Sunday, January 14, 2018

Superfecta Sunday at Santa Anita

We go long on the Turf today at the "Great Race Place" in celebration of our Superfecta Sunday.

Santa Anita Park Race 9 {Astral Stakes~1 1/2 mile~TURF~4 year-old Up~Fillies/Mares~Stakes}

A good field of ten ladies will hit the California grass in this last race on the Sunday card. There is some speed with the "X-factor" being the Irish-bred, #6 Plein Air [IRE] who will be making her first North American start after racing in Italy. Speed numbers are fairly close, though many have yet to go this marathon distance. It should be an incredible race. Our task is to knit together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket. Let's give a whirl.

#10 Estrechada [ARG] (Elliott / Puype) might have the best for this crew with the fourth highest (tie) last out speed number at a longer route and four superb peaking workouts. She loves this distance and the Santa Anita course. This gal should display some forward placement and then lead the charge to the wire. She is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#5 How Unusual (Nakatani / Pender) should challenge with the highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and two robust workouts. This lady has four wins over the Santa Anita course and should set-up with a tracking position. She will be gunning for her third victory in a row.

#2 Queen Blossom [IRE] (Blanc / Baltas) should contend with the third highest (tie) last out speed number, a two race progression, and four excellent peaking workouts. She has hit the board at this distance from two tries. She should be part of the tracking force behind the pace-setters.

#11 Evo Campo [IRE] (Bejarano / Gallagher) should also contend sharing the third highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and three respectable workouts. This gal has posted two victories from two efforts at this distance. She should be part of the front end crew.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#10 Estrechada  +  #5 How Unusual  +  #2 Queen Blossom [IRE]  +  #11 Evo Campo [IRE].




Stakes Saturday Results
Fair Grounds Race Course R9.  LeComte--G3.  Our first pick, Principe Guilherme, finished 2nd for place money of $3.20 and show money of $4.20.  Our second pick, Instilled Regard, won (1st) for place money of $1.60 and show money of $3.00.  Our third pick, Kowboy Karma, finished 5th.
Superfecta went 10-12-2-8.
Bankroll remains unchanged at $38.97.



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Stakes Saturday on the Kentucky Derby Trail

We stay on at the Fair Grounds for another KD 144 prep race for Stakes Saturday action.

Fair Grounds Race 9 {LeComte~G3~1 mile 70 yards~3 year-old~Graded Stakes}

An excellent crop of thirteen Derby aspirants will settle in the gate in this annual prep race. There is sufficient speed to carry along a good pace. Speed numbers are fairly close, but these lads are improving as they begin their three year-old season. It should be an excitingly competitive race.

#12 Principe Guilherme (Geroux / Asmussen) could pull of his third career win in a row with the second highest last out speed number and two superb peaking workouts. He has the speed to wire this field having already secured a win at this distance and over the Fair Grounds track. A son of Tapit, he should have a peak performance as he makes his third career start.
$1 WIN  /  $2 PLACE  /  $3 SHOW.

#10 Instilled Regard  (Castellano  / Hollendorfer) will pose a significant challenge with the highest last out speed number at a longer route, a two race progression, and four dynamite workouts. This guy has the tactical speed to adjust to the pace. A son of Arch, he is 100% in the money from four career starts.
$1 PLACE  /  $2 SHOW.

#5 Kowboy Karma (B. Hernandez / L. Jones) should contend with a couple of very good last out speed numbers and three strong workouts. This guy holds the second highest speed number at the distance accomplishing that task at Belmont Park. He is 80% in the money from five career starts. A son of Kodiak Kowboy, he should be tracking the pace ready to strike.
$1 SHOW.

#1 Lone Sailor (Mena / Amoss) should be in the hunt with  a couple of good last out speed numbers, a two race progression, and four superlative peaking workouts. This lad has already hit the board at this distance and is experienced at long stretch runs. A son of Majestic Warrior, he should track and close with spirit.

10 CENT Superfecta

#12 Principe Guilherme  /  #10 Instilled Regard  /  #5 Kowboy Karma, #1 Lone Sailor  /  ALL.




Furlong Friday Results
Fair Grounds Race Course R9.  Claiming.  Our pick, Bull Headed Woman, was 3rd for show money of $4.20.
Superfecta went 5-6-3-8.
Bankroll nudges up a buck and change to settle at $38.97.
 


Friday, January 12, 2018

Furlong Friday at the Fair Grounds

A chilly Furlong Friday in NOLA as we look in on the last on the card at the Fair Grounds.

Fair Grounds Race 9 {6 Furlongs~4 year-old Up~Fillies/Mares~LA~Claiming}

A good group of seven will go to the gate in the last race of the New Orleans day. There is a plethora of speed which should produce a sizzling pace. Speed numbers are fairly close for these Louisiana bred gals. It should be an excellent race to cap off a Furlong Friday.

#3 Bull Headed Woman (Mena / Johnston) looks to take another step up with the third highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and two stout workouts. She should follow snuggly as the leaders go through the pace calls. With this much speed signed on, she may benefit greatly.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#1 Elle Les Yu (Valdivia / Faucheux) should challenge despite being part of the wall of speed sure to develop. This girl has the highest (tie) last out speed number and a six race progression. She loves the surface and the distance.

#5 Actif Storm (Sutherland / Moran) should contend with the second highest speed number at the distance. She should be part of the forwardly placed pack as she drops in from a more competitive event in her last. She likes the Fair Grounds track.

#4 Rose's Asset (Bonilla / Faucheux) should be in the mix with the second highest last out speed number and a two race progression. She holds the highest speed number at the distance. With some tactical speed, she could surprise.

10 CENT Superfecta 

#3 Bull Headed Woman  /  #1 Elle Les Yu  /  #5 Actif Storm, #4 Rose's Asset  /  ALL.




Last Superfecta Sunday (1/7) Results
Santa Anita Park R8.  Santa Ynez--G2.  We missed on our 10 CENT Superfecta Box play capturing only two of the four wagering interests required for victory. Superfecta went 8-2-7-6.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Just a Smidge, finished 7th.
Bankroll continues it's slide to settle at $37.57.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Superfecta Sunday at Santa Anita

Staying on at Santa Anita for our Superfecta Sunday we take in a Grade 2 Sprint.

Santa Anita Park Race 8 {Santa Ynez~G2~7 Furlongs~3 year-old Up~Fillies~Graded Stakes}

A premium field of nine will hit the dirt in this annual event. Plenty of speed to keep the pace rolling. Speed numbers are very, very close which should make it any one of these fillies race. Our task is to string together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta ticket.
A great race should unfold.

#8 Midnight Bisou (Smith / Spawr) might have the edge with the second highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and five tremendous peaking workouts. Though only a maiden, she has hit the board in both of her races and relishes the distance. A daughter of Midnight Lute, she should track the pace capably.

#7 Win the War (Gaffalione / Casse) comes in from Canada to battle these California girls. She holds the highest overall speed number that recorded a win at this distance, albeit over the Tapeta surface up at Woodbine. She has put in three strong workouts prepping for this race. A daughter of War Front, she should also track the pace carefully.

#9 Just a Smidge (Van Dyke / Baffert) looks ready to take another step forward coming out of a route race. She has put in four stellar, peaking workouts ready to race. This gal show the highest speed number over the dirt surface. A daughter of Into Mischief, she should be closer to the pace and launch into the stretch. She is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#5 War Heroine (Prat / Miller) could come away with the lead and attempt to wire this field. She holds the third highest last out speed number in her only race and has put in three robust peaking workouts. A daughter of Lonhro [AUS], she will be stretching out 110 yards for her second career start.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#8 Midnight Bisou  +  #7 Win the War  +  #9 Just a Smidge  +  #5 War Heroine.




Stakes Saturday Results 
Santa Anita Park R5.  Sham Stakes--G3.  Our first pick, McKinzie, won (1st) for win money of $2.40 and show money of $3.15.  Our second pick, Shivermetimbers, finished 4th.  Our third pick, My Boy Jack, finished 3rd for show money of $2.80.
Superfecta went 6-3-1-5.
Bankroll dips to $41.97.



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Stakes Saturday in the Cali Sun

The KD144 prep season begins in earnest for 2018. We take a peek at a Kentucky Derby prep at the "Great Race Place" on this Stakes Saturday.

Santa Anita Park Race 5 {Sham Stakes~G3~1 mile~3 year-old~Graded Stakes}

A reduced field of six will go to the gate in the first KD 144 prep race of 2018. There is some speed so it should be an interesting to see how the pace unfolds. Speed numbers are very close giving the race an competitive feel. With Derby points on the line it should be a fantastic race.

#6 McKinzie (Smith / Baffert) should be the deserved favorite with the highest last out speed number and three stellar peaking workouts. This lad will be coming down in class and distance to face these fellow Derby aspirants. A son of Kentucky Derby champ, Street Sense he should come on strong from a tracking position.
$2 WIN  /  $3 SHOW.

#5 Shivermetimbers (Prat / Hollendorfer) should challenge with the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four robust peaking workouts. This guy is has already secured a victory at the mile distance earning the highest speed number at it. A son of Shanghai Bobby, he should be forwardly placed.
$2 SHOW.

#1 My Boy Jack (Desormeaux / Desormeaux) should contend  with a couple of good last out speed numbers albeit on the Turf.  He is working a six race progression and has put in four excellent peaking workouts in preparation. A son of Creative Cause he should be able to track and close effectively.
$2 SHOW.

10 CENT Superfecta

#6 McKinzie  /  #5 Shivermetimbers  /  #1 My Boy Jack  /  ALL.




Holiday Monday (1/1) Results
Gulfstream Park R9.  Janus Stakes.  Our pick, Hogy, finished 2nd for show money of $2.60.
Superfecta went 4-5-3-6.
Bankroll dips again to settle at $42.92.


Monday, January 1, 2018

A New Year Turf Sprint

A New Year begins as we look at a terrific Turf sprint on a Holiday Monday.

Gulfstream Park Race 9 {Janus Stakes~5 Furlongs~TURF~4 year-old Up~Stakes}

A reduced field of seven will take to the South Florida green in this Stakes sprint. There is plenty of speed to gear up the pace. Speed figs are very close creating a competitive event. It should be a good race to start our horse racing year off.

#5 Hogy (J. Ortiz / Maker) should go off as the favorite as he exits a grade one event in his last. He holds the fourth highest last out speed number and four superb workouts. This guy is an incredible 95% in the money from forty-seven career starts. The only millionaire in the field, he loves the Turf and the distance. Certainly, the one to beat.
$1 WIN  /  $2 SHOW.

#4 Successful Native (Gaffalione / Maragh) could challenge with a couple of good last out speed numbers. This lad shares the highest speed number over the Gulfstream grass as well as holds the second highest speed number at the distance. He has the tactical speed to stay with these sprinters.

#1 Extravagant Kid (Batista / Mi. Wlofson) should challenge with the second highest last out speed number, a five race progression, and one solid workout. He is a lover of the Turf, distance and Gulfstream course. This lad will be attempting win his third in a row from a close tracking position.

#7 Flashaway (Leparoux / Casse) is coming off a year plus layoff, but his connections are quite adept at getting a charge ready to get back into the racing game. He is 100% in the money over the Turf (six efforts) as well as at the distance (one try). This guy has put in three strong peaking workouts prepping for his return.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)
Our Holiday Box......

#5 Hogy  +  #4 Successful Native  +  #1 Extravagant Kid  +  #7 Flashaway.



Stakes Saturday Results
Santa Anita R7.  American Oaks--G1.  Our first pick, Madam Dancealot [IRE], finished 2nd for show money of $5.40.  Our second pick, New Money Honey, finished 4th.  Our third pick, Kathy's Song, finished 3rd for show money of $6.00.
Superfecta went 4-1-2-9.
Bankroll falters to $45.72.




Saturday, December 30, 2017

Stakes Saturday Long on Turf

We celebrate our Stakes Saturday by going long on the Turf at the "Great Race Place."

Santa Anita Park Race 7 {American Oaks~G1~1 1/4 mile~TURF~3 year-old~Fillies~Graded Stakes}

A fantastic field of nine fillies will go long on the green in this annual affair. There is a little speed which could produce a casual pace with the speedsters hoping to game the rest of this bunch. Speed numbers for these gals are very, very close which makes it super competitive. This should be the most exciting race on today's card.

#1 Madam Dancealot [IRE] (Nakatani / Baltas) could pop with the highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and four superb workouts. She will be stretching out for this one, but appears to be well prepped. A daughter of Sir Prancealot [IRE], she should come make a nice run from off the pace.
$2 WIN  /  $3 SHOW.

#9 New Money Honey (Castellano / C. Brown) could go off as the favorite with the defection of her barn-mate, Rymska [FR]. She holds a couple of decent last out speed numbers, a two race progression, and four sound workouts. This gal has the tactical speed to stay the course and could take the field wire to wire. A daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, she is the only millionaire in the field.
$2 PLACE  /  $3 SHOW.

#2 Kathy's Song (Blanc / Baltas) looks to improve mightily as she stretches out in distance. She has put in a couple of decent last out speed numbers, a tremendous nine race progression, and two solid workouts. A daughter of Candy Ride [ARG], she should track the pace and strike in the stretch.
$2 SHOW.

#6 Beau Recall [IRE] (Talamo / Callaghan) should challenge with the second highest (tie) last out speed number and four hearty workouts. She loves the Santa Anita Turf course holding a 100% in the money over it from four tries. Another daughter of Sir Prancealot [IRE], she has competed once at this distance.

10 CENT Superfecta 

#1 Madam Dancealot [IRE]  /  #9 New Money Honey  /  #2 Kathy's Song, #6 Beau Recall [IRE]  /  ALL.



Last Superfecta Sunday (12/24) Results
Gulfstream Park R9.  Optional Claiming. We just missed on our 10 CENT Superfecta Box effort grabbing three of the four wagering interests required to cash. Superfecta went 8-10-14-9.
Our Bronze Horseshoe selection, Lenamarie, finished 5th.
Bankroll drops to $47.52.