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Beauty and the Angel

A solid field of nine juvenile fillies has been entered in the 120th running of the Spinaway Stakes (Gr.1) set to be run this Sunday. The Spinaway is one of the most prestigious, and coveted stakes races in the nation for juvenile fillies, and has proven to be the launching pad for many a championship season. Back in 1904 Tanya captured the prized event before making history by winning the Belmont Stakes the next year. During the course of the next century, hallowed names like Top Flight, Cicada, Affectionately and Ruffian joined the roster of winners, further enhancing the validation of the Spinaway as a championship defining race. More recently R Heat Lightning took home the top spot in 2010, before launching a stunning early season campaign in 2011 that saw her win the Davona Dale and Gulfstream Oaks by more than 15 combined lengths. Case in point; The Spinaway is an extremely valuable commodity.

This year it appears to be a showdown between Judy the Beauty, and Georgie’s Angel. Georgie’s Angel hails from the barn of red-hot trainer Todd Pletcher, and is the only graded stakes winner in the field, and thus the favorite. She began her career on July fourth at Churchill Downs, defeating nine other fillies by more than six lengths, while posting a winning time of :51.23, just over a second off the track record for the 4 ½ furlongs. Brought back just 18 days later in Saratoga’s Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes, the Bellamy Road filly broke fastest of all but was quickly taken in hand by jockey John Velazquez and dropped back to rate mid-pack on the inside. Coming off the turn Georgie’s Angel drove four wide and swept to the lead, easily holding off a late closing True Feelings by a comfortable 1 ½ lengths.
 
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with the connections of Georgie’s Angel who expressed nothing but complete adoration for their filly. I will be making it to Saratoga for the first time this year on Sunday and will have the incredible opportunity to meet Georgie’s Angel and her connections so I must admit I’m rooting for the home team on this one. She will be entering with just over six weeks time between her now and her Schuylerville win which should allow her to enter fresh. Her latest work, a :48.47 work was encouraging and should have her fit and ready to run her race.

[Georgie's Angel currently ranks #1 on HRN's 2-year-old Fillies Rankings Page; Can she retain that position on Sunday?]

Judy the Beauty is undefeated in three starts and has already accomplished things most horses never attempt. Winning races on both synthetics and turf, as well as winning races in the US, Canada and France. After breaking her maiden at Keeneland by 1 ¾ lengths, trainer Wesley Ward shipped his filly to Chantilly Racecourse in France less than three weeks later to win a turf allowance race. Given a little more than two months between races, the daughter of Ghostzapper traveled to Woodbine and earned a hard-fought half length victory in the Shady Well Stakes. The Spinaway will be her first start on natural dirt but she has been training very well over Aqueduct’s dirt surface the last month and most recently fired off a four furlong bullet in :46.42. The last time she fired a four furlong bullet was just before she won the Shady Well Stakes. She enters with the most race experience and the best works.

Both True Feelings and Vukovar are leftovers from Georgie’s Angel’s Schuylerville triumph and are back for another try in the Spinaway. True Feeling will run as a coupled entry with maiden winner Grace Hall for trainer Tony Dutrow. And Why Not enters off an easy 5 ½ length maiden score at Saratoga and will be competing off two slow four furlong works. Vukovar won her maiden impressively in early July before succumbing to Georgie’s Angel in the Schuylerville. She is cross entered in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park on September 5th. Lady Pelican broke her maiden by more than 8 lengths at Woodbine in her latest start and enters off two five furlong works. Born Bullish and Baffle Me complete the field. 

2011 Spinaway (G1)

Date/Track:
Post Time:
5:45 PM ET
Distance:
7 f (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
2 F
Time:
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.
Rank Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start Status
302 And Why Not
Street Cry
7.02 Trending Down
M. Matz
J. Leparoux
1st, Sar MSW (8/7/2011-R8) View Video

Entered
162 Georgie's Angel
Bellamy Road
7.41 Trending Up
T. Pletcher
J. Velazquez
1st, 2011 Schuylerville (G3)

Entered
  Vukovar
Forest Wildcat
4.79
E. Guillot
D. Cohen
6th, 2011 Schuylerville (G3)

Entered
  Lady Pecan
Concerto
4.45 Trending Up
B. Baffert
J. Stein
1st, WO Mcl (8/10/2011-R1)

Entered
487 True Feelings
Latent Heat
6.67
A. Dutrow
J. Rose
2nd, 2011 Schuylerville (G3)

Entered
  Born Bullish
Flashy Bull
6.49
J. Terranova
C. Hill
4th, 2011 Colleen (LS) View Video

Entered
  Judy The Beauty
Ghostzapper
6.79 Trending Up
W. Ward
J. Sanchez
1st, 2011 Shady Well

Entered
  Grace Hall
Empire Maker

A. Dutrow
 


Entered
  Baffle Me
First Samurai
5.84
M. Hennig
C. DeCarlo
3rd, 2011 Colleen (LS) View Video

Entered

 

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Older Comments about Beauty and the Angel...

Georgie's Angel has a slight class edge I think and I'm rooting for her to win, but as you say, it's a pretty even field. Juvenile races can be the toughest to handicap I think, they improve so quickly sometimes.
Looks like a pretty wide open field, you picked out the two to beat in here, but who knows how good And Why Not is? Have fun, Brian ... say hi ti Kelly for me!

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 Meet Brian Appleton 

Thoroughbred Horse Racing is my passion.  It started when at the age of 9 I found a book called Come On Seabiscuit by Ralf Moody on my Mother’s shelf.  Reading that book was one of the most exciting things I ever did as a kid. I read that book so many times that I had entire chapters committed to memory and the dust jacket worn and ripped beyond recognition from so much use. From that point on I was hopelessly addicted, reading every book on horse racing I could get my hands on, especially racehorse biographies. In 2009 I began my own blog called Rail Runner on wordpress and have continued to blog there to this day.

Curlin is probably my favorite racehorse of all time. Being able to attend six of his races will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whenever I need to re-find some inspiration in my life all I need to do is watch one of his incredible victories and relive the memories. Rachel Alexandra ranks right up there too. As any horse racing fan will tell you it’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite and I am no exception. Phar Lap and Citation are another two of my all time favorites and the list could go on and on.

I was homeschooled my entire life by my parents and graduated High School in 2006 at the age of 17.  Currently I am completing my Marketing degree with the hopes of entering the Thoroughbred Horse Racing field as a writer/journalist , or in the marketing/advertising/promotions side of the industry.

It is my dream to someday become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and win major races across the United States. Who wouldn't want that, right?  For about 1 ½ years I was part owner in a racehorse, Lord Greystoke raced, and owned by Hibiscus Stables. I was able to attend one of his races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby day, May 2, 2009 and it was an incredible experience. While Lord Greystoke finished 7th in the race, being able to stand in an owner’s box not 30 feet away from Penny Chenery’s owner’s box was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

Later in the year Lord Greystoke was finally able to break through with a 4 ½ length win which made me feel like one of the world’s most accomplished thoroughbred owners and further fueled my appetite. I think it would be rally neat to win the Appleton Stakes (Gr.3) at Gulfstream Park, even though I'm generally a bigger fan of dirt racing I can't help but think it would be neat for me to win a race with the same name as my last name.

That’s me in a nutshell, just a very passionate, driven young guy that wants to be a part of this amazing sport and share the adventure with other fans.