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Sweet Reason: More than just a Mudder?

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Photo: NYRA / Adam Coglianese


Sweet Reason was ultra-impressive in her career debut. The daughter of Street Sense took to the sloppy Saratoga main track that afternoon like Lindsey Lohan to the tabloids … even if it did take a while.


The $185,000, 2012 Keeneland September Sale yearling purchase looked to be stuck in quicksand during the early stages of the 5 ½ furlong affair. Her trainer, Leah Gyarmati liked what she saw in the mornings, and did not expect her young filly to show much speed, but still, mired some 20 lengths back at one point, she could not have been overly confident of her goal for Sweet Reason of cashing a check. 


That nervous feeling must have changed as quickly as the juvenile filly began to gain ground on the far turn. Coming off the turn as if shot out of a powerful slingshot, Sweet Reason gobbled up sloppy ground like she had not been fed in days. The stretch run was a sight to behold, as she rolled by everyone, hitting the wire more than six lengths the best.


Her next race was even better.


The Grade 1 Spinaway was a big jump up in class, but the combination of the eye-popper of a debut, with the fact that she was catching another sloppy track at the Spa, saw her bet down to 5-2. It turned out to be easy money, as this time she stayed much closer to the early pace, before exploding on the turn again, but this time only earlier. 


Cruising to the lead under Alex Solis, who has ridden her in both races and many of her works, Sweet Reason again made her competition look like they were standing still. Rambling right up to the lead on the outside, she did not hesitate to battle with her competition or anything trivial like that. By the time the nine-filly field hit the stretch, the outcome was as good as over. Cruising to the wire in complete command, Sweet Reason made her second career start, a grade 1 win by nearly six lengths.


Owned by Treadway Racing Stable, not only is Sweet Reason a daughter of the only horse to pair victories in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby, but she is also out of the successful broodmare, Livermore Leslie (Mt. Livermore). Among her many winners was the 2009 champion New York-bred filly, Don’t Forget Gil. The graded stakes winning filly won the Florida Oaks and finished second in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.


Whether or not Sweet Reason will be able stretch out successfully as the distances grow, and perhaps an even bigger question, if her electrifying turn-of-foot will translate to a fast track, still need to be answered. Saturday’s Grade 1 Frizette should be a good test. The one-mile affair at Belmont Park is only one-turn, but is also only a sixteenth less than the ultimate goal for 2013, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. 


At this time, it looks like there is a good chance that she will see her first fast track in the afternoon on Saturday. Is she just a mud freak? We will soon know the answer, and I, for one, can’t wait to find out.



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Amended weather report for Gotham Manana,initially was to be clear.Now scattred thunder storms. Not supposed to go into SAT. Hope stay away. JJ has 2 live prices in later heats. Boring night and exhausted, see you tommorrow quasiguapo
Yes they could be dangerous >> As for the Arc, another loaded race, pass.
Happen to be right.Monday mornin QB, says All Most Famous was a good return,with wealth of knowledge prior to fact.It should of been a Dr. J. slam dunk . Was tempted to unload on Rudolpho todday at 4/5. But bad precedent to set.While you were away,bombarded your boy TTT at 4/5. Told Goblin the day before was a mortal lock.When i am that confident,do not mind doubling R.O.I. ,Are you taking action on the ARC Sunday. Want to play,but between the euros who i respect alot and couple of my own contacts,getting to many mixed signals.Not in the Mood for major partial Dutch Gimmicks.Look at Ellis/Espy @S.A. could be dangerous.
No prob, bad joke >> it’s just that opportunities like Almost Famous at a price vs maidens seem like an easier cash than this loaded *Krystal* Stakes. I have a similar problem trying to beat Central, Golden, Trinni and the rest with RT @ SA.
My apologies,just re read my post.Now i get the comma. I like Ellis/Espy combo in weekend SoCal sprrint.Race loaded with early lick.Only legit closer in te race.
Are you my grammar teacher now.Would never say Havana is great.Just need him to be better than all,with the exception of Honor Code .These 2 are my cubicle for the Champagne.
I defer to LAZ about Sweet Reason >> Havana could be great, but you don't have to bet on it. ps- Did you forget the comma between to and Amino?
I was just talking to my pace guru,the person that showed me how to use and interpet them.I was telling him how i was awed by the incredible last call for Honor Code.Although excellent,He told me that pace figures are extemely magnified on wet tacks.alathough impressive,not as strong as they appear.Told me to look back at the Derby and look at the early fractions for Vyjack and PM.they never came close to them Makes me feel a lot better. there is still the one person i listen to Amino. But at least now,i feel a little more comfortable with Havana. So you are a Sweetness fan also. How many freight trains can i be passed by.
Sounds like LAZ is all over Sweetness and with good Reason, Snooper. Prepare to be Norwegian Steam Engined.
Laz,we were discussing her workout the other day,the 7F one that i heard that she did not look good at doing.Forget the time she did it in.You mentioned she worked again. This now would spook me ,if i were looking to play her.Look at her previous work tab.The quickest she came back was 11 days. Now they breeze her 9/16(fine) then come back with normal spacing(9/25) this is the work i was told was not good.The next work is the one that scares me.Why come back 6 days later and work a 4F bullet,especially if you are getting more distance especially breezing.That is just to fast a work now.I would think they would want her relaxed,not keyed up.I was going to play against her anyway.More than likely,she will be the freight train ,that blew by me the last 2 times. But my questions on her works gives me strong hope.
She is definitely "Sweet" and I hope the betting public believes the only "Reason" she won so impressively was due to the off track... so her odds on Saturday give me a sweet reason to bet her.
You can't not look forward to seeing if Sweet Reason will continue to impress. I sure hope so. It's nice to see a trainer like Gyamarti get a shot with a really good horse.
No track on earth EVER is uniform.
Cause, for what it’s worth, the track was also playing faster for Strong Mandate than it was for Sweet Reason. The DRF Variant for Strong mandate was 14 and his Beyer was 85. The DRF variant for Sweet Reason was 23 as indicated in her 98 Beyer. Sweet Reason was 4-5 wide on the turn and finished with the caption, ‘Ridden Out’. Strong Mandate was 3 wide and his caption was ‘Geared Down Late’. Honor Codes time was the same (in 5ths) as Strong Mandate. He was given an 89 Beyer even though the track was playing slightly faster with a 12 Variant.
Great line from a vet friend of mine: "All horses dislike unsure footing, the "mudders" just dislike it less."
personally,i think honor code will be showing alot more speed in the race than he did in the do not show the turn of foot he did and not have speed. Also as i mentioned earlier,J.R. picking up Havana this early in the season speaks volumes.
Strong Mandate ahs been kind to the bettors with high odds. That will change this weekend. We have a speed horse, stalker and a clooser. I'm looking forward to this race ever bit as much as the Beldame and JCGC.
i am just curious as to who will be the favorite in the race.Iam thinking it will be Honor Code.
it will be interesting to see how her analysis plays out all the way through the triple crown. From what she told me,it has been succesful throughout the years. I am sure there are other horses that might have better profiles.i am using it that i love what the horse is doing and that the progression in distance should not bother him.
Really. Lisa just called me on the phone and said that she didn't like Havana. Just Joking. Actually, it will be interesting to see how Lisa's analysis plays out. I'm a fan of hers for sure.

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