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Friday, October 23, 2009

Notes - Oct 23

Two more winners for Levine on Thursday, he's 11 for 39 at the meeting. He won the 4th with bombshell The Mailet ($88), and it occurred to me that you don't often see this barn win at prices like that. So, since I have nothing better to do, I checked out Formulator, and check this out (if you care, of course). Levine has won 465 races in the last three years, and this was by far the longest odds (23-1 was the previous high). Only 11 of those 465 winners went off at double digit odds, while 143, or 31%, were even money or less. Another 127 were less than 2-1. With a median payout of $5.55, not a barn one can make much money on.

Unless you had The Mailet. This two-year old filly was making her first grass start after two dismal dirt tries; she's by Rock Hard Ten, out of a Smarten mare who is a half-sister to the G1 winners Stellar Jayne and Starrer. The sire is struggling in his first year, with his fee down to $30,000 from 50K. The Mailet was just his 4th North American winner; he has a stakes winner in the UK.

Kitten's Joy has been far more successful in his rookie year at around half the price; 15 winners, 4th on the first-year sire list. Gary West writes of two of his progeny, trained by Michael Maker, who are competing at Retama this weekend with an eye on the Breeders Cup juvenile turf races. Kera's Kitten is a colt out of a Dixieland Band mare, and a half-brother to Talent Search, third in the Sprint in 2007. Lisas Kitten is a filly out of a Woodman mare with some interesting inbreeding for grass - 5x4 to Buckpasser, 5x5 to Tom Fool.


Anonymous said...

What's changed in Levine's barn since he came back to Belmont? I heard he fired his old Assistant Trainer and got a new one...

Anonymous said...

Perhaps now that Andrew Berg from Gumpster Stable has been indicted as part of a 30 person illegal gambling ring Bruce doesn't have to worry anymore about Berg's horses, presuming Bruse still has some of the Gumpster string? Scott Lake had many of them for a while. Finger lakes ruled the Gumpster horses off the grounds so I'm sure the NYRA will do the same. The heat was surely on Berg at the Saratoga meet, so just connecting the dots.

Maybe this case will lead to some more corruptuion and illegal activity being rooted out? 30 people that could "talk" may help.