07/27/2006 11:00PM

Spa Babies for July 29

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Welcome to Spa Babies! Saratoga is famous for its top-notch racing for two-year-olds so I'll break down the numbers for every juvenile maiden race at the meet in the hope of finding a winner, and perhaps, a future star.

July 29, 2006 - Race 2
6 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-olds
Purse $47,000.

1. Piggott (Tale of the Cat - Forest Garden, by Woodman)
Foal date: February 4, 2004
Foal state: Kentucky
Auction history: Withdrawn weanling (Keeneland September 2004), $245,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton August 2005), Out yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: Karakorum Splendor (11-5-2-0, $346,854, multiple stakes winner, 2-5 at 2).
Sire race record: 9-5-1-2, $360,900, Grade 2 winner
Sire win percentage with juveniles: 104-491 (21%)
Dam race record: 21-1-5-1, $27,658, won sprinting in the mud
Dam production record: 5 foals, 5 runners, 4 winners, 4 juvenile runners, 1 juvenile winner
Trainer 5-year record with juveniles (overall): 10-161 (6%), $0.60 ROI
Trainer 5-year record with second-time juveniles on dirt with Lasix: 1-24 (4%), $1.18 ROI
Trainer 5-year-record with juveniles at Saratoga: 1-38 (3%), $0.75 ROI
Family facts: Second dam a half to Doneraile Court (16-6-3-2, $361,410, Grade 2 winner, 2-5 at 2). Third dam was Grade 1-placed at 2.
Workout analysis: None

2. First Defence (Unbridled's Song - Honest Lady, by Seattle Slew)
Foal date: February 8, 2004
Foal state: Kentucky
Auction history: None
Notable siblings: Phantom Rose (1-1-0-0, $32,143, stakes winner in France)
Sire race record: 12-5-4-0, $1,311,800, multiple Grade 1 winner, 2yo debut winner
Sire win percentage with juvenile firsters: 24-154 (16%)
Dam race record: 15-6-3-2, $894,168, Grade 1 winner, 2yo debut winner
Dam production record: 2 foals, 2 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 1 juvenile winner
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 9-62 (15$), $1.47 ROI
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 5-37 (14%), $1.09 ROI
Trainer 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 0-5 (0%)
Family facts: Dam a half to Chester House (Grade 1 winner on turf), Decarchy (Grade 2 winner on turf), Chiselling (Grade 1 winner on turf), and Empire Maker (multiple Grade 1 winner, 2yo debut winner). Second dam was Grade 1 winner on turf. Third dam was Grade 2 winner.
Workout analysis: July 7 workout matches up with barn's 2yo Les Grands Trois (won debut on July 20 by 9 lengths with 83 Beyer). Several workouts match unraced 2yo Cherokee Flare (Cherokee Run - True Flare, by Capote, bred by Juddmonte Farms).

3. Starting Edition (Jump Star - Timeless Edition, by Timeless Moment)
Foal date: January 27, 2004
Foal state: Minnesota
Auction history: $90,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton July 2005), $85,000 RNA juvenile (Fasig-Tipton February 2006)
Notable siblings: Playful Edition (11-3-4-2, $72,788, stakes winner), Just a Blumin Doll (8-1-2-0, $26,671, 2yo stakes winner)
Sire race record: 5-2-1-0, $221,265, Grade 2 winner at 2, debut winner
Sire win percentage with juveniles: 1-12 (8%)
Dam race record: 34-5-4-5, $32,265, 4 wins routing
Dam production record: 5 foals, 3 runners, 2 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 1 juvenile winner
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 12-132 (9%), $1.54 ROI
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 3-28 (11%), $1.05 ROI
Trainer 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 4-35 (11%), $3.16 ROI
Family facts: Second dam a multiple stakes winner.
Workout analysis: Worked 1 furlong in 11.20, and 2 furlongs in 22.60 at the February sale.

4. Pegasus Wind (Fusaichi Pegasus - Ride the Wind, by Meadowlake)
Foal date: May 3, 2004
Foal state: Kentucky
Auction history: $90,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2004), $300,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: Ryejee's Dancer (12-2-1-3, 61,720, stakes placed at 2)
Sire race record: 9-6-2-0, $1,994,400, Grade 1 winner.
Sire win percentage with juveniles: 27-119 (23%)
Dam race record: 13-5-3-2, $118,089, stakes-placed, 2yo debut winner, all wins sprinting
Dam production record: 7 foals, 6 runners, 4 winners, 5 juvenile runners, 2 juvenile winners
Trainer 5-year record with juveniles (overall): 97-788 (12%), $1.03 ROI
Trainer 5-year record with second-time juveniles on dirt with blinkers and without Lasix: 3-29 (10%), $0.94 ROI
Trainer 5-year-record with juveniles at Saratoga: 15-139 (11%), $0.99 ROI
Family facts: Dam cost $27,000 as yearling, and $65,000 as juvenile. Dam is a half to Parrott Bay (40-8-6-5, $398,321, Grade 3-placed), and Young Star (21-5-4-5, $168,966, stakes-winner, 2yo winner). Second dam was stakes-winner and debut winner. Third dam was stakes-placed. Fourth dam was Group 3-placed in France.
Workout analysis: None

5. Most Distinguished (Dixie Union - Stylish Storm, by Storm Bird)
Foal date: January 24, 2006
Foal state: Kentucky
Auction history: $220,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2004), $500,000 yearling (Fasig-Tipton August)
Notable siblings: None
Sire race record: 12-7-3-0, $1,233,190, multiple Grade 1 winner, 2yo debut winner
Sire win percentage with juveniles firsters: 5-65 (8%)
Dam race record: 5-0-1-0, $3,135, placed on turf in England
Dam production record: 2 foals, 2 runners, 2 winners, 0 juvenile runners
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 14-184 (8%), $1.10 ROI
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 13-154 (8%), $1.04 ROI
Trainer 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 6-72 (8%), $1.23 ROI
Family facts: Dam a half to Boodgie Boy (33-4-5-2, $60,027, multiple stakes-placed at 2, debut winner), and Radu Cool (20-9-3-1, $572,218, Grade 2 winner, 2yo winner). Family of multiple Grade 1 winner It's In The Air.
Workout analysis: June 30 workout matches up with barn's 3yo Dram (56 Beyer in only start last year).

6. Regal Officer (Officer - Regal Snicker, by Regal Classic)
Foal date: February 16, 2004
Foal state: Kentucky
Auction history: $95,000 weanling (Fasig-Tipton November 2004)
Notable siblings: None
Sire race record: 9-6-1-1, $804,090, Grade 1 winner at 2, debut winner
Sire win percentage with juveniles: 8-32 (25%)
Dam race record: 9-2-1-0, $91,542, stakes-placed router.
Dam production record: This is her first foal
Trainer 5-year record with juveniles (overall): 0-3
Trainer 5-year record with juveniles on dirt with Lasix and adding blinkers: No stats
Trainer 5-year-record with juveniles at Saratoga: No stats
Family facts: Dam a half to Star Cutter (Group 2 winner in Italy),
Workout analysis: None

7. Monsieur Fruchon (Mr. Greeley - Charette, by Chief's Crown)
Foal date: May 6, 2004
Foal state: Kentucky
Auction history: $75,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: Powder (11-4-3-2, $129,735, stakes-winning sprinter)
Sire race record: 16-5-6-0, 474,452, multiple Grade 3 winner, 2-6 at 2
Sire win percentage with juvenile firsters: 23-216 (11%)
Dam race record: 14-4-1-2, $57,049, 2yo winner on turf in Ireland
Dam production record: 7 foals, 5 runners, 2 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 0 juvenile winners
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 15-50 (30%), $2.43 ROI
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters on dirt without Lasix: 13-46 (28%), $2.11 ROI
Trainer 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 6-18 (33%), $2.46 ROI
Family facts: Dam half to Salem Drive (44-12-7-10, $903,586, multiple Grade 2 winner, 2yo winner), Lac Ouimet (40-12-8-3, $817,863, multiple Grade 2 winner), Norberto (Group 1-placed in France), St. Jovite (multiple Group 1 winner in Europe, 2yo winner), L'Carriere (22-8-4-2, $1,326,175, Grade 3 winner, all wins routing), Laurentide (Group 3-placed in England), and Sun Princessa (5-2-1-1, stakes-placed routing).
Workout analysis: June 28 workout matches up with barn's 3yo In A Flash (87 Beyer over Polytrack).

8. Wallstreetcorredor (El Corredor - Glitzi's Capote, by Capote)
Foal date: January 27. 2004
Foal state: Kentucky Auction history: $165,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: None
Sire race record: 10-7-1-0, $727,920, Grade 1 winner, 2yo winner
Sire win percentage with juvenile firsters: 5-40 (13%)
Dam race record: 20-1-3-3, $41,680, won on turf, 0-2 at 2
Dam production record: This is her first foal.
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 15-101 (15%), $2.20 ROI
Trainer 5-year record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 11-74 (15%), $2.22 ROI
Trainer 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 8-31 (26%), $2.94 ROI
Family facts: Dam a half to Sarah Lane's Oates (77-21-11-10, $888,295, multiple turf stakes-winner, 0-6 at 2), Glitzi's Deputy (27-2-5-4, $58,682, 2yo stakes-winner), Glitzi's Classic (13-3-4-1, $94,855, stakes-winner, 0-3 at 2). Second dam was multiple stakes-winner at 2 as well as debut winner. Third dam was Group 1 winner in Argentina.
Workout analysis: July 21 work matches barn's 2yo Hostile Takeover (finished fifth in debut on Wednesday with 64 Beyer).

9. Bullara (Holy Bull - Gandhara, by Kris S.)
Foal date: February 27, 2004
Foal state: Florida
Auction history: $72,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton July 2005), out yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: None
Sire race record: 16-13-0-0, $2,481,760, multiple Grade 1 winner, 2yo debut winner
Sire win percentage with juveniles: 70-569 (12%)
Dam race record: 7-1-0-2, $31,825, won routing
Dam production record: 4 foals, 4 runners, 1 winner, 2 juvenile runners, 0 juvenile winners.
Trainer 5-year record with juveniles (overall): 268-995 (27%), $1.80 ROI
Trainer 5-year record with juveniles on dirt with Lasix: 213-785 (27%), $1.76 ROI
Trainer 5-year-record with juveniles at Saratoga: 45-178 (25%), $1.99 ROI
Family facts: Dam a half to Miss Keat (multiple Group 1 winner in Argentina), Bumi Bay (Group 2 winner in Argentina), and Anh Duong (12-3-1-1, $151,120, Grade 1 winner at 2).
Workout analysis: July 24 workout matches barn's 3yo filly Summer Palace (72 Beyer top).

Analysis:
MONSIEUR FRUCHON has tons of stamina and grass breeding on the bottom of his pedigree, but Pat Biancone is a wizard with young horses, and this colt shows solid workouts over the Polytrack surface at Turfway Park. The late foal gets a tepid nod in a contentious race. REGAL OFFICER has some ability. He faced a very promising juvenile named Soaring By in his debut, then seemed to dislike getting dirt kicked back in his face on July 13. He rallied belatedly behind Pletcher firster Air Lord that day, and galloped out with gusto. He should show better focus adding blinkers, and will offer betting value. BULLARA is a Pletcher-Velazquez baby with good numbers, but he's likely to be overbet, and may be forced wide from far outside post. FIRST DEFENCE has a beautiful pedigree, but may want a bit more ground. MOST DISTINGUISHED may do better with experience and distance.

The Bet: Monsieur Fruchon to win and place (3-1 odds or better).