Week In Review 1/4 - 1/10

Alpha wins the Count Fleet S. at Aqueduct.  Photo:

With 2012 Kentucky Derby related news, rankings, races, and works ramping up on a daily basis, this will be the final Week in Review.  From here until Kentucky Derby the site will be updated on a daily basis.  Please check back often…

Out of Bounds entered the Derby trail discussion with a forceful finishing move in the Sham (G3) at Santa Anita.  His dosage is a whopping 6.00 which doesn’t really suggest he’ll like the Derby distance// Highly regarded Alpha took a step in the right direction with his win in the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct.  It was a good win, but who he beat remains to be seen// Another buzz horse, Pletcher’s Discreet Dancer passed his allowance test at Gulfstream in a very professional manner.  The debate still lingers if he’s a 1 1/4 mile horse as well.

A big blow to the Romans barn with the injury to Remsen (G2) winner O’Prado Again.  He’ll take 2 months off and point to Summer races//  Another Romans runner, Dullahan, will have a two race prep schedule that includes starts on turf (Palm Beach G2) and poly (Bluegrass S. G1)// Talk of a filly or two possibly joining the Kentucky Derby cast seems to occur closer to the race, but this year two-time graded stakes winner (both at Churchill Downs) On Fire Baby could test colts as soon as January 16th in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn// Peruvian import Fly Lexis Fly is in the hands of Neil Drysdale and will be pointed to the Kentucky Derby trail most likely via the Southern California circuit.  He’s already won at the Derby and Belmont distances// Ever So Lucky, runner-up of the KY Jockey Club (G2) in November, is recovering from bone bruising and pointing for the 7F Hutcheson (G2) at Gulfstream// Currency Swap is also recovering and soon returning to training.  No next race plans were given, but the Hopeful (G1) winner and 98 Beyer earner is one to watch// Gulfstream Park Derby winner Reveron will skip the Holy Bull (G3) and either wait for the Fountain of Youth (G2) or find an earlier race.

Graded Stakes Review

Sham S. (G3)
Winner: Out of Bounds
Trainer: Eoin Harty
Jockey: Garret Gomez
Beyer/BRIS: 99/104
Articles: Bloodhorse / TTimes / DRF

Graded Earnings List

Non-Graded Stakes:

Count Fleet S.
Winner: Alpha
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Video: YouTube
Beyer/BRIS: 85/100
Articles: TTimes / Bloodhorse / DRF

Turfway Prevue S.
Winner: Mr. Prankster
Trainer: Michael Maker
Jockey: John McKee


3-year-olds to watch 1/10/12 (In The Money Blog)
Hansen on exciting run (Courier Journal)
About Hansen naming his horse Hansen (Courier Journal Blog)

1/4/12 Night Tide SA- 4F- 49:60- H- 19/25
1/4/12 Sweet Swap SA- 5F- 59:80- H- 3/22
1/4/12 Margano GP- 5F- 1.00:65- H- 2/5
1/4/12 Take Charge Indy PMM- 4F- 50:92- B- 14/17
1/4/12 Canigotoo EVT- 4F- 51:86- B- 24/45
1/5/12 Optimizer OP- 5F- 1.01:20- B- 2/33
1/5/12 Cyber Secret OP- 5F- 1.02:00- B- 4/33
1/6/12 Fort Loudon CRC- 5F- 1.02:80- B- 3/7
1/6/12 Friscan FH- 6F- 1.15:20- B- 1/1
1/6/12 Creative Cause HOL- 4F- 48:00- H- 2/22
1/6/12 Drill HOL- 5F- 59:60- H- 2/28
1/6/12 Liaison SA- 5F- 1.02:80- H- 41/54
1/6/12 Brother Francis SA- 5F- 1.02:60- H- 36/54
1/6/12 Rousing Sermon SA- 6F- 1.14:20- H- 2/12
1/6/12 Unbridled's Note SA- 4F- 50:60- H- 31/36
1/7/12 Consortium PMM- 4F- 51:44- B- 35/38
1/7/12 State of Play TB- 4F- 50:00- B- 33/79
1/7/12 Indian Ambush GP- 5F- 1.01:60- B- 12/31
1/7/12 O'Prado Again GP- 4F- 51:30- B- 54/64
1/7/12 Dullahan GP- 4F- 51:10 B- 52/64
1/7/12 Hansen GP- 5F- 1.00:40- H- 2/31
1/7/12 Basmati HOL- 4F- 49:60- H- 22/39
1/7/12 Hammers Terror FG- 5F- 59:60- B- 1/67
1/7/12 Team Six FH- 3F- 36:00- B- 2/5
1/7/12 Shared Property FG- 6F- 1.14:80- B- 3/6
1/7/12 Seven Lively Sins FG- 5F- 1.00:40- B- 6/67
1/7/12 Brown Eyed Jozi LA- 5F-1.05:00- B- 1/2
1/7/12 Hello Prince CRC- 5F- 1.02:60- B- 10/64
1/7/12 For Oby CRC- 5F- 1.06:00- B- 61/64
1/7/12 Exfactor FG- 5F- 1.01:00- B- 6/43
1/8/12 Jake Mo OP- 5F- 1.01:80- B- 3/37
1/8/12 Seeker FG- 4F- 50:60- B- 58/81
1/8/12 Burning Time CRC- 4F- 50:00- B- 10/26
1/8/12 Stat PMM- 4F- 51:14- B- 30/31
1/9/12 Chips All In SA- 4F- 51:40- H- 33/34
1/9/12 Algorithms PMM- 5F- 1.02:20- B- 8/14
1/9/12 Dan and Sheila PMM- 5F- 1.00:44- B- 1/14
1/9/12 El Padrino PMM- 5F- 1.00:44- B- 1/14
1/9/12 Mr. Bowling FG- 5F- 58:80- B- 1/24
1/9/12 Class President FG- 4F- 52:60- B- 41/45
1/10/12 Thursby PMM- 5F- 1.03:04- B- 3/11 (Turf)
1/10/12 Right to Vote PMM- 4F- 52:00- B- 31/31

Speed Figures
Winning 3yo Beyers last week: Out of Bounds-99; Gentlemen's Bet-89; Alpha-85; Consulado-86; Discreet Dancer-96; Three Vases-81

Top winning 3yo BRIS figs last week: Out of Bounds-105; Gentlemen's Bet-102; Alpha-100; Consulado-100; Discreet Dancer-98; Three Vases-96

*Source: DerbyContenders Twitter

Notes and bits from the web and Twitter:
-Dale Romans is looking at two-prep Derby campaign for Dullahan: Palm Beach on turf, Blue Grass on poly- Jennie Rees Twitter

-A-W Futurity winner Shared Property, stakes-winning Mr. Bowling and Seven Lively Sins headed to FG's $175K Lecomte on Jan. 21- Jennie Rees Twitter

- Neck 'n Neck, 2nd to Discreet Dancer in GP allowance, looking at Feb. 4 Sam Davis at Tampa, tr. Ian Wilkes says- Jennie Rees Twitter