Week In Review and Notable Performers 12/14 - 12/20

The CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park was the headlining race this past weekend, where Bob Baffert’s Liaison virtually guaranteed a spot for himself in the 2012 Kentucky Derby// Finally, the Derby committee has decided to allow up to four also-eligibles for the draw.  However, the AE’s don’t have a chance to get in once advance wagering begins at 9am on Friday Oaks Day.  This means an AE would have just slipped in this year when Uncle Mo scratched around 8am Friday, but the Saturday scratch of I Want Revenge in 2009 was too late// Harvard N’ Yale, a promising Euro, will be pointed to the Derby after a start on December 26th at Wolverhampton// Several early blooming 2-year-olds returned to races this past week.  Todd Pletcher’s Algorithms picked up where he left off by defeating promising Consortium in an allowance score.  He’ll point for the Holy Bull (G3) January 29.  Grade 3 winner Exfactor also notched another stakes win and is headed to the Lecomte (G3)// Nice article below on unlikely Derby hopeful Ted’s Folly.

Graded Stakes Review

CashCall Futurity (G1)
Winner: Liaison NP
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Rafael Bejarano
Video: YouTube
Beyer/BRIS: 90/94
Wrap-up Articles: Bloodhorse / DRF / Brisnet

Notes and Thoughts:

-Just over 3 lengths separated the first 6 finishers and wouldn’t be surprised to see any of them move forward in their next race

-Liaison had the perfect trip sitting just off quick pacesetters

-Rousing Sermon was bridesmaid once again and just timed his closing kick too late

-Victor Espinoza on Brother Francis, lost his whip at the 1/8th pole

-Liaison was a $290,000 purchase at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.  His catalog page can be seen here

Notable Performer

Dan and Sheila
12/17/11 Gulfstream Park Maiden Special Weight
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Beyer/BRIS: NA/82

Notes and Thoughts:

-Dan and Sheila makes debut a winning one at a mile on Gulfstream dirt

-Sold for $150,000 at 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Catalog page here

-Pletcher indicated he won’t rush him and most likely will step up to allowance and not stakes in next race


Graded Earnings List

Notable Performers recent results:
Algorithms- 12/16- GP- AOC- Finish: 1st. chart
Consortium- 12/16- GP- AOC- Finish: 2nd. chart
Jack’s In The Deck- 12/17- LRL- MD Juvenile Championship S.: Finish: 3rd. chart
Exfactor- 12/17- FG- Sugar Bowl S.: 1st. chart
Brown Eyed Jozi- 12/17- FG- Sugar Bowl S.: 1st. chart
Empire Way- 12/17- HOL- CashCall Futurity (G1)- Finish 5th. chart
Drill- 12/17- HOL- CashCall Futurity (G1)- Finish 9th. chart
Majestic City- 12/17- HOL- CashCall Futurity (G1)- Finish 10th. chart
Basmati- 12/17- HOL- CashCall Futurity (G1)- Finish 11th. chart
Finale- 12/18- GP- Dania S.- Finish: 2nd. chart
Burning Time- 12/18- GP- Dania S.- Finish: 8th. chart

Non-Graded Stakes Results
12/17/11 Maryland Juvenile Championship- LRL- Winner: King and Crusader chart
12/17/11 Sugar Bowl S.- FG- Winner: Exfactor chart
12/18/11 Dania Beach S.- GP- Winner: Summer Front chart

12/14/11 Tarpy's Goal GP- 4F- 50:00- B- 26/38
12/14/11 Sweet Swap SA- 4F- 48:00- H- 8/23
12/14/11 Longview Drive GG- 4F- 50:60- H- 14/20
12/14/11 Daddy Nose Best SA- 4F- 51:80- H- 28/29
12/15/11 King Kid GP- 4F- 48:45- B- 13/20
12/15/11 Fort Loudon CRC- 3F- 38:00- B- ¾
12/15/11 Mr. Bowling FG- 5F- 1.02:20- B- 11/31
12/15/11 Secret Circle SA- 4F- 49:40- H- 23/30
12/16/11 Friscan FH- 4F- 49:00- B- 1/6
12/16/11 Battle Hardened PMM- 5F- 1.02:93- B- 7/11
12/16/11 Thursby PMM- 4F- 50:44- B- 11/23 (Turf)
12/17/11 Night Tide SA- 4F- 50:20- H- 34/38
12/17/11 Stephanoatsee FH- 5F- 1.01:80- B- 3/14
12/17/11 Alpha PMM- 4F- 48:79- B- 14/65
12/17/11 Casual Trick PMM- 5F- 1.01:01- B- 5/22
12/17/11 Il Villano PRX- 4F- 48:87- B- 2/30
12/18/11 Hierro SA- 5F- 59:80- H- 17/94
12/18/11 How Do I Win BEL- 5F- 1.00:52- B- 2/22
12/18/11 Seven Lively Sins FG- 4F- 49:60- B- 7/84
12/18/11 Ancient Rome PMM- 4F- 48:05- B- 6/63
12/18/11 El Padrino PMM- 5F- 1.01:31- B- 1/3
12/18/11 Optimizer OP- 5F- 1.00:60- B- 1/8
12/19/11 Class President FG- 5F- 1.02:00- B- 11/28
12/19/11 Stoney Fleece SA- 6F- 1.14:00- H- 2/4
12/19/11 Gold Megillah PMM- 5F- 1.03:02- B- 7/11
12/20/11 Prospective PMM- 4F- 48:24- B- 2/23
12/20/11 Coalition BEL- 4F- 50:00- B- 27/47
12/20/11 Fort Loudon CRC- 4F- 51:40- B- 8/8
12/20/11 Worthington SUN- 5F- 1.03:00- B- 15/20

2-year-olds to watch 12/20 (In The Money Blog)

Speed Figures
Top winning 2yo BRIS figs last week: Algorithms-100; Radiant Talent-99; Spirit Rules-95; Liaison-94; Exfactor-94; Wayward Sailor-92

Winning 2yo Beyers last week: Algorithms-91; Radiant Talent-89; Spirit Rules-93; Liaison-90; Exfactor-82; Wayward Sailor-74

*Source: DerbyContenders Twitter