08/07/2007 11:00PM

Spa Babies for 8/9

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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.

Wednesday’s results:
Race 2: Maimonides finished first
Race 4: top pick Valentina’s Grace scratched; second pick Best Crossing scratched; third pick La Ransom finished third
Race 6: Longley finished sixth

Thursday, August 9, 2007
Race 2
5 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight (New York-breds)
2-year-old fillies
Purse $56,000

1. Pop’s Princess (Hook and Ladder – Red Nur, by Red Ransom)
Trainer: Dominic Galluscio
- Foaled April 15, 2005
- $9,500 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Open August 2006)
- $30,000 juvenile (Fasig-Tipton May 2007)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (19-6-2-3, $388,120, 1-1 at two, 6-18 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 5-11 (45%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has three New York-bred juvenile debut winners this year
- dam was a route winner (14-2-1-1, $16,470, 1-5 at two, 0-3 in dirt sprints, sold for $9,000 as a weanling, $10,000 as a yearling, and $10,000 as a juvenile)
- dam has two foals of racing age, one runner, no winners, no juvenile runners
- dam a half-sister to Fast Mile (Group 1 winner on turf in Brazil)
- Red Ransom is the broodmare sire of two debut winners this year
- trainer is 3-59 (5%, $0.52 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 3-20 (15%, $2.71 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has two older debut winners this year (one in statebred maiden special weight, both with Lasix)
- worked a quarter-mile in 23 flat prior to the May sale
- June 14 workout went .01 slower than Amezcua’s Play

1a. Amezcua’s Play (Precise End – Play Per View, by Sports View)
Trainer: Dominic Galluscio
- Foaled May 4, 2005
- $10,000 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)
- sire is 16-69 (23%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has one juvenile debut runner this year
- dam was a turf winner (12-1-1-1, $26,461, unraced at two, 0-5 in dirt sprints, cost $22,000 as a yearling, and $16,000 as a juvenile)
- dam has five foals of racing age, three runners, three winners, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winning sprinter Little Genius (11-2-1-1, $33,960, unraced at two, all races sprinting), Grade 3 sprint winner Buffalo Dan (40-14-11-7, $595,411, unraced at two, all races sprinting), and multiple stakes-placed Akbar (25-4-1-1, $153,233, unraced at two, 4-19 in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 3-59 (5%, $0.52 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 3-20 (15%, $2.71 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has two older debut winners this year (one in statebred maiden special weight, both with Lasix, one with Kent Desormeaux aboard)
- worked a quarter-mile in 22.60 prior to the April sale

2. Reversible Error (Western Expression - Margin for Error, by Dixie Brass)
Trainer: Karl Grusmark
- Foaled April 18, 2005
- sire was a Grade 1-placed sprinter (16-3-2-3, $140,114, unraced at two, 3-10 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 6-62 (10%) with juvenile debut runners
- dam was placed sprinting (16-0-2-1, $14,210, 0-2 at two, 0-14 in dirt sprints)
- dam has two foals of racing age, one runner, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners
- dam a full sister to stakes-placed sprinter Clear Margins (35-3-4-5, $116,487, 1-8 at two, 3-27 in dirt sprints)
- Dixie Brass is the broodmare sire of two debut winners this year
- trainer is 5-22 (23%, $2.61 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-1 with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has one juvenile debut winner this year at Suffolk Downs without Lasix

3: Best Crossing (Hook and Ladder - Final Crossing, by Ends Well)
Trainer: Ramon Hernandez
- Foaled May 25, 2005
- half-sister to route stakes-winner Iron Cop (58-8-5-14, $287,319, 1-9 at two, 1-7 in dirt sprints)
- first-crop sire was a Grade 2 sprint winner (19-6-2-3, $388,120, 1-1 at two, 6-18 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 5-11 (45%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has three New York-bred juvenile debut winners this year
- dam was stakes-placed sprinting at two (28-5-7-5, $100,688, 1-5 at two, 5-27 in dirt sprints)
- dam has five foals of racing age, four runners, three winners, three juvenile runners, two juvenile winners, one juvenile debut winner
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Poniard (70-16-10-16, $155,679, 0-1 at two, 2-9 in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 6-37 (16%, $2.72 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 3-12 (25%, 4.32 ROI) with debuting Spa Babies

4. Sand and Song (Desert Warrior – My Gypsy Rose, by Groomstick)
Trainer: Timothy Hills
- Foaled April 7, 2005
- first-crop sire was multiple Grade 3-placed (16-4-1-2, $171,783, 2-8 at two, 4-11 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 1-13 (8%) with juvenile runners
- dam was unraced (cost $10,000 as a juvenile)
- dam has three foals of racing age, three runners, no winners, one juvenile runner
- dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed (Puerto Rico) Sue Kat Fly (93-13-27-18, $136,676)
- trainer is 46-336 (14%, $1.40 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles on dirt
- trainer is 0-9 with Spa Babies racing on dirt

5. Nicely Put (Freud – Shes a Shoe In, by Ogygian)
Trainer: Gary Contessa
- Foaled February 1, 2005
- $6,000 yearling (OBS August 2006)
- sire was Group 2-placed on turf in Ireland at two (12-1-2-1, $44,016, 0-3 at two, unraced in dirt sprints)
- sire is 27-170 (16%) with juvenile runners
- dam was a sprint winner (27-7-4-6, $69,655, 1-2 at two, 7-26 in dirt sprints, cost $10,000 as a yearling, and $37,000 as a juvenile)
- dam has three foals of racing age, three runners, one winner, three juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- second dam an unraced half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Fortune’s Kingdom (41-5-7-8, $152,175)
- trainer is 61-413 (15%, $1.31 ROI) over the past five years with juveniles on dirt
- trainer is 5-68 (7%, $1.07 ROI) with Spa Babies on dirt

6. Wise Choice (Wiseman’s Ferry - Senorita Constanza, by His Majesty)
Trainer: Sal Iorio Jr.
- Foaled March 27, 2005
- $10,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton Preferred August 2006)
- $30,000 RNA juvenile (Fasig-Tipton May 2007)
- first-crop sire was a multiple Grade 3 route winner (16-4-3-2, $825,266, 1-6 at two, won debut, 0-2 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 1-8 (13%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire’s debut winner came in a NY-bred maiden special weight
- dam was placed routing (15-0-0-1, $6,010, unraced at two, 0-3 in dirt sprints)
- dam has nine foals of racing age, seven runners, five winners, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners
- dam a full sister to multiple stakes-winner Serene Nobility (62-9-5-11, $264,778, unraced at two, 1-9 in dirt sprints
- dam a half sister to stakes-winner Corax (15-4-3-2, $143,260, 1-3 at two, won debut, 3-12 in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 0-14 with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-1 with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has an older debut winner this year at Finger Lakes with Lasix on, and Messina aboard
- worked a furlong in 11.20 prior to the May sale

7. Last Boat Home (Gold Token - Last Boat East, by Eastern Echo)
Trainer: Lynne Scace
- Foaled June 14, 2005
- sire was a multiple stakes-winner (26-7-6-2, $320,368, unraced at two, 5-18 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 6-50 (12%) with juvenile debut runners
- sire has one juvenile debut winner this year
- dam was a turf winner (54-8-3-10, $228,715, 1-6 at two, 0-5 in dirt sprints)
- dam has four foals of racing age, three runners, one winner, one juvenile runner, no juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to route stakes-winner Seattle Wave (43-3-2-5, $115,820, 1-8 at two, 0-2 in dirt sprints), and stakes-placed sprinter Love’s Echo (7-1-3-1, $50,605, unraced at two, 1-6 at two)
- Eastern Echo is the broodmare sire of two debut winners this year
- trainer is 2-15 (13%, $1.21 ROI) over the past five years with juvenile debut runners
- trainer is 0-2 with debuting Spa Babies
- trainer has five older debut winners this year at Tampa Bay Downs, three with Lasix, one with front wraps, one with blinkers
- July 29 workout matches barn’s juvenile Alex Ingram (ran fourth in lone start on July 11 in 50K maiden claimer at Delaware with 28 Beyer)

8. Myakka (Crafty Prospector – Talamanca, by St. Jovite)
Trainer: Linda Rice
- Foaled April 16, 2005
- $52,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton Preferred August 2006)
- $170,000 juvenile (OBS March 2007)
- sire was a Grade 1-placed router (10-7-2-1, $116,955, 2-3 at two, 6-8 in dirt sprints)
- sire is 258-1547 (17%) with juvenile runners
- dam was stakes-placed (13-5-0-2, $102,480, unraced at two, 5-11 in dirt sprints)
- dam has four foals of racing age, four runners, three winners, three juvenile runners, no juvenile winners
- dam a half-sister to stakes-winner Chachagua (32-8-3-7, $166,968, 1-2 at two, 2-5 in dirt sprints), and stakes-placed sprinter Carson’s Baby (17-4-1-2, $90,950, 2-4 at two, 4-14 in dirt sprints)
- trainer is 0-4 with second-time juveniles adding Lasix for the first time
- trainer is 0-2 with that angle at Saratoga
- worked a furlong in 10.40 prior to the March sale

Analysis:
Dominic Galluscio gears his horses up for the Saratoga meet, and his AMEZCUA’S PLAY is by a top first-out sire. The dam is a half-sister to the fleet sprinter Buffalo Dan (111 Beyer top), and Galluscio teamed up with Kent Desormeaux for Only a Vision’s debut win at the Belmont Spring Meet (9-2 odds, Lasix on). Galluscio had two juvenile debut winners here in 2005, and sent out 18-1 first-out winner Don’t Mind Me last summer.
Entrymate POP’S PRINCESS is by a young sire that’s had a great deal of success with debut runners, and the Galluscio – Rafael Bejarano duo owns a flat bet profit since the beginning of last year. BEST CROSSING attracts Edgar Prado for capable, albeit struggling barn. She is bred both sides for speed, and the dam has thrown some precocious runners. NICELY PUT finished clear of next-out Spa turf maiden graduate Sherine when showing high early speed in second lifetime start. She’ll be right there when they turn for home.
MYAKKA took a good deal of betting action for her debut, and also was an early presence. She finished ahead of next-out Belmont winner Bet the Diva (64 Beyer) that day, and now adds Lasix. She’ll likely press the issue from the get-go. SAND AND SONG chased Bet the Diva in both lifetime starts, but couldn’t keep up. A hot early pace could set up her kick, but she may want a bit more ground.

Selections:
1. Amezcua’s Play
2. Pop’s Princess
3. Best Crossing

The play: The Galluscio entry to win at 5-2 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): 22-3-9 (-$21.80)