JIM DANDY STAKES
After taking a sabbatical from horse racing and the Triple
Crown trail, I’m ready to dive back in.
What strikes my interest is the prelude for the Travers Stakes, the Jim
Dandy Stakes. They’ll be going 1 mile
and 1/8, to try and indicate who might be the frontrunner for the 3 Year Old of
the year. In what looks to be an
enigmatic bunch, let’s take a look at the field:
1 – BASHAAR(15-1, Tr.
Daniel Peitz; Jy. Javier Castellano. Sire-Street
Cry; Broodmare Sire-Dixieland Band.
Career: 8-2-1-1, $106,182) Newcomer to the Graded-stakes scene, he
came firing in his last race, the Iowa Derby, after being pinched back at the
start, to just miss. He does show a propensity for closing, as of
late, and the addition of Castellano can only help, since he has emerged as the
leading jockey, early in the Saratoga meet.
2 – CODE WEST(6-1,
Tr. Bob Baffert; Jy. Joel Rosario.
Sire-Lemon Drop Kid; Broodmare Sire-Saint Ballado. Career: 10-3-4-2, $260,476) Baffert has shown a lot of discipline,
when it comes to this one. Somewhat
mysterious, is the fact that he was eligible to run in the Triple Crown, ran at
Churchill on the Derby undercard, and then two weeks later on the Preakness
card, but never ran in the TC. Now, he
comes in off of a 2-race win streak, picks up the services of hot jock Rosario,
and looks to take up the charge for the 3YO Eclipse award.
3 – WILL TAKE
CHARGE(12-1, Tr. D. Wayne Lukas; Jy. Junior Alvarado. Sire-Unbridled’s Song; Broodmare Sire- Dehere. Career: 10-3-1-0, $545.371) Lukas has enjoyed a good year, after
having been absent in most recent years.
This charge showed some promise at Oaklawn, winning 2-of-3, and most
noteably, beating stablemate Oxbow in the Rebel Stakes. He participated in all three legs of the
Triple Crown, but his performance has waned, finishing a combined 45 lengths
behind, never better than seventh. WTC
has encountered problems in his last four races, so, Lukas is taking off the
blinkers after 8 straight races, and assigns new rider, Alvarado. Maybe equipment change will improve his luck?
4 – MORENO(10-1, Tr.
Eric Guillot; Jy. Jose Ortiz.
Sire-Ghostzapper; Broodmare Sire-A.P.Indy. Career: 11-2-3-1, $215,440) This gelding took 10 races and a change
of coasts, in order to break his maiden.
He came right back to wire the field in the Gotham Stakes(Grade
II). His sudden turn of luck has his
trainer singing high praises for him. He
says that if his charge gives his A-game effort, that he could beat Palace
Malice by twelve, pulling away. Guillot
is oozing with confidence. We’ll see if
he’s whistling Dixie, or not.
5 – PALACE MALICE(5-2,
Tr. Todd Pletcher; Jy. Mike Smith.
Sire-Curlin; Broodmare Sire-Royal Anthem. Career:
8-2-3-1, $871,135) PM comes
into this affair having won the Belmont Stakes, for his first victory other
than a maiden. With the exception of the
Louisiana and Kentucky Derbies, he’s always been In the money. The one glaring fact is, that when winning
the Belmont, he came home the last half mile in :54.14. The horse that ran 9th, Golden
Soul, went the final half mile in :53.99.
Haven’t seen too many races where the winner was outran by a horse
finishing in ninth.
6 – PERFECT TITLE(20-1,
Tr. Dallas Stewart; Jy. Shaun Bridgmohan.
Sire-Perfect Soul(IRE); Broodmare Sire-Monarchos. Career:
7-2-1-2, $77,290) His last
race was at Churchill, in which he came from 7 ¾ lengths back to win, in the
allowance ranks. He also showed the same
kick when breaking his maiden. He might
be coming late, but, the fact that he hasn’t raced in 50 days seems to be a
drawback. But, then again, maybe Stewart
knows what he’s doing?
7 – FREEDOM CHILD(4-1,
Tr. Tom Albertrani; Jy. Luis Saez.
Sire-Malibu Moon; Broodmare Sire-Deputy Minister. Career: 7-2-1-1, $167,072) His claim to fame was a romp in a sloppy
Peter Pan Stakes. Haven’t seen too much
to get gaga about. Should be on the
front end, and his performance could be greatly accelerated with rain.
8 – MYLUTE(7-2, Tr.
Thomas Amoss; Jy. Rosie Napravnik.
Sire-Midnight Lute; Broodmare Sire-Valid Expectations. Career:
11-2-3-3, $587,695) This is
an interesting horse. Seems when I break
down his times, he is much the best in the latter stages of the race. He just has a knack for not wanting to get
ahead, only to be in the picture. I like
the number I’m reading. Just don’t know
if it’s a mental thing with this horse not wanting to win.
9 – LOOKING COOL(15-1,
Tr. Carl Nafzger; Jy. Edgar Prado.
Sire-Candy Ride(ARG); Broodmare Sire-Forest Wildcat. Career:
10-3-2-0, $237,877) Recent
winner of the Iowa Derby recorded his best BRISNET Speed Rating to date. Nafzger displays great patience, exhibited by
the time between his 1990 Kentucky Derby(Unbridled) and 2007 winner(Street
Sense). The fact that Nafzger brings
this one to this event can only put up a warning flag in your head.
10 – VYJACK(12-1, Tr.
Rudy Rodriguez; Jy. John Velazquez.
Sire-Into Mischief; Broodmare Sire-Stravinsky. Career:
7-4-0-1, $542,200) Vyjack is
cross-entered in the Haskell Invitational, where he has drawn the inside
post. This was my pick in the Kentucky
Derby, if it didn’t rain. It rained, but
the outside post was not kind to him anyhow.
He drew a post in the Belmont that was PP 11, and he was not in
contention. The possibility that
Velazquez could ride him, is one point that is favorable, but I tend to dislike
the outside post that he’s drawn. I feel
that he might be better served going to the Haskell.
I am leaning to #8 Mylute as my top dog, but I am aware that
he seems to NOT want to win. Therefore,
let’s combine him with #2 Code West, and play on the underside #1 Bashaar and
#6 Perfect Title. We’ll exclude Vyjack
because of his post, and Palace Malice, because his closing half-mile in the
Belmont wasn’t too good. Still leary of
Nafzger, but will pass. To eliminate
Palace Malice is my way of looking for box cars. We shall see.
$5 Exacta Box
2-8 $2 Exacta
Part-Wheel 2-8/1-2-6-8 $1 Trifecta Box 1-2-6-8. Lastly, we'll do a $20 Show parlay on Race# 5(Prioress Stakes) #2 Wildcat Lily, Race# 9(Diana Stakes) #3 Dayatthespa, and Race# 10(Jim Dandy) #8 Mylute. A Show parlay is, in this case, betting $20 to show on Race#5. If it comes in, place all made in that race back on Race# 9. If that comes in, then play it all back on Race# 10.
Total - $66
See ya’ in The Winner’s Circle!!!!