Week In Review 12/26/11- 1/2/12

The first week of the New Year was highlighted by the inaugural running of the Gulfstream Park Derby.  CTD NP Reveron was able to hold off a game Casual Trick.  Full recap and video below// Trainer Mike Maker turned up the heat for Hansen’s second work since the layoff.  The Breeders’ Cup winner blitzed four furlongs in 48:60// The grade 3 Sham Stakes kicks the Derby prep season into high gear at Santa Anita Saturday. Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Secret Circle will lead the cast// The Count Fleet stakes at Aqueduct, also on Saturday, offers an intriguing field despite the race being ungraded// Apparently Majestic City will not be pointed to the Kentucky Derby and instead will get time off.  While this is most likely true, let’s not forget trainer Peter Miller also said Comma To The Top would skip the Derby last year, before contracting a case of Derby Fever weeks before the race// Isn’t He Clever, a dominant winner of the Riley Allison Futurity last Friday, posted a 97 Beyer for that effort.  It will be interesting to see whether or not his connections decide to leave him on the Sunland circuit or try to get graded earnings sooner rather than later…

Non-Graded Stakes Results
12/30/11 Riley Allison Futurity- SUN- Winner: Isn’t He Clever chart
12/31/11 Restrainor S.- AQU- Winner: Swag Daddy chart
12/31/11 Louisiana Futurity- FG- Winner: Effie chart
12/31/11 Red Hedeman Mile- SUN- Winner: That’s Who chart
12/31/11 Eddie Logan S.- SA- Winner: Chips All In chart

1/1/12 Gulfstream Park Derby
Winner: Reveron CTD NP
Jockey: Fernando Jara
Trainer: Agustin Bezara
Chart: Equibase
Video: YouTube
Beyer/BRIS: 87/98

Notable Performers

Casual Trick
1/1/11 Gulfstream Park Derby- Finished 2nd (*Winner Reveron was a CTD NP on 11/26/11)
Trainer: Nick Zito
Jockey: John Velazquez
charts, videos above

Notes and Thoughts:

-Zito admitted it was ambitious to move Casual Trick up to a two turn stakes off a maiden win

-Very game down the stretch but couldn’t catch the stubborn winner

-$425K purchase at the Keeneland September Yearling sale. Catalog page here

-Distance should not be an issue for the son of Bernardini who is out of a Group 1 winning mare at the Derby distance of 1 1/4 miles

-Same owner/trainer combo as last year’s Kentucky Derby favorite Dialed In, and 2010 runner-up Ice Box

-Zito looking for another two-turn race at Gulfstream before Fountain Of Youth (G2), but it will not be Holy Bull (G3)

Isn’t He Clever
12/30/11 Riley Allison Futurity- Sunland Park
Trainer: Henry Dominguez
Jockey: Alejandro Medellin
Beyer/BRIS: 97/99

Notes and Thoughts:

-Romped by over 11 lengths in his second stakes try to go 4-3-1-0

-Son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones

-Dam was a full sister to a multiple graded stakes winner Flag Down, who won up to distance of 12 furlongs on turf

-Sold for $45,000 the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Catalog page here

Midnight Transfer
12/26/11 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight
Trainer: Carla Gaines
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Beyer/BRIS: 96/96

Notes and Thoughts:

-Finally broke maiden in 4th try, however never beaten more than 3 lengths in previous attempts

-Posted 96 Beyer figure

-Son of Hard Spun out of a French Deputy mare who was a half-sister to Kentucky Derby runner-up Lion Heart

-$80,000 purchase in last year’s April 2-year-olds in training sale at Keeneland. Catalog page here

2012 Kentucky Derby outlook (Classic Champion Thoroughbreds Blog)
3-year-olds to watch 1/3/12 (In The Money Blog)

12/28/11 Fort Loudon CRC- 3F- 37:60- B- 9/10
12/28/11 Secret Circle SA- 6F- 1.10:80- H- 1/14
12/28/11 Class President FG- 4F- 50:20- B- 30/70
12/28/11 Daddy Nose Best SA- 4F- 49:40- H- 20/32
12/29/11 Friscan FH- 5F- 1.01:80- B- 1/3
12/29/11 Mr. Bowling FG- 6F- 1.12:80- B-1/4
12/29/11 Night Tide SA- 4F- 48:60- H- 18/43
12/29/11 Speightscity BEL- 5F- 1.01:22- H- 1/9
12/29/11 Cyber Secret CD- 4F- 50:80- B- 5/5
12/30/11 Sir Bond FG- 5F- 1.01:60- B- 13/53
12/30/11 Shared Property FG- 5F- 1.03:00- B- 33/53
12/30/11 Creative Cause HOL- 3F- 37:00- B- 5/8
12/30/11 Brother Francis SA- 5F- 1.02:40- H- 44/56
12/30/11 Worthington SUN- 5F- 1.03:20- B- 14/16
12/30/11 Rousing Sermon SA- 5F- 1.02:40- H- 33/42
12/30/11 Jake Mo OP- 7F- 1.29:80- B- 1/4
12/31/11 Drill HOL- 4F- 48:20- H- 14/59
12/31/11 Unbridled's Note SA- 4F- 51:00- B- 53/58
12/31/11 Consortium PMM- 4F- 49:07- B- 33/99
12/31/11 State of Play PMM- 4F- 49:95- B- 56/99
12/31/11 Exfactor FG- 4F- 49:20- B- 24/141
12/31/11 Seeker FG- 4F- 49:40- B- 39/141
12/31/11 Stephanoatsee FH- 5F- 1.01:60- B- 3/8
12/31/11 Burning Time CRC- 4F- 49:00- B- 5/108
12/31/11 For Oby CRC- 4F- 51:00- B- 66/108
12/31/11 Seven Lively Sins FG- 4F- 48:60- B- 5/81
12/31/11 Hansen GP- 4F- 48:75- B-17/57
12/31/11 Tarpy's Goal GP- 5F- 1.00:75- H- 9/45
12/31/11 Indian Ambush GP- 4F- 49:10- B- 21/57
12/31/11 Il Villano PRX- 5F- 59:30- B- 1/33
1/1/12 Shkspeare Shaliyah AQU- 4F- 50:70- B- 1/3
1/1/12 How Do I Win BEL- 5F- 1.01:90- B- 3/9
1/1/12 Hierro SA- 4F- 47:60- B- 2/29
1/1/12 Prospective PMM- 5F- 1.00:43 B- 1/11
1/1/12 Mr. Besilu PMM- 4F- 49:86 B- 22/27
1/1/12 Right to Vote PMM- 3F- 37:00 B- 3/8
1/2/12 Empire Way HOL- 5F- 1.01:20- H- 12/16
1/2/12 Longview Drive SA- 6F- 1.12:60- H- 2/6
1/2/12 Alpha BEL- 4F-  47:88- H- 1/40
1/2/12 Algorithms PMM- 4F- 50:01- B- 27/30
1/2/12 Stat PMM- 3F- 37:74- B- 5/6
1/3/12 Thursby PMM- 5F- 1.02:14- B- 8/10
1/3/12 Secret Circle SA- 4F- 49:60 H- 19/30

Graded Earnings List

Speed Figures*
Top winning 3yo BRIS figs on January 1st: Reveron - 98; Beggarthyneighbor - 94; D'Wildbunch – 84

Winning 3yo Beyers on January 1st: Reveron - 87; Beggarthyneighbor - 80; D'Wildbunch – 63

Top winning 2yo BRIS figs last week: Isn't He Clever - 99; Midnight Transfer - 96; Fed Biz - 95; Romancing the Gold - 95; Got Even - 94.

Winning 2yo Beyers last week: Isn't He Clever - 97; Midnight Transfer - 96; Fed Biz - 88; Romancing the Gold - 80; Got Even - 87

*Source: DerbyContenders Twitter

Notes and bits from Twitter
Sapling S. champ She Digs Me is sidelined & off the #KyDerby trail. Ditto for stablemate & Spa turf MSW winner Tiz Sardonic Joe*

*Source: DerbyContenders Twitter