08/05/2006 11:00PM

Spa Babies for Monday, August 7


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.

Race 2

5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
Purse $47,000


REGAL OFFICER had the misfortune to tackle 99 Beyer winner Soaring By in his career debut, then didn't seem to like getting dirt kicked back in his face when earning an 80 Beyer in his second lifetime start. Equipped with blinkers last time out, he ran into a highly-touted buzzsaw named Pegasus Wind. His sire is destined to become an extremely precocious influence, and Officer has already sired a first-turf winner. This is a very contentious heat so it may pay to go with a price horse. STORM FORCE has a wonderful pedigree, being by the great Storm Cat out of a Mr. Prospector mare. Kin to graded stakes winners Storm Surge and Boston Common, Storm Force must overcome a bad habit of breaking slowly. Lukas is only 1-23 with juveniles trying turf for the first time over the last five years. THUNDER RISING is bred both sides for turf, and the barn has had great success with grass runners in the past. It is worth noting, however, that Jimmy Toner is only 1-32 with debuting juveniles over the past five years. MR. GOODKAT showed excellent early speed in his debut, and receives a major rider switch. He's working well for this, and should improve. MONTJULEPS passed tired horses after a slow start in his career debut. He's another getting a major rider switch. THREE LIONS is a Pletcher/Velazquez production while CHEROKEE FLARE goes out for Juddmonte/Frankel. Must respect the connections, but the works aren't that impressive.

Race 4

5 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight (New York Breds)
Purse $47,000.


Pat Biancone has been slumping of late with his babies, but we all know that he can fire with a firster, and INDIAN CAMP is by an exciting young sire out of a half to Grade 2 juvenile winner Greater Good. He shows a solid workout pattern of long drills followed by a quick blowout from the gate, and he should show speed in this spot. ZIP TO THE CITY attracts John Velazquez for underrated debut barn, and his sire, City Zip, gets quick babies. It's good to see the recent 5 furlong works on the tab. His entrymate and workmate, GALAXY EXPRESS, is also by City Zip. This one has license to be a runner, but is mired on the also-eligible list. MOTOR WEST is an early foal showing solid works for a master horseman while FAHRENHEIT WILD debuts with Lasix for underrated outfit.

The Play: Indian Camp to Win (2-1 or more).