sprints, four in maiden special weights, all with Lasix, two juvenile debut winners)

1a. Cool Coal Man (Mineshaft – Coral Sea, by Rubiano)
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
- Foaled May 24, 2005 in Kentucky
- $200,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- $850,000 RNA juvenile (Fasig-Tipton February 2007)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2007)
- first-crop sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (18-10-3-1, $2,283,402, unraced at two, unraced in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 0-6 with juvenile debut runners
- dam was a winner (16-4-2-2, $129,010, 0-3 at two, 2-11 in dirt sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- dam has four runners, three winners, three juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Signal Tap (25-7-5-6, $429,108, 0-2 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- Rubiano is 2-30 (7%, $0.90 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2007
- trainer is 23-185 (12%, $1.68 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 14-71 (20%, $2.76 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer is 5-29 (17%, $2.66 ROI) with debut runners in 2007
- of trainer’s five debut winners this year, two came at this meet, all came in conventional dirt sprints, four in maiden special weights, all with Lasix, two juvenile debut winners, two for this owner)
- worked one furlong in 10.60, and another furlong in a bullet 10 seconds flat prior to the February sale

2. Wall Street Humor (Distorted Humor – Teaksberry Road, by High Honors)
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
- Foaled February 25, 2005 in Florida
- $425,000 RNA yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-brother to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Chief Okie Dokie (46-7-6-3, $71,031, 0-2 at two, 7-44 in dirt sprints, 0-5 in mud/slop), multiple Grade 2 route winner Wooden Phone (19-5-3-3, $833,236, 1-2 at two, 3-7 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop), and turf stakes-winner Teak Totem (12-3-0-2, $104,910, 0-1 at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire was a multiple Grade 2 sprint winner (23-8-5-3, $769,964, unraced at two, 7-13 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 99-518 (19%) with juvenile runners
- dam was unraced
- dam has seven runners, six winners, six juvenile runners, three juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Abbington Road (45-11-7-5, $107,206, unraced at two, 9-28 in dirt sprints, 2-7 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 6-41 (15%, $1.65 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 1-9 (11%, $0.87 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies

2b. Hedgefund Investor (Tale of the Cat – North East Dancer, by Far North)
Trainer: Richard Violette Jr.
- Foaled May 22, 2005 in Kentucky
- $190,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-brother to multiple Grade 2 winner North East Bound (50-12-7-3, $1,363,228, 1-5 at two, 0-4 in dirt sprints, 2-5 in mud/slop)
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (9-5-1-2, $360,900, unraced at two, 1-3 in dirt sprints, 2-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 43-223 (19%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 11-67 (16%, $2.09 ROI) with debut runners in 2007
- of sire’s 11 debut winners this year, three were juveniles, all came in conventional dirt sprints, six in maiden special weights
- dam was unplaced (2-0-0-0, $0, all races at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- dam has nine runners, six winners, four juvenile runners, one juvenile winner
- second dam a winning half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Raise a Holme (50-7-7-6, $174,192)
- Far North is 6-22 (27%, $4.92 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2007
- trainer is 19-115 (17%, $2.16 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 9-38 (24%, $2.24 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer is 3-23 (13%, $2.32 ROI) with debut runners this year
- of trainer’s three debut winners this year, all were in conventional dirt sprint maiden special weights with Lasix, two were juvenile debut winners, two for these owners)
- August 14 workout matches barn’s four-year-old Raw Cat (84 Beyer)

3. Slew’s Tiznow (Tiznow – Hepatica, by Slewpy)
Trainer: Patrick Biancone
- Foaled March 5, 2005 in Kentucky
- full brother to Grade 2 route winner Slew’s Tizzy (9-3-0-0, $389,002, 0-2 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (15-8-4-2, $6,427,830, unraced at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 34-183 (19%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner at two (3-1-0-0, $25,630, 1-2 at two, all races sprinting)
- dam has three runners, one winner, two juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to Grade 3 juvenile winner Best Dress (22-4-5-4, $224,138, 2-4 at two, 3-10 in dirt sprints), multiple stakes-placed Dresser (43-5-7-4, $217,121, unraced at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop), stakes-winner Francie (8-4-3-0, $162,280, unraced at two, 1-5 in dirt sprints), stakes-winner Ginseng (23-4-2-4, $152,652, 1-5 at two, 1-5 in dirt sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop), and stakes-placed Mini Skirt (17-4-2-0, $188,424, unraced at two, 3-11 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 15-51 (29%, $1.49 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 5-13 (38%, $2.11 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies

4. Lord and T. (A.P. Indy – Cyber Cat, by Storm Cat)
Trainer: D Wayne Lukas
- Foaled March 28, 2005 in Kentucky
- $500,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-sister to stakes-winning sprinter Over the Edge (3-2-1-0, $71,012, 1-2 at two, all races in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (11-8-0-1, $2,979,815, 3-4 at two, 1-2 in dirt sprints, 2-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 128-743 (17%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner (3-2-1-0, $57,000, unraced at two, all races in dirt sprints)
- dam has three runners, one winner, three juvenile runners, one juvenile winner
- dam a half-sister to Grade 3 juvenile winner Mr. Jester (15-5-4-0, $785,400, 4-6 at two, 2-4 in dirt sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 17-173 (10%, $0.78 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 3-40 (8%, $0.58 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies

5. Storm Catch (Vindication – Catcher, by Storm Cat)
Trainer: John Ward Jr.
- Foaled January 31, 2005 in Kentucky
- $600,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-brother to stakes-placed Cobblestone Road (13-2-1-4, $70,736, 0-7 at two, 0-6 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 1 route winner at two (4-4-0-0, $680,950, all races at two, 2-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 6-19 (32%) with juvenile debut runners
- of sire’s six debut winners, two were Spa Babies, three came in conventional dirt sprints, all in maiden special weight
- dam was a multiple stakes-placed sprinter (14-2-5-0, $78,071, 1-6 at two, won debut, 2-13 in dirt sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- dam has three runners, two winners, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners
- dam a full sister to multiple Grade 1 route winner Cat Thief (30-4-9-8, $3,951,012, 2-7 at two, 1-7 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- Storm Cat is 5-74 (7%, $1.17 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2007
- trainer is 3-37 (8%, $0.48 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 1-14 (7%, $0.30 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies

6. Commandeered (Deputy Commander – Bag of Tricks, by Devil’s Bag)
Trainer: William Mott
- Foaled February 18, 2005 in Kentucky
- $225,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton July 2006)
- out yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-brother to multiple Grade 3 sprint winner Confide (13-5-5-0, $230,766, 2-5 at two, 5-12 in dirt sprints, 3-3 in mud/slop)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (13-4-3-2, $1,906,640, unraced at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 56-524 (11%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner (10-1-2-0, $10,930, 0-2 at two, all races in dirt sprints)
- dam has nine runners, five winners, six juvenile runners, two juvenile winners
- second dam is Grade 2 winner Quixotic Lady (35-13-12-3, $554,239)
- female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Heavenly Cause (dam of Two Punch, etc.)
- trainer is 21-138 (15%, $1.32 ROI) with second-time juvenile runners
- trainer 4-33 (12%, $1.22 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies

7. Valadour (Volponi – Thinkinaboutyou, by Wild Again)
Trainer: Jamie Sanders
Foaled January 31, 2005 in Kentucky
- $5,000 short yearling (Fasig-Tipton February 2006)
- withdrawn juvenile (Fasig-Tipton April 2007)
- half-brother to multiple stakes-placed Doc Davis (22-4-4-2, $52,644, 3-6 at two, 4-20 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop), multiple stakes-winner Lost Again (75-14-16-13, $152,432, 2-4 at two, 9-50 in dirt sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop), and juvenile route stakes-winner Wildaboutyouagain (8-2-1-2, $44,000, 2-6 at two, 0-4 in dirt sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
-first-crop sire was a Grade 1 route winner (31-7-12-5, $3,187,232, 1-5 at two, 1-5 in dirt sprints, 0-1 on mud/slop)
- sire is 3-25 (12%) with juvenile runners
- dam was unplaced (2-0-0-0, $1,163, 0-2 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints, 0-1 on mud/slop, cost $46,000 as a yearling)
- dam has seven runners, five winners, five juvenile runners, three juvenile winners
- dam a full sister to multiple stakes-placed Malagot (50-7-9-9, $138,514, 1-5 at two, 0-12 in dirt sprints, 1-6 on mud/slop)
- trainer is 7-136 (5%, $1.19 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile runners on dirt
- trainer is 1-21 (5%, $1.32 ROI) with Spa Babies on dirt

8. Access Code (Mineshaft – Quick Tip, by Unaccounted For)
Trainer: Neil Howard
Foaled February 20, 2005 in Kentucky
- sire was a multiple Grade 2 sprint winner (23-8-5-3, $769,964, unraced at two, 7-13 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 0-6 with juvenile debut runners
- dam was a multiple Grade 3 winner (34-9-7-3, $685,969, 0-2 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop)
- this is dam’s first runner
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed Mystic Dash (48-2-3-5, $178,796, unraced at two, 0-7 in dirt sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 2-53 (4%, $0.31 ROI) with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-15 with debuting Spa Babies
- August 4 workout matches barn’s juvenile Ship’s Piano (finished ninth in career debut on August 11 with 55 Beyer)
- August 15 workout matches barn’s three-year-old Honor Guard (74 Beyer top)

9. Noble Hero (Vindication – Future Guest, by Copelan)
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
- Foaled April 4, 2005 in Kentucky
- $250,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-brother to Grade 2 juvenile winner Ruler’s Court (8-3-1-1, $235,900, 2-4 at two, 2-4 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop), Grade 3-placed turfer Wise River (9-2-3-1, $101,035, 2-3 at two, all races on grass)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 1 route winner at two (4-4-0-0, $680,950, all races at two, 2-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 7-26 (27%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a winner (35-3-6-4, $77,220, 0-5 at two, 1-20 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- dam has six runners, five winners, six juvenile runners, five juvenile winners
- dam is a half-sister to Grade 2 turf winner Whata Brainstorm (31-6-6-1, $623,090, 3-9 at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 2-7 (29%, $2.49) over the past five years with second-time juveniles adding blinkers

10. Why Tonto (Indian Charlie – Why So Much, by Northern Baby)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
- Foaled March 25, 2005 in Kentucky
- $160,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-brother to stakes-winner Because I’m Gold (24-4-3-6, $91,679, 1-7 at two, 1-6 in dirt sprints, 0-1 on mud slop), stakes-placed Why So Quiet (42-5-6-9, $151,735, 1-3 at two, 2-19 in dirt sprints, 0-10 in mud/slop), juvenile stakes-placed Que Bonita (21-0-2-7, $74,687, 0-4 at two, 0-9 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop), and multiple stakes-winner Pretty Meadow (25-8-2-3, $166,607, 0-6 at two, 7-20 in dirt sprints, 2-6 in mud/slop)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (5-4-0-1, $616,120, 1-1 at two, 2-2 in dirt sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)

- sire is 64-409 (16%) with debut runners
- dam was a juvenile sprint winner (8-1-2-0, $18,988, 1-6 at two, 1-6 in dirt sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop, cost $160,000 as a weanling)
- dam has nine runners, six winners, six juvenile runners, four juvenile winners
- second dam is stakes-winner Satiety (37-6-7-7, $103,686)

- female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Rockhill Native
- trainer is 89-385 (23%, $1.66 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 22-97 (23%, $1.55 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer is 4-13 (31%, $1.05 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles adding Lasix
- trainer is 2-3 (67%, $2.50 ROI) with that angle with Spa Babies

Analysis:
COMMANDEERED broke nicely in his career debut, and made a three wide bid from stalking range on the turn. He was no match for the winner in the drive, but finished ahead of Wynn’s In Command, and was flattered when that one returned to graduate at Delaware by almost nine lengths. Bill Mott is winning just about everything in sight at this meet, and should have another strong contender here.
HEDGEFUND INVESTOR is by a top first-out sire, and is a half-brother to millionaire North East Bound. Trainer Richard Violette Jr. usually has his babies geared up for the Spa. STORM CATCH is by a hot first-crop sire, and cost $600,000 at public auction. The dam, a full sister to Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Cat Thief, won her debut at two.
WALL STREET HUMOR chased Riley Tucker in his career debut, and that one returned to finish third in the Saratoga Special. SLEW’S TIZNOW raced greenly in career debut, but should benefit from the experience, and the recent bullet work indicates that he’s starting to figure the game out.

Selections:
1. Commandeered
2. Hedgefund Investor
3. Storm Catch

The play: Commandeered to win at 2-1 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): 35-7-19 (-$15.80)