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2012 Sham Stakes (G3)

Date/Track:
1/7/2012, Santa Anita Park
Post Time:
1:32 PM PT
Distance:
1 mile (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3 M
Time:
1:34.56
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.

What the Nation is saying about the 2012 Sham Stakes (G3)...

Out Of Bounds is on most Derby Watch Lists. His pedigree, conformation and running style all play a part in determining how far Out Of Bounds can go in top company.Read More
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  • The Windfall Angler · "The colt's own will to win and training," as one poster put it, are likelier--by far--to be determinative, than pedigree. Meanwhile, let's hear if for Affirmed! (What with his Triple Crown reign, now 34+ years (and counting..) · 878 days ago ·
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  • The Windfall Angler · "The colt's own will to win and training," as one poster put it, are likelier--by far--to be determinative, than pedigree. Meanwhile, let's hear if for Affirmed! (What with his Triple Crown reign, now 34+ years (and counting..) · 878 days ago ·
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With a win in the Sham Stakes already in the books, Out of Bounds hopes to continue his quick ascent...Read More
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  • Mary Z. · He's a colt that I wanted to know more about. Thanks for the info, Brian. · 883 days ago ·
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  • travel_vic · So many of the winners of this race just happen to be in great form for a week or two in their career. This far in advance it is next to impossible to figure out just who thiat might be · 883 days ago ·
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Saturday’s grade three Withers Stakes marks the second stop on the 2012 New York Derby Trail. This year in New York there is $250,000 more of the Derby qualifying graded money available and the sequence of the races has been changed.Read More
Marc Doche, of SoCal Scoop, previews the Road to the Roses through Southern California... Read More
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  • Cardly Knot · Forgot to mention Fly Lexis Fly...who I believe is headed to SA to Drysdale's Barn??? · 922 days ago ·
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  • broxtone · Hey bloggers why would Baffert run two of his best derby prospects aginst each other so early on the derby trail? · 889 days ago ·
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Discreet Cat impresses on both Coasts with Out of Bounds and Discreet Dancer!Read More
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  • DeadHeat · Too early to tell that Brian. Out of Bounds looks like one that can handle more distance, and DD looked to have a lot more in the tank. Elusive Quality has sired some top horses at distances, just look at Raven's Pass and Smarty. QR also was grade one placed at 10f. He could go either way with Forestry, but I do believe that the UAE Derby is longer than a mile. 10f may have been to much for DC, but during his prime that speed could be carried a good ways. · 914 days ago ·
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  • terri.zeitz · Check out the article in the Saratogan on Dec 7th, "Rising Stars: Discreet Dancer Dazzles in Debut", The article talks about his extremely talented and classy dam and her female family. His dam, West Side Dancer, is out of Gone West. The Gone West line has produced Excluswive Quality, Smarty Jones, Awesome Feather, and Quality Road. Tood Pletcher said Discreet D was not at all tired after a mile and can go the classic distances. Look at his dam's line to see that quality. Both he and Awesome Feather are on facebook. Pletcher has a Little Red monster in his barn. And you can only bet on him in futures, as he has 4 to 5 odds at the track in his first 2 races. · 909 days ago ·
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Now that the calendar has turned to 2012 and all Thoroughbred two-year-olds turned three, it is hard to keep from doing some early Derby dreaming. While bloggers here at Horse Racing Nation are already looking for their top Derby choices in early stakes action like the Big A’s Count Fleet Stakes and...Read More
  • Floridaf · I am so glad that I am not the only one giving In the Beat a good look. I'm not overly suspicious, but sporting the same connections as his sire is potential karma that just cannot be ignored. · 916 days ago ·
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  • WilliamCaple · Sham Stakes victory for Out of Bounds makes him a horse to start looking at. I can't wait to see the rematch of Union Rags and Hansen. How would Hansen respond to trailing? Will we ever find out? :-) derbydeals.com · 910 days ago ·
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Out of Bounds stock really rising after beating Secret Circle, to be sure! derbydeals.com
The ungraded, $150,000 Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct was one of two Kentucky Derby 2012 prep races to be run on Jan 7 and strong favorite Alpha did not disappoint in New York. On the West Coast, Out of Bounds upset Secret Circle in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes. Count Fleet Stakes (1-7-12): 85 BSF (Alpha...Read More
Hierro, a highly regarded son of Hard Spun who is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday in 47.60, breezing, for trainer Steve Asmussen. Hierro, owned by Stonestreet Stables, broke his maide...Read More
  • MichaelPavelick · The Sham isn't the best illustration of focusing on horses with workouts close to the race, but the top 3 finishers had workouts within 4-5 days of Jan. 7th. Anything past 5 days, there could be a question if today's race is a workout instead of a all out drive. Listen to the call on Hierro. He makes his move early (merely prepping the horse) then breezes home. His last workout was 6 days before the Sham. Hierro needs graded warnings for the Derby. So look for a workout within 2-5 days before a big graded event. · 914 days ago ·
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Out of Bounds rallied in the stretch to beat 1-2 favorite Secret Circle by a half-length in the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby prep of the season at Santa Anita on Saturday.Secret Circle, who led briefly into the stretch, lost for the first time in four career starts for H...Read More
Laura Pugh previews the action in this Saturday's Sham Stakes.Read More
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  • icyhotboo · Horse racing is the most luck dependant gambling I have ever participated in, either as an owner or bettor. As far as betting it runs in streaks as you know. That was a nice pick on the #2 Out of Bounds as I wouldn't have reversed it as I thought the #4 was by far the best.After seeing your remarks I looked a lot closer and loved the bloodlines.I also handicap a lot of races that are interesting with but no intention of betting, it's fun. GL to you. · 915 days ago ·
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  • Mary Z. · GL to you too. · 915 days ago ·
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Looking for Hierro to knock off a heavily favored Secret Circle in today's Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
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  • icyhotboo · Out of Bounds-If he runs like his sire who has a 1:32.2/5 @Aqu he'll be really tough · 915 days ago ·
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  • ajump08 · Secret Circle is better with the blinks off and will be tough, but Hierro is the only one with a shot at him. Out of Bounds may end up being the best of the group, but hasn't matured enough yet. · 915 days ago ·
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Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint hero Secret Circle seeks to join the serious Kentucky Derby 2012 chase as he navigates two turns for the first time in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Bob Baffert’s fleet colt is the fastest 3-year-old in the West but if he wants to remain...Read More
Only 6 runners, Secret Circle will need to hold off the closers.
Bob Baffert's undefeated colt Secret Circle tries two turns for the first time in Saturday's Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Read More
Kentucky Derby 2012 workouts for Tuesday, January 3   Today's Derby contender works featured a four furlong move from Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint hero Secret Circle. The undefeated Bob Baffert trainee will try two turns for the first time in the G3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Jan ...Read More
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  • Floridaf · Dosage may not be completely valid, but, so far, I have found that it is a good indication of what a horse may or may not be capable of. Of course, like travel_vic said, once the horse proves what it can and cannot do, then throw all the theory out of the window. Ancient Rome's DP was pretty spot on when he tried to stretch out in the GP Derby. I don't mind eating my words if I'm wrong, but I'll need to see Secret Circle go the distance. Otherwise, to me, he is a sprinter trying to stretch out and he may or may not be successful. · 918 days ago ·
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  • footlick · IMO, the thoroughbred needs stamina wing representation to be genetically balanced and sound. In Europe, many sprinters still have representation in their stamina wing. It helps with the durability of the horse. Hopefully breeders can use the DP to breed a balanced animal, which in turn will produce a sounder animal. · 918 days ago ·
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In a figurative sense, Longview Drive is like a rolling stone. The 3-year-old son of Pulpit gathers no moss, at least not in his first five races. Each has been at a different race track, and the chestnut colt trained by Jerry Hollendorfer will continue on that path Saturday when he runs at Santa An...Read More
Secret Circle or Hierro will win.
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  • dm4184 · He needs a good trip and get clear. If the rail is good, its all his. · 923 days ago ·
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  • likin sparks · Here's what we have starting with his first race through his last for the first fractional time 22.46, 21.31, 20.96 and he's also clocked in a workout at 19 seconds for the first fraction. In a longer distance race he's going to need to conserve some initial speed but if he can prove he don't need to then he's a superhorse. · 923 days ago ·
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