Updated on 09/18/2011 12:34AM

Spa Babies for Wednesday, July 26

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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 26, 2006 - Race 5
5 + Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight
2-year-olds
Purse $47,000.

1. Golden Age (Seeking the Gold - Dixie Holiday, by Dixieland Band)
Foal date: March 24, 2004
Auction history: $450,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: Holiday Runner (14-4-3-2, multiple stakes-winner at 2, debut winner)
Sire's race record: 15-8-6-0, $2,307,000, multiple Grade 1 winner, 1-1 as juvenile.
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 38-173 (22%)
Dam's race record: 21-4-4-3, $101,781, unraced at 2, all wins sprinting.
Dam's production record: 2 runners, 2 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 1 juvenile winner, 1 juvenile debut winner.
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 18-76 (24%), $2.62 ROI
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 5-18 (28%), $3.23 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 3-12 (25%), $2.07 ROI
Family facts: Dam a half-sister to Stately Warrior (72-8-9-13, $373,303, multiple stakes-placed). Dam is a full sister to Saints Go Marching (14-3-1-2, $63,449, stakes-placed, juvenile debut winner). Second dam was Grade 3 winner at 2 as well as a debut winner. Third dam was a Grade 2 winner at 2. Fourth dam was a multiple stakes-winner. Fifth dam was a stakes-winner. Seeking the Gold - Dixieland Band "nick" produced multiple Grade 1 winner Dream Supreme
Workout analysis: July 14, July 20 workouts match up with Silver Fountain (2yo filly by Forest Wildcat - Cordoba, by Unbridled, bred by Buckram Oak Farm).

1a. Pacific Sun (Forest Camp - Last in Time, by Time to Explode)
Foal date: March 19, 2004
Auction history: Withdrawn weanling (Keeneland November 2004), Out short yearling (Keeneland January 2005), $190,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: Bright Time (15-4-2-2, $196,516, Grade 3 winner, juvenile debut winner)
Sire's race record: 11-4-2-0, $339,984, Grade 2 winner at 2, juvenile debut winner
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 10-38 (26%)
Dam's race record: 58-8-4-10, $105,789, stakes-placed at 2.
Dam's production record: 3 runners, 2 winners, 3 juvenile runners, 1 juvenile winner
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 18-76 (24%), $2.62 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters on dirt without Lasix: 13-54 (24%), $2.61 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 3-12 (25%), $2.07 ROI
Family facts: Second dam is half-sister to stakes-placed At Twilight (26-4-7-2, $40,715) and Bob's Nite Out (94-17-17-7. $119,163)
Workout analysis: July 17 workout .04 seconds slower than barn's Bad Boy Rising (juvenile finished second in July 3 debut with 58 Beyer).

2. Northern Duke (Cape Town - Northern Guide, by Northern Baby)
Foal date: April 11, 2004
Auction history: $62,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005), $160,000 juvenile (OBS March 2006)
Notable siblings: None
Sire's race record: 12-5-1-1, $795,817, Grade 1 winner, 3-6 as juvenile
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 15-91 (16%)
Dam's race record: 20-3-2-3, $52,291, stakes-placed, unraced at 2, all wins sprinting.
Dam's production record: 5 runners, 5 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 1 juvenile winner, at least 1 debut winner (on turf)
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 89-374 (24%), $1.73 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters on dirt without Lasix: 70-298 (23%), $1.63 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 16-86 (19%), $1.22 ROI
Family facts: Dam is half-sister to Corporate Fund (15-5-5-1, $99,510, Grade 3-placed sprinter). Second dam was a stakes-winner. Third dam was a multiple stakes-winner.
Workout analysis: Worked 2 furlongs in 21.40 at the March sale. July 15 workout was .04 seconds slower than barn's India (3-year-old filly with 95 Beyer top), and equaled the time of Almonsoon (3-year-old filly with 88 Beyer top).

3. City Snitch (Carson City - Cochet Cochet, by Clever Trick)
Foal date: February 18, 2004
Auction history: $250,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005), $245,000RNA (Barretts March 2006).
Notable siblings: None
Sire's race record: 15-6-2-0, $306,240, multiple Grade 2 winner, juvenile debut winner.
Sire's win percentage with juveniles: 283-1391 (20%)
Dam's race record: 3-0-0-0, unraced at 2.
Dam's production record: 4 runners, 3 winners, 3 juvenile runners, 1 juvenile winner.
Trainer's 5-year record with juveniles (overall): 45-155 (29%), $1.94 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with second-time starter juveniles on dirt adding Lasix and removing blinkers: No record.
Trainer's 5-year-record with juveniles at Saratoga: 14-42 (33%), $2.17 ROI
Family facts: Dam cost $27,000 as a yearling. Dam is a half-sister to Spring Itch (21-3-6-2, $47,363, multiple stakes-placed), and Marshua's Echelon (13-9-2-0, Grade 3 winner, juvenile debut winner). Dam is a full sister to Lady Clever Trick (32-10-3-2, $184,906, multiple stakes-winner).
Workout analysis: Worked 1 furlong in 10 seconds flat at juvenile sale. July 5 workout matches barn's 3-year-old filly Lady of Venice (101 Beyer on turf). July 12 workout matches barn's 3-year-old filly Trick's Pic (73 Beyer on dirt).

4. Sixthirteen (Dixie Union - Mandy's Classic, by Sky Classic)
Foal date: February 2, 2004
Auction history: $200,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: None
Sire's race record: 12-7-3-0, $1,233,190, multiple Grade 1 winner, juvenile debut winner
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 5-64 (8%)
Dam's race record: 7-1-3-0, $31,560, placed in only start at 2, won sprinting.
Dam's production record: This is her first foal.
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 7-40 (18%), $2.48 ROI.
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 7-31 (23%), $3.21 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 0-9 (0%)
Family facts: Dam is a half-sister to Matula (36-7-7-6, $154,794, stakes-winner in Germany), and to Mandy's Gold (24-11-4-6, $1,081,743, Grade 1 winner, juvenile debut winner). Second dam was Grade 3-placed in Italy. Third dam was juvenile stakes-placed.
Workout analysis: July 21 work was .04 seconds faster than barn's 3-year-old Star Dabbler (97 Beyer). July 4 work was .02 seconds slower than barn's 2-year-old All in C. J. (finished second in debut on July 19 with 43 Beyer). June 23 work matches barn's 4-year-old Carson's Band (62 dirt Beyer top, better on grass).

5. First Degree (Forest Camp - Taegu, by Halo)
Foal date: February 9, 2004
Auction history: Withdrawn weanling (Keeneland November 2004), $1,000,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005).
Notable siblings: Classic Elegance (7-3-0-1, $204,006, Grade 2 winner at 2, debut winner).
Sire's race record: 11-4-2-0, $339,984, Grade 2 winner at 2, juvenile debut winner
Sire's win percentage with juveniles: 22-96 (23%)
Dam's race record: 6-1-0-0, $16,092, won on turf.
Dam's production record: 2 runners, 1 winner, 2 juvenile runners, 1 juvenile winner.
Trainer's 5-year record with juveniles (overall): 97-790 (12%), $1.02 ROI.
Trainer's 5-year-record with second-time juvenile starters on dirt adding Lasix: 8-38 (21%), $2.17 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juveniles at Saratoga: 15-141 (11%), $0.98 ROI.
Family facts: Dam is a half-sister to Yukon Robbery (41-8-12-5, $456,321, multiple stakes-winner, multiple winner at 2), Kumhwa (36-6-6-5, $155,058, stakes-winner, 0-2 at 2), and Chorwon (44-13-7-8, $1,161,793, Grade 3 winner, unraced at 2). Second dam was stakes-placed (won debut at 2).
Workout analysis: July 17 work matches barn's 2-year-old Flashstorm (66 Beyer top). July 10 work matches barn's 3-year-old Antrim County (finished ninth in 'N1X' allowance at Churchill on July 16 with 66 Beyer).

6. Sweet Strawberry (Treasure Cove - Rosa, by Strawberry Road)
Foal date: May 10, 2004
Auction history: None
Notable siblings: None
Sire's race record: 7-1-1-2, $48,420, 0-3 at 2, won routing in mud
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 0-15 (0%)
Dam's race record: 11-1-0-1, $26,984, won on turf at 2.
Dam's production record: 3 runners, 3 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 0 juvenile winners.
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 0-20 (0%)
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters on dirt without Lasix: 0-10 (0%)
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 0-2 (0%)
Family facts: Third dam is a half-sister to Obeah (46-11-13-3, $387,299, multiple stakes-winner, dam of four blacktype earners including champion Go For Wand).
Workout analysis: July 21 gate work matches unraced 2-year-old Fun Senor (Treasure Cove - Fun Senorita, by Senor Speedy, bred by Robert Perez).

7. Mt. Orient (Orientate - Bonnie Byerly, by Dayjur)
Foal date: March 11, 2004
Auction history: Out weanling (Keeneland November 2004), $54,000 short yearling (Keeneland January 2005), $190,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005).
Notable siblings: Diabolical (11-4-4-1, $230,850, stakes-winner, juvenile debut winner)
Sire's race record: 19-10-3-0, $1,716,950, multiple Grade 1 winner, 0-2 at 2.
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 3-13 (23%)
Dam's race record: 3-0-0-1, $3,400, raced exclusively at 2.
Dam's production record: 1 runner, 1 winner, 1 juvenile runner, 1 juvenile winner, 1 juvenile debut winner.
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 6-58 (10%), $1.57 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 4-34 (12%), $1.25 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 2-17 (12%), $1.69 ROI
Family facts: Dam cost $65,000 as a weanling. Second dam is Plenty of Grace (39-8-5-4, 744,499, Grade 1 winner on turf, 0-3 at 2). Third dam was Grade 3 winner on turf. Fourth dam is half-sister to Grade 1 winner Mehmet. Family of Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Soaring Softly.
Workout analysis: July 14, 21 workouts match up with barn's 3-year-old Out of Rock (77 Beyer top).

8. Hostile Takeover (Dixie Union - Catumbella, by Diesis)
Foal date: February 8, 2004
Auction history: $250,000 yearling (Keeneland September 2005)
Notable siblings: Honor in War (35-10-5-7, $1,151,927, Grade 1 winner on turf, 2-3 at 2).
Sire's race record: 12-7-3-0, $1,233,190, multiple Grade 1 winner, juvenile debut winner
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 5-64 (8%)
Dam's race record: 12-2-2-4, $64,912, both wins on grass
Dam's production record: 2 runners, 2 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 1 juvenile winner.
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 15-100 (15%), $2.22 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 11-73 (15%), $2.25 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 8-30 (27%), $3.04 ROI
Family facts: Second dam is half-sister to Al Mamoon (Grade 1 winner), Baranof (Group 3-placed in France), La Gueriere (Grade 1 winner), Caspian Tern (stakes-placed in England), Lost Soldier (Grade 3 winner), Born Wild (multiple stakes-winner), Long War (stakes-winner), and Lord of Warriors (multiple stakes-winner in Hong Kong). Third dam was Group 3-placed in Ireland. Fourth dam was multiple stakes-winner at 2. Fifth dam was multiple stakes-winner. Sixth dam was stakes-winner. Direct descendant of La Troienne.
Workout analysis: More than one workout matches up with unraced 2-year-olds Privatization (Siphon - Belonging, by Exclusive Native) and Chita Tycoon (Cat Thief - School of Deelites, by Afternoon Deelites).

9. Consecration (Pulpit - Deed I Do, by Alydeed)
Foal date: April 3, 2004
Auction history: None
Notable siblings: None.
Sire's race record: 6-4-1-0, $728,200, multiple Grade 2 winner, unraced at 2.
Sire's win percentage with juveniles: 50-312 (16%)
Dam's race record: 15-5-2-2, $216,648, Grade 2-placed, juvenile debut winner.
Dam's production record: This is her first foal.
Trainer's 5-year record with juveniles (overall): 28-142 (20%), $1.54 ROI.
Trainer's 5-year-record with second-time juvenile starters on dirt with Lasix: 5-22 (23%), $0.80 ROI.
Trainer's 5-year-record with juveniles at Saratoga: 5-32 (16%), $2.34 ROI.
Family facts: Dam cost $210,000 as juvenile. Second dam is half-sister Raja's Revenge (multiple Grade 3 winner 4-9 at 2), and Northern Cyclone (multiple stakes-placed, juvenile debut winner).
Workout analysis: July 22 workout matches barn's 3-year-old filly Inda (78 Beyer top).

10. Trip to the Bank (Trippi - Valid Silk, by Valid Appeal)
Foal date: March 1, 2004
Auction history: $165,000 juvenile (OBS February 2006)
Notable siblings: Rocky River (13-4-1-3, $127,220, juvenile stakes-winner, won debut)
Sire's race record: 14-7-1-2, $666,220, Grade 1 winner, unraced at 2.
Sire's win percentage with juveniles: 26-152 (17%)
Dam's race record: 8-2-2-0, $45,400, unraced at 2, both wins sprinting.
Dam's production record: 4 runners, 3 winners, 3 juvenile runners, 1 juvenile winner.
Trainer's 5-year record with juveniles (overall): 18-172 (10%), $1.21 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile starters on dirt with Lasix: 15-145 (10%), $1.00 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juveniles at Saratoga: 1-22 (5%), $0.60 ROI
Family facts: Dam is half-sister to Silk Broker (Grade 2-placed juvenile), and Razor (multiple stakes-winner, 2-4 at 2). Second dam is stakes-winner (1-3 at 2). Second dam half to On to Royalty (Grade 2 winner, juvenile debut winner (dam of Preakness winner Louis Quatorze). From the family of Nashua.
Workout analysis: July 20 workout was .07 seconds slower than barn's 3-year-old Paullinus (won off-the-turf maiden special weight on July 22 with 81 Beyer).

11. Media City (Forest Camp - Holy Love, by Holy Bull)
Foal date: April 18, 2004
Auction history: $140,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2004), $160,000RNA yearling (Keeneland September 2005), $650,000 juvenile (OBS February 2006).
Notable siblings: None.
Sire's race record: 11-4-2-0, $339,984, Grade 2 winner at 2, juvenile debut winner
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 10-38 (26%)
Dam's race record: Unraced.
Dam's production record: 2 runners, 2 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 0 juvenile winners.
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 15-92 (16%), $1.25 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters on dirt with Lasix: 15-90 (17%), $1.28 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 2-7 (29%), $1.30 ROI
Family facts: Dam is half-sister to Delta Love (13-6-2-1, multiple stakes-winner on turf). Second dam was Grade 3 winner. Fourth dam was stakes-placed at 2. Fifth dam was multiple stakes-winner. Family of Rare Treat and Jaipur.
Workout analysis: Was the OBS sale-topper after breezing 1 furlong in 10.20. More than one workout matches up with unraced 3-year-old Touchdown (Grand Slam - Majestic Legend, by His Majesty) as well as 2-year-old Song of Pirates (Unbridled's Song - Rhum, by Go for Gin). June 23 workout matches barn's juvenile Maxey Boy (second in career debut on July 13 with 89 Beyer).

12. Philomatt (Matty G - Gold Day, by Seeking the Gold)
Foal date: March 23, 2004
Auction history: $40,000 weanling (Keeneland November 2004), $150,000 juvenile (Fasig-Tipton February 2006).
Notable siblings: None.
Sire's race record: 19-4-1-2, $443,275, Grade 1 winner at 2.
Sire's win percentage with juvenile firsters: 8-84 (10%)
Dam's race record: 8-0-0-2, unraced at 2.
Dam's production record: 2 runners, 2 winners, 1 juvenile runner, 0 juvenile winners.
Trainer's 5-year record with juvenile firsters (overall): 14-100 (14%), $2.70 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters on dirt without Lasix: 8-36 (22%), $5.37 ROI
Trainer's 5-year-record with juvenile firsters at Saratoga: 2-21 (10%), $3.33 ROI
Family facts: Dam is half-sister to Brian's Time (multiple Grade 1 winner, won at 2), Rebounding Thrill (stakes-placed, unraced at 2), Floramera (Grade 3-placed, unraced at 2), Storm Day (Grade 3-placed, 0-1 at 2), and Ellie's Moment (stakes-winner, juvenile debut winner). Second dam was Grade 2-placed.
Workout analysis: Worked 1 furlong in 10.60 at the juvenile sale. June 30 work went .02 seconds faster than barn's 4-year-old filly Special Time (vanned off after turf run on July 16, only dirt race a loss over the all-weather at Lingfield).

Analysis
It wouldn't be a baby race in New York without a live Todd Pletcher-trained runner, and NORTHERN DUKE should show speed from his inside post. The son of Cape Town owns solid five furlong works in preparation for his debut, and looms a danger if able to get away cleanly. MEDIA CITY can probably run a little bit. The OBSFEB06 sale-topper, he shows excellent workouts for a barn that cranks their babies up for Saratoga. Sire Forest Camp is an extremely precocious influence, and Media City should come out running for the powerful Darley Stable. CONSECRATION showed good early speed in a very quick maiden heat at Belmont Park, but there are others in here with designs on the front. TRIP TO THE BANK may well be the speed of the speed, but he's still a bit green coming out of the gate. CITY SNITCH took all the money for his career debut at Churchill Downs, and he suffered from a poor trip. This barn excels with young horses.
The bet: Northern Duke to Win and Place plus an exacta box with Northern Duke, Media City, and Consecration.

Race 9
6 Furlongs
Schuylerville Stakes (Grade 3)
2-year-old fillies
Purse $100,000.

Analysis:
DESIRE TO EXCEL is the only multi-winner in the field, and she should be able to stalk a blazing pace while racing in the clear. She earned a huge Beyer Speed Figure in taking the Astoria, and the recent bullet work at Monmouth allays fears of a bounce. The daughter of the fleet stakes-winner Ayrial Delight should be running hard in the stretch. CHIEF OFFICER couldn't have been more impressive whipping statebred maidens in her debut, and the Bill Mott barn is on fire. Chief Officer will likely be under the gun from the inside post, however, and a speed duel could doom her win chances. She also may have benefited from an inside, speed-favoring surface on June 30 at Belmont. FRANCES G ships in for an extremely underrated trainer. She is bred for speed on both sides of her pedigree, and was flattered when a pair of next-out winners emerged from her debut. She may offer some value as Todd Pletcher's babies, Audacious Chloe and Cotton Blossom may take a good deal of money.
The bet: Exacta box with Desire to Excel, Chief Officer and Frances G.