Friday, January 20, 2012

Drought Report 2012 - 1/20

This week's Drought Report will be a brief one, as there was no stakes action last weekend. This weekend is the ungraded $75k San Pedro Stakes, which should produce a starter or two for San Vicente Stakes next month. First, a recap of the two races mentioned in last week's report, then a few notable workouts, with a brief preview of the San Pedro Stakes to wrap up the report.

  • Sky Kingdom won a first level allowance race on 1/12 that turned into a glorified paid workout when the four horse field (already reduced from five due to a scratch) turned into three when the outclassed runner was eased early on. Sky Kingdom took advantage of his lesser competition to stalk the pace, range up to the outside and win geared down without really being asked. If nothing else, he had another trip out on the track to gain some more experience. It did not prove that he can handle a solid pace routing, as some are proclaiming. 
  • Brother Francis scratched out of a maiden special weight on 1/14 with a slight illness, but his trainer James Cassidy said it was only a minor issue and that he should be back on track soon.
  • Liaison, Grade 1 CashCall Futurity winner, leads off the Santa Anita workers with a bullet six furlong work in 1:11 on 1/19
  • Rousing Sermon worked six furlongs in 1:14.80 on 1/17
  • Chips All In, Eddie Logan Stakes winner, worked five furlongs in 1:03.60 on 1/16
  • Groovin' Solo , half-bro to GSWs Premier Pegasus & Street Hero, worked 5 furlongs in 59.4 on 1/17.
  • Out of Bounds, Grade 3 Sham Stakes winner, worked at Hollywood Park in first spin since the race, going three furlongs in 37.20
  • Creative Cause, Grade 1 Norfolk winner, worked six furlongs in 1:14 at Hollywood Park on 1/20
The San Pedro Stakes is a 6 1/2 furlong race on the dirt that will be run this Sunday. It brings together a mixed bag of 6. Drill looks to right the ship on the cutback after back-to-back dismal efforts routing. Midnight Transfer comes in off a fast maiden breaking score on opening day, while Got Even blitz the field in the Cal Breeders' Champion Stakes last out. Passing Game looks to turn the tide on Got Even after having no chance on the speed-favoring track on opening day. Let's Get Crackin comes in from out of town while continuing his musical chair trainer changes. Coach Sickie returns after failing to fire up north. This will be an interesting race, as no one knows exactly how Drill will run. At least while sprinting, Drill has not shown the need for the lead, so if runs back to any of his sprint wins, he should win. Another big question to figure out is how will the three horses who ran on opening day come out of that race? Midnight Transfer would seem to figure things out, but could it be that he just found a soft maiden group instead? The winner will probably be pointed to a start in the San Vicente Stakes, or possibly a race out of town like the Southwest S. at Oaklawn.

 Good luck this weekend folks!


  1. Liaison is looking lean and mean but is highly vulnerable to a moderately paced lone f on this track. Which could be very good come the first Saturday in May, IF he stays sound.


    Drill will overpower the San Pedro field, provided the backstretch come Sunday doesn't become a runway.

    * Amazombie will likely scratch, which is too bad as he capitalized on setups for him in his last two and narrowly prevailed. If he runs and the fractions are above 43 and 2, he will lose @ odds on. Remember, Euroears humbled him earlier this year and he did it on a fair racetrack. Now there a a streaker who is quicker than E who will be rolling downhill on a sealed surface. Bridgejumper vulnerability on A if he runs? Oh yeah.

  2. Spawr scratching saved a few from hitting the water hard. Guess I picked the wrong week to project a safe half for a wire to wire winner. Nowadays you can shade 42 & 4 and still spread eagle a GR2. Rosario muscled a closer in the 1st to a 21.17 first quarter on the way to an easy lead and win. This surface is making farriers and epsom salt purveyors extra scratch this weekend.

  3. Note to self on the Drill pick- When it comes to 3YO's, go with the now horse. Even though he broke a bit slow from the inside (usually the kiss of death) and moved up on the backstretch and turn, it still doesn't make up for his lackluster finish. Midnight Transfer was shuffled back to last after Rosario surrendered his position going into the turn but still ran down a vastly improved Got Even. MT is hot hot hot now and won despite a bone head move by the red hot Rosario.