Updated on 09/18/2011 12:38AM

Spa Babies for July 31


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.

Detailed statistical data will return for Wednesday's card.

Race 2
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-old fillies
Purse $48,000.

Both of Billy Mott's runners are by Dynaformer out of full sisters to multiple graded winner Boundary (an underrated turf sire in his own right). VALENTINE VERSE shows a solid 5 furlong workout around the dogs for her debut. Entrymate BLOCK shares the same 5 furlong work time as Equal, the beaten favorite in Sunday's second race. Equal did earn a 65 Beyer while running greenly, however, and Block figures to show some ability. Todd Pletcher sent out a debut winner on the grass on Sunday, and he'll try to repeat the feat with BRUSHED GOLD. This is the first foal out of a half to Grade 3 winner Thunder Kitten, and her second dam, Nastique, was a very solid racemare. Brushed Gold has enough pedigree to appreciate this distance. ENCHANTAL took lots of money for her debut, and sire War Chant excels with first-time turf runners. Her barn sent out a live firster on the grass here on Sunday. PAY WRIGHT showed speed in Keeneland debut, and adds Lasix for underrated barn. She may be the one to catch.

The Bet: The Mott entry to Win and Place (7-2 odds or more)

Race 4
5 1/2 Furlongs
Maiden Claiming ($75,000)
Purse $75,000.

BROOKER D goes out for a barn that sent out a pair of juvenile debut winners here in 2005, and one of those runners prevailed in a maiden claiming race. Bred for speed on both sides of the pedigree, he sold for $40,000 as a yearling before going for $70,000 earlier this season. INCA KING showed good speed in a race won by 99 Beyer victor Soaring By, and should be tighter for his second start of the form cycle. Barn has sent out a live baby at the meet, and their charge should show strong early speed in this spot. FRIEND OF MAE also showed high speed in his debut, and may ultimately prove the one to catch. He should appreciate dropping in with maiden claimers. B L'S PAPA COO COO is by a promising young sire while COMMANDER'S CHOICE held gamely in the slop in first try off short layoff.

The Bet: Brooker D to Win and Place (6-1 odds or more)

Race 6
5 1/2 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight (New York Breds)
Purse $47,000.

WHAT A TALE breezed an eighth of a mile in 10:20 before selling for a whopping $750,000 at the Keeneland April sale. He'll debut for a barn that excels with young horses, and sire Tale of the Cat is an extremely precocious influence. Trainer Pat Biancone sent out a juvenile winner here on the first day of the meet. What a Tale also sold for $575,000 as a yearling. STORY BOND goes out for a barn that sent out a 16-1 first-out winner and a 46-1 debut winner here over the last five meets. There's class on the bottom of the pedigree. ZIP ON BY is bred for speed on both sides of the pedigree, and shows quick works at Finger Lakes. CHIEF'S LAKE debuts for excellent first-out barn, but must deal with sometimes-intimidating inside post position. GATTO DOMANI shows a gap in his work tab. DEVILISH TOM may be able to grab a slice at a price.

The Bet: What a Tale to Win and Place (9-5 odds or more).