Not a pretty week for the Francua barn as most of what I threw out there this week just didn’t run very well. However, the week was highlighted with another stakes victory along with a few horses that will advance to the next round of the ESR Queen of the Turf Challenge.
Weekly Record – 45-4-2-6
Weekly Win % = 8%
ITM % = 26%
Last Weeks’ Watch List:
BECAUSE REASONS (SPEIGHTSTOWN x UNBRIDLED x GREEN DESERT) – Gave him his third go at running 7 furlongs on the dirt this week and he confirmed by suspicion that he wants more distance. He picked up some lengths down the stretch but was never close finishing 5th by 3 lengths.
MEAN MUGGIN (SHAMARDAL x PIVOTAL x MONSUN) – After the debut at a mile I cut the distance to 7 furlongs and he ran out on the lead this time as opposed to off the pace, ultimately with the same result. He’d end up finishing 4th by 3 lengths but at least I know he’s a bit distance challenged now.
ALY’S SONG (MORE THAN READY x UNBRIDLED’S SONG x ALYSHEBA) – The cut in distance produced some better results but not by much. He’d finish third this week by about 3 lengths and earn a career low 74 speed fig.
LEMONNY JONES (BIG BROWN x SMARTY JONES x LEMON DROP KID) – She continues to be a productive little filly as this time she’d run 6 furlongs against local breds and she’d go on to finish 2nd. That makes her 6-9 ITM with 2 victories and 4 second place finishes. She’d also go on to run her top speed fig (94) this week
RHYTHYM SHOOTER (I AM INVINCIBLE x DUBAI MILLENNIUM x SWORD DANCE) – He’s turned into quite the little sprinter during his 2 year old season and this week he kept it going. He’d go on to sprint 5 furlongs in the Alba Sea King Turf Juvenile Stakes and win by about a length posting an 83 speed fig and giving this trainer his 2nd stakes victory (first outside of local championships).
ESR Results :
I ended up with 3 moving on in the ESR Queen of the Turf Challenge with my best performances coming from a couple of 4th place finishers ADORIFY and KING OF THE ANDALS. Both horses showed some promise closing from way off the pace. Hopefully the jockeys can get them moving earlier in this next leg to get us a trip into the finals. The third horse JUST A PINTO OS gets a shot as well making the cut with a 7th place finish and will head to the Survivor Bracket.
SPERMINT POLO (PIONEEROF THE NILE x RAINBOW QUEST x HIGH TOP) – After the debacle that was her attempt at 14 furlongs I brought her back to 10 furlongs against 75K claimers. She went against a very weak field but ultimately took care of business with a 4 length victory. The speed fig wasn’t encouraging but I’m also under the impression that she wasn’t working very hard either.
STALK AND PREY (CLASSIC EMPIRE x GONE WEST x DANZIG) – This daughter of CLASSIC EMPIRE made a nice debut closing from 9th place to miss by a head and finish 2nd. She posted a 71 speed fig in the debut and I’m almost certain she wants to run further.
WILDECANDY (POP ROCK (JPN) x TWIRLING CANDY x CEE’S TIZZY) – She won a 35K claimer going 4.5 furlongs on the dirt. Not a big accomplishment but a win is a win.
MINION OF WAR (WAR FRONT x A.P. INDY x ALYDAR) – He ran about as good as you can ask any horse first out posting an 85 speed fig. However, he just missed on the victory getting beaten by a head and finishing 2nd by a more experienced foe.
FOREST SEA (OASIS DREAM (GB) x SEA THE STARS x FORESTRY) – Picked this fella up out of the auction a few months back and was able to get him his first victory in just his second start with me. He’d stalk the pace and do just enough in the stretch to get up against a group of 100K claimers.
START THE WAGONS (NORMANDY INVASION x WOODMAN x JUMP START) – Another auction buy who I sent to local 25K claimers going 6 furlongs on the dirt. She’d go on to run a 64 speed fig in the 3rd place effort but probably needs to be given a cut in distance.
COPPER STOUT (DANSILI x MONSUN x MISWAKI) – He broke the maiden on a deep close from 10th place in his debut and this week made his 2nd try at two turns. It didn’t go well as he finished 7th by 7 lengths. I’m not really sure what he wants to do as part of me thinks he wants longer, but the other part of me feels like I should move him back to sprinting.
GRONK SPIKE (CUPID x MACHIAVELLIAN x MALIBU MOON) – Speed fig got into the 60’s for the first time in a while but despite the drop in class and the cut back in distance it wasn’t enough to get him in the money. He’d finish 5th by 4 lengths in another disappointing effort.
PROSPECTTHIS (OPTIMIZER x PACO BOY (IRE) x BARATHEA) – He’s another who won in the debut but hasn’t shown much since. This week he got a cut back to the distance he originally won at but once again didn’t have the kick down the stretch finishing 5th by 4 lengths. I’m going to continue to move him down in distance at the same class level and look for improvement.
GATLINBERG (IRONICUS x CHARISMATIC x MR. GREELEY) – He was given both turf and dirt a go and is likely going to be dropped into claimers after this last performance at 8.5 furlongs. He’d finish 10th in his 3rd double digit length loss posting a 67 speed fig.
HITT THE LIGHTS (MICROMANAGE x INDIAN CHARLIE x MEDAGLIA D’ORO) – He’s at least a grinder who shows steady improvement each time out. This week he was given 8 furlongs on the turf and finished 5th by 4 lengths. I believe he just wants more distance than is currently available to him.
VIBRANIUM (RAVEN’S PASS x RAHY x NIJINKSY 2ND) – Ran two seconds in as many tries and will run 8 furlongs on the turf for the second time.
WAKANDA SOHO (SEBRING x UNBRIDLED’S SONG x A.P. INDY) – I was very encouraged by the switch to dirt in her last but it looks like she wants to route which is why she’ll be going a mile on the dirt this week.
PROTON POWER (MACLEAN’S MUSIC x TIZNOW x TAPIT) –Ran a great race going 7 furlongs against allowance NW2L’s in a winning effort and now comes back this week to run in the Homecoming Dance Dirt Juvenile.
BLUEGRASS BLAME (BLAME x BLUEGRASS CAT x VINDICATION) – He’s run two really great races with his most recent posting an 81 speed fig going 7 furlongs earning him a 2nd place finish. This week he’s going a mile to see if the distance puts him over the top.
Debuting Two-Year Olds:
KAT D’ORO (MEDAGLIA D’ORO x STORM CAT x GONE WEST) – Out of WESTERN STORMER, this filly is trying 7 furlongs on the dirt.
YUKON JAK (MORE THAN READY x A.P. INDY x UNBRIDLED) – Out of SACRILEGE, he’s also giving 7 furlongs a go in his first try.
DEFINITION OF CRAZY (PIONEEROF THE NILE x DANZIG x FORTY NINER) – Out of XENON, this guy will run 6 furlongs on the dirt in his debut.
BLAZING PEGASUS (UNION RAGS x FUSAICHI PEGASUS x SADLER’S WELLS) – Out of REMEMBER PEYRESURDE he’s running 8 furlongs on the dirt in his debut.
MUM’S MOON (MALIBU MOON x DANZIG x MR. PROSPECTOR) – Out of REAR ADMIRAL she’ll be running 6.5 furlongs on the dirt.
LEGION OF ZOOM (UNCLE MO x SMART STRIKE x AWESOME AGAIN) – A scratch bred going 6.5 furlongs in the debut on the dirt.