Hollywood Juvenile Championship
Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds
juvenile colts are prepared to face the starter in Monday’s Hollywood
Juvenile Championship (G-3). Run since 1939, the race has been populated by a Triple
Crown Champ (Affirmed) Derby winner (Tommy Lee) and Champions Althea, Serena’s
Song, and Stevie Wonderboy.
year’s renewal includes Minutesandtouches
(Rockport Harbor – Flexible Princess, by Honour and Glory), a son of this
year’s Freshman Sire Rockport Harbor. The pretty gray Minutesandtouches closed
within two lengths of the winner in his last race traveling five furlongs. He
owns a bullet work at Golden Gate and should appreciate the extra furlong and
removes the blinkers. His sire was
undefeated in four starts at two, winning his debut at 5 ½ furlongs and also
the Nashua (G-3) and Remsen (G-2). Minutesandtouches
dam won both of her starts at two is stakes placed. This distaff family has
produced General Assembly and several other notable winners.
(Successful Appeal – Call her Magic, by Caller I.D.) may go to the post as the
favorite. The David Hoffmans trainee
dominated the Willard Proctor Memorial by 4 ½ lengths over the Cushion Track
after successfully stalking the pace. The
final time of 1:02.97 was a stakes record since the race was lengthened to 5 ½
furlongs in 2006. He’s a full brother to juvenile stakes placed
Magic Appeal and a half brother to stakes placed Kid Majic. Additionally his dam
is a stakes winner over dirt and turf and is a half sister to the dam of
Champion Proud Spell. J P's Gusto has been working well since his last race and
appears to be ready to put forth his best effort.
(Swiss Yodeler – La Fresa, by Cozzene) was third behind J P's Gusto in the
Willard Proctor Memorial. His dam was
stakes placed at two and his full brother was in the money in both tries at
two. Edgewick Road has steady works and with three starts under is girth is one
of the more experienced colts in the field.
The other colt with three starts is River's Chapel (Chapel Royal – Summer Band, by Dixieland Band).
After winning his maiden at Hollywood Park, he journeyed to Gold Gate two weeks
later and ran third in the Lost In the Fog Stakes after pressing the leader. By
last year’s leading Freshman Sire, River's Chapel shows two slow works since
that race. His immediate distaff family is durable but modest. His second dam
is a half sister to multiple graded stakes warrior Life’s Hope.
Leon Ayala (Crown the King – Kir
Ti, by Romanov) has a pedigree that indicates he’d be happier on the turf. His
obscure sire (Gilded Time – Granse Oaks, by Nureyev) raced nine times without a
win, while his damsire (by Nureyev) was a Grade 2 winner at 1 ½ miles. His distaff family is very modest. Leon Ayala adds blinkers and the Garcia barn
gets 22% winners with first time blinkers.
(Tapit – Rachel’s Edition, by Ascot Knight) was a very distant fifth behind J
P's Gusto after beating state-bred maidens by a bare head. His sire is fifth on the Third-Crop sire
list. Tapin Tough’s dam was stakes placed in Canada as a juvenile. Tapin Tough
worked a slow six furlongs for this race.
and Western Mood enter the Hollywood Juvenile Championship after
winning their debuts in dissimilar fashion.
Magic (Aptitude – Marva Jean, by West By
West) jumped to the lead from the one post and never looked back, winning a 4 ½
race in the mud at Emerald Downs. His dam was a multiple stakes winner over
that track and graded stakes winner Mi Selecto was produced from this family. Marvin's
Magic worked a sharp three furlongs for this race, but he’s taking a big step
up in class. Western Mood (West Acre – True Mood, by Deputy Minister) was off
slow, but roared through the lane to win his five furlong debut by 1 ¾ lengths.
His sire, an unraced son of Forty Niner out of a Claiborne Farm bred mare is a
¾ brother to Grade 1 winner Preach (dam of major sire Pulpit) and Yarn, dam of British
Two year old Champ, Minardi, and granddam of dual Two Year Old Champ Johannesburg.
Western Mood shows two excellent works, including a last breeze bullet for the
Hollendorfer barn, which has an impressive 27% win rate with last out maiden
winners going into stakes races.
Analysis and Selections:
29% of the pace leaders have gone wire-to-wire in races at this
distance for the meet. 75% have won while on or pressing the lead while late
pace and stalkers grab 31%.
is the only stakes winner in the race and showed improvement in his second
start, add the six furlong bullet work two breezes back and you’re looking at a
live horse. He’ll likely sit off the
pace setters Marvin's Magic, River's Chapel and Leon Ayala. Minutesandtouches should enjoy getting
extra real estate and his quick four furlong breeze shows he’ll be sharp. Western Mood also owns a quick four
furlong move and an impressive late speed figure number. It’s tough to say if
he’ll regress off of that strong debut race, but his strong works show promise.
Late running Edgewick Road may also
appreciate the added distance and may be rolling late from the back of the
Edgewick Road - Longshot