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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Grading the Stakes - Part 8

Well, he made it!  VFTRG contributor Joe F. has finally compiled his suggested gradings of stakes for the final division in his series, the 3yo filly trotters.  Thanks to Joe for contributing this multi-piece entry.

Grading the stakes races for three-year-old filly trotters

Grade 1
Kentucky Filly Futurity—Lexington—October--$291,000

Win Missy B, who played third fiddle to CMO and Maven for most of her first two years, won in :52 and :52.1. She beat 1/9 favorite CMO in their first heat and the latter, as planned, failed to appear for the final. In the final Missy beat Personal Style and D’Orsay……It was a bit odd that CMO bowed out early while Market Share’s connections chose not to supplement him to the Kentucky Futurity, opting instead to crush lesser foes in a $10,000 LC on Saturday…..Cedar Dove beat bold And Fresh and Hey Mister in 2011…….Since 1893……Peace Corps trotted the fastest mile in the history of the race—to that point—when she won the 1989 edition in :54.2 for JC.

Breeders Crown—Pocono in 2012—October--$493,000
This BC was the only one for two and three-year-olds to fall under 500K. Maven (7/2) beat Win Missy B and 4/5 favorite, CMO, in an 11 horse field……..The race went for 501K in 2011. The 3/5 favorite Cedar Dove beat Crys Dream and Oh Sweet Baby. Ten started……13/1 shot Impressive Kemp triumphed over 3/2 favorite Behindcloseddoors at Pocono in 2010……Peace Corps won this one and three others, while Moni Maker was shut out as a filly.

MO nosed out Maven…….In 2011 1/5 favorite Crys Dream won over Beatgoeson and Lady Rainbow. The purse was 519K. The winner subsequently tested positive for a class 2 drug and was suspended for 90 days……Since 2000. Casual Breeze, Cameron Hall and Pampered Princess all won the Elegantimage.

Hambletonion Oaks—Meadowlands—August--$714,000

CMO and Maven won the two eliminations, but they broke in the final, leaving 55/1 shot Personal Style to pick up the pieces……In 2011 a stay was granted by a judge in New Jersey allowing Crys Dream to compete in the Oaks. It didn’t help as 24/1 shot Bold And Fresh, with George Brennan, and 12/1 Lady Rainbow beat her.

Del Miller—Meadowlands—July--$245,000 in 2012

CMO (1/2) over Missy and Personal Style……Hey Mister (1/5) in a single dash for 257K in 2011….two divisions @ 146K in 2010. Springtime Volo and Glide Power were the winners..…. Two divisions in 2009—Yursa Hanover and Windsong Soprano…..Races like the Miller and Simcoe that had been split more often than not seem to have evolved into single dash affairs over the last few years. That’s the reason I put this race with the ones.

Grade 2

The Simcoe has been raced as a single dash for the last three years, so I was tempted to make it a one, but the quality of competition isn’t there. The 3/5 shot Valdonna beat Miss Paris and Dream On Hanover last year. CMO, Maven and Missy were not entered…..In 2011 Southwind Amiga, a 9/1 shot, beat Lady Rainbow and Eagle Hanover. There was a five horse field. The purse was 205K…..They raced for 240K in 2010 as 3/1 shot Costa Rica beat Bramalea Hanover in a 12 horse field. Poof Shes Gone was the 5/2 co-favorite with Cross Of Lorraine.

Hudson Filly Trot—Yonkers—July--$185,000 in 2012
Only three entered in 2012. CMO beat stablemate Real Babe and Aunt Mel was third…..Seven entered in 2011. Jezzy won…..The HFT carried a 299K purse in 2010. Spicy Wings won in 2:00.1….Since 1957.

Moni Maker—Meadowlands—August--$191,000 in 2012
Maven over Valdonna and Superstar. Missy B, the 3/1 second choice, finished out. There was no CMO…….Held at The Meadows in 2011 with a 233K purse. Lady Rainbow over Beatgoeson….. Raced at The Red Mile from 2005 to 2010. They raced for 233K in 2010 as Christiana Hanover won at 52/1 for Rina Rekila over Glide Power and Bramalie Hanover…..In 2009 Southwind Wasabi won. The purse was 228K.

Bluegrass—Lexington—October--$70,000 splits in 2012

On The Bright Side, Chilitoday and CMO in 2012…….106K splits in 2011 as Seduced By Chocolate and Bold And Fresh were the winners.

Casual Breeze—Mohawk—June—2 divisions @ $80,000 each in 2012
In 2012 All Ready Hanover (9/2) from the eight over 3/5 favorite Win Missy B.  Smarty Pants (6/1) won the other division…..In 2011 Luke’s Sophie (2/1) left from the eight and beat 3/5 favorite Beatgoeson Hanover. Crys Dream won the other split at 1/9…..There were three divisions in 2010, with Poof Shes Gone, Ultimate Cameron and Action-Broadway coming out on top.


Maven (1/9) beat Feel The Pressure and Uncommon Night in 2012. There was a seven horse field….In 2011 Iron Lady (4/1) beat Lady Rainbow and even money favorite Crys Dream. Iron Lady and Crys Dream, both daughters of the ill-fated stallion, Taurus Dream, were stablemates. This edition of the race was held at the end of August……The 2010 Am-Nat was also held at the end of August and carried a 131K purse. Springtime Volo beat Glide Power and Behindcloseddoors……Since 1982. Peace Corps and Continentalvictory both won the Am-Nat.

Zweig—Vernon in 2012—August--$150,000 in 2012
New York’s cumbersome entry rules turned the 2012 filly Zweig into a bad joke. There was a nine horse field in the single dash Zweig, but there were only three betting interests. There were two four horse entries; Win Missy B was the only uncoupled filly in the race.  CMO won and paid $2.20. Win betting only…….There were two 65K divisions in 2011 at Tioga. Pantholops (2/1) beat 6/5 favorite Some Girls. In the other split, Beatgoeson, the 5/2 second choice, topped the favorite Jezzy, a disappointing mare in 2012…..There were two divisions in 2010 and three in 2009……Since 1977. Honey Bee Hanover, the winner of the 1982 edition, was the dam of Huggie Hanover, who won the colt division in 1988. She also produced the Sierra Kosmos filly Fern, who won the Oaks and the KY Filly Futurity.

In 2012, Personal Style, the 6/5 second choice, ran down 4/5 favorite Win Missy B and drew off at the end…..Crys Dream wired the field in 2011. She was part of a three horse entry with Hey Mister and Jezzy (3/2). Beatgoeson (3/2) was second and even money favorite Cedar Dove finished third. The purse was 151K…..They raced for 193K in 2010 as Costa Rica topped Behindcloseddoors and Christiana Hanover.

Grade 3 or 4

Arden Downs—The Meadows—July—3 divisions @ $27,000 each in 2012
Ciao Dough, Delicious and Miss Chip K were the three winners in 2012……Also split three ways in 2010……..Since 1958. Elaine Rodney, Armbro Flight and Flamboyant all won the Arden. Sprite Rodney, who won the Realization and was the dam of Spartan Hanover, also won the race. Lovester and her daughter Rosemary both won the Arden. The latter was the dam of the million dollar winner Royal Prestige.

Circle City—Indy—November—2 divisions @ $40,000 each in 2012
Pretend To Be Nice (11/1) upset 3/5 favorite Aunt Mel in one split and Rubys And Pearls won the other.

Coaching Club Oaks—Tioga—June--$35,000

Southwind Moni (1/1) over Lady Andi……Jezzy beat six others for a 75K purse at 1/5 in 2011 at Tioga….In The Mean Time won at M1 in 2010 for a 72K purse…..In The Mean Time over Glide Power in 2010. The purse was 72K.

John Simpson Memorial—Meadowlands—May--$51,000
Riverfest (2/1) won in an 11 horse field……Three divisions in 2011—24K each. Jezzy (2.40) as well as Madame Stacy and Some Girls were the winners.

Lady Suffolk—Freehold—May—2 divisions @ $38,000 each in 2012
Cocktail Attire (3/5) over Loose Deuce and For A Dancer (1/2) won the other division……There was a six horse field in 2011 as Pacific Splash (7/1) upset 1/5 favorite Refuse To Lose in one 39K division. Balmy Breeze won the other…..Since 1960. Elaine Rodney, Impish, Delmonica Hanover, Noble Florie and Grades Singing all won the Lady Suffolk.

Landmark—Historic Track—June/July--$14,000

Ray Schnittker won six Landmark races on the last day of June in 2012. Lima Playmate won this particular division.

Aunt Mel won in 2012.

Currier and Ives—The Meadows—June--$120,000

Split three ways in 2012. Win Missy B at 1/9 over Sequin Hanover in an 8 horse field for 40K. Delicious and Shanty Irish won the other two.

Kristin’s Victory in a stakes record :55.1 in 2012 paid $60 when she beat fellow Cash Hall filly  Cowgirl Hall in one 37K division. Fortunista won the other one.

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