08/11/2006 11:00PM

Spa Babies for Sunday, August 13


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.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Race 2


AWESOME ASHLEY is by a solid debut sire out of a multiple Grade 1 winner that broke her maiden at two. She goes out for connections that have already sent out three juvenile debut winners at the meet, and the August 6 workout went .02 seconds slower than Todd Pletcher's three-year-old stakes filly Adieu. This doesn't look like the strongest baby race in the world so she rates the call despite the dam's disappointing produce record. SOMETHINGABOUTYOU almost overcame a poor start to become a Spa Babies winner at 40-1, and it's great to see that she came back to work five furlongs after that race. She has the experience edge, and it's very important that she has a race over the track. BITTER LEMON showed good speed in her debut at Belmont over a muddy strip, and might be the one to catch once again from the rail. HIGH AGAIN goes out for barn that has disappointed a bit with juveniles at the meet. BROWN BUTTER is by high-percentage debut sire, but only sold for $10,000 earlier this year. STEEL MILLIE was no match for Somethingaboutyou in career debut. RUBY CROWN goes out for barn that has done well with baby firsters at the meet, but she may want a bit more ground

The Bet: Awesome Ashley - Somethingaboutyou exacta.

Race 4


INQUISITIVE is a half to multiple grade 1 winner Finder's Fee out of Grade 1 heroine Fantastic Find, and her sire gives plenty of turf ability to the pedigree. The July 14 breeze at Belmont matches up with Shug's three-year-old filly Dancing Forever, a turf winner in Saturday's finale. Inquisitive draws a cozy inside post, and may work out a nice ground-saving, pace-tracking trip under Edgar Prado. STREET GUY is a half to Kentucky Oaks winner Gal in a Ruckus by a promising young turf sire. The July 27 breeze matches up with Albertrani's older filly Calla Lily (87 turf Beyer). He seems well-prepared for this, and the barn's runners have been live at the meet. SPY IN THE SKY takes the worst of it from a post position perspective, but he has a strong turf pedigree. He is a half to a British stakes-winner, and the dam was also precocious on the turf in Europe. Thunder Gulch can get a good turf runner. FERNANDO PO makes the important two sprints to a route move for the third start of the form cycle, and he chased a runaway winner last time out. Don't be surprised if he shows good early speed, and his sire was undefeated at two on the turf. His dam was Group 1-placed at two on turf in Argentina. Both BLAZING DYNAMO and KON KRETE KID have solid turf bloodlines, but are stuck on the also-eligible list, and may have to wait for another day.

The Bet: Inquisitive to Win (7-2 odds ore more).