Week in Review and Notable Performers 12/6- 12/12

The rich $750,000 CashCall Futurity is this weekend.  Over 13 are possible to enter the gate.  A new intriguing contender is Dorsomais who was flown from France and has a 1 1/4 mile maiden race already under his belt. However, the spotlight will mostly focus on Drill, Majestic City, So Brilliant, Basmati, and Cozzetti// Owner Ron Winchell says Delta Jackpot winner Sabercat and highly touted but unraced Hardtap will winter at Santa Anita// Union Rags is slowly gearing up for a 3-year-old campaign in Florida// JC’s Pride, a quick promising Juvenile who broke a Saratoga track record and posted a triple-digit Beyer speed figure, was euthanized due to an infection// Currency Swap continues his rehabilitation// Recent maiden winners are garnering attention due to the approaching new year and proximity to serious major Kentucky Derby trail contests…

Upcoming Graded Stakes:
CashCall Futurity (G1): Race Page can be found here

Notable Performers:

12/10/11 Aqueduct Maiden Special Weight
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Trainer: Michael Trombetta
Beyer/BRIS: 81/97

Notes and Thoughts

-Whether it was the stretch out in distance or experience factor, Hakama responded well in his third try by setting the pace and finishing clear of the competition

-Hakama’s sire, First Samurai was a precocious 2-year-old who captured the Hopeful and Champagne, and then went on to win the Fountain of Youth his sophomore season before retiring due to injury before the Kentucky Derby.

-Purchased for $150,000 at the Keeneland Sept Yearling sale, catalog page here

12/10/11 Gulfstream Park Maiden Special Weight
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Beyer/BRIS: 80/92

-Main reason he’s an NP is due to the fact he’s a full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro

-Like his brother, broke maiden on turf

-Trainer Tagg kept all options open including a switch to dirt in near future

Hammers Terror
12/8/11 Fair Grounds Allowance Optional Claiming
Jockey: James Graham
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Beyer/BRIS: 73/92

Notes and Thoughts:

-First try on dirt looked easy as Graham relented on whip in final 16th

-Lecomte (G3) at FG is next target

-Sire was best at a mile and turf, but pedigree suggests he could stretch out. 

-Dam is a half sister to multiple graded stakes winner Kingdom Found

-$40,000 purchase at Keeneland Sept Yearling sale. Catalog page here

Notable Performers recent results:

Canigotoo- 12/9/11-RP- AOC-1st- chart
Seeker- 12/10/11- Springboard Mile S.- 9th- chart
Twelve Hundred- 12/10/11 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity- 3rd- chart

Non-Graded Stakes
12/9/11 Kudzu S.- FG- Winner: Crimson Pride- chart
12/10/11 Inaugural S.- TAM- Winner: Angelofdistinction- chart
12/10/11 Pennsylvania Nursery S.- PRX- Winner: Pollard’s Boy- chart
12/10/11 Gold Rush S.- GG- Winner: Russian Greek- chart
12/10/11 LA Champions Day Juvenile S.- FG- Winner: Beanwah’smachine- chart
12/10/11 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity- HAW- Winner: Real Power- chart
12/10/11 Remington Springboard Mile S.- RP- Ted’s Folly- chart

12/7/11 Exfactor FG- 4F- 48:80 B- 2/30 (Good)
12/7/11 Majestic City HOL- 4F- 46:80- H- 1/22
12/7/11 Longview Drive GG- 6F- 1.17:60- H- 3/5
12/8/11 Reveron CRC- 1 Mile- 1.48:20- B- 1/1
12/8/11 Consortium PMM- 4F- 47:55- B- 1/18
12/8/11 State of Play PMM- 5F- 59:55- B- 7/19 (Turf)
12/9/11 Jake Mo FG- 4F- 49:60- B- 12/51
12/10/11 Worthington- SUNLAND PARK- 4F- 51:60- B- 43/46
12/10/11 Seven Lively Sins FG- 4F- 53:00- B- 55/57
12/10/11 Jack's in the Deck LRL- 4F- 50:00- B- 41/69
12/10/11 Alpha PMM- 4F- 48:40- B- 12/66
12/10/11 Algorithms PMM- 4F- 50:55- B- 57/66
12/10/11 Thursby PMM- 4F- 49:83- B- 47/66
12/11/11 Drill SA- 5F- 1.00:00- H- 11/97
12/11/11 Brother Francis SA- 5F- 1.02:20- H- 67/97
12/11/11 Night Tide SA- 3F- 37:60- H- 22/32
12/11/11 Empire Way HOL- 5F- 1.01:00- H- 15/42
12/11/11 Hierro SA- 5F- 1.02:40- H- 72/97
12/11/11  How Do I Win BEL- 4F- 51:11- B- 50/62
12/11/11 Speightscity BEL- 3F- 36:25- B- 2/25
12/11/11 Rousing Sermon HOL- 6F- 1.12:20- H- 2/20
12/11/11 Optimizer OP- 4F- 50:00- B- 20/23
12/11/11 Prospective PMM- 5F- 1.00:72- B- 3/33
12/11/11 Burning Time CRC- 5F- 1.01:40- H- 1/19
12/11/11 El Padrino PMM- 4F- 48:45- B- 5/22
12/12/11 Majestic City HOL- 5F- 58:80- H- 1/13
12/12/11State of Play PMM- 5F- 1.03:00- B- 11/13 (Turf)
12/12/11Gold Megillah PMM- 5F- 1.00:78- B- 3/8
12/12/11 Finale PMM- 4F- 48:77- B- 10/28
12/12/11 Class President FG- 4F- 52:00- B- 38/42
12/13/11 Exfactor FG- 5F- 1.01:00- B- 1/13
12/13/11 Stoney Fleece SA- 5F- 1.00:80- H- 2/6

12/13: 2-year-olds to watch (In The Money Blog)
An early look at Derby 138 (The Voice-Tribune)
The future is now (Bloodhorse Blog)


Speed Figures:
2yo winning Beyers last week: Hakama-81; D' Wildcat Road/Out of Bounds-77; Hammers Terror-73; Beanwah'smachine/Pollard's Boy-92; Margano-80

Top 2yo winning BRIS figs last week: Hakama-97; D' Wildcat Road/Out of Bounds-93; Hammers Terror/Beanwah'smachine/Margano/Pollard's Boy-92

*Source: DerbyContenders Twitter

Notes and bits from Twitter:

-Repole/Pletchers’ Overdriven is resting and will point for the Hutcheson (G2) Feb 11 or Swale March 10th.

-Nice works from two soon to be three year olds at Palm Meadows this morning, State of Play and Gold Megillah. Hopefully both have a future.- Graham Motion via Twitter

-Pathfork, last year's champion 2yo in Ireland now with John Sadler, could make U.S. debut in Sir Beaufort at Santa Anita- Trifectabox via Twitter (J.J. Hysell)