Sunday, October 15, 2017

Superfecta Sunday, O Canada

On this Superfecta Sunday we look toward the great North for some excellent Turf action.

Woodbine Race 10 {Pattison Canadian International~G1~1 1/2 mile~TURF~3 year-old Up~Graded Stakes}

A highly talented field of ten will hit the Canadian green in this annual event. There is sufficient speed to keep the pace going. Speed numbers/ratings are comparatively close which should produce an extremely competitive race. Our task is to link together a winning 20 CENT Superfecta box ticket.


#10 Chemical Charge [IRE] (Murphy / Beckett) comes in from across the pond to battle on the Canadian Turf. He has won his last two over in Great Britain producing a three race progression. He is a very consistent sort who is 92% in the money from thirteen career starts. This son of Sea the Stars [IRE] should be close to the pace ready to break away in the stretch. He is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#4 Idaho [IRE] (Moore / A. O'Brien) comes in from France where he ran in the "Arc" at Chantilly in unremarkable fashion. This lad has, arguably, some of the best connections in the World. He is a millionaire that has run over the Woodbine course. Holding the highest last out rating, he should travel close to the pace. A son of Galileo [IRE], good improvement should be shown.

#2 Flamboyant [FR] (Rosario / Gallagher) is coming in from sunny California with the second highest speed number, a four race progression, and three stamina producing workouts. This son of Peer Gynt [JPN] has the highest speed number over the surface and will be tracking the pace ready to charge into the stretch.

#9 Erupt [IRE] (Alvarado / Motion) is another millionaire that should contend from a tracking position. He is the defending champ of this race and appears to be coming into form with four superb workouts. A son of Dubawi [IRE], he'll manage the distance well.

20 CENT Superfecta Box ($4.80)

#10 Chemical Charge [IRE]  +  #4 Idaho [IRE]  +  #2 Flamboyant [FR]  +  #9 Erupt [IRE].




Stakes Saturday Results
Keeneland R9. Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup--G1.  Our first pick, Proctor's Ledge, finished 8th.  Our second pick, Dream Dancing, finished 7th.  Our third pick, New Money Honey, finished 6th.
Superfecta went 6-3-8-10.
Bankroll gets goose-egged, falling to $95.92.

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Turfy Stakes Saturday

We look down Kentucky way for an enjoyable Turf battle for the girls.

Keeneland Race 9 {Queen Elizabeth II Cup~Grade 1~1 1/8 mile~3 year-old~Fillies~Graded Stakes}

A smashing field of ten will hit the Keeneland green in this annual event. It comes up light on speed, so strategy will be key as the gate opens. Speed numbers are all very close making it any one of these gals race. It should be the most exciting race of the day.

#2 Proctor's Ledge (Lanerie / B. Walsh) could make it three wins in a row. She holds the highest last out speed number, a five race progression, and three strong workouts. This gal loves the Turf, the distance and the Keeneland course. A daughter of Ghostzapper, she should track the pace closely and explode into the stretch.
$1 WIN  /  $2 PLACE  /  $3 SHOW.

#4 Dream Dancing (Leparoux / B. Walsh) should challenge with the second highest (four-way tie) last out speed number, a three race progression, and four superior peaking workouts. A daughter of Tapit, she should close earnestly.
$1 PLACE  /  $2 SHOW.

#11 New Money Honey (Castellano / C. Brown) will contend with a couple of decent last out speed numbers and four excellent workouts. She has already earned a victory at this distance and is one of four that has traveled over the Keeneland course. A millionaire daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, she should be close to the pace.
$1 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#10 Uni [GB] (I. Ortiz / C. Brown) will be in the mix with the third highest last out speed number and two hearty workouts. She holds the best in the money record of this crew at 88% from nine career starts. A daughter of More Than Ready, she should be part of the tracking pack.

10 CENT Superfecta

#2 Proctor's Ledge  /  #4 Dream Dancing  /  #11 New Money Honey  /  #10 Uni [GB], ALL.




Last Superefecta Sunday (10/8) Results
Gulfstream Park West R7.  Claiming. We landed our 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket for a payment of $30.52.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Quenane, won (1st) for show money of $2.80.
Bankroll blossoms to $106.72.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Superfecta Sunday in Florida

On this Superfecta Sunday we take on a small claiming race on the other coast.

Gulfstream Park West {7 Furlongs~3 year-old Up~Claiming}

A short field of seven will head to the gate in this lower level claiming race. There is some speed. Speed numbers are very close. All of these guys are heading over from Gulf Stream Park to frolic over the former Calder race track. It should be a good event. Our task is to attempt to string together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.

#6 Quenane (Gaffalione / Levy) might have the edge with the second highest last out speed number. Actually, he has a couple of decent last out speed numbers in which he hit the board in both races. This lad has the best overall in the money performance at 69% from thirteen starts. He is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#2 Lil's Fast Boy (Samiento / O. Gonzalez) should challenge as he stretches out to this distance. He holds the second highest (tie) speed number over the surface and has put in two strong workouts. This guy should be forwardly placed with an opportunity to wire the field.

#3 Gadsby Tavern (S. Saez / A. Rodriguez) will contend with the highest last out speed number and a two race progression. He also shows the highest speed number over the dirt. Expect him to track closely and sprout into the stretch.

#5 Eye of the Lion (Rios / Cantanese) could surprise with a couple of even efforts last out and one solid workout. He does have the second highest speed number at the distance. Watch him track and close aggressively.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#6 Quenane  +  #2 Lil's Fast Boy  +  #3 Gadsby  +  #5 Eye of the Lion.




Furlong Friday (10/6) Results
Santa Anita Park R7.  Allowance. Our pick, Divine Spark, finished 8th.
Superfecta went 3-9-4-2.
Bankroll dips to $77.80.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Furlong Friday in Southern Cali

Thank goodness it is Furlong Friday. We take in a nice sprint in Southern California.

Santa Anita Park {6 Furlongs~3 year-old Up~Fillies/Mares~CA~Allowance}

A good field of ten ladies will go to the gate in this Cal-Bred feature. There is plenty of speed to keep the pace rolling. Speed numbers are very close making for a highly competitive event. It should be a fine race for out Furlong Friday.

#7 Divine Spark (Van Dyke / Baffert) looks primed to improve with a couple of decent last out speed numbers, a two race progression, and three serious workouts. This gal should sit right off the pace and launch into the stretch. She likes the surface, distance, and track.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#9 Dreamy Gal (T. Baze / Mullins) should go off as one of the favorites with the third highest last out speed number at a slightly longer sprint and three tremendous works. She has posted a win at this distance and holds the second highest speed number over dirt.

#1 Bold At Night (Sutherland / Metz) should contend with the fourth highest last out speed number. She holds the highest speed number over the dirt surface. She should be part of the pack on the front end seeking to carve out a good run.

#3 Powder (Espinoza / I. Kruljac) will be part of the front end crew as she seeks her third win in a row. She holds the second highest (three-way tie) last out speed number, a two race progression, and one solid workout. This gal holds the highest in the money performance at 75% from four starts.

10 CENT Superfecta

#7 Divine Spark  /  #9 Dreamy Gal  /  #1 Bold At Night  /  #3 Powder, ALL.





Last Superfecta Sunday (10/1) Results
Santa Anita Park R7.  John Henry Turf Championship--G2.  We performed badly on our 10 CENT Superfecta box effort, hitting only one wagering interest. Superfecta went 1-2-3-7.
Our Bronze Horseshoe selection, Chicago Style, finished 5th.
Bankroll dips to $80.50.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Superfecta Sundayon the Turf under the Sun

California is calling as we take in a great Turf race names after a legendary horse.

Santa Anita Park Race 7 {John Henry Turf Championship~G2~1 1/4 mile~TURF~3 year-old Up~Graded Stakes}

A terrific field of eight will hit the green in this graded event. There is some speed to deliver some pace. Speed numbers are fairly close making the race competitive. All are coming into this one fresh off of at least thirty days rest. Most of these lads have superb workout tabs, ready to hit the turf with flourish. Our task is to stitch together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.

#1 Itsinthepost [FR] (T. Baze / Mullins) looks to turn the tables with the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four sensational works. He should be close to the pace and rush into the stretch. This guy enjoys the Santa Anita Turf.

#8 Hunt [IRE] (Prat / D'Amato) has produced two wins in a row and looks to add another. He holds the highest last out speed number at a longer Turf route and three sturdy workouts. This lad is another that should race close to the pace and release into the stretch.

#4 Chicago Style (Van Dyke / Proctor) should challenge coming off three wins in a row. His last two speed numbers are good, he comes out of a longer Turf route, and has put in four hearty peaking workouts. He has won five of his six career races. This gelding is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#6 Up With the Brids (Theriot / D'Amato) should be a factor with the third highest (tie) last out speed number, a four race progression, and four strong workouts. This millionaire holds eight career wins and is 54% in the money from thirty-three starts.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#1 Itsinthepost [FR]  +  #8 Hunt [IRE]  +  #4 Chicago Style  +  #6 Up With the Birds.



Stakes Saturday Results
Santa Anita Park R10.  Awesome Again Stakes--G1. Our first pick, Mubtaahij [IRE], won (1st) for win money of $8.20, place money of $7.20, and show money of $10.50.  Our second pick, Midnight Storm, finished 2nd for show money of $4.80.  Our third pick, Breaking Lucky, finished 5th.
Superfecta went 6-3-1-8.
Bankroll rises to $92.30.

Qatar Prix de L'arc de Triomphe Results (early this morning)
Chantilly, France 3:05 pm Race. Our first pick, Dschingis Secret [GER], finished 6th.  Our second pick, Zarak [FR] finished off the board.  Our third pick, Ulysses [IRE], finished 3rd for place money of $5.60.
Exacta went 17 - 5.
Bankroll encounters "a frappe un coup", settling at $84.90.



2017 Prix de L'arc de Triomphe

Oui. We are taking a foray into international racing as the Prix de L'arc de Triomphe is the richest Turf race in the World. This year in Chantilly, France. Also, it should be the most exciting classic Turf race this year.


Later in the day we will look at another Turf classic in sunny California, USA.

Chantilly 3:05 pm Race {Qatar Prix de L'arc de Triomphe~Group 1~Approximately 1 1/2 miles~Turf~3 year-old Up~Group 1}

This race will actually go off at approximately 9:05 am Chicago (cdt) time.

A supreme quality group of eighteen will enter the starting gate for the highest regarded race in Europe. It will feature horses from France, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan. All are, arguably, the best of the best Turf horses. There will be speed, but the stayers will have their day. A case could be made for any of the runners in this race. Ground is expected to be soft due to forecasted rain.

#8 Dschingis Secret [GER] (de Vries / Klug) should like the ground. His connections are solid in the win column over the last fourteen days. He was last seen winning over the Chantilly course. This lad is 80% in the money over the Turf from ten starts. He will be coming out of the 10th post. A son of Soldier Hollow [GB], he is our Key selection.
$2 WIN  /  $3 PLACE.

#1 Zarak [FR] (Soumillon / Royer-Dupree) is well prepped by his connections who have a strong strike rate. This guy won last out at Saint-Cloud at this distance. He is 66% in the money over Turf. Despite the fact he will be coming our of the 18th hole, he should acquit himself gallantly. A son of Dubawi [IRE], he will relish the distance.
$2 PLACE.

#4 Ulysses [IRE] (Crowley / Stoute) won at York last out and comes into this premiere race with confidence. Connections have solid strike rates. This son of Galileo [IRE] is 75% in the money over Turf. Distance and ground should not be a factor. He holds the second highest rating among the group.
$2 PLACE.

Other Wagering Interests

#17 Enable [GB] (Dettori / Gosden) currently is the even money favorite and deservedly so.
But alas, we are looking for value. This filly has won five straight, her last being at York. The top rating in the field, she is already legend at this distance. Her connections are world-class. A daughter of Nathaniel [IRE], she could give this field a drubbing.

#3 One Foot in Heaven [IRE] (Doyle / Royer-Dupre) is a disciple of the soft ground and is sure to have a say in the outcome if the Turf is good to soft. Connections have a superior strike rate. Last seen at Maisons-Lafitte, where he placed second. A son of Fastnet Rock [Aus], he may be a longshot to take it, but do not discount him.

Exacta Play

$1  #8 Dschingis Secret [GER]  /  #1 Zarak [FR], #4 Ulysses [IRE], #17 Enable [GB], #3 One Foot in Heaven [IRE].

Cheers to all those who enjoy fantastic races on the World stage!!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Stakes Saturday on the West Coast

Horse racing is warming nicely on the West coast as we move closer to the Breeder's Cup Championships. On this Stakes Saturday we take a look at a great grade one.

Santa Anita Park Race 10 {Awesome Again~G1~1 1/8 mile~3 year-old Up~Graded Stakes}

A highly talented group of seven will go to the California dirt in this grade one. Four millionaires are among this group giving it a very high caliber feel. There is tremendous speed which should make for a fast pace. Beyer speed figs are super close. It should be an extremely exciting race.

#6 Mubtaahij [IRE] (Van Dyke / Baffert) looks to be in sound shape after a long layoff. He will start fresh coming out of Dubai with some excellent last out performances. He has put together a powerful workout tab prepping for this one. A millionaire son of Dubawi [IRE], he should take full advantage of the speedsters up front.
$2 WIN  /  $3 PLACE  /  $5 SHOW.

#3 Midnight Storm (T. Baze / D'Amato) should dictate terms of the pace and have enough left to fend off the trackers. He holds the second highest (tie) last out speed number, a three race progression, and four superb workouts. This millionaire son of Pioneer of the Nile, excels at the distance and enjoys the Santa Anita track.
$2 SHOW.

#5 Breaking Lucky (Smith / R. Baker) should challenge as he follows the pace closely. This lad holds the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and three sensational bullet workouts. He shares the highest speed number at the distance with two others. A millionaire son of Lookin At Lucky, this will be his first battle at Santa Anita.
$2 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#8 Cupid (Bejarano / Baffert) is the deserved morning line favorite and he could be part of a Bob Baffert exacta. He shares the second highest last out speed number and has put in four excellent workouts. This guy is 100% in the money over the track. A millionaire son of Tapit, he has the tactical speed to acknowledge the developing pace and shoot into the stretch.

10 CENT Superfecta

#6 Mubtaahij [IRE]  /  #3 Midnight Storm  /  #5 Breaking Lucky  /  #8 Cupid, ALL.




Furlong Friday Results
Laurel Park R9.  Allowance.  Our pick, My Sister Caro, won (1st) for show money of $3.20.
Superfecta went 5-3-8-2.
Bankroll gains a couple dimes to settle at $76.00.