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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016

Racing Headlines

Power Alert, Stanford are horses to watch in Gulfstream stakes

With so many favorites set for a blockbuster day of stakes action across the country, Twinspires.com's Vance Hanson took the time to ferret out a few profitable plays, including Power Alert in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint and Stanford in the Fred W. Hooper (G3) on Saturday.

Kellie Reilly discussed the international racing scene in her weekly "The Dispatch Box" on the Twinspires.com blog, including Charming Kitten upcoming relocation to Dermot Weld's barn to prepare for Royal Ascot and the Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1).

Dick Powell reviewed last week's domestic action in his "Handicapping Insights," focusing on Sunday Rules' win over the boys in the California Cup Sprint and Mohaymen's victory in the Holy Bull (G2).

Power Alert, Stanford are horses to watch in Gulfstream stakes

With so many favorites set for a blockbuster day of stakes action across the country, Twinspires.com's Vance Hanson took the time to ferret out a few profitable plays, including Power Alert in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint and Stanford in the Fred W. Hooper (G3) on Saturday.

Kellie Reilly discussed the international racing scene in her weekly "The Dispatch Box" on the Twinspires.com blog, including Charming Kitten upcoming relocation to Dermot Weld's barn to prepare for Royal Ascot and the Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1).

Dick Powell reviewed last week's domestic action in his "Handicapping Insights," focusing on Sunday Rules' win over the boys in the California Cup Sprint and Mohaymen's victory in the Holy Bull (G2).

Frosted crushes foes in Dubai World Cup prep

Frosted brought a class edge into Thursday's Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2) at Meydan and made it look easy, rolling to a five-length decision in track-record time. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by William Buick, who also teamed up to capture the Firebreak (G3) with another Godolphin runner, Confrontation, Frosted confirmed his status as a major contender for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 26. The 4-year-old Tapit colt, who finished second to American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (G1), was making his first appearance since a seventh in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

Last seen capturing the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2), Arlington Million (G1) hero The Pizza Man will seek his second straight graded stakes victory on Saturday when he lines up for the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1). Listed as the 4-5 morning line favorite versus seven rivals, The Pizza Man will be making his 7-year-old debut for trainer Roger Brueggemann and the gelding picks up the services of leading Gulfstream rider Javier Castellano.

Frosted crushes foes in Dubai World Cup prep

Frosted brought a class edge into Thursday's Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2) at Meydan and made it look easy, rolling to a five-length decision in track-record time. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by William Buick, who also teamed up to capture the Firebreak (G3) with another Godolphin runner, Confrontation, Frosted confirmed his status as a major contender for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 26. The 4-year-old Tapit colt, who finished second to American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (G1), was making his first appearance since a seventh in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

Last seen capturing the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2), Arlington Million (G1) hero The Pizza Man will seek his second straight graded stakes victory on Saturday when he lines up for the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1). Listed as the 4-5 morning line favorite versus seven rivals, The Pizza Man will be making his 7-year-old debut for trainer Roger Brueggemann and the gelding picks up the services of leading Gulfstream rider Javier Castellano.

Songbird returns in Las Virgenes; Mor Spirit tops Lewis

Champion juvenile filly Songbird will make her highly-anticipated return in the $300,000 Las Virgenes (G2) at Santa Anita, one of two Kentucky Oaks preps being offered Saturday along with the $100,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park. Mike Smith retains the mount on the undefeated Jerry Hollendorfer trainee and six rivals will line up to challenge Songbird in the one-mile race.

Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) winner Mor Spirit headlines a field of seven in Saturday's $150,000 Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita, a Kentucky Derby qualifier offering points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers. Santa Anita will also offer the $500,000 San Antonio (G2) for older horses on the main track and the $200,000 San Marcos (G2) for turf runners.

One of three runners entered from the Todd Pletcher stable, Mshawish will attempt to provide the leading conditioner his fourth victory Donn H. (G1) in seven years at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Madefromlucky and Itsaknockout are the other Pletcher trainees in the eight-horse field, and Travers (G1) upsetter Keen Ice is among those using the 1 1/8-mile race as a possible springboard to the lucrative Dubai World Cup program on March 26.

Also at the TwinSpires Blog:

James Scully reviews last weekend's developments, including Mohaymen's impressive Holy Bull (G2) victory, and gives his weekly top 10 list in the Kentucky Derby Report. And Scully also remembers the epic showdown between Dortmund and Firing Line in the 2015 Lewis.

Vance Hanson weighs in on why the older horse division seems no closer to getting back on track.

Ed DeRosa explains why his race and wager selection process has helped start the New Year in a big way.

John Mucciolo provides his weekly take on the action over the inner track in the Aqueduct Notebook.

Songbird returns in Las Virgenes; Mor Spirit tops Lewis

Champion juvenile filly Songbird will make her highly-anticipated return in the $300,000 Las Virgenes (G2) at Santa Anita, one of two Kentucky Oaks preps being offered Saturday along with the $100,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park. Mike Smith retains the mount on the undefeated Jerry Hollendorfer trainee and six rivals will line up to challenge Songbird in the one-mile race.

Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) winner Mor Spirit headlines a field of seven in Saturday's $150,000 Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita, a Kentucky Derby qualifier offering points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers. Santa Anita will also offer the $500,000 San Antonio (G2) for older horses on the main track and the $200,000 San Marcos (G2) for turf runners.

One of three runners entered from the Todd Pletcher stable, Mshawish will attempt to provide the leading conditioner his fourth victory Donn H. (G1) in seven years at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Madefromlucky and Itsaknockout are the other Pletcher trainees in the eight-horse field, and Travers (G1) upsetter Keen Ice is among those using the 1 1/8-mile race as a possible springboard to the lucrative Dubai World Cup program on March 26.

Also at the TwinSpires Blog:

James Scully reviews last weekend's developments, including Mohaymen's impressive Holy Bull (G2) victory, and gives his weekly top 10 list in the Kentucky Derby Report. And Scully also remembers the epic showdown between Dortmund and Firing Line in the 2015 Lewis.

Vance Hanson weighs in on why the older horse division seems no closer to getting back on track.

Ed DeRosa explains why his race and wager selection process has helped start the New Year in a big way.

John Mucciolo provides his weekly take on the action over the inner track in the Aqueduct Notebook.

Features

Dear Readers,

There have been significant changes to the Handicapper's Edge and Bloodstock Journal newsletters. These changes are meant to produce more analytical content for our readers as well as handicappers who use the information in the newsletters.

Nearly everything has been migrated over to the TwinSpires.com Blog section on TwinSpires.com, including Dick Powell's Handicapping Insights and John Mucciolo's Notebooks. These features are still available, and for free like everything in the newsletters, but are just located in a different place now.

If you have any questions or comments on the new format, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for following the Edge and Journal.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

OP, 8TH, AOC, $72,000, 4YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 2-4.
5—REGALLY READY, g, 9, More Than Ready--Kivi, by King of Kings (IRE). ($110,000 '08 KEESEP). O-Vinery Stables LLC, B-Grapestock LLC (KY), T-Steven M. Asmussen, J-Corey S. Nakatani, $43,200.
3—Smack Smack, g, 5, Closing Argument--Smack Madam, by Victory Gallop. O-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, B-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc (KY), $14,400.
6—The Truth Or Else, c, 4, Yes It's True--Lakenheath, by Colonial Affair. ($40,000 '12 KEENOV; $110,000 '13 FTKJUL). O-Harold Lerner LLC, B-Green Lantern Stables, LLC (KY), $7,200.
Winning Time: 1:43 4/5 (ft)
 
SA, 6TH, AOC, $61,813, 4YO/UP, A6 1/2FT, 2-4.
9—HUNT (IRE), g, 4, Dark Angel (IRE)--Mansiya (GB), by Vettori (IRE). (78,000EUR 2014 GORMAY). O-Michael House, B-Michael O'Callaghan (IRE), T-Philip D'Amato, J-Flavien Prat, $34,800.
5—Hawkedon, g, 7, Macho Uno--Cheyenne Dream (GB), by Dancing Brave. ($17,000 2012 KEENOV). O-Janina Gasparrelli, B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY), $11,600.
10—Cardiac, g, 4, Papa Clem--Heatinaheartbeat, by Unusual Heat. O-Abrams, Barry, M Auerbach LLC, Naify, Marsha and Pecoraro, Onofrio, B-Madeline Auerbach, Marsha Naify, Barry Abrams & Onofrio Pecoraro (CA), $9,048.
Winning Time: 1:13 1/5 (gd)
 
AQU, 8TH, AOC, $57,000, 3YO, F, 1M, 2-4.
1—TAKEN BY SURPRISE, f, 3, Giant Surprise--Poovey, by Graeme Hall. O-Repole Stable, B-Repole Stables Inc (NY), T-Todd A. Pletcher, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $34,200.
1A—Surprise Cameo, f, 3, Giant Surprise--Cameo Mio, by Belong to Me. ($18,000 '13 FTNOCT; $25,000 '14 FTNAUG; $80,000 2015 OBSAPR). O-Repole Stable, B-Cedar Ridge Farm LLC (NY), $11,400.
2—Storm Cell, f, 3, Haynesfield--Horticulture, by Forest Wildcat. ($90,000 '14 FTNAUG). O-Matthew Schera, B-Toby Sheets & James Bredin (NY), $5,700.
Winning Time: 1:40 4/5 (gd)
 
DED, 7TH, ALW, $41,000, 3YO, 5F, 2-3.
7—SMOOTHMONEY, g, 3, Smooth Air--Moneyinmywranglers, by Proud Halo. O-Ray Whitley, B-Ray Whitley & Sharon Barker (LA), T-Alfonso Balderas, J-Marcelino Pedroza, $24,600.
10—Anterior, g, 3, Porto Foricos--Sweet Macaroni, by Malagra. ($4,500 '14 LTBSEP). O-Williams, Darris J, Oliphant, Bobby, Moran, Keith and Caves, Mackie L, B-Clear Creek Stud Llc (LA), $8,200.
2—Zackarooney, c, 3, K One King--Whats Up World, by World Appeal. ($17,000 2015 EVDMAR). O-Breaux, Jeremy R and HP Thoroughbreds LLC (Brandon Hillman), B-Joseph Patin (LA), $4,510.
Winning Time: :59 4/5 (ft)
 
PEN, 6TH, AOC, $31,616, 4YO/UP, 1M, 2-3.
6—A. P. CINO, g, 6, Indy Wind--Bring Me Luck, by Pentelicus. O-Robert Leibner, B-Gary Lee Mahon & Jacqueline Diamond Mahon (FL), T-Michael J. Trombetta, J-Dana G. Whitney, $18,240.
3—The Morning Guys, g, 5, Birdstone--Fee Fi Fo Fum, by Giant's Causeway. ($50,000 '12 FTMOCT). O-Robert Reidy, B-Smart Angle (PA), $7,296.
5—J C's Diamond, g, 4, Macho Uno--Doris' Diamond, by Monarchos. ($50,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Todd M McCarty, B-Sun Valley Farm (KY), $3,344.
Winning Time: 1:39 1/5 (sy)
 
CT, 8TH, ALW, $24,500, 4YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 2-3.
5—SEGOVIA, h, 6, Unbridled's Song--Tap to Music, by Pleasant Tap. O-Stronach Stables, B-Adena Springs (ON), T-Jose Corrales, J-Larry Mejias, $14,640.
10—Big Bad Dude, g, 4, Lido Palace (CHI)--Southern Brass, by Domestic Dispute. O-James A Boyer, B-Lisa Boyer (WV), $4,880.
4—J. S. Mosby, g, 5, Bop--Belle Boyd, by Jolie's Halo. O-Ernest C Frohboese, B-Ernest C Frohboese (WV), $2,440.
Winning Time: 1:48 (sy)
 
CT, 7TH, ALW, $24,000, 4YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 2-3.
8—EMBLEM'S ESTATE, g, 5, Real Estate--Cedar Run's Emblem, by Our Emblem. O-Cleil W Albrite, Jr, B-Cleil W Albrite Jr (WV), T-Timothy C. Grams, J-Oscar Flores, $14,340.
5—Honour the Forest, g, 4, Forestry--Decoratedwithonour, by Matter of Honor. O-Jackson, Stephen G and Debbie, B-Dr Stephen G & Debbie Jackson (KY), $4,780.
6—Longstreak, g, 4, Bwana Charlie--Miss Felicia, by Family Calling. O-Dennis P Finger, B-Dennis Finger (WV), $2,390.
Winning Time: 1:20 2/5 (sy)

North American Maiden Winners
Bluegrass Cat--Show Me the Carats by More Than Ready; ALL DAY LAWN, f, 3, AQU, Mcl 40000, 2-4, 1m 70y, 1:46 3/5. B-Grapestock LLC (NY.). $20,000 '13 FTNOCT.
Friesan Fire--Truth and Nobility (MSW$255,594), by Proud Truth; H K'S MERIDA, f, 3, PEN, Msw, 2-3, 6f, 1:13 . B-Briter Farm (PA.). *1/2 to Kellers Church Rd. ($252,644).
Honest Man--Love Smart by Smart Strike; SHUGA BOND, f, 3, DED, Mcl 10000, 2-3, 1m, 1:45 4/5. B-Stan & Sammie Bond (LA.).
Majestic Warrior--Beautiful Candy by Candy Ride (ARG); MR. GAME SEVEN, c, 3, SA, Mcl 30000, 2-4, 1 1/16m, 1:47 . B-Michael Vincent Laurato (KY.). $20,000 '14 OBSJAN; $60,000 2015 OBSAPR.
Posse--Flame Trick by Mt. Livermore; TAKE A BITE, g, 3, AQU, Mcl 40000, 2-4, 5 1/2f, 1:05 1/5. B-Lansdon B. Robbins (NY.). *1/2 to Legal Consent (MSW $431,651).
Saint Afleet--Kulli by Afternoon Deelites; AFLEET ON HIGH, f, 3, DED, Mcl 10000, 2-3, 5f, 1:02 . B-Daniel R Chicola (LA.).
Saint Anddan--Cat Mistress by Tale of the Cat; SAINT MISTRESS, f, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 2-4, 1m, 1:38 2/5. B-Richard Malouf (FL.).
Smoke Glacken--Y Seven by Gilded Time; FLIN FLON, f, 3, OP, Mcl 35000, 2-4, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Valerie L. Peterson (IL.).
Tenpins--Slewpy's Star by Star Programmer; THAT'S THE TRUTH, g, 3, DED, Mcl 20000, 2-3, 6 1/2f, 1:22 1/5. B-Stephen Baker (LA.).
Tizway--Flexible Princess by Honour and Glory; DOMINIC'S WAY, g, 3, GG, Mcl 8000, 2-4, 1m, 1:40 . B-Farm III Enterprices LLC (FL.). $8,500 '14 KEESEP. *1/2 to Zacatlan (champion in Mexico).
Wilburn--Imastorming by Hennessy; IFYOUSNOOZEYOULOSE, c, 3, GP, Mcl 50000, 2-4, 1m, 1:37 1/5. B-Bluegrass Farm Partners, Inc. (KY.). $50,000 '14 KEEJAN.
Bullsbay--Stormin Casey by In Case; PRORATION, g, 4, CT, Mcl 5000, 2-3, 1 1/16m, 1:51 4/5. B-David Baxter (MD.). $3,200 '13 FTMSEP.
Elusive Quality--Padmore by French Deputy; HORSETAILSPEEDSTER, c, 4, OP, Mcl 25000, 2-4, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Bluegrass Hall, LLC (KY.). *1/2 to King of Sydney (G2 $139,419) *Full to Barracks Road (MSW $369,645) *1/2 to Leigh Court (champion in Canada, $672,331).
Freud--Professional Woman by Distinctive Pro; MEMORY KEEPER, g, 4, AQU, Mcl 25000, 2-4, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-Merrylegs Farm North LLC (NY.).
Lydgate--Fine Fine Fine by Finest Hour; FINE DESPERADO, g, 4, DED, Mcl 10000, 2-3, 6 1/2f, 1:23 1/5. B-Bobby L. Duhon (LA.).
Macho Uno--Thorn Flower by Montjeu (IRE); HOT CORNER, g, 4, CT, Msw, 2-3, 4 1/2f, :53 . B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY.). $22,000 '13 KEESEP; $60,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Malibu Moon--Wild Hoots by Unbridled's Song; MR. PUCCI, g, 4, SA, Msw, 2-4, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY.). $125,000 '13 KEESEP.
Medaglia d'Oro--Matlacha Pass by Seeking the Gold; BOKEELIA ISLAND, c, 4, GP, Msw, 2-4, 1 1/16mT, 1:46 2/5. B-Phipps Stable (KY.). *1/2 to Pine Island (MG1 $666,800) *1/2 to Point of Entry (MG1 $2,494,490).
Notional--Angel Lips by Lost Code; FAMOUS JAMEIS, g, 4, TP, Mcl 5000, 2-4, 1m, 1:40 2/5. B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm (KY.).
Papa Clem--Gloriousexcitement by Honour and Glory; THISGIRLSFORPAPA, f, 4, GG, Mcl 5000, 2-4, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Steve & Maria Pavich (CA.).
Successful Appeal--Mighty Eros by Freud; PATHOS, f, 4, GP, Mcl 12500, 2-4, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Off The Hook LLC (FL.).
Summer Bird--Comica Bandida by Time Bandit; COMIC BIRD, c, 4, OP, Msw, 2-4, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Drs. K. K. & Vilasini D. Jayaraman (AR.).

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Friday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (5th) Porch Pounder, 7-2
    (6th) Bensational, 4-1
Charles Town   (1st) Exposed, 3-1
    (2nd) Mighty Pleasing, 4-1
Delta Downs   (4th) Pi, 5-1
    (10th) It's Time to B, 9-2
Fair Grounds   (2nd) Unbridled's Issue, 9-2
    (5th) Carlita Shake, 4-1
Golden Gate Fields   (2nd) Eddie and the King, 9-2
    (5th) Two Pump, 9-2
Gulfstream Park   (7th) Mobilize, 7-2
    (9th) Giant's Jewel, 4-1
Laurel Park   (3rd) Dreamin of Betty, 8-1
    (8th) Double Whammy, 6-1
Oaklawn Park   (4th) Thunder Ranger, 8-1
    (5th) Zonly, 7-2
Penn National   (4th) Ms. Scariecarrie, 3-1
    (6th) Captured, 9-2
Sam Houston   (3rd) Broadway Missile, 4-1
    (5th) Higher End, 7-2
Santa Anita   (6th) Player's Charm, 7-2
    (8th) Dive Down, 6-1
Tampa Bay Downs   (5th) High Native Fly, 8-1
    (6th) Dragon Queen, 6-1
Turfway Park   (7th) Highroller Dave, 7-2
    (8th) Colbyville, 4-1

Features

Dear Readers,

There have been significant changes to the Handicapper's Edge and Bloodstock Journal newsletters. These changes are meant to produce more analytical content for our readers as well as handicappers who use the information in the newsletters.

Nearly everything has been migrated over to the TwinSpires.com Blog section on TwinSpires.com, including Dick Powell's Handicapping Insights and John Mucciolo's Notebooks. These features are still available, and for free like everything in the newsletters, but are just located in a different place now.

If you have any questions or comments on the new format, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for following the Edge and Journal.

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