Week In Review and Notable Performers: 9/6- 9/11

Drill winning Del Mar Futurity. Photo: Del Mar

Two more juvenile graded stakes winners this past week: Drill winner of Del Mar Futurity (G1) and Shared Property winner of Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3).  With 11 winners so far in the season we don’t have a repeat winner, and two have already been put on the shelf (Overdriven out for year, Exfactor no workout in over 60 days)// Speaking of injuries, J C’s Pride, the dissapointing off-the-board favorite in the Hopeful (G1), is recovering from a scrape/bruise and should return to training soon// Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis and futures are continuing to grow…

Graded Stakes Review

Del Mar Futurity (G1)
Winner: Drill NP
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Martin Garcia
Chart: Equibase
Video: YouTube
Beyer/BRIS Speed: 90/98
Articles: Brisnet / DRF / Bloodhorse

A thrilling and wild finish occurred in the final stakes race of the meet at Del Mar last week.  Not only did it appear there could be a blanket finish moments before the wire, but a bumper car-like scene added to the suspense of who would straighten out and who would be taken down. 

Creative Cause, Drill, and Majestic City, the three favorites, surged past the field on the outside in the final strides. It was Drill who would stick a neck out in front and take the prize. Replays soon showed second place finisher Majestic City severely rammed into Drill while taking a left handed whip from David Flores.  That blocked Creative Cause from coming through and would later result in Majestic City being disqualified to third. 

Martin Garcia rode Drill to the victory and decided to keep the colt just off the front group of pacesetters in the early going.  Trainer Bob Baffert, who notched his 10th Del Mar Futurity win, seemed pleased with the trip, especially considering Drill was knocked sideways by Majestic City causing Garcia to lose his whip.

Drill is currently not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup, which is somewhat unbelievable considering his breeding and the fact he was pointed to the September Yearling Sale at Keeneland. At this stage his owners would have to put up a $100,000 nomination fee and there is no indication of whether they are planning to do so. 

Drill’s next race will come in the Norfolk S. (G1) at Santa Anita on October 1st where he will most likely meet Creative Cause again.  Majestic City’s next race plans are still to be determined with his connections still deciding whether to continue to stretch him out or keep the colt at sprint distances.

A son of Lawyer Ron, a 2006 Kentucky Derby runner and multiple Grade 1 winner at 9 furlongs, Drill was purchased for $300,000 as a yearling.  He’s out of a Storm Cat mare who won at 8.5 furlongs and was a full sister to a Grade 2 winner at 9 furlongs. Drill’s catalog page can be viewed here

Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3)

Winner: Shared Property
Trainer: Thomas Amoss
Jockey: Leandro Goncalves
Chart: Equibase
Video: YouTube
Beyer/BRIS: 85/92
Wrap-Up Articles: Bloodhorse / DRF / Brisnet / TTimes / Chicago Tribune

An almost full field at 13, including 3 stakes runners (2 wins, 1 place) entered the gate in Saturday’s Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3).  Longshots led by Ville made up the first group out of the gate setting swift fractions.  The favorite Take Charge Indy and eventual winner Shared Property stayed in the middle of the pack awaiting their opportunity to pounce.

Entering the turn for home the pacesetter and rest of the front group began to retreat quickly while the better-backed entries seemed poised to make a run.  Previous stakes winners Hogy and Twelve Hundred did not answer the call however, while Shared Property and Take Charge Indy began to separate themselves from all challengers, despite both running greenly.  Shared Property, under Leandro Goncalves, proved to relish the mile distance the most by eventually winning by a length.  Motor City completed the trifecta another 2.5 lengths back.

Trainer Tom Amoss indicated Shared Property would like even more distance and that the Breeders Futurity (G1) at Keeneland in October is the next logical step.  He will most likely meet Take Charge Indy and Motor City there as well.

Shared Property was a $90,000 purchase as a 2-year-old earlier in the year. He’s the son of freshman sire Scat Daddy, who won multiple graded stakes along the Derby Trail in 2007 including the Florida Derby and Fountain Of Youth. Shared Property’s dam was a multiple stakes winner at 8.5 furlongs.  His full catalog page can be viewed here

Notable Performers

9/5/11 Saratoga
Trainer: Stephen Asmussen
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Chart: Equibase
Beyer/BRIS Speed: 95/104

Although we covered the Hopeful (G1) last week, there was a notable maiden race on the undercard that deserves some space.  In extremely sloppy condtions, Seeker was able to dominate his rivals by 6.5 lengths in his second career start. 

Hammered at even odds, Seeker sprung from the gate to take the lead and never look back.  Jockey Julien Leparoux kept him to task in the stretch but eventually geared down substantially upon hitting the wire.

The Asmussen charge is a homebred by Hard Spun who finished 2nd in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, 3rd in the Preakness, and 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Classic that same year.  Seeker’s dam was a multiple stakes winner at 6 furlongs, and her offspring are sprint stakes winners as well.

Other to keep an eye on: Here Comes Frazier, Indian Evening

2YO Non-Graded Stakes Results:
9/10/11 Hillsdale S.- HOO- Winner: Mack The Slew- chart
9/10/11 Sunday Silence S (T).- LAD- Winner: Gung Ho- chart
9/10/11 Winnipeg Futurity- ASD- Winner: Balooga Bill- chart
9/11/11 Swynford S.- WO- Winner: Indian Evening- chart
9/11/11 CTHS Sales S.- HST- Winner: Herescomelucky- chart

9/8/11 Brown Eyed Jozi LAD- 4F- 48:00- B- 1/34
9/10/11 Jack's in the Deck LRL- 4F- 48:80- H- 9/53 (Good)
9/10/11 Tarpy's Goal BEL- 4F- 53:52- B- 87/87

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Contenders (And Down The Stretch They Come)
Breeders Cup Juveniles Potential (And Down The Stretch They Come)
Duke could be handed French Mission (The Press Association)

Top 2YO Speed Figures
Top winning 2yo BRIS figs last week: Seeker-104; Drill-98; Indian Evening/Here Comes Frazier-97; Takes the Gold-95; Menlo Castle/Hansen-94

Winning 2yo Beyers last week: Seeker-95; Drill-90; Indian Evening-85; Here Comes Frazier-88; Takes the Gold-81; Menlo Castle-88

*Source: DerbyContenders Twitter

2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Wynn Las Vegas / Scores and Odds
2012 Kentucky Derby: Wynn Las Vegas / GoHorseBetting