08/06/2008 11:00PM

Spa Babies for 8/8

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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 4 - Dancing Daisy finished second
Race 5 - Union City finished sixth

Friday, August 8, 2008

Race 5
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-old fillies
Purse $63,000

1. River Fancy (Congaree - Go Baby Go, by Lion Cavern)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
- Foaled April 3, 2006 in Virginia
- $90,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- half-sister to juvenile stakes-placed turf runner Hugo (8-2-0-1, $46,120, 1-4 at two, 2-7 on turf, first-turf winner)
- first-crop sire was a multiple Grade 1 winner (25-12-2-4, $3,267,490, 0-1 at two, 0-1 on turf, 2-5 in mud/slop)
- sire is 3-19 (16%, $3.78 ROI) with juvenile debut runners in 2008
- sire is 1-2 (50%) with first-turf runners
- dam was stakes-placed on turf (14-2-0-2, $72,295, unraced at two, 0-7 on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam has two runners, two winners, one juvenile runner, one juvenile winner, one turf runner, one first-turf winner
- Lion Cavern does not have a debut winner as a broodmare sire in 2008
- second dam is Grade 1 turf winner Bequest (12-4-4-2, $308,354, 0-1 at two, all races on turf
- trainer is 16-74 (22%, $1.58 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 9-30 (30%, $2.08 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 19-92 (21%, $1.59 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (all winners with Lasix, one with blinkers, three on turf, four at this meet, 12 juvenile debut winners)
- June 2 workout matches barn's juvenile filly Smarty Marty (finished seventh in career debut on dirt at Saratoga on July 24 with 34 Beyer)
- July 18, August 1 workouts match entrymate Platinum Girl

1A (AE). Platinum Girl (Mineshaft - Wild and Wonderful, by Kennedy Road)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
- Foaled February 23, 2006 in Kentucky
- $40,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- half-sister to multiple Grade 3 route winner West Virginia (29-7-6-5, $1,010,938, 3-5 at two, 0-1 on turf, 2-7 in mud/slop)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (18-10-3-1, $2,283,402, unraced at two, 1-7 on turf, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 2-26 (8%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 2-13 (15%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 1-22 (5%, $0.55 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (juvenile debut winner at Saratoga)
- dam was a route winner (7-1-1-1, $20,100, unraced at two, unraced on turf, cost $19,500 as a yearling)
- dam has eight runners, six winners, four juvenile runners, one juvenile winner, six turf runners, no turf winners, seven mud/slop runners, five mud/slop winners
- Kennedy Road is 1-8 (13%, $0.88 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (juvenile debut winner)
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Special Kinda Guy (35-6-5-4, $133,620)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Pampered Star (26-5-2-5, $339,221, 0-2 at two, unraced on turf, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 16-74 (22%, $1.58 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 9-30 (30%, $2.08 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 19-92 (21%, $1.59 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (all winners with Lasix, one with blinkers, three on turf, four at this meet, 12 juvenile debut winners, 15 with John Velazquez aboard)
- July 18, August 1 workouts match entrymate River Fancy
- May 20, May 27, June 3 workouts match barn's juvenile filly Abigail's Gold (finished second in career debut on dirt at Saratoga on August 3 with 52 Beyer)
- May 27 workout went .03 faster than barn's juvenile Invisible Star (finished sixth in career debut on turf at Belmont on July 11 with 45 Beyer)
- May 27 workout went .03 faster than barn's six-year-old Carminooch (finished fifth in Gander Stakes on dirt at Belmont on June 24 with 83 Beyer; 66 Beyer on turf)
- June 20 workout matches Invisible Star
- June 26 workout matches barn's juvenile filly High Cry (finished first in career debut on turf at Saratoga on August 7 with 63 Beyer)
- July 11 workout matches barn's juvenile Laver (finished second in lone career start going 4 1/2 furlongs over Keeneland's polytrack)

2. Dynaslew (Dynaformer - Slews Final Answer, by Seattle Slew)
Trainer: William Mott
- Foaled April 20, 2006 in Florida
- sire was a multiple Grade 2 winner (30-7-5-2, $671,207, 1-5 at two, 2-7 on turf, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 34-333 (10%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 88-595 (15%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 3-21 (14%, $1.48 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (all older debut winners, two on turf)
- dam was a multiple stakes-winning sprinter (23-8-7-2, $358,567, 1-2 at two, won debut, unraced on turf, 0-4 in mud/slop, cost $500,000 as a yearling)
- this is dam's first runner
- Seattle Slew is 7-46 (15%, $2.77 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (three juvenile debut winners, two on turf)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 3 route winner Palmeiro (37-9-9-3, $475,388, 1-4 at two, 0-1 on turf, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 8-78 (10%, $0.80 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 3-24 (13%, $0.65 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer is 0-34 with all debut runners in 2008
-July 26 workout went .03 faster than barn's juvenile Tufao (finished tenth in career debut on dirt at Saratoga on August 2 with 0 Beyer)

2B (AE). Total Joy (Giant's Causeway - Lasting Pleasure, by Theatrical)
Trainer; William Mott
- Foaled May 22, 2008 in Kentucky
- $65,000 RNA yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- out juvenile (Keeneland April 2008)
- withdrawn juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- sire was a multiple Group 1 winner on turf in Europe (13-9-4-0, $3,078,989, 3-3 at two, 9-12 on turf)
- sire is 10-104 (10%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 18-184 (10%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 3-30 (10%, $1.28 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (all older debut winners, one on turf)
- Giant's Causeway - Theatrical 'nick' has produced Grade 3 route winner Niagara Causeway (20-4-4-1, $255,567, 0-2 at two, 3-13 on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam was a turf winner (4-1-0-1, $33,240, unraced at two, all races on turf)
- dam has one runner, one winner, no juvenile runners, one turf runner, no turf winners
- Theatrical is 1-43 (2%, $0.48 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (older debut winner)
- dam a full sister to Grade 1 route winner Geri (19-9-4-3, $1,707,980, unraced at two, 3-6 on turf, first-turf winner, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- dam a full sister to turf stakes-winner Clure (50-7-12-6, $361,174, 0-2 at two, 7-48 on turf)
- dam a full sister to Grade 3-placed turf runner Stage Shy (12-4-0-1, $132,906, 0-1 at two, all races on turf)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2 route winner A.P. Arrow (25-5-5-6, $1,433,457, unraced at two, unraced on turf, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 3-placed turf runner Almonsoon (17-4-6-3, $207,386, unraced at two, 2-11 on turf, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 8-78 (10%, $0.80 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 3-24 (13%, $0.65 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer is 0-34 with all debut runners in 2008

3. Song of Charm (Unbridled's Song - Raging Apalachee, by Apalachee)
Trainer: David Carroll
- Foaled May 2, 2006 in Kentucky
- $160,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- half-sister to Group 3-placed hurdler Rarity Bay (41-3-5-4, $96,545, 1-6 at two, 3-33 on turf/jumps, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- half-sister to multiple Grade 1 sprint winner Artax (25-7-9-3, $1,685,840, 1-3 at two, unraced on turf)
- 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 101-523 (19%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 30-246 (12%) with first-turf runners
- dam was unraced (cost $2,300 as a juvenile)
- dam has ten runners, six winners, four juvenile runner, two juvenile winners, seven turf runners, one turf winner, four mud/slop runners, one mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Fagers Charm (41-7-10-1, $112,705)
- trainer is 1-5 (20%, $1.32 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles switching to turf)

4. Jehan (Forest Wildcat - Classy Date, by Saint Ballado)
Trainer: Dale Romans
- Foaled April 2, 2006 in Kentucky
- $150,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select August 2007)
- sire was a multiple Grade 3 sprint winner (23-9-2-1, $479,862, 2-5 at two, unraced on turf, 2-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 147-864 (17%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 28-245 (11%) with first-turf runners
- dam was placed sprinting (5-0-1-0, $9,160, unraced at two, 0-1 on turf, cost $410,000 as a yearling)
- dam has three runners, two winners, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners, one turf runner, no turf winners, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-winning juvenile Deputy Warlock (16-3-0-3, $298,074, 3-4 at two, 0-1 on turf)
- trainer is 6-39 (15%, $1.58 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles trying turf for the first time
- trainer is 0-8 over the past five years with juveniles switching to turf for the first time at Saratoga

5. Palmeto Princess (Arg) (Incurable Optimist - Miss Fazenda, by Numerous)
Trainer: David Donk
- Foaled January 2, 2006 in Argentina
- sire was a multiple Grade 3 winner on turf at two (6-4-1-1, $271,310, all races at two, 4-4 on turf)
- sire is 1-18 (6%) with juvenile debut runners in North America
- sire is 1-29 (3%) with first-turf runners in North America
- sire has no debut winners in 2008
- dam was unraced
- dam has one runner, no winners, one juvenile runner, no turf runners
- Numerous is 3-11 (27%, $6.00 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (two juvenile debut winners)
- dam a half-sister to Group 3 winner (Argentina) Fabuloso Champ (40-7-5-9, 70,111, $1-5 at two)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner (Argentina) Passing Champ (12-3-2-2, $31,858, unraced at two)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed (Venezuela) Passing Wells (26-3-0-4, $28,248, unraced at two)
- trainer is 0-28 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 0-3 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer is 0-9 with all debut runners in 2008
- May 27, June 2, June 10 workouts went .02 faster than barn's juvenile filly She's an Optimist (finished seventh in career debut on turf at Delaware on August 5 with 11 Beyer)
- May 27 workout went. 02 slower than barn's juvenile The Optimist (finished ninth in career debut on turf at Delaware on August 6 with 16 Beyer)
- June 21 workout went .02 slower than barn's juvenile filly Dancing Daisy (finished eighth in career debut on dirt on June 25 with 39 Beyer; finished second on turf at Saratoga on August 7 with 63)
- June 26 workout went .02 slower than barn's juvenile filly Pumpkin Shell (finished second in career debut on dirt at Saratoga on July 27 with 72 Beyer)
- July 1 workout went .02 faster than barn's three-year-old filly Can She Dance (finished second in 'n1x' allowance on turf at Belmont on July 6 with 81 Beyer)
-July 7 workout went .02 slower than barn's five-year-old Dancing Tin Man (finished fourth in $50,000 starter allowance on turf at Belmont on July 12 with 75 Beyer)
- July 26, August 1 workouts match barn's juvenile filly Freedom Rings (finished ??? in career debut on turf at Saratoga on August 7 with ??? Beyer)

6. Buck Sign (Buckhar - Resigned, by Golden Gear)
Trainer: Willard Freeman
-Foaled March 8, 2006 in South Carolina
- sire was a Grade 1 winner on turf (18-8-3-1, $682,400, 0-1 at two, 8-15 on turf)
- sire is 23-154 (15%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 2-53 (4%) with first-turf runners
- dam was a winner (6-2-1-1, $27,630, unraced at two, 1-1 on turf, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- this is dam's first runner
- second dam is stakes-placed juvenile (Denmark) Princess Streak (53-12-14-6, $233.032, 0-7 at two, 7-24 on turf in North America, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 0-2 over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 0-1 over the past five years with second-time juveniles at Saratoga

7. Warm Shower (Dynaformer - Caught in the Rain, by Petionville)
Trainer: Angel Penna Jr.
- Foaled February 2, 2006 in Kentucky
- $295,000 short yearling (Keeneland January 2007)
- $700,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select August 2007)
- sire is 34-333 (10%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire is 88-595 (15%) with first-turf runners
- sire is 3-21 (14%, $1.48 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (all older debut winners, two on turf)
- dam was a Grade 2 winner (27-9-0-5, $455,034, unraced at two, 6-17 on turf, first-turf winner, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- this is dam's first runner
- Petionville is 3-8 (38%, $6.45 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (two juvenile debut winners)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed router Rogers (7-1-1-1, $40,560, 0-2 at two, 0-1 on turf, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 0-5 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf
- trainer is 0-4 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners on turf at Saratoga
- trainer is 0-5 with all debut runners in 2008
- June 3 workout matches barn's three-year-old filly Kapanga (finished second in maiden special weight on turf at Belmont on July 2 with 78 Beyer)
- July 2 workout went .02 faster than barn's three-year-old Sharif Al Medina (83 Beyer on turf)
- August 1 workout matches Sharif Al Medina

8. Ain't Love Grand (Dixie Union - On the Fritz, by Mahogany Hall)
Trainer: Richard Dutrow Jr.
- Foaled January 31, 2006 in Ontario, Canada
- $175,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- $535,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 winner (12-7-3-0, $1,233,190, 4-6 at two, unraced on turf)
- sire is 70-439 (16%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 6-103 (6%) with first-turf runners
- dam was a stakes-winner (23-5-7-2, $237,407, unraced at two, 3-13 on turf, first-turf winner, 1-1 in mud/slop, cost $70,000 as a weanling)
- this is dam's first runner
- dam a half-sister to juvenile stakes-placed router Robin the Rich (43-3-4-12, $74,696, 0-7 at two, 0-3 on turf, 2-15 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 0-3 over the past five years with second-time juveniles switching to grass
- trainer is 0-1 over the past five years with second-time juveniles switching to grass at Saratoga

9. Silver Reunion (Harlan's Holiday - Silver Comic, by Silver Hawk)
Trainer: H Graham Motion
- Foaled May 1, 2006 in Kentucky
- withdrawn weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (22-9-6-1, $3,632,664, 4-6 at two, unraced on turf, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- sire is 28-150 (19%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 4-30 (13%) with first-turf runners
- dam was a Grade 2 winner on turf (9-4-1-0, $216,935, unraced at two, 4-8 on turf, first-turf winner)
- dam has four runners, no winners, three juvenile runners, two turf runners, one mud/slop runner
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winning router Akiba (17-3-1-2, $75,903, 2-3 at two, 0-4 on turf)
- dam a half-sister to juvenile Group 3 winner (England) Lucayan Prince (38-6-8-8, $400,457, 1-2 at two, 5-29 on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Comic Strip (23-10-6-3, $967,474, 2-5 at two, 5-11 on turf, first-turf winner)
- trainer is 3-10 (30%, $9.00 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles switching to turf
- trainer is 1-1 (100%, $30.60 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles switching to turf at Saratoga
- July 26 workout matches barn's juvenile filly Innovative (finished first in maiden special weight at Colonial Downs on August 2 with 51 Beyer)
- August 2 workout matches barn's three-year-old filly Sky Copper (finished sixth in 'n1x' allowance on turf at Saratoga on August 6 with 73 Beyer)

10. Carioca (The Cliff's Edge - She's Never Wrong, by Nureyev)
Trainer: Seth Benzel
- Foaled February 22, 2006 in Kentucky
- $10,000 RNA weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- withdrawn yearling (OBS Open August 2007)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 1 route winner (13-4-5-2, $1,265,258, 3-5 at two, won debut, unraced on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 0-14 with juvenile debut runners in 2008
- sire is 0-2 with first-turf runners
- dam was unraced (cost $160,000 as a yearling)
- this is dam's first foal
- Nureyev is 2-25 (8%, $0.46 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (both older debut winners, one on turf)
- female family of Group 2 turf winner (France) Smolensk, Grade 2 winner Better Than Honour (dam of Rags to Riches, Jazil, Casino Drive), juvenile Group 3 turf winner (Ireland) Turnberry Isle
- trainer is 0-2 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 is 0-1 with all debut runners in 2008
- August 4 workout went .02 faster than barn's three-year-old Storm Harbor (87 Beyer on turf)

11 (AE). Dream Empress (Bernstein - Chinese Empress, by Nijinsky II)
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
- Foaled March 22, 2006 in Kentucky
- $60,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- sire was a multiple Group 3 winner on turf in Ireland (8-4-0-0, $173,120, 2-3 at two, won debut, all races on turf)
- sire is 55-286 (19%) with juvenile runners
- sire is 51-347 (15%) with turf runners
- dam was a stakes-winner on turf (28-5-1-7, $163,814, 1-4 at two, 5-24 on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop, cost $75,000 as a yearling)
- dam has eight runners, six winners, six juvenile runners, three juvenile winners, six turf runners, three turf winners, three mud/slop runners, two mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Possible Mate (29-14-4-6, $675,999)
- dam a half-sister to turf stakes-winner Shy Proposal (12-2-2-1, $97,488, 0-4 at two, 2-8 on turf, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to turf stakes-placed (England) Ajaad (7-3-1-1, $54,730, unraced at two, all races on turf)
- trainer is 5-19 (26%, $2.94 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles on turf

12 (AE). Americas Dreaming (Ire) (Statue of Liberty - Barnabas, by Slip Anchor)
Trainer: James Toner
- Foaled March 22, 2006 in Ireland
- 7,882 Irish guineas weanling (Goffs November 2006)
- 11,583 Irish guineas yearling (Goffs October 2007)
- half-sister to stakes-placed turf runner Mighty Empire (17-3-1-1, $96,572, 1-6 at two, all races on turf)
- sire was a Group 3 winner on turf at two in England (7-2-1-0, $164,658, 2-2 at two, 2-6 on turf)
- sire is 0-2 with juvenile runners in North America
- sire is 1-6 (17%) with turf runners in North America
- dam was unraced
- dam has six runners, two winners, six juvenile runners, two juvenile winners, six turf runners, two turf winners
- dam a half-sister to Group 3-placed turf runner (France) Irish Prospector (24-3-5-3, $74,193, all races on turf)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner (Japan) Manic Sunday (12-2-0-2, $595,946)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner (Japan) Win Schneid (15-5-3-2, $900,008)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner (Japan) That's the Plenty (16-3-3-2, $3,664,213)
- trainer is 1-10 (10%, $3.36 ROI) over the past five years with newly-acquired runners
trainer is 1-2 (50%, $16.80 ROI) over the past five years with newly-acquired runners at Saratoga

Analysis:
Seth Benzel, Todd Pletcher's former assistant trainer, hasn't reached the winner's circle since going out on his own earlier this year, but he may have a live firster in CARIOCA. A daughter of first-crop sire The Cliff's Edge from the family of blue-hen mare Better Than Honour, Carioca shows solid workouts for her debut, and attracts Edgar Prado. She should be a good price breaking from the far outside.
WARM SHOWER shows strong workouts for her debut, and the $700,000 yearling purchase has a strong turf pedigree.
SONG OF CHARM goes out for a barn that had a juvenile winner here on Thursday, and should save valuable ground in this two-turn heat. She gained valuable experience in her career debut at Churchill, and should improve off that race.
TOTAL JOY is bred both sides for grass, and can factor if she draws in from the also-eligible list. AMERICAS DREAMING just missed in her debut overseas, but draws a wide berth on the also-eligible list, and may not be allowed to play. SILVER REUNION raced evenly in her debut, and should appreciate the surface switch coupled with the stretchout in distance. PLATINUM GIRL showed an encouraging turf workout in late June, and goes out for the always-dangerous duo of Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez. DREAM EMPRESS took all the money for her debut at Ellis Park,and rallied belatedly for a minor award. These may be tougher foes. JEHAN was bet very hard for both dirt sprints in Kentucky, and may control the pace in here. AIN'T LOVE GRAND cost $535,000 last year, and should do better at this longer distance. RIVER FANCY draws a good inside post for a barn that sent out a juvenile debut winner on grass on Thursday. Pletcher's go-to rider sticks with the other half of the entry, however. DYNASLEW shows a fifteen day gap between her last two works, and the barn has struggled with firsters this year. PALMETO PRINCESS and BUCK SIGN may both be in a bit steep.

Selections:
1. Carioca
2. Warm Shower
3. Song of Charm

The Play:
Carioca to Win and Place at 8-1 odds or greater (Turf only)

***

Race 6
5 1/2 Furlongs
Maiden Claiming ($50,000, NY-breds)
2-year-olds

Purse $32,000

1. Moonshine Mania (Monashee Mountain - Last Day of Winter, by Green Alligator)
Trainer: Tony Wilson
- Foaled April 3, 2006
- $4,000 yearling (OBS Open August 2007)
- sire was a multiple Group 3 winner on turf in Ireland (7-4-0-0, $110,117, 2-2 at two, unraced on dirt)
- sire is 2-28 (7%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner (52-6-6-9, $74,392, 1-2 at two, 6-43 in main track sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop)
- this is dam's first runner
- dam a full sister to multiple stakes-winner May Gator (60-10-18-10, $570,298, unraced at two, 3-8 in main track sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 0-1 over the past five years with juveniles dropping into maiden claimers while adding blinkers

2. Early Response (Hook and Ladder - Betwineyouandme, by Twining)
Trainer: Dominic Galluscio
- Foaled February 14, 2006
- $30,000 juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (19-6-2-3, $388,120, 1-1 at two, 6-18 in main track sprints)
- sire is 7-36 (19%) with juvenile debut runners
-sire has no debut winners in 2008
- dam was a winner (42-9-8-6, $192,706, 1-5 at two, 1-8 in main track sprints, 1-9 in mud/slop, cost $9,000 as a short yearling, and $2,500 as a juvenile)
- this is dam's first runner
- Twining is 1-13 (8%, $1.37 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (juvenile debut winner)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed sprinter Eastern Lily (24-3-6-3, $69,779, 0-1 at two, 0-1 at two, 3-16 in main track sprints, 0-4 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 4-62 (6%, $1.20 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 3-21 (14%, $2.59 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 4-13 (31%, $2.62 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (all winners with Lasix, one with front wraps, all older debut winners)
- worked one furlong in 10.4 prior to the April sale

3. Bitabaz (Intidab - Take Bazzie Out, by Take Me Out)
Trainer: Richard Schosberg
- Foaled March 9, 2006
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (36-7-12-5, $531,221, 0-2 at two in England, 5-20 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 12-55 (22%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner at two (3-1-0-0, $27,120, 1-2 at two, all races in main track sprints)
- this is dam's first runner
- trainer is 0-3 over the past five years with second-time juveniles dropping from maiden special weight

4. Mr. Petersson (Smoke Glacken - Ladies Night In, by Peteski)
Trainer: William Badgett Jr.
- Foaled March 25, 2006
- $3,500 yearling (Keeneland September 2007)
- withdrawn juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- sire was a Grade 1 sprint winner at two (14-10-2-1, $759,560, 4-6 at two, 2-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 149-807 (18%) with juvenile runners
- dam was multiple stakes-placed on turf (10-5-1-2, $123,750, 0-1 at two, 0-1 in main track sprints)
- dam has three runners, one winner, three juvenile runners, no juvenile winners, three main track sprint runners, no main track sprint winners, two mud/slop runners, no mud/slop winners
- trainer is 0-2 over the past five years with all second-time starters dropping from maiden special weights

5. Scooty the Pro (Tomorrows Cat - Pro Princess, by Distinctive Pro)
Trainer: Scott Schwartz
- Foaled March 23, 2006
- sire was a Grade 2 route winner (15-4-4-2, $516,090, 1-4 at two, 1-6 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 44-413 (11%) with juvenile runners
- dam was placed sprinting (1-0-1-0, $6,000, unraced at two, raced in main track sprint)
- dam has eight runners, five winners, seven juvenile runners, one juvenile winner, eight main track sprint runners, five main track sprint winners, eight mud/slop runners, two mud/slop winners
- trainer is 0-1 over the past five years with second-time juveniles dropping from maiden special weights

6. Shifty Guy (Volponi - Awesome Gal, by Sky Classic)
Trainer: H Allen Jerkens
- Foaled January 29, 2006
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (31-7-12-5, $3,187,232, 1-5 at two, 1-5 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 2-30 (7%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has no debut winners in 2008
- dam was placed (12-0-2-3, $38,890, 0-4 at two, 0-1 in main rack sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop, cost $18,000 as a short yearling, and $23,000 as a yearling)
- dam has one runner, no winners, one juvenile runner, one main track sprint runner, one mud/slop runner
- Sky Classic is 5-44 (11%, $1.70 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (all older debut winners)
- dam a half-sister to Group 2-placed (England) turf runner Charley Bates (15-2-6-3, $107,490, 0-3 at two, unraced on dirt)
- trainer is 6-56 (11%, $2.70 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 2-13 (15%, $7.02 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 2-15 (13%, $1.28 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (both older debut winners without Lasix, one with blinkers, one with front wraps)

7. Soonasigetpaid (Louis Quatorze - Saratoga Spark, by Saratoga Six)
Trainer: James Ryerson
- Foaled April 1, 2006
- $5,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select October 2007)
- sire was a Grade 1 route winner (18-7-5-1, $2,054,434, 1-4 at two, 2-4 in main track sprints, 2-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 13-187 (7%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has no debut winners in 2008
- dam was multiple stakes-placed (30-5-7-6, $135,969, 1-2 at two, 4-21 in main track sprints, 2-8 in mud/slop)
- dam has five runners, four winners, four juvenile runners, one juvenile winner, five main track sprint runners, three main track sprint winners, four mud/slop runners, one mud/slop winner
- Saratoga Six is 6-32 (19%, $6.12 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (three juvenile debut winners)
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner S. S. Hot Sauce (16-4-2-3, $165,600)
- trainer is 7-76 (9%, $0.81 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 4-18 (22%, $1.65 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (three winners with Lasix, one juvenile debut winner, one for this owner)

8. Karakorum Pirate (Rage - She Goes Along, by Dixie Brass)
Trainer: Jeff Odintz
- Foaled March 18, 2006
- $3,500 juvenile (OBS Spring April 2008)
- sire was a stakes-placed sprinter (20-5-2-7, $157,342, 0-3 at two, 5-19 in main track sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- sire is 3-15 (20%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has no debut winners in 2008
- dam was unraced
- dam has two runners, two winners, one juvenile runner, one juvenile debut winner, two main track sprint runners, two main track sprint winners, two mud/slop runners, no mud/slop winners
- Dixie Brass is 1-15 (7%, $0.36 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (juvenile debut winner)
- female family of Grade 1 route winner Precocity
- trainer is 0-24 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-3 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 0-5 with all debut runners in 2008
- worked one furlong in 10.3 prior to the April sale

9. Purple Eagle (Posse - Code of Love, by Cryptoclearance)
Trainer: Gary Contessa
- Foaled May 4, 2006
- $47,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton Preferred August 2007)
- half-brother to multiple stakes-winner Casino Evil (22-6-5-3, $309,906, 1-7 at two, 1-7 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (18-7-2-2, $662,841, 2-7 at two, 7-17 in main track sprints, 4-4 in mud/slop)
- sire is 41-198 (21%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a route winner (14-2-2-2, $57,180, 0-7 at two, 0-3 in main track sprints, cost $85,000 as a yearling)
- dam has seven runners, six winners, five juvenile runners, three juvenile winners, seven main track sprint runners, four main track sprint winners, three mud/slop runners, two mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Lemhi Go (41-12-5-6, $330,805, 0-1 at two, 1-7 in main track sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed Morgan Springs (23-4-1-2, $71,203, unraced at two, 1-5 in main track sprints, 2-3 in mud/slop)
-dam a half-sister to juvenile Grade 2-placed Rare Beauty (7-1-2-0, $133,457, 1-4 at two, 1-3 in main track sprints)
- trainer is 1-12 (8%, $0.32 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles dropping into maiden claimers
- trainer is 0-3 over the past five years with second-time juveniles dropping into maiden claimers

Analysis:
Although Hook and Ladder hasn't sired any debut winners this year, he had seven first-out juvenile winners in his initial crop last season, and his EARLY RESPONSE doesn't have to be the next Funny Cide to win this weak statebred maiden claimer. Trainer Dominic Galluscio historically has his babies ready to fire at the Spa.
BITABAZ saved ground every step of the way in his debut at Belmont, but didn't look very comfortable racing on his wrong lead in upper stretch. The addition of blinkers coupled with the drop in class should help his chances.
MOONSHINE MANIA chased an even-money Zayat/Asmussen firster in an open maiden special weight at Monmouth, adds blinkers, and faces much weaker here. That race at the Jersey Shore was .07 slower than a juvenile filly maiden claimer earlier on that card, however.
MR. PETERSSON chased next-out stakes-winner Dagnabit when bet to 5-2 for his debut. He adds blinkers, and should be a strong pace factor. PURPLE EAGLE was outrun throughout in his debut, but the drop should help. SCOOTY THE PRO lost all chance at the start of his debut, and has a race over the track. SHIFTY GUY and SOONASIGETPAID make their debuts for connections that know how to win first-out. KARAKORUM PIRATE may need a start.

Selections:
1. Early Response
2. Bitabaz
3. Moonshine Mania

The Play:
Early Response to Win and Place at 5-1 odds or higher

***

Race 7
6 1/2 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight (NY-breds)
2-year-olds
Purse $56,000

1. Remarkable Storm (Stormy Atlantic - Most Remarkable, by Marquetry)
Trainer: Jamie Sanders
- Foaled February 8, 2006
- half-brother to juvenile stakes-winning turf runner Remarkable Remy (8-3-0-1, $135,165, 2-5 at two, unraced on dirt)
- $75,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select August 2007)
- $90,000 RNA juvenile (Keeneland April 2008)
- sire was a multiple stakes-winning sprinter (15-6-2-1, $148,126, 0-1 at two, all races in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 142-902 (16%) with juvenile runners
- dam was unplaced (3-0-0-0, $0, 0-2 at two, 0-2 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam has two runners, one winner, two juvenile runners, one juvenile winner, one main track sprint runner, no main track sprint winners, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to juvenile stakes-placed sprinter Corkboy (26-7-3-3, $95,613, 1-3 at two, all races in main track sprints, 0-3 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to juvenile stakes-placed sprinter Orangeman (11-1-2-2, $64,810, 1-2 at two, all races in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 turf winner Snow Dance (25-8-5-5, $938,597, 1-2 at two, 1-4 in main track sprints, unraced in mud/slop)
- trainer is 13-244 (5%, $1.27 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile runners
- trainer is 2-40 (5%, $3.00 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile runners at Saratoga
- galloped at the April sale

2. Criminal Matters (Ten Most Wanted - Tassa, by Tasso)
Trainer: Bruce Levine
- Foaled March 24, 2006
- $60,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton Preferred August 2007)
- half-brother to stakes-placed Spunky Harry (28-3-5-5, $86,360, 0-1 at two, 3-14 in main track sprints, 1-4 in mud/slop)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 1 route winner (13-5-3-1, $1,718,460, 0-1 at two, unraced in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 0-13 with juvenile debut runners in 2008
-dam was a multiple stakes-winner (23-7-3-6, $283,326, 2-6 at two, won debut, 1-2 in main track sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- dam has five runners, three winners, five juvenile runners, two juvenile winners, one juvenile debut winner, five main track sprint runners, three main track sprint winners, four mud/slop runners, one mud/slop winner
- Tasso does not have a debut winner as a broodmare sire in 2008
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Appealing Pond (17-5-4-3, $151,060, unraced at two, unraced in main track sprints, 2-2 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 4-52 (8%, $2.11 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-6 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
-trainer is 1-21 (5%, $1.03 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (older debut winner with Lasix with Rajiv Maragh aboard)
- June 26, July 9, July 16 workouts match barn's juvenile Wiskaway (finished fifth in career debut on grass at Saratoga on July 30 with 41 Beyer)

3. Gargantua (Wiseman's Ferry - Mich's Pitch, by Obligato)
Trainer: Gary Sciacca
- Foaled April 28, 2006
- $9,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton Open August 2007)
- $14,000 RNA juvenile (Fasig-Tipton Spring May 2008)
- sire was a multiple Grade 3 route winner (16-4-3-2, $825,266, 1-6 at two in Europe, won debut, 0-2 in main track sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 2-34 (6%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has no debut winners in 2008
- dam was stakes-placed (43-5-2-6, $150,874, 1-5 at two, 4-39 in main track sprints, 2-10 in mud/slop)
- dam has two runners, one winner, two juvenile runners, no juvenile winners, two main track sprint runners, one main track sprint winner, two mud/slop runners, no mud/slop winners
- Obligato does not have a debut winner as a broodmare sire in 2008
- dam a half-sister to stakes-placed sprinter Citizen (5-2-2-0, $77,915, 2-3 at two, won debut, all races in main track sprints)
- dam a full sister to stakes-placed Beyond Chance (36-7-5-4, $191,928, unraced at two, 6-28 in main track sprints, 1-5 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 1-26 (4%, $1.79 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-10 over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga.
- trainer is 0-3 with all debut runners in 2008
- worked a quarter-mile in 23 prior to the May sale

4. Hot Pace (Roaring Fever - Loping Along, by Easy Goer)
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
- Foaled April 25, 2006
- out weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- $20,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Open August 2007)
- first-crop sire was a stakes-winner (19-4-4-4, $219,665, 1-4 at two, won debut, 3-9 in main track sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 0-2 with juvenile debut runners in 2008
- dam was a route winner in the mud (7-1-0-1, $22,240, unraced at two, 0-3 in main track sprints, 1-1 in mud/slop)
- dam has two runners, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners, two main track sprint runners, one main track sprint winner, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winners
- Easy Goer is 1-17 (6%, $0.43 ROI) as the broodmare sire of debut runners in 2008 (older winner on turf)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Dancing All Night (14-4-3-2, $185,420, unraced at two, 1-1 in main track sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Dancing Spree (35-10-6-9, $1,470,484, unraced at two, 6-16 in main track sprints, 2-4 in mud/slop)
- dam a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Fantastic Find (14-6-3-2, $335,410, unraced at two, 5-10 in main track sprints, 2-2 in mud/slop)
- dam a full sister to Grade 1 sprint winner Furlough (33-8-9-2, $671,844, unraced at two, 5-18 in main track sprints, 2-4 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 10-68 (15%, $2.20 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 3-15 (20%, $1.16 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 2-39 (5%, $0.58 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (both older winners with Lasix, one with Eibar Coa aboard)
- June 28, July 4, July 10 workouts match barn's Storm Hope (finished fourth in career debut at Saratoga on July 23 with 45 Beyer)

5. Scientist (Intidab - The Demon Chaser, by Boundary)
Trainer: Bruce Jackson
- Foaled February 18, 2006
- $15,000 weanling (New York Mixed October 2006)
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (36-7-12-5, $531,221, 0-2 at two in England, 5-20 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- sire is 12-55 (22%) with juvenile runners
- dam was unraced (cost $23,000 as a yearling)
- dam has two runners, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners, two main track sprint runners, no main track sprint winners, one mud/slop runner, no mud/slop winners
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed sprinter Musical Times (12-4-2-2, $100,899, unraced at two, all races in main track sprints)
- trainer is 4-19 (21%, $2.53 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles

6. Triste Doble Q (Wiseman's Ferry - Apocalyptic, by Hickman Creek)
Trainer: Gary Contessa
- Foaled February 17, 2006
- $14,000 RNA weanling (Keeneland November 2006)
- $25,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select October 2007)
- sire was a multiple Grade 3 route winner (16-4-3-2, $825,266, 1-6 at two in Europe, won debut, 0-2 in main track sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- sire is 2-34 (6%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has no debut winners in 2008
- dam was unplaced (4-0-0-0, $367, unraced at two, unraced in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
-dam has one runner, no winners, one juvenile runner, one main track sprint runner
- Hickman Creek does not have a debut winner as a broodmare sire in 2008
- female family of Grade 2 winner Screen King
- trainer is 14-162 (9%, $1.50 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 2-44 (5%, $0.49 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga
- trainer is 2-39 (5%, $0.50 ROI) with all debut runners in 2008 (both older winners with Lasix, one with front bandages)

7. Smokin Hero (Smokin Mel - Broomesse, by Claramount)
Trainer: Allen Iwinski
- Foaled May 6, 2006
- sire was a Grade 2 route winner (17-5-3-2, $318,719, 2-3 at two, 4-10 in main track sprints, 1-2 in mud/slop)
- sire is 3-27 (11%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a stakes-winner (41-8-13-6, $396,434, unraced at two, 6-27 in main track sprints, 1-3 in mud/slop)
- dam has two runners, no winners, two juvenile runners, two main track sprint runners, one mud/slop runner
- trainer is 18-81 (22%, $1.89 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile runners
- trainer is 1-10 (10%, $1.06 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners at Saratoga

8. Paramedic (Hook and Ladder - Whispered Call, by Phone Trick)
Trainer; Thomas Bush
- Foaled April 20, 2006
- sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (19-6-2-3, $388,120, 1-1 at two, 6-18 in main track sprints)
- sire is 13-103 (13%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner (16-2-2-0, $68,250, 1-1 at two, 2-15 in main track sprints, 0-6 in mud/slop)
- dam has two runners, one winner, two juvenile runners, no juvenile winners, two main track sprint runners, one main track sprint winner, one mud/slop runner, one mud/slop winner
- dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Cat's Roar (22-3-3-6, $163,821, 0-5 at two, 2-11 in main track sprints, 0-1 in mud/slop)
- trainer is 7-39 (18%, $2.44 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles
- trainer is 1-9 (11%, $1.22 ROI) over the past five years with second-time juveniles at Saratoga

9. Stay Alittle While (Flatter - Gosh All Get Out, by D'Accord)
Trainer: Kathleen Feron
- Foaled May 8, 2006
- $3,500 RNA weanling (Fasig-Tipton Mixed December 2006)
- sire was a Grade 2-placed router (6-4-0-1, $148,815, unraced at two, 1-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 24-142 (17%) with juvenile runners
- dam was placed routing (7-0-1-0, $8,400, 0-1 at two, 0-2 in main track sprints, 0-2 in mud/slop)
- dam has four runners, two winners, two juvenile runners, no juvenile winners, four main track sprint runners, two main track sprint winners, four mud/slop runners, one mud/slop winner
- dam a full sister to stakes-winner Jay's Crown (12-4-0-1, $97,655, unraced at two, unraced in main track sprints)
- trainer is 1-1 (100%, $8.50 ROI) over the past five years with all second-time starters adding Lasix

Analysis:
SMOKIN HERO was no match for a sharp debut winner at Belmont but, barring a quick firster, should gain the early advantage in the this spot under John Velazquez. He earned solid Beyers in both outings downstate, and should prove tough to catch at a short price.
PARAMEDIC finished four and a half lengths behind Smokin Hero at Belmont, but is bred both sides for speed, and it wouldn't be surprising if he shows quick improvement.
REMARKABLE STORM chased runaway Cribnote, and owns a race over the track, but he doesn't seem to have much gate speed, and is saddled with the inside post.
STAY ALITTLE WHILE raced wide in his debut, and now adds Lasix. Expect a forward move. HOT PACE makes career debut for Barclay Tagg, but his workmate failed to crack the trifecta earlier in the meet. SCIENTIST showed speed against open foes at Delaware, but will meet a swift rival in Smokin Hero. TRISTE DOBLE Q has been working locally, and attracts Edgar Prado. GARGANTUA and CRIMINAL MATTERS both may want a bit more ground.

Selections:
1. Smokin Hero
2. Paramedic
3. Remarkable Storm

The Play:
Smokin Hero - Paramedic Exacta;
Smokin Hero - Remarkable Storm Exacta

Meet Record:
25-5-12 (+ $18.00)