Saturday, August 29, 2009

Minnesota Festival of Champions - Debutante and Futurity

Today in this space the two year old Minnesota breds take center stage. While the Futurity has some standouts, the Deb is wide open and any number of starters in that one have a shot which makes it really tough to get any kind of read on the race. For most in the Deb, they've been racing against boys since breaking their maiden which adds to the handicapping challenge. In both cases, however, they should be fun to watch!

Distance: 6 furlongs
Surface: Dirt
Purse: $60,000

Hidden Gold (Von Rosen) - Both MSW were solid efforts with a 5 length win when she broke through.

Water Ballet (Bell) - Won when stretched from3.5 furlongs but proceeded to get drilled in a first level allowance - like many in this field.

Night Deposit (Stevens) - Nice score in her bow, but has been overmatched in last two.

Her Sweet Saint (Eikleberry) - Had all kinds of trouble in the first level allowance that most of this field got beat in. Breezed in debut, but only 3.5 furlongs and then faded in next.

Downbythemeadow (Rivera) - A similar story to Her Sweet Saint with the noticable difference that she did not have as much trouble in the last.

Becker County Miss (Goodwin) - Had the best showing of all in THE allowance race. Was then no factor on an open $50,000 Optional Claimer, beaten soundly by Night Deposit (who only finished 6th).

Sasha's Fierce (Ferrer) - Not much to go on, only the maiden win last month. Been working very well, though. Beyer was suspect, but no standout here in that department. Could be the one.

Dear Hrishi (Nolan) - Been close in 5 tries but still has not broken her maiden while finishing behind many here.

Waubun (Betancourt) - Scored a wire to wire win in her debut, though only one to advance through a maiden claiming ($25,000) race.


1. Sasha's Fierce
2. Hidden Gold
3. Her Sweet Saint

Distance: 6 furlongs
Surface: Dirt
Purse: $60,000

Bet Your Boots (Nolan) - Broke maiden by 17 after stretching from 3.5 furlongs then Stakes placed in Iowa and then made it through trouble to finish 4th in the Barenscheer. Best Beyers by a mile.

Sounds Good (Eikleberry) - Still a maiden and finished behind most of this field already.

Dannagan (Morales) - Been slowly improving and graduated by a nose two weeks ago.

Tsar Tops Dancer (Rivera) - Broke through after giving way to a couple of these. Just missed in tough open company last out.

Rustic Road (Butler) - Nice maiden win then a tough go in the Barenscheer.

Gladden's Bromance (Ferrer) - Excellent early speed. Really jumped up in last to break maiden against claiming company.


1. Bet Your Boots
2. Tsar Tops Dancer
3. Rustic Road

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