Week In Review and Notable Perfomers 11/14-11/20

Like it or not, the quirky Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) plays a part in determining the following year’s Kentucky Derby field. Sabercat, the winner of Saturday’s million dollar contest, is guaranteed a spot in the gate.  Second-place runner Basmati has a very good shot as well seeing as he cashed in $200K in graded earnings// Three graded races this week in Hollywood, New York, and Louisville.  Links to pps, past race videos, and articles can be found on the upcoming page here. Interesting that Hollywood Prevue (G3) entrant Empire Way is down to 60-1 odds in the latest Kentucky Derby Wynn Las Vegas Future Book.  Seeing as he only has a decent maiden win to his credit, being a full brother to Breeders’ Cup winner Royal Delta is a major factor in the backing// Majestic City will rest a little before returning to synthetic in the Cashcall Futurity (G1).  Lucky Chappy, another colt who tried the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last time out, will also try the Futurity// Three-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Nick Zito is getting the fever early again with promising maiden winner Casual Trick. Although the winning Beyer speed figure was low, plenty of colts have won first time out with a low 60 Beyer and steadily improved towards May…

Graded Stakes Review:

Delta Downs Jackpot (G3)
Winner: Sabercat NP
Jockey: Gerard Melancon
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Chart: Equibase
Video: YouTube
Beyer/BRIS: NA/86
Wrap-up articles: Bloodhorse / DRF1 DRF2 / Thoroughbred Times

Sabercat Notes:

-The manner the race unfolded, the final time, and the low speed figures are not really worthy of a “Notable Performer” tag.  Nonetheless, winning a million dollar graded race and being assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby gate by November are reason enough to put on the list.

-Will ship to Santa Anita for a likely west-coast campaign

-$120,000 Sept Keeneland yearling purchase. His catalog page can be viewed here

-Half brother to a stakes winner out of a dam who was a half sister to a graded stakes winner

Other Delta Jackpot Notes:

-Hard to tell exactly what Drill’s issue is—blinkers, running style, dirt—but whatever it is he’s a mess right now

-2nd Place finisher Basmati holds his own in every contest, but has a difficult time winning

Notable Performer:

How Do I Win
11/18/11 Aqueduct Starter Allowance
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Chart: Equibase
Beyer/BRIS: 78/91


-An eye-popping 19-length winner last time out, How Do I Win proved that effort was not a fluke due to a sealed track

-Repole/Pletcher connections

-$190,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase. Catalog page can be viewed here

-Sire Corinthian won up to 8.5 furlongs, but excelled at 8 furlongs.

-Dam is half sister to multiple graded stakes winner Powerful Punch (up to 9 furlongs)

Non-Graded Stakes:
11/18/11 Oklahoma Stallion S.- RP- Winner: Ted’s Folly- chart
11/19/11 Ohio Freshman S.- BEU- Winner: Baker’s Haulover- chart
11/19/11 Louisiana Legacy S.- DED- Winner: Cajun Charlie- chart

11/17/11 Majestic City HOL- 4F- 49:00- H- 12/19
11/17/11 Secret Circle SA- 5F- 1.01:20- H- 24/38
11/18/11 Friscan FH- 5F- 49:00- B- 1/14
11/18/11 Canigotoo RP- 5F- 1.00:28- B- 2/36
11/18/11 Sweet Swap SA- 6F- 1.12:80- H- 1/9
11/19/11 Twelve Hundred HAW- 5F- 1.02:40- B- 1/24
11/19/11 Hierro CD- 4F- 51:80- B- 84/91
11/19/11 Exfactor CD- 4F- 48:80- B- 14/91
11/19/11 Optimizer CD- 5F- 1.00:80- B- 4/50
11/20/11 Brown Eyed Jozi CD- 5F- 1.00:40- B- 2/32 (Good)
11/20/11 Seeker CD- 5F- 1.02:00- B- 18/32 (Good)

2-year-olds to watch (In The Money Blog)


Speed Figures:
Top 2yo winning BRIS figs last week: Lucky Culprit - 96; Costas Fiftieth - 94; Ted's Folly - 93; He Can Run - 91; How Do I Win - 91

2yo winning Beyers last week: Lucky Culprit - 87; Costas Fiftieth - 81; Ted's Folly - 74; He Can Run - 75; How Do I Win – 78

*Source: DerbyContenders Twitter

Notes and bits from Twitter:
Graham Motion on ATR: Team Valor's LUCKY CHAPPY-IRE, 4th in BC Juvy Turf, will contest $750k G1 CashCall Futurity (HOL; 12/17)- Steve Byk