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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014

Breeding & Sales News

Big Drama colt brings $230,000 at OBS

A Florida-bred colt from the first crop of 2010 champion sprinter Big Drama brought $230,000 from owner George Bolton on Monday at the selected session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August Sale of Yearlings. Touring the ring as Hip No. 55, the April 30 chestnut was offered by Beth Bayer, agent.

Produced by the stakes-winning Doc's Doll (Out of Place), the session topper is half-brother to stakes winner Gator Brew (Milwaukee Brew) and the stakes-placed Montessa G (Montbrook).

Doc's Doll is herself a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Heidi Maria (Rockport Harbor) and to the dam of Sweet Whiskey (Old Fashioned), who captured the Old Hat S. (G3) and placed in the Acorn S. (G1) earlier this year.

Bayer also sold a Curlin colt to John Patitucci, Juan Vasquez, agent, for $185,000. Hip 21 is a Florida-bred foaled on April 8.

The bay was reared by Awesome Fleet (Awesome Again), a half-sister to champion and dual classic winner Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet), multiple Grade 2-placed stakes winner Unforgettable Max (Northern Afleet), and the stakes-placed Stormin Maggy (Storm Cat).

Also selling for $185,000, to Nick de Meric, agent, was a Broken Vow colt from the consignment of Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), agent. The March 10 Florida-bred sported Hip 41.

Raised by Grade 3-placed Cameron Crazies (Lion Heart), the yearling is a half-brother to Prudhoe Bay (Songandaprayer), who captured the Jersey Shore S. (G3) at Monmouth Park August 16 for his third stakes win on the year.

Also hailing from this family is Grade 1 winner Nostalgia's Star (Nostalgia) and multiple Grade 3 queen Clocks Secret (Apalachee).

On Monday, 161 head sold for $7,597,200, a decline of 1.4 percent over the corresponding session in 2013 when 143 yearlings sold for $7,705,000. The average was off 12.4 percent, from $53,881 to $47,188, while the median decline 16.7 percent, from $42,000 to $35,000.

The August Sale continues Wednesday and Thursday with open sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). For full results, visit obssales.com.

Racing Headlines

Treve works well; Cirrus des Aigles targets Prix Dollar

Treve, heroine of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, remains on course for a likely appearance in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in a little under three weeks' time after delighting trainer Criquette Head-Maarek in a workout Tuesday morning.

The Al Shaqab Racing-owned bay stretched her unbeaten record to five with a stunning performance in the Arc last autumn, but has so far failed to rediscover that form in 2014 with a second to Cirrus des Aigles in her seasonal bow in April's Prix Ganay and a third in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, after which she was found to have pulled muscles. Head-Maarek has slowly nursed her stable star back to full health and hopes she will be firing on all cylinders in the coming months.

"Treve worked this morning with three lead horses over 2000 meters and I was very happy with her," commented Head-Maarek to PA Sport. "The ground was a bit soft after all the rain, so that helped her. She seems fine, she's happy in herself and it looks like all the problems are gone, so we keep our fingers crossed."

"She is en route to either the Prix Vermeille or the Prix Foy, but I think the Vermeille is more likely."

Cirrus des Aigles is on the road to recovery with trainer Corine Barande-Barbe targeting a fourth victory in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp October 4 before a likely return to Ascot for the Champion Stakes.

The veteran gelding has been on the bench since being injured while winning the Coronation Cup at Epsom June 7, his sixth victory at the Group 1 level. The eight-year-old won the Champion in 2011 and chased home Frankel and Farhh, respectively, in the last two renewals.

"He is very well and is back doing canters," Barande-Barbe told PA Sport. "Our plan is to run in the Prix Dollar and then hopefully go back to Ascot for the Champion Stakes."

Gallante aimed for Prix Niel

Trainer Andre Fabre is keen to find out whether Gallante can develop into a realistic Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe contender by running in next month's Prix Niel at Longchamp. The Coolmore-owned colt was a 33-1 winner of the Grand Prix de Paris over the course and distance in mid-July, although the victory came as no shock to his trainer.

"His price in the Grand Prix de Paris was a bit a ridiculous, to be honest," commented Fabre to PA Sport. "He had run well in all his prep races and won a good maiden at Longchamp. It was probably one of the biggest surprises of the season in France, but I was not surprised."

Asked about a potential tilt at the Arc, Fabre remarked, "I don't think he's that good, but who knows? He will go to Longchamp next for the Prix Niel on September 14 and then we will see."

Fabre has also made plans for his two talented fillies Esoterique and Miss France, who finished first and second, respectively, in in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville at the start of the month.

"Esoterique has come out of the race fine and the plan is for her to go for the Prix du Moulin," Fabre said. "Miss France ran a good race and is a possible for the Sun Chariot at Newmarket."

Al Kazeem pondering Irish Champion

A tilt at next month's Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown could be back on the agenda for Al Kazeem after the multiple Group 1 winner got back on the winning trail in course record time in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor last Saturday. The six-year-old was put back in training after proving sub-fertile at the Royal Studs, and he returned to trainer Roger Charlton for previous owner John Deer.

"Al Kazeem did all that could have been expected from him, returning to the winner's enclosure in great style and in the process lowering the course record by 1.33 seconds which I gather is the equivalent of seven or eight lengths," commented Charlton on his website Tuesday. "He has come out of his race well and he was his normal fresh and happy self this morning. We have not ruled out the idea of returning to Leopardstown to run in the Irish Champion Stakes.

"There is also the La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte in France over a straight 10 furlongs September 19 as an alternative. He clearly needs to improve again to have any chance of adding to his three Group 1s but it is not impossible and we both like a challenge."

Al Kazeem's owner is keen to see how his charge performs for the remainder of the season before deciding on his long-term future.

"We will see how he runs next time and if all goes well, we could end up in the big one (Champion Stakes) on Champions Day at Ascot," Deer told PA Sport. "He was terrific on Saturday and it was a big relief. He obviously still has the will to win, the other question is whether he still has his old ability."

Gordon Lord Byron to Haydock Sprint Cup

Conditioner Tom Hogan is confident Gordon Lord Byron will return to Haydock in the best possible shape to defend his Haydock Sprint Cup crown September 6.

The six-year-old was a brilliant winner of last year's edition, one of three top-level victories during his career. He was found to be suffering from a back problem when disappointing in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, but looked much more like his old self following a two-month break when beaten just a nose by Jamesie in last Saturday's Renaissance Stakes at The Curragh.

"He's come out of the weekend in great shape and we're hoping he'll improve for the run and come forward a good bit ahead of the race on Saturday week," commented Hogan to PA Sport. "If he'd have got the split he'd have won without coming off the bridle on Saturday, so it was a good run and there was no slouching about. A minute and 10 (seconds) at The Curragh is a pretty sharp time.

"Hopefully there isn't too much more rain. He's pretty adaptable ground-wise, but he doesn't want it too deep."

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Itsmyluckyday to add blinkers for Woodward

Itsmyluckyday will seek an elusive Grade 1 victory in the Woodward (Aubrey Therkelsen/Equi-Photo)

New Jersey-based trainer Eddie Plesa said his multiple graded stakes-winning four-year-old Itsmyluckyday will van up from Monmouth Park to Saratoga on Friday and is set to run the following afternoon in the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward, a 1 1/8-mile dirt fixture for three-year-olds and up.

Itsmyluckyday, a son of Lawyer Ron, was a top three-year-old last year, winning the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park before finishing second to Orb in the Florida Derby and to Oxbow in the Preakness. This year, he has come back strong, with three stakes victories. In his most recent start, he finished second to Moreno in the Whitney on August 2 at the Spa.

In that race, he was the only runner to make a significant challenge to the front-running winner, finishing ahead of 2013 champion three-year-old colt Will Take Charge and favored Palace Malice, among others.

Plesa has worked Itsmyluckyday two easy half-miles since then, and added blinkers, which the colt will wear for the Woodward.

"We're going to have a change of equipment," Plesa said by phone. "We worked him both times in the blinkers, and I like the way he went. I think maybe we can fine-tune him a little bit, maybe focus him down the lane; just do something a little different. Sometimes horses need a little something to shake them up."

Itsmyluckyday has made 18 starts in his career, finishing first eight times with earnings of $1,302,600. Plesa said the objective is simple with his barn favorite.

"The script is to win a Grade 1 race," he said. "This is the focus. My whole focus has been to win a Grade 1 race. The race we ran in (the Whitney) and this one coming up have been our target races.

"We're either going to get to the top of the ladder or not. This is what racing is all about, what everybody works for. He's just a neat horse, not because of the races he's running in or because he has brought us so much pleasure the past few years. It's because he's a neat horse to be around. Even if he was just a $15,000 claimer, I like being around him. Like people, they're not just all lawyers or doctors. He's fun to be around, and I look forward to seeing him every morning."

It was announced late Monday that B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding interest in Itsmyluckyday, who will continue racing throughout the remainder of 2014 before he takes up stud duty at the Lexington-based farm in 2015.

Itsmyluckyday is being offered immediately to breeders through Spendthrift's Share The Upside Program. The farm is honoring a lock-in fee of $7,500 stands and nurses, but his fee is subject to change depending on future race results.

"Spendthrift remains committed to offering breeders exciting young stallion prospects in our Share The Upside program, and we're thrilled to be able to add a colt of Itsmyluckyday's quality to our future stallion ranks," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift Farm general manager. "We saw that quality in the Whitney against maybe the best field of older horses assembled so far in 2014, and we believe that performance is a sign of great things to come."

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Treve works well; Cirrus des Aigles targets Prix Dollar

Treve, heroine of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, remains on course for a likely appearance in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in a little under three weeks' time after delighting trainer Criquette Head-Maarek in a workout Tuesday morning.

The Al Shaqab Racing-owned bay stretched her unbeaten record to five with a stunning performance in the Arc last autumn, but has so far failed to rediscover that form in 2014 with a second to Cirrus des Aigles in her seasonal bow in April's Prix Ganay and a third in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, after which she was found to have pulled muscles. Head-Maarek has slowly nursed her stable star back to full health and hopes she will be firing on all cylinders in the coming months.

"Treve worked this morning with three lead horses over 2000 meters and I was very happy with her," commented Head-Maarek to PA Sport. "The ground was a bit soft after all the rain, so that helped her. She seems fine, she's happy in herself and it looks like all the problems are gone, so we keep our fingers crossed."

"She is en route to either the Prix Vermeille or the Prix Foy, but I think the Vermeille is more likely."

Cirrus des Aigles is on the road to recovery with trainer Corine Barande-Barbe targeting a fourth victory in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp October 4 before a likely return to Ascot for the Champion Stakes.

The veteran gelding has been on the bench since being injured while winning the Coronation Cup at Epsom June 7, his sixth victory at the Group 1 level. The eight-year-old won the Champion in 2011 and chased home Frankel and Farhh, respectively, in the last two renewals.

"He is very well and is back doing canters," Barande-Barbe told PA Sport. "Our plan is to run in the Prix Dollar and then hopefully go back to Ascot for the Champion Stakes."

Gallante aimed for Prix Niel

Trainer Andre Fabre is keen to find out whether Gallante can develop into a realistic Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe contender by running in next month's Prix Niel at Longchamp. The Coolmore-owned colt was a 33-1 winner of the Grand Prix de Paris over the course and distance in mid-July, although the victory came as no shock to his trainer.

"His price in the Grand Prix de Paris was a bit a ridiculous, to be honest," commented Fabre to PA Sport. "He had run well in all his prep races and won a good maiden at Longchamp. It was probably one of the biggest surprises of the season in France, but I was not surprised."

Asked about a potential tilt at the Arc, Fabre remarked, "I don't think he's that good, but who knows? He will go to Longchamp next for the Prix Niel on September 14 and then we will see."

Fabre has also made plans for his two talented fillies Esoterique and Miss France, who finished first and second, respectively, in in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville at the start of the month.

"Esoterique has come out of the race fine and the plan is for her to go for the Prix du Moulin," Fabre said. "Miss France ran a good race and is a possible for the Sun Chariot at Newmarket."

Al Kazeem pondering Irish Champion

A tilt at next month's Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown could be back on the agenda for Al Kazeem after the multiple Group 1 winner got back on the winning trail in course record time in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor last Saturday. The six-year-old was put back in training after proving sub-fertile at the Royal Studs, and he returned to trainer Roger Charlton for previous owner John Deer.

"Al Kazeem did all that could have been expected from him, returning to the winner's enclosure in great style and in the process lowering the course record by 1.33 seconds which I gather is the equivalent of seven or eight lengths," commented Charlton on his website Tuesday. "He has come out of his race well and he was his normal fresh and happy self this morning. We have not ruled out the idea of returning to Leopardstown to run in the Irish Champion Stakes.

"There is also the La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte in France over a straight 10 furlongs September 19 as an alternative. He clearly needs to improve again to have any chance of adding to his three Group 1s but it is not impossible and we both like a challenge."

Al Kazeem's owner is keen to see how his charge performs for the remainder of the season before deciding on his long-term future.

"We will see how he runs next time and if all goes well, we could end up in the big one (Champion Stakes) on Champions Day at Ascot," Deer told PA Sport. "He was terrific on Saturday and it was a big relief. He obviously still has the will to win, the other question is whether he still has his old ability."

Gordon Lord Byron to Haydock Sprint Cup

Conditioner Tom Hogan is confident Gordon Lord Byron will return to Haydock in the best possible shape to defend his Haydock Sprint Cup crown September 6.

The six-year-old was a brilliant winner of last year's edition, one of three top-level victories during his career. He was found to be suffering from a back problem when disappointing in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, but looked much more like his old self following a two-month break when beaten just a nose by Jamesie in last Saturday's Renaissance Stakes at The Curragh.

"He's come out of the weekend in great shape and we're hoping he'll improve for the run and come forward a good bit ahead of the race on Saturday week," commented Hogan to PA Sport. "If he'd have got the split he'd have won without coming off the bridle on Saturday, so it was a good run and there was no slouching about. A minute and 10 (seconds) at The Curragh is a pretty sharp time.

"Hopefully there isn't too much more rain. He's pretty adaptable ground-wise, but he doesn't want it too deep."

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Ring Weekend staying on grass for Saranac

Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend aims to add a graded turf win in the Saranac on Labor Day (S V Photography)

Grade 2 winner Ring Weekend will stay on grass for his next start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga's closing day, September 1.

Trained by Graham Motion, the gelded son of Tapit was most recently runner-up in the Sir Cat on July 18, opening day at Saratoga. The Sir Cat winner, Tourist, went on to finish second in the Secretariat at Arlington.

Ring Weekend rebounded in the Sir Cat after being pulled up and walked off without finishing the Pegasus at Monmouth Park on June 15. The Sir Cat was his first start on grass since running second in a 7 1/2-furlong maiden race at Gulfstream Park in mid-January.

"Coming off that poor race at Monmouth I was very pleased," Motion said. "We kind of switched it up. I'm not saying we'll always keep him on the grass, but I kind of wanted to get him back on the grass. His race in Florida on the grass was very good, numbers-wise. Being the time of year it was, we needed to try him on the dirt, obviously, and it worked out."

Ring Weekend broke his maiden on dirt at Gulfstream in February and wired the Tampa Bay Derby field before finishing second in the Calder Derby and fifth following a rough trip in the Preakness prior to the Pegasus.

"I'm looking forward to running him back," Motion said. "I thought he ran a big race (in the Sir Cat). I wanted to give him plenty of time after that race. Bill Mott's colt that beat us is obviously a very good horse. I was very pleased, especially coming off such a weak effort. It was encouraging to see him back to himself."

Motion is also considering the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful on September 1 for Pride of Stride, an impressive maiden winner at Saratoga on August 2. Another option is the one-mile, $100,000 Sapling at Monmouth the day before.

A chestnut son of Candy Ride, Pride of Stride rated in mid-pack before coming four wide into the stretch and getting up to win by a length after six furlongs in 1:10 4/5.

"He's here, and I've kind of had this race in the back of my mind, but I might (want) to go a mile with him," Motion said. "He's a horse that I liked as much as any two-year-old that I have. He ran very greenly first time out but he put it together when he ran up here and ran a real professional race. He's a very cool kind of sensible horse.

"I'm lucky this year that I have some two-year-olds that take everything in stride which makes it a lot easier, kind of almost like older horses."

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Itsmyluckyday to add blinkers for Woodward

Itsmyluckyday will seek an elusive Grade 1 victory in the Woodward (Aubrey Therkelsen/Equi-Photo)

New Jersey-based trainer Eddie Plesa said his multiple graded stakes-winning four-year-old Itsmyluckyday will van up from Monmouth Park to Saratoga on Friday and is set to run the following afternoon in the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward, a 1 1/8-mile dirt fixture for three-year-olds and up.

Itsmyluckyday, a son of Lawyer Ron, was a top three-year-old last year, winning the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park before finishing second to Orb in the Florida Derby and to Oxbow in the Preakness. This year, he has come back strong, with three stakes victories. In his most recent start, he finished second to Moreno in the Whitney on August 2 at the Spa.

In that race, he was the only runner to make a significant challenge to the front-running winner, finishing ahead of 2013 champion three-year-old colt Will Take Charge and favored Palace Malice, among others.

Plesa has worked Itsmyluckyday two easy half-miles since then, and added blinkers, which the colt will wear for the Woodward.

"We're going to have a change of equipment," Plesa said by phone. "We worked him both times in the blinkers, and I like the way he went. I think maybe we can fine-tune him a little bit, maybe focus him down the lane; just do something a little different. Sometimes horses need a little something to shake them up."

Itsmyluckyday has made 18 starts in his career, finishing first eight times with earnings of $1,302,600. Plesa said the objective is simple with his barn favorite.

"The script is to win a Grade 1 race," he said. "This is the focus. My whole focus has been to win a Grade 1 race. The race we ran in (the Whitney) and this one coming up have been our target races.

"We're either going to get to the top of the ladder or not. This is what racing is all about, what everybody works for. He's just a neat horse, not because of the races he's running in or because he has brought us so much pleasure the past few years. It's because he's a neat horse to be around. Even if he was just a $15,000 claimer, I like being around him. Like people, they're not just all lawyers or doctors. He's fun to be around, and I look forward to seeing him every morning."

It was announced late Monday that B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding interest in Itsmyluckyday, who will continue racing throughout the remainder of 2014 before he takes up stud duty at the Lexington-based farm in 2015.

Itsmyluckyday is being offered immediately to breeders through Spendthrift's Share The Upside Program. The farm is honoring a lock-in fee of $7,500 stands and nurses, but his fee is subject to change depending on future race results.

"Spendthrift remains committed to offering breeders exciting young stallion prospects in our Share The Upside program, and we're thrilled to be able to add a colt of Itsmyluckyday's quality to our future stallion ranks," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift Farm general manager. "We saw that quality in the Whitney against maybe the best field of older horses assembled so far in 2014, and we believe that performance is a sign of great things to come."

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Ring Weekend staying on grass for Saranac

Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend aims to add a graded turf win in the Saranac on Labor Day (S V Photography)

Grade 2 winner Ring Weekend will stay on grass for his next start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga's closing day, September 1.

Trained by Graham Motion, the gelded son of Tapit was most recently runner-up in the Sir Cat on July 18, opening day at Saratoga. The Sir Cat winner, Tourist, went on to finish second in the Secretariat at Arlington.

Ring Weekend rebounded in the Sir Cat after being pulled up and walked off without finishing the Pegasus at Monmouth Park on June 15. The Sir Cat was his first start on grass since running second in a 7 1/2-furlong maiden race at Gulfstream Park in mid-January.

"Coming off that poor race at Monmouth I was very pleased," Motion said. "We kind of switched it up. I'm not saying we'll always keep him on the grass, but I kind of wanted to get him back on the grass. His race in Florida on the grass was very good, numbers-wise. Being the time of year it was, we needed to try him on the dirt, obviously, and it worked out."

Ring Weekend broke his maiden on dirt at Gulfstream in February and wired the Tampa Bay Derby field before finishing second in the Calder Derby and fifth following a rough trip in the Preakness prior to the Pegasus.

"I'm looking forward to running him back," Motion said. "I thought he ran a big race (in the Sir Cat). I wanted to give him plenty of time after that race. Bill Mott's colt that beat us is obviously a very good horse. I was very pleased, especially coming off such a weak effort. It was encouraging to see him back to himself."

Motion is also considering the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful on September 1 for Pride of Stride, an impressive maiden winner at Saratoga on August 2. Another option is the one-mile, $100,000 Sapling at Monmouth the day before.

A chestnut son of Candy Ride, Pride of Stride rated in mid-pack before coming four wide into the stretch and getting up to win by a length after six furlongs in 1:10 4/5.

"He's here, and I've kind of had this race in the back of my mind, but I might (want) to go a mile with him," Motion said. "He's a horse that I liked as much as any two-year-old that I have. He ran very greenly first time out but he put it together when he ran up here and ran a real professional race. He's a very cool kind of sensible horse.

"I'm lucky this year that I have some two-year-olds that take everything in stride which makes it a lot easier, kind of almost like older horses."

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With Anticipation a battle of the unbeatens

Trainers Todd Pletcher, Chad Brown and Graham Motion have combined to win five of the past six editions of the $200,000 With Anticipation, and all three will be represented in Thursday's Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile turf heat for juveniles at Saratoga.

Pletcher, who has won the race three times including the 2013 edition with Bashart, has Designed for War entered for the grass and Blame Jim for the main track. Both were wire-to-wire debut winners, with Designed for War prevailing by 1 3/4 lengths over the course and distance August 9. The 3-2 favorite that day, Designed for War set a slow pace and had plenty of left to withstand his challengers.

"He had a bit of a pace advantage that day and he was able to kind of get an easy lead, and was good enough to take advantage of it," Pletcher said. "It was just a result of the way the race unfolded, but we were pretty happy with the way he did it.

"He's a colt that showed promise all summer. We felt like, typical of some of the War Fronts that we've had, when we put him on the grass he showed some improvement. We thought he ran well."

Blame Jim, the probable favorite in the event the With Anticipation is switched to the main track, zipped home by three lengths over next-out winner Bold Conquest July 19 as an odds-on favorite going 5 1/2 furlongs.

Brown and Motion will also saddle first-out winners in the With Anticipation. The Brown-trained Startup Nation steps up in class after posting a 9-1 upset against New York-bred maidens August 7. The Temple City colt was down 10 lengths after a half-mile and made up seven lengths in the final quarter-mile to win going away by two lengths.

"He ran terrific in his first start," Brown said. "He came out of the race well and he's trained well since. We're looking forward to trying him in a stakes race. We've always liked the horse. He was training well leading up to his debut and we expected him to run well. He's a beautiful horse. He's got good mechanics and a great attitude. He's what you're looking for in a two-year-old."

Motion will be represented by Strong Coffee, who rallied from slightly off a modest pace to win his debut by three lengths over next-out winner Face the Music on August 2. Strong Coffee is a half-brother to Grade 3 turf winners Gulch Approval and Rusty Slipper, and is closely related to last weekend's Travers runner-up Wicked Strong.

"Certainly, he surprised me that he could win like that first time out," Motion said. "I thought he would run well; I didn't necessarily think he had to win, and certainly didn't expect him to win like that.

"I actually brought him up here with the idea of running him on the dirt," he said. "I didn't think he handled the dirt up here that well when I worked him, so I took him over on the grass and he worked like a different horse. I have his half-sister, so it wasn't a surprise.

"The thing about this horse that's so neat is he just has this really remarkable attitude. He's just a very kind of cool, laid-back horse and takes everything very well, so that helps him."

Motion will also saddle Hot Tin Roof, who won at first asking over Presque Isle Downs' Tapeta surface going six furlongs on July 30.

Returning to the grass is International Star, who posted a 5 1/2-length debut win over Belmont's inner turf on June 21. The following month, the Mike Maker-trained colt finished second, beaten seven lengths, in the $122,000 Rockville Centre for New York-breds on dirt at Belmont.

The With Anticipation field is rounded out by Creaky Cricket, who's floundered in two main-track stakes since an 11 1/2-length debut win at Arlington on Polytrack; Nutty Futty, a 5 3/4-length maiden winner over the Gulfstream turf in his third start; and Kutuzov, a five-furlong maiden winner on the Gulfstream sod in his seventh start.

The $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, a 2 3/8-mile hurdle for fillies and mares, features a rematch of the top four finishers from the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps on August 7 -- Cat Feathers, Kisser N Run, Brilliant Match, and Opera Heroine. Also in with a chance is Bittersweetheart, a stakes winner last out at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

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Dayatthespa consigned to Fasig-Tipton November

Lane's End will consign Grade 1 winner Dayatthespa at The November Sale at Fasig-Tipton. Dayatthespa's career includes eight black-type wins, of which three are graded stakes wins.

In her most impressive win to date, Dayatthespa defeated 6 individual Grade 1 winners in the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, including Better Lucky, Centre Court, Somali Lemonade and Stephanie's Kitten. On Sunday she scored in the Yaddo at Saratoga, and has now won at the New York racecourse for four consecutive years.

A model of consistency, Dayatthespa has hit the board 13 times in 16 career starts, going into her fall race campaign with earnings of $948,892.

"We are very excited to offer Dayatthespa this November at Fasig-Tipton," said Bill Farish, president Lane's End Farm. "She continually gives her fans goose bumps on the track and should provide the same excitement in the sales ring as she moves onto the next stage of her career."

Dayatthespa is owned by Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon, and Bradley Thoroughbreds. Trained by Chad Brown throughout her career, she is currently pointing towards the First Lady, a Grade 1 event at Keeneland on October 4.

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With Anticipation a battle of the unbeatens

Trainers Todd Pletcher, Chad Brown and Graham Motion have combined to win five of the past six editions of the $200,000 With Anticipation, and all three will be represented in Thursday's Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile turf heat for juveniles at Saratoga.

Pletcher, who has won the race three times including the 2013 edition with Bashart, has Designed for War entered for the grass and Blame Jim for the main track. Both were wire-to-wire debut winners, with Designed for War prevailing by 1 3/4 lengths over the course and distance August 9. The 3-2 favorite that day, Designed for War set a slow pace and had plenty of left to withstand his challengers.

"He had a bit of a pace advantage that day and he was able to kind of get an easy lead, and was good enough to take advantage of it," Pletcher said. "It was just a result of the way the race unfolded, but we were pretty happy with the way he did it.

"He's a colt that showed promise all summer. We felt like, typical of some of the War Fronts that we've had, when we put him on the grass he showed some improvement. We thought he ran well."

Blame Jim, the probable favorite in the event the With Anticipation is switched to the main track, zipped home by three lengths over next-out winner Bold Conquest July 19 as an odds-on favorite going 5 1/2 furlongs.

Brown and Motion will also saddle first-out winners in the With Anticipation. The Brown-trained Startup Nation steps up in class after posting a 9-1 upset against New York-bred maidens August 7. The Temple City colt was down 10 lengths after a half-mile and made up seven lengths in the final quarter-mile to win going away by two lengths.

"He ran terrific in his first start," Brown said. "He came out of the race well and he's trained well since. We're looking forward to trying him in a stakes race. We've always liked the horse. He was training well leading up to his debut and we expected him to run well. He's a beautiful horse. He's got good mechanics and a great attitude. He's what you're looking for in a two-year-old."

Motion will be represented by Strong Coffee, who rallied from slightly off a modest pace to win his debut by three lengths over next-out winner Face the Music on August 2. Strong Coffee is a half-brother to Grade 3 turf winners Gulch Approval and Rusty Slipper, and is closely related to last weekend's Travers runner-up Wicked Strong.

"Certainly, he surprised me that he could win like that first time out," Motion said. "I thought he would run well; I didn't necessarily think he had to win, and certainly didn't expect him to win like that.

"I actually brought him up here with the idea of running him on the dirt," he said. "I didn't think he handled the dirt up here that well when I worked him, so I took him over on the grass and he worked like a different horse. I have his half-sister, so it wasn't a surprise.

"The thing about this horse that's so neat is he just has this really remarkable attitude. He's just a very kind of cool, laid-back horse and takes everything very well, so that helps him."

Motion will also saddle Hot Tin Roof, who won at first asking over Presque Isle Downs' Tapeta surface going six furlongs on July 30.

Returning to the grass is International Star, who posted a 5 1/2-length debut win over Belmont's inner turf on June 21. The following month, the Mike Maker-trained colt finished second, beaten seven lengths, in the $122,000 Rockville Centre for New York-breds on dirt at Belmont.

The With Anticipation field is rounded out by Creaky Cricket, who's floundered in two main-track stakes since an 11 1/2-length debut win at Arlington on Polytrack; Nutty Futty, a 5 3/4-length maiden winner over the Gulfstream turf in his third start; and Kutuzov, a five-furlong maiden winner on the Gulfstream sod in his seventh start.

The $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, a 2 3/8-mile hurdle for fillies and mares, features a rematch of the top four finishers from the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps on August 7 -- Cat Feathers, Kisser N Run, Brilliant Match, and Opera Heroine. Also in with a chance is Bittersweetheart, a stakes winner last out at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

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In brief

Wednesday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson S. at Saratoga features two-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the lawn and making their stakes debut. The only exception is Ancient Goddess (Iffraaj), who ships in from France off a stakes win for trainer John Terranova and will race with Lasix for the first time. Rainha Da Bateria (Broken Vow) and Magnificent Margo (Congrats) figure to be contenders as they both enter in here off maiden victories over the course. Sunday Sonnet (Any Given Saturday) exits a 7 1/2-length maiden win at this venue in an off-the-turf race and will be trying the grass for the first time...

My Fiona (Ghostzapper) tries for her second stakes score in a row in Wednesday's $150,000 Generous Portion S. for state-bred juvenile fillies at Del Mar. The dark bay exits a neck victory in the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association S. last month over Lost Bust (Bring the Heat), who tries to turn the tables on her in here. Desert Steel (Desert Code) exits a 5 1/2-length maiden win over the track for trainer Simon Callaghan, in her first start over a synthetic surface. Easter Fever (Stormin Fever) looks to take the step up in class after being claimed following her maiden win by 5 1/2 lengths over the track earlier this month. The bay will be making her first start for trainer Peter Miller, while Kent Desormeaux retains the mount. Princess Bertrando (Bertrando), Grand Yodeler (Swiss Yodeler) and Long Hot Summer (Street Boss) are also entering in here off maiden victories at this venue...

Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule) will attempt to stay undefeated from five starts in Friday's one mile, $100,000 El Cajon S. for three-year-olds at Del Mar on the Polytrack. The chestnut gelding is coming off a wire-to-wire victory in the Real Good Deal S. over the track on August 1. Indexical (Latent Heat) is still looking for his first stakes victory and stands a chance in here as he drops in class after finishing fourth against graded company in the Bing Crosby S. (G1) last month. Doug O'Neill adds blinkers to Home School (Intense Focus), who tries the all-weather surface for the first time, and Friendswith K Mill (Flashy Bull), who will try to get back on track after running second in the Affirmed (G3) just three starts ago. Diamond Bachelor (War Front) makes a bid to return to the winner's circle for the first time since capturing the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf S. at this venue as a two-year-old...

Oscar winner Jim Wilson's latest film, "50 to 1," the inspiring true story of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and his misfit New Mexico cowboy trainer and owners, is opening in dozens of new states in response to growing demand across the country. "Audiences are thoroughly enjoying the romp," says Wilson, Oscar-winning producer of Dances with Wolves. "I feel good releasing a film that reaches all ages and leaves you feeling great at the end." "50 to 1" recounts the tale of Mine That Bird, trainer Chip Woolley, and owners Mark Allen and Leonard 'Doc' Blach, who end up on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed gelding qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Fish out of water in the land of Kentucky's blue bloods, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world's racing elite. The film includes actual Derby race footage, which jockey Calvin Borel, who played himself in the film, says brought back the emotions he felt during and after his winning race. "It's so real," Borel says. "I have never seen a horse movie as real as this one."

Dayatthespa consigned to Fasig-Tipton November

Lane's End will consign Grade 1 winner Dayatthespa at The November Sale at Fasig-Tipton. Dayatthespa's career includes eight black-type wins, of which three are graded stakes wins.

In her most impressive win to date, Dayatthespa defeated 6 individual Grade 1 winners in the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, including Better Lucky, Centre Court, Somali Lemonade and Stephanie's Kitten. On Sunday she scored in the Yaddo at Saratoga, and has now won at the New York racecourse for four consecutive years.

A model of consistency, Dayatthespa has hit the board 13 times in 16 career starts, going into her fall race campaign with earnings of $948,892.

"We are very excited to offer Dayatthespa this November at Fasig-Tipton," said Bill Farish, president Lane's End Farm. "She continually gives her fans goose bumps on the track and should provide the same excitement in the sales ring as she moves onto the next stage of her career."

Dayatthespa is owned by Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon, and Bradley Thoroughbreds. Trained by Chad Brown throughout her career, she is currently pointing towards the First Lady, a Grade 1 event at Keeneland on October 4.

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In brief

Wednesday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson S. at Saratoga features two-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the lawn and making their stakes debut. The only exception is Ancient Goddess (Iffraaj), who ships in from France off a stakes win for trainer John Terranova and will race with Lasix for the first time. Rainha Da Bateria (Broken Vow) and Magnificent Margo (Congrats) figure to be contenders as they both enter in here off maiden victories over the course. Sunday Sonnet (Any Given Saturday) exits a 7 1/2-length maiden win at this venue in an off-the-turf race and will be trying the grass for the first time...

My Fiona (Ghostzapper) tries for her second stakes score in a row in Wednesday's $150,000 Generous Portion S. for state-bred juvenile fillies at Del Mar. The dark bay exits a neck victory in the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association S. last month over Lost Bust (Bring the Heat), who tries to turn the tables on her in here. Desert Steel (Desert Code) exits a 5 1/2-length maiden win over the track for trainer Simon Callaghan, in her first start over a synthetic surface. Easter Fever (Stormin Fever) looks to take the step up in class after being claimed following her maiden win by 5 1/2 lengths over the track earlier this month. The bay will be making her first start for trainer Peter Miller, while Kent Desormeaux retains the mount. Princess Bertrando (Bertrando), Grand Yodeler (Swiss Yodeler) and Long Hot Summer (Street Boss) are also entering in here off maiden victories at this venue...

Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule) will attempt to stay undefeated from five starts in Friday's one mile, $100,000 El Cajon S. for three-year-olds at Del Mar on the Polytrack. The chestnut gelding is coming off a wire-to-wire victory in the Real Good Deal S. over the track on August 1. Indexical (Latent Heat) is still looking for his first stakes victory and stands a chance in here as he drops in class after finishing fourth against graded company in the Bing Crosby S. (G1) last month. Doug O'Neill adds blinkers to Home School (Intense Focus), who tries the all-weather surface for the first time, and Friendswith K Mill (Flashy Bull), who will try to get back on track after running second in the Affirmed (G3) just three starts ago. Diamond Bachelor (War Front) makes a bid to return to the winner's circle for the first time since capturing the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf S. at this venue as a two-year-old...

Oscar winner Jim Wilson's latest film, "50 to 1," the inspiring true story of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and his misfit New Mexico cowboy trainer and owners, is opening in dozens of new states in response to growing demand across the country. "Audiences are thoroughly enjoying the romp," says Wilson, Oscar-winning producer of Dances with Wolves. "I feel good releasing a film that reaches all ages and leaves you feeling great at the end." "50 to 1" recounts the tale of Mine That Bird, trainer Chip Woolley, and owners Mark Allen and Leonard 'Doc' Blach, who end up on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed gelding qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Fish out of water in the land of Kentucky's blue bloods, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world's racing elite. The film includes actual Derby race footage, which jockey Calvin Borel, who played himself in the film, says brought back the emotions he felt during and after his winning race. "It's so real," Borel says. "I have never seen a horse movie as real as this one."

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Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

AUGUST 27, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A quartet of graded races, including the biggest event of the season, led the way this week at Del Mar Race Course.

Pacific Classic (G1): Jungle Racing et al's unbeaten champion SHARED BELIEF (Candy Ride) swept to the front nearing midstretch and powered home to a convincing 2 3/4-length score in the signature race of the meeting. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee established himself as a major presence going forward in the Horse of the Year race and moved his mark to six-for-six, completing 10 panels on the main oval in 2:00 1/5 with Mike Smith in the silks.

Pat O'Brien H. (G2): W. C. Racing's GOLDENCENTS (Into Mischief) spurted to the lead soon after the break and gave his foes no chance late en route to a powerful 4 1/4-length romp under Rafael Bejarano. The superb Doug O'Neill charge sped home for seven panels on the Polytrack in a stakes record 1:20 4/5, winning under steady handling late.

Del Mar Mile H. (G2): Braly Family Trust's TOM'S TRIBUTE (Lion Heart) corralled the clear and short-priced leader in midstretch and finished off a fine run to bag a second straight graded race on this lawn. The James Cassidy trainee, who was ridden by Smith, was a length clear late in finishing off one mile on the firm lawn in 1:33 3/5.

Del Mar H. (G2): Michael House's BIG JOHN B (Hard Spun) moved into contention at the top of the lane and spurted clear to a decisive victory beneath Smith. The Phil d'Amato trainee picked up his first graded win in completing the 1 3/8 miles on the firm turf in 2:12 4/5, finishing 5 1/4 lengths clear under the line.

Track Stats

From a total of 44 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 32 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 55 percent of the wins. From 34 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (24 percent), while none of the 10 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead.

Early speed was not as dominant this week as it had been earlier in the meeting. And of the eight who led at each call on the Polytrack, all came in sprint runs, with four alone on Saturday. Sunday saw six of the eight races contested on the main oval taken by runners breaking from post seven and wider.

Meet Totals

RACES:   259
POLYTRACK:   203
TURF:   56
FAVORITES:   73 (27 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   53 (20 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (15 percent)
POLY WIRE:   55 (28 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (8/20)

5TH -- GRAZENETTE (Grzazen) made a big move entering the stretch and powered home a sharp winner going away under Joe Talamo. The Phil d'Amato trainee showed nice improvement off of her last and we've always though this one had some ability.

7TH -- ALEXIS TANGIER (Tiznow) proved more than capable of handling this route event with a solid allowance tally for conditioner Richard Mandella. The sophomore filly was patient after a good break, inched to the lead in early stretch and then powered home to a fine tally beneath Victor Espinoza.

Thursday (8/21)

5TH -- ASHLEY'S SASSY (Decarchy) built upon a solid debut try with a very professional tally to break her maiden for conditioner Peter Eurton. The juvenile miss shrugged off a pair of challengers leading up to the top of the lane and kept to task without being seriously threatened late. She could evolve into a stakes horse with more seasoning.

Friday (8/22)

5TH -- Trainer Peter Miller wisely claimed PASSING GAME (Game Plan) out of this one, as the peaking sort ran a third straight big race on this main oval this summer. We're not sure if the gelding is only a Del Mar specialist or has simply morphed into a nice runner, but he's one we want in our shedrow right now.

Saturday (8/23)

2ND -- While we pretty convinced she didn't beat a great field in this maiden run, the 6 3/4-length romp by PLAY HARD TO GET (Purim) was still very impressive from a visual standpoint. The Eric Kruljac trainee made a big move approaching the turn for home and stayed on with it, decimating this field with ease. We'd imagine the gelding will be one to watch with winners next out.

4TH -- A C Avila's MASOCHISTIC (Sought After) should be headed for stakes foes last time after a third straight wire-to-wire tally following this effort, which he won with ease. The four-year-old gelding has been incredibly sharp following his debut run and beat a pair of decent runners in this dash.

Sunday (8/24)

1ST -- CONQUEST PANTHERA (Kitten's Joy) lived up to the hype when exploding once clear in the lane en route to a sharp debut tally for conditioner Mark Casse. The juvenile colt was hammered down at first asking and should be in the stakes ranks next time.

2ND --BEE BRAVE (Rail Link) was stuck for most of the stretch run, but once clear the import proved much the best. We're not very fond of the field the Simon Callaghan trainee toppled in here, but is was a second straight positive step and she could be tough right back.

6TH -- This was a big day for Cassidy, who also saddle a sharp first time winner in INTO OBLIVION (Into Mischief), who was much the best late. The juvenile filly might turn out to be a nice one, as we're not sure we've ever seen a first-time winner at the special weight level from this barn.

A Look Ahead

The Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante will top the racing on Saturday here. Sunday will play host to the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby and the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes -- while the Labor Day feature is the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap. Racing wraps up next Wednesday with the annual closing-day, the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, ALW, $50,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 8-26.
1—PEARL BAY, m, 5, Rush Bay--Magic Pearl, by Stormy Atlantic. O-Mueller Thoroughbred Stable, Ltd, B-Mueller Thoroughbred Stable, Ltd (KY), T-Cathal A. Lynch, J-Edwin Rivera, $27,000.
2—Billygets Arrested, f, 3, Louis Quatorze--Monette, by Not for Love. O-Parapet Stable, B-Richard Simoff Inc (PA), $12,600.
7—Comme Chez Soi, f, 3, Empire Maker--Downthedustyroad, by Storm and a Half. ($325,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Skara Glen Stables, Farish, WS and Prussin, George, B-Grousemont Farm (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:37 4/5 (ft)
 
IND, 7TH, ALW, $36,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-26.
6—SOLOMON'S SUN, g, 4, Sun King--Our Valid Essence, by Explosive Red. O-Richard Batz, B-Tracy Farmer & Richard L Batz (IN), T-Marvin A. Johnson, J-Fernando De La Cruz, $21,600.
4—I Like Beer, g, 4, Pass Rush--Is That Right, by Cryptoclearance. O-Paul H Adkins LLC and Brown, Ronald G, B-Rick Pelphrey (IN), $7,200.
8—Pulling Away, g, 4, Spring At Last--Candy Kokand, by Kokand. O-Harley Frey, B-Lake Shore Farm (IN), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
 
PID, 3RD, ALW, $34,080, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 8-26.
4—PUT IT FORWARD, g, 4, Put It Back--Lerma, by Unbridled. ($25,000 2013 OBSJAN). O-Dennis Behrmann, B-Bridlewood Farm (FL), T-Norman R. Pointer, J-Pablo Morales, $19,200.
5—Chief Exchanger, g, 4, Exchange Rate--Lady Silverrod, by Marquetry. ($55,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Daniel Joseph Wukich, B-Silver Star Farm, LLC (PA), $8,320.
2—Rapid Dan, g, 3, More Than Ready--Rivanna, by El Corredor. O-Dianne Manning, B-Edward Schuler & Diane Manning (PA), $4,160.
Winning Time: 1:16 4/5 (ft)
 
IND, 8TH, AOC, $34,000, 3YO/UP, 1 3/8MT, 8-26.
8—BELL BY THE RIDGE, g, 7, Tiger Ridge--My Belle Chantel, by Lucky North. O-Scarlet Stable, B-Joseph J Sullivan (FL), T-Michael J. Maker, J-Francisco C. Torres, $20,400.
1—Shakeyogroovething, g, 9, Dance Brightly--Hurrah Hurrah, by Rahy. O-Sherri L Greenhill, B-Laurie Lynn Hickman (OH), $6,800.
5—Forever Sure, g, 6, El Corredor--Always Sure, by Lord at War (ARG). O-Carden, Jerry and Martin, Paul E, B-Popatop, LLC (KY), $3,400.
Winning Time: 2:20 2/5 (fm)
 
PID, 3RD, ALW, $29,650, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 8-25.
1—PISTOL'S SHOES, f, 3, Commander's Shoes--Ain't She a Pistol, by Big Pistol. O-Jeffrey Sheets, B-Jeff Sheets & Greg Sheets (AR), T-Joseph R. Martin, J-Pablo Morales, $18,000.
3—Advantage Please, f, 4, Gaff--Advantage Plus, by Tactical Advantage. O-Metz, Christie and Davie, Cynthia, B-Yolande Seremba (FL), $6,000.
2—Clear Code, m, 6, Omega Code--Clear Denial, by Cryptoclearance. O-Richard Vermillion, B-Andrew McKenzie LLC (FL), $3,000.
Winning Time: 1:05 3/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 3RD, ALW, $22,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7 1/2FT, 8-25.
3—SILENT HONOR, m, 7, Double Honor--Strawberry Vixen, by Wolf Power (SAF). O-Marc J Sharp, B-Marc J Sharp (NJ), T-Marc J. Sharp, J-Christian P. Pilares, $13,680.
2—Barcelona Baby, f, 4, Prized--Spanishinquisition, by Eastover Court. O-O'Sullivan Farms LLC, B-O'Sullivan Farms LLC (WV), $4,560.
4—Brigade Flag, f, 4, Even the Score--On the Horizon, by Lord Avie. O-Coleswood Farm, Inc, B-Coleswood Farm, Inc (WV), $2,280.
Winning Time: 1:31 (yl)
 
MNR, 2ND, ALW, $20,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7FT, 8-25.
1—LA REINE BOURBON, f, 3, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Gratorious, by Honor Grades. ($100,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Bourbon Lane Stable and McMahon, Michael J, B-Hidden Point Farm Inc (FL), T-Kellyn Gorder, J-Deshawn L. Parker, $12,200.
4—Happy Hattie, f, 3, Chelsey Cat--Fuerza Marina, by Polish Navy. ($2,500 '12 OBSAUG). O-Team Ramgeet Racing Stable LLC, B-Nancy C Shuford (NC), $4,000.
3—Crack Your Whip, f, 3, Stephen Got Even--Relaxing Green, by Formal Gold. ($30,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Allied Racing Stable, LLC, B-Jack Swain (KY), $2,000.
Winning Time: 1:24 2/5 (yl)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $19,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 8-26.
5—JAZZINGTON, f, 4, Eddington--Time to Jazz, by Kentucky Jazz. O-Donald W Olson, B-Donald Olson (NY), T-Christopher Progno, J-Oscar Gomez, $11,520.
1A—David's Flame, m, 9, Prime Timber--No Holding David, by Two Davids. O-Christine L Roncone, B-Sez Who Thoroughbreds (NY), $3,840.
6—Bonaventure Magic, f, 4, Aragorn (IRE)--Navarro Rose, by Native Prospector. O-Bona Venture Stables, B-Susan Kayne, Samuel Simon, Noah Simon, Sidney Simon & Robert Raphaelson (NY), $1,920.
Winning Time: 1:50 (ft)
 
FL, 3RD, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 8-26.
5—STOP SIGN, g, 4, Pure Prize--Mine Amint, by Mining. ($10,000 '11 OBSAUG). O-Donna Bireta, B-Jennifer Contessa (NY), T-Donna Bireta, J-Jeremias Flores, $10,140.
1—Mickey McFly, g, 4, Badge--Flora Mac Flimsey, by Big Mukora. O-Stephen P Ubbink, B-Aline V Ubbink (NY), $3,380.
6—We Go, g, 3, Stonesider--Maeve the Rave, by Belong to Me. O-Paul W Barrow, B-Andiamo Farm (NY), $1,690.
Winning Time: 1:06 2/5 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Drinkwiththedevil--Hot Jelly Jam by Red Scamper; WILD JELLY, g, 2, IND, Moc 15000, 8-26, 5 1/2f, 1:08 1/5. B-Marvin A Johnson (IN.).
Grand Slam--Classical Romance by Regal Classic; GRAND JURY, g, 2, HST, Mcl 16000, 8-25, a6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds (BC.). C$24,000 '13 BRCSEP.
Langfuhr--La Sola Nina by Chester House; BAGPIPES, c, 2, MNR, Msw, 8-25, 5f, 1:01 3/5. B-Dixiana Farms LLC (KY.). $11,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Latent Heat--Katherine Renee by Street Cry (IRE); WILDWOOD'S FIRE, c, 2, FP, Msw, 8-26, 5f, :59 . B-Kirt Cahill & Sarah Cahill (KY.). $20,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Quality Road--Shining Tree by Forestry; SHINING AMERICA, f, 2, PRX, Mcl 25000, 8-26, 5f, :59 3/5. B-Rosilyn Polan (KY.). $47,000 '13 FTKJUL; $12,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Second in Command--River's Reach by Wild Wonder; FOURTH IN COMMAND, f, 2, HST, Mcl 25000, 8-25, 3 1/2f, :39 4/5. B-Embree Farms Ltd. (BC.). C$4,000 '13 BRCSEP.
Animo de Valeroso--Break Point by Point Given; VALIANT POINT, g, 3, FP, Msw, 8-26, 1m, 1:42 4/5. B-R. L. Reineman Stable, Inc. (IL.).
Benchmark--Moonlight Ransom by Red Ransom; ALY'S MOONLIGHT, f, 3, PID, Mcl 7500, 8-25, 6 1/2f, 1:18 1/5. B-Regan Wright (AZ.). $11,000 '12 BESOCT; $10,000 2014 KEEJAN.
Indygo Shiner--With Flair (G3$303,652), by Broad Brush; GYDA DDAWN, f, 3, PID, Msw, 8-25, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-Fair Winds Farm, LLC (OH.). $1,000 '12 FTKOCT.
Old Fashioned--Innovate by Relaunch; INNOVATIVE FASHION, g, 3, MNR, Mcl 5000, 8-25, 5f, 1:01 1/5. B-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm (KY.). $20,000 '11 KEENOV.
Old Fashioned--Angel Island by Forestry; ANGEL CODE, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 40000, 8-26, 6f, 1:10 . B-George B. Bolton (KY.). $120,000 '12 KEESEP; $160,000 2013 OBSMAR.
Pure Prize--Miz Lynne Kelly by Langfuhr; KELLY'S PRIZE, f, 3, SAR, Mcl 40000, 8-25, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 2/5. B-Allen Hallett & Briggs/Cromartie (NY.). $35,000 '12 FTMOCT.
Silver Train--Per Se by Deputy Commander; ANNIE RUTLEDGE, f, 3, FE, Mcl 7500, 8-26, 1m 70y, 1:50 3/5. B-Beclawat Stable (ON.).
Cherokee Rap--Nancy's Duster by Well Decorated; BRADENS CASH COW, f, 4, FP, Mcl 3200, 8-26, 6f, 1:13 4/5. B-Erin Touchette (IL.).
Eltish--Duchess of Domasca by Domasca Dan; QUEEN ELLE, f, 4, FL, Mcl 7500, 8-26, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-Ken Kleinpeter & Gary Olsen (NY.).
Kipling--Sweet Betsy by Alysheba; SWEET ALY BET, f, 4, FP, Mcl 4000, 8-26, 5f, 1:02 1/5. B-Center Hills Farm (OK.).
Master Command--Yankee Penny by Quiet American; MASTER YANK, g, 4, FL, Msw, 8-26, 1m, 1:40 . B-Agnes M. Peace (KY.).
Mutakddim--Little Miss Pamela by El Prado (IRE); MAGIC IN OVERTIME, g, 4, HST, Mcl 5000, 8-25, 1 1/16m, 1:46 1/5. B-La Pasion America (KY.). $8,000 '11 KEEJAN.
Premeditation--Perty Gerty by Peaks and Valleys; PERTY IMPRESSIVE, g, 5, RUI, Mcl 6250, 8-25, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-John Pinkerton (NM.).
Singletary--Feel Ridge (BRZ) by Choctaw Ridge; CHICAGO HERO, g, 5, IND, Mcl 10000, 8-26, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-Royalty Stables (KY.).
Teuflesberg--Tantalized by Montbrook; TEUFLELIZED, m, 5, FE, Mcl 5000, 8-26, 6 1/2f, 1:23 2/5. B-Sherry R. Mansfield & Kenneth H. Davis (FL.).
Tiznow--Cacophony by Dixieland Band; CALL ME TIZ, g, 5, IND, Moc 15000, 8-26, 6f, 1:14 3/5. B-Swifty Farms Inc. (IN.). $21,000 2011 INDJUL.

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Stryker Phd 5G 1m (ft) EMD 8/24 Longacres Mile H. 99
Shared Belief 3G 1 1/4m (ft) DMR 8/24 TVG Pacific Classic S. 98
Close Hatches 4F 1 1/8m (my) SAR 8/22 Personal Ensign S. 96
Endless Chatter 4F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/18 Summer Colony S. 96
Page McKenney 4G 1 1/16m (gd) PEN 8/23 Robellino S. 93
Stopshoppingdebbie 4F 1 1/8m (ft) EMD 8/24 Emerald Distaff H. 92
Thunder Agard 5G 1 1/16m (ft) ALB 8/23 Lineage Classic S. 90
Hobo Ridge 7G 1 1/16m (my) PRX 8/23 Turning for Home S. 86
Dubla Gold 7G 1m (ft) GPR 8/24 Grande Prairie Centenial S. 75
Mahogany Run 4G 1 5/8m (ft) FER 8/24 C. J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon H. 69
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Artemis Agrotera 3F 7f (ft) SAR 8/23 Ballerina S. 105
Goldencents 4C 7f (ft) DMR 8/24 Pat O'Brien S. 105
Bern Identity 4C 6f (my) SAR 8/22 Tale of the Cat S. 101
Leigh Court 4F 7f (ft) WO 8/24 Seaway S. 97
Uncle Southern 4F 6 1/2f (sy) SAR 8/21 Union Avenue S. 96
Midnightlowdown 5G 5 1/2f (ft) ALB 8/23 Casey Darnell Pony Express S. 94
Lucy's Bob Boy 5G 7f (my) CT 8/23 Frank Gall Memorial S. 91
Lakehouse Fun 4F 6 1/2f (ft) ALB 8/23 Carlos Salazar S. 86
Sookie's Kookies 6M 6 1/2f (ft) CLS 8/23 Columbus Maturity/Matron S. 83
Halifax Flyer 6G 7f (ft) GIL 8/24 GCFA Texas Bred S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Winning Cause 4C 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 8/24 Cliff Hanger S. 100
Big John B 5G 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 8/23 Del Mar H. 99
Meri Shika (FR) 4F 1 1/2m (gd) WO 8/23 Flaming Page S. 99
Tom's Tribute 4C 1m (fm) DMR 8/24 Del Mar Mile H. 98
King Kreesa 5G 1 1/16m (gd) SAR 8/24 West Point S. 97
Abaco 6M 1 1/16m (gd) SAR 8/23 Ballston Spa S. 96
Dayatthespa 5M 1 1/16m (gd) SAR 8/24 Yaddo S. 95
Ann of the Dance 5M 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 8/22 CTT and Thoroughbred Owners of California H. 91
Bim Bam 7H 1 1/16m (fm) RP 8/23 Edward J. Debartolo Memorial H. 91
Rusty Slipper 4F 1 1/8m (gd) MTH 8/23 Violet S. 91
Sooner Superstar 5M 7 1/2f (fm) RP 8/22 Red Earth S. 88
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Upstart 2R 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/24 Funny Cide S. 106
Sly Gold 2C 6f (ft) ASD 8/20 Osiris S. 84
Myfourchix 2F 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/24 Seeking the Ante S. 73
Yelling Timber 2F 5 1/2f (ft) ASD 8/22 Debutante S. 72
Spanky's Bourbon 2G 6f (gd) ASD 8/23 CTHS Sales S. 69
Candy Kabob 2G 6f (ft) MD 8/23 Western Heritage S. 63
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
So Lonesome 3G 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/24 Albany S. 105
The Big Beast 3C 7f (ft) SAR 8/23 Ketel One King's Bishop S. 102
V. E. Day 3C 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/23 Travers S. 102
Heart to Heart 3C 1m (fm) SAR 8/20 Better Talk Now S. 95
Speed Seeker 3F 1m (gd) WO 8/23 Ontario Colleen S. 93
Star Grazing 3F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/24 Fleet Indian S. 89
Bobby J's Rush 3G 6f (ft) SUF 8/23 African Prince S. 88
Dawselina 3F 1 1/16m (ft) HST 8/22 Hong Kong Jockey Club H. 88
Slice of Red 3G 1 1/16m (ft) HST 8/22 Richmond Derby Trial H. 88
Best Plan Yet 3C 1 1/16m (fm) GP 8/23 Forty Niner S. 87
Lady Genius 3F 6f (ft) ALB 8/23 Bank of Albuquerque S. 86
Roll Out the Band 3G 6f (ft) ALB 8/23 Albuquerque Journal S. 86
Mr. Kalypso 3G 1m (ft) MD 8/23 Shortgrass Heritage S. 77
Sacred Vows 3F 1m (ft) MD 8/23 Parkland Heritage S. 60

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

AUGUST 27, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A quartet of graded races, including the biggest event of the season, led the way this week at Del Mar Race Course.

Pacific Classic (G1): Jungle Racing et al's unbeaten champion SHARED BELIEF (Candy Ride) swept to the front nearing midstretch and powered home to a convincing 2 3/4-length score in the signature race of the meeting. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee established himself as a major presence going forward in the Horse of the Year race and moved his mark to six-for-six, completing 10 panels on the main oval in 2:00 1/5 with Mike Smith in the silks.

Pat O'Brien H. (G2): W. C. Racing's GOLDENCENTS (Into Mischief) spurted to the lead soon after the break and gave his foes no chance late en route to a powerful 4 1/4-length romp under Rafael Bejarano. The superb Doug O'Neill charge sped home for seven panels on the Polytrack in a stakes record 1:20 4/5, winning under steady handling late.

Del Mar Mile H. (G2): Braly Family Trust's TOM'S TRIBUTE (Lion Heart) corralled the clear and short-priced leader in midstretch and finished off a fine run to bag a second straight graded race on this lawn. The James Cassidy trainee, who was ridden by Smith, was a length clear late in finishing off one mile on the firm lawn in 1:33 3/5.

Del Mar H. (G2): Michael House's BIG JOHN B (Hard Spun) moved into contention at the top of the lane and spurted clear to a decisive victory beneath Smith. The Phil d'Amato trainee picked up his first graded win in completing the 1 3/8 miles on the firm turf in 2:12 4/5, finishing 5 1/4 lengths clear under the line.

Track Stats

From a total of 44 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 32 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 55 percent of the wins. From 34 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (24 percent), while none of the 10 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead.

Early speed was not as dominant this week as it had been earlier in the meeting. And of the eight who led at each call on the Polytrack, all came in sprint runs, with four alone on Saturday. Sunday saw six of the eight races contested on the main oval taken by runners breaking from post seven and wider.

Meet Totals

RACES:   259
POLYTRACK:   203
TURF:   56
FAVORITES:   73 (27 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   53 (20 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (15 percent)
POLY WIRE:   55 (28 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (8/20)

5TH -- GRAZENETTE (Grzazen) made a big move entering the stretch and powered home a sharp winner going away under Joe Talamo. The Phil d'Amato trainee showed nice improvement off of her last and we've always though this one had some ability.

7TH -- ALEXIS TANGIER (Tiznow) proved more than capable of handling this route event with a solid allowance tally for conditioner Richard Mandella. The sophomore filly was patient after a good break, inched to the lead in early stretch and then powered home to a fine tally beneath Victor Espinoza.

Thursday (8/21)

5TH -- ASHLEY'S SASSY (Decarchy) built upon a solid debut try with a very professional tally to break her maiden for conditioner Peter Eurton. The juvenile miss shrugged off a pair of challengers leading up to the top of the lane and kept to task without being seriously threatened late. She could evolve into a stakes horse with more seasoning.

Friday (8/22)

5TH -- Trainer Peter Miller wisely claimed PASSING GAME (Game Plan) out of this one, as the peaking sort ran a third straight big race on this main oval this summer. We're not sure if the gelding is only a Del Mar specialist or has simply morphed into a nice runner, but he's one we want in our shedrow right now.

Saturday (8/23)

2ND -- While we pretty convinced she didn't beat a great field in this maiden run, the 6 3/4-length romp by PLAY HARD TO GET (Purim) was still very impressive from a visual standpoint. The Eric Kruljac trainee made a big move approaching the turn for home and stayed on with it, decimating this field with ease. We'd imagine the gelding will be one to watch with winners next out.

4TH -- A C Avila's MASOCHISTIC (Sought After) should be headed for stakes foes last time after a third straight wire-to-wire tally following this effort, which he won with ease. The four-year-old gelding has been incredibly sharp following his debut run and beat a pair of decent runners in this dash.

Sunday (8/24)

1ST -- CONQUEST PANTHERA (Kitten's Joy) lived up to the hype when exploding once clear in the lane en route to a sharp debut tally for conditioner Mark Casse. The juvenile colt was hammered down at first asking and should be in the stakes ranks next time.

2ND --BEE BRAVE (Rail Link) was stuck for most of the stretch run, but once clear the import proved much the best. We're not very fond of the field the Simon Callaghan trainee toppled in here, but is was a second straight positive step and she could be tough right back.

6TH -- This was a big day for Cassidy, who also saddle a sharp first time winner in INTO OBLIVION (Into Mischief), who was much the best late. The juvenile filly might turn out to be a nice one, as we're not sure we've ever seen a first-time winner at the special weight level from this barn.

A Look Ahead

The Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante will top the racing on Saturday here. Sunday will play host to the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby and the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes -- while the Labor Day feature is the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap. Racing wraps up next Wednesday with the annual closing-day, the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity.

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Close Hatches   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   8/22   126.6
Artemis Agrotera   SAR   7f (ft)   8/23   124.3
Goldencents   DMR   7f (ft)   8/24   123.0
Big John B   DMR   1 3/8m (fm)   8/23   122.6
Bern Identity   SAR   6f (my)   8/22   122.3
V. E. Day   SAR   1 1/4m (ft)   8/23   121.9
Pick of the Litter   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   8/22   121.9
Endless Chatter   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/18   121.8
Winning Cause   MTH   1 1/8m (fm)   8/24   121.1
Tom's Tribute   DMR   1m (fm)   8/24   121.1
Leigh Court   WO   7f (ft)   8/24   120.9
Away Game   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   8/22   120.8
Yougotthatgoinforu   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   8/19   120.3
Upstart   SAR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/24   120.3
Sky Treasure   WO   6 1/2f (gd)   8/22   120.2

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through August 25, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Wicked Strong   7   2   1   0   1,361,610
3. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
4. Imperative   8   1   2   3   1,259,700
5. Tonalist   6   3   3   0   1,198,250
6. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
7. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
8. Bayern   8   4   1   1   1,077,680
9. Moreno   5   1   1   1   1,040,500
10. Lexie Lou   5   3   0   1   999,109
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   716   168   122   104   $16,286,212
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   704   169   141   96   8,625,615
3. Steve Asmussen   883   208   145   136   7,904,491
4. Bob Baffert   269   59   46   37   7,588,664
5. Mark Casse   543   95   94   71   7,474,394
6. Chad Brown   326   84   56   49   7,265,925
7. Bill Mott   460   66   74   68   7,195,293
8. Mike Maker   600   143   96   84   6,056,003
9. Graham Motion   487   98   74   69   5,897,481
10. Christophe Clement   316   62   64   51   5,750,255
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   899   234   162   132   $17,761,676
2. Joel Rosario   857   147   145   126   14,540,113
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   934   185   158   139   12,448,916
4. John Velazquez   577   101   99   79   10,531,339
5. Jose Ortiz   784   148   132   117   9,903,904
6. Mike Smith   371   81   56   41   9,681,648
7. Rosie Napravnik   649   142   97   92   8,230,510
8. Victor Espinoza   418   74   61   46   7,989,537
9. Jose Lezcano   598   93   99   103   7,941,448
10. Rajiv Maragh   596   84   99   105   7,873,535
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

RACING LEADERS

(through August 25, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Wicked Strong   7   2   1   0   1,361,610
3. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
4. Imperative   8   1   2   3   1,259,700
5. Tonalist   6   3   3   0   1,198,250
6. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
7. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
8. Bayern   8   4   1   1   1,077,680
9. Moreno   5   1   1   1   1,040,500
10. Lexie Lou   5   3   0   1   999,109
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   716   168   122   104   $16,286,212
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   704   169   141   96   8,625,615
3. Steve Asmussen   883   208   145   136   7,904,491
4. Bob Baffert   269   59   46   37   7,588,664
5. Mark Casse   543   95   94   71   7,474,394
6. Chad Brown   326   84   56   49   7,265,925
7. Bill Mott   460   66   74   68   7,195,293
8. Mike Maker   600   143   96   84   6,056,003
9. Graham Motion   487   98   74   69   5,897,481
10. Christophe Clement   316   62   64   51   5,750,255
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   899   234   162   132   $17,761,676
2. Joel Rosario   857   147   145   126   14,540,113
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   934   185   158   139   12,448,916
4. John Velazquez   577   101   99   79   10,531,339
5. Jose Ortiz   784   148   132   117   9,903,904
6. Mike Smith   371   81   56   41   9,681,648
7. Rosie Napravnik   649   142   97   92   8,230,510
8. Victor Espinoza   418   74   61   46   7,989,537
9. Jose Lezcano   598   93   99   103   7,941,448
10. Rajiv Maragh   596   84   99   105   7,873,535
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

At a Glance
LOUISIANA DOWNS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.89 - 1
Favorite Win%: 39%, Favorite Itm%: 75%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta69.77
Daily Double83.33
Trifecta437.46
Pick 3426.53
Superfecta2,650.57
Pick 41,583.34
Pick 5 Jackpot4,326.39
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 08/24)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 83 42% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 89 28% E/P Outside
1m 70yDirt 149 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 63 29% P Rail
Turf Routes 72 15% P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/18 - 08/24)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 6 17% E/P Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 8 13% E/P Mid/Out
1m 70yDirt 6 17% S Inside
Turf Sprint 5 40% P Middle
Turf Routes 5 0% P Mid/Out
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Lara Jorge 14 5 0 0 12.01 0 13%
Mouton Patrick 8 4 1 0 8.86 2 14%
Johnston Edward J. 3 2 0 0 4.73 0 24%
Schmidt Denise 4 2 0 0 15.93 0 11%
Williams Ellen 5 2 0 1 7.18 0 13%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Eramia Richard E. 27 8 3 5 3.73 6 19%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Wilson Shane 11 0 0 2 11.36 0 12%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Flores Rico 13 0 2 1 17.61 0 7%
Jude John 10 0 0 0 46.45 0 4%
               

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Stryker Phd 5G 1m (ft) EMD 8/24 Longacres Mile H. 99
Shared Belief 3G 1 1/4m (ft) DMR 8/24 TVG Pacific Classic S. 98
Close Hatches 4F 1 1/8m (my) SAR 8/22 Personal Ensign S. 96
Endless Chatter 4F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/18 Summer Colony S. 96
Page McKenney 4G 1 1/16m (gd) PEN 8/23 Robellino S. 93
Stopshoppingdebbie 4F 1 1/8m (ft) EMD 8/24 Emerald Distaff H. 92
Thunder Agard 5G 1 1/16m (ft) ALB 8/23 Lineage Classic S. 90
Hobo Ridge 7G 1 1/16m (my) PRX 8/23 Turning for Home S. 86
Dubla Gold 7G 1m (ft) GPR 8/24 Grande Prairie Centenial S. 75
Mahogany Run 4G 1 5/8m (ft) FER 8/24 C. J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon H. 69
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Artemis Agrotera 3F 7f (ft) SAR 8/23 Ballerina S. 105
Goldencents 4C 7f (ft) DMR 8/24 Pat O'Brien S. 105
Bern Identity 4C 6f (my) SAR 8/22 Tale of the Cat S. 101
Leigh Court 4F 7f (ft) WO 8/24 Seaway S. 97
Uncle Southern 4F 6 1/2f (sy) SAR 8/21 Union Avenue S. 96
Midnightlowdown 5G 5 1/2f (ft) ALB 8/23 Casey Darnell Pony Express S. 94
Lucy's Bob Boy 5G 7f (my) CT 8/23 Frank Gall Memorial S. 91
Lakehouse Fun 4F 6 1/2f (ft) ALB 8/23 Carlos Salazar S. 86
Sookie's Kookies 6M 6 1/2f (ft) CLS 8/23 Columbus Maturity/Matron S. 83
Halifax Flyer 6G 7f (ft) GIL 8/24 GCFA Texas Bred S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Winning Cause 4C 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 8/24 Cliff Hanger S. 100
Big John B 5G 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 8/23 Del Mar H. 99
Meri Shika (FR) 4F 1 1/2m (gd) WO 8/23 Flaming Page S. 99
Tom's Tribute 4C 1m (fm) DMR 8/24 Del Mar Mile H. 98
King Kreesa 5G 1 1/16m (gd) SAR 8/24 West Point S. 97
Abaco 6M 1 1/16m (gd) SAR 8/23 Ballston Spa S. 96
Dayatthespa 5M 1 1/16m (gd) SAR 8/24 Yaddo S. 95
Ann of the Dance 5M 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 8/22 CTT and Thoroughbred Owners of California H. 91
Bim Bam 7H 1 1/16m (fm) RP 8/23 Edward J. Debartolo Memorial H. 91
Rusty Slipper 4F 1 1/8m (gd) MTH 8/23 Violet S. 91
Sooner Superstar 5M 7 1/2f (fm) RP 8/22 Red Earth S. 88
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Upstart 2R 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/24 Funny Cide S. 106
Sly Gold 2C 6f (ft) ASD 8/20 Osiris S. 84
Myfourchix 2F 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/24 Seeking the Ante S. 73
Yelling Timber 2F 5 1/2f (ft) ASD 8/22 Debutante S. 72
Spanky's Bourbon 2G 6f (gd) ASD 8/23 CTHS Sales S. 69
Candy Kabob 2G 6f (ft) MD 8/23 Western Heritage S. 63
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/18-8/24) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
So Lonesome 3G 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/24 Albany S. 105
The Big Beast 3C 7f (ft) SAR 8/23 Ketel One King's Bishop S. 102
V. E. Day 3C 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/23 Travers S. 102
Heart to Heart 3C 1m (fm) SAR 8/20 Better Talk Now S. 95
Speed Seeker 3F 1m (gd) WO 8/23 Ontario Colleen S. 93
Star Grazing 3F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/24 Fleet Indian S. 89
Bobby J's Rush 3G 6f (ft) SUF 8/23 African Prince S. 88
Dawselina 3F 1 1/16m (ft) HST 8/22 Hong Kong Jockey Club H. 88
Slice of Red 3G 1 1/16m (ft) HST 8/22 Richmond Derby Trial H. 88
Best Plan Yet 3C 1 1/16m (fm) GP 8/23 Forty Niner S. 87
Lady Genius 3F 6f (ft) ALB 8/23 Bank of Albuquerque S. 86
Roll Out the Band 3G 6f (ft) ALB 8/23 Albuquerque Journal S. 86
Mr. Kalypso 3G 1m (ft) MD 8/23 Shortgrass Heritage S. 77
Sacred Vows 3F 1m (ft) MD 8/23 Parkland Heritage S. 60

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Close Hatches   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   8/22   126.6
Artemis Agrotera   SAR   7f (ft)   8/23   124.3
Goldencents   DMR   7f (ft)   8/24   123.0
Big John B   DMR   1 3/8m (fm)   8/23   122.6
Bern Identity   SAR   6f (my)   8/22   122.3
V. E. Day   SAR   1 1/4m (ft)   8/23   121.9
Pick of the Litter   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   8/22   121.9
Endless Chatter   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/18   121.8
Winning Cause   MTH   1 1/8m (fm)   8/24   121.1
Tom's Tribute   DMR   1m (fm)   8/24   121.1
Leigh Court   WO   7f (ft)   8/24   120.9
Away Game   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   8/22   120.8
Yougotthatgoinforu   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   8/19   120.3
Upstart   SAR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/24   120.3
Sky Treasure   WO   6 1/2f (gd)   8/22   120.2

At a Glance
WOODBINE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.22 - 1
Favorite Win%: 35%, Favorite Itm%: 67%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exactor84.48
Daily Double61.37
Triactor583.59
Pick 3595.90
Superfecta6,130.10
Pick 46,667.18
Super High Five Jackpot32,497.55
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 08/24)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 143 29% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 132 24% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 114 19% P Outside
Turf Sprint 61 30% E Rail
Turf Routes 64 11% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/18 - 08/24)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 8 50% E Middle
7.0fDirt 4 50% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 6 17% E Mid/Out
Turf Sprint 10 20% S Mid/Out
Turf Routes 3 0% E/P Middle
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Di Pasquale Sam 7 3 0 1 10.56 0 18%
Pierce Malcolm 8 3 0 0 4.02 2 21%
Tharrenos William 8 3 1 0 6.82 0 16%
Wright Michael W. 4 2 1 0 10.68 0 10%
LeBlanc, Jr. John P. 5 2 0 1 17.89 0 12%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Husbands Patrick 28 7 3 2 4.54 7 22%
Boulanger Gary 16 4 1 2 17.39 1 11%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Moran David 17 0 2 1 13.56 1 10%
Olguin Gerry 15 0 2 2 12.74 3 11%
Garcia David 12 0 1 0 32.41 1 7%
Ramsammy Emile 10 0 0 1 35.17 0 6%
               

Racing Highlights

For Wednesday

DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $33,000 ocl, 3&up, f/m, 7 1/2fT (7TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $150,000 Generous Portion S., 2yo, f, 6f (8TH).
EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:45): $23,500 alw, 3&up, 1mT (8TH).
INDIANA GRAND (2:05): $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Colts and Geldings S., 3yo c/g, 1m (9TH); $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies S., 3yo, f, 1m (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 alw, 3&up, f/m, 7fT (3RD).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, 1m 70yds (5TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $30,000 alw, 3&up, f/m, 1m 70yds (7TH); $30,000 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (2ND).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $30,000 alw, 3&up, 7f (8TH).
SARATOGA (12:25): $100,000 P.G. Johnson S., 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT (3RD).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $19,000 alw, 3&up, f/m, 5fT (8TH); $19,000 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (7TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $25,400 alw, 3&up, f/m, 6f (2ND).
WOODBINE (6:45): C$200,000 Simcoe S., 2yo, c/g, 6 1/2f (7TH); C$200,000 Muskoka S., 2yo, f, 6 1/2f (5TH); C$125,000 Algoma S., 3&up, f/m, 1 1/16m (4TH); C$125,000 Elgin S., 3&up, c/g, 1 1/16m (3RD); C$125,000 Halton S., 3&up, 1mT (2ND); C$125,000 Kenora S., 3&up, 6f (6TH).

  *all times Eastern

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

MONDAY:   Golden Gate Fields and Monmouth Park
TUESDAY:   Arlington and Del Mar
WEDNESDAY:   Louisiana Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Ellis Park and Saratoga

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Charles Town   (3rd) Brady Lane, 9-2
    (5th) Stormy Witch, 5-1
Delaware Park   (2nd) Amber Morning, 3-1
    (5th) Inspired by Grace, 7-2
Del Mar   (2nd) Igotnosixes, 4-1
    (5th) Mum's Truckee, 6-1
Evangeline Downs   (1st) Zactly, 3-1
    (5th) Dewey's Legend, 8-1
Indiana Grand   (2nd) Chocolate Cherries, 7-2
    (7th) Aziperform, 9-2
Mountaineer   (3rd) Distinctly Mine, 6-1
    (5th) Trust Me T, 9-2
Penn National   (1st) Rimfox, 3-1
    (5th) Right Now, 6-1
Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Corundum, 9-2
    (7th) Tribal Party, 3-1
Remington Park   (4th) Charlie's Deere, 5-1
    (8th) Trend Setter, 5-1
Saratoga   (5th) In Spite of Mama, 5-1
    (8th) Manchurian High, 3-1
Suffolk Downs   (2nd) Daba Daba, 6-1
    (8th) Miss Tricky Me, 6-1
Thistledown   (4th) J J Garber, 3-1
    (5th) La Panchita, 7-2
Woodbine   (2nd) Top Prospect, 8-1
    (8th) Ninja Queen, 7-2

HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

HIGHLIGHTS

For Wednesday

DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $33,000 ocl, 3&up, f/m, 7 1/2fT (7TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $150,000 Generous Portion S., 2yo, f, 6f (8TH).
EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:45): $23,500 alw, 3&up, 1mT (8TH).
INDIANA GRAND (2:05): $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Colts and Geldings S., 3yo c/g, 1m (9TH); $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies S., 3yo, f, 1m (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 alw, 3&up, f/m, 7fT (3RD).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, 1m 70yds (5TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $30,000 alw, 3&up, f/m, 1m 70yds (7TH); $30,000 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (2ND).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $30,000 alw, 3&up, 7f (8TH).
SARATOGA (12:25): $100,000 P.G. Johnson S., 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT (3RD).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $19,000 alw, 3&up, f/m, 5fT (8TH); $19,000 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (7TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $25,400 alw, 3&up, f/m, 6f (2ND).
WOODBINE (6:45): C$200,000 Simcoe S., 2yo, c/g, 6 1/2f (7TH); C$200,000 Muskoka S., 2yo, f, 6 1/2f (5TH); C$125,000 Algoma S., 3&up, f/m, 1 1/16m (4TH); C$125,000 Elgin S., 3&up, c/g, 1 1/16m (3RD); C$125,000 Halton S., 3&up, 1mT (2ND); C$125,000 Kenora S., 3&up, 6f (6TH).

*all times Eastern

HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

Announcements

Help Wanted

A horse racing website is currently hiring for part-time positions as a Customer Service Representative in Lexington, Kentucky. Must be available nights and weekends. Some weekdays may also be available. Computer literacy required, horse racing knowledge and customer service experience a plus. To schedule an interview, email or send your résumé to the following: Nancy.Kanaval@brisnet.com, P.O. Box 4097, Lexington, KY 40544.