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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Capping, Dance Fever Style

I had so much fun with my movie sponsorships a couple weeks ago, I figured I would subject you to a little more fun with my top four movie dance scenes (one just hitting the charts this week) sponsoring tomorrow's DRF contest races. Currently ranked 301st (over 10,000 entries, 6 winners out of 16 races) with a total of $10.40, after hitting three of four winners last week thanks to Bob Black Jack's big win in the Malibu and Gio Ponti's win in the Sir Beaufort. So here we go (with my dance scene rankings proudly noted)....

Race 1: The Spectacular Bid Stakes sponsored by Hitch/Kevin James scene.

This $100K six furlong sprint on the opening Gulfstream Park card features a lot of the big East Coast jockeys and trainers. I'm going with Silent Valor (ML 2-1) and the Pletcher/Velazquez deadly duo to overtake ML favorite You Luckie Mann (8/5) who has the top speed fig. Silent Valor finished eighth in the Breeders Cup Juvie where he bobbled at the break and still only finished 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner, Midshipman. You Luckie Mann has finished behind Delta Jackpot winner Big Drama twice and should be a major contender here. In the third slot I like Notonthesamepage, a Wesley Ward trainee shortening back up after a tough outing at a route distance. I probably should favor YLM as inside speed at GP is usually the ticket to victory, but I'll go with the second choice here, with Pletch hitting at 27% off the layoff.

My all-time favorite movie dance scene sponsors the Bid.....

courtesy: lunchi 2k6

Race 2: Hal's Hope (G3) sponsored by Tropic Thunder/Tom Cruise finale.

The $100K feature race on the opening card at Gulfstream Park for older horses has some very familiar names going one turn at the mile distance. I'm sticking with Johnny V in the second race for Michael Trombetta and 6-1 choice Now a Victor. A winner of four of five lifetime and three straight bullets on his work tab, makes him the choice here for the Space Man (apologies to the Turk for speaking in the third person). Our backup choice is Delightful Kiss with Calvin Borel in the irons for Pete Anderson. The Kiss is coming off a fine performance in the Clark Handicap at Churchill, finishing second to Einstein and also has some great workouts to show. Again I'll probably pay for going with an outside post (Now a Victor is in the #8 slot vs. DK's #4 slot), but we have some ground to make up contest wise, so we're going with the higher odds here. Rounding out the trifecta we'll select the talented Bribon, Alan Garcia breaking him from the 12 post at 5-1. This race also has a sentimental favorite, National Pride, who is trying his toughest competition to date for the Darley Stable, at 12-1 for Toga training champ Kiaran McLaughlin.

Moving up to #2 in my dance scene rankings is from the Tropic Thunder final scene, love Tom Cruise's moves in this one.....if you haven't seen it, you will definitely be in for a treat (pardon the suggestive language, but it's Ludacris, so what do you expect)

courtesy: ben2funny

Race 3: Turfway Prevue Stakes sponsored by Fred Claus/Vince Vaughan Elf dance scene

This $50K non-graded stakes on the all-weather stuff for the brand new three year olds is being run at six and a half clicks and I'm going with the chalk here. Rudy Flyer (9-5) has the top speed fig (by a lot) over most of these in here and looks to be fit based on his workouts and has won at the distance in his only race for William Connelly, who's hitting at 20% at the meet. To back him up (in case of scratch) our second choice is Loch Dubh, who has won on an off track by 5 lengths and has a hot jock aboard in Victor Lebron. Our third choice is Melo (not because I'm a Cuse fan) but because he is shortening back up for Dale Romans who hits at 18% with this angle and 19% with sprint-route-sprint.

#3 on my dance charts, the improbable Vince Vaughan, he of Swingers fame...

courtesy: draeger123

Race 4: Monrovia Handicap (G3) sponsored by Madagascar/Move it dance mix

The contest finale tomorrow is at Santa Anita going downhill (so cool) on the turf at 6 1/2 furlongs for a $100K purse. I'm all over Bobby Frankel's Jibboom at 9-2, but it's likely that line will fall by post time. With star jockey Garret Gomez aboard she appears to be the class of the race returning to the grass after trying the Cushion Track at Hollywood in November. She should be well rested and has some nice works to boot. My second choice is Lethal Heat, coming off a longer layoff than Jibboom, but has an impressive resume and should be the main contender here. We'll round it out with longshot Royal Taat, Rafeal on board for John Sadler, perennial training champ in these here parts.

If this dance number doesn't get you shakin' I don't know what move it with #4.

courtesy: jafboy

Good luck and check for scratches....



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