Week in Review and Notable Performer: 7/4 - 7/10

Following a busy July 4th weekend of two graded races and eye-popping maiden winners, this past week was definitely a change of pace.  However, things should get going again this weekend with a graded race in Hollywood that includes arguably the top rated 2-year-old of the season so far (Majestic City). Plus a listed stakes that features a strong cast starring a 96 Beyer earner (Canigotoo)…

Notable Performer:

7/9/11 Belmont Maiden Special chart / video / Beyer: 79 / BRIS: 95
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez

Yet another Pletcher/Velazquez Notable Performance at Belmont.  Stat was the heavy favorite in the maiden contest that featured some other well-bred challengers.  The good-looking gray started towards the back before motoring his way along the outside into the final turn.  With little urging by Velazquez he grinded his way to a 2-length win.

Originally a yearling purchase of $260,000 he was pinhooked last April for $400,000.  Out of a stakes winning mare, Stat is a half brother to graded stakes placed Lenaro.  Although the damsire Gilded Time won the Breeders Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles, that half of Stat’s pedigree leans towards sprinting.

However, the sire line shows more stamina, starting with Unbridled’s Song who won the Breeders Cup Juvenile, Florida Derby, and Wood Memorial before finishing 5th as the favorite in the 1996 Kentucky Derby.  For Stat’s Keeneland catalog page with more pedigree info click here

2YO Non-Graded Stakes Results:
7/8/11 Iowa Stallion Futurity- Prairie Meadows- Beware The Devil chart
7/9/11 Texas Stallion- Lone Star- Sword Trick chart
7/9/11 Everett Nevin Alameda County S.- Pleasanton- Sherman Barlebort chart
7/10/11 Hoover S.- River Downs- Motega chart
7/10/11 New Westminster S.- Hastings- Herescomelucky chart

7/5/11 Majestic City: HOL- 5F- 59:60- H- 3/23
7/5/11 Night Tide: SA- 5F- 1.02:20- H- 4/5
7/7/11 Stark Ravin Mad: AP- 5F- 1.01:00- B- 3/30
7/10/11 Night Tide: SA- 5F- 59:00- H-1/37
7/10/11 Banner Bill: WO- 4F- 46:80- B- 1/44
7/11/11 Sum of the Parts: CD- 4F- 50:60- B- 30/40
7/11/11 Majestic City: HOL- 6f- 1.13:00- H- 2/9

Upcoming 2YO Stakes:
7/17/11 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (G3)- nominations / pps
7/16/11 Prairie Gold Juvenile S.- Prairie Meadows- entries

Other News:

Top 2YO Speed Figures*:
Top winning 2yo BRIS figs last week: Sword Trick - 98; Stat - 95; Trinniberg - 93; Saint Pete - 92; Sherman Bartlebort - 91

Winning 2yo Beyers last week: Sword Trick - 79; Stat - 79; Trinniberg - 78; Saint Pete - 77; Sherman Bartlebort - 79

*Source: DerbyContenders Twitter