Apr 122019

Welcome to the Chicago Cubs Turf Sprint.  A Grade 1 Turf Sprint over the distance of 6.5 furlongs to be contested on the Illinois track.  This race is restricted to 3 year old runners.  This race was created out of the brain of nextbonus due to a serious lack of G1 Turf races for 3 year olds in the sim.

I believe this is the first graded race that I have covered that featured no scratchbred horses, but we do have 2 he-mare breds to make up for it.  Gowans and Lightng99 will each saddle a pair of runners for the event.



1 – GHOSTAVAGGIO                                     (15-1)                                     GR8WHITE

CARAVAGGIO x GHOSTZAPPER x ALYDAR                                                    5-4-1-0

The Irish bred Roan colt comes in on a 3 race winning streak and having never run worse than 2nd in 5 starts.  He is the 8th offspring and 4th stakes winner from the mare TRIAL OF TEARS.  Last 2 have been listed stakes wins the Leon Del Desierto Turf Dash and prior to that the South Salvo Turf Sprint where he put out his best SP# of 96.  This will be his maiden voyage in the graded ranks as well as his first race with a full field.  If he can handle the large crowd could be a possible upset special.

2 – EXCEL HOME                                         (14-1)                                     TFON


The Irish bred is the most experienced horse in the race with 15 starts, but has found the going tougher as a 3 year old after posting 3 graded wins as a juvenile, the G2 Bobby Papin, the G1 More Nay and the G3 Stubenville where he kicked his best SP# of 91.  He was he first foal from the mare ESPOIR. The fast charger out of the gates has been unable to hold the lead in any of his 3 starts this year.

3 – GREY BLITZ                                           (18-1)                                      LIGHTNG99


The Australian bred put up best SP# of 93 last time out running 2nd in the Losin Your Mind Turf Special.  He is the 3rd offspring from the mare SAND BLITZ.  Has 3 previous graded starts including a 2nd place in the G3 Cornwall Stakes in October.  Has been unable to cross the line first since breaking his maiden.  Got to believe that this stalker would need to catch lightning in a bottle to best this field.

4 – K’S FOOL’S ERRAND                        (12-1)                                      SLEDWITH

EXCEED AND EXCEL x SEA THE STARS x KINGMAMBO                      6-4-1-0

The Irish bred ran 4th in season debut at the G3 Canterbury Tales which was his only graded start and the only time he has failed to hit the board.  Posting a 96 SP# to close out juvy career in the Scotch Turf Juvenile in an off the pace effort.  The lone offspring from the stakes placed mare ON YOUR OWN DIME.  Won 4 out of his first 5 turf races.  With a perfect trip could be in the mix here.

5 – BATTLEFIELD HERO                      (9/2)                                      NEXTBONUS

DANSILI x DIESIS x KINGMAMBO                                                              9-7-1-0

The English bred is from the graded stakes winning mare BATTLEFIELD EARTH and is her 4th graded winner from 11 foals.  He comes in on a 2 race win streak to open the year.  Blistered the field with a 104 SP last out in G1-Unamed and prior winning the G2 Railroad Handicap.  The clear ML favorite will be coming from off the pace.  The connections are hoping to keep the winning ways rolling for the horse with the most victories in the field.

6 – CIAN                                                       (7-1)                                       GOWANS

SHAMARDAL x OASIS DREAM x HUSSONET                                          7-5-0-1

All out speed is this Irish bred colt’s game with 4 gate to wire wins under his belt.  Last out pulled off the strick kicking out a 99 SP# in the Gold Danzig Turf Dash.  The second offspring from the graded stakes winning mare THRASHING AROUND will be making his first start against graded company.  Has won 2 straight and 5 out of his last 6 races.  I figure he will lead the pace and be a real threat.

7 – SHIROUMA                                        (8-1)                                       GOWANS

KODIAC x STREET CRY x DYNAFORMER                                                8-4-1-2

The 2nd Gowans entry is the Irish bred speed merchant that is based on the he-mare TAKAYAMA.  Last out won the Party On Turf Sprint and 2 back on New Years Day put up his best SP# of 97 winning the Starfall Turf Sprint.  Will be making his first attempt at the graded stakes level.  Has only missed the board once back in his first race.  Will be dueling for the lead in the early fractions.

8 – INVINCIBLE SCALES                  (7-1)                                        OKDAVID196

INVINCIBLE SPIRIT x MIZZEN MAST x FORTY NINER                    7-4-1-0

The Light Grey Irish bred colt won last time out in the G3 Canterbury Tales posting a 100 SP# in his first ever graded race.  He is out of the stakes winning mare NOETIC SCALES and his her only graded winner from 10 foals.  Has made huge strides this year with 2 wins and a second from his 3 starts with climbing speed each time.  Will look to pass up the early speed from off the pace.  You should keep an eye on this one.

9 – BABS GABBA GOL                       (10-1)                                      JAKEMATT

LOHENGRIN x BARATHEA x WEST BY WEST                                     7-5-1-1

The Japanese bred gelding has a pair of Graded wins on his resume, the G2 Lafitte Criterium and the G2 Flying Children Stakes.  Posted a 102 SP# last out in G1-Unamed losing to Battlefield Hero in his first race of 2019.  He is the 14th offspring to come from the stakes winning mare NIJINSKY WESTERN and is her 2nd graded winner.  Likes to set just off the pace in a staking role and has never failed to finish in the money.

10 – MOON ROCK MAGIC               (9-1)                                        SLIPERY1


The South Korean colt is out of the mare MORE THAN THE MOON and was her first foal.  He has never failed to hit the board in a Turf race.  Last time out put up his best SP# of 96 over a yielding turf while winning the Demons Direct Turf Dash.  As a juvenile had a second in the G2 Flying Children Stakes and a third in the G1 Duetoburst Stakes.  Will be at or at least close to the early lead hard to pick against a horse that never misses.

11 – WREAKFUL                                (15-1)                                        KINGDAMO

SPEIGHTSTOWN x VINDICATION x NUREYEV                                  5-4-1-0

He has won 4 out of 5 career starts with the streak broken last out getting clipped at the end finishing second in the Lite Prospect Turf Memorial.  Has put up an 89 SP# in each of his last 2 stakes races.  The Kentucky bred colt is from the mare VINDICATIVE her 7th offspring and 2nd stakes winner.  Has broke from the gates first in every race.  Will he have enough speed in his first graded race to get to the front and stay there?

12 – BEAT THE LIGHT                    (13-1)                                       SELURNIVEK

BEAT HOLLOW x FANTASTIC LIGHT x STORM CAT                        9-4-2-0

After 4 mostly unsuccessful races at longer races will be returning to the sprints where he had 4 wins in 5 tries.  Last out posted up a 94 SP# in the G3 Palms over 9 furlongs and prior to that even ran on the main track.  This Irish bred colt is out of the stakes winning mare FANTASTORM who has one other stakes winner from her 6 ofspring.  Has shown a willingness to challenge for the early lead.  Not sure what to make of his form coming into this one.

13 – CASHPOT                                    (21-1)                                         CHINO


The California bred colt has been tabbed by the handicapper as the longest shot on the board even though he has never failed to finish out of the money.  Will be making his first start in a stakes race at any level.  Out of the he-mare M MARKS THE SPOT.  Has won his last 3 outings all aloowance events posting his top SP# of 89 last time out in a 34k NW4x.  The question will be which wins out the lack of stakes experience or a horse that never misses the board.

14 – SHALINKLE                              (10-1)                                        LIGHTNG99

SHALAA x ROCKPORT HARBOR x RIP VAN WINKLE                      9-1-1-3

The second Lightng99 entry has drawn the outside starting gate.  The French bred Roan colt has run 8 graded races in his 9 starts so he has a ton of experience but maybe not all the hype and has not won since breaking his maiden in first outing.  He is the 3rd foal from the mare WINGS WINKLE.  Put up his best SP# of 97 last time out in the G3 Alec And Stehen Stakes while finishing third.  Will look to use his experience to come from off the pace.

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  2 Responses to “Ernie Banks would say “Let’s Race Two””

  1. Great job, JB3. Thanks for covering the race.

  2. I like Ernie Banks alright, or the banks of the Mississippi River….