07/31/2007 11:00PM

Spa Babies for 8/2

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

Wednesday’s results:
Race 2: Greenwood Boy finished fourth at 6-1
Race 5: Tools for the Job finished third at 9-2

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Race 2
5 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-old fillies
Purse $62,000

1. Sunday Elegance (Sunday Break – Time Place, by Unbridled’s Song)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
- Foaled April 16, 2005 in Kentucky
- $40,000 weanling (Fasig-Tipton November 2005)
- $77,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton July 2006)
- $130,000 RNA juvenile (OBS February 2007)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2007)
- $135,000 juvenile (Fasig-Tipton May 2007)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 2 route winner (13-4-1-4, $451,220)
- sire is 0-10 with juvenile debut runners
- dam was unraced (sold for $95,000 as a yearling, and $25,000 as a three-year-old)
- dam has two foals of racing age, one runner, no winners, no juvenile runners
- second dam is Grade 2 winner Thirst For Peace (31-9-2-7, $286,635, 2-3 at two, 3-6 in dirt sprints)
- Unbridled’s Song is the broodmare sire of two debut winners this year
- trainer is 89-384 (23%, $1.67 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 22-96 (23%, $1.57 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has 15 debut winners this year (all with Lasix, 10 juvenile debut winners)
- worked one furlong in 10.60 prior to the February sale
- worked three furlongs in 34.20 prior to the May sale

1a. Constance (Vindication – Absolute Magic, by Unbridled)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
- Foaled February 19, 2005 in Florida
- first-crop sire was a Grade 1 route winner at two (4-4-0-0, $680,950, 4-4 at two, 2-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 4-15 (27%) with juvenile debut runners
- dam was unraced (cost $1,800,000 as a yearling)
- dam has two foals of racing age, one runner, no winners, no juvenile runners
- second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs (23-14-5-0, $762,115, 3-6 at two, won debut, 13-16 in dirt sprints)
female family of Grade 1 mile winner You and I
- Unbridled is the broodmare sire of three debut winners this year
- trainer is 89-384 (23%, $1.67 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 22-96 (23%, $1.57 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has 15 debut winners this year (all with Lasix, eight with John Velazquez aboard, 10 juvenile debut winners)
- June 17 workout matches barn’s three-year-old filly Perfect Forest (finished fourth in the Without Feathers Stakes at Monmouth on June 23 with a 71 Beyer)
- July 1 workout matches barn’s juvenile Motovato (finished fifth in Grade 3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs on July 7 with 70 Beyer)
- July 13 workout matches barn’s juvenile Spanky Fischbein (finished second in Tyro Stakes at Monmouth on July 28 with 72 Beyer)
- July 27 workout matches barn’s juvenile filly Crosswater (finished third in lone career start on July 6 with 41 Beyer)

2. Spanish Coin (Johannesburg – Spanish Harbor, by Corporate Report)
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
- Foaled January 27, 2005 in Kentucky
- $105,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2005)
- withdrawn yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select August 2006)
- out yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- $300,000 juvenile (Fasig-Tipton February 2007)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2007)
- half-sister to stakes-winner Desiraes My Candy (27-7-4-2, $251,320, 1-3 at two, 2-5 in dirt sprints), and stakes-placed juvenile Expertise (10-1-1-4, $74,508, all races at two, 1-8 in dirt sprints)
- sire was a multiple Grade/Group 1 route winner at two (7-7 at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- sire is 23-159 (14%) with juvenile runners
- dam was unraced (sold for $19,000 as a weanling, and $15,000 as a short yearling)
- dam has five foals of racing age, five runners, four winners, four juvenile runners, two juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Copan’s Cove (75-13-14-13, $109,321, 1-8 at two, 1-18 in dirt sprints), and multiple stakes-winner Jet Freighter (38-11-6-3, $537,209, unraced at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 127-456 (28%, $1.87 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 6-14 (43%, $1.63 ROI) with second-time Spa Babies
- worked one furlong in 10.60 prior to the February sale

3. Tazarine (Cat Thief – Doppio Espresso, by Java Gold)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
- Foaled January 30, 2005 in Kentucky
- entered yearling (Fasig-Tipton October 2006)
- half-sister to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Resplendency (16-5-5-2, $329,217, 1-3 at two, 5-12 in dirt sprints)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (30-4-9-8, $3,951,012)
- sire is 12-94 (13%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has one juvenile debut winner this year
- dam was Grade 3-placed sprinting at two (5-1-2-1, $47,755, all races at two, 1-4 in dirt sprints, sold for $60,000 as a yearling)
- dam has four foals of racing age, three runners, two winners, two juvenile runners, one juvenile winner
- dam a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 route winner Hero’s Tribute (27-8-3-4, $860,485, 2-4 at two, won debut, 4-6 in dirt sprints)
- Java Gold is the broodmare sire of one debut winner this year
- trainer is 18-200 (9%, $0.95 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-34 with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has no debut winners this year

4. Syriana’s Song (Indian Charlie – K. O. Kitty, by Tale of the Cat)
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
- Foaled March 27, 2005 in Kentucky
- $13,000 short yearling (Keeneland January 2006)
- $70,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (5-4-0-1, $616,120, 1-1 at two, 2-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 17-121 (14%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has four debut winners this year (one juvenile debut winner)
- dam was unraced (sold for $4,500 as a juvenile)
- this is dam’s first foal
- second dam an unraced half-sister to Grade 3 juvenile stakes-winner K. O. Punch (6-3-2-1, $212,870, all races at two, 3-5 in dirt sprints)
- Tale of the Cat is the broodmare sire of one debut winner this year
- trainer is 11-118 (9%, $0.85 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-17 with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has one juvenile debut winner this year (Lasix on)

5. Backseat Rhythm (El Corredor – Kiss a Miss, by Kissin Kris)
Trainer: Patrick Reynolds
- Foaled April 4, 2005 in Kentucky
- $75,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- $240,000 RNA juvenile (Barretts March 2007)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2007)
- sire was a Grade 1 winner at a mile (10-7-1-0, $727,920, 1-2 at two, 4-6 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 10-93 (11%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has four debut winners this year (two juvenile debut winners)
- dam was Grade 3-placed routing (39-6-7-12, $265,486, unraced at two, 3-13 in dirt sprints, sold for $60,000 as a juvenile)
- this is dam’s first foal
- second dam is a winning half-sister to juvenile stakes-winning sprinter Mr. Villemore (35-4-4-8, $82,432, 3-10 at two, 4-22 in dirt sprints), Grade 3 juvenile turf winner Native Regent (35-6-11-3, $543,994, 3-10 at two, 0-5 in dirt sprints), and stakes-winning router Royal Fair (22-4-11-3, $395,370, 0-2 at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints)
- second dam is a full-sister to multiple stakes-winner Morriston Belle (36-5-10-4, $257,517, 2-9 at two, 1-6 in dirt sprints).
- Kissin Kris is the broodmare sire of one debut winner this year
- trainer is 0-17 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-7 with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has no debut winners this year
- worked one furlong in 10.40 prior to the March sale

6. Malka (Deputy Minister – Get Lucky, by Mr. Prospector)
Trainer: H Allen Jerkens
- Foaled January 30, 2005 in Kentucky
- withdrawn yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- half-sister to Grade 3 juvenile winner Accelerator (24-4-3-9, $414,908, 2-5 at two, 0-4 in dirt sprints), Grade 2 winner Daydreaming (16-7-2-2, $696,680, 1-3 at two, won debut, 1-2 in dirt sprints), and stakes-winning router Harborage (8-2-2-1, $118,312, 0-2 at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 winner at two (22-12-2-2, $695,964, 8-9 at two, won debut, 9-13 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 44-333 (13%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has two older debut winners this year
- dam was a Grade 3 route winner (11-5-4-1, $157,760, unraced at two, 3-5 in dirt sprints)
- dam has seven foals of racing age, five runners, five winners, three juvenile runners, two juvenile winners, one juvenile debut winner
- dam a full sister to multiple Grade 1 route winner Rhythm (20-6-3-4, $1,592,532, 3-5 at two, 3-5 in dirt sprints), and stakes-placed Not For Love (29-6-7-5, $178,780, 1-4 at two, 3-14 in dirt sprints)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 1-placed router Offbeat (21-3-5-6, $333,204, 1-6 at two, 3-8 in dirt sprints)
- Mr. Prospector is the broodmare sire of four debut winners this year
- trainer is 7-54 (13%, $2.96 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 2-11 (18%, $8.30 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has two older debut winners this year (one with Lasix)

7. Irish Smoke (Smoke Glacken – Added Time, by Gilded Time)
Trainer: Patrick Biancone
- Foaled March 1, 2005 in Kentucky
- $75,000 RNA yearling (Keeneland September 2006)
- $285,000 juvenile (OBS March 2007, *12th highest-priced at sale)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2007)
- sire was a Grade 1 sprint winner at two (14-10-2-1, $759,560, 4-6 at two, 9-10 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 34-193 (18%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has two debut winners this year (one juvenile debut winner)
- dam was a multiple sprint winner (13-3-3-2, $107,890, unraced at two, 3-12 in dirt sprints, sold for $170,000 as a juvenile)
- dam has three foals of racing age, one runner, no winners, one juvenile runner
- dam a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Added Asset (24-5-5-3, $330,024, 1-3 at two, 2-6 in dirt sprints)
- dam a full sister to Grade 2 route winner Added Gold (11-4-2-1, $222,000, unraced at two, 0-1 in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 16-75 (21%, $1.67 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 5-29 (17%, $1.37 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has two older debut winners this year (both with Lasix, both with Julien Leparoux aboard).
- worked one furlong in 10.40, and two furlongs in 21.40 prior to the March sale
- June 25 workout matches barn’s three-year-old filly Hidden Heart (74 Beyer top)
- July 18 workout matches barn’s juvenile filly Hopehopehope (finished second in career debut here on July 29 with 62 Beyer), and juvenile filly Boston Cat (finished fifth in career debut on turf here on July 30 with 70 Beyer)

Analysis:
SPANISH COIN should be tough to down based on her well-bet debut try at Churchill Downs, but she failed to last over that speed-favoring track, and her race was the slower division of juvenile filly maiden special weights on July 1. She looms a short price so it may be worth taking a shot with value horses elsewhere.
SYRIANA’S SONG goes out for Dallas Stewart, and the Kentucky-based trainer scored with two-year-old Georgetown here on Wednesday. Syriana’s Song is bred both sides for speed, and may come out firing at a price under Calvin Borel. MALKA has a beautiful pedigree, and legendary trainer Allen Jerkens shows a flat-bet profit with his juvenile debut runners. IRISH SMOKE and CONSTANCE both show bullet workouts for their respective debuts, but trainers Biancone and Pletcher have sent out some juvenile maiden duds thus far at the meet.
SUNDAY ELEGANCE may be considered the “other” Pletcher runner as first-call rider, John Velazquez, lands on Constance.

Selections:
1. Syriana’s Song
2. Spanish Coin
3. Malka

The play: Syriana’s Song to win and place at 9-2 odds 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): 11-2-5 (-$11.80)