08/30/2009 12:00AM

Spa Babies for 8/31


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.

Sunday's results:
Race 2 - Spirit of Rose finished third
Race 8 - Whydah scratched; second choice Granny Broughton finished fifth
Race 11 - Gitchee Goomie scratched; second choice Khancord Kid finished seventh


Monday, August 31, 2009

Race 5
5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight (New York Breds)
Purse $44,000

Linda Rice is on an amazing run at this meet, and her juvenile colt, QUICK MONEY, may be a live debut runner in today's fifth race.  His sire, City Zip, finished first in five graded races on dirt as a juvenile, and has been a productive turf producer while the dam finished second in the Grade 2 Suwannee River on turf at Gulfstream in 2003 with a 92 Beyer Speed Figure. 
Ronny Werner has been a consistent source of debut winners for many years so it's quite surprising that he is only 1-31 with first-time starters in 2009.  He'll try again with CONGA KING, a $2,000 yearling buyback by the versatile stallion Congaree.  The second dam was a multiple stakes-winner going long on the dirt in Maryland.
HOLY EGO has some pedigree appeal.  His full brother, Uncle T Seven, just won a division of the New York Stallion Stakes on the Saratoga lawn, and half-brother Wishful Tomcat is a Grade 3 route winner with a pair of grass wins to his record.  Holy Ego didn't break well in his debut, and can improve for a barn that has sent out live juveniles at this meet. 
Like Holy Ego, MR. VEGAS is by the excellent turf stallion Freud, and he shows a steady string of workouts for excellent connections. 
WANA PLAY is a half-brother to stakes-winning sprinter Run Right Thru, and he had the misfortune to tackle a sharp runaway winner in a fast maiden turf race earlier in the meeting.  Throw out the most recent defeat as it seems this son of Bwana Charlie is a bit better on the weeds.
THUNDERING ROAR finished behind Wana Play when chasing the impressive Jung Man Scott.  This barn has made some noise over the last week, and it's nice to see the recent five-furlong drill on the work tab.  Thundering Roar is certainly capable of improvement here.  ALL ZIPPED UP also exits the Jung Man Scott race on August 6.  He's a half to Seeyouinmydreams, a stakes-winner going long on the main track at two.  ABILIO would add depth to the Rice-trained entry if he draws in from the also-eligible list.  SHRIMP DANCER didn't have an easy trip in career debut on dirt, and is certainly bred to appreciate the surface switch as his sire, Kitten's Joy, adored the green, and the female family boasts turf-lovers such as Capades.  As a son of Kitten's Joy our of a Formal Gold mare, it's possible he'll eventually do best around a route of ground.  SOLUTIONFINDERS is by Johannesburg, an undefeated world champion as a juvenile, and the dam was multiple stakes-placed going long on the main track.  He's been working steadily since early July for Mike Hushion. 
JOE D's dam, Ginny Dare, earned a 99 turf Beyer when third behind Aquilegia in the 1993 New York Handicap at ten furlongs at Belmont Park.  By Thunder Gulch, he may want more distance.  LEATHERHEAD is by a speedy sire, but this barn isn't known for firing with debut runners.  CATHY'S RASCAL must break in from the also-eligible list.

1.  Quick Money  2.  Conga King  3.  Holy Ego

The Play:
Quick Money (half of entry) - Conga King Exacta
Quick Money (half of entry) - Holy Ego (half of entry) Exacta

Both plays turf only


Race 7
5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
Maiden Claiming ($75,000)
Purse $35,000

HUDSON LANDING's most recent workout matches up with Gold Trippi, an older runner from the Stanley Hough barn that won the James Marvin Stakes on the main track here on Opening Day.  The dam finished second in the 1999 La Prevoyante Stakes at one mile on the grass at Woodbine with an 86 Beyer, and Hudson Landing is capable of waking up at a price here considering the surface switch and slight class drop. 
GREAT ATTACK is bred for speed.  The dam, a Storm Cat mare trained by the late Sonny Hine, won first out by eight lengths at two with an 88 Beyer, and followed that race up with a 90 Beyer score in the Grade 3 Sorority at Monmouth.  Cat Attack has already thrown a pair of blacktype earners, and trainer Wesley Ward usually gears his firsters up for winning performances.  He must break alertly from the inside post, and one must note the lack of a published workout in the last 15 days. 
LOYAL LEADER's dam, Truth and Beauty, went undefeated in an abbreviated career for trainer Lisa Lewis.  She won both lifetime starts as a juvenile filly in 1993 on the main track, and has already thrown Bobbie Use, the winner of the Tropical Park Oaks on grass with an 80 Beyer in 2004. 
PENDULUM is kin to several blacktype earners including American Derby (Grade 2 turf, 96 Beyer) winner Mananan McLir.  He has a hint of early speed, and can be a forward factor if able to break into the body of the race. 
PETECAROL showed good speed going long, and seems well-spotted in this $75,000 maiden claimer.  This barn has woken up over the last 10 days, and Petecarol may revert to the stalking tactics that netted him a close runner-up finish in his career debut sprinting over Arlington Park's polytrack.  PAKULA makes debut for Steve Asmussen, one of the top first-out conditioners in the world.  The works give out mixed feelings, and the young sire may strictly be a stamina influence.  FORTUNATE RUN removes blinkers after a dull debut against New York-breds, and must improve here.  NON COMPETE, a half-brother to stakes-winner Are We Dreamin (almost 500K in earnings), goes out for overdue barn.  A $50,000 buyback earlier this year, the $75,000 yearling is entered for that exact price here.  ALWAYS MINE chased quick splits on dirt last time out, but may want a bit more ground to play with.  UNIQUE TUNE is a half-brother to a stakes-placed sprinter, but he only cost $6,000 earlier this year.  PETELOVESHISBOOTS only sold for $1,500 as a yearling.  He was a $10,000 buyback as a weanling.  TIGER WILLIE is a half to stakes-placed router Peachy Kiss, but must improve off his two dirt starts at the meeting.  IMPLIED ODDS and SHAMROGE can contend if this race is rained to the main track.

1.  Hudson Landing  2.  Great Attack  3.  Loyal Leader

The Play:
Hudson Landing to Win and Place at 5-1 odds or greater  (turf only)


Meet record based on starts, wins, top pick (after scratches) in the money, and profit/loss of that day's play ($2 wager): 59-14-23 (+ $12.80)