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Friday, July 21, 2006

Officer is Front and Center

- I was impressed by that Tactical Cat filly at Belmont on Thursday, but Jerry Bossert of the NY Daily News was wowed by another first-timer on the card.

Trainer Bobby Frankel unveiled what may have been the best first-time starter I've ever seen in Les Grands Trois - The Big Three. The 2-year-old son of Officer cost $220,000 and just toyed with his opposition, scoring by nine under a hand ride from Prado while racing wide throughout. Being by the sire Officer, you wonder how far he will go, but as for talent, he has plenty. Look for him to steal the show at the upcoming Saratoga meeting.
Wow, pretty high praise. And another winner for Officer, the early pace-setter on the freshman sire list. He now has ten winners from 20 runners from, according to Bloodhorse’s sire list, 68 in the crop. That means that almost 15% of his first crop has already visited the winner’s circle.

Les Grands Trois is a half-brother to Wannawinemall, second in last year’s El Camino Real Derby. His second dam is the multiple graded winner Lemhi Go. He completed the six furlongs in 1:10.39; the chart commented that he scampered away when shown the whip and widened under a hand ride. And it was the third winner in the last two days for trainer Frankel.

Not surprisingly, Officer fared well at the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale this week, selling six out of seven entered for an average of $117,500. (He stands for $15,000 at Gainesway.)

Also having a good week in New York is the sire Freud, who has scored three winners thus far. John Ward scored with one of them in Thursday’s opener. Lovely Dream, who scored by 16 lengths graduating last month, was sent off at a microscopic .25-to-1, and scored by a front-running 2 ¾ lengths.


Anonymous said...

Both 2yo's you mentioned were very impressive, but looks to me like there may be a better one in today's 2nd at Belmont.

Summer Wildfire, $725k yearling purchase by Ward/Oxley, appears to be living up to his sales price in the AM. By Forest Wildcat out of a Premiership dam, this one is bred top and bottom to be precosious and fast.

Will likely be a short price in win pool but perhaps may be some value in the Daily Double if you can decifer the first.


Alan Mann said...

E - Thanks for pointing that out. She's actually a half to Songandaprayer, and to the dam of that Forestry colt who sold for $1.2 million in Kentucky earlier this week. So yeah, I think we'd have to find some value in the doubles for sure.

Ward/Oxley also have one in the second tomorrow that's been burning up the track in the AM. Timeless Treasure (Pulpit) - a mere $325,000 purchase (it's nice to have money, eh?) and a half to the G1 Matron winner a few years back, Marylebone.

Anonymous said...

...take a look at the 2yo filly A.V. Flynn in the CTBA Stakes @ Del Mar today...she set the track record @ Pleasanton in her debut, smoking 5 furlongs in 21.55, 44.06, 55.92 (note the final furlong in under 12 seconds)...Pleasanton does run fast, but i checked the charts from thatr day, and this filly ran considerably faster than everyone else on the card...two hporses fromn that race have already returned to win, and she's trained by Steve Miyadi, who is hitting a whopping 32% from 245 starters (i guess you can add him to the list of "super-trainers")...she's 3/1 on the morning line, but the fact she's coming out of a maiden claimer @ Pleasanton should keep the price fair...i like this filly a lot today...

Anonymous said...

...AV Flynn has been scratched....ugh...

Anonymous said...

Summer Wildfire was extinguised by the rain. - E