Feb 212018
 

EQUINICS 2018 – STORMY PROSPECTOR

Vermont – 4 yo & Up – 12 Furlongs – Dirt

In the Bi-Annual competition between the Residencies has attracted another stellar field for the running of the Stormy Prospector.  Who will claim the GOLD for their REZ?  In the field today, we have 6 horses that have been to victory circle in Graded Stakes.  A pair of entries have amassed over a Million in career earnings.  Another EQUINICS race with speed to burn as all 14 starters have a career high SP above 100.  There is 1 Gelding in the field (HATEFUL ENTITY), 4 Four-year-old Colts (DANZIGOF THE NILE, SUPERFLY SNOOKA, SICILIAN WAY, & FINKE BORON) and a 2017 EOY (LIMESTONE). Now let’s take a better look at this field:

1

DANZIGOF THE NILE

16-1

ELITE RACING CLUB

4-M 

mightyforego20

Career:  15-4-2-3

R. Pollard

January at Denmark in the Sagatector Dirt Endurance faded to finish 4th.  Before that came from off the pace to Win the City Inferno Dirt Stayer by 3 lengths.  Prior race was in the G2- Hamburg Hall where he faded to finish 8th 13 ½ lengths back.  Has 3 Graded Stakes starts.
Colt is a scratchbred (Pioneerof The Nile x Danzig x Raise A Native) has a career high 115 SP in Your Boundaries Dirt Stayer running 2nd to SICILIAN WAY by ¼ length.  2nd trip up for jockey R. Pollard.

2

TAY BRIDGE

6-1

EAST-WEST CONNECTION

5-M

dunracing

Career:  22-7-5-5

T. Small

Last race in January got caught at the end of 12f Awesome Force Dirt Stayer to end in 2nd.  Before that faded out of the money in the 10f Danger Zone Dirt Route at Michigan.  Prior race finished second again after being caught in the Quick Hogan Dirt Memorial at Ohio.
The Light Grey (Rattlesnake Bridge x Awesome Again x Danehill) likes to go fast and to the front.  Has a high speed of 116 in a Win in the Yew Dirt Route at Florida.

REZ Says

A flat out- long dirt speedster.  Maybe not as classy as the rest of field but he can flat out run out in front with the best of them.

3

HATEFUL ENTITY

7-1

MINNESOTA TESTBARN

5-G

canyontx3

Career:  19-9-3-3

P. Jolly

Opened 2018 with a Win in a 22k allowance from off the pace for 4th victory in a row.  Before that won the 13f G2-Grey Fox from off the pace by 6 ¼ lengths.  Prior race was a stalking Win over a field of 7 in the Stormy Bluff II Dirt Memorial at Louisiana by 3 ¼ posting a 115 SP.
Light Grey scratchbred (Tapit x Halo x Alydar) since being Gelded has not missed the board in 10 starts with 7 Victories including 4 of them coming on off tracks. P. Jolly has a win in only previous ride, the Stormy Bluff ii Dirt Memorial.

4

LIMESTONE

6-1

UNIVERSAL RACING CLUB

5-M

newmarket5

Career:  20-10-4-0

F. Gossett

Opened 2018 with a wire to wire Win in 16f G2- Buckeye Stayer by 4 ½ lengths giving him a 3-race win streak.  Closed out 2017 Winning G1- Breeders Bowl Dirt Marathon while posting 117 SP.  Prior race Won G1- Monster Mash from near the front pulling away by 3 lengths.
Bay Scratchbred (Malibu Moon x Pleasant Colony x Sir Ivor) has 5 Graded Stakes Wins and has 1.6 Million in career earnings.  Had a 4-race winning streak in the summer of 2016. F. Gossett had a win in the stirrups in G1- Breeders Bowl Dirt Marathon.  2017 EOY – Older Male Long Dirt.

Owner Says

Hoping for a big run.  Had a good tune-up run in Buckeye Stayer.  One of two G1 winners in the race, I believe he is a lively option.

REZ Says

Has won 3 graded in a row.  Looks like he should be favorite or co-favorite.

5

AMONGST THE WAVES

7-1

GR SIMSTERS

5-M

capsized

Career:  20-8-1-5

P. Wright

At the G1- Big Apple extended Win streak to 4 staying in front the whole way. Before that Won an 11f 45k Allowance from near the lead.  Prior to that posted a 117 SP in wire to wire victory in G2- Windy City Gold Cup.  10 of his 20 starts have been Graded Stakes races.
(Compton’s Place (GB) x Sadler’s Wells x Kingmambo) has over 1.2 Million career earnings. Another horse with loads of speed that likes to run out in front.  Making first start of 2018.  P. Wright has ridden twice before with a win last trip at G1- Big Apple.

6

BLUESTONE LANE

5-1

PASTURES OF GREEN

5-M

correction

Career:  16-9-4-2

J. White

Last time out stalked the field in Unbridled Fury Dirt Stayer to win by 4 as the clear favorite.  Before that took lead in Secrets Untiuched Dirt Stayer but was caught finishing 2nd by 1 ¼ to the ML choice.  Prior race Won the Leaky Tap Dirt Stayer from the lead pack by 2 ¾.
Light Grey scratchbed (Medaglia D’Oro x Deputy Ministe x Unbridled) has a career best 114 SP.  Will be his first race of the year and his first ever start in a Graded Stakes.

7

TAKE THE KID

11-1

BLAZING SADDLES

5-M

zenyatta09

Career:  20-7-5-2

D. Givins

In January out classed a field of 4 in a 12f NW3y at VT for a wire to wire Win.  Ended 2017 by never trailing in Blazing Saddes Breeders Showdown Marathon victory.  Prior race drew post #14 and faded to finish 7th place in G1- Breeders Bowl Dirt Marathon won by LIMESTONE.
(Take Charge Indy x Giant’s Causeway x Lemon Drop Kid) He has posted his 3 best speeds on off tracks with his high of 113 coming in Wisdom Tooth Dirt Endurance on a good track.  Jockey D. Givins has 1 previous mount a fourth-place finish.

8

SUPERFLY SNOOKA

23-1

RACING HQ

4-M

redvipers

Career:  11-3-1-1

K. Johnson

In last start went right to the lead in Dusty Dance Dirt Challenge but got caught and ended 4th 11 ¼ lengths back.  Before that posted 106 SP in the American Derby but was caught and finished 2nd.  Prior race in G3- North Country Derby faded badly to finish 8th 10 ¾ lengths.
Scratchbred Brown (Shackleford x Saint Ballado x Deputy Minister) will be making first start of the year and may just be looking to land a Flying Elbow around the last turn.

9

SICILIAN WAY

18-1

EMPIRE STATE RACING

4-M

frankster

Career:  12-3-2-0

OA Haack

Began 2018 with a Win at Kentucky in a 12f NW2L leading all the way by 4 lengths.  In both his final 2 starts last year posted 115 SP, while Winning the Your Boundaries Dirt Stayer and finishing 2nd in 12f NW2L at Kentucky where he was caught at the end by the ML favorite.
Brown Colt is scratchbred (Honor Code x Street Cry x Deputy Minister) has never raced in a Graded Stakes.  Looking to prove that he belongs in the elite group.

10

DARK HAYMAKER

21-1

MEGALOPOLIS

5-M

deeprock1b

Career:  24-4-4-2

G. Arnold

Last race was a disappointing 8th in G1- Hit Man where he never was a factor 29 ¾ lengths back.  Before that posted a best 112 SP in Winning from off the pace in G2- Hamburg Hall.  Prior outing came home 2nd after leading briefly in the Call of the Wild II Dirt Stayer at NY.
The Roan horse (Stay Thirsty x Two Punch x Thirsty) will be making his first start in 2018.  Has been running in longer races maybe 12f will be just what the doctor ordered.

Owner Says

One of my biggest head scratchers, never know what I’m going to get in the way of his performance.  G2 victory was his best effort.

11

EHECATL MIZZEN

25-1

NORTH WEST RACING CIRCUIT

5-M

jdawg15

Career:  19-5-4-3

R. Romero

Last race Won from off the pace in a NW3x 48k Allowance at Berkshire by 3 ¼. Before that finished 2nd in a NW3x 39k Allowance at India.  Prior to that bested a field of 5 in 11f NW2y 43k Allowance at Italy by 4 ¼ lengths.  Has not been in a Stakes since 2 as a Juvenile.
Light Grey (Mizzen Mast x Smart Strike x Summer Squall) has posted at career best 104 SP in a 30k Claimer at Newmarket.  Making 2018 and Graded Stakes debuts.

12

CACHORRO

32-1

SIM HISPANO

5-M

argentino4

Career:  13-4-3-0

A. Jolly

Started the year with a Win in a Hot Race at New York.  Since breaking his maiden at end of 2016 has won 3 out 5 starts with the other 2 being runner up finishes.  However, all of them have been NW2 30k Allowance races.  Does have a career best SP of 104 posted at Surrey.
Bay Horse (Bernardini x Hussonet x Touch Gold) is really stretching his legs out in this race as it will be his first start in a Graded Stakes.

13

DE LONHRO

6-1

ALL-STARS RACING

5-M

rx7

Career:  23-9-2-3

T. Ace

Last race in January posted a Win in Valid Expectation Dirt Stayer as the ML favorite. Before that had his way with a field of 9 in Green Grass Dirt Memorial at Texas from the lead pack.  Prior race did not get to lead and faded finishing 9th in G1- Breeders Bowl Dirt Marathon.
The Brown Horse (Lonhro x War Chant x Pulpit) posted a career high 115 winning the G3- TV Stakes in May at Japan. Another speed horse that likes to be in the lead pack.  T. Ace had a 2nd place finish in his 1 previous ride.

14

FINKE BORON

11-1

MIDAS

4-M

greynomad

Career:  13-7-1-0

M. Scott

On New Years Day picked up 3rd straight win in G3- Gallant Socks Handicap putting up a 116 SP running in the front.  Before that had wire to wire Win in What For Bubble Dirt Stayer. Prior to that held off a field of 4 in NW1t Allowance at Kansas to Win by 3 ¾ lengths.
Bay Colt (Giant’s Causeway x Smart Strike x Unbridled’s Song) only has the 1 Graded Stakes start but it was a victory.  An opportunity to prove his mettle here.

Owner Says

Can’t fault his lead-up form and has not missed a beat since stretching out to a mile and a half.  Hoping we can give them something to think about.

MY PICKS: 3- HATEFUL ENTITY (MNTB), 4- LIMESTONE (URC), 6- BLUESTONE LANE (Pastures)

 

WATCH OUT FOR: 2- TAY BRIDGE (EWC), 5-AMONGST THE WAVES (GR Sim), 10- DARK HAYMAKER (Mega).

 

MY PLAY:  I going to load up big on an exacta box 3 & 4.

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  6 Responses to “EQUINICS 2018 – STORMY PROSPECTOR”

  1. nice job thanks

  2. Very nicely done JB!!! I ike the way you formatted it and gave a great description. Keep ‘em coming!!!

  3. Well done! Thanks for bringing the field to life.

  4. JB great write-up! Solid and insightful.

  5. Well said. .. .. . great structure .. . ..
    Good luck to all .. . !!

  6. Good write up, congrats!