Week In Review and Notable Performers: 9/12- 9/18

A relatively quiet week with one graded turf contest for Juveniles and lackluster speed figure results from all maiden, allowance, and stakes winners// Margano, a full brother to 2006 Kentucky winner Barbaro, trailed the field most of the way in his debut at Belmont Saturday but eventually made a mild move for a 7th place finish// A half-brother to Preakness winner Shackleford made his debut at Laurel on Friday. Unlike his front-running sibling, Stephanoatsee started in the back of the pack and showed an impressive turn of foot to almost catch the winner// A majority stake in impressive maiden winner and CTD NP Fire On Ice was sold to Magna Entertainment founder Frank Stronach// No Juvenile graded contests this weekend, although things will start to heat up as the calendar to turns to October…

Graded Stakes Review

Summer Stakes (G3)

Winner: Finale NP
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Chart: Equibase
Video: YouTube
Beyer/BRIS: 80/96
Wrap-Up Articles: Bloodhorse / DRF / Through the eyes of Trackus (And Down The Stretch They Come Blog)

In a matter of eight days, freshman sire Scat Daddy has skyrocketed up the leading sire list for 2-year-olds.  He was represented in last week’s Arlington-Wasington Futurity (G3) with Shared Property and most recently in Woodbine’s Summer Stakes (G3) with winner Finale.

Since switching to turf, Finale is undefeated with wins in a maiden, listed stakes, and now graded stakes.  He was sent off as the short-priced favorite in the Summer Stakes (G3) on Saturday and flattered his backers with a professional effort.

Sitting just off the pacesetters Excaper and Maritimer, John Velazquez guided Finale along the outside to meet them head-on in the turn for home.  With urging, Finale quickly dispatched Maritimer before engaging Excaper in a spirited stretch duel. It should be noted Excaper fought gallantly and was even bullied slightly towards the rail by the winner.

Velazquez indicated that Finale never really liked the soft turf and also hit the gate at the start which makes the win even more impressive.  The final margin was just 3/4 of a length and final time for the 1 mile was 1:35.51.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) seems to be the likely year-end target, but even considering his struggles on dirt, you can’t rule out a Derby campaign completely.  His pedigree suggests he could excel on dirt and there have been plenty of recent Derby winners that showed promise on grass-- either through performance or bloodlines.

As we stated last week, sire Scat Daddy was a successful juvenile and 3-year-old along the Derby trail with wins in the Florida Derby and Fountain Of Youth, among other graded stakes victories.  Finale is a half brother to West Virginia Derby winner Bright One (9 furlongs). He was a $175,000 purchase and his catalog page can be viewed here

Notable Performers

Burning Time
9/17/11 Foolish Pleasure Stakes- Calder Race Course
Trainer: David Fawkes
Jockey: Luis Saez
Chart: Equibase
Beyer/BRIS: 84/91
Wrap-up articles: Calder

Burning Time took the Foolish Pleasure Stakes at Calder by surprise when he sprung to action heading into the far turn. He only had the pacesetter Personal Interest to catch, but it was initially a 6-length difference to make up.  Burning Time seemed to switch leads and swerve several times down the stretch but still extended his winning margin to 2 1/2 lengths in the end.

The favorite was CTD NP Midnight Serenade, who never fired when asked in the stretch.  Personal Interest and Bartolome completed the trifecta. According to trainer David Fawkes, Burning Time is headed to the Florida Stallion Stakes on October 15.

Burning Time’s sire Burning Roma was a multiple graded stakes winner on both dirt and turf and at distances up to 9 furlongs.  Burning Time is out of an unraced mare who is by Gilded Time who won the Breeders Cup Juvenile.

2YO Non-Graded Stakes Results:
9/14/11 C. B. Afflerbaugh S.- FPX- Winner: Runstevierun chart 
9/16/11 Buffalo S.- ASD- Winner: Jon’s Golden Run chart
9/17/11 Foolish Pleasure S.- CRC- Winner: Burning Time chart
9/17/11 Alberta Premier's Futurity- NP- Winner: Silver Baubles chart
9/17/11 Henry Mercer Memorial S.- CT- Winner: Lucy’s Bob Boy chart
9/17/11 Charles Town Juvenile S.- CT- Winner: Lemon Juice chart
9/18/11 Barretts Juvenile S.- FPX- Winner: Unhitchthetrailer chart


9/12/11 She Digs Me MTH- 4F- 51:20- B- 18/22
9/12/11 Sweet Swap SA- 4F- 47:40- H- 3/40
9/13/11 Canigotoo HOO- 4F- 48:00- B- 2/7
9/14/11 Sum of the Parts CD- 5F- 1.01:40- B- 4/13
9/15/11 Power World BEL- 4F- 48:87- B- 2/17
9/17/11 Bay Park Boy BEL- 4F- 51:62- B- 63/73
9/17/11 Brown Eyed Jozi LA- 5F- 1.04:40- B- 14/23
917/11 Tarpy's Goal BEL- 4F- 50:46- B- 56/78
9/17/11 Jack's in the Deck LRL- 5F- 1.01:00- H- 1/32
9/18/11 Union Rags FH- 4F- 49:40- B- 2/2
9/19/11 Seeker SAR- 5F- 1.04:35- B- 6/8
9/19/11 She Digs Me BEL- 5F- 1.01:90- B- 3/3
9/19/11 Shared Property CD- 4F- 50:60- B- 35/47
9/19/11 Optimizer CD- 4F- 48:40- B- 2/47
9/19/11 Worthington RP- 4F- 50:76- B-15/28
9/19/11 Twelve Hundred AP- 5F- 59:20- B- 1/14
9/19/11 Drill SA- 6F- 1.12:60- H- 5/17
9/19/11 Sweet Swap SA- 5F- 59:00- H- 3/38

No specific plan for Excaper [midway down] (DRF)
2-year-olds to watch 9/20 (In The Money Blog)

Speed Figures
Top winning 2yo BRIS figs last wk: Finale-96; Balidor Desol-94; Burning Time-91; Right to Vote-88; Shkspeare Shaliyah & Forest Souvenir-87

Winning 2yo Beyers last week: Finale-80; Balidor Desol-76; Burning Time-84; Right to Vote-80; Shkspeare Shaliyah-78; Forest Souvenir-69

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